Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Going In Circles or Going in Flowers

Many of my posts on my blog are inspired by Challenge Blogs.  Challenge Blogs kick start your creativity - sometimes they make you think outside your comfort zone.  Sometimes we need to be pushed outside our comfort zone to try new things or use new products..  I also enjoy being a design team member because for me it helps me bring my best creativity to the challenge.  I never wanted to let down my fellow team members.  The two challenge blogs I was on currently took a break for six months so I am missing that kick start to my creativity.

This time I am inspired by the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps.


This is a fun sketch because you can do so many things with the circles in the sketch.

I decided I wanted to use a new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the word Hugs from the stamp set and all the different elements included in the stamp set.  I stamped out several sets of the elements for the card and used my Scan n Cut to cut them out.  I do love that machine.  It is so much easier than having to die cut so many elements.  I stamped with black VersaFine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored all the elements with my Zig watercolor markers.  I have been playing with the markers the last couple weeks.

The background was made by scribbling the blue watercolor maker on a piece of acetate, spritzing it with water and then smooshing it onto the background.

I cut a piece of black patterned paper to mat my background. The blue flowers were glued directly to the background and the hugs and pink flower were added with dimensional foam.  Black enamel dots were added to the centers of the flowers.  It still looked a little naked so I added black splatters.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I need to make a graduation card for a special young lady.  We are suppose to have a heat index of 100 today (which is hot for Wisconsin) so I am definatly staying inside.  Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tic Tac Toe - Kids Card

I discovered a new challenge blog and each week they have a tic tac toe board and you choose a line and create your card with the elements listed in the spots on your line.

The challenge is called Tic, Tac Toe.  This is the board for this week.


I chose the line embossing folder, stripes and bicycle.  I was very lucky because I actually had an embossing folder with a bicycle on it.  I had never used this folder so it was a perfect time to play with it and create a card. 

I have two different color versions of the card.



My cards will be going to a foster care home in South Carolina.  I really do like how they turned out.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I almost forgot to make a birthday card for a friend.  I always make a golf themed card for him but I have not bought any new gold themed stamps this year and I think he has a card out of all the ones I have.  He keeps all my cards which is very nice of him.

I found a vintage clip art which I used for the focal point.  I added a little color to the golfer.

The paper is very well aged from Die Cuts With a View.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Birthday Wishes

I am trying to get all my birthday cards made for the remainder of 2020.  Thank goodness for sketch challenges to inspire me to create plus wonderful images I have colored.

The sketch this is week is from CAS ON FRIDAY.


The flower, leaves and sentiment are from the latest Gina K card kit.  The kit has three stamp sets in them and I have not even used two of them yet.

The image is colored with Zig markers.  I then took the same Zig marker and scribbled it on some acetate, sprayed it with water and smooshed it on my paper front and  the panel the flower is sitting on.  This makes the background a little less white.  I added two pieces of patterned paper for the strips in the sketch.  The sentiment was fussy cut.


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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Rainbows and Sunshine

Happy Fourth of July.  I am sharing a made I have made.  It fulfills many challenges.

I am using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches


The challenge at Inkinspirational Challenges is Sketch


The challenge at Just Us Girls is Rainbows.  



The challenge that started this card is the current challenge at Paper Smooches which is Rainbows also.  The sentiment and rainbow are Paper Smooches stamps. 

 As I said the rainbow and sentiment are stamps from Paper Smooches.  I first smooshed the front panel in blue ink to give the background some depth and interest.  I then made a paper mask and inked on the purple circle.  I had this sun already done in my supplies.  I believe I have the die for it.  I glued the sun onto the card front.  The rainbow was colored with copics and adhered with foam to add some dimension to the focal points.  I did doodle around the edge of the purple circle with a black pen to define the circle some more and also bring some more black into the image.


This card will go to a foster care home in South Carolina.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Sketch Challenge and Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies.  The challenge at Paper Players this week is a sketch so I decided to use it for my inspiration for this card.


I found these solids in a 12 x 12 pad that is very well aged.  The grey is actually a light blue.  I am working on some cards for a foster care home and have been trying to make some male cards.  I thought these colors worked well.

The sentiments and speech bubble are new stamps from My Favorite Things.  A fun stamp set to make cards with.  I have already made one graduation card with the set.


Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Gina K Products

I have been painting some of these beautiful florals from the latest kit from Gina K.  I have just used this particular set in the kit.  There are two more stamp sets in this kit.

I colored two large floral images and two of the smaller floral image and some leaves.  I did stamp and die cut more leaves but those will be for another day.

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my starting point.  As you will see, I did take a little bit different turn with the sentiment. 

 The images were stamped with Versafine Black Ink.  I watercolored the image and leaves with Zig watercolor markers.  The black stripe is washi tape wrapped around a piece of card stock.  For some reason I wanted to use some of my wide washi tape today.  The white background was smooshed into some Zig marker which is scribbled on cellophane and spritzed with water.  (I have problems with pure white backgrounds.)

The flower was added with foam tape and the leaves were tucked under the flower.  I stamped the sentiment on a colored piece of card stock and then fussy cut it out.  This is where I deviated from the sketch - I did not like covering up any of the beautiful coloring I did on my flower so I glued it below the flower.


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