Friday, February 26, 2021

Floral Thank You

When I first saw this Tictactoe color board for Color My Heart Color Dare TicTacToe Challenge #433 I was sure I would not be able to meet the requirements because I thought the colors would not coordinate well. To my surprise, I was able to complete my card without difficulty so now I don't know why I was dreading it. This biweekly challenge began on Friday, February 26, and will end on Thursday evening, March 11, 2021.

I selected the three colors in the first column - Lilac, Sage, and Lemonade, then added the color Grape to the floral image, using Sangria for the card base. I selected a creamy vanilla cardstock for the image. The flowers were stamped in Lilac with some Grape shading added, followed by Lemonade in the centers. Sage was used for the leaves and Grape with an occasional touch of Lemonade was used for the small flowers. Ensuring the ink was dry, I embossed the cardstock image panel so it would have the texture of linen but I tore the paper and made a mess of it. I turned to fussy cutting the texturized image and adhering it to a vanilla panel, also texturized with an embossing folder. The stamped sentiment was adhered with foam tape and a few rhinestones were added. The inside of the card was stamped with a single flower with leaves in the same colors. I planned on using the card immediately and wrote in it before I photographed it. A quick look at the photo and you can see the edge of my written note.

Note: The camera picked up the blue tones in the lilac flowers. The inks I used are listed below.

If you've never joined us at Color My Heart Color Dare we invite you to visit our Blog and play along with our challenges!

Size: A6 (4.75" x 6")

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Blossoms in Bloom"
Inks: Distress Oxide Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Squeezed Lemonade & Bundled Sage
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla & Rich Razzleberry (sub for Sangria)
Punches (sentiment): Stampin' Up! Lovely Labels & Modern Label
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up! "Subtle"
Misc.: Foam tape and pearls from stash

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

With Deepest Sympathy

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #495! This is a biweekly challenge beginning on Tuesday, February 23, and ending on Sunday evening, March 7, 2021. The challenge sketch is below and the optional theme is "Sympathy".

Lately, I have been trying to use up small pieces of patterned paper that are retired or discontinued and found these old favorite designs. Onto a card base, I added a die-cut rectangular gray panel, followed by two smaller panels and a horizontal strip of coordinating paper. In keeping with the sketch, I added a butterfly, fussy-cut from the paper. The sentiment was stamped and cut with oval dies then added with foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper and a small butterfly. The last item was to add Glossy Accents to the butterfly.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has great sketches for biweekly card challenges beginning each Tuesday so there is always an active challenge. Check out the Challenge Blog!

Stamps: Stampin Up! "Peaceful Moments"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Gray & Soft Sky
Paper: CTMH "Chelsea Gardens"
Dies: Hero Arts Infinity Ovals & Paper Rose Infinity Rectangles
Misc.: Glossy Accents & foam tape

Monday, February 15, 2021

You're the Whirl to Me

Today holds a new challenge at
Double Trouble. This is Challenge #77. There are three "Things" to Double Trouble Challenges. Thing 1, a required element, is to make a layered card with at least three layers. Thing 2, which is optional, is to enter your project into Challenge #260 at The Crafter's Cafe. To top it off, Thing 3, also optional, is to play along with the twist. The twist is to add lace and/or pearls.

To meet the requirements I created my card with a card base plus six layers, depending on how you count them. I know there are more than three. I added a panel of cardstock and a panel of patterned paper to the card base. Using circle dies, I used a technique called Layered Circles. There are numerous ways to layer the circles to achieve different results. The sentiment was stamped on a banner of cardstock and decorated with pearls and a small bit of die-cut lacy trim. The inside was decorated with a few scraps of cardstock. I found this sentiment in my stamp stash and thought it would work with the "whirled" circles.

We hope you'll join us for this fun challenge, which ends on Sunday evening, February 28, 2021. Be sure to view the guidelines for these challenges at
DTC77 and Crafter's Cafe #260.

Stamps: Lil' Inker "Pinwheel Sentiments"
Ink: Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Birthday Basics" Collection (retired)
Dies: Whimsy (Stitched Circles), Lawn Fawn (Fancy Scalloped Rectangles) & Mama Elephant (Tiny Scalloped Border)
Punch: Stampin' Up! Lovely Labels (sentiment)
Misc.: Pearls and foam tape from stash

Friday, February 12, 2021

Hearts Slimline Valentine

We are so pleased to have you join us for another biweekly challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare. This is Challenge # 431, beginning on Friday, February 12, and ending on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Below is the Challenge Board. I used pink with vanilla as my color of choice plus gray as a neutral and metallic gold as a free color.

