Double Trouble #36

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks (8/19-9/1) is round with the fun twist of adding anything to do with school, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner The Joy of Sets. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

I chose the vertical first row in the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe board – Yellow, Square & Plaid. My card is a 4.25 square – I layered a stitched square with a yellow & white checked B&T. I have had the Crafting Shapes thin cuts for some time, but not had the chance to use them until now. I had fun layering the shapes that I thought you’d find on a teachers desk on a large circle. I used the ruler where I would normally use some ribbon. I thought my sentiment would be perfect, because who hasn’t asked “is it the weekend yet?”

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

TBT – Wild Wonders

I bet I’m like a lot of you…partial paper packs that are long retired and stamp sets you love too much to part with, because you just MIGHT need them.  Well, I’ve decided that these things need to go…after all, I don’t think my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart is going to put an addition on the Craft Coop anytime soon.  Oh no, I’m not going to part with them…I’m going to use them!

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday!  Each Thursday I’m going to feature a card using retired product in a new way.

I’m starting with the Babycakes Paper & Wild Wonders stamp set…this paper was a favorite in it’s non-traditional baby colors and because it paired so well with Kraft Cardstock.  Using a cut from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge (giraffe) in Chocolate (also retired) and Canary brought the whimsy of this card to life.  A tag tucked in exclaiming “it’s about to get wild around here” is a good warning to parents expecting a new baby boy!

Do you have some of this paper in your stash?  I’d love to see you pull it out and make something new.  Leave me a comment with the link to your post using either Baby Cakes Paper or the Wild Wonders stamp set and I’ll come take a peek.

If you enjoy this new TBT feature and would like to see a particular paper or stamp set used for inspiration leave me a comment too!

Thanks for stopping by…I hope this will help you bust your stash too!

 

 

 

 

No Otter – Color Dare #276

Happy Wednesday!  I stopped by the Color My Heart Color Dare and found an amazing color combination that I couldn’t wait to play with.  Anything with the Basics makes my heart beat a little faster.

This sweet little Otter from the Punny Pals stamp set had yet to be inked.  Appalled?  So was I.  Right away I knew that he’d find a home on this card and Mink cardstock was just the right hue to leave him uncolored, except for the shell which I touched up with my Shin Han Marker in as close to a Sweet Leaf shade as I had.  One of the techniques I used to bring a little detail to this card was stamping the sentiment along the side and then outlining the square with a freehanded black fine point marker.

The colors for this weeks color dare are Mink, Sweet Leaf and Heather.  I have always loved the combinations that the Design Team puts together and their inspiration is so diverse.  Make sure you take a minute and visit the Color My Heart Color Dare and maybe even play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll come by again real soon!

UPDATE:  I was very humbled when I stopped by the Color Dare blog this morning and learned that my card was the Diamond Winner for Challenge #276.

 

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A Grateful Heart

Nothing basic about this circle card featured in October’s Just the Basics card class.  I love shaped cards and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge makes easy work of cutting them out.

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I started with a Saffron card base and stamped the wreath in Memento Black Ink for use with my Shin Han markers.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there is some Gold Shimmer Brush used on the feathers for a little sparkle.  I finished off the card with some Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sparkle Gems.

I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment and make sure you come back and visit again soon.

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Tea with Friends

It’s like a virtual tea party here on my blog this morning…

Each month my upline hosts  a Stamp of the Month swap sometimes I participate, sometimes I just kick myself for not.  This month I received four amazing cards and picked up an idea for a card of my own that will appear here next week!

Each of these cards is so different and that’s the really great thing about this stamp set, it goes with just about everything.

Make sure you get your Tea-riffic stamp set before the end of March – you can order it here.  Thanks for stopping by – see you soon!

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It’s Official – Color Dare #200

I’m an official member of the Color My Heart Color Dare Design Team!  I’m super excited to start with Color Dare #200 which features Ruby, Colonial White and Sapphire and finds the Color Dare celebrating it’s fourth year!  What’s a celebration without prizes?  Read on to find out how you can win!

My card is an adaption from an sketch I had pinned from Freshly Made Sketches.  I reduced my card to 4.25 X 4.25 which is one of my favorite sizes to work with.  I took a Colonial White card base and added squares of Ruby Paper Fundamentals and a Sapphire Paper Fundamental Star cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  The sentiment is from a retired Close to My Heart constant campaign.  You can barely see it in the photo, but there is a piece of red shimmer trim under the pennant to give it a little added dimension.  The swirl sparkle is also retired, but I felt it gave the impression of fireworks dancing in the sky.

