Monday, September 25, 2017

Forbidden City, Part 2

Morning, y'all!  It's time for another scrappy Monday, so here I am with the other two layouts from the Forbidden City.


(Original pics here.)  This layout is the only one where I used that So Saffron stripey paper, but with the way I laid out the photos I needed something on the sides so there you go.


And here's the last Forbidden City layout.  I really kept these simple with minimal photo cropping...I sometimes worry that all my pages are starting to look alike, but I just hate to crop my photos anymore.  Hubs and I have worked on improving our photography so most of the time it would mess up the photo composition to cut much off.  Ah, well.  I use different colors and patterned papers so that will have to be different enough, right?


Same color combo as last Monday:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and accents in Basic Black and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  My tea is ready :)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best of Shelli
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP, So Saffron DSP
Accessories:  Circle punches

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

Tee hee :)

My card today is definitely wearing pink.


I really haven't done a whole lot with Flirty Flamingo...it's not that I dislike the color, I just can't quite figure out what to pair it with.  However, I do rather like it here with Pool Party and Wild Wasabi.  I didn't have DSP in colors and patterns that I wanted to use with my fussy-cut flower (because I stamped that before I figured out what I wanted to do with the rest of the card), so I just cut some panels out of Thick Whisper White and then I dragged an inked up sponge across until I liked the effect.  I did a bit of extra sponging at the edges, and then I stamped a repeating design on each one--a fleur de lis from Timeless Textures on the Pool Party panel, and the fern stamp from Painted Harvest on the Wild Wasabi panel.  I do like how those turned out.  Also, no sentiment on this card...when I want to send it, I can always stamp whatever I need on the inside.  So this card could be for a birthday or thank you or thinking of you or anything really.  Except a masculine card.  It's not at all dude-like.

So anyway, I started my card with a pink flower because of the challenge at Fusion:


I used the sketch and the inspiration pic gave me my pink starting point for the flower, though I do love tea and teacups :)

But the flowers also worked well with the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations:


Also pink :)  I did stamp another flower with Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum together, which I liked, but for this card I just wanted to go with the pink by itself.  So we'll see if I bust out that other flower somewhere else.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Timeless Textures
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals & Mini Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gathering of Pumpkins

You know how groups of animals sometimes have fun names?  Like a bunch of dogs is a pack (okay, not very fun and imaginative), lions are a pride (getting better), crows are a murder (love that one), and a group of unicorns is a surprise?  Well, I was thinking about that as I uploaded my card picture today and I wanna know what you'd call a group of pumpkins.


I know, pumpkins are veg, not animals, but that's where my thought process was.  Given how everyone seems to be obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes (I don't drink coffee, much as I love pumpkin), maybe we should call this a spice of pumpkins?  I don't know.

What I do know is that I like the color combination from Global Design Project:


I knew it was going to be fun to use Lemon Lime Twist in fall color combinations.  LLT is so bright and in your face, I'm a little surprised at how popular it is...but of course I love it because I just love color.  I love Lemon Lime Twist with a good rich purple, too.

Anyway!  I combined that color combination with the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:


I'd been planning to enter this card at the Paper Players' harvest theme challenge, but this sketch just doesn't seem CAS to me and that's part of their challenge.  I've got five layers of paper not counting the pumpkins, which I hand cut even though I have the matching Framelits because Ryan was asleep in the playard between me and the Big Shot so I just snipped them with scissors.  They were easy to cut out though, might have been faster than using the Big Shot Anyway.

Speaking of Ryan, he is currently taking a nap with his little rump sticking up in the air.  I took him to the gym this morning and he got to crawl around and play in the daycare area while I worked out, so we were both tired when we got home :) So maybe I can go finish that other card I started yesterday!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pick a Pumpkin, Painted Harvest
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Monday, September 18, 2017

Forbidden City, Part 1

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I thought we'd start out this week with some China pages, because I've been doing a lot of work on China pages.


See the pics here.  That dude on the right page?  That was our Beijing tour guide, whom we detested...his English name was Jack, but we quickly started calling him You Don't Know Jack (or YDKJ for short) because he was terrible.  Most of the time he didn't seem to know where we were going (umm hello, he's the tour guide, it's his job to know where we're going) and once we got to the Forbidden City, he ran us through it as fast as he could herd the group, not even letting anyone stop at souvenir shops.  We stopped in a courtyard on the other side of the Forbidden City to wait for our bus driver, and then he tried to sell us his own souvenir junk.  The only reason he got tipped at all at the end of our stay in Beijing is because we were dependent upon him to get to the airport.


Enough about Jack, let's talk scrapbook pages!  This color combination was a bit of a surprise for me; I haven't used Peach Parfait a lot (it's a bit darker than the current Peekaboo Peach) but it seemed to work with these photos.  I ended up doing three Forbidden City layouts and they all use this same color combination.


And there it is:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and a bit of black and white.

Well, today is the hubs' first day back at work after pretty much six weeks off with his injury and subsequent back surgery.  So now I have to figure out all over again how to get into a routine with just me and Ryan and the doggos! :)  We're heading to the gym in a few minutes.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Rough Type, Best of Shelli
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sheltering Trees

Happy Friday, y'all!  Hubs and I took the wee babe out for a few hours yesterday and when we got back home he conked out HARD so I got a couple of cards made for today :D


I started out with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:


I'll be honest, I'm not terribly in love with square cards.  I do have some leftover 5x7 envelopes from ordering photo Christmas cards (yeah, I know, I'm a card maker and I ordered Christmas cards...it's just easier to do photos that way and most people don't care about handmade Christmas cards and it's hard to make 60+ cards knowing they're mostly going to go in the trash) so it's not like I can't make 5" square cards, I just prefer the standard A2 size.  But anywha.


I started with the idea for this one based on this week's Color Throwdown:


I used Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy for my colors.  The bike is stamped with Basic Black and the body of the bike is Dapper Denim, but it's hard to tell that even IRL.

Next up something more fallish:


I used this week's color combination from Create with Connie and Mary:


I think the sponged-on sky (...in Soft Sky) was more successful than my Dapper Denim sky above.  And I traded out the bike for the rake this time.

So when I stamp this tree, I like to stamp the leaf stamp once and then rotate it 180 degrees, ink and stamp again to make the tree look fuller.  On the peach card, I also got the little leafy stamp and added a bit of Tangerine Tango to the tree and some extra to the ground to look like leaves in need of raking.  The sentiment blocks are different heights and widths because I was just basically using up scraps of white and vanilla, and that's what I found in my stash.  I always have narrow strips of white and vanilla to use up.

That's it for today, folks.  I'm going to release the Kraken...by which I mean I'm taking Ryan out of his bouncer and letting him go roam around the house a bit.  He really likes the dogs' water bowl....

Cheers!

Supplies, Emerald card:
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals

Supplies, Peach card:
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Basic Gray
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leafy Thanks

Mornin', y'all.  Is it fall yet?  I'm so done with sultry super-humid weather...bring on fall and sweater weather!!


Also since I gave Tiana about 85% of my card stash (thank you cards and everything else), I'm working on rebuilding my stash.  Need lots more thank you cards, and thinking of you, and birthday...pretty much everything.

So today I started with the Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:


This week's Retro Rubber Challenge was super easy:


I happened to use the same combination of older stamps on this card for another Retro Rubber Challenge; Vintage Leaves is two years old and One Big Meaning is one year old.  The wee splatter stamp is