July Monthly Mix Challenge

Gina K July Monthly Mix Challenge – Christmas in July

What’s almost as good as Christmas? Christmas in July with rainbows!! The challenge this month at Gina K Designs hosted by Sheri is Christmas in July. I pulled out my GKD Christmas stamps and found the Sentimental Sentiments StampTV kit using all of the snowflakes in this set stamped in versamark ink, white heat embossed with GKD’s fine detail white embossing powder, then pulled out my inks all GKD with an exception of the yellow which is a combination of GKD and a TH Distress ink and applied rainbow order ink over this slimline card. The image is from GKD’s Snow One Like You and the coordinating Silhouette cut file. Die cut sentiment and shadow as well as the cheer sentiment are from the same StampTV kit. I was going to use the small “merry” sentiment but somehow it got lost in my messy desk. My lower left corner got a little funky not sure if it was the versamark, not heat set properly but probably due to human error :).

But right now it’s back to work…Will is on a mission of different projects and I have been pulled in as his assistant. It is so very hot with not much relief in site so I was a little cranky today…..but…..to my surprise I just received a delivery of 6 Christmas Edge-Ables dies and can’t wait to play with them. So excited! Crankiness appeased!

Boot Girl

I pulled out an older stamp for a challenge at Split Coast Stampers and it is perfect for the Retro Rubber Challenge.


The little girls is getting her moves on. I found the best paper in an Carta Bella paper pack where the woodgrain makes a dance floor with the floral being the wallpaper. She in dressed in all pink tones to match the paper. The set used is Stampendous Boots Kiddo. I have had it for a few years purchased off the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby. I looked on Stampendous blog and found this was released in 2013. She is on a wooden block, so that helps with the age of the stamp. This was fun to create!

Scooter Vrooming

I created a card using a Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and had a lot of fun with it.


This card was created with a song in mind, “Born to be Wild”, from the Splitcoast Stampers Virtual Stamp Night challenges. The challenge was to select a song from the 1968 top 40 playlist and I chose a song with an image that came to mind. I do not own any motorcycle images, so I went with the next best thing of a scooter. I scoured the GSD-Stamps blog with design ideas used by the design team and it placed many ideas in my head. I decided on paper piecing for the scooter and pulled out SU colors from the 2018-2020 In Color cardstock and designer paper. Everything not paper pieced was colored with alcohol markers.

It has been a long time since I have stamped this image and colored it. It was such a fun card to create!

Welcome, Bailey!

PPP498 – Fun Folds Theme

A girlfriend has finally gotten a puppy. She has been hoping for one for years and her husband finally said yes! Bailey is a Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a mini Poodle mix). We haven’t met her yet but her name is from It’s A Wonderful Life and George Bailey because according to my girlfriend if you have a dog it is a wonderful life. She’s very happy and her husband is trying not to admit that he’s enjoying puppy’s company too.

So my card is a Quarter Fold Card using the tutorial from Lisa’s Stamp Studio. My puppy and paw paper were both found on line free sheets (search the web and thanks to Buddy Gerry) printed and cut to size for the panels. My puppy is an older Inkadinkadoo stamp set, Welcome sentiment is GKD’s It’s the Little Things and banner and Bailey were from Microsoft Word, Spellbinders nestabilities used to hold the card closed.

Open inside of card.

The quarter panels of the card opens and I decided to use an image from Sweet n Sassy stamps “Woof You”.

This card will be entered into The Paper Players: PP498 – A Theme Challenge From Ann

Hip Hip Hooray

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Stenciling Challenge

DRU Challenge #148 – Anything Goes

Happy Birthday America! To celebrate our country’s Independence Day this July 4th, I CASED a SSS reprise of Lauren Bassen’s 2015 card. My card will be entered into the The Sisterhood of Crafters Stenciling Challenge and the stencils I used are Pretty Pink Posh’s wide stripes stencil and a swirl stencil that I cannot remember the name…it was either a SSS or a Tim Holtz included in a kit possibly. My stripes were inked with GKD’s Faded Brick and Cherry Red, the star area was sponged with GKD’s powder blue and navy inks. The stars are the unnamed stencil and Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster Glitter Glaze.

The second part of the challenge is Dies R Us Challenge #148 – Anything Goes and to include a metal die. My scripty metal die is a Spellbinder’s sentiment which reminds me of something that Buddy Bonnie would create using her Silhouette. I layered it and finally cut it out with some glitter paper added some self adhesive stars for my “dots” and found that cool “ribbon” in my stash.

Besides the SSS inspiration, I was inspired by our Buddy Judy with her amazing patriotic Americana cards lately.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Silhouette Sponge

ModSquad Challenge – Silhouette Time

MIUCB #39 – Anything Goes + Open Technique

Judy over at the ModSquad Challenge Blog has a challenge entitled Silhouette time with a silhouette required to be the focal point of the card. I went through some of my GKD stamp sets and came up the with this flower silhouette from the Hello Sunshine StampTV kit and the sentiment is from another GKD stamp set Garden Silhouette. My sponged background was created using SSS Coral Reef, GKD’s Dusty Rose and Wild Lilac inks. This is a CASE of Cathy Zielske’s blog post from yesterday. I added some GKD Vanilla Ice Sequins, embossed the focal panel using my Bonnie embossing template and layered onto some Dusty Rose cardstock.

This card, I believe will also be acceptable for the Mix It Up Challenge Blog (MIUCB#39) Anything Goes + Open Technique option. My technique is ink sponging and masking. That template I created comes in handy for masking off sections. I may make some different shapes.

Enjoying a break today from a second walk so decided to use my time wisely and create some cards.

Play Ball

Baseball is a favorite past-time in the summer, and I have been to Busch Stadium a few times to watch the Cardinals in action. This was created for a challenge at Split Coast Stampers depicting Summer in the City. I made sure that the stars I added had stitching lines to meet the D and D Challenge of stitching.


I used a digital image from Power Poppy called Baseball Vignette Digital. I resized the image and printed it on our laser printer on Gina K Designs Layering Weight cardstock. When the toner was dry, I was able to color the image with alcohol markers. I fussy cut the image out and placed it on my cardbase with foam squares. I added stars all around with The Stamps of Life Stitched Stars dies; this is the smallest star in the set. Before cutting, I applied Sizzix adhesive sheets to the back side of the cardstock, this way the stars became a sticker.

Thanks for a fun contest!