Saturday, January 22, 2022

Double Duty Challenge January 2022

                                                     

Hi all. Today is the first challenge of the new year and I am here and on time.....can you believe it? It has been quite a start to the year but am trying to get on track and keep it up. 


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 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.


This month the stamp company we are highlighting is Stampin up. I chose an old sale-a-bration set called " Lots of Lavender" While I was going through my craft area to try and purge and re-organize, I picked up this stamp set and found the designer paper from Bo Bunny (sunny gardens).  In my head I was thinking this could come together quite nicely if I'm careful. well neither card turned out like the picture in my head but I guess they will be ok. The more I worked with them though, the more I liked them. 

Here is my first card.

                            


I found a package of cards and envelopes that were different colored ombre plain cards. I then stamped and embossed the flowers on watercolor paper and then painted the image with watercolor paints. At that point I fussy cut out the image and mounted it on the card. Once mounted I decided on my sentiment and added little pearls randomly to give the card a little more interest. 

Here is my second card:
                                                    

With this card I used the same image but different layout and designer paper. I did however use the same little pearls as an accent. I cut the dsp with a square die from Gina Marie. The bottom edge I use a spellbinders edge die cut. I also added a small silver bow to the bouquet on this card. I don't know what I will used this card for so there is no sentiment but it could be used as a thinking of you, sympathy or a birthday card. 

I hope you enjoyed these cards. Thanks so much for stopping by. if you have a chance, please stop by the other double duty challenger blogs. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol
 





Monday, January 17, 2022

DDD January 2022 Challenge Strawberry Ice Cream

Hi all, Well I am late but we are once again dueling for another year. I can't believe we have been together for this long. It truly is a blessing. This month our originators Kelly and Jeanette are the team in charge of the challenge. In looking back Jeanette said our first challenge was an ice cream challenge.  So Kelly and Jeanette decided to use the Strawberry ice cream theme for the start of this year. I am on Kelly's team and this is what she sent in her kit:


The theme is: Strawberry ice cream! This was Jeanette's idea based on our first kit 10 years ago to start with ice cream and then added the specifics: Make it strawberry! Your kit includes:

Image: Colorado Craft Company: Ice Cream Day
papers: Dear Lizzy: Sweet Summer and Pebbles: Sun and Fun and Co'ordinations polka dots
ribbons are from Hobby Lobby, Joanns and my stash
bling and twine: Dollar Tree

I have had my card done for awhile but have been having computer trouble - cell phone trouble. My phone broke and I couldn't get into my accounts to log in to post.

So I'm not any later I will post my card:

This is the inside of my card. I used left over card stock and dsp from the front of the card.



Here is the front of my card. 


On a side note here... both Jeanette and Kelly picked the same image for their kits without consulting each other, which they did in the first challenge of this group. Great minds right??......


Thank you for stopping by I do appreciate it. Please stop by the other duelers blogs and see what they created I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Hugs,

Carol

Monday, November 15, 2021

CCL-Celebrate the Season-Nov 2021

 Hi all, today is the last posting for this year. Once again Shelly is hosting for the Pearls and I am hosting for the diamonds. This month is the last month for my partner Shelly and I am going to miss her. When we were talking about a theme, Shelly had mentioned that she had purchased a stamp for each of her pearls as Unity was having a sale. She also thought having a tic=tac=toe challenge might be fun. I was thinking in my head we had to use the same stamp company (which we didn't but I just couldn't get it out of my head.) I went on the site and decided to buy stamps for each of my team mates as well. They had such fun winter stamps on sale so I had fun checking them out. Poor Shelly  I was really a challenge for her this month. 😕 .I had never done a tic=tac=toe challenge either so had to do some research on that with questions for Shelly as well.....

The diamonds kit contained 

Unity image Winter Joy

Several different designer papers from Christmas packs I had on hand, as well as other embellies from my stash.

 Here is the tic=tac= toe board both groups used. 


I chose to use line one. The snowflake is what I used for the enamel dot as it is an iridescent
flat back embellishment just like an enamel dot. I hope this works. My snowman and dsp are self explanatory.

Here is my card:



.Once again I desperately need photography lessons, but I do hope you like my card.
Please take a  little time and check out the other blogs and see the beautiful creations they have made. I am sure you will not be disappointed. 

Until next time
Hugs
Carol

Friday, November 12, 2021

Hot Mess = Success November 2021



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 is a bit messy. We are a group of 6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.

