Sunday, May 15, 2022

Rainbow is My Favorite Color


Today is the 15th and that means the Dueling Darlings are back to post their fun cards!  This group was founded 10 years ago and there are a few of us that are the original members.  Kelly and Jeanette are still our team leaders and they try so hard to keep us all in line and going strong!  On team Kelly are Terry, Carol and me.  Team Jeanette consists of Lorraine, Darlene and Tracie.  And, we are all Dueling Darlings!  


Our theme this month is "We are a Rainbow". Kelly sent each of us on both teams some parts for our cards.  She told us "Each of us brings a light and color to life ~~ from the quietness of the pastels to the boldness of the brights!  Each of you are in important "band" of the rainbow, because in order to have it we all need to be together as one."  We each were randomly chosen a color and mine is purple!

The directions from Kelly were to then use "our" color only to represent your band of the rainbow.  We were to decorate the white panel any way we want--but only in our color!  We would then have a monochromatic card.  

Hummm--such a challenge!  I picked a Taylored Expressions Stencil called Here Comes the Sun and ink blended Pink Fresh Studio Lavender ink on the white panel for the purple rays.  I then added 5 purple bands of the rainbow to my blended panel.  I picked a fun Simon Says Stamp set called Rainbow is my Favorite Color and stamped one of the sweet sentiments with the same PFS ink.  I punched out the sentiment and layered it with another punched out purple backer.  I then needed a cloud brad to go with the sentiment!  A few purple rhinestones were the final touch.   This was fun card to make and I cannot wait to see what my other 7 "bands of colors of the rainbow friends" create!




Here is the inside of my card, with some rainbow washi tape:




I hope all of the Dueling Darlings enjoy my card this month and that my team liked their coffee themed kit. Please be sure to stop in to see what fun morning beverage creations are posted!  All of the blogs can be found on my left sidebar.  Our teammate Lorraine does not have a blogs, so please check out her card in her SCS gallery.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the colorful rainbow creations this month!   We will be back for June, with our leaders Kelly and Jeanette as the hostesses, so be sure to check back on the 15th to see all of our creations.


Image/Sentiment:  Simon Says Stamp Rainbow is My Favorite Color Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:   Stampin' Up Whisper White; Gorgeous Grape

Ink:  Pink Fresh Studio Lavender

Accessories:  My Favorite Things-MFT Rainbow and Scallop Dies; Horizon Group Go Create Purple Gems; Stampin' Up Punches; Cloud Brad; Taylored Expressions Here Comes the Sun Stencil

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thanks So Much


Today is the the 12th and it is time for another Hot Mess card.  This is card number 36 and we are at the end of year #3. The idea of Hot Mess ~ Success started with Kelly and the general theme is to Get Messy and you will have Success!  Messiness can be almost anything that we come up with--glitter, alcohol inks, glimmer glitz, sponged backgrounds, etc., anything that is a bit messy.  We are a group of 6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.  The links to the other 5 members are on my left side bar and I will also link them at the bottom at this post.





For this month's messiness, I used two colors of Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer.  I used Opal Polish in Blue Parakeet and Glitzy Polish in Green Lustre.  I first used this medium a few months ago when Darlene sent me two tubs.  Of course, since then I have added a few other tubs to my collection!  I also used some of these tubs last month when I rubbed the colors on an black embossed panel.  This month, I used them with a Gina K Designs Stencil called Rounded Swirl. I made two panels with the 2 colors of green--there is a lot of shimmer and shine in person.  I then die cut the Lawn Fawn Giant Thanks So Much from white and green cardstock.  They were both were die cut three times and layered for dimension.  


I added some clear enamel dots on the card with the white words.



I added some Pink Fresh Studio Glacier Jewels on the green words card:



I really like the look of these cards and hope you do too.  I also sure hope my fellow messy ladies liked it too!  





Here are the links to the other members of Hot Mess ~ Success.  Please be sure to check out Jeanette's, Terry'sKelly's , Carol's and Darlene's blogs. Be sure to check back a day as I bet they were on time!   I am sure you will enjoy seeing how everyone got messy and was successful in making some great cards!   Be sure to check back to see what we are up to on June 12th.  I hope to be on time!

