Friday, January 29, 2021

Thanks with a Flip Fold

The new biweekly Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #429 is up on the challenge blog beginning today, Friday, January 29, and will end on Thursday evening, February 11, 2021. It's easy to play along - just pick three colors from the color board below. You may use more than three colors but no colors are permitted unless they appear on the board. Notice that you may also use black, white, neutrals plus gold and silver metallics so there is the opportunity to create something colorful. My card was created with pastel colors of Ballerina, Mint, and French Vanilla.

Using an old favorite die set, this card was made from die-cut paper elements. Once the elements were cut and assembled, I added a die-cut sentiment on the flip-it circle along with tiny flowers and pearls. Wanting to dress up the card a little I added an ivory ribbon simply tied in a square knot. I will be using this card right away and adhered a panel of vanilla cardstock to the back of the card to write a personal message. 

I hope you'll visit the Color Dare #429 Blog and give our challenge a try!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron; CTMH Ballerina
Paper: CTMH "Boutique"
Dies: Stamps of Life "Scalloped Edge Circle Flip-it"; MFT "Twice the Thanks" (sentiment); Frantic Stamper "Contemporary Flowers"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Ribbon (Very Vanilla) and pearls from stash

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Slimline Valentine

The biweekly challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #491 began on Tuesday, January 26, and will run through Sunday, February 7, 2021. This is a sketch challenge with an optional twist. This optional twist is to make your card into a Slimline design. Here is the sketch:

Using slimline dies, I added a panel of vanilla cardstock onto a gray panel, followed by a rectangular panel die-cut from pink heart-patterned paper. I have been trying to use up some of my smaller scrap pieces so the three required elements are fussy cut from an old paper collection. I sponged pink ink onto the rose. The elements and die-cut sentiment were attached with foam tape. A few creamy colored pearls were added. The inside of the card was decorated with additional paper scraps.

Visit the TSOT491 Blog to join the challenge!

Ink: Distress Oxide "Picked Raspberry"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla & Basic Gray
Paper: CTMH "Feels Like Home" Collection
Dies: D2BArtzy Wavy Framelits & Cutplorations (XOXO)
Misc.: Pearls and foam tape from stash

Monday, January 25, 2021

Bee Mine Valentine

Feb 3, 2021 Update:  Top Three Winner in AHSC Challenge #405.
Early this morning my cat awakened me protesting about his need to be fed. He has me well-trained so I got up, fed him, made coffee, and decided to catch up on some card making. On Mondays, I enjoy looking at the weekly sketch for
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges and was immediately drawn to use the new weekly sketch for another Valentine. I had materials on my desk from a card I made yesterday (click HERE to view it) so decided to see what I could do with the leftover bits. Below is Sketch #405, running from Monday, January 25, through Sunday evening, January 31, 2021.

First, the bee image was stamped, colored with Copic markers, and then die-cut. The heart was also die-cut from red foiled cardstock. The edges of the foiled honeycomb paper were die-cut with a border die and the black/gold stripe paper scrap was trimmed to fit. All of the elements were added to a black card base. The heart and the bee image were popped up with thin foam tape. Googly eyes were added to the bee image for a fun element. The sentiment was stamped and added using foam tape and a small punched heart was added. The inside was lined with white cardstock and a few small punched hearts. 

If your looking for a great sketch challenge visit the Atlantic Hearts Blog and join the fun!

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Bee Mine"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black & Foiled Cardstock (red)
Paper: CTMH "Gold Foiled Patterns" & Stampin' Up! "Golden Honey" Collections
Punch: Stampin' Up! (small hearts)
Dies: Paper Smooches "Bee Mine", Lawn Fawn (perforated stitched heart), MFT (stitched zigzag border die)
Misc.: Googly eyes and foam tape from stash

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Bee My Love Valentine

01/27/2021 Update: 
Top Three Winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #404.

Today is the last day for the weekly sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts. I have been making a few valentines for family and friends and was inspired to use this week's sketch for one of them. 

Using a black card base, a panel of striped black and gold metallic patterned paper was added. Next, I added a smaller rectangle of white with gold metallic patterned paper using foam tape. The red metallic heart was cut using a punch and added with foam tape. The bees and sentiment were stamped, colored with Copic markers, and then die-cut. I added the bees with foam tape and adhered the sentiment directly to the heart. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and stamped with a large Copic-colored bee. Small punched hearts of red metallic paper were also added.

