Double Trouble #4

Welcome back…it’s nice to see that I’m not the only one that follows the lead of Trouble Makers ūüôā¬† Seriously, we’re so excited to see so much participation in our challenges.

This week Thing 1 has a 3,2,1 challenge – now I’ve been around the challenge arena (can you tell I’m a farm-girl at heart) a time or two, but this was something new to me.¬† I thought it was fun and hope you do, too!

Here’s a run-down of her challenge:

  • 3 Colors – use only three colors on your project
  • 2 Word Sentiment – choose something like Happy Birthday, Get Well, Thank You – y’all get the idea right?
  • 1 Stamped Image (your stamped sentiment doesn’t count)

After last weeks fiasco with my hair I’m back to blonde and can’t wait to get even with my Arizona Sisters, but it’s going to have to wait until after their HOT, DRY summer – which got me to thinking about embossing so my twist is to use either DRY or HEAT embossing on your project.¬† Of course this twist is completely optional, but I’d love to show those girls something and have EVERYONE use some sort of embossing on their project!!!

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My card features, Bashful, Juniper and Tangerine and a great sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Team who agreed to link up with us this week and next (I’ll be back next Monday with a Double Trouble 4.5).

Our Thing 3 challenge is to link up to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #271 and or next weeks challenge #272.¬† For now here’s this weeks sketch and by clicking here it will take you right to their post to play along.¬† Don’t forget when entering there to come back and play with us at the Double Trouble as well.

Thanks for stopping by…I’m looking forward to seeing your 3,2,1 challenge entries at Double Trouble.

 

Ti-grrrr!

It’s a GRRRRReat day to be crafting!¬† I love the sunshine pouring in the craft room and although it’s highly unusual for me to post twice in one day – heck sometimes it’s unusual for me to post twice in one week –¬† I wanted to get this cute little tiger card linked up to the Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #23 Tigers.

I’ve been working on projects for the upcoming CTMH convention and my head seems to be on overload so I’m just playing for fun this afternoon.¬† I love this little tiger from the Punny Pals stamp set and with a matching die-cut it makes him that much cuter!

My card is little but fierce (just 3 X 4 3/4) with a base of Tangerine which I embossed and then layered a band of black cardstock.  The tag was cut with my Cricut in black and white and then stamped with a orange splash from the Brushstrokes stamp set, the tiger was popped up and then the tag was finished with a piece of ribbon and three tiny black dots.

I hope you’ll take a minute and let me know what you’re working on today…I read and appreciate all comments ūüôā¬† Thanks for taking a minute to stop by.

Rock Their Day!

Happy Monday!

This Double Trouble gig has hooked me up with a couple of new challenges and I wanted to see what I could come up with that would fit several of them.

First of all our challenge at Double Trouble is to NOT use patterned paper and we are teamed up with The Three Amigos to use a manual or machine die cut. I stumbled across another challenge called Bitten By The Bug 2 (you have use a Cricut cut) with a Fathers Day theme and I also saw a male theme at Always Fun Challenge.

I think I got them all!

I knew I wanted a guitar and I found it on Cricut Design Space it’s from Rock Princess, but cut in masculine colors! The background ink splotches are a retired Close to My Heart set called Brush Strokes and the sentiment is also a retired set called Happy Everything.

If you’ve never participated in a challenge I’d like to “challenge you” to give it a try. It really is a fun way to get some inspiration in card making.

Thanks so much for stopping by…I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment, I read each and everyone of them.

 

A Little Thank You

Since it’s been a challenge to get in the craft room this week, I’ve had some extra time to hop around and look at some challenges and thought just maybe this little Thank You card might fit the bill for a couple of them.

My card is just a 3X3 I like to keep this size on hand to stick in customer orders – just a nice little treat to find and I think it’s important to give thanks! ¬†A Seaglass base with the rainbow paper from Prickly Pear and my all time favorite long-retired M stamp which I colored in with my Shin Han markers. ¬†I quick knot of twine and a few Prickly Pear sequins finish things off.

Seriously, if you’re ideas are waning in the heat and over whelming activity of summer take a look at some challenge blogs like Heart to Heart¬†this week they are featuring Fabulous Fonts and Three Amigo’s Blog Hop Challenges¬†where you’ll find Prickly Pear being featured during the month of July. ¬†Of course I can’t mention blog hop challenges without mentioning one of my favorites – Color My Heart Color Dare.

