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.

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.


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


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



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.

Camellia One in a Million

Power Poppy has a challenge to use emboss resist. I chose to use the Simply Camellias stamp set, along with a Paper Smooches greeting from Kindness Sampler. This card will go along with both challenges.


I decided to place the flowers as a border with the greeting in the middle. I colored the flowers with Stampin’Up markers, that were from 2002. They still work great and were quite easy to add a bit of water to spread the color.



Color Challenge CC738

I sometimes play along with the color challenge on Split Coast Stampers. I really like this week’s colors: Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo. I have several SU markers and a few ink pads now, but before these, I converted the colors to Gina K Designs colors or Lawn Fawn. Crushed Curry matched Prickly Pear quite well, Granny Apple Green matches Key Lime. I do not have any matches listed for Melon Mambo, but it is a very bright pink. This time I used the SU colors watercoloring with markers and a water brush.

Thinking of You
Always makes me Smile

Stamp sets used are All That you Are by Stampin’Up, and Blessed Inside and Out by Maymay Made It. I stamped off one time on the inside. I am still getting used to this inkpad and if I do this again, I think I will stamp off two times and make the flower lighter. These are nice colors and were fun to work with.

Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

I saw a video showing alternate idea for the April Paper Pumpkin, by Tami White. I had to give her idea try as it is quite easy.

Yellow Thinking of You
Wisteria Wonder Just Because

Both cards use the Paper Pumpkin set and GKD Tiny Textures. The cardstock for the yellow card is GKD Wild Dandelion. The Wisteria one is SU Wisteria Wonder cardstock. The white is Spectrum Noir cardstock. The stitched rectangle die is from The Stamps of Life.

I followed Tami’s directions and used the sets that I have. She used an SU set that has a splatter image, so I pulled out the Tiny Textures splatter and inked it partially with Moonlit Fog ink, stamped off one time before stamping on the main image.

Progressive Cardmaking Day 3 Masking – Beginner

Day 3 of the Progressive Cardmaking class is all about masking. The beginner masking is quite simple, basically masking one image to keep it in the forefront.

Birthday Wishes

I used Gina K Designs Bold Blooms for the main image, masking the flower before adding the leaves. The sentiment is from a incentive set by Gina K Designs. It doesn’t have a name and cannot be purchased in her store, but came during a holiday sale. I used Rose Gold embossing powder on Versamark ink. I left the card very simple with no sequins or embellishments. This will be posted in the Altenew Academy class Student Forum.