Happy August!

How the summer is flying by!  We are still experiencing hot and humid weather but not too much hazy in my neighborhood.  I’ve been working on a variety of cards the last week and here’s what I came up with.

First up is a card for our grandson using a stamp set from Impression Obsession “Max” stamp set.  The background is D’vine Swirl cuttlebug embossing folder and the insert sponging was a wave stencil by Pretty Pink Posh and patterned paper by Gina K Designs.


Next is a card for our granddaughter using a Sizzix framelit with stamp set continuing with my ocean theme also uses the Pretty Pink Posh wave stencil  on pixie powder background and then white heat embossed.  These two will be enjoying paradise on Hawaii end of the week.


Then I couldn’t leave out our youngest granddaughter who I hope remembers the bubbles she played with at our home on her last visit.  I dug out my The Cat’s Pajamas stamp set Bubbles Happen for this cute layered image.


We have a wedding the end of the month and I created this card which I love the way it turned out.  Very simple but to me elegant, too.  The main image sentiment was from GKD’s “Love Is” on white with a Technique Tuesday “Butterfly on the Border” die.  I inserted the butterfly cuts with gold glitter paper and put an pearlescent paper insert from Denami Designs with a GKD sentiment inside.


One sympathy card for my sister’s mil that came together pretty quickly using a sponged oval and a Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem die.  One birthday card using a Simon Says Stamp Carnation Frame die.  Both were cut and layered 4 times and the inside petals or layers were cut from pixie powder backgrounds.



And finally, not my favorite, but tried my best to save the jungle vines die cut from the My Hero Arts Monthly kit.  I like the tiger but not too keen on the background….maybe it will grow on me.


Another long post but thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Hugs to all!!

Nautical Decor

One of the small wall decorations on our boat was looking quite ratty so I threw it away and was searching for a replacement. Of course when looking for something specific it can never be found, but during my search I suddenly wondered why I was shopping when it was possible to make my own.

Seahorse wall decor

I had die cut a lot of seahorses recently as I had an idea for another card, but hadn’t used them. I spent some time pencil colouring them using some gamsol to blend. I also fussy cut some stamped shells from a GKD set. Using this same set and another with a nautical theme I stamped various images over the watercoloured background. I used the wreath builder template to get this result. Popped up the seahorses and added the whole panel to a darker blue piece of CS. Added this to a small canvas that is quite thin and light which I had painted black first.

In general I usually post to my main blog but as some challenges ask for new images that are anything but a card, and I never link my posts here publically, I figured I could post so all of you can see it and still perhaps use it in a challenge at a later date.

All Aboat You

CAS544 All Aboat You

Stamps: SU High Tide, TSOL sailboat2stamp

Inks: GKD Kraft, Lawn Fawn: Deep Sea, Fish Tank, Blue Jay, Lobster, Memento Tuxedo Black

This challenge, on Split Coast Stampers, was to make a Clean and Simple card using water in some way. I knew I wanted to use the sailboat, but hadn’t figured out the water. I watched a video by Connie Stewart showing eight different ways to ground an image. One was to mask the image and stamp something on top of it. I went to my stamp arsenol and found the High Tide stamp set and it had everything I wanted for the boat. It had a nice image of water and lovely birds. I enjoy finding items in my vast array of stamps from many companies that work well together. I used to do this all of the time, but got away from it for a few years. I am so glad those ideas are coming back into my brain.

Going away Card

My exercise instructor is going away. She is getting married! Her last day will be in two weeks. I was asked to make a card from our heath fitness group. I made it A9 size, which is an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper folded in half at the 5 1/2 inch mark. I made an envelope also, but didn’t take a photo. It is a marbled gray color.

Stampendous Yoga critters

I saw these Stampendous Yoga Critters and thought they made the perfect images for our class card. We often feel like we can’t do the exercise we are being asked to do.

Fred Said set

For her wedding, the instructor ordered Converse shoes in all white for her and her girls, and gray for him and his sons. Yes, they are thinking Brady Bunch with the combining of their households. So, the ladies said that shoes belonged on the card. I found a set by Impression Obsession called Fred Said. It is based on Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers PBS TV show. I didn’t use any of the sentiments from the set, but plan to use this quite a bit. This is the inside of the card.

