Monday, November 22, 2021

Art Impressions Double Duty

Here we are!  This is month #11 of another challenge for our group of 4 stampers—Barb, Jeanette, Kelly, and Carol!  This was a thought that I had in the middle of the night, similar to what Kelly has had in the past.  Plus, it is a bit of offshoot of our Stamp What Challenge! This one 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 November,  the company that I picked was Art Impressions. They have some cute stamp sets, and I do have a few, especially snowmen.  For our challenge this month, I picked a a set called Seasons Greetings.  The sentiment is from the same set. 

For my first card, I colored the sweet snowman image with my Copic Sketch Markers. I added some Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter on his cap and on the snow.  Since it such a large image, I layered it over just one piece of cardstock and placed it over a fun dotted background from Doodlebug.  The sentiment was added on the top of the card.  Some purple sequins are the final touch.  

For my second card, I colored the same image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  Prisma Glitter again was added to this cap and the snowline.  This time I flagged the sentiment and laid it at an angle over the image. This time some pink enamel dots finish the card.  

I had a number of Double Duty elements on these cards.  I used the same image and the same sentiment.    Prisma glitter was used on both and I think each card has some fun colors!

Here is the inside of my cards:

I hope you enjoyed my card for our group.  Please be sure to check out the other Double Duty cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's,  Kelly's  and Carol's blogs.    I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of sets of great cards! I hope Kelly, Jeanette and Carol like my card. Whipper Snapper Designs is the company we will use in December so be sure to check back to see how we double up and make two cards on the 22nd!

Image/Sentiment: Art Impressions Seasons Greetings Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Rocco Rose, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape; The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Doodlebug Polka Pals-Snow Dots; Pink Snowflakes is unknown

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black; 

Accessories:   Copic Sketch Markers; Pink Enamel Dots; Purple Sequins; Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Ready, Set, Go a bit late

Today is not the third Wednesday of the month, but it is my Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! For the third month in a row, I am late............  The 3 of us, Kelly, Jeanette and me, are back with another challenge for November, our 55th month!  That means we are into year #5 for us.

And--just a note about 2022.  We will not be continuing this challenge next year--we will be ending this as 5 1/2 years of cards!  There have been some great cards made over this time and some very fun challenges too!   This is the last challenge that I will provide for us and it is a combination of our first challenges.

Yes I provided the challenge for us this month: I looked back at our first challenges we did back in 2017 when we started.  Kelly started off in May of ’17 and asked us to create a card using our oldest stamp and newest stamp for a card.  The following challenge that I gave in June was to use the first letters of each of the words in of Ready-Set-Go and use something on your card that starts with the same letter.  For my final challenge, I am going to combine a variation these two themes

First—pick a stamp or set that you have had for more than 5 years as a tribute to our 5+ year challenge. Then, pick another stamp or set that you have had less than 5 months-one of your most recent ones. Then—use the letters R-S-G as a guide for at least three elements on your card that start with those letters.  Your card will showcase 2 different stamps or sets—an oldie and newer one, along with three special elements, reflecting the words Ready-Set-Go. 

I have truly enjoyed our monthly challenges and let’s go out in style with card #55, our second to last card!  Ready?  Set? Go!\

I picked a Stampabilities wood mounted stamp that I think I have had forever that I use often around Thanksgiving called Eat Beef.  The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp monthly kit that I bought recently--it is from a sheet of sentiment strips.   I colored the turkey with my Copic Sketch Markers and flagged the ends of the sentiment. The background paper is also from the same Simon Says Stamp kit from P13-The Four Seasons Autumn. A few more S's!  I added a layer of gold Mirricard for some glimmer and a G!  The gold ribbon was placed under the sentiment--a use of the R.   I added a few orange enamel dots for the final touch.

R--Ribbon        S--Simon Says Stamp, Stampabilities        G--Gold

Please be sure to check out the other Ready, Set, Go cards.  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. Jeanette is up for the final theme, so be sure to check back to see what we finish our challenges with on December 16th. 

