Challenges, Paper piecing

Gotta love a two-for-one

A two-fer is always a good thing. The latest Online Card Class reminded me of this paper strip technique just in time for a couple of challenges today 🎉

Supplies used:

  • Traditional tree die from Crafters Companion
  • Joy die from Rejoicing hedgie by Penny Black
  • Merry Christmas sentiment from Snow globe greetings by My Favorite Things
  • Star die from Spellbinders poinsettia Christmas tree
Challenges, Spellbinders

Spellbinders advent day 2

While it didn’t quite work out the way I’d first planned, I enjoyed creating this spotlight card. I’ve decided I need to start using supplies in my stash so I’m finally trying to use gamsol and stumps to colour images with. Still need lots more practice but I’m enjoying the process.

I also decided to use my colour cubes for the first time to try a different colour palette … then realised I don’t have many pencil colours to choose from so it’s not quite the same as I had to use a red to make orange and it overpowered the yellow underneath. It’s all good, though, that’s all part of the learning!

I’m also entering this into the Beautiful Blossoms moodboard challenge.

Challenges, Craft Roulette, Gina K Designs, Mixed media

Craft Roulette episode 191

I adore everything about this card – this is quite possibly my most favourite stencil of all time, and the Glitz glitter gel takes the simple ink blending to a whole other level.

  • Project: Drop down (snowflakes drop down)
  • Colours: Supper table (my crockery is all blues/aquas so that’s what I based my colours on)
  • Element: Season(s) (I chose the festive Christmas season)
  • Random: Shiny (you can’t get much more shiny than that Glitz glitter gel, but I also foiled my sentiment for an extra bit of shine)
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 190

I was away last weekend at a wedding and totally forgot about my Craft Roulette card until late Thursday night – I’d planned what I wanted to do while I was away but I had to quickly pivot to make something totally different that was a lot faster and simpler! This was the result.

  • Project: Fun fold (I chose a simple easel card)
  • Colours: Aquarium (I went for aqua water with orange and black for clown fish)
  • Element: November (23 November is National Espresso Day)
  • Random: 3-item cluster (coffee bean embellishments next to the word ‘coffee’)

Supplies used:

  • Perk up stamp and stencil combo by Taylored Expressions
  • Cozy cup stamp by The Greetery
  • Cup refills stamp by Casual Fridays (sentiment – I cut the stamp in half so I could use the words in sections)
  • Crafty roast clay coffee bean embellishment mix by Trinity Stamps
  • Inks by Gina K Designs in (from memory) Ocean mist, Turquoise sea, Tranquil teal, Sweet mango, Tangerine twist, Faded brick, Kraft, Warm cocoa, Black onyx
  • Tranquil teal and Tomato soup cardstocks by Gina K Designs
Challenges, Gilding, Gina K Designs

Gilded autumn leaves

I used the Autumn Silhouettes stamp set by Gina K Designs with some gilding flakes to create this CAS card. Mostly created around 1am after falling asleep yesterday at 4pm 😳 Feeling rubbish today but just had to glue the layers together to finish it while waiting for some water to boil yay. That’s my card for day 14 of my card a day challenge with Mel’s Card Corner who’s sadly more under the weather than me today 🙁 And on that note back to bed I go … but not before adding this to the following challenges:

Supplies used:

  • Autumn silhouettes stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Posh thank you hot foil plate and die by Memory Box
  • Glue, ink pad and sponge from the gilding flakes starter kit by Crafter’s Companion
  • Red blaze and Summer meadow gilding flakes by Cosmic Shimmer

Kraft Christmas

Well out of my comfort zone for the latest colour challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown to use Kraft, black and white. I decided to go with a sassy saying 😉 And that’s also my day 13 card done for my challenge with Mel’s Card Corner.

Supplies used:

  • Ho ho ho background stamp by My Favorite Things
  • Stay classy stamp by Riley & Co
  • Santa silhouette die by Gina K Designs
  • Rose gold stars by Taylored Expressions
Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 189

I already had this card in mind to make this weekend so I was super excited that it fit this week’s Craft Roulette parameters – I just had to add postage stamp to the mix and tweak the colours yay!! I really loved making this card and super happy with it – it also doubles as my ‘card a day challenge’ with Mel’s Card Corner as well, along with the layer it up challenge over at the Cut It Up Challenge blog.

  • Project: A2 card (bless you Cathy Z for choosing this as guest’s choice!)
  • Colours: Forest (brown and green for trees, red for berries and toadstools)
  • Element: Starts with H (holly)
  • Random: Postage stamp or mark (postage stamp die layer)

Holly sprigs were initially ink blended with Christmas pine dye ink by Gina K Designs, then spritzed with Altenew Forest glades shimmer spray (probably went a bit overboard with that one!). Some splatters of blue gold Gansai Tambi watercolour paint.

Supplies used:

  • Sealed holly sprigs die by Spellbinders
  • Forest glades metallic shimmer spray by Altenew (used on the holly leaves)
  • Holiday flora embossing folder by Gina K Designs
  • Nesting postage stamp infinity dies by Hero Arts
  • Gansai Tambi Starry colours watercolour set by Kuretake
  • Sealed twine die by Spellbinders
  • Wax seal starter kit, red wax beads and Merry Christmas wax seal stamp by Spellbinders
  • Gold foil cardstock by Stampin’ Up!
  • Real red cardstock by Stampin’ Up!
  • Kraft cradstock by Gina K Designs

CAS Mermaid

I almost forgot to join the AAA Cards challenge this week, and couldn’t find the stamp I’d originally planned to use. A really quick pivot and I ended up creating a totally different card instead. Not my finest work created in a big hurry on the evening before the challenges closes, but it’s quite cute and will go into my charity bin for someone to enjoy 🙂 You can’t see it in the photo but the waves have a shimmer spray on them and it’s ever so pretty in the light! I used the ‘Mermaid for you’ stamp set by Lawn Fawn and ‘Mermaid scales’ stencil by Gina K Designs.

I don’t know what’s happened to the image – my phone is showing the post correctly, but the website is showing the photo squished horizontally so it looks square instead of the A2 size it is … so very odd!

Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 187

I created my Craft Roulette card pretty quickly this week. I don’t really give gift cards to friends or family, so I wanted to think of another way to incorporate that pesky parameter. In hindsight I wish I’d left the background white instead of stamping with a light teal. Not the best card I’ve ever made, in my opinion, but still happy to have another episode and contribution under my belt, taking me to 117 in total now.

  • Project: Gift card
  • Colours: Coffee shop (I did a google search and chose a colour palette from the results)
  • Element: Go wild (stencil animal print on the gift box, plus wild in the stamped sentiment)
  • Random: Add a number(s) (9pm in the sentiment)

Supplies used:

  • Rotating pool stencil by Taylored Expressions (to create the animal print)
  • Sassy pants birthday greetings 3 by My Favorite Things
  • Sea glass cardstock and ink by Gina K Designs
  • Dark chocolate ink by Gina K Designs
  • Kraft cardstock by Gina K Designs