Floral Frenzy Challenge, Simon Says Stamps

     This is my first time to enter a card in the Simon Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamps. This week's challenge if Floral Frenzy.
     I heat-embossed and die-cut the flowers. I chose not to heat-emboss the foliage and sentiment so that they do not take the focus away from of the flowers.
     I see that there is a new challenge every Wednesday highlighting a different company's stamps, dies, etc. You can still join in even if you do not have those particular products. I love the freedom of that! Since I'm busy writing my next book, I'm not sure I'll have time to join in the fun every week, but I should have time to create a card once or twice a month at least.
     Come on over and join in the fun with me. Here's a link to the rules: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Materials used:
cardstock- black, white, grass green (Gina K Designs)
stamps and dies- Bold and Blooming, Boho Flowers (Gina K Designs), Lattice Background, Double Stitched Pennant Flags (ODBD), Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays)
inks- grass green dye (Gina K Designs), orchid pigment (ColorBox)
embossing powder- clear (JoAnn Essentials)
pearls (Michael's)

Sketch Challenge, Paper Smooches, March 2018

     I created this Easter card for the monthly sketch challenge over at Paper Smooches. This is my first time to join in with their challenges.

     I heat-embossed the sentiment onto clear vellum. To create the cross, I barely touched the cross stamp to my StazOn teal ink pad. Then I stamped it lightly onto shiny gold cardstock. I fussy-cut the cross and adhered it with foam tape.

     There is still time if you want to join in the fun. Here's a copy of the sketch and a link to the rules.


Materials used:

cardstock- Moonstruck (Pink Paislee)
stamps- Easter Blessings (Paper Smooches)
ink- black (ColorBox), teal (StazOn)
powder- clear embossing powder (JoAnn Essentials)

Black & White with a Twist Challenge MMC32018

      Today, I have a card for the monthly challenge at Stamp TV and Gina K Designs. The challenge this time is to use black and white with just a pop of color, and a bow.
     I stamped and die-cut four flourishes in black. I adhered the back two with double-stick tape. For the top two, I used some thin foam tape at the far ends to make them pop up a bit. Then, I stamped and die-cut two sizes of flowers and added a brad center, and a bow.
     There is still time for you to join in the fun and get your own card into the challenge. Check out the rules here: http://stamptv.ning.com/.

     Materials used:cardstock- black, white, grass green (Gina K)
stamps and dies- Boho Flowers (Gina K)
ink- black, grass green (Gina K)
ribbon- black (Offray)
brad- green (the Paper Studio)
adhesive- foam and double-stick


DCWV Stack-a-holic- March 2018

     Thanks so much for stopping in! Always so nice to have you here. Today, I have  card for the Stack-a-holic Challenge at DCWV. I used the Beach House stack to create my masculine birthday card.
     The deadline for entry is coming up this weekend, so be quick if you want to join in the fun. You can find all the details on DCWV's Facebook page.

     DESIGNER TIP: When using such an intricate die, try using wax paper between the die and the front of your cardstock. I find my dies, like the one I used here, come out much easier and with no tearing.

     Here's a copy of the sketch we had to work with this month.
    Materials used:
          Cardstock- Beach House stack (DCWV)
                                gold (Spellbinders)
          Dies-            Tropical Paradise (Spellbinders)
          Stamp-        Birthday (Our Daily Bread Designs)
          Gems-          Liquid Texture Gems (Faber-Castell)