Image/Sentiment:  Lawn Fawn Giant Thanks So Much Die

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green

Ink:  Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer--Opal Polish in Blue Parakeet, Glitz Polish in Green Lustre

Accessories:  Clear Enamel Dots; Pink Fresh Studio Glacier Jewels

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Hyacinth


This is my May card for the monthly themed swap that Terry is hosting on SCS. Each month she will post a theme and we make cards using any stamp set we believe follows that thought. This is our 71st month and the theme for May is "Flowers" 


I picked a stamp that I recently received from Technique Tuesday and the Greenhouse Society.  This was from March and is called Hyacinth and it comes with coordinating dies.   I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and die cut the hyacinth plant.  The background papers and panels are from Heidi Grace Designs Winnefred St--Decor Stripes. The sentiment is from the same set and I used circle punches for it.  I added some yellow enamel dots for the final touch.  I think this is a sweet image.



Here is the inside of my card with a strip of the patterned paper:



I hope Terry and the others swappers like my card this month too! Terry has posted all of the 2022 themes, so be sure to come back to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society March 2022 Stamp and Die set Hyacinth 

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon; Heidi Grace Designs Winnefred St--Decor Stripes Patterned Paper

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Circle Punches; Yellow Enamel Dots

Monday, May 9, 2022

So Very Proud of You


It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the fun image from Colorado Craft Company called Proud of You that I sent out for our May card #93! That means we are in the middle of year number 7 with this fun challenge! All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month and we hope that it continues for a long time! 




I thought this would be a fun image for all of the spring and summer celebrations--especially graduations!  I colored the sweet image that was die cut with one of the coordinating dies (love this!) with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I was a bit short on time, so the background is from a colorful package of Taylored Expressions Done For You Panels that I just got a week ago.  These are so cool and I know I will use them often in the future.   The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I used one of the matching dies for it. I added some clear dots for the final touch!   I hope Jeanette and Kelly along with you enjoy my card!



Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of the colorful paper, along with another sentiment from the stamp set:




Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is the link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today or tomorrow, so be sure to check out their blogs for their card!   Kelly is up for our June challenge.  Please be sure to join us again.  


Image/Sentiment:  Colorado Craft Company Proud of You Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight; Taylored Expressions Done For You Alcohol Ink Series 2

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Markers; Clear Dots

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

May One Plus 12


This is my One Plus Twelve card for May!  This was the brainchild of Kelly and she asked Jeanette and me to join her in this challenge in 2019. We are to use just one stamp, to make a card every month and post on the 3rd of each month.  It was so much fun that the three of decided to continue for our fourth year and pick a new image to use.


For 2022, I picked newer Stampin' Up set called Nature's Harvest.  I think this set is so pretty and I picked the largest coneflower or sunflower image to use each month.  There is also a coordinating die set called Harvest so I can use that some months too.

For my card this month, I decided to go with purple coneflower!  I colored the image and then die cut the flower with the coordinating die.  I used my Gina K Designs Master Layout 2 to die cut a purple panel and then embossed it with a Stampin' Up Tin Tile Dynamic embossing folder.  I then added an oval die cut from Cottage Cutz Single Stitched Ovals and then embossed it with a Stampin' Up embossing folder called Perfect Polka Dots.  I also stamped one of the sentiments in this sweet set and die cut it also with one of the dies in this sweet set. I layered the sentiment on a black strip and the card is complete! 



Please be sure to check out the other One plus Twelve cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog. I am sure you will enjoy checking out each of our stamps for 2022 and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card and that you might too! Be sure to check back every month on the 3rd to see our cards!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Nature's Harvest Stamp and Die Set

Cardstock: The Paper Cut 100# Cougar Opaque; Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Copic Sketch Markers; Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2; Cottage Cutz Single Stitched Oval Die; Stampin' Up Perfect Polka Dots and Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folders

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Happy May Day!






Today I am showing you some cards I made in the past few days from the SCT-Scrapbook and Cards Today Crop and Create Delivered.  This was an awesome virtual card making event that happened a month ago and I was not able to watch all of the classes from the three days.  These are my cards from 3 of Saturday's Classes--Gina K Designs, Hero Arts and The Stamp Market. 



These 3 cards were from the Gina's fun class using the Daisies Forever Layering Stencil Bundle, made by Gina K Designs.  The bundle includes two stencils, a set of stamps and coordinating dies. We did a woodgrain effect on the background of the yellow flowers along with the same effect on the teal flowers.  I used my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes along with my Pinkfresh Studios ink cues.  These sure are fun cards to make.




These fun fold cards were from the class taught by Libby and Hero Arts. She put together a special stamp set called SCT Sampler Set that includes images and sentiments from some of her favorite Hero Art stamp sets--how fun!  I then bought the matching dies for each of these sets.  The sets are Coloring Layering Bunny, Color Layering Cherries and Artichoke Blooms.  They are fun sets and it will be nice to be able to make more cards in the future!  




