Penguins Welcoming 2023

I had fun coloring the newest free digital image from Gerda Steiner Designs.

I do not make a lot of New Year’s cards. This will go to my swap partner, Michelle. I am participating in a Baker’s Dozen swap at Splitcoast Stampers, which means we swap cards for 13 weeks. This is for week 5.

The image is from Gerda Steiner Designs and it is free:

I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils in Gold and Silver. I did add a bit of orange for the beaks. I came back and used a gold pen quite a bit to make the gold brighter. I used Stickles for the hat and scarfs. I am happy with the card. I think Michelle will like it.

The inside is Stampin Up and The Stamps of Life product. This penguin was colored so I added him.

The colors for this card were from the Color Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I placed it in the gallery for that challenge. It was selected as the favorite last week.

Stripes, Dressing up an Animal, Feathers

Here are my samples for three more challenges.

My Jolly Snowman was really pushing the hour time limit. I used a background from Simon Says Stamp called Stripes. It took forever to dry as I inked it at least 3 times using my MISTI. I struggled getting the stripes stamped cleanly. The snowman is from Inkadinkadoo and I have had it for many years. It has stripes on the hat and scarf, so it was perfect for the stripes challenge. I layered it two times. The second oval is hiding a major mistake and didn’t want to start again. The paper color is Soft Succulent. I used the pen gifted me for Christmas for the gold (Thanks Bonnie!). The greeting is a Paper Smooches greeting. I did enjoy this card, even though it took time creating and a long time drying.

Since the penguin helped decorate flamingo, he had to have his place in the spotlight. I used the penguin from The Stamps of Life to get him festive for Winter. The background paper is Gina K Designs. I love this penguin and was thrilled to create with him.

My last challenge for today is Feathers. I used a walrus from Paper Smooches along with the hat and greeting. He gets his feather from Hero Arts already created sitting in my stash. I kept the tag simple with a bit of twine. Some day, this will probably go onto a card as I rarely give gifts these days.

Thanks for sharing in my card. There are three more challenges that I have not created for. I hope to take care of that soon.

Fashionista Bouquet

My challenge is to create a bouquet based on a bouquet by Teleflora.

Above is the inspiration piece. It can be found on Teleflora website and is titled Fashionista Blooms:

So I here is the card I created:

I chose a stamp and die set from Reverse Confetti, The Best Days. It was colored with Zig Clean Brush markers. I kept this card simple. I have used this set before and it was not done in the CAS style, but for creating in one hour or less, CAS worked well.

Flamingo, layers and Lace

More challenges for Virtual Stamp Night. Saturday challenges took of at 12 EST. I made samples for three of the ones posted today. The challenges are ongoing today and there will be a total of 10 new ones today.

First up is Dress up a Flamingo. I chose a flamingo from The Stamps of Life. She got her clothing from the penguin. I enjoyed creating this flamingo card.

Next is Layers. When styling in the fashion world, sometimes layers add to the outfit. I used a sketch from Dawn Griffith #238. I love her sketches as they tell exactly what size to cut the paper and die cuts. The sketch made the time used 45 minutes on this card. Everything is Stampin Up. Hippest Hippos is the stamp set used and Lovely Lipstick is the cardstock and patterned paper color.

The last one I am sharing right now is Ladies and Lace. I used Uptown Girls from Art Impressions. I colored as fast as I could using colored pencils and gamsol.

My challenge is coming up in 20 minutes. I hope to be back later to share more challenge samples. Thanks for reading and seeing what I am up to.

Happy Birthday

The final challenge from Friday evening was large sentiments.

I chose the Lawn Fawn Giant Happy Birthday Die for the star of the card. I stacked it with three layers of white cardstock to make it thicker. The polished stone background was in my stash waiting to be used. I found a color in my Gina K Designs cardstock from many years ago from a pack called Calypso. It worked perfectly for a layer and the greeting. I added the toucan already colored and fussy cut, then balanced it out with the flower. Those images are from Catherine Pooler’s stamp set Toucan Do It.

When I made this, I liked the tone on tone. Now I am wishing for a bit more contrast, but have no idea what I would change.

Thanks for sharing in my samples. I have been making samples for a few weeks with not much else. I am ready to move on. Today the other challenges go live and I do have 3 more challenges that I haven’t made a card for. I will make them as I get to them.

60’s fashion

Challenge D brings in the 60’s fashion.

I used a set by Avery Elle. The bells are similar to bells with the 60’s theme I found on Pinterest. I used a 60’s color palette to color the bells. I colored them with Zig Clean Color markers.

My first attempt too well over one hour, so I scaled it back only placing color on the bells. I finished in less than the hour.

Challenge C Tuxedo Fold

There is a tutorial for a tuxedo fold on SCS. I followed it to the letter.

I used SU gray colors and white for the shirt. I had gray gems from Hobby Lobby and made my buttons. I had a punch to create the bow tie. I have no plans for this card. No one in my life is getting married or has any reason to need a tux.

VSN Challenge B is up

Challenge B is all about the Little Black Dress. I chose to actually create a card with a black dress.

The embossing folder is SU retired as well as the dress form. I found rhinestones to add a bit of jewelry to the dress form. The dress is cut from black glitter paper. I need a stylish reason to actually use this card.

December Virtual Stamp Night A

The first challenge is up on Splitcoast Stampers for Virtual Stamp Night. It is all about Ugly Sweaters.

This mouse is adorable in his sweater. The mouse is from Stampin Up as well as the paper and embossing folder. The reindeer image and banner are from Bo Bunny Joyful Christmas. Yes, this was made in one hour. I think it took the whole time.