Atlantic Hearts Challenges is a great place to find fun sketches and inspiring DT cards so be sure to visit their blog!

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Bee Mine"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Foiled Cardstock (red)
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Golden Honey" Collection
Punches: Stampin' Up! 
Dies: Paper Smooches "Bee Mine"
Misc.: Foam tape

Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy Belated Birthday

Double Trouble Challenge #75 is partnering with Try Stampin' on Tuesday #490. Both challenges are biweekly. DTC75 begins on Monday, January 18, ending on Sunday evening, January 31, 2021. TSOT490 begins on Tuesday, January 19, also ending on Sunday evening, January 31, 2021. 

Here is what you need to know for the challenges. TSOT490 has a sketch and DTC75 has three "Things" plus a prize!

Thing 1: Trouble Maker learned that January 28 is Kazoo Day so our required Thing is to include a music theme in your project. (I used fun sheet music for my background.)

Thing 2: Double Dare is providing an option whereby you use the TSOT490 sketch when designing your project and link it to their challenge. (I followed the sketch and linked.)

Thing 3: Twisted Sister was a little confused as to a Kazoo and would like to see you use a zoo animal in your design! (I used a sloth image because I am slow in getting this birthday card to the recipient.)

A panel of black cardstock and another of colorful sheet music was adhered to a green card base. I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the image, adding the Googly Eyes and texturizing the coloring on the sloth's body. Using foam tape I adhered the image to a green rectangle matted with a zig-zag edged rectangle. I drew the sentiment, matted it, and added it with foam tape. I added a few black gems for interest. The inside of the card was lined with vanilla cardstock, decorated with music paper, and another hand-written sentiment, "Sorry I missed your party."

We hope you'll double your challenge fun by joining both biweekly challenges! For information, visit the DTC75 Blog and the TSOT490 Blog.

Stamp: Inky Antics "Silly Sloths"; sentiments are hand-printed
Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers & Micron Pen
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Basic Black & Just Jade
Paper: Echo Park "Party Time"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Zigzag Rectangles"
Misc.: Googly Eyes, "gems", foam tape from stash

Friday, January 15, 2021


There aren't many tic-tac-toe color challenges for paper crafters but one is available at Color My Heart Color Dare #427, a biweekly event beginning Friday, January 15, and ending on Thursday evening, January 28, 2021. Select a direction of colors and create a project for our challenge. Once you have selected three-in-a-row colors you may add additional colors provided they are on the tic-tac-toe board. Also permitted are black, white, neutrals, and metallic gold. Colors that are not designated on the board below may not be used for this challenge. If you do not have the exact color, you may use one that is a very close match. I selected Peach, Blue Belle, and Sage then added Canary and Paprika plus a "freebie" of white.

The card base was die-cut from blue cardstock. A patterned paper was also die-cut to fit on the front of the card base. On white cardstock, I stamped three flowers in two colors, fussy cutting them and then adding a few yellow dots to the flower centers with yellow cardstock. The flowers were adhered using foam tape for dimension. The sentiment was stamped and matted then added using foam tape. A few pearls were added as well. The inside of the card was decorated with a white scalloped rectangle and a pink patterned paper. A large block-lettered "THANKS" was die-cut from pink patterned paper and adhered along with another stamped flower.

If you haven't tried one of our challenges, visit CD427 to see the inspirational cards created by the Design Team, and to review our guidelines.

Stamp Set: Stampin; Up! "Gorgeous Posies"
Inks: Distress Oxide Spun Sugar (for Peach), Fired Brick (for Paprika), and Faded Jeans (for Blue Belle)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Daffodil Delight; CTMH "Blue Belle"
Paper: CTMH "Happiness Lives Here"
Dies: Stamps of Life
Misc.: Pearls & foam tape from stash

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Sending XOXO

St. Valentine's Day will be here before we realize it! I have an aunt who is in her nineties and who loves to receive cards and letters. She is the last of her generation in our family and a generous, loving woman. I include her on my card list for every occasion so this is a Valentine for her.

I was inspired by a sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday's biweekly challenge. Below is the required sketch for Challenge #489. The optional twist is to include die cuts on your project. This biweekly challenge runs from Tuesday, January 12, through Sunday evening, January 11, 2021. A new biweekly challenge begins each week so there is always one active challenge underway.