Hi all, today is the day we post our hot mess success creations. Today I chose to use a stencil and distress oxide ink.  I used the memory box heartwood stencil. On the stencil I used Pixie spray to stick the stencil to the paper then used Tim Holtz pumice stone and wild honey oxide ink to ink to the stencil. Once I had the first layer on I went back over it to darken up the colors just a tad. I used a plain white layer for my card base and then added a black layer, the stencil layer and a die cut  cutout in black paper to layer my image (Unity -Life touches) on top of the the stencil layer. I colored and hand cut out my flower image from Unity and popped it on the die cut. I did get messy as I was babysitting my granddaughter when I made the stencil part of the card. I used my Taylored Expressions brushes to apply the ink. I was thinking since they had a longer handle on them it would keep my hands clean when making my card but NOPE....I was still a mess when I got done.

Here is my card:

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I do appreciate it. Please stop by the other hot mess blogs and see the creations they have made. They have wonderful creations using some different techniques. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs
Carol 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Double Duty Oct 2021

         



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.

Hi all today is the day that we post our cards for the double duty challenge. As stated above we make two cards and use the same stamp set from a pre-selected stamp company. This month the company chosen is Taylored Expressions. I don't usually do many cards using the sentiment as the main focus but I really liked the sentiments and font of this set the set is call Hard lettered Sentiments and the Background stamp is Doodle Flowers. I made the cards almost identical but used different sentiments. I also colored the flowers in similar colors but wanted to try using some different colors together. I colored both images with colored pencil and tried mixing a few together.

Here are the cards I made:






I hope you like my cards this month.. Please take a few minutes to stop by and  take a look at the other members of this group. Barb, Jeannette, and  Kelly. I am sure you won't be disappointed

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Classy Card Ladies October Challenge==Humor/Snarky

Hi all, today is the 15th of the month and time for the Classy Ladies challenge for the month. The wonderful hostess's for this month are Darlene for the pearls and LJ for the diamonds. I received my kit from LJ and it was a fun kit. She sent: 

Images Snarky Cat--Tim Holtz  and several snarky sentiments

Embellies from Stampin up and LJ"s sash. 

DSP: K &Co --Green glitter  Oct Aft--orange /white -- Martha Stewart small circles

LJ also made her kits with a Halloween Theme as well.

In making my card I used 3 of the pieces of DSP  with the basic black as the base of the card and layering of the dsp. I colored  the cat, pumpkin and witches hat with colored pencils and then fussy cut them. I found a sketch I was following but I messed up and accidentally added a 3rd layer of the panels on the front of the card .I cut out a strip of the black and white checkered ribbon that LJ sent along as an accent, Thank you LJ for the fun kit.

Here  is my card:



I hope you like my card. Thanks so much for stopping by. Please take time and visit the other Classy Card Ladies blogs. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol





Wednesday, October 13, 2021

OCT Hot Mess Success

                                             


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 is a bit messy. We are a group of that6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.


Hi all,yesterday was  the day to post our Hot mess equal Success! I am late and I don't blame my
teammates if they tossed me out. Time management is not my friend these days. None the less I did use a new technique for me, I learned it at my stamp group a couple of months ago. I tried using a couple of the different ideas thrown out there from the gal that was demonstrating while I had all the stuff out. I believe that the technique is Faux Suede or Leather.

My card has a basic black cardstock backing and a kraft colored card body attached to the black back. On the black I mounted a slightly smaller black piece of dsp with big polka dots with a black shiny sheen to them. The new technique was done on the pumpkins I placed on top of the dsp. This is the technique I did. First I took a piece of brown paper bag and drizzled  Elmer's glue over it and then
spread the glue with a paint brush. Once the glue was on the paper bag and spread (doesn't have to be smooth) I heated the glue with my embossing gun. It will bubble at places where there is more glue and that is good as it gives texture to the paper. 


Next I took my image (MFT) and decided to emboss the pumpkin with black ink. (In the demonstration she used regular black ink and it lost it's definition once we colored the image.) By embossing the image I was able to keep the clear look of the black. Next I took pearl ex that had been made into a color pallet that when you added water to the ink it resembled water colors and colored my image. I then cut out my pumpkins and mounted them on the dsp.  The card needed something else so I made two little borders with the extra dsp and since I was finishing the card while babysitting, I didn't have any rhinestones so I mixed red and yellow paint together and took a wooden pick and made orange dots on the middle strip of paper.

Here is my card:


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I do appreciate it. Please stop by the others  blogs and check out their creations. The are listed on my side bard. I know you will love their cards and fun ideas.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol