Double Trouble #21

Have you heard the buzz? The Double Trouble Team has paired up with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for the next two weeks. Trouble Maker is tip-toeing thru the Tulip Bulbs…demanding that we give her flowers after this long cold winter. Twisted Sister is all a flutter after signing up for a Birds & Bees Class on Valentines Day and would like you to use something with wings or something “B”-related or the word Buzz or Bzzz on your project.

The Atlantic Hearts Team gave us permission to share both of their upcoming sketches a little early so make sure that you are visiting their page and linking to the correct sketch

 

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For my first card I chose to use a soft color combination of Sugar Plum, Ballerina and Peach for my flowers and Sage leaves all on a Mink Background which I cut using the Thin Cut Decorative Border Die. I added a tiny little bee which I cut from the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge.

My second card is my least favorite to make…a sympathy card! I used a Wreath Builder template and stamped flowers in a circular pattern to form my wreath…I didn’t leave quite enough room to include my sentiment at the bottom, but I actually liked it better layered across the flowers. The Willow layer was embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder for my “BEE” requirement.

Don’t forget that Double Dare has provided you the links to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges over on our home page with the complete challenge information.

I hope you’ll take some time and join in the fun!

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AHSC #91 – Honeycomb

My Sweet As Honey Hubby called me from Starbucks today…not to ask if I wanted a coffee brought home, but to tell me he was going to spend the day in meetings and I should craft to my hearts content…I giggled and told him I’d try and fit that in between loads of laundry!  Then I took a sip of the mocha that I had gone and picked up myself and came to the realization that I had just been given a free pass to the craft room.  No Miss B looking over my shoulder, no hubby to distract me (yes after almost 7 years together he still distracts me).  I’m not sure if I stopped before pulling out from the espresso stand.

I am participating in an upcoming blog hop with the You’re the Bomb Stamp set (you can order it here) cute as ever and $3.00 from every sale goes to Operation Smile, it’s a MUST HAVE for your stamp collection!

Anyway…I got those cards out of the way and decided to pop over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge – it is probably one of my favorite challenge sites – the sketches are AMAZING and the design team is too!  Sketch #91 was posted and I looked at it and knew exactly what I wanted to do

Honeycomb

I knew I wanted to use the Honeycomb shape instead of circles so I stamped them in Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier and Chocolate and then punched them out.  I then laid them out on my Versamat to see what size base card stock I needed.  The Versamat is one of my favorite tools from Close to My Heart – the grid helps me line things up perfectly, flip it over an the foam side is perfect for stamping on!

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I repeated the hexagon shapes in flaxen, sorbet & glacier to bring in a little punch to the inside bottom corner of the card.

Here’s a quick list of the items I used which you can purchase here or from your CTMH consultant:

  • Inks:  Sorbet, Flaxen, Glacier, Chocolate, Black
  • My Acrylix Stamps:  C1537 Honeycomb, B1471(Exclusive Hostess Set)  Variety of Thanks

A Bright and Cheery Birthday

 

Monday I locked (ok, really I didn’t even shut the door) myself in my craft room and started creating, I was on a card making frenzy!  I reached for papers that I hadn’t used in a while and combined them with accessories that I don’t use often and had the time of my life.

This girly birthday card was made using the Sarita paper packet and one of favorite stamp sizes “M”.  These stamps may be mini but they pack a mighty punch!  I finished the card off with a piece of lagoon Washi tape mounted to a white strip of cardstock, a teal flower from the Skylark collection and some black sparkles.

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  Uninked stamps…oh my!  Say it isn’t so!

Although I have had this Honeycomb stamp set for some time and have had plenty of ideas for it – my inspiration came while browsing through a competitors stamp catalog.  I know, it’s really hard to believe that anyone would think there was another stamp company after learning about Close to My Heart, but there is!  I randomly chose colors from my ink tower – Sunset, Buttercup, Pear and Slate and randomly stamped various hexagon images on my page.  I then used my cricut to cut a circle and then lined up the hexagon frame and fussy cut around it.  I then added the Happy Birthday banner which I stamped on a scrap of Sunset paper and cut it into a banner shape.  I pop dotted the entire frame and topped it off with a wooden accent from the Babycakes collection.

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Thanks for stopping by…I hope you’ve found some inspiration to use in your own crafting!

Tracey