Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #19

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog Hop. We are three friends with a love for stamping and scrapping, and would like to share our creative ideas with you on the 3rd of each month. There are only three stops on this hop, so it will only take a few minutes to hop through. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month's theme is anything Halloween or Fall. I decided to create some shaker fun with the leafy frame image in the Grateful Heart- Scrapbooking stamp set.




I stamped the frame image onto the light side of Almond Cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with the new Ranger Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder. Oh my! The tinsel embossing powders create a gorgeous glittery shimmer! The copper color is perfect for a fall card. I picked up a tiny bit of ink with a water brush to add a splash of color to the leafy images, then fussy-cut out the center of the frame to create my shaker window. The little confetti hearts were cut with the new Shaker Window & Confetti Thin cuts from a scrap piece of cardstock that I embossed with the Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder before running through the Cuttlebug. The sentiment is from the Boutique- Scrapbooking stamp set.



For the inside, I only inked up the top left and bottom right corners of the leafy frame stamp. I added a bit of color and a few shimmery confetti hearts.



Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
D1793 Boutique- Scrapbooking
D1794 Grateful Heart- Scrapbooking
X5997 Almond Cardstock
X6002 Espresso Cardstock
X6017 Pomegranate Cardstock
X6003 Fern Cardstock
X6020 Saffron Cardstock
Z2827 Almond Ink Pad
Z2829 Espresso Ink Pad
Z2854 Pomegranate Ink Pad
Z2850 Fern Ink Pad
Z2851 Saffron Ink Pad
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z4250 Ranger Copper Tinsel Embossing Powder
Z4220 Anti-Static Pouch
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins
Z4309 Thin Cuts- Shaker Window & Confetti
Z4241 Thin Cuts- Decorative Borders
Z3224 Water Brush- Small Round
Other: Black Foam Tape, Transparency Film

Friday, September 7, 2018

Double Diamond Fold How-To

I received a few requests to show how to make the double diamond fold card. I don't have a setup to video the process, so I'll try to explain the best I can in writing. If you haven't seen the card I posted earlier this week, you can see it here. I think I like today's version better, only because I LOVE the Grateful Heart papers and colors!



I used the Grateful Heart Paper Packet, Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp Set, and new Thin Cuts to put the card together.


Check out that butterfly! Fellow consultant, Ellen Jarvis, shared a tutorial with us on how to color it with our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. I used our new Black Shimmer Brush to add sparkle to all of the black areas.

Let's get to how to make the card base, shall we?


You might need to click on the picture to enlarge it so you can see the lines. Dash lines are scored. Solid lines are cut.
1. Start with a base cut at 5" x 12"

2. With the 12" side at the top, score at 3", 4 1/2", 7 1/2", and 9". Make a pencil mark on the top and bottom of the base at 1 1/2" and 10 1/2"

3. On the 5" sides, make a pencil mark at 2 1/2". Cut at a diagonal from the 2 1/2" pencil mark to each of the 1 1/2" pencil marks (left side of card base). Repeat on the right side of the card base, cutting diagonally from the 2 1/2" pencil mark to the 10 1/2" pencil marks. This should create two points on each end of the base.

4. With the 12" side at the top, score diagonally (top to bottom, and bottom to top) from each 1 1/2" pencil mark to each 4 1/2" score line (left side of base). This should form an "X". Repeat on the right side of the base, scoring diagonally from each 10 1/2" pencil mark to each 7 1/2" score line.

The card base should look like this:


Now you are ready to add patterned papers (B&T) to the base. 

Large Diamond Layers (cut 2): 2 3/4" X 4 3/4". Mark center of each side and cut into diamond shape. You may need to tweak the angles a bit to match the angles on the base.

Small Triangles (cut 4): 1 1/4" x 2 1/8". Cut two of them diagonally from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Cut the remaining two diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. (This is especially important with paper that has a directional pattern).

Center: Mat cut 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" and B&T cut 2 5/8" x 4 5/8".

I recommend adding the B&T papers before folding the card base. It's easier to align and center them.


Folding the base:
Mountain fold at the 3", 4 1/2", 7 1/2", and 9" score lines.
Valley fold the diagonal "X" lines.
Hold the base with the left point at the top. Gently push the 3" mountain fold toward you (the diagonal valley folds should collapse the side of the card into a diamond shape). Then fold back on the 4 1/3" mountain fold. Burnish all of the fold lines. Repeat on the right side of the base.

I hope you give this fun fold a try! If you do, please share it with us at the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge by the end of this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Z1937 Score Board (CTMH Retired)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #18

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog Hop. We are three friends with a love for stamping and scrapping, and would like to share our creative ideas with you on the 3rd of each month. There are only three stops on this hop, so it will only take a few minutes to hop through. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month we are making projects featuring Fun Folds. I put together a double diamond fold card using some awesome new products in the 2018 Holiday Expressions Idea Book. The finished card fits in a 6x6 envelope.



This card highlights three B&T designs from the new Boutique Paper Packet. I cut two tags using our new Thin Cuts- Fancy Tags set, and added "stitch lines" to the bottom of the Glacier tag using the new Thin Cuts- Decorative Borders set. The top tag is stamped with images from the Bunches of Love stamp set using Glacier and Peach inks. New Silver Glitter Gems, Mink Twine, and Silver Embellishing Thread finish off the design.


The fun folds act as an easel to hold the card upright. A personal message can be added to the back of the card.

Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
D1815 Bunches of Love
X7235B Boutique Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6004 Glacier Cardstock
X5988 Peach Cardstock
X5999 Charcoal Cardstock
Z2831 Charcoal Ink Pad
Z2841 Glacier Ink Pad
Z6502 Peach Ink Pad
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z4221 Mink Twine
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Z4305 Thin Cuts- Fancy Tags
Z4241 Thin Cuts- Decorative Borders
Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Z1937 Score Board (Retired CTMH)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Color Dare #302 A Million Thank-Yous

It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's challenge is to use only Glacier, Mink, and Bashful. You may also use White Daisy and Black, but please do not add additional colors.

Before I left for convention, I was playing around with the Nights of Lights stamp set and loved this color dare combo with the images that look like fireworks. I layered the three colors using the three different image sizes to create my own background. The stamped background is layered onto a die-cut Galcier panel, then adhered to a Mink top-folding card base.



If you look closely, you can see that I stamped hearts onto the White Ribbon using the In My Heart WYW stamp set and Bashful ink. I also added a touch of pink to the Clear Sparkles using the Tender Pink ShinHan Touch Twin Marker. The inside has another Glacier die-cut panel, but no other embellishment yet (hence, no photo).



Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. Our color challenges are open for two weeks, giving you more time and flexibility to create, share, and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 11pm EST Thursday, August 2nd to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
B1557 Thanks A Million
G1156 WYW- In My Heart (B1607)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5947 Mink Cardstock
X5978 Glacier Cardstock
Z2825 Mink Ink Pad
Z2819 Bashful Ink Pad
Z2841 Glacier Ink Pad
Z4196 White Ribbon
Z3274 Sparkles-Clear
Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Z2464 ShinHan Touch Twin Marker- RP198-Tender Pink
Other: Stitched Rectangles (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Three Amigos #16 and Color Dare #300 Challenges

Welcome to the Three Amigos and Color Dare Challenges. Since I just returned from CTMH convention, I decided to combine both challenges into one project to save my sanity. The July Three Amigos Challenge  is Embossing!  Create something using at least one form of embossing... dry, heat, paste... you decide!  Or use them all! The Color Dare Challenge is to use only Mink, Bashful, and Pacifica on your project. You may add White Daisy and/or Black, but no other colors.

While I was perusing the new Idea Book we received at convention, I spotted a card that became my inspiration for today's challenges. I used Paqcifica Cardstock to create a top-folding card base. After embossing the White Daisy panel with the Dot Embossing Folder, I added a bit of Mink Ink to some of the raised areas. 


The Bashful strip looked a little flat, so I made it shimmer with the Bashful Shimmer Brush. I used our Circle and Stitched Circle Thin Cuts to create the sentiment piece.


I embossed the edge of the inside panel and added a strip of shimmery Bashful to complete the card.



Ready to play? For Color Dare, just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. Our color challenges are open for two weeks, giving you more time and flexibility to create, share, and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 11pm EST Thursday, July 19th to enter! 


Add your favorite embossing technique for the Three Amigos Challenge! Be sure to check out Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created too! I hope you enter both!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies Used:
C1713 Notes of Inspiration (Retired)
Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder (Retired)
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Friday, June 22, 2018

Color Dare #298 Let's Celebrate



It's time for another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge! This week's challenge is to use only New England Ivy, Linen, and Blossom, with optional Gold or Silver. You may also use White Daisy and Black, but please do not add additional colors.

Flowers were the first thing that came to mind when I saw this challenge. I tried to think outside the box to come up with something different, but wasn't thrilled by my attempts. So, flowers it is. I pulled out my Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4 pattern book, a B&T paper from the Fresh Air Paper Packet, the Documented- Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts set, and a few scrap pieces of cardstock to get started.


I stamped all of my images with New England Ivy ink and added color to the flowers using a dry waterbrush and a bit of Blossom ink from the lid of my pad. If you look closely, The Linen panel is stamped tone-on-tone using the Splash of Color stamp set. I replaced the rectangular sentiment panel with die-cut circles, slightly offsetting them for added interest. I showcased the flower near the sentiment by adding a few pieces of the New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon. Clear Sparkles and Silver Foil Paper add lots of sparkle and shine.


I carried the front design into the inside of the card to finish it off.


Ready to play? Just create a project using ALL and ONLY the colors in this week's challenge. If you don't have the exact colors, use the closest colors you have. Our color challenges are open for two weeks, giving you more time and flexibility to create, share, and invite your crafty friends to join us too. You have until 11pm EST Thursday, July 5th to enter! I can't wait to see what you create!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Monday, June 18, 2018

Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #15

Did you miss me on June 3rd? I know Lisa said I was on vacation, but it was more like a staycation. My dad was visiting for two weeks at the end of May (he surprised me by giving me one days notice that he was coming a week early!) He left on the 3rd, but as luck would have it, I was sick in bed the entire week after. It has taken me until now to recoup. I'm still not caught up, but I missed my studio and decided to make this card. June's challenge is to use machine die cutting (Cricut, Brother, Silhouette, Big shot, Cuttlebug, or whatever machine you use).



Have you seen the Create The Rainbow sale yet? You won't want to miss out on the great deals this month! I love that CTMH grouped color families into cardstock bundles for this sale. I chose the Blue Cardstock Bundle for this card, which includes Crystal Blue, Glacier, and Sapphire.


I die cut chevron shapes from each of the blue colors, then stacked them on a white panel. The panel is raised off of the card base with a piece of white craft foam. The sentiment is from the Stamp Set included in the Cricut Flower Market Collection. I added a few Bitty Sparkles (also on sale this month, and a must have for your stash) around the sentiment.


The inside mimics the front and includes another sentiment from the same stamp set.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge for this month. Lisa and Donna have some cute inspiration posted for you as well!

Supplies Used:
Other: craft foam (Michaels), Pretty Pink Posh- Stacked Edges 2