Image/Sentiment: Stampabilities Eat Beef/Simon Says Stamp Thanksgiving Sentiment Strips

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:   The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White, Gold Mirricard; Stampin' Up Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; P13 The Four Seasons Autumn

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Orange Enamel Dots; Stampin' Up Gold Ribbon

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Last Mystery Image Swap

Today is the 18th and the due date for a Mystery Image Swap on SCS. This is my card for that swap this month.  It is a group of us who do a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess. This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette--way back in 2010.  Terry is our hostess this month and sent everyone this cute image from Altenew called Autumn Bounty. This is the 67th round for this group, but it is the last round.  It is being combined with the unidentified image swap, with a new name of Surprise Image Swap--SIS!  I have sent Terry images for the swappers and the next round will not be due until February 18th in 2022.  We will then be one combined group of 13 and will continue from there!

I think this image is so perfect for this time of year.  
I colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I die cut the image with a Gina Marie Designs Pierced Chain Rectangle die. The patterned paper is Illustrated Faith Seasons of Gratitude Paper Pack and is tone on tone leaves.   I added a few orange enamel dots along with linen thread as the final touch.  I did not add a sentiment so this card can be used for pretty much any fall occasion.  

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope you and all of the mystery swappers like my card.  If you check my sidebar on the left, you might see some other swappers who have posted their cards today or in the next few days.

Image/Sentiment:   Altenew Autumn Bounty

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stamp' U Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Illustrated Faith Season of Gratitude

Ink:  Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Stampin' Up Linen Thread; Gina Marie Designs Pierced Chain Rectangle Dies; Orange Enamel Dots

Monday, November 15, 2021

Celebrating the Season

Today is the 15th and the day we post our card for our group, the Crafty Card Ladies!   The team names are the Pearls and the Diamonds--very Classy names for us!   For our November Challenge, Carol is the hostess for the Diamonds--the team I am on and Shelly is the hostess for the Pearls.   And we are all team Classy Card Ladies!  

This is the information that Carol sent to us: This month is Shelley's last month being a Pearl. We have been talking about the kit for awhile and I let Shelly pick the theme. She chose Celebrate the Season and we will be doing a tick-tac-toe card. I have never done one but in chatting with Shelly it uses a tic-tac-toe card which should be included in your kit. The challenge is to pick a row and use all 3 elements in the line, but can also contain any other items as well. Please let us know which line you chose to use so we can see on your creation the items you chose from the kit to match the line on the tic-tac-toe card. Shelly also said that she was using a image from Unity as she chose to purchase stamps for her group. I went to check it out and chose to also buy stamps for everyone as well.

Yes, this is the last month for Shelly to be with us as well as some of the other Classy Card Ladies.  Since we do not post a card made from a kit that is sent in December, we are showcasing our last card for this group--it has been a fantastic time! Carol did send us a sweet Unity stamp set called Winter Joy.  Thanks so much Carol--I love this set!  She also sent us the Tic-Tac-Toe board and I have checked off the boxes I have used--4 corners, plus the top row.  She also included some sweet Winter patterned paper, along with great ribbons ribbons and embellishments. 

I colored the cute snowman with my Copic Sketch Markers and added Lawn Fawn Prisma glitter to his hat, jacket and the snow he is on.  I die cut the image and a red layer with some circle dies. I picked the sweet silver dotted paper as it looked like small snowflakes.  I used the sentiment from the same set and flagged the ends.  The ribbon I picked from the ones Carol sent is so pretty, showcasing shiny blue and silver dots.  I added 2 of the large snowflakes and 3 of the iridescent enamel dots around the right star (cut they are hard to see)  This was fun card to make!

Here is the inside of my card, on a layer of another pretty patterned paper that Carol also sent:

I hope all of the Classy Card Ladies enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Diamonds as well the Pearls have created this month.  There are two members who do not have blogs: Suzy who is on the Diamond team and Debby who is a Pearl. You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!  

