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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following card is being submitted to the Gina K Designs July Challenge.
I used the stamp sets Merry & Bright for the ornaments and Home for the Holidays for the greeting. The colors used are SU Rich Razzleberry, Seaside Spray, and GKD In the Navy. I added the gold embossing and splatter for the Christmas gold.
I have many supplies from my Mother’s estate. One day recently, I began thinking that it would nice to create Christmas cards using her supplies. I found a couple of ideas that I like and have supplies for.
This ornament set is easy to use. It is mounted on wood blocks. I could remove them from the wood, but I find wood easy to use, most of the time. I keep the tool handy to I can re-stamp if needed. The idea I found used a tree to create the foliage for the ornaments to hang in. I tried the tree, but then decided to use my pine set. I am finding that the older sets work well with newer items available. The pine is from a set called pinecones2stamp from The Stamps of Life. I can’t remember the name of the ornament set, but it is retired SU, from 2011. I added a lot of sparkle with the Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen. Oh, the ornament set has a punch that matches the ornament perfectly. It made it quite easy to make the window. I used glue dots to fasten the ornament in the window.
I think this was Mom’s favorite stamp set as she used it a lot. The idea I found used Wisteria Wonder ink and paper, which I have both, however, I could not get the ink to blend with the brush. I used Lovely Lavendar ink from Gina K for the blending in the oval. The tree in front is stamped with Elegant Eggplant. It stamped beautifully. The greeting is stamped with the same ink. To create this, I made a mask using GKD Masking paper, cutting an oval with a die. The masking paper is the exact same size as the card front. I did use the Wisteria Wonder paper. The purple tones seemed to work together well.
For the blending, I used the blender brushes, similar to makeup brushes. They work like a charm for blending the inks. Mom used sponges for everything, like the video I saw. I added a lot of sparkle with the sparkle pen.
This has been fun pulling out stamps from Mom’s Christmas sets. She created a lot of Christmas cards, often giving them to many families at her church. I may give a few more a try if I have time, or I may start sooner next year. Thanks for sharing my memory lane with me.
I have been working on red and white cards the last couple of days. All three were posted to Mod Squad from Split Coast Stampers.
This card uses Summer Blooms and A Wish for You, from 2014. The paper is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin Up and Layering Weight White from Gina K Designs. The ink is Cherry Red from GKD.
This next card uses the sets Merry & Bright (2017) and Christmas Wishes (2014), both Gina K Designs. The cardstock used is Red Hot and Layering Weight White both GKD.
The last card entered in the challenge uses a Snowflake Background die from The Stamps of Life. The greeting is stamped with the Winter Cheer set, from Gina K Designs, in Red Hot ink. The red cardstock used is also Red Hot.
I placed the dates on the stamps as I was including these in a challenge on Split Coast called USEIT2019. The intent is to use items from our stash that have been there for a long time. I forget this challenge is there, and have been reminded lately. All three cards used mostly older product that has been in my stash for quite some time. The snowflake background is new. I added a bit of sparkle to those flakes using the Crafter’s Companion Clear Sparkle pen.