Floral Note

I chose to create with the color pallet from The Paper Players, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2022/05/pp590-colour-challenge-from-joanne.html

I used Spellbinders Glimmer Plates in this card. The flower is a peony illustrated by Yana Smakula. The greeting is also a Glimmer Plate. I used Hammermill paper for the Glimmer as it usually works well. When I used my Glimmer machine, I spend quite a bit of time and all I do is make Glimmer pieces and then let them sit until I want to use them. Today was a day to use a few of the pieces.

I took out the ink pads that match the colors in the challenge. I watercolored the peony using a water brush. I added a few gems and called it complete. It has a lot more shimmer in real life as I am not a great photographer with foil.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoyed the challenge.

Pastel Embossing

I decided to emboss flowers today.

https://cyhtp.blogspot.com/2022/04/anything-goes-embossing-with-twist-of_0267032586.html http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/just-us-girls-challenge-631-word-week.html

I chose the Country Floral embossing folder by Stampin Up to emboss and color. It is a 3D folder so it has a lot of dimension. I embossed on Ranger Watercolor Paper, then proceeded to add color. I used Gina K Designs ink with a blender brush. I did come back and add a bit more color with pencils taking the pigment directly from the pencil with water. I chose a sentiment from Stippled Flowers from Gina K Designs. I added a bit of ribbon and a few gems.

I found my inspiration for the colors by searching the folder on Google. I found a SU demonstrator who shared exactly which colors she used and the card recipe. Her name is Cindy. Thank you Cindy for the inspiration and helpful blog post.

Talking Birds

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/05/birdsbird-nestsbird-cagesbirdhouses.html

I used a Paper Pumpkin kit for the patterned paper and flowers. I placed a stencil over the pp and added the vines. The stencil is from A Colorful Life. The bird dies and branch are from a Memento set. I used Peacock ink and cardstock which matches the color on the pp. The light green is Mint Macoron and the peach is from Hobby Lobby. It is a close match to the flowers. The greeting and “meep” are from a Paper Smooches set.

As I created this card, I listened to the birds singing outside. I love birds and this was a fun challenge.

Flowery Umbrella

I created a card for the Retro Rubber Challenge as well as the Sisterhood of Crafters. I had an idea in my head for a couple of days and today it fell into place.

https://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-showers-bring-may-flowers.html https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/04/challenge-181-tics-tacs-toes.html

I used SU Umbrella to Stamp from 2020 for the stamping. The patterned paper is Carte Bella Flower Market with a date of 2019 on the back. The scallop square is a Sizzix die and the stitching is an Only Die from The Stamps of Life. I placed the items on the square, then decided something was missing, so off the items came. Then I ran the scallop square through the die cutting machine again to add the stitching. Sometimes it is nice to have so many dies to choose from and have the perfect one waiting to be used. I think this is the first time I have used this Only die. Without that die, I would have placed a rubber mat on the stitching die so it wouldn’t cut through. The gems are SU very retired, but the color worked. I think there is one pearl left in the pack of that yellow color.

The Retro Rubber Challenge is a tic tac toe and I used the far right column: patterned paper, bling, ribbon or twine.

The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge is April Showers bring May Flowers. That is where the umbrella with the boots came to mind. I filled both with flowers. The umbrella was punched with the matching punch. Both were fun challenges and it was fun to combine them.

VALENTINE PENGUIN

I had fun with a penguin and Valentine theme today.

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/02/hearts-challenge.html
https://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/2022/02/sos463-my-heart-beets-for-you.html https://colorfuloptions.blogspot.com/2022/02/february-2022.html

This penguin is from Gerda Steiner Designs Valentine Penguin along with the greeting. The letters are stamped from The Stamps of Life lovebugs2stamp. I embossed the bottom of the card with a folder from Stampin’Up, retired. I added the red hearts across the card with a border die from Sizzix, also retired. The small hearts were punched with the Owl Builder Punch from SU.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/3070834?&cat=all&what=keywords&si=SC891

I used the above sketch in creating this card. I group the hearts and letters as one unit and the penguin a unit, so that makes the three units down the left side. It has been quite a while since I used one of the sketches and this was a joy to work with.

There are red heart on the Double D Challenge mood board, so I am adding it to that challenge. The Shopping Our Stash challenge is to use hearts or vegetables. I chose to use hearts. Another challenge was brought to my attention, Colorful Options. February’s challenge is to use the color red.

VALENTINE BEAR

Continuing on with Valentine Cards for the Assisted Living Center, I made a bear card this week.

https://makethecardschallenge.com/make-the-cards-challenge-47/ https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-91/

The bear is stamped from a Paper Pumpkin kit, Dec 2020. He is holding a heart from Lawn Fawn, scent with you add-on, as well as the greeting. I used a stencil from Colorbox. The bear turned out cute and I know a resident will enjoy the card.

valentine chicken

Odd title?–stayed tuned.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/valentines-day-card/
https://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/2022/01/wwc333-dawns-challenge-all-about.html

The chicken is from SU Birds of a Feather set as well as the greeting. I found heart stamps in other sets from Gina K Designs, but can’t remember which set I grabbed the hearts from. The row of hearts border is from a Sizzix set designed by Stephanie Bernard that has a lot of hearts on it, but again, don’t have the name handy.

I saw this idea on Pinterest where it had the chicken at the top and red gingham at the bottom. I changed her idea from ribbon to the heart border. My background was so plain, so the hearts were added. I made 5 of these cards total. They will be going to an assisted living center.

This card is also being added to Watercooler Wednesday All About Occasions Challenge. I have been watching this challenge for quite some time, but have never entered or it has been quite a while.

Beautiful Friendship Background

I created a card with a background and greeting for the Mod Squad Challenge.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/handmade-background-focal/

I used the set called Beautiful Friendship from Stampin Up and a greeting from Maymay Made It, Big Time Sayings. I stamped the flowers with SU In-colors Polished Pink and Pale Papaya. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz. I stamped the Hello with a gray color, then added Versamark to emboss it. I stamped along with a favorite crafter on YouTube in creating this card.

Virtual stamp night mini

Each quarter there is a virtual stamp night at Splitcoast Stampers. This time the theme is TV series. I worked on the mini challenges over several days.

Great Joy Christmas

This card was for 3rd Rock from the Sun and the challenge was to make a galaxy card. I chose to ink blend a background with Lawn Fawn inks. I splattered it with a couple of different white watercolor paints, but all that showed up is water droplets. I let it all dry then added the stamping the next day. This is a SU set called Every Blessing and the greeting I used is from a Maymay Made It set called Christmas Miracle. I have made several Christmas cards this year and I think this is my favorite. It hasn’t been mailed, yet.

Bee Well Soon

This card was created for a MASH theme where the challenge is to create a humorous Get Well card. I chose to use Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties. I kept it very simple with little coloring and a little ink blending.

Candy Cane Banner

This is for the TV Guide magazine. The challenge is to use only red, white, and one other color. I chose green as my other color. I had this banner in my stash for a couple of years, created from Echo Park Celebrate Christmas. I had this candy cane and bow in my stash for a couple of years, so it came out for my red and white. I added a bit of twine and called it good.

Each of these challenges has to be completed within one hour. The time to prepare does not count and you can use pre-colored images from your stash. I enjoy the challenges sometimes. The actual event is December 17 and 18. Usually there are two weeks or more to complete the challenges. Even if I do not participate in the actual event, I do enjoy the mini-challenges.

Thanks for spending time with me and reading this post.