Sharing a few cards

During February, I participated in very few challenges. I did take part in the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. The idea was to make a “Galentine” card. I chose to make memory cards for my sisters with one of Mom’s stamp sets. Mom always loved roses in any form, so she had several rose stamp sets. The stamp set for these cards uses Graceful Garden from Stampin’ Up. The set can be found in the 2017 – 2018 catalog. I am not sure what year it retired.

Roses in Blue
Roses in Red

The layout came from Tami White in a video. I used a mixture of SU Watercolor pencils and Prismacolor WC pencils which I blended with a blender pen, rather than water. I added white with a white gel pen. The black dots are using dots from a Maymay Made It set that is a Christmas set. In the set it is for snow and comes with a snowman, but I needed black dots and this is what was easily found. On the blue card there is more sparkle. I used a sparkle pen, thumping it against another marker, which spread sparkle all over. Use a box or something to contain it and it works much better for clean up. I have three sisters and had a purple one, but didn’t photograph it. It was the same layout.

My sisters loved receiving their memory cards, even if I didn’t get them mailed before Valentine’s Day. Thanks for looking.

Hello Friend

I finished a card that meets several challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/02/challenge-129-anything-goes.html
https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/02/01/february-monthly-mix-challenge/
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-a-sentiment/
http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/02/saying-hello.html

Supplies used: 1. Gemstones from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby),

2. Stamp sets: GKD Sentimental Bouquet (2017), Hello Flowers (2016),

3. SU Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (2015),

4. cardstock: SU Pretty Peacock (current in-color 2019-2021), mixture of white

5. ink: GKD Plum Punch substituted for SU Rich Razzleberry, GKD Fresh Asparagus substitute for SU Old Olive, SU Pretty Peacock, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dates are listed for the Retro Rubber Challenge of anything goes. All stamps used are definitely over one year old; I have used them many times over the last few years.

Monthly Mix Challenge from Gina K Designs is to add texture. I used the embossing folder to add texture to the background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to add a sentiment. I added Hello Friend.

Double D Challenge is to use the word Hello.

My inspiration for the colors is from the Split Coast Stampers color challenge CC780: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc780-rich-peacock-eating-olives-2-25-20-a-t632480.html

I found a card made by Sherri Gilson that I used for inspiration, but can’t seem to locate it to link. I enjoyed creating this card and finding several challenges that it would fit. Thanks for looking.

Record Birthday

Following is a birthday card for my brother, who is turning 61. This is not a record birthday, but I chose records and music for his card. This is using colors and stamps for the current Paper Smooches challenge.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-challenge-2-color-story.html
https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-challenge-2-color-story.html

The main stamp set used is Be Boppin from Paper Smooches. The words “happy birthday” are from SU Paper Pumpkin, and the snare drum is a Paper Trey Ink stamp. The record from the front is a MFT die. All paper is SU. The inks are various colors from GKD, Memento, and Lawn Fawn.

I chose the snare drum as my brother played a drum in high school and continues to play to this day. He listened to a lot of records, so the records fit. He used to sing so I added the notes. Being an artist, paint and drawing, the various colors work well. I always love finding an idea that fits the personality of the recipient.

This card will also be entered in the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog: http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/02/birthday-boys.html

Masculine Speed Stamping

I found cardstock in the challenge colors, made a plan, and began creating.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/01/challenge-218-espresso-pronto.html

I set the timer on my phone, beginning at zero. When finished, it said 08:18:19. Like the challenge says, it is not a masterpiece. I do have 2 masculine birthdays this month as I am sure this will be fine for one of them.

I used all Stampin Up product for this card. The cardstock is from the Neutrals pack. I know the cardbase is Early Expresso along with the ink. The top layer is Crumb Cake. I added a layer behind the stamped layer which I think is Sahara Sand. Stamp sets used are Sky is the Limit for the greeting and clouds, Moon Lake for the canoe and tree stamp, and High Tide for the birds.

Thanks for looking!

Flourishing Hello

MISTI Flourishing Hello

This is the last card I made for this month’s MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I learned from Sandy Allnock that Blueprint Sketch fit the Pantone Classic Blue color of the year, and I finally purchased a pad this week. Today I was able to ink blend with it.

The stamp set used is Flowering Flourishes by Stampin Up, released in 2012. I know my Mom used this set a lot, as I remember seeing it on several cards. This was my first time inking it up. I used Versamark and white embossing powder, then began ink blending. I spritzed a bit of water after finishing ink blending and made those water droplets. I think this could get addictive.

The Hello was die cut in fun foam for dimension, white cardstock, then GKD Blue Denim cardstock. I layered the pieces to look like a shadow image. I added a few gems from Studio Katia.

I enjoyed making this card. It has been an enjoyable month seeing the blue all over and knowing that was the color of the year. I see that blue in my dishes, on product boxes, and fabric.

I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp: https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-69/

Thanks for looking!

Thank You Daisy

This card is for the Retro Rubber Challenge #127. It is a tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose the one on the right with pattern paper, thanks, and nature.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/01/challenge-127-tic-tac-and-toe.html

I began with the patterned paper from my stash. This is Recollections from Michael’s. The stamp set used is Daisy Delight from Stampin Up, released in 2017. I used the Daisy punch along with the set. I know these have been in my room for over a year and this is the first time I have used them. The daisy paper is from the scrap bin, so I have no idea what color, but I am fairly sure it is SU paper. The leaves were stamped with Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus and Jelly Bean Green on SU Mossy Meadow Cardstock. That is the same cardstock as the base. I added a Kraft layer with Extra Heavy Kraft from The Paper Studio. The words Thank You are stamped in GKD Black Onyx ink on SU Naturals White paper. Thanks for looking.

Red and Pink Umbrella

I have been stamping in red and pink for a color challenge.

http://www.global-design-project.com/2020/01/global-design-project-225-color.html

For my card, I stamped in Flirty Flamingo and Real Red all placed on white cardstock. My pink looks a bit darker than Flirty Flamingo as it took three times in my MISTI to get a cleanly stamped image. I decided to go with it, rather than start over. The center of the umbrella is in Real Red. The cardbase is Real Red along with designer paper. I have a few sets of DSP purchased from the Clearance Rack and one had was Regal colors which contain Real Red. I chose the side with dots rather then the stripes on the other, to go with the dots in the umbrella.

The stamp set used is umbrella4you along with the umbrella die all from The Stamps of Life. I added a bit of raindrops using gray colors from Lawn Fawn.

Hedgehog

I created this card with the Mod Squad challenge and the My Favorite Things sketch, and added a bit of blue for the Misti challenge. All of these challenges were posted from Split Coast Stampers, but I wanted to share this card here.

My Friend Hedgie

This card follows the same general layout and flow as the bird one. I have no one special in mind for this card, but it will be easy to mail when the time to use it comes. Thanks for looking.

My Favorite Things Sketch

This is the first time I have created with a MFT Sketch during the challenge time. I love their sketches and have used them previously.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/wsc473

I flipped the sketch from portrait to landscape. My bird is from Stampin Up Flying Home. The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life club member freebie. I needed a small sentiment for the bird and this little set had the perfect size of sentiment. The bird is a red rubber stamp with the bird and the tree limb all one stamp. I colored it with markers. I used Midnight Muse for the bird, Chocolate Chip for the branch, and two green colors for the leaves. I used the Seaside Embossing Folder on a piece of Naturals White cardstock embossing it in the direction to match the limb.

I own a few MFT stamps, but none seemed to be what I was looking for. This will be posted to Mod Squad Challenge and the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers.