Mar 22, 2023

March Double Duty with Colorado Craft Company!

It's the 22nd and time for another Double Duty post!  On the 22nd of each month some of us challenge ourselves to create 2 different cards repeating the same image, sentiment, etc on each card.  We have a predetermined list of the stamp company or challenge for each month and then...away we go!

This month we feature Colorado Craft Company.  I chose their "Well Loved" set and matching dies. 

Here are my two cards:

The card with the dry embossed tree, flowers and heart shaped papers was the first card I made with the set. 

The bear is colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and the heart and sentiment are stamped with Cherry Red ink by Gina K Designs.  The flowers are by The Paper Studio and have been in my stash forever

For the second card, I stamped the bear with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink and sponged on Warm Cocoa and Sandy Beach inks by Gina K Designs. The heart was stamped with Gina K's Cherry Red, and both were die cut.

This card features Lost Lagoon card stock by Stampin' Up, black panels and scraps of designer paper that have also been in my stash a very long time!

The red heart gems are by Recollections, and you guessed it...have also been neglected for years in my embellishment box!

I confess to being a bit pleased that I used up so many old scraps and embellishments for this month's challenge.  

This set represents my first purchase from Colorado Crafts Company, and I can see me using this set often for my grandson!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Be sure to visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:




Mar 15, 2023

Some Bunny Loves You!

Today is the 15th and that means we can reveal the Creative Crew Cards!  We're a group of friends over on Split Coast Stampers who have a monthly challenge. Each of us takes a turn creating the challenge, sending out the kits and we all get to create with what we've been sent. Here's my card:

Terry is our host for March and she sent us the "Some Bunny Loves You" kits.  Cute, right?!

Kit contents:

Images from the "Oh Bunny" set by Simon Says Stamp.
Papers are from her stash but included The Paper Studio and DCWV.
Embellishments included gems and sequins from her stash and some pearls by The Paper Studio.
Ribbons from Michaels Celebrate It.

The light blue paper in the kit is the background panel and the other papers are die cut using "Card Layer Dies 2" by Jaded Blossoms.

The bunnies and the "some bunny" banner were colored with Stampin' Up markers.  The little bunny tails are created with White Pops of Color by

Terry, what a fun kit and I just love that you gave us a little kick start on Easter cards.  Of course, I think that this one will go to my new grandson, Jake!

Hop on over to the blogs and galleries of the rest of the Creative Crew:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Mar 13, 2023

Catching Up on The Catch Up Club!

"I'm late, I'm late...for a very important date!"  As the song goes from the original Alice in Wonderland soundtrack.  I had that LP back in about 1963, perhaps earlier...

At any rate, I refuse to catch up on Catch UP Club day, so I'm posting late for the Feb. 28th Catch Up Club!

This card features the "Let's Stamp Together" subscription kit from March, 2022.  Yes...a full year ago!

These subscriptions are the brain child of Scrapbook and Cards Today.  Every other month a complete set of exclusive stamps, dies and stencil are sent to us. We receive a link to an online tutorial with the company and join in live for the tutorial. Loads of fun!

This set is called "Hello Cupcake" and was created by Becky Moore from Photoplay Paper.    This is one of the cards that she demonstrated.

I did vary her color scheme a bit because I have a noticeable lack of pink card stock.  The main card is white, and Tempting Turquoise and some random scrap of pink card stocks are used.

The stencil included the confetti. Also deviating from the class design, I decided to apply Lush Pink Gilding Polish by Creative Expressions. When dried, the bits of confetti are raised, giving some texture to the card and band.

I also sprayed Glimmer Mist by A Muse Studios on the front panels. 

The cupcake and flowers are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and the white frosting is sparkly from a clear Wink of Stella pen.

Here's a look at the inside.

And here's a look at the complete stamp set.  I can tell that I'll be using this set often.  It's very versatile!

Thanks for stopping by!  Since I already have March's Catch Up Club cards finished, I think I'd better create the blog post and get it scheduled. That way I can be on time  😏

Mar 12, 2023

Hot Mess = Success! (March)

Today is posting day for our Hot Mess = Success cards! This is the brain child of our dear Kelly. The idea is to create a card while getting messy. Any sort of mess will do, just as long as it stretches us creatively.

A while ago I purchased several colors of Metallic Gilding Polish by Creative Expressions. I decided to work with the Gold Treasure Gilding Polish and the Flip Flop Chevron Stencil by Simon Hurley.

