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.

Owl Birthday

I began pulling out cardstock and ink colors to match for the CAS Colors & Sketch Challenge #426. I also found the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, so the following card will be entered in both places.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/06/challenge-426-double-challenge.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-85/

I followed the sketch using the colors Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, and Peach Parfait. All of the cardstock colors were found in the containers inherited by my Mother, but she did not own the inks or markers for each of these colors. I did my best to match the inks and usable markers in other brands.

I used Gina K Designs Birthday Hoot set. I paper pieced the balloons with matching cardstock and colored the birthday hat and owl with markers. I struggle with leaving cardstock plain, so I added texture with embossing folders. I used Lifestyle Crafts Birthday set for the background and flag as it is a 2 folder set. I used the SU Subtle folder for the Tangerine Tango layer behind the owl. If course, the owl had to have googly eyes.

This is a fun card. I send quite a few birthday cards and have no idea who will receive this card.

Sheetload of Cards June 2021

I love sketches and have enjoyed the Sheetload of Cards by Crafty Al each month. I used this month’s sketch to create several cards.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
KODAK Digital Still Camera

I used Lawn Fawn stamps for these cards: Sweetest Flavor and Wavy Sayings. The cardstock is all Hobby Lobby as well as the patterned paper. The patterned paper has been in my stash for a few years and was thrilled to be reminded that I had it with CS to match. I added texture with the Subtle Embossing Folder, recently retired, from Stampin’Up. That layer was not in the sketch but I really like the added texture. In total I made 10 cards as I made two of each color. There are more colors in the patterned paper and a lot more sheets, so hopefully I will be inspired soon to use more.

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.

Mystery Cards

Maymay challenged her viewers to create a set of mystery cards. A mystery card is where you take a 12 x 12 piece of paper, cut it into card fronts that are 4 X 5 1/4 inches and glue to them to a card base. Then you use a stamp set to embellish your card with a greeting and something else if needed. I spent a few days creating this set.

Mystery Cards

For these cards I used Sunflower Wishes by Maymay Made It for all of the stamping. The paper is one piece of Stampin’Up Designer Paper from Sale-a-bration. The paper pack listed the matching colors, so I was able to color the flowers and leaves to match the paper used. For simple cards, this worked well. Normally, I would find cardstock and layer under the greeting strip and possibly under the designer paper, but this is fine. I was sticking with her video plan.

Bold Birthday

I created this card for someone turning 108 years young this month. She needs texture, large images, and loves flowers.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/03/challenge-153-tic-tac-toe.html

This card fits the Retro Rubber Challenge with the Tic-Tac-Toe grid.

My card fits the bottom line. I used Stampin’Up sets Special Reason from 2017 and Perfectly Penned from 2011. There are dies that fit the images in Special Reason, so that takes care of the dies. The texture is created with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder as well as heat embossing the greeting. The color blue is Balmy Blue in the cardstock which is peeking through the die cut flower on the white layer. Other texture is the lace I used on the front.

This will also be added to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Beautiful Blossom challenge.