Floaties

http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/07/challenge-173.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-75/

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.

Floaties inside

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.

Thanks for looking.

Happy Birthday Cupcake

This card will be entered in several challenges.

http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/06/challenge-168.htm https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-74/ http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/06/challenge-376-sketch.html

Paper Smooches stamps are a favorite of mine. I love the cute critters, graphic shapes, fun sentiments, and fun challenges. Kim the illustrator and owner is retiring from the company. I am participating in the current challenge using a few of the first stamps I ever purchased from this company. The set Hallaballoo is a birthday builder set. I have used it numerous times. Today I used the cupcake from the set, cut out with scissors. The happy birthday is from Sentiment Sampler and the hexagon shapes are from Geo-Graphics.

The sketch from CAS Colors & Sketches is the sketch I used in this card. I used my MISTI to place the stamp straight.

I love Anything Goes challenges, so this will be entered in Simon Says Stamp challenge as well as Always Fun Challenges.

The colors for this card were from Split Coast Stampers color challenge CC797 of Terracotta Tile, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide, and Berry Burst. I substituted GKD Tranquil Teal for Tranquil Tide; teal is a bit more blue. I substituted GKD Sweet Corn for So Saffron, which is a very good match. The other colors matched the ones listed. I enjoyed creating this card using Paper Smooches stamps, fun colors, and a fun sketch. Thanks for spending time with me.

Fruity Birthday

I have another card that I created with fruit for the Mod Squad Challenge. It has been posted from Split Coast Stampers. I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/summer-lemons/https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-74/

The oranges came from You’re the Sweetest and the leaves from Anemone Wishes, both from Gina K Designs. The sentiment came from a Hero Arts set.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and it looked fun to create. I used SU Tangerine Twist ink, marker, and cardstock on this card. The green leaves are Fresh Asparagus ink and cardstock from Gina K Designs. The ribbon is Old Olive. I made the stripes using a ruler and marker. I cut the orange slices with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch, then sliced a few in half. This was fun to create. Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Beautiful Butterflies

Beautiful Butterflies is the name of the June Kit from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are beautiful and such fun to color. This is a case of Suzy Plantamura’s card. I colored the butterflies with Prismas: PC918 Orange; PC939 Peach; PC1096 Kelly Green; PC1038 Neon Pink; PC993 Hot Pink; PC942 Yellow Ochre. I used the same pattern paper Suzy used. Instead of black gingham ribbon (which I didn’t have) I cut a ¾” strip of black cardstock and embossed the sentiment from the kit in white. I affixed the PP together and added the black strip before adhering to my card base. All of a sudden I noticed the butterflies in the PP were flying upside down. I was able to very gently remove the sentiment strip and flip the panel so the green dotted paper was on top.  After adhering it to the card base, whoops – the panel was crooked. I very carefully removed it and was able to even it up by trimming a sliver with my Tim Holtz trimmer. Got a little glue under the plastic guard, but was able to clean that. Glad I was using Nuvo  Deluxe Adhesive – it is really forgiving.  In spite of all the bloopers that happened I’m really pleased with the result.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2020/05/birds-bees-butterflies.html

Red, White and Blue

The inspiration photo at The Card Concept  challenge was loaded with patriotic images. I used our beautiful American Flag as my inspiration. My style always tends toward CAS, but I think according to the styles on The Card Concept website, this perhaps leans more toward Clean and Layered. Using the flag stencil from Simon Says Stamp, I brushed Red Velvet ink on the stripes. Then I placed the field of stars and brushed on VersaMark and embossed in white embossing powder. Using the emboss resist technique (a first for me) I brushed Blue Denim over the stars to create the field of blue and gently wiped the excess away with a paper towel. After I trimmed the flag I realized it was too large for an A2 card, so I decided to make a slim line card – another first for me. I stamped the eagle head from Divinity Designs in Warm Cocoa and fussy cut it. I used masking so I could stamp the sentiment, also from Divinity Designs in red and blue. I used Warm Cocoa to mat the flag and the sentiment.  

Stencil Shading

Spring Card Camp 2 – This incorporates Day 3 (Dry Embossing with Stencils) with Day 5 (Stencil Shading). I had trouble getting the Daisy Bouquet stencil by Simon Says Stamp embossed. It doesn’t show in the picture but you can feel it. I first sponged Warm Glow ink over the entire stencil. Then I colored with Distress Oxides with some shading with Prismas. The colors I used were Bundled Sage, PC1096, Kelly Green & PC911 Olive Green, Ripe Persimmon, PC921 Pale Vermillion, Wilted Violet PC995 Mulberry. I found a copper Permapaque pen that I used for the dots – I have no idea where I got it, but there’s also one in gold and one in silver in my stash. The sentiment from Simply the Best by Gina K Designs was stamped in Dark Sage, also by GKD.  I cut the Wild Lilac border a wee bit small and it really doesn’t show well, then matted it with Fresh Asparagus on a Heavy Weight White card base.  After I assembled it, I noticed that the dots in the center flower make a smiley face.

Rusty Brown Navy Daisies

The challenge at Just Us Girls is to use Brown, Rust and Navy. I stamped the Gerbera Daisy background stamp from Simon Says in Obsidian ink. To color the center flower I used E18, YR27 and YR14. After blending the colors, I added an overlay of R85 & R83 to give it more of a rust color. The blue flowers were colored with B37, B34, and B21. Additional flowers were colored without the R85/R83 overlay. I colored the leaves with YG63 and YG03. To keep them more in the color scheme I went over the leaves with YR24. I also used YR24 in the open spaces to make the flowers pop, then decided the rust flower didn’t show up enough so went over it with E18. I trimmed the background down to 2¼”, then cut a piece of Blue Denim and used a stitched scallop border die, then placed this over a piece of Faded Brick, which was the closest I could get to Rust. The card base is Sandy Beach. The sentiment from Daisy Delight was stamped in Dark Chocolate.

Daisy Bouquet

I saw this no line coloring video  by Desiree Kuemmerle on the recent Simon Says Lucky to Know You blog hop and had to give it a try. I sponged the Daisy Bouquet stencil with Warm Glow ink, removed the stencil and started coloring with Prismas: Nectar – PC1092, Mahogany Red – P 1092, Lime Peel – PC1005, Olive Green – PC911, Sunburst Yellow – P917,  Yellow Ochre – PC942, Burnt Ochre, PC943, Caribbean Sea – PC1123, Indigo Blue – PC901, Black Grape – PC996, Sepia – PC948, and White – PC938. The sentiment, from Bold & Blooming was stamped in Blue Denim. The mat is also Blue Denim and the card base is Sweet Corn. This was fun to do, but I need a lot of practice with my shading.  I’m entering this in the Just Us Girls #528 Color Week Challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes. And another card for my birthday stash.

Good Luck

Had a bit of fun creating a St. Patrick’s Day card.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/03/its-all-about-green.htmlhttps://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-use-some-green/
https://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2020/03/color-throwdown-584.html
https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-your-design-challenge-march-2020

The cat in the hat is from Gerda Steiner Designs: https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/digital-stamps-spring/products/st-patricks-day-digital-stamp I rarely use digital stamps, but the ones in this shop are quite easy. It is colored in a combination of Copic, Spectrum Noir, and Sharpie markers with a Uniball Gold Gen pen thrown in the mix.

The cardbase is white Hobby Lobby paper. The green layer is Gina K Designs, Grass Green which I stamped with My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background stamp in Versamark ink. The banner is also Gina K, Journey of the Heart patterned paper. The sentiment Good Luck is from Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin, December 2019, Something for Everything.

I used a sketch to complete the layout. The sketch is from Split Coast Stampers SC792. It has squares, but I changed it to circles. I enjoyed creating the card, following a sketch with a specific theme.