Die-Cut Sentiment Challenge - Gina K Designs

     Today, I have a card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. The challenge here is to use a die cut sentiment. I used the sentiment and flower stamps and dies from the FOREVER FLOWERS collection. 

     This is also my take on using vellum panels that Gina demonstrated recently. I cut an oval "window" in my card base. Then using a scoring board, I scored lines every 1/4" across the vellum. I cut another matching windowed-panel to adhere inside the card to cover the edges of the vellum (although I think it would look fine with the edges showing).
     I stamped the flowers on Gina K cardstock in Bubblegum Pink. I made my card base from Gina K heavyweight white cardstock and blended a little pink pigment around the edges with a sponge. (I really need those new brushes of hers! Guess I better do a little shopping this afternoon.)
     There is still time to join in the fun. Here's a link to the Gina K Designs blog where you can see the rules.
     Thanks so much for stopping in today. May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands.


Fairy Tale Castle Easel Card


     Today, I have a card to share that I made using a die-cut collection from Anna Griffin. I discovered it one day when HSN was having an all-day-crafting event. They sold out so quickly that I didn't get one. They re-ordered,  and now I've got one of them. I love Anna Griffin dies! They are always the best quality. This large collection (and another I have of Anna's) came with it's own magnetic sheet.
     No sentiments came with it, so I used one of my faves from My Sentiments Exactly. 
Designer Tip: 
         This card did take quiet a long time for me to die-cut. I knew it would, so I die-cut enough pieces to make several cards. That turned out to be a great idea. I tucked each card away with enough matching scraps of cardstock so that I could stamp whatever sentiment I want to use when I'm ready to send one of them out.

     Thanks so much for stopping by again today. Hope you have a beautiful, sunshiny day! May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands.


Here Comes the Sun Challenge - GinaK Designs

     Today, I have a card for the GinaK Designs Blog Challenge. The challenge is to mask off an area (see my masking below) and then blend inks to represent a sunrise. Nothing in the rules said the sunrise had to go in any particular direction, so I'm going sideways. I used yellow, orange and pink inks. 
     I blended inks on another piece of white cardstock as well. Then, I die cut my "you"  using the opposite flow of colors to make the die cut stand out. 
     Designer Tip: I use washi tape for masking. I suggest pulling the tape off very slowly after you finish inking so that you don't tear your cardstock or paper. I find sticky notes work well too.

     This is my first ink-blending try. Actually, it is my second time. The first time didn't turn out all that well. I'm fairly pleased with this one though. It's fun to try new things! So, come over to GinaK's and play with us. I'll post a link below to the challenge rules.       

I used the following GinaK Designs stamps and dies to make my card.

"You" die

foliage "Sending Love"

sentiment "Boho Flowers"

Click here to join in on the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Hope you have a great day. And may the Lord be pleased by the work of my hands.



Love in the Air Challenge - GinaK Designs


     Thanks for stopping in today! I created this card for the Love-in-the-Air challenge at GinaK Designs. I used the Boho Flowers stamp and die collection to create my flowers. I used two sizes and used foam tape to adhere them to each other.
     The sentiment stamp is in the Sending Love collection.
     As you no doubt know about me by now, I tend to save the smallest scraps of paper and cardstock. But, look at the fun way I used them on this card and the one below. I like playing around with the panels that I use on my cards. Anything to make them a little different and interesting. 
     I used GinaK Designs cardstock in Lemon Drop and Wisteria to make my card bases and flowers on these two cards. The panel on the card above is also a scarp that I created when I was brushing on ink to some die cuts recently. Pretty, no? I created the panel on the card below by placing a little chip of watercolor paint and water into a spray bottle and spritzing white cardstock. I'll try to make a post soon about some of my background fun. 

     Here is a link to the GinaK Designs blog if you want to play along. Home - Gina K Designs Still plenty of time left before the deadline. 
     Enjoy our day and stay warm and safe out there. May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, 



A Masked Card

     Thanks for stopping in today to see my new card. This one was lots of fun to make. I stamped the background first. Using a few sticky-notes, I masked off the squares that I wanted to keep clear. I stamped my flourishes and then removed the masks. So easy to do, but you surely must agree that it looks more difficult that that!?! 😉

    I used a white card base and several layers of matting. I've used this background stamp from GinaK Designs (Inspiration Mosaic) so many times. It's one of my all-time favorites. The sentiment is part of the Inspiration Mosaic collection. The flourish stamp is from Inkadinkado.
     I love matching envelopes, so I always fancy them up if I have time. 
     Enjoy your day and stay safe out there. May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands.