A New Challenge

There’s a new kid on the block…Artsystamper Digital Challenge has started a brand new Challenge Blog. The artwork is gorgeous and since she’ll be partnering up with Double Trouble in the future I wanted to lend my support.

Challenge #1 is Autumn Colors – my husband and I recently traveled from Western to Eastern Washington and I commented that the leaves on the mountains reminded me of a patchwork quilt. I think my favorites were the deep red of the Vine Maple.

My card features the Close to My Heart Hawthorne paper packet and I wanted to incorporate the Saffron & Sangria both yummy warm colors. I am in love with the pumpkins from the Autumn Blessings stamp set and I chose to color them with the new Tri-Color Markers that Close to My Heart is carrying. I love that you can get three shades from one marker! The sentiment was stamped in Espresso ink – I use to stamp in browns and grays all the time and have kind of got out of the habit, but it’s so much softer than black ink.

I hope that you’ll take a minute and tell me what your favorite fall color is by leaving me a comment and if you get some time pop on over to the Artsystampers Challenge and let them know that “Twisted Sister” sent you.

Color Dare #364

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is to choose three colors from the Color Dare Grid.

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I love these colors all together and standing on their own, so it was a bit of a challenge for me to choose only 3, in the long run Eggplant, Peacock & Saffron were my choices.

The retired Documented paper packet had all the colors I needed and embellishments to match!

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Double Trouble #40

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 10/7-10/20 is masking with the fun twist of adding something you’d find in a pumpkin patch for example: a pumpkin, a scarecrow, or maybe even a trick or treater! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Kat Scrappiness. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? I think that’s how my card must have felt with all these sticky notes stuck to it. I use sticky notes that are full page sticky so I get good coverage for my masks. I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire and she talked about masking paper and I think I might have to give it a try – it appears a bit larger than my 3X3 notes. Her card inspired me and they aren’t completely alike, but they are quite similar.

So I started my card by cutting a stitched rectangle from the largest of the Close to My Heart Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then placed it in my Misti and placed a circle die where I wanted my spotlight area to be. I then placed my pumpkin and stamped him several times in intense black ink and then colored it in with my Tri-blend markers. After it was colored I added the sentiment and placed the masks. When you use a die cut for a mask you end up with a small shadow of white around the image, but I didn’t care. Then I started by swirling Sweet Leaf ink all over inside the circle mask. To finish things off I added two bitty sparkles (one to each end of the sentiment) because a little bling never hurt anything.

So what do you think of my finished card? Do you think this is a project you would try?

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

Double Trouble #39

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

It’s a special week at Double Trouble (9-30 thru 10-6) is our Something, Anything, Everything Challenge with the fun twist of making PINK your prominent color to help us celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to one of our previous challenge partners. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog.

My card is a fancy fold card with my favorite combination of Ballerina & Black. The big bold flower flips open from a fancy fold card to display the first sentiment and then an additional sentiment is inside the card with room to write a message and sign your name.

I hope you’ll come play along with our short week, but extremely fun challenge. Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!

Color Dare # 362

Happy Friday I’m back with another Design Team card for  Color My Heart Color Dare.   This week our challenge is taken from a beautiful inspiration photo.

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I had fun looking through paper packets trying to figure out what I was going to use when I ran across Flirty – I believe it was a paper packet that was released during my first CTMH convention in Dallas.

I combined some old with new combining a new stamp set with an old paper & embellishments. I used New England Ivy & Raspberry Ink and although it’s not a perfect match the color works well together.

You can visit the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for all the information on how to play along as well as finding additional inspiration from the other Design Team members.

Fancy Tag Halloween

Oh my word…you guys – this Halloween Special is the BOMB! I blew my budget right out of the water in September, but when this new Spooktacular Workshop Kit was released it went straight into my cart and onto my credit card. Don’t tell Brant ok?!

Then I learned this new fun fold from the new Creative Collaboration group that I joined and my life would just be perfect if I could just stay in my Craft Coop 12 hours a day, but alas the laundry must be done, the granddaughter must be taken to dance and dinner must be cooked.

You can’t see it in the photographs, but I blinged up that mummy dog with a little clear Shimmer Pen. I’m not sure if it’s Huckleberry Hound or Hong Kong Phooey, but it definitely reminds me of a cartoon dog from my younger days!

You’ll be seeing a lot more of these fun papers and stamps in the coming weeks so make sure you like my page so you’ll be notified of upcoming happenings.

This or That

My co-worker has a birthday tomorrow and I decided to stamp her a set of monogrammed cards. The flourishing frame and an assortment of the letters are still available in the online only section of my webpage here. This section includes items that are not pictured in a current catalog or special, but that are still available at retail price. Many of the products in this section will be items left over from a recently retired catalog or special, and they may only be available in limited quantities. Other items will be kept available for a longer time to support specific product or program needs. Look for the “Low Quantity” flag to identify items that will be running out soon.

I had fun playing with the color combinations from the Every Little Thing Paper Packet. I love the soft wash watercolor look that is featured in this paper. I also love that our paper is two sided and you can get such a different look just by flipping it over. I also flipped the letter and frame colors. Do you have a preference? You can leave me a comment with Wisteria C or Julep C and we’ll see which one wins. I wonder if you’ll like the one that I like.