I decided to use Concord Crush card stock by Stampin' Up. 

One panel the polish was applied with the dauber sponge by  For the other panel I tried  the spatula tool by Nuvo.  You can definitely see the difference in the results.

I liked the results from the dauber better and made this card using that panel.

The panel is mounted onto gold foil card stock, and then layered onto Concord Crush card stock. 

The sentiment is by "Two Lips Stamps", a division of Polkadots,  Die cut and layered onto the gold foil card stock.  Gold gems from my stash finish off the card.

I would like to try again with the Gilding Polish and using the Nuvo spatula. I think perhaps a stencil that doesn't require lifting and flipping over to complete the pattern may give me a better result.  Maybe I'll give it a try for next month's Hot Mess Challenge.

Hop on over to these blogs to admire the Hot Mess Successes created by my friends:





Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 22, 2023

On the 22nd of each month a group of friends have a challenge called Double Duty. We have a predetermined stamp company assigned to each month. We are to make two different cards, using the same stamp (or stamp set) from the designated company. 

As another way to double up, at least one item has to be used on both cards. It could be card stock, an embellishment, embossing folder, a stencil, etc.

This month we agreed to use a sentiment only, no other stamped images for the cards.  Here's what I came up with:

I picked the large Thank You stamp in the "So Very Much" set by Stampin' Up.  

 This one is white embossed, then spritzed with Stardust Finishing Spray by A Muse Studios (love that stuff!)

The background panel is dry embossed and also spritzed with the Stardust Finishing Spray.  Unfortunately I don't know the name of the EF, but it is by Stampin' Up.

The second card is pink embossed and also sprayed with the Stardust Finishing Spray.

Both cards use Tempting Turquoise and black card stock.  They each have a panel of DP from S.E.I.'s "Vanilla Sunshine" paper pack.  Also repeated on each card are three gems by The Paper Studio.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Be sure to visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:




Feb 15, 2023

What's Your Birthstone?

Today is the 15th and that means it's time to post our Creative Crew Cards!  This month it was my turn to host the challenge and the theme is "What's your Birthstone?"

Here's my card:

I colored the image using Yasutomo watercolors. They have a nice glimmer and sheen to them.

The background purple was created using Purple Paradise Metallic Gilding Polish. 

Here's a close up showing the shimmer of the watercolor paints.  

My birthstone is Amethyst. There's a wide variety of colorations for this gemstone.

Pictured here is an Amethyst ring, a tumbled Amethyst heart and a natural segment of Amethyst.

The small crystal is a Vera Cruz Amethyst which is only faintly lavender in a small portion.

Kit contents:

Hop on over to admire the rest of the cards from The Creative Crew:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Jan 31, 2023

January Catch Up Club

A few friends and I regularly register for some really great virtual card making events.  It's so fun to be texting during the classes, sharing photos, helpful hints, etc.

However, real life does interrupt each of us from time to time and we miss classes.  Or, often one of us will find a particular card challenging or we may be tired so we opt to create it later.  Time goes by...and by...before you know it months have passed. 

We decided that 2023 would be the catch up year. On the last day of the month we would post something from an unfinished kit, challenge or class and feel better about catching up!

My first card features some products from Pinkfresh Studio:

  • Ornate Circle Die
  • Geo Arch Hot Foil Plate
  • Foiled Sentiments III Die Cut Sentiments

I varied from the actual class design and die cut the Dove using the "Serene Garden"  by Stampin' Up. The Dove is heat embossed with a white sparkle powder from my stash.

The Geo Arch embossed panel is on a white glimmer stock by A Muse Studios.  The dragonfly is a punch that I've had forever.

I made a set of these for a swap on Split Coast Stampers.

My second card is a slim line card and features all Pinkfresh products:

  • Geo Arch Hot Foil Plate for background panel
  • Essentials Mini Slim Frames Dies
  • Foiled Sentiments III Die Cut Sentiments
  • Peony Fantasy stamp and die sets
  • Peony Fantasy Layering Stencils
The peonies are gold embossed and then colored with blending brushes and inks. Then the are all die cut and layered on top of the card front.

There's a lot of depth to this one but I do like how it turned out.

Both of these cards were from a past Create and Connect Virtual Card Making Event.

Now it's time for me (and you) to hop on over to the blogs of my Catch Up Club members and admire their work!

Barb's Inkin' to Retirement

It's Totally Terry

Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy