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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Birthday Wishes to You

 Hi and happy weekend,

Another birthday card for my stash. I made this card using two of the current challenges, the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and the colors blue and green from Color Hues. I've used mostly pastel shades from Stampin' Up of Mint Macaroon and Pool Party. The stamp set is from Gina K Designs and is a Lisa Hetrick designed set. I love her floral drawings.


All of the stamped images are from the Choose Grace set except the sentiment. That is from the GKD stamp set called So Many Sentiments. The dies and embossing folder are all from GKD as well. Instead of coloring the vase, I decided to cut it from colored card stock and dry emboss it for added dimension, then used the same EF for the horizontal strip under the focal rectangle elements.

On the inside, I stamped the Bamboo along one side and added the sentiment to a flag die cut.

Have a relaxing weekend. Thanks for checking in,

Stamps: Choose Grace stamp set with dies by Gina K Designs
Paper: SU Pool Party, Mint Macaroon and Basic White card stock
Ink: SU Mint Macaroon & Tahitian Tide, Memento tuxedo black
Other: GKD Master Layouts 1.2 & 4 die sets, GKD Double and Single Stitched rectangle dies, GKD Lattice Embossing Folder, Misti, Big Shot, SU In Color enamel dots

Sunday, June 19, 2022

You Don't Look A Day Over Fabulous

 Happy Sunday peeps,

It's been a relaxing day of stamping and baking, more chocolate chip cookies. They are Yummy if I do say so myself.

Jaydee is our hostess for this week's clean and simple challenge at the The Paper Players. She has chosen a theme of One Layer Card. I was happy to comply with a pretty floral stamp from Altenew and some rainbow ink blending.

Starting with a top folding card base of SU Shimmery White card stock, I masked off the edges using 1/2 inch strips on both sides and the top and a one inch strip on the bottom, then ink blended a rainbow background using blending brushes.  Using my Misti stamping tool I stamped the large floral image using Gina K Amalgam black ink over the rainbow background. The sentiment was stamped after the masking paper strips were removed.

The inside is very CAS as well with just a Gina K Designs sentiment. 

A super quick, one layer, CAS card, and kind'a cute too.

Hope your week ahead is a great one,

Stamps: Fragrant Florals set by Altenew and So Many Sentiments set by Gina K Designs
Paper: Stampin' Up Shimmery White card stock
Ink: SU Real Red, Altenew Marigold, Altenew Fresh Lemon, Altenew Parrot, Gina K Designs Blue Lagoon and Amalgam Black 
Other: Gina K Designs Masking Magic, Blending Brushes, Misti

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Make A Splash

 Hi to all,

Celebrating summer with Clair's color challenge at The Paper Players with Red, White and Blue. I recently got some new Lawn Fawn supplies including this Pool Party set and dies, the Stitched Pond dies and the Stitched Ripple background cover plate. It all makes for a fun summer card.

The pond is cut from white card stock and colored using a blending brush and blue ink pad. I used a heavy application of Nuvo glitter gel over the surface, but as usual, the sparkly effect doesn't show in the photo. 

The rest of the images are stamped with black ink and colored with Prismacolor Colored pencils.

For the "sand" background I used a piece of kraft card stock and an SU embossing folder.

On the inside, the greeting is from the same Pool Party set and the palm tree is an older LF die.

Wishing you all a Magical summer! Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Pool Party set with dies by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Basic White, Black, Real Red and Gina K Designs Kraft
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Real Red, Altenew Blue
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Ripple cover plate, Lawn Fawn Stitched Pond die, Lawn Fawn Palm Tree dies, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Gamsol, SU Embossing Folder, Nuvo Clear Glitter pen, Misti, Big Shot, SU mini Dimensionals, Connect Liquid glue

Friday, June 10, 2022

Hello Friend

 TGIF all,

I'm visiting my mom in Northern California for most of the month of June, and per usual, I loaded my car with some crafty supplies to use while here.  This trip, I brought less that I usually do, but I did do a SU Demonstrator pre-oder from the new July-December mini catalog and had it shipped to her house. My goal is to get a head start on my Holiday cards. (Christmas in July, LOL.) I packed card stock and inks to match the new DSPs in the order, so I should be all set. 

For today's card, I used some of the other things that I packed and made a card that works for the current Paper Players, Freshly Made Sketches,  and Color Throwdown challenges.

I love this new Embossing Folder from Gina K Designs. The detail is beautiful and it embosses very deeply. I used it on three panels of card stock, SU Vanilla, SU Parakeet Party, and GKD Kraft. I trimmed the green and kraft at angles and used liquid glue to adhere them onto the Vanilla panel. I trimmed this down and cut a black mat, and glued it all onto a Vanilla card base.

