Monday, August 15, 2022

Stay Cool - Double Trouble #118 "Relaxation Celebration" partnering with The Crafter's Cafe

This is my Design Team card for Double Trouble "Relaxation Celebration" and using Twisted Sister's optional twist "include flower(s)" and partnering with The Crafter's Cafe "National Relaxation Day".   

Wasn't sure how I was going to bring in "flowers" but went through my coloring stash from Copic classes and I found this cute House Mouse... doing nothing, just relaxing and laying among the flowers. All I had to do to finish my image was to add a little more grass and color the sky and used the fence that was in my card kit.    

Also sent to the following Challenges

CTMH Products Used Unless Specified Otherwise
Stamp Image 
     Stampendous "House Mouse Crocus Nap"
     Tangerine, Lemonade and White Daisy 
     Fence was in Card Kit 
     Clouds/Sun - Whimsy "Up in the Clouds" 
     Sentiment - Frantic Stamper "Stay Cool" 
Ink / Pens 
     Memento "Black" 
     Copic Sketch Pens (alcohol base) 
        BOOO, BV23, E50, E31, E35, E51, E93, 
        YR65, TR68, YG03, YG17, Blender Pen, Multi-Black .05

Friday, August 5, 2022

Color Dare #508 "Six Pack"

This is my Design Team Card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare #508 "Six Pack" using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #484. If you're like me when new catalogs come out you have to have that stamp. There are so many stamp sets in my stash that have not been used.  So I'm turning over a new leaf to use them, at least until the next catalog comes  This sketch told me I should make a CAS card and I believe I accomplished that.  

Rather than using the White Daisy cardstock the French Vanilla was a good choice for the three colors selected (Sangria, New England Ivy and Avocado) and using closest to those colors.  The branch was stamped using New England Ivy, two times moving the stamp slightly and stamping same image with Pear (closest to Avocado).  The bottom pine needles were fussy-cut and rest of panel squared to give spacing for the zip strips on top and bottom as in the sketch.  

The bird was stamped lightly with black ink and then stamped two times over the image with Scarlet (closes to Sangria).  Stamped a sentiment in New England Ivy, some dots in Scarlet and adhered to a panel of Scarlet with 3D thin foam tape. 

Also sent to the following Challenges:  

CTMH Products Unless Identified Otherwise
Patterned Paper 
     Zip Strip from "Spruced Up"
     Scarlet (Closest to Sangria) and French Vanilla 
     Memento "London Fog" 
     New England Ivy, Avocado, Scarlet 
     C1816 Spruced Up Cardmaking 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Happy Birthday Fun Fold - Double Trouble Challenge #117

This is my Design Team Card for Double Trouble Challenge #117 "Gimme S'more". In other words Trouble Makes says, "Let's add S'more stuff. We want to see lots of deliciousness such as extra layers, frames, die cuts, flowers, other images, etc., it's your choice.  Twisted Sister's optional twist was to "Make a Fun Fold" and share with our partner Creative Creases #37 "Anything Goes - Fun Fold"

The ColorMyHeart Color Dare Challenge #506 "Inspiration Photo" has delicious colors so my decision of colors was based on the inspiration photo.  Twisted Sister says, "It's the perfect time for my optional twist... create a Fun Fold project using all your deliciousness."  Here is what I created using our Sneetch Alyson's tutorial on "Double Side Step Card" in her Album "Fancy Fold - Medium" (See Additional information at the end of my post for information on additional fancy folds.  

The Tutorial and Instruction Sheets from Alyson's page were definitely needed and very thorough... I followed deligently and added some perks too... pop up images on inside and 1/8" mats.  My only problem was I don't have a cutter combined with a score blade...  but tempted to get one now.  

Also submitted to the following Challenges

Simon Says Stamp Monday "Happy Birthday" 
Stamping Sensations July "Summer Flowers" 

CTMH Products Unless Identified Otherwise:  
Design Paper 
     Love Story "Black" 
     Neutrals Design Papers (Retired) 
     Lemonade, Sorbet, Lagoon, Flamingo, Thistle and White Daisy 
Stamp Set
     D1629 "Just to Say" 
     Z3898 "Serenity Cardmaking Shop - Stamp/Dies"
Inks / Pens 
     Memento "Black" 
     Copic Sketch (alcohol base) Pens 
         Lemonade:  Y13, Y15 
         Lagoon:  BG15, BG32 
         Flamingo and Sorbet:  R11, R20 
         Thistle:  BV000
         Grey: C0, C00, C1 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

Great Source for Fancy Fun Folds:  
Our Sneetch, Alyson, at Double Trouble has a private Facebook Group "Create with Alyson Membership"  where you can view more than 60 fun folds and each include a photo, tutorial and instruction sheet.  To view these fun folds you must first click on Memberhip link above and request to join. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Voice of the Sea - Color Dare Challenge #506 Inspiration Photo

This is my Design Team project for ColorMyHeart Color Dare #506 "Seaside Inspiration Photo". This color challenge shouts out brush color blending and using many of the colors to create a sea scene for the CTMH Stamp of the Month "Voice of the Sea".  This was my second attempt on a sea scene.  

