Denim anyone?

Tonight kicks off the Virtual Stamp Night Mini at Splitcoast Stampers. I am a hostess for one challenge in mid-December so I was able to create samples for several challenges. Following is my first sample.

This card was completed in one hour exactly. The rules are to complete the card in one hour. Now, there are short cuts. You can have card bases created ahead of time, images colored and just taken out to use, backgrounds created to use and anything you create ahead of time is fair game to use. However, I had nothing created ahead of time so I worked quite quickly in finishing this card. It helps to know your images, dies, embossing folders, and what papers are available ahead of time.

I knew I had this pocket stamp from an old Stampin Up set. I say old as it is woodblock and one of the first I purchased back in around 2004 – 2006, so it came out to be used. It comes with girls and a frog, but I wanted a more winter theme. The cardstock is very retired Midnight Muse from SU. I embossed the pocket in gold embossing powder. The gingerbread are Stephanie Bernard/Sizzix dies. I die cut them in SU Crumb Cake and red cardstock from my stash. I added a tag with the same cardstock. The background was rather plain, so I embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and added a bit of Blue Denim ink.

This was a fun card to create. If you enjoy these kinds of challenges, feel free to join in.

Give Thanks Wreath

I have been creating with the colors Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, and Mango Melody for the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I chose to make a wreath which fits right in with Double Trouble Paper Crafting challenge.

In addition to the colors I listed above, I used Soft Suede for the card base as well as the greeting. The stamps and dies were created with SU Arrange a Wreath stamp and die set. I used a retired SU embossing folder in the background. The gold paper is from my stash. I used a gold sharpie marker to color clear gems for the flower centers.

With this challenge, Thing1 said to use a circle or circular element, so my wreath is the circle. Thing3 said to use a fall or Halloween theme, so I chose fall. I missed Thing2 because I placed my greeting in the wrong place. If I had placed it in the center of the wreath, it would have worked. It is still a fun challenge and I enjoyed creating the wreath card.

Thanks for stopping by.

The 90’s!

Do you remember the 90’s? Life was busy in the 90’s. I took a trip with my childhood friend to Florida, bought my first car, got married, had children and several pets, bought a house and worked at my job. I am sure there were more things that happened in the 90’s, but those are highlights. You are wondering why I am taking a trip down memory lane…Well, I am the guest designer for the Retro Rubber Challenge and the theme is the 90’s!

You see it is a color challenge, so dig out those retro colors and give this challenge a try!

I chose Mimi going Extreme with her snowboarding. The stamp set is named Extreme Mimi. She is a wood block stamp with a date of 2012. The embossed background is from Stampin Up Scattered Sequins; it reminds me of snowflakes. I used Gina K/Thermoweb Stitched Ovals dies. To color Mimi, many waterbased markers came out of hiding: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock, Baked Brown Sugar, Ruby Red, Terracotta Tile (all retired), then I used alcohol markers for her face: Spectrum Noir FS2 with SU Light Pink Pirouette for the cheeks. The snow was colored with Copic BG70 and I outlined her with BG10. The waterbased markers were blended with a Tombow blender pen.

It was fun to bring the retro image back to life. I enjoyed finding the various colors to fit the challenge. Come join me and create a retro card!

Shepherds in the Field

I am getting into Christmas card making mode and used the colors from the As You See It Challenge for the inspiration.

I used the stamp set Every Blessing from Stampin Up, issued in 2015. I have used it each year since I purchased it. The colors used are Starry Sky in ink and cardstock, Mango Melody, which I used Sweet Mango from Gina K Designs for the substitute, and Parakeet Party. I laid the card on Parakeet Party for the photo. The black cardstock is My Favorite Things with Gina K Designs Black Onyx ink.

I really enjoyed blending these colors together. I was inspired by the DT Heather Cooper on the As You See It Challenge. I liked how her blended background looked so I gave it a try. Mine looks quite different from hers.

Thanks for sharing in my card. I enjoyed stopping my busy life and creating.

Stacked Pumpkins Card

Another image that I stamped recently and finally colored. I used patterned paper from Gina K Designs with the fun image from Stampendous.

Recently I learned that the owner of Stampendous was moving her studio to her home. The store and factory have closed so for right now, any new stamps can be purchased from a store near you or online. This image came from someone whose Hardware store was selling all of it’s rubber stamps. The name of this set is Jack Stack. I colored it with several alcohol markers. The patterned paper is from the Grateful Heart pad from GKD. The word Boo is from Feeling Fall from Power Poppy.

This card will be entered in Make the Cards Challenge, Crafting Happiness, Four Seasons, and Double D Challenge. All are about pumpkins or Halloween.

I did enjoy coloring this image. It took me a while to settle on patterned paper, the card layout, and all of the needed pieces. I am happy with the card.

Adding this card to Two Old Bats challenge. Not sure how I missed it…I think I was trying to get the ones I remembered and just missed this one.

Thanks for sharing in my card! I did have fun and it is ready to be mailed to someone whose birthday is Halloween.

Pumpkins and Cat card

A few weeks ago, I stamped several images. Recently I colored a a fun image with stacked pumpkins and a cat.

This is the Feeling Fall image from Power Poppy. I colored it with alcohol markers and cut it out with ovals from Gina K Designs. The card base is Coral Reef from GKD with a layer of Turquoise Sea, and a strip of Slate. The pumpkins on the Turquoise Sea layer are from GKD Autumn Wreath Builder also the smaller ones are from SU Halloween Scares. The cat images and the splatter on the Slate strip are from the same SU set.

The Power Poppy challenge is to use an image with fruit or vegetables. I chose fruit as pumpkins are a fruit due to the seeds.

The Crafting Happiness challenge is all about Halloween. This image definitely fits the Halloween vibe.

The Four Seasons Challenge is to use anything about October. Pumpkins are definitely part of October.

The Double D Challenge is also anything to do with October. I saw pumpkins on the mood board.

I left the greeting off of the front as it would be too busy. I placed it inside. Thanks for sharing the time with me today to view my card.

Birthday Cake

I created a one layer card today. The Seize the Birthday challenge is all about a clean and simple card. I added splatter, but I think it will still fit the CAS category.

I used two Stampin Up sets for this card: Happy Birthday to You and Go To Greetings. I stamped the images in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The color palette I used is from Splitcoast Stampers CC915 Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Pale Papaya. I added a little Mango Melody on the berries and floral centers. I used a water brush to color the image, which give it a much softer tone for the cake.

I haven’t made a CAS card in quite a while. I keep wanting to add more to the card front, cut things out and pop them up, and just turn it into a card that is not CAS. It will mail easily this way.