Virtual Stamp Night E – G

Continuing with my VSN share, this will finish the Friday challenges and begin the Saturday ones.

MAR21VSNE Trail off the Page

This challenges was to have your image “trail” off the page, to represents park trails. I chose branches4flowers from TSOL and the bird is from Sending Hugs by Gerda Steiner Designs. This was a fun and easy card to create.

MAR21VSNF Swing Hi, Swing Lo

The idea for this was to make your card swing or show a swing, as most parks have swings. I used my tree set from Maymay Made It, called Swingin’ Tree. I ink blended the background with Distress Oxide inks, which is something I rarely do. I forget all about them as they sit away from my other ink pads. I gave the tree leaves, added the hummingbirds, and of course, the tire swing. I used the words Swingin’ By… for the front and the inside says To Say Hi!

MAR21VSNG The Moon

This was another card that was put off as it needed thought and research. I really do not make “moons” on cards so it didn’t come quickly to figure it out. In the end, I found an idea on Pinterest where the SU demonstrator explained what she did to place the animal in the moonlight. I die cut the moon using GKD masking paper and sponged ink around the mask. I removed the mask then stamped my images. I chose to not worry that my deer has blue sky and dirt on him. I used the Subtle Embossing Folder from SU to give the background texture along with the greeting. This is a mini-slimline card. I used a piece of Bristol paper for the focal piece, then made the card base to fit.

The stamps used are all SU: Close to Nature, and the March 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Virtual Stamp Night A – D

Last weekend was Virtual Stamp Night at SplitCoast Stampers. The theme was Parks and Recreation. Each hostess talked about a park or place they liked to go and what we needed to create based on their experiences. The challenges were posted on Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20. We had a full week to get the cards completed and posted. Each card had 1 hour to complete the card with preparation time not included. I completed all 13 cards and posted them on time. I will share these cards over a series of posts. Thanks for looking and reading.

MAR21VSNA Zoo Animals

Challenge A was Zoo Animals. I used a toucan from The Stamps of Life for my animal. It was colored and cut waiting to be used. The tropical background is from Stampin’ Up Tropical Chic stamp set. I had several ink pads pulled out to get several greens. I enjoyed creating this card as I love tropical cards.

MAR21VSNB Liquid Shaker card

This was the last card I completed for the challenges. I am not a technique lover, nor do I love shaker cards, so I put this one off till the last minute. I thought and thought how to make the liquid without wasting good hair gel. I use hair gel, but didn’t see myself sending this card so it was basically to complete the challenges. I finally saw that someone had used hand sanitizer. I have a lot of expired hand sanitizer, so that is what I used. I took a Ziploc bag, add hand sanitizer than added Bermuda Bay reinker drops to give it a water color. I used the greeting from fishtank2stamp from The Stamps of Life, added fish from fish2stamp, then found gems.

This was a very heavy card. It had layers of foam adhesive to make it level. I had it standing on a cabinet in my craft room and the next day, it had totally fallen apart due to the weight. It passed the challenge, but not a challenge of making a card that would last.

MAR21VSNC Granite/Marble Technique

Another card put off till the end as it is a technique card. For this one I took a SU Case, removed the stamps, added ink drops, marbles and shook it all about. Then I placed a piece of cardstock with removable adhesive to the top of the case and closed it, then shook some more. I made a total of 5 card fronts with the marbling from the marbles. I showed the backgrounds to my daughter and she selected this one saying it looks like sprinkles.

I used the SU set called Hoot Hoot Hooray for the cupcake images. I added a few gems and called it complete. For putting this challenge off so long, this was fun and easy to create.

MAR21VSND Uniform Colors

This challenge was to create a card using Uniform Colors, like the colors on a Park Ranger’s uniform. I chose to used the alligator from partyanimals4onlineclass from The Stamps of Life. I did not take the class, but purchased the set from Amazon along with matching dies. It was odd that they were there, but they were shipped from The Stamps of Life. Anyway, I used alcohol markers in Earth and Tan tones in coloring the alligator’s clothing. The alligator is green. This was fun card to create.

Thanks for looking through this post. More cards to come.

Craft Your Stash Literature Study

Each month I participate in a Craft Your Stash group at SplitCoast Stampers. The March challenge is to create a card based on a book or person in a book. I read a lot of books but couldn’t think of a person in a book to base my card on, so my husband suggested I read the book Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. I took his challenge and read the book. Here is my card based on the book.

Rider’s of the Purple Sage

The book is set in Utah. The author does a great job of describing the landscape. My card is does not do the landscape justice, but it is what I could create. I saw a card by Tami White a Stampin’Up demonstrator and thought it was a good fit for what I wanted to create.

