Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bear Book: May

Hey kids!  It's Saturday, so time for another Bear Book layout.

The super-dark color on the page title and accent mats is not black, it's Handsome Hunter but it looks black in the photos.

I used watercolor wonder crayons this time to color in the image, and I wish I'd done colored pencils to do better shading on the bear.  The sky looks good though.

Had to do some bees because this book was for Missy, and Melissa means "honeybee" which is why it's the May layout...May means Mother's Day and it makes sense in my head.

Today's color palette:  Hello Honey (appropriate, no?), Marina Mist, Handsome Hunter, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.

Have a great weekend, y'all!  We've got a fairly sizeable to-do list over here, so we'd better get to doing.

Stamps:  Honeybear from Whippersnapper, Brushstroke Hummingbird, All Boxed Up
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Handsome Hunter
Paper:  Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Handsome Hunter, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Flashback: Partridge & Pears

So, today's Friday Flashback was almost a day late and a dollar short :)  Time got away from me this afternoon as I was working on a Christmas present for the hubs.  But anyway, today's stamp set is Partridge & Pears!  This was one of the holiday catalog sets two years ago, and I got it on a whim right before it retired (I think it was discounted?) and have never used it before today.

And here is a Christmas card I absolutely would not want to mass-produce; it took a long time to color in the image.  I used a blender pen and ink pad lids for most of it, except for the lighter sides of the leaves I used an Aquapainter and then blender pen for the darker side so it's all the same color just different intensities.  And I colored in the berries with a Soft Sky marker because it's just so pale anyway.  They also have some clear Wink of Stella on them but you can't tell because they're so wee.

Managed to use all four stamps in the set on this one card!  I meant to color in the pear on the inside but I forgot before I took the picture and hubs wants to go out to dinner sometime before tomorrow morning so I'm typing fast.

For the card front, I used the excellent sketch from Fab Friday:

And I pulled out last year's Season of Cheer DSP for the background panels just because I love it.

Okay, I've got a date with a wonderful guy and a Mexican restaurant.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Partridge & Pears
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Season of Cheer DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella pen

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Simple Snowflake Birthday

Mornin', folks!  It's a good day today.  The sun is shining and I actually slept for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT last night!  All hail the powers of the Zantac prescription to stop the heartburn/acid reflux that was waking me up every two hours or more.  I hope it works like that consistently and that it's not just a fluke (I now think it was worth waiting two hours at the pharmacy yesterday to get that prescription).

Anyway, you're here for the card not my medical woes! :)

My friend Karyn has a mid-December birthday, so I thought she'd like a wintry birthday card that wasn't at all Christmasy.  So I turned to the latest Freshly Made Sketch:

And this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, and Coastal Cabana for my colors.  Coastal Cabana may be retired, but I have quite a stash of cardstock that color and it just seemed like the right choice for my big ol' snowflake.  I also used Shimmery White cardstock to give the card a little something extra, though of course that doesn't show up in the picture.

That's it for me today, kids.  Stop by tomorrow for the Friday Flashback!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flurry of Wishes, Crazy About You
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Hello You Thinlits, Dimensionals, Metallic Enamel Shapes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Suite Sweet

Well, today did not go like I had planned.  I left the house at 11:30, thinking I'd go pick up a prescription real quick, head to the gym for a bit, and come home to grab lunch and then work in the craft room this afternoon.  It took almost TWO HOURS to get the prescription, I ended up at Pizza Hut for lunch, but I did still make it to the gym (only to be depressed that walking on the treadmill now makes me out of breath because of the beach ball belly thing).  But I didn't get cleaned up until after 4:00, it gets dark here at 4:30 and hey here it is 5:30 and I'm doing my blog post!  I got into an argument with the computer when it downloaded a picture from my camera and then acted like it didn't know where it was.

Yep, it's been a day.  And I still have to make dinner.

What's nice is that today's card came together in under ten minutes and I think it's still perfectly cute.

