Saturday, 26 December 2015

Polka dot card

The challenge this week on StampTV is to use polka dots. I decided to make my first shaker card! I am also entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge - Anything Goes.



I stamped my image and coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers. I used a piece of packaging to contain my shaker material and covered the card with the patterned paper that I trimmed with a piece of ribbon. I cut the oval for my sentiment and matted it with a scalloped oval die cut that I coloured with a matching marker. 

I used the following products:

Gina K. Designs Cold Snap patterned paper; Birthday Blessings stamp set
Spectrum Noir White cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spectrum Noir markers: PP6, BP4, BP6
Creative Memories Oval Cutting system
Spellbinders Nestibilities Big Scalloped Ovals die
ribbon and shaker material from my stash

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Winter Birthday card

I needed a card for my niece's birthday so I thought I would incorporate a few challenges in it. I am entering Friday Funday Challenge at the StampTV Kit Addicts Group - Cutaway, Anything Goes Mod Squad Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter Wonderland and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Sparkle.



For the cutaway challenge, you stamp on the outside, cut out around the edge of your stamping and then line up your stamps on the inside. I started with a piece of blue cardstock, stamped my images with Versamark and embossed. I drew a straight line between the snowflakes, carefully cut around the snowflakes and along the line between the snowflakes and erased any line still showing. I then stamped and embossed the snowflakes on the inside of the front. I lined the inside of the back of the card with a piece of white cardstock and stamped a few snowflakes on the edge to be visible when the card is closed. I stamped the sentiment and the card was finished.

For this project I used:
Gina K Designs Snow Frame stamp set, Happy Birthday to You stamp set
Versamark watermark ink
ColorBox Blue pigment ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Recollections embossing powder Glitz and Snow
blue and white cardstock from my stash


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Quick Tag

Our challenge this week on StampTV was to make a quick and easy tag or thank you card. Quick and easy fit my schedule perfectly.




I started with some Gina K white cardstock, used the Stampin' Up! tag top punch and then used Versamark ink to stamp the tree and sentiment, both from Sentimental Holiday stamp set. I embossed the tree with Stampendous Country Meadow embossing powder and the sentiment with Recollections Ruby embossing powder. I sponged the edges with ColorBox Cranberry ink and threaded a ribbon through the hole.

5 Colour Card

This is a card for the latest release challenge at StampTV. The challenge is to have at least 5 colours on our card. Here is my submission:


I used my homemade stamp positioning tool to stamp the flower border in 5 different colours. I added score lines above and below the borders and at the bottom the same distance from the top. Then I stamped the sentiment in between the scored lines.

I used the following products:
Gina K Designs stamp sets: Love You More, Especially For You.
Gina K Designs ink: Prickly Pear, Grass Green.
Stampin' Up! ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant.
Memento ink: Tuxedo Black.
Scoring Tool
Homemade stamp positioning tool.

Monday, 2 November 2015

1-2-3 Glitter card

I made this card for the Release Party Challenge on StampTV and also the Stamp TV weekly challenge 1-2-3...Make Your Own Recipe.


For the release challenge, we had to use glitter. For the 1-2-3...Make Your Own Recipe, we had to use 1 of something, 2 of something and 3 of something but the 'somethings' were up to us. I chose 1 piece of ribbon, 2 patterned papers and 3 little star sequins.

For the focal image, I stamped the image, coloured it, used a VersaMarker to add watermark ink, embossed it with sticky embossing powder and added the glitter. I stamped the sentiment underneath and matted it with a scalloped oval. Both the white oval and the scalloped oval were from a Gina K. Designs prize pack that I won.

I cut the 2 patterned papers to fit the background, adhered the ribbon and attached it to a white card base. I popped the focal image up with foam squares and glued on the star sequins.

I used the following products:

Gina K. Designs: Stamp set: A Gift for You; Patterned Paper: Cold Snap; oval die cuts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMarker
Spectrum Noir Markers: LG5, DR2 and TB5
Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
Crystal Glitter Ritz - Warm Highlights
Kuretake ZIG glue pen
from my stash: foam squares, ribbon, star sequins 


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Red and Gold Card

The challenge this week on StampTV was to make a card using mostly red and gold. When I think of red and gold I think Christmas, so here is my Christmas card.



I started with a piece of red cardstock, stamped the Fabulous Frame with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. I coloured in the border of the frame with a metallic gold pen. Then I stamped one of the borders from Fabulous Holiday Fillers in gold ink and filled in some of the circles.  I stamped the tree on a piece of white paper, cut it out and ran it through my Xyron.  I stuck it onto the middle of the oval, stamped and embossed "happy holidays" underneath and adhered it to a white card base.

Supplies used:
Gina K Designs stamp sets: Fabulous Frame, Fabulous Holiday Fillers, and Square Pegs
Ink: Versamark, Brilliance - Galaxy Gold
Embossing powder - Recollections Tinsel Gold
Pen : Sakura Pen-touch Calligrapher Gold
Xyron sticker maker

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Stitched Fall Card

Today I have a card that I made for 4 challenges: StampTV - You Have Me In Stitches, Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Get your FALL onSimon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn is in the Air and Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day.


