Sympathy

Everybody needs a sympathy card on hand and they can be difficult to create when needed. I made one for the Mod Squad Challenge to keep on hand.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/with-sympathy/

I found this idea on Pinterest. I added more water than the one I found and use different inks and a different sentiment, but the rest is the same. The stamp sets used are High Tide by Stampin Up and sign4words by The Stamps of Life. I used Lawn Fawn inks for the water, birds and greeting, and Memento ink for the sky. The gems are from Hobby Lobby.

MSC Hello Friend

The current challenge at Mod Squad is to keep your card with a simple focus, one image and no embellishments, or the card will be removed. I took this challenge and it was not as easy as it sounded.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/simple-focus/
KODAK Digital Still Camera

This card was created using the set Friendship Blooms with was a collaboration of Hero Arts and Gina K Designs. I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils and used Stampin’Up Crumb Cake cardstock. I heat embossed with GKD Detail White embossing powder.

I found this challenging as I wanted to add glitter to the flowers and possibly gems to draw the eye down the page better. But I left it alone.

Before this card I had worked on another card. This didn’t make the cut for the challenge.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

After I finished coloring this image, I thought it needed something else, so I added clear sparkle to the flowers. Then I added gems. So, I was ready to post and read the directions again and this one didn’t make the cut. I totally love the card and mailed it, so someone will be able to enjoy it and hopefully it will bring a smile to her face when she opens it.

Turtley Awesome

Enjoying using old retired stamps with an underwater sea theme. This card will be posted to three challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/05/challenge-159-anything-goes.html https://modsquadchallenge.com/under-the-sea/ https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-84/

I used Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties from 2017. I found the date on a Kristina Werner blog post where I got the inspiration for this card.

I dropped water on the ink before it dried to produce the water spots. The animals are colored with alcohol markers.

Yellow and Gray in 8 min and 47 sec

Today I sat down with two stamp sets, mounted on wood or acrylic ready to stamp, ink opened, markers ready, and timer set to create a flower card in 10 minutes. I tried one yesterday and couldn’t make it happen.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2021/04/247.html https://modsquadchallenge.com/perfectly-pantone/

I used only yellow and gray to color and black to stamp on white cardstock. Stamps used are Sweetbriar Rose and Happy Thoughts, both by Stampin’Up. The gray cardstock is SU from the Neutrals collection and the white is Gina K Designs. I did a quick color with Spectrum Noir Citrus Blend, CT1, 2 and 3, Copic Cool Grays, C1, 2, and 3. My timer showed 1 minutes and 53 seconds left, so that made 8 minutes and 47 seconds used to complete the card. I have someone in mind to send this to, so it was worth the quick creating.

Spring Bunny

I pulled out a very old Penny Black stamp and created a card.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/03/challenge-154-anything-goes.html http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ https://modsquadchallenge.com/springtime-bunnies/

The main image is a woodblock stamp from Penny Black, Bees & Bunny, dated 2001. I colored it using alcohol markers like the sticker on the woodblock stamp. The greeting is illustrated by Claire Brennan, distributed by Gina K Designs, copyright 2017, Springtime Baskets. The patterned paper is Echo Park either a spring set or an Easter set; I have both and didn’t make a note telling me which set it came from.

I am entering this in the Retro Rubber Challenge of Anything Goes, Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog using a mood board, and Mod Squad Springtime Bunnies challenge.

MSC Spring has Sprung

This card is for the Mod Squad Challenge Beautiful Butterflies. I used the March Sheetload of Cards Sketch while creating this card.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/beautiful-butterflies/

The paper used is from Lawn Fawn. When I have placed an order with this company, they include patterned paper with the order. This was one sheet, front and back both used on this card. Another sheet was used for a layer behind the floral and for the scalloped circle. The butterfly and greeting are from the set Spring has Sprung illustrated by Rupa Shevde for Gina K Designs. It is long ago retired.

I like this sketch. I may make a few more with the spring, Easter idea.

MSC Bear with Heart

The following slimline card is for the Mod Squad Challenge All About Love.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/all-about-love/

The Gina K Designs image used on this card is the bear. I altered it to hold a heart, rather than the pumpkin it stamped with. His scarf is paper pieced to match the paper used in the hearts. The heart the bear is holding is from the set hearts2diefor from The Stamps of Life. The hearts dies are also The Stamps of Life, Love/Heart dies. The background is stenciled with a SU stencil. I enjoyed creating something different using something that I owned, specifically the bear. I had never masked what the bear is holding and having an image that fit perfectly worked great.

MSC Dragonfly Birthday

The following card was created for the Mod Squad Fly Away challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/fly-away/

I used two Gina K Designs stamp sets in completing this card. The dragonfly is from Theresa Momber’s The Wetlands 2 and the frame is from Melanie Muenchinger’s Fabulous Rose Frame. I followed an idea from Melanie’s blog and YouTube channel. I used my Misti, forgetting to stamp two frames before removing my stamp. I tried lining the stamps up, and was close but not perfect. This is a live and learn process and decided it would work and I could send it. I added a dragonfly to give a bit more dimension to the wings. I enjoyed making the card and my husband likes it.