Butterfly Birthday Wishes

I love butterflies and the current Double D Challenge is all about butterflies. Mix the butterflies with white space and it works perfectly for the August challenge at Gina K Designs. Throw in a bit of blue, and Simon Says Stamp challenge comes into the mix. Using stamps older than a year plays right into the current Retro Rubber Stamp challenge.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/08/butterflies-challenge.html https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/08/01/august-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/08/challenge-141-anything-goes.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-midsummer-blues-2/

I used Gina K Designs stamps Sending Love and Stampers Favorites. Sending Love was released in 2016 and Stampers Favorites was released in 2014. I used the colors Lipstick, Wild Dandelion, and Blue Lagoon. I added a bit of sparkle with the Crafter’s Companion clear sparkle pen.

Fall Leaves

The current challenge at Gina K Designs is to create a card with white space. This card uses Autumn colors and leaves leaving a lot of white space.

https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/08/01/august-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/08/challenge-141-anything-goes.html

I used the Tiny Textures stamp set for the background stamping in the colors Tomato Soup, Sweet Corn, and Fresh Asparagus. The leaves and greeting are from Skeleton Leaves stamped in Black Onyx ink. I added a few black gems to finish the card.

I am also adding this to the Retro Rubber Challenge to use stamps older than a year. Skeleton Leaves was released in 2015 and Tiny Textures was released in 2016.

Gatefold Christmas Cards

Gatefold Christmas cards that I created following Jennifer McGuire’s Surprise Gate Fold Cards. Of course Jennifer’s cards are more elaborate than mine but I do like this concept and how they turned out. The poinsettia card outside folds were sponged using a Tim Holtz stencil, the star card uses patterned paper and the ornament card has dry embossed panels.

Primarily you need a decorative die and the outline matching die with the decorative die on the outside of the gatefold and the outline die is behind the outside die with a message which leaves the inside of the card for a personal handwritten message. I think I may add “something” maybe a light stamped image or light stenciling inside, too. These were fun to make. I hope someone comes out with a large snowflake die and outline.

Christmas Card Party

Busy day today at my home with girlfriends making Christmas Cards for Troops. I believe we finished 75 cards today to be sent to “Making cards for Troops”. I cut, stamped and prepped the cards and today was coloring and assembly day. We socially distanced in my living room today with only two girls at a table and after lunch completed our project in under 3 hours. Lots of laughing and fun for a good cause. My one friend found the information on Guideposts Magazine and since she has a daughter and son in law that are Navy Chiefs we thought it was be a perfect project for us. Masks were made by another girlfriend so we decided to show them off. I’m seated in the middle front row.

Celebrate

This card combines several challenges.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-1-14-birthday-challenge.html https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/wsc501 https://modsquadchallenge.com/patterned-paper-trio/

I followed MFT Sketch 501 for the layout. I chose the owl from SU Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp set. He needed balloons to celebrate, so the balloons and sentiment came from Paper Smooches Hallooballoo set with the hat coming from Noggin Toppers, also from Paper Smooches. The patterned paper is from Gina K Designs Birthday Hoot pack. I used MFT white paper for the cardbase and layer.

I had fun with the sketch and combining many stamps to make a fun celebratory image.

This will also be posted on Split Coast Stampers in the MISTI Monday challenge.

Birthday White Space

The final day of My Favorite Things Summer School is about white space. I enjoyed the lesson.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/summer-school-2020-day-5

I used the Happy Birthday Script die from MFT. I had a bit of issue with this as I kept losing the dot of the “i” so I finally went to my embellishments and found a pink pearl. That was perfect for the save of the dot. The pink paper is Stampin’Up Pink Pirouette, which I blended the lightest ink I own onto it, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink. The flower is from Everything’s Rosy by Sunny Studio. This was the first time I inked this set, so I looked on the Sunny Studio blog and they have a chart for using the set. The rose has 5 layers, so I used the following colors: GKD Innocent Pink for layer A, Bubblegum Pink for layer B, Lawn Fawn Guava for layer C, GKD Passionate Pink for Layer D, and GKD Lipstick for Layer E. There are only 3 layers to the leaf and I used GKD Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green, and Fresh Asparagus for the layers. I cut both images with matching dies.

I enjoyed stamp school. It has been enjoyable to find items in my stash that haven’t been used in a long time or never used.

Smile Ombre’

Day 4 of My Favorite Things Summer Stamp School is all about the Ombre’ technique.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/summer-school-2020-day-4

I used the MFT Smile Maker stamp set and Lawn Fawn inks for this card. The yellow ink colors are Butter, Lemonade, and Sunflower. I ink blended the colors with a blending brush.

I tried several ink colors and the yellows seemed to blend the best for me. I added sparkle to the letters.

Rainbows and Sunshine

Playing with MFT Summer Stamp School and today is all about Rainbows.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/summer-school-2020-day-2

I had several cut circles left over from Online Card Classes Summer Camp, so out they came for another rainbow. I cut clouds from a Lawn Fawn die. The sun is a flower stamp and die, Gina K Designs, Autumn set. The greeting is from The Stamps of Life rainbows2stamp. My inspiration was from Split Coast Stampers featured stamper. I enjoyed creating this card and using supplies from my stash is always a joy.