The Seasonal Expression 2 Catalog is nearing it’s career end with a big retirement party set for August 31st! There are many fabulous items in this catalog and I’ll admit I’m sad to see some of them go. I’ve done a mighty fine job getting what I can’t live without, but after another look at the retiring list I’ll be sure to pick up those few things I can’t live without.
Speaking of the retirement list. I’ve attached it here…make sure you take a look and either e-mail me or place an order at my webpage.
It’s been a morning of hiccups here at the Craft-Coop! First I posted my Double Trouble Card with the wrong info then when I went to edit that post I deleted the entire thing. Trouble Maker might just trade me in for a new sister if I don’t get my act together!
So…here we go again! Happy Monday morning or whatever day & time you are tuning in! It’s time for Challenge #26 at Double Trouble – our theme this week is Splish Splash. I immediately thought of a rubber ducky or a nice warm shower, but Trouble Maker said “This challenge is a splash!” Include some form of water to celebrate “Showers” (Spring, Wedding, Baby, Housewarming). Or, give us watercolor technique or paper background, splatter or rain drops using products that represent water (liquid glass, glossy accents).
Being from the Pacific Northwest I’ve always got raindrops falling on my head so my twist is for you to use a Bumbershoot in your project!
Double Dare found a fun Tic Tac Toe board at Joy of Sets so make sure you take a look for some inspiration.
I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather since returning from Disneyland, so I relied heavily on my Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge to pull off this challenge. I chose the diagonal Wedding, Velum & Pearls! You might be able to see the printed vellum poking through the die cut on the front of the card. I thought this would make a perfect “shower” invite.
It’s time for more mischief with Double Trouble. This week, Trouble Maker is reminding us to “make new friends, but keep the old (here’s a good place to let you know I’m the youngest of the three!) because one is silver and one is gold. She’d like us to include a metallic object on our project.
Since I found the Pot of Gold on the last challenge I decided it was time to get out of town. I chose the word ADVENTURE for my 2019 word of the year and as I type this I’m sitting in our new trailer in a campground, so I’d like you to show me what mode of transportation you enjoy while on vacation.
Double Dare hopped right on board and found the Brown Sugar Challenge #288 with a transportation theme to link to.
Although I love all forms of transportation to take me away…my favorite way to vacation is on a cruise ship (although I also get seasick). I couldn’t pass up playing with the new Cruisin’ to Adventure stamp set & thin cuts from Close to My Heart. This stamp set is sure to be a favorite of all parents (grandparents) of little boys from – from land, sea to air this set has you covered. I also used my Thin Cuts – Decorative Border to make some waves and finished off my card with a sprinkle of silver sequins.
I look forward to seeing your creation with Double Trouble so “cruise by to say hi before this challenge passes you by!”
Happy Friday! It’s everyone’s favorite week at the Color My Heart Color Dare! What colors will you create with from the Color Dare Tic Tac Toe Board?
We are having a little competition amongst the Design Team to recruit players. Please mention me if you decide to come play!!!
I chose the middle horizontal line for a Baby Girl Birthday card in Ballerina, White Daisy & Charcoal. I used this sweet card from Becca Whitham. The Sweet Baby Stamp Set and Dies are retired, but still available in the Going Soon! section on my website, it’s listed as limited quantities so if you want it click here and get it before it’s gone!
I picked the Polka Dot paper from the Seasonal Mix-ins Paper Packet as the base of my card – like Becca I then die cut my wonky piece from a My Favorite Things Blueprint and ran the Ballerina Piece with my Alphabet Embossing Folder (you’ll also find it in the Going Soon section) All of my stamping (other than the striped balloon) was done in Charcoal Ink. I really like using a dark gray instead of black with the softer color of Ballerina. I couldn’t resist coloring in the cheek and toe nails with my Sugarplum Shimmer Pen.
Now it’s your turn to create something using the Tic Tac Toe Board…you can find all the guidelines for joining on our home page and there you’ll find the other projects from our talented Design Team. As a reminder if you use three or more colors you can link up at the Double Trouble Challenge and if using a Critter (of any kind) you can also link up at the Brown Sugar Challenge.
It’s Color Dare Friday and here’s the 3-1-1 actually it’s challenge #311, but I’m feeling a tad giddy after struggling with these colors to get a card that I’m really in love with.
If you’d like to create with us this week, reach for all things Saffron, Peacock & Ballerina with an option of adding Gold.
If you haven’t added the September Stamp of the Month to your order yet this month, don’t wait a minute longer – if this is the only stamp set you buy this fall you will still be set to create all the way up to Christmas!
Now it’s your turn to create…all the information on how to join is located on The Color My Heart Color Dare Blog Post that you’ll find here. When you visit the home page, make sure you are leaving comments for each of the Design Team members – we work hard each week to bring you lots of different inspiration.
Happy Friday! This week I have a little Color My Heart Color Dare Tracey Trivia: The Color My Heart Color Dare challenge was founded in 2011 by Sarah Stone – Sarah is no longer a design team member, however she still participates on a fairly regular basis. I first participated in the Color Dare in April of 2015, I was too late to actually link up my card (time zones used to give me hives) but I stuck around and my first official entry was #143 – the challenge was black, white & gold and you can find that card here. I was an Emerald Winner with that challenge and I guess you could say that being a winner brought me back. My first Guest Appearance as a Design Team member happened on May 28, 2015. Pretty much from that point on I’ve been hooked…sure I’ve taken a break now and then, but my first love is the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.
Why am I telling you this? Lately “the Color Dare” has been lacking participants…we aren’t sure if it’s summer, back to school or that suddenly everyone has quit stamping (gasp)! This week is the perfect week to get started – or come back – really what do you have to lose?
Basically the rules are pretty simple – you create with a color combination that we provide (if you don’t have the exact colors get them close) – in the Close to My Heart World this weeks colors are: Ruby, Peacock & Kraft. In the Stampin’ Up World your colors might resemble: Cherry Cobbler, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake. The point is there are some options. This challenge is not affiliated with Close to My Heart although there are lots of consultants on the Design Team.
So, are you ready to get started? I am!
I love Kraft cardstock – I think it’s an amazing neutral and probably a little because it reminds me of days before plastic bags at the grocery store (I still ask for paper). I saw a super cute card on Pinterest and although I didn’t have the exact same dies it gave me a fun idea for a card anyway.
Everything on my card was die cut using Close to My Heart Thin Cuts – except the thin red strip (1/8 inch to be exact) and then adhered to the front of the card.
So, 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 for two weeks won’t you please come play along.
If you are local to me and would like to come Create in the Coop – I’d be happy to help you just send me a message.
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.
One Sheet Wonders have been around for a long time. You can find a healthy dose of them on Pinterest, but when I saw this pattern designed by a Canadian Consultant I knew I needed to purchase it – the fact that it worked out to only be $2.37 with the exchange rate was a bonus!
That’s right…all these cards came from one 6X6 piece of patterned paper. I actually could have got 5 out of the pattern, but I was using a sampler that had a hole punched in the corner – I’m happy with my 4 cards though.
These papers are from the new Boutique line and the Stamp set is from the Workshops Your Way Hugs for You Cardmaking Kit. These card kits are an amazing value you get everything to make 12 cards (6 each of two designs) including an exclusive stamp set. You can find the card kit here on my website. If you’re not sure about having 6 cards all alike I’m offering a Card Kit Club – we meet quarterly and you can find that information on my Facebook Page under events.