Bee, Candles, Balloons, Butterflies

I have been busy today creating cards for challenges and a featured stamper. All were posted at Split Coast Stampers. I wanted to share them with my buddies on this blog.

Butterfly Bookmark

This bookmark was created with the current Paper Smooches Animals challenge, as well as the Mod Squad Challenge. I used a Paper Smooches set called Flap Happy, colored with Copic markers. I enhanced the butterflies with a white gel pen. The scallop top was created with a retired SU punch.

Balloon Birthday
Birthday Candles

The above two cards were based on a card by the featured stamper at Split Coast Stampers, Sheri Gilson. I have admired her work for several years and have used her work for inspiration. Here is the card I used for inspiration:

Lawn Fawn stamps were used. For both cards I used Simply Celebrate and Wavy Sayings. I made two as I had the supplies out and couldn’t decide which single stamp to use. The candle piece of patterned paper is from My Favorite Things. I used two pieces from the pack for color inspiration.

Just BeeCause

This last card was created with the inspiration of Ellen Hutson’s blog. There is a post by Gina K Design where she used the wreath builder and Ellen Hutson stamps. I got inspired to use other stamps and make a wreath. I chose a bee from Flap Happy, a Paper Smooches stamp. This was also posted to the current challenge of Animals at their blog.

I had a fun day of creating. We had rain when I woke up, then snow, now it is just cold. Crazy weather for March as it should be windy. I had to be inside and I was inspired. Thanks for reading the long post.

Red and White cards for Mod Squad Challenge

I have been working on red and white cards the last couple of days. All three were posted to Mod Squad from Split Coast Stampers.

This card uses Summer Blooms and A Wish for You, from 2014. The paper is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin Up and Layering Weight White from Gina K Designs. The ink is Cherry Red from GKD.

Red and White Butterfly

This next card uses the sets Merry & Bright (2017) and Christmas Wishes (2014), both Gina K Designs. The cardstock used is Red Hot and Layering Weight White both GKD.

Red and White Ornaments

The last card entered in the challenge uses a Snowflake Background die from The Stamps of Life. The greeting is stamped with the Winter Cheer set, from Gina K Designs, in Red Hot ink. The red cardstock used is also Red Hot.

Red and White Snowflakes

I placed the dates on the stamps as I was including these in a challenge on Split Coast called USEIT2019. The intent is to use items from our stash that have been there for a long time. I forget this challenge is there, and have been reminded lately. All three cards used mostly older product that has been in my stash for quite some time. The snowflake background is new. I added a bit of sparkle to those flakes using the Crafter’s Companion Clear Sparkle pen.

You Inspire Me

I love color challenges and played along with one from Split Coast Stampers.

You Inspire Me

I used the stamp set Flutter By from Lawn Fawn. The ink colors are Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, and Call Me Clover, all SU colors. I used these colors with a blender pen. This is the first time I used this stamp set. It is a nice set with a lot of possibilities, so you will see it again hopefully soon.

I will be posting this on Simon Says Stamp blog with the Anything Goes challenge:

Amazing Butterflies

Rainbow of Butterflies

This is for the Monthly Mix Challenge with Gina K Designs.

I used the butterfly die from GKD, along with 2 stamp sets, A Beautiful Life and Keep Calm. The words “you are” is from A Beautiful Life; I masked the “a” off of the image. The word “AMAZING” had the word “BE” with it, so I masked the BE off; this is from Keep Calm. I used the GKD/Thermoweb oval die in the largest size to layer the butterflies on.

Thanks for looking at my rainbow of butterflies.

Progressive Cardmaking Day 3 Masking – Intermediate

For the intermediate level with masking, it involved masking more than one image on the card front.

Masking Butterflies

I masked the middle butterfly, then stamped the butterflies above and below. I colored the middle butterfly and left the other two white. My background was quite plain, so I used the flourish stamp in the set with ink that closely matched to give it a bit of background. I used a set designed by Gina K Designs for a Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval collection. It is called Beautiful World. The background paper is Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder, stamped with GKD Wild Wisteria. The black ink is Versafine Onyx Black. The sentiment is from SU Paper Pumpkin, Sentimental Rose (April 2019).

Stamp Happy Day 3 Card 1

Day 3 is all about background stamps. I own one Hero Arts cling background stamps, so that is what I chose. I have had this stamp for many years and have no idea of its actual name, so I will call it Dotted Background Cling Stamp.

I followed Jennifer McGuire’s video and idea of shifting the background stamp to change it a bit, and also to place a floating image on the card. I have vellum, so that is what I floated the image on.

Day 3 background shift and floating image

I used two ink colors in the background: Lawn Fawn Peacock and Blue Jay. I made the template of the stamp by stamping it on vellum, so I could have a guide to shift my stamp. The butterfly is from a set that was created by Hero Arts along with Sizzix. The butterfly was stamped with Blue Jay ink, then Versamark and clear embossed. I used several dies on this card. First is the butterfly die that matches the stamped image, then I decided it needed a frame, so I used a Sizzix circle die and a scalloped circle die together. Since the butterfly is floating on vellum, the inside is covered with the same butterfly image to hide the adhesive. I did the same with the scallop frame.

I didn’t add a greeting. This way, it can be used for several occasions.

Fancy Fold Easter Blessings

Butterfly Easter Blessings

I love fancy fold cards. I watched a video, by Connie Stewart ( ) on Saturday and began making a card using supplies I had on hand.

I used Jelly Bean Green cardstock by Gina K Designs for the card base. I used Echo Park Spring Fling Patterned Paper. The yellow piece on the flap and the circle is Wild Dandelion, also from Gina K Designs. The butterfly image is long ago retired from Stampin’Up called Butterfly Prints with matching punch. I found a sentiment in the set Springtime Baskets from Gina K Designs, illustrated by Claire Brennan. This was a fun card to make.

Card for Louise

Flip it card
Flip-it card front
Flip-it card back flat

This card was made and sent to a lady turning 106 years old. The person requesting the card said that the recipient had failing eye-sight, so large images and bright colors would help. I chose to use a bright purple card base and patterned paper in matching colors. I used butterflies from The Stamps of Life along with a sentiment from the same set. It is called butterfly2stamp and a couple of matching sets and dies. The flip-it die set is a 5 X 7 set from Sizzix. I cut a piece of white paper for the back to have an easy place to write a sentiment. I chose to stamp You are awesome, from Cas-ual Friday, This card was mailed earlier in the week to ensure that it would be delivered in time for her birthday.