I spent today making wreaths, without the wreath builder.
The above wreath is pretty, but didn’t really look like the presenter’s wreath. Laura Bassen is the teacher and she stamped all of her images with no coloring. The flower set is an Avery Elle set which worked well for making a wreath. I decided to finish the wreath and color the images. The greeting is from a Gina K Design set but it does not have a name. I do like the wreath and this is one I would create again.
The above wreath is more like the lesson taught. Again, the wreath builder was not used. I use butterflies from a My Favorite Things set. The greenery is from a Simon Says Stamp with Gina K illustrated. The greeting is from the same set. The filler dots are from a Gina K Designs set illustrated by Lisa Hetrick. I had so many sets pulled out looking for an image to include in the wreath, that I was getting a bit overwhelmed. I like the final wreath.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
I made a card using a video idea from Gina K Designs with bubble wrap.
I used a Lawn Fawn set called Flutter By for the butterflies. The greeting came from a Unity set illustrated by Gracielle Designs. The background is bubble wrap stamped in Polished Pink.
This card was originally created for the Challenge Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. We always upload our cards on the 28th of the month. The challenge was to make something for Earth Day thinking of things that make our Earth beautiful. I love butterflies and Gina K had the perfect video for inspiration. I redeemed my bubble wrap from heading to the trash and using it.
It will be going to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge as it is an Anything Goes challenge.
I made another Tag for the Gina K Designs Monthly Challenge.
For this tag, I began with a stencil. I used the Flourishes stencil then cut the tag image with a Lawn Fawn die. The place for the ribbon was cut with a SU die. I stamped the flowers from Wild Blossoms also GKD. I found ribbon in my stash.
Today I used a stamp set I just received for my birthday. I love the Gina K Designs Spring Tulips mini set, so I chose that set for a gift.
I saw this idea on Pinterest where the originator places the tulip set above and below the greeting, so I wanted to try her method. I love the outcome. I colored the tulips and leaves with Spectrum Noir markers. After coloring, I placed the colored layer back in my MISTI and stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink embossing with clear powder. It brought the lines back and gave it a bit of shine. I used Spellbinders dies to cut the image and black layer, then mounted on a white card base.
I am adding this to the fourseasons: April Spring Challenge. Tulips are Spring Flowers so it fits that challenge. I am adding this to Seize the Birthday, Signs of Spring.