A Card with a Radiant Future for the Color Dare Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few people on my list who will be graduating this year.  Even though they are not having an “official” ceremony, I have felt called to send out a card to each one to let them know how proud I am of their accomplishments.  Before I show you another graduation card I made, I want to encourage you to join this week’s Color Dare challenge

This tic-tac-toe board is full of school colors!♥  You could make a few graduation cards, using these colors, AND enter them into the challenge. To join the challenge, you only to need to use the colors show and post your creation to the Color Dare blog before May 14th. 

On my creation I used Close, Ruby, & Green Apple with some Gold & Canary.  It’s a bit of a non-traditional graduation card, but I think the recipient will like it. 

To create the design, I teamed two of our stamp sets – For the Graduate & Blossoming Friendship.  Since the flower was such a large image, I kept the pattern simple.  I used Intense Black ink to stamp both images, then shaded the flower using SpectrumNoir Tri-Blend Markers

At the base of the card, I added a small strip of Black Velvet Ribbon.  I felt like this grounded the image and added a touch of elegance♥ to the card. I layered the images onto Ruby & Black cardstock, then added a few gems to embellish the design. 

When designing this card, I did not plan for the torn corner. That occurred when I was attempting to adhere my white daisy to the ruby and tore it trying to re-aligned the cardstock.  I was NOT going to re-color a whole new image so I decided to tuck some designer paper in that corner instead.  I think it turned out better than I planned. 😉

I hope that today’s creation inspired you to make a few non-tradition graduation cards and share them with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.  Your creations you share DO NOT have to be graduation cards, but they do need to use only the color shown on the Tic-Tac-Toe board above. 

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A Sweet Easter Box for the Color Dare Challenge (Free Cricut File)

This week, our Design Team is playing with these beautiful spring colors and I was inspired to create a little something for Easter. 84662677_10215949739878356_9124462603634999296_n Before you take a look at my creation and take advantage of the Free Design Space Project File, I want to encourage you to play along with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog.   This challenge is open to anyone who loves to create with paper.  All you have to do is use the colors in the photo, take a snapshot of your creation, and share the link where you posted it (Facebook, Pinterest, SplitCoast Stampers, Instagram).  It’s so simple and fun, AND it’s gives you something to do while you are staying safe at home.♥  Just make sure to join the challenge BEFORE April 16th.

Is it just me or do the inspiration colors just scream spring? All those beautiful pastel colors made me ready for the snow to melt in my yard so that I can enjoy the the warm air and flowers in bloom.  Spring means that Easter right around the corner,  which is my inspiration for this Sweet Easter Box I created to be filled with my favorite chocolate treat. 

This adorable little box was created using our Mix-In papers and images from the ArtPhilosophy Cricut Collection.  A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.   

For those of you who would like to recreate this project and give it as a special Easter Treat, I have a FREE DESIGN SPACE file just for you.  All you need to do is click on the link below to open the file and start creating your Sweet Easter Boxes.  After you have cut out all of your images, you can use the instructions below to help you assemble your box. 



Assembly Instructions:

  • After cutting the box from the Butterfly Mix-In paper, fold along the cut/score lines. (If you plan on stitching the sentiment in place – DO NOT GLUE THE TABS)
  • Using the Say It with Style Stamp Set, stamp the sentiment with Intense Black Ink onto the two French Vanilla cardstock strips.
  • Temporarily adhere the two sentiment strips onto the front of the box.  Using a Piercing Tool, create holes for the thread to go through. Create four simple straight stitches on the sides of the sentiment strips. 
  • Adhere the tabs of the box in place using liquid adhesive to form your box. 
  • Using a sanding block, sand the edges of the flowers, leaves, and lagoon butterfly.  (To create the “veins” in the leaves, fold the leaf in half then sand along the fold.)
  • Assemble the flower using 3D Foam Dots and adhere onto the front of the box with the leaves. 
  • Assemble the butterfly and adhere to the handle of the box.
  • Add Ribbon, Bitty Gems, or Shimmer to embellish. 
  • Fill with treats and give to someone special!!! 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project♥ and that you plan to join us for this week’s Color Dare Challenge.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Vintage Blue Rose Tag

For the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge

You may have noticed that I have been creating quite a few old-world projects on my blog recently, using some of our new Yesterday & Today products and, today, I have another one for you.  For this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge, our Design Team was tasked with creating inspiration projects using Grey tones with one or two additional colors.  

I felt like a needed a little change of pace from the usual card, scrapbook page, and home decor project I typically make, so I decided to challenge myself with creating a tag ♥.  I grabbed some Pebble cardstock, Peacock embellishments, and one of my new stamps sets, and got to work designing this Vintage Blue Rose Tag.  

Let me show you how I created this little gem♥.  Using Pewter Ink, I stamped a repeated sentiment on a Pebble cardstock tag.  (This sentiment comes from our NEW Yesterday & Today card making stamp set.)  As you can see, I staggered the sentiment across the cardstock as I stamped. 

Once I was finished stamping, I sponged the edges of the tag with Linen Ink then added some smudges of Opaque Texture Paste.  I knew that the two hearts and rose image would be placed near the base of the tag, so I made sure to apply the paste where I knew it would peek out from under the objects. 

Since my plan was to shade the images with our TriBlend Markers, I chose to stamp the rose, leaf, and bird image with Intense Black Ink.  This ink is perfectly formulated♥ for both alcohol markers AND watercolors.  It creates a crisp image and doesn’t blur or run with either of these coloring mediums.  Once the images were stamped and shaded, I used the matching Yesterday & Today Cardmaking Thin Cuts dies to cut out the shapes. 

As you can see, I am still working on my coloring skills with fine detailed objects.  I didn’t realize how much alcohol markers could spread when you start adding multiple layers of color and shading. 

Other Challenges I have joined this week:

I hope that today’s project has inspired to you to try something new.  We would love for you to play along with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and create something using only grey and two additional colors.  Make sure to link your projects to the blog before March 19th. 

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