I’m trying to rebuild my stash. While cruising the internet today, I came across the current Color Throwdown Challenge CTD#725 to use red, green and brown. The flower is Bold Bloom Mini by Gina K Designs, colored with Copics: R22, 24, 27, 29 and G03, 09, 14. The mat is Dark Chocolate. The Hand Written Hello sentiment by Simon Says Stamp was also cut from Dark Chocolate. I added Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle. This sentiment has a shadow die, but I opted not to use it. I had another idea for a sentiment but I decided Hello would better cover an oopsie. The card base is Kraft.

New Year Calendar

I made small easels to display these little tear off calendars from Taylored Expressions for friends. After preparing the easel I used patterned paper from Gina K Designs to create a mat for the calendar. I planned to make New Year’s cards to mail with the calendars. I used the Happy New Year sentiment from the Season’s Greetings set by Sunny Studios embossed in gold on black, cut with the matching die. I discovered that the scraps that were left from the mats behind the calendar were just the perfect size for the sentiment. I matted the patterned paper with black. I used the fireworks stamps from Let’s Party, an incentive from Gina K designs stamped tone on tone on the card base. The calendars tucked nicely into the card and went through the mail without additional postage. This is just one of several colors of cards and patterned paper. I’m hoping this project is CAS enough for the Cardz 4 Gals Challenge #190 CAS

Peaceful Pink

This card took on a life of its own. I was heading in a completely different direction with different layers  when I realized – Hey if  I put gold on this, it would qualify for the Color Hues challenge to use light pink and gold. The original plan was to use a piece of ephemera that used the word Peace. I ussd gold glitter cardstock from Hero Arts to cut the word Peace, also from a Hero Arts set. Unfortunately the die cut Peace didn’t work with the ephemera, which luckily I hadn’t attached to the card. I had already attached pattern paper from Floral Essentials by Gina K Designs. I attached my gold die cut and decided I liked the simplicity of it.

Hello – no stamping

I needed some quick cards for shut-ins. I found an odd sized thin pad of patterned paper that came with a card kit from Simon Says. The focal panel and mat were cut with Matting Basics 2. I used the Handwritten Hello from Simon Says. I was pleased at how easy it was to line up with the shadow layer.

You can get one hello with and one shadow layer cut from the mat layer of ML2. All CS is GKD – Christmas Pine, Prickly Pear, Moonlit Fog, Powder Blue, Lemon Drop, Kraft and Grass Green. It was fun to make cards with no stamping for a change.

Snow Carolers

This was a fun mass production card. I stamped the Snow Carolers on masking paper and very carefully trimmed around them. There is a matching die set, but I don’t have it, and it leaves a white border around the edge, which I don’t always like. I used Ivory Layering weight cut with the stitched die from Master Layouts 2. I stamped the Snow Carolers on the panel, then placed the mask over them and stamped the Music Background in Soft Stone, then removed the mask. I colored the hats, scarves, etc. with Copics: R27, R29, B00, B01, G03, G14, N0, N3, N5, Y35, YR07, E50, C00. The mat is In the Navy, attached over a Soft Stone Card Base. All products are by Gina K Design except the Noel sentiment which is from Classy Christmas by Sunny Studio.

Precious purple

This is another take on the background stamp from the April My Monthly Hero kit. Having the matching layered stencils makes coloring so quick and easy. Inks are by Gina K Designs: Lovely Lavender, Wild Wisteria and two new colors, Light Spruce and Medium Spruce. The bee was colored with Copic Y38.  I used a Black Onyx mat. The sentiment, from Beautiful Balloons by Gina K designs was stamped in Edible Eggplant. I’m entering this in Colorful Options challenge which is Precious Purple.

Bee-Lated Black and Yellow

I’m somewhat obsessed with the background stamp from the April My Monthly Hero Kit. The matching layered stencil makes it so much fun and easy to color. Best of all, I can get two cards out of one background. Colored with GKD inks: Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear, Jelly Bean Green and Fresh Asparagus.  After cutting an A-2 panel, I had this piece left. I added black mat. Since I needed a belated birthday card, I used the sentiment from Many Birthdays by Spellbinders. Even though the background has bees, I wanted a larger bee for an accent piece. I colored a bee from the January 2021 My Monthly Hero kit and die cut extras to give it some dimension. I’ve been away from posting and entering challenges for several months. Thanks to Stamp Buddy Johanna, I discovered that Black and Yellow was the combo for the current challenge at Color Hues and thought this would be a good way to jump back in.

Sparkly snowflake

Sometimes creating the card is the big challenge. I love the Sparkling Mandala from Spellbinders, but every little hole needs to be poked out. Using DMC metallic thread presents another challenge – it really splits, but the end result is lovely. Then getting the background – oh there was the real challenge. My DH got me lots of stamping goodies for my birthday. One I thing picked up was a roll of Spellbinders Speckled Prism foil to use with the Glimmer machine he got me for Christmas. I went to foil a piece of CS with the Pinkfresh Studios Hot Foil Plate and ended up foiling my shim. After much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, I got it cleaned off (mostly) with the help of UnDu. After I got the sandwich right and got the CS foiled, I die cut it using the Snowflake Cover Plate by GKD. Every single cotton pickin’ hole had to be punched out. Some places on either end didn’t get enough pressure and wouldn’t punch out at all. I very carefully lined up the die and was actually able to get enough pressure to finish punching out the hanging chad. I cut a piece of Hero Arts White Glitter CS use for the backing behind the Snowflake Cover Plate, then added the Stitched Snowflake/Mandala. This really does have a lot of sparkle and shine in real life. I’m entering this in the Color Hues Silver and White Challenge. I also decided it would work for the Just Us Girls Photo Week Challenge. The snowcouple holding hands with the heart above them in the inspirational photo look like newlyweds who had just found out they were expecting and put Frosty’s ultrasound on this card to announce the happy occasion.