The challenge at AAA Cards Clean and Simple Challenges is to create a card using an inchie…..one inchie, no sentiment with a black and white option. I never really got into or completely understood “inchie” but that didn’t stop me from picking up an Inkadinkadoo inchie stamp set many years ago. I stamped the butterfly inchie in versamark ink on black cardstock and heat embossed in black. I also cut a one inch square to off set my stamped image and rounded the corners of the card base. Hmmmm….looked unfinished so in keeping with the challenge decided to work on the inside of the card. Using Butterfly on the Border die from Technique Tuesday, adding some color and stamping a sentiment from Concord & 9th’s Dahlia turnabout stamp set in versamark and white embossing powder the card seemed a little more interesting.
The first card I made was with a black base with a different inchie and heat embossed in white but opted on the white card base for the challenge. The inside black used the same Concord & 9th sentiment, a flourish die from Cheery Lynn dies and a Bonnie frame. I punched my butterfly with a EK Butterfly punch that creates different cuts of the same butterfly.
Each quarter, Split Coast Stampers has a Virtual Stamp Night where challenges are posted every hour or two over a 2 day period. Prior to this is a Mini challenge, where 3 challenges are posted. The Spring theme is The Great Outdoors. Following are my cards for the mini challenges.
This challenge needed music and a tree in a park like setting. I used Sittin Tree by Maymay Made It for my tree with the bird feeder. Shroeder plays his music under the tree. Notes from My Favorite Things are flying through the air while the paino is being played.
This challenge needed butterflies. I found an idea on Pinterest with this SU Butterfly Basics set, so I went with it. I liked how this card turned out. All sets used are SU.
The third card is to have a snowy mountain. I used two SU sets to complete this card. Once again, I went to Pinterest for an idea. I stamped in Bristol paper and watercolored.
The key to these challenges is that the card has to be completed in one hour, and preparatory work is not included in that hour. I find having cut card bases and possibly layers sitting around helps when trying to complete several card in a short time period.
This card is for the Mod Squad Challenge Beautiful Butterflies. I used the March Sheetload of Cards Sketch while creating this card.
The paper used is from Lawn Fawn. When I have placed an order with this company, they include patterned paper with the order. This was one sheet, front and back both used on this card. Another sheet was used for a layer behind the floral and for the scalloped circle. The butterfly and greeting are from the set Spring has Sprung illustrated by Rupa Shevde for Gina K Designs. It is long ago retired.
I like this sketch. I may make a few more with the spring, Easter idea.
It’s a challenging recipe for the As You See It Challenge beginning with Masculine, embossing folder, die cut, twine and earth tones. I was stumped but when I saw Buddy Judy’s card I was inspired to give this challenge a try. Using inks from Kaleidacolor Autumn leaves rainbow ink pad, I inked up and cut down squares to 1-1/4″ and cut them in half for a triangle….my math did not fail me! Then I needed to use my math again and cut off 1-7/8″ from my kraft card base for my decorative triangles on the inner portion of the card. Using brown cardstock and Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder, adhered to the front panel. I then decided on a Spellbinder’s Labels 14 die and stamped the sentiment and party hat from Gina K Designs’ Dino-Mite stamp set.
Almost forgot the twine….I ran a line of glue to the edge of my triangle design and stuck my twine down. 🙂 I do believe that is everything: masculine, herringbone embossing folder, labels 14 die cut, autumn inks!
The current challenge at As You See It is a Recipe for Him – a masculine card using an embossing folder, twine, a die cut and earth tones. Grass Green panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Leafy Branch embossing folder. The leopard, branch and sentiment are from My Monthly Hero Kit for May 2019. The sentiment is embossed in white on Dark Chocolate. The mat is also from Dark Chocolate, on a Kraft card base. The twine was thicker than I wanted and try as I might I couldn’t get the bow to lay just the way I wanted. In all my tying and untying it started to unravel, so I just pulled it apart to get a thinner strand. I finally decided a knot would work better than a bow so that’s what I went with. I’m also entering this in the Just Us Girls Word Week Challenge which is Animals.
I usually have trouble with a Tic Tac Toe challenge – the squares I can do are usually not in a line. The one at Retro Rubber Challenge just seemed to fall in place for me. The birthday sentiment from the Bold and Blooming kit by Gina K Designs released February 2017, is stamped in Wild Lilac on Lovely Lavender card stock. The pattern paper from the Secret Garden collection by Graphic 45 is from several years ago. The strip across the middle is Wild Lilac. The gems are by Pawsitively Pawsome.
A birthday card for a friend’s mom who’s turning 95 this month and playing along with the ModSquad Challenge hosted by Judy with a butterfly theme. The sponsor is Gina K Designs so I pulled out my Birthday Blessings stamp set since I wanted a die for my butterfly. I created a partial rainbow background using GKD inks and then stamped my butterflies from the stamp set. The green butterfly was stamped in versamark ink and sprinkled pinches of different color embossing powders to heat set. The top butterfly I stamped in black ink and sponged on the same inks as the background. It’s popped up on another rainbow butterfly that was stamped in clear embossing powder but it didn’t really work out like I hoped so it stayed hidden. Added a little bit of bling for it’s tail winds. This is a mini slimline card. 3-1/2″ x 6″ and the envelope was made using patterned paper and following Jenny Card Designs’ envelope directions.
Looking forward for warmer weather this week. We still have patches of snow in our yard. I would like to put the snow shovel away for the season but know it’s way to early to do that.
The Two Old Bats Halloween Challenges have begun again in March with an Anything Halloween Goes challenge. They did provide a really fun mood board:
As I am normally drawn to anything witchy and love those legs I decided upon an older red rubber wood mounted Great Impressions stamp. My patterned paper is from my stash and made me think of bubbles. Colored in my cauldron with pencils and a combination of markers for the legs and shoes. I could not resist giving Ms. Witch some red sparkly shoes. My sketch is a Lisa Curcio sketch that I found a while ago and decided to give it a whirl. Sorry I did not save the link but the panels are 1″x4-1/4″ and 1″x3″ with center 1-7/8″ x 3-1/8″ The dimensions worked out well.
Each month I participate in a theme card from the Crafter’s of Faith group on SplitcoastStampers. This month’s verse is from Psalm 95: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8:
Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our savior. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms. Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us. For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Challenge–Make a card with music and a heart somewhere on it. Bonus add a sheep/lamb-but that is not necessary.
It took the challenge literally, as I usually do. Following is my card:
This is also perfect for the Just Us Girls challenge. The heart paper is from The Stamps of Life. I used two green sheets for grass and blue for the sky. The sheep and greeting are from sheep2stamp and patterns4sheep, cut out with matching dies. One of the sheep is a mirror image, so I had to learn how to create this using palette4mirror. The music notes were already cut and in stash; they are from My Favorite Things.
I am pleased with this card. Usually I add the Bible verse to my faith cards, but this time, I with with a fun pun from the sheep set. I have no idea who I will mail this to, but I know I will find someone who really needs this card.