Friday, February 19, 2021

To a Special Friend - ColorMyHeart Color Dare Challenge #432



Change to Original Submission:  After looking at my card against the inspiration photo, I realized that I wanted a more glassy look like Chihuly's glass art... so I decided to clear emboss the background with clear glass.  I did the inside edge to see if it would look more like glass, and then proceeded with the front.  Of course this would have been a lot easier before mounting the wobble spring images.  And then added glitter pen to the images... now am I happier with the result... well if I'm not happy with it... it's too late now.     


This photo shows more of the shine because the light directly on the card; but it shows the texture and the look of glass.  


If you have not seen a Chihuly glass art display this photo is his glass art.  My first thought was to print the Inspiration Board and increase the size for a background for my card; however was concerned whether that would be breach of copywrite.   

However, my neighbor had a stamp set which she hadn't used yet and she happened to have it in front of her during our Zoom.  When I saw it, it didn't take me long to see the vision of my Chihuly-like background and didn't take me long to take possession of it... along with a variety of colors of her distress oxide inks that I didn't have. 

You know how much I love layers... well, my colors were a bunch of layers of different colors and combinations of the spiffy spots, quite time-consuming but fun.  Now it didn't look quite like Chihuly's glass art; but it was my scrap art and loved the result.  

Background done, now what... as I was going through my more recent CTMH stamps I came across the puppy and kitten with their back to me... perfect.  Stamped two each of the puppy and kitten; colored and texturized each in full and only the tail on the other.  Used the technique for the furry look on both puppy and kitten, then used thin die to cut one set and fussy-cut the tails only on the other set.  Tails were adhered to puppy and kitten with 3D thin foam tape a little bit off to make an attempt to make it look like they were wagging their tail in the excitement.  And for more excitement I attached them to a wobble spring.  

The sentiment on the bottom was initially inked onto the background; but it wasn't readable because it smudged when the card moved in my Misti.  So, I just stamped some more spiffy spots in CTMH colors, stamped on the sentiment, layered with black cardstock and adhered with 3D thin foam tape.  The upper sentiment was stamped directly onto the backgroud.    

Also submitted to the following challenges
Dies R U "Anything Goes #163" (Must use at least one metal die) 
2CraftyCritterCrazies "Critters" (February Challenge) 


Products Used:  
Design Paper 
     My Personalized Stamped Design Background 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy and Black 
Stamp Sets 
     Lil' Inker "Spiffy Spots" 
     CTMH D1862 Rainbow Bridge (Puppy and Kitten) 
     CTMH D1408 True Friends (Sentiment) 
Dies 
     CTMH Rainbow Bridge Thin Cuts 
Inks/Pens 
     Memento "Black" Ink 
     Distress Oxide Inks (Variety of Colors Used for Background)
     Copic Sketch Brush - alcohol-based  
        Puppy:  W0, W1, W3 
        Kitten:  E31, E33, E35   
Other 
     Unknown - Wobble piece 
     CTMH 3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Versa-mark and Clear Embossing 
     
     

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Candles cost more than the Cake "Happy Birthday" - Double Trouble Challenge #77 "Layer It Up"

Here is my DT card for Double Trouble Challenge #77 "Layer It Up"... using the Color Challenge at ColorMyHeart Color Dare #431 and Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #492 (not submitted because this challenged had closed).  We are partnering with The Crafter's Cafe #260 "Lace/Pearls".  


 
  

It wasn't difficult for me to use 3 layers... I am a fan of layers and my card has at least 8 layers and more with the flowers and embellishments.  





At Double Trouble Our Things 1, 2 and 3 sure bring on some wierd combinations but I like to challenge them all; however, you have the flexibility of doing just Thing 1 "Layer It Up" and be eligible for our random draw.  

For those that really like more of a challenge may want to include Twisted Sister's optional twist and/or enter at our partner's challenge if you have met their requirement... and you will be rewarded additional chances  for the random draw.  Please join us at Double Trouble Challenges. 


Also sent to the following challenges:  
Heart2Heart "Border" - The plaid border around image


CTMH Products Unless Identified Otherwise:  
Design Paper 
     Blue Skies (Pink Plaid) 
     Lovely (Yellow checkered)
     Party Time and Stickers (Inside Card)
Cardstock 
     White Daisy and Flamingo 
Stamps 
     Scraps of Love "Happy 10" 
     Inside Sentiment - D1960 "On Your Birthday"
     Front Sentiments - D1514 "Just a Number"  
Inks / Pens 
     Black Memento "Black
     Copic Sketch alcohol-bases pens - 
        R30, R43, R81, C3, Y13 
Embellishments 
     Flower Lace (From Sewing Room) 
     Pearls (Bashful Color) 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 














Friday, February 5, 2021

Take Me Gnome Country Road - Color Dare Challenge #430

Here is my Design Team Card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare #430 "TicTacToe" and using the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #491.  The Slimline card sketch was perfect for my new stamp set of Country Road Gnomes.  The dies came with the gnomes; but the little country road stamps were fussy-cut.  Pulled out my Copic Sketch Pens and had fun trying to match some of the colors from the TicTacToe Board (used all but Nectarine). 

