Golden bells

I used older stamps on this card with the Retro Rubber Challenge in mind.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/10/challenge-169-anything-goes.html

I used two stamp sets in this card: SU Blended Seasons (2018) and GKD Christmas Greenery (2016). This card has a lot of gold on it as it is also part of the MISTI Monday Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers where the celebration of the 50th challenge is going on and gold is the theme.

The Blended Seasons stamp set is red rubber, so the foliage will not curve easily, so my wreath is not as round as a photopolymer stamp would produce. The gold in the bells and foliage were colored with a gold gel pen. I made my own gold paper with embossing powder.

Fall fun landscape

I enjoyed creating this scene card. I borrowed a set from my daughter to create this fun card.

https://blog.yournextstamp.com/challenge-169-set-the-scene-comment-for-the-chance-to-win/

This is my first time playing in a Your Next Stamp Challenge. The set used is called Scarf Weather by YNS. I wanted something to color that is full of Autumn, so this set was loaned to accomplish my goal. The patterned paper used is Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather. I am fairly sure the paper pack is no longer available as I have had it a few years. It seemed perfect to use for creating my scene. After laying items out, my daughter suggested a fence in the background. I have a Gina K Design Fence die, so it was cut from the same paper pack.

This card is also going to the Splitcoast Stampers Crafter’s of Faith group monthly challenge. This month the verse is Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
Let’s show the vibrant glory of God’s handiwork in the earth when it’s autumn. The colors of the leaves on the trees as they die and let go and show us how beautiful it is to let go!

I love the set as it has so many fun characters and a lot of leaves. I used the matching dies for cutting most of the images then used my scissors on a few of the leaves.

Painted Flower on check

I decided to give the Make The Cards Challenge a try since the theme has Buffalo Plaid and I like plaid. I found a few other challenge with the help from Buddy Bonnie, so will add those as well.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-35/
https://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/favourite-autumn-or-winter-why.html https://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.com/2021/09/autumn-blessings.html

I used older stamps and retired product on this card. It is so enjoyable to pull out older product and use it rather than it sitting. The background is stamped using Stampin’ Up Buffalo Check, the flower is from Painted Harvest, both retired from SU. The greeting is from a set called So Grateful from Power Poppy. I added a piece of ribbon, matted the focal, popped it up on foam squares and called it complete.

Autumn is my favorite season as I love the cooler weather and the colors as the leaves change. I love mums in my yard and a pumpkin on my front porch. My explanation is for the As You Like It challenge to explain which is my favorite season between Autumn and Winter. I truly do not enjoy winter. I like seeing snow the first time it happens then get very tired of the cold and dreary weather.

Autumn is often a time to be thankful to someone who has helped me. I receive a lot of help from my Buddies and an honored to call them each a friend.

Wreath stamping

This month the MISTI challenge at Split coast Stampers is to add a wreath to your card. I pulled out my Wreath Builder Template and stamps from Gina K Designs and began stamping. I created a total of 3 cards.

Thanksgiving Blessings

The above card was using the Autumn Wreath set. I began with Kraft ink going all the way around the circle, then moved the leaf a little bit and stamped with Warm Cocoa, then moved the leaf and stamped in Charcoal Brown. I trimmed the square with a stitched square die, mounted on Dark Chocolate and on a card base of SU Crumb Cake. This was entered in the Double D Challenge for leaves.

Butterfly Wreath

The above card with butterflies was created with the Sending Love stamp set. I used many colors and do not have them written down. The center of each butterfly is a Nuvo Glitter drop. I used a set called Incentive Set for the greeting and found a circle to stamp in one of the wreath builder sets. This card was entered in the Mod Squad Challenge for butterflies.

Thinking of You

This wreath using stamps and ink other than Gina K Designs with the wreath builder template. I used a Maymay Made It set called Garden Party for the flowers and leaf. I used SU colors of Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Sage Shadow for my stamping. The center greeting is from SU Happy Thoughts. I used gems for the center of the large flower. I added stitching to the center by embossing with the die and a rubber mat. I enjoyed creating this card as I didn’t look at Pinterest for inspiration. I have no special challenge for this one other than the MISTI one at SCS.

The first two were created with inspiration from Pinterest and cards by Sherri Gilson. Both were uploaded to the challenges from SCS. Now I will move onto something other than wreaths for a time. Thanks for looking.

Thankful for you

I have a card stamped with mini ink cubes and a skeleton leaves. At first I didn’t like the background, but came back the next day and it looked better.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2021/09/02/september-2021-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2021/09/leaves.html

I started with Jelly Bean Green, Wild Dandelion, Tangerine Twist, and Tomato Soup inks. Then I came back and added Tranquil Teal, Plum Punch, and then Warm Cocoa. I definitely filled the page. I stamped leaves from the Skeleton Leaves mini stamp set all over the background then cut it with a stitched rectangle die. I placed the layer on a Honey Mustard card base. The words Thankful for You came from The Stitched Leaves mini-kit from a few years ago.

Sunflower Wreath

I created a card using 6 sunflowers for the Just Us Girls challenge.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/just-us-girls-challenge-600-word-week.html

I used the Arrange a Wreath stamp and die set from Stampin’Up for this card. The sunflowers were created with Bumblebee cardstock and the edges inked with matching ink. The wreath is in brown tones, Crumb Cake and Early Expresso also from SU. The door was created using patterned paper from Gina K Designs and it needed a knob, so that came from Holiday Frame Filler set also by GKD.

Congratulations on reaching 600 challenges! It was fun to create a card with six of something.

MSC Flowers Hope

I enjoy slimline cards and the Mod Squad Challenge made this easy with the Slim is IN challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/slim-is-in/

This card uses Gina K Designs stamps and inks. I used Painted Autumn stamp set for the flowers and leaves and Hopeful Flowers set for the greeting. The ink colors used are Fresh Asparagus, Lovely Lavendar, Wild Lilac, Edible Eggplant.

This card will be posted on Split Coast Faith Based Challenge on Tuesday, Sept. 7, as an encouragement card.

I enjoyed pulling out my stamps that have not seen ink in a long time. I have enjoyed this set since purchased in 2016. I used Melanie Muechinger’s blog post where I found a similar layout and her date was 2016. Thanks for an enjoyable challenge!

Circus Seal

Taking inspiration from buddy Gayle and one of her challenges, I went to my stamp room and began finding stamps, a stencil and dies that worked for the Circus Themed challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-greatest-show-on-earth.html

To find the help I needed, I searched Pinterest for Circus. A seal photo popped up in my search and I knew I had a stamp set purchased around 2013 from Gina K Designs, illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger called Jumping for Joy and it contains a seal, the ball, and the jumping platform as well as other animals. I stamped and then masked the seal, then placed the jumping platform and ball around the seal. Next obstacle was to create a background that looked like a circus. I spotted a stencil that was laying nearby and realized it would make the perfect tent like background. I chose to use a red Copic marker for tracing the lines. This stencil is from Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey called Sunny Day Stencil. I realized my tent needed something like curtains or banners. I had a banner close by that had not been colored or die cut, so I colored and cut it with the die, then proceeded to cut two more. I popped a set up for dimension. I made a ticket from The Stamps of Life ticket2stamp which I own dies for, so cutting was easy. Then came the stars. I often use a die from Lawn Fawn to cut small stars and this time I took a scrap piece of cardstock and colored it with the blue Copic marker that was used on the banner and the ball center. Finally everything looks like a circus. I added a lot of sparkle to make the stars and banner shine.

Thanks for reading my process. I enjoyed creating this and using so many items just sitting in my craft room begging to be used.