Faux Case

I really love to try new techniques suggested by our Buddies and to be inspired by their makes. Today, Lisa K posted a Faux Wood Burning Technique that looked very interesting. Lisa’s card was gorgeous. After watching the YouTube video Lisa linked to in her blog post, I got to work and this card was my third attempt. The first time I used SSS dark chocolate and after multiple stamping did not get much movement of the ink after brushing liberally with water. Second attempt I used GKD dark chocolate ink and maybe I added too much water because it turned more pinkish than brown and the image lines were very blurred and sentiment was a mess. On to the third and final attempt, which was Tim Holtz Distress ink in Walnut Stain. I figured the water brush would definitely move this ink. I did use watercolor paper on all three attempts but maybe I should have used the smooth side. To add to the wood grain look, I embossed my Hero Arts woodgrain fancy die then added a little more ink and waterbrushing over top of it.

Thanks so much for sharing this technique, Lisa, maybe I’ll try your alcohol markers on vellum techinque. I too enjoy Lisa Curcio.

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Blue Light

Double D Challenges

Today’s card will be entered in the the Lighthouse challenge with the Double D Challenges group. My striped background was inked using Sugar Pea’s Skinny Stripes Stencil and masking off and alternating Gina K Designs Powder Blue and Kraft ink. After stamping and fussy cutting my Gina K Designs By the Sea lighthouse, a Spellbinder’s classic oval was die cut and I sponged some “water” and “light” from my lighthouse and of course the gulls that are required for all nautical scenes. I found some leather like ribbon from my stash but without a sentiment I needed something else so I went on a search of my stamps and located GKD’s Ship to Shore stamp set for my wheel. Better, I believe. I’m hoping our other Buddies join in this challenge. I do know that Johanna already made a fabulous nautical card for this challenge.

Thanks for another fun challenge and inspiring mood board. Oooh that bottom right red lighthouse with the blue cloudy sky is fabulous. I wonder why I didn’t choose that one. LOL. Who knows.

Maybe two more days of hazy, hot and humid in Pennsylvania before temperatures give us a break. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, be safe and stay COOL.

Making Cards for our Troops 2022

My forever friends and I try to get together at least two times a year to make cards to be given to troops for their use. I prep all of the cards pack and they then we have our “class” This past Thursday the seven of us worked on these cards completing these cards and are mailing 201 cards to the Making Cards for our Troops group in Maryland. Lots of laughter, lunch, strawberry rose wine ice cream floats and our project was completed. These were the ones we worked on together. I had an additional 30 cards in my stash from joining in on challenges and some on line classes.

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Bee Awesome

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges Challenge #8 is Summertime Buzz. I was thrilled to learn and be inspired by all of the designer cards for this challenge but most especially by our Stamp Buddy Lisa K’s card. Lisa is a guest designer for this challenge and her card is awesome. For my card, I cut some yellow and black strips of cardstock and adhered them to a piece of copy paper then stamped my image from SimonSaysStamp’s Bee Yourself stamp set. I wasn’t quite sure on how to incorporate the dragonfly twist but decided on sponging in some clouds using Inky Antics Cloud Stencil for my background. Dragoflies are Gina K Designs’ Dreams Take Flight stamp set.

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Halloween – August

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

A new month and a new Halloween challenge with the Two Old Bats…LOL…I love and can relate to the name of this challenge blog. The challenge is an Anything Goes but as always a really fun Inspiration Mood Board and this month I thought I would go cute with the sweet red cat but with a little spooky sky background which makes flying on a broom a lot easier.

My stamps are from a Michael’s Recollection stamp set, the moon was created using Tim Holtz moon mask stencils blended with frayed burlap. Halloween sky is also Distress Oxide inks in Pricked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot and a little splatter using Copic Opaque white ink.

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Magical Birthday Girl

Just Add Ink #614

Just Add Ink’s Game #614 theme is Just add…under the sea. I’m working ahead with my birthday’s and this little grand-friend will be 6 in September and starting kindergarten so I figured she would love a little magic for her special day. My background was from a patterned paper pad in my stash but I added some bubbles to the upper portion with a Sizzix embossing folder, The sea’s vegetation was stamped from Gina K Designs’s Quite a Catch stamp set and my main image, tiny fishes and sentiment are all from Technique Tuesday’s Nancy and Nick the Narwhals stamp and die set. Super cute stamp set.

Thanks for stopping for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, be safe and STAY COOL!! Another heat wave is on it’s way to PA.

Gold on Black

Make The Cards Challenge #60

The Make the Cards Challenge is a technique challenge to use a black cardstock background. On my black cardstock I stamped with versamark ink the border wildflower background stamp from Hero Arts/PinkFresh Studios collaboration set “You Make a Difference”. After heat embossing the gold embossing powder, I used a white colored pencil to color in certain areas of my flowers and then used different colors of colored pencils to complete the background. After adding the sentiment from the same stamp set, I cut some frames from Taylored Expressions A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate in gold cardstock. The sentiment frame was popped up by adding two frames under the gold.

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Mermaids Pool

AAA Cards Game #220

Double D Challenges

Blue, Purple and Green is the challenge with Double D Challenges and Along the Edge + In the Sea is the clean and simple challenge with AAA Cards Game #220 so I attempted to catch two fish (mermaids) with one card!!

After masking off the top portion of my single layer card, I ink blended Ocean Mist GKD ink and then pulled out a new to me Brutus Monroe Whirlpool stencil and blended with navy ink (BLUE) and along the edge. After stamping the Mermaid’s Tail stamp from Essentials by Ellen I colored the scales in with a variety of Purple and Green markers which may be a little difficult to see the color variations. Stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in GKD Wild Lilac ink to complete this card. Fun challenges and awesome mood boards.

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Summertime 2022

Can You Handle The Pressure

Anything goes embossing with a twist of the beach is the challenge with the Can You Handle the Pressure group. First thing I need for the beach is my chair and an umbrella and of course a pair of flip flops. My required embossed image was made using a Cuttlebug ProvoCraft embossing folder…sorry no name on this one. I lightly sponged some kraft ink on the raised embossed area and mounted it on navy cardstock. The flip flops on my sandy panel and the fussy cut beach chair and umbrella are from Gina K Designs Hello Sunshine stamp set.

Fun challenge as always with this group.

A great weekend which began with a visit to our 4 year old granddaughter and then led to some extra card making from our granddaughter and grandson. Chase made a card for his sister Brooke’s birthday (forgot to take a photo) and our Brooke made these two fun cards.

Love these Grouchy Pets from C C Designs and apparently so does Brooke. The poodle is cotton candy colored and the slim line card is for when Brooke feels extra sassy. She did a great job. She’s double digits today….omg growing up too quickly. It was a great weekend for us .

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