May Basket

My card is featuring a basket and the basket weave texture.

The basket set is called Blossoming Basket, released in 2018 by Stampin Up. It was released with the embossing folder, Basket Weave, which is the texture in this card. The greeting is from Go-To Greetings, released in 2022, also Stampin Up.

I colored everything with alcohol markers. I used a Spellbinder Circle die to mount my basket on. I popped up the center flower for a bit of interest. I used SU and Gina K Designs paper for this card. The gems are Taylored Expressions.

This will be entered in the Retro Rubber Challenge Anything Goes:

This will be posted to the Challenge Your Stash May challenge tomorrow, May 28, at Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to add a basket or weaving to your project. I chose both.

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. I am thankful for all who have served our country and for those who have lost their life for our country.


I needed to make a card for the monthly challenge I participate in at Splitcoast Stampers and the theme was balloons. I found the Seize the Birthday challenge is also balloons.

I used StampinUp Happy Die for most of this card. I has the large word Happy, the balloons, strings, bows, and stars all to be die cut. I used glimmer paper in the colors Gorgeous Grape and Poppy Parade. The birthday came from a set called Go To Greetings and I die cut it with a die that resembles a label.

The inside has another balloon cut from the glimmer paper. The greeting and stars are from Gina K Designs Birthday Cheer Mini set.

I plan to send this card to the person who picked the theme for this month’s challenge as her birthday is later in May.

I enjoyed creating this card. It will be linked here:

Easter Cross Card

I have an Easter card that will be entered in the Can You Handle the Pressure? challenge.

I used the set SU Hold onto Hope for this card. I used Gina K Edible Eggplant and Fresh Asparagus for ink and cardstock. The white paper is SU as well as the glimmer paper in the cross. I used the Garden Trellis embossing folder from SU.

I have been participating in Virtual Stamp Night with Splitcoast Stampers and this was added to the 7 Layer Challenge. The theme is On the Menu. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.

Hinge Fun Fold Card

I am sharing my card for the Challenge Your Stash February card. This is a group I participate on Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to use red in honor of the hostess’s 40th Anniversary.

I used Gina K Designs Red Hot cardstock with a gingham paper from Echo Park. The jar and strawberries are from Lawn Fawn, How You Bean and the Strawberry Add-on.

I used a tutorial by Lynn Dunn. I watched her video and followed her directions.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoy her tutorials and are easy to adapt to any stamps and papers.

Riley Balloons

For March, MarchtotheBeat challenge, I was sent Riley and Company Balloons with SU Designer Series Paper. I created two cards.

For this image, I stuck to all blues. The white paper is Thick Basic White by SU, which the person stamped in Memento Black ink. My alcohol markers bled a bit but not much I could do about it, so I finished the card. I used SU In the Navy for my cardbase and accent color.

For this card, I went searching for a close match to the DSP. Again, I used the Navy CS and added a color called Purely Pomegranate to actually read the Happy. The Happy is a SU die that I have used very little. The inside reads Happy Birthday.

I enjoy this swap challenge as I get to use images provided by someone else along with my stash. Sometimes the swap hostess has been providing patterned paper and that has been a treat to use. I do my best to match the DSP with markers and CS from my stash.

Both of these cards went out in the mail today in a package heading for a nursing home. I am thrilled to be able to send completed card on to actually be used. This way the person gets to shop through a box and select the card that they wish to send to someone in their life.

March to the Beat Jan and Feb

I am participating in a swap on Splitcoast Stampers called March to the Beat. Each month, I receive a stamped image to create a card with. I add my own papers, coloring tools, dies, or anything else needed to complete a card with the image provided.

The above images are from January. I was provided this elephant from Unity Stamp Company, the greeting and the DSP. (This is SU patterned paper which they call Designer Series Paper.) The greeting was stamped in Island Indigo ink. She did provide the name of the DSP, but I do not have it handy. To complete my card, I colored the elephant in colors that matched the DSP. I placed the greeting on the inside.

The French Fry image was provided along with the greeting. I colored the French fry image and fussy cut it out, popping it up on an action wobbler and added googly eyes. The dotted background is made with a stencil. The Happy Valentine’s Day and I heart You are from a Lawn Fawn set. I used Spellbinders dies for most of the circles and the dotted circle inside is a retired Stampin Up die. I may give this to my husband. He does enjoy puns.

Since this card uses a stencil, I am entering it in February Stencil Fun:

Vector illustration

Thanks for sharing in my cards.

Gingerbread Christmas

This card began on Splitcoast Stampers with the Challenge Your Stash December challenge. The hostess asked for gingerbread or another sweet on your card. I went with gingerbread.

This card will be added to the Peace on Earth Christmas challenge with the anything Christmas option.

I used November 2020 Paper Pumpkin stamp set for the house. I embossed with white pigment ink, then used a Bic marker to color the small spaces trying to keep it away from the white embossing. The stitched square and rectangle dies are from The Stamps of Life. The decorative square die used is from Spellbinders. The gingerbread man is from The Stamps of Life addition set that goes with a snow globe set. The greeting is also TSOL from a large gingerbread set.

I enjoyed creating this card. I used an idea I saw on Pinterest. It was nice to use my stash and create something totally different with the items.

Stripes, Dressing up an Animal, Feathers

Here are my samples for three more challenges.

My Jolly Snowman was really pushing the hour time limit. I used a background from Simon Says Stamp called Stripes. It took forever to dry as I inked it at least 3 times using my MISTI. I struggled getting the stripes stamped cleanly. The snowman is from Inkadinkadoo and I have had it for many years. It has stripes on the hat and scarf, so it was perfect for the stripes challenge. I layered it two times. The second oval is hiding a major mistake and didn’t want to start again. The paper color is Soft Succulent. I used the pen gifted me for Christmas for the gold (Thanks Bonnie!). The greeting is a Paper Smooches greeting. I did enjoy this card, even though it took time creating and a long time drying.

Since the penguin helped decorate flamingo, he had to have his place in the spotlight. I used the penguin from The Stamps of Life to get him festive for Winter. The background paper is Gina K Designs. I love this penguin and was thrilled to create with him.

My last challenge for today is Feathers. I used a walrus from Paper Smooches along with the hat and greeting. He gets his feather from Hero Arts already created sitting in my stash. I kept the tag simple with a bit of twine. Some day, this will probably go onto a card as I rarely give gifts these days.

Thanks for sharing in my card. There are three more challenges that I have not created for. I hope to take care of that soon.

Fashionista Bouquet

My challenge is to create a bouquet based on a bouquet by Teleflora.

Above is the inspiration piece. It can be found on Teleflora website and is titled Fashionista Blooms:

So I here is the card I created:

I chose a stamp and die set from Reverse Confetti, The Best Days. It was colored with Zig Clean Brush markers. I kept this card simple. I have used this set before and it was not done in the CAS style, but for creating in one hour or less, CAS worked well.