Butterfly Hello

This month’s Gina K Designs challenge is to have minimal color on your card. I chose to stamp butterflies today. The Sisterhood of Crafters has butterflies in their challenge.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2022/07/02/july-2022-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/07/butterflies-dragonflies-bees.html

I used two sets for this card: Tropical Blooms and matching dies and the other is Sending Love. I fussy cut the large butterfly then added color with alcohol markers. I found a stash of sequins earlier in the week, so I used a few on this card. I added sparkle to the butterfly, but the photo doesn’t show it.

Flowery Umbrella

I created a card for the Retro Rubber Challenge as well as the Sisterhood of Crafters. I had an idea in my head for a couple of days and today it fell into place.

https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-showers-bring-may-flowers.html https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/04/challenge-181-tics-tacs-toes.html

I used SU Umbrella to Stamp from 2020 for the stamping. The patterned paper is Carte Bella Flower Market with a date of 2019 on the back. The scallop square is a Sizzix die and the stitching is an Only Die from The Stamps of Life. I placed the items on the square, then decided something was missing, so off the items came. Then I ran the scallop square through the die cutting machine again to add the stitching. Sometimes it is nice to have so many dies to choose from and have the perfect one waiting to be used. I think this is the first time I have used this Only die. Without that die, I would have placed a rubber mat on the stitching die so it wouldn’t cut through. The gems are SU very retired, but the color worked. I think there is one pearl left in the pack of that yellow color.

The Retro Rubber Challenge is a tic tac toe and I used the far right column: patterned paper, bling, ribbon or twine.

The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge is April Showers bring May Flowers. That is where the umbrella with the boots came to mind. I filled both with flowers. The umbrella was punched with the matching punch. Both were fun challenges and it was fun to combine them.

Sunflower

Sometimes I sit down and create a card with one idea in mind and a specific place for posting, then all sorts of challenges fit the same idea. That happened with this card.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2021/09/stencils.html
https://aaacards.blogspot.com/2021/09/game-199-no-layers-optional-twist-hugs.html
https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-hero-challenge-27

Originally I started creating a card for the Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers that I participate in each month. This month’s theme is to create something that begins with S for September. I decided to use sunflowers. Then I added sunshine with the greeting and the stencil. It is one layer and is CAS, so it worked well with the AAA challenge. The stencil is perfect for the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge as well as the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge.

The stamp set used is Newtons Nook’s Sunflower Days. The stencil is from Fun Stampers Journey called Sunrays. I used Lawn Fawn Sunflower ink to blend over the stencil. I colored the sunflowers alcohol ink markers and masked before stenciling. I masked the greeting also.

It has been a long time since I have made a one-layer card and especially one that is Clean and Simple. It was fun to create.

Circus Seal

Taking inspiration from buddy Gayle and one of her challenges, I went to my stamp room and began finding stamps, a stencil and dies that worked for the Circus Themed challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-greatest-show-on-earth.html

To find the help I needed, I searched Pinterest for Circus. A seal photo popped up in my search and I knew I had a stamp set purchased around 2013 from Gina K Designs, illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger called Jumping for Joy and it contains a seal, the ball, and the jumping platform as well as other animals. I stamped and then masked the seal, then placed the jumping platform and ball around the seal. Next obstacle was to create a background that looked like a circus. I spotted a stencil that was laying nearby and realized it would make the perfect tent like background. I chose to use a red Copic marker for tracing the lines. This stencil is from Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey called Sunny Day Stencil. I realized my tent needed something like curtains or banners. I had a banner close by that had not been colored or die cut, so I colored and cut it with the die, then proceeded to cut two more. I popped a set up for dimension. I made a ticket from The Stamps of Life ticket2stamp which I own dies for, so cutting was easy. Then came the stars. I often use a die from Lawn Fawn to cut small stars and this time I took a scrap piece of cardstock and colored it with the blue Copic marker that was used on the banner and the ball center. Finally everything looks like a circus. I added a lot of sparkle to make the stars and banner shine.

Thanks for reading my process. I enjoyed creating this and using so many items just sitting in my craft room begging to be used.

Spring has Sprung

I had fun with many colors, making a Spring card. This card fits several challenges.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2020/03/spring.html
https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/04/01/april-monthly-mix-challenge/
https://modsquadchallenge.com/spring-has-sprung/
http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge119-make-your-own-background.html

I used two sets from Gina K Designs on this card: Spring Has Sprung, A Wish For You. I used many colors of Gina K Designs ink to create the rainbow of butterflies. I love Spring cards, so they are always a joy to create.