Monday, January 22, 2018

Sapporo, Part 3: Dinnertime

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I had a scrappy weekend too.  Well, I got one layout all done except for the journaling, but I went ahead and got albums out and put my China pages in them even though I've got about a dozen more pages to do before I'm all done with them.  Since I use cardstock for all my page bases, and that's thicker than patterned paper, once I had all the pages in the sheet protectors both books look almost like capital Ls.  I ordered some post extenders so hopefully I'll be able to fix the albums so they lay flat.  At any rate, I am very excited to be so close to finished with that project.  Probably won't be done before we move, but I'll get it done before the 8th anniversary of our China trip ;)

But on to today's pages!  We're back in Sapporo.

See the pics here.  The top three pics are all from when our tour group went to dinner at a place where you cook your own dinner on the table (the candle was in a snowy area outside the restaurant, I just thought that picture looked cool).  The two pics on the bottom were from different days of our trip, but we were eating food in both of them so I thought they fit.  And that one picture on the right, well, it just cracks me up.

Today's color palette is sorta red, white, and blue :)  Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Whisper White.  And of course snowflakes and the Tall Tales Alphabet to make all the Sapporo pages feel like they go together without doing just one color combo for the whole trip.  Much more fun to match the colors to the photos for each layout.

Soon as kiddo and I finish breakfast, we're heading off to the gym.  Might as well get some workouts in before all the moving chaos really sets in!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Festive Flurry
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Brilliant Blue, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP, Pretty in Pink DSP
Accessories:  Festive Flurry Framelits

Friday, January 19, 2018

Snowman Friend

Happy Friday, y'all!  And also surprise!  I did NOT use Magical Day for my card today.

Instead here's a happy little snowman!  I really need to do better about taking pictures in the afternoon rather than in the morning, the lighting isn't great on this.  Those sequins are silver, by the way.  The colors on the snowman came out more muted than I really intended, so I finally retired (read: tossed) my blender pen that I've had since I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator over ten years ago.  Yeah, I think it was time for it to retire.

Anywha, for today's card I started with the Color Throwdown challenge:

I used Baja Breeze (sadly retired) and Crumb Cake for my colors.  Couldn't resist busting Baja Breeze out when I saw this picture, and I love that snowflake paper (happily, I have a LOT of it too!) that has made more than one appearance on scrapbook pages over the years.  This color combination seemed like a natural fit with the Cupcake Inspirations theme challenge:

Winter!  Most of our snow melted yesterday but it's still cold outside.

Finally I used this week's Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:

I even dusted off my Top Note die for my card.  The stamps are all current, even if the patterned paper and die aren't.  And the friend I want to send this to won't care if it's all current stuff anyway :p

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Seasonal Chums, Orange Blossom
Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  Top Note Die, Seasonal Tags Framelits, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Splashy Mermaid

Okay so can you tell that I'm in love with the new Magical Day stamp set and matching dies?  Three days in a row!  But come on, how could I resist a stamp set that includes a dragon, a unicorn, a mermaid, and more?

Oh yeah, mermaid!

There are actually THREE SU! stamp sets now with a mermaid in them, and I managed to use all three on this card.  The main image mermaid is from Magical Day, the sentiment is from Message in a Bottle, and the little background stamp (click to embiggen the picture) is from Magical Mermaid.

Check out this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

The Lemon Lime Twist patterned paper is one of the Sale-a-Bration options, it's called Bubbles & Fizz.  I don't intend to get the Occasions stamp set that matches it, but man I'm in lurve with that patterned paper!  There's a Bermuda Bay pattern with stars and I am hoarding that already.  Love it.

Well, kid and I have to skedaddle if I'm going to get to yoga on time.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Magical Mermaid, Message in a Bottle
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Shimmery White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Iridescent Sequins, Mini Dimensionals, watercolor pencils

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Magical Dragon Birthday

After yesterday's card, you would think I'd swear off Peekaboo Peach for a while, but...

Well, I'm surprised too.  But I think maybe it works better on this card?  I wish the glitter on the Myths & Magic DSP hadn't reflected so you could see the colors on it; the top wizard is wearing Tangerine Tango and the dude who looks like he's going on a quest (center) is wearing black.  The wizard on the bottom is in Dapper Denim, and I ended up making my dragon the same color with some Pool Party accents and then his back ridges are Old Olive like the quest guy's under-cloak.  Anyway, back to the peach part--I started out with it in Tangerine Tango, but it just felt like Too Much Orange, so I did the peach instead, then stamped the flames with Tangerine Tango for a fiery background I thought was appropriate for a dragon.  I know a certain dragon-loving girl who will get this for her birthday this summer (provided I remember this card when the time comes).

