Monday, April 6, 2020

Double Trouble #54 - Hip to be a Square

Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge #54 - Hip to be a Square! 

Every Double Trouble challenge has three components - Things 1, 2 and 3. Each has a specific requirement. Read below for more.

THING 1: Trouble Maker 
says, "Click It's Hip to Be a Square to sing and play along with Grover and Friends from Sesame Street. To show us how many squares are out there, make a square card, scrapbook page, gift box or other square creation... or use design papers, stencils or embossing folders which have squares. The more squares... the more hip you are. You can use other shapes but we must be able to see at least one square on your project."

THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "I'm Hip but not necessarily Square. Since many of us, like me, have organized craft rooms (haha), select one of your older stamp sets (no digis) that you have not used in a year or more for your project. Please don't make us guess... add the approximate year to your blog post with the link to our challenge. 

THING 2: Double Dare says, "Sometimes stuff just happens and things get crazy. Our challenge partner has notified us that their team is unavailable to participate as planned. But we are remaining "hip" and upbeat! So we'll stand up, "square" our shoulders and ask you to link your project to one of our previous partners for another chance at the Random Prize. For your convenience, a list is provided on the Double Trouble challenge blog.

I originally intended to use the card shown further down... and then I was playing around and decided I liked this one better! 
I used an alcohol ink piece for the square outline. That drove my marker colours for inside the squares. I stamped a repeating image and altered the direction each time. The lines were coloured using three shades of markers - pink, purple and turquoise - and three shades within those colours. I turned the squares into shakers by adding foam tape and a piece of acetate to the card. The sentiment was stamped in the same three colours and that was mounted on Lagoon cardstock. The shaker component was mounted on Silver Foil paper and the Lagoon cardstock. The sentiment stamp is over a year old but still one that I love!

I am entering my card in the Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Anything Goes.
This is the original card I was going to use and the description... 

I went to my trusty Cricut for a lot of squares... and I found them.  The yellow multi-square background was a perfect cut to add a lot of squares - and I mean a LOT of squares (so I must be EXTRA-square :)) I started with a double matted square background. I used a piece of yupo paper and created an alcohol ink background - the Cricut cut was placed on top of that. It was lined with Lilac cardstock and raised using foam tape. The sentiment is one from a campaign at least two years ago... and hasn't been used since that time. It was coloured - and I did the letters in a darker shade at the bottom to create an ombre look - and adhered to the centre of the card. Some gold shimmer was brushed on the flower. 

Come and join us at Double Trouble and show us how you apply the challenges listed above. 
You have two weeks to enter your project.
We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Lagoon Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Paprika Cardstock, Lilac Cardstock, Silver Foil Paper, Yupo Paper (Ranger), Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: Card Captions, Birthday Joy, Celebrate Kindness - Hello
Inks: Intense Black, Lagoon, Raspberry, Pansy, Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Paper Lace 2 Cricut Cartridge, Multi-Square Thin Cut, Silver Confetti, Tri-Blend Markers, Gold Shimmer Brush, Gold Gems, Foam Tape, Gold Shimmer Brush



  1. Wow, your background is gorgeous, getting pretty good with alcohol inked backgrounds. And what a lot of work with each individual shaker. Beautiful card.

  2. First, I love the alcohol ink frame, alcohol ink is one of my favorite things to play with. Second, I would have thought the striped pieces were just cut from paper, your coloring on them looks so perfect. Finally, love how you tied it all together with the multi-colored sentiment. If you can't tell I think your card is amazing!

  3. Incredible! Both cards are terrific and have so many details! Thanks for including TCCC blog with your Double Trouble challenges! Becca/DT for TCCC


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