Red White and Blue Bleached

So, the MFT July Release challenge was to use bleach.  Let me tell you, not all bleaches are the same.  They all smell pretty awful, but they don’t all work the same.  I bleached the flowers and the bud on this with the store brand bleach that I have.  It is over a year old, but I don’t use bleach all that often.

On the two flowers, I went over the petals with some watered down white paint, to get the washed out look I was going for.  I left the bud alone, so you could see how little my bleach actually bleached.  Yikes!

7-8-18 SSS RWB

I am using this for the Simon Says Stamp Red White and/or Blue challenge for this week.

I used two different Gina K stamp sets for this: Thank You Friend and Wealth of Wishes.  I also used her Blue Denim and Red Hot papers.  The white card is Neenah Solar White 110lb.  The embossing powder I used is Ranger Liquid Platinum.  The embossing folder is Elizabeth Craft Swirly Curves.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.



Ombre as in shades of the same color.  You see it all over on women’s heads nowadays, as well as in all sorts of different design schemes, and you’ve seen it for years on cards.

Simon Says Stamp had a challenge on Monday to use Ombre.  As I hadn’t had a chance to make my card, yet, Gina K had a challenge to use “tone on tone” this weekend.  So, I’m using it for both.  The We Craft Cards forum had a flower themed challenge on Monday, that I put it in, too.  Yep, got a lot out of this card.  Even got to explain masking and layering to my son, who was watching me make it.  Best of all, it’s going to a friend.

5-12-18 SSS STV Ombre

Shades of turquoise and teal, with a few touches of a bluish green thrown in for contrast.

I cut the “you” out of the same color card as the base card, 3 times, then layered those together and put some shimmery embossing powder on top.  You can see that I masked off a circle area, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it (lots of masking involved in that).  Afterwards, I pulled off all the masks and stamped my center.  The sentiment had a “you” at the beginning, so I masked that off when inking it, so I could use my die cut “you”.

Added some coordinating ribbon and sequins and put it all together.  I did pop the front panel up, which my husband thought was a bit strange, but he did get that it gave it more dimension.

Here’s what I used:

  • Gina K Turquoise Sea card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon ink
  • Stampin’ Up Mint Macaroon ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Gina K Made With Love stamp set
  • Gina K Wreath Builder set
  • Gina K Boho Flowers “you” die
  • Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder
  • Zig 2-way Glue Pen
  • Stick It
  • Pop dots
  • Teal ribbon
  • Assorted sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Block

Yep, that’s a lot of stuff, but I like how it turned out.  I’m hoping it will bring some encouragement and a smile to a friend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Exalted Easel

This is a fun one to make.

Exalted Easel 4

To start, I cut 3 pieces of card stock: 4-1/2″ x 9″, 4″ x 8″, 3-1/2″ x 7″.  I then folded those in half to make squares.  Next, I used 3 scalloped circle dies to cut those folded pieces.

Exalted Easel 1

Exalted Easel 2 Exalted Easel 2b

Notice that I left a bit of the fold uncut so they will open.  After each was cut, I opened them up and scored the right side in half. So when I fold the whole thing closed, the fold is on top, in the center.  It needs to be folded towards the flat side.

Exalted Easel 3


I also used the same dies to cut a plain scalloped circle to decorate.  For my decoration, I cut scalloped circles one size down of patterned paper.  Afterwards, I put those plain scalloped circles together with their decoration and adhered them to the folded down part of the circles.  Then I adhered the small section halfway up the middle section, which was adhered halfway up the large section.

Here’s a side view, so you can see the way it works.

Exalted Easel 4b


Added something to hold open the front section, adhered my “decorations” and it is ready to go.  Now, the finished product is 4-1/4″ wide at its widest, but it is 7″ long.  Therefore, it will need a larger envelope.  It was fun and my husband really likes the look of it.  However, there’s not much place to write unless you flip open each section.

Exalted Easel 4

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Double Dutch Fold Card

The weekly challenge this week on CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap is to make a Double Dutch Fold card.  This was pretty cute, fairly easy and fun to make, so I thought I would walk you through it.

To start, you need the following:

  • 4-3/16 x 9″ piece of card stock
  • 2 x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock
  • Papers to decorate
  • Adhesive

Score the 4-3/16″ x 9″ piece at 5-1/2″.



Score the 2″ x 8-1/2″ piece at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″.  Now fold all the score lines well.


Next, attach the back of the larger piece (longer side) to the center section of the smaller piece.  The two small edges should fold over and meet in the center and when you fold the top flap down, it should meet the top of them.

You can now decorate all the flaps however you want.  I was going for a fairly simple look, so this is what I did.



All that’s left is to make a larger center piece to attach, which will help hold it all closed.  I did a simple cameo stamp (Gina K. Designs: Timeless Treasures), colored it a bit (Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils and a gold glitter pen around the edges) and cut it out using a simple oval fairly close to the stamped image.  After I figured out where I wanted it, I put adhesive on the back of the top half of my piece and attached it.  (It is now attached only to the top flap, though it hangs over the bottom two flaps.)  Since there was open space at the top, I was able to stamp Happy Birthday (Stampendous: Party Invite) with Versamark Dazzle ink and then again slightly off the first with ColorBox Gold Brocade pigment ink.

It sounds a lot harder than it actually is.  Take a look at the challenge and see what other people came up with.  Now, try it yourself!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!