I used the awesome sketch from Sunday Stamps:

And that's all she wrote today.  Now I need to decide whether or not we're going to the gym...there's some snow outside.  Not a lot, but still, it's snow.  Y'all have a magical day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Pool Party, Shimmery White, Myths & Magic DSP
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Magical Macaroni Pony

Hey, y'all.  I'm tired this morning.  Hubs is sick, so I slept in the guest room last night, which I don't mind except one of our dogs was apparently Not Cool with the change in location and she kept making noise all night and waking me up.  I finally booted her out of the room at 4:30 this morning.  Urrrgh.

So.  Have you ever seen a color challenge that made you say WHAT THE WHAT and then you look at the design team's cards and you're like OH IT REALLY DOES WORK and then you try it on your own and you're like WELL MAYBE NOT.

Meet the Global Design Project color challenge.

So after looking at the design team's cards (hit that link above), I thought okay I can do this, and I've got a cool new stamp set to use for it too.  Can't go wrong with a unicorn, right?

I thought my card was just fine until I took the picture of it and all of a sudden in the view finder of the camera my little pony looked like the same color as macaroni and cheese.  (I took the photo after dark, so I know that doesn't help either what with lack of natural light but...yeah natural light wouldn't help THAT much.)  Now I can't look at this card without singing in my head "And they called her Macaroni!"  Macaroni Pony.  Maybe I would have liked it better if I'd switched the colors around on the unicorn, so a Bermuda Bay body and Peekaboo Peach hair.  Though if you want to get technical, I used the Pumpkin Pie watercolor pencil, which is a good stunt double for Peekaboo Peach.  And macaroni and cheese.

Well, you can't win 'em all.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day
Ink:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Umbrella Weather Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Mini Dimensionals

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sapporo, Part 2: Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Time for more Sapporo pages, and today's layouts might be my very FAVORITEST part of our trip there...Missy and I toured a chocolate factory.

See the photos here and here.  It's a chocolate factory but most of our pictures were of other random stuff we saw there.  Like the cats adorning the railing outside the building, or those gigundor shoes Missy's standing on.

Two-tone title letters!  I used sponge daubers to ink up Crumb Cake on the top of the stamp, and Chocolate Chip on the bottom, then stamped to get this look.  Just wait, you'll see it again on another Sapporo layout.

I knew that Eat Chocolate SU! stamp set from years ago would come in handy.  #chocoholic

After our tour, we went out in the courtyard at the chocolate factory and they had a little hill that you could go tubing down (and it was free).  So we did that and had some fun playing in the snow.  And see the pictures of the crazy people with skis?  That's what the hubs wad doing while Missy and I were enjoying the chocolate factory.  Somehow we all thought we came out with the better end of the bargain, so that was a win.

Isn't that bird on a snowball cute?  The die cut shape was too tall for what I wanted, so I cut it out with one decorative end where I wanted it, then moved the cardstock down and sent it through the Big Shot again to cut it down to size.

For the snowman, the die was a little too short, so I cut the paper to the exact width of the die, stamped my snowman, and then very carefully sent it through just enough to cut the top part with the die, pulled it back out, then moved the die to the bottom and rolled it just enough to cut the bottom bit.  I hope those instructions make sense if you want to change the height of your dies like this (obviously works only when the edges are straight).

Kind of in love with today's color combo:  Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White.  You'll see as we go along with the Sapporo pages, I used the same alphabet stamps for the titles and every page has snowflakes on it somewhere.  I didn't use all the same colors on every layout, but they all have those two things in common.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, Eat Chocolate, Snow Much Fun
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Versamark, various for watercoloring
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, Clear EP

Friday, January 12, 2018

Peacock Pair

New TOYYYYYZZZZZ!!!! I got my Sale-a-Bration/Occasions catty order late Wednesday afternoon and the stamp set I couldn't wait to bust out first was the SAB set Beautiful Peacock.  I even made two cards with it!

Click to embiggen!  I used Shimmery White cardstock for these so they're SO pretty IRL (it's super overcast right now, can't take a better picture).  So check out this week's Color Throwdown:

Here's why I made two cards.  The write-up for this challenge called the colors navy, aqua, and pink, but to me they looked more like dark purple, aqua, and lighter purple.  So I made one card with Night of Navy, Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo (on the left), and the second card with Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, and Sweet Sugarplum.  What do YOU think it looks like?

Also meet this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I don't like having things extend past the card front because then you either have to make the card a little smaller to get it in an envelope or else use a nonstandard envelope size (and I don't have that envelope punch board thing).  So basically I made the sketch into a panel on my card and the rectangle extends to the edge of the card front but it still looks like the sketch.

Well, it's just about time to take the babe with me to the gym.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Peacock
Ink:  Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals