valentine chicken

Odd title?–stayed tuned.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/valentines-day-card/
https://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/2022/01/wwc333-dawns-challenge-all-about.html

The chicken is from SU Birds of a Feather set as well as the greeting. I found heart stamps in other sets from Gina K Designs, but can’t remember which set I grabbed the hearts from. The row of hearts border is from a Sizzix set designed by Stephanie Bernard that has a lot of hearts on it, but again, don’t have the name handy.

I saw this idea on Pinterest where it had the chicken at the top and red gingham at the bottom. I changed her idea from ribbon to the heart border. My background was so plain, so the hearts were added. I made 5 of these cards total. They will be going to an assisted living center.

This card is also being added to Watercooler Wednesday All About Occasions Challenge. I have been watching this challenge for quite some time, but have never entered or it has been quite a while.

Beautiful Friendship Background

I created a card with a background and greeting for the Mod Squad Challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/handmade-background-focal/

I used the set called Beautiful Friendship from Stampin Up and a greeting from Maymay Made It, Big Time Sayings. I stamped the flowers with SU In-colors Polished Pink and Pale Papaya. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz. I stamped the Hello with a gray color, then added Versamark to emboss it. I stamped along with a favorite crafter on YouTube in creating this card.

Celebrate!

I have been watercoloring with Gina K Designs ink with her current challenge is mind.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2022/01/01/january-2022-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa

I used my all time favorite Gina K Designs kit, Petals and Wings. I purchased this kit in 2012, shortly after we moved into our current home. It is red rubber stamps. I used the texture background stamp inking it with Lucky Clover, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Wisteria, then spritzing with water. I blotted a bit with paper towel and let it dry. I stamped the flowers from the kit, three times with Black Onyx ink. I colored the flowers with a Copic marker that matches Turquoise Sea ink. The Turquoise Sea background is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I think this is the first folder I purchased and it is still the most used out of my many folders. I added the vertical greeting from Vertical Greetings 2 set illustrated by Theresa Momber.

Party balloons

Off to a new year with Party Balloons!

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/01/party-balloons-challenge.html
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/01/seize-birthday-229-blue-and-gray.html

A celebration is not complete without party balloons. These balloons were die cut using Lawn Fawn Party Balloons dies and an assortment of cardstock scraps. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings along with a matching die. I made a frame using The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangles. I added a bit of twine to each balloon from my twine stash from SU Paper Pumpkin kits. A bit of sparkle was added to each balloon. The star background is from a retired MFT birthday paper pack. I know whoever receives this card will love the sparkle and enjoy the party atmosphere.

MSC snowflake wreath

Combining several challenges with this card. The Make the Cards Challenge #44 is to make a winter themed card, while ModSquad Challenge is only snowflakes. My card is square for the MISTI challenge at SplitCoast Stampers. So fun when one card meets several challenges.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-44/
https://modsquadchallenge.com/just-snowflakes/

I used snowflakes from the Joy of the Season set which was a collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Gina K Designs for Stamptember 2018. I purchased it used, but it was never inked. I saw an idea from Laura Bassen where she made a rainbow wreath and I love her creations, so I CASED her card. The greeting is from the Holiday Wreath Builder stamp set from Gina K Designs. I used the wreath builder stencil to stamp the wreath. I added dots to the center of each snowflake with Nuvo Drops.

Virtual stamp night mini

Each quarter there is a virtual stamp night at Splitcoast Stampers. This time the theme is TV series. I worked on the mini challenges over several days.

Great Joy Christmas

This card was for 3rd Rock from the Sun and the challenge was to make a galaxy card. I chose to ink blend a background with Lawn Fawn inks. I splattered it with a couple of different white watercolor paints, but all that showed up is water droplets. I let it all dry then added the stamping the next day. This is a SU set called Every Blessing and the greeting I used is from a Maymay Made It set called Christmas Miracle. I have made several Christmas cards this year and I think this is my favorite. It hasn’t been mailed, yet.

Bee Well Soon

This card was created for a MASH theme where the challenge is to create a humorous Get Well card. I chose to use Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties. I kept it very simple with little coloring and a little ink blending.

Candy Cane Banner

This is for the TV Guide magazine. The challenge is to use only red, white, and one other color. I chose green as my other color. I had this banner in my stash for a couple of years, created from Echo Park Celebrate Christmas. I had this candy cane and bow in my stash for a couple of years, so it came out for my red and white. I added a bit of twine and called it good.

Each of these challenges has to be completed within one hour. The time to prepare does not count and you can use pre-colored images from your stash. I enjoy the challenges sometimes. The actual event is December 17 and 18. Usually there are two weeks or more to complete the challenges. Even if I do not participate in the actual event, I do enjoy the mini-challenges.

Thanks for spending time with me and reading this post.

Deer, trees, and snow

I created a fun card that will work for several challenges.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/animal-themed-holiday/
https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2021/11/trees.html
http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/11/162-cute-christmas.html
http://www.global-design-project.com/2021/11/global-design-project-319-theme.html

First challenge is Mod Squad with the animal themed holiday. I made this deer to have a red nose like Rudolph. This is definitely a Christmas themed card with the lights and red nose. I didn’t have a suitable Merry Christmas that would really fit, so I went with the greetings from the stamp set. This stamp set is Snow Wonderful by Your Next Stamp.

Second Challenge is Double D with trees. This evergreen tree was blended with a stencil from Newton’s Nook, called Evergreen. I cut a small portion of the trees out to use on this card.

The Third challenge is Make My Monday Challenge with Cute Christmas. I think this image with the girl and her reindeer are cute. It was fun to color.

The Fourth challenge is Global Design Project with Christmas. This card will be mailed for Christmas.

The snowflake background was created with a die from The Stamps of Life. I used and glitter cardstock placed on a blue background. Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops were added to the snowflakes, the tree, the lights, the reindeer nose, and the greeting.

This was fun card to create. I was thrilled to find several challenges to share this with. Thanks for looking and reading this long post.

Love and laughter

I had an idea for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, so quickly I began stamping.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/11/challenge-446-colours.html

I used the stamp set Forever Greenery by Stampin’Up. I placed a mask in the center with Mint tape from Scrapbook dot com. It worked well for the mask as it came off easily. I did have to use a brush to remove a bit of embossing powder before heat setting. The greenery is stamped in Mossy Meadow. Some of the images were stamped off, so they were stamped with second generation stamping, giving the greenery a few different tones of color. I used Polished Pink for the small dots. This is the perfect anniversary card and there are a couple family anniversaries coming, so it will go out soon.

Autumn gnome

While all of the supplies were out, I created an Autumn gnome for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Gnome

The acorns are from The Stamps of Life. I found this patterned paper in my stash.