I stamped and die cut the small pears from the GKD One Day at a Time stamp set. The set has an image of small dots, so I used that to add color to the pears instead of coloring them in. For the sentiment strip, I liked it angled rather than straight, so I went with it.

The inside of this card uses more images from the same GKD set, but with a greeting from another. Like on the front, I left the pear uncolored, opting for a stamped image for color, but I did use colored pencils to shade in the leaves and branch.

I hope your weekend is a relaxing and fun one. My sister is driving down from Portland, OR tomorrow to spend the next week with us. I'm really looking forward to that. Later today, I'm going to stir up some chocolate chip and ginger cookie doughs and bake them off tomorrow. 

Speaking of baking, when I got to mom's house on Monday, we went to a nearby strawberry patch and I got a box of very ripe berries and made fresh frozen strawberry jam. On Wednesday, I made a lemon meringue pie using freshly picked lemons from mom's tree. I call it "kitchen" crafting.

I'm happy to report they both turned out pretty yummy!

Thanks for looking in, and have a great Friday,

Stamps: One Day At a Time and Succulent Spray sets by Gina K Designs
Paper: GKD Kraft, SU Vanilla, Black, and Parakeet Party card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Parakeet Party, GKD Kraft, Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Other: Tapestry Embossing Folder by GKD, SU green enamel dots, Big Shot, Misti, SU mini Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Happy Birthday

 Hello to all,

I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday yesterday. Our good friends hosted a birthday party for Mr. Personal Chef at their house. It was just their family and us with some good food and good wine. Plus, it was an afternoon party, and we were home by 6:00 pm. Today, I had lunch with a former co-worker and his wife. They are both retired too, so we had an extended lunch to catch up. I worked with him for all of my 30 year career, and it was great to catch-up with them.

Because it was an early party yesterday, I was able to start on a card for this week's Paper Players Challenge, and I finished it this afternoon.  Ann has a fun Tac-tac-toe challenge for us this week. I went with the diagonal of floral, birthday, circle.

The background, focal image outline and sentiment are all hot foiled. I have the Gemini hot foil system and it's very easy to use, however, since I don't pull it out often, I sometimes have to do a couple of tries before I get a good foil. But, it's still pretty fun and somewhat addicting, LOL.

The focal image is a Pink Fresh Studio set that has the hot foil plate, die and layering stencils. The daisy image comes as a wreath, but I cut it apart and used the circle as a grounding point. Because the foiling is bright and shiny, I decided to use pastel shades of ink with the stencil.

I used one of the flowers of the layering stencils on the inside and paired it with a Gina K Designs stamp for the sentiment.

On Friday morning I'm driving up to Northern California to spend most of June with my mom so tomorrow I will start deciding what crafting supplies I'm going to take with me. I usually end up filling my car with stamps, dies and all of the other things needed to make cards. My mom always rolls her eyes as I'm unpacking everything.

Thanks for checking in,

Stamps: Fancy Flowers Mini set by Gina K Designs (inside sentiment)
Hot Foiling supplies: Daisy Wreath by PinkFresh Studio, Yana's Sentiments by Spellbinders, Triple Line Diamond Foil Plate by Waffleflower, Spellbinders Glimmer Copper colored Foil, Gemini Hot Foil System,
Stencils: Daisy Wreath Layering Stencils by PinkFresh Studio
Card stock: Gina K Designs Layering weight white, Black Onyx and Innocent Pink
Ink: Gina K Designs Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Applement, Lemon Drip, Black Onyx
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 & 2 die sets, Gina K Designs double and single stitched circle dies, Gemini Jr, Pretty Pink Posh pink gems, Connect liquid glue, blending brushes

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Oh, Ale Yes!

Hello peeps,

I used LeAnne's sketch from this week's The Paper Players challenge to make a birthday card for my oldest nephew. Like many in their twenty's, one of his favorite beverages is beer. He became a beer "connoisseur" a few years ago when he did a year of his college in Ecuador. (Besides the college thing, I think it's one of the safest things to drink.)

I received this new SU set with a recent order, and it proved timely to make his card. The card base is from a pre-packaged set of note cards and envelopes from the new SU catalog called Texture Chic. The look of the texture and colors is very nice IRL. The size is larger than an A2 card at 4.25 x 6.25 inches.


Most all supplies used to make this card are from SU. I used  Gina K ink cubes to stamp the images because her dye inks are Copic friendly and I knew I wanted to add some shading with Copics.

The Ale greeting is heat embossed and fussy cut to fit over the growler bottle, and I used a blending brush to blend brown ink around the edges. The second greeting was stamped prior to running the panel through an embossing folder.

Here is the inside. The sentiment is from an older SU birthday set and the beer mug from the beer set. Notice this is a late birthday card. I did call him and sent his usual birthday $$ via Venmo, so the important part arrived on his birthday, which was Sunday.

