Monday, June 27, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #200 -- Summertime Fun

I like to join Simon Says Stamp's Flickr Challenge whenever time permits. 
I have SO MANY SSS products that haven't been used or even opened from the
original packaging.
After inking the Organic Fruits diecuts I saw that the theme for their 200th challenge
 was Summertime Fun and decided to squeeze my card in before the June 30th deadline.

Two reverse wonky rectangles were cut from white card stock and the sentiment
was stamped on one panel, then run through a 3D embossing folder

The fruits were popped up on the panel, then adhered to the second panel,
forming a hinge so the card can stand on its own.

In hindsight, I should have turned one of the roundish fruits into a peach which
is more "summertime" than a pear. Oh well. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Flower Challenge #69 -- Colour Blue & Yellow

Challenge #69 over at The Flower Challenge is to use the colors blue and yellow 
to show our support for the brave citizens of Ukraine.

Here's my card--a shaped butterfly. A butterfly? Again?? Yes, I can't stop using the 
Spellbinder sets of butterflies and have so many ideas for them.

I die cut two of the largest butterflies from watercolor card stock, then ran half of one
butterfly through an embossing folder. Zig markers and a waterbrush were used to 
watercolor the butterfly.

Just the flowers from Altenew's Hill Blossom stencil were inked in with yellow ink.
The leaves were left white and die cut with the matching dies. Additional sprigs
were cut and adhered to the butterfly.

I stamped the sentiment, then added a hinged butterfly piece so the card can stand. 
Sequins finished off the card.

I'm not sure if my card shows too much butterfly and not enough flowers but I'm
taking a chance and entering it with fingers crossed.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Butterfly Thanks

Since my Copics are drying up and a buying trip to Itoya in Japan isn't likely in
the near future, I've turned to using dies and stencils on my cards. My latest
purchase is Spellbinders Butterfly dies by Bibi Cameron. 
I've had them for a while now and finally used them on a project after seeing
Yoonsun's beautiful butterfly cards here

Flowers and leaves were cut from watercolor card stock and colored with dye inks. A large
butterfly was inked with Distress inks and spattered with water and inks. The flowers
and foliage were adhered on the butterfly, and Nuvo drops were added to the
flower centers. 

The butterfly was adhered to a quilted panel and topped with the sentiment cut from
vellum and dark gray card stock. Iridescent sequins finished off the card.

Thanks to Yoonsun for the inspiration and to you for stopping by!

Monday, May 30, 2022

Online Card Classes Spring Card Camp 2022 -- Day 10

I made some time to participate in Online Classes Spring Card Camp 2022 with this
one project for Day 10 -- Rainbows and Patterns.

I got the rainbow part, but not the pattern. I started off with a pattern but in the
end, I added more sprigs and pretty much winged it. Sorry, Gina!

I used Altenew's Branches and Berries Die Set and colored them with Zig markers
and a waterbrush. The branches were arranged on a square card base and the
sentiment was stamped in the middle of the wreath.

The bottom corners of the card were rounded off and the card was finished off with
iridescent sequins.

And I can proudly share this participant badge, even though I "winged it".

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 27, 2022

CASology Week 403 -- BOTANICAL

I seem to be entering challenges more often, and the reason being I'm discovering
products that I've purchased that were "hidden", aka buried under even newer goodies. 

The theme for CASology is BOTANICAL so I chose Simon Says Stamp's Fine Textured 
Leaf Dies for my project.

After die cutting some fronds from watercolor cardstock, I colored them with
Zig markers and a water brush. I mounted them on a Reverse Wonky Rectangle
panel and finished off with the Gina K Designs sentiment.

I know the colors are somewhat non traditional, but it's such a dreary day here 
that no amount of greens or yellows could brighten it up for me. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero May 2022 Challenge -- Get Scrappy

It's been a while since I've joined a Hero Arts challenge. This month the Stay Crafty 
Challenge is Get Scrappy, to use your scraps on your project.

Everything except the Thank You Message Cover Die was a leftover scrap. I have 
several alcohol ink backgrounds and chose one to place behind the cover die.
I wanted to "dress up" the panel and found some Spellbinders flowers and leaves in a
scrap bowl on my desk. After popping up the panel, I tucked in some leaves and
adhered the flowers on the panel.

It felt good to participate in a Hero Arts challenge and use up some scraps, too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Flower Challenge #68 -- Use a Number

This month's challenge theme at The Flower Challenge #68 is to Use a Number.
Here's my card using the new Lovely Layers Peony Honey Cuts for the bloom, and
one of my favorite number dies--Penny Black's By the Numbers.


The numbers die was debossed into a white card stock top folding card and set
aside. The peony and leaves were diecut from white card stock then colored 
with inks. The flower was assembled and spattered with gold ink.

The bloom and leaves were adhered to the debossed panel and finished off with
the white embossed sentiment.

This was probably a lazy way of adding a number so I may redeem myself and
enter another card. Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: So honored that my card was chosen as the Challenge winner
Huge thanks to the Flower Challenge design team and congrats to the Top Picks
and Honorable Mention.

Friday, April 8, 2022

The Flower Challenge 67 -- Add a Heart

I was about to mail a card to a friend who is recuperating from surgery, and happened
to see that the latest Flower Challenge was to Add a Heart. I decided to enter my card.
Can you spot the heart?

I embossed a panel with the new Sizzix Doily 3D Embossing Folder, then added the
Lovely Layers Tulip from Honey Bee Stamps. I finished off the card with the sentiment
from Pinkfresh Studio. 

Now do you see the heart? I'm not sure if this card will qualify for the challenge, 
but I'm sending it off with good wishes to my friend. Thanks for stopping by!

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Edited to add: My card was chosen as a Top Pick! Thank you, TFC!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Flower Challenge 65 -- Occasions

This month's theme at  The Flower Challenge 65 is OCCASIONS.

I've been playing with Altenew's new Blobby Roses Stencil Bundle and thought I'd link up
to the challenge. Here's my entry for a birthday.

The stencil is full sized and you can use it as a background or cut out individual blossoms
with matching dies, which is what I did. I used Altenew inks and layered colors, then
cut out some blooms.

The panel is Concord & 9th's Stitched Stripe Card Front Die. The sentiment is a hybrid
using Yana's Layered Script Sentiments and MFT's (discontinued) Label Maker
Sentiments. Some sparkling sequins finished off the card.

I might link up a second card using the stencil "as is". Stay tuned! 
Thanks for stoppin' by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #193 -- Love is in the Air

I'm linking up a project to Simon Says Stamp's Flickr Challenge #193 which is 
Love is in the Air. I used some older Simon Says Stamp products which, I'm happy to
report, are still available in their online store.

I stenciled in hearts from their Bursting Hearts Stencil in pinks and oranges on
watercolor card stock. After spritzing on some water, I let it dry and cut out a slimline
panel mainly because I didn't want to "waste" the heart background.

The sentiment was cut from white cardstock and gold for the shadow. After adhering
the sentiment to the panel, it was finished off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I can now chalk up my first Valentine card for the year--it may also be my only one 😆
Thanks for stopping by!