Season of Magic – Color Dare #320

It’s Friday and time for another Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  This week the Design Team is asking you to create with Kraft, New England Ivy, Candy Apple and an option to add Gold.

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These colors automatically spoke Christmas to me.  Adding Kraft at Christmas is one of my favorite things to do…I guess it goes back to brown paper packages tied up with strings!

 

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I’ve been sorting through retired stamps trying to find the perfect stamp set to make Christmas cards with…although I’ve found lots of stamps that I forgot I had and discovered a have A LOT of wreath stamps.  I still haven’t made up my mind for my personal Christmas cards.  I guess I better get on it!

I found this Season of Magic wreath and thought it had the perfect combination of elements to use with this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  My Kraft CS is Neenah 80lb Smooth Desert Storm.  I like that this is a lighter Kraft color and the texture of the paper makes a perfect card base.  I stamped my wreath in Toffee and added boughs and holly berries in New England Ivy & Candy Apple.  I layered the image panel on a piece of NEI cardstock and then finished it off with a few banners which I topped with a bow made from NEI twine.  I scattered a few bitty sparkles just to give it a frosty look.

Now it’s your turn…you can head over to the Color My Heart Color Dare and find the rules to enter and join in the fun.  While your there make sure you visit the Design Team members pages and let them know that you LOVE their projects.

I hope you’ll take the time to leave me some love as well…as a matter of fact, I’d like to know your favorite Christmas Color Combination I look forward to reading your answers.

 

Double Trouble #15

This week Trouble Maker challenged us to “Eat, Drink & Be Merry!”  I’m not sure what that has to do with the Sweet Treats challenge for Double Trouble #15, but maybe I misunderstood – I was drinking eggnog after-all (hiccup)!

Thank goodness Double Dare found a great mood board at Use Your Stuff Challenge #338 and they were gracious enough to partner up with us on this fun challenge.  What will it inspire you to make?

I was inspired to make Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles on top!

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My mom and I always baked Christmas cookies together…it was an ALL DAY affair!  Sugar Cookies (although my favorite to eat) were my least favorite to make.  I have a whole bin of her cutters and my grandma’s rolling pin to help me still get the job done.

I used papers from the Oh What Fun paper packet and added a cute little tag with some layered sugar cookies.  I finished it off with lots of Bitty Sparkles and a few big ones too.  If my cookies turn out as pretty as these stamped AND fussy cutted cookies, Santa will be sure to slide down my chimney!

I hope you’ll create something sweet and link up to our blog challenge – it’s really easy and if you have any problems at all Trouble Maker can help you out.   Remember to include lots of “sprinkles on top” so Twisted Sister can get on the nice list. While you’re getting inspired…take a minute and leave me a comment about your favorite sweet memory from Christmas.

Sketch This

As most of you know I’m a DT Member at Double Trouble Papercrafting challenge.  We have the most amazing participants that have introduced me to many fun challenges and stamp companies and digital images.  It’s a crazy happy world that I live in!

One of our entrants in Challenge #14, Mary Marsh of The Charmed Life, posted an adorable card and information on Sketch 718 at Split Coast Stampers.  She also mentioned how she had struggled a bit with the sketch due to it’s Clean and Simple look.

I love a good sketch – I use pattern books all the time, but it’s always a challenge wondering what the creator is really looking for and if I can put my touch on it, but still have the basic details of the sketch.

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I was in card class mode surrounded by Christmas papers when I decided I needed a break from making card kits and had the printout of the sketch on my desk.  I decided to skip the stamping and added a die cut snowflake instead of the second circle.  I also added some twine and wish I’d got it under my circle, but that circle wouldn’t even think about budging.

I am quite excited that Mary shared this sketch and introduced me to an entire gallery of inspiration.  Go check out her blog…she shares some really cute cards.

Grab A Sweater

I don’t know how Christmas Sweaters got such a bad wrap…personally I think this Ugly Sweater stamp set is pretty darn cute!

Do you have a friend that ‘Don’s an ugly Christmas sweater”?  This card might be perfect for them.  The stamp set would also be fun to use on a scrapbook page about ugly sweaters.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve got any ugly sweaters hanging in your closet.

 

Double Trouble 14

Well, looks like we all survived our lucky number week and it’s time for more fun!!!

I just found out that I made the Naughty List…seems that November rolls around and I’m always trying to explain to Santa! I’m sure it’s who I hang out with so if you include something that “hangs” – Christmas Lights, Ornament, Stocking, etc in your design your sure to get an extra entry into our drawing for a bag of things and might just make the nice list too!

Double Trouble Challenge #14 has us pairing up with Try Stamping on Tuesday – they have a fun Tic Tac Tuesday challenge that Double Dare has asked us to link up to! Trouble Maker had already asked us to do a holiday card so I killed two birds with one stone.

I chose the diagonal row starting in the upper left hand corner:  Green, Trees & Plaid.  I liked the combination of black & white plaid with the bright willow green.  It had a bit of a modern Christmas twist.  I kept my stamping simple using a retired CTMH Stamp of the Month from 2012 a tree branch with an ornament for my “hanging option”

Here’s the Tic Tac Tuesday board…I can’t wait to see what row you choose.