Thanks for stopping by…I can’t wait to get back in my Craft Coop and start playing with my new things.

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Coffee Loving Blog Hop

I’ve been crazy busy playing catch up…hubby took me out of town for a couple of days and I really just wanted to be playing in some really fun blog hop challenges.

My friend Sue talked me into playing in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – it’s full of amazing art so grab a cuppa joe and visit all the fun entrants.

Last Saturday when I was hanging out with my CTMH peeps I found this cool map paper at the local stamp store and then on another rack around the corner I found the coffee cup brad.  Perfect for this Starbucks loving girl.  I used a sentiment from Close to My Heart that has since retired, but still worked well.

Thanks for stopping by…I promise to post a few more things over the weekend.

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Stars Shine Bright – Mojo Monday #485

I haven’t taken a lot of time lately to play along with many challenges, but when I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch today I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Several months ago I had picked up some shaker components from Queen & Company ¬†– they just happened to be a star shape, so I immediately reached for them, unfortunately the seed beads and my acetate have a little static attraction. ¬†The B&T paper is from the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet from Close to My Heart when I was creating with it the other day it reminded me of constellations. ¬†I wanted one last star effect for this card so I reached for the Star Confetti Embossing Folder.

I had a great time playing with an old challenge.  Take a minute and leave me a comment and why not step outside your box and play along with a challenge today!

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Charlotte Birthday

I paired this weeks Close to My Heart Color Dare with a sketch over at Retro Sketches for another February birthday!

   

When I saw the sketch I immediately thought Center Step Card and what better than to showcase the Charlotte papers with.  I used the Balloon Wishes and Springtime Wishes stamp sets.  Since I know this card is going to be delivered in person I loaded it up with embellishments the new Treasured Puffies have become a quick favorite of mine as well as some black and grey sparkles which are long retired.

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I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment…thanks for stopping by!

 

Zoe Meets Penelope

I’m really trying to get my birthday stash replenished and with a little push decided to take a gander over at the Close to My Heart Color Dare¬†– I was pleasantly surprised with the Pixie, Glacier, Thistle and White Daisy that I found waiting for me. ¬†Now for a sketch…I wanted to try something new so I took a turn at Freshly Made Sketches, once more I hit the jackpot!

I had a lot of fun pairing the Glacier Houndstooth paper from Zoe with the Thistle Floral from Penelope Рnow for that Pixie!  I used the Brushstrokes stamp for a big base of Pixie, stamped the sentiment in Thistle and started adding embellishments from the Penelope Complements.

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Here’s a close up!

 

 

This card was lots of fun and fairly quick to put together. ¬†I challenge you to take a look around the web for inspiration and stop by the Close to My Heart Color Dare. ¬†It’s really fun to make a project when all the hard parts are figured out for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Color My Heart #144 – Guest Designer

I am so excited to be selected as the Guest Designer for this weeks Color Dare of Juniper, Canary, Ruby and White Daisy – you might say I’m tickled pink!

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I am going on my 10th year (July) with Close to My Heart and although I haven’t participated in the Color My Heart Color Dare for long, it’s a challenge I’ve followed for a while so when I was given the extra little push to try it out I threw my hat in the ring.

It took me five tries to come up with a card that I loved…these colors kept speaking Christmas to me, but luckily now I’m ahead of the game when December rolls around! ¬†I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest by Shana Gaff, but decided to put my own spin on it.

I love that the Art Philosophy cartridge will cut a banner card (p29) and then all the little pieces that go along too! ¬†I had quite the collection to put away when I was finished (oh who am I joking, it’s all still there!)

Here’s your shopping list:

  • B1476 My Fave
  • D1560 Holiday Tags
  • D1607 Bodacious Banners
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder

I’d like to encourage you to take the Color Dare Challenge…it’s such a fun place to play.

A Little ShinHan Fun

The challenge issued this week by Close to My Heart on Instagram at #jrlcreativechallenge was to use ShinHan Touch Twin markers. ¬†Well, that wasn’t hard for me because I LOVE to color, but I wanted to do something a little different.

My upline had shared a handout using different techniques with the markers and Pointillism was what stuck. ¬†This isn’t the true Pointillism technique, but it did give me a sense of doing something different.

What have you done with your markers?