I was inspired by Gina's video and the way she made her background. I used a piece of photo paper for my background, coloured it with alcohol markers and spritzed it well with rubbing alcohol. Once it was dry, I stamped it with Perfect Medium sprinkled PearlEx over it and die cut it.

I stamped the sentiment, embossed it, cut a banner around it and stitched it to a piece of satin ribbon. I sponged the edges of the banner, wrapped the ribbon around the background and attached it to an ivory card base with foam tape.

I used the following products:

Gina K Designs stamp set: Birthday Blessings
Ink: Perfect Medium, Versamark and Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze
Embossing Powder: Martha Stewart Copper Penny
PearlEx: Sparkling Copper
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: OR1, GB7, TN5 and TN7
Die: Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame
Ribbon: Celebrate It Harvest
From my stash: foam tape, rubbing alcohol, photo paper, cardstock

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Another Fall Card

I liked the last card I made so much that I decided to make another one, with slight changes. I am entering this in the Scrapbook and Cards Today World Card Making Day Colour Suite Challenge and in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn is in the Air.



I decided to use the Colour Suite from June, 2012 which can be found Here

I started with a piece of ivory cardstock and sponged on ink in a random pattern to create the background. I stamped the leaf image all over the background with Versamark ink, used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I then sponged over the entire background and wiped the ink off the leaf images. I matted the background and added a piece of ribbon across the lower half.

I cut an oval from the ivory cardstock, stamped the sentiment, sponged the edges and matted it. I popped it up with foam squares onto the middle of the ribbon. I adhered the entire thing onto an ivory card base.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K Designs stamp sets: Square Pegs, Birthday Blessings
Stampin'Up! ink: Really Rust, Ruby Red, Only Orange, More Mustard, Old Olive and Cajun Craze
Stampin' Up! cardstock: Old Olive
Versamark ink
Recollections clear embossing powder
Creative Memories Cutting System - Ovals
Foam squares
Ribbon and ivory cardstock from my stash

Friday, 2 October 2015

Square Fall Card

This is another Fall birthday card. I'm entering it in the StampTV Release Party challenge Autumn Squared.



I started with a piece of ivory cardstock and sponged on ink in a random pattern to create the background. I stamped the leaf image all over the background with Versamark ink, used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I then sponged over the entire background and wiped the ink off the leaf images. I matted the background and added a piece of ribbon across the centre.

I cut an oval from the ivory cardstock, stamped the sentiment and matted it. I popped it up with foam squares onto the middle of the ribbon. I adhered the entire thing onto an ivory card base.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K Designs stamp sets: Square Pegs, Birthday Blessings
Stampin'Up! ink: Really Rust, Ruby Red, Only Orange, More Mustard, Old Olive and Cajun Craze
Versamark ink
Recollections clear embossing powder
Creative Memories Cutting System - Ovals
Foam squares
Ribbon and cardstock - stash


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Fall Birthday card

I love the colours of Fall. Some of the leaves are just starting to turn here. I have a few Fall birthdays coming up so here is a card I made for one of them. I'm entering this in the StampTV Time for FALL challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - No Designer Paper.


I started by stamping the leaves in different colours along the edges of a piece of ivory cardstock. On a smaller piece of cardstock I stamped the flower with Ranger Perfect Medium and used a paintbrush to apply Pearl Ex to give a shine to the flower. I masked the flower and stamped the leaves. To fill in the small gaps sometimes left between the leaves and the flower I used a Spectrum Noir marker and went over all the leaves. I stamped the sentiment and sponged around both pieces of cardstock. I matted both and attached them to an ivory card base.

I used the following products:
Gina K Designs stamp sets: Square Pegs, Love and Prayers, and Birthday Blessings
Stampin'Up! ink: Ruby Red, Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
Stampin'Up! cardstock: Old Olive
Spectrum Noir alcohol marker DG4
Ranger Perfect Medium
Pearl Ex: Antique Copper and Aztec Gold

Sunday, 16 August 2015

White, Black and Kraft

I have a few birthdays coming up in September, so I thought I would cross one off the list with this card. I am entering it in the StampTV challenge to use only the colours white, black and kraft, and the PopUp challenge on "the daily marker".


The pop up challenge was all about lines so I started by stamping the triangle border several times with parallel lines. I didn't have any Kraft paper so I used the cardboard sleeve from my coffee cup and cut some rectangular pieces. I chose a sentiment that was in a long line and matted it and the border lines with black. I thought it was still missing something so I used some chipboard brackets and coloured them black.

Products used:
GinaK Designs: Fabulous Holiday Fillers and Happy Birthday to You stamp sets.
Ink: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake; Memento Tuxedo Black
1 Starbucks coffee cup sleeve
Bazzill Basics Bazzill Chips - Brackets
Black Sharpie marker

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Gate Fold Card

There are a few birthdays coming up that I need to make cards for so I thought I would use one for a challenge. On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog we are asked to make a gate fold card. Here is what I came up with.



