Trio of Plants

I spent time coloring a CAS card with a Power Poppy stamp set.

I used the Potted Primroses stamp set. It is no longer available as a clear set but you can purchase images as a digital stamp. I used Gina K Designs Amalgum ink for my stamping. I have a mini pad and it took about 3 times in the Misti to get a solid black impression, so I am not sure I really like this ink. However, I didn’t know how I wanted to color the image, so I chose this ink. I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The lavender paper is from Stampin Up and is retired. I added score lines to give it something extra.

This will entered in the Power Poppy Clean Slate Challenge: http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2023/01/the-blossom-challenge-clean-slate.html

Thanks for spending time with me today.

Stripes, Dressing up an Animal, Feathers

Here are my samples for three more challenges.

My Jolly Snowman was really pushing the hour time limit. I used a background from Simon Says Stamp called Stripes. It took forever to dry as I inked it at least 3 times using my MISTI. I struggled getting the stripes stamped cleanly. The snowman is from Inkadinkadoo and I have had it for many years. It has stripes on the hat and scarf, so it was perfect for the stripes challenge. I layered it two times. The second oval is hiding a major mistake and didn’t want to start again. The paper color is Soft Succulent. I used the pen gifted me for Christmas for the gold (Thanks Bonnie!). The greeting is a Paper Smooches greeting. I did enjoy this card, even though it took time creating and a long time drying.

Since the penguin helped decorate flamingo, he had to have his place in the spotlight. I used the penguin from The Stamps of Life to get him festive for Winter. The background paper is Gina K Designs. I love this penguin and was thrilled to create with him.

My last challenge for today is Feathers. I used a walrus from Paper Smooches along with the hat and greeting. He gets his feather from Hero Arts already created sitting in my stash. I kept the tag simple with a bit of twine. Some day, this will probably go onto a card as I rarely give gifts these days.

Thanks for sharing in my card. There are three more challenges that I have not created for. I hope to take care of that soon.

Happy Birthday

The final challenge from Friday evening was large sentiments.

I chose the Lawn Fawn Giant Happy Birthday Die for the star of the card. I stacked it with three layers of white cardstock to make it thicker. The polished stone background was in my stash waiting to be used. I found a color in my Gina K Designs cardstock from many years ago from a pack called Calypso. It worked perfectly for a layer and the greeting. I added the toucan already colored and fussy cut, then balanced it out with the flower. Those images are from Catherine Pooler’s stamp set Toucan Do It.

When I made this, I liked the tone on tone. Now I am wishing for a bit more contrast, but have no idea what I would change.

Thanks for sharing in my samples. I have been making samples for a few weeks with not much else. I am ready to move on. Today the other challenges go live and I do have 3 more challenges that I haven’t made a card for. I will make them as I get to them.

The 90’s!

Do you remember the 90’s? Life was busy in the 90’s. I took a trip with my childhood friend to Florida, bought my first car, got married, had children and several pets, bought a house and worked at my job. I am sure there were more things that happened in the 90’s, but those are highlights. You are wondering why I am taking a trip down memory lane…Well, I am the guest designer for the Retro Rubber Challenge and the theme is the 90’s!

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/

You see it is a color challenge, so dig out those retro colors and give this challenge a try!

I chose Mimi going Extreme with her snowboarding. The stamp set is named Extreme Mimi. She is a wood block stamp with a date of 2012. The embossed background is from Stampin Up Scattered Sequins; it reminds me of snowflakes. I used Gina K/Thermoweb Stitched Ovals dies. To color Mimi, many waterbased markers came out of hiding: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock, Baked Brown Sugar, Ruby Red, Terracotta Tile (all retired), then I used alcohol markers for her face: Spectrum Noir FS2 with SU Light Pink Pirouette for the cheeks. The snow was colored with Copic BG70 and I outlined her with BG10. The waterbased markers were blended with a Tombow blender pen.

It was fun to bring the retro image back to life. I enjoyed finding the various colors to fit the challenge. Come join me and create a retro card!

