Double Trouble #16

It’s time for more trouble over on the Double Trouble Papercrafting Blog.  This time Trouble Maker is requesting we use some form of embossing – heat, dry, embossing paste use one or use them all.  Twisted Sister is getting in the spirit and singing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and is requesting you add a snowflake on your project.  Double Dare is asking you to link up to the winter/holiday themed challenge at Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge.

I selected a soft Christmas palette of Ballerina, Mint, Charcoal & Linen with touches of Gold and a White Glitter Paper Snowflake.  I heat embossed my white snowflakes along the Ballerina cardstock and then added a die cut Snowflake from the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts. 

I hope you’ll come join in the fun at Double Trouble for a chance to win one of our bags of things.  I also hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment on your favorite Christmas palette. 

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.

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.

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!

 

 

Hello Pumpkin

What vegetable was orginally carved for Halloween? The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkinPumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to decorate for and that means making cards to share with friends too!  I loved the Hello Pumpkin product line from Close to My Heart from the minute I got my first look at the catalog.  I love that the stamps are cute (fits the challenge at Double Trouble) and the paper is very versatile, Close to My Heart makes sure to include papers that are not just for holiday.

      

Do you notice the cute border on the ghost card?  It was made with the new Thin Cuts Decorative Borders.  I can’t wait to try some of the other thin cuts so stay tuned!!!

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I’m linking up over at Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenge #19 Autumn/Halloween you should think about linking up too!  There’s also one more week to play along with Double Trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Double Trouble #12

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner…I seriously wonder where this year has gone…ok, seriously the last two weeks because it’s already time for another Double Trouble posting!  I’m late and I’m going to be in more trouble than I already am!!!

I think Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…we have a large pumpkin carving party and I love to decorate for fall.  I tend to like the cute things about Halloween and not the scary so I was thrilled when Trouble Maker challenged us to “Skip the Tricks and Share the Treats of Halloween”  Share the cute and cheerful side of Halloween or Fall with cute pumpkins, witches & ghosts.

 

As usual…my partners have “Framed Me” and I need your help! My optional twist is that you include a frame somewhere on your card to help me get out of “trouble”.

 

 

Finally…Double Dare has asked up to link up to the Paper Girls Challenge – I hope no one goes cutting them apart – they seem like a nice group of crafters!!!

Well, now all that is out of the way…would you like to see what I’ve been up to?

That’s right, it’s a spooky cute Halloween Card.  I started with a Nectarine Base and then added a B&T from the Hello Pumpkin paper packet – I layers on some Willow and Lagoon onto which I had stamped a fence – over the fence I layered a black frame which although you can’t see it well in the picture I painted with my new black shimmer pen!  I then layered my sentiment over the top of that.  I knew I wanted to include the ghost because the faces of the B&T paper reminded me of a scene in a Casper cartoon where you could only see the faces of the ghosts.  Although most ghosts are typically white I stamped mine in Mint and colored it with the clear shimmer brush which has given it the look of being “glow in the dark”

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on “cute” Halloween and that you’ll pop over to our design page and link up a project…and don’t forget to add a frame!!!

Double Trouble #10

Welcome to Double Trouble‘s first Double Digit Challenge – that would be challenge #10!!!  This week Trouble Maker is challenging you to use at least three colors with a stamped or digital image.  Twisted Sister is asking you to use a critter and add a punny saying with your image, finally Double Dare is asking us to link with the Brown Sugar Challenge #282 using a critter.

The entire time I was creating I was humming this verse from a song I grew up singing in the United Methodist Church.  It’s been a number of years since I’ve been in church, but I guess some things just stick.

“All things bright and beautiful, 
all creatures great and small, 
all things wise and wonderful: 
the Lord God made them all.” 

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My first inclination was to reach for the retired Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set and then I thought no that would be to easy, so instead I reached for the long ago retired Safari Ballet stamp set.  Ballet and roses just seem to go together so I grabbed some of my last scraps of the retired fundamentals paper and the new Love of Color Book for a combination – Lagoon, Sapphire and Canary.  I dressed my ballerina head to toe in Canary yellow (or as close as I could get with my Copic Markers).  I want to let you in on a little secret – that skinny yellow strip of cardstock was cut with the Ribbon Thin Cut from CTMH and I just layered my circle of the bow part.  To finish off my card I stamped my “punny saying” with Sapphire Ink onto the Lagoon B&T and added a few sparkles.

Now won’t you head over to our Double Trouble Design Page and see what Thing 1 and Thing 2 have created.  While you are there you’ll find all the rules to link up to our challenge.  If you find you still need a little help – we can get you started, Thing 1 although a Trouble Maker is a real whiz with the computer!