Yellow and Gray in 8 min and 47 sec

Today I sat down with two stamp sets, mounted on wood or acrylic ready to stamp, ink opened, markers ready, and timer set to create a flower card in 10 minutes. I tried one yesterday and couldn’t make it happen.

I used only yellow and gray to color and black to stamp on white cardstock. Stamps used are Sweetbriar Rose and Happy Thoughts, both by Stampin’Up. The gray cardstock is SU from the Neutrals collection and the white is Gina K Designs. I did a quick color with Spectrum Noir Citrus Blend, CT1, 2 and 3, Copic Cool Grays, C1, 2, and 3. My timer showed 1 minutes and 53 seconds left, so that made 8 minutes and 47 seconds used to complete the card. I have someone in mind to send this to, so it was worth the quick creating.

April Crafters’ of Faith Challenge

On the 7th of each month is a new challenge for the Crafters’ of Faith group on SplitCoast Stampers. This month the verse is: Psalms 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

I focused on morning using Lawn Fawn Sunflower ink for my sun rays. I used the stencil from the March Paper Pumpkin kit. In creating this card, I used a video for inspiration. I can’t remember her name, but used her idea with stamps and paper I owned. The mat layer is Seaside Spray embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. It was good thing I purchased it as it is retiring the end of the month. The focal was placed on one of the card bases from the kit, which is Pretty Peacock. I like this card. I think it will be used for anyone needing a bit of encouragement.

Mystery Cards

Maymay challenged her viewers to create a set of mystery cards. A mystery card is where you take a 12 x 12 piece of paper, cut it into card fronts that are 4 X 5 1/4 inches and glue to them to a card base. Then you use a stamp set to embellish your card with a greeting and something else if needed. I spent a few days creating this set.

Mystery Cards

For these cards I used Sunflower Wishes by Maymay Made It for all of the stamping. The paper is one piece of Stampin’Up Designer Paper from Sale-a-bration. The paper pack listed the matching colors, so I was able to color the flowers and leaves to match the paper used. For simple cards, this worked well. Normally, I would find cardstock and layer under the greeting strip and possibly under the designer paper, but this is fine. I was sticking with her video plan.

Virtual Stamp Night L – N, Sketch

This is the last post sharing my Virtual Stamp Night cards created.

MAR21VSNL Sports at the Park

The hostess has two boys. She asked them what is their favorite thing to do at the park and they told her “Sports!” So the challenge was to make a sport themed card. I do not send a lot of sports cards, so I own few stamps that are considered sports. I found the basketball player, Curious George on the ball, and the weight lifter. I colored each of these images with alcohol markers. I used the greeting from Fred Said, based on Fred Rogers and his sayings, for the card front. In the end, I like the card.

Mar21VSNM Beach Theme

This was a fun card to create. I had this idea pinned on Pinterest. The oval is watercolored with SU WC pencils. I dried it, then stamped my palm tree and greeting. The background was embossed with an SU folder. I added ribbon from my stash and called it good. I like this card.

MAR21VSNN Down the Slide

The hostess said every park has a slide, so the idea was to use a diagonal to depict a slide. I chose to make the Double Triangle Fold technique card. I used patterned paper and the butterfly from Gina K Sending Love stamp set and paper. The cardstock is Jelly Bean Green from GKD. The patterned papers were cut and waiting to be used. I had the butterfly stamped and colored, so I fussy cut and placed it in the circle. I did emboss the butterfly triangle using a Darice folder. I like the card. It was posted to the MISTI challenge for March as it needed to be green.

MAR21VSNO Sketch

I followed the sketch exactly. This card will be sent to someone who I am creating July 4 cards for. I used a very old SU set called Mini Messages with a date of 2004. The embossed background was created using an SU embossing folder.

I enjoyed creating these cards and following the challenge guidelines. I have participated before, but never completing all of the challenge cards. When all challenges are completed, they call the person a Virtuoso and prizes will be awarded. Thanks for reading these posts. I have learned how to schedule these posts. I am working on laundry while I sit at the computer typing these. Enjoy your day!

Virtual Stamp Night H – K

Continuing on with the challenges.

MAR21VSNH Pop-Up Diorama! front
MAR21VSNH Pop-Up Diorama! Open

This card followed a tutorial. After following the tutorial, I kept thinking of easier ways to create. The tutorial showed a punch for cutting the circle and I used a die, as I do not own circle punches large enough. The box was assembled before placing the inside piece behind the circle. I think the inside could be place easier before closing the card. I struggled getting my piece in and ended up adding another piece to place the circle on to get it centered inside. The end is cute, but it was a struggle and I owned one piece of each paper being used.

I used the dragonfly2stamp from The Stamps of Life for the inside stamping and the front greeting. The dragonfly itself was fussy cut from patterned paper as I didn’t have the die that matched. The patterned paper is from Echo Park. The cardstock is SU.

MAR21VSNI Feed the Ducks

The hostess for this challenge has an autistic son who love to feed the ducks every day. It is part of his life to go the park, feed the ducks, geese, or any animal he calls a duck. I used the set Spring Has Sprung from Gina K Designs and Simple Celebrate from Lawn Fawn to stamp and create this card. The pattern paper is Echo Park and the cardstock is Balmy Blue by SU. I had fun coloring this card.

MAR21VSNJ Flowers and Memories

This card was created using flowers2layer from TSOL. I had the background stamped waiting to be used so I stamped the greeting strip and finished a flower and leaves to add to the front. It was quick to create.

MAR21VSNK Take a Ride

The idea for this challenge to show a form of transportation used at the park. I chose a bicycle. The stamps and dies are all from The Stamps of Life, bicycle2stamp and the grass die. I grabbed green colors from my stash and cut grass. The bicycle was stamp and cut waiting to be used. I did add the basket.

Thanks for looking at this set. More to come.

Virtual Stamp Night E – G

Continuing with my VSN share, this will finish the Friday challenges and begin the Saturday ones.

MAR21VSNE Trail off the Page

This challenges was to have your image “trail” off the page, to represents park trails. I chose branches4flowers from TSOL and the bird is from Sending Hugs by Gerda Steiner Designs. This was a fun and easy card to create.

MAR21VSNF Swing Hi, Swing Lo

The idea for this was to make your card swing or show a swing, as most parks have swings. I used my tree set from Maymay Made It, called Swingin’ Tree. I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide inks, which is something I rarely do. I forget all about them as they sit away from my other ink pads. I gave the tree leaves, added the hummingbirds, and of course, the tire swing. I used the words Swingin’ By… for the front and the inside says To Say Hi!

MAR21VSNG The Moon

This was another card that was put off as it needed thought and research. I really do not make “moons” on cards so it didn’t come quickly to figure it out. In the end, I found an idea on Pinterest where the SU demonstrator explained what she did to place the animal in the moonlight. I die cut the moon using GKD masking paper and sponged ink around the mask. I removed the mask then stamped my images. I chose to not worry that my deer has blue sky and dirt on him. I used the Subtle Embossing Folder from SU to give the background texture along with the greeting. This is a mini-slimline card. I used a piece of Bristol paper for the focal piece, then made the card base to fit.

The stamps used are all SU: Close to Nature, and the March 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Virtual Stamp Night A – D

Last weekend was Virtual Stamp Night at SplitCoast Stampers. The theme was Parks and Recreation. Each hostess talked about a park or place they liked to go and what we needed to create based on their experiences. The challenges were posted on Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20. We had a full week to get the cards completed and posted. Each card had 1 hour to complete the card with preparation time not included. I completed all 13 cards and posted them on time. I will share these cards over a series of posts. Thanks for looking and reading.

MAR21VSNA Zoo Animals

Challenge A was Zoo Animals. I used a toucan from The Stamps of Life for my animal. It was colored and cut waiting to be used. The tropical background is from Stampin’ Up Tropical Chic stamp set. I had several ink pads pulled out to get several greens. I enjoyed creating this card as I love tropical cards.

