Maymay challenged her viewers to create a set of mystery cards. A mystery card is where you take a 12 x 12 piece of paper, cut it into card fronts that are 4 X 5 1/4 inches and glue to them to a card base. Then you use a stamp set to embellish your card with a greeting and something else if needed. I spent a few days creating this set.
For these cards I used Sunflower Wishes by Maymay Made It for all of the stamping. The paper is one piece of Stampin’Up Designer Paper from Sale-a-bration. The paper pack listed the matching colors, so I was able to color the flowers and leaves to match the paper used. For simple cards, this worked well. Normally, I would find cardstock and layer under the greeting strip and possibly under the designer paper, but this is fine. I was sticking with her video plan.
Continuing with my VSN share, this will finish the Friday challenges and begin the Saturday ones.
This challenges was to have your image “trail” off the page, to represents park trails. I chose branches4flowers from TSOL and the bird is from Sending Hugs by Gerda Steiner Designs. This was a fun and easy card to create.
The idea for this was to make your card swing or show a swing, as most parks have swings. I used my tree set from Maymay Made It, called Swingin’ Tree. I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide inks, which is something I rarely do. I forget all about them as they sit away from my other ink pads. I gave the tree leaves, added the hummingbirds, and of course, the tire swing. I used the words Swingin’ By… for the front and the inside says To Say Hi!
This was another card that was put off as it needed thought and research. I really do not make “moons” on cards so it didn’t come quickly to figure it out. In the end, I found an idea on Pinterest where the SU demonstrator explained what she did to place the animal in the moonlight. I die cut the moon using GKD masking paper and sponged ink around the mask. I removed the mask then stamped my images. I chose to not worry that my deer has blue sky and dirt on him. I used the Subtle Embossing Folder from SU to give the background texture along with the greeting. This is a mini-slimline card. I used a piece of Bristol paper for the focal piece, then made the card base to fit.
The stamps used are all SU: Close to Nature, and the March 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.
Each quarter, Split Coast Stampers has a Virtual Stamp Night where challenges are posted every hour or two over a 2 day period. Prior to this is a Mini challenge, where 3 challenges are posted. The Spring theme is The Great Outdoors. Following are my cards for the mini challenges.
This challenge needed music and a tree in a park like setting. I used Sittin Tree by Maymay Made It for my tree with the bird feeder. Shroeder plays his music under the tree. Notes from My Favorite Things are flying through the air while the paino is being played.
This challenge needed butterflies. I found an idea on Pinterest with this SU Butterfly Basics set, so I went with it. I liked how this card turned out. All sets used are SU.
The third card is to have a snowy mountain. I used two SU sets to complete this card. Once again, I went to Pinterest for an idea. I stamped in Bristol paper and watercolored.
The key to these challenges is that the card has to be completed in one hour, and preparatory work is not included in that hour. I find having cut card bases and possibly layers sitting around helps when trying to complete several card in a short time period.
It has been quite a while since I made a tag, much less used it on a card. This week’s Mod Squad Challenge is to make a tag. Simon Says Stamp as two challenges that interest me as well.
I started with the wagon and then added the pumpkin. I used Wheelie Full Wagon from Maymay Made It stamp set for all of the stamping. I didn’t have a tag die that fit the wagon, so I cut my own. Then I decided it needed something else, and I found a scrap of orange cardstock that matched the pumpkin and patterned paper well, so I cut another tag. I found twine and ribbon in my stash, so it went for tag embellishment. This was my World Cardmaking Day card and I enjoyed stamping and coloring.
I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge, as well as Simon Says Stamp World Cardmaking Day challenge.
I am involved in a card swap where we CASE a card and will send it to each other.
I was sent the photo of the card, I found it on Pinterest, then the person’s blog. She used the OWH sketch, which I found quite helpful in creating my card.
I used a set from Maymay Made It called Sunflower Wishes for the greeting, and SU Bloom by Bloom for the focal image. The main piece of paper was from Michael’s in my stash. I began with the scrapbook paper, then matched pink tones to it. The embossed pink cardstock is Hobby Lobby, which I embossed with a SU Ornate Floral EF. The pink cardstock in behind the focal image is Pink Pirouette SU retired. I found pink ribbon from Hobby Lobby in my stash from several years ago, and it was still in the original packaging and never opened.
It has been several years since I have participated in this kind of swap. I enjoyed making the cards and they will be addressed and sent out soon. Thanks!
I had fun creating this card. It is entered in Always Fun Challenges using stencils. The sunray stencil is from Spellbinder’s Fun Stampers Journey, ink blended with Lawn Fawn lemonade and butter ink pads. The waves are from A Colorful Life stencil, blended with Mowed Lawn distress oxide ink. The floaties are from The Stamps of Life, floaties2stamp, morefloaties2stamp, and the matching dies, colored on Bristol paper using markers and a water brush. I use a variety of markers, so these are either Tombow or Stampin Up as they are always close by when stamping and coloring.
I placed a large hello from Big Time Saying by Maymay Made It, along with the other floaties that were colored and die cut. I did add a bit of pool ink from Lawn Fawn to the inside for a bit of color so the floaties could float.
This card was created for the Mod Squad Challenge using fruit and the Paper Smooches challenge of Anything Goes.
For the fruit I used You’re the Sweetest by Gina K Designs. I remember this set coming from a kit released in 2014. It was a favorite and I still pull it out and enjoy stamping with it. The leaf stamp is from Cute Fruit by Paper Smooches. I needed a leaf and this set has a couple of choices which worked perfectly. The sentiment is from Positive Vibes by MayMay Made It.
New dies arrived in today’s mail and I used them on this card. Gina Marie Designs, Stitched Scalloped Rectangles were a joy to use. I die cut the center, then cut a white piece to stamp the sentiment on and popped it up in the center. I die cut the background with the largest die from the set and didn’t like it on the white card base, so I die cut the entire base to match. I really like the completed scalloped card as it is different that what I normally do and will be a joy to send.
I used Key Lime in both cardstock and ink and Sweet Mango all from Gina K Designs. The yellow is Lawn Fawn Lemonade ink and the solid green leaves are stamped with Stampin Up Granny Apple Green. The card base is Hobby Lobby 110 pound white.
The following card is created using the CAS Colors of So Saffron, Night of Navy and Real Red. I made this last weekend, got busy, didn’t get a photo taken till today, so I will try to remember what colors I substituted.
The yellow ink is Lawn Fawn Sunflower and the red is Gina K Designs Red Velvet. The blue is Lawn Fawn Deep Sea. I stamped the blue off several times to get lighter shades. I used stamps from three companies in completing the front of this card: MayMay Made It — Beacon for most of the images, Snowbuddies for the globe, Stampin Up High Tide for the water, and The Stamps of Life sailboat2stamp for the sentiment. The inside has a Hero Arts stamp for Father’s Day. I added an action wobbler to the front making the sailboat sail on the water.
Day 10 is all about letter substitution. I have a stamp set by Maymay Made It called Noel. It is designed for letter substitution as it comes with Christmas images to substitute for the letter O or the E. I pulled out a stamp from The Stamps of Life penguins4Christmas, and used the gift for the letter E. To decorate the gift boxes I found a piece of patterned paper that had gold foil gifts all over it and I used it for inspiration. I used a gold Sharpie marker and a gold gel pen to decorate the boxes, like the patterned paper. I added dots all over the background with the gold gel pen, then added a strip of gold foil to the bottom of the card front.