Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Scan N Cut, Tuesday Morning Sketches, Tuesday Throwdown

Thinking of You – Blue Distress – Sketch

This week’s challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is You’re On My Mind. The current challenge at Cards in Envy is Feeling Blue and Distressed. Using the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches, I created this card and would like to participate in all three challenges.

About my card. First I have to tell you that I dislike step stamping. I keep trying it and I still dislike it. This month’s kit from My Monthly Hero (sold out) had these waves in it (3 step stamping) and I have to tell you I still had trouble. I had to ink them up several times to get good coverage. I used MMH  ink included in the kit, MFT inks and my favorite inks Memento. I used distress inks on these images because that is the challenge at Cards In Envy. The kit came with dies BUT did not come with a die for the sailboats (another big disappointment). I used my Scan N Cut to cut them out. There are clouds with step stamping as well. I will probably be selling this set shortly because I really don’t care for all that little stamping and it reminds me of the silhouette stamps from the previous month’s kit. Sorry for the rant.

The papers are from Seaside collection from AC Moore, the Washi Tape is from my stash. The sentiment is also from the kit.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, GinaK Designs

Cards In Envy – Feeling Sketchy

Cards In Envy’s current challenge is to share your favorite sketch. I have a story (what else is new) about my favorite sketch. I had been eyeing up Melanie Muenchinger’s Fabulous Frame stamp from GinaK Designs for quite some time before I decided to purchase it. After purchasing it, I played and played with it trying to get it to stamp straight, stamp without smudges, stamp completely without any misses – you know the drill. I tried different acrylic blocks, I tried using my Fiskars stamp positioner,  I tried using the Misti, I watched Melanie’s videos over and over again, nothing worked. I used Memento Ink, I used Versa Fine Ink, I even tried masking it off with no success. I finally gave up. But, I loved, loved, loved the design, the flower, butterflies and sentiments. So I decided to make my own sketch.

The Stamp Set:                                                                              This is my sketch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the card:

On this card the card base itself is lavender. I adhered the paper pieces onto black card stock making sure to leave a sliver of black around the pieces – I believe that is what I like so much about the design. The black frame was die cut using MFT Blueprints 27, and the papers are from GinaK. I colored in the Rhododendron flower using copics.

The Rhododendrons are in full bloom here in PA and this card will go nicely with the Shopping Our Stash Challenge (April showers bring May flowers), also.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Hero Arts

Cards In Envy – Give It Some Heart

Share Our Badge!

 

The challenge over at Cards In Envy is “Give It Some Heart”. I was very busy last month making cards using the Hero Arts January 2018 kit (love). Here is one of the cards I created (cased from Tina at Cards and Coffee Time).

 

In addition to Cards In Envy I would like to participate in the Lemon Shortbread – Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Hero Arts

Love

The current challenge over at Cards In Envy is “Love You So Much”.  January 2018 Hero Arts Kit was all about love and here is one of the cards I made from the kit:

I have a difficult time with two step stamping. I only have a few stamps and I never like the outcome. While experimenting with this beautiful two step script Love stamp I stamped in the reverse. I stamped the outline first and then lined up the word Love on top of the outline and I was very pleased. Everything used on the card came in the kit except the yarn for the bow. I felt I needed to add the bow to bring out the grey in the beautiful hand made paper.

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Cards In Envy, Challenges, My Favorite Things, Power Poppy

Black and White

The current challenge over at Cards In Envy is Tuxedo (black and white cards). Here is my card:

All the items I used in my card were from my stash. The greeting is from Power Poppy and the stamps are from MFT. I stamped directly on the background paper to give a silhouette effect on the card. The white top layer I scored lines to create a board effect.

I would also like to participate in the following challenges:

Angie’s Digital Stamps Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Die Cut, GinaK Designs, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Cards In Envy Winter Chills

Sliding in at the last minute to post this card so I can participate in the first challenge of the year over at Cards In Envy (Winter Chills). I used a recently purchased stamp set from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. These stamps were a steal because they came with dies.

The snowflake paper is from GinaK (the other papers from my stash). The doily is a die cut from MFT.

This card will be going to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Christmas, Die Cut, GinaK Designs, My Favorite Things, Verve Stamps

Christmas, Circle Frames and Singing

Today’s Christmas Card features a black and white theme (full disclosure – this card was cased). I would like to enter this card into the Cards In Envy Challenge (Framed with Circles), Always Fun Challenges (A Christmas Carol).

I used papers from my stash and the Verve Stamp Set (Jolly Jingles), the heart border was created using a Martha Stewart Heart punch. The circle frames are SSS and the card base is GinaK Designs. The music background stamp is from MFT. I really enjoyed this card because no coloring was involved and it was simple to put together.

In addition, I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Words 2 Craft ByChristmas
Die Cuttin DivasHoliday
Sparkles Christmas Challenges: Snowmen

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Stamps of Life

Halloween Fun

Cards In Envy’s current challenge is Let’s Dress Up (Halloween Costumes). My stack of Halloween Cards will be added to the box of cards from other card makers and mailed tomorrow to the hospitals that I currently ship for SAS4KIDS.

This stamp set and dies are from Sugar Pea Designs (Monster Mash), I also used a die from Stamps of Life (Pumpkin Fold It) to create the pumpkin background. The papers are from my stash. Copics were used to color the monsters.

In addition to Cards In Envy I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Stinkin Inking – Monthly challenge – Monster Mash
Crafting By Designs – Weekly challenge – Halloween
Crafty Calendar – Monthly challenge – Halloween

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

 

Card Making, Cards In Envy, My Favorite Things

Blowing In The Wind

Bob Dylan wrote and first recorded Blowin’ in the Wind in 1962. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded it and sold 300,000 copies in the first week. Joan Baez also recorded it. Back then it was considered the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.  The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2004, the song was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone’s Most 500 Greatest Hits of all time. It is still current today (sad to say). It’s a song about how we can become apathetic to poverty, war, freedom and death.

The last verse is Yes, how many deaths will it take til he knows that too many people have died. The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.

We all need to stand up and make our voices heard.  The gun laws here in the United States need to be changed. Who needs machine gun type weapons?? We are our own worse enemies. The answer my friends is NOT blowin’ in the wind, the answer is within all of us.

The current Cards In Envy challenge is Blowing in the Wind and here is my card:

I created the background first scoring those lines with my scoreboard and then used MFT Woodgrain background stamp. The large leaves are also from MFT, as well as the sentiment. The smaller leaves were created with a punch. I added the twine ribbon which was from my stash.

Hey, thanks for reading and stopping by.

Card Making, Cards In Envy, Challenges, Copics, GinaK Designs, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Birthday Balloons

I recently purchased a Mama Elephant stamp and die set at Joann’s. As many of you know I am a shipper and card maker for Send A Smile 4 Kids, so whenever I see cute stamps for kids (especially if they are on sale) I just have to purchase them. Here is the very simple Birthday Card I made for one of the kids.

This set is called Up We Go, I stamped the images directly on the front of the card and colored with copics (if you use GinaK heavy base weight cardstock the copics do not bleed through to the other side). I added the heart from another stamp set.

I would like to promote and enter this card into the following challenges:
Cards In Envy – Easy as 1,2,3
Use Your Stuff – Challenge 280 Pets
Seize the Birthday – Balloons
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Tuesday!