I hope she enjoys her card. I know the fellow exercise class participants will enjoy writing on it.


Today’s card will be entered into Gina K Designs July 2019 Monthly Mix Challenge “Flag!  You’re It!” hosted by Cat to incorporate the colors of a flag into your project.   I chose Red, White and Blue to represent the flag of the USA.  Using my favorite Bold & Blooming stamp set from GKD, I heat embossed in GKD fine detail white embossing powder on GKD Blue Denim cardstock, layered on some white glitter paper popped up the sentiment in cherry red ink and then punched out some butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch.

GKD Flag Colors Challenge

Details on this challenge can be found here: https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2019/07/02/july-2019-monthly-mix-challenge/

This card will be for my sister-in-law’s birthday and I better get it in the mail today!!

Thanks for looking.


Christmas in July 2019

Happy Christmas in July!  I’ve been working on a variety of Christmas in July 2019 cards that were so much fun to create.  It’s been so very hot at home that I really wanted to tie in that hot weather theme!  Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Christmas in July 2019 Relaxing

This little relaxed snowman looks very comfortable under his palm tree.  The image is an older rubber stamp from Hampton Art Stamps, the sun was create using a Spellbinder’s die and my clouds are the fabulous stencil by Bonnie.

Christmas in July Jungle 2019

Next up is summertime Santa and his reindeer taking a tropical drive.  The die is from My Hero Arts monthly kit add on die and Cruising Santa is an older Stampendous mounted rubber stamp.  I sprayed on some Glitter Dust for sparkle.

Teri Christmas in July 2019

Tropical vibes on this one for my flamingo friends uses the Spellbinder’s die cut out in glitter paper for the sun and multiple stamp sets used were from My Hero Arts monthly kit and Newton’s Nook Festive Flamingo.

Christmas in July 2019 Palms

Deck the Palms is again from Newton’s Nook Designs Sun-Soaked Christmas.  I added some Gina K Designs patterned paper for layering.

Christmas in July 2019Christmas in July 2019 inside

Santa Detoured to the beach on this outside and inside look.   Santa inside was again from Newton’s Nook Sun Soaked Christmas as was the front sentiment.  The directional pole sign is unknown.  I was thinking either a DRS Designs or Rubbernecker but could not identify.

Sorry for the long post.  Enjoy your day and Happy Christmas in July to all!!

P.S.  for all the Buddies!!

Buddies Christmas in July 2019


Flag! You’re It!

This is for Cat’s Flag You’re It challenge. The flag I chose is the Missouri State Flag, which is red, white and blue. Instead of a card I repurposed a 2017 calendar magnet from my insurance agent. This will cover up an ugly spot on my file cabinet. I die cut the state with a Cheery Lynn Die three times – in Cherry Red, Denim Blue and Heavy Base White to depict the flag. The seal in the center was cut from a picture of the state flag. The seal is actually supposed to extend into the red and blue fields, but the flag in the picture I cut was just a bit too small, and it does show up better just on the field of white. The state bird is the bluebird and is from Birds & Blossoms 2, colored with B21, B26, B28, YR14, Y17. The state tree is the dogwood, from Dogwood and Butterfly, colored with N0, N1. “Proud to be from”, stamped in Cherry Red is from Make a Statement. “Missouri”, stamped in Denim Blue is from Stately Flowers 2. I wanted to include our state flower, the Hawthorne, but the clustered Hawthorne from the set was too large and I was bummed to discover that the small, single Hawthorne is MIA.

Merry and Bright Inside

I have to admit that I am not in love with the front of the Christmas Holly card. I love the inside.

Christmas Holly inside

It has a lot of white space, which I really like, along with a couple of items to capture the eye. It has plenty of room for writing a little something and signing.

The stamps used are the same as the front, Christmas Instawreath from Maymay Made It, the Merry and Bright set from Gina K Designs. I used Christmas Pine and Cherry Red inks in my stamping. The holly berries are colored with the Cherry Cobbler marker which matches the paper, both from Stampin’Up. White paper is Gina K Designs layering weight.