Floral Hello and Hugs

I saw a video with My Favorite Things and then applied the idea to a Monochromatic Challenge with Split Coast Stampers. After looking at the items I used, I decided to use it with the Retro Challenge. https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2019/08/challenge-117-anything-goes.html Here is the challenge label: RRCB117

Monochromatic Card One RRCB117

The stamp set used is called Obsessed with Floral by Unity Stamp Company. I believe it came to my home in June, 2018. The die is Scripty Hello from Lawn Fawn, which has been in my home for around a year, but was released in 2014 or 2015.

The paper is Gina K Designs: Layering Weight White, Moonlit Fog, and Slate.

With cutting into one inch strips, this has pieces for two cards. The next one has Hugs on it.

Monochromatic Card Two

It is always fun to make two cards from one idea.

Back to School 2019

My area schools are starting back in session on August 26th so I have a few cards to share that I’ll be sending to some of my little “buddies”.


First up are the ones for our grandchildren Chase and Brooke.  It is hard to believe that they will be in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Oh my how time flies!  These little ones are enjoying their vacation with mom and dad in Hawaii!


The second batch is from 3 little grand”friends” who will be entering kindergarten and two in first grade.  They are a long time girlfriend’s grandchildren and they love receiving mail so I added them to my card list.

I don’t have too many Back to School stamps but found some on the Falling For You stamp set from GKD and a set from TPC Studios and just picked up the Love Nicole apple stamp and die set from AC Moore with a 60% coupon. The rest was patterned papers that I cut apart for images and used as the background.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Layer Me Not

The members of my husband’s Masonic Lodge sent me a beautiful arrangement of flowers recently to celebrate the end of my chemo treatments. This card is a small way of saying thank you. I placed the board from Melanie Muenchinger’s new Perfect Pallet set at the 3” mark on my MISTI and stamped in Warm Cocoa ink. Then I moved the card up at 1” intervals on the MISTI to create the sign board. The sentiment is from Massive Messages, stamped in Chocolate Truffle. The ferns in the corners are from Vertical Greetings 2 by Theresa Momber, stamped in Fresh Asparagus. This is for the Layer Me Not challenge at the Mod Squad to create a single layer card. http://modsquadchallenge.com/layer-me-not/

Layers – Not

I decided to play along with the ModSquad Challenge “Layer Me Not” to create a one layer card.  Challenge can be seen here:  http://modsquadchallenge.com/


I taped off the edges of the card base on all sides with washi tape and then using versamark stamped a StampinUp stamp From the Garden image and added the sentiment from GKD’s Dogwood & Butterfly illustrated by Theresa Momber then heat embossed in GKD’s fine detail gold embossing powder.

The idea of this card came from Yana Smakula’s Modern One-Layer Floral Card with Simon Says Stamp.

My original card in navy and gold is below but it seemed too dark to me so I went with the white and gold.


Thanks for looking.

Masculine Card

This card will be entered in this month’s Gina K Designs challenge: https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2019/08/01/august-2019-monthly-mix-challenge/

Thinking of You

This started out as a one-layer card, but I really didn’t like it, so I trimmed it down and layered it. The stamp set used is Framescape Winter Trees. I used Memento Dew Drop ink pads to stamp the color on this card. There were several used. I did spritz the paper with a gold shimmer spray. I am not sure you can really see it in the photo, but it is there. This will also be placed in the Split Coast Stampers Dirty Dozen Card challenge.

You Make me Smile

This week’s challenge is to make a one-layer card. I often create my card on a piece of paper the same size as the card base and place them together using my MISTI. Here is the link: http://modsquadchallenge.com/layer-me-not/

MSC You Make me Smile

The stamp set used is a mini-set from Gina K Designs, You Make me Smile. I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Tri-color blends: Coral Blend, Citrus Blend, Citrus Green Blend. I used a BG10, Cool Shadow Copic marker to trace around the flower. I added border lines to ground the flower, using a Tombow marker and a t-square ruler. I added sequins. You will also find this card on Split Coast Stampers in the Dare to Get Dirty challenge.

Minnie Mouse Cheat

Some of my birthday cards had a few things on them that I took off before discarding them. I’d like to keep them all, but it is impossible so I’ve learned to get a bit ruthless. Minnie Mouse was popped up on a lovely card with a great sentiment from a close friend and I couldn’t throw her away. So here she is – newly minted on a background I created.

My cheat

I made a background recently for a card I forgot to photograph before giving away but it used a Sunshine die. These bits were what was left over and I placed them on some sticky wrap so I could use them elsewhere. I added some glue to the back – turned the sticky wrap over and placed it on the card base. Waited for the glue to dry and then carefully peeled off the wrap. It worked quite well doing it this way and was far less work than doing it piece by piece. I popped up the Minnie Mouse circle – added a bit of bling and decided it was done. Will add a sentiment but not sure yet which one I’ll use. As this isn’t totally my own work, I’m not claiming it on my main blog but thought you would all like to see it.

Gifts from a stamp buddy

Here is what I did with a lovely gift of some balloons and clouds that Gayle sent to me recently. She did most of the stenciling and colouring but I did add a little of my own as well.

Hot Air adventure

The one on the left I didn’t do anything except add the card base and the sentiment as it is was perfect as is. But I do like the softness of the stenciling Gayle did. The one on the right I did a bit more too. In fact I could have used these both together but decided to make them as two cards rather than one. I marked about where each balloon would be on white card stock and then inked the various colours checking to see if they fit properly behind each balloon. Thank goodness for those tiny brushes as you can do much finer detail using them. I messed up slightly and got red ink along the edge where I wanted a white border. Cheated a bit as I couldn’t erase it so I used good old white out. Not a perfect solution but it worked. Unfortunately the edge got slightly damaged and wouldn’t you know that the camera picks it up whereas in real life you don’t really notice it. So Gayle – thank you for the gift and I hope you like the results.

Sparkly Christmas Card

This card is being entered in the Mod Squad Challenge: http://modsquadchallenge.com/all-that-sparkles/

Merry Christmas Sparkles

The stamp set used is GKD Winter Flower. I stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink, embossed with clear embossing powder. The flowers are watercolored with Arteza WC Paint. I finished the card by adding stickles to the center of each flower and spraying it with gold sparkle spray.