Phases 1-4

I’m getting ready to host a challenge on WeCraftCards.com on May 18.  We decided to do the challenges for May and June based on games.  I chose Phase 10 for my game, so I’ll wind up doing 10 cards as examples for the 10 phases.  Wanted to share what I’ve been working on.

Phase 1 is Monochromatic.

As Double D challenges has a purple challenge going, and ModSquad has a “Mother” challenge going, decided to make this one work for those.

5-9-20 Phase 1 Monocromatic

When I do monochromatic, I only use shades of 1 color, no neutrals.  For this, I used:

  • My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background stamp
  • Gina K Designs Lovely Lavender card and ink
  • Gina K Designs Holiday Frame Set and Holiday Frame Fillers Set by Melanie Muenchinger
  • Gina K Designs Wild Lilac ink
  • Ranger Distress Ink in Picket Fence
  • Recollections Floral Embellishments

Phase 2 is to use Foil

5-9-20 Phase 2 Foil

I had so much fun with this one.  I used Queen & Company foam pieces.  These are the pieces you punch out, when you use one of their foam frames.  The fish is made from the mermaid tail punch out and the “waves” are from a chevron punch out.  I used the top and bottom’s, so they were flat on top as I was looking more for a river than ocean waves.  Used foil on the sticky parts of the foam pieces.

Phase 3 is Texture

5-9-20 Phase 3 Texture

My friend Bonnie always has so much texture on her cards, I tried to do as she does.  Mine is not so pretty, but it’s a fun mess.  For some reason, spray bottles do NOT like me.  I went to use my Ranger Distress Spray and it wouldn’t spray.  I had a stencil down, but as I had to pull the sprayer out (tried cleaning it out with hot water, which didn’t work) and just fling it over the stencil.  You can see the white splotches, which are texture.  I used different water color powders on the card and sprayed.  Mopped up the extra with some tissue paper I’ve had on my desk for this the past two times I’ve used watercolors.  There’s a piece of that tissue paper ripped and glued along the top left corner.  Sprinkled a bit of metallic watercolor on there (yellow dots).  Then, used another stencil and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (top right corner).  Yikes!  That was a mess, as my mousse has gotten too dry.  Was able to add enough water to make it work.  Cut the sentiment strip and the “you” out of shimmer paper and embossed the “thinking of” with glitter embossing powder.  There’s an unbelievable amount of texture in this and I really like it.  There’s a lot of shine, too.  Did, however, ruin my shorts, as the fan in the room was on when I used the watercolor powder.  Oops!  Good thing they’re my cleaning shorts.

Phase 4 is a Shaker

5-9-20 Phase 4 Shaker

Used a Queen and Company kit for this one.  I had some other fun papers I had planned to use, but thought the family I’m sending this too would enjoy the glitter card, better.

I started Phase 5, but wanted to get these up.  Hopefully I’ll be able to work on that one tomorrow, as well as the rest of my phases.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow.  (If you’re reading this afterwards, hope your day was special.)

Birthday Card

Two cards in one day! This one is for my Granddaughter Sophia. I die cut her name from Altenew paper with the Altenew Fine Alphabetically Dies, 3 times, glued with Connect Glue to show colors. The balloons are from Technique Tuesday Umpteenth Birthday, stamped in Black and colored with SN Shimmer Markers. As she loves bling add quite a bit which is from Pink and Main kit.

Birthday Card for Special Friend

I’m slowly getting back to card making! All paper is GK unless I specify something else. Most of the stamps are also, just starting to add others.

The die is Altenew Ornate Cover Die on Turquoise Sea card base. Image is GK I heat embossed in white sometime ago! Colored with Prisma pencils and Gamsol. Birthday Wish are on inside.

Birthday Card

Purple Striped Flowers

Challenges:
Double D Lavender Lilac Purple
Retro Rubber Spring Flowers

The homework for Spring Card Camp 2 Day 2 was to create a card with stripes. Using Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial I used purple tape to create stripes in various shades of purple ink. Then I stamped the large flower from Just a Little by Lisa Hetrick (released July 2018) for Gina K Designs. Jennifer suggested stamping the image first in very light gray ink using the MISTI so you knew where to place your stripes. I did that on my disaster card (I might be able to salvage the back), so I knew where the image was going to be placed. I wanted a large birthday sentiment and this one from Birthday Essentials (released March 2018) by Newton’s Nook  just filled the bill.

