Butterfly Window

I have been creating cards for challenges on Split Coast Stampers lately. Here is a card for the MISTI challenge and a Thursday challenge.

Butterfly Window

This month’s MISTI challenge is to make a summery window card. Then there was a Thursday challenge to make a one-layer card, so both challenges work perfectly together.

The windows were cut with SU dies that match the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Watercolor Wings set, all retired product. I began with the windows then placed the matching butterfly in front of the window opening in my MISTI. I opened the card front and leaving it flat. I stamped the butterflies in bright colors. Then closed the MISTI, laid the body on the butterflies, then opened the card again to stamp it. I wanted the body there, but not on the colorful images. I added a flower from the Layered Daisies set from Gina K Designs along with the sentiment. I popped the small butterfly on the flower and walked away.

I came back the next day or so, kept looking at the white background and didn’t like it. Then I remembered a cloud stencil, from Bonnie, that worked perfectly. I added blue clouds to the sky, then needed green for grass. I didn’t have a grass stencil and didn’t want to keep thinking of ways to get grass and leave the card flat. I have a punch and a die, but both will give elevation to the grass and I was thinking I didn’t want dimension on the grass, so I used the cloud die. I thought it gave the illusion of grass.

I like the card. It took a while to finish, but I think whoever I send it to will enjoy it. Thanks for reading my process.

Rainbow Hello

The following card is full of sparkle, clouds, a rainbow, and is using older product.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/04/challenge-133-anything-goes.html
http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/04/challenge-223-somewhere-over-rainbow.html
http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2020/04/pp-494-cas-theme-challenge-from-anne.html

I used two older stamp sets in this card: Gina K Designs Happy Mail (2017) and SU High Tide (2017). The clouds were cut with a Lawn Fawn die, Cloudy Hillside Pop-up. The rainbow was made with Spellbinders Large Circle dies. I added sparkle to the rainbow with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. This was created with the lesson from Online Card Class Spring Card Camp Day 11. This is one of my favorite lessons, as I had the supplies and could sit down and create. All of the paper used is Hobby Lobby heavy weight cardstock, except for the violet. I think the violet is The Stamps of Life cardstock.

Always enjoyable when a card comes together and fits to many challenges.

How’s It Going

I spent a lot of time with the colors of the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge this week.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/03/challenge-364-double.html

The colors and Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach, and Tangerine Tango. I had all of the cardstock colors and ink pads, but deciding on the flowers was the difficult part. I created at least three different kinds of flowers, then decided on these anemone flowers and leaves.

I used the set Anemone Wishes by Gina K Designs along with the matching dies. These flowers were stamped in Tangerine Tango on peach cardstock, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Sometimes I stamped with Versamark ink over the Tangerine ink, but other times I did not. I used my MISTI to get clear impressions. The centers are stamped in Black Onyx ink by Gina K Designs, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I added more color with the peach and a water pen. Since this is regular cardstock, the water was very light.

The cardstock is Tangerine Tango as a base, Basic Black to bring out the black in the greeting and the centers, and Hobby Lobby White.

I enjoyed this challenge. As I said, I created many flowers, so one of these days when I need one or two, I will pull those out and use them.

Thinking of You

I have been creating many flowers this week, but when I finally got crafty with this card, I chose other flowers.


http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/03/challenge-222-recipe-for-whimsy.html

I made my check list for this challenge. 1) flowers — I chose to use SU Bloom with Hope set. It was a hostess set, found in my Mother’s Crafting Supplies. 2.) die cut — I used the Square Rectangles dies from The Stamps of Life. 3) Ribbon — I found some red Grosgrain ribbon from my Mother’s collection. 4) patterned paper — I used Petal Passion SU DSP, also from Mom. 5) shiny — I found some gold twine in my stash. The cardstock used is SU Basic Black, SU Real Red, and Hobby Lobby Heavy Weight White. I saw this idea for this gatefold card on Sharon Armstrong’s blog. I changed it a little bit to work for my completed square, but her general cutting and scoring dimensions worked.

I enjoyed creating this card. It was a nice trip down memory lane remembering Mom and all of her supplies that are still in great condition. Now I need to think of someone special to send this card to.

