Flutterby Friends by gina k

Happy Thursday! It's time for a Team O challenge at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Like always, the board offers many possibilities this week.  I chose the left column - CAS, Stencil, Flowers.

I used a new stencil from gina k. It is part of Scrapbook & Cards Today's "Let's Stamp Together" series. I'm new to the series so I'm not sure what is included with each shipment, but this one came with a stencil, stamp set and matching dies! I missed the "stamp together" part so I created my own card.

I'm new to gina k although I've known of her products for years. I think it's one of those things where I have so much stuff do I really want to start collecting more from yet another manufacturer? But I do like her designs (I now have a couple) and this particular set is pretty versatile. I can see using this as a thank you or birthday card.

And because I wanted to blend within the stencil I used some Altenew inks. I purchased them because Altenew has lovely layered flowers and there inks are sold in packs that are perfect for layering and blending.  They also smooth out as they dry. Something not all inks do.

In keeping with the "treasure" sentiment I added a small rhinestone near the word "friends".

I hope you'll join us this week at the challenge; it has lots of fun elements!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: gina k. Flutterby Friends
  • Dies: MFT Stitched Rectangles
  • Inks: Altenew Rubelite, Pinkalicious, Orange Cream, Parrot, Moss

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Shake, Shake, Share a Milkshake

Happy Tuesday! Our color challenge for February at CAS Colours & Sketches is Balmy Blue, Sweet Sorbet and Mint Macaron.

I was in a bit of a quandary with these colors. I just wasn't sure how to approach them. When I thought I bit outside the box I came up with this card. Too often i find my self being very literal with the colors. But it is fun to play with unexpected colors especially with stamps that are whimsical like  these.

I took a few tries to get these to line up and I found stamping the darker part FIRST was easier to line up than the lighter area first. Since the light area is just the Balmy Blue stamped off once it really didn't make a difference. I'm not sure how it would have turned out had the blue been two different blues.

I  hope you'll stop by the challenge and maybe even join us! We love seeing your creations!

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Spring Tea Color Challenge

Good evening!  Tonight's card features some new (to me) Spellbinders products - Spring Tea and Garden Path embossing folder.

This card was easy to make and is for the color challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week. Barbara's colors are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Pool Party with Animals for dessert. All the pieces are cut from cardstock scraps of the colors and I added some ribbon.  something I need to do more of as I have a LOT of ribbon!

Products used:

  • Dies: Spellbinders Spring Tea
  • Embossing Folder: Garden Party

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Valentine's Day Cards with Anna Griffin

I made some Valentine's Day cards this weekend using the Anna Griffin Valentine Spinner kit. The kit makes interactive cards that are suitable for friends (YAY!).  I really like that because there are are just only so many romantic Valentines I can send (as in one - to the hubby.) These cards will be going to friends that I see weekly while playing Mah Jong and my daughters and mother-in-law.

For the most part, these cards have an antique Valentine feel. I say that because there are elements in the kit that can be used to make cards that are less floral and ornate. Although with Anna Griffin cards, ornate is a relative term!

My main card is for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week - middle row across Layers, Friendship, Circle.

I have a few tips for making spinner cards.  You need to line up the two pieces on either side of the string and that can be hard if what you're lining up is the same color as your work surface. I place a piece of contrasting cardstock underneath the circle and it makes things much easier to see and align.

My second tip is for this or any kit where you have lots of pieces.  I take some small trays - the kind you use to organize drawers - and put my various pieces in those. Here I had one for the spinner pieces, one for flowers, hearts, etc. I find my desk stays neater and creating goes a bit faster, especially when making multiples.

I hope you've enjoyed my cards today and will join us for this week's challenge!

Products used:

  • Anna Griffin Valentine Spinner Card Kit

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