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Hope you are having a great day, Pam


All About the Background Challenge - Gina K Designs


     Thanks so much for stopping in today. I've been playing with plaids lately. I created this card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. This month's challenge is to create a background. 
     I cut 1/4", 3/8" and 5/8" strips and arranged them until I liked the look. I used Gina K Designs cardstock in these colors:
        Passionate Pink
        Bubblegum Pink
        Blue Lagoon
     Designer Tip:  I used three colors of cardstock to weave my plaids to create a more balanced design. I do think using only one color with different sized strips or different textures would look nice too. This is also a great idea to use up scraps of cardstock.
     I used Gina K Designs - FOREVER FLOWERS collection to heat-emboss and then die-cut my flower. I made two sizes of the blooms and adhered them to each other with foam tape. Then I adhered the bloom to the card with more foam tape. I heat-embossed the sentiment with a stamp from the BOLD & BLOOMING collection. I used matching Passionate Pink dye ink and clear embossing powder.
Designer Tip:  I usually use pigment ink when heat-embossing the images I use. The pigment stays wet longer allowing me more time to pour on the powder before it dries. Here I used Gina K Designs dye ink here since it matched. It worked, but I had to work fast.
     I added a few pearls to finish off the card. 
     There is still plenty of time if you want to join in the fun with your own card. Here's a link to the rules. Hope you have a great day, 



Stenciled Background Challenge - Gina K Designs


     I have a card today for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. The challenge asks us to create a background using stencils. 

          First, I created a full sheet of design be moving my stencil around. I used Gina K Designs' SNOWFLAKE MANDALA stencil to create a floral kind of background on white cardstock. I can make several cards by cutting a few panels from this sheet. I used PASSIONATE PINK cardstock and ink to create my card. 
     I heat-embossed and die cut two sizes of flowers from the FOREVER FLOWERS collection and adhered them to each other and to the card using foam tape. I used GRASS GREEN ink to stamp the foliage. 
      This sentiment is from the INSPIRING POPPIES in black ink.
     Thanks so much for taking time to see my card. There is still plenty of time to enter the Gina K Designs challenge. Here's a link to the rules. Home - Gina K Designs

    Hope you are having a great day, 



Gray & Yellow Color Challenge - Gina K Designs


     I have a card today for the weekly-color-challenge on the Gina K Designs & Stamp TV page on Facebook. This weeks colors are gray and yellow. They are the new Pantone colors of the year. There is a new challenge every Tuesday.

     I heat-embossed the flowers and stacked three sizes and layers with foam tape. I die-cut the sentiment using Lemon Drop cardstock. The sentiment is from the FOREVER FLOWERS collection. The flowers are from the BOLD & BLOOMING collection.

     Designer Tip: To make my front panel pop, I ran all four edges across a black  ink pad. I used a pigment ink pad because the sponge is softer than a dye ink pad. Both make dark edges, but I like the look of the softer pad better.

     Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful day,



Lotus Encouragement Card


     Thanks for joining me today! I made these two cards using the LOVELY LOTUS stamp and die collection from Gina K Designs.   
     To create the background on my pink card, I used the "stem" stamp from the collection. I did not set out to make any particular design, and I did not measure anything. Kind of like a little miracle for me because my perfectionist side really wanted to measure everything. It felt kind of nice to just willy-nilly stamp the design. I digress. The cardstock is Bubblegum Pink from Gina K Designs.
     The background of my ivory card was a sheet of  patterned-cardstock (Ivory & Black -Canvas Home Basics). I picked the plaid background thinking I might use this card for a man.
     I stamped the lotus onto white cardstock. I did a bit of ink blending using two inks on each image (Bubblegum Pink and Blue Lagoon- Gina K Designs). I used a very light hand when inking to keep the color more subtle. 
     DESIGNER TIP: If you ever have trouble with your black images smearing, you should try "amalgam" ink. It is not supposed to smear when you use alcohol markers, watercolor paints, etc. I've not had any smearing at all when using black amalgam. I got mine from Gina K Designs. Others may sell it.

     One of the other sentiment stamps in the collection says -

Be like the lotus.
Trust the light.
    Grow through the dirt.
Believe in new beginnings.

      Isn't that beautiful!?!
          Hope you find a few peaceful moments in this beautiful day. May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands,