Guest Designer for Retro Rubber Challenge

I am honored to be guest designing for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for the newest challenge. I was sent the sketch and it didn’t disappoint.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/07/challenge-162-sketches.html
https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/07/challenge-162-sketches.html

I chose Penny Black Sweet Thing dated 2009 on the wood block. The greeting comes from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler which was released in 2011. I chose turquoise for the background, cupcake, and strip highlight; I like it with the bright pink tones. I used gems from retired Stampin Up colors. With a white gel pen, I was able to add brightness to the cupcake sprinkles. I enjoyed using the sketch. Join me in this challenge using older product you probably have on hand.

Just Because

While the cardstock was out for the CAS Colors & Sketches Challenge #426, I made another card. This will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/06/challenge-426-double-challenge.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-85/

I used the Floral Essence set and matching punch from Stampin Up. I also used the Tiny Textures set from Gina K Designs for texture on the flag and behind the flowers, but also for the greeting. I used all colors from the challenge and added gray as my neutral. This is an odd size card. I cut the stitched rectangles first and then the flag. It was all too large to fit on an A2 card so I made a 5 X 7 size card, but that was too much white space below the flag, so I trimmed it down. The finished card size is 5 X 6 or close to it. I will fit in a 5 X 7 envelope for mailing.

I enjoyed creating with these colors and sketch.

Owl Birthday

I began pulling out cardstock and ink colors to match for the CAS Colors & Sketch Challenge #426. I also found the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, so the following card will be entered in both places.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/06/challenge-426-double-challenge.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-85/

I followed the sketch using the colors Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, and Peach Parfait. All of the cardstock colors were found in the containers inherited by my Mother, but she did not own the inks or markers for each of these colors. I did my best to match the inks and usable markers in other brands.

I used Gina K Designs Birthday Hoot set. I paper pieced the balloons with matching cardstock and colored the birthday hat and owl with markers. I struggle with leaving cardstock plain, so I added texture with embossing folders. I used Lifestyle Crafts Birthday set for the background and flag as it is a 2 folder set. I used the SU Subtle folder for the Tangerine Tango layer behind the owl. If course, the owl had to have googly eyes.

This is a fun card. I send quite a few birthday cards and have no idea who will receive this card.

June Challenge Your Stash

Today is the day to post cards for the Challenge Your Stash group at Split Coast Stampers. This month the challenge is to Make a project with a Tiger – or a wild cat of any sort: lion, puma, panther, cheetah–just not a domestic pet.

Birthday Lion

First of all, we are having stormy weather and sunshine is not in the forecast for several days. With that in mind, I did my best to get light with a daylight bulb and a few pieces of cardboard around the light. This card looks much better than the photograph will show, but you can see the blue and green.

I stenciled the clouds with a gifted stencil from a stamp buddy, using Lawn Fawn ink in a light blue color. I blended green ink on the ground then added grass with a darker green ink. The grass is from a Stampin Up set called Sending Sunshine; it is retiring on Wednesday so if you like it, get it now. The sun is from a Gina K Designs set called Own Kind of Beautiful; it is long ago retired. The regal lion comes from The Stamps of Life, lions2stamp with matching dies. I stamped the lion with Lawn Fawn and Gina K Designs ink in Kraft, Sandy Beach, Sunshine, and dark brown colors, then came back with Prismacolor pencils to add texture and the orange mane. I have never penciled on top of ink before, but it worked beautifully for the needed color. I chose a greeting from The Stamps of Life set and called the card finished.

Thanks for spending time with me and this lion.

Floral No Stamping

This card has no stamping. I used several punches and dies in creating the flowers and cardstock pieces.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/just-us-girls-challenge-588-trend-week.html

I participate in a swap every few months with a few ladies. One person chooses a card idea to CASE and we all create a card that goes along with the idea. I chose to use patterned paper and cardstock from Hobby Lobby for the weaving pattern and flowers. I used three different punches to create the flower, then embossing it with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. That gave it needed texture. The leaves were die cut with a Spellbinders die. I added a bit of ink and texture with an SU embossing folder. Then I thought it needed more, so I cut vellum leaves using the same die and MFT vellum cardstock. The Hi was a freebie from The Stamps of Life and it worked perfectly for the greeting. I didn’t like this on the plain white cardbase so used a gray from Stampin Up embossed with the Subtle folder.

When we decided on the card to CASE, the other ladies thought it would be easy to follow and not a lot of work. This took quite a few steps to create and turned out to more of a challenge than I thought. Now that I have made one, the others will be easier to create.

This card will be entered in the Just Us Girls No Stamping challenge.

Relax under the Umbrella

The following card is using MFT Color Challenge 167 with a beach theme for the Retro Rubber Challenge.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/cc167 https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/06/challenge-160-summer-breeze.html

I used the stamp set Beach Happy from SU, dated 2019. The ink colors I chose are SU Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and GKD Kraft. I used SU Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base and the Seaside Embossing Folder also by SU, retired. I used a stitched rectangle die, from The Stamps of Life, to cut the umbrella images out and the size wouldn’t fit on an A2 size card, so I made a 5 X 7 inch card base so the three umbrellas would fit across the card. I used partial embossing to make the stitched border around using a slimline die, but then I felt it was missing something so I added the embossing. I saw this idea on Pinterest for this stamp set, and modified it to fit the color challenge and the size of my dies.

Sheetload of Cards June 2021

I love sketches and have enjoyed the Sheetload of Cards by Crafty Al each month. I used this month’s sketch to create several cards.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
KODAK Digital Still Camera

I used Lawn Fawn stamps for these cards: Sweetest Flavor and Wavy Sayings. The cardstock is all Hobby Lobby as well as the patterned paper. The patterned paper has been in my stash for a few years and was thrilled to be reminded that I had it with CS to match. I added texture with the Subtle Embossing Folder, recently retired, from Stampin’Up. That layer was not in the sketch but I really like the added texture. In total I made 10 cards as I made two of each color. There are more colors in the patterned paper and a lot more sheets, so hopefully I will be inspired soon to use more.

MSC Hello Friend

The current challenge at Mod Squad is to keep your card with a simple focus, one image and no embellishments, or the card will be removed. I took this challenge and it was not as easy as it sounded.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/simple-focus/
KODAK Digital Still Camera

This card was created using the set Friendship Blooms with was a collaboration of Hero Arts and Gina K Designs. I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils and used Stampin’Up Crumb Cake cardstock. I heat embossed with GKD Detail White embossing powder.

I found this challenging as I wanted to add glitter to the flowers and possibly gems to draw the eye down the page better. But I left it alone.

Before this card I had worked on another card. This didn’t make the cut for the challenge.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

After I finished coloring this image, I thought it needed something else, so I added clear sparkle to the flowers. Then I added gems. So, I was ready to post and read the directions again and this one didn’t make the cut. I totally love the card and mailed it, so someone will be able to enjoy it and hopefully it will bring a smile to her face when she opens it.

Challenge Your Stash May

Each month on the 28th, I share a card for the Challenge Your Stash group at Split coast Stampers. This month’s theme is to create a slimline or mini-slimline card. I chose a slimline

Magnolia birthday front
Magnolia birthday inside

I used SU Magnolia Blooms and Happy Thoughts for this card. The dies are Spellbinders oval dies. I used TSOL slimline dies for one of the layers. I colored the flowers with alcohol markers. The ribbon was in my stash.