Friday, June 28, 2024

Thinking of You (CD 607)

Color Dare Challenge #607 has opened and will run through Thursday evening, July 11, 2024. This is a tic-tac-toe event. Using the color board below, select three colors in a row. column, or diagonal, and use them for your project. Once you have decided on the three colors, you may add additional colors as long as they are from the color board. You are also free to use neutrals, black, white, and metallics. I selected column 2 - Flamingo, Lagoon, and Journey but added all the other colors as I designed my card. 

A neutral color was used for the card base. The front of the card was embossed to add texture. Using a scrap of white cardstock, nine alcohol markers that closely matched the colors on the board were selected. Using these colors, horizontal stripes were hand-drawn. The white scrap with stripes was cut into a banner shape and matted with black cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and also matted with black cardstock. These elements were added to the card base.

To dress up the card design, a leafy die was cut from gold holographic cardstock and added to the banner. The sentiment strip was backed with a bit of cardstock scrap so it was level on the textured card front. A few gold gem stickers were also added. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and another smaller gold die-cut leaf was added while leaving sufficient space for a message.

I must mention how quickly this card went together once I added the stripes to the white scrap. I may make a few more cards using this technique. It doesn't get much easier.

You are invited to join this color challenge. Visit the Color Dare #607 Blog for guidelines and have fun with color. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Stamp: Altenew "Leaf Canopy" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White, Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe; SBC Holographic (gold)
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up!
Dies: SBC Shaped Dies "Spring"
Misc: Honey Bee gem stickers (gold)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Happy Spring (TSOT 649)

Try a Sketch on Tuesday Challenge #649 is open through Sunday, June 30, 2024. At first, I found this sketch to be uninspiring. I thought about different images and shapes, finally settling on a spring card with flowers and a bird.

The sketch for this challenge is below. I enjoy veering 'out of the box' with sketch challenges but decided to stick more closely with this sketch design. Please note that the sentiment is a required element.

Using a very old stamp set from my stash, I stamped and die-cut flowers - four for the card front and a few extra to decorate the inside. Although there was a punch for the bird, I chose to fussy-cut so there was barely a white rim. The wood grain is several strips of Washi tape on white cardstock. I assembled the various elements using foam tape. I was especially pleased with the combination of colors on the card - all from scrap patterned paper. The card base is white cardstock and the inside is decorated with a flower and a sprig.
Please check out the TSOT649 Blog to play along with the sketch challenge. 

Stamps: SBC "Mini-Circle Sentiments" & Stampin' Up! "Polka Dot Pieces"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White
Paper: CTMH "Sweet Memories" & mix-ins
Dies: SBC "Sprig Shape Dies" & Hero Arts Infinity (circles)
Misc.: Washi tape (wood grain), Honey Bee gem sticker (bird's eye), SBC foam tape (1 mm & 2 mm)

Monday, June 17, 2024

Summer Slimline Birthday Card (DTC #169)

Here it is - time for another biweekly challenge at Double Trouble! This is Challenge #169 ending on Sunday evening, June 30, 2024. The general theme is "Long and Skinny" to remind us that the longest day in the northern hemisphere falls on Thursday, June 20. As is customary, we have three "Things" to our challenge. Specific information and guidelines are available on the DTC Blog.

Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker is looking for Slimline or mini-Slimline cards because the longest day - the Summer Solstice - is June 20. Hmmm... sounds easy enough.

Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare dares us to join Ellibelle's Corner 'Something Bloomin' Lovely Challenge'.

Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has challenged us to include flowers in our designs.

My slimline card was created using a floral paper collection from which flowers were fussy-cut. A panel of pink cardstock was adhered to a white card base. A panel of patterned paper was adhered to the pink surface, followed by the fussy-cut flowers, using foam tape. A sentiment was stamped, die-cut, and adhered to its die-cut pink shadow, then adhered with foam tape. A few gems were added. The inside was decorated with coordinating paper scraps and another stamped sentiment.

I also submitted my card to Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #18. This challenge runs through Friday, July 12.

A close-up view of my card:

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Stamp & coordinating die: SBC "Happy Birthday" Collection
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Blushing Bride
Paper: Altenew "Enjoy the Ride" Collection
Misc.: Honey Bee gem stickers, CTMH thin foam tape

Sunday, June 2, 2024

You Are Of'fish'ally Awesome - Masculine Card (DTC #168)


Double Trouble Challenge #168 is up on the blog and ready to receive your masculine cards. Father's Day in the USA is two weeks away so this is the perfect time to follow our theme. We also have an optional theme - it's a color challenge - so visit the Double Trouble 168 Blog for guidelines and details. Our partner for this challenge is Colorful Options.

I went with the Colorful Options board to use their color of the month - shades of aqua - because that family of colors is my favorite. 
I always welcome making masculine cards because I have three brothers and six nephews. The stamp and die set has been in my stash for a while. Intending to create a masculine card for the many fishermen I thought this would be a good time to make one.

The two fish and sea turtle images were die-cut. There are coordinating stamps but I chose to use alcohol markers to color them, omitting the stamping. The large circles were inspired by the bubbles. The background was not supposed to look like outer space but rather the sea. The circles with the images and the sentiment were popped up on 2 mm. foam tape. 

The seagrass was fussy-cut from floral paper as was the paper with images. The largest circle was cut from silver textured holographic paper so the color varies according to the camera's angle. The card front was adhered to a white card base. The inside was decorated with grass, small fish images, and bubbles.

In addition, I submitted this card to Gem of a Challenge - Week #11, Anything Goes. Check out their Blog to see fabulous cards.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments. Be sure to visit the DTC168 Challenge Blog.

Thank you,

Stamps: The Stamps of Life "Fish Tank More #2 & #4" & "Fish #2", 
Inks: Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe & Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic White & Pretty Peacock
Paper: Altenew "Enjoy the Ride", SBC "Holographic Mirror"
Dies: The Stamps of Life "Fish #2", Hero Arts Infinity (circles)
Misc.: Honey Bee gem stickers, SBC foam tape (2 mm.)