Make sure you pop on over to Double Trouble to see what the heck is going on – we had a Crazy Cousin (Guest Designer) stop by for the month of November and she’s bringing all kinds of goodies with her.

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My friend Debi (who was never going to do challenges) has been sharing the posts at Heart 2 Heart and I’ve been inspired to go take a peek at what she’s been up to and of course I decided that I needed to play along!

Since I was in the Coop early this morning and got a few things done that NEEDED done I discovered some extra play time so TWO blog posts in one day.

The Challenge for the week of October 22nd was called Glitter & Glam and since everyone knows that Blings My Thing how could I not play along?!  I knew right away that I wanted to use a big snowflake cut from Sugarplum Glitter Paper, I also knew that I wanted to use the barnwood paper from the Seasonal Mixins (such a fun packet of paper).  I turned to my trusty Love of Color Guide and found that Mink, Eggplant and Sugarplum would make a delightful color trio.  I also had some retired Eggplant shimmer ribbon so it made perfect sense to use it.  I sprinkled a few bitty and regular sparkles around the card to add a little more “Glam”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card…now I’m off to feed a calf and start the regular chores of my day!  BTW it’s 5:30am and I think it’s going to be a long day!

Double Trouble #13

Wow!  I don’t think Double Dare & Trouble Maker realized that when it rains in the PNW that Toilet Paper gets sticky…it’s one thing getting framed, but being wrapped up like a mummy was almost unbearable.  I’ve finally managed to break free and here I am with our next challenge!

Mathematicians tell us that numbers are the language of the universe. Numerologists go so far as to say that the numbers in your life can define who you are and what you do. With a few simple calculations, you can find the five core numbers that offer insight into your own life.

Since there’s 5 weeks in the month of October Double Trouble has a special one week challenge featuring something, anything & everything (please no Charmin).  I’m giving you an optional twist for an extra drawing for our Bag of Things!  All you have to do is include a number on your card…die cut, stamped, a pair of dice, playing cards as long as it has a number you’ll get an extra entry.  Double Dare is challenging you to link up to one of our previous challenges (let me let you in a little hint – Color My Heart is having a monochromatic green challenge so maybe your lucky number is the color of money!)

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I’ve been working on Christmas cards so my lucky number is 25!  I actually paper pieced my 25 by die cutting it twice once out of charcoal CS and once out of a cute snowflake b&t found in the Tis the Season paper packet..

I hope you enjoy my twist on this one week special challenge.  I look forward to giving you extra votes when you include a number!

 

 

Oh What Fun!

The Oh What Fun Felt Shapes make the cutest accents on a Christmas Card.  I picked a simple pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 4 and used Mint for my base and the striped B&T from the Oh What Fun Paper Packet.  I then wrapped some Raspberry Bakers Twine around the card to keep things simple.

There are 8 adhesive backed shapes in each collection as you see above I made 5 adorable cards.

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I hope this has given you an idea on how to use these cute felt shapes.

 

 

Double Trouble #5

Here we go again causing trouble and moving Christmas to July!!!  What else would you expect from the Double Trouble Gang!

Thing 1 is making her list and checking it twice and gonna find out who’s playing along with our challenges or being nice!  Her challenge this week is to create anything Christmas and include a sentiment or journaling.

If you’ve been following me for long you know that my “thing” is fun-fold or fancy-fold cards so our TWIST this week is to submit something other than a standard A2 fold card.

Thing 3 found a great challenge for us to link up with…the team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is also celebrating Christmas in July (we may have led them astray just a bit)

So, here’s my card…it’s called the Impossible Card, but seriously it is probably the easiest fun fold card I’ve ever done and it folds flat to mail.  Just search Pinterest and you’ll find several tutorials.

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Although I’ve seen this years Close to My Heart Christmas paper choices – trust me YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THEM, I’m choosing to use papers from last year.  I started with a Fern colored base and then added a strip of New England Ivy to which I adhered one of the zip strips.  I then added a sentiment stamped on one of the circle die cuts.  For my focus panel I layered the poinsettia paper on NEI and then layered a Cricut flower popped up over a strip of Silver glitter paper.

I sincerely hope you’ll add some Double Trouble to your life…we are seriously one of the funnest Challenge Blogs around, in my humble opinion of course!

A Traditional Christmas – Color Dare 272

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the Traditional Christmas Colors of Red & Green – you can also choose your neutral.

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I grabbed a long retired paper packet that featured a really stunning Christmas bird.  I started by taking a pattern from the Originals Card Confidence Program.  If you don’t have this book it’s on the Going Soon Section of my webpage – you can click the link above and be directed right to the book so you can easily add it to your cart.  It’s the best $15 you’ll spend this Christmas season.  I layered a small strip of New England Ivy cardstock on a sheet music B&T then layered my bird on a piece of Cranberry cardstock.  To glitz things up a bit I used some Red Shimmer Trim and Clear Sparkles.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day) and taking the time to comment on each of our blogs just might add a little love to your stocking!

Thanks for stopping by … I hope you have a magical Christmas!

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