Double Trouble #38

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 (9/16-9/29) is Mad for Plaid with the fun twist of adding a tag or frame, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Use Your Stuff . You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog (insert link)

I needed an anniversary card for my sister-in-law & brother-in-law so I reached for the Say It In Style stamp set and paired it with a plaid from the Hawthorn paper packet. My tag was cut using the Fancy Frames Thin Cuts and a small strip of Hawthorn plaid was added to the bottom then a stitched heart was cut from Sangria and layered. To finish things I added a bow and bitty sparkles.

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

A Rooster in the Coop

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching my friend Ron a little about stamping.  While we were watching TV he mentioned that he could make his wife of 32 years an anniversary card and I jumped at the chance to see that happen.

I did disclose to him that I’d be taking pictures and notes and he’d become WORLD FAMOUS once I posted this on my blog.

Ron’s a great sport – he’s like a big brother to me and probably my next favorite person behind my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart.  He’s shown a little interest in what I do and likes my homemade cards – mostly I think he just wants to get his hands on my Cricut.

The first thing I did was hand him my Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 and told him to pick a pattern that he liked and then I sent him to my paper stash to see what he could find.   He actually put some thought into it – I was IMPRESSED!!!

It was fun to have some one on one time with a beginner – he learned to use a my paper cutter  (something even my card class members don’t have to do) and my Big Shot.   I wish I would have got a picture of him sitting on the floor going through my boxes of stamps.  He even decorated the front and back of his envelope.

He called me Friday morning and told me that his card was a hit.  What he doesn’t know is that we have another lesson in the Coop when he comes to visit this week.

A Little Help From My Friends

I’d like to let you in on a little secret…when I’m in a hurry or just lacking some mojo the first place I turn is a Challenge Blog.  Being a new member of the Double Trouble Design Team has exposed me to a bunch of new challenges, but I can’t let my old standbys go on without a little love.

This week is one of the most popular weeks at the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge – it’s a Tic Tac Toe week – we provide the Color Board and you decide which row you want for the win.  I chose a Designer Paper that had most of the colors in it from the retired Documented papers.

I also really liked Sketch #280 over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I knew exactly how I wanted to work this card with one of the wood titles from Documented.  I hadn’t used any of them yet and with the heart in the upper corner I decided an anniversary card was right up my alley.  I have dear friends celebrating 32 years of wedded bliss this week so I thought that was a huge reason to get a card – seriously I don’t know how she’s put up with him that long, LOL!


Well that’s it for today…I wanted to share how I get a little help from my friends and hope that maybe you’ll give each of these sketch challenges a try too.


TBT – La Vie En Rose

Well, has my Throw Back Thursday encouraged you to bust out your stash and start playing along?  I am bound and determined to get some of these old paper packets used.

Would you believe that I don’t have a happy anniversary stamp?  I’m appalled, but I improvised with the This & That stamp set.  I think it will pass and I’ll write my best wishes to the long married couple on the inside.


I love the pinks and blacks of this paper pack – I think it must have been a card kit, or maybe some bulk paper because there are only two patterns and a small amount of cardstock in the bag.

Do you have old La Vie En Rose papers?  Grab them and make something new…I’d really like to see what you come up with and maybe just maybe we can bust our stash together.


Love you always – Color Dare 257

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Silver, White Daisy, Lagoon, Pansy, Blossom & Slate

I got happy with my Thin Cut – Heart Basics and just cut some random on a White Daisy base that I had layered on Slate and then backed with Lagoon & Blossom.  I cut a banner from Pansy cardstock and embossed a saying from the Flower Market Collection.  It was finished off with two grey gems. Clean and simple for the win!

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

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While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!  I hope you’ll join us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge…if you are one of my customers and joins the challenge, I’ll have a special treat for you.  Just leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by to play.  You don’t have to have a blog to play along and if you need help posting we’re here to help!

Together is the Best Place to Be

This month’s stamp of the month seems to touch my heart with memories of my grandparents feeding the quail on their small farm in Eastern Washington.  It also reminds me of their togetherness – they were married for 65 years.

I was inspired by the card in the Annual Expressions and decided to give welding images a bit of a spin with my new Cricut Explore Air.

