Sharing a few cards

I have been busy with a few challenges with Splitcoast Stampers that were focused on pine trees and pine cones. I submitted these to the Double D Challenge from the posts at SCS. I thought I would share these here.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3013770?&cat=500&ppuser=301308
https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3013775?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

I linked those photos to my gallery at SCS. The Peace card was created for a Faith challenge and I shared a quite a bit about the photo at that link. The Thanksgiving card was created with all Stamps of Life products. The paper is Gina K and SU along with the inks used on the pinecone.

Following are a few other photos that I made recently. We had a birthday, I worked on a Christmas card, and a card with dogs for a young man.

Birthday card

This card is my husband’s birthday card. He really liked it as it is all about guitars. These are acoustic and are not usually colored, but I needed the spread of color and it worked. All were fussy cut.

Christmas Ornaments

I have new product that I wanted to play with. This is a Spellbinders die and stamp set. I followed an idea on the Spellbinders blog using supplies that I had on hand. I didn’t have silver foil paper, so I made my own. I took a small piece of gray cardstock, swiped Versamark ink, then silver embossing powder. I used two layers of the ink and embossing powder to make it thick and look more silvery. It is not as shiny as foil, but for giving this idea try, I think it works. Since then, I purchased silver foil. I will try this card again soon. I pulled the colored paper for the ornaments from my large stash of scraps.

Doggy card front
Doggy card inside

This doggy card went to a 7 year old boy who had a surgery then got an infection which went septic. His aunt requested a card and he loves dogs, so I got busy with my doggy stamps and dies. The outside part is from a Stephanie Bernard/Sizzix set. It is retired but Stephanie is selling the Sizzix product still remaining in her warehouse on Amazon and the price was right, so I picked it up. I think every piece of this card came from my large scrap pile. That makes me happy to find uses for the pieces in that never ending pile.

Thanks for reading this long post. These were not made in the same day, but over one to two weeks.

Birthday Party

My card looks like a party with the balloons, party hats, and glitter.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/birthday-project-october2020 https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-78/

My niece loves animals, so I chose a few dogs and a cat to get the party atmosphere going. The dogs, cat, hats, and greeting are all from The Stamps of Life. The card base, balloon paper, and the shadow for the greeting are all My Favorite Things cardstock and patterned paper. I die cut an arc of white cardstock with a die that is Simon Says Stamp. I bought it used and I think it may be retired. I placed strips of double sided adhesive on the paper and added glitter. I hope it stays put without falling all over the place as my sister may not be happy when her daughter opens it.

This was fun to create! The MFT Birthday challenge needs balloons. The patterned paper took care of that requirement. The SSS challenge is an Anything Goes one, which I love to participate in.

Phases 1-4

I’m getting ready to host a challenge on WeCraftCards.com on May 18.  We decided to do the challenges for May and June based on games.  I chose Phase 10 for my game, so I’ll wind up doing 10 cards as examples for the 10 phases.  Wanted to share what I’ve been working on.

Phase 1 is Monochromatic.

As Double D challenges has a purple challenge going, and ModSquad has a “Mother” challenge going, decided to make this one work for those.

5-9-20 Phase 1 Monocromatic

When I do monochromatic, I only use shades of 1 color, no neutrals.  For this, I used:

  • My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background stamp
  • Gina K Designs Lovely Lavender card and ink
  • Gina K Designs Holiday Frame Set and Holiday Frame Fillers Set by Melanie Muenchinger
  • Gina K Designs Wild Lilac ink
  • Ranger Distress Ink in Picket Fence
  • Recollections Floral Embellishments

Phase 2 is to use Foil

5-9-20 Phase 2 Foil

I had so much fun with this one.  I used Queen & Company foam pieces.  These are the pieces you punch out, when you use one of their foam frames.  The fish is made from the mermaid tail punch out and the “waves” are from a chevron punch out.  I used the top and bottom’s, so they were flat on top as I was looking more for a river than ocean waves.  Used foil on the sticky parts of the foam pieces.

Phase 3 is Texture

5-9-20 Phase 3 Texture

My friend Bonnie always has so much texture on her cards, I tried to do as she does.  Mine is not so pretty, but it’s a fun mess.  For some reason, spray bottles do NOT like me.  I went to use my Ranger Distress Spray and it wouldn’t spray.  I had a stencil down, but as I had to pull the sprayer out (tried cleaning it out with hot water, which didn’t work) and just fling it over the stencil.  You can see the white splotches, which are texture.  I used different water color powders on the card and sprayed.  Mopped up the extra with some tissue paper I’ve had on my desk for this the past two times I’ve used watercolors.  There’s a piece of that tissue paper ripped and glued along the top left corner.  Sprinkled a bit of metallic watercolor on there (yellow dots).  Then, used another stencil and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (top right corner).  Yikes!  That was a mess, as my mousse has gotten too dry.  Was able to add enough water to make it work.  Cut the sentiment strip and the “you” out of shimmer paper and embossed the “thinking of” with glitter embossing powder.  There’s an unbelievable amount of texture in this and I really like it.  There’s a lot of shine, too.  Did, however, ruin my shorts, as the fan in the room was on when I used the watercolor powder.  Oops!  Good thing they’re my cleaning shorts.

Phase 4 is a Shaker

5-9-20 Phase 4 Shaker

Used a Queen and Company kit for this one.  I had some other fun papers I had planned to use, but thought the family I’m sending this too would enjoy the glitter card, better.

I started Phase 5, but wanted to get these up.  Hopefully I’ll be able to work on that one tomorrow, as well as the rest of my phases.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow.  (If you’re reading this afterwards, hope your day was special.)

Kitty Hello

This card is using the sketch from CAS Colors and Sketches and a stamp from Paper Smooches.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/04/challenge-368-sketch.html
https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/05/welcome-new-ps-dt-and-our-may-challenge.html

The patterned paper is from The Stamps of Life. The cardstock is My Favorite Things and The Stamps of Life. I used the Happy Hellos set from Paper Smooches for the kitty, and the hearts are from So Lovely, also PS. I enjoyed using this sketch. I always love the Anything Goes challenges which is the current theme for Paper Smooches.

Faux Embossing Folder

I am taking Online Card Classes, Spring Camp 2020. Day One was all about creating a Faux Embossing Folder. Here are two card created with this technique.

Day 1 Hello
Day 1 Hugs

My faux embossing folder was created with the background stamp, Flourish, by My Favorite Things. I added Scripty Lawn Fawn die cuts to each card. This was a different way of creating an embossed image, but I will probably stick to my regular embossing folders as I have many to choose from.