Happy Geranium

I love geraniums. They are such a pretty flower and usually easy to grow in a flower pot. I colored geraniums for the Four Seasons challenge. I see that Colorful Options has the same colors, so it will also go there.

https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/07/july-anything-goes-summer.html https://colorfuloptions.blogspot.com/2022/07/july-2022.html

I used the stamp set Geranium Take Two from Power Poppy. I colored it with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and a bit of water. I wanted a bit of red, so I found a piece of patterned paper from my Lawn Fawn stash. The card base is a MFT piece of cardstock. I gave it texture with the SU Subtle Embossing Folder.

Enjoy Every Moment

I had time to create a card for Can You Handle the Pressure?

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/06/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of_02066267684.html

I used the long ago retired SU Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. Then I added a butterfly which I stenciled and die cut with the Gina K Designs Fluttering Fall layering stencil bundle. The inks used with the butterfly are Lawn Fawn. The stamp with the greeting is Hero Arts. I added gems from my stash of retired SU product. I mounted the card on Turquoise Sea cardstock from Gina K Designs.

I like the butterfly. This is the first time I have used the bundle that I received in April. I hope to have time to create more butterflies and possibly use the stamps that came in the bundle.

Skeleton Spinner

I have been working on Summer Virtual Stamp Night with Splitcoast Stampers. One of the cards is to be a spinner. I found a Frankenstein in my stash all colored and cut out, so I began creating with him in mind. First snag was my circle was too large for my pennies as I didn’t pay enough attention to the details of the tutorial. So off I went for more change and the quarters worked. Next snag was Frankie was too large for the small circle as he kept stopping the spinning motion. Sad to say, he didn’t make it to my card.

This card is all Halloween. It will be entered in the Two Old Bats Halloween challenge. I remembered this challenge thanks to Buddies Gayle and Gerry.

https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/06/june-anything-halloween.html

My card background was created using a Paper Pumpkin Sept 2019 set. I added the candies from a Paper Smooches set.

The card is quite heavy, so it will not be mailed. It does spin! It was fun to create.

Channeling My Inner Gina

Today I created with a Gina K Designs technique. I had so much learning a new technique and made 8 backgrounds before stopping and cleaning up.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2022/06/01/june-2022-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa

The technique is called Polished Stone. Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeRZNI_Xeio&t=50s

I used Ranger cardstock with a glossy finish, ink refills, gold shimmer, and 70% rubbing alcohol. I used cotton balls to apply it all over the cardstock. It is addictive, which is why I kept going. I kept trying different colors to see what they looked like. This one has green, Kraft, and the gold all swirled together. I am not sure what kind of black ink really works on this kind of finish. I started with Versafine and after stamping four times, it still wasn’t dark enough for me. I came back with Archival Ink and stamped it another three or four times. I decided to let it go and let it dry. I added it to a gold layer and then on an Ivory card base. I like this technique and really like the finished card. I chose to let the background be with no embellishments.

I stamped the greeting with Gina K Designs Merry and Bright set.

Christmas House

I have been creating a few Christmas cards lately.

https://peaceonearthchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/06/peace-on-earth-challenge-17.html

This began with a movie theme, Christmas Vacation, but I am not sure that this house really fits the house in the movie. I used an embossing folder to add trees to the background. I tried to add snow with white pigment ink and sparkle embossing powder. I added Nuvo sparkle to the tree and the house. I do like the card and it was fun to create. The stamp set used is Farmhouse Christmas by StampinUp.

Blue Bird

I saw the current Can You Handle the Pressure challenge and knew I had to create a card.

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/06/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of.html

I love watching birds and coloring birds. I used the SU Friendly Hello set for the focal image. The embossing folder is also SU, possibly called Layered Leaves. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers. The oval dies are a combination of SU and Gina K Designs. I chose not to add a greeting to the front. I will place something inside when I am ready to send the card.

Daffodil Thanks

So thrilled that the Power Poppy blog is back and sharing ideas and inspiration. The current challenge is April Flowers Bring May Flowers, so I had to color an image.

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-blossom-challenge-bring-those-may.html

I used the new Sketches of Spring Vol. 1 digital image. These daffodils are so pretty and fun to color with the sketch lines drawn by Marcella Hawley. When I color this again, I plan to change the buds color and the large flower behind the daffodils. This time all of the flowers are colored in yellow and orange tones. I used a variety of alcohol markers on this image. I enjoyed taking the time to color.

This card will be used for my monthly Crafter’s of Faith challenge card at SplitcoastStampers. This month the verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. The challenge is to make a card giving glory to God. I believe all nature gives glory to God, so this image is perfect.

Thanks for stopping by!

Day 10 Mini-Slimline

Rainbow Leaf Mini-Slimline with Gina K
.https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/05/sos471-make-mine-tall-one.html

When I cut my other leaves for my wreath, I cut longer leaves for this card. The paper is the same. The leaf is from a set that someone gave to me. It makes a 5 X 7 gift box and card and it contains many other dies like this leaf. The leaf had no texture, so I embossed the leaves with the Swiss Dots folder. Many of the leaves hung off the edge so I trimmed them.

I am adding this card to the Shopping Our Stash challenge to Make a Tall Card. Since this is a mini-slimline, it fits. The paper is mostly Gina K Designs, My Favorite Things, and Hobby Lobby.

Day 10 Wreath

Day 10 is all about patterns and rainbows.

Die cut wreath with Gina K.

I think anyone who is a Gina K Designs follower will recognize the placement of any wreath made using the wreath builder. I followed her directions today and made the die cut wreath. The dies I used are SU dies that recently retired, so I picked them up for half the original price. This shows one of the leaf dies. I used the colors that Gina used making an 8 color rainbow. My greeting came from a Paper Smooches set. I enjoyed creating with Gina’s ideas.