Smiling Faces

Having fun with Online Card Classes Spring Camp2. Day 1 lesson is all about masking. I completed a card following the Reverse Masking technique.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/05/welcome-new-ps-dt-and-our-may-challenge.html
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2020/05/anything-goes-438-439.html

I used the Best Buds by Paper Smooches for the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from All About You, a Stamp of Approval Cas-ual Friday set. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.

Fun challenges. I am enjoying the lessons from the card camp.

Happy Hello

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/04/challenge-224-fleet-florals.html
https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/05/challenge-134-spring-flowers.html

It took a while to find a flower stamp that I thought I could create a card with in 10 minutes. It needed to be something that added color when stamping, as I am not fast at coloring anything, and was easy to stamp. I settled on the stamp set A Happy Hello by Gina K Designs. Since I am entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge, I need to give the year. I can guess it was released in 2018. I have had it for over a year,but had trouble pinpointing the year it was released.

I decided on a color palette, mounted the stamps on blocks, opened my ink pads, then began the timer. I placed the sentiment in my MISTI, trying to get it straight, but not sure it is after looking at the photo. I stamped the sentiment first, then began stamping with the blocks. I needed the foam under it, so I quickly grabbed the foam to give the cushion needed. I stamped everything, checked the time, then began assembling. I stopped the timer and it read 2:26 seconds left, so it took around 7 and 1/2 minutes to finish this card.

I used Gina K Designs ink in Red Hot, Fresh Asparagus, and Black Onyx and Stampin Up Blushing Bride for the small flowers and the cardbase. The black cardstock is SU and the white is Hobby Lobby. The gems on the flowers are SU.

I enjoyed these challenges. Thanks for the fun challenges and inspiration.

Hydrangea

I pulled out a beloved flowers stamp to work on the Retro Rubber Challenge for May.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/05/challenge-134-spring-flowers.html

I used the SU Stipple Hydrangea, dated 2001; I found it retired in 2004. Mine is still on wood block, so I placed a corner from an old stamp positioner, into my MISTI and was able to keep the block steady when removing it, reinking and stamping again. I had messed up a couple of times before using this idea that I saw on Split Coast Stampers several month’s ago. I inked the flower portion in Highland Heather and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. The paper is Pear Pizzazz and Naturals White, by Stampin Up. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, Happiness Messages. I have had this set for several years and really have no idea when I got it, but found the copyright of 2008 on the back of the package. Yes, I store it with the original package cardboard. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I enjoyed using this beloved stamp. It was a favorite of my MIL and she has been gone for 5 years and can’t remember stamping it for anyone else recently. Thanks for the fun challenge and the inspiration to look for an older flower stamp.

Let’s Do Lunch ?

DRU #144 – Seas the Day
MIUCB#37 – Anything Goes + Masking

My card today will be entered into the Dies R Us Challenge #144–Seas the Day which is an ocean/water themed project and to use a die. I stamped my card using the Rubbernecker Stamps Luncheon Meat stamp. I then stamped the fish, worm and sign onto masking paper and cut them out. This will fulfill the requirements for the Mix It Up Challenge #37 Anything Goes + Masking. I die cut a background die from Momenta and used this as my stencil (masking in place) and then pounced on some Distress Oxide Salty Ocean Ink, Memento Dandelion and Peacock Green Pixie Powder hitting it with some water. After drying I then stamped and fussy cut my ocean plants, small swimmy fish and crab (not sure what stamp set this was probably picked up at my Michael’s). Since I wasn’t sure if the die background that was turned into a stencil would fulfill the DRU requirements, I die cut Penny Black Stitched edges for my ocean floor. On those pieces I needed some texture so I swiped some NUVO glimmer paste and then platinum pearls liquid pearls on top to make it look a little sandy. Some GKD crystalline drops were added to the bubbles.

It only took me three attempts to create this background. 1st try I forgot to mask the fish, 2nd attempt I had my die/stencil upside down and finally the finished product. So glad that this was not a timed card. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Have a great day. Stay Safe.

Cinco de Mayo 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo 2020. It will be a quiet night at our neighborhood Chili’s Restaurant as there will be no tents, margaritas, Corona beer, crowds or tacos in celebration of Cinco de Mayo but these two cards were sent to our grands as thank yous for stopping by to celebrate their Pops’ birthday on Saturday. A short visit but a sweet one. Both images were free on line images. I’m thinking the kids will get a giggle out of them.