Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fear Not

So yesterday afternoon I had an idea what I wanted to do for today's card, and I was cruising through my stamps looking for a sentiment that would fit in the big maple leaf Framelit when I came across this Bible verse from Rose Wonder and all of a sudden my card turned out very different from what I had planned.

I have never made anything with this stamp before but I was compelled to ink it up yesterday.  And here is the maiden voyage of Tree Rings, which I stamped off once before stamping on the watercolor paper so it's more like the suggestion of tree rings which isn't exactly what I had planned but I think it looks okay.  And I still added a leaf from Vintage leaves, just a small one.

I was inspired by the photo at Fusion:

In general I don't like making cards with only neutrals and this one is made with ONLY Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla and watercolor paper.

I used the Fab Friday sketch:

Just turned it on its side to accommodate the verse.

And the Cupcake Inspirations challenge is perhaps my favorite:

Though I think I need to make another card for this challenge and do LOTS of very COLORFUL leaves ;)

Looks like Ryan is waking up so I'm going to go get his bottle ready.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Tree Rings, Vintage Leaves
Ink:  Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes & Leaflets Framelits, Dimensionals, pearls

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We're Going to Disneyland!

Scrappy Tuesday!  Thought we'd do scrapbook pages today since yesterday was Guest Designer Day :D  And here are some of the most recent pages to come out of my craft cave!

Pics are from when we went to Disneyland with friends in April of last year.  These same friends are driving down for Thanksgiving next week!  Very excited about that.

Also excited about my title and patterned paper here.  That pattern is one of my VERY FAVORITEST EVER by Stampin' Up!, I just love it.  So for the title, I used the same colors and added Pacific Point.  I sponged ink on the background rectangle rather than inking up straight from the ink pad, which made the colors light enough that you could still tell the letters are BLUE and they look good.

Second layout!  I matted all the photos with different colors from the patterned paper too.  Pacific Point isn't anywhere in the pattern, but I thought it went well with the other colors.

And there's the colors:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, and smidge of Basic Black and Whisper White.  Wish my photos of the pages were a little better today but we've been socked in with clouds for what seems like forever so it's hard to get good pics.  Ah well.  The trip was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to seeing those friends again next week!

Cheers, y'all!  Ryan and I are heading to the gym for the first time in a week since we both had colds last week.  Wish me luck.

Stamps:  Layered Letters Alphabet, Back to Basics Alphabet
Ink:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black
Paper:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Accessories:  Mickey punch by All Night Media, circle punches from SU!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Guest Designer: Painted Harvest

Happy Monday, y'all!  And it IS a happy Monday for me because guess what?  My Pick a Pumpkin card from a while back was picked as the challenge winner at What Will You Stamp!

*does a little happy dance*

Even better, I have the stamp set for this week's challenge so I get to be a guest designer!  Woot!

I do love this stamp set, too.  So here's what I made for the challenge:

I used a simple layout to let the stamped images shine.  And they do shine a little bit because I used Shimmery White cardstock.  I thought I'd go a little outside the sunflower box on this card with my color combination, so what do you think of Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig together?  I hardly ever reach for Blushing Bride unless it's a color challenge but I liked it with the other two colors.  I used a sponge to ink up the stamps for the Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig bits to keep them from overwhelming the soft pink, and that meant I could stamp the sentiment at full strength and have it be easy to read even on top of the flower.

Thanks again to the What Will You Stamp? DT for letting me play along this week!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Tranquil Tide, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon

Friday, November 10, 2017

Retro Rose

Happy Friday, y'all.  My cold seems to be getting better, must be all the sleeping I've been doing the last couple days.  I've been napping every time Ryan does.

But for now, a card!

This is actually the first card I made for the Retro Rubber Challenge, but I just didn't like it as much on paper as I did in my head so I made the butterfly card.

Roses in Winter is really retro, I've had it since at last 2006.  Lots of Thoughts is almost as old, it's from Sale-a-Bration in 2008.  I also used the Freshly Made Sketch from a couple of weeks ago just because I liked it:

Time for me to go do dishes.  Ryan is unhappy that we picked up the dogs' water bowl so he can't go splash in it, but he'll just have to get over it.  He's a little grumpy this morning.


Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Roses in Winter, Lots of Thoughts
Ink:  Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Garden Green, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Give Thanks

Mornin', y'all.  How's your day going?  Ryan's not up yet so I'm taking advantage of the time to write this blog post.  And take cold medicine.  Hope I don't pass this along to the wee babe.  He had a good time last night playing peekaboo over the coffee table with his dada.  Very cute.

Anyway, even with a cold I managed to make a very quick card yesterday.  Not only is it quick, it's a quadruple challenge card.

So, one stamp, one piece of Color Theory DSP, and a couple of Framelits.  At first I was going to stamp something texture-y on that bottom left corner, but looking at it I thought this card needs ribbon!  So I had to raid my retired ribbon stash (I have a very limited selection of current ribbon and a very large selection of retired ribbon) to find that Chocolate Chip taffeta.  I loved the taffeta ribbon.

Anyway, on to the challenges!  First up is the What Will You Stamp? challenge to use Labels to Love:

I didn't ink it up in time to use the Halloween stamp but I love that this one has stamps for multiple holidays on up to Valentine's Day.  I got the matching punch too, but I picked one of the stamps that doesn't coordinate with that punch ;)

Next up is this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I made my card the standard A2 size instead of square just because I like A2 better.

Here's this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.

Last up is the SUO Challenge to make a project that features thankfulness.  My dad has had some health challenges lately, but he got some good news from the doctor yesterday so we're definitely thankful for that, and this card will be going out to my dad later today.

Have a great day, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Labels to Love
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes & Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals, retired Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Colorful Seasons Leaves

Hey y'all, how's it going?  I'm getting a cold.  I have a feeling the next few days will NOT be fun.  At least the hubs has Friday off of work so if I need to I can spend most of Friday sleeping? Just got to make it to Friday....

At least it's already Wednesday.  I thought for a minute it was only Tuesday.

My brother's birthday is tomorrow so I need to get this card out in the mail today.  It won't get to Texas in time, but he's been in our family long enough not to expect birthday cards and presents on time ;)  Anyway, as an Oklahoma State alum, he lurves him some orange so I started with the color challenge from Fab Friday:

I'll be honest:  I like Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie separately, but I'm not a fan of them together.  I sponged the ink on the leaf stamp to make it less concentrated, so it's more subtle that the three leaves are two different colors.  And then I stamped the fancy outline leaf stamp on the card front in stamped-off Tangerine Tango on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, which turned out okay.

I also used the latest sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping:

And then I combined those two challenges with the Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge:

I kept the orange from this card, and the linen thread (I need to order more linen thread...), and I stamped a large image on my card front though mine is a lot more subtle than the pumpkins here.  I like challenges like this because there's a lot of "scope for imagination" as Anne Shirley would say.  Though I am extremely color-driven so a lot of my CASEd cards incorporate similar colors.

Sounds like kiddo is ready to get out of his bouncer for a bit.  Hope naptime comes quickly, 'cause I want a nap too...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Fig
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Fig, Whisper White
Accessories:  Petals embossing folder, linen thread, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Guest Designer: Retro Butterflies

Good morning y'all!  Today I have the honor of being the guest designer at Retro Rubber!  And this week's challenge is all about color.

Isn't that pretty?  The color that struck me first when I saw this picture was lots of GREEN, and I love green so I decided to make most of my card front Garden Green.  Then I pulled the plummy and peachy colors out of the photo and this is what I made:

You can see it just a little bit, but I added Wink of Stella to both butterflies so they sparkle.  That's also why the sentiment is smudged--I didn't allow sufficient time for it to dry before I started with the Wink of Stella so I got my fingers in it.  Dangit!  I didn't have time to redo the card so I'm chalking it up to the charm of a handmade item.  All my supplies today are still current, but Watercolor Wings is two years old and Work of Art (the sentiment) is three years old.

Hope you play along with the Retro Rubber challenge!  I had fun with it :)  And dyed my fingers green for a little bit.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Ink:  Garden Green, Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Garden Green, Thick Whisper White, Glossy White
Accessories:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Beautiful Butterfly Thinlits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella