Callie 2021

ModSquad Challenge: Sympathy

The challenge at the ModSquad Challenge group is to create a sympathy card. For the past six years, I’ve been sending a card to a dear friend in remembrance of her granddaughter who was born asleep. I guess you can still call this a sympathy card for their loss.

On my card, I used the following stamps from Gina K Designs: Dreams Take Flight, Hugs and Prayers illustrated by Nina Brackett and Hello Sunshine. My clouds were a combination of a SimonSaysStamp and Bonnie stencil inked in GKD’s soft stone ink.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Take care and be safe!

Butterfly Sympathy

Sadly I’m often in need of sympathy cards and struggle with making them right when they’re needed. The sentiment is from Extra Grand Sentiments by JustRite, stamped in Stormy Sky ink. The butterfly is from the Beautiful Butterflies Kit by Simon Says Stamp and is stamped in Soft Stone ink. I like using a butterfly on a sympathy card because it is a symbol of immortality.  The card base is Stormy Sky with a white sentiment panel attached on the inside. Quick and easy to duplicate. I’m entering this in the Mod Squad With Sympathy Challenge.

More Silver Tapestry

Since I already had the strip from Holiday Tapestry on my MISTI and the sentiment on my mini MISTI, I decided to make some more Christmas cards – this time in landscape mode. I used a Blue Denim card base with silver EP. The sentiment is also embossed in silver on Blue Denim and matted with Metallic Silver CS. It is nice to have several of these made up for my stash. I thought the blue would make a nice masculine card so I’m entering it in The Male Room Christmas in July Challenge. I’ve also been inspired to enter this July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Silver Tapestry

Little by little I’m adding to my Christmas stash so maybe I won’t be so rushed come December. The strip from Holiday Tapestry was stamped in VersaMark on Plum Punch CS and embossed in silver. The sentiment from the same set was also embossed in silver on Plum Punch with a Silver Metallic mat. I’m entering this in Perfectly CAS and The Sisterhood of Crafters. Both challenges require embossing – either heat or dry. I enjoy heat embossing and need to do it more.

Color Me Summer

Double D Challenges: Colors of Summer

Hot, hot, hot days of summer! What best way to deal with the heat is to enjoy those bright colors and have a nice cold umbrella drink! My card today is for the Double D Challenges – Colors of Summer taking inspiration from their mood board:

and focusing not only the colors but also the pretty cocktails on the bottom right. My background was rainbow inked using Distress Oxide inks and white heat embossing Taylored Expressions Summer Vibes Background stamp. The umbrella drink is an Impression Obsession stamp and the sentiment is from a DMD clear stamp set that I found on clearance at one of the big box craft stores.

The hot, hot, hot weather will return next week so we will enjoy the less humid weather while we can….west coast smoke and all! Thanks for stopping in for a peek.

Hapbee Birthday 2 You

With inspiration from buddy Gayle, I pulled out several bee stamps and ideas began flowing. My card is a bit different for me, as I rarely create cards using several company stamp sets and/or dies.

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I started with Paper Smooches stamps. The bee came from Courteous Cuties and the greeting “hapbee birthday” came from More Courteous Cuties. I decided to stamp the bee near the top, so I cut the greeting apart and placed it around the bee. I saw an idea where the hexagon was cut with a number 2 on it, so I used my hexagon dies from The Stamps of Life along with the stamp set minihexagons4backgrounds, where I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The number 2 is from graduation2celebrate and matching dies, also The Stamps of Life. The word “you” is alphabet stamps from Hero Arts. I felt the card front needed something else, so I began with the stitched rectangle die from The Stamps of Life, but that wasn’t enough as it still looked too plain. Out came the Cuttlebug Hexagon embossing folder. I like the embossing as it looks like a bee hive.

This will also be added to the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. This month’s challenge is to use numbers and/or alphabet.

I like how the card came out. It was fun creating.

bee ok!

The Paper Players CAS Challenge: PP550

The challenge at The Paper Players is a clean and simple card that must include a bee! I decided on one of the bees from a SSS Bee Yourself stamp set. Cute bee images as well as some honeycombs and sweet sentiments, too, are on this stamp set. I did really need to layer my focal image on some light blue cardstock and decided to stencil my card base with a light blend of GKD’s powder blue, honey mustard and soft stone over an Altenew honeycomb stencil. I think it will pass for clean and simple….hopefully….still a struggle for me.

Thanks for stopping for for a peek today. It’s been a little stormy and rainy here today but the sun is shining again so “Things Will BEE Okay”

Twinchie Take Two

AAA Cards Game #194

The challenge at the AAA Cards is a Twinchie + optional twist Christmas in July! What’s a twinchie you asked? Well thankfully it was explained in the challenge as a square, circle or hexagon up to 2″. In addition to the CAS Twinchie everything should be contained within the 2 inches including the sentiment and no added mat or layer outside of the twinchie. That is the reason that this is Take Two! My original card I die cut my 2 inch circle from the layering mat and I believe that may have been a violation!!! So I went back to the drawing board and added my two inch twinchie circle to the top of my card base,

Here’s my original card:

Both cards use SU’s Wonderful Winterland stamp set and sentiment is Penny Black’s Christmas with Mimi. Spellbinder’s nestabilities circle die was used to create my twinchie and on the top card I couldn’t resist adding some “snow” with SSS large falling snow stencil. The bottom card I used cuttlebug’s snowflake embossing folder.

Hopefully, I have the recipe for my twinchie card correct the second time around. These challenges do get my brain thinking in a direction I don’t usually process but it’s fun to keep on trying.

Hope everyone had a great day. Thanks for stopping in for a peek.

Wishing Florals

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Embossing –Heat or Dry

I haven’t played along with The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge in awhile so their challenge to include either heat or dry embossing interested me. It interested me enough to pull out the SSS Floral Field 3D embossing folder and emboss it on a piece of foil cardstock, lightly sand the raised image, cut it apart for my Bonnie sentiment strip which was popped up and added a few blue sequins to finish off this card. I thought that my sentiment strip needed some shine so I added glossy accents but now I’m wondering if I should have used versamark and clear embossing powder to add the shine. Any suggestions??

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. It was a lovely day of sunshine and lower humidity so it was a two walk day!