Clear Fall Attempt #1 Revisited

Can You Handle the Pressure – Anything Goes with a Twist of Leaves

The one thing I learned from all my Stamping Buddies is just because something is in the trash doesn’t mean it belongs there and should have a second chance!!! Yesterday’s card with the overlay acrylic coverstock piece that was a fail at heat embossing with gold embossing powder ended up in my trash. The acrylic coverstock was not heat resistant and warped and curled like crazy. So today, I pulled my first attempt of that card back out of the trash and hit it with more heat from my heat gun. It curled and buckled but with off and on heat I attempted to get it a close to usable level. I rolled the piece of the edge of my table, ran it through my Big Shot then thought maybe the laminator. The laminator actually worked. Of course it did pull up a few areas of the embossing but I consider that due to mother nature!!

To enter this card into the Can You Handle The Pressure challenge is to use an embossing folder and anything goes with a twist of leaves, I found my lovely Darice embossing folder and embossed ivory cardstock. Using my previously inked blending brushes, I added some soft rainbow colors over my leaves, and attached my panels to a ivory cardbase to complete this card.

Thanks to my friends to always reminding me with their makes to save those extras that seem like a fail but actually still have some use left in them.

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Clear Fall

Double D Challenges: Things That Fall

Make the Challenge #64 – Washi Tape

My card today was inspired by a recent Kristina Werner card using clear acrylic coverstock and embossing powder. Attempt #1 -after prepping card front and stamping in versamark and gold embossing powder I discovered that it was quite a mess. Kristina said the embossing powder will stick to the acrylic front and it sure did. So I tapped, and brushed and tapped and blew off as much as possible and started to heat my acrylic piece of cardstock which apparently was not heat resistent and it warped and was not useable. Attempt #2 – stamped with different brown inks and of course they all wiped off but at least I could save the card front. Attempt #3 – Staz-On ink and that worked. It does wipe off with hand sanitizer so hopefully the recipient will not use that on the card front. As with Kristina’s card she used Washi tape to adhere here acrylic layer to her patterned background. I opted for the green dotted swiss washi tape that was on my desk to adhere these two pieces (acrylic and patterned paper) together. The patterned paper is from a beautiful patterned paper pad. The two layers are then adhered to an A2 card base.

Fun and determined card to make and complete and always fun to play in challenges to keep me motivated. Happy Fall! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Arched Dome Sympathy

AAA Card Challenge – Game #223

Game #223 at the Clean and Simple AAA Cards challenge is: One Layer + Sympathy. Clean and simple is usually challenging for me and then a one layer card steps this challenge up a few levels. So for my card, I used SimonSaysStamp’s Arched Domed Mask Stencil, ink blending Seafoam, Surf and Ocean inks, then using a light gray ink inked and stamped Friendship text background over the stencil. Finally I stamped my image a swirly dragonfly red rubber stamp that I believe I picked up at a stamp show oh those many years ago from one of the companies at the show. The simple sentiment is Gina K Designs Garden Silhouette. Hopefully this fits the CAS portion of the challenge and is definitely a one layer card. I was inspired by our buddy Johanna’s card to use a dragonfly stamp.

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Snow Cascade

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #23

Another fun mood board to use as inspiration with Challenge #23 Anything Christmas and the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge blog. I searched and searched but could not come up with a Christmas mouse which was my first choice on the mood board so opted for the red and white snowflake pillow for my inspiration.

My card today uses a past STAMPtember collaboration set with SimonSaysStamp and Gina K Designs Snowflake Cascade. This took forever to line up the elements and I definitely can say that white embossing powder is not my friend but I finally completed this card. After stamping and white heat embossing the image, I sponged some Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink onto the edges of the GKD Red Velvet cardstock then die cut using Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles dies.

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Moo, Picking!

Double D Challenges

Can You Handle The Pressure

It’s a Baa~Cluck~Moo~Neigh~Oink~Quack Challenge with the Double D Challenges blog and an embossing folder anything fall challenge with the Can You Handle The Pressure group. Perfect timing as the local farms are getting ready for pumpkin picking, hay rides, apple cider, and farm animals. My card, I think, has a little bit of all of these elements today.

My farm scene with “Moo” cow was made using Gina K Designs Funny Farm stamp set. I die cut come grass for “Moo” to nibble on using The Cat’s Pajamas grass die and the pumpkins from the pumpkin patch are also a Gina K Designs stamp set Haunts & Harvest. For the embossed element, I used a Darice Nature 3 embossing folder as I’m sure there is a pond on most farms with cattails growing.

Fun challenges and card for one of the grandkids to enjoy. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Fall Leaves

The Four Seasons Challenge

September begins the Fall Season with The Four Seasons Challenge blog. My card today will be entered into their September Anything Fall challenge. The inspiration mood board is filled with gorgeous, rich fall colors.

I decided to go with Taylored Expressions Four Seasons Stamp & Stencil combo set to create my fall background. Using SimonSaysStamp’s Gingham Plaid stamped in Gina K Designs Honey Mustard on Honey Mustard cardstock made a very subtle background for my leaf pattern that was layered using Waffle Flower’s A2 Lazy Layering Dies. This set is never far from my reach on my desk. I added a stamped and die cut Taylored Expressions On Occasion sentiment and mounted in on a half circle of vellum.

Gorgeous mood board for inspiration. I’m hopeful that the leaves on our trees will turn these gorgeous colors too.

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Time Does!

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge #9

Fly! Too quickly! The challenge with Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge is Time Flies with the dragonfly option. Of course, I generally focus on the option first then attempt to make my card. The background uses a Texture Fades Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder Retro Circles using some purple ink to highlight the raised embossed portions of this panel. My time clock is an image from Gina K Designs stamp set “Time”. After stamping and clear heat embossing on vellum, I fussy cut the time piece and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and die cut it. I tucked in my dragonfly dies to complete this card.

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Wood & Pebbles

Colorful Options – September 2022

Just Add Ink #619 – Masculine

Beautiful Brown is the color for the September challenge with Colorful Options blog. This card will also fit the Just Add Ink #619 Masculine challenge. My card for this challenge includes SimonSaysStamps’ Wood Planks background stamp, word and circle dies, vellum, a strip of woodgrain that I made using my scoreboard and a rocky background that was found on line and of course brown ink and cardstock. The stamped You Rock is Gina K Designs’ DinoMite and the wishes was a misplaced stamp that was on my desk 🙂

Love the inspiration mood board and of course there is always the rainbow option but I kind of like the browns.

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Batty Envelope Treat Bag

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

The September Anything Halloween challenge with the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge and the mood board for inspiration was a stumper for me this month. I did a cat on last month’s challenge and I didn’t care to repeat the llamas so my focus turned to the bat favors. After spending some time surfing and looking for ideas on YouTube and Pinterest, I found a video from Creative Chelsey who made treat bags from A2 envelopes. A cute idea and it worked out pretty well. The bottom of the envelope was sponged using Hero Arts inks and some TH Black Soot, the bats are from a SimonSaysStamp mini stencil and my stamped image is Stampendous Fluffles Vamp, patterned paper and ribbon from my stash.

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