As I noted above, this is the last month of the Classy Card Ladies Challenge.  Some of us will be back in January of 2022 with a new name, a returning member rejoining us, but missing some of the ladies who are in our current group.  It has been a blast--thanks!!!!!

Image/Sentiment:  Unity Stamps Winter Joy

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler; Assorted Patterned Papers

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Stampin' Up Mini Banner Punch, Linen Thread; Iridescent Snowflakes and gems; Dotted Ribbon; Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter

Friday, November 12, 2021

Hot Mess = Success

Today is the 12th and it is time for another Hot Mess card.  This is card number 28 and we are well into 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 made a card using Tim Holtz Alcohol inks for my background--yes, very messy!  I used shades of pinks and reds, along with silver alloy on a piece of Tim Holtz Alcohol cardstock.  I moved the colors around with my Tim Holtz air blower and then I dried it with my Tim Holtz heat-it craft tool.  I added the background to a layer of The Paper Cut Silver Cardstock.   I then used my Lawn Fawn Giant Sending Big Hugs die to cut two layers from the same silver cardstock.  I love the big, chunky letters.  I really like the look of this card and hope you do too.  I also sure hope my fellow messy ladies liked it too!

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

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. I am sure you will enjoy seeing how everyone got messy and was successful in making some great cards!   We will all continuing this year, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on December12th.  

Image/Sentiment:  Lawn Fawn Giant Sending Big Hugs die

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock; The Paper Cut Silver; Stampin' Up Lovely Lipstick

Ink: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Silver Alloy

Accessories:  None

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Furry and Bright

First--Happy Veterans Day!  Thank all vets for your service!

This is my November 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 66th month and the theme for November is "Fur or Feathers"

I decided to go with fur and a sweet puppy image from Simon Says Stamp called Furry and Bright. That has to meet the Fur theme!  I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I stamped a sweet sentiment from the same set.  I die cut that from We R Memory Keepers Frame 2 Nesting dies.  The background is Stampin' Up's Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper. I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon and some red rhinestones.  I think this is a fun card and a sweet Christmas Card.

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 already posted all of the 2022 themes as we do not swap in December.  Be sure to come back in January to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp Furry and Bright

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Stampin' Up 1" Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Rhinestones; We R Memory Keepers Frame 2 Nesting Dies; 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

All Jazzed Up!

Today is the 10th and the day we are to post our Stamp What? challenge with the three collaborators you have seen many times in the past--Kelly, Jeanette and me! We started this in January of 2020, so we are now well into our second year of this fun challenge.  Kelly came up with the challenge to randomly pick a Stampin' Up set and make a card with that set.  Get the dust off of those forgotten Stampin' Up sets! 

I decided when this group challenge started to only use the wooden Stampin' Up stamps that are on my bottom shelves.  So this month, I randomly picked the Jazzed Up set!  The year on the stamps is 2004, so it is an oldie!

I picked the piano keys and the words, Just A Note, for the card.  The patterned paper is a sweet black and white pattern from Stamping Station called Band.  I stamped both of the wooden stamps with Hero Arts Intense black and layered with Basic Black.  I die cut the words with Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Squares. I added a black note brad to the mini pennant on the top! 

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

I like the look of my card this month and I hope you do too.  Be sure to check out Jeanette and Kelly's cards.  I am sure they have some fun cards with those "oldies but goodies" stamp sets by Stampin' Up!  And be sure to check back every month on the 10th to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Jazzed Up

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black; Stamping Station Band

Ink:  Hero Art Intense Black

Accessories:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Square Dies; Stampin' Up Mini Banner Punch; Note Brad

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Newton's Toboggan

It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the sweet Newton's Nook Newton's Toboggan image Kelly out for November for card #87!  Kelly noted the image was special as it had three kitties and there are 3 of us, along with winter and snow which reminded her of when we all got together here at my house a few years ago for a January Stamp Camp--great memories for sure!!!!!  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month and we hope that it continues for a long time!  I am up for the December challenge, so be sure to come back to see what we create!   And, I had better get thinking of an image and get it sent out!

