Day 59 Card A Day 2019: Gina K Designs – Perfect Blend

… And DAY 28 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Devyn: As you can tell from our blog we love coffee! I’m trying to get more variety in designing my anniversary cards and I thought this was a cute idea. First, I started with a Gina K Designs Chocolate Truffle cardstock base (yay new!) and a scrap piece of coffee bean paper for a cute layer. Next, I used Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Circle Stackables to die cut a layer for my cups on Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus cardstock. I stamped the 1st mug in Gina K Designs Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink and colored them using Copic Markers. I used E50 for the lid, C1 and C00 for the cup and, E43 for the sleeve. For the 2nd cup, I stamped it in Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink and used same C1 and C00 for the cup and E43 for the sleeve. Lastly, I brought back the Fresh Asparagus and stamped the coffee beans on each side in Chocolate Truffle and the Sentiment in Jet Black.

Lori: If you haven’t noticed yet, we really love coffee around here! This stamp set is one of several coffee themed sets we have. Gina K Designs has some pretty amazing products, including this little set. I stamped the cup and beans with her new Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110 Coverstock, then colored with these Copic marker colors: C1, C3, W1, W2, E70, E71, E77, E79, BG11, & BG13. I cut them out with the Brother ScanNCut. I made a base from Gina’s Honey Mustard cardstock, then cut a mat from the new Chocolate Truffle cardstock using My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX set 2 and then used Memorybox Large Circle Burst to resemble the morning sun shining through the card. The sentiment was also stamped with Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink.

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Day 58 Card A Day 2019: Ink Blot Shop – Flopsy Birds

… And DAY 27 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Lori: I love the adorable Flopsy Birds from Ink Blot Shop, especially this flamingo! I colored it with these Copic markers: RV21, RV23, RV25, YR21, and YR24. I used Ink Blot Shop’s Tiny Bubbles stamp set for the speech bubble & “Miss You” sentiment.My base is My Favorite Things Bubblegum cardstock. The layers were cut with My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX (I used both set 1 and set 2) in MFT Spearmint cardstock for both the mat layers and the rectangle behind the flamingo. I used the same die set with the patterned cardstock from the DCWV Watercolor Cardstock Stack.

Devyn: Everyone needs an encouragement card! I thought this bird would cheer anyone up. First, I started with a My Favorite Things Gravel Gray cardstock base. I used a piece of star cardstock for a mat. Next, I used these Copic Markers to color the bird: N4 and N6, his beak YR16 and around his eyes Y35. I die cut a frame using My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX using the same Gravel Gray as my base. Last, I stamped ‘Don’t Give Up’ from Honey Bee Blah Blah Blah and heat embossed it with Nuvo Classic Gold Fine Detail and die cut it with My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips.

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Day 57 Card A Day 2019: Purple Onion Designs – Stacey Yacula Cedar the Fox

…And DAY 26 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Devyn: It’s really snowy here in Eugene, OR! I thought I would make a snowy scene with this darling fox by Purple Onion. This is my first entirely Copic colored card. First I started with a Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa cardstock base. Next, I stamped out Cedar the fox and the birch trees with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink and colored it with Copic Markers. Cedar the fox is YR04 and YR07, his hat and scarf YR23, the birch trees W2, W1, W0, Grass YG09, the snow is W0, W1, and W2 and the sky B0000. Lastly, I adhered to the Warm Cocoa Base and used Gina K Designs Black Onyx for a boarder.

Lori: I Love Stacey Yacula’s stamps from Purple Onion Designs. Cedar the fox is one of my favorites. Today’s card reflects our current weather. Lots of snow! Copic marker colors used: Mushroom W0, W2, R35, R37, R39 Snow – C0, C1, C3, Sky B60, Fox E07, E09, W0, W2, Hat & Scarf BG11, BG13, G12, G14, Trees G07, G09, E39. Base: Gina K Designs Soft Stone and Mat: GKD Stormy Sky – both gorgeous new gray shades to match her new amalgam ink colors!

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Day 56 Card A Day 2019: Altenew – Garden Grow

…And DAY 25 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Lori: I love the quickly-sketched look to this stamp set, but I find it a real challenge to color. I wanted to focus on the stamped images, so only colored the background as faintly as possible. I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock for the stamped layer, then colored with the following Copic markers: E0000 for the pale ground, G0000 for the pale grass, and B0000 for the pale sky. The stamped images were colored with: B21, B23 for the butterfly, Y35 on the butterfly and flower centers, G94 for the tiny leaves, E35, E37 & E39 for the bench, RV91 & RV95 and R35 & R39 for the red flowers, BG15, BG18, E07, E09, E97 & E99 for the pots, C1, C3, & C5 for the can and small pot. I think that’s all! Whew! I just opened a new cardstock shipment from Gina K Designs, so I used Chocolate Truffle for the base and Skeleton Leaves for the mat. We’re loving these new cardstock and Amalgam ink colors!

