Monday, September 30, 2019

Think Pink

I have so enjoyed being the Crazy Cousin this month over at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog! For Challenge # 39, use your stuff and think pink!

This time to use "stuff" you have in your stash (new and old).

Optionally, since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Think Pink and make pink your prominent color choice.

And, finally as an optional Double Dare, link up your project with any of our previous partner(s) below for extra chances to our Random Draw. Make sure you read their guidelines carefully and observe their dates. We don't want you to get into Trouble with them.

This means: each time you link with a previous partner, or multiple partners with the same card, you gain additional chances for each partner challenge you entered. Please make sure you identify them in your blog along with our Double Trouble link.

The Joy of Sets - TicTacToe

I am so enjoying the new to me craft of parchment crafting. (embossing and coloring on parchment/vellum) I especially love using the Groovi System introduced by Clarity Stamps as a way for newbies to easy into this wonderful craft. Do look into it and please send me any questions as I am a great enabler, LOL! Here's a link to Barbara Gray with a written demo. And, here's one that has a video.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at Double Trouble!

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Our sponsor for Twisted Thursday is QKR Stamps, Stamp On It. I found this really fun image to have a play with called Picking.
The optional twist is to use something with the first letter of our first name. "J" is for Jean and "J" is for jade. Jade Copic marker that is! I used it for the little guy's vest and to air brush through a Heide Swap stencil for the background. The rest of the image is also colored with Copics. I found this sentiment on an Internet search of "booger" quotes, and did it on my computer, LOL!

Hope you've enjoyed this fun card as much as I did making it. As an aside, I got in "trouble" when I was a music teacher and taught the kiddies a song called "Don't stick your finger up your nose'! ('cause your nose knows that's not the place it goes). No sense of humor at all for some parents :)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mad For Plaid

Enjoying being the Crazy Cousin again for the Double Trouble Challenge #38!

This time, choose your favorite plaid (Buffalo, Scottish, Tartan, Gingham, Checkered, Argyle, etc,) and use any patterned papers, stamps or techniques to add some interest to your work.

Optionally, include a tag and/or frame of any shape on your project, and/or, if you used a "Tag and/or Frame" you are eligible to enter your project at Use Your Stuff and earn an additional chance for Double Trouble's random draw.  

CLICK HERE for the direct link to enter your project.

I did an overlay of the image (Bugaboo Digi Stamp, Rag Monkey, retired) with a printed shadow before I printed using We Are 3 Digital Paper, Shabby - Plaid
Then I added a fussy cut colored (Albrecht Durer, Faber Castell, watercolor pencils) duplicate image over the top.
Finally, some Nuvo Crystal Drops and a Decorative Tag by Gina K with my own sentiment finished the card.

Thanks for your visit and I hope you will join in on the fun!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Vellum for Flowers

I went with friends to the Scrapbooking Expo in Mesa yesterday and took a class with Heartfelt Creations in creating flowers with vellum. Since vellum is my best friend lately, with the Groovi plates and Pergamano parchment crafting, I thought these kinds of flowers would make nice embellishments. I wasn't wrong, and I'm so glad I took the class.
I enjoyed making these flowers so much. They were stamped on heavy vellum, die cut with matching dies, then heat embossed with white embossing powder (be careful, vellum can warp if you stay in one spot too long). A bit of color was added with inks and a blending sponge. The flowers were formed using a tool, or you can use the mold if you have one. The leaves were formed using a mold, but you can shape them yourself. There are a lot of good videos showing all the techniques for this style.

Isn't that butterfly amazing? I purchased the stamp and die cut, so I know you will see this again! Gasp! A bit expensive, but I got the stamp set for free from taking the class.

This is such a lovely technique with paper, and even more lovely using vellum. Hope you'll give it a try!

Edited to add that this was a featured card at The Outlawz!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rose Label

This pretty image, Rose Label Digital Stamp, is from our sponsor QKR Stamps,  Stamp On It. It fit nicely on a rounded edged die cut from Gina Marie Designs to go with our optional twist of rounding the corners over at Twisted Thursday, The Outlawz.
I used Copic markers to color, added some Nuvo Sparkle pen to the ribbon and a few iridescent pearls. The colors are blended from the outer edges using Gina K inks. The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL351. I cut a second rounded edged rectangle in order to recess the sentiment and added another fussy cut flower from the original digital stamp.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll join in on the fun!

Monday, September 2, 2019

With Apologies to Dean Martin

Thanks for having me as the crazy cousin for the Double Trouble Challenge Blog #37!

This time, the challenge is to create a fall theme centered around trees, leaves, acorns, pumpkins, or other fall themed ideas you may have.
Optionally, you can add a Fall Sweet Treat in your project...caramel apples, candy corn, pumpkin pie, hot cocoa, marshmallows, and s'more.

As a double dare, if you have created a fall card you are eligible to enter your project in The Papergirls Challenge "Falling in Love".  
CLICK HERE  for the direct link to enter your project. 

I used a digital image from Little Scraps of Heaven. Then, I turned to Pixabay for the background and the PNG of a piece of pumpkin pie and added the "altered" lyrics. Liquid Pearls were used for the whipped cream and moon beams, and the coloring was completed with PrismaColor colored pencils.

Thanks for stopping by. I truly enjoy reading any comments you might find the time to leave for me! Hope you'll join us!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Lori's Mocha

Freebie/Progressive Challenge is sponsored this month by Imagine That DigiStamps.
We received this cute image, Lori's Mocha for all Seasons to create this month's inspiration for you!

The background paper is from The Paper Shelter, Autumn Enchantment, and the sentiment is from DeeDee's Digis, Autumn is in the Air (shop now closed) cut with a die cut from Paper Smooches. A glow was added using Distress Oxide inks.

The image was colored with Copics and cut using my Scan n Cut.  A light coat of Sparkle pen was added to the foam and her lips.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join us. If you don't yet have the free image, just ask on The Outlawz Progressive site to receive one.