Birthday Flowers

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-362-colors.html
https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/birthday-project-march2020

I pulled out the following colors: Gina K Designs Passionate Pink as a substitute for Melon Mambo, GKD Sweet Corn as a substitute for So Safforn, and SU Balmy Blue to create the flowers. All carstock is Hobby Lobby. The black is Versafine Black, embossed in clear powder.

These colors are for the color challenge with CAS Colors and Sketches. I have a lot of white space to help with the Clean and Simple feel.

I am also submitting this to the My Favorite Things monthly birthday challenge. The current challenge is the make a floral birthday card.

The stamps used are Gina K Designs Bold and Blooming along with matching dies, and Stampin Up Petite Petals with matching punch. I glued the flowers in the center then added a rhinestone, from Hobby Lobby. Love the colors and challenges.

Beach Scene

I was excited to see the challenge with Just Add Ink as it is all about the beach. I have been to two beaches in my life and both were enjoyable. I was also happy to see the As You See It Challenge is all about my favorite card to send.

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2020/03/just-add-ink-496inspiration.html
http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/03/challenge-221-preferences.html

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to go with it. The stamp set is Beach Happy by Stampin Up. I used all Gina K Designs supplies and inks for the card. The ink colors are: Coral Reef, Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Key Lime, Blue Lagoon, Plum Punch, Kraft, Sandy Beach, Black Amalgam. The cardbase Coral Reef.

I added sparkle to each of the palm leaves and the bag. This was fun to create.

I love creating general uplifting cards. Those are always a fun card to send. If this is sent near an occasion, I will place those greetings inside. I often send these to a friend who is going through a rough time in life. Another reason I like these kinds of cards is that the person is not expecting it. They get a fun surprise in their mailbox.

Good Luck

Had a bit of fun creating a St. Patrick’s Day card.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/03/its-all-about-green.htmlhttps://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-use-some-green/
https://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2020/03/color-throwdown-584.html
https://gsd-stamps.com/blogs/share-your-designs/share-your-design-challenge-march-2020

The cat in the hat is from Gerda Steiner Designs: https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/digital-stamps-spring/products/st-patricks-day-digital-stamp I rarely use digital stamps, but the ones in this shop are quite easy. It is colored in a combination of Copic, Spectrum Noir, and Sharpie markers with a Uniball Gold Gen pen thrown in the mix.

The cardbase is white Hobby Lobby paper. The green layer is Gina K Designs, Grass Green which I stamped with My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background stamp in Versamark ink. The banner is also Gina K, Journey of the Heart patterned paper. The sentiment Good Luck is from Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin, December 2019, Something for Everything.

I used a sketch to complete the layout. The sketch is from Split Coast Stampers SC792. It has squares, but I changed it to circles. I enjoyed creating the card, following a sketch with a specific theme.

Sharing a few cards

During February, I participated in very few challenges. I did take part in the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. The idea was to make a “Galentine” card. I chose to make memory cards for my sisters with one of Mom’s stamp sets. Mom always loved roses in any form, so she had several rose stamp sets. The stamp set for these cards uses Graceful Garden from Stampin’ Up. The set can be found in the 2017 – 2018 catalog. I am not sure what year it retired.

Roses in Blue
Roses in Red

The layout came from Tami White in a video. I used a mixture of SU Watercolor pencils and Prismacolor WC pencils which I blended with a blender pen, rather than water. I added white with a white gel pen. The black dots are using dots from a Maymay Made It set that is a Christmas set. In the set it is for snow and comes with a snowman, but I needed black dots and this is what was easily found. On the blue card there is more sparkle. I used a sparkle pen, thumping it against another marker, which spread sparkle all over. Use a box or something to contain it and it works much better for clean up. I have three sisters and had a purple one, but didn’t photograph it. It was the same layout.

My sisters loved receiving their memory cards, even if I didn’t get them mailed before Valentine’s Day. Thanks for looking.

Masculine Speed Stamping

I found cardstock in the challenge colors, made a plan, and began creating.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/01/challenge-218-espresso-pronto.html

I set the timer on my phone, beginning at zero. When finished, it said 08:18:19. Like the challenge says, it is not a masterpiece. I do have 2 masculine birthdays this month as I am sure this will be fine for one of them.

I used all Stampin Up product for this card. The cardstock is from the Neutrals pack. I know the cardbase is Early Expresso along with the ink. The top layer is Crumb Cake. I added a layer behind the stamped layer which I think is Sahara Sand. Stamp sets used are Sky is the Limit for the greeting and clouds, Moon Lake for the canoe and tree stamp, and High Tide for the birds.

Thanks for looking!

Flourishing Hello

MISTI Flourishing Hello

This is the last card I made for this month’s MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I learned from Sandy Allnock that Blueprint Sketch fit the Pantone Classic Blue color of the year, and I finally purchased a pad this week. Today I was able to ink blend with it.

The stamp set used is Flowering Flourishes by Stampin Up, released in 2012. I know my Mom used this set a lot, as I remember seeing it on several cards. This was my first time inking it up. I used Versamark and white embossing powder, then began ink blending. I spritzed a bit of water after finishing ink blending and made those water droplets. I think this could get addictive.

The Hello was die cut in fun foam for dimension, white cardstock, then GKD Blue Denim cardstock. I layered the pieces to look like a shadow image. I added a few gems from Studio Katia.

I enjoyed making this card. It has been an enjoyable month seeing the blue all over and knowing that was the color of the year. I see that blue in my dishes, on product boxes, and fabric.

I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp: https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-69/

Thanks for looking!

Thank You Daisy

This card is for the Retro Rubber Challenge #127. It is a tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose the one on the right with pattern paper, thanks, and nature.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/01/challenge-127-tic-tac-and-toe.html

I began with the patterned paper from my stash. This is Recollections from Michael’s. The stamp set used is Daisy Delight from Stampin Up, released in 2017. I used the Daisy punch along with the set. I know these have been in my room for over a year and this is the first time I have used them. The daisy paper is from the scrap bin, so I have no idea what color, but I am fairly sure it is SU paper. The leaves were stamped with Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus and Jelly Bean Green on SU Mossy Meadow Cardstock. That is the same cardstock as the base. I added a Kraft layer with Extra Heavy Kraft from The Paper Studio. The words Thank You are stamped in GKD Black Onyx ink on SU Naturals White paper. Thanks for looking.

Hedgehog

I created this card with the Mod Squad challenge and the My Favorite Things sketch, and added a bit of blue for the Misti challenge. All of these challenges were posted from Split Coast Stampers, but I wanted to share this card here.

My Friend Hedgie

This card follows the same general layout and flow as the bird one. I have no one special in mind for this card, but it will be easy to mail when the time to use it comes. Thanks for looking.

My Favorite Things Sketch

This is the first time I have created with a MFT Sketch during the challenge time. I love their sketches and have used them previously.

https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/wsc473

I flipped the sketch from portrait to landscape. My bird is from Stampin Up Flying Home. The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life club member freebie. I needed a small sentiment for the bird and this little set had the perfect size of sentiment. The bird is a red rubber stamp with the bird and the tree limb all one stamp. I colored it with markers. I used Midnight Muse for the bird, Chocolate Chip for the branch, and two green colors for the leaves. I used the Seaside Embossing Folder on a piece of Naturals White cardstock embossing it in the direction to match the limb.

I own a few MFT stamps, but none seemed to be what I was looking for. This will be posted to Mod Squad Challenge and the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers.