Denim anyone?

Tonight kicks off the Virtual Stamp Night Mini at Splitcoast Stampers. I am a hostess for one challenge in mid-December so I was able to create samples for several challenges. Following is my first sample.

https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/virtual-stamp-night-54/dec22minivsn1-~-forever-blue-jeans-~-fri-nov-18-5-pm-est-642938/

This card was completed in one hour exactly. The rules are to complete the card in one hour. Now, there are short cuts. You can have card bases created ahead of time, images colored and just taken out to use, backgrounds created to use and anything you create ahead of time is fair game to use. However, I had nothing created ahead of time so I worked quite quickly in finishing this card. It helps to know your images, dies, embossing folders, and what papers are available ahead of time.

I knew I had this pocket stamp from an old Stampin Up set. I say old as it is woodblock and one of the first I purchased back in around 2004 – 2006, so it came out to be used. It comes with girls and a frog, but I wanted a more winter theme. The cardstock is very retired Midnight Muse from SU. I embossed the pocket in gold embossing powder. The gingerbread are Stephanie Bernard/Sizzix dies. I die cut them in SU Crumb Cake and red cardstock from my stash. I added a tag with the same cardstock. The background was rather plain, so I embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and added a bit of Blue Denim ink.

This was a fun card to create. If you enjoy these kinds of challenges, feel free to join in.

Reindeer Tag Square Card

I have been using items that have been in my stash for a long time. I often forget what I own until a challenge inspires me. I was inspired by a theme to create a card for a classic Christmas movie, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. With that theme, out came a few reindeer dies.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2022/08/challenge-190-tag-youre-it.html https://peaceonearthchristmas.blogspot.com/2022/09/peace-on-earth-christmas-challenge-23.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-98/

I love the Retro Rubber Challenge as it helps me use my stash of older supplies. This reindeer is a Stephanie Bernard and Sizzix set from October 2017. That was the closest date I could come up with based on a Google search. The tag dies used are from Hero Arts and also a Spellbinders die. All are several years old and are retired. I have been using the scraps from Echo Park Celebrate Christmas released in 2018, per my search. If you like the paper, it is still available.

The Peace on Earth Christmas challenge is always Anything Goes, but on the mood board is a red pillow with snowflakes. My Kraft patterned paper with the red greeting and snowflakes reminds me of that pillow.

Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes. I will add it to that challenge as well.

Thanks for sharing in this card today.

Guest Designing

I was selected to be a guest designer for the Retro Rubber Challenge. I made two cards using the challenge details.

The challenge is tic tac toe! I love birds, die cutting, embossing, patterned paper, and anything else available on the board. It was a tough decision deciding where to begin.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com

The circle card follows the top row across. I used The Stamps of Life toucan2stamp with matching die from August 2019. The flowers are from the same set. The stick for the toucan to stand on was a die from Hero Arts in a kit also from 2019. The scalloped circle is from a Sizzix die. I used a stencil from Taylored Expressions, which was new in 2021. The circle card base was created using the largest Sizzix circle die. The stencil used for the card base was A Starry Night by Hero Arts. I used Gina K Designs ink to blend the stencils in Key Lime and Blue Raspberry.

I like the Retro Rubber Challenges because it gives me new ideas for my older stamps and supplies. It helps me shop my stash.

This card was fun to create as I love tropical images and own quite a few. I followed the second column for this card. The stamped images are all from Catherine Pooler Designs Toucan Do It, March 2219. All were colored with alcohol inks and fussy cut. The embossed background is SU Layered Leaves, very retired. I used GKD Key Lime and Fresh Asparagus cardstock for the background and card base.

I enjoyed guest designing for Retro Rubber Challenge. Thank you for the opportunity.

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.

Party balloons

Off to a new year with Party Balloons!

