Framed Blocks

Mix It Up Challenge Blog #38 Just Us Girls #540 Trend Week

My card today started off using acrylic block stamping for the MIUCB #38 – Anything Goes + Acrylic Block Stamping challenge. I inked up an acrylic block with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean spritzed it with water and stamped, then repeated using Twisted Citron and decided I needed a third color so turned the block and inked with Mustard Seed. I then pulled out a Stampin Up oldie “Garden Silhouettes” and stamped that a few times in Versafine black ink.

Since it looked a little too uninspiring, I decided to combine this challenge with the Just Us Girls #540 Trend Week Frame It challenge. So frame it is exactly what I did using an Impression Obsession frame which cuts out all of the different shapes on one background die. Still not satisfied, I decided the frames need dimension so cut the background frame die out 5 more times to layer the individual pieces. So my frames are built up and then back down again. This was a test of patience to assemble and I believe I may have passed.

Here’s a side view of my card which shows a little bit for of the telescoping effect.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. It’s a beautiful day in Pennsylvania. Thankfully not too hot the upcoming week for a local company to come in and replace our central air conditioning.

Cat Scraps

Double D Challenges – Use Your Scraps As You See It Challenge #227 – A Reel Choice

I can be terrible about scraps but I happened to find this cat background hiding on my desk that I probably should have dusted off since I’ve had this piece forever. The cat background is material mounted on cardstock, kitty and the other stamped elements are a Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Cat Chat stamp, die set and embossing folder. All other pieces were from scrap cuttings with the exception of the card base. This will be entered in to the Double D Challenges “Use Your Scraps” challenge.

Then I was struggling to play along with the As You See It Challenge #227 “A Reel Choice” to create a card with your favorite movie as the theme. My cat card movie is Disney’s “Inside Out” which is a computer animated movie about our emotions and how they are controlled. At the end of the movie, during the credits the emotions of dogs and cats are shown. The cats emotions are so funny and typical that I just laugh thinking about cats and especially my PennyLane. I’d like to turn his emotions off at 5 a.m. when he believes he needs to eat breakfast. I bat his paws out of my face and him walking on me and even the little “love” nips I receive. Breakfast is not one minute before 7 a.m. Most days I win but not always. Emotions!!!

Thanks for looking. It was a beautiful day is Pennsylvania. Stay Safe.

Congrats To You!

GKD June Monthly Mix Challenge – Graduation

Although technically not a graduation card, it is a congratulations on completing 2nd grade in this crazy world of 2020. My card is for our granddaughter Brooke who was very excited for the end of the school year and to be moving onto third grade. The owl represents her school mascot and was perfect to use the GKD Friends Til the End stamps set and the sentiment is from Party On! which was a part of the Journey of the Heart StampTV Kit. The June challenge at Gina K Designs hosted by Donna Idlet is Graduation 2020. I may be stretching the graduation a bit but Brooke loved her card. Clouds stencil by Bonnie, hills are PoppyStamps Stitched Hills dies.

Moving to 4th Grade

School for our grandson is officially over tomorrow! Such a strange world right now Chase has not been in his classroom since March but has been receiving lessons on line. He’s been getting used to a 4 day week since he finishes all his required work in that amount of time. My card for him was created using Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix “The Journey” which included the stamp set, dies and embossing folder. Using Bonnie’s advice, I inked the embossing folder and “stamped” my background. I decided on a shaker which is the two continents die cut. There’s not much shaking going on though. The sentiment is from GKD’s Oh Boy. So hard to believe that he will be 10 this year and entering 4th grade in the new school year. Fingers crossed that there will be a new school year!

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Rainbow Umbrella

Just Us Girls #538

Nothing better than walking in the rain with a pretty umbrella especially when you realize that the end result could be a beautiful rainbow. I fell in love the the SSS Follow the Rainbows kit. The papers are gorgeous and the main image in the stamp set is the umbrella girl. So CASE-ing the SSS illustrations provided with this kit using a piece of this rainbow paper and a second piece of heart patterned paper fulfilled the Just Us Girls Challenge #538 — Wild Card Week Using 2 or more different patterned papers. I stamped and fussy cut the umbrella girl and then stamped and fussy cut the umbrella one more time popping it up and added a sentiment from the same stamp set.

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M is for Mermaid

Double D Challenges — Begins with M

Begins with “M” for the Double D Challenges would be my mermaid tail by Julie for Essentials by Ellen stamp set and dies. I stamped my “M” tail in versamark on GKD Ocean Mist cardstock and heat embossed using some Ranger Antiquities Cobalt embossing powder. After die cutting the tail and using the bubbles die to create my stencil, I sponged on some Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink, added some gem stones and glitter paper bubbles, too. Cute sentiment is from the same stamp set and all was mounted on GKD’s Blue Lagoon cardstock.

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Joy’s Dragonfly CASE

CASE of Store Bought Card

I received the bottom card from my girlfriend the other day and yesterday I just learned that her long time neighbor and friend passed away. Since dragonflies are my friend Joy’s soothing image, I decided to CASE the card I received from her as a sympathy card in the loss of her neighbor.

I found the dragonfly dies on Amazon which is a set of two –detailed and outline. After cutting the outline on the front single layer card, I then added the detailed die and embossed in to the inside of the card. Then die cut once more the detailed dragonfly and colored it. With my sticky fingers I glued each individual section to the embossed inside. Then backed the detailed outline with clear transparency sheet. Both dies are the same size and cut nicely. My clouds were made using a SSS cloud stencil and Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink. The sentiment is from GKD’s Showtime StampTV Kit Picture It! As I was adding the sentiment I kept on thinking “be straight, be straight”. Whew…it worked without the Misti and a red rubber stamp too.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day and weekend. Stay Safe.

Socially Distanced

The Cat’s Pajamas Paper Arts Digi

Two totally cute free digis were made available by The Cat’s Pajamas PaperArts stamp company. Their Poochie and Kitty Kats are all too cute. I’m feeling satisfied with the finished cards and clearing one project off my desk. Note: I did clear a tiny section of my desk and blocked the back view….LOL….the mess went right back on top after photo. Thanks to our Stamp Buddy who advised of this freebie.

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Butterfly Sketch

As You See It Challenge #225
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Round 2 with gesso. I think I’m focusing too much on the product and results which is way out of my comfort zone. Anyway business at hand, The AYSI challenge for 05.08.20 was a sketch challenge:

and the The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge is one of Birds, Bees, Butterflies which of course I immediately chose butterflies. I used some clear gesso on my text vellum, then stamped the Pretty Pink Posh Beautiful Butterflies stamp set in Versafine black onxy ink. I colored my butterflies with color burst in marsala and rogue with a water brush, adding some dots with the Ice White Pearl Pen. My clouds using my Bonnie cloud stencil were created using Distress Oxide ink in Milled Lavender and Broken China. I liked the light milled lavender and am thinking I should have stopped there, then for good measure tried to add some white gesso through a cloud stencil…..not happening and trimmed that down. My side panel was cut from my favorite DCWV patterned paper pack The Mariposa Stack and layered on some GKD cardstock after using a darice butterfly embossing folder which cannot be seen but I know it’s there. The sentiment is GKD’s Sweet Friend that I cut apart.

I really enjoy playing along with both of these challenges as they are always fun and creative.

The gloves are coming off with this gesso stuff and am definitely open to constructive critique. You won’t hurt my feelings because you are all such good friends. I promise to only cry a little bit…LOL. To my eye it’s messy.