Monday, May 30, 2022

I'm Bacon You a Cake

There's a cute challenge underway at Double Trouble #112. We usually enjoy having three elements for each challenge but lighten the load when we have a month with five Mondays. This is the fifth Monday in May so our challenge is only one week, ending on Sunday evening, June 5, 2022. Here are our elements:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has declared this as an "Anything Goes" challenge!

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare hopes you will link your card to a previous partner's current challenge. I am linking my card to The Crafter's Cafe #285, which features using spots or stripes.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister is celebrating "Repeat Day." There are details on our DTC Blog, but generally, we're asking you to repeat an image or sentiment on your project. Take a look at the Design Team's cards for inspiration.

I borrowed a stamp from a friend to create my card. I thought these pigs were so sweet! The images were stamped, die-cut, and colored with Copic alcohol markers. The sentiment was stamped and adhered to three narrow strips. All of the elements were added with foam tape. 

But - then it happened! A beverage without a lid was tipped over and the Diet Coke went flying. EEEK! Why was there a drink on the table? So a crafting friend saved the day in part by quickly mopping the mess off of the card. A new card base was made, new pig images were stamped and colored, and we were able to salvage the remaining elements.

These pudgy, pink, and pretty pigs returned to their party by playing in the puddle of chocolate. Such fun!

We hope you'll join in the fun and visit us at the DTC112 Blog and play along with CC#285, too.

Stamp set: Borrowed
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: CTMH
Patterned Paper: CTMH ("mix-ins")
Misc.: Foam tape

Friday, May 20, 2022

Just Pure Love

Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #497 is up on the blog with the latest colors! This biweekly challenge runs through Thursday evening, June 2, 2022. This is a tic tac toe challenge so to play along choose three colors in a row and complete your project. You may use all of the colors as long as you start with three in a row from the color board. If you use a color that is not on the color board, your card may be disqualified. I selected the third column - Lemonade, Capri, and Flamingo but actually used all colors except Kraft and Gold.

I was out of town when I created this card. I had no supplies with me but was given the opportunity to use products from a friend's stash. I kept it simple. Onto a black card base, I added a panel of turquoise cardstock followed by the patterned rainbow-colored paper, beautifully spattered. To finish I added a large piece of ephemera to the card front, expressing "love" in bright red and closely matted with black cardstock. This was popped up with foam tape. A few gems were also added.

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

Cardstock: CTMH Black & Capri
Patterned Paper: CTMH "Fresh Paint" Paper Packet
Misc.: gems and foam tape from stash

Monday, May 16, 2022

So Beautiful

Double Trouble Challenge #111 is up on the blog. This challenge runs through Sunday evening, May 29, 2022, and, as usual, there are three "Things" to our challenge.

Thing 1 (required): If you're like most crafters, you are probably a packrat - even just a tiny bit. Trouble Maker would like you to use a paper bag you've been hoarding (or Kraft paper) to create your project.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is thinking that while you're working with that old paper bag, you may consider linking up with our partner, The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #285. Be sure to read their guidelines.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has come out from under her stash after finding patterned paper in spotted and striped designs. Be sure to use spots or stripes on your project so we can all keep her happy.

I recently spent a long weekend away from home at a friend's summer cabin in the mountains of northern Arizona. The fresh air and mountain scenery was wonderful. I had no craft supplies for this card so used what I found in my friend's stash at the cabin.

Onto the Kraft card base, I added a die-cut oval using foam tape then added some lovely ephemera from a paper packet. The banners are cut from patterned papers with spots and stripes so I could enter my card at our partner's challenge. 

We look forward to seeing your entries on our DTC111 Blog and at The Crafter's Cafe #285.

Cardstock: CTMH Toffee & New England Ivy
Paper: CTMH "Hope and Kindness" Paper Packet
Dies: Kat Scrappiness (ovals)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Good Times

The biweekly challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday #555 is underway and scheduled to run through Sunday, May 22, 2022. Our challenges are always based on a sketch but we also offer an option. The option for the sketch below is using pastel colors.

