Nautical Stripes

I started with a strip of Ivory card stock and stamped the anchor and sentiment from the set “My Anchor” by Gina K Designs in Blue Denim ink. Taking another piece of ivory card stock I used the stripe stencil also by Gina K Designs and sponged with In the Navy ink. The stripes are not as dark as I’d originally planned, but I like the contrast with the lighter stripes. I matted both panels with Blue Denim card stock on a heavy weight Ivory card base. This is for the Trend Week “Stripes” challenge a Just Us Girls. Here’s the link: Just Us Girls

Anchors Away

I knew just how I wanted to make this card for the As You See It Espresso Pronto Challenge – I just wasn’t sure I could get it done in 10 minutes. When I reread the instructions and realized I could gather my materials before I started the timer, I thought, well maybe. I already had some Sandy Beach card bases cut and scored, so that helped. I also had a scrap of Sandy Beach that was almost perfect for the focal image – okay now GO! The anchor and sentiment are from My Anchor by Gina K Designs, stamped in Warm Cocoa. I trimmed the scrap down just a bit. The brown gingham is from the Casual Friday PP, also by Gina K Designs, embossed with a nautical EF by Darice. I swiped Warm Cocoa across the gingham to make the embossing stand out a little more, then I trimmed it a little smaller than I intended – I had to go with it. I trimmed Warm Cocoa mats for the focal image and the pp. I was pressing the last layer to the card base when the timer on my phone went off – 10 minutes exactly. I would have liked more of the embossed PP to show since I’m also entering this in the Just Add Texture challenge at Gina K Designs, but the embossing is there and I’m gonna go with it. Always good to have another card in my stash of masculine cards.

Hearts and Flowers

I made several of these for the girls in our Rainbow Assembly to deliver to patients in a small memory care facility. The girls were supposed to assemble the pieces I had cut for them, but unfortunately the meeting was cancelled because of the weather. Since we would not have a meeting before they were to be delivered, I assembled them. The die cut hearts are by Spellbinders. I used the Petite Flourish background stamp by Gina K Designs stamped in Red Velvet ink on the scalloped heart. The sentiment is from Geo Thanks by Claire Brennan for Gina K. Designs. The roses are die cut from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for January. They were cut from red cardstock and highlighted with white pigment ink and white pencil. Then I used green cardstock to cut the rosebud and the stem. I trimmed just the rosebud from the red cardstock and glued it over the rosebud cut with green cardstock. The rosebud coloring and assembly was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s blog post and video here.  I am terrible at tying bows, even with a bow maker, so I used a mini bow die from Divinity Designs. I cut it with red cardstock and glued it together and it was the perfect size. Taking a large, thick needle, I punched a small hole at the top of the heart and used gold cord, also from Gina K Designs for a hanger. I had a lot of fun doing these and was really pleased with how they turned out. Hearts are really the thing right now and this works for these challenges:

Mod Squad – You’re All Heart

Cuttlebug Mania – With All My Heart

Dies R Us – Hearts, Love, Valentines

Double D – Hearts

JUGS – Put a Bow On It

Simon Says With Love

Die Cut Divas

Checked Heart

DoubleD Challenges Hearts
Gina K Designs February Monthly Mix Challenge

One checkered heart, two challenges! Double D Challenges has a really lovely mood board and the challenge is to feature “hearts”. My heart was created by cutting a Spellbinders Classic Hearts 6 die on a stamping mask paper, then using Pretty Pink Posh’s wide stripes stencil and GKD’s cherry red and bubblegum pink Glitz Glitter Gel. After removing the mask very very carefully the card was missing something so I decided to add an embossed bottom layer which is a little difficult to see. The embossing folder is XOXO’s by Reconciliations (Michael’s). The stamped images are GKD’s Better With You stamp set. The plant needed a little shine so went over the leaves with Nuvo glitter gloss pen. The GKD Monthly Mix Challenge is to “Just Add Texture” . My texture elements are the glitz glitter gel and the embossing folder.

Thanks once again for stopping by.

Hearts Galore

ModSquad Challenge You’re All Heart Challenge

The current ModSquad Challenge is to create a project with a “Heart” as your focal point. My background hearts were created using the Pretty Pink Posh layering heart stencils in different colors. The stamped image is Gina K Designs Better With You stamp set and then decided to add more hearts using the Penny Black Sweet Heart dies instead of a sentiment on the front of my card.

Have a great day!

Double Point Valentine

DRU Challenge 138 – XOXO

This “Double Point” fun fold card was inspired by one our buddies, Gerry, and will be entered into the Dies R Us Challenge: DRU Challenge #138 XOXO (hearts, valentines, love) theme. The folds were created using GKD Fight Like a Girl patterned paper and the dies used were Penny Black’s heart die and Spellbinders Labels 4. The labels four die is repeated under the flaps with a stamped sentiment and enough room for a signature.

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Timed, Brown and a Bow

As You See It Challenge 218
Just Us Girls 521 Word Week

The card I created today will be entered into two different challenges. The first challenge is from the As You See It Challenge #218 which is a timed challenge of 10 minutes plus shades of brown no other color except neutral.

My card was completed in 8:05.67 which I was surprised by since it took me two days to figure out what I wanted to do and then find the stamps. Unfortunately this is a sympathy card for a cousin who lost her husband at the age of 60. The stamps I used on this card were: StampinUp’s Upsy Daisy which was stamped in GKD chocolate brown ink, the background stamp is Hero Arts Italian Poetry background stamp stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The background seemed too white so I sponged some of the vintage photo distress ink over the background sentiment. I have several templates for “stencils” on my desk for use so this did save me a step of die cutting a template. The sentiment is GKD’s Sympathy Duo stamp set and stamped in chocolate brown ink. The added bow was made using some Denami Designs ribbon and the bow thankfully came together more quickly than normal. Mounted the card front on some kraft cardstock, added some wink of stella for a little shine and crystalline drops just because. The Bow meets the requirements of Just Us Girls Challenge “Bow” Word Week Challenge

I enjoy the timed challenges….it’s gets the juices flowing!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!!

Masculine Speed Stamping

I found cardstock in the challenge colors, made a plan, and began creating.

I set the timer on my phone, beginning at zero. When finished, it said 08:18:19. Like the challenge says, it is not a masterpiece. I do have 2 masculine birthdays this month as I am sure this will be fine for one of them.

I used all Stampin Up product for this card. The cardstock is from the Neutrals pack. I know the cardbase is Early Expresso along with the ink. The top layer is Crumb Cake. I added a layer behind the stamped layer which I think is Sahara Sand. Stamp sets used are Sky is the Limit for the greeting and clouds, Moon Lake for the canoe and tree stamp, and High Tide for the birds.

Thanks for looking!

Flourishing Hello

MISTI Flourishing Hello

This is the last card I made for this month’s MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I learned from Sandy Allnock that Blueprint Sketch fit the Pantone Classic Blue color of the year, and I finally purchased a pad this week. Today I was able to ink blend with it.

The stamp set used is Flowering Flourishes by Stampin Up, released in 2012. I know my Mom used this set a lot, as I remember seeing it on several cards. This was my first time inking it up. I used Versamark and white embossing powder, then began ink blending. I spritzed a bit of water after finishing ink blending and made those water droplets. I think this could get addictive.

The Hello was die cut in fun foam for dimension, white cardstock, then GKD Blue Denim cardstock. I layered the pieces to look like a shadow image. I added a few gems from Studio Katia.

I enjoyed making this card. It has been an enjoyable month seeing the blue all over and knowing that was the color of the year. I see that blue in my dishes, on product boxes, and fabric.

I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp:

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