Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Double D - Monochrome

Dear Ones~
The challenge this time over at Double D is Monochromatic. This is one of my favorite techniques, using only one color or multiple tones of the same color. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
Here is my card: 
I decided to use shades of tan for this card. I used a new to me die set by Spellbinders called Be Bold Blooms. This die set is simply fabulous and I can't wait to play with it more. 




The Ingredients:
Gkd Kraft and Sandy Beach Card Stock
Scrapbook.Com Neutrals Smooth Card Stock
Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms Die Set
SU Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
SU Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp for Greeting
Trinity Stamps Baubles
Diamond Stickles
 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this beautiful paper pack, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
You really should swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. You won't be sorry, there's lots of inspiration to be had there. 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy
 
 

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge

Dear Ones~
This month over at the Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge my dear online bestie Barbara Campbell is hosting. I have known her virtually for quite some time, and she is over-the-top talented. Go visit her BLOG and you'll see what I mean. Her challenge is THREE THINGS. We must use (1) an image, (2) a die cut and (3) a sentiment. 
Here's what I came up with:

This image has been toner foiled with a stamp from Gina K Designs. I stamped the image in black ink, copied it with my laser printer to apply the toner, and then ran it through my laminator with the foil. SO MUCH FUN to find out I can foil any of my stamped images. It's a game changer. I colored the image with my Blick Alcohol Markers and then die cut it with the companion die.

The Ingredients:
Gina K Designs Ivory, Lovely Lavender and Ocean Mist Card Stock
Gina K Designs Basket weaver Cover Plate Die
Gina K Designs Sweet Spring Stamp Set
Gina K Designs Black Onyx Ink
Gina K Designs Sweet Sprigs Stamp Set for Greeting (I think it's retired)
Gina K Designs Gold Embossing Powder
Deco Foil in Gold
 
Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your lovely comments. Stay tuned for more fun challenges with old Stamp TV friends over at Gina K Designs

Until next time, here's celebrating your creative Muse!!
~judy




Can You Handle The Pressure - Flowers Twist

Dear Ones~
I am very happy and honored to announce that I have been invited to sit on the Can You Handle the Pressure Design Team. I am beyond flattered that they would have me.
 
 For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on our project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

FLOWERS

The twist is OPTIONAL!!
As long as you use an embossing folder, your project qualifies!!!
 
Here is my card:
I used a beautiful hot foiling plate by Spellbinders called Sweet Bloom Borders and foiled it in gold. It was colored with watercolors and then fussy cut. I used a Sizzix embossing folder called Organic Petals and covered the entire card base with the embossed white card stock panel. Then I adhered the fussy cut border along the edge and added a tiny strip of gold card stock. The greeting was gold hot foiled with a plate by Spellbinders called Yana's Sentiments. For a final touch I added the little gold baubles onto the embossed panel.



The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Sizzix Organic Petals 3D Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Sweet Bloom Border Hot Foil Plate
Spellbinders Yana's Sentiments Hot Foil Plate for Greeting
Mission Gold Watercolors
Tim Holtz Metallic Card Stock
Trinity Stamps Gold Baubles


 
 
 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous Park Lane embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Double D - Birds, Nests, or Birdhouses/Cages

Dear Ones~
Another challenge is up over at Double D, and this time it's all about birds. Here is the fabulous Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is what I came up with:
I just ADORE this sweet little bird from the Gina K Designs stamp set Winter Wings. Sadly, it is retired and I think it's a shame. It's a wonderful set and very easy to color. 

 
 
 
The Ingredients:
 GKD Dark Sage and Ivory Card Stock
Tim Holtz Metallic Card Stock
GKD Winter Wings Stamp Set
GKD Something Good Stamp Set
SU Sending Thoughts Stamp Set for Greeting
Sizzix Geo Floral Die
SU Tasteful Labels Die
Penny Black Antique Frame Die
Trinity Stamps Brushed Gold Baubles
 

 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die from Cottage Cutz, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
 

 You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there. 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

 

Friday, April 22, 2022

WHOOT ARE YOU?

