Birthday Envelope

It’s color week at Just Us Girls using pink, yellow, green and orange. I had a lot flowers cut using the dies from the My Monthly Hero Kit for January – love that set. I colored the flowers with various Distress Oxide inks using my blending brushes, though some of the filler leaves were cut from green cardstock. The envelope from the kit was cut from soft stone. The birthday sentiment, also from the kit fit perfectly on the envelope. The card base is lemon drop. I used the Press ‘n Seal trick to get the flowers arranged and in the envelope. I had lots of fun creating the flowers.

Red, White and Blue

The inspiration photo at The Card Concept  challenge was loaded with patriotic images. I used our beautiful American Flag as my inspiration. My style always tends toward CAS, but I think according to the styles on The Card Concept website, this perhaps leans more toward Clean and Layered. Using the flag stencil from Simon Says Stamp, I brushed Red Velvet ink on the stripes. Then I placed the field of stars and brushed on VersaMark and embossed in white embossing powder. Using the emboss resist technique (a first for me) I brushed Blue Denim over the stars to create the field of blue and gently wiped the excess away with a paper towel. After I trimmed the flag I realized it was too large for an A2 card, so I decided to make a slim line card – another first for me. I stamped the eagle head from Divinity Designs in Warm Cocoa and fussy cut it. I used masking so I could stamp the sentiment, also from Divinity Designs in red and blue. I used Warm Cocoa to mat the flag and the sentiment.  

Stencil Shading

Spring Card Camp 2 – This incorporates Day 3 (Dry Embossing with Stencils) with Day 5 (Stencil Shading). I had trouble getting the Daisy Bouquet stencil by Simon Says Stamp embossed. It doesn’t show in the picture but you can feel it. I first sponged Warm Glow ink over the entire stencil. Then I colored with Distress Oxides with some shading with Prismas. The colors I used were Bundled Sage, PC1096, Kelly Green & PC911 Olive Green, Ripe Persimmon, PC921 Pale Vermillion, Wilted Violet PC995 Mulberry. I found a copper Permapaque pen that I used for the dots – I have no idea where I got it, but there’s also one in gold and one in silver in my stash. The sentiment from Simply the Best by Gina K Designs was stamped in Dark Sage, also by GKD.  I cut the Wild Lilac border a wee bit small and it really doesn’t show well, then matted it with Fresh Asparagus on a Heavy Weight White card base.  After I assembled it, I noticed that the dots in the center flower make a smiley face.

Purple Striped Flowers

Double D Lavender Lilac Purple
Retro Rubber Spring Flowers

The homework for Spring Card Camp 2 Day 2 was to create a card with stripes. Using Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial I used purple tape to create stripes in various shades of purple ink. Then I stamped the large flower from Just a Little by Lisa Hetrick (released July 2018) for Gina K Designs. Jennifer suggested stamping the image first in very light gray ink using the MISTI so you knew where to place your stripes. I did that on my disaster card (I might be able to salvage the back), so I knew where the image was going to be placed. I wanted a large birthday sentiment and this one from Birthday Essentials (released March 2018) by Newton’s Nook  just filled the bill.

Triple Play

I love this Gerbera Daisy background from Simon Says Stamp, but it took me a looooong time to color. I used over 35 Prisma pencils for this. I just worked on it a couple of hours each evening while watching TV. One of the lessons I got from binge watching Spring Card Camp was getting two cards out of one panel or die cut. The third card was a bonus. After cutting the panel into strips I mounted each on a mat cut with a stitched scallop border die then added another colored strip. Three more birthday cards for my stash.

Rusty Brown Navy Daisies

The challenge at Just Us Girls is to use Brown, Rust and Navy. I stamped the Gerbera Daisy background stamp from Simon Says in Obsidian ink. To color the center flower I used E18, YR27 and YR14. After blending the colors, I added an overlay of R85 & R83 to give it more of a rust color. The blue flowers were colored with B37, B34, and B21. Additional flowers were colored without the R85/R83 overlay. I colored the leaves with YG63 and YG03. To keep them more in the color scheme I went over the leaves with YR24. I also used YR24 in the open spaces to make the flowers pop, then decided the rust flower didn’t show up enough so went over it with E18. I trimmed the background down to 2¼”, then cut a piece of Blue Denim and used a stitched scallop border die, then placed this over a piece of Faded Brick, which was the closest I could get to Rust. The card base is Sandy Beach. The sentiment from Daisy Delight was stamped in Dark Chocolate.

The Greatest Gift

I did this for the Stay Crafty With Hero Challenge #5 Holiday Headstart. I used a set called The Greatest Gift, CL559. I couldn’t find it in the current Hero Arts catalog, but I did find it on an old stamp inventory I made from 2014. Using my MISTI, I stamped Fabulous Frame by Melanie Muenchinger  for Gina K Designs in Obsidian ink. The Nativity Scene was also inked in Obsidian. I liked the Christmas Blessings sentiment, but it didn’t fit in the oval. So I first inked Christmas in Red Velvet and masked Blessings. Then I masked Christmas and stamped Blessings. Since the Fabulous Frame was released in 2014 and The Greatest Gift is at least that old, I thought this would also work  for the Retro Rubber #133 Anything Goes Challenge. I love being able get a jumpstart on my Christmas cards.

RRCB 133


I love the Cottontail Wishes set from Simon Says Stamp. The bunnies are sooo cute. This is the card I made for my DH. I stamped the bunny in Soft Stone and used C01 and R20 to color him. I cut up a cotton ball to use for his tail. I stamped the eggs and jelly beans from the same set and colored with various Copics. I had several banners in my stash that I cut with a die by Lawn Fawn and the sentiment worked perfectly in one I had cut from Soft Stone. I used Soft Stone for the card base. I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Cut It Up – Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Double D – Banners

Cuttlebug Mania – Easter

Dies R Us – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp – Mood Board

The Old Rugged Cross

This is a variation on an Easter card I did recently. I started with a piece of Wild Dandelion CS and stamped “The Old Rugged Cross” background stamp by Divinity Designs in Warm Glow ink. Next I brushed Wild Dandelion ink using the Sunburst stencil by Gina K Designs. On a piece of white CS I stamped the cross from Easter Wishes by Sunny Studios in Warm Cocoa ink and colored it with Copics – E35 and E33. The drape was colored with BV000 and BV01. The sentiment was stamped in Wild Lilac. I fussy cut the cross. I stamped the tiny daffodils from Framescapes Window of Wishes by Theresa Momber in Warm Glow on either side of the cross and colored with Y08, Y13 and YG23. I ended up separating the flowers from the leaves, then paper pieced them together at the base of the cross. This made the other daffodils sort of fade into the background, so I stamped two more clusters of daffodils and trimmed off just the flowers. I outlined the leaves with a fine line black pen. I was quite pleased with the results. I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Mod Squad

The Card Concept

The Global Design Project

Krafty Chicks

Inkspirational Challenge