Behold the power of a good sketch and some lovely DSP!  Thanks to Paper Players for the sketch:

I think the main reason I got Suite Seasons was for that sugar & spice stamp, so I was happy to use it along with some cute patterned paper.  I'm ignoring that it's November 30 and I don't like to start Christmas anything until December first.  At least I waited till after Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I'm off to work on uploading pictures to Winkflash while they're still doing their 60% off Cyber Monday sale, and then start dinner.  And at least tomorrow I don't have to go to the pharmacy.


Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Suite Seasons
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Emerald Envy, Candy Cane Lane DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals, Rhinestones

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Moroccan Birthday

A rainy Tuesday morning to ya, stampy friends!  I have to admit, I'm a little relieved to have an excuse not to take my doglets for a walk today.  What can I say, I'm lazy.

Anyway, I have a super-fast card to share!

Yes, you saw that same medallion on yesterday's scrapbook layout.  What can I say, I'm lazy and it was on my craft table still ;)  Plus I just really like it.  If you look closely at the colors on the medallion, you might be wondering what I used...well, I used sponges and sponged Tempting Turquoise over most of the medallion but not the edges, and then Pacific Point around the edges.  I thought it would look kind of like the rock 'n' roll technique but a little softer...well, the colors kind of blended on the stamp so it's kind of a cross between Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point and I like it :D 

Today's inspiration was provided by the Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge:

I used similar colors, and I kept the yellow polka dots but my patterned paper is retired (because I don't have any left of the current Daffodil Delight polka dots).  I used Night of Navy rather than black as my neutral just because I liked it with the blues I already had on there.  And I kept my card a birthday card as well.

I also used last week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Their challenge closed yesterday, but I liked the sketch so much that I had to use it.  Plus it worked so well with that Moroccan medallion, ha.

Well, I'm going to see what I can get done before I have to leave for another doctor's appointment.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Moroccan Nights, Rose Wonder
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Night of Navy
Paper:  Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Metallic Enamel Shapes

Monday, November 28, 2016

British Museum

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Are you still eating Thanksgiving leftovers?  We are.

Anywha, it's time to share another scrapbook layout!

See the original pics up close and personal here.  It might be the British Museum, but I was most excited to see their Greco-Roman collections.  So almost all my pictures were of the Greek and Roman stuff.

Title block, I do love that Empire Alphabet.  And it seemed appropriate for this layout because British Empire.  Anyway, on a lot of these scrapbook pages from around the world I really like to use some kind of abstract design or architectural-inspired kind of thing, and this time it was the stamp set Moroccan Nights.  I used some of the smaller designs from the set on the journaling block.

Today's color palette includes Dapper Denim (and I'm now out of DD 12x12 cardstock, oops), Mint Macaron (which goes so well with Dapper Denim!), Cajun Craze (which I can't seem to stop using on scrapbook pages), Very Vanilla (which I've actually used a lot lately), and River Rock (which was a main color in the photos).

Well, I've got a busy day ahead with an eye exam and another ultrasound in the mix, so cheers y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Empire Alphabet, Moroccan Nights
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bear Book: April

Happy Saturday!  Y'all, I totally had sweet potato casserole for breakfast for the second day in a row and it's still awesome.  Might not be awesome by next Friday, but we'll see.

Anyway, here's the next layout in the bear book I made for Missy!

Missy loooooooooooooves Haribo gummi bears, and swears that the ones made in Europe are way better than the ones made in the States, so when we lived in England I would occasionally ship her a giant box of gummi bears.  So imagine my joy when I found gummi bear stamps!

I ended up stamping each one with Versamark + colored ink and heat embossing, then coloring in with colored pencils.  I tried watercoloring and it seems like one other method and this just worked the best to get good-lookin' bears.  Generally I think Real Red and Calypso Coral are clashy, but they're pretty much the colors that real gummi bears come in so I went with that.

And the accent on the journaling block, just so ya know it's Easter.

Today's gummi bear-inspired colors:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Crushed Curry, Real Red, and Whisper White.

Despite the fact that I have 3/4 of a pumpkin pie and an entire pecan pie in the fridge, I'm off to make an apple pie for my hubs.  Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Gummy Bears by Avery Elle, Tag Time, Forest Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Versamark, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Thick Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Accessories:  dies from Avery Elle, Sizzix alphabet, clear EP