Using a circle die I cut a floral image from a sheet of patterned paper, adhered it to the pink card base, and added a bit of faux stitching with a white gel pen. A strip of metallic gold cardstock was added next and decorated with a tiny scalloped edge along the edge. The backside of the floral image had these casual hearts printed on white, so I matted a strip with dark red cardstock and adhered it to the card using foam tape. With a gold gel pen, I colored in a few of the hearts. To finish the card I added the die-cut xoxo sentiment and some gold metallic pearls. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with the same floral paper.

There are always inspirational cards created by the Design Teams to encourage you to enter the challenges. Check out the
TSOT489 Blog for the sketch and guidelines.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Gold Metallic
Paper: Simple Stories "Kissing Booth"
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles, Cutplorations (XOXO), Memory Box (scalloped border)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Metallic Pearls (gold), Boxun Gel Pens (white & gold metallic), foam tape

Monday, January 11, 2021

Celebrating Your Day

Having missed a few weekly challenges at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I was eager to submit a card for Challenge #403. This challenge began on Monday, January 11, and ends on Sunday evening, January 17, 2021. Here is the sketch:

Onto a white card base, I added a panel of lavender cardstock and then another slightly smaller panel in purple. The patterned paper was cut to size and adhered as well as a color-coordinated ribbon. I stamped the sentiment and then die-cut the label shapes. The sentiment was added with foam tape for dimension. The butterfly is a vellum image (ephemera) from the same collection as the patterned paper, colored with Copic markers. In addition, I die-cut the flourish using more of the patterned paper and added it with the butterfly using foam tape. In keeping with the sketch, a few pearls were added. The inside of the card was decorated with paper scraps, a butterfly, and another flourish.

Visit the AHSC403 Blog and join the weekly challenge!

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Gorgeous Posies" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant & Wisteria Wonder
Paper: CTMH "Every Little Thing" Collection
Dies: Whimsy Stamps (sentiment labels) & MFT (flourish)
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! "Scallop Dots" (Elegant Eggplant)
Misc.: Mermaid Rainbow Pearls & foam tape from stash

Friday, January 1, 2021

Have a Purr-fect Day

It's January and I think this must be the coldest month of the year, even in Arizona. Two of my favorite challenges are cuddling up together against the cold temperatures for their biweekly challenges.
Color My Heart Color Dare #425, beginning Friday, January 1, ends on Thursday evening, January 14, 2021. Double Trouble #74 has adjusted their start date to match with their partner but will be ending on the usual date of Sunday evening, January 17, 2021.

My three colors of choice were red, green, and brick yellow with a touch of gold. Following is the inspiration photo for Color My Heart Color Dare #425:

The "Cuddle Up" theme at Double Trouble #74 has one requirement and two options:
Thing 1: Trouble Maker is requiring that you use your favorite cutting or embossing device when creating your project. I used my Gemini Junior to cut a scalloped frame and the focal image. 
Thing 2: Double Dare has presented the option to link your project with Color Dare #425. This will give you an extra chance for the Random Prize Drawing.
Thing 3: Twisted Sister's optional twist is to add a warm and fuzzy critter, earning you another chance in the Random Prize Drawing.

I love cats and dogs equally but nowadays find living with just one cat seems to suit my lifestyle. (I have had as many as three cats and three dogs at the same time.) Sluggo, my dark gray male with tuxedo markings, has me well-trained and we coexist perfectly. I stamped this two-part image (body and head) then colored the images using Copic markers. Have you ever had a marker dispense a big puddle of ink? Grrrrrr. I managed to mop it up and after repeated treatments with blending solution managed to get the worst of it corrected. 

The hand-colored images were die-cut and placed onto the card that I had already assembled by adding white cardstock and a die-cut green plaid frame to a red card base. The body was added direct to paper but the cat's head was attached using a Wobble Spring and the green foil bow was die-cut and attached. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with green plaid paper. The sentiment, "Have a PURR-fect Day", was stamped on the inside.

Give these challenges a try! Be sure to visit the DTC74 Blog and the CD425 Blog to review the details and guidelines for this joint challenge.

Stamps: Stampendous "Love Mew"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Real Red
Paper: Stampin' Up! (green plaid); WRMK Foil (green) 
Dies: Lawn Fawn Inverted Scallop Frame; Stampendous "Love Mew"
Misc.: Wobble Spring, foam tape