Bear in a Basket

I created the following card with the Mod Squad Challenge in mind. The stamp set used is a digital images from Lilly of the Valley.

I colored the bear with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him out. The patterned paper is Echo Park. The greeting is from a Stampin Up set. This is my first time using Lilly of the Valley digital images. I have a few and am finding them easy to print and color. Thanks for an enjoyable challenge.

Balloon Wreath Birthday

This card was created for the Double D Challenge and the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I was so happy to see the mood board for the Double D Challenge with hot air balloons. I have a few sets of hot air balloons and always enjoy using them. This time, I used a fun set from Stampin Up called Lift Me Up.

I used the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder template for my wreath. Colors used are Peach Bellini, Blue Denim with matching paper from Gina K Designs, and Mint Macaron with matching paper from Stampin Up. I flicked a bit of sparkle, well a lot of sparkle with a Crafter’s Companion Clear Sparkle Pen. I have seen this done by hitting the sparkle pen against a marker. It leaves a lot of sparkle! I did spread sparkle on the banners as one cannot have too much sparkle. I have a person in mind to receive this card and I am sure the sparkle will bring a smile to her face.

Red, White and Blue cards

I have made two Red, White and Blue cards for a few challenges.

  1. MISTI Monday Challenge at Split Coast Stampers
  2. Mod Squad Challenge
  3. Gina K Designs July Challenge
Anchor Birthday
Hot Air Balloons

I began with the Hot Air Balloon card for the Mod Squad Challenge and the MISTI one. Both needed Red, White, and Blue and the MISTI one had to be non-patriotic. While making this, I knew it needed something else, but couldn’t figure out what. My husband said the balloons could be over the water, so out came another embossing folder. Both folders used are from SU. I enjoy using these balloons both stamped and die cut.

I created the anchor one when I realized it was a Red, White and Blue challenge and started to post the Hot Air Balloon one, then remembered that it needs to be a Gina K Stamp set to be eligible for a win, so the anchors came out.

Thanks for sharing in my fun with the Red, White and Blue cards.

Quick update on the Hot Air Balloon card — It made the top 3 winner of the Mod Squad Challenge. Here is the badge:

Mod Squad Winner Badge

Another update: The anchor card won the July Misti Monday challenge. They do not have a badge.

Up and Away

I have been stamping with Lift Me Up by Stampin’Up! and created several cards.


I saw the above idea on Split Coast Stampers. It has a smaller card base so the hot air balloon could go off of the page and fit in a standard A2 envelope.

Love in the Air!

This was created with Do Stamping with Dawn, using her layout on her blog. I will keep this and send it for someone’s anniversary or save for Valentine’s Day.

One Layer with Dimension

This was placed in the Mod Squad Challenge Blog in the One Layer Card challenge. This particular view has a balloon that is popped up with foam squares. The photo on Mod Squad is all flat with no popped up images. I saw this idea on Pinterest. The inks used are mostly Lawn Fawn and one Stampin Up ink pad.