I started with a piece of white cardstock, scored and folded it and stamped the flowers and leaves on the front. I cut the two scalloped ovals and stamped the focal image. I stamped the sentiment and sponged the edges of all the white layers. I attached the focal image with tape, matted the sentiment and attached it with some foam squares.

I thought the card front needed something so I matted the whole card with some green cardstock.

Supplies:

Gina K Designs: Green Grass cardstock, Love and Prayers and Birthday Blessings stamp sets
Ink: VersaMagic Chalk ink - Spring Pansy, Aloe Vera
Dies: Spellbinders Nestibilities Big Scalloped Ovals Small and Large



Monday, 20 July 2015

Tissue Paper Card

Today I am sharing a card I made for the StampTV challenge - Get Out The Tissue and the Mod Squad Challenge - Water or Sky.



I started with a piece of blue tissue paper, misted it with water and crumpled it up. I carefully unfolded it and embossed it with an embossing folder that I got with a magazine. It was part of a set of three called Spring. After the tissue paper dried, I went over the embossing with a Ranger white gel pen to make the clouds stand out.

I took a piece of green tissue paper and stamped the flowers (from Gina K Designs Happy Birthday to You set) in VersaMark ink. I sprinkled Jewel Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter in Deep Purple and Kiwi Green on the flowers and stems and rubbed it into the ink.

I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut the ends and layered it onto a piece of ribbon. I attached the tissue paper onto cardstock, wrapped the ribbon and attached it to a piece of blue cardstock. I then attached this to a white card base.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Triple Time with Patterned Paper

The challenge this week on StampTV is to make a card that has different layers with the pattern continuing through the layers. This video shows the technique. I decided to combine it with the Mod Squad challenge to use patterned paper.



I selected ovals for the smaller shapes and cut out three, one slightly bigger than the other two out of the patterned paper. After deciding where to place them I stuck them down with a tiny piece of tape on the back of each. I stamped the flowers and leaves. I matted the ovals and taped them back down matching the pattern that I had stamped.

I cut out a tag, stamped the sentiment and a few leaf parts, sponged the edge and threaded a piece of ribbon through. I matted the background, taped the ribbon on to the back and taped the whole thing to a white card base.

These are the products that I used:
Gina K Designs - cardstock - Prickly Pear and white
                           - patterned paper - Delicate Essentials
                           - stamp set - Love and Prayers
Creative Memories Cutting System
Provo Craft Die
ColorBox Ink - Orange and Fresh Green
Tombow Mono Adhesive
ribbon and foam squares from my stash

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Christmas Card with a Twist

This week's challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog was to make a Christmas Card. What's the twist? Stamp with a veggie!



For my veggie I chose a potato and cut out a star. It's not perfect but was as good as my potato and my carving skills would allow!

I started with a piece of Gina K Pure Luxury heavy base weight white cardstock. I used the frame from Melanie Muenchinger's Fabulous Frame set, stamped it with VersaMark and embossed it with Recollections Ebony embossing powder. I coloured in the frame with Spectrum Noir marker CR9 and stamped the houndstooth belly bands in ColorBox Scarlet.

I stamped the circle border from Melanie's Fabulous Holiday Fillers set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. To fill in some of the circles in the border, I stamped the star using Brilliance Galaxy gold and
the houndstooth circle using ColorBox Scarlet.

I stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous Frame set with Memento Tuxedo Black and my
potato star with VersaMark and then embossed the star with Recollections Gold Tinsel embossing powder.

I thought the right hand portion of the card looked empty so I stamped two more potato stars with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.

Single Layer Masculine Card

For the Release Party Challenge-Single Layer Sensation! and the StampTV Let's Hear It For The Boys! challenge I made a one layer masculine card.



I started with a piece of Prickly Pear cardstock. Using VersaMark ink I stamped the bird from Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings set over the card. I heat embossed it with Recollections clear embossing powder. I considered sponging various colours over top letting the Prickly Pear show through but didn't have the ink colours I was imagining so I went with the wood grain look instead.

For the wood grain look I scored at 1/2 inch intervals and then randomly dragged inkpads over the cardstock. I used ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink in Blush Rose and Chestnut Roan, ColorBox Frost White and Memento Rich Cocoa.

After I rubbed the ink off the embossed birds the Prickly Pear didn't show through the way I wanted, so I re-stamped them using Perfect Medium. Then I put Bright Yellow Pearl-Ex on with a paintbrush and heated to set. This gave the birds a nice sheen.

To finish it off I stamped the sentiment, also from Birthday Blessings, and the bird in Memento Rich Cocoa and ColorBox Frost White giving them a shadowed look. The white soaked into the cardstock and wasn't as bright as I wanted so I embossed them with Recollections Snow embossing powder.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Tag Card

I created a card that satisfied several challenges this week: StampTV weekly challenge Own Your Background, Mod Squad challenge blog I Am Tagging You, the StampTV Kit Addicts ATC Mini Me and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge For the Love of Plants.