Fabulous Florets

I pulled out an older set of my Mother’s to make this card for the As You See It Challenge.

http://www.asyouseeitchallenge.com/2020/02/challenge-220-fragile-flames.html

This is an SU set from the 2011 Occasions Mini, meaning Spring Catalog. I thought this flower sprig would be easy to use for this challenge. My original idea was to space the flowers apart, cut into three parts, than have flower panels on the card front. Well, I didn’t get them spaced far enough, so I left them be. The red flower is all Poppy Parade, both ink pad and marker. The center flower is stamped in Gina K Designs Peach Bellini, with the marker used SU Grapefruit Grove. The third flower is stamped in GKD Sweet Mango with the Mango Melody marker. The stamp seemed to have a rough part in the center of one of the leaves, so I used the marker to help fill it in. I used the sentiment from the set for the greeting centering it in the flowers, stamped in Memento Black ink.

The white is Hobby Lobby heavy weight cardstock, die cut with The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangle die, layered on a piece of SU Grapefruit Grove. The cardbase is MFT Poppy, which is the perfect match for Poppy Parade.

I added sparkle to the flowers, but that never shows in the photo. I like the colors, but really wanted to add green. Thanks for looking.

Hello Friend

I finished a card that meets several challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2020/02/challenge-129-anything-goes.html
https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2020/02/01/february-monthly-mix-challenge/
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-add-a-sentiment/
http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/02/saying-hello.html

Supplies used: 1. Gemstones from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby),

2. Stamp sets: GKD Sentimental Bouquet (2017), Hello Flowers (2016),

3. SU Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (2015),

4. cardstock: SU Pretty Peacock (current in-color 2019-2021), mixture of white

5. ink: GKD Plum Punch substituted for SU Rich Razzleberry, GKD Fresh Asparagus substitute for SU Old Olive, SU Pretty Peacock, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dates are listed for the Retro Rubber Challenge of anything goes. All stamps used are definitely over one year old; I have used them many times over the last few years.

Monthly Mix Challenge from Gina K Designs is to add texture. I used the embossing folder to add texture to the background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to add a sentiment. I added Hello Friend.

Double D Challenge is to use the word Hello.

My inspiration for the colors is from the Split Coast Stampers color challenge CC780: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc780-rich-peacock-eating-olives-2-25-20-a-t632480.html

I found a card made by Sherri Gilson that I used for inspiration, but can’t seem to locate it to link. I enjoyed creating this card and finding several challenges that it would fit. Thanks for looking.

Birthday CASE Cards

I have several birthday cards to send during January, so I have been seeking inspiration and using new-to-me stamps. Pinterest is my friend in seeking inspiration lately.

Happy Birthday Case One
Happy Birthday CASE Two

The two cards above are basically the same. I used retired sets for all of the stamping. The large flowers are from Flower Shop, the birthday sentiment from Bring on the Cake, and the small flower is from Bloomin Love. I used the same colors for both cards: Rococoa Rose, Seaside Spray, and GKD Kraft. The cardstock is GKD Kraft, SU Rococoa Rose or Seaside Spray, and Spectrum Noir White. I added a bit of sparkle and bling to several flowers. I found this idea on Pinterest along with the color mix.

Today I created a card based on the Featured Stampers work on Split Coast Stampers. Back to retired stamp sets for my card.

Featured Stamper FS673

I used Stippled Blossom by SU for the flower and leaves. The sentiment is from PTI Delightful Dalia. I added score lines to the top of the card to provide a bit of interest for the Clean and Simple card. I also had a lot of sparkle on the flower.

Thanks for looking at my parade of cards.

Christmas Money Holders

I saw a video by Dawn Griffith, https://dawnsstampingthoughts.net/2019/12/birthday-bonanza-envelope-gift-card-holder-video.html and got busy creating money holders with her idea.

http://modsquadchallenge.com/christmas-winter/

The paper is from Echo Park, Celebrate Christmas pack. The greeting is from The Stamps of Life, elves2stamp. I used Sizzix Scalloped circle dies and SU Stitched Shapes dies for cutting the greeting. The ribbon is from our stash.

This was exactly what I needed today, so I was excited to see her video with such a simple holder.