Friday, March 22, 2024

Just Because (CD #593)

It's Friday and that means we have a new Color Dare challenge underway. This is Challenge #593 and it runs through Thursday, April 4, 2024. Below is the color board for this challenge. I decided on the color Capri to go along with the Honey Butter. I used substitutes that are very close matches to the specified colors. 

A die set that has been sitting in my stash unused has been calling my name. I decided that it was well-suited to the two-color challenge. I was a little disappointed because the dies required a variety of shims to get them to cut cleanly. The word dies are included in this set and are kind of flimsy. It was an exercise in patience to use the words. 

I created the card to my liking, stacking the words in white onto the words in Honey Butter. I also add 23 gem stickers! Out of character for me but I was content with doing it. After all of the rich colors, the card needed the color white so I could say it was finished. The inside of my card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with extra die-cut flowers, leaving sufficient space for a personal message.

Please visit our Color Dare Blog #593 for some challenge fun. Each challenge begins on Friday and is two weeks in duration so we always have an active challenge in the works.

By the way, I will use this die set again despite the cutting issue. If you look at the black filigree design eight "hidden" flowers would be fun to feature so there are other possibilities.

Thank you for visiting my blog. It makes my heart happy if you leave a comment. Enjoy!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black, Hello Honey, & Tempting Turquoise
Die set: Spellbinders "Floral Butterfly Card Front" (includes words and flowers)
Misc.: Honey Bee Gem Stickers

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Thinking of You (TSOT 643)


Welcome to my blog! Here is my card for Try a Sketch on Tuesday #643. This semimonthly challenge will end on Sunday afternoon, March 31, 2024.

I have been trying to use items from my stash so I used some leftover ephemera and die-cut elements. I prefer to make handmade items but these were too pretty to waste. I used three die-cut circles, adhering images to them. Due to the size of the images, I elected to make this a Slimline card.
The panels were added to a white card base and green gems were adhered to dress up the card. The inside was decorated with floral ephemera, leaving sufficient space to add a personal message.

I hope you'll play along with the sketch challenge at TSOT 643
Thank you for visiting my blog. 


Stamp: Simon Says Stamp "Orchid Rose Bouquet" (sentiment)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Pistachio Pudding & Blackberry Bliss
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Pale Plum, Blackberry Bliss & Pistachio Pudding
Paper & Ephemera: Paper Rose "The Violet Garden"
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape & Honey Bee sticker gems

Friday, March 15, 2024

Spring Florals - Anemone Easter Card (DTC #162)


Double Trouble Challenge

Thank you for viewing my Spring Floral Easter card and welcome to Double Trouble Challenge #162. This biweekly challenge ends on Sunday evening, March 31, 2024. As always, there are three elements to this challenge. Be sure to visit the DTC162 Blog for specific details. Our partner for this challenge is Beautiful Blossoms #15.

Since purchasing a new die set with pretty Anemones I was eager to use it for this challenge. The style of the flowers appealed to me - sort of Art Deco. Although not required, our partner's Mood Board provided direction for my selection of colors, however, the layout is directly from the Spellbinders packaging but adding the textured background was my personal choice. 

After die-cutting the images and assembling the flowers the items were brushed with ink. A panel of cardstock was embossed and the elements were adhered. A layer of scrap cardstock was added behind each flower to elevate them slightly. (Even thin foam tape would have been too thick for the look I wanted.) For my optional Easter element, I simply added a meaningful sentiment in keeping with the solemnity of Easter.

In keeping with one of the challenge options I am linking my card with Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #15. Here is their Mood Board. 

Did you know that Anemones have deep meaning in many cultures? They symbolize love, affection, and good luck. The ancient Greeks thought they were the tears of Aphrodite and Adonis. Since my Anemones are purple, they also symbolize royalty.

Be sure to visit the Blogs for DTC #162 and Beautiful Blossoms #15.


Stamp: Stamps of Life "Easter Statements"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Shaded Spruce & Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White (card base), Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Mint Macaron, Just Jade
Die Set: Spellbinders "Fresh Picked Anemones"
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders "Optical Arches"

Friday, March 8, 2024

With Love (Color Dare 591)


Thank you for stopping my to see my card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #591. The color board is below and demonstrates that this challenge requires the use of the colors black and white with the addition of only one color. I chose an orange color. I originally planned to use a soft peach but decided to use a stronger color.

The image was stamped onto white cardstock, partially fussy cut then placed onto a panel of black cardstock. The sentiment was then stamped. The ink was brushed onto the flowers and sentiment. This was adhered to a white card base. The ink was also brushed onto white scraps to create the striped elements.

The inside was stamped with another sentiment and a smaller flower that coordinates with the larger image on the front. This was also brushed with ink.

Because this is a large image, the card was created using an A6 size so that the image would not appear crowded.


Stamps: Gina K "Sweet Memories"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Basic Black
Size: A6 (4.75" x 6.5")

Friday, March 1, 2024

Good Luck Card for St. Patrick's Day

It's time to play along with another biweekly challenge at Double Trouble. This is Challenge #161, beginning on Friday, March 1, 2024, and ending on Thursday, March 14, 2024. For details, visit the Double Trouble Blog. Our partner for this challenge is Festive Friday #FF0154. Their inspiration board is below. There are ten items to choose from but you only need three. Using the color green for Double Trouble was my first element. I included four additional items on my card - Gold, Gold Embellishments, Clover, and the Good Luck Sentiment.

I decided to use a stencil to create an Argyl pattern on my card but once the orange ink was applied, I changed my mind and added green ink without adding the additional Argyl lines so it looks more Harlequin than Argyl. Then the stenciled panel was cut into two pieces. Onto a panel of green cardstock, a white panel followed by an inked panel in Pumpkin Pie were added. Then I added the stenciled strip, matted in Parakeet Party. 

The sentiment was die cut from gold glimmer paper, shadowed by vellum. The four-leafed clover was created by stamping a small heart four times, fussy-cutting the image, and adding a stem. The clover was popped up with foam tape. Gold metallic pearls were added. The inside of the card was decorated with the second strip of stenciling. 

We hope you will join us for this challenge. Just click HERE and you will be connected to the Double Trouble Blog.
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Stamp: Concord & 9th "Sweet on You" (small hearts for clover)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Parakeet Party & Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Parakeet Party, Garden Green, Glimmer (gold), & vellum
Stencil: Pink Fresh "Argyle"
Die w/shadow (sentiment): Photoplay "Good Luck" 
Misc.: CTMH thin foam tape, Honey Bee Gems