The background paper was chosen for the design that looked like a map of more country roads.  Played around with positioning them, and when I found the correct balance with the sketch they were adhered with two-sided tape and foam tape for dimension to the background paper.  Used another design paper for the side borders.  Sentiment was stamped, colored and layered with the same design paper.  



 


Color My Heart Color Dare challenges are carried forward for two weeks so if you didn't share your project the first week you still have another week to enter that challenge... current challenges are on the side bar of the ColorMyHeart Color Dare challenge blog.  Please join us for some fun color challenges.  


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Mix-In X9019 (Avocado) 
     Mix-In X9017 (Sapphire) 
Cardstock 
     White Daisy
Stamps 
     Reasonable Dies "Gnomaste" and Die-Cuts
Dies 
     Reasonable Dies "Stitched Rectangle" 
Ink / Pens 
     Memento "Black" 
     Sketch Brush Pens (alcohol base) 
          Variety of colors and most of the colors in the TicTacToe
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Liquid Glass 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Lots of Love For You - Double Trouble #76 "

This is my design team card for Double Trouble Challenge #76 "Recipe 3-2-1" (see below), using the Twisted Sister's optional twist "include a heart and/or expression of Love" and partnering with Heart2Heart "All You Need is Love"




THING 1: Trouble Maker 
says, "Help us stir up some trouble with a Recipe that can be used for any occasion."
From:       Our Kitchen at Double Trouble 
Servings:  Unlimited Portions of Fun
Recipe:     3-2-1 Recipe
Ingredients:  
     3  Embellishments
     2  Patterned Papers
     1  Stamped or Digital Image 
Directions: To enhance your recipe you may use more than the recipe ingredients stipulated but you must include at least the required minimum of each ingredient for successful results. 


The colors at ColorMyHeart Color Dare #429 and the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #406 were perfect for a Valentine's Day card.  

While going through my stash I came across a stamp set purchased a couple years ago and it was beckoning me to use it, and my die for a tag was conviently nearby.  The sketch showed 3 embellishments (also in the 3-2-1 recipe) so now all i needed were my two design papers to complete the recipe.  Chose two papers with Ballerine and then Mint and French Vanilla cardstock for framing and my image. Recipe and all optional twists were completed... and I was happy with my Valentine Day card.    





At Double Trouble Our Things 1, 2 and 3 sure bring on some wierd combinations but I like to challenge them all; however, you have the flexibility of doing just Thing 1 "Double Trouble Recipe 3-2-1" and be eligible for our random draw.  

For those that really like more of a challenge may want to include Twisted Sister's optional twist and/or enter at our partner's post if you have met their requirement... and you will be rewarded additional chances  for the random draw.  Please join us at Double Trouble Challenges.  



Also sent to the following challenges

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Seasons Mix-In #X9000 (checkered paper)
     Lovely #X8015B (polka-dot)
Cardstock 
     Mint, French Vanilla and White Daisy 
Dies 
     Waffle Flower #310053 "Lacy Layers Rectangles" 
     Pink & Main "Squeakheart" Dies 
     Reasonable Graft Dies "Stitched Dies" 
     Tonic Studios #1457e "Mixed Edge Rectangles" 
     Simon Says #5353 "Love Bouquet" (Used Partial of Die)
Stamps 
     Pink & Main "Squeakheart"
Embellishments
     Bitty Sparkles 
     Glacier Sequins (Closest to Mint) 
Ink and Pens 
     Memento "Black" 
     Copic Sketch alcohol-based pens 
          BG11, R30, C3, C00
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 

     

Friday, January 22, 2021

Joy - Color Dare Challenge #428 "Recipe 1 + 1 + 1"

Here is my Design Team Card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare Challenge #428 using the Recipe 1 Neutral (Black) + 1 Metalic (Silver) + 1 Color (Red).  I've had both these dies for quite some time and decided to make a Christmas card...  The quilt die was cut in Silver Metalic, backed with one of the design papers from "Comfort & Joy" and some of the silver panels glued back into the silver guilt frame leaving the balance with the red design paper.  The Joy sentiment with the "O" backed with the same design paper showed off the silhouette nativity scene and was perfect for this background.  

Well, this starts my Christmas cards for 2021, now I have until December to do the rest... lol






Added some of the additional stitched quilt panels on the inside border with another silhouette scene.  

