Double Trouble #40

There is no better way to start a Monday than with a little trouble – A Double Trouble Papercrafting Challenge that is!

Our challenge for the next two weeks 10/7-10/20 is masking with the fun twist of adding something you’d find in a pumpkin patch for example: a pumpkin, a scarecrow, or maybe even a trick or treater! You can also get extra points in our prize draw by linking to our Challenge Partner Kat Scrappiness. You can find all the details and link up your creations by visiting our challenge blog

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? I think that’s how my card must have felt with all these sticky notes stuck to it. I use sticky notes that are full page sticky so I get good coverage for my masks. I was watching a video from Jennifer McGuire and she talked about masking paper and I think I might have to give it a try – it appears a bit larger than my 3X3 notes. Her card inspired me and they aren’t completely alike, but they are quite similar.

So I started my card by cutting a stitched rectangle from the largest of the Close to My Heart Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then placed it in my Misti and placed a circle die where I wanted my spotlight area to be. I then placed my pumpkin and stamped him several times in intense black ink and then colored it in with my Tri-blend markers. After it was colored I added the sentiment and placed the masks. When you use a die cut for a mask you end up with a small shadow of white around the image, but I didn’t care. Then I started by swirling Sweet Leaf ink all over inside the circle mask. To finish things off I added two bitty sparkles (one to each end of the sentiment) because a little bling never hurt anything.

So what do you think of my finished card? Do you think this is a project you would try?

Don’t forget to link up and join the fun…everyone needs a little Double Trouble in their life!


Spotlight – Color Dare #330

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  

Join our fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge using colors from”I Heart Us” paper pack … first choose a row, column or diagonal and include choice in your post … and then feel free to use “only” additional Colors in the Board below. We use CTMH color names for reference; however, you are welcome to use any products as long as they are the closest match

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Neutrals: White, Cream, Black, Gray, Kraft and Brown(s) are free to use unless otherwise specified in our board.

I chose to use the February Stamp of the month for my card…it’s a big bold stamp that works well for the Spotlight technique. I stamped the image in black twice and figured out what part I wanted to highlight I then cut that image from one of my images colored it and added it to a Mint stitched circle. A Black Glitter Paper Scalloped banner finished off the card.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.   Our Weekly Challenges are open for two weeks and you have until Thursday, February 28th to enter Challenge #330

Make sure you check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (just as you love comments on your artwork – we love yours too)!

Hedge Hugs Love

I just can’t seem to get enough of the cute little Hedgehog in the Hedge-Hugs stamp set.  I’m sure if you purchase it you’ll find yourself reaching for it over and over again.  All the cards I’ve made with him have just put a smile on my face (and hopefully of those that receive them)  Remember when you purchase the stamp set during the month of October I will give you two kits to make a couple of adorable cards with.

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As I promised last week, I have a fun new technique for coloring this little guy and I’m going to show you step by step just how easy it is.



First you stamp your Hedgehog on your desired piece of paper – here I used Espresso on a linen square.  I love the linen as it’s not quite as stark white as our white daisy cardstock.






Next you’ll flip your stamp over on your block (clean it first) so that the textured side is towards the block.  He doesn’t stick very well so really squish his tummy onto the acrylic block.  I then inked it up with Almond ink and stamped right over the top of the Espresso.





This is the colored hedgehog…isn’t his little white tummy just the cutest?






And finally – here’s the finished card…because that’s really the part you came for right?

The season’s mix-in’s papers include this fun Ballerina plaid paper – it’s so soft and girly!!!  I stamped the little hearts and confetti in Ballerina, Sugarplum and Carolina Blue and then die cut a heart to mount over the string.  It turned out just how I wanted!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this new technique for coloring the hedgehog.  It doesn’t hurt the stamp at all!!

Graduation Day

High School graduation season is upon us.  I remember being so excited to close that chapter on my life and although I wouldn’t do my high school years over it’s fun to reflect how much my life has grown through the years.  This weekend we are celebrating our niece and I know this girl is going to go far!


I wanted her card to be fun and reflect that what she’s accomplished is a BIG DEAL!  I lined up the white panel in my Misti stamping tool and then started placing the stamps from the High Five stamp set randomly.  I inked everything up with black ink and then rearranged the stamps and pretty soon my panel was all filled up.  I then stamped the mortar board in black and colored it red to represent her school colors.

I learned a little trick with my banner – I layered the white piece over the black (centered) and then cut them both at the same time with my Thin Cuts Banner set.  I then just arranged them how I wanted them and cut off the excess white.  I’ll post a short video in the near future – it’s the best way I’ve found to get perfect matching cuts.

This card is suitable for the Double Trouble Challenge because it uses no patterned paper – just what I made with the sentiment stamping and of course all the fun diecuts means I’m entering my card over at the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge to use die cuts.

If you missed the High Five Stamp set before it retired I have an extra brand new one for sale.  Just message me.

