Day one Homework

Spring Card Camp 2022

I am taking part in the Spring Card Camp and on the first day we already had homework! Day 1 was a fun and interesting technique creating Ink Lifted Cards. My first card uses AAL Create stencil, Taylored Expressions script die, Distress Oxide Inks.

Gina K Designs Leafy Stencil, Taylored Expressions Branch Out die, Distress Oxide Inks.

SimonSaysStamp Winter Floral background stamp, white embossing powder, Distress Oxide Inks, GKD birthday die

Hero Arts Bubbles Bold Prints background stamp, Hero Arts Stamp & Cut mermaid, distress oxide inks, clear embossing powder

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, background created from the inked mermaid background

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Cards for Soldiers

I gathered up a few of my cards For a Free Ukraine card drive effort that was being coordinated with Denzil Quick and Yana to give to the brave soldiers fighting for their country and freedom some words of encouragement through cards. Yana made available some appropriate greetings written out in the Ukraine language. To me this was a very rewarding project. I miss the regular posts by Yana and continue to pray for her safety.

The Free Ukraine blog is updated by Denzil when possible.

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Garden Flowers

Just Us Girls Challenge: Flowers

It’s word week with the Just Us Girls Challenge and the word of the week is FLOWERS.

Using my Taylored Expressions Triple Slim “In The Garden” Layering stencil to create my flowered background, I added TE’s Frame Script Hello die to complete my mini slim line die. I enjoy the TE create in quad layering stencils which creates 4 card fronts but this was a newer stencil that makes 3 mini slim card fronts. Clever concept.

Here are the other cards that this triple slim stencil created:

Hefty Doodle sentiment & shadow die as well as TE’s A2 Thin Frame cutting plate finished off the second card and….

Sentiment was from Gina K Designs’ Sketched Flowers stamp set for the 3rd card created from this stencil.

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My Star

The Four Seasons Challenge – May Anything Spring

May is filled with a lot of things to celebrate: my hubby’s birthday, margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, our wedding anniversary, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, the official start of summer at the Jersey shore and Delaware beaches. But most importantly is Memorial Day in our family. A day to remember those who served our country. Our family church always has Memorial Day services in the church followed by services on the cemetery. It has been our family tradition for as long as I can remember to attend these services. Dad was a Ranger in WWII, landed in Normandy and survived capture and being a prisoner of war and now has his place in the Old Soldiers Home in Heaven. He passed the day before Memorial Day weekend 11 years ago so my card is representing his star among the skies. Enough personal stuff and onto my card.

I first created my cloud background using my “Bonnie” cloud stencil and blending lightly in blue and purple without reinking my brushes. Next I die cut my star and star frames from Spellbinders Star Nestabilities die set. The center white star is layered but the red and blue frames are inlaid. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 7 and surrounding the sentiment I used Taylored Expressions Little Bits – Stars die.

So much inspiration from the inspiration mood board. Thanks for another fun challenge. I always am very inspired by our Buddy Judy and her amazing patriotic cards.

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Tweet Friend

Double D Challenges

Birds – Nests – Birdhouses/Cages is our challenge with Double D Challenges blog. There is a lot of spring activity with birds and their nests. Nests in trees, nests in wreaths on doors, nests being built almost everywhere; however, my card focuses on the birds next home The Bird House!!

I did find this idea on Pinterest and tried to make it my own. Using a Gina K Designs stamp set named Sweet Friend which may have been a mini or part of a kit, I stamped, colored and fussy cut my bird houses. Sentiment is from the same GKD set but I did some stamp surgery on the complete sentiment. To continue with the bird theme, my Cuttlebug embossing folder is called Birds & Swirls. Some strips of saved cardstock from my stash and Garden Greens die cuts from Tim Holtz Sizzix completes my card today.

I watched a video on Facebook on a Blue Jay building it’s nest. It was really cool but I would be totally exhausted what that little bird need to do for those little eggs.

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Pine Cone Greetings

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #15

After seeing the inspiration mood board for the Challenge #15 with the Peace On Earth Christmas blog, I focused on the arrangement of pinecones and greens. I remembered and watched the YouTube video again from Amy R (Prairer Paper & Ink) using the SimonSaysStamp pinecone background stamp. Amy R made multiple cards but I only made two using this design. After stamping the background stamp and heat embossing using Taylored Expressions Copper embossing powder, I inked up Distress Ink in Iced Spruce to soften the white space in the panel.

The sentiment is Taylored Expressions Joyful Season sentiment with die layered on a piece of vellum. I thought it needed a little more so after stamping and die cuttting a pinecone and branches in Tim Holtz iced spruce and walnut stain Distress Ink to finish off my card. Not sure if I like the added pinecone…it may need to go the other direction but I didn’t want to take the chance of repositioning so it’s a keeper for me today.

Congratulations to our Johanna and her awesome card in her role as Guest Designer for this challenge.

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Dinner Party!

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge – May

My most anticipated monthly challenge is live! It’s May Anything Halloween with the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog. This month’s inspiration mood board seemed to focus on black and gold with a hint of orange. I was drawn to the dinner table place settings and decided that no respectable Halloween party can take place without a spooky chandelier!!

My card used a gold heat embossed chandelier from maybe Outlines/Hampton Arts. I did not have the original packaging any more on this older red rubber stamp. I stamped the image in verafine black onyx ink and then heat embossed using gold embossing powder. To me, I get a much better and less splotchy emboss than using veramark. And it was interesting that the black ink worked well with colored embossing powder. I popped up my panel with some fun foam and then decided to frame it with Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity dies cut from black and gold patterened paper from my stash. The side of the frame cuts out slightly so I mounted it on an orange card base so a little orange peeks through the frame. And since crows were invited to the dinner party on the mood board I found Mr. Crow from a Recollections stamp set, gold heat emboss the guest of honor and fussy cut him out to oversee the activities.

Another fun challenge and inspiration mood board from the Two Old Bats.

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Double Pink Trouble

Colorful Options – May 2022

Double Trouble Challenge #109

Double Dare with Colorful Options this month!! Pink is the color of the month of a rainbow option but they are joining The Double Trouble Challenge #109 with their theme of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Thing One is requiring rainbow colors and Thing Two is requiring a fantasy element. Whew!!! Three in one and only one thinking cap!!!

Using my SimonSaysStamp Cosmo Flowers stencil, I ink blended Distress Oxide inks in Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry. Step one completed lots of pink. SSS also has Cosmo Flower Petals dies which I cut out in ROYGBIV and pink colors with an ivory center which is Thing One’s requirement. Next a fantasy element which is my little fairy silhouette die for Thing Two. Double Dare challenge met!!

This was fun and took more than a little thought….LOL!

This is my first time playing with Double Trouble Challenges.

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Mermaid Dragonfly

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges #5

The Paper Dragonfly Createve Challenge this month is Mermaids + the dragonfly twist. I created my water scene by first using Hero Arts Rays of Color stencil and a light blue ink. I wanted more of an undersea background so I die cut Hero Arts Beach Frame Fancy die from cardstock and blended this over the Rays of Color in a navy ink. The top portion which I surprisingly remembered to mask off at the start of my card became my sky by making my clouds with an Inky Antics cloud stencil and left over ink on a blending brush. The little mermaid is Sizzix’s Catch a Wave stamp and die set and dragonflies are Gina K Designs’ Take Flight stamp set.

It’s always fun to play with Paper Dragonfly challenges.

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