Double Trouble – #63

It’s time for more trouble…Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is.

Our challenge consists of three parts: Trouble Makers main challenge, Double Dares challenge to link with another blog which you may or may not decided to participate in and Twisted Sisters surprise challenge! You can find all the details on the rules page of the challenge blog.

Challenge #63 is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer requiring the use of embossing on your card. If you include a Critter (Twisted Sister is specifically asking for a DOG) you’ll also be able to link with our challenge blog partner. All the details are right here on the blog post!

Our granddaughter just talked her mom into a new puppy…after just telling my husband that we weren’t getting any more dogs after ours was gone I have to admit that “Lola” has my heart! I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest and used two different embossing folders. I grabbed a stamp set in my MFT Stash and colored in just like the picture her mom sent me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will consider joining our challenge. If you’d like more inspiration visit my team members at Double Trouble and our partner team 2 Craft Critter Crazies.

More Summer Vibes

I just love that little coconut drink…after cutting it and piecing it together I decided that it was time to ink up the stamp set and color it.

I grabbed a few cuts from the Cricut and layered up a fun little tropical card to pop in the mail to a friend.

Summer Vibes—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

If you think you’d like to add this stamp & thin cut set to your collection of summer themed stamps I just happen to have one itching to be inked up.

Heart 2 Heart – Sunny Days

I decided to take some time and participate in the Heart 2 Heart Sunny Days challenge.

I cut an image from the CTMH Summer Vibes Cricut collection sized it to fit my card layout and started piecing it together. Summer time means time at our friends pool and I thought this card was a fun reminder to those times.

I missed being in my Craft-Coop while I was in Arizona, but I’m on a mission to get some crafting time in. I appreciate you stopping by and leave me a message what your favorite thing to do in the summer is.

Double Trouble #62

I’m late, I’m late for a very important date…

I was on the road home from Arizona for 8 days and although the top priority on my list was getting into my Craft Coop, my husband thought unloading the trailer and doing some chores trumped that. I didn’t think I better pull the “whatever card” so I did a little laundry, canned some peaches and hung out with friends that we hadn’t seen in 6 weeks!

When I was leaving Arizona, I ran across this cute little gnome that told me he was celebrating Christmas in July in the Grand Canyon State and he needed some cool treats to cool him down.

Double Dare teamed us up with Heart2Heart who’s having a favorite tool challenge. Since I’ve been stamping for a very long time I have many favorite tools, but my BIG SHOT is probably my favorite because I HATE fussy cutting!

I hope you’ll come play along with us at Double Trouble and link with our partner Heart2Heart Challenges.

Double Trouble #61

I decided I couldn’t let Stephanie have all the fun so I’m back with a little help from my friends, LOL!

This week Trouble Maker is providing a great Tic Tac Toe board, there’s just one problem that I can find…she left off the bling! Double Dare teamed us up with Cupcake Inspirations so if you choose to go through the middle with Flowers and add some sequins or pearls as your bling you are all set to earn those bonus points.

My challenge was just that…a real challenge. I’m still playing from Arizona with one block, a black ink pad, scissors and a couple of stamp sets that I recently ordered. I did make a run to Michael’s yesterday and picked up a paper trimmer. I was talking with Trouble Maker and told her if she’d send me some paper and embellishments I’d make my card.

My card follows the middle row, insect, flower & woodgrain. Trouble Maker sent me, Lemonade CS, Stitched Together B&T, Woodgrain B&T and I asked for some die cut tea cups in Candy Apple. When I got the pieces I went in search of a sketch and found one from My Favorite Things that I had pinned for future use. I used the July SOTM to stamp a sentiment on the teacup and popped it up with some foam dots.

I hope you’ll come and play along at Double Trouble. You can find all the details on how to link up at our blog.

Double Trouble #59

I’m back and more twisted than ever! Actually, I’m not quite back, I’m hanging out in Arizona for a few more weeks and asked my Twisted Niece Stephanie to complete my artwork challenges for Double Trouble until I can get back to the Coop!

This week Thing 1 has served up a recipe for a great card:

 From: Our Kitchen at Double Trouble    Servings: Unlimited portions of Fun     Ingredients:  3 – Colors                            2 – Embellishments                              1 – Seasoned Stamped Sentiment 
                                (clear or rubber stamp more than 
                                one year old)

Thing 3 got straight to the point requesting you to use the sharp angles of the sketch available at Retro Rubber #137

Thing 2 says, “If you have created a project using the Retro Rubber’s Sketch #137 above and Trouble Maker’s  3-2-1 Recipe with a “seasoned” stamp… link your project HERE . You will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw.”

Fa La La Friday x 3

I almost forgot to post my Fa La La Friday card…all my days seem to be running together and sometimes I have to look at my phone to know what the day is.

There wasn’t much of this Yuletide Carol paper left in my stash, but I think I can piece a few more cards together. I have one full sheet of B&T and some scraps so you’ll probably see it again.

Merry Merry $5

The Merry Merry stamp set is going in my for sale bin, so if you want to pick up a great stamp at an even greater price let me know, it’s available for gate pick up if you’re local.

Fa La La Friday again

Happy Friday!

The Craft-Coop looks like a tornado hit it, but I think I’m going to have plenty of Stay Home time to get it whipped back into shape.

I love the charcoal snowflake paper as a base for the banners. Although I love traditional red & green for Christmas I’m learning to expand a little.


This stamp set & matching thin cut are being added to my sale page and are available for a gate pickup for just $15.

I hope your finding time to Stay Creative! Thanks for stopping by.

Fa La La Friday

Like many of you, I’m trying to manage my time of Stay Home, Stay Healthy in a positive way. I’m going to be honest, it’s hard…I’m usually a girl on the go! I have been spending a lot of time in the Craft-Coop and this week started hosting online virtual classes. It might not have been as smooth as teaching in person, but I’m going to make it work and I will learn and it will get better.

I’ve also been taking orders for cards and this week I’ve spent extra time working on Thank You cards for health care workers, 25 to be exact. I’ve pulled out retired papers and stamps and really had some fun.

When I was digging through papers there was one thing that stuck out…I have A LOT of Christmas paper. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas, but by the time October hits I don’t have time to sit down and make Christmas cards. So I thought I’d throw a few cards together and start Fa La La Friday.

These cards were made using the Spruced Up paper and the December 2019 stamp of the month Reindeer Crossing. On the first card the sleigh was stamped in Espresso Ink on the woodgrained B&T. The second card features the pine cone branch stamped in Espresso, however on this card I chose to use Sangria Ink to stamp the sentiment directly on the B&T. Although I normally choose to stamp on a white or off white paper, this woodgrain had a light enough design to not interfere with my stamped image or sentiment.

CTMH Reindeer Crossing - Stamped Blessings
Reindeer Crossing – December 2019 SOTM $5

If you missed this stamp of the month it is one that I have added to my sale box. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and start adding additional stamps that I need to part with (Fridays will most likely feature Christmas stamps) and I know there are some with matching dies so stay tuned. If you are local I can do a gate pickup or set it aside for when we can see each other in person.

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’re Staying Home, Staying Healthy & Staying Creative!

An Oops and a Fix

This post is all about honesty…even seasoned stampers make mistakes! I’ve done it all, from attaching my card panel so the card opens the wrong way, using the unintended side of B&T paper and my most recent dropping my marker while putting the finishing touches on a card.

See that pretty Wisteria swipe just under the sentiment? It was my oops! I was totally disgusted with myself – I was touching up the ribbon under the bunnies neck and I dropped my marker when putting the lid on. My initial thought was “it’s homemade” and my second thought was “this will never leave my Craft-Coop”. Although a simple card, it was intended to be the last one I’d stamped before making my way to the house to make dinner and I had two choices – toss it or fix it. I chose the later.

Enter my Stitched Circle and Circle Dies from Close to My Heart. I stamped my sentiment in Wisteria Ink and die cut it using the stitched circle, but since my card had such a large amount of white it felt like it was going to get lost on the card, so with a quick turn of the Big Shot, I die cut a circle from Wisteria to mount it on. I popped up that sentiment piece right over the oops and it looked like that’s where it was meant to be all along.

Next time you have an oops…think of a fix and if you put that card front on backwards you can either fix it, by cutting it apart and remounting it on a new card base or save it to send next April 1st!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’re Staying Home, Staying Healthy and Staying Creative!