gnome christmas card

I made a card with Falliday Fest and Splitcoast Stampers where the challenge is to place a gnome on the card for a holiday. I chose Christmas and made a punch art gnome.

Punch Art Christmas Gnome

I used paper from Celebrate Christmas with Echo Park for the background and greeting. The greeting is from a set from The Stamps of Life, snowglobe2stamp. I used punches to create the gnome. The feet are punched with SU Perennial Flower punch, the body with an SU Ornament punch, the nose with a 5/8 inch circle punch, and the beard with a leaf die from a hibiscus set, and the hat is a Spellbinders triangle die. I had a snowflake eyelet in my stash which worked for the hat decoration. The snowflake in the background is from a Cherry Lynn die. I had snowflake embellishment to add.

I had fun creating this. I found the directions from Dawn Olchefske on a Pinterest post.

Christmas penguins

I have been coloring penguins for the Gina K Designs challenge using critters on your card. The current challenge at Just Us Girls is a mini Slimline card, so I will add this card to that challenge.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2021/11/02/november-2021-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/11/just-us-girls-610-trend-week.html

I used the set Tis the Sea-Sun stamp set for the penguins and greeting. The inside reads Christmas. I made a mini-slimline card. I saw this idea on Pinterest from the blog hop posted when this was introduced in 2017, I think. Clair Brennan used this paper and paper pieced her penguins, so I followed her idea. They are fun critters to color and create a card with, but difficult to photograph when all we are having is gloomy days. The patterned paper is quite shiny, so I kept getting a glare. I think this is acceptable to post. It was fun to create. I am adding this to Just Us Girls Tend Week – mini Slimline cards.

Crafty hugs

I created a card to send to a person receiving treatment for Breast Cancer. She is in process and ready to begin radiation soon. This was a request at Splitcoast Stampers. I hope this card brightens her day and takes her mind off of things for a short time.

Crafty Hugs

This card has a lot of pink. This person loves pink and this occasion fits pink. This pink is Polished Pink, which is a current In-Color from Stampin Up. Most of the marker colors are this year’s In-Colors with the neutral colors of tan and gray mixed in. I used a kit from Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System from August 2020. I tried the club sets for a while, but was not learning quickly so stopped receiving them. This person is a hair dresser, so the request also mentioned adding scissors. I knew scissors were on this plate, so I thought it would be a good option for the card. She is also crafty and makes cards when she is well.

I have been learning the Hot Foil System and having success. The paper is the key. I am using Hammermill paper most of the time. It works wonderfully and I have had success more time than not with this paper. Gina K Designs paper also works well when using colored paper as it has a smooth finish. I have had a few hiccups with that paper and a solid plate to foil, but most of the time, those cardstocks give good results. Taking photos of the foiled cards are tricky. I received help getting a successful photo where the sentiment was readable.

Thanks for sharing in my card that I feel is a foiling success.

Golden bells

I used older stamps on this card with the Retro Rubber Challenge in mind.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/10/challenge-169-anything-goes.html

I used two stamp sets in this card: SU Blended Seasons (2018) and GKD Christmas Greenery (2016). This card has a lot of gold on it as it is also part of the MISTI Monday Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers where the celebration of the 50th challenge is going on and gold is the theme.

The Blended Seasons stamp set is red rubber, so the foliage will not curve easily, so my wreath is not as round as a photopolymer stamp would produce. The gold in the bells and foliage were colored with a gold gel pen. I made my own gold paper with embossing powder.

Fall fun landscape

I enjoyed creating this scene card. I borrowed a set from my daughter to create this fun card.

https://blog.yournextstamp.com/challenge-169-set-the-scene-comment-for-the-chance-to-win/

This is my first time playing in a Your Next Stamp Challenge. The set used is called Scarf Weather by YNS. I wanted something to color that is full of Autumn, so this set was loaned to accomplish my goal. The patterned paper used is Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather. I am fairly sure the paper pack is no longer available as I have had it a few years. It seemed perfect to use for creating my scene. After laying items out, my daughter suggested a fence in the background. I have a Gina K Design Fence die, so it was cut from the same paper pack.

This card is also going to the Splitcoast Stampers Crafter’s of Faith group monthly challenge. This month the verse is Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Let’s show the vibrant glory of God’s handiwork in the earth when it’s autumn. The colors of the leaves on the trees as they die and let go and show us how beautiful it is to let go!

I love the set as it has so many fun characters and a lot of leaves. I used the matching dies for cutting most of the images then used my scissors on a few of the leaves.

Pumpkin chair

Another card using Buffalo Check background with the Make the Cards Challenge in mind.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-35/

I stamped the Power Poppy set So Grateful in Versafine Ink and dried it with a heat gun. I colored the image with watercolor pencils and a water brush which was very dry. This is not watercolor paper, so I didn’t want to add too much water. The buffalo check is stamped with SU Buffalo Check stamp set in SU Early Expresso ink, which matches the card base. The Kraft layer is SU Crumb Cake cardstock.

Painted Flower on check

I decided to give the Make The Cards Challenge a try since the theme has Buffalo Plaid and I like plaid. I found a few other challenge with the help from Buddy Bonnie, so will add those as well.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-35/
https://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/favourite-autumn-or-winter-why.html https://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.com/2021/09/autumn-blessings.html

I used older stamps and retired product on this card. It is so enjoyable to pull out older product and use it rather than it sitting. The background is stamped using Stampin’ Up Buffalo Check, the flower is from Painted Harvest, both retired from SU. The greeting is from a set called So Grateful from Power Poppy. I added a piece of ribbon, matted the focal, popped it up on foam squares and called it complete.

Autumn is my favorite season as I love the cooler weather and the colors as the leaves change. I love mums in my yard and a pumpkin on my front porch. My explanation is for the As You Like It challenge to explain which is my favorite season between Autumn and Winter. I truly do not enjoy winter. I like seeing snow the first time it happens then get very tired of the cold and dreary weather.

Autumn is often a time to be thankful to someone who has helped me. I receive a lot of help from my Buddies and an honored to call them each a friend.

Sunflower

Sometimes I sit down and create a card with one idea in mind and a specific place for posting, then all sorts of challenges fit the same idea. That happened with this card.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2021/09/stencils.html
https://aaacards.blogspot.com/2021/09/game-199-no-layers-optional-twist-hugs.html
https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-hero-challenge-27

Originally I started creating a card for the Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers that I participate in each month. This month’s theme is to create something that begins with S for September. I decided to use sunflowers. Then I added sunshine with the greeting and the stencil. It is one layer and is CAS, so it worked well with the AAA challenge. The stencil is perfect for the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge as well as the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge.

The stamp set used is Newtons Nook’s Sunflower Days. The stencil is from Fun Stampers Journey called Sunrays. I used Lawn Fawn Sunflower ink to blend over the stencil. I colored the sunflowers alcohol ink markers and masked before stenciling. I masked the greeting also.

It has been a long time since I have made a one-layer card and especially one that is Clean and Simple. It was fun to create.