I colored the sweet image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  The background paper is from a brand new Stampin' Up Designer Series pack called Peaceful place and I received a few 6x6 sheets at the most recent stamp camp as an all day gift--thanks Sarah! The middle layer is some of the pretty Silver Mirricard from The Paper Cut.   I added some Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter on the hats of the kitties and some Lawn Fawn Chunky Glitter under the toboggan.  I punch one of the sentiments Kelly included with a circle punch and layered it with the same silver metallic paper-then added some silver twine under the circle. I did not add any additional bling as there is a lot of sparkle on my card!    I hope Jeanette and Kelly along with you enjoy my card!

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!   As I mentioned before, I am up for our December challenge.  Please be sure to join us again.  

Image/Sentiment:  Newton's Nook Newton's Toboggan

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper; The Paper Cut Silver Mirricard

Ink:  Gina K Designs Amalgam Black

Accessories:  Copic Markers; Circle Punches; Stampin' Up Silver Cord; Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter, Chunky Glitter

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Edward the Elf Celebrates!

This is my November Crafters of Faith card.  This is a great group that my friend Kelly started on SCS.  She hosted for 5 years and now Faith has taken over for year #6. We will continue as we have in the past with each month a new hostess gives us a scripture and challenges us to make a card with that theme. 

Shelly is the hostess this month and gave everyone this challenge:

Scripture: Matthew 18 1-5:  At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

Challenge: Make a card using a child (pure of heart and simplicity).

I am not sure my card--really the image--reflects the scripture and challenge Shelly provided.  I looked through my stamps and did not find many with children, so I went with a Christmas card highlighting an elf!  Maybe not a child, but he is small.............  So--this is a Whipper Snapper Designs wood mounted stamp called Edward Elf-I love love my winter WSD stamps!  I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers and layered the image and background with Sizzix Dotted Oval Dies.  The background and red strip is from a Lawn Fawn paper pack called Let It Shine--love the festive colors.  I added a bit more shine by using a strip cut from The Paper Cut's Gold Mirripaper.  The sentiment is a from a Simon Says Stamp package of sentiment strips. The final touch are a few enamel dots.   I really love the colors and like the look of this card! 

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope you and the others from the Crafters of Faith group like my card this month!  We are to post on the 7th of each month, so if you look on my sidebar, you may see other creations.  I know that there will be many posted in the COF thread on SCS too! 

Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Edward Elf/Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sentiment Strips

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White and Gold Mirricard; Stampin' Up Real Red, Just Jade; Lawn Fan Let It Shine Patterned Paper Package

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:  Sizzix Dotted Oval Dies; Copic Sketch Markers; Green Enamel Dots

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Two for One + Twelve

These are two cards I made for my One Plus Twelve card for November. 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 third year and pick a new image to use.

For 2021, I picked a Gina K Designs set called Thankful Greenery.  I think this set is so pretty and I can see in my mind many ways that I can use this image.  Plus--I will have 12 thank you cards at the end of the year!

For this month's cards, I stamped the image with Versamark on both white and black watercolor cardstock. I then heat embossed both panels with Gold embossing powder. I took out my Karin Deco Brush Metallic Markers and colored just the leaves on both panels.  I then die cut the panels with my CottageCutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I also die cut another layer from the next larger die from the same set of The Paper Cut's Gold Mirricard--love the shine from it!     

The white panel was layered on a background embossed with my favorite Embossing Folder--Stampin' Up's Subtle Dynamic.

The black panel was layered on another die cut from the MFT  Blueprints 20.

I love the gold and green combo along with the layers in these cards!

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 what stamp set each of them picked for 2021 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: Gina K Designs Thankful Greenery

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White, Gold Mirricard;  Stampin' Up Basic Black; 

Ink:  Versamark; Gold Embossing Powder; Karin Metallic Deco Brush Marker

Accessories:  My Favorite Things-MFT Blueprints 20 Die; CottageCutz Double Stitched Rectangles; Stampin' Up Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder