Bee, Candles, Balloons, Butterflies

I have been busy today creating cards for challenges and a featured stamper. All were posted at Split Coast Stampers. I wanted to share them with my buddies on this blog.

Butterfly Bookmark

This bookmark was created with the current Paper Smooches Animals challenge, as well as the Mod Squad Challenge. I used a Paper Smooches set called Flap Happy, colored with Copic markers. I enhanced the butterflies with a white gel pen. The scallop top was created with a retired SU punch.

Balloon Birthday
Birthday Candles

The above two cards were based on a card by the featured stamper at Split Coast Stampers, Sheri Gilson. I have admired her work for several years and have used her work for inspiration. Here is the card I used for inspiration: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2968448?&cat=500&ppuser=73093&perpage=96&thumbsonly=0

Lawn Fawn stamps were used. For both cards I used Simply Celebrate and Wavy Sayings. I made two as I had the supplies out and couldn’t decide which single stamp to use. The candle piece of patterned paper is from My Favorite Things. I used two pieces from the pack for color inspiration.

Just BeeCause

This last card was created with the inspiration of Ellen Hutson’s blog. There is a post by Gina K Design where she used the wreath builder and Ellen Hutson stamps. I got inspired to use other stamps and make a wreath. I chose a bee from Flap Happy, a Paper Smooches stamp. This was also posted to the current challenge of Animals at their blog.

I had a fun day of creating. We had rain when I woke up, then snow, now it is just cold. Crazy weather for March as it should be windy. I had to be inside and I was inspired. Thanks for reading the long post.

Record Birthday

Following is a birthday card for my brother, who is turning 61. This is not a record birthday, but I chose records and music for his card. This is using colors and stamps for the current Paper Smooches challenge.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-challenge-2-color-story.html
https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-challenge-2-color-story.html

The main stamp set used is Be Boppin from Paper Smooches. The words “happy birthday” are from SU Paper Pumpkin, and the snare drum is a Paper Trey Ink stamp. The record from the front is a MFT die. All paper is SU. The inks are various colors from GKD, Memento, and Lawn Fawn.

I chose the snare drum as my brother played a drum in high school and continues to play to this day. He listened to a lot of records, so the records fit. He used to sing so I added the notes. Being an artist, paint and drawing, the various colors work well. I always love finding an idea that fits the personality of the recipient.

This card will also be entered in the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog: http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/02/birthday-boys.html

What’s the Buzz

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/01/challenge-353-sketch.htmlhttps://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/01/january-2020-anything-goes-challenge.html

Love when a design will work for more than one challenge. I chose Paper Smooches stamps as I have not used them in a while and it was time to stamp with them once again. The CAS sketch worked perfectly for my idea.

I used Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2 for my stamping. I colored the bee with Spectrum Noir CT1, 2, and 3 markers, and Copic CG1 and 0 for the wings. I added sparkle with a gel pen. I used GKD/Thermoweb stitched dies to cut out my rectangle. I used Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder to add a bit of texture to the background. My yellow patterned paper is Lawn Fawn Knock on Wood paper pack. I felt my rectangle image was a bit unbalanced, so I added gemstones from The Paper Studio. Thanks for looking.

Christmas Dove

I have another card for the October Paper Smooches challenge: https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2019/09/october-2019-ps-dt-inspiration-challenge.html

Christmas Dove

I used Michele Boyer’s card style for inspiration. She loves white space. I basically copied a card, but changed the greeting. Stamp sets used are Christmas Sampler and A Blessed Christmas. Here is a link showing the inspiration card: https://papercuts.splitcoaststampers.com/2018/11/19/joy-to-the-world-paper-smooches/

Retro Rubber Challenge #121

I have a card made with older supplies for the Retro Rubber Challenge.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2019/10/challenge-121-tic-tac-toe.html

I used Chubby Chums from Paper Smooches, which was released in 2013. I used the Sizzix Circle #2 Flip-it Die set, which I have had for at least three years. The patterned paper used is a pack from Hobby Lobby, sitting in my stash for at least 10 years. I pull it out when I need a baby card. I followed the first column on the tic-tac-toe grid: pastel colors, baby, die cut or punch.

#rrcb121

Camellia One in a Million

Camellia

This card is for two challenges, Power Poppy and Paper Smooches.

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2019/05/creative-confetti-simply-resistible.html

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2019/04/may-2019-flowers-challenge.html

The Power Poppy challenge is all about emboss resist. I chose to place my flowers around the border. They are watercolored with pink toned Stampin’Up markers and a water brush.

The Paper Smooches challenge is to use flowers on your card. I chose to use the Kindness Sampler set for my greeting.

Camellia One in a Million

Power Poppy has a challenge to use emboss resist. I chose to use the Simply Camellias stamp set, along with a Paper Smooches greeting from Kindness Sampler. This card will go along with both challenges.

Camellia

I decided to place the flowers as a border with the greeting in the middle. I colored the flowers with Stampin’Up markers, that were from 2002. They still work great and were quite easy to add a bit of water to spread the color.

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2019/05/creative-confetti-simply-resistible.html

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2019/04/may-2019-flowers-challenge.html

Beautiful Day

I am creating along with Connie Stewart at simplystamping.com, with her Saturday idea. I do not have the stamp she is using, so I pulled from my stash.

Stamps used: Kindness Sampler from Paper Smooches, Happy Hibiscus from Maymay Made It. Paper is Gina K Designs: White layering Weight, Key Lime. Ink is GKD: Passionate Pink, Blue Lagoon, Keylime, Black Onyx, and SU Mango Melody. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

Creative Sketch #2 #simplystamping

Here is the inside:

Beautiful Day inside

This will be entered in the May Paper Smooches challenge which is using flowers. I needed to use one Paper Smooches stamp to fit the rules of the challenge.
https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2019/04/may-2019-flowers-challenge.html

This will also be entered in the May is for Makin’ from Maymay Made It. It has been a hard month at times to just sit and stamp, so that is why I am posting with Maymay. I enjoyed sitting and stamping following a video idea.
https://www.maymaymadeit.com/blogs/news/may-is-for-makin-dust-off-your-creativity