103 Birthday Wishes

This is for my husband’s aunt’s birthday. I used Beautiful Balloons by Gina K Designs, masked and colored with Copics. The numbers are from Lots of Letters. Layers are Red Velvet, pattern paper is from Hello Sunshine. On the Tangerine Twist layer I used Tangerine Twist ink with the Rounded Swirl stencil. Card base is Wild Dandelion. This is a lot of layers for me. The birthday cake had red, blue, yellow and orange balloons with numeral candles – it was like I knew what the cake was going to look like. It was a good day and great to see so many of the family on a happy occasion.


Layer Me Not

The members of my husband’s Masonic Lodge sent me a beautiful arrangement of flowers recently to celebrate the end of my chemo treatments. This card is a small way of saying thank you. I placed the board from Melanie Muenchinger’s new Perfect Pallet set at the 3” mark on my MISTI and stamped in Warm Cocoa ink. Then I moved the card up at 1” intervals on the MISTI to create the sign board. The sentiment is from Massive Messages, stamped in Chocolate Truffle. The ferns in the corners are from Vertical Greetings 2 by Theresa Momber, stamped in Fresh Asparagus. This is for the Layer Me Not challenge at the Mod Squad to create a single layer card. http://modsquadchallenge.com/layer-me-not/

Flag! You’re It!

This is for Cat’s Flag You’re It challenge. The flag I chose is the Missouri State Flag, which is red, white and blue. Instead of a card I repurposed a 2017 calendar magnet from my insurance agent. This will cover up an ugly spot on my file cabinet. I die cut the state with a Cheery Lynn Die three times – in Cherry Red, Denim Blue and Heavy Base White to depict the flag. The seal in the center was cut from a picture of the state flag. The seal is actually supposed to extend into the red and blue fields, but the flag in the picture I cut was just a bit too small, and it does show up better just on the field of white. The state bird is the bluebird and is from Birds & Blossoms 2, colored with B21, B26, B28, YR14, Y17. The state tree is the dogwood, from Dogwood and Butterfly, colored with N0, N1. “Proud to be from”, stamped in Cherry Red is from Make a Statement. “Missouri”, stamped in Denim Blue is from Stately Flowers 2. I wanted to include our state flower, the Hawthorne, but the clustered Hawthorne from the set was too large and I was bummed to discover that the small, single Hawthorne is MIA.

Praying Hands

This is for a good friend that continues his fight with cancer. Using the MISTI, I stamped the Fabulous Frame by Melanie Muenchinger on white Heavy Weight card stock. The Praying Hands stamp is an old wood mount by Stamp Craft that I’ve had forever, colored with Copics B21, B23, B93, E31, E33. The frame was colored with E23 and E57. The sentiment is from Get Well Wishes by Divinity Designs. I really struggled with the colors and shading on this, but after it sat a while I decided maybe I’d gotten it right.

Flower Power

The flowers are from Something Good and Today and Always. The wood slice is stamped in Warm Glow. The flowers, leaves and branches are done in Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango, Tangerine Twist, Honey Mustard, Sandy Beach, and Fresh Asparagus. The size and shape of the sentiment from Life is Good tucked very nicely under the flower. This is going to my 95 year old friend who’s having good days and bad days. I’m entering this in the monthly challenge at Gina K. Designs.

Stenciled Sympathy

I have needed way too many sympathy cards lately. Dusty Rose card base. The stenciled panel was cut with Spellbinders Matting Basics B6, stenciled with Rounded Swirl in Skeleton Leaves ink. The mat is Wild Lilac cut with Matting Basics A6. I used a Spellbinders Oval, matte with Inverted Scallop in Grass Green. The flowers and leaves are from Stippled Leaves by Gina K Designs. I used Copics R81, R83, R85, YG00, YG05, YG17. The sentiment is also from Stippled Flowers, stamped in Jet Black.

Daffodil March Birthday

I love the tiny daffodil and clay pot from Window of Wishes by Theresa Momber for Gina K designs. Since the daffodil is flower for March, I thought it was perfect for the Flower Power challenge for March at Gina K. Designs.

I colored the flower and pot with Copics: Y08, Y18, YG01, YG05, E07, Colorless Blender. I cut the White Base Weight focal panel with Gina’s Double Stitch Rectangle. The mat is cut with the Single Stitch Rectangle in Grass Green. The lower panel is Tomato Soup embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder (5×7). Tip: Don’t use the purple tape to hold the side of the CS that will be face up. The card base is Sweet Corn. The tan was in my stash, cut with Alison’s Ribbon die. The sentiment from Autumn Wishes fit perfectly on the ribbon. On the inside I used a sentiment from Birthday Greetings.

A New Month and a New Blog

How fun is this? I’ve been wanting to do some blogging for a while but never had the nerve to get started. So here goes.

Lighthouse Sunset

I need a lot of masculine thinking of you cards right now. The lighthouse is from By The Sea, designed by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs. After stamping the lighthouse, I masked it, then used purple tape toward the bottom of the lighthouse to create the sky, and started brushing on ink to create the background. All inks are by Gina K designs. I started with Sweet Corn around the lighthouse, then added Bubblegum Pink, and Powder Blue toward the top. I removed the tape and used it to mask the sky then used Ocean Mist and Sea Glass to create the sea. I used Copics to color the lighthouse.