Devyn: We always need housewarming cards ready! I thought this set was great for this occasion. First, I started with a My Favorite Things Jellybean Green cardstock base. Next, I stamped the basil planter with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. I used E57 for the dirt, E23 for the basil sign stick, YG03 for the basil leaves and YR24 and YR27 for the pot. I die cut a frame for the planter using My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX on Gina K Designs Kraft. Also, I die cut the ‘congratulations’ from Honey Bee Welcome Home die set in Kraft. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment ‘on your new home’ from Honey Bee Welcome Home stamp set with Jet Black Amalgam Ink and die it out with My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiment Strips on Kraft cardstock.

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Day 55 Card A Day 2019: My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag

…And DAY 24 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Devyn: I really like the dogs in this set, they’re just so cute and have such funny expressions on their faces. I started with a Gina K Designs Red Hot cardstock base. Next, I stamped Concord & 9th Stripes and Sayings on My Favorite Things Blue Breeze and used WOW Super Fine Clear to heat emboss the stripes. From the same set, I stamped the dashes in between the stripes with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink. I used Copic Markers to color the hydrant and the dog. The hydrant is R29 and the dog’s body is E50, the eye patch E55 and the nose is N4. I brought back Red Hot and die cut it with My Favorite Things STAX Stitched Mini Scallop Square and used the die My Favorite Things Die-namics Inside & out Stitched Square STAX on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80#. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the set on Red Hot and die cut it out with Concord & 9th Holly Jolly Banner.

Lori: I always hear crafty friends say they have a hard time with masculine cards. I think it’s easy for me because I prefer a lot less ruffles and fluff, and gravitate toward more neutral, earthy colors and styles. I decided to use that with this card. I started with a My Favorite Things Steel Gray base, Then used MFT Blue Yonder for a mat with the Altenew Classy Stripes stencil using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I cut a window in it with Gina Marie Designs Double Stitched Inside & Out Circle, I used the same die to cut the inside of the circle by taping a piece of MFT Blue Yonder to a piece of Gina k Designs Asparagus together. I stamped the Sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black. The dog and house were stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# and colored with the following Copic markers: E42, E43, W0, W1 and RV93 for the dog, and B91, B91, C5, C9 & W8 for the dog house.   

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Day 54 Card A Day 2019: Card Challenge (Silhouettes)

…And DAY 23 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

We’re part of a small card swap group that has two monthly challenges. We bowed out of the experienced cardmaker challenge this time (we’re already a little swamped!), but we did the beginner challenge for a shadow card with ink blended background. Here are our swap cards for the month.


Lori:This was my first time trying the Northern Lights with Distress Oxides. I made the aurora on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock with Distress Oxides in these colors: Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and Pistachio. For the shimmery starry sky look, I sprayed Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz lightly over the blended background. I added this to a GKD Plum Punch cardstock base. Next, I cut the mountains from Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Borders in Gina K Designs Black Onyx cardstock,the snow caps in MFT Gravel Gray, and the hills and trees from Sunny Studios Woodland Borders in MFT Steel Gray and Gravel Gray. Last, I stamped the “Thinking of You” from MFT Brushstroke Expressions in Versamark, heat embossed it in Nuvo Glacier White Fine Detail, and added a tiny bit of sparkle over the hills and trees with more Shimmer Spritz.

Devyn: I haven’t done many Distress Oxide backgrounds before (this is probably my third one) but this was super easy! They don’t take long to do and they blend really fast. I started off with Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock and blended Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Seedless Preserve Distress Oxide inks. I used My Favorite Things Beach scene die set to cut the ocean with the DCWV Glitzy Glitter 6×6 Cardstock Stack and the sand with Gina K Black Onyx cardstock. I added a shiny effect to the sand with Nuvo Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Pen. From the same die set, I cut the sun from Gina K Designs Lemon Drop cardstock and the palm tree from Black Onyx. The sentiment is from Honey Bee Blah Blah Blah, I heat embossed that using Nuvo Glacier White Fine Detail. I adhered it all to a My Favorite Things Paver Red cardstock base.

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Day 53 Card A Day 2019: Altenew Coffee Love

…And DAY 22 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Devyn: I really like the sketched style of this set! It was really easy to color and blend. First, I used a Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate cardstock for the base. I used Copic Markers to color the mugs. The colors are B02, B04, and for the heart RV21 and the pink mug is RV21 and RV25. Next, I die cut Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Circle Stackables on Gina K Designs Layering Ivory. I brought back the Dark Chocolate and die cut it with Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Circle Stackables. I finished it by stamping the sentiment on a scrap piece of layering Ivory.