I had to make a card that had a tag, where I made my own background, made a smaller version of the card for an Artist Trading Card (ATC) and used plants. Here is what I created.


I stamped the backgrounds for the two cards and tags. I added brads on the tags, layered them, punched holes and added ribbon for the large one and embroidery floss for the smaller one. I tied two bows, adhered them to the card fronts and added layers. I popped up the tags with foam squares.

These are the supplies I used:
Gina K Designs StampTV Kit Birthday Blessings - stamps, Grass Green and Cranberry Tart cardstock
Stampabilities ink - Cranberry and Acorn Squash
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Peeled Paint
Foam squares
Tombow mono adhesive
Ribbon, embroidery floss and brads from my stash

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Card with Stencilled Background

This card is another challenge combination card. The challenge on StampTV is to use a stencil and on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog, we are to use two stamp sets. Here is my card.


I started with a stencil from Hampton Art. I used Spring Pansy VersaMagic Chalk ink through the stencil and then stamped an image of three small flowers with some dots (from Melanie Muenchinger's set Square Pegs) in VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea chalk ink.  I removed the stencil and trimmed the background to fit my card base. 

I stamped the flower (from Melanie Muenchinger's set Fabulous Frame) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers LV1, LV2, LV3, CT4, JG2 and JG4. 

I layered a piece of Craft Smart ribbon on the background and added the flower on top.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Watercolour Stamping on Patterned Paper

Today I've combined two challenges to make my card.  The first one is from the Mod Squad Challenge Blog - watercolour stamping and the second is the StampTV challenge - stamp on patterned paper. I am also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - use a sentiment. Here is what I came up with.


I coloured the image with markers and stamped on the patterned paper. I went over the stamped image with a water brush to give the watercolour effect. I stamped the sentiment, cut the tag shape and framed it with a piece of cardstock. I layered these onto a card base and added the bow.

Here are the products I used:

Gina K Designs: Cardstock-Green Grass and White; Patterned Paper-Delicate Essentials; Stamps-                                   Happy Birthday to You set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Water Brush: Tim Holtz
Ribbon and markers from my stash


Saturday, 2 May 2015

CAS card

This week's challenge on StampTV was to make a one layer Clean and Simple card. I didn't have much time this week so this was the perfect challenge for me!


I used the flower from the Gina K Designs Square Pegs stamp set and the sentiment from the Birthday Blessings set. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I'm not sure who made the ink for the flowers. It is a stack of six square ink pads with no name.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bargello card

My sister's anniversary is coming up soon, so I thought I would incorporate the bargello challenge from StampTV into her card.



I used the following supplies:

Gina K Designs: Delicate Essentials patterned paper pack, Cranberry Tart cardstock, white cardstock,                             Fabulous Frame stamp set, 'Hand made with Love' charm
ColorBox Cranberry ink
Dies from Lifestyle Crafts Genius Ultimate Platform system
Tombow Mono Adhesive
Glue Dot
Foam squares
ribbon

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Black Dahlia card

The challenge this week on StampTV is to make a card that has something to do with a movie, or movie title. I chose The Black Dahlia. I'm not sure if the flower I used is actually a dahlia, but it looked pretty close to me! I am also entering this in the Mod Squad Wheel in the Color challenge.  Here is my finished card.



I wanted to try a folding card and I found this twist fold card. I stamped the flower, coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I stamped the leaves and die cut them. I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with the flower die although it looks smaller than the flower in the picture. 

I scored and folded the base, added the patterned paper and then adhered the flower and sentiment. I just used tape as I thought the card had enough dimension with the twist fold.

The are the supplies I used:

Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings stamp set, Happy Birthday to You stamp set, Coordinating dies, Delicate Essentials patterned paper and Green Grass cardstock

Spectrum Noir markers - True Black, IG5, IG8, IG10, Blender pen

Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery ink

Tombow Mono Adhesive tape



Friday, 10 April 2015

One Layer Card

I made this card for three challenges: April Foolery StampTV Style - 1....2....3 ChallengeApril Foolery Stamp TV Style - Color Challenge!!! and the Mod Squad Butterfly Focal challenge. Combining challenges is often tricky but sometimes it allows you to focus better by having specific elements that must be included.


For the 1-2-3 challenge we needed one layer, two ink colours and three Gina K Designs stamp sets. For the color challenge we needed to use blue and orange. The butterfly focal challenge needed a butterfly as the focal image. Combining these challenges made the decisions easier.

I used the flower from the Love and Prayers set, the butterfly from the Fabulous Frame set and the sentiment was from the Fabulous Holiday Fillers set.

