Monday, June 25, 2018

Double Trouble # 3 Card #2

Today I made a second card for the third challenge at
 It follows the color scheme for the first part of the challenge, the string/yarn is for second part of the challenge, and, I am also entering the card in the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge,the third part of the challenge.

Yesterday I was using the stamp set from the CTMH  
Festive Birthday Workshop Your Way.
While it was still on the table I decided to use it again for this card.
The frame and coordinating label are 
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cuts. 
After stamping, I fussy cut the little cupcake, frosting, candle and flame.  

When I first started blogging, I received several items from friends who thought they "might look good on a card".  
Judie gave me a selection of unusual yarn pieces. 
I thought this one worked perfectly with this card.
BTW, Happy Birthday, Judie!  

Double Trouble Challenge #3 - Colors Challenge, Strings, & Color Dare entry
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #297 - Nutmeg, Glacier, Sorbet
Aud Sentiments Challenge #206 - AG + a sentiment
Just Add Ink Challenge #414 - Add a window/frame
My Time to Craft Challenge #373 - stamped background
Inkspirational Challenge #163 - Use small stamps (cupcake, frosting, candle & flame)
Allsorts Challenge #473 - Sweet Treats
Stamping Sensations June Challenge - Anything Goes

 It's a glorious day here!
 I hope it is in your neck of the woods! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Push Down Card?

It's not exactly a squash fold card.  And nothing on it pops up.  But when you push in the flower in the center, the card opens for display.  What would you call it?

 I always try to make something for my friend, Chris Franco, to share on her blog for the heARTful stamping challengeAnything Goes with a bit of stamping, so feel free to pop over and enter her challenge.  

This card uses CTMH Beautiful Friendship papers and stamps from the Festive Birthday Workshop Your Way.   I also used some blue burlap ribbon, a puffy butterfly, sequins with itty bitties in the center and a 3 layer flower cut from the  CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, embossed and then edged with an ink dauber and clear CTMH shimmer brush.
Finished size is 4"x4". 

Challenges I am entering:
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #359 - She's a crafting machine! (I used my Cricut and Cuttlebug.)
Scor-pal June Challenge - Pretty in Pink (this required center scores to divide an 8x8 piece of paper into 4 squares and one diagonal score from the center to one corner)
Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge - AG
Craft Rocket Challenge #49 - Birthday 
Aud Sentiment Challenge #206 - AG + a sentiment 
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #408 - Dry Embossing 
Just Add Ink Challenge #414 - Add a window/frame 
Crafty Catz Challenge #422 - AG with optional Beautiful Blooms 
Scrap and Craft June Challenge - DIY Flowers 
Crafter's Castle Challenge #6 - AG with option More than One Fold 

It was nice of you to visit.  
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pulled String Art Cards & CTMH Card Class 6/19/2018

Here are the cards we made this week at 
Joyce's CTMH Card Class: 



Last week Joyce introduced us to a technique called 
pulled string art or thread art.  
We all made several tries at pulling the inked string through 2 pieces of paper to create some fun designs.
Our homework for this week was to take our designs, use them on cards, and bring them to yesterday's class to share.

Below are the cards I made next to the pulled string designs I created last week:


And here are two more that I made this morning:

I am entering this last card in the following challenges:
DLArt Thankful Thursday Challenge #230 - Wedding or Thank You 
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bright & Cheerful
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #359 - She's a Crafting Machine (I used my cuttlebug to cut the dies and emboss the background.  And my Cricut cut the little butterfly.)

I'm afraid that's all for today.
I have some baking to do!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #397 with Sasayaki Glitter Designs

an image from the Sasayaki Glitter Designs Etsy Store, 

our wonderful sponsor

for this week's

'You're on my mind' Challenge

Here's another great digi from 
Sasayaki Glitter Designs titled Kite Boy.
The inside sentiment simply reads 'Thinking of You'.
You'll find more Sasayaki images in their Etsy store and lots of inspiration as well as a monthly challenge on their blog.  Or pop over and join their facebook group for more ideas, fun and to participate in their progressive challenge.  

And be sure to enter this week's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.

