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.

Challenge Your Stash May

Each month on the 28th, I share a card for the Challenge Your Stash group at Split coast Stampers. This month’s theme is to create a slimline or mini-slimline card. I chose a slimline

Magnolia birthday front
Magnolia birthday inside

I used SU Magnolia Blooms and Happy Thoughts for this card. The dies are Spellbinders oval dies. I used TSOL slimline dies for one of the layers. I colored the flowers with alcohol markers. The ribbon was in my stash.

Birdbath Hello

Today is the day to post the Crafter’s of Faith card for this month’s theme. This month’s verse is Philippians 4:4-7 which begins with the words Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Then it goes on to say to create a card to show rejoicing in God. These days, I hear birds the minute I wake up and they continue throughout the day and into the night with the owls. I chose a card that rejoices in the nature God created.

I followed an idea of Lisa Mears a designer for The Stamps of Life. The sky is stenciled in yellows using Lawn Fawn inks with a blending brush and the stencil from Buddy Bonnie. I used my new Make Art Station which held the paper perfectly and made stenciling quite easy. All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with alcohol markers. I fussy cut everything. I created the scalloped border with dies from two different companies. The scalloped portion is a Gina Marie die and I wanted a frame, so used a rectangle die from Catherine Pooler Designs. The stamp sets used are birdbath2stamp and morebirdbath2stamp by The Stamps of Life. I could add gems, run a vine up the birdbath, but I think I will leave as it. This makes it easy to mail.

Kiss Your Mate Day

Today is the day to share cards created for the Challenge Your Stash Group at Split Coast Stampers. The challenge is to make a card showing a kissing couple, a couple in love, or love for a pet. I made two cards using the same technique.

Lawn Fawn Love you Tons!
TSOL Seahorses

For each of these cards I used the mirror image so they faced each other. I tend to use this technique every year for our anniversary. That is quickly approaching in about 3 weeks, so this challenge was perfect timing for me.

The elephants are from a new set from Lawn Fawn called elphie selfie flip flop with matching dies. I learned I was able to die cut the reverse, but flipping my cardstock over. I colored the elephants first with alcohol markers, so it bled through and I could easily see where to mount the die. I used dotted paper from My Favorite Things for the scene. This card will be posted to the monthly MISTI Monday challenge at SCS.

The seahorses are from a limited edition stamp set from The Stamps of Life. For these images, I die cut first then stamped the reverse image. I use a stamp called Mirror Image, where I stamp the image on the stamp then use that stamp to place it on my paper. Sometimes it is quite light, so I have to trace with a black marker. The background was made using alcohol inks on vellum cardstock. Basically you scribble with the marker then brush or dot rubbing alcohol all over the ink to create the blended background. I use 99% alcohol as the paper stays flatter. I saw this on a SU Demo video. It is fun to create and every background is different.

I am adding these cards to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for looking at my cards for this month’s challenge. I like both so am not sure which will go to my husband. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary.

April Crafters’ of Faith Challenge

On the 7th of each month is a new challenge for the Crafters’ of Faith group on SplitCoast Stampers. This month the verse is: Psalms 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

I focused on morning using Lawn Fawn Sunflower ink for my sun rays. I used the stencil from the March Paper Pumpkin kit. In creating this card, I used a video for inspiration. I can’t remember her name, but used her idea with stamps and paper I owned. The mat layer is Seaside Spray embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. It was good thing I purchased it as it is retiring the end of the month. The focal was placed on one of the card bases from the kit, which is Pretty Peacock. I like this card. I think it will be used for anyone needing a bit of encouragement.