Using a pretty collection of paper, my card went together quickly. I stamped, colored, and die-cut the image of the "farting" unicorn, which was borrowed from a friend. I also used some crafting license with the sketch due to the size of my focal image. I trimmed the paper to size, matted some of the pieces with black cardstock, and adhered them to the card base with foam tape. The sentiment was cut from ephemera that matched the paper. The black card base was lined with white cardstock.

We hope you will join us at the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog. We have a new biweekly challenge beginning every Tuesday so there is always a challenge to try.

Stamps: Rubbernecker "Unicorns"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Close to My Heart
Paper: CTMH: Tutti Frutti"
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Friday, May 6, 2022

Happy Birthday to Jean

Another color challenge is awaiting your project at Color My Heart Color Dare #495. This challenge runs through Thursday evening, May 19, 2022, and it's an easy one! Start with the colors black and white and add one color. If you wish, add gold or silver to your project.

I decided to use the color blue with some gold pearls. I adhered a panel of black cardstock and another of white to a blue card base. The circle and hexagon were die-cut. The circle was added directly to the white panel and the hexagon was added with foam tape. The floral image was stamped, fussy cut, and adhered so it's peeking out of the hexagon. A sentiment was stamped and the gold pearls were added. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a coordinating stamped floral image.

We welcome you to our challenge - a new biweekly color challenge begins every Friday morning so there is always a current challenge to join. Visit our Color Dare Blog for details.

Stamps: Altenew "Frosted Garden" & SU! "Wildflower Path" (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black & Ballet Blue
Paper: SU! "Everyday Chic"
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles and Classic Hexagons
Misc: SU! Metallic Pearls (Gold) and foam tape

Monday, May 2, 2022

Make Each Day Magical

It's the first Monday in May and that means a new biweekly challenge! Double Trouble Challenge #109 runs through Sunday, May 15, 2022. As is customary, there are three "Things" to the challenge.

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker cannot get the song, "Over the Rainbow," out of her head. It keeps playing over and over again. She would like you to create a project that includes a rainbow or rainbow colors, or... a project that features the color pink. That's a great choice! Just complete this one requirement and your entry will be submitted for our random draw. 

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is introducing a new partner, Colorful Options. Be sure to visit their blog to review the guidelines. If your project qualifies we hope you'll link it to their monthly challenge for May 2022. This will earn you another chance in our random draw.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister believes every rainbow should be accompanied by a touch of fantasy. If you include something make-believe like a pot of gold, or unicorns, fairies, mermaids, gnomes, wizards, dragons, etc., you will earn another chance in our random draw. 

I am preparing to move 2,000 miles across the country in a few weeks so many of my craft tools and supplies are packed. I borrowed this cute fairy stamp set and die from a team member. I stamped the image, colored it with Copic markers then used the coordinating die to cut it. The front of the card base was dry embossed for texture.

I think we all know the traditional rainbow colors but in my "card world" I think any colors work so I chose colors based on the glitter paper I had on hand. A set of circle dies was used to create the rainbow. A tree-builder punch provided the shape for the clouds. Finally, the elements were arranged and adhered to the card base. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with clouds. Gems were added for the final touch.

There's a new challenge in town! I played along with Can You Handle the Pressure? as well. This challenge always requires the use of an embossing folder plus there is an optional twist. This challenge runs through

We hope you will join us for some fun at the DTC109 Blog and Colorful Options for May. You could be the winner of our random draw!

Stamp Set: CTMH "Fairy Tale Magic"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Coastal Cabana
Paper: SU! Glimmer (white), other misc. glitter paper
Punch: SU! Tree Builder (to create clouds)
Die: CTMH "Fairy Tale Magic" & Spellbinders Classic Circles (to create rainbow)
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up!
Misc.: Gems and foam tape from stash