With St. Valentine's Day falling on Sunday, the 14th, I decided to use this pink challenge to make just one more Valentine. On a panel of vanilla cardstock, I used a "just-stitching" die set of hearts to create the random design. Because I usually make a terrible mess when I splatter ink, I decided to try a stencil, using both pink and gray ink. I added a gold-bordered ribbon and adhered the die-cut panel to a rectangle of gray with only a bit showing. This was added to the pink card base. The sentiment was die-cut from gold paper and two shadows were die-cut - one pink, one gray, then stacked and adhered to the card front. The inside was lined with a die-cut scalloped vanilla panel embossed with the just stitching heart dies. A die-cut "you" in gray was added along with a punched gold metallic heart in gold metallic.

Be sure to stop by the Color Dare Blog to view the challenge guidelines and the inspiring cards created by the Design Team.

Inks: Stampin' Up! Petal Pink & Basic Gray
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Basic Gray & Petal Pink
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Just Stitching Hearts"
Stencil: Stamperia Mixed Media
Punch: Stampin' Up! (small heart on the inside of the card)
Dies: Pink & Main ("love" with shadow) & SSS ("you" on the inside of the card)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon (Petal Pink) & foam tape

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A Clowder of Cats Just for You

Try Stampin' on Tuesday #493 is up on the blog. This is a biweekly challenge that opens on Tuesday, February 9, and ends on Sunday evening, February 21, 2021. There is always a sketch and this time there is an optional theme of Peekaboo. These cute images are giving off a party vibe and I placed a few of them hoping they would look as if they were playing a little peekaboo.

After stamping and coloring five little cat images, I fussy cut them. I die cut five circles in a panel of patterned paper, backing it with foam tape and adding to the red card base. The cat images were tucked inside each of the circles. The sentiment was die cut from cardstock and added to the card. Finally, the inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with coordinating patterned paper. 

For a great sketch challenge visit the TSOT493 Blog!

Stamps: Newton's Nook "Newton Makes Plans"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black & Real Red
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Playful Pets"
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles & RCD "Just for You"
Misc.: Foam tape 

Monday, February 1, 2021

My Valentine for You

Thanks for visiting my blog! It's time to join in some crafting fun by combining three challenges. Here they are:

1. Double Trouble #76 has three parts. The first part is required and uses what is called the 3-2-1 Recipe. Use at least three embellishments, at least two patterned papers, and at least one image. The second part, which is optional, is to add your card to the Heart2Heart Challenge. The third part, also optional, is to add hearts for St. Valentine's Day. This challenge is open from Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 14, 2021.

2. Heart2Heart Challenge is partnering with Double Trouble #76. This challenge runs for the entire month of February. If you used at least one CTMH product and showed some love, you may be eligible to enter the H2H Challenge.

3. I also chose to use the sketch from Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #406 as inspiration for my design. This weekly challenge is open from Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 7, 2021.

I thought this might be a fun masculine Valentine. I wanted a "Big Foot" but only had a Yeti stamp set so that had to do. For my card, I adhered a panel of gray cardstock to a Kraft-type card base, followed by a panel of wood grain patterned paper. Using the sketch, I made a tag from red plaid paper, adding the stamped, die-cut image that I had colored with Copic markers. The little speech bubble serves as my sentiment. I added the jute tied in a simple bow to the tag and then added the tag to the card with foam tape. I also added a heart die-cut from red foiled cardstock. In keeping with the sketch and the 3-2-1 recipe. I added three embellishments. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and another heart die-cut from plaid.

We hope you'll play along but it's up to you. I have added the blog links for your convenience.  We know you'll enjoy all three and Double Trouble offers a prize decided by a random draw of participants.
DTC#76  --  H2H  --  AHSC406

Stamp: Hello Bluebird "Yeti or Not"
Inks: Distress Oxide Walnut Stain and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: CTMH Toffee, Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Gray
Paper: Whimsy (plaid) & Stampin' Up! (wood grain)
Punch: Stampin' Up! Tag Topper Scallop Punch
Dies: Hello Bluebird "Yeti or Not", Whimsy (heart)  & Frantic Stamper (zigzag bottom edge on tag)
Misc.: Jute, heart stickers, and foam tape from stash