Golden bells

I used older stamps on this card with the Retro Rubber Challenge in mind.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/10/challenge-169-anything-goes.html

I used two stamp sets in this card: SU Blended Seasons (2018) and GKD Christmas Greenery (2016). This card has a lot of gold on it as it is also part of the MISTI Monday Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers where the celebration of the 50th challenge is going on and gold is the theme.

The Blended Seasons stamp set is red rubber, so the foliage will not curve easily, so my wreath is not as round as a photopolymer stamp would produce. The gold in the bells and foliage were colored with a gold gel pen. I made my own gold paper with embossing powder.

Pumpkin chair

Another card using Buffalo Check background with the Make the Cards Challenge in mind.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-35/

I stamped the Power Poppy set So Grateful in Versafine Ink and dried it with a heat gun. I colored the image with watercolor pencils and a water brush which was very dry. This is not watercolor paper, so I didn’t want to add too much water. The buffalo check is stamped with SU Buffalo Check stamp set in SU Early Expresso ink, which matches the card base. The Kraft layer is SU Crumb Cake cardstock.

Painted Flower on check

I decided to give the Make The Cards Challenge a try since the theme has Buffalo Plaid and I like plaid. I found a few other challenge with the help from Buddy Bonnie, so will add those as well.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-35/
https://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/favourite-autumn-or-winter-why.html https://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.com/2021/09/autumn-blessings.html

I used older stamps and retired product on this card. It is so enjoyable to pull out older product and use it rather than it sitting. The background is stamped using Stampin’ Up Buffalo Check, the flower is from Painted Harvest, both retired from SU. The greeting is from a set called So Grateful from Power Poppy. I added a piece of ribbon, matted the focal, popped it up on foam squares and called it complete.

Autumn is my favorite season as I love the cooler weather and the colors as the leaves change. I love mums in my yard and a pumpkin on my front porch. My explanation is for the As You Like It challenge to explain which is my favorite season between Autumn and Winter. I truly do not enjoy winter. I like seeing snow the first time it happens then get very tired of the cold and dreary weather.

Autumn is often a time to be thankful to someone who has helped me. I receive a lot of help from my Buddies and an honored to call them each a friend.

Wreath stamping

This month the MISTI challenge at Split coast Stampers is to add a wreath to your card. I pulled out my Wreath Builder Template and stamps from Gina K Designs and began stamping. I created a total of 3 cards.

Thanksgiving Blessings

The above card was using the Autumn Wreath set. I began with Kraft ink going all the way around the circle, then moved the leaf a little bit and stamped with Warm Cocoa, then moved the leaf and stamped in Charcoal Brown. I trimmed the square with a stitched square die, mounted on Dark Chocolate and on a card base of SU Crumb Cake. This was entered in the Double D Challenge for leaves.

Butterfly Wreath

The above card with butterflies was created with the Sending Love stamp set. I used many colors and do not have them written down. The center of each butterfly is a Nuvo Glitter drop. I used a set called Incentive Set for the greeting and found a circle to stamp in one of the wreath builder sets. This card was entered in the Mod Squad Challenge for butterflies.

Thinking of You

This wreath using stamps and ink other than Gina K Designs with the wreath builder template. I used a Maymay Made It set called Garden Party for the flowers and leaf. I used SU colors of Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Sage Shadow for my stamping. The center greeting is from SU Happy Thoughts. I used gems for the center of the large flower. I added stitching to the center by embossing with the die and a rubber mat. I enjoyed creating this card as I didn’t look at Pinterest for inspiration. I have no special challenge for this one other than the MISTI one at SCS.

The first two were created with inspiration from Pinterest and cards by Sherri Gilson. Both were uploaded to the challenges from SCS. Now I will move onto something other than wreaths for a time. Thanks for looking.

Halloween cards

I have been making Halloween cards for residents of an Assisted Living Center. All are inspired or copied from SU Demonstrators work found on Pinterest or blogs. Many have provided sketches which I used. Dawn Griffith is a favorite SU Demonstrator and has made several Halloween cards using sketches, so I followed a few of hers. Enjoy these cards.

Witch in the Moonlight
Vampire Bat
Scary Halloween
Monster Eyeballs
Monster Duo
Halloween Critters
Elephant Trick or Treating

The above card is a CASE of my daughter’s work. She came into my craft room and told me exactly what colors she used and I simply stamped everything she told me.

Pirate Duck Trick or Treat
Purple Monster

I have a total of 15 cards going to this Assisted Living Center. All stamps used were Stampin Up. The majority came from my Mother’s stash. She made cards for Shut-Ins and Halloween was never left out. A few came from my daughter’s stash as she loves Halloween. I own two sets and both were used here in some capacity, but I really do not make many Halloween cards. Maybe I will make more as I have images colored, cut, and waiting to be used sitting in a bowl. Thanks for spending time with me seeing my stash of cards heading out soon.

Sunflower Wreath

I created a card using 6 sunflowers for the Just Us Girls challenge.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/just-us-girls-challenge-600-word-week.html

I used the Arrange a Wreath stamp and die set from Stampin’Up for this card. The sunflowers were created with Bumblebee cardstock and the edges inked with matching ink. The wreath is in brown tones, Crumb Cake and Early Expresso also from SU. The door was created using patterned paper from Gina K Designs and it needed a knob, so that came from Holiday Frame Filler set also by GKD.

Congratulations on reaching 600 challenges! It was fun to create a card with six of something.

Potted Plant Trio

I saw the beautiful colors with the new challenge at CAS Colors & Sketches so I had to give these a try.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2021/08/challenge-435-double-challenge.html

So fun to use two stamp sets from different companies with the same name. I used Gina K Designs and Lawn Fawn sets both called Stuck on You. The greeting came from SU Picture Perfect and the pink and blue sprigs came from GKD Handmade Botanicals. For ink colors, I used a combination. The pink ink is a Memento ink pad in Rose Red. The blue ink used for the ferns is a Tombow marker. I used Spectrum Noir markers for the blue and yellow on the pots. The succulent is stamped in Canteloupe ink by Memento. All of these colors were as close as I could come to the actual colors shown for the challenge.

I enjoyed creating this card today. It was enjoyable to play with color and try to get close matches to the ones needed.

Crushing on Cardstock Day 4 backgrounds

I have been using Day 4 background ideas for a few cards.

Happy Birthday

For this card I used a My Favorite Things background stamp, a die from The Stamps of Life, and the butterfly using my Spellbinders Hot Foil machine.

Floral Hi

I used a SU 3D embossing folder on this card along with a stamp set from Unity Stamps. The die is from The Stamps of Life.

I enjoyed the different kinds of backgrounds created by Keisha Charles on Day 4. This is a small look at the kind she created.