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.

Hello Pumpkin

Getting into Autumn cards, so I pulled out a Gerda Steiner Designs stamp and Echo Park patterned paper and created a card.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/09/challenge-167-lets-get-sketchy.html
https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-your-design-challenge

I chose to use Pumpkin Bear from Gerda Steiner Designs, 2019, for my main image. I colored the image with alcohol ink and paper pieced the scarf. I used the Echo Park Celebrate Autumn patterned paper for this card. The scalloped edge was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.

I am adding this to Gerda Steiner Designs Challenge. It has been a while since I have pulled out my GSD stamps and it was fun to create a card with the image.

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.

Potted Plant Trio

I saw the beautiful colors with the new challenge at CAS Colors & Sketches so I had to give these a try.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/08/challenge-435-double-challenge.html

So fun to use two stamp sets from different companies with the same name. I used Gina K Designs and Lawn Fawn sets both called Stuck on You. The greeting came from SU Picture Perfect and the pink and blue sprigs came from GKD Handmade Botanicals. For ink colors, I used a combination. The pink ink is a Memento ink pad in Rose Red. The blue ink used for the ferns is a Tombow marker. I used Spectrum Noir markers for the blue and yellow on the pots. The succulent is stamped in Canteloupe ink by Memento. All of these colors were as close as I could come to the actual colors shown for the challenge.

I enjoyed creating this card today. It was enjoyable to play with color and try to get close matches to the ones needed.

August Birthdays

For the buddies who remember, August is birthday month in my world. This means I generally try to create cards specific for the person receiving it and that it looks different than last years cards. Here are the ones for this year.

Birdy card front
Bird card inside

This particular daughter is not really a bird lover, but these birds are colorful and fun. I hope she likes the color and enjoys the quirkiness of the birds.

Sparkly Unicorn

This daughter loved her card. She is all into sparkly, pink, and unicorns. I saw the idea on Pinterest then found there was video. It took a while to make as there are clouds, blended with Bonnie cloud die, and lot of sparkle on those clouds that had to dry. It was fun to create.

Thanks for sharing the birthday congratulations and allowing me to share my cards.

June Challenge Your Stash

Today is the day to post cards for the Challenge Your Stash group at Split Coast Stampers. This month the challenge is to Make a project with a Tiger – or a wild cat of any sort: lion, puma, panther, cheetah–just not a domestic pet.

Birthday Lion

First of all, we are having stormy weather and sunshine is not in the forecast for several days. With that in mind, I did my best to get light with a daylight bulb and a few pieces of cardboard around the light. This card looks much better than the photograph will show, but you can see the blue and green.

I stenciled the clouds with a gifted stencil from a stamp buddy, using Lawn Fawn ink in a light blue color. I blended green ink on the ground then added grass with a darker green ink. The grass is from a Stampin Up set called Sending Sunshine; it is retiring on Wednesday so if you like it, get it now. The sun is from a Gina K Designs set called Own Kind of Beautiful; it is long ago retired. The regal lion comes from The Stamps of Life, lions2stamp with matching dies. I stamped the lion with Lawn Fawn and Gina K Designs ink in Kraft, Sandy Beach, Sunshine, and dark brown colors, then came back with Prismacolor pencils to add texture and the orange mane. I have never penciled on top of ink before, but it worked beautifully for the needed color. I chose a greeting from The Stamps of Life set and called the card finished.

Thanks for spending time with me and this lion.

Sheetload of Cards June 2021

I love sketches and have enjoyed the Sheetload of Cards by Crafty Al each month. I used this month’s sketch to create several cards.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
KODAK Digital Still Camera

I used Lawn Fawn stamps for these cards: Sweetest Flavor and Wavy Sayings. The cardstock is all Hobby Lobby as well as the patterned paper. The patterned paper has been in my stash for a few years and was thrilled to be reminded that I had it with CS to match. I added texture with the Subtle Embossing Folder, recently retired, from Stampin’Up. That layer was not in the sketch but I really like the added texture. In total I made 10 cards as I made two of each color. There are more colors in the patterned paper and a lot more sheets, so hopefully I will be inspired soon to use more.

Kiss Your Mate Day

Today is the day to share cards created for the Challenge Your Stash Group at Split Coast Stampers. The challenge is to make a card showing a kissing couple, a couple in love, or love for a pet. I made two cards using the same technique.

Lawn Fawn Love you Tons!
TSOL Seahorses

For each of these cards I used the mirror image so they faced each other. I tend to use this technique every year for our anniversary. That is quickly approaching in about 3 weeks, so this challenge was perfect timing for me.

The elephants are from a new set from Lawn Fawn called elphie selfie flip flop with matching dies. I learned I was able to die cut the reverse, but flipping my cardstock over. I colored the elephants first with alcohol markers, so it bled through and I could easily see where to mount the die. I used dotted paper from My Favorite Things for the scene. This card will be posted to the monthly MISTI Monday challenge at SCS.

The seahorses are from a limited edition stamp set from The Stamps of Life. For these images, I die cut first then stamped the reverse image. I use a stamp called Mirror Image, where I stamp the image on the stamp then use that stamp to place it on my paper. Sometimes it is quite light, so I have to trace with a black marker. The background was made using alcohol inks on vellum cardstock. Basically you scribble with the marker then brush or dot rubbing alcohol all over the ink to create the blended background. I use 99% alcohol as the paper stays flatter. I saw this on a SU Demo video. It is fun to create and every background is different.

I am adding these cards to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for looking at my cards for this month’s challenge. I like both so am not sure which will go to my husband. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary.