Friday, February 16, 2024

Spring Card with a Fun Fold

Double Trouble Challenge #160 is temporarily on a different schedule by opening this challenge on Friday, February 16, 2024. Our format, however, has not changed so this challenge is based on three "Things". Challenge #160 Blog provides an explanation in detail of the requirements and options.

Creating a fun fold is the required element. Recently, a correspondent of mine shared instructions with me on creating a "Diamond Tent Fun Fold" card. I decided to create the card for this challenge and play along with Thing 2 by submitting it to our challenge partner, Creative Creases #76.

The instructions began with a card base of 6" x 12" but I typically use cardstock no longer than 11", so I made it work. It meant the landscape card now stands at 3.5" tall rather than 4" tall but the width remained unchanged at 6", about the size of a mini-slimline design. Once the base was completed, the card was quick and easy to decorate. One of the challenge options is to recognize Leap Day, which falls on February 29, 2024. The option is to include a creature who leaps, so rabbits were added, which works with my spring theme. My niece's paper collection with matching ephemera came in handy by using two different paper patterns and two different green-colored cardstock panels to complete the card. 

Three rabbits were die-cut in different colors and tucked into the card's fold along with adding a floral image and a butterfly. I thought the card needed more color so touches of pink ink were brushed onto a few elements, including the rabbit ears. There is an inside fold to this card, which was embellished with a die-cut rabbit. The sentiment was omitted for now and there is sufficient space for a personal note. 

I think I need to take some lessons in photography. I am constantly disappointed with my photographs! Be sure to join this fun challenge and try your hand at creating a fun fold - it can be rewarding! Visit Double Trouble #160 and Creative Creases #76 to play along.

Thank you for looking.

Ink: CTMH "Rosy"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
Paper & Ephemera: Echo Park "Good to Be Home" Collection
Die: Jaded Blossom Gnome Collection (rabbit)
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Friday, February 9, 2024

Wild Meadow All Occasion

It's time to join the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #587. I love the color called Rosy, especially paired with Capri and a touch of metallic gold ink. Below is the Color Dare Board. All you do is choose at least three colors and create. You may not add colors that are not on the board. Black, white, and neutrals are free to use. 

Onto a panel of white cardstock, the square shapes were randomly stamped in three locations without considering if the large stamp would coordinate. I had no idea if any of the flowers or leaves would end up in a good place with the random squares. Once stamped, I was content with the result but thought the top of the card was devoid of interest. Using a tiny circle stamp, I added metallic gold ink to the three wildflowers. The panel was popped up on foam tape and added to a white card base with the edges inked in Rosy. The inside was decorated with a few more stamped squares, leaving space for a personal message.

This was a quick and easy card to create - perfect for producing a large quantity of cards.

Please visit the Challenge Blog and play along with us.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your comments.

Stamps: Woodware "Wild Meadow", Waffle Flower "Color Swatches"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Rosy & Capri; Delicata Metallic "Golden Glitz"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape

Friday, February 2, 2024

My Heart Misses You (Valentine Card)

Welcome to my blog. Here we are again for another Double Trouble Challenge. This is Challenge #159, which will run through Thursday evening, February 15, 2024. There are three "Things" that make up the challenge:

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has assigned the theme as "Love Is in the Air". Your project must be related to the subject of love. While hearts and flowers are symbolic of love, we encourage you to use an "air" element, such as a bird, butterfly, cloud, etc. My card using the theme, "Love Is in the Air", is posted above.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is looking forward to you linking your project with the challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare #586.
Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister is challenging you to use the color board below. I used Ballerina, Bluebird, and Candy Apple plus the free colors of black and white.

The stamp set has been around for a while and I have used bits of it here and there but it was by accident that I came across it for this challenge. I CASE'd a card I saw on Pinterest when I recognized this as a stamp in my stash. I don't have a link to the original card but I wanted to disclose that I am not the original designer of this layout. I changed the colors and sentiment when creating my own card.

The cloud outlines were stamped, pink ink was added to the clouds with a blending brush, the tiny person was stamped and colored, and I hand-drew the rope. The sentiment, different from the original card, was also stamped directly onto the card front. The heart was stamped on red cardstock and fussy cut then added with 2 mm foam tape for dimension. This was added to a card base of blue cardstock.

The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock, stamped and inked with clouds and a stamped, fussy-cut heart, leaving plenty of space for a message. I am going to send this card to my sister-in-law, whom I have not seen in a very long time, although we chat regularly. I know she'll enjoy receiving it.

Be sure to check out the challenges at DTC 159 and CD 586 and join in with our "Love Is in the Air" theme using three colors from our Fancy Five color board!

Thank you for visiting - please leave a comment.

Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp "Just Miss You"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH "Ballerina", Copic markers (for the tiny image)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Real Red, CTMH Bluebird