November 17, 2012

Naki & Nina's Double Dare Challenge 14

Hello! Are you ready for another Double Dare Challenge? Here are this week's picks:

Naki's pick this week was to make a Christmas Card

My pick was to use the In Colors

Here we go!

Oh my! I can't believe it's that time of year already! I've been so incredibly busy lately that the days are just flying by!

Here are the DEEtails:

A friend of mine was cleaning out her stamps earlier in the year and passed along the Deer Friends Hostess set to me. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, and thought this was was the perfect opportunity! The stamp set is long retired now, but you can probably use Stampin' Up!'s Jolly Jingle Bits as a gingerbread boy option. I stamped my image with Chocolate Chip ink onto some Soft Suede card stock, then cut them out. I adhered them to my jar image from Perfectly Preserved. I made the little jar top using some Gumball Green DSP and the Cannery Framelits die, and tied it up with some Cherry Cobbler Twine. Then I stamped my sentiment, from Sassy Salutations and matted my piece with some Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and more Gumball Green DSP. Who wouldn't love a little jar of cookies for Christmas? Yum!

Naki and I will be taking next week off to spend some time with our family, so this challenge will run for two weeks. Be sure to stop by Naki's blog to see what she created, then make your Christmas card using In Colors and link up! :) Can't wait to see what festive creations you make!

November 15, 2012

Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge

Ooh! It's time for another fun Pals Paper Arts challenge! This week we have a great sketch by the fabulous, Margaret Moody. Check it out.

Here are the DEEtails:

I was in the mood for some Soft Suede and Crumb Cake, which is how this card came about. I started with some Crumb Cake card stock and the Woodgrain embossing plate along with some Soft Suede DSP for the background. I added a teensy bit of Gumball Green card stock punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch to break it up a bit. I love this little pop of green! Then I added some Early Espresso Baker's Twine wrapped around my woodgrain page. I stamped the letters from Morning Post Alphabet, cut them out, and added them to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock matted with Soft Suede. A few Stampin' Dimensionals makes it pop on my card. Then I stamped the sweet nest image from Take Care. I colored in the leaves to tie in that strip of Gumball Green. Stampin' Dimensionals were used to adhere the Pool Party eggs and add a nice pop of color.

Pop over to Pals Paper Arts and visit the rest of the design team. Then create something fabulous of your own, using Margaret's sketch, then link up! Remember that you can use any of your favorite crafting products!

November 10, 2012

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 13

Time for another fun challenge with Naki :) Here are this week's picks:

Naki's pick this week was heat embossing

Interestingly, my pick was also to emboss...

So emboss we shall! :) Remember, we make our selections blindly, then share with each other, so you never know what crazy combination we'll pick!

Here are the DEEtails:

I'm loving the simplicity of today's card. Not Quite Navy with a bit of Early Espresso. Mmmm. I started with some DSP and stamped the image from Forever Young in VersaMark ink. This is the first time I've used the Early Espresso embossing powder and I'm loving it. I added the sentiment at the bottom from Thank You Kindly. Then I layered some Early Espresso and Not Quite Navy over some striped Grosgrain ribbon. Love it!

I wonder what Naki created for her embossed card this week... Hop on over to her blog to find out. And don't forget to play along with us!

November 3, 2012

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 12

Here we are with week 12 of our challenge! I hope you've been enjoying it! Ready for this week's picks?

Naki's pick this week is leaves. 

My pick was monochromatic.

Sounds like we'll be making lovely fall cards this week!

Here are the DEEtails:

You know how much I love my neutrals, especially all those lovely browns and tans that Stampin' Up! has to offer. So of course, I used Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and a hint of Chocolate Chip. I started by using the Woodgrain embossing folder to create a textured background for my card and matted it with some Early Espresso. Then I stamped various leaf images from the Wonderfall stamp set. I love the lovely shapes and patterns this set has to offer! I layered them in an arrangement I liked and adhered them to my card. To tie in with the patterns, I added some strips of DSP to the side of my card. Then to "tie" my leaf bundle together, I added some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon with a Chocolate Brown button tied up with Linen Thread. Hope you like it!

Don't forget to visit Naki's blog to see what she's made this week. Then make yourself a lovely card using our picks (monochromatic & leaves) to make your own card and play along! Hope you'll join us! :)

November 1, 2012

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

As the cooler fall weather is upon  us, I'm in the mood for nice warm cups of tea in the evenings. It was nice to play with the Tea Shoppe stamp set with this week's beautiful and classic color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts.

Here are the DEEtails:

I started with stamping the large tea cup image from the Tea Shoppe set in Crumb Cake on some Very Vanilla card stock. I love the delicate detail that shows through, don't you? Then I stamped the Gossamer Lace image in Riding Hood Red onto Very Vanilla. What a nice contrast under the teacup! I created my tea bag by stamping the sentiment and using the Small Tag punch and adding a small circle (from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch and adding a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine. I smeared a bit of Crumb Cake ink to give it a bit of a tea stained look and tucked it into my teacup. For the background, I used a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that I stamped with an image from the stamp set randomly stamped in the same color. I mounted it on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock before adhering it to my Riding Hood Red card. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations at Pals Paper Arts. Then use these three colors, or similar colors to create something beautiful!