Christmas Card 2021


      Today, I would like to share my Christmas card with you. I know I've not shared here in a long while. I've been busy working on my writing projects. More coming on that soon. I'm having so much fun writing, but I had to take a day off so that I could play with my paper, ink, stamps and dies. A girl can only go so long without making a card. 

     The basket is heat-embossed in gold (Divinity Designs). The ivy and bow are die-cuts (Spellbinders Paper Arts). The sentiment also heat-embossed in black (Fiskars).

     Look at the detail in the bow. Isn't it gorgeous!?! The red layer is a kind of leather-like and is full of texture (the Paper Studio). The bottom layer is bright, metallic gold. They look so pretty together. 


Designer Tip:  Don't feel like you must create cards or other paper projects using only stamps and dies from one company. So many stamps and dies work beautifully together. There is one exception to keep in mind. If you are entering a challenge on a website, sometimes you must use only that company's products.


     Thanks so much for stopping in. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by all those you love most. 



Ink Cube Challenge - Gina K Designs


     I created this card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. Our task this time was to use ink cubes directly to cardstock.
     I touched the cardstock with just one edge of the cube and then rocked it gently around to the each of the other sides. I  used very gentle pressure. Next, I stamped little hello's in each block (stamp collections below). I trimmed and matted this panel to fit the card base as you see above. I love how this turned out! I like how part of the surface of the cube left a little impression here and there. I finished the card with stacked flowers.
 Designer Tip
     This is a great card if you want to make several cards at once or maybe a gift-set. You could stamp the cube on a whole sheet of cardstock. Trim the size of front panels to fit your card. The card would also look good without the flowers. A quick ten-minute card!
Products used: 
     cardstock - Gina K Designs, white base weight, passionate pink
     stamp & die collections - Gina K Designs, A Happy Hello, Stippled Flowers,
                 Boho Flowers
     ink cube - Gina K Designs, passionate pink
     There is still plenty of time if you want to join the fun. Here's a link to the rules -September 2021 Monthly Mix Challenge - Gina K Designs
     Thanks so much for stopping in to see my card. Hope you are having a great day. 



Sentiment Strip Challenge - Gina K Designs

     I made this card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. The challenge calls for using multiple strip sentiments on our cards.
     I really like finding new ways to expand the use of stamps, stencils, etc. For this card, I used Gina K Designs' SNOWFLAKE MANDALA STENCIL to make my circle embellishments. First, I taped off some of the small areas on the stencil. I brushed those areas with ink onto white cardstock, then punched 1.25" and 1.5" circles. 
     I randomly adhered some circles with double-stick tape and others with foam tape. I added some matching strips of cardstock, then stamped and adhered the sentiment strips. I rounded the top right corner of the card. The strips are about 1/4" and 1/8" wide. 

Designer Tip: One way to add interest to a card, is to add small strips of cardstock like I have on this card. Sometimes it seems your card just needs something else. That's how I felt with this card. I added the strips and rounded the corner. This is a great way to use up scraps!


white cardstock
ink and matching cardstock - blue lagoon, lipstick, grass green
stencil - snowflake mandala 
sentiments - Watt's Up, Forever Flowers 

     There is still plenty of time to join in the fun. You can find a link to the rules here: Home - Gina K Designs . Once you are there, click on "Community" and you will find the challenge.
     Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Hope you are having a great day,




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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,