Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Flower Garden

Welcome to Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #513. This biweekly challenge began on Tuesday, June 29, and will run through Sunday, July 11, 2021. I enjoyed using this sketch especially with our optional theme of Gardening. 

I measured, cut, and layered the scraps of garden-themed paper that I had in my stash until the sketch design took shape.  The circle was embossed with a Dotted Swiss pattern and the sentiment tag is coordinating ephemera with a bow added. I used both thin and regular thickness of foam tape to vary the height of the elements and add interest then I added a few pink and green sequins to brighten the card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with more paper.

If you've never visited our Challenge Blog, we hope you will. Take a look at the Design Team projects and then join in a challenge. A new biweekly sketch challenge begins every Tuesday so there is always an active challenge to try.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Carta Bella "Flower Garden"
Die: Whimsy (stitched circles)
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! Grosgrain (Pretty in Pink)
Misc.: Cuttlebug EF (Dotted Swiss); foam tape and sequins from stash

Monday, June 21, 2021

Finding Joy

It's time for another biweekly challenge at Double Trouble #87. We are partnering with Try Stampin' on Tuesday #512, which includes a sketch.

Double Trouble has three elements:
1. Thing 1 (required) is using the theme "It's Hip to Be Square". The challenge runs from Monday, June 21, through Sunday evening, July 4, 2021. 
2. Thing 2 (optional) is to link your project to Try Stampin' on Tuesday #512 between Tuesday, June 22, through Sunday, July 4, 2021. If your project is dated no earlier than Monday, June 21, TSOT will accept your post. The sketch for this challenge is below and their option is to use embossing.
3. Thing 3 (optional) is to use dry or heat embossing anywhere in your project. Participation in Things 2 or 3 will give you an additional chance at our random draw prize.

June 21 is the first day of summer so this card represents summer celebrations. After adding panels of cardstock and patterned paper to a card base, I die cut a square and a square frame from glitter paper, added them with foam tape, and then included a die-cut butterfly coated with clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment was heat embossed with black ink and clear embossing powder and a few pearls were added. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper.

We look forward to seeing how you interpreted the sketch in your project and invite you to add your project to both challenges by visiting the DTC87 Blog and the TSOT512 Blog.

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday "Inspired Dragonfly" 
Ink: Staz-on Jet Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Mint Macaron & Barely Banana (retired)
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Hand Penned"; WRMK Glitter (green and purple)
Dies: Rubbernecker (stitched squares), Gina Marie (fancy rectangles), RCD (Dancing Butterfly), Jillian Vance (Stitched Sentiment)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Embossing Powder (clear), Wink of Stella (clear), pearls & foam tape from stash

Friday, June 18, 2021

Gold Galore Birthday

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #449 is open for entries through Thursday evening, July 1, 2021. If you're a fan of the color purple, then here's your chance to have some fun. Our guidelines for this biweekly challenge are to use shades of purple plus two additional colors. Black and white are free but do not count toward the two additional colors. I used green and gold as my two additional colors. My only free color is white.
I decided to create a slimline card for an upcoming family birthday. My recipient will be turning 50 next month and her favorite color is purple. I have two fairly new dies that I have been wanting to use along with a new stamp so here was my opportunity to use them. After stamping, coloring, and die-cutting the floral frame I added a panel of vellum along with a die-cut sentiment.

Next came some punched flowers and other die-cut bits. I arranged the glittered cardstock - some pieces directly to the card front and some with foam tape. The decorated floral frame was added to the card base, which had a die-cut diagonal grid adhered with thin foam tape. This was added to a white card base. The inside was lightly sponged with purple ink and a gold glitter flourish was added. Some gold pearls were added to finish the card.

The Design Team invites you to visit the Color Dare Blog and play along with our biweekly challenges. A new challenge begins each Friday morning and runs for two weeks.
Stamp: Pinkfresh Studio "Incredibly Grateful"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers, Distress Oxide "Wilted Violet"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Vellum, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Paper: Stampin' Up! Glimmer (gold glitter) & WRMK (purple & white glitter)
Dies: Spellbinders (sentiment); Pinkfresh Studio "Slimline Diagonal Stripes" and "Incredibly Grateful"; MFT (large flourish on the inside); Frantic Stamper (gold branches)
Punches: Stampin' Up! "Flower Shop Pansy" & "Boho Blossoms"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Gold Pearls & foam tape from stash

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Life's at Ease

There's a biweekly challenge awaiting your project at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. Challenge #511 began on Tuesday, June 15, and will end on Sunday evening, June 27, 2021. In addition to the sketch, there is an option to use a beach theme.

Onto a white card base, I added a panel of blue wave-patterned paper along with a yellow striped piece. I stamped the palm tree, the umbrella, and the shorebird then colored them with Copic markers. I fussy cut and adhered the elements to the card using foam tape. The clouds were punched, edged with color, and adhered with a hand-cut sun. The sentiment was stamped with blue ink and added. The inside was decorated with stamped, colored images.