Stacked Pumpkins Card

Another image that I stamped recently and finally colored. I used patterned paper from Gina K Designs with the fun image from Stampendous.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-65/
https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/
https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/10/octoberfest-challenge.html https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-halloween.html

Recently I learned that the owner of Stampendous was moving her studio to her home. The store and factory have closed so for right now, any new stamps can be purchased from a store near you or online. This image came from someone whose Hardware store was selling all of it’s rubber stamps. The name of this set is Jack Stack. I colored it with several alcohol markers. The patterned paper is from the Grateful Heart pad from GKD. The word Boo is from Feeling Fall from Power Poppy.

This card will be entered in Make the Cards Challenge, Crafting Happiness, Four Seasons, and Double D Challenge. All are about pumpkins or Halloween.

I did enjoy coloring this image. It took me a while to settle on patterned paper, the card layout, and all of the needed pieces. I am happy with the card.

Adding this card to Two Old Bats challenge. Not sure how I missed it…I think I was trying to get the ones I remembered and just missed this one.

Thanks for sharing in my card! I did have fun and it is ready to be mailed to someone whose birthday is Halloween.

Pumpkins and Cat card

A few weeks ago, I stamped several images. Recently I colored a a fun image with stacked pumpkins and a cat.

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/10/octoberfest-challenge.html https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/october-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/10/135-halloween-all-month-long.html http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

This is the Feeling Fall image from Power Poppy. I colored it with alcohol markers and cut it out with ovals from Gina K Designs. The card base is Coral Reef from GKD with a layer of Turquoise Sea, and a strip of Slate. The pumpkins on the Turquoise Sea layer are from GKD Autumn Wreath Builder also the smaller ones are from SU Halloween Scares. The cat images and the splatter on the Slate strip are from the same SU set.

The Power Poppy challenge is to use an image with fruit or vegetables. I chose fruit as pumpkins are a fruit due to the seeds.

The Crafting Happiness challenge is all about Halloween. This image definitely fits the Halloween vibe.

The Four Seasons Challenge is to use anything about October. Pumpkins are definitely part of October.

The Double D Challenge is also anything to do with October. I saw pumpkins on the mood board.

I left the greeting off of the front as it would be too busy. I placed it inside. Thanks for sharing the time with me today to view my card.

Fruit Wreath

I was inspired to create today, so this is my second card. This card will be entered in three challenges.

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/uys-467-woodgrain-double-trouble.html
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

The Double Trouble challenge is to use a die cut or punch and then you meet Thing 2’s challenge to add woodgrain. They are collaborating with Use Your Stuff which is about woodgrain. Power Poppy challenge is to use fruit or vegetables on your card.

I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber embossing folder on my background. I used a natural colored cardstock from My Favorite Things for the embossing then inked it with Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa ink. I decided a wreath would be a good addition for the die cutting. These dies are from Stampin’Up, called Arrange a Wreath. I placed my fruit image in the middle of the wreath for the Power Poppy challenge. My image is from the set called Feeling Fall. I colored it with alcohol markers a week ago and then left it sit till I was inspired to use it. The greeting came from Gina K Designs Star Flower, which I inked with Slate ink.

I really like how this card turned out. I enjoyed piecing so many products together, which is something I struggle with.

Friend Leaves

Odd title…I think I am sorry a friend is leaving. That is not what this is about. This card is all about leaves that are falling in our yards this time of year. Our leaves have not turned color, yet, but some are falling.

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/09/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of_0861663957.html https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html

I posted a card yesterday using leaves cut from backgrounds I made with the Polished Stone Technique. I had several leaves cut, so today I was inspired to continue creating with these leaves. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the base and embossed layer. The background was embossed with the Darice Fall Leaves Swirl EF. The leaves are from the Gina K Designs Stitches Leaves stamp set with matching dies. I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder. I chose the Hello Friend greeting from a Paper Pumpkin July 2019 kit called On My Mind. I added gold foil to the greeting and embossed layer, which I think really helped bring all of the gold together.

I enjoyed creating this card. I was wanting to continue using those leaves and this came together so easily. This card will also be added to the Double Trouble Paper Crafting use a die or punch. This card uses only dies for this challenge so I posted Thing 1’s badge.