Sunday, 29 December 2019

A Year in Review Challenge

Every month, Altenew has an Inspiration Challenge. For December, it's A Year in Review Challenge. We could choose any of the inspiration photos from 2019.

I chose the colours from March, and made this sympathy card.

I used the Altenew Layered Poppy stamp set, and Gina K. Designs ink: Red Hot, Red Velvet, Jelly Bean Green, and Fresh Asparagus. I matted it with black before attaching it to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink, cut it out and popped it up with some foam squares.

Since it was a sympathy card, I wanted to keep it fairly simple. 

The challenge ends in a couple of days, so I'm getting this uploaded just in time. I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Birthday Tag

The Gina K. Designs Monthly Mix Challenge for December is Tag, You're It! I know I will need some birthday tags this year, so now I have one made!


The Gina K. Designs (GKD) Lovely Lilies stamp set, by Claire Brennan, is a layering set. It makes it so easy to create a beautiful flower with lots of dimension. I stamped the different layers, using GKD Bubblegum Pink, Dusty Rose, Passionate Pink, and Cherry Red ink. I added the sentiment with GKD Jet Black Amalgam ink.

I thought it looked a little bare, so I added Clear Wink of Stella over the background and adhered a few rhinestones before punching a hole and attaching the ribbon.

I'm getting this in under the wire for the challenge, as it ends on December 31st. I can't believe we're so close to the end of the year! I guess all that's left to say is Happy New Year!

Monday, 23 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

The theme for this week at the Mod Squad Challenge is Christmas or Winter, so I thought I would share the Christmas card that I made this year.

I saw this design on Pinterest and used a variety of stamp sets to make my card. I used my MISTI since I was making 30 cards. It really helped to speed up the process.

I used a top folding white card base. The manger scene is from the Inkadinkado O Holy Night set. It was stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed in gold. The sentiment, from Gina K. Designs Sentimental Holiday, was stamped with Gina K. Designs In the Navy ink.

On a piece of navy blue cardstock, I stamped the two flourishes with VersaMark ink and embossed them in gold. The one on the right is from the Inkadinkado Snowflakes set and the one on the left is from the Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies set. I cut the middle wedge out of the blue cardstock, glued a thin strip of gold cardstock on each side, and glued the two pieces onto the card base.

I made the star with my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and embossed it in gold before attaching it in the corner.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Snowy Birthday

I needed to make a birthday card this week, and there were two challenges that needed a snowy/winter theme, so that was the inspiration for my card.

I could have made this a one layer card, but I stamped the frame before I thought about it (Gina K. Designs(GKD) Holiday Frame). I used my MISTI to position all my stamps. I added the scene elements that come with the set, using GKD  Jet Black Amalgam ink and Christmas Pine ink.  I cut a mask and added GKD White Glitz Glitter Gel. Once that dried, I coloured in the snowman with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers OR2, AG3, and DR2. I used IG2 to make the shadows and IB2 to colour the frame outlines.

I used a VersaMark pen on the trees and embossed them with GKD Puffy White embossing powder.
The sentiment is from the GKD Holiday Frame Fillers set, and was embossed in silver. I attached the panel to a white card base.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Last Tag

I have my last tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I was inspired by Laurie, from Day 15, with this tag.

This is what I came up with.

The stamps are from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Greenery set. The trees were stamped with  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the sentiment was embossed in gold.

For the red tag, I used the Gina K. Designs Sassy Stripes stencil, with VersaMark ink to make the stripes. I added the ribbon and twine to attach the tags together.

I am also entering this in the Gina K. Designs Mix Challenge - Tag, You're It!, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Let's Sparkle, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Traditional Christmas.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Another Day 18 Tag

I was inspired by Lindsay to make another tag for day 18 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am also entering this in the Gina K. Designs Mix Challenge - Tag, You're It!, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Let's Sparkle, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Traditional Christmas.

Here is Lindsay's tag.

And here is mine.

I used Gina K. Designs stamps and inks for this tag. The tag was inked with Dusty Rose, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Lilac ink. To add sparkle, I went over the tag with a Clear Wink of Stella pen. The snowflakes are from two stamp sets - Christmas Greenery and Seasonal Sentiments. They were embossed in white. 

The sentiments are from the Christmas Joy set, and the Merry & Bright set. I masked off the rest of the sentiment for May your days be, and then cut it out with a die that came with the Tim Holtz  Celebrate set. The sentiments were both heat embossed in silver. Once I adhered the sentiments with foam squares, I added the ribbon.

Another Day 10 Tag

Here is another tag from day 10 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Traditional Christmas.

I was inspired by this tag, by Natasha.

Here is my take on the tag.

I used a digital snowman design that I found on my computer. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell me who designed it. It certainly is cute! I coloured it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers DR4, AG3, EB5, OR2, IG10, and IG1 and used Gina K. Designs Puffy White embossing powder on the hat brim and pompom.

I masked the bottom of the tag, and inked the sky with Gina K. Designs Powder Blue and Ocean Mist ink. I spritzed it with water to look like snow. 

The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Sparkling Snowflake stamp set. It was embossed in white and trimmed down. I added the snowman and sentiment to the tag before tying the bow.


Another Day 1 Tag

When I saw that the Gina K. Designs Monthly Mix challenge was Tag, You're It!, I knew that I had to make a few more tags for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

I have another tag from Day 1. My inspiration was this tag by Joyce.

Here is my tag, using Gina K. Designs stamps.

The poinsettia comes from the Merry & Bright stamp set. Since it is a solid stamp, I stamped it on gold foil cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat set it with red embossing powder. I used the matching die to cut it out.

The sentiment comes from the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added the ribbon and twine after I punched the hole.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Scor-Pal More than one Score December Challenge

It's time for the Scor-Pal More Than One Score December Challenge - Any December Holiday. I give a few gift cards for Christmas and I like to make something to put them in. I saw a gift card holder in a video by Gina K. It comes in two parts and you can see them here and here.

To make the gift card holder, start with a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 10". With the 10" side at the top of your Scor-Pal, score at 3", 4", 5", and 8". Round all 4 corners. Cut patterned paper as follows: 
For the outside: 2 - 2 3/4" x 4"; 1 - 1 3/4" x 4".
For the inside: 2 - 2 3/4" x 4"; 1 - 1 3/4" x 4"; 2 - 3/4" x 4".

Lay the patterned paper on the corresponding sections of the cardstock. Round the corners of the end pieces and attach all the pieces. With the outside facing up, place Scor-Tape on the edge of the two 1-inch sections, as shown in the picture.

Fold along the score lines, making a valley fold between the two 1" sections. Remove the backing of the Scor-Tape and adhere the two sections. Cut off the very top edge of the taped section. This gives you a piece that sticks up and the gift card goes in between the two pieces of cardstock.

To finish it off, wrap a piece of ribbon around the folded up holder, adhere with a Glue Dot and attach a small medallion to cover up where the ribbon joins.

I hope you'll join the challenge this month. You just have to have more than one score on your project and follow the theme - any December holiday. You could win a $25 gift certificate to the Scor-Pal store!

Supplies used:
ColorBox Scarlet pigment ink
Stamp set by Jennifer Ellory that came with a magazine
Glue Dots
patterned paper, ribbon from my stash