Challenges I am entering:
Card #1
Dare2BArtsy June Challenge - Bright Colors 
Color Inspiration June Link-up #35 - AG with a hand colored image
Allsorts Challenge Week 472 - Use at least 2 dies

Card #2
QKR Stampede Challenge #300 - Anything Goes 
Patti's Creations Challenge #147 - Something that flies 
Dies R Us Challenge #99 - Summertime Fun 
Di's Digi Challenge - Summer Fun 
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - AG with option of Hand Colored Image 
Sasayaki Glitter June Challenge - Summer Fun

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Double Trouble # 3 Card #1

Yes, I definitely like playing in the new 
 So many of the challenges have gone to Anything Goes themes and predictable, calendar/holiday related themes they really aren't all that challenging any more.
Double Trouble provides a direction for your card by giving you a required element and 2 optional elements.

Here's my challenge card for their third challenge:
The color scheme is the first part of the challenge, the string is the second part of the challenge, and, also, entering the card in the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge is the third part of the challenge.
Here are all the challenges I am entering today
Double Trouble Challenge #3 - Colors Challenge, Strings, & Color Dare entry
Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #297 - Nutmeg, Glacier, Sorbet
heARTful stamping challenge - Anything Goes + a sentiment
International Art & Soul Challenge #35 - Sentiment as main focus

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

DAD card

This card is for my cousin, Nancy, to give to her Dad.
Usually I make one with cows or chickens on it.  
He was a dairy farmer.  Nancy raises chickens.
This Father's Day card has neither.
I hope they like it.

Challenges I am entering
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #165 -  black & white with option of one other color (red)
Cards in Envy Challenge - Let's Hear it for the Boys 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #202 - AG/ optional Father's Day 
Always Fun Challenge #62 - For a Male/Dad 
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge -  The Guys Have It
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #373 - Masculine or Father's Day
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #196 - Father's Day 
Crafty Calendar June Challenge - 3 of something (letters on the front of the card) 
Crazy 4 Challenges #438 - Masculine Cards 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Father's Day (Letters and inside sentiment are Stampin' Up stamps.)

CTMH Card Classes

I have been remiss in posting the cards I have made over the last several weeks at Joyce Houck's CTMH card class.
My apologies.

First, these are the cards we made today:

We also experimented with a new technique, which Joyce has on her blog here.  We each made several examples of this technique,  all very unique.  We will be making them into cards at home and taking back to class next week for show and tell.  I'll try to remember to take my camera so that I can show you what the other girls come up with, too.

These are the cards we made last week:

These are the cards we made two weeks before that:

And, finally, here are the cards we made the week before that:

Now I am all caught up!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Close to My Heart June Blog Hop

Welcome to the June

Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.
 Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.

This month I've used the Central Park paper pack from CTMH to create this birthday card.  I was inspired by the Rainbow Special that CTMH is having for the month of June.  And I think birthday cards should be bright and happy, which this paper certainly is.

Now, since this is a blog hop,

you might have arrived here from  Joyce Houck's blog.
Your next stop is Betty Locco's blog.  

The hop is circular.  If you are just starting here, simply continue hopping until you find your way back,
making the full circle.
If you get lost, the complete list of participants is on


Friday, June 8, 2018

Double Trouble Challenge #2

Last year for my friend Jan's birthday I created a card with a fun flapper dress design.  I really liked that card and it was so totally perfect for her that coming up with something for this year's card was difficult.  I decided to turn to the second Double Trouble Challenge for some direction.  Here is the finished product:
Jan is one of the gals in my Red Hat Society chapter.  This gatefold card is in purple and red, because they are our Red Hat colors.  
I used a feather embossing folder to create a background pattern on the plain, solid color paper (Thing 1 requirement).    
The hat, doily, red circle and words are all die cuts (Thing 3, Twisted Sister's optional requirement).  
And I'll be entering the current Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge (Thing 2, double dare requirement).

I am also entering the following: 
Cards 4 Galz Challenge #73 - Pretty and Pearly
Aud Sentiments Challenge #205 - Anything Goes + a sentiment 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #395 with Dr. Digi

With Father's Day in just a couple weeks, it's time to work on those cards for that special guy.  You'll be able to link them up with this week's challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, since the theme just happens to be 
What a Guy. 

I've used a digi image called One Man Stu and his Magic Kazoo from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, the awesome digital stamp company sponsoring the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week.

 As usual my teammates at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge have made some great projects to inspire you.  Please take a moment to look them over and leave the gals some love.   And be sure to check out the wonderful digis available at Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.  
Dr. Digi's House of Stamps