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!

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/

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.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2022/10/285.html
https://peaceonearthchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/10/peace-on-earth-christmas-challenge-25.html https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/10/challenge-193-anything-goes.html

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.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-65/
https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/
https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/10/octoberfest-challenge.html https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-halloween.html

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.

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/10/octoberfest-challenge.html https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/10/135-halloween-all-month-long.html http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

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.

http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-248-clean-and-simple.html

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.

Fruit Wreath

I was inspired to create today, so this is my second card. This card will be entered in three challenges.

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/uys-467-woodgrain-double-trouble.html
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

The Double Trouble challenge is to use a die cut or punch and then you meet Thing 2’s challenge to add woodgrain. They are collaborating with Use Your Stuff which is about woodgrain. Power Poppy challenge is to use fruit or vegetables on your card.

I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber embossing folder on my background. I used a natural colored cardstock from My Favorite Things for the embossing then inked it with Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa ink. I decided a wreath would be a good addition for the die cutting. These dies are from Stampin’Up, called Arrange a Wreath. I placed my fruit image in the middle of the wreath for the Power Poppy challenge. My image is from the set called Feeling Fall. I colored it with alcohol markers a week ago and then left it sit till I was inspired to use it. The greeting came from Gina K Designs Star Flower, which I inked with Slate ink.

I really like how this card turned out. I enjoyed piecing so many products together, which is something I struggle with.

Friend Leaves

Odd title…I think I am sorry a friend is leaving. That is not what this is about. This card is all about leaves that are falling in our yards this time of year. Our leaves have not turned color, yet, but some are falling.

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/09/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of_0861663957.html https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html

I posted a card yesterday using leaves cut from backgrounds I made with the Polished Stone Technique. I had several leaves cut, so today I was inspired to continue creating with these leaves. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the base and embossed layer. The background was embossed with the Darice Fall Leaves Swirl EF. The leaves are from the Gina K Designs Stitches Leaves stamp set with matching dies. I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder. I chose the Hello Friend greeting from a Paper Pumpkin July 2019 kit called On My Mind. I added gold foil to the greeting and embossed layer, which I think really helped bring all of the gold together.

I enjoyed creating this card. I was wanting to continue using those leaves and this came together so easily. This card will also be added to the Double Trouble Paper Crafting use a die or punch. This card uses only dies for this challenge so I posted Thing 1’s badge.

Leaf Trio

I made a card today for a Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The theme is leaves. I see that the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge is also leaves. I will add it to that challenge as well.

https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/09/sos480-leaf-me-alone.html

The leaves and swirls are from a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Stitched Leaves. The cardstock I used is called Blue Lagoon, also GKD. The greeting is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I had several sheets of backgrounds I created a few months ago using the Polished Stone technique. I stamped the leaves and cut them from two of those pieces.

I love challenges that enable me to use my stash. It has been a long time since these images have seen ink and I enjoyed creating with this set.

Royalty Tribute

I played with a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers honoring Queen Elizabeth II using any kind of mixed media. I do very little mixed media, but chose to give it a try.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3098240?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

I used several stamp sets in completing this card. I used Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness for the greeting and castle. The crown came from Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After. The corgi’s came from My Favorite Things Best in Show along with the pedestal the queen dog is standing on.

The background is on a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I began with a stencil and acrylic paint. I came back after it dried and began adding green ink colors, but that wasn’t enough. Then I remembered I had Ken Oliver pigment powders, so I shook a few colors on the background and applied a lot of water. I let it dry then sprayed gold spray onto it. This gold is from Stampin Up and I must have added water to it at some point; it is in a small mister bottle that I shake. After drying, I decided it finally looked like a lawn fit for a queen.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed creating this card. I am not sure when I will dive into the mixed media again, but I know I can create this way when I choose to spend the time.