Monday, September 5, 2022

You Brighten My Day


After an absence of three months, I was so glad to be able to create a card for Double Trouble Challenge #120This biweekly challenge begins on Monday, September 5, and ends on Sunday evening, September 18, 2022. As is customary, there are three "Things" to consider when joining in our challenges. Here are the elements for this challenge:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has chosen to use the 3-2-1 Recipe. Details can be found on the Challenge Blog.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is partnering with Cupcake Inspirations #552 for this challenge. 

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister is asking that you use the colors, Jade, Yellow, and Brown, which coordinate with our partner's challenge.

I recently made a cross-country move of 2,000 miles and I have been busy with the huge task of getting settled in and all that a move to a new community entails. After I began to unpack my craft area, I decided to change the flooring so that slowed me down in card making. The card I made for this challenge was inspired by a new etched die set I have but because I was unable to find my die-cutting machine, I decided to hand draw lemons and leaves on colored cardstock and fussy cut them. In addition, I shaded them with ink and added the pieces with foam tape for dimension. For embellishments, I used the flowers cut by using a punch.

In addition to the challenge colors, I also used a second green shade of cardstock. The flowers were each decorated with a center of yellow cardstock topped with Glossy Accents. The sentiment was hand-printed and adhered to the card front. The inside of the card was decorated using the same colors, decorated with white flowers and a leaf.

We look forward to seeing your challenge entries at Double Trouble #120 and our partner, Cupcake Inspirations #552,

Stamps: Hand-drawn images (lemons and leaves)
Inspiration: Spellbinders "Lemon Zest" etched dies
Inks: Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar & Pretty Peacock
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade, Pistachio Pudding
Punch: Stampin' Up! (flowers)
Misc.: Foam tape and Glossy Accents


  1. Your hand-drawn lemon are terrific! It's hard when you don't have access to the supplies you are use to using - here's hoping you locate more of them in the coming days :)

  2. Welcome back, glad to hear the craft room is making progress, moving is soooo much work. Great job on the hand made images!

  3. A lemon card was a great idea for this color combo! Glad you are back around! Sounds like you have been having lots of adventure with the move. Hope it's all going well :)

  4. Now, who needs a die cutting machine when you can draw the lemons and fussy-cut... great job. Glad you didn't have to fussy-cut your flowers and were able to find and use one of your punches. Very pretty card and great dimension.

  5. Melanie, you colored those lemons so perfectly I want to reach out and grab one to make a margarita! A great inspiration card for our DTC participants!!! -Donna

  6. This is great, thanks for playing our challenge, happy crafting!

    Leanne DT Member/CIC
    Cupcake Inspirations

  7. Beautiful card Melanie! So excited to be teaming up with Double Trouble! Thanks for playing with us at CIC-Kathy DT Sweetie

  8. Super cute card. Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations!