Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Scrapping with Banners

Dig the scraps out of your stash for this one!  Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a fun sketch with an option for their biweekly Challenge #549. This challenge runs from Tuesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 10, 2022.

I was glad to be able to use paper from a small bundle of scraps that were previously cut into 3/4" strips. I wanted to use silver glitter paper as a background but was concerned that the strips would not stick well to the glitter. Instead, I adhered the strips to a panel of clear acetate using high-tack two-sided tape. A panel of silver glitter paper was cut and added behind the strips, glued to the acetate, facing forward. I elected to add a strip of pearls across the card. The acetate adds a pretty sheen to the card front along with the glitter.

If you have been thinking about trying a sketch challenge, then this is for you. Visit our TSOT549 Blog for our guidelines and to view the inspiring cards from the Design Team. Our challenges begin every Tuesday morning and last two weeks so there is always a challenge ready for you to join.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & CTMH Bluebell
Paper: SU! & CTMH patterned paper from scraps
Misc.: Judi-kins (window sheets); pearls and high-tack tape from stash

Friday, March 25, 2022

Hey, Gorgeous!

The struggle is real... it's never quite clear to me why it takes me so long to develop a card for a color challenge. Maybe I overthink it. Here is my card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #489. The decision to use the inlay technique required even more time than usual but I am pleased with the results. 

Below is the Tictactoe board to guide you through the colors. Select three colors in a row, column, or diagonally to create your card. You may use as many of the colors on the board as you wish as long as you form a Tictactoe. Do not use any colors that are not on the board. Take note that Black and White may be used freely.

I selected a diagonal direction - Desert Rose, Sage, and Foiled Gold. I also used Ballerina, Glacier, and Rosemary. To a panel of black cardstock, I adhered a large gold foiled die-cut. I left some of the pieces intact but others I removed so I could inlay colored cardstock. I did not have anything close to Desert Rose in my cardstock or dye inks so made my own using a blend of Copic alcohol markers. I added the die-cut sentiment, plenty of sparkly gems, and attached a white card base. The inside was decorated with a small flower from the die-cut scraps.

We welcome you to our challenges. You are not required to use CTMH colors as long as your substitutes are very close. A new biweekly challenge begins every Friday morning so there is always an active challenge to join. This challenge ends on Thursday evening, April 7, 2022, and here is our Color Dare Blog #489. We hope to see your project!

Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers (R22 & E23) - sub for Desert Rose
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Basic White, Foiled Gold, Soft Succulent (sub for Rosemary), Mint Macaron (sub for Sage), Pool Party (sub for Glacier), Pink Pirouette (sub for Ballerina)
Dies: RCD (flower garden), Pink Fresh (sentiment)
Misc.: SU! Champagne Rhinestones

Monday, March 21, 2022

Fabulous - Yes, You Are!

Card 1 of 2

Card 2 of 2

We hope you'll join us at Double Trouble Challenge #106. This biweekly challenge runs through Sunday evening, April 3, 2022. Our theme is "Less Is More" - as in Clean and Simple. The Design Team has made two samples of each card and mine are both posted above. 

As is our custom, we have three "Things" for you:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has decided on Clean and Simple (CAS) projects. Visit our Blog for details about creating CAS cards. You will receive one chance in our random draw for submitting a CAS project.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is challenging you to link your cards to Use Your Stuff Challenge #444. Linking will give you another chance in our random draw.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has decided if you wish to earn another chance in the random draw, use one color - no more, no less - on your project. You may, however, use multiple shades of one color.

The Design Team members have each created two sample cards for you to view at the DTC106 Blog. The first card I created for my aunt. My Aunt Millie, who is still sharp as a tack, will be celebrating her 95th birthday by the time this post is published so the card will have already been mailed to her. 

Using a white card base and gray ink, I stamped both a floral image and a sentiment onto the front of the card. I chose pink as my one color and used only one shade of pink. Pink just seemed to be perfect for my sweet aunt. I also stamped a coordinating tiny flower plus a birthday sentiment using gray ink on the inside and added a tiny bit of pink ink to the image. I left sufficient space to write a personal message as well.

The second card is a duplicate of the first except it was stamped in black ink and colored with Copic Alcohol Markers. I added a panel of pink patterned paper to the inside of the front flap because alcohol markers applied on the front panel leave stains when they bleed through the cardstock. This additional step really added a pretty touch to the inside of the card. 

We hope you enjoy our "Less Is More" Challenge. For guidelines be sure to visit the DTC106 Blog and the UYS444 Blog. We look forward to seeing your entries!

Stamp Set: Altenew "Engraved Flowers"
Card #1 Inks: Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette (retired)
Card #2 Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: SU! Basic White
Card #2 Patterned Paper inside: SU! DSP from stash (small pink floral print)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Happy Day

Sketch challenges are a personal favorite so here is my card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday #547. This biweekly challenge ends on Sunday, March 27, 2022. The sketch is below and our fun option is to include metallic elements. 

