Birthday Cake

I created a one layer card today. The Seize the Birthday challenge is all about a clean and simple card. I added splatter, but I think it will still fit the CAS category.

http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-248-clean-and-simple.html

I used two Stampin Up sets for this card: Happy Birthday to You and Go To Greetings. I stamped the images in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The color palette I used is from Splitcoast Stampers CC915 Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Pale Papaya. I added a little Mango Melody on the berries and floral centers. I used a water brush to color the image, which give it a much softer tone for the cake.

I haven’t made a CAS card in quite a while. I keep wanting to add more to the card front, cut things out and pop them up, and just turn it into a card that is not CAS. It will mail easily this way.

Fruit Wreath

I was inspired to create today, so this is my second card. This card will be entered in three challenges.

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/uys-467-woodgrain-double-trouble.html
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

The Double Trouble challenge is to use a die cut or punch and then you meet Thing 2’s challenge to add woodgrain. They are collaborating with Use Your Stuff which is about woodgrain. Power Poppy challenge is to use fruit or vegetables on your card.

I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber embossing folder on my background. I used a natural colored cardstock from My Favorite Things for the embossing then inked it with Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa ink. I decided a wreath would be a good addition for the die cutting. These dies are from Stampin’Up, called Arrange a Wreath. I placed my fruit image in the middle of the wreath for the Power Poppy challenge. My image is from the set called Feeling Fall. I colored it with alcohol markers a week ago and then left it sit till I was inspired to use it. The greeting came from Gina K Designs Star Flower, which I inked with Slate ink.

I really like how this card turned out. I enjoyed piecing so many products together, which is something I struggle with.

Friend Leaves

Odd title…I think I am sorry a friend is leaving. That is not what this is about. This card is all about leaves that are falling in our yards this time of year. Our leaves have not turned color, yet, but some are falling.

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/09/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of_0861663957.html https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html

I posted a card yesterday using leaves cut from backgrounds I made with the Polished Stone Technique. I had several leaves cut, so today I was inspired to continue creating with these leaves. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the base and embossed layer. The background was embossed with the Darice Fall Leaves Swirl EF. The leaves are from the Gina K Designs Stitches Leaves stamp set with matching dies. I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder. I chose the Hello Friend greeting from a Paper Pumpkin July 2019 kit called On My Mind. I added gold foil to the greeting and embossed layer, which I think really helped bring all of the gold together.

I enjoyed creating this card. I was wanting to continue using those leaves and this came together so easily. This card will also be added to the Double Trouble Paper Crafting use a die or punch. This card uses only dies for this challenge so I posted Thing 1’s badge.

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.

Halloween Window

I am in the process of creating Halloween cards for an Assisted Living Center. This card started a few months ago, then I put it away and today I took it out and finished it. I think it is a calm and nice card for someone who would enjoy a calmer Halloween.

https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-anything-halloween.html

The window is from a Stampin Up set called Happy Scenes. I colored the image with alcohol markers and added a bit of blending with brushes. I can’t remember which inks I used to blend the background, but it was either Gina K Designs or Lawn Fawn inks. The greeting was stamped with Gina K Designs ink, but can’t remember which orange color it is. The wall is patterned paper from Gina K Designs, Grateful Heart pack. I think it looks like a Dining Room. I used GKD cardstock for the base and I think it might be Prickly Pear.

This is a calm card for someone who doesn’t like cards with monsters, ghosts, or scary scenes. I enjoyed creating in and was thrilled to finally finish it.

Fall Leaves

Our weather is changing with cooler evenings making it feel like Fall. Since it is feeling like Fall, I made a card with leaves.

https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/september-anything-goes-fall-challenge.html https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-63/
http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2022/09/pp607-theme-challenge-from-ann.html

I used the Stampin’Up retired set called Blended Seasons for the leaves. I moved the image several times in my MISTI to have leaves all over the background. I used watercolor paper and embossed the leaves in gold to capture the water and color. The color palette is from Splitcoast Stampers CC912: Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green. To make the color more intense, I used reinkers for Poppy Parade and Crushed Curry. I do not own a green one, so came back with a marker to give it more color.

The Hello is a die from Gina K Designs which came in a butterfly stencil kit. I chose to use the Early Expresso color to cut the word Hello and Vellum for the shadow.

I really like how this card came out. I enjoy watercolor in how quickly you can achieve vibrant color on the image.

Sunflower Fun

September is quickly approaching and I always think of sunflowers in September. The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge is all about Sunflowers.

https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/08/sunflowers.html

I used the August 2021 set from Hero Arts for the sunflowers. This was colored with the stencils and the ink that came in the kit. The background is a Stampin Up set. I used Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus cardstock and matching ink on the background.

Faux Burned Rose

I have been playing in techniques recently. This technique is called Faux Burned Wood and I chose to use a rose for this card.

https://ginakdesigns.com/2022/08/02/august-2022-monthly-mix-challenge/?v=7516fd43adaa https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/08/challenge-188-anything-goes.html

I used the stamp set, Rose Bouquet from Gina K Designs, dated 2017. The woodgrained texture is from the SU embossing folder called Pinewood Planks, very retired. Basically to complete this technique, I used my MISTI and a dark ink stamping the image several times to make it as dark as I could. I used Dark Chocolate from GKD. Then while the ink is still wet, take a water brush or paint brush and drag it across the image. This makes the outline a bit fuzzy and moves the ink across the paper. I used Ranger Watercolor Cardstock to stamp and move the ink on.

Here is the You Tube video I watched to learn this technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeWFPqWfTU&list=WL&index=21

I have spent the last six month’s being on the design team with Split Coast Stampers. I enjoyed the honor and learned quite a bit. My last cards will be posted on August 15. Thanks for reading and seeing what I am creating. If you try this technique, I would love to see it. I enjoyed learning something new and being able to share.

Paper Dragonfly Guest Designing

I am happy to guest design for Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge. I had so much fun finding several images to combine to create my card. Thanks for the opportunity to guest design!

https://paperdragonflycreativechallenges.blogspot.com/

My card uses images from Stampin Up and Sunny Studio. I used A Touch of Ink, Flowering Fields, and In the Meadow from Stampin Up. I used Backyard Bugs from Sunny Studio to stamp and cut the bees, butterfly and ladybug. The dragonfly image came from Hero Arts. I colored everything with SU and Tombow markers.

I hope you have time to come play in the challenge. I had so much fun creating this card. Thanks for sharing in the honor with me.

https://paperdragonflycreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/08/challenge-8-summertime-buzz-sponsored.html