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.

Hello Friend

I finished a card that meets several challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/02/challenge-129-anything-goes.html
https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/02/01/february-monthly-mix-challenge/
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-a-sentiment/
http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/02/saying-hello.html

Supplies used: 1. Gemstones from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby),

2. Stamp sets: GKD Sentimental Bouquet (2017), Hello Flowers (2016),

3. SU Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (2015),

4. cardstock: SU Pretty Peacock (current in-color 2019-2021), mixture of white

5. ink: GKD Plum Punch substituted for SU Rich Razzleberry, GKD Fresh Asparagus substitute for SU Old Olive, SU Pretty Peacock, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dates are listed for the Retro Rubber Challenge of anything goes. All stamps used are definitely over one year old; I have used them many times over the last few years.

Monthly Mix Challenge from Gina K Designs is to add texture. I used the embossing folder to add texture to the background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to add a sentiment. I added Hello Friend.

Double D Challenge is to use the word Hello.

My inspiration for the colors is from the Split Coast Stampers color challenge CC780: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc780-rich-peacock-eating-olives-2-25-20-a-t632480.html

I found a card made by Sherri Gilson that I used for inspiration, but can’t seem to locate it to link. I enjoyed creating this card and finding several challenges that it would fit. Thanks for looking.

Blue Christmas in 10

As You See It #212 Color Me Quickly – Blue

This took me a little over 7 minutes. When first got the Poinsettia background by Simon Says Stamp,  I stamped and embossed a bunch of backgrounds to use for Christmas cards. This was stamped Ocean Mist embossed with silver. I trimmed the 6” square panel using a die from Matting Basics B by Spellbinders. The card base is Blue Denim trimmed 4 ¼” x 11” scored at 5½”. I just happened to have a scrap that was the right size for the sentiment from Holiday Greetings Mix 1 by Simon Says and used MISTI to get it centered. That was also embossed in silver and mounted with foam tape for dimension. Since I still had a couple of minutes to spare, I cut an Ivory panel for the inside, stamped with a sentiment from Holiday Greetings Mix 1 in Denim Blue.

CAS Colours & Sketches #345

CAS Colours & Sketches #345 – Double

Since October had five Tuesdays, there was a double challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches – follow the color pallet of Bashful Blue, Sweet Sugar Plum and Dapper Denim and a given sketch. I made a lot of panels with the Poinsettia Background by Simon Says. This one is embossed in silver on Bubblegum Pink, cut down to a 3½” square.  I used a seal from the Holiday Seals by The Stamping Village stamped on Powder Blue, embossed in silver, die cut with a Spellbinders circle die. The “flag” is Blue Denim. JOY is from Holiday Greetings Mix 1 by Simon Says, embossed in silver.