To create the card, I die-cut a floral panel from gold foiled cardstock and added it to a black cardstock panel. Another die was used to create the pink foiled stitched square, which was added with foam tape. The sentiment and dragonflies were also cut from dies. The completed black panel was added to a panel of pink foiled cardstock and then to a white card base. A few additional dragonflies were used to decorate the inside of the card. 

We hope to see your entry at our challenge - only the sketch is required - the metallic is for fun. We have a new biweekly challenge beginning every Tuesday so there is always an active challenge available. Visit our TSOT547 Blog for details.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black, Foiled (gold); PET Textured Foil (pink)
Dies: Stamp Doctor (sentiment), Frantic Stamper ("Floral Band"), Rubbernecker (stitched squares), RCD (dragonflies)
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Friday, March 11, 2022

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

It's a green-colored challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #487. St. Patrick's Day (March 17) falls during this challenge but your card only needs to meet the challenge board requirements shown below.

In 2022 I am trying to use products I own that have never been used. When I found some Asian-inspired dies in my stash I decided to feature the Lunar New Year on my card, although the holiday will be over by the time this is published. This festive and colorful holiday is not celebrated by all Asian cultures and countries but remains extremely popular and lasts through the month of February. For the color challenge, I used shades of green adding gold as my required metallic element, then black and white, which are free colors.

To a panel of white cardstock, I stenciled bamboo images using several green inks, also brushing on a very light shade of green ink to the white cardstock. I adhered the panel to black cardstock. The Asian-inspired frame was cut from black cardstock using an A2 frame die. I die-cut two of the frames, then cut them apart and carefully glued them to fit the Slimline card dimensions. 

Next, the die depicting the wagasa-carrying lady was used to cut an image in black and another in gold. The details were poked out of the black image and it was glued to the gold image, which had been left intact. I added the completed image with foam tape, then the entire card front was added to a white card base. The inside was decorated with a few stenciled bamboo branches and an Asian motif in black and gold. I omitted using any sentiment until I know how I will use the card.

We look forward to seeing your entries at our biweekly challenges. This challenge runs through Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. Visit our
Color Dare Blog to view the DT's projects and to see our guidelines. We have a new biweekly challenge beginning every Friday morning so there is always an active challenge.

Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Seafoam, Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz & Shaded Spruce
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black, Foiled Gold
Stencil: Slimline Bamboo (source unknown)
Dies: Frantic Stamper "Oriental Frame and Motifs"; RCD "Oriental Lady"
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Monday, March 7, 2022

Windy Days of March

Welcome to my blog! Today I am featuring a card for Double Trouble Challenge #105, a biweekly challenge that runs through Sunday evening, March 20, 2022. Our challenge usually has three elements:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has decided we need to focus on the color green. This month we have St. Patrick's Day and the first day of spring so using the color green seems like a good idea. If you join our challenge you are eligible for our random draw.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is hoping you'll also link your project to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge. Be sure to visit their blog to see their guidelines. You will be awarded another chance in our random draw if you play along at H2H.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has added a twist to this challenge by asking you to use plaid on your project. Details are available at the DTC105 Blog. Using plaid means you will qualify for another chance in the random draw.

My card is a depiction of a windy day since March is known for being blustery. The card panel was die-cut in a Slimline size from white cardstock. I daubed three shades of green dye ink using a stencil. A Copic marker was used for the brown tree branches. The sentiment was die-cut from gold foiled cardstock and adhered, followed by the gems. I added two tiny hand-cut shapes that resemble birds, topping them off with Wink of Stella. The main panel was added to plaid paper followed by a white card base. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper and a stenciled leafy branch.

We hope you'll visit our DTC105 Blog and that of our partner, H2H, and play in our challenges.

Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Seafoam, Soft Succulent, Shaded Spruce
Cardstock: SU! Basic White
Paper: CTMH Foil (gold) & SU! (plaid)
Dies: Pink Fresh (Slimline Stitched Rectangles) & Spellbinders (Birthday Set)
Stencil: Funky Fossil Designs ("Windy Day")
Misc.: SU! Champagne Rhinestones, Wink of Stella (clear)

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Canoes for Rent (Masculine)

It's time to create another project for our biweekly challenge! Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #545 runs from Tuesday, March 1, through Sunday evening, March 13, 2022. Below is the required sketch. It's up to you if you wish to include the optional theme: include an animal(s) on your project.

I've had this masculine paper in my stash for several years. It seems as if I'm continuously trying to take older items from my stash but the stash never shrinks! There is always a need for a masculine card in my family so this card will not go to waste.

This sketch is ideal for a Clean & Simple (CAS) card but I headed in a different direction. I started by embossing the front panel of the card base. This was followed by a hand-cut triangle from the fish-patterned paper. From coordinating ephemera, I used a circle punch to cut the "Canoes for Rent" sign. The elements were added using foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with coordinating paper in plaid. I have met the optional challenge with 
several fish and two dogs.

Be sure to visit the
TSOT545 Blog to see guidelines for our challenges. We have a biweekly challenge beginning every Tuesday so there is always an active challenge for you to join.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Photo Play "Lakeside" Collection
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder & Circle Punch (1.5"), CTMH thin foam tape