Spring Sports

Spring Soccer


Spring sports are coming to a close so I decided to make some cards for the grandkids celebrating the end of their seasons. I’m beginning with Chase and soccer. First he was the substitute goalie but now he’s the starting goalie. This is definitely a nail biting position. Brooke has decided to give lacrosse a go. Oh my an 8 year old with a stick in the air. She did really well and since this is more of a learning age they are required to pass three times before trying for a goal. Sports stamps are hard to come by so I bought some scrapbook layout embellishments.

Next up will be Softball for Brooke and Lacrosse for Chase….yes he decided he wanted to try lacrosse too much to his mother’s dismay because boys lacrosse can be pretty rough. The final group of cards will be baseball for Chase and soccer for Brooke. I think mom and dad are exhausted from all of the games and practices but I believe the kids are all having fun and contribute a lot to the teams.

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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.

Turtley Awesome

Enjoying using old retired stamps with an underwater sea theme. This card will be posted to three challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/05/challenge-159-anything-goes.html https://modsquadchallenge.com/under-the-sea/ https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-84/

I used Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties from 2017. I found the date on a Kristina Werner blog post where I got the inspiration for this card.

I dropped water on the ink before it dried to produce the water spots. The animals are colored with alcohol markers.

Daisy Delight

Sometimes the challenge is just getting the card done. I have been in a creative slump for quite a while. The need to create a card to go with a gift to be given tomorrow night and the inspiration photo at the Just Us Girls challenge was just the spark I needed. The flowers are from Bees and Flowers Fancy Dies by Hero Arts, colored with Copics: Y08, G24, C00 and C0. I cut the Vintage Jar die by Sunny Studio from vellum and sponged the bottom with Sea Glass ink by Gina K Designs. I added a bit of burlap ribbon from my stash and frayed it. I found a piece of gold cut with Alison’s Ribbon die in my stash. I recently got some May Arts Kraft Twine from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store which was perfect for the bow. The sentiment is from Clean Line Faith by Simon Says, cut with the smallest Tim Holtz Tag Die. The pattern paper is from Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection and is cut with the Master Layouts 2 set from Gina K Designs.  This was fun to do, but very time consuming. I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Just Us Girls

Cuttlebug Mania

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Card for James

The following card was created and sent to a 10 year old boy who has cancer. I chose an interactive card idea.

Front closed
Inside open
Two flaps open
Flap 3 open

I chose fishtank2stamp and morefishtank2stamp from The Stamps of Life. The patterned paper is also from TSOL. I used lift the flap dies from Lawn Fawn. I made an envelope that is decorated with the fish tank on the front where I wrote his address. I will not post it as I had the address written before the photo was taken. I thought this kind of card would bring a smile to his face. I understand he is currently in the hospital and hasn’t eaten for a few days and his white blood count is not in a good way.

May Pumpkin

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge: May Anything Halloween

Playing along with the May Anything Halloween challenge with Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog today. For my card, I chose a cat with pumpkin from a Recollections stamp set as well as a spider stencil which was inked with GKD’s soft stone ink. My center portion of the card layer was sponged using Hero Arts butter bar to orange soda ombre ink pad. The patterned paper as well as the sentiment and spiders are Simon Says Stamp (Spook Up Some Fun stamp set).

Always fun challenge and this month’s mood board inspired the pumpkins out of me.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek. Hard to believe one more week of the month of May.

Birdbath Hello

Today is the day to post the Crafter’s of Faith card for this month’s theme. This month’s verse is Philippians 4:4-7 which begins with the words Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Then it goes on to say to create a card to show rejoicing in God. These days, I hear birds the minute I wake up and they continue throughout the day and into the night with the owls. I chose a card that rejoices in the nature God created.

I followed an idea of Lisa Mears a designer for The Stamps of Life. The sky is stenciled in yellows using Lawn Fawn inks with a blending brush and the stencil from Buddy Bonnie. I used my new Make Art Station which held the paper perfectly and made stenciling quite easy. All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with alcohol markers. I fussy cut everything. I created the scalloped border with dies from two different companies. The scalloped portion is a Gina Marie die and I wanted a frame, so used a rectangle die from Catherine Pooler Designs. The stamp sets used are birdbath2stamp and morebirdbath2stamp by The Stamps of Life. I could add gems, run a vine up the birdbath, but I think I will leave as it. This makes it easy to mail.

May Celebrations

The month of May brings two major celebrations for our family. The first is my hubby’s birthday. Pops got to celebrate with our youngest granddaughter this year for his birthday and we had so much fun with this little three year old. On a previous post I thought I would give me the card in the warm brown tones but at the last minute decided on something a little more fun.

After we celebrate hubby’s birthday, it’s time for our 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday. We are supposed to be having a long awaited sleep over with our two older grandchildren (8 and 10). It’s been at least 15 months since we had them for a sleepover and we can’t wait. So staying on the light side of our anniversary, I decided on this card:

Both cards’ sentiments are computer generated and the empty toilet paper roll was found on line as a free clip art item. I stamped my hearts using a Sizzix framelits w/stamps set in GKD cherry red ink and mounted it on a Bonnie patterned paper. The birthday card’s candles are a Hero Arts red rubber mounted stamp. I visited Pinterest to find these ideas.

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Rachel’s Blossoms

Make The Cards Challenge #14

Using a new to me SU Blossoms In Bloom stamp set and dies as a thank you for my SU demonstrator, it fit in with the challenge at Make The Cards. The recipe for the 3 – 2 – 1 challenge is: 3 embellishments, 2 die cuts and 1 stamped image. My stamped image is the main floral image from the Blossoms In Bloom stamp set which has a watercolor vibe to it. My two dies are the coordinating dies for this stamp set which I cut in GKD Wild Lilac and Lovely Lavender cardstock. The three embellishments are tiny pearls.

There are a lot of options with this stamp and die set which could be complex or simple. Not part of the challenge but I decided to go simple with the next two cards which will be for my daughter and daughter in law for Mother’s Day.

The Happy die cut is a Momenta Little Yellow Bicycle word die set and the stamped sentiment is from GKD’s A Beautiful Life.

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