The challenge at Just Us Girls is to use an inlay die. The challenge at AAA Cards is to create a card with maximum space with an optional twist using metallic. I cut Hugs from a mini stamp set with matching die from Gina K Designs in Silver CS. I also cut Hugs from Sea Glass CS to use as my focal panel and to give the silver die cut a bit more dimension. I then attached it over a silver mat on a Sea Glass card base. The silver Hugs die was then set into the Sea Glass panel to create the inlay look. This is going to a friend who’s been battling cancer off and on for a couple of years. We often send each other email hugs.

Nemo’s Hiding

Once again Dad is looking for Nemo who’s hiding in some seagrass. The Forest Branches EF reminded me of waves, especially when embossed on Sea Glass CS. The sand and sentiment strip were cut from Kraft. The fish from Under the Sea by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs were colored with Copics: YR04, YR07, B21, B23, B24, B28, C1. The sentiment is from the My Monthly Hero kit for January cut with the banner die that came in the kit. I edged the sentiment strip with Copic E43 to give it a little dimension. I was pondering how to create the sea grass. The sea grass from Under the Sea is lovely but was too intricate to fussy cut. I tried to hand cut some, but wasn’t satisfied with the result. Then in yesterday’s mail I got my order from Hero Arts that included the Watering Can and Fancy Flowers dies. The tulip leaves in the die set were perfect. I glued them together at the base. I put half of a dimensional on Nemo’s white stripe and one on his back and sandwiched him between the center leaf and the focal panel. The other fish I also attached with dimensionals. The sentiment strip was also attached with dimensionals. The focal panel is matted with Black Onyx, then placed on a Sea Glass card base. This was so much fun to make.

Easter Blessings

I’m getting a jump start on Easter cards. I stamped The Old Rugged Cross background stamps (Divinity Designs) in GKD Warm Glow Ink on Ivory CS, then cut with the largest Deckle Rectangle die from Pawsitively Pawsome  Designs, matted with Bubblegum Pink on a Grass Green card base. The flowers and sentiment are from the Daffodil set by Divinity Designs, cut with the matching die. Colored with Copics Y04, Y08, Y18, G24, G46, R81, R83. The vase was cut with a Marvy punch – this is the reverse side of one of the vases I cut a couple of weeks ago for Valentines when I cut the design upside down. Nice that the reverse side worked. I’m entering this in the CAS Colors & Sketches #358 and Simon Says Wednesday Add a Sentiment


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.

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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