Used many colors and just blended and blended and blended until I felt the colors were blended similar to the inspiration photo. For the wave movement white gelly roll pen was squiqqly added...  but may have gotten carried away on the waves.  

Chose the bird on the tree stump and a few shells for my focal point, did some more blending on the objects using the same colors, fussy cut all, and then placed on the sea background with 3D thin foam tape.  Two of the sentiments from the stamp set were stamped with Memento black ink directly on the background. 

As I was cleaning up and putting away my supplies... my first attempt on blending was a wave stencil and questioned should I trash it or stash it. 

Neither was an option... it caught my imagination.  Pulled out the same stamp set and decided to create a school of fish in colorful water... three fish and stamped on sentiment, done. 

However, sent a photo to my daughter and she thought I might have stamped my fish upside down... and I had.  Determined not to throw it in trash I lifted the school of fish and turned it right-side up and restamped the sentiment on a separate panel and adhered with 3D thin foam tape, done.  

Nope... somehow there was a smudge in the bottom left corner... oh no, now what?  Brought out the stamps again, stamped over the smudge with sea foliage and added a second one.  It was still missing something... added one more fish to the school at the upper right-corner, done. 

Nope... it needed some bubbles.  Bubbles were added using Nuvo Crystal Drops, done... YES

Also sent to the following Challenges
    Because with a seaside background what better than fish and birds 
    in/by the sea

All Products are CTMH unless specified otherwise:
     Glacier and White Daisy 
     S2207 Voice of the Sea 
     Memento Ink "Black" 
     Inks:  Lemon, Tangerine, Ballerina, Sorbet, Sea Glass, Glacier, 
        Linen, and Charcoal 
     Pens:  Sakura Gelly Roll 10 "White" 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 




Friday, July 15, 2022

Double Trouble #116 "Christmas in July" partnering with Jingle Belles Rock

This is my Design Team card for Double Trouble Challenge "Christmas in July" using Twisted Sister's optional twist to use "bling" and enter at Jingle Belles Rock "Bling On the Holidays".  

Blended Lagoon and Ballerina on White Daisy cardstock for my background. Stamped several snowflakes with Daisy White Ink, heat embossed with Stampendous Sparkle Puff and adhered to a border of Sapphire cardstock. The sparkle of the snowflakes do not show well in photo; but so sparkly in person.  

The Sentiment was stamped on vellum with White Daisy ink, heat embossed with gold embossing powder, thin cut and adhered directly to the snowflake background.  

Additional to sparkles, my bling was an assortment of Bitty Sparkles and Gold Sparkles Gold Gems randomly placed on the card.  

Also sent to the following Challenges
Creatalicious Challenges #239 "Anything Goes with Optional 
  Christmas in July"

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
     Sapphire and White Daisy 
      Stampin' Up "Snowflakes" 
      Z3772 "Comfort & Joy" Sentiment and Thin Dies 
      White Daisy Ink 
     Stampendous Embossing Powder "Sparkle Puff" 
     Rangers Embossing Powder "Princess Gold"

Friday, July 8, 2022

Hello Friend - Color Dare #504 "Four Square" Color Board

This is my Design Team card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare "Four Square" Color Board and using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #480. This was a fun card to create... The July 4th Holiday weekend was spent at the cabin with my daughter and we did a little scrapping. I always enjoy creating with her and think I get a card done faster because of sharing ideas... plus she has some pretty cute stamp sets and of course her Copics are always traveling with her.  

The Playful Pups stamps were all adorable but picked the bassett hounddog with the long ears, and was lucky that neutrals were included in the color challenge for my pup Ralph (Lisa named him).  Stamped three images of Ralph, colored and fussy-cut each where required for layering and dimension.  

All the other accessories were included in this stamp set and chose the rug and doggy bed for Ralph to settle into.  Ralph wanted a colorful plaid bed with the rug under it for his comfort and his toys.  He chose colors closest to Sapphire, Evergreen and Sundance for his plaid... so out came my Copics and a plaid was born. Ralph liked his plaid bed so much he insisted on a tie to match and the dish of food for his friend.  

I didn't have any patterned paper with me so I chose cardstock closest to the colors and glued the diagonal panels to the card base. In Lisa's supplies she had some stitched die frames, chose the stitched scallop a perfect fit for Ralph. Still needed something... so why not add a strip of the same plaid to cover the two diagonal panels... perfect.    Sentiment added from another stamp set and done.   