Lori: We’re big fans of the Bialetti Moka pot, so this stamp set is perfect for us! I started with a GIna K Designs Kraft cardstock base and made a mat with GKD In The Navy. I made the stamping layer with another piece of Kraft. The Tim Holtz Splatters stencil with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide made a fun background! I made the sentiment square out of the same cardstoce above and stamped it with Altenew Mocha ink. I stamped the Moka pot and cup stack on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink then colored with these Copic marker colors: C1, C3, C5, E70, E71, G21, G24, BG70 & BG72.

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Day 52 Card A Day 2019: Newton’s Nook Slothy Coffee

…And DAY 21 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Lori: This is one of Devyn’s favorite stamps, for good reason! Some mornings, we’re both just like this! I started off with a base of My Favorite Things Warm Cocoa cardstock, then took a piece of Gina K Designs Sandy Beach 100# for a Layer. I used  Tim Holtz Splatters stencil with Gathered twigs distress oxide to make the coffee splashes. I stamped the sloth with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink, then colored with these Copic markers: E31, E33, E35, E37, and E39 for the sloth, W8 for his nose, BG34, BG15, BG45 and BG49 for the cup. I cut a square of MFT Warm Cocoa with MFT Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX, then cut the center out with Memory Box Small Circle Burst and glued that over the sloth.

Devyn: I was drinking my coffee the whole time I made this card and related to this set! I started with Gina K Designs Red Hot cardstock base. Next, I heat embossed My Favorite Things Confetti Background with Wow Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder on Gina K Designs Wild Dandelion. I colored the sloth and cup with Copic Markers. The cup I used YG13, YG17, YR04, and YR07. The Sloth I used YR23, YR27, C1, and C7. I brought back the Wild Dandelion and die cut it with Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Circle Stackables. Again, I brought back the Red hot and die cut that with Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Circle Stackables. Lastly, I die cut out the sentiment with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles.

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Day 51 Card A Day 2019: My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants

…And DAY 20 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Devyn: These elephants are so adorable! First, I started with a Gina K Designs Tangerine Twist cardstock base. Then, I used WOW Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder to heat emboss the striped background using Concord & 9th Stripes and Sayings on Gina K Designs Wild Dandelion. I colored the elephant with Copic Markers, Elephant body C1 and C3 the ears RV21 and RV25. Next, I brought Tangerine Twist back and die cut it with Reverse Confetti Stitched Squares. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the set in Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink and die cut it with Sunny Studio Fishtail banner.

Lori: This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and I don’t use it enough! First, I used My Favorite Things Tickled Pink for the base and a mat in Gina K Designs Moonlit Fog with Sunny Studios Frilly Frame Polka Dot die. I made a layer with MFT Tickled Pink using Cricut Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.Next, I used the Lawn Fawn Fancy Scallop Circle Stackable Die in Moonlit Fog and the Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Circle Stackables die in MFT Tickled Pink. THe elephant was stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink and colored with the following Copic Markers: RV000, RV52, RV55, C0, C1, C3 The sentiment is from MFT Welcome, Baby on MFT Tickled Pink With Versamark and Nuvo Fine Detail Classic Silver. I cut that and the layer in GKD Moonlit Fog with Sunny Studios Fishtail Banners.

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Day 50 Card A Day 2019: Gerda Steiner Llama Tell You

…And DAY 19 THE DAILY MARKER 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE

Lori: I love how versatile this set is. I love the cute llamas, but these armadillos caught my eye today. I started with a Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate base, then took a piece of GKD Sandy Beach and used Gina’s Gauze background stamp with Kraft ink for the layer. I cut that piece out with Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Rectangle Stackables. I then cut another layer from Dark CHocolate, and a piece of GKD Layering Ivory for the stamped layer. I stamped the scene with Gina K Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink, then  colored with the following Copic markers: E31 & E33 for the dirt, YR24 for the weeds, YG95, YG97, G05 & G07 for the cacti, RV11 for the flowers, and C1, C3 & C5 for the armadillos.

Devyn: I love Llamas! I started with a My Favorite Things Steel Grey base and the patterned paper is from the Craft Smith Llama Love paper stack. I cut the sentiments that came with the set out with My Favorite Things Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I used Copic Markers to color the Llama E33, E35, E50, and E51 and cut it out with scan and cut. I brought back the Steel Grey for the Memory Box Stitched frame and I used Gina K Designs Layering Ivory for the center. It was an extremely simple card and could be made in 15 minutes.

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