Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stampfest at Lynette's May 4, 2022

Lynette and I had a great time stamping and visiting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 

Our inspiration for this card was Ceal Pritchett's card made with Gina K's Cake Toppers stamp set. Click here to see Ceal's card on her Simply Beautiful Creations blog.

We used a top folding card, cutting our cardstock in half lengthwise at the 4-1/4 inch mark. We then created the "table" using another piece of cardstock and a stencil from Lynette's stash. We used a blending brush and Gina K's sea glass ink to add color. Then cut it with Gina K's scalloped rectangle from Master Layouts 4. We placed that on our white card base on an angle, like Ceal's card.

Lynette stamped the cake layers with distress antique linen, stacking them like Ceal did. Then she fussy cut the cakes. Lynette used gold embossing powder on the cake plate and fussy cut that too. 

The flowers are from Gina K's Stippled flowers set. I colored them with colored pencils and fussy cut. The Mr & Mrs and Congratulations are from the Cake Toppers set and were both stamped in Versafine onyx black and fussy cut. 

Our birthday and anniversary cards were inspired by Debbie Cole Gustafson's card shared on the Gina K Designs & StampTV Friends Facebook Group on April 23, 2022. I am so grateful to her for sharing because I was never sure where to add the flowers! Thanks so much Debbie!  I love your arrangement and I hope you don't mind that we CASED your wonderful card!

Lynette stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Gina K's Sketched Flowers stamp set.

I stamped the happy anniversary sentiment from Gina K's Stippled Flowers stamp set.

 Using a stamping platform, we arranged the Wild Blossoms leaves stamp and used Gina K jelly bean green ink. We place the flowers stamps on a small acrylic block and stamped with Gina K turquoise sea for the larger flower and Gina K blue lagoon for the smaller flower buds. Again, we used the same placement that Debbie Cole Gustafson used on her card. 

Lynette, Don and I had a very nice walk to a local restaurant for lunch. On the way home we walked through a park and enjoyed the tulips and other spring flowers and tree blossoms! Thanks, Lynette for a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Stampfest at Lynette's March 21, 2022

Lynette and I had a great time stamping and visiting this past Monday, March 21, 2022.

Lynette liked a card I made, similar to the above. I was honored...and happy to bring the supplies for that. She made these two card fronts with Gina K's water droplet stencil and some sequin waste as a stencil.
Inks: Gina K key lime, turquoise sea; 
          distress abandoned coral

"Hello" and "Happy" stamps and dies from Gina K's Tropical Blooms

Die cut flower and butterfly and matching stencil from GK Fluttering Fall kit.

Lynette and I used my new Gina K's "A Little Love Layering Stencil Bundle" which includes 3 Ruffled Flower stencils. We brushed on Gina's Turquoise Sea and Blue Lagoon for the flower petals. The yellow center is stamped in Gina's Wild Dandelion ink using a tiny round stamp from Gina's A Little Love stamp set. The vines are sponged using the Ruffled Flowers stencils with Gina's Key Lime and Jelly Bean inks.

Lynette found a card like this one on Jenny Engelke's Giddy Stamper blog. We scored a layer of white cardstock at about the 1/2 inch mark. Then we stamped with Gina K's Tropical Blooms and some fern stamps from Lynette's stash. We used Gina K's Wild Lilac Ink, stamping off on the ferns to add a lighter version. For the green ferns we used Gina K's Jelly Bean green.

I was gifted with a huge assortment of Gina K stamps and papers when my friend, Mona S. mailed a treasure box filled with supplies! It was like Christmas when I opened that box! THANK YOU SO MUCH, MONA!!! The guitar is from Gina K: You Have My Heart and the sentiment from Gina's: You Get Me. The flower and vine are Gina's Sketched Flowers. Musical notes from Lynette's stash of stamps! I used colored pencils to add some color to the guitar.
Inks: Gina K's honey mustard, bubblegum pink, jelly bean green.

Here is Lynette in her huge craft room! We always have so much fun when we meet! She made Don and me a wonderful Chili dinner too! Plus we had a nice walk in the neighborhood, enjoying the 72 degrees F weather!  THANK YOU, LYNETTE for a wonderful day!