Also Entered in the following Challenges
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #480  (Forgot to enter this challenge)

3 Digi's from Pattie’s Creations

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
     Sapphire, Evergreen and white Daisy 
     Ink Blot Shop "Playful Pups"
     Sentiment from Smiles From the Garden
     Jillian Vance Designs "Stitched Circle Die" 
Inks / Pens 
     Mementom "Black" 
     Copic Sketch Pens - alcohol-base 
        Sapphire:  B26, B69
        Sundance:  Y35, Y38 
        Evergreen:  YG61, YG67
        Pup - Neutrals:E31, E35, E40, E57 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Double Trouble #115 "Christmas in July" partnering with Color Dare #503

This is my Design Team card for Double Trouble Challenge #115 "Christmas in July" and teaming up with ColorMyHeart Color Dare #503 "Crazy 8" Color Board below.  

ColorMyHeart Color Dare "Crazy 8" Board rules: Simply pick any four of the eight blocks. Color names are CTMH and are only for reference; but you are welcome to use any products as long as the colors are the closest match. If you want to use additional blocks, it's your choice as long as you use only blocks included in the Square. Free to use are Black, White, Gold, and Silver, which can be used in addition to your four chosen blocks.

My 4 Blocks were Candy Apple, New England Ivy, Avocado and Flower(s) theme to make my Christmas card.  

Blended New England Ivy and Pear (substituted for Avocado) inks on Daisy White cardstock for my background. Stamped with Daisy White Ink one of the larger poinsettias stamps and then heat embossed with red. Layered the other larger poinsettia stamp on top and with same procedure of heat embossing.  

The two smaller poinsettias were stamped using the same embossing procedure.  The fern stamps were added randomly among the poinsettias and heat embossed with gold.  The poinsettias didn't seem to stand out so I took a gold uni-ball pen and outlined and filled in the detail of each poinsettia. Took the same gold pen and just added dots to the background.  

Sentiment was stamped with New England ink on white cardstock, blended in the two greens to match the background and adhered with 3D thin foam tape.  

Also shared with the following Challenges

CTMH Products Unless Identified Otherwise:  
     New England and White Daisy
Stamps & Thin Cuts 
     Z3772 "Comfort & Joy"
     Uni-ball Gold Pen
     White Daisy Ink for Heat Embossing
     New England Ivy Ink
Embossing Powders 
     Ranger "Princess Gold" 
     Ranger "Red Geranium"

Monday, June 27, 2022

Double Trouble #114 "YouNique Technique" partnering with AHSC #479

This is my Design Team card for Double Trouble "YouNique Technique" using an embossed paw print background and Twisted Sister's optional twist to use the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #479.  


Also sent to the following Challenges

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise:
Design Paper
     Embossed Background - Darice "Pup Prints"
     Sundance and White Daisy
     Animal Party Z4396
     Animal Party Thin Dies Z4396
     Our Daily Bread CBD122 "Double Stitched Rectangle"
Inks / Pens
     Memento "Black"
Copic Sketch Pens (alcohol-base)
     BG0000, BG11, C00, C1, C3, C7, E31, E53, E92,
     G94, YG25, YG61, YR000, YR15, YR27,
     3D Thin Foam Tape

Friday, June 24, 2022

CD#502 - 2-Color Only "Capri +1"

This is my DT card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare #502 "2-Color Only".  Since Capri was a must use color wasn't sure which of the other three colors would be the best choice for my Butterfly Background die.  Decided on the yellow to make the card a little brighter, not sure if it was my best choice; but it worked.  

Cut two pieces of the Butterfly background (one Capri and one Lemonade), adhered the Capri background to the Lemonade background and adhered to black cardstock.  

To give dimension and show off the Lemonade background I lifted the wings and raised them with some 3D thin foam tape and Capri wings were folded at body and for more dimension curved the wings.  The smaller butterflies cut out from the Lemonade background were pieced in the Capri background with thin foam tape for a little more dimension. After looking at it now, I should have offset the yellow background to show a little more Lemonade, too late, maybe next time.  

Added shimmer to the Butterflies; but it does not show up well in the photo.  A "Hugs" sentiment was cut in Lemonade and added to the right-hand bottom of card. 

Also sent to the following Challenges:

CTMH Prodiucts Unless Specified Otherwise
     Capri, Lemonade, Black and White Daisy 
     Z3961 Butterfly Background Thin Cut 
     Tutti-239 "Hugs Word Set" 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Glitter Pen "Clear" 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Double Trouble #114 "YouNique Technique" partnering with AHSC #478

This is my Design Team card for Double Trouble "YouNique Technique" using a honeycomb stencil for my background and Twisted Sister's optional twist to use the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #478, changing sketch to mirror image.   

My Unique Technique for my background was stenciled with Tangerine Ink on White Cardstock and the sketch panels are a selection of design papers from the Sweet As Honey paperpack bordered with black cardstock.  The bee focal point was a sticker included in the paperpack.  

Also sent to the following challenges

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Sweet as Honey and Sticker Sheet 
     Black and White Daisy 
Embossing Folder 
     Darice "Honeycomb" 

Here is sneak peak for the second Sketch #479 which will be published on June 27th for additional detail.  Join us at Double Trouble for both of these super sketch challenges.