Friendship Blooms Sympathy for Alane

We found out last week that our friend Alane died suddenly. She was ten years younger than me and our hearts go out to Don and his family. Alane was an artist. She created beautiful paintings. I still have some lovely cards with her painting on them. They were too beautiful to used them all up. I wanted something that would reflect her artistic talent and decided to use this beautiful large flower arrangement from Gina K. Designs and Hero Arts call Friendship Blooms.

It is such a large flower that I decided to make my first slimline card. I had recently ordered some slimline dies from Kat Scrappiness and selected the pretty scalloped edge and adhered it to the card front for visual interest.

On many of her paintings Alane had beautiful pink flowers and so that was the color I decided to use for this card. I stamped it with a light colored ink and used Copic Markers to color the image. I then stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut out using the coordinating die and foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

The image was laid on the card front to determine where to stamp lovely sentiment from Penny Black. It too was heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then the floral arrangements was adhered using liquid glue.

A beautiful clean and simple card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Copic Markers: R59, RV29, R35, RV21; G99, G94, YG05; V09
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Stitched Scalloped
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Majestic Peony Sympathy for Olivia

My dear friend Olivia died suddenly from a brain aneurism, she was only seven years older than I am. It really makes you take stock of your life and ask some hard questions about the choices you are making and if they are leading you closer to returning home to that God who made us all.

Olivia had a flashy, bright, happy countenance. She made everyone feel special and loved and enriched all of our lives. I decided to color these beautiful peonies with bright and happy colors.

This is a large image. I stamped it with a light ink first and colored it with Copic Markers then stamped again and heat embossed gold. The sentiment was stamped in the perfect opening in the lower left of the flowers.

The image is so beautiful I decided to keep the card front simple and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to the front of a side folding card with sticky back foam and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Majestic Peony
  • Hero Arts Remember
  • Memento London Fog
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R21 Y38, Y35, Y32; BG18, BG15; G94, YG67, YG03
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Delightful Blooms So Sorry

This sympathy card was made for my cousin whose wife died from complications of Covid-19. The first person I know who has died from this terrible disease.

This is a beautiful stamp from Gina K. Designs that actually has two gorgeous flower arrangements. I stamped one of the images on Neenah Classic Crest with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink which is a Copic friendly ink and will not bleed when using alcohol markers.

I stamped the sentiment in the upper left of the card with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. It give such a smooth dark impression.

Once the coloring was complete I fussy cut the bottom edge of the arrangement and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension. I looked through my gold foil cardstock and found some thin diagonal stripes and adhered a piece to the bottom of a side folding cardbase. The floral arrangement was adhered to the upper portion of the card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Delightful Blooms
  • Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV000; E51, E50, E0000; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG99, YG95, YG93, YG03; G94, YG61, YG24
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Craft Smith Gold Foil Paper Pad
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Dazzling Dahlia Hello

I think a lot of us are creating hello cards to send to family and friends during this interest time in history when we aren’t gathering together as much. I purchased this pretty stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Dazzling Dahlia in a little scrapbook store in Springfield, MO.

I first stamped the solid layer of the flowers and leaves with Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf inks. I then used a couple of Copic Markers to add some depth to the petals and leaves. Next I stamped the outline of the images with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.

Since I do not have the coordinating dies I fussy cut the images. I wanted to add some focal interest to the flowers and decided to use a stitched rectangle. I then pulled out my Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals. I love these dies because they not only cut the oval but also a thin border. I cut the oval from the center of the stitched rectangle and then cut it again from gold cardstock.

I adhered the stitched rectangle to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue and then added the thin gold border using liquid glue as well. The flower and leaves were adhered to the white oval with liquid glue, with the exception of the flower in the front, which was adhered to foam tape. Foam tape was also added to the back of the oval and adhered to the card front.

The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the oval and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Dazzling Dahlia
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Hello
  • Altenew Pinkalicious and Fresh Leaf Inks
  • Copic Markers: YG67, YG05, YG03, RV17, RV14
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Ovals Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Well Hello Gorgeous

We are on our way to Texas to visiting two of our daughters and their families in our fifth wheel RV. Even when traveling you have down time and so I loaded some of my product into the trailer for those times when you are sheltering inside from the heat.

I pulled out this pretty stamp from Gina K. Designs called Kindness Wreath. It is a large stamp but such a beautiful flower circle. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle’s Cupcakes stamp set. It was stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink.

I had a lot of room at the bottom of the image so I scored three decorative lines to add some visual interest. I also used a stitched rectangle to add some additional visual interest.

The focal panel was added to a top folding card and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Kindness Wreath
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV00; YR26, YR23; G99, G94, G43; YG67, YG17, YG03; B00 B000, B0000
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 11 Colorful Cards Without Coloring Dahlia

Julie Ebersole was the guest designer for Day 11 of the Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to have colorful images without coloring. The color comes from the background paper. She stamped a flower image with VersaMark in multiple places on a rectangle of cardstock, leaving a love watermark. She then stamped the same image and die cut it for a focal image on the card. Sometimes she would have just one focal image, sometimes she would cut the flower into multiple sections and adhere to the card front.

This is the second card I made using this technique. This time I decided to scatter portions of this large dahlia around the card front. I first stamped the image onto orange cardstock with VersaMark Ink, which created a subtle watermark background. I then stamped the image two times on what cardstock and heat embossed them gold. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut around the images. I then laid the large flower on a portion of the orange rectangle and cut off the excess. This could be used on another section of the rectangle. The second image was used for the third placement of the dahlia on the card front. This is very similar to the second card the Julie Ebersole make. I just used a different flower image.