The inks were Stampin' Up! Peach Parfait and Bashful Blue.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Red, White and Black

We were challenged this week on StampTV to make a card that only has red, black and white on it.  Here is what I came up with. I am also entering this in the Mod Squad Blog challenge - Tick, Tack, Toe and the April Foolery, StampTV Style - You Need Two Shape(s) It Up challenge.



For the Tick, Tack, Toe challenge, I used the middle column so I have a butterfly, a die cut and dimension and for the April Foolery challenge, I have 2 rectangles.

I used my Fiskars crimping tool to crimp my black rectangle and matted it with some red cardstock. I adhered my die cut butterfly (Die-Versions 'Butterfly Kisses' Whispers die) with a couple of mini Glue Dots and left the edges of the wings unglued. I adhered the whole thing to a white card base with Tombow Mono adhesive. 

I stamped the sentiment, from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set, with Frost White ColorBox ink onto another black rectangle. I also matted that with red. I popped this up with some foam dots.

I thought the upper right hand corner looked a little bare so I added a couple pieces of ribbon.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Birthday card

This is a card for 4 challenges:
StampTV weekly challenge - Stitch it Up!
Mod Squad challenge - Tick Tack Toe
StampTV - April Foolery Sketch challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Happy Birthday


I decided to be creative and see if I could combine several challenges into one card. I started with the sketch challenge to give the basic layout of the card. I saw that I could easily incorporate stitching along the edges of the patterned paper. I decided to do the bottom row of the Tick Tack Toe - patterned paper, dimension and rhinestones or pearls. The Simon Says Stamp challenge let me complete the card with a happy birthday sentiment, which I die cut, sponged and then popped up to give dimension. By the time I finished I realized I had a second line in Tick Tack Toe - sponging, die cut or punch, and rhinestones or pearls.

The products used are:
Gina K Designs Prickly Pear cardstock, Delicate Essentials patterned paper and Birthday Blessings stamp set.
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
yellow ink from my stash
ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink - Yellow Ochre
tan coloured thread for the stitching
foam squares
Forever in Time pearls
Oval Scalloped die from my stash

Easter card

I made a few Easter cards and thought I would enter the Hiding in my Craft Room challenge - Any Holiday.



This was mainly made with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a cut file by Lori Whitlock for the main card and then added my own sentiment. The yellow letters didn't quite show up so I went around the edge with a purple Staedtler marker. I used a Spectrum Noir LV2 marker to colour my white ribbon and attached it with a mini Glue Dot.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Birthday Spotlight

On StampTV this week, the challenge is to make a spotlight card. You have an image that is just stamped and then a portion is coloured in, making a spotlight of colour.




I didn't have a large image stamp so I made my own by stamping and masking. This made it hard to duplicate, so instead of making a second image and colouring that, I just matted a circle and coloured on my main image. The edge isn't quite as crisp as I would like but I think it works. I sponged some gray ink in the circle and then a bit over the entire focal image to give a bit of shadow and some cranberry around the edge.

I die cut some corner flourishes and stamped the sentiment and the end of the leaf stamp. I think I should have stamped a little further in as it looks kind of like a lime wedge stuck on! I sponged some gray ink over the whole piece and some cranberry around the edge. 

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings and Happy Birthday to You sets
Cardstock: Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White and Cranberry Tart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Smokey Gray, ColorBox Cranberry
Spectrum Noir Markers: DR1, DR4, DR6, JG2, JG5
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Corner Flourish

Friday, 27 March 2015

Stamped Background

This card is for the new release challenge on StampTV. We were asked to create background paper using stamps and ink. Here is my card.



I stamped the background and 'painted' the flowers with a paintbrush that I ran across the top of the ink pad. It gave a subtle colour but enough to fill in the flowers. I matted the background paper with the green cardstock after I cut out the die from the middle. It looks like it's a different colour in the picture. Maybe that's because it has a wider border on the focal image. I added a piece of sheer ribbon from my stash and popped up the focal image with some foam dots.

I used stamps from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame and Birthday Blessings sets, and Grass Green and White pure luxury cardstock. For ink, I used Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress ink, Stampabilities Violet ink and Stampin' Up! Summer Sun ink. I also used two dies from the set that came with the Genius Platform System.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Magazine card

There's Magazine Madness on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week! Well, the challenge is to create a card using magazine images. This is what I came up with.


I created the butterfly from a magazine image of a pineapple upside down cake, the flower from a red background, the leaves from a picture of a flower arrangement and the bird was from the background of another page. I stamped the butterfly and flower with StazOn Jet Black ink. I had tried with a different black but the magazine surface was too shiny for it to stick. I didn't need to stamp the leaves because they were a solid image and would have covered up the magazine picture.  I stamped the bird and the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa. For some reason that seemed to stick better to the magazine. All the stamps used were from the Gina K Birthday Blessings set. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images. 

I used an embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Wedding Suite set on a piece of Gina K layering weight white cardstock. I then rubbed ColorBox Cranberry ink over the raised embossing. I used Gina K Cranberry Tart to layer the sentiment and for the card base. I added some brads from my stash to the sentiment layer and used foam squares to attach it to the Cranberry Tart layer. I adhered the magazine images with TomBow Mono Adhesive. 