This Brewed For You set and dies is a fun one to use. I'm sure you'll see it more on this blog. 

Have a good rest of the week and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Brewed For you set & dies and Happiest Of Birthdays set both by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Texture Chic note cards, SU Soft Succulent, Soft Suede, Basic White card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs Amalgam Black, Charcoal Brown, Soft Stone, Prickly Pear, Honey Mustard and Sweet Corn ink cubes, VersaMark, SU Soft Suede and Soft Succulent ink pads,  and Copics
Other:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, SU Tasteful Textile embossing folder, SU Brushed Metallic enamel dots, Big Shot, SU Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Spring Card Camp 2022 - Day 2 Card

 Hi all,

I have one more post for this evening with a card that I made after watching the Day 2 instructions. Day 2 class techniques are the Joseph's Coat technique using stencils. Class instruction by Cathy Z., and Jessica Frost-Ballas. Cathy showed the traditional Joseph's Coat technique with a single stencil and Jessica stepped it up with layering stencils. I haven't tried it yet, but I will.

For my traditional JC technique card, I used a new-ist SSS stencil called Fanfare. I think most crafters use stencils with larger open areas to blend the dark ink through, but I wanted to try this one with smaller lines. I really like the result and with the background ink colors, the panel has a very art deco look.  The colors are from this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge.


The skyscraper/city die is Cityscape B from Altenew. I cut it once from dark blue card stock and once from red card stock so I piece the blue into the red outlines. The Hello die is from Gina K Designs. I blended Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink on white card stock before cutting it to match the lighter blue in the blended background. I cut the word three times to stack for dimension and cut the shadow die from vellum. The strip sentiment is from the SSS Spring In My Step stamp set. It's stamped with GKD Red Velvet ink and cut out with a GKD Sentiment Strip die.

The blended inks on the background are Distress Oxide Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass and a very light application of Black Soot around the edges. After drying the blended inks with a heat tool, I placed the Fanfare stencil over and blended GKD Black Onyx with a blending brush. I really love how the background turned out. 

Thanks, and enjoy your tomorrow!

Stencil: Simon Says Stamp Fanfare
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Spring In My Step set
Paper: Gina K Designs heavy white, Blue Denim, Red Velvet, Layering weight white
Ink: Distress Oxide and Gina K Designs Black Onyx and Red Velvet
Dies: Gina K Designs Hello with shadow, Sentiment Strip, and Altenew Cityscape B cover plate

Spring Card Camp 2022 - Day 1 Cards


I signed up to take latest Online Card Class and day one was all about ink lifting. I made a card for each technique demonstrated in the class video. Day 1 techniques were taught by Jennifer McGuire and Channin Pelletier. The ink lifting in all of the techniques is accomplished with water and an ink that is water reactive. I've used Distress Oxide inks on all of my cards.

Jennifer showed two techniques for making backgrounds and I made cards using both. The second technique she showed actually makes two backgrounds.

Ink lifting in the first technique is done using a paint brush, water and a paper towel. Here's my card.

The  SSS Tumbling Shells background stamp is stamped using Hero Arts craft white ink and heat embossed using GKD white fine detail embossing powder. After embossing, I blended three blue shades of Distress Oxide ink using a Tim Holtz sponge blending tool. The stamp set is called Inner Mermaid from Ellen Hutson. I heat embossed the sentiment on Vellum and the mermaid tail on white card stock using GKD Amalgam black ink and clear embossing powder. The tail is colored with Copics. The sentiment is die cut using a GKD circle die. I matted the top panel with white and used a GKD Blue Raspberry card base.

Here are my examples using the second ink lifting technique taught by Jennifer.

I used the new Freshly Made Sketches sketch for the layout.The flowers and leaves are from the Pink Fresh Studio set called Brighter Days which includes a hot foil plate, layering stencils, stamps and dies. I first hot foiled the flowers using gold foil. Next I used GKD inks and the stencils to color the flowers and then cut them out using the corresponding die. I arranged the flowers per the sketch and added a GKD pre-printed sentiment strip to each. The top panels and mats are cut out using the GKD Master Layouts 1 die set. Finally, I added some sequins, gems and pearls for embellishments.

The last card uses the technique taught by Channin. This technique used a line stencil sprayed with water to do the ink lifting. 

The background stencil is from Pretty Pink Posh called Jungle. The stamps and dies are from the Birds of Paradise and Tropical Tweets sets by Honey Bee. I colored the images with Copics and cut everything out with the corresponding set dies. The stenciled panel and mat are cut using the GKD Master Layouts 1 die set. The card base is GKD Sweet Mango card stock.

Sorry for a such a long post, but I wanted to put all of my Day 1 cards together.  I've listed most of the basic supplies in the post, but if anyone has a question on something I didn't list, just shoot me an email.

Thanks for checking in,