Cruisin'

The ’57 Chevy was what sold me on this fun set called Classic Dad by Dare 2B Artzy. Wouldn’t it be fun to go cruisin’ in this sweet ride? The car was colored with Prismas: PC902, Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine, and PC938 White. I used a silver Sharpie on the hubcaps and chrome, then highlighted with clear Wink of Stella for shine. The sentiments were stamped in Blue Denim and Red Hot. The inside sentiment says “It took decades to look this good.”  The focal panel is matted with Black Onyx on a Turquoise Sea card base.  I have quite a few masculine birthdays coming up in March, so I have quite a few stamped up waiting to be colored and made into cards.  I’m entering this in the Sweet Stampin’s For the Boys Challenge.

Black, Gold, Cream

I stamped a floral image from A Big Hello, part of the new kit by Gina K Designs, embossed in gold on cream. The butterfly is from the same set, embossed in Obsidian, then VersaMark, embossed with clear EP.  The sentiment, from Peaceful Florals by Gina K Designs is embossed in gold on cream. The sentiment panel and floral panel are matted in black on a cream card base. I wish you could see this IRL – the picture doesn’t do it justice.

Springtime Basket

It’s 7 degrees this morning, so I’m really longing for Spring. Maybe posting a Springtime card will help. Inspired by Stamping Buddy Bonnie, I checked out the challenge at Just Add Ink and thought their sketch looked like it would be fun to do but wasn’t sure how I wanted to interpret it. While rearranging some things on my work table, I came across this focal piece that I did quite some time ago. The basket and flowers are from Springtime Baskets by Gina K Designs. The dies were Oval Stackers by Cheery Lynn.

The mat was colored with a Copic. The focal piece needed something behind it so I decided on Pattern Paper from Hello Sunshine by Gina K Designs. Then I thought if I could somehow use 2 different patterns, it would qualify for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge. I cut a scrap of green with the largest Fancy Wavy Banner from Lawn Fawn, then stamped the sentiment from Wavy sayings by Lawn Fawn

I stamped and fussy cut one of the daffodils from the same stamp used in the basket for the element on the sentiment banner.

Just Add Ink

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Love is in the Air

I made a batch these cards to send to our Rainbow Girls who are in college – a little love note from home. The heart branch was stamped in Red Velvet. It is from the Birthday Blessings set that was part of the Birthday Essentials kit released by Gina K Designs in January 2015. The sentiment is from Geo Thanks, also by Gina K, released in January 2018. I used an old pack of Valentine patterned card stock by Martha Stewart to punch out the vase, which is an old Marvy punch that I’ve had forever. I had the vases almost all cut when I realized the hearts were upside down. Luckily it’s double sided, and the reverse isn’t specifically Valentine related, so it can be used for another project. I’m having fun with a lot of new stuff, but it’s fun to pull out some of my older stuff to play in the  Retro Rubber Challenge. Their current theme is “Love is the in Air” using Red, White and Pink.

Nautical Stripes

I started with a strip of Ivory card stock and stamped the anchor and sentiment from the set “My Anchor” by Gina K Designs in Blue Denim ink. Taking another piece of ivory card stock I used the stripe stencil also by Gina K Designs and sponged with In the Navy ink. The stripes are not as dark as I’d originally planned, but I like the contrast with the lighter stripes. I matted both panels with Blue Denim card stock on a heavy weight Ivory card base. This is for the Trend Week “Stripes” challenge a Just Us Girls. Here’s the link: Just Us Girls

Anchors Away

I knew just how I wanted to make this card for the As You See It Espresso Pronto Challenge – I just wasn’t sure I could get it done in 10 minutes. When I reread the instructions and realized I could gather my materials before I started the timer, I thought, well maybe. I already had some Sandy Beach card bases cut and scored, so that helped. I also had a scrap of Sandy Beach that was almost perfect for the focal image – okay now GO! The anchor and sentiment are from My Anchor by Gina K Designs, stamped in Warm Cocoa. I trimmed the scrap down just a bit. The brown gingham is from the Casual Friday PP, also by Gina K Designs, embossed with a nautical EF by Darice. I swiped Warm Cocoa across the gingham to make the embossing stand out a little more, then I trimmed it a little smaller than I intended – I had to go with it. I trimmed Warm Cocoa mats for the focal image and the pp. I was pressing the last layer to the card base when the timer on my phone went off – 10 minutes exactly. I would have liked more of the embossed PP to show since I’m also entering this in the Just Add Texture challenge at Gina K Designs, but the embossing is there and I’m gonna go with it. Always good to have another card in my stash of masculine cards.

Hearts and Flowers

I made several of these for the girls in our Rainbow Assembly to deliver to patients in a small memory care facility. The girls were supposed to assemble the pieces I had cut for them, but unfortunately the meeting was cancelled because of the weather. Since we would not have a meeting before they were to be delivered, I assembled them. The die cut hearts are by Spellbinders. I used the Petite Flourish background stamp by Gina K Designs stamped in Red Velvet ink on the scalloped heart. The sentiment is from Geo Thanks by Claire Brennan for Gina K. Designs. The roses are die cut from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for January. They were cut from red cardstock and highlighted with white pigment ink and white pencil. Then I used green cardstock to cut the rosebud and the stem. I trimmed just the rosebud from the red cardstock and glued it over the rosebud cut with green cardstock. The rosebud coloring and assembly was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s blog post and video here.  I am terrible at tying bows, even with a bow maker, so I used a mini bow die from Divinity Designs. I cut it with red cardstock and glued it together and it was the perfect size. Taking a large, thick needle, I punched a small hole at the top of the heart and used gold cord, also from Gina K Designs for a hanger. I had a lot of fun doing these and was really pleased with how they turned out. Hearts are really the thing right now and this works for these challenges:

Mod Squad – You’re All Heart

Cuttlebug Mania – With All My Heart

Dies R Us – Hearts, Love, Valentines

Double D – Hearts

JUGS – Put a Bow On It

Simon Says With Love

Die Cut Divas

Snowflakes

One of my (few) New Year’s Resolutions is to enter more challenges.  So here I go! I started this for the Mod Squad Challenge to create your own pattern paper, then realized it would fit some other challenges as well. The pattern paper was created using  “Let It Snow” by Theresa Momber and “Sparkling Snowflakes” both by Gina K. Designs. The snowflakes were stamped in VersaMark, then embossed with GKD Detailed Silver EP on Powder Blue CS. The sentiment is a combination – “Warm Winter” is from “Let It Snow” (I masked off  “wishes”). Birthday is from Massive Messages (I trimmed off Wishes). “Wishes” is a die from a new set (to me) called “Wishes”. I cut Wishes three times for dimension (twice in Blue Denim, once in white colored with Copic B39).  The mat for the sentiment panel and card base are Blue Denim. This is for the following challenges:

Mod Squad   (Make Your Own Pattern Paper)

Die-Cut Divas  Use Something New

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge   Use Something New

Krafty Chicks  Stamp Act

JUGS    Word Week #517 – Snowflakes