I had fun finding colours and backgrounds that would work with the stamps.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

One layer collage

Today I have a card I made for the StampTV challenge-One Layer Collage.


When I read this I thought it had to be a one layer card, so that's what I made. I used Gina K pure luxury heavy weight card stock for the card as I knew I was going to be using my Spectrum Noir markers and I didn't want them to bleed through. 

I punched out 3 circles with a 2 inch punch to use for masks. I traced around them and stamped the sentiment and images inside the outlines. I stamped the other images, using my circles for mats. Then I cut out mats for those images and stamped the background heart sprigs.

I coloured in the balloons and present and sponged inside the circles, using the mat from the punched circles. I added some highlights to the balloons with a white PITT pen. I traced around the circles with a silver pen to make them look like they are a different layer. I also traced the ribbon on the present. I sponged around the outside of the card to give it a more finished look.

This doesn't look like the picture that I had in my head, but I'm fairly pleased with it. Maybe I don't have enough layers or maybe it's because I have spent 6 1/2 hours shoveling snow over the last two days! We had another 2 feet, with high winds, yesterday after the foot we had on Sunday. This is what my view from my front door was yesterday morning, before the snow stopped. The green bin on the left is about 3 1/2 feet tall. Sigh. At least I had card making therapy afterwards!


Here are the products I used:

Stamps: Gina K Designs sets - Birthday Blessings, Happy Birthday to You, A Gift for You, Square                    Pegs
Ink: VersaFine Smokey Gray; ColorBox Fresh Green, Cranberry; Stampabilities Acorn Squash;                  Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue
Markers: Staedtler - gray; Spectrum Noir - DR5, DR1, LG5, LG4, TB5, TB4; Faber-Castell PITT -                      white; Pilot Silver pen
Gina K Designs Pure Luxury heavy weight white card stock
2" punch


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Embossed Flower Card

I made this card for two challenges this week. StampTV asked us to have heat embossing and colouring on our card. The Mod Squad Challenge Blog asked us to have a flower as our focal image.



For the Mod Squad Challenge if we use a stamp by Melanie Muenchinger we get an extra entry, so I chose the flower from the Square Pegs set. I stamped it with VersaMark ink all over a piece of Gina K layering weight white cardstock and embossed it with Recollections Snow embossing powder. I sponged VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea, Spring Pansy, and Pixie Dust chalk ink and ColorBox Yellow Ochre fluid chalk ink over the background.

On a smaller piece of white cardstock I stamped and embossed three more flowers, this time with Ebony embossing powder so that the focal image would stand out. I coloured in the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers PL2, PL3, PL4, CT2, CT4, PP2 and BP3. I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Blessings set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I layered the focal image with a piece of pink cardstock and the background with black using Tombow Mono Adhesive and put it onto a white Gina K base weight card base. I popped up the focal image with some foam squares and added the bow with a mini Glue Dot. The pink and black cardstock and the ribbon are from my stash.




Sunday, 8 March 2015

Beach scene

This week I made a beach scene for the challenge on Stamp TV-What shell we create? I am also entering it in the Mod Squad Challenge - Make a background and Hiding in my Craft Room - Freestyle.



I sponged the background, using various ink, onto a piece of ivory cardstock. I'm not sure I am happy with the sky part, but I wanted to make the sky different from the water so I went with a very light blue. I don't have any Gina K stamps that would go with a beach scene. I thought of trying to make a sand castle by masking some of the stamps I have, but that didn't work too well so I just left it as a scene.

I stamped the sentiment on a rectangular piece of cardstock, rounded the opposite corners and sponged the edges. I layered the background with some blue cardstock, and adhered that to an ivory card base. I attached the sentiment with some foam dots. I thought it needed something else so I added a few birds in the sky.

Here are the products I used.
Ink: Martha Stewart- Dandelion and Melon; Stampabilities-Cotton Candy; VersaMagic-Sierra Vista;           Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue
Stamp: Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set
Marker: Staedtler fine marker-Brown
Cardstock and foam squares from my stash



Saturday, 28 February 2015

Spring card

I made a card this week for a few challenges. On the Mod Squad Blog we are asked to make a Spring card; for the Stamp TV challenge we are asked to use stamps from two different Gina K Designs sets and colour our focal image; and on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's Anything Goes.


I cut out the coordinating die cuts with my Cameo, stamped the images with a Stamp-a-ma-jig and coloured them in. I added a few strips of washi tape to another piece of cardstock and stamped the sentiment. I added a mat and adhered the whole thing to a white card base. I popped up the images with some foam squares.