I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and cut a label with a Spellbinders label die. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension. I decided to cut down the orange rectangle so I could add a black mat behind it to tie in the back sentiment. I made it small enough to also leave a white border when both were placed on the card front.

This is not a typical card that I make. I actually like coloring large images with different mediums, but it was fun doing something outside of my normal paradigm.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Dahlia XL
  • Gina K. Designs Doodle Sayings
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Coral Reef and Onyx Black
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Labels Four
  • 3M 1/2” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 6 Coloring Blocking You Rock

For Day 6 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Laurie Willison demonstrated using Creative Color Blocking by stamping a background image onto the several different colors of cardstock, heat embossing them white, and then cutting them into blocks or strips of color to use on your card front.

Laurie used a tulip background, I decided to use My Favorite Things BG Musical Notes. I stamped it onto four different colors of Gina K. Designs Paper. For this card I used blue, green, and yellow.

Because background stamps are usually 6″x6″ it gives you some room to play with putting your block together. I cut my strips into 1 1/3″ wide. To adhere my blocks together I cut a quarter sheet of typing paper and covered it with dotliner adhesive. I used this to adhered my background musical strips together. I tried to align the musical lines so that they flowed together. Once they were adhered to the typing paper I used a Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle die to size it down. Sticky back foam was added to the back and the block were adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase.

I decided to add a musical focal image. I pulled out the cute lion and palm tree from My Favorite Things Jungle Vibes, stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I didn’t want these cute images to get lost on the busy background. I had a scalloped circle sitting on my desk from another card and decided to use it to add the images and sentiment to the card front.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Onys Black Ink and heat embossed clear. I added liquid glue to the focal image and adhered them to the vellum circle. This gave me a great place to add glue to adhered the vellum to the card front. I think it turned out cute.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things BG Musical Notes
  • Gina K. Designs Masculine Tags
  • My Favorite Things Jungle Vibes
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea, Grass Green, Sweet Corn
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: E59, E57, E55; G99, G94, YG03; Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
  • My Favorite Things Scalloped Circle STAX
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 5 Stencil Shading

On day 5 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Lydia Fiedler showed how to add shading to a stencil using different colors.

She had a large beautiful flower stencil. I didn’t have anything like that. So I decided to make a stencil from a background die I had. I wanted to make it reusable, so I tired die cutting it from heavy weight acetate, but that didn’t work, so I used a lighter weight acetate and white it took many, many passes through my die cutting machine I was eventually able to removed the inner sections of the background.

This pretty butterfly background is from Spellbinders and isn’t as wide as an A2 card. I taped the stencil to a quarter sheet of 80# cardstock and ink blended it using Bubblegum Ink from Gina K. Designs. Net I took a small detail blended brush and added to different shades of purple to the center of the butterfly and the flowers. I smooshed some of the inks onto my work surface and used a little water and a brush to add splatters to the stenciled image.

I die cut down my stenciled background using a stitched rectangle die. For a sentiment I decided to use vellum. I stamped the sentiment with both Distress Oxide Wilted Violet heat embossed clear and with VersaMark Ink heat embossed gold. I decided on the gold (the purple was used on another card). I wrapped the vellum sentiment around the stenciled panel and adhered it in place with Scotch Tape. A rectangle of sticky back foam was cut 1/4″ smaller than the panel and adhered to the back, which holds the vellum sentiment securely in place.

The stenciled panel and sentiment were adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue. Gold Metallic Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh was scattered on the card front and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Spellbinders Impressibilities Butterfly Magic Background/Stencil
  • Gina K. Designs Wealth of Wishes
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Bubblegum Pink, Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac
  • Copic Markers: V17, V15, V12
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Scotch Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Blick Liquid Watercolor Pearl Shimmer

Spring Card Camp Day 19 First and Second Generation Stamping: The Happiest of Birthdays

This card uses leftover images from the previous cards made and includes both first and second generation stamping. I like the lighter color of the yellow flowers.

The flowers and leaves were arranged and then picked up with Press ‘n Seal to hold them together until they could be adhered to the card front.

A decorative rectangle was cut using the Little B Frames Die. I love the pretty shape to this die. It is easy to lay the flower arrangement onto the decorative rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment because they are held together with the Press ‘n Seal. Once the sentiment was stamped the flowers and leaves were adhered with liquid glue and foam tape.

Before adhering the decorative panel to a side folding cardbase the front was embossed with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. It adds a love visual interest to the card.

Pink and yellow sequins were scattered around the flower arrangement and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Altenew Inks: Fuchsia, Magenta, Maple Yellow and Honey Drizzle (Second Generation), Lime
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Little B Frames Die
  •  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix
  • Yellow Mix Sequins
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Spring Card Camp Day 19 First Generation Stamping: Have a Fabulous Birthday

I also decided to use some yellow inks to stamp these images from Gina K. Designs. This card is made with the first generation stamping and I really like the deep golden hues to the flowers. For these flowers I decided to use a brown ink for the flower centers, since I felt it went better with the golden color of the flowers. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto some brown cardstock VersaMark Ink and heat set with gold embossing powder to enhance this color choice of the flowers.

Once gain the large leafy sprig in the stamp set was stamped into the middle of a quarter sheet of white cardstock. It was then die cut using a scalloped oval die. The flowers were arranged over the leafy background with foam tape along with the brown and gold sentiment.

I felt that a Kraft cardbase would really be complimentary to the color schedule of the flowers and leaves. The front of the cardbase was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. You can’t see it well in the pictures but it really adds to the card. The oval focal image was added to the front of the card with liquid glue.

Yellow sequins from a couple of mixes were scattered around the focal image and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft and Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Altenew Inks: Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Lime
  • Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals
  •  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Doodlebug Designs Bumblebee Sequins
  • Yellow Mix Sequins