Soft Grey Christmas

Peace On Earth Christmas Challente #18

Challenge #18 with the Peace on Earth – Anything Christmas features a black and white mood board. I decided to use Gina K Designs’ Soft Stone and Slate inks to create my card instead of the more stark black. After creating my oval stencil with Spellbinder’s Classic Ovals and a cloud stencil in the lighter soft stone ink, I pulled out GKD’s Christmas Wishes stamp set and stamped everyting in Slate ink. Layered on white card base so I guess it’s greys and white on white.

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Balancing Frank

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

I almost forgot about the June Halloween Anything Goes Challenge with the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog but finally finished my card. Our Buddy Gerry chose Frankenstein for her awesome card and I must admit that Frankenstein is my favorite monster, too. Since I couldn’t decide on which little Frank I wanted to use on my card, I made a balancing act of three Franks that were about the same size. The bottom Frank is a Michael’s red rubber mounted dollar stamp, on top of him is Frank from Recollections stamps (Michael’s) and then trying to catch his balance is Stampin Up’s Googly Ghouls Frank. After stamping, inking and fussy cutting the Franks, I positioned them on a piece of patterned paper from my stash and die cut some black grass from The Cat’s Pajamas grass die. After gluing everyone to the card layers, I was wondering if I could have put wobblers on each of them????? I decided to let well enough alone.

Always a fun mood board and fun challenge. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Silhouette Garden

Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges

The challenge with Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges #6 is “In the Garden sponsored by All Dressed Up” For my garden, I decided to create a white on black silhouette with Stampin Up’s Upsy Daisy stamp set heat embossed in white embossing powder. The 3 dragonflies were part of Gina K Designs’s Follow Your Dreams stamps set illustrated by Theresa Momber and the patterned paper is also GKD’s Spring Parade pure luxury paper. After layering the patterned paper on black, I needed something for the silhouette image and thankfully the lightbulb went on and I remembered this striped piece that our Bonnie gifted to me. I think I tend to be a hoarder with some of these gifts. The stamp sets were two oldies but goodies.

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Can You Handle the Pressure

This month’s challenge with the Can You Handle the Pressure is Anything Goes with a Twist of Birds.

For my bird, I decided on a flamingo from Taylored Expressions’s Tickled Pink stamp, stencil and die set. My embossing folder is a larger Cuttlebug folder with some swirls, flowers, hearts, birds and a sun. I lightly sponged ink over the raised embossed areas, mounted my flamingo on an action wobbler, layered with black cardstock and adhered to a 5×7 card. Hmmmmm… the sun ended up on the bottom of the card so I very carefully lifted the layer off the card base and turned it around. Hmmmmm….now my flamingo was upside down. Sigh!!! popped that pink bird off very carefully and decided to add the “You’re Flamazing!” sentiment under the flamingo’s legs. Adhered everything down once more and completed my card for the day.

Lots of thunderstorms early this morning but thankfully no severe weather like other areas in the US are experiencing. Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.

Summer Scene

The Sisterhood of Crafters

Seasonal landscapes is the challenge with The Sisterhood of Crafters. The idea for my card came to me after watching a quick video on my Facebook page a few days ago. As you may know when posts are added to your FB feed things tend to get lost and could not find the post again.

My summery landscape scene portrays the hot weather that’s sure to arrive soon by blending DO Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon inks over a masked circle die. Not to take anything away from my background, I chose to use silhouette die cuts in black cardstock. Penny Black’s Pasture Grass and Spellbinders Flutter Tree completes my card. No outside sentiment needed in my opinion. I think this will be part of my batch of cards for “Making Cards for Troops” group.

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Partial Embossing

Can You Handle The Pressure?

Anything Goes Embossing with a Twist of Butterflies is the challenge for the Can You Handle The Pressure team. For my embossed feature I used two embossing folders the clouds embossing folder is from Darice and Cuttlebug’s Stylized Flowers embossing folder. Both were partially embossed and lightly inked leaving a space for my Gina K Designs Sketched Flowers sentiment. I added two score lines to separate my cloud from my vines. The twist is a butterfly from Pretty Pink Posh’s Beautiful Butterfly stamp & die set. The butterfly was stamped on a gel press background that was unused from Day 3’s homework at Spring CardCamp.

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Bonus Day Homework

Hero Arts Flower Garden Fancy Die, Taylored Expressions, On Occasion stamp & die set, Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salvaged Patina, Broken China, Seedless Preserve inks.

Saturday was a Bonus Day at the Spring CardCamp with Kelly Taylor instructing Ghosting and Faux Letterpress which will give your a 2-for-1 card technique. And guess what? It finally worked!! I struggled with the letterpress but following Kelly’s directions gave me a much better result. Ink blend a panel with water reactive inks. Die cut image from 80 lb cardstock and then again from watercolor cardstock. Glue the two die cut laters together and keeping the watercolor layer on the top, spray with water, place on the inked panel and run through as embossed panel in your machine. The tip was to dry the smooshed together cardstocks with your heat tool then carefully peel off and it really worked. I did have one little section that pulled off a little color from my blended sheet but covered that up with the star embellishments.

Fun challenge and a fun two weeks at CardCamp. I guess school is officially out for summer!!

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Day 10 Homework

Gina K Designs Sketched Flowers Stamp and Enjoyable Greetings stamps and die sets, SimonSaysStamp Square Dance Stencil, GKD and SSS inks., Glossy Accents, silver Liquid Pearls.

Today’s Spring CardCamp class lesson was presented by GinaK to create a card using rainbow colors and die cuts. I opted for two die cuts from Sketched Flowers and using my various rainbow ink pads inked the leafy vines then stamped with versamark and clear heat embossed. The background continues with a rainbox of colors using the inked brushes over the square dance stencil, layered on a piece of black cardstock then mounted on my vibrant green card base. I was inspired by and CASE’d Cathy Zielske’s YouTube card from yesterday.

Fun challenge today. the second instructor was Zsoka Marko who created die cut background cards.

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Day 9 Homework

Gina K Designs Sketched Flowers, SimonSaysStamp Hello die and shadow, Spellbinder’s Large Classic Ovals, Martha Stweart butterfly punch

Day 9 classes at Spring CardCamp 2022 was led my Jennifer McGuire and we learned an in-lay diecutting technique which ends up with the image panel having no raised dies but flat and smooth. I made a woodgrained background by swiping GDK honey mustard and dark sage over my scored background then die cut one image at a time.

Frantic Stamper’s Good Friends Daisy Frame, Gina K Designs Leaf Stencit, Stamperia stencil

Yana Smakula continued the lesson and we went from flat to stacked and off set. I cut my frame and word dies from 4 different shades of light weight cardstock and off set them slightly for dimesion. The background is a combination of a GKD leaf stencil and one from Stamperia.

Two different looks but came together nicely.

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