Retro Orange Pumpkin

Using the Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp (May 2018) by Gina K Designs in my MISTI, I stamped the panel in Tangerine Twist, then gave the panel a quarter turn and stamped again to create the plaid. I stamped the Gauze Background (May 2018), also by Gina K Designs in Sweet Mango. I used Tangerine Twist to stamp the Gingham (about 2009) using a stamp from Impression Obsession. The pumpkins were cut using Spellbinders limited edition Nested Pumpkins (about 2009). Using the direct to paper technique, I swiped Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink across a piece of white card stock until I was happy with the coverage. I let it dry then used D’Vine Swirl, one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders. I stamped Happy Birthday from the Stamp TV Birthday Blessings kit from 2015 in Tangerine Twist ink on the Gauze pumpkin. I placed all on a Twisted Tangerine card base.

I am entering this card in the following challenges

Retro Rubber Challenge This is a Tic Tac Toe challenge. I chose the bottom row of the grid – die cut or punch, monochrome (hope this qualifies as monochrome) and Birthday.

Double D Challenge Use Orange and White

Cuttlebug Mania Use a pumpkin

Trees for All Seasons

This is for the Lovely as a Tree challenge at As You See It.

I stamped the smaller tree from The Giving Tree by Gina K Designs in Warm Cocoa on four small panels layered over a piece of Warm Cocoa card stock.The set has elements to depict all seasons. I stamped the snowflake using a Summer Sky marker by Memento. The other inks I used are by Gina K Designs – Bubblegum Pink  for the Spring flowers, Jelly Bean Green for the Summer Leaves and Tangerine Twist for the Autumn Leaves. The sentiment was stamped on white in Warm Cocoa layered on a Warm Cocoa mat.

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As You See It Challenge

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.







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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.

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.