Fall Colors Challenge

Just Us Girls Challenge #602

When a color challenge is for Red, Orange and Yellow, it definitely makes me think of fall colors. So for my card for the Just Us Girls Challenge #602 – Color Week, I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks in Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed. After blending my background and cutting down my focal layer, I stamped the image from GKD’s Autumn Silhouettes in VersaFine Clair nocturne ink and yes I got inky fingerprints on my panel. GRRRRR…..you think i would learn. I did heat emboss the DO ink to help the drying and also the VersaFine Clair but did I check my fingers? NO! Finally got the image with no inky fingerprints to my liking and using hand sanitizer before touching anything. Sentiment is from GKD’s Thankful For You stamp set. I thought I needed more color so using GKD’s sweet corn cardstock and SSS’s 3D Fall Foliage embossing folder seemed to do the trick for me. I lightly blended the same DO inks over the raised parts of the embossing folder.

Fun challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe.

Fall colors

The Paper Players PP559

Did you every have that one idea in your head for a card and no matter what you tried it just didn’t seem to make like you envisioned? Well, my first card (A) is the last of three I made for The Paper Players – Clean and Simple Challenge from Claire with a theme of Fall Fun. After gold heat embossing the Fall Colors sentiment from an older Inkadinkadoo stamp sent, I then used the SSS leaf stencil and several colors of Distress Oxide ink to complete the card. Layered it on a blue and adhered to the kraft card base. Hmmmm!!!!

Here are cards B & C:

Card B
Card C

The same colors of Distress Oxide inks were used on cards A & B. Card C I stayed with the orange, yellow, green shades. Card B is on black cardstock and after inking with the distress inks, I shifted the stencil slightly and added white pigment ink. It has a blurry look to me so maybe I should have did the white pigment then the color. At the end I just sprayed all three with my perfect pearls/water mixture and added to card bases. What do you think? Maybe they will grow on me. Suggestions welcome.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Rain tomorrow so hopefully I can spend more time making cards.

Falling Leaves

Double D Challenges: LEAVES

Fall is almost in the air! It was a little brisk for our morning walk today but heated up again so summer can continue a few more days. In the meantime, the Leaves challenge mood board at Double D has helped me create my card.

My recipe for today’s card is: Simon Says Stamp’s large Stitched Maple Leaf Die cut from a piece of plaid printed paper and a inked/stenciled background I had on my desk for awhile. GKD’s Autumn Wreath Builder and Autumn Splendor stamp sets. TCW Skeletal Leaf Stencil, AALL&Create Dote on Diamonds stencil, Tim Holtz Idea-ology mummy cloth, Denami Designs seal brown 1/4″ ribbon and some GKD kraft and powder blue inks.

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Girlfriend Hugs

AAA Cards Game #199

CAS Game #199 at the AAA Cards challenge is No Layers + optional twist Hugs. Who doesn’t like hugs? CAS and no layers is a little more difficult for me. This was my third attempt to create this girlfriend card.

After stamping my image in VersaFine Clair nocturne black ink, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I really need to remember that this ink stays very wet which is why this is my third attempt….inky fingers make inky marks!! Anyway it is easier for me to color when I heat emboss my images so all is good. After coloring in my girlfriends with a variety of markers and pencils, I added the sentiment across their feet. It was just too funny to put in the inside of the card. My girlfriends and I are making plans that if we need to be put into a “home” away from home we need adjoining rooms.

My stamp set is Art Impressions “Live Laugh Love”. It’s really great that AI gives you colored images on their packaging.

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birthday funnies

As You See It Challenge: Challenge #259

The challenge with the As You See It Challenge blog is a speed challenge with humor. Create a card under 10 minutes and should be funny. I love these speed challenges as it really gets your adrenaline pumping. I pulled out my cardstock, decided on my stamps and design and got busy. The image and sentiment are both from an Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set probably from 2007. I have mini stamps of the same kind of stamps and they are dated 2007 so I’m figuring this stamp set is from the same time period. The images are really fun in this set.

