Pastel Embossing

I decided to emboss flowers today.

I chose the Country Floral embossing folder by Stampin Up to emboss and color. It is a 3D folder so it has a lot of dimension. I embossed on Ranger Watercolor Paper, then proceeded to add color. I used Gina K Designs ink with a blender brush. I did come back and add a bit more color with pencils taking the pigment directly from the pencil with water. I chose a sentiment from Stippled Flowers from Gina K Designs. I added a bit of ribbon and a few gems.

I found my inspiration for the colors by searching the folder on Google. I found a SU demonstrator who shared exactly which colors she used and the card recipe. Her name is Cindy. Thank you Cindy for the inspiration and helpful blog post.


I have been watercoloring with Gina K Designs ink with her current challenge is mind.

I used my all time favorite Gina K Designs kit, Petals and Wings. I purchased this kit in 2012, shortly after we moved into our current home. It is red rubber stamps. I used the texture background stamp inking it with Lucky Clover, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Wisteria, then spritzing with water. I blotted a bit with paper towel and let it dry. I stamped the flowers from the kit, three times with Black Onyx ink. I colored the flowers with a Copic marker that matches Turquoise Sea ink. The Turquoise Sea background is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I think this is the first folder I purchased and it is still the most used out of my many folders. I added the vertical greeting from Vertical Greetings 2 set illustrated by Theresa Momber.

Bugs and Flowers

I received this stamp and die set in December, but I was busy with Christmas so it had to sit for a while. Then I stamped several images and slowly added color. Many were watercolor and a few colored with alcohol markers. Following are several cards using the bugs, flowers, and buddy sent flower pots. I still have several flower pots and I have a new idea in my head, so stay tuned as I continue to use these.

Bugs and Flowers in the Flower Pot

This is the card I had in my head to create with a flower pot. I was blessed with this flower pot fold-it die cut. I used a gifted piece of patterned paper for the bottom of the pot. This card will be posted to the January Use Your Stash group challenge. The challenge is to make a card with flowers and/or hearts and I am the hostess for the challenge. I had no ideas in my head when I came up with the challenge and now, my head seems to be swimming with ideas.

Stamps used are lovebugs2stamp and morelovebugs2stamp from The Stamps of Life along with matching dies. The patterned paper is from Gina K Designs.

Flowers in a Pot Slimline

This card is using another gifted flower pot. The base is covered with patterned paper from Gina K Designs. The top has patterned paper from The Stamps of Life and the fence and clouds uses patterned paper from Hobby Lobby. I even found ribbon that blended well with the flowers. I started with the flower pot and flowers then decided what to do with it. I had fun with this once I had an idea.

Sending You Love

This bug is so fun in the window. This card is using most items from The Stamps of Life. I saw this idea in the gallery on TSOL website.

Thanks for looking at my bug cards. I enjoyed creating them.

Many Birthday cards

I have been busy the last several days off and on, making birthday cards. These cards were created in trying to find the perfect card for my pink, sparkle loving daughter. Her birthday was on Monday and she turned 21.

Sunray Birthday

While this card is festive and pink, it didn’t scream my daughter. I used Echo Park patterned paper and Massive Messages by Gina K Designs.

Tropical Birthday with Bird

This card was created with The Stamps of Life product. I watercolored each of the images on Bristol paper using a water brush and Tombow markers. I love this bird, flowers, and layout, but it didn’t scream the daughter I was trying to create the card for. Someone else will love this card.

Birthday Cupcake with Banner

This is the winner for this daughter’s birthday. She loves pink and a lot of sparkle. The cupcake is a die from Sizzix designed by Stephanie Bernard. I had paper with double sided adhesive on the back so it made it easy for adding the layers. This is a mixture of two sets, Bloom by Bloom and Hip Hip Hooray both Stampin Up. I used the Bow Easy tool for the bow. She loved her card.

Happy Day Mums

The race was on for the As You See It Challenge. I needed to complete a card in 10 minutes with 3 elements. I looked at my stamps, looking for images that did not need any coloring and would stamp easily. I finally decided on mums2stamp from The Stamps of Life.

I use my Gina K Designs Ink Cubes and my Original Misti for stamping. The papers are My Favorite Things. My timer showed 25 seconds left, so the total stamping took 9 minutes and 35 seconds.

The greeting is from butterfly2stamp also The Stamps of Life. I did try butterflies, but that took too long. Fun challenge! Thanks.

Happy Hello

It took a while to find a flower stamp that I thought I could create a card with in 10 minutes. It needed to be something that added color when stamping, as I am not fast at coloring anything, and was easy to stamp. I settled on the stamp set A Happy Hello by Gina K Designs. Since I am entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge, I need to give the year. I can guess it was released in 2018. I have had it for over a year,but had trouble pinpointing the year it was released.

I decided on a color palette, mounted the stamps on blocks, opened my ink pads, then began the timer. I placed the sentiment in my MISTI, trying to get it straight, but not sure it is after looking at the photo. I stamped the sentiment first, then began stamping with the blocks. I needed the foam under it, so I quickly grabbed the foam to give the cushion needed. I stamped everything, checked the time, then began assembling. I stopped the timer and it read 2:26 seconds left, so it took around 7 and 1/2 minutes to finish this card.

I used Gina K Designs ink in Red Hot, Fresh Asparagus, and Black Onyx and Stampin Up Blushing Bride for the small flowers and the cardbase. The black cardstock is SU and the white is Hobby Lobby. The gems on the flowers are SU.

I enjoyed these challenges. Thanks for the fun challenges and inspiration.

Happy Hello

I created a card with the CAS Colours & Sketches in mind.

The colors are Petal Pink, which I substituted Gina K Designs Innocent Pink, Highland Heather, and Mint Macaron. I used a set from Gina K Designs called A Happy Hello along with matching dies. The inspiration for this card came from one of the designers on the challenge site, where she used the Swiss Dots folder, or a similar one, and a scalloped rectangle. I used a Spellbinders scalloped rectangle to place my floral design on, inking it with the pink. I added gems to the center of the purple flowers with Hobby Lobby gems.

How’s It Going

I spent a lot of time with the colors of the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge this week.

The colors and Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach, and Tangerine Tango. I had all of the cardstock colors and ink pads, but deciding on the flowers was the difficult part. I created at least three different kinds of flowers, then decided on these anemone flowers and leaves.

I used the set Anemone Wishes by Gina K Designs along with the matching dies. These flowers were stamped in Tangerine Tango on peach cardstock, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Sometimes I stamped with Versamark ink over the Tangerine ink, but other times I did not. I used my MISTI to get clear impressions. The centers are stamped in Black Onyx ink by Gina K Designs, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I added more color with the peach and a water pen. Since this is regular cardstock, the water was very light.

The cardstock is Tangerine Tango as a base, Basic Black to bring out the black in the greeting and the centers, and Hobby Lobby White.

I enjoyed this challenge. As I said, I created many flowers, so one of these days when I need one or two, I will pull those out and use them.