Please visit our TSOT511 Blog to join the biweekly challenge. We have challenges beginning each Tuesday that run for two weeks so there is always an active challenge underway.

Stamps: Stampendous "Ocean Wisdom" (sentiment) & "Seaside Chair" (umbrella & shorebird); Sunny Studio "Sending Sunshine" (palm tree)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide (Blueprint Sketch), Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: CTMH "I Heart Us" Collection
Die: Whimsy Wavy Frames (sentiment)
Punch: Stampin' Up! (clouds)
Misc.: Foam tape

Monday, June 7, 2021

Happy Anniversary

There is a celebration going on at Double Trouble Challenge #86 and Trouble Maker says that you must decide what occasion to celebrate. (I decided to celebrate an anniversary.) Double Dare is hoping you'll take our option to link your card to our partner If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #157. Twisted Sister would like to see you use the inspiration photo below provided by our partner.

I had this vintage-style illustration of two children and thought it was perfect to use for a married couple who have been together for many years. I added some stitching to the card base then using foam tape added it to a stitched panel and then onto the card base. I purposely offset the focal piece to allow for decoration. I added the butterfly with a gem and then a flourish cut from silver foil. The inside was lined with vanilla cardstock and decorated with more silver flourishes.

We hope you'll play along with us at
DTC86 and If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #157!

Stamp: Computer generated
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pretty Peacock, Silver Foil
Paper: Authentique "Endless"
Dies: MFT Large Flourish, MFT Stitched Rectangles Stax Set, Mama Elephant (border stitch), The Stamp Doctor (dragonflies on the inside)
Punch: Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly
Misc.: Gem and foam tape from stash

Friday, June 4, 2021

Happy Birthday USA!

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #447 is up on the blog with a biweekly challenge and it's Tic-tac-toe! Beginning on Friday, June 4, this challenge will end on Thursday evening, June 17, 2021. The guidelines for a Tic-tac-toe challenge indicate that we select three colors. These must be from a column, a row, or a diagonal direction. Additional colors may be added but they must appear on this color board. I chose the left-to-right diagonal using Carolina, Toffee, and Scarlet then added Bluebird and Sapphire. I added Gold as my free color. (The board indicates Blue Belle but it should have been Bluebird so either one is acceptable.)

To begin, I cut 1" strips from patterned paper. Next, I cut a panel of white cardstock adhering to wide double-sided tape. I removed the release paper from the tape and began sticking the 1" strips onto the taped cardstock. Once finished, I trimmed the panel to size and began brushing gold leaf over the open grid lines ensuring it adhered to the exposed tape. Once completed, the card panel was added to a blue card base and decorated with a red rosette. I topped off the rosette with a scalloped circle of gold foiled cardstock. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a matching paper strip.

Color My Heart has a new biweekly challenge beginning each Friday so there is always an ongoing challenge. We hope you'll visit our Color Dare Blog and join us for some paper crafting fun!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Not Quite Navy (sub for Sapphire), Cherry Cobbler (sub for Scarlet), & Gold Foiled cardstock
Paper: CTMH "Stars and Sparklers" Collection
Punch: Stampin Up' Scalloped Circle
Misc.: Prima Metallic Flakes (Oro/Gold) and Be Creative Tape Sheets (Sookwang)

Thursday, June 3, 2021

You Are Awesome

6/12/2021 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges.

As the saying goes, "It seems as if I am a day late or a dollar short," when it comes to finishing a card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges. Challenge #423 began on Monday morning, May 31, and will end on Sunday evening, June 6, 2021. There is always a great sketch for their weekly challenge.

I was recently reminded of an old technique using gold metallic flakes and decided to use it. I cut a scrap of patterned paper into four 1" strips. There are more ways to do this but I chose to stick the paper strips onto a panel of two-sided tape that had been adhered to a panel of cardstock. The tape is made in various sizes (mine was actually in sheet form) and both sides are protected with release paper. Once the paper strips were affixed, I brushed gold metallic flakes on the remaining exposed sticky tape until I had good coverage and nothing sticky remained. I then added the panel to the card base. The remaining two patterned paper designs were added, followed by the die-cut Hummingbird in gold using foam tape. The sentiment and a few light embellishments were also added. The inside of the card was decorated with patterned paper.

I enjoyed using this technique and made another card to be published on Friday, June 4. Click HERE on or after June 4 to see that card. For great inspirational sketches, visit the AHSC Blog.

Stamps: Maymay Made It "Wanted You to Know"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Gold Foiled Card
Paper: Sara Davies "Letters from the Heart"
Die: RCD "Hummingbird in Flight"
Misc.: Be Creative Tape Sheets (Sookwang); Prima Metallic Flakes (Oro/Gold); pearls and foam tape from stash