Fall Colors Challenge

Just Us Girls Challenge #602

When a color challenge is for Red, Orange and Yellow, it definitely makes me think of fall colors. So for my card for the Just Us Girls Challenge #602 – Color Week, I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks in Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed. After blending my background and cutting down my focal layer, I stamped the image from GKD’s Autumn Silhouettes in VersaFine Clair nocturne ink and yes I got inky fingerprints on my panel. GRRRRR…..you think i would learn. I did heat emboss the DO ink to help the drying and also the VersaFine Clair but did I check my fingers? NO! Finally got the image with no inky fingerprints to my liking and using hand sanitizer before touching anything. Sentiment is from GKD’s Thankful For You stamp set. I thought I needed more color so using GKD’s sweet corn cardstock and SSS’s 3D Fall Foliage embossing folder seemed to do the trick for me. I lightly blended the same DO inks over the raised parts of the embossing folder.

Fun challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe.

Pumpkin blessings

I’ve been down with a cold the last couple of weeks and just haven’t had the energy to create. Now that I’m finally feeling better I want to get back into the swing of things – I have a lot of ideas to get on paper. The challenge at Just Us Girls is to use yellow, red and orange – wonderful fall colors. This didn’t turn out quite the way I’d envisioned it but I quite like the final result. The pumpkin is from a very old Spellbinders set. The sentiment is from Beyond Baskets by Gina K Designs. The leaves and wheat are from Autumn Bouquet Fancy Die set by Hero Arts. I got the elements arranged how I wanted them, used Press ‘n Seal to hold them together while I added my glue. I used a deckle edge die for the main panel then cut mats of Sweet Mango and Red Velvet and placed on a Wild Dandelion card base.

Fall colors

The Paper Players PP559

Did you every have that one idea in your head for a card and no matter what you tried it just didn’t seem to make like you envisioned? Well, my first card (A) is the last of three I made for The Paper Players – Clean and Simple Challenge from Claire with a theme of Fall Fun. After gold heat embossing the Fall Colors sentiment from an older Inkadinkadoo stamp sent, I then used the SSS leaf stencil and several colors of Distress Oxide ink to complete the card. Layered it on a blue and adhered to the kraft card base. Hmmmm!!!!

Here are cards B & C:

Card B
Card C

The same colors of Distress Oxide inks were used on cards A & B. Card C I stayed with the orange, yellow, green shades. Card B is on black cardstock and after inking with the distress inks, I shifted the stencil slightly and added white pigment ink. It has a blurry look to me so maybe I should have did the white pigment then the color. At the end I just sprayed all three with my perfect pearls/water mixture and added to card bases. What do you think? Maybe they will grow on me. Suggestions welcome.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Rain tomorrow so hopefully I can spend more time making cards.

Thankful for you

I have a card stamped with mini ink cubes and a skeleton leaves. At first I didn’t like the background, but came back the next day and it looked better.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2021/09/02/september-2021-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2021/09/leaves.html

I started with Jelly Bean Green, Wild Dandelion, Tangerine Twist, and Tomato Soup inks. Then I came back and added Tranquil Teal, Plum Punch, and then Warm Cocoa. I definitely filled the page. I stamped leaves from the Skeleton Leaves mini stamp set all over the background then cut it with a stitched rectangle die. I placed the layer on a Honey Mustard card base. The words Thankful for You came from The Stitched Leaves mini-kit from a few years ago.

Hello Pumpkin

Getting into Autumn cards, so I pulled out a Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and Echo Park patterned paper and created a card.


I chose to use Pumpkin Bear from Gerda Steiner Designs, 2019, for my main image. I colored the image with alcohol ink and paper pieced the scarf. I used the Echo Park Celebrate Autumn patterned paper for this card. The scalloped edge was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.

I am adding this to Gerda Steiner Designs Challenge. It has been a while since I have pulled out my GSD stamps and it was fun to create a card with the image.

Falling Leaves

Double D Challenges: LEAVES

Fall is almost in the air! It was a little brisk for our morning walk today but heated up again so summer can continue a few more days. In the meantime, the Leaves challenge mood board at Double D has helped me create my card.

My recipe for today’s card is: Simon Says Stamp’s large Stitched Maple Leaf Die cut from a piece of plaid printed paper and a inked/stenciled background I had on my desk for awhile. GKD’s Autumn Wreath Builder and Autumn Splendor stamp sets. TCW Skeletal Leaf Stencil, AALL&Create Dote on Diamonds stencil, Tim Holtz Idea-ology mummy cloth, Denami Designs seal brown 1/4″ ribbon and some GKD kraft and powder blue inks.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe!

Girlfriend Hugs

AAA Cards Game #199

CAS Game #199 at the AAA Cards challenge is No Layers + optional twist Hugs. Who doesn’t like hugs? CAS and no layers is a little more difficult for me. This was my third attempt to create this girlfriend card.

After stamping my image in VersaFine Clair nocturne black ink, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I really need to remember that this ink stays very wet which is why this is my third attempt….inky fingers make inky marks!! Anyway it is easier for me to color when I heat emboss my images so all is good. After coloring in my girlfriends with a variety of markers and pencils, I added the sentiment across their feet. It was just too funny to put in the inside of the card. My girlfriends and I are making plans that if we need to be put into a “home” away from home we need adjoining rooms.

My stamp set is Art Impressions “Live Laugh Love”. It’s really great that AI gives you colored images on their packaging.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek and stay safe.

birthday funnies

As You See It Challenge: Challenge #259

The challenge with the As You See It Challenge blog is a speed challenge with humor. Create a card under 10 minutes and should be funny. I love these speed challenges as it really gets your adrenaline pumping. I pulled out my cardstock, decided on my stamps and design and got busy. The image and sentiment are both from an Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set probably from 2007. I have mini stamps of the same kind of stamps and they are dated 2007 so I’m figuring this stamp set is from the same time period. The images are really fun in this set.

Anyway I stamped them in black ink and die cut the circle (GKD large circle single stitched die) from white cardstock and die cut the Spellbinder’s scalloped nestabilities circlein black for the layering portion. I actually had to do this step twice since I couldn’t line the circle up on the scalloped piece….still not perfect but keeping it as time was ticking. The green panel was run through my Big Shot using Cuttlebug’s Happy Birthday embossing folder. The HB sentiment was fussy cut and finished in 9 minutes 41 seconds….WHEW ! I really cut this card close to the 10 minute deadline.

Our daughter’s birthday is in December and this card is definitely going to her. LOL…she should love it but I wonder if she thinks she’s more like me or her father. I can tell you it’s her dad!!!

challenge 259

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Hope you enjoyed the last weekend in summer! Stay safe.