And thanks to my cyber friends for taking the time to visit. Wishing you Peace and All Good!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Valentines 2022

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I made simple Valentine's cards this year. Was very happy to use an old Stampin' Up! set from 2001 called Thanks From The Heart. The two crocheted hearts in the image directly above were made using Sarah's free crochet instructions on her blog, Sarah Maker. The other crocheted and felt hearts have been around for a long time.

I stamped most of the jars with Gina K's ocean mist. I stamped a few jars with Gina K's bubblelgum pink and blue raspberry, SU's ballet blue and distress broken china. Most of the hearts were stamped in  passionate pink, but used bubblegum pink on a few. Sentiment on the front if from Hero Arts, Month February set.

Sentiment on the inside is from Stampin' Up's 2001 Love Always set.

Wishing you a Sweet and Happy Valentine's Day filled with good health, happiness and love!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Fluttering Fall Butterfly and Flower on Dry Embossed Layer

I was so happy to finally use a dry embossed layer (Cuttlebug Victoria) that has been sitting on my stamping desk for some time. I added color to it with Gina K's ink and blending brushes. Then used  stencils and blending brushes to add color to Gina K's flower, leaves and butterfly from her Fluttering Fall Layering Stencil Bundle.   

Here you see the same layout but with a Momenta butterfly embossing folder for the background.
Sentiment from Gina K's Sketched Flowers set.

Inks: Gina K lucky clover, bubblegum pink, sweet mango, wild lilac, wild dandelion
Distress: hickory smoke
Versafine  onyx black

Thanks for visiting! Wishing you Peace and all good!

Monday, January 31, 2022

Stampfest at Lynette's, January 27, 2022

My friend, Lynette and I had a blast stamping last Thursday, Jan. 27. We explored masking and ink blending with brushes. We followed YouTube tutorials as we worked on our cards and layers. We used my new Gina K Friendly Silhouettes stamp set, except for the musical notes background in the first card. 

For this card and the six rectangle card below we followed Jennifer McGuire's YouTube,  Masked Background Techniques - Easily Achieve Amazing Results! Since we did not have the Gina K masking magic, we used post it notes plus some old post it tape Lynette found in her stash.

Starting at the bottom using blending brushes we applied Gina K turquoise sea ink then lucky clover ink. We did go back and add fresh asparagus at the top, just as in Jennifer's demo. 

We stamped a musical notes stamp (from Lynette's stash) with tranquil teal ink. Then we heat set the ink, just as Jennifer suggested. When that was dry we removed all the masking. 

We did place a strip of post its on the bottom of the rectangle before stamping with Versafine onyx black using a Gina K Friendly Silhouettes stamp. 

We did not have Gina's four rectangle window die to create our masking rectangles. We improvised by masking the area by hand. We used a piece of cardstock measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches. I placed this layer on some scrap paper. Then with a ruler, I drew guidelines on the scrap paper to help with placement of our masking.  

As you can see in the photo on the left, my rectangles on the bottom layer are "off". Lynette's card on the right have nicely aligned rectangles because she used a long strip of narrow post it tape so she could easily keep everything in alignment. 

We added color with blending brushes using these Gina K inks in the rectangles working left to right--
top layer: passionate pink, sweet mango, wild dandelion
bottom layer: powder blue, turquoise sea, grass green.

Then masking each rectangle carefully, we stamped with various images from the Friendly Silhouettes set using Versafine black onyx ink, just as Jennifer did.

For the card above, we used an oval die to cut out a mask in cardstock.  Then starting at the bottom and working our way upward, we blended with  wild wisteria, passionate pink and bubblegum pink. We did not add a text stamp background as Jennifer's card. 

Stamped one of the Friendly Silhouettes stamps by Gina K with Versafine onxy black ink before removing the mask. 

We followed the Jenny Card Designs YouTube: How To Ink Blend A Sunset Into A Night Sky | Gina K Designs Natural Silhouettes for this card layer. Starting from the bottom, we used these Gina K inks: wild dandelion, bubblegum pink, wild wisteria. Then for the blue we used distress blue denim because I do not have the Gina K blue denim. 

For the trees, I used Gina K's Friendly Silhouettes with Versafine onyx black, just as in all the rest of the silhouette stamping.

Thanks to Jennifer McGuire and Jenny of Jenny Card Designs for their clear and helpful tutorials which made our card making day very fun and productive!

Thank you for visiting!
Peace and all good!