 Dear Ones~

One of my besties, Donna Phelan, is guest hosting the Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge for the month of April, and I'm so excited to play along. Her challenge is to use a TAG on your card. How FUN!
 

This is what I came up with:

I am so in love with these adorable owls. The owl image is part of GKD Forest Friends Stamp Set by Melanie Muenchinger. I thought it would be fun to stamp them 3 times on the tag to look like they are peering out at us from a hole in a tree. They are stamped on kraft with black ink, embossed with clear embossing powder and then heavily colored with white colored pencil. That white really pops against the kraft - LOVE it! The background was stamped with the GKD Something Good Stamp Set by Lisa Hetrick, I love her work. That plank of wood border is stamped with an image from the GKD Perfect Pallets Stamp Set.


 
The Ingredients:
GKD Dark Sage, kraft, Dark Chocolate and Sandy Beach Card
GKD Dark Chocolate, Dark Sage and Fresh Asparagus Inks
GKD Decorative Tags Die Set
GKD Forest Friends and Forest Friends Additions Stamp Sets
GKD Something Good Stamp Set
GKD Perfect Pallets Stamp Set
Prismacolor White Pencil
Trinity Stamps Baubles

 
 
 
This was a fun challenge to do, and I adore Donna. She has been an online crafting friend for a very long time, I met her over at Stamp TV when Gina first started doing her videos. Aren't online friendships just the best? I am blessed.

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your lovely comments. Stay tuned for more fun challenges with old Stamp TV friends over at Gina K Designs

Until next time, here's celebrating your creative Muse!!
~judy

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Double D - Buildings

 Dear Ones~

This time over at Double D the theme is BUILDINGS. That's an interesting challenge, lots of possibilities. Here's the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is what I came up with:
Lots of die cutting here, but it's so much fun to make these little houses. I can't wait to use them for some Christmas Cards.
 

The Ingredients:
SU Soft Succulent Card Stock
Recollections Ivory Card Stock
Scrapbook.Com Boho Smooth Card Stock
Scrapbook.Com Floral Smooth Card Stock
Concord & 9th Home for the Holidays Dies
GLD Master Layouts 6 & 10
GKD Cottage Garden Stamp Set for Greeting


If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable Saltbox Houses die set from Impression Obsession, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 

I invite you to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there. 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Mod Squad - ANYTHING GOES!!!

Dear Ones~
It's my turn again over at The Mod Squad, and I have decided to give everyone free reign. ANYTHING GOES!!! Can't wait to see what you all comes up with.
 
 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's my card:

I made this card using the GKD Flowing Florals Stamp Set, with the Mixed Messages Sentiment Sheets for the greeting. I began by stenciling the background on White Layering Weight Card Stock with Whisper Ink, using the Ornamental Fans Stencil and my GKD Blending Brushes. I heat embossed that beautiful stamp on Black Onyx Card Stock using GKD Watermark and Embossing Ink and GKD Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. The Flowers from the stamp set were stamped with Cherry Red and Tangerine Twist Ink, using the rock and roll method, and the leaves were stamped with Sea Glass and Tranquil Teal Ink using that same method. They were die cut using the companion dies from the Flowing Florals Stamp Set. I cut the card panels using the GKD Master Layouts 1 Die Set. The card was then constructed using GKD Connect Glue. Card stocks used were Black Onyx, White Layering Weight and Red Hot.


 So that's it for me this time. Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. If you are the praying kind, please lift one up for all those who are suffering from the despicable horror that is going on over in Ukraine.  There are no words!!! 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.

~judy

Double D - EASTER

Dear Ones~

 I can't believe it's almost Easter! The winter has passed, although one would not know it from looking outside. We had snow again through the night. But Spring IS here, and with Spring comes Easter. That is the theme this time over at Double D. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
 

 And here is my card:
I absolutely ADORE this sweet little bunny image from Stampin' Up. It's been around a few years and I never tire of it. I paper pieced the bunny's shirt, painted him with watercolors and put little white gel pen dots on his cheeks to give him character.

