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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Playing Catch up with Gina K

Hi friends...gosh I didn't realize how much time has gone by and I haven't posted anything!
I have been playing a bit, just always getting interrupted and never get the pictures taken of the cards, then they all pile up on me and here I am, trying to catch up!
So you know Gina K usually does three videos a week, sometimes only two, but I sure look forward to them, it is a great way to try a new technique or revisit one that hasn't been done in a long time!
So I will start with the current and work backwards and post them all here in one place!
Friday night was coloring with bleach on colored cardstock!
Now I have done bleaching before, but I usually sponged on color using DI or DOX and taking them away with the bleach. This time it was all about using the bleach to remove color from the cardstock!
Isn't it amazing that the flowers are a yellow when you use bleach on the cardstock, I think it is so pretty!  I stamped with black ink and then again with versamark and used clear EP, that way the bleach doesn't run off as much as it could without the raised edge from the embossed part of the flower.  And where it did go off a bit, a tip from Gina K was just to use a colored pencil of the same shade as the paper to cover it up!  That worked perfectly!!

This is what I used:
PTI cardstock:  Terra Cotta Tile
HA:  Nasturtium stamp (flower)
Altenew:  Starry Flowers (sentiment)

Gina K:  Whimsical Flowers (flower)
PTI: Sending you Comfort (sentiment)
PTI paper (tropical teal)
I love the soft colors once the darker teal color was removed with bleach.

One of her Wednesday Whimsy videos was making a window card.
Started out making soft clouds in the background.
Then stamp and color the image with prisma color pencils and move the color around with gamsol, cut it in quarters, mount it on black paper leaving a little space.

 Gina K : Whimsical flowers
Gina K:  Peaceful florals (sentiment)
Gina K:  Peaceful Florals (sentiment and flower image)
Prismacolor pencils and gamsol

The last one for this post was a  Merry Monday Video showing a SPLIT NEGATIVE TECHNIQUE
Gina used both a snowflake and a Christmas Tree and she used gold and black paper and silver and black paper.  This is what I made:
 PTI paper:  Hawaiian shores
PTI paper:  Luxe Silver
Gina K:  Holly Jolly stamp (snowflake)
Lil' Inkers stitched circle die

I did make one more card, but it didn't turn out because I tried cutting it at an angle (she cut her tree at an angle, I was going for an angle cut on the snowflake...didn't look so good, needed to line it up better, so I just took my black one and just made it a card, not with the split negative technique!
It is still pretty and will be used for a Christmas card!
Okay enough for one day, I will let you get back to your own cards now, but thanks for hanging out with me for awhile...I have missed you all.
Hope you are all still safe as well as all your family!
We are still hunkered down here, but all is well and our county has opened TODAY...I wonder where we might go OUT to eat tonight?  
Ha Ha, will probably stay home so we can still be safe and I suspect the lines might be long because everyone is going to want to get out to eat!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Seize the Birthday ~ Totally Tropical

I think Shirley (our hostess) is looking forward to warm days ahead...her challenge at Seize the Birthday is Totally Tropical!  I wouldn't mind heading to a place like that right now, how about you?
I pulled out a set from PTI called Some Like it Hot (isn't that perfect for a tropical card?) And inked up some of those beautiful hibiscus flowers that are so prevalent in tropical climates (at least I know they are in Hawaii!!*wink)
So pull out some tropical stamps to make a birthday card and join us in the challenge!
Dotty from Just a Dotty Pudding is our Party guest!
Please head over to Seize the Birthday and see what the rest of the design team made for your inspiration and join us in this Birthday challenge! 
See you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, May 15, 2020

CAS Christmas May ~ Winter Berries

Hi friends!
We are halfway through the month of May and still making Christmas cards!
You will love pulling out your bundle when it is time to address the envelopes next December!
We are still looking for Winter Berries on your Christmas card, this is what I made:

The Greetery:  Budding Beauties
The Greetery:  Nordic Frames
The Greetery: Sentiment Suite Christmas

I do hope you will join us this month, you have until the 24th to enter your card!
See you in the gallery!!
You can go HERE to play along and see the inspiration from the rest of the team!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Seize the Birthday ~ MONOCHROMATIC!

Here we are in the month of May with a new Seize the Birthday Challenge by TaeEun
Our Topping challenge is to use a monochromatic color for our birthday card!
You are always welcome to make any kind of card as long as it is a BIRTHDAY CARD!

My friend Marcia sent me several of these die cuts, I chose this teal color and added a PTI Pierced Frame around it and also a cute little cake colored up with copics from PTI  Tremendous Treats Birthday.  I added a little bit of nuvo glitter accents to make the icing look really yummy!

 I hope to see you in the gallery with your birthday card!
And please welcome Dotty from Just a Dotty Pudding as our Party Guest!
I look forward to seeing you in the gallery!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, May 4, 2020

More Whimsy Wednesday with the Wax paper background

This is an older video using wax paper and an embossing folder, you can watch it HERE.
I thought I should try both techniques.
this is what I used:
Altenew: Geo Shapes
Penny Black:  Sympathy Sentiments
Essentials by Ellen:  Courage Stamp & Die set

The same stamp sets listed above were used.
Well that is it for me.
Have you noticed  a lot of my cards are still sympathy, sad, I know.

Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Flashback Friday ~ Retiform Technique with Gina K

Hi Friends!
I had a chance to play along with the Flashback Technique from Gina K that you can find HERE.

This is the first card I tried.
this is what I used:
Penny Black: Sympathy Sentiments
Gina K:  Layered Daisies (leaves)
PTI:  Butterfly Dreams

I tried it one more time!
this time my stamps are from
WPlus9:  Feather & Florals 
Gina K: Peaceful Florals

Heart Hugs, friends!