VALENTINE PENGUIN

I had fun with a penguin and Valentine theme today.

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/02/hearts-challenge.html
https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/02/sos463-my-heart-beets-for-you.html https://colorfuloptions.blogspot.com/2022/02/february-2022.html

This penguin is from Gerda Steiner Designs Valentine Penguin along with the greeting. The letters are stamped from The Stamps of Life lovebugs2stamp. I embossed the bottom of the card with a folder from Stampin’Up, retired. I added the red hearts across the card with a border die from Sizzix, also retired. The small hearts were punched with the Owl Builder Punch from SU.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3070834?&cat=all&what=keywords&si=SC891

I used the above sketch in creating this card. I group the hearts and letters as one unit and the penguin a unit, so that makes the three units down the left side. It has been quite a while since I used one of the sketches and this was a joy to work with.

There are red heart on the Double D Challenge mood board, so I am adding it to that challenge. The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to use hearts or vegetables. I chose to use hearts. Another challenge was brought to my attention, Colorful Options. February’s challenge is to use the color red.

Hello Pumpkin

Getting into Autumn cards, so I pulled out a Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and Echo Park patterned paper and created a card.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/09/challenge-167-lets-get-sketchy.html
https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-your-design-challenge

I chose to use Pumpkin Bear from Gerda Steiner Designs, 2019, for my main image. I colored the image with alcohol ink and paper pieced the scarf. I used the Echo Park Celebrate Autumn patterned paper for this card. The scalloped edge was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.

I am adding this to Gerda Steiner Designs Challenge. It has been a while since I have pulled out my GSD stamps and it was fun to create a card with the image.

Halloween cards

I have been making Halloween cards for residents of an Assisted Living Center. All are inspired or copied from SU Demonstrators work found on Pinterest or blogs. Many have provided sketches which I used. Dawn Griffith is a favorite SU Demonstrator and has made several Halloween cards using sketches, so I followed a few of hers. Enjoy these cards.

Witch in the Moonlight
Vampire Bat
Scary Halloween
Monster Eyeballs
Monster Duo
Halloween Critters
Elephant Trick or Treating

The above card is a CASE of my daughter’s work. She came into my craft room and told me exactly what colors she used and I simply stamped everything she told me.

Pirate Duck Trick or Treat
Purple Monster

I have a total of 15 cards going to this Assisted Living Center. All stamps used were Stampin Up. The majority came from my Mother’s stash. She made cards for Shut-Ins and Halloween was never left out. A few came from my daughter’s stash as she loves Halloween. I own two sets and both were used here in some capacity, but I really do not make many Halloween cards. Maybe I will make more as I have images colored, cut, and waiting to be used sitting in a bowl. Thanks for spending time with me seeing my stash of cards heading out soon.

Virtual Stamp Night E – G

Continuing with my VSN share, this will finish the Friday challenges and begin the Saturday ones.

MAR21VSNE Trail off the Page

This challenges was to have your image “trail” off the page, to represents park trails. I chose branches4flowers from TSOL and the bird is from Sending Hugs by Gerda Steiner Designs. This was a fun and easy card to create.

MAR21VSNF Swing Hi, Swing Lo

The idea for this was to make your card swing or show a swing, as most parks have swings. I used my tree set from Maymay Made It, called Swingin’ Tree. I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide inks, which is something I rarely do. I forget all about them as they sit away from my other ink pads. I gave the tree leaves, added the hummingbirds, and of course, the tire swing. I used the words Swingin’ By… for the front and the inside says To Say Hi!

MAR21VSNG The Moon

This was another card that was put off as it needed thought and research. I really do not make “moons” on cards so it didn’t come quickly to figure it out. In the end, I found an idea on Pinterest where the SU demonstrator explained what she did to place the animal in the moonlight. I die cut the moon using GKD masking paper and sponged ink around the mask. I removed the mask then stamped my images. I chose to not worry that my deer has blue sky and dirt on him. I used the Subtle Embossing Folder from SU to give the background texture along with the greeting. This is a mini-slimline card. I used a piece of Bristol paper for the focal piece, then made the card base to fit.

The stamps used are all SU: Close to Nature, and the March 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Scooter Vrooming

I created a card using a Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and had a lot of fun with it.

https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-you-designs-challenge-july-2020

This card was created with a song in mind, “Born to be Wild”, from the Splitcoast Stampers Virtual Stamp Night challenges. The challenge was to select a song from the 1968 top 40 playlist and I chose a song with an image that came to mind. I do not own any motorcycle images, so I went with the next best thing of a scooter. I scoured the GSD-Stamps blog with design ideas used by the design team and it placed many ideas in my head. I decided on paper piecing for the scooter and pulled out SU colors from the 2018-2020 In Color cardstock and designer paper. Everything not paper pieced was colored with alcohol markers.

It has been a long time since I have stamped this image and colored it. It was such a fun card to create!

Good Luck

Had a bit of fun creating a St. Patrick’s Day card.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/03/its-all-about-green.htmlhttps://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-use-some-green/
https://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2020/03/color-throwdown-584.html
https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-your-design-challenge-march-2020

The cat in the hat is from Gerda Steiner Designs: https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/digital-stamps-spring/products/st-patricks-day-digital-stamp I rarely use digital stamps, but the ones in this shop are quite easy. It is colored in a combination of Copic, Spectrum Noir, and Sharpie markers with a Uniball Gold Gen pen thrown in the mix.

The cardbase is white Hobby Lobby paper. The green layer is Gina K Designs, Grass Green which I stamped with My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background stamp in Versamark ink. The banner is also Gina K, Journey of the Heart patterned paper. The sentiment Good Luck is from Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin, December 2019, Something for Everything.

I used a sketch to complete the layout. The sketch is from Split Coast Stampers SC792. It has squares, but I changed it to circles. I enjoyed creating the card, following a sketch with a specific theme.

Paper Piecing Hello Pumpkin

Having fun with a new Gerda Steiner Designs stamp.

Hello Pumpkin

I used a Darice embossing folder for the tree. It is cut from SU Chocolate Chip cardstock, with the leaves colored with several markers laying close. I used Celebrate Autumn from Echo Park for the paper piecing. The bear is colored with various alcohol markers. This was fun to create. It has been quite a while since I paper pieced. I will post this to Gerda Steiner Designs challenge for September.