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.

Just Because

I had the lovely ink pads and markers out along with a new Inspiring Iris set, so I continued to stamp in those lovely colors.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/01/challenge-354-colors.html

I am enjoying stamping with the foam pads that SU has. All thee colors were stamped using acrylic blocks and the foam pads. I stamped full strength for a couple of flowers, then stamped off, giving them a lighter shade of the same color. I used sheer organza ribbon from Ribbon Boutique, which I am sure came from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment came from the December Paper Pumpkin kit, Something for Everything. I have been stamping most of today and I think this is my favorite card. I am loving this set, Inspiring Iris.

Thinking of You Tulip

Stamping in some fun colors and using a favorite stamp.

http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/01/challenge-146.html
http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/01/challenge-354-colors.html

One of my favorite stamps is the tulip from SU Blessed Easter. When I got that stamp, I cut the greeting, “Blessed Easter” away from the tulip. It is a wood mounted stamp and I have kept it on the wood, using my stamp positioner when needed. I watercolored the tulip using the colors for the CAS challenge. Other items used are Gina K/Thermoweb stitched oval dies. The “thinking of you” sentiment is from The Stamps of Life: formalwords2stamp. I have used this set many times as it has several greetings and many are large.

Balloon Wreath Birthday

This card was created for the Double D Challenge and the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I was so happy to see the mood board for the Double D Challenge with hot air balloons. I have a few sets of hot air balloons and always enjoy using them. This time, I used a fun set from Stampin Up called Lift Me Up.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/01/fun-with-balloons.html

I used the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder template for my wreath. Colors used are Peach Bellini, Blue Denim with matching paper from Gina K Designs, and Mint Macaron with matching paper from Stampin Up. I flicked a bit of sparkle, well a lot of sparkle with a Crafter’s Companion Clear Sparkle Pen. I have seen this done by hitting the sparkle pen against a marker. It leaves a lot of sparkle! I did spread sparkle on the banners as one cannot have too much sparkle. I have a person in mind to receive this card and I am sure the sparkle will bring a smile to her face.

Trio of Birthday Balloons

This card has been entered in the Mod Squad Challenge and the CAS Colors & Sketches challenge. I posted both from Split Coast Stampers and wanted to share it here.

Birthday Ballons Trio

The inks remained on my desk after finished the last birthday card posted to these challenges. I decided to ink blend the colors to see how they would blend. They did okay, but I had a blob and couldn’t get it to blend more, so I finally decided to emboss the panel and see how it looked. I couldn’t decide what to place on it, then remembered this Lawn Fawn balloon die set. I cut the balloons, then got busy arranging. I decided on a greeting, then colored it with markers in the challenge colors. I have enjoyed creating with these colors.

You're the Best

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/01/celebrating-four-years-at-double-d.html
http://modsquadchallenge.com/patterned-paper-play/
EK Success border punch

The Mod Squad Challenge is to create your own patterned paper. I used stamps from three companies: Leave Me in Paradise from Catherine Pooler Designs, Made With Love from Gina K Designs, and the February 2019 Kit Club Set from The Stamps of Life. I used a variety of inks in creating my tropical pattern: from Lawn Fawn I used Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, and Jalepeno, Lucky Clover, Key Lime, and Coral Reef from Gina K Designs, and Granny Apple Green and Calypso Coral from Stampin’Up. The cardstock is Old Olive and Calypso Coral from Stampin’Up, and White from Spectrum Noir.

The Double D Challenge is to use a punch. I have many punch and none are labeled with the correct name, so I can’t give the exact name of the punch used. I chose a scalloped border punch from EK Success for this card.

I love creating my own patterns, so the Mod Squad Challenge is perfect for me. I also love using my punches. I think I like border punches better than dies and I have both. I like the control of the punch. Thanks for looking!

Non-traditional Christmas

I created a card in silver and navy for the Mod Squad non-traditional challenge. The card was posted from Split Coast Stampers, but decided to share it here.

Joyful Christmas

I used an older set from Stampin Up called Joyful Christmas. I stamped the poinsettia two times on In the Navy cardstock, and embossed it with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I fussy cut the poinsettia out and layered it. I used a Darice embossing folder and partially embossed it. I added a silver strip of paper between the embossing and the sentiment. The white paper is GKD Artists Choice. It was heavy enough that the paper didn’t rip after being embossed, like the thinner paper did.

I like these colors. This is one of my favorite sets for Christmas, and I have a lot to choose from.

Woodland Fun

I saw a video that sparked my interest by TX Stampin Sharon. She used a set that I did not own, but could possibly create with items I do own. Here is her blog post: https://txstampin.com/2019/11/3-snow-front-cards-youll-love-to-make-all-winter-long.html

JOY Christmas
Peace on Earth Christmas

Her card has a tree on the focal image with a snowman. I didn’t have a snowman that was small enough for the size of tree, so I began looking at trees and items that fit under the tree. I stamped the fir tree first, then looked for a greeting that worked with the tree. The fir tree came from SU Thoughtful Branches and the greeting from The Stamps of Life, penguins2stamp. The stars came from a Lawn Fawn die. I centered the fir tree and added threads behind it for a bit of glittery feeling.

Then onto card two, the one with the deer. I decided to change the size of the focal image and use the tree from GKD Framescapes Winter Trees. Then I added the deer, a few birds way up high, a bit of grass and several stars. I used a die to cut a piece of scrap for the greeting, then placed it behind the focal image like she did in her card.

This was a fun process to go through. I had so many stamp sets out trying to find images that would work well together. I do often mix several sets.