Jan 31, 2023

January Catch Up Club

A few friends and I regularly register for some really great virtual card making events.  It's so fun to be texting during the classes, sharing photos, helpful hints, etc.

However, real life does interrupt each of us from time to time and we miss classes.  Or, often one of us will find a particular card challenging or we may be tired so we opt to create it later.  Time goes by...and by...before you know it months have passed. 

We decided that 2023 would be the catch up year. On the last day of the month we would post something from an unfinished kit, challenge or class and feel better about catching up!

My first card features some products from Pinkfresh Studio:

  • Ornate Circle Die
  • Geo Arch Hot Foil Plate
  • Foiled Sentiments III Die Cut Sentiments

I varied from the actual class design and die cut the Dove using the "Serene Garden"  by Stampin' Up. The Dove is heat embossed with a white sparkle powder from my stash.

The Geo Arch embossed panel is on a white glimmer stock by A Muse Studios.  The dragonfly is a punch that I've had forever.

I made a set of these for a swap on Split Coast Stampers.

My second card is a slim line card and features all Pinkfresh products:

  • Geo Arch Hot Foil Plate for background panel
  • Essentials Mini Slim Frames Dies
  • Foiled Sentiments III Die Cut Sentiments
  • Peony Fantasy stamp and die sets
  • Peony Fantasy Layering Stencils
The peonies are gold embossed and then colored with blending brushes and inks. Then the are all die cut and layered on top of the card front.

There's a lot of depth to this one but I do like how it turned out.

Both of these cards were from a past Create and Connect Virtual Card Making Event.

Now it's time for me (and you) to hop on over to the blogs of my Catch Up Club members and admire their work!

Barb's Inkin' to Retirement

It's Totally Terry

Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than Therapy

Jan 22, 2023

January's Double Duty

On the 22nd of each month a group of friends have a challenge called Double Duty. We have a predetermined stamp company assigned to each month. We are to make two different cards, using the same stamp (or stamp set) from the designated company. 

As another way to double up, at least one item has to be used on both cards. It could be card stock, an embellishment, embossing folder, a stencil, etc.

This month we are to use a Gina K Designs stamp set. For my cards I picked the "Petite Geraniums" set. Here are my two cards.

This card has a white panel stamped with the geranium image and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. 

The background was inked using Gina K's blender brushes.

The black panel is die cut with "Through the Woods Window Die" by Hero Arts.

The card is embellished with clear drops by Pinkfresh and the flower centers have Stardust Sickles applied.

The second card was inked first using blender brushes. Then the image and sentiment was stamped onto it with black ink.

The centers of the flowers have Stardust Stickles and clear drops are also used.

White and black card stock is used on both cards and the same sentiment from the stamp set is used on each card.

Lots of doubling up for this month's cards! I hope that you visit the blogs of the other Double Duty members:




Jan 15, 2023

Creative Crew January Challenge

"The Creative Crew" formerly known as The Dueling Darlings, is back once again this year. Each month on the 15th we will post a card made from a challenge kit sent to the Crew by one of our own.

To start things off right, Jeanette and Barb co-hosted the January challenge. To keep us on our toes, Barb sent the image and Jeanette sent us papers and embellishments. And each of them kept it a secret from each other!  The only thing known to them was that the theme would be SNOW.

Here's my card.

Barb sent us "Snowman and Broom-Large" from Creative Vision. Isn't he just too cute?! 

I colored him with Spectrum Noir, and painted his body using clear Wink of Stella.

Jeanette sent us a great packet of papers, ribbons, sequins and snowflake sequins. 

The little striped tag is from Paper Studio. I wrote "SNOW" on it. 

Here's a close up of the snowman to try to show how sparkly he is from the Wink of Stella.

Thanks to Barb and Jeanette for a fun first challenge!

I'm up for February's challenge and I hope that everyone enjoys what I've come up with.

Hop on over to admire the rest of the cards from The Creative Crew:

Barb - Barb's Inkin' In Retirement

Carol - Lost in My Craft Room

Jeanette - Cre8tive Play

Lorraine - SCS Gallery

Terry - It's Totally Terry

Tracie - Crafty Creations by Tracie

Thanks for stopping by!