Do you remember your school colors?  What are some of your memories from your graduation?  Leave me a comment – I love to read your stories.




Owl Always Love You

Did you pick up the Share A Smile Card Kit?  I loved the Punny Pals stamp set when it was released, but adding Thin Cuts took my love over the top.

I’m trying to share some new techniques in my Just the Basics card class and this background was a fun one.  I inked an acrylic block directly with my Glacier Ink pad and then spritzed it with water from my Spray Pen and applied it directly to my square of paper.  The fun thing about this technique is you won’t get the same results twice.  I then stamped my sentiment in Memento Black Ink and popped up the owl which I water-colored.

This is such an easy technique and you can also use multiple colors on your block just make sure to use your lightest color first.  You can also use your die-based markers for an additional look.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try.


Cats & Bats – Color Dare #262

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Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors:  Willow, Goldrush, Emerald, Black, Pewter, Pebble, Charcoal and White Daisy.

How are you liking the changes to the Color Dare?  Two weeks should give you plenty of time to get a card made and linked up to our challenge.

I did a fun card with the Cats & Bats papers and stamps from the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Collection.  The front of my card is cut down 2 inches which leaves a little bit of the inside of the card peeking through.  I used the die cut BOOO! to hid a few of the inside images.  Although from the front my BOOO! is stamped in Pebble it was actually layered on a piece of Gold Rush so that adds a bit of intrigue to the inside of the card as well.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open for two weeks so get your cards posted by 9:00 CDT on Thursday, October 5th!

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While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Thanks for stopping by…have a fantastic weekend!


Double the Fun

I had a special request to bring the dragonfly stamp out of retirement for one more card class – focusing on the technique that I used on this card.

This one was twice the fun since I also added it the very simple to make Double Z fold card.

For now let’s focus on that dragonfly…it’s actually a very simple technique called Rock & Roll. First I stamped my dragonfly in Whisper Ink and die cut him – I used this as my base.  I then inked up the clean stamp in Glacier Ink and rolled the edges in Juniper to add an additional color to the wings.  This technique works great with a solid stamp.  I then ran that dragonfly through the Big Shot and cut off the wings which I popped up with thin 3D foam tape – I sort of bent them and shaped as I fidgeted with the card to give them some dimension.

I hope you’ll take a minute to try this technique…it really is a simple way to give your cards a little pop!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with me today!


Sliding with The Long Way Home

Happy Monday!  I told you this stamp set was getting lots of use!  Today I’m featuring it in a slider card…I love cards with movement and this one was so darn fun to make and easy too!


I knew I wanted to feature the bus this time – I’ve done several cards with the car, but I just love this VW Bus.  The palm tree is cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and the sun in punched with the 1″ circle punch and the rest of the components of the card are fussy cut.  Notice the street sign, the pole is made with shimmer trim that has been cut down using our trimmer (it’s about an 1/8 of an inch wide)  to complete the card I layered some of the purple enamel hearts over the hearts that appear on the bus and on the heart on the inside of the card.  You can find the instructions for the Easy Slider Card here.

What will you do with the adorable stamp set?  Don’t forget to get yours ordered before the end of June.  If you don’t have a consultant yet, I’d love to be yours – you can visit my webpage here.

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you’ll take a minute to leave me a comment about this card.

Featured Friday #3

Welcome back to Featured Friday.  This week I’m coming to you from a temporary studio in soggy Oregon 🙂  As we were packing to leave town I grabbed my Penelope Paper packet and Complements, my Shin Han Markers, the March Stamp of the Month Sunshine Birdies and a few other supplies to keep myself occupied while my Wrangler wearing sweetheart was in his business meetings.

I knew I wanted to share this cute Quarter Fold Card with you as it is simple and done with limited supplies.  Closed the card resembles a flat box with the tops folded in and secured.  Open it has a place to write a note, stamp a sentiment or in my case just give a canvas for some additional artwork.


Before I give you the instructions I wanted to share a close up of the complements cluster.  Both the Flower Stickease and the Vellum Hello are from the Penelope Complements and the little silver arrow is from the Playful Puffies, they coordinate quite nicely with the silver accents on the vellum.


  • Cut your cardstock bases  4 3/16 X 11 and 5 7/16 X 8 1/2
  • Score the 4 3/16 piece 2 3/4″ from each end.
  • Score the 5 7/16 piece 2 1/8″ from each end.
  • Adhere one card inside the other with a strong adhesive (it doesn’t matter which is inside)
  • Cut your inside piece to 3 3/4 X 5 and decorate as desired and adhere to the inside.
  • Fold the corners of the card in so that each has a corner showing (like you would to secure a box closed)
  • Adhere B&T paper 1 3/4 X 2 3/8 to the corners of your card front.
  • Decorate the outside as desired.

I hope this has given you inspiration to try a new card fold.  I’d love to see what you do, so leave me a link to your creation in the comments section.

See you next week.