A Merry Christmas Tree Card

For the Color Dare & Double Trouble Challenges

This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, we are partnering with Double Trouble for a delightful black & white challenge. As a Design Team member, my creative muscles are often stretched with some of these challenges, and this week, I think I pulled something. misscarriescreations-merrychristmastreecardsm.jpg

For these challenges, we, at the Color Dare Blog, are asking you to use Black & White plus three additional colors and no other neutrals. If you would also like to join the Double Trouble Challenge, Thing One wants something striped (no plaid) somewhere in your project, Thing Two is asking you to join us at the Color Dare Challenge, and Thing Three (the twisted sister) is asking you to add three colors.  

Can you see where I might have pulled a muscle here? Not only have I been in a creative rut lately, but I was tasked with quite the challenge from these two blogs.  What is a girl to do but start rummaging through her stamps and try to come up with something to fit the requirements and here is what I ended up with – A Merry Christmas Tree card using Black, White, Candy Apple, Peach, and Evergreen.

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I started with a White heat embossed Tree image on Black Cardstock, then layered it atop some Peach cardstock. The 4¼” x 4¼” card base was also cut from Black Cardstock. I added some Striped Peach paper and some stripes of Candy Apple Cardstock stamped in Evergreen. To embellish the card, I chose a White Acrylic Heart, two Black Mini-Clothes Pins, a few Black Dots, and a Black & White Striped Bow.

Black ♥ White ♥ Stripes ♥ Three Colors 

I was able to get it all into one creation just in time for the Design Team posting. What do you think? I hope that this card inspired you to create something new and that you join us for this challenge.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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An Autumn Card in Wisteria

Falling in Love with Non-Traditional Colors 

When we think of fall colors, we tend to lean towards the burnt orange, toffee, and deep olive tones, but I have this one friend who happens to love “all things purple”.  Thinking about her made me wonder, “What about fall in a shade of purple??”  We have this beautiful New Wisteria color that is being ignored this season, so I decided that it was time to start creating Autumn in Wisteria.

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So what do you think? Autumn in shades of Wisteria, Eggplant, Julip, and Evergreen with a touch of plaid.  That Mix-In paper reminds me of soft flannel and I felt it was the perfect addition to this card. Not your traditional fall array, but perfect for the Double Trouble Mad For Plaid challenge.

This week, Double Trouble is teaming up with Use Your Stuff, so I just hopped over there and added my creation to that blog, too. Hey, why not? People need to see that Purple is a great color for fall. 

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I hope you were inspired by today’s creation and that you take the time to stop by each of these challenge blogs this week. You will be inspired to create something new and, hopefully, join the challenges.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Simple Banner for The Wearin’ o’ the Green Challenge

Whether you follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or here, you will notice that I often create seasonal home decorations and most end up in my craftroom. With our home currently under renovation, this is the only place I have control over so I make sure it is a space I can retreat to during the madness.  This week, I decided to take part in the Wearin’ o’ the Green Challenge that is being host by both Heart2Heart and Double Trouble and created a simple St. Patrick’s Day Banner to brighten up my room.

MissCarriesCreations-StPatricksDayBannerDetailI began by opening up Design Space™ (one of my favorite places to be) and created the Clovers using our Flower Market collection. These images are already designed to be three-dimensional, so I didn’t have to manipulate them to create this great effect. I wanted to add a little texture to the clovers, so I used a Swiss Dot embossing folder to dry emboss the leaves, some Toffee ink on the edges, and a Cork Shape in the center. MissCarriesCreations-StPatricksDayBannerCloverThe small Flags were made using simple Triangle shapes sized to 1.5″ x 2.75″ then decorated with small Heart shapes to match. I cut these from White Daisy, Clover, and Kraft paper, then sponged the edges with Toffee ink. I had debated making some of the flags gold or orange (to match the Irish flag), but my home is full of primitive decor so the Kraft Paper seemed to be a better choice. I like how well it goes with the Cork Shapes and Jute Twine. 
MissCarriesCreations-StPatricksDayBannerFlagsLast, but not least, those ADORABLE Paper Pom-Poms. I created those using our Fringe Border from the Fancy Border Thin Cuts.  I will post a tutorial next Tuesday showing you how to create your own set of Pom-Poms. 

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After all of the components were assembled, I attached them to some Jute Twine. If you look closely, you can see that I added a few frayed knots near each of the Pom-Poms. This not only keeps them in place, but it adds some distressed primitive texture to the banner.

I hope that you enjoyed this whimsical St. Patrick’s Day Banner and that you will consider joining me for the monthly challenge at Heart2Heart and Double Trouble.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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