Xmas Express

Mod Squad Challenge – Tis the Season Vehicles

My card today will be entered into the Mod Squad Challenge “Tis the Season” to include a vehicle on our project. My pick up truck delivering a Christmas tree as well as the embossing folder are part of a Recollections (Michael’s) 6 piece stamp set. The sentiment is from an older Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set purchased many years ago on clearance. The main image was stamped in GKD Cherry Red and Christmas Pine then stamped again in VersaMark ink and clear heat embossed with embossing powder. I swiped some fog ink over the plaid embossing folder, used a marker to color in the wreath and added some liquid pearls for the berries finally topping everything off with Nuvo glitter gloss aqua shimmer.

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3 Colors & a Tag

Finally had time to play to enter the Mod Squad Challenge . Although black and brown are not colors I usually use together, I was afraid the tag would be my undoing. Yesterday I went to one of our two remaining stamp stores in the area and found a wonderful gingham stencil by Newton’s Nook. I used GKD Warm Cocoa ink on GKD Heavy Weight Ivory – close to cream IMHO to create the background. I matted it with Black Onyx and used an Ivory card base. The tag dies I had were either too big or too small, then I found this one that came with my Gemini Jr. and it was just right. I cut apart the birthday sentiment from Massive Message to fit the tag. I decided the tag needed something else, so I drew around the outside of the die on Warm Cocoa CS and fussy cut a mat. I really like how this turned out and will probably be making more to use for masculine cards.

Silhouette Challenge

Silhouette – Double D Challenge

This card will be entered into the Double D Challenge to feature a Silhouette. I masked off an area on my white cardstock with purple tape ( which pulled up some of my cardstock) and using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron ink sponged a background for my GKD Hello Sunshine stamp. The sentiment from the same stamp set was inked in Versafine Onyx Black. I added some self adhesive gems, The layering cardstock was created by using the salty ocean ink and mounting all on GKD’s black cardstock. My mix of the twisted citron and wilted violet looks a little muddy so hopefully I’ll remember not to sponge those two next to each other. Also learned or should have remembered is that the distress ink takes longer to dry so my image smeared a little which I covered up with the ribbon. Lessons Learned!!

Double D Challenges: Silhouettes

Retro Orange Pumpkin

Using the Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp (May 2018) by Gina K Designs in my MISTI, I stamped the panel in Tangerine Twist, then gave the panel a quarter turn and stamped again to create the plaid. I stamped the Gauze Background (May 2018), also by Gina K Designs in Sweet Mango. I used Tangerine Twist to stamp the Gingham (about 2009) using a stamp from Impression Obsession. The pumpkins were cut using Spellbinders limited edition Nested Pumpkins (about 2009). Using the direct to paper technique, I swiped Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink across a piece of white card stock until I was happy with the coverage. I let it dry then used D’Vine Swirl, one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders. I stamped Happy Birthday from the Stamp TV Birthday Blessings kit from 2015 in Tangerine Twist ink on the Gauze pumpkin. I placed all on a Twisted Tangerine card base.

I am entering this card in the following challenges

Retro Rubber Challenge This is a Tic Tac Toe challenge. I chose the bottom row of the grid – die cut or punch, monochrome (hope this qualifies as monochrome) and Birthday.

Double D Challenge Use Orange and White

Cuttlebug Mania Use a pumpkin

Trees for All Seasons

This is for the Lovely as a Tree challenge at As You See It.

I stamped the smaller tree from The Giving Tree by Gina K Designs in Warm Cocoa on four small panels layered over a piece of Warm Cocoa card stock.The set has elements to depict all seasons. I stamped the snowflake using a Summer Sky marker by Memento. The other inks I used are by Gina K Designs – Bubblegum Pink  for the Spring flowers, Jelly Bean Green for the Summer Leaves and Tangerine Twist for the Autumn Leaves. The sentiment was stamped on white in Warm Cocoa layered on a Warm Cocoa mat.


As You See It Challenge

Repeating Sentiment – October 2019

This card will be entered into the Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge for October to have repeating sentiments.  Try as I may, with the use of a misti and without the use of a misti, my sentiments just would not line up in straight lines.  So instead of giving up and moving on, I remembered an older GKD stamp set by Debbie Let’s Talk.  I used all of the speech bubbles and stamped the sentiment “thinking of you” from the same stamp set.  I then proceeded to fill in the background with stamps from the Autumn Wreath Builder stamp set.  Still not satisfied, I wanted to add a fall animal but found this tree from Friends Til The End stamp set.  Added a bow, some glitter for sparkle, all GKD cardstock and inks.

The main image is stamped on kraft which is out of my comfort zone.   Do you think less is more and I should have stopped a few steps ago??


October Monthly Mix Challenge:  https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2019/10/01/october-monthly-mix-challenge/

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Magnolia Happy Birthday

I sat down today and just stamped. It is fun to do this sometimes. I did use the colors for this week’s color challenge at Split Coast Stampers: Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral.

Magnolia Blooms

The set is from SU called Magnolia Blooms. It is not in the printed catalog, but in a catalog for new stampers or stampers new to SU. I like the price of the set, so it made my list. I am pretty sure I have used this layout before, probably saw in a video. I had a pack of the Pear Pizzazz paper that was new, from my mother. It worked well for the card base. I added the black layer to help, since I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I needed something to add for the greeting and larger flower, so I looked in a file of paper from my sister and it had Calypso Coral. I added a strip on a black layer. It needed help, so it was embossed with the stand-by, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I even decorated the inside of the card and an envelope to match.

Fall 2019 – 2

I have this bad habit of using a stamp set and then setting it to the side instead of putting it away when I’m finished with it.  So every once in awhile when I cannot find anything on my work space, I clean up and file everything in it’s proper place.  And I’m starting a new collection of stamp sets that I’ve used and have not yet filed so I’m again using GKD’s Stamp n Foil Thankful Leaves stamp set as well as Thankful For You set for today’s card.

Mindy Eggen did a YouTube video “Adding Gold to Your Fall Card” and I thought I’d give it a try.  I sponged fall colors onto my cardstock using a My Hero Arts stencil and then added some Glitter Glitz Gel to the stencil.  It’s a little difficult to see the sponged colors on the cardstock and next time I may use brighter colors.  Some of the leaves were die cut and stamped and cut some from patterned papers and embossed the leaf veins in gold embossing powder added a EK border punch and my bouquet of leaves popping it up on coral reef cardstock.


It’s been a lazy day for me today — yesterday too!  I must get motivated but I’ll blame it on the dog days of summer!!  Thanks for looking and have a great day.


P.S.  3 Stamp Sets on a pile 🙂

Back to School 2019

My area schools are starting back in session on August 26th so I have a few cards to share that I’ll be sending to some of my little “buddies”.


First up are the ones for our grandchildren Chase and Brooke.  It is hard to believe that they will be in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Oh my how time flies!  These little ones are enjoying their vacation with mom and dad in Hawaii!


The second batch is from 3 little grand”friends” who will be entering kindergarten and two in first grade.  They are a long time girlfriend’s grandchildren and they love receiving mail so I added them to my card list.

I don’t have too many Back to School stamps but found some on the Falling For You stamp set from GKD and a set from TPC Studios and just picked up the Love Nicole apple stamp and die set from AC Moore with a 60% coupon. The rest was patterned papers that I cut apart for images and used as the background.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!