 The Ingredients:
GKD Ivory Card Stock
Stampin' Up Fabled Friends Stamp Set
Stampin' Up Basket Weave Embossing Folder
Momenta Dies
Sunny Studio Flirty Flowers Patterned Paper
GKD Master Layouts 1 Dies
Stampin' Up Pierced Blooms Die for Bow



 
 
 
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable little stamp set by Lawn Fawn, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 


I wish you all a blessed Easter and a wonderful Spring. Thank you so much for all you sweet comments, they mean the world to me. 
 
Until next time, here's Celebrating your Creative Muse!
~judy

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Double D - HANDLES

 Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the theme is "HANDLES".  Isn't that interesting? It's a good thing we have this Mood Board for inspiration or I would have been stymied.  But now it all becomes clear.
Here is what I came up with:
As you can see, I took my inspiration from the photo in the lower right corner.  I'm tellin' ya, I had so much FUN making these little purses. There's a TON of YouTube videos out there to show how to make a myriad of different styles. I couldn't stop making them. The papers are from Stampin' Up. Patterned Paper is Flower and Field DSP and yellow card stock is Crushed Curry. I used punches from Paper Studio, Recollections and Martha Stewart for the little flowers and leaves, and for the border elements. The big layered daisy die is from Papertrey Ink, but I think it's retired because I can't find it on their sight. The pretty bow die is from The Greetery and is called Fit to be Tied. 
Baubles and brads are from my stash.






Here is the YouTube link for this style. It's by May May and uses one sheet of 12"x12" paper.










 
 
 
This little guy is another May May design. It's a miniatuare of the one above and uses a sheet of 6"x6" paper. You can watch the video HERE.







 
 
 
 
 This one was designed by Angelina from Intertwyne Designs. It was a little more involved. You can watch her video HERE.





 
 
 
 
 
 And finally, this one was designed by Julie at The Paper Pixie and again uses a 12"x12" piece of paper. You can see her video HERE.







If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die from Impression Obsession, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
 
As I write this Ukraine is STILL under seige. It so saddens me that people can't live in peace and just get along. If you are the praying kind, Dear Reader, may I ask you to lift one up for those in harm's way.  And don't forget to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Mod Squad - Standing with Ukraine

Dear Ones~
We all know what's going on in Ukraine right now. In light of this, I am inviting Mod Squad Challenge players to support Ukraine by creating a card using only Ukraine's flag colors, which are blue and yellow. 

 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's my card:

Card stocks used for this card are GKD Ivory, Wild Dandelion and Powder Blue. The background reflects the flag of Ukraine. The sunflowers for this card are from the GKD Sweet Spring Stamp Set and I used the Companion Die Set to cut them out.. Using the GKD Glimmering Gold Fancy Foil I foiled the images after printing them with my laser printer on Wild Dandelion Card Stock. I then colored them with my Copic Markers. It’s hard to photograph the glimmer, but it’s there. The heart die cuts were done with the Master Layouts 4 Die Set and the greeting is from the Pressed Flowers 2 Stamp Set. It was stamped with GKD Embossing and Watermark Ink and heat embossed with Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.


 So that's it for me this time. Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. If you are the praying kind, please lift one up for all those who are suffering from the despicable horror that is going on over in Ukraine.  There are no words!!! 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.

~judy

 

 

 

 


Double D - POCKETS

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the theme is POCKETS! How fun!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
And here is my card:
There really is a pocket there. It's kind of hidden by all those flowers. I used an Altenew die set I just acquired called Painted Blooms. I like it because there are not a lot of pieces to die cut and I think it comes together pretty sweet. I also recently purchased another little die from Altenew called Twigtastic. I really like it. It's that square attached to the banner. To create the pocket I used the Lawn Fawn Gift Card Pocket Die. This is not a color combination I use often, but I think it works here.