The Hello Lovely papers paired with Desert Sand, Fern and Sea Glass for an elegant look.  The sentiment was stamped in Versa Mark and then embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  I used a sentiment from the Cricut Flower Market collection to recognize an upcoming anniversary.

Don’t forget that the stamp of the month Flock Together is only available through the end of April so get your’s before they are gone.


Something Old Something New

I think it’s important to recognize anniversary’s, whether it be yours, a family members or even a friends.  In today’s world it just seems too easy to walk away from a relationship so help me in rewarding some longevity!

My two anniversary cards are a little something old and a little something new.  Both paper packets are from the Annual Inspirations catalog – Georgie and Kaleidoscope.  Both two of my favorites, but with a totally different feel.  I used an old stamp of the month, Candlelight Garden and the current stamp of the month Celebrate with Cake.

I colored the Mason jar and flowers with Shin Han markers. You might be able to tell that the flowers are fussy cut and popped up on Thin 3D foam tape.  I stamped them once on the jar and then stamped them again to cut out.  I really like how this card turned out.

The “cake” card was paper pieced from the Kaleidoscope papers.  To color the roses I used a blender pen and the ink from the inside of an ink pad lid.  Simple but fun technique.  I embellished with lots of bitty sparkles.  I stamped the Celebrate over and over in Whisper ink for a soft simple background.

I hope you’ll consider making someone an anniversary card to celebrate their love.  Thank you for stopping by.  Leave me a comment with how many anniversaries you’ll be celebrating this year!  I’ll be celebrating number 6!




Before Riding off into the Sunset

I told you I’d be back with a happy card and you can’t get much happier than one filled with pink and polka dots.  I decided to take two of my favorites for one last spin and the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #112 gave me a jumping off point.

Our 5th anniversary is just around the corner and I’m always the one caught without a card…not this year!


The Happy Camper stamp set is perfect to remind my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart of our trailer honeymoon at the family reunion!  I had just a little Lollydoodle left and since I’m trying to eliminate as much paper from my stash I decided it was the paper of choice.  It also matched the pink polka dot washi tape that was sitting on my desk.

You can almost see the Wink of Stella that I covered this camper with.  It kind of reminds me of an Airstream.  I think I’d probably even be talked into buying a camper/trailer if it looked like this 🙂

I stamped some trees and clouds on the inside of this card before adding the Happy Anniversary sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Anniversary – AHSC #103

The Brushed paper pack is really growing on me…thanks to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and the Color My Heart Color Dare, I might just get it used up!



This card was inspired by the AHSC #103 and my neighbor down the street who started talking to me about cards with belly bands, since I had the Brushed Paper still sitting on my desk I decided to play with it some more and make an anniversary card to put into my stash.

Brushed Anniversary

The first thing I did was grab my envelope punch board and of course since it was on the bottom of a pile made a HUGE mess in the process.  Then since I haven’t used it in forever I promptly cut the envelope the wrong size so it’s not a standard card size, oh well all is not lost in crafting.  I layered black and colonial white cardstock to the inside stamped two groups of flowers which I colored with the Shin Han markers and popped up the little anniversary banner.  I also wanted to give the belly band some texture so I ran it through the Big Shot and tied it with a piece of thick twine.  The LOVE is centered on colonial white and black circles and that is layered on additional piece of Brushed B&T which was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I’m really quite pleased with how everything came together…thank goodness Spring Break is over and I can enter some challenges without someone else grabbing paper and stamps over the top of me!

Everything ABC Blog Hop “O” – OWL Always Love You!

 Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “O”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “O” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

My O is OWLS

Box Closed
Box Closed

card open from the front

card open from the side

This week my husband and I celebrated our four year anniversary.  I love making him cards for all our special and “non-special” occassions.  Since I recently made a box card that I was pretty happy with I decided that for a little extra punch I’d try another!  I used the Lollydoodle paper, paired with the OWLS and GIRLS ROCK stamp sets along with Cricut Art Philosophy cut hearts.  When the box is open it looks like the hearts are pouring out and I sort of wish that I’d added them to the second tab and put the flowers in first, but it’s all the same and packed full of love!  I told him I was confiscating it back to display on the shelf above my desk – it’s just to cute to be stored in his memory box!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my “O”…Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!