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Jan 28, 2024

Fun Challenge with a Friend

Today's post is a super fun one. - I met a fellow stamper, Terri (aka TK from: Time 4 Kards through a blog post about 3-4 years ago.  She lives about an hours drive from where I live.  After exchanging e-mails we eventually decided to meet in person and have been enjoying each others blogs and friendship every since.

This year we decide to start doing card challenges with each other.  For our first challenge we each made a "kit" for each other.  The kits included stamps and paper.  We also made a kit for ourselves of the one we exchanged with each other.  Then we made cards using the kits and today we are posting what we did with each other's kit and our own kit. - Hopefully that makes sense.

This first card is from the Kit that I made up to give to TK.

My kit contained: Images from Unity Stamps, Sending Smiles (Whit Kit/June 2023).  I included 3 stamped sentiments, 2 Hot Air Balloons, 2 pieces of patterned paper, some die cut clouds, Washi Tape and card stock. - I gave her the option of using the card base color or choosing one of her own.  Plus the use of the Washi tape was optional as well.
For my card I used the card base (Real Red - SU).  Then I die cut my patterned paper using a Unity Die (Scallops and Rectangles) I colored the balloon image with Copic markers.  The cloud was also edged with a copic marker.  I used Fishtail dies (MFT Stamps) on the designer paper and sentiment.  Imaged were mounted with foam tape.
Now on to the cards I made using the Kit that TK made for me:

I was so lucky to receive this kit.  That Stamp set is called:Inner Flamingo - You can still purchase this HERE.  Such a cute set, plus it had matching dies! - She included some great patterned paper:
Hot Tropics - Honey Bee Stamps (which I believe is now retired).

For this first card I used the Pink Card stock she included and stamped 2 flamingos with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut them out.  Then I highlighted portions of the the flamingo with colored pencils.  I added Melone glitter to the crown (Art Institute).
I used 3 of the patterns of paper that TK asked me to use on this card.  For the green side I embossed that with a tropical leaf embossing folder from my own stuff (Momenta). I layered that over the Red tropical leaf patterned and added a strip of another patterned piece of paper.  I also used that paper to stamp the sentiment on. The patterned pieces were mounted to a black card base.  The flamingos were mounted with foam tape along with the sentiment.  I finished off the card with some red enamel dots (Echo Park).

Here is the 2nd card I made from the kit:

For this card I started with a white card base.  Then I cut out a piece of black card stock with a Unity Scalloped rectangle die.  I used the reverse side of the paper from the first card's sentiment & strip piece.  It had stripes on it.  I layered that on top of the black card stock.  - Then I stamped the Mondo Anthurium (a seperate set that I was given) I used the green card stock TK sent and stamped it with Granny Apple (SU) green ink and cut it out with the matching die.
I stamped the flamingo with Memento Tuxedo ink on the pink card stock and again used colored pencils to highlight areas on the flamingo.  I added some Wink of Stella to the party hat.  Images/Sentiment mounted with foam tape.  Enamels dots were added to complete the card.
That's it for my cards.  Don't forget to stop by TK's blog to check out the cards she created with the same kits.  TIME 4 KARDS

Jan 24, 2024

Happy Mail

 Hello! - Yes, I'm still here.  With the rush of Christmas over and the start of the New Year I've just not had much time for stamping.

Plus after a fantastic Christmas season without any bad weather we got hit with severe cold, snow & ice.  Now those that know me will understand that winter is NOT my thing. - I tend to get grumpy and depressed and totally unmotivated.  So yes, I've not been in a crafting mood.

However that will soon change as I have been working on some stuff that I will be sharing really soon.

In the meantime I got the "cutest" card from my friend Ann who blogs over at: https://annssnapeditscrap.blogspot.com/

Here is what she sent me:

I loved it.  The sentiment inside just cracked me up because it arrived during some of nasty weather we've been having.  - Now if you want to know what the sentiment was you will have to visit her blog as she made a post about this card.  You can find that post by clicking on the link HERE.  -  How totally fitting that was.

Thank you so much Ann for sending me something fun and cheerful to help brighten up the gloomy winter day.