Leaf Trio

I made a card today for a Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The theme is leaves. I see that the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge is also leaves. I will add it to that challenge as well.

https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/09/sos480-leaf-me-alone.html

The leaves and swirls are from a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Stitched Leaves. The cardstock I used is called Blue Lagoon, also GKD. The greeting is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I had several sheets of backgrounds I created a few months ago using the Polished Stone technique. I stamped the leaves and cut them from two of those pieces.

I love challenges that enable me to use my stash. It has been a long time since these images have seen ink and I enjoyed creating with this set.

Royalty Tribute

I played with a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers honoring Queen Elizabeth II using any kind of mixed media. I do very little mixed media, but chose to give it a try.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3098240?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

I used several stamp sets in completing this card. I used Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness for the greeting and castle. The crown came from Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After. The corgi’s came from My Favorite Things Best in Show along with the pedestal the queen dog is standing on.

The background is on a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I began with a stencil and acrylic paint. I came back after it dried and began adding green ink colors, but that wasn’t enough. Then I remembered I had Ken Oliver pigment powders, so I shook a few colors on the background and applied a lot of water. I let it dry then sprayed gold spray onto it. This gold is from Stampin Up and I must have added water to it at some point; it is in a small mister bottle that I shake. After drying, I decided it finally looked like a lawn fit for a queen.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed creating this card. I am not sure when I will dive into the mixed media again, but I know I can create this way when I choose to spend the time.

One Layer Sympathy

I usually have a few sympathy cards in my stash, but often not a one layer one. I like having several so when I need them, I don’t have to rush and make one.

https://aaacards.blogspot.com/2022/09/game-223-no-layers-sympathy-card.html

I was inspired by buddies Gayle and Johanna to create a one layer sympathy card. I used the Simon Says Stamp Vintage Garden set to produce this card. I embossed everything in clear powder over black ink, but wanted a bit of color. Out came Stampin’ Up markers to add a bit of color using Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

Thanks for the nudge to create this card.

Halloween Window

I am in the process of creating Halloween cards for an Assisted Living Center. This card started a few months ago, then I put it away and today I took it out and finished it. I think it is a calm and nice card for someone who would enjoy a calmer Halloween.

https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-anything-halloween.html

The window is from a Stampin Up set called Happy Scenes. I colored the image with alcohol markers and added a bit of blending with brushes. I can’t remember which inks I used to blend the background, but it was either Gina K Designs or Lawn Fawn inks. The greeting was stamped with Gina K Designs ink, but can’t remember which orange color it is. The wall is patterned paper from Gina K Designs, Grateful Heart pack. I think it looks like a Dining Room. I used GKD cardstock for the base and I think it might be Prickly Pear.

This is a calm card for someone who doesn’t like cards with monsters, ghosts, or scary scenes. I enjoyed creating in and was thrilled to finally finish it.

Fall Leaves

Our weather is changing with cooler evenings making it feel like Fall. Since it is feeling like Fall, I made a card with leaves.

https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-63/
http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2022/09/pp607-theme-challenge-from-ann.html

I used the Stampin’Up retired set called Blended Seasons for the leaves. I moved the image several times in my MISTI to have leaves all over the background. I used watercolor paper and embossed the leaves in gold to capture the water and color. The color palette is from Splitcoast Stampers CC912: Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green. To make the color more intense, I used reinkers for Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry. I do not own a green one, so came back with a marker to give it more color.

The Hello is a die from Gina K Designs which came in a butterfly stencil kit. I chose to use the Early Expresso color to cut the word Hello and Vellum for the shadow.

I really like how this card came out. I enjoy watercolor in how quickly you can achieve vibrant color on the image.

Plaid Birthday

I thought a while on the Navy and Lime Green colors for the Color Hues challenge, knowing I needed to turn it into a birthday card for the Seize the Birthday challenge. These are not colors I generally mix, but I finally found a way to mix them.

https://colorhuesthecolorchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/color-hues-48-and-our-2nd-birthday.html http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-246-collaboration-with.html

The plaid background was created with a plaid stencil from Newton’s Nook. I inked it with GKD Key Lime ink, then flipped the stencil and inked it again with GKD In the Navy ink. It made an interesting background. Next I die cut the Big Happy Birthday die from Lawn Fawn three times with this very bright green cardstock from Hobby Lobby. It is close to the Key Lime color I used for the ink. I paired this green with a navy cardstock also from Hobby Lobby. I think this will make a nice masculine card to add to my stash, however, if a women loves green, this would work her as well.

Reindeer Tag Square Card

I have been using items that have been in my stash for a long time. I often forget what I own until a challenge inspires me. I was inspired by a theme to create a card for a classic Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. With that theme, out came a few reindeer dies.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/08/challenge-190-tag-youre-it.html https://peaceonearthchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/09/peace-on-earth-christmas-challenge-23.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-98/

I love the Retro Rubber Challenge as it helps me use my stash of older supplies. This reindeer is a Stephanie Bernard and Sizzix set from October 2017. That was the closest date I could come up with based on a Google search. The tag dies used are from Hero Arts and also a Spellbinders die. All are several years old and are retired. I have been using the scraps from Echo Park Celebrate Christmas released in 2018, per my search. If you like the paper, it is still available.

The Peace on Earth Christmas challenge is always Anything Goes, but on the mood board is a red pillow with snowflakes. My Kraft patterned paper with the red greeting and snowflakes reminds me of that pillow.

Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes. I will add it to that challenge as well.

Thanks for sharing in this card today.

Sunflower Fun

September is quickly approaching and I always think of sunflowers in September. The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge is all about Sunflowers.

https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/08/sunflowers.html

I used the August 2021 set from Hero Arts for the sunflowers. This was colored with the stencils and the ink that came in the kit. The background is a Stampin Up set. I used Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus cardstock and matching ink on the background.