Anyway I stamped them in black ink and die cut the circle (GKD large circle single stitched die) from white cardstock and die cut the Spellbinder’s scalloped nestabilities circlein black for the layering portion. I actually had to do this step twice since I couldn’t line the circle up on the scalloped piece….still not perfect but keeping it as time was ticking. The green panel was run through my Big Shot using Cuttlebug’s Happy Birthday embossing folder. The HB sentiment was fussy cut and finished in 9 minutes 41 seconds….WHEW ! I really cut this card close to the 10 minute deadline.

Our daughter’s birthday is in December and this card is definitely going to her. LOL…she should love it but I wonder if she thinks she’s more like me or her father. I can tell you it’s her dad!!!

challenge 259

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summer up

As You See It Challenge – Challenge #258

Challenge #258 – In The Air is the theme for the As You See It Challenge blog and anything that is in the air.

challenge 258

If you look closely at my very brightly colored background you will find several in the air items. And although not an actual rainbow, my background is rainbow colored. But just to meet the challenge requirements, I added several hot air balloons. That wonderful background is from Taylored Expressions’ Summer Vibes red rubber background stamp. The hot air balloons are Gina K Designs’ Up & Away stamp set illustrated by Theresa Momber.

This may be too much color for some but I’m loving it. This card went to my niece’s daughter in Florida. I’m hoping she will love it.

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inky swipes

September 2021 Monthly Mix Challenge

Gina K is hosting the Monthly Mix Challenge for September and has challenged us to create a background using ink cubes direct to paper. Although I haven’t invested in a lot of cubes, I was able to create my background using Sea Glass, Blue Lagoon, Tranquil Teal, Turquoise Sea and Applemint ink cubes. These were newer GKD colors and are colors that I enjoy so opted for the cubes for storage purposes. Any way….for my card today, I swiped the different colors across my cardstock ending with the Applemint, then added some Applemint to each of the other colors to add some interest. To me the background needed a little more interest so I pulled out GKD’s Leafy stencil and stenciled over that using Wild Dandelion. Why stop there? I then ran the stencil still attached to my cardstock through my Big Shot to dry emboss and add some more texture. Why stop there? Well, yes I did except for adding the sentiment and butterflies from GKD’s Birthday Blessings stamp and die set. LOL!! The butterflies were stamped in black onxy and sentiment in white pigment and added white embossing powder.

Fun challenge!

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Leaf Option

AAA Cards CAS Game #198

Another week and a half of summer before we can expect some cooler temperatures and the leaves begin to change colors….but who’s counting? Certainly not the thermometers since it’s supposed to be back in the 90’s the next few days in Pennsylvania.

The CAS challenge with AAA Cards is up to One Third + optional twist Leaves. Since I’m getting ready for fall, I am opting into the twist. My leaves are layered on one third of the cardstock which was sponged using GKD inks in Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango and Coral Reef and I partially dry embossed the sponged area with Cuttlebug’s Forest Branches embossing folder. The leaves are GKD/Thermoweb Stamp N Foil Thankful Leaves. I stamped and die cut the leaves instead of using the foil option. Since my one third section looked a little crooked after sponging (to be expected), I added a thin strip of glittery paper and stamped the sentiment from GKD’s Autumn Splendor StampTV kit in SSS Dark Chocolate. The sentiment is surprisingly pretty straight especially since it was a red rubber stamp that I had to cut….yikes!!

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Cute Cats

The Sisterhood of Crafters: CAS – Cute and Simple

CAS challenge with The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog has a little twist. Not Clean and Simple but rather Cute and Simple! Fun play on CAS. So I opted for a cute image from SSS’s Happy Haunting stamp set with cats and pumpkins. I decided to make my pumpkins more colorful and the card lighter, too. My background for the cats and pumpkins is a Taylored Expressions stencil “Play the Angle” which was sponged with more lighter non-traditional Halloween colors.

Looks cute to me! Thanks for stopping in for a peek. Have a great day and stay safe.