Sunflower Fun

September is quickly approaching and I always think of sunflowers in September. The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge is all about Sunflowers.

https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/08/sunflowers.html

I used the August 2021 set from Hero Arts for the sunflowers. This was colored with the stencils and the ink that came in the kit. The background is a Stampin Up set. I used Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus cardstock and matching ink on the background.

Paper Dragonfly Guest Designing

I am happy to guest design for Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge. I had so much fun finding several images to combine to create my card. Thanks for the opportunity to guest design!

https://paperdragonflycreativechallenges.blogspot.com/

My card uses images from Stampin Up and Sunny Studio. I used A Touch of Ink, Flowering Fields, and In the Meadow from Stampin Up. I used Backyard Bugs from Sunny Studio to stamp and cut the bees, butterfly and ladybug. The dragonfly image came from Hero Arts. I colored everything with SU and Tombow markers.

I hope you have time to come play in the challenge. I had so much fun creating this card. Thanks for sharing in the honor with me.

https://paperdragonflycreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-8-summertime-buzz-sponsored.html

Hapbee Birthday 2 You

With inspiration from buddy Gayle, I pulled out several bee stamps and ideas began flowing. My card is a bit different for me, as I rarely create cards using several company stamp sets and/or dies.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2021/07/pp550-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

I started with Paper Smooches stamps. The bee came from Courteous Cuties and the greeting “hapbee birthday” came from More Courteous Cuties. I decided to stamp the bee near the top, so I cut the greeting apart and placed it around the bee. I saw an idea where the hexagon was cut with a number 2 on it, so I used my hexagon dies from The Stamps of Life along with the stamp set minihexagons4backgrounds, where I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The number 2 is from graduation2celebrate and matching dies, also The Stamps of Life. The word “you” is alphabet stamps from Hero Arts. I felt the card front needed something else, so I began with the stitched rectangle die from The Stamps of Life, but that wasn’t enough as it still looked too plain. Out came the Cuttlebug Hexagon embossing folder. I like the embossing as it looks like a bee hive.

This will also be added to the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. This month’s challenge is to use numbers and/or alphabet.

I like how the card came out. It was fun creating.

Butterfly Repeat

July challenge at A Blog Named Hero is to Repeat Yourself. I pulled out an old Hero Arts set and stamped a trio of butterflies.

http://ablognamedhero.com/2021/07/july-challenge-repeat-yourself/

I used a stamp and die set labeled Hero Arts/Sizzix Butterflies 3; I saw it on Amazon labeled Antique Butterflies. It comes with flowers and 3 sizes of butterflies in red rubber stamps along with matching dies. I chose the largest butterfly to stamp and die cut.

I used Gina K Designs inks in the colors Blue Lagoon, Coral Reef, and Tranquil Teal. I used Tranquil Teal cardstock for the layer you see. I used a Stampin’ Up Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder to add florals to the background. the butterflies are stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder and popped up for dimension.

I chose to leave the greeting off of the front as I really have no room for one. It has been a long time since I have pulled out my Hero Arts stamps and I enjoyed using them. They were the first brand of stamps that I purchased 20 years ago.

Fruity Birthday

I have another card that I created with fruit for the Mod Squad Challenge. It has been posted from Split Coast Stampers. I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/summer-lemons/https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-74/

The oranges came from You’re the Sweetest and the leaves from Anemone Wishes, both from Gina K Designs. The sentiment came from a Hero Arts set.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and it looked fun to create. I used SU Tangerine Twist ink, marker, and cardstock on this card. The green leaves are Fresh Asparagus ink and cardstock from Gina K Designs. The ribbon is Old Olive. I made the stripes using a ruler and marker. I cut the orange slices with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch, then sliced a few in half. This was fun to create. Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Tropical Flamingo

This was a fun card to create. I pulled out every tropical set that I can remember owning and used stamps from three companies. The particular entry is for the Retro Rubber Challenge of Summertime.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/06/challenge-136-summer-time.html

The flamingo is from The Stamps of Life, dated May 2016 The large tropical leaves are from Leave Me in Paradise, Catherie Pooler Designs, July 2018. There are small tropical leaves from Hero Arts, dated 2019. I used my MISTI for the background, placing the leaves on one half of the paper, stamping, then turning the paper and stamping again. All of the inks are from Gina K Designs.

This card was created with inspiration from the Featured Stamper from Split Coast Stampers. Here is the card I used for inspiration: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2864482?cat=fav

It was also entered in the current MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers, which is to use pink on your card.

Birthday Envelope

It’s color week at Just Us Girls using pink, yellow, green and orange. I had a lot flowers cut using the dies from the My Monthly Hero Kit for January – love that set. I colored the flowers with various Distress Oxide inks using my blending brushes, though some of the filler leaves were cut from green cardstock. The envelope from the kit was cut from soft stone. The birthday sentiment, also from the kit fit perfectly on the envelope. The card base is lemon drop. I used the Press ‘n Seal trick to get the flowers arranged and in the envelope. I had lots of fun creating the flowers.

Tone on Tone Blooms

I saw the Make My Monday Challenge and decided to play along.

http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/122-tone-on-tone-background.html

I used the Friendship Blooms set by Hero Arts/Gina K Designs, a collaboration for HA 45th Birthday. I stamped the floral image with Versamark Ink. Then added the greeting with a die from Gina K Designs. I embossed the die cut with Rose Gold embossing powder, then added it to the sides.

I love tone-on-tone and really enjoyed creating this card.

The Greatest Gift

I did this for the Stay Crafty With Hero Challenge #5 Holiday Headstart. I used a set called The Greatest Gift, CL559. I couldn’t find it in the current Hero Arts catalog, but I did find it on an old stamp inventory I made from 2014. Using my MISTI, I stamped Fabulous Frame by Melanie Muenchinger  for Gina K Designs in Obsidian ink. The Nativity Scene was also inked in Obsidian. I liked the Christmas Blessings sentiment, but it didn’t fit in the oval. So I first inked Christmas in Red Velvet and masked Blessings. Then I masked Christmas and stamped Blessings. Since the Fabulous Frame was released in 2014 and The Greatest Gift is at least that old, I thought this would also work  for the Retro Rubber #133 Anything Goes Challenge. I love being able get a jumpstart on my Christmas cards.

RRCB 133