MAR21VSNB Liquid Shaker card

This was the last card I completed for the challenges. I am not a technique lover, nor do I love shaker cards, so I put this one off till the last minute. I thought and thought how to make the liquid without wasting good hair gel. I use hair gel, but didn’t see myself sending this card so it was basically to complete the challenges. I finally saw that someone had used hand sanitizer. I have a lot of expired hand sanitizer, so that is what I used. I took a Ziploc bag, add hand sanitizer than added Bermuda Bay reinker drops to give it a water color. I used the greeting from fishtank2stamp from The Stamps of Life, added fish from fish2stamp, then found gems.

This was a very heavy card. It had layers of foam adhesive to make it level. I had it standing on a cabinet in my craft room and the next day, it had totally fallen apart due to the weight. It passed the challenge, but not a challenge of making a card that would last.

MAR21VSNC Granite/Marble Technique

Another card put off till the end as it is a technique card. For this one I took a SU Case, removed the stamps, added ink drops, marbles and shook it all about. Then I placed a piece of cardstock with removable adhesive to the top of the case and closed it, then shook some more. I made a total of 5 card fronts with the marbling from the marbles. I showed the backgrounds to my daughter and she selected this one saying it looks like sprinkles.

I used the SU set called Hoot Hoot Hooray for the cupcake images. I added a few gems and called it complete. For putting this challenge off so long, this was fun and easy to create.

MAR21VSND Uniform Colors

This challenge was to create a card using Uniform Colors, like the colors on a Park Ranger’s uniform. I chose to used the alligator from partyanimals4onlineclass from The Stamps of Life. I did not take the class, but purchased the set from Amazon along with matching dies. It was odd that they were there, but they were shipped from The Stamps of Life. Anyway, I used alcohol markers in Earth and Tan tones in coloring the alligator’s clothing. The alligator is green. This was fun card to create.

Thanks for looking through this post. More cards to come.

Craft Your Stash Literature Study

Each month I participate in a Craft Your Stash group at SplitCoast Stampers. The March challenge is to create a card based on a book or person in a book. I read a lot of books but couldn’t think of a person in a book to base my card on, so my husband suggested I read the book Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. I took his challenge and read the book. Here is my card based on the book.

Rider’s of the Purple Sage

The book is set in Utah. The author does a great job of describing the landscape. My card is does not do the landscape justice, but it is what I could create. I saw a card by Tami White a Stampin’Up demonstrator and thought it was a good fit for what I wanted to create.

I used the March Paper Pumpkin kit, called Here’s to You in creating this card. It is their anniversary month, so it came with extra items in the kit including stencils and a sponge. I used the sponge as I created along with Tami. I prefer other sponges where my fingers stay clean, so next time I will use other kinds of blending tools in my stash. The bottom portion of the card front is cut from a piece in the kit. The top portion was sponged on Bristol paper using Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Pretty Peacock, and Seaside Spray. The stencils include mountains and clouds, so I sponged along with Tami creating the scene.

In the book, there are many riders on Arabian horses. I used a horse from Outwest2 illustrated by Theresa Momber, from Gina K Designs. I added the layers like Tami used and placed on a Crumb Cake cardstock.

This was an enjoyable challenge, especially reading a book that my husband suggested. This is not the kind of books I normally read, but it was good and held my interest. It gave us something to talk about. There is a another book that tells more of the story called The Rainbow Trail. I will probably read this sometime after I take a break and read other books.

I found the above photo by searching for Utah and Sage. It seems to be all about the book, movie, or another visual of the book.

Spring Bunny

I pulled out a very old Penny Black stamp and created a card.

The main image is a woodblock stamp from Penny Black, Bees & Bunny, dated 2001. I colored it using alcohol markers like the sticker on the woodblock stamp. The greeting is illustrated by Claire Brennan, distributed by Gina K Designs, copyright 2017, Springtime Baskets. The patterned paper is Echo Park either a spring set or an Easter set; I have both and didn’t make a note telling me which set it came from.

I am entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge of Anything Goes, Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog using a mood board, and Mod Squad Springtime Bunnies challenge.