These three cards were inspired by Amy from The Stamp Market.  We used the Friendly Hellos Stamp, Stencil and Die set.  These colorful cards were fun to make, though I did not follow Amy's direction on a couple of them.  I love the layers and the dimension.  

I also completed Jenn's Lawn Fawn class, but the cards are on my stamp desk drying.  I will post them later this week. I am now ready to tackle the 4 Sunday classes. It is so easy to follow along as I can stop and start the video as needed.  This is such an awesome event and I am going to do it all again in October!

Thanks for stopping my my blog and checking out my cards!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Making a Difference


Today is the day I am posting my card for our Challenge Your Stash group on SCS.  This is our 64th month of de-stash, so we are into our 6th year of challenges. I really like these challenges and know they will continue as I know I have many, many items in my stash that I can use and love the fun challenges!


The premise is to create a card or something else that uses only items that are in your own stamp room--nothing new is to be purchased.  The hostess each month posts their challenge to the group. Each person in the group creates their card with their own image, their own papers, their own embellishments with their own supplies--using up items from their own stash!  The card can be for any occasion and each person is encouraged to send the card on its way to someone so it can be admired.  It is a way for us to step out of the box a bit and create something that follows a challenge--isn't that what a challenge is supposed to be.  And--no money is spent as all items are to be already available in each of own stamping spaces.

Sue posted our April challenge-April 22 is Earth Day, my challenge is to make an Earth Day card. Think about all the things that make this earth beautiful.

I picked a sweet stamp from Taylored Expressions called Making a Difference.  I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I used various shades of green cardstock for this card in honor of Earth Day!  I layered on a piece of Green Mirricard for the back panel.  I added a few green enamel dots as the final touch.

 



Here is the inside of my card with a strip of the green shimmer paper:



If you check some of the blogs on my sidebar, you may find others who have posted their cards in the next few days. There may be more posted in the thread on SCS, so you might want to check out the link here.  We also have a keyword for the SCS Gallery--it is CYSAPR.  You might see many cards there if you do a search.  They probably will be posted today or in the next few days.

I hope you enjoyed my card and I know I am excited to check out what my other hoarders, I mean stash reducers have made!  Thanks for stopping by today!  For May, Shelly is up for our challenge.  Be sure to check back to see what we create then!


Image/Sentiment: Taylored Expressions Making a Difference

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White, Green MIrricard;  Stampin' Up Mint Macaron, Old Olive

Ink: 
 Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Green Enamel Dots

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

SCT Crop and Create Delivered Cards







Today I am showing you some cards I made in the past few days from the SCT-Scrapbook and Cards Today Crop and Create Delivered.  This was an awesome virtual card making event that happened a month ago and I was not able to watch all of the classes from the three days.  On Friday, there were a number of "mini sessions" where we made one card or more in some classes.  They were so fun and so different--we all received supplies to make the cards including stamps, dies, stencils, embellishments, etc.  They were very fun and I did follow directions in a few of them but went off course in others.  Here are examples from 3 of the classes.



These cards were from the Photoplay Say it With Stamps class taught by Becky Moore.  I took a different route on these and I think they are pretty sympathy cards.  We received the new With Heartfelt Sympathy Trio--stamp set, oval die and stencil set.  I ink blended my backgrounds and layered the iris oval from the die set on those panels.  I die cut the sentiment from the same set along with the purple and yellow backgrounds from my Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2.   I do like the simplicity of these two cards.





These cards were from the class taught by Kristina Werner. The stamp set is from SCT Delivered and is called Beautiful You.  The stunning floral stamp set also includes some wonderful sentiments, along with the word "You" as a die. This time I pretty much followed Kristina's class, but I made three of the one card. I used some of my Taylored Expressions Easy Strips cardstock strips along with my Simon Says Stamp Strips die to cut out 6 colors of strips.  I layered the colorful strips on three panels.  I then heat embossed the floral stamp with white over the striped panels.  I die cut the panels from Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2 and layered over black.  The sentiment is from the same set and I layered the word you three times for added dimension.  I think these are so pretty and are fairly easy to make. 




This card is from the Spellbinders class taught by Kim Kesti.  We used one of the newer stitching dies from Spellbinders called Stitched Hi.  I have never stitched on a card, but have made many cross stitched projects over the years--however none in the past 20 or so............  This sure was fun.  We die cut the word Hi from a light blue and the backer from gold.  We then stitched the circles with the floss that was included in our kit. The sentiment is heat embossed with white.  I added a few additional layers for my card.