I used the March Paper Pumpkin kit, called Here’s to You in creating this card. It is their anniversary month, so it came with extra items in the kit including stencils and a sponge. I used the sponge as I created along with Tami. I prefer other sponges where my fingers stay clean, so next time I will use other kinds of blending tools in my stash. The bottom portion of the card front is cut from a piece in the kit. The top portion was sponged on Bristol paper using Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Pretty Peacock, and Seaside Spray. The stencils include mountains and clouds, so I sponged along with Tami creating the scene.

In the book, there are many riders on Arabian horses. I used a horse from Outwest2 illustrated by Theresa Momber, from Gina K Designs. I added the layers like Tami used and placed on a Crumb Cake cardstock.

This was an enjoyable challenge, especially reading a book that my husband suggested. This is not the kind of books I normally read, but it was good and held my interest. It gave us something to talk about. There is a another book that tells more of the story called The Rainbow Trail. I will probably read this sometime after I take a break and read other books.

I found the above photo by searching for Utah and Sage. It seems to be all about the book, movie, or another visual of the book.

Virtual Stamp Night Mini

Each quarter, Split Coast Stampers has a Virtual Stamp Night where challenges are posted every hour or two over a 2 day period. Prior to this is a Mini challenge, where 3 challenges are posted. The Spring theme is The Great Outdoors. Following are my cards for the mini challenges.


This challenge needed music and a tree in a park like setting. I used Sittin Tree by Maymay Made It for my tree with the bird feeder. Shroeder plays his music under the tree. Notes from My Favorite Things are flying through the air while the paino is being played.


This challenge needed butterflies. I found an idea on Pinterest with this SU Butterfly Basics set, so I went with it. I liked how this card turned out. All sets used are SU.


The third card is to have a snowy mountain. I used two SU sets to complete this card. Once again, I went to Pinterest for an idea. I stamped in Bristol paper and watercolored.

The key to these challenges is that the card has to be completed in one hour, and preparatory work is not included in that hour. I find having cut card bases and possibly layers sitting around helps when trying to complete several card in a short time period.

Ewe are Awesome

Each month I participate in a theme card from the Crafter’s of Faith group on SplitcoastStampers. This month’s verse is from Psalm 95: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8:

Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our savior. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms. Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us. For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Challenge–Make a card with music and a heart somewhere on it. Bonus add a sheep/lamb-but that is not necessary.

It took the challenge literally, as I usually do. Following is my card:

This is also perfect for the Just Us Girls challenge. The heart paper is from The Stamps of Life. I used two green sheets for grass and blue for the sky. The sheep and greeting are from sheep2stamp and patterns4sheep, cut out with matching dies. One of the sheep is a mirror image, so I had to learn how to create this using palette4mirror. The music notes were already cut and in stash; they are from My Favorite Things.

I am pleased with this card. Usually I add the Bible verse to my faith cards, but this time, I with with a fun pun from the sheep set. I have no idea who I will mail this to, but I know I will find someone who really needs this card.

On Point Birthday

I made a card following the Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers.

On Point Birthday

I used Lawn Fawn stamps sets, Year Ten for the cactus and greeting, and Simply Sentiments for the circle. I think this is the first time I have stamped and colored the cactus. Here is Tanya the featured stampers card that I chose to CASE:

Basically I kept her layout and colors, but used a different cactus and greeting. Of course I added googly eyes! I enjoy honoring a featured stamper when I have the time and find an idea.

Merry Christmas Mice

The following Christmas card will be entered in the Dies R Us Challenge.

These merry mice are from Stampin Up heading to a Christmas tree. The tree is a Gina K Designs stamp. The colors used are SU Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, and Gorgeous Grape. The mice are colored in Crumb Cake. I used a Stitched Rectangle dies from The Stamps of Life to add a bit more to the simple design.

This is the sixth card created in Color Challenge 800 at Split Coast Stampers. Here is the post of the card:

Thanks for looking.

Color Challenge 800 cards

I have been creating cards based on color challenge 800 at Split Coast Stampers. To really celebrate the challenge, a total of 6 cards were created. One is listed below on a Gina K Designs challenge thread. Following are four more of the six cards. I will link to the original posting of the card for more information.

More information about the challenge — it was 6 different challenges rolled into one. The ladies who host the color challenge each week, selected a favorite combination from the last year and brought it back for this challenge celebration. Each challenge was a separate set of colors and a different theme. I had ink pads, stamp sets, embossing folders, and all sorts of items laying all over the place. I tend to do a lot of clean-up as I go, as it gets overwhelming easily. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking at my cards!

Merry Christmas Ornaments

The following card is being submitted to the Gina K Designs July Challenge.

I used the stamp sets Merry & Bright for the ornaments and Home for the Holidays for the greeting. The colors used are SU Rich Razzleberry, Seaside Spray, and GKD In the Navy. I added the gold embossing and splatter for the Christmas gold.

This card was created as part of the Split Coast Stampers Color Challenge 800 celebration. Here is the link for my card at SCS:

Always fun to add another Christmas card to my stash. Thanks for looking.