The Ingredients:
Recollections Ivory Card Stock
GKD Charcoal Brown Card Stock
GKD Charcoal Brown Ink
Altenew Painted Blooms Die Set
Altenew Twigtastic Stand Alone Die
Lawn Fawn Gift Card Pocket Die
Scrapbook.Com Smooth Card Stock in Cools and Warms
Honey Bee Team Tie Dye Patterned Paper
Honey Bee Summer Stems Patterned Paper
SU Nature's Etchings Stamp Set for Greeting
Judy Dots 
(Haven't Used Those in Forever)

 

If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die from Cheapo Dies, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 



As I write this Ukraine is under seige. It so saddens me that people can't live in peace and just get along. If you are the praying kind, Dear Reader, may I ask you to lift one up for those in harm's way.  And don't forget to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.

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

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Double D - Shades of PINK!

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the theme is SHADES OF PINK. The Mood Board is gorgeous, just look at all that luscious color!!!
 
And here's my card:



 
 
 
 
I recently got this GORGEOUS die set from Honey Bee called Lovely Layers: Roses. They have several different die sets in this series Lovely Layers, and they are all spectacular. Greeting is done with my Glimmer Machine and Yana Smakula's glimmer plate.

 
The Ingredients:
Recollections Rose Petal Card Stocks
GKD Fresh Asparagus and Grass Green Card Stocks 
GKD Thick Brush Stencil
SU Sahara Sand Ink
GKD Cranberry Tart and Dusty Rose Inks
SSS Field Ink
Honey Bee Lovely Layers: Rose Die Set
Spellbinders Yana's Sentiments for Greeting
Spellbinders Gold Glimmer Foil
Stash Gold Foil Card Stock
 
 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die set from Impression Obsession, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 



So that's it for me today. I so appreciate your kind comments, they always make me smile. Don't forget to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.

Until next time, here's celebrating our Creative Muse!!
~judy


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Mod Squad - Hearts and Flowers

 Dear Ones~
It's time for another challenge over at The Mod Squad Challenge. This time our theme is Hearts and Flowers, in honor of Valentine's Day.
 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 card~

I decided it would be fun to stencil over some patterned paper (thanks for the idea Nancy Leppek) so I chose one from the GKD patterned paper pack Smitten. It was really fun, you should try it. I love that cute stencil set from the new Luck & Love Kit from Gina K. This is my first Valentine of the year, I better get busy!!!


 
 
 
 
I love the little button dies from the GKD Master Layouts 4 Die Set. Here I cut 4 of them and layered them together. I think it makes a cute little finishing touch.








The Ingredients:
GKD Passionate Pink, Black Onyx and Dusty Rose Ink
GKD Passionate Pink, Black and White Card Stock
GKD Smitten Patterned Paper
GKD Layered Hearts Stencil Set
GKD Luck & Love Stamps and Dies
GKD Frame Flora Stamps and Dies
Stately Flowers 6 Stamp Set
Fancy Borders Dies
Master Layouts 1 Dies
Master Layouts 4 Dies
Trinity Stamps Bubble Bath Baubles
Stash Ribbon

 So that's it for me this time. 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.

~judy
 

 

Double D - Hearts

 Dear Ones~
There is another challenge up over at Double D. This time it's HEARTS. What a surprise, since we are almost to Valentine's Day. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 

And here is my card:

I just got this new die set from Altenew called Woven Heart. You cut the die out twice and then weave it. Jeepers, you sure have to hold your mouth just right to get it to weave together. I finally watched a video on how to do it that was very helpful. For this one I used solid red for one side and a patterned paper for the other so that I got that gingham check reflected in the Mood Board photos. And of course I had to "Glimmer" the greeting.


 
The Ingredients:
GKD Red Velvet and White Card Stock
SU Sending Love DSP
Altenew Woven Hearts Die
SU Wreath Builder Dies
Scrapbook.Com Sprigs Dies
Tim Holtz Crackle Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Just Bee-cause Glimmer Plate for Greeting
Crimson Stars Glimmer Foil


 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die from Cottage Cutz, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 
So that's it for me today. I so appreciate your kind comments, they always make me smile. Don't forget to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.

Until next time, here's celebrating our Creative Muse!!
~judy