Color My Heart Color Dare challenges are carried forward for two weeks so if you didn't share your project the first week you still have another week to enter that challenge... current challenges are on the side bar of the Color  My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.  Please join us for some fun color challenges.  










Also sent to the following challenges:  


Products Used
Design Paper 
     CTMH Comfort & Joy 
     DCWV "Metallics" 
Cardstock 
     Black and White Daisy 
Dies 
     Our Daily Bread #CBD390 "Stitched Quited Background" 
     Peachy Cheap "Nativity" Die 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 




  

Monday, January 18, 2021

Challenge #74 "Kazoo-a-long" partnering with TSOT Sketch Challenge

Here is my Design Team Card for Double Trouble Challenge #74 "Kazoo-a-long" using a music theme and Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Sketch Challenge #490. Also chose to use Twisted Sister's optional twist to "include a zoo animal"... just had to decide which zoo animal... going back and forth from a kangaroo or a giraffe. This is an all-occasion card, inside sentiment can be added.




Found the giraffe I wanted to use in Cricut Design Space and then looked through Pinterest sentiments for a giraffe.  I had to be reminded by Our Little Crop Group to make sure to follow the sketch and wasn't sure my giraffe was small enough to use in the center panel.  While prusing through Pinterest there was a tri-fold card with a giraffe on the face of the card and when it was opened the rest of the body appeared.  I liked that idea; however, instead of doing a tri-fold card I accordian folded my giraffe in three sections and was able to include it in the sketch challenge.  I did find a sentiment, from another card, and it was perfect.   


 

The background design paper was the right color and loved all the spots.  My focal point was first cut with a white cardstock and printed the sentiment on; but it just didn't seem right for the background of my giraffe.  I cut another piece of the design paper and placed under the giraffe... this happy paper made me happier.  

Now, to place the musical notes.  Used a Cricut cut and used only the speech bubble for my upper right-hand corner embellishment.  Since the sentiment was on the focal point section, selected to put the music notes at the bottom. One of the other giraffes not used, instead of throwing it in my stash to get lost, it was added to the inside border.  


Our Things 1, 2 and 3 at Double Trouble sure bring on some wierd combinations but I like to challenge them all; however, you have the flexibility of doing just Thing 1 "a music theme" and be eligible for our random draw.  

For those that really like more of a challenge may want to include Twisted Sister's optional twist and/or enter at our partner's post if you have met their requirement... and you will be rewarded additional chances  for the random draw.  Please join us at Double Trouble Challenges.  



Also submitted to the following challenges
Daring Cardmakers "It's Bagel Day" (Circles/Circle Frames/Aperture) 
   Main Focal Point - Do circles on design paper and giraffe count? 



 







CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Paper 
     Chauk It Up (Retired Paper) 
Cardstock  
     Canary, Lagoon, Black and White Daisy 
Cricut Cut 
     Giraffe #M46FFA
     Speech Bubble from "Birds Singing" #M3CE25 
     Sentiment - Used Text and Sentiment Typed and Printed
Dies 
     Memory Box #98757 "Party Music"  
     Tonic Studios #1457e "Mixed Edge Rectangles"
Inks/Pens 
     Cricut "Black" Thin Pen
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape  

Friday, January 8, 2021

Sending Smiles - ColorMyHeart Color Dare #426

Here is my Design Team card for ColorMyHeart Color Dare #426 using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #402.  I sought out one of my newer stamps which I had not used yet and decided this would be a good stamp set for the Sketch and color challenge and also meet the requirement of Heart2Heart and Use Your Stuff "something new".  

No coloring but the whimsical images were all stamped using Lagoon for one flower, Lemon (Lemonade) for another flower and Peacock for the leaves and sentiment. Went through my stash for coorindating colors for my design paper keeping it within the three colors chose for stamping. My background paper was my neutral, Linen, which gave a nice contrast and made my floral pop. Used some stamped left overs on the inside corner of my card instead of throwing them in my stash to be forever lost.       







 



Color My Heart Color Dare challenges are carried forward for two weeks so if you didn't share your project the first week you still have another week to enter that challenge...current challenges are on the side bar of the Double Trouble challenge blog.  Please join us for some fun color challenges.  


Also sent to the following challenges


CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Design Papers 
     Mix-In #X9011 (Linen and Lagoon papers) 
     Prickly Pear (Lemon) 
Cardstock 
     Lagoon and White Daisy 
Stamp 
     S2008 Floral Celebration 
Die 
     Lawn Fawn #LF612 Stitched Scalloped Borders 
Inks 
     Peacock, Lagoon and Lemon (substitute for Lemonade) 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     
        

Friday, January 1, 2021

Winter Hello, Warm Wishes - Color Dare #425 partnering with Double Trouble

Here is my Design Team card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #425 choosing at least three colors using the Inspirational Board and partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge #74 "Cuddle Up Day" and included Twisted Sister's optional twist "warm and cuddly critter".   

