Floral Anniversary

I have been coloring the Stippled Flowers set from Gina K Designs over the last few days. My Versamark Pad was looking quite ugly, like it was growing mold, so it went to the trash. I realized I owned a mini pad, so I used it for a few flowers, then ordered a large pad. I received my new Watermark Pad from Hero Arts yesterday, so I was back in business creating more flowers.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/05/challenge-182-flower-power.html
http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2022/05/just-add-ink-603colour.html
https://ginakdesigns.com/2022/05/01/may-2022-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa

The Retro Rubber Challenge is all about using florals. The Stippled Flower set was released in 2018 and I purchased it immediately. I really enjoy these flowers and the words in the set.

The Just Add Ink Challenge is a color challenge. The colors are Mint Macoron, Blushing Bride, and Rich Razzleberry all Stampin Up colors. Since I own all of the colors, I used them to color the leaves and flowers. I also used a layer of Rich Razzleberry for a mat behind the focal image and the Blushing Bride for the card base. The flowers were all watercolored with the reinkers.

Gina K Designs Monthly Mix challenge is to use an image, a die cut, and a sentiment. I chose to die cut my colored images and added the sentiment. All are from the same Stippled Flowers set. I did stamp the largest flower in a light grey ink to add a bit of shadow behind the colored images. I chose the Anniversary greeting as I think I will send this to my sister and her husband for their upcoming anniversary. I added a few sequins and called it complete.

Floral Note

I chose to create with the color pallet from The Paper Players, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2022/05/pp590-colour-challenge-from-joanne.html

I used Spellbinders Glimmer Plates in this card. The flower is a peony illustrated by Yana Smakula. The greeting is also a Glimmer Plate. I used Hammermill paper for the Glimmer as it usually works well. When I used my Glimmer machine, I spend quite a bit of time and all I do is make Glimmer pieces and then let them sit until I want to use them. Today was a day to use a few of the pieces.

I took out the ink pads that match the colors in the challenge. I watercolored the peony using a water brush. I added a few gems and called it complete. It has a lot more shimmer in real life as I am not a great photographer with foil.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed the challenge.

Blue Bouquet

I had time to create a card for the As You See It Challenge. I will also apply this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2022/04/273.html
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-94/

I used a Simon Says Stamp image Beautiful Flowers, which I watercolored with Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry and Powder Blue. I stamped with Versamark and In the Navy Ink, embossing with clear powder. After the ink dried, I cut the paper down to fit on these pieces of cardstock. I began with slimline dies, but ended up cutting them down a bit, so the cardbase ended up being 8 1/4 inches long. The base is SU Night of Navy cardstock, with layers of Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I am sure I have those exact colors in two of the inks and most in colored pencils, but my GKD inks were handy and they worked well. The slimline dies used were Picket Fence Studio.

March Cards

I thought I would share a few cards that were made with no blog challenges in mind.

Double Embossed Hello

This card was made using double embossing. There was a challenge last week at Splitcoast Designs to give this a try. I used a Paper Studio Brick embossing folder first, then used a Crafts Too Blossom folder. I applied ink to the florals with a sponge dauber as well as the leaves. Then I used a q-tip to apply ink to the floral centers. I am sure these are hibiscus flowers which come in all colors. I sponged a bit of gray to the bricks. The hello is from Gina K Designs that came in a stencil kit. I really enjoyed creating this card.

Butterfly Window Birthday

This card was created for the Featured Stamper challenge on Sunday. I used butterflies like the card I CASED, but I added patterned paper behind my butterflies. This paper is from GKD Sending Love. I used a very old embossing folder, Spellbinders M-Bossibilities called Garden Delight. It is probably 15 years old and used very little.

Thanks for sharing in my latest creations.

Just Because

While the cardstock was out for the CAS Colors & Sketches Challenge #426, I made another card. This will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.

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

I used the Floral Essence set and matching punch from Stampin Up. I also used the Tiny Textures set from Gina K Designs for texture on the flag and behind the flowers, but also for the greeting. I used all colors from the challenge and added gray as my neutral. This is an odd size card. I cut the stitched rectangles first and then the flag. It was all too large to fit on an A2 card so I made a 5 X 7 size card, but that was too much white space below the flag, so I trimmed it down. The finished card size is 5 X 6 or close to it. I will fit in a 5 X 7 envelope for mailing.

I enjoyed creating with these colors and sketch.

MSC Hello Friend

The current challenge at Mod Squad is to keep your card with a simple focus, one image and no embellishments, or the card will be removed. I took this challenge and it was not as easy as it sounded.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/simple-focus/
KODAK Digital Still Camera

This card was created using the set Friendship Blooms with was a collaboration of Hero Arts and Gina K Designs. I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils and used Stampin’Up Crumb Cake cardstock. I heat embossed with GKD Detail White embossing powder.

I found this challenging as I wanted to add glitter to the flowers and possibly gems to draw the eye down the page better. But I left it alone.

Before this card I had worked on another card. This didn’t make the cut for the challenge.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

After I finished coloring this image, I thought it needed something else, so I added clear sparkle to the flowers. Then I added gems. So, I was ready to post and read the directions again and this one didn’t make the cut. I totally love the card and mailed it, so someone will be able to enjoy it and hopefully it will bring a smile to her face when she opens it.

Fabulous Florets

I pulled out an older set of my Mother’s to make this card for the As You See It Challenge.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/02/challenge-220-fragile-flames.html

This is an SU set from the 2011 Occasions Mini, meaning Spring Catalog. I thought this flower sprig would be easy to use for this challenge. My original idea was to space the flowers apart, cut into three parts, than have flower panels on the card front. Well, I didn’t get them spaced far enough, so I left them be. The red flower is all Poppy Parade, both ink pad and marker. The center flower is stamped in Gina K Designs Peach Bellini, with the marker used SU Grapefruit Grove. The third flower is stamped in GKD Sweet Mango with the Mango Melody marker. The stamp seemed to have a rough part in the center of one of the leaves, so I used the marker to help fill it in. I used the sentiment from the set for the greeting centering it in the flowers, stamped in Memento Black ink.

The white is Hobby Lobby heavy weight cardstock, die cut with The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangle die, layered on a piece of SU Grapefruit Grove. The cardbase is MFT Poppy, which is the perfect match for Poppy Parade.

I added sparkle to the flowers, but that never shows in the photo. I like the colors, but really wanted to add green. Thanks for looking.

Floral Hello and Hugs

I saw a video with My Favorite Things and then applied the idea to a Monochromatic Challenge with Split Coast Stampers. After looking at the items I used, I decided to use it with the Retro Challenge. https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2019/08/challenge-117-anything-goes.html Here is the challenge label: RRCB117

Monochromatic Card One RRCB117

The stamp set used is called Obsessed with Floral by Unity Stamp Company. I believe it came to my home in June, 2018. The die is Scripty Hello from Lawn Fawn, which has been in my home for around a year, but was released in 2014 or 2015.

The paper is Gina K Designs: Layering Weight White, Moonlit Fog, and Slate.

With cutting into one inch strips, this has pieces for two cards. The next one has Hugs on it.

Monochromatic Card Two

It is always fun to make two cards from one idea.

Camellia One in a Million

Camellia

This card is for two challenges, Power Poppy and Paper Smooches.

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2019/05/creative-confetti-simply-resistible.html

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2019/04/may-2019-flowers-challenge.html

The Power Poppy challenge is all about emboss resist. I chose to place my flowers around the border. They are watercolored with pink toned Stampin’Up markers and a water brush.

The Paper Smooches challenge is to use flowers on your card. I chose to use the Kindness Sampler set for my greeting.