Wreath stamping

This month the MISTI challenge at Split coast Stampers is to add a wreath to your card. I pulled out my Wreath Builder Template and stamps from Gina K Designs and began stamping. I created a total of 3 cards.

Thanksgiving Blessings

The above card was using the Autumn Wreath set. I began with Kraft ink going all the way around the circle, then moved the leaf a little bit and stamped with Warm Cocoa, then moved the leaf and stamped in Charcoal Brown. I trimmed the square with a stitched square die, mounted on Dark Chocolate and on a card base of SU Crumb Cake. This was entered in the Double D Challenge for leaves.

Butterfly Wreath

The above card with butterflies was created with the Sending Love stamp set. I used many colors and do not have them written down. The center of each butterfly is a Nuvo Glitter drop. I used a set called Incentive Set for the greeting and found a circle to stamp in one of the wreath builder sets. This card was entered in the Mod Squad Challenge for butterflies.

Thinking of You

This wreath using stamps and ink other than Gina K Designs with the wreath builder template. I used a Maymay Made It set called Garden Party for the flowers and leaf. I used SU colors of Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Sage Shadow for my stamping. The center greeting is from SU Happy Thoughts. I used gems for the center of the large flower. I added stitching to the center by embossing with the die and a rubber mat. I enjoyed creating this card as I didn’t look at Pinterest for inspiration. I have no special challenge for this one other than the MISTI one at SCS.

The first two were created with inspiration from Pinterest and cards by Sherri Gilson. Both were uploaded to the challenges from SCS. Now I will move onto something other than wreaths for a time. Thanks for looking.

August Birthdays

For the buddies who remember, August is birthday month in my world. This means I generally try to create cards specific for the person receiving it and that it looks different than last years cards. Here are the ones for this year.

Birdy card front
Bird card inside

This particular daughter is not really a bird lover, but these birds are colorful and fun. I hope she likes the color and enjoys the quirkiness of the birds.

Sparkly Unicorn

This daughter loved her card. She is all into sparkly, pink, and unicorns. I saw the idea on Pinterest then found there was video. It took a while to make as there are clouds, blended with Bonnie cloud die, and lot of sparkle on those clouds that had to dry. It was fun to create.

Thanks for sharing the birthday congratulations and allowing me to share my cards.

Panda Birthday card

It is challenge time at Splitcoast Stampers for those that are Fan Club Members. This means you pay a small fee so you can post anytime with no moderation and it allows the site to remain operational. I am a Fan Club Member and am participating in a few challenges.

Panda Birthday
Panda Birthday Pop-up

I am proud of this card and spent a lot of today creating it, so I thought I would share. The front is fairly straight forward in how it is made. The inside pop-up feature is the part that took a lot of work. I used a Sizzix die that I have owned for a few years, but can’t remember using it. I know I have cut it out before, but mounting it on the card was a learning process. I realized the panda needed something else with it as there were two other places to pop-up something. I chose balloons and found they needed stability. I used acetate to hold those balloons up, then placed a small piece of white cardstock over the acetate to hide the adhesive (glue dots) and give plenty of stability. Now I have to send this to a special person. I have young nieces and birthdays are approaching, so it will go to one of them.

Emboss Resist with Fruit

Day 3 of MFT Camp Create is Emboss Resist. Mindy Eggen was the camp counselor and she showed how to use emboss resist with small images as usually she uses it with a background. I gave her idea a try.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/camp-create-august-2-2021

I used the MFT stamp set Bunch of Happiness and the Scripty Birthday die for this card. I followed Mindy’s idea with stamping each image and embossing with white embossing powder. Then I used dye inks as opposed to Distress Oxide inks like Mindy used. I fussy cut each image and glued them to my background. I am not sure if I will ever ink blend small images like this, but it was nice to learn and give her idea a try.

Watercolor Blooms

Day 2 of MFT Camp Create mixed with Just Add Ink is what I have been working on with this card.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/camp-create-august-1-2021
http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2021/07/just-add-ink-565colour.html

I used the MFT Flower in Bloom stamp and matching die for this card. I stamped in Versamark and Gina K Designs Black ink and embossed in clear. I like to emboss in clear when watercoloring to keep the water where I want it. I used Ranger WC paper. The colors used are Pale Payaya and Polished Pink from SU 2021 – 2023 in colors. I like Pale Payaya as it is a light peach color and lovely to color. The Polished Pink is a bright pink.

Hapbee Birthday 2 You

With inspiration from buddy Gayle, I pulled out several bee stamps and ideas began flowing. My card is a bit different for me, as I rarely create cards using several company stamp sets and/or dies.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2021/07/pp550-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

I started with Paper Smooches stamps. The bee came from Courteous Cuties and the greeting “hapbee birthday” came from More Courteous Cuties. I decided to stamp the bee near the top, so I cut the greeting apart and placed it around the bee. I saw an idea where the hexagon was cut with a number 2 on it, so I used my hexagon dies from The Stamps of Life along with the stamp set minihexagons4backgrounds, where I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The number 2 is from graduation2celebrate and matching dies, also The Stamps of Life. The word “you” is alphabet stamps from Hero Arts. I felt the card front needed something else, so I began with the stitched rectangle die from The Stamps of Life, but that wasn’t enough as it still looked too plain. Out came the Cuttlebug Hexagon embossing folder. I like the embossing as it looks like a bee hive.

This will also be added to the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. This month’s challenge is to use numbers and/or alphabet.

I like how the card came out. It was fun creating.

Hummingbird in Flight

Today is the day I post my card for the Crafters’ of Faith group at Split coast Stampers. This month’s verse is: Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Challenge–please make a card that highlights anything with wings–you decide what you want to showcase.

Birthday Hummingbird Panel
Birthday Hummingbird

I made two cards very similar. I have a good friend who is having a birthday in a week or so and her favorite color is purple. I used the hummingbirds for my something with wings.

Stamp sets used are A Touch of Ink for everything except the greeting. The greeting is from Four Season’s Floral. Both sets are Stampin’ Up. I colored each element with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Guest Designer for Retro Rubber Challenge

I am honored to be guest designing for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for the newest challenge. I was sent the sketch and it didn’t disappoint.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/07/challenge-162-sketches.html
https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/07/challenge-162-sketches.html

I chose Penny Black Sweet Thing dated 2009 on the wood block. The greeting comes from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler which was released in 2011. I chose turquoise for the background, cupcake, and strip highlight; I like it with the bright pink tones. I used gems from retired Stampin Up colors. With a white gel pen, I was able to add brightness to the cupcake sprinkles. I enjoyed using the sketch. Join me in this challenge using older product you probably have on hand.