One of our entrants (Niki1) for Double Trouble had a beautiful fun fold card in which she used Mary Deatherage's tutorial "side fold card".  The fold is so simple and it gives you the flexibility of a square card that is folded to an A2 size card and envelope... I love it.  Click here to see my other "side fold card".  

First I followed the tutorial for my side fold card and background and gathered my stamps and dies.  Chose a critter that was dressed warm and cuddly in a sweater, scarf and hat for my optional twist with warm wishes sentiment and a sweater embossing folder for my background.  Colored the adorable penquin with a variety of colors from the Color Dare Inspiration Board using Sketch Copic alcohol based pens and then fussy-cut.  A set of trees were cut from evergreen cardstock attached to the background, and penguin added with some 3D thin foam tape for dimension.  Sentiments and bows were added.   




Please pop over to ColorMyHeart Color Dare to see DT members' inspiration, along with other participants that have entered this challenge. 

Color My Heart Color Dare challenges are carried forward for two weeks so if you didn't share your project the first week you still have another week to enter that challenge...current challenges are on the side bar of the Double Trouble challenge blog.  

And don't forget to share your entry in celebration of "Cuddle Up Day" at Double Trouble Challenge #74.  


Also entered into the following Challenges

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise
Cardstock
     Sapphire, Evergreen and French Vanilla  
Stamp Set 
     D1987 "Winter Penguins"  
Cuttlebug Die Cutter 
     Darice Dry Embossing Folder 
     Set of 3 trees - From Stash but Unknown   
Inks and Pens 
     Sapphire Ink 
     Copic Sketch Pens - alcohol base 
        Variety of Red, Green, Blue, Golden Yellow and Brown
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Thread from tassel garland 

Sending Snowman Kisses - Double Trouble Challenge #73

Here is my Design Team card for Double Trouble Challenge #74 "Cuddle Up Day" using Twisted Sister's optional twist to include a warm and cuddly critter in partnering with Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #425 choosing at least three colors from the Inspirational Board. 

One of our entrants (Niki1) for Double Trouble had a beautiful fun fold card in which she used Mary Deatherage's tutorial "side fold card".  The fold is so simple and it gives you the flexibility of a square card that is folded to an A2 size card and envelope... I love it.  Click here to see my other "side fold card".  




Please go to Double Trouble for the detail of this challenge "Cuddle Up Day", check out the Things and Sneetches inspiration and join us for this fun Challenge.  

Choose your Cuttlebug for dry embossing or die cutting and create a project using at least three colors from Color Dare's Inspiration Board.  

Challenge yourself to use Twisted Sister's optional twist and include "a warm and cuddly critter".     

Our partner for this challenge is "ColorMyHeart Color Dare". 

Double Trouble challenge is an earlier open starting January 1st, 2021 to January 17th, 2021.  Color Dare closes on January 14th.  


Also shared with the following Challenges:  




CTMH Products Used Unless Otherwise Specified
Cardstock
     Cranberry and White Daisy 
Stamp Set 
     Rubbernecker #3332 "Christmas Inchies" 
Cuttlebug Die Cutter 
     Darice Dry Embossing Folder  
Inks and Pens 
     Memento "Black" Ink 
     Copic Sketch Pens - alcohol base 
        Variety of Red, Green, Blue and Black 
Other 
     3D Thin Foam Tape 
     Thread from tassel garland 

Gnome for the Holidays

Got this Stamp Set just before the Pandemic and was going to use it for all my Christmas cards; however, the patterns on the hats, tree, presents and ornaments were all white space, and it's quite time consuming to fill in with the different patterns.  Decided to use the CTMH gnomes instead and use pattern paper for the background... so this special gnome card is for my favorite daughter and her family.  Although maybe after doing 35-40 cards I might have perfected the coloring... lol.  

Once I did all my coloring it was pretty easy to finish my card.  In my stash there was a snowflake embossed piece which became my background layered with ruby cardstock.  A partial fussy-cut on my gnome image, also layered with ruby cardstock and adhered to background with 3D thin foam tape.  Stamped a sentiment first on the embossed background (which I messed up) so ended up re-stamping on cardstock, fussy-cut around words and adhered with 3D thin foam tape.  



Also sent to the following Challenges



Products Used
Cardstock 
     CTMH Ruby and White Daisy 
Die Set 
     Polkadoodles Stamps Gnome for Christmas "Decorating the Tree" 
Inks and Pens 
     CTMH Ruby Ink 
     Copic Sketch Pens (alcohol-base) 
          Variety of Blue, Green, Red and Browns
     Gelly Roll 10 "White" 
Embossing Folder 
     "Snowflakes" Source Unknown 
Other 
     CTMH 3D Thin Foam Tape