Leaf Trio

I made a card today for a Use Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The theme is leaves. I see that the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge is also leaves. I will add it to that challenge as well.

https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/09/sos480-leaf-me-alone.html

The leaves and swirls are from a stamp set from Gina K Designs called Stitched Leaves. The cardstock I used is called Blue Lagoon, also GKD. The greeting is from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I had several sheets of backgrounds I created a few months ago using the Polished Stone technique. I stamped the leaves and cut them from two of those pieces.

I love challenges that enable me to use my stash. It has been a long time since these images have seen ink and I enjoyed creating with this set.

Royalty Tribute

I played with a challenge at Splitcoast Stampers honoring Queen Elizabeth II using any kind of mixed media. I do very little mixed media, but chose to give it a try.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3098240?&cat=500&ppuser=301308

I used several stamp sets in completing this card. I used Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness for the greeting and castle. The crown came from Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After. The corgi’s came from My Favorite Things Best in Show along with the pedestal the queen dog is standing on.

The background is on a piece of Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I began with a stencil and acrylic paint. I came back after it dried and began adding green ink colors, but that wasn’t enough. Then I remembered I had Ken Oliver pigment powders, so I shook a few colors on the background and applied a lot of water. I let it dry then sprayed gold spray onto it. This gold is from Stampin Up and I must have added water to it at some point; it is in a small mister bottle that I shake. After drying, I decided it finally looked like a lawn fit for a queen.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed creating this card. I am not sure when I will dive into the mixed media again, but I know I can create this way when I choose to spend the time.

Alcohol ink on Vellum

I tried a newer technique this weekend. The featured stamper on Splitcoast Stampers is Lisa Curcio who I learn a lot from. She shares several videos a month, blog posts, and special cards for newsletter subscribers. I was thrilled to select a card to CASE.

https://lisasstampstudio.com/2021/07/4-ways-with-alcohol-markers-to-create-unique-and-easy-greeting-card-backgrounds.html

I linked the blog post that shows the video used for the card that I CASED. My card uses a die from My Favorite Things. I think it might be called Contemporary Rose. I stacked it two times. I used Spectrum Noir markers and 99% alcohol to create the background. I placed the alcohol in a small spritz bottle; I have never done that before. It really made the alcohol ink move a bit. My vellum is thin from Hobby Lobby. My paper is Spectrum Noir white cardstock. I chose a simple Hello greeting from the mini set Rose Bouquet from Gina K Designs.

I had fun creating this card. I made two pieces of alcohol inked vellum, so will use the other one hopefully soon.

Daffodil Thanks

So thrilled that the Power Poppy blog is back and sharing ideas and inspiration. The current challenge is April Flowers Bring May Flowers, so I had to color an image.

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-blossom-challenge-bring-those-may.html

I used the new Sketches of Spring Vol. 1 digital image. These daffodils are so pretty and fun to color with the sketch lines drawn by Marcella Hawley. When I color this again, I plan to change the buds color and the large flower behind the daffodils. This time all of the flowers are colored in yellow and orange tones. I used a variety of alcohol markers on this image. I enjoyed taking the time to color.

This card will be used for my monthly Crafter’s of Faith challenge card at SplitcoastStampers. This month the verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. The challenge is to make a card giving glory to God. I believe all nature gives glory to God, so this image is perfect.

Thanks for stopping by!

MSC snowflake wreath

Combining several challenges with this card. The Make the Cards Challenge #44 is to make a winter themed card, while ModSquad Challenge is only snowflakes. My card is square for the MISTI challenge at SplitCoast Stampers. So fun when one card meets several challenges.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-44/
https://modsquadchallenge.com/just-snowflakes/

I used snowflakes from the Joy of the Season set which was a collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Gina K Designs for Stamptember 2018. I purchased it used, but it was never inked. I saw an idea from Laura Bassen where she made a rainbow wreath and I love her creations, so I CASED her card. The greeting is from the Holiday Wreath Builder stamp set from Gina K Designs. I used the wreath builder stencil to stamp the wreath. I added dots to the center of each snowflake with Nuvo Drops.

Virtual stamp night mini

Each quarter there is a virtual stamp night at Splitcoast Stampers. This time the theme is TV series. I worked on the mini challenges over several days.

Great Joy Christmas

This card was for 3rd Rock from the Sun and the challenge was to make a galaxy card. I chose to ink blend a background with Lawn Fawn inks. I splattered it with a couple of different white watercolor paints, but all that showed up is water droplets. I let it all dry then added the stamping the next day. This is a SU set called Every Blessing and the greeting I used is from a Maymay Made It set called Christmas Miracle. I have made several Christmas cards this year and I think this is my favorite. It hasn’t been mailed, yet.

Bee Well Soon

This card was created for a MASH theme where the challenge is to create a humorous Get Well card. I chose to use Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties. I kept it very simple with little coloring and a little ink blending.

Candy Cane Banner

This is for the TV Guide magazine. The challenge is to use only red, white, and one other color. I chose green as my other color. I had this banner in my stash for a couple of years, created from Echo Park Celebrate Christmas. I had this candy cane and bow in my stash for a couple of years, so it came out for my red and white. I added a bit of twine and called it good.

Each of these challenges has to be completed within one hour. The time to prepare does not count and you can use pre-colored images from your stash. I enjoy the challenges sometimes. The actual event is December 17 and 18. Usually there are two weeks or more to complete the challenges. Even if I do not participate in the actual event, I do enjoy the mini-challenges.

Thanks for spending time with me and reading this post.

Crafty hugs

I created a card to send to a person receiving treatment for Breast Cancer. She is in process and ready to begin radiation soon. This was a request at Splitcoast Stampers. I hope this card brightens her day and takes her mind off of things for a short time.

Crafty Hugs

This card has a lot of pink. This person loves pink and this occasion fits pink. This pink is Polished Pink, which is a current In-Color from Stampin Up. Most of the marker colors are this year’s In-Colors with the neutral colors of tan and gray mixed in. I used a kit from Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System from August 2020. I tried the club sets for a while, but was not learning quickly so stopped receiving them. This person is a hair dresser, so the request also mentioned adding scissors. I knew scissors were on this plate, so I thought it would be a good option for the card. She is also crafty and makes cards when she is well.

I have been learning the Hot Foil System and having success. The paper is the key. I am using Hammermill paper most of the time. It works wonderfully and I have had success more time than not with this paper. Gina K Designs paper also works well when using colored paper as it has a smooth finish. I have had a few hiccups with that paper and a solid plate to foil, but most of the time, those cardstocks give good results. Taking photos of the foiled cards are tricky. I received help getting a successful photo where the sentiment was readable.

Thanks for sharing in my card that I feel is a foiling success.

Hummingbird in Flight

Today is the day I post my card for the Crafters’ of Faith group at Split coast Stampers. This month’s verse is: Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Challenge–please make a card that highlights anything with wings–you decide what you want to showcase.

Birthday Hummingbird Panel
Birthday Hummingbird

I made two cards very similar. I have a good friend who is having a birthday in a week or so and her favorite color is purple. I used the hummingbirds for my something with wings.

Stamp sets used are A Touch of Ink for everything except the greeting. The greeting is from Four Season’s Floral. Both sets are Stampin’ Up. I colored each element with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

June Challenge Your Stash

Today is the day to post cards for the Challenge Your Stash group at Split Coast Stampers. This month the challenge is to Make a project with a Tiger – or a wild cat of any sort: lion, puma, panther, cheetah–just not a domestic pet.

Birthday Lion

First of all, we are having stormy weather and sunshine is not in the forecast for several days. With that in mind, I did my best to get light with a daylight bulb and a few pieces of cardboard around the light. This card looks much better than the photograph will show, but you can see the blue and green.

I stenciled the clouds with a gifted stencil from a stamp buddy, using Lawn Fawn ink in a light blue color. I blended green ink on the ground then added grass with a darker green ink. The grass is from a Stampin Up set called Sending Sunshine; it is retiring on Wednesday so if you like it, get it now. The sun is from a Gina K Designs set called Own Kind of Beautiful; it is long ago retired. The regal lion comes from The Stamps of Life, lions2stamp with matching dies. I stamped the lion with Lawn Fawn and Gina K Designs ink in Kraft, Sandy Beach, Sunshine, and dark brown colors, then came back with Prismacolor pencils to add texture and the orange mane. I have never penciled on top of ink before, but it worked beautifully for the needed color. I chose a greeting from The Stamps of Life set and called the card finished.

Thanks for spending time with me and this lion.