My supplies:
Stamps: focal image - Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set
              sentiment - Gina K Designs Square Pegs set
Paper: Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white; cardstock from my stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir markers: BP3, BP6, LG3, LG4, LG5, CT4, OR1, OR3
Washi tape: Recollections
Adhesive: Tombow mono adhesive; foam squares from my stash


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Paper Tole and Background

This week I have a card for two challenges. For the Stamp TV weekly challenge we are to create a background and on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog we are asked to create something with paper tole.


I used Gina's scrap paper technique for the main background and a variation on Kendra's reinker background for the focal image. I then did some paper tole for the flower. I used some of the petals on the flower for leaves and layered on the petals and the center with foam tape.

Here are the products I used:
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Kate & Co. - Oxford Lane
          - Cricut Rainbow
Ink - Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir markers - JG4, JG1, CT4, LV3, LV2, HB3, BT9
Stamps - Gina K Designs Especially for you set

Monday, 16 February 2015

Pop up Birthday card

On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week, the challenge is to make a pop up card. I searched online for pop up cards and I found this birthday cake card from Kirigami Arts.


I printed out the pattern and coloured part of the cake. Then I cut and scored the lines on the pattern with a knife and folded all the score lines. I glued the coloured part on top of each layer, folded the card and let it sit overnight.

I used a Recollections punch to punch the top of the cardstock and stamped the Stampendous sentiment and sayings in Kelly Green Ink it Up! ink. It didn't come out well in the photo. I taped the card front onto a green card base.

All my stamps were from Stampendous so I assume this still qualifies for the extra entry, since the image was from the YouTube pattern.

If you are interested in the pattern you can see it on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3YGJI4EaEY. The link to the pattern is in the comments.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Not a Valentine's Card

The StampTV Challenge this week is to make a card with a heart that is not a Valentine's card. I decided to use the heart shape to make a flower.


I stamped the heart shape from the Gina K Designs Square Pegs set in Stampabilities Violet ink eight times to make the flower. I stamped the sentiment from Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set also using the Violet ink. I stamped the butterfly, also from the Fabulous Frame set in Stampin' Up! Peach Parfait.

I used a piece of Recollections Patterned Paper that matched the colour of the butterfly and a piece of light purple Recollections cardstock. I rounded the corners of one side of the patterned paper and all four of the focal image paper. I taped the light purple cardstock and patterned paper onto a white cardbase and used foam dots to attach the focal image. I slipped in a couple of pieces of sheer ribbon underneath the focal image.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Flower in water

On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week we are asked to have water on our card. It can be watercolour, water in a scene, stamped, sponged or anything that has to do with water. I chose to have a tiny scene of a flower floating in some water.



I started by colouring the background with Spectrum Noir markers and then I used the die cut for the flower, stamped it and coloured it with the markers, as well. I die cut a shape and used the negative for the focal image border and cut another small one for the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment and sponged around the edge of the die cut.

I adhered the water image onto a white card base, taped on the flower, used foam squares on the frame and taped on the sentiment.

I used the following products:
Spectrum Noir markers TB1, TB3, TB4, TB5, BT7, HB1, HB2, LG2, LG4, LG5, LY1, Blender Pen
Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set and die cut
Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue ink
Genius Ultimate Platform System dies
Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white cardstock.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Winter Inspiration

This week for the StampTV Challenge we were shown a picture of pine branch with snow on it and were asked to create a card using the picture as inspiration. This is what I came up with.


I chose the snow as my inspiration for my focal image and then also used the brown and green from the pine branch for the colours on the rest of the card. All of the stamps are from Gina K Designs.

I stamped the frame from the Fabulous Frame Set in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on a white card base. I paper-pieced the inner portion of the frame using some of the Gina K Designs Cold Snap Patterned Paper. I stamped the snowflake from the Snow Frame set with VersaMark In and used Recollections Glitz Embossing Powder on it. I stamped the sentiment from the Square Pegs set in Rich Cocoa. I wanted to make the snowflake stand out so I sponged some Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal ink around the snowflake. I coloured in the frame outline with Spectrum Noir marker BG6. I wanted some more sparkle on the card so I used a Kuretake ZIG glue pen over the marker and sprinkled Crystal GlitterRitz Warm Highlight on it.

The hardest part was trying to get a good picture!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hummingbird card

On the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week we are asked to have an animal on our project, except bugs.  I chose a hummingbird.


I stamped the image and coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped the sentiment and matted the focal image with some pink cardstock. I die cut a flourish and cut some ribbon sections. I covered the card base with patterned paper, added the focal image and the die cut with the ribbon tucked in behind.

These are the products I used:
Hot Off The Press Hummingbird set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth white cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers: CT4, CT2, DR6, DR4, PP6 and PP2
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites corner flourish


Friday, 30 January 2015

D is for Daisy

This week there is an interesting challenge on Stamp TV. We are asked to use an image that starts with the first letter of our Stamp TV name. Mine starts with D so I chose a daisy for my focal image.


I came across a die cut that I got in a grab bag and thought it would be a good frame for my focal image. I used Versamark ink on the back of the die cut and embossed it with Martha Stewart antique gold embossing powder. I folded the half circles and tucked them under the adjoining circle to make the frame.