I am now ready to tackle the Saturday and Sunday classes.  There are 8 full classes and we make 2-4 cards in each one!  It is so easy to follow along as I can stop and start the video as needed.  This is such an awesome event and I am going to do it all again in October!

Thanks for stopping my my blog and checking out my cards!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

#imayneedmorecoffee!


This is my card for a fun challenge that Jeanette came up with two years called Mission Possible!  Jeanette sent us a mystery item three times in 2020 and asked if we would accept the challenge to make a project with the items even before opening the package!  Of course, Kelly and I said yes, so the challenge is on.  In 2021, we each took turns sending an item to each other.  We are back in 2022 with this challenge and plan to do this three times a year and the item will change each round!  This Will be Mission Impossible Possible!


For the first challenge in 2022, I sent something for us to use along with the following info: Good Day, Ms. Card-Maker.  Your next mission, should you decide to accept it, involves the use of this starry stencil.  As in the past, you will be working alongside the same two team members. This message will not self-destruct in five seconds, since I have no ability to do that and besides, you might need to refer to it again at some point.  Good Day and Good Luck!

I sent out this sweet stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs called Rory-the Caffeinated Raccoon. It is a fun image with a number of coordinating sentiments.  I colored Rory with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I then stamped the sentiment with black ink and die cut it with my Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2 banner.  The patterned paper is from a fun Lawn Fawn Rainbow Watercolor Wishes 6x6 paper pack.  I added a few green enamel dots.  




I think I met the challenge--mission accomplished! And, I hope Kelly and Jeanette enjoyed the challenge this round.  We will be back later this year with another fun challenge!  

Please be sure to check out the other Mission Possible projects with this fun stencil.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card. Be sure to check back to see what else create this year.


Image/Sentiment:  The Rabbit Hole Designs Rory-the Caffeinated Raccoon

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black;  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Lawn Fawn Rainbow Watercolor Wishes 6x6 patterned paper pack

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  
Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2; Copic Sketch Markers; Green Enamel Dots

Friday, April 22, 2022

CC Designs Easter


Here we are!  This is the 15th month, so we are into year #2.  This was a thought that I had in the middle of the night and it is called Double Duty! 


Each month, we get to pick a stamp set from a predetermined company. Then, we will use that one stamp set and make two cards from the set.  Different images and sentiments from the same set can be used, or use the same image two different ways—Double Duty either way!  But, as an added challenge, one item must be used on both cards—same color cardstock, same ribbon, same stencil, same something.  Double Duty Again!  We will post both cards on our blog on the the 22nd of each month.  See-Double Duty again!  We will be sure to have fun getting doubly inky each month with a different stamp company.  Let’s have fun!

For April, the company we are using is CC Designs. This is a newer company to me and I only have a few stamp sets.  I do have a fun Easter set, so I thought that is perfect for April!  It is called Easter Egg Hunt and comes with matching dies!




For my slimline card, I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and die cut the sweet bunnies along with the cute flowers. I used The Paper Cut's slimline card base and triple window front for my card in fun, bright, spring colors.  The white background was embossed with We R Memory Keepers Polka Dot Folder.   I placed the bunnies and flowers in the windows, along with the sentiment from the same set.  I added some Wink of Stella to the pink bunny's tail



For my second card, I also colored one of the bunnies with my Copic Sketch Markers and die cut the image.  The frame is from Memory Box and is called Easter Eggstravaganza!   used the same Easter Wishes sentiment on this card.  I again used bright spring colors for my cardstock.  A few pink enamel dots were added for the final touch. 



I had a number of Double Duty elements on these cards.  I used my Copic Sketch Markers on both cards.  I also used some of the same colors of cardstock.  I did use the same bunny image and sentiment on both cards--but I did add a few of his friends on the slimline card!



I hope you enjoyed my cards for our group.  Please be sure to check out the other Double Duty cards.  

Here is a link to Jeanette's,  Darlene and Carol's blogs. I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of sets of great cards.  Our friend Kelly might occasionally post a card for our challenge, but she could not commit to the entire year.  So, check her blog to see if she did play along this month!

Stamping Bella is up for our our May challenge, so be sure to check out our cards on the 22nd!


Image/Sentiment:  CC Designs Easter Egg Hunt stamp and die set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay; The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White, and Slimline Cardstock

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; We R Memory Keepers Polka Dot Embossing Folder; Memory Box Easter Eggstravaganza Frame; Pink Enamel Dots; Wink of Stella