Cheers Deer

Peace on Earth Challenge #20

The new Anything Christmas challenge with the Peace on Earth group has another intriguing mood board for inspiration and I was drawn to the buffalo plaid. Using my The Crafters Workshop Buffalo Plaid stencil, I blended black soot Distress ink on red cardstock, adding a black panel and Taylored Expressions A2 thin frame cutting plate for my red border. White heat embossed the sentiment which is from Gina K Designs’ Holiday Tags set, SimonSaysStamp’s Sensational Snowflake die and reindeer die from my stash were cut in white shimmer cardstock from my Michael’s. This looks like a good masculine card but I really kind of like it.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, be safe and STAY COOL! Yikes, it’s out in Pennsylvania!!

B, B and Dragonflies

The Sisterhood of Crafters

Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies is the challenge theme with The Sisterhood of Crafters and you may use one, two or all three. What are the chances that I would have an old Inkadinkadoo red rubber mounted stamp in my stash that really has Butterflies, Bees and Dragonflies! I opted to stamp them on Gina K Designs Watercolor Floral patterned paper pad then use the spotlight technique to highlight one dragonfly. The dragonfly was stamped and colored with KaiserCraft gel pens and a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen. Waffle Flowers A2 lacy layers dies were used to die cut my panels and SU circle punches.

I added a sentiment from Gina K Designs’ So Many Sentiments included in the Watercolor Spring kit and then wasn’t sure if I wanted or needed a sentiment. Here is the card without the sentiment.

What’s do you all think? I didn’t adhere the sentiment yet as I am curious what you suggest.

Thanks so much for taking a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, be safe and STAY COOL!

Cat in a Cap

AAA Cards Challenge

A clean and simple challenge anything goes + Christmas Pets in July challenge is the task with the AAA Cards Challenge blog. I have a lot of snowmen, reindeer, fox and bear stamps but it took awile to find a pet stamp. I finally found this mounted red rubber stamp probably from one of the big box stores in my neighborhood. The stamp is makred as Rubber Soul and “Cat with Stockings and Cap” and then a sentiment for my cat with stockings and cap??? Well the only thing I could think of was this Ho Ho Ho from Katie & Co which I’m quite sure came out of AC Moore’s dollar bin.

After stamping and coloring kitty cat, giving him green socks and a red cap on that tail, I had a circle stencil that I used to lightly blend some green ink around him. I did have this polka dot paper on my desk that I had a circle die cut from it and decided to put it to use as a layer for my focal image. Still clean and simple and a pet and Christmas in July, challenge accepted.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay cool and be safe.

buck Super Moon

Gina K Designs July Monthly Mix Challenge

The July Monthly Mix Challenge with Gina K Designs is hosted by Michelle Woerner and she has challenged us to create a black & white card with a POP of color. I remember Michelle and her beautiful cards back in the good old StampTV days so i decided to play along.

Using Gina’s masking magic, I die cut a circle with the single stitch large circle die set and positioned it on my white layering weight GKD cardstock. I blended some Distress black onxy ink on my background and carefully lifted my circle mask and then used the masking magic panel to ink the moon with Gina’s Cherry Red and Sweet Mango. The stamp set from Gina’s Friendly Silhouette stamp set was stamped in Gina’s white pigment ink and then heat embossed with fine detail ink. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was die cut with the Sentiment die set that was included in the Joyful Holiday kit. I added a little white pigment splatter to hide some of the embossing flecks.

I didn’t see the Buck Super Moon in person but the photos looked fabulous so I was inspired by them to create this black & white card with a POP of color. Next supermoon is in August and maybe I’ll set the alarm to view that one.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay cool and be safe.

Sweetest Summer

Can You Handle The Pressure

Anything goes with an embossing folder and a twist of summer. I immediately thought of the twist first and strawberries, then I started thinking that our strawberry season is over and strawberries may not be officially a summer time treat????? But I’m planning a get together and we are having strawberry rose wine ice cream floats to cool off in the hot weather! So strawberries and summer still do go together!

My embossing folder is Cricut Cuttlebug Tiffany frame embossing folder which was layered on black and then again on shimmery red cardstock and to the card base. My strawberries are Gina K Designs You’re the Sweetest stamp set. I was really happy that my strawberry “caps” actually made it in the right position. No Misti for this card today….I was living dangerously.

I believe this card will go to our granddaughter who will be 10 in a few weeks. Another summer occasion!

It’s been a crazy day with computers not cooperating and the router going out and I immediately was thankful that I wasn’t dealing with these issues in my old office and very thankful to be able to enjoy my retirement for the last few years. Funny how those little issues take you back.

Thanks so much for stopping in for a peek and reading about my upside down day. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay cool and be safe.

Summer Shades

The Four Seasons Challenge

It’s a Anything Goes for the Summer season month of July with a mood board of red, white and blue. To try to include all of the elements in this challenge, I decided to use Hero Arts’ Sun background stencil and Taylored Expressions Shades of Summer clear stamp die sets. My shades include a patriotic pair, a tropical pair and polka dots sun glasses. I just realized that the old 60’s song “She wore an itsy bitsy, tweeny weeny……YELLOW…. polka dot bikini”. OOPS!! Yellow polka dots would not have fit my red, white and blue summer challenge. LOL!

Pretty mood board for inspiration. Thanks for a fun challenge and stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay cool and be safe.

Under The Sea

Double D Challenge

Creatures Under/In The Sea is the summer challenge with the Doubld D Challenge blog. For my card, I visited Pinterest for ideas and this sketch really “caught” my eye. After using Gina K Designs large circle die set to cut out the large die on the layering panel and then using the second largest die for the focal image, I inked in my sea adding navy ink to Fun Stampers Jorney Splash Zone stencil. My fish are from Stampendous Sushi Bowl Party and TPC Studio’s Undersea Adventures.

Fun challenge and mood board for inspiration as well as the design team’s awesome cards.

Thanks for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care, stay cool and be safe.

Ghostly Ghouls

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

July Anything Halloween with the Two Old Bats Halloween blog has quite a yummy inspiration mood board. Of course I focused immediately on the candy corn inspiration block but as I searched through my supplies I came to the conclusion that I should be inspired in a different direction. After seeing our Buddy Gerry’s card I decided to make a ghostly card, too.

My Ghouls are SimonSaysStamps’ Ghouls and Tree die set which are flying on a piece of patterend paper from my stash. I decided to add some extra interest by inking one of the stamps from Taylored Expressions Abstract Accents stamp and stencil set and the sentiment is a Recollections Halloween set.

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

Red, White & Blue Baubles

Peace On Earth Christmas

Peace on Earth Anything Christmas Challenge #19 had a fun red, white & blue inspiration board with a lot of tree and wreath ornaments. So I opted to use the SimonSaysStamp Santa’s Helpers stamp set for the hanging ornaments and mostly because it was still on my desk!! After coloring the ornaments and holly & berries, I die cut the panel with AI’s Rectangle Double Stitched die and lightly sponged blue ink then mounted it on a shimmer red panel.

Great inspiration board for this challenge. Thanks so much for stopping in for a peek. I appreciate you and your time. Take care and be safe.