I stamped the double daisy stamp from the Gina K Designs Love and Prayers set with ColorBox Frost White ink onto a brown card base. I coloured the middle of the flowers and the stems with a Versamark marker and embossed them with Stampendous Sunny Yellow pastel opaque embossing powder. I used Spectrum Noir markers CT4, CG4 and DG3 to colour over the embossing powder. Because the white ink was being absorbed into the cardstock I went over it with a white Faber-Castell PITT pen.

I stamped the sentiment, from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set, with white ink and embossed it with Recollections Snow embossing powder. I punched it out with a 1 1/2 inch ek tools punch. I used the inside circle from the die cut, marked around the outside with a Sakura metallic gold pen and adhered the sentiment onto it.

I used foam squares to attach the frame, flat tape for the sentiment and a glue dot to attach the bow which I made from some ribbon from my stash.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Card with ovals

This week on the Stamp TV Weekly Challenge - It's Ovalerly Easy we were asked to have an oval shape on our card. I decided to use 4 smaller ovals to make the shape of a larger oval.


I cut out the ovals from various coloured cardstock and arranged them into a big oval. I wanted a background that matched all the colours so I used my Spectrum Noir markers to mark on my teflon mat, spritzed it with alcohol and laid the white cardstock in the ink. I used a heat tool to dry it and then attached it to my card base. 

I stamped the butterfly on the matching die cut and coloured it with the Spectrum Noir markers. I wrapped a spare piece of ribbon around the big oval and attached the oval to the background. I used some foam squares to pop up the butterfly.

Here are the products I used:
Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set
Spectrum Noir markers PL2, PP6, IB2, CT3, CT4 and IG6
Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue ink 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Sponged card

The new Birthday Essentials Stamp TV kit was released on Thursday and the Release Party challenge is to have sponging on your card. I sponged the background of the card.


It is cold here today (-14 C) so I felt like making a winter card. I love the combination of the colour blue and snowflakes. I used Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue to sponge the background. I used Recollections Glitz embossing powder over the whole background and heat set it. Then I stamped the snowflakes from the Gina K Designs Snow Frame set with Versamark and used Recollections Snow embossing powder.

I stamped the frame from the set with Versamark on a sheet of vellum and embossed it with the Snow embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment (from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Frame set) in Brilliant Blue and used Recollections Clear embossing powder on it. 

I used some brads, which I embossed to make them white, to attach the vellum to the background and then used some foam squares to attach the background to a white card base.



Friday, 16 January 2015

Teal and Purple card

This week I have a card with colours I might not have put together on my own. The challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog is to have teal and purple on our card. The cards that Joyce showed us were beautiful and I really liked the two colours together. I am also entering this in the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge - Double Talk. We needed to stamp the sentiment two or more times and then emboss them.



The sponsor this week on the Mod Squad Blog is Melanie Muenchinger and we get an extra entry if we use one of her stamps. I used her Fabulous Frame and Fabulous Holiday Fillers sets.

I stamped the frame on a piece of teal cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the sentiment several times with Stampin' Up! Taken with Teal ink and embossed both the frame and sentiment with Recollections clear embossing powder.

I then used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the flower pattern. I used Spectrum Noir marker BT5 on the border of the frame.

I used the cut files for the belly bands and flower and then stamped them with Tuxedo Black using a Stamp A Ma Jig to get them centered. I coloured the belly bands with Spectrum Noir LV2 and used LV3, LV2, LV1, CT2, JG3, JG2 and JG1 on the flower.

I adhered the frame onto a white card base, added the belly bands and popped up the flower with some foam squares. I thought it looked a little dark so I made a bow from a spare piece of white ribbon and used a glue dot to attach it.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Thank you card

This week I made a Thank you card for two challenges: the Stamp TV Mix it up Monday Challenge and the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.



I used a cut file that came with my Cameo to create the lattice background. I wove the ribbon through it and attached it to a piece of yellow cardstock. I made cut files for the stamps, stamped them using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and attached them to the offset cuts. I attached the sentiment and flower with foam squares and the bow with a Glue Dot.

Here are the other products I used:

Stamps: Gina K Designs: Love and Prayers, and Fabulous Holiday Fillers
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea Chalk Ink and ColorBox Fresh Green
Kuretake Zig glue pen

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Gold Iris Folded card

I am combining two challenges today: the Stamp TV challenge - The Midas Touch and the Mod Squad Challenge - Special Folded card.



I used an embossing folder that came with a magazine to emboss the gold paper. Then I cut out the tree shape and taped the DCWV Holiday Stack patterned paper on in the iris pattern. I stamped some snowflakes from the Fabulous Holiday Fillers set with Colorbox Frost White and punched them out to make ornaments. For the star I used the inside of the snowflake stamp from the Snow Frame set which I embossed with Gold Recollections Tinsel embossing powder. I popped the whole thing onto a white cardbase with some foam squares.