Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Double D - April Showers

 Dear Ones~

Another challenge is up over at Double D. This time the theme is April Showers.....how appropriate!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is my sample:
I just adore this cute little gnome enjoying a spring rain with his mushroom umbrella. The raindrops really add a lot to this card, they are from Studio Katia and I love them. I did that background panel by taking some patterned paper and stenciling over it in GKD Tranquil Teal and Key Lime ink with a stencil by Crafter's Workshop called Mini Cell Theory. 
I also added some white with a gel pen.



Here's a closer look at that silly gnome. I paper pieced his hat with patterned paper from SU. I thought his nose needed some glossy accents. You can see those pretty iridescent raindrops better too.





 
The Ingredients:
Recollections Garden Greens Card Stock
GKD In the Navy Card Stock
SU Artistry Blooms and Garden Impressions Patterned Paper
Reverse Confetti Cheerful & Kind Patterned Paper
Crafter's Workshop Mini Cell Theory Stencil
GKD Tranquil Teal & Key Lime Ink
GKD Master Layouts 1 Dies for Ovals
SSS Spring Gnomes Stamp Set
Studio Katia Iridescent Raindrops


 
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this Rainy Day die from Cheapo Dies. I just love it!!  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration.  
 Cheapo Dies - Rainy Day

I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. And get your shot if you can, you deserve it! 
Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mod Squad - Perfectly Pantone

Dear Ones~

This time over at The Mod Squad I am hosting again. I have chosen to use the Pantone 2021 colors of the year.  What is Pantone you say? The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development. It is used in the fashion and furniture industry to determine trends in color, and changes every year. The 2021 Pantone colors are GRAY and YELLOW, so you MUST USE ONLY gray and yellow on your card. You may also use black or white if you wish, but NO OTHER COLOR AT ALL or your entry will be eliminated so that the numbers will not be skewed for the random drawing. This challenge will run for 2 weeks, and will end on APRIL 20th at 12 noon.

 SPONSOR

                                             SHOP GINA K DESIGNS

Gina K. has been in the stamping industry since 1998 and started Gina K. Designs in 2007. As the business grew, Gina asked her husband Tom to leave his position as an attorney to join her in the business. Together they built StampTV, an online video website featuring broadcast quality paper crafting videos, galleries, a social network for paper crafters and more! Since then they have created a new website called Gina K Designs. Gina now has over 200,000 followers over her various social media networks and video sites from all around the world. Gina’s goal is to continue to offer top quality signature products through her online store Gina K. Designs, along with informative and creative crafting videos. There is also a monthly card challenge, where you have 3 chances to win a $25 gift certificate. Visit that HERE.

PRIZE

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

Here is my sample:


I began by sponging the Leafy Stencil with Soft Stone Ink on Soft Stone Card Stock with a GKD Blending Brush for the background. I took a piece of the Petite Patterns Patterned Paper and sponged it with Wild Dandelion Ink. The image is from the Stately Flowers 1 Stamp Set and was stamped with GKD Embossing and Watermark Ink and then heat embossed with Black Fine Detail Embossing Powder. I colored it with Distress Markers and then cut it out with the Master Layouts 1 Oval Die and the companion scalloped oval in Black Onyx Card Stock. The greeting is from that same Stately Flowers 1 Stamp Set and it is die cut with a banner die from the Master Layouts 3 die set. Then I put it all together using Soft Stone and GKD White Card Stock. The little bee on the flower is from the GKD Beautiful Bees Stamp Set and cut out with the companion die.
 

 
 
 Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. And don't forget to swing on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. You could win the prize.

Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
Hugs,
~judy

Double D - Anything Rainbow~Mermaid~Unicorn

 Dear Ones~

This time over at Double D we are all about rainbows, mermaids or unicorns. Here is the beautiful Mood Board for our inspiration:

And here is my card:
Well, I thought I was out of luck, because I have no rainbow dies or stamps, and I didn't think I had any mermaids or unicorns either. But then I remembered I had this cute little mermaid stamp set, so there ya go!!!! I did some rainbow stenciling on the background and colored her sweet tail in rainbow colors. I also die cut some rainbow foliage to add behind her.
 
The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
GKD Harvest Flourish Stencil
Darice Mermaid Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Altenew Century Frame Die
SU Botanical Tags Die
SU Poppy Moments Die
Bonanza Buddies for Greeting
GKD Inks and Card Stock In:
*Innocent Pink
*Lemon Drop
*Apple Mint
*Sea Glass
*Lovely Lavender
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win these 6x6 Papers by Honey Bee called Over the Rainbow. I just love it!!  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration.  
 
This card will be entered in the Day of the Month Card Club Find a Rainbow Day

I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. And get your shot if you can, you deserve it! 
Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

Friday, March 26, 2021

COLOR HUES - BLACK and WHITE

 Dear Ones~
Today's offering has been crafted for the newest Color Hues Challenge. This time we get to use BLACK and WHITE.
And here is my card:

I love this color combination, but I love it even more when I can add a pop of color. Just a little red bird or something. But, that's not the challenge. Color Hues Challenge is so much fun. They always come up with the best color combos. I thought it would be fun to cut some thin strips of the patterned paper and weave them together. I like the effect!


The Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx and White Card Stock
GKD Petite Patterns Patterned Paper
SU Butterfly Wings Die, Cut Twice and Layered
SSS Mix and Match Circles for Greeting
Stash Pearls and Baubles



I appreciate all your lovely comments, they always make me smile!! Until next time, here's celebrating your creative muse.  

~judy

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Double D - Skies

  Dear Ones~

There's a new challenge up over at Double D and the topic is SKIES!! Here is the Mood Board for your inspiration:

 
And here is my card:
Sadly, this has to be a sympathy card. One which I was very sorry to have to make. I have this fabulous stencil by A Colorful Life called Realistic Clouds. I think it's aptly named, it's very fun to use.  I decided to heat emboss the greeting on some vellum this time. I love that look. The dragonfly was painted with Stampin' Up Inks. Then I added some Stickles.

The Ingredients:
GKD White and Black Onyx Card Stock
A Colorful Life Realistic Cloud Stencil
Stampin' Up Inks In:
*Seaside Spray
*Purple Posy
*Powder Pink
SU Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set
Just Rite Sympathy Handwritten Sentiments for Greeting
Trinity Stamps Bubble Blowout Baubles
Stardust Stickles


 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win these 6x6 Lavinia Papers called Blue Sky . I just love it!!  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 
 Lavinia Papers - 6 x 6 - Blue Sky
I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. And get your shot if you can, you deserve it! Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Color Hues #13- Yellow and Blue

 

Dear Ones~

I'm playing along with another Color Hues Challenge. This time the colors are YELLOW and BLUE.

Here is my card:

I really love the color combination, so it was fun to make this card. I used a die set that cuts little triangles that you can then put together to form a sunburst. Then I cut one of the shapes that comes with the set from white card stock and after using an embossing folder to add texture, I popped it up with the sunburst behind.

This is a close up. I used papers from Stampin' Up Flowers for Every Season and Garden Impressions. They worked perfectly for this design.That little button in the middle is cut with a die from the Gina K Designs Master Layouts 4 die set. It's 4 layers and I added the twine bow for accent.


The Ingredients:
GKD Navy and White Card Stock
SU Crushed Curry Card Stock
SU Tufted Dynamics 3D Embossing Folder
Your Next Die Mini Sunburst Die Set
SU Flowers for Every Season Patterned Paper
SU Garden Impressions Patterned Paper
GKD Spring Tulips Stamp for Greeting
GKD Master Layouts 4 for Heart Button 
Fiskars Lace Corner Punch
Trinity Stamps Bubble Blower Baubles.

 
 
So thanks for stopping by. We have enjoyed some really sunny days here in Northern Michigan lately, and the birds are singing a different song. While we still have lots of snow, the levels have gone down. I think there is hope that we might have spring soon.

I appreciate all your lovely comments, they always make me smile!! Until next time, here's celebrating your creative muse.  

~judy





 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Mod Squad - Beautiful Butterflies

Dear Ones~

It's my turn once again to host over at The Mod Squad. This time I'm going to enjoy seeing butterflies on everyone's creations. 

 SPONSOR

SHOP GINA K DESIGNS

Gina K. has been in the stamping industry since 1998 and started Gina K. Designs in 2007. As the business grew, Gina asked her husband Tom to leave his position as an attorney to join her in the business. Together they built StampTV, an online video website featuring broadcast quality paper crafting videos, galleries, a social network for paper crafters and more! Since then they have created a new website called Gina K Designs. Gina now has over 200,000 followers over her various social media networks and video sites from all around the world. Gina’s goal is to continue to offer top quality signature products through her online store Gina K. Designs, along with informative and creative crafting videos. There is also a monthly card challenge, where you have 3 chances to win a $25 gift certificate. Visit that HERE.

PRIZE

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

And here is my sample:

I began with a card base of GKD Heavy Base Weight White Card Stock. The patterned design in the background was made with a gel plate using GKD Plum Punch and Powder Blue Ink. I used the Harvest Flourish Stencil to add texture. It was matted in GKD Black Onyx Card Stock. The rectangle shapes were cut with the Master Layouts 2 Die Set. Butterfly images are from the GKD Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set by Melanie Muenchinger. They were colored with Blick Alcohol Inks and cut out with the Beautiful Butterflies Companion Dies. The greeting is from GKD Fabulous Flowers Stamp Set and was cut out with the banner from the Master Layouts 3 Die Set. Gems are Trinity Stamps Midnight Ball Baubles.
 

I had so much fun playing with the gel plate. It's my first time and I have a lot to learn. I just used GKD Dye Inks and swiped the ink pads on the plate. Then I laid my card stock on top and lifted to get the impression. For the texture I swiped the ink on the plate and then laid the stencil on top and lifted the ink with card stock. But I wasn't done. I then added another piece of card on the already lifted plate and when I lifted THAT paper I was left with that beautiful pattern from the stencil. HERE is a fun video from Jennifer McGuire where she does this technique.

 
Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. And don't forget to swing on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. You could win the prize.

Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
Hugs,
~judy