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/01/party-balloons-challenge.html
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/01/seize-birthday-229-blue-and-gray.html

A celebration is not complete without party balloons. These balloons were die cut using Lawn Fawn Party Balloons dies and an assortment of cardstock scraps. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings along with a matching die. I made a frame using The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangles. I added a bit of twine to each balloon from my twine stash from SU Paper Pumpkin kits. A bit of sparkle was added to each balloon. The star background is from a retired MFT birthday paper pack. I know whoever receives this card will love the sparkle and enjoy the party atmosphere.

Deer, trees, and snow

I created a fun card that will work for several challenges.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/animal-themed-holiday/
https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2021/11/trees.html
http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/11/162-cute-christmas.html
http://www.global-design-project.com/2021/11/global-design-project-319-theme.html

First challenge is Mod Squad with the animal themed holiday. I made this deer to have a red nose like Rudolph. This is definitely a Christmas themed card with the lights and red nose. I didn’t have a suitable Merry Christmas that would really fit, so I went with the greetings from the stamp set. This stamp set is Snow Wonderful by Your Next Stamp.

Second Challenge is Double D with trees. This evergreen tree was blended with a stencil from Newton’s Nook, called Evergreen. I cut a small portion of the trees out to use on this card.

The Third challenge is Make My Monday Challenge with Cute Christmas. I think this image with the girl and her reindeer are cute. It was fun to color.

The Fourth challenge is Global Design Project with Christmas. This card will be mailed for Christmas.

The snowflake background was created with a die from The Stamps of Life. I used and glitter cardstock placed on a blue background. Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops were added to the snowflakes, the tree, the lights, the reindeer nose, and the greeting.

This was fun card to create. I was thrilled to find several challenges to share this with. Thanks for looking and reading this long post.

Spooky house

I have a Halloween card created for specific person. A young lady has gone through a terrible car accident and is in a nursing home learning to walk and balance again. She needs cheering up and loves Halloween. My goal is for this card to bring a smile to her face.

https://twooldbatshalloweenchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-anything-halloween.html

The card front has an ink blended background using Lawn Fawn blues and purple inks with a bit of Gina K Designs Black Onyx. The house is from The Stamps of Life hauntedhouse2stamp colored with alcohol markers. The ghosts and moon came from the same set. The pumpkin is from goodies4wheelbarrow. I wanted a tree and the tree I used is from Maymay Made It called Sittin’Tree. It is fussy cut out as there are no dies for the manual machine.

Spooky House inside

The inside brings fun with Paper Smooches ghoulfriends set. I love the greeting! I am sure this will bring a smile to the young lady’s face.

This card will be entered in the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.

Circus Seal

Taking inspiration from buddy Gayle and one of her challenges, I went to my stamp room and began finding stamps, a stencil and dies that worked for the Circus Themed challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-greatest-show-on-earth.html

To find the help I needed, I searched Pinterest for Circus. A seal photo popped up in my search and I knew I had a stamp set purchased around 2013 from Gina K Designs, illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger called Jumping for Joy and it contains a seal, the ball, and the jumping platform as well as other animals. I stamped and then masked the seal, then placed the jumping platform and ball around the seal. Next obstacle was to create a background that looked like a circus. I spotted a stencil that was laying nearby and realized it would make the perfect tent like background. I chose to use a red Copic marker for tracing the lines. This stencil is from Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey called Sunny Day Stencil. I realized my tent needed something like curtains or banners. I had a banner close by that had not been colored or die cut, so I colored and cut it with the die, then proceeded to cut two more. I popped a set up for dimension. I made a ticket from The Stamps of Life ticket2stamp which I own dies for, so cutting was easy. Then came the stars. I often use a die from Lawn Fawn to cut small stars and this time I took a scrap piece of cardstock and colored it with the blue Copic marker that was used on the banner and the ball center. Finally everything looks like a circus. I added a lot of sparkle to make the stars and banner shine.

Thanks for reading my process. I enjoyed creating this and using so many items just sitting in my craft room begging to be used.

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.