Now about those prizes:

  1. Our Diamond Award Winner will select a future color dare.
  1. Anyone who comments on ALL the Design Team entries –  this week will be put into a random draw for a pack of paper – winners choice. (Even if she is not able to post a project this week). For each 10 people who comment on all DT entries there will be one prize given. If we have 20 people comment on all entries then we will have 2 prizes, etc.

Make sure you stop by the Color Dare – you’ll find the links to all the Design Team Members Blogs so you can leave your comments and make sure to get your entry posted prior to next Thursday, June 7th to be eligible for the grand prize!

 

A Little More Zoe

My goal is to get a lot of my papers used up before the new catalog which goes live August 1st so today I bring you a little more Zoe!

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While most of my CTMH peeps are in Orlando at Annual Convention, I’m at home sulking creating.  My neighbor, Sharon, came by to take my mind off things and brought along the cute Lovely Garden stamp set. I thought the simple lines would be perfect to do a little paper piecing with so the skirt of the dress and the water can are both stamped on Zoe papers and then cut and pieced.  I colored the rest of the dress and the girl with the Shin Han markers.  This sweet stamp set is only available until the end of July you can order it here.

Have you done any paper piecing?  It’s really an easy and fun technique that brings lots of dimension to your art.  I hope you’ll take time to leave me a comment…I look forward to reading each and everyone of them!

 

 

Featured Friday #4

Happy Friday!

It’s good to be back home in my own Craft Studio the lighting is TONS better and I have more things to use 🙂  Today I have another easy fun fold card for you.  I like a card with an unusual fold because I think it packs a little more fun into the envelope, they don’t necessarily need to be difficult, just give a little surprise.

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This Easter card just looks like a normal card wrapped up with a little twine, but open it up and you have a little surprise.  The right little panel folds under the left larger panel.  Did you expect that extra pop of color from a second piece of B&T?

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This card was super easy to make – it has a cardstock base and a couple of extra panels of B&T and cardstock mats.  I mounted the little chick on a 2 1/2″ circle of Pixie so that he didn’t get lost amongst the other birdies.  I want to share a little trick I have learned using the thin cuts.

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First of all I stamp my image, then I line up the thin cuts over the image on my Big Shot (I use a Magnetic Platform and those little thin cuts don’t go moving all around – I’ve also seen Washi Tape used, but in my opinion that magnetic platform is worth it’s weight in gold) and tada a perfectly cut image every time.  No more lining up your stamp to hit your die cut piece of paper.

Here are the measurements:
  • B&T  4 x 3 1/4″ and 4 x 1 1/2″
  • Mats for B&T  4 1/8 x 3 3/8″ and 4 1/8 x 1 5/8″
  • Card base is 10 1/2 x 4 1/4, scored at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 7″ and 8 3/4″
  • If you want to add an optional layer to the inside:  4 x 3 1/4″
Have fun!  Any questions, give me a shout!
Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Inspired

 

Sometimes I feel that even though I’m inspired by things that I “pin” on Pinterest that I really don’t take the time in real life to make them.  It’s sort of like when I was playing Farmville on Facebook and my husband suggested that instead of watering the crops virtually that my own flowers were dying in real life.  So after my little inspiration search I decided that I’d pick a couple of the cards that really were going to challenge me.

I love playing with shaped cards so this Viva la Verve card inspired me to use up some scraps and think outside the square box.  The top card is the sketch I printed from the internet and the bottom card is mine.

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Here’s a close up of my card

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I started by cutting a Outdoor Denim card base using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I love all the shaped cards that this cartridge has to offer and I had several circle cards to choose from.  I then pulled scraps from my Claire paper packet (I’m still on my journey to kill my stash).  When I was laying out the pieces for my card I really thought that if I embossed the square with the DOTS embossing folder that it would tie it in nicely with the dots in the large floral B & T.  My flower was also cut from Art Philosophy using Blush cardstock and another scrap of Claire B & T it was all layered and attached with a retired bling brad.  I added a clear sparkle flourish for some WOW factor.

The lesson I’d like to leave you with is that if you use Pinterest to get inspired, make sure you put that inspiration to work for you…get away from your computer and into your craft room.  There is no joy to crafting if you don’t craft!

Tracey