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.
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.
I created this card for someone turning 108 years young this month. She needs texture, large images, and loves flowers.
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.
I have been watching Crafty Al and trying her Sheetload of Cards sketch and cutting layout for February. This month, I used both a 6 X 6 pad and 12 X 12 inch papers. Get comfortable as there are many cards with the sketch or a variation of it.
The above card was created with Carta Bella Home Again 6 X 6 pack of patterned paper. I did not own matching cardstock, so I used the back side of one of the patterns for the base layer. This card was mailed immediately after making it a few weeks ago.
The above card and all following use the Home Again 12 X 12 scrapbook paper with stickers pack. The cardstock colors are Islands Indigo and Blue Lagoon from Stampin Up retired. The ribbon matches, Blue Lagoon. The banners are embossed with one of the Greenery embossing folders from SU; it is a set of 2 folders. The greetings are all from Gina K Designs sets. Some of the cards have smaller print patterns and those are from the 6 X 6 pad.
That is the many cards I created. It is a fast process when the paper is all cut and ready to assemble. I changed some of the paper after being cut. One of the choices was a bit too dark, so I was swapping out a piece here and there. Overall I enjoyed creating the cards this way. Because I kept changing my mind, they are all different. The insides have a white layer with a strip of cardstock. Some have stickers for embellishment. All have room to write a message.
Day 5 was all about shaker cards. I own the foam strips, can find clear acetate or packaging for the shape to hold something, but could not locate sequins to use, so I improvised.
I cut balloons with Lawn Fawn balloon dies on white cardstock. Then I selected the patterned paper I wanted to use to place behind the balloons. This is an Echo Park birthday collection. I found cardstock that would work with the patterned paper, cut and scored it. Then I went looking for sequins. I really do not have many and couldn’t locate any that would really work, so I found buttons. There are colors of buttons that may not be the best for this patterned paper, but I decided to let it go and use them. I added Nuvo drops to the front of the card and this time they did stay clear. The greeting is also from Lawn Fawn. This is probably the second shaker card that I have ever made.
Day 3 was about embossing. I made a beginner embossed card.
For the beginner card, I used the SU Ornate Floral embossing folder and a die from The Stamps of Life. In the class, Justine embossed first, then die cut on top of her embossing. This did not work for me as my embossing went completely flat when I die cut after embossing. I tried again and die cut first, then embossed. I added the piece to a white card base and called it good.
I did try both the intermediate and advanced lesson. The intermediate is partially completed, as it was inking the embossing folder. I inked both sides and haven’t done anything with the pieces. The advanced one went to the trash. She used Perfect Pearls in the class to enhance the embossing. I couldn’t find my Perfect Pearls, so improvised with something else and it didn’t work well. There are always new ideas to try.
This month’s Monthly Mix Challenge at Gina K Designs is to use Red and make it a celebration card. I chose to stamp and create with the Fabulous Rose Frame illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger. I loved this frame set when it was first introduced in 2017 and it has recently been retired and placed on the Clearance rack. I was fortunate to be able to make the purchase.
I stamped the image, using my MISTI, on Spectrum Noir White cardstock. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the images, then cut it out using coordinating dies. The oval die is from Stampin’Up and it fit well in the frame. I know this will go to someone who has a February birthday as it is red.
I made two cards with her January sketch using 6 X 6 paper from Gina K Designs.
Here is card number two:
Al shows her process and give instruction through her videos. At the end of the first video, you can download her sketch. This was my first time creating from her sketch. I may do this again using 12 X 12 sheets of paper, which is what her cutting layouts are based on. I have an abundance of 6 X 6, so I pulled out a few sheets, found coordinating cardstock and created two cards. I enjoyed the process as it was different. Thanks for looking!
The following card was created for the Mod Squad Fly Away challenge.
I used two Gina K Designs stamp sets in completing this card. The dragonfly is from Theresa Momber’s The Wetlands 2 and the frame is from Melanie Muenchinger’s Fabulous Rose Frame. I followed an idea from Melanie’s blog and YouTube channel. I used my Misti, forgetting to stamp two frames before removing my stamp. I tried lining the stamps up, and was close but not perfect. This is a live and learn process and decided it would work and I could send it. I added a dragonfly to give a bit more dimension to the wings. I enjoyed making the card and my husband likes it.
I created the following card with the Mod Squad Challenge in mind. The stamp set used is a digital images from Lilly of the Valley.
I colored the bear with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him out. The patterned paper is Echo Park. The greeting is from a Stampin Up set. This is my first time using Lilly of the Valley digital images. I have a few and am finding them easy to print and color. Thanks for an enjoyable challenge.