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!

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.

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!

Retro Christmas

Just Add Ink #562…Inspiration

The challenge with the Just Add Ink Challenge blog is an inspiration photo:

and is definitely a Christmas in July theme for me. Working off of the ornaments in the inspiration photo, I wanted to play around with my Taylored Expressions Baubles layering stencil and Beautiful Baubles stamp set. The stencil is very easy to line up and fun to create these retro looking ornaments.

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Vellum Flower Overlay

ModSquad Challenge: Vellum Flowers

Judy has thrown down a vellum flower challenge that must be the focal point of your card at the ModSquad Challenge blog. The sponsor for this challenge is Gina K Designs so I decided to stamp one of the larger flowers from the Forever Flowers stamp set which was part of a card kit. Not being the best at coloring, I decided to stamp my focal flower on vellum and heat set with which embossing powder and then repeat the image in the same position on a piece of white cardstock. The flower on the card stock was the image I colored with colored pencils. The sentiment was from Gina K Designs’ Dazzling Dahlia stamp set which was part of Sentimental Summer StampTV kit. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold embossing powder. I added some splatter on the white card layer in bubblegum pink and some gold then tiny dots of glue around the back outline of the vellum layer to adhere to the white panel. All mounted on a pink card base.

Whew….that’s a lot for me!!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek! Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Summer Gingham

Double D Challenges: Summer Gingham

Our challenge for the Double D Challenges is to use Summer Gingham on your project. After thumbing through my supply of Gina K Designs patterned paper packs, I chose this light aqua-ish piece of gingham and cut it into strips. The strips along with a few solid pieces of cardstock were glued to a clear transparencies sheet and then die cut it with a GKD circle die. After die cutting, I popped the “floating” image with foam strips, dry embossed the card base with a Momenta embossing folder, added a Tim Holtz Sizzix layering butterfly die and stamping the sentiment from Stampendous’ Daisy Thanks stamp set in gold embossing powder. The Floating strips tutorial was from Splitcoaststampers and can be found here.

The pink card was the first card I created using the floating strips idea, cut out a dandelion die and smeared some glossy accents on it, stamping the background with Simon Says Stamps’ halftone square background stamp and adding a Bonnie sentiment. This one is not for the Double D Challenge but thought I’d share it anyway.

This is the Mood board for the gingham challenge to be used as inspiration.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great weekend everyone!!

July Birthday Stripes

The Paper Players PP548

Anne Marie is hosting A Theme Challenge one The Paper Players Challenge blog and it’s Stars and/or Stripes.

And although I love the red, white and blue on the inspiration photo, I decided to do stripes in ivory and black on a white cardstock base. I finally decided to get inky with Gina K Designs’ A Little Hello Layering stencil bundle. It’s a set of three layering stencils, dies and a stamp set. The sentiment is from the A Little Hello stamp set which was part of the bundle.

Thanks to the reminder email from the group about there still being time to play as this was created earlier and sat on my desk. I believe this card will be going to my SIL for her birthday at the end of July.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping in for a peek.