Double Trouble #33

Happy Monday…it’s all about kids and celebrating on Double Trouble today!

Trouble Maker has asked us to create a birthday or special occasion card or scrapbook for our kids. That got Twisted Sister singing about monkeys which then led her to zoo animals and that’s her twist. Double Dare is daring us to link up with Crafter’s Cafe – sponsors for their challenge are: Scribbles Designs and Eureka Stamps

I picked up the Birthday Gator Image from Eureka Stamps – I originally thought it was a hippo and when I showed hubby my finished card he asked “why’s the hippo green?” Leave me a comment if you vote Gator or Hippo? Whatever it is I thought it would make a fun kids birthday card.

I hope you’ll have some fun with this challenge I look forward to seeing what you create.

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Share the Joy – It’s Fun!

I finally found some time in my crazy schedule to play with the Share the Joy Stamps & Thin Cuts. I knew this special was made for me for several reasons – 1) I love little stamps and there are two stamp sets full of cute little designs for birthday and everyday. 2) Thin Cuts with holes to fill with those tiny little stamps – an easy peasy way to add some flair to your cards. 3) The price $39.95 US for the entire bundle.

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You can see the versatility of the stamps and thin cuts in the cards above. In the first card, I cut the thin cut shape down to fit a 4.25 X 3 card picked a color combo from the Love of Color and faster than a firecracker booms my card was done.

The inch worm card was inspired from a card on Pinterest. I used the background stamps from the birthday set to tone on tone the circles for some texture then fussy cut the party hat, used black dots for the eyes and drew on a smile. Cute little birthday card ready to go in the mail!

My third card used the traditional use of the thin cut and stamps – I left a few of the holes blank for interest.

I’ve got more ideas bouncy around in my head and I’ll be back to share those – hopefully before the week is over. The Share the Joy special is only available until July 31st so make sure you get yours ordered before the supplies run out. You can find the special here on my webpage.

Double Trouble #32

Won’t you come get in some trouble with us at Double Trouble. This week Trouble Maker is challenging us to make a Christmas in July (yep, flip that calendar people it’s July 1st already!) with a square design. And who better to make an appearance at Christmas than Santa on vacation at the North Shore. Double Dare is asking us to link up to Retro Rubber Challenge #114.

I knew exactly which stamp sets I was going to use as soon as we decided on our challenge. There’s a little old (the beach chair and santa hat) mixed with a little new (the palm tree, sand, shells & sentiment). My paper is some that I had left from last Christmas – I knew I wanted to mix in that strip of “tropical” colors.

My card is square 4.5 X 4.5 – I cut the front cover a little short so the B&T would show.

I thought it was so clever that Santa left his hat while running off to catch a wave. After all the hard work he does, I’m sure Santa deserves an extended vacation in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this fun challenge, then run over to the Double Trouble Challenge and get the rules and play along.

Double Trouble #31

It’s time for a little trouble again…

The card I had for this week’s challenge hit a bit of a snag on Friday night when the Double Trouble Team discovered I had no embossing…I should have fixed it right then, but with a busy weekend it was a trek to the Craft Coop at 6AM!

Trouble Maker asked us to include Dry or Heat Embossing on our card so this morning I added a panel of arrows behind my VW van that’s headed to the beach for holiday/vacation. My optional twist was to include a sign that you’d see on your vacation travels. If I was on vacation today I’d be on Happy Street!!! Double Dare led us down the path to Pile It On and their Transportation/Vacation theme. Their theory is to create projects for more than one challenge so if you’re entering ours you already qualify to enter theirs!

I hope you’ll forgive me for being tardy…I’ll work on making sure my challenges are on time and completed correctly in the future!

Craft On

On Tuesday I issued a little challenge to my Thursday Morning Cards in the Coop class to create a card using the pattern I provided. I wanted them to see how easy it is to create with one of the Close to My Heart pattern books when all there is to decide is what colors and stamps to use.

I played along with the challenge too and timed my card from start to finish. I went in a totally different direction that I had initially planned, but I was looking for a bright sunny “hello card” to add to my collection. It took me less than 5 minutes including two trips across the room to the Big Shot to die cut the spool and the tiny heart!

Don’t you just love the bright bold flowers on the Craft On paper? And that spool of thread? Swoon!!!

I can’t wait to see if my Card Class ladies played along.

Here’s the Challenge

Today I mailed this card pattern to each of my Thursday morning Cards in the Coop participants with the challenge to create a card using only Close to My Heart products and bring it to class for a free gift from me.

I told them I’d play along and share my card on Thursday. I even gave them a hint of what I might do.

When I sat down at my desk – my mind went a completely different direction and it only took me 5 minutes from start to finish to have my card created. I will share it here Thursday.

Would you like to play along? You’ll find a similar post on my Facebook Page where you can leave your creation in the comments.

Double Trouble #30

It’s another Double Trouble Monday…you’ve got two weeks to play with this fun challenge and if you include all the “twists” you’ll earn extra points in our prize draw.

Poor Trouble Maker lost her mind this week and doesn’t want your background to be blank so she’s challenging us to use a stencil on our project.

Double Dare found us a terrific partner challenge with 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #27.

Here’s a little fact that if you’ve been following me for anytime you may already know. Twisted Sister has a farm E-I-E-I-O and on that farm she had some cows E-I-E-I-O! That’s right…my challenge this week is to include a Farm Animal on your project.

I grabbed my favorite stamp set from MFT Stamps – The Whole Herd. It has a set of matching die cuts – saves this girl with all that fussy cutting!!! I used a grass stencil on the bottom of my tag, prior to adding my sweet cow and stamped my sentiment on the top of the tag. Unfortunately, it’s never fun with cows get out and it’s a lot of work and no time for partying.

This is the inside of my card has a lone chick watching the feed trough and a great big birthday wish.

I hand delivered the card over the Memorial Day weekend and am happy to say that the recipient was just tickled. It ALWAYS makes me so happy to know that my cards are cherished.

I can’t wait to see what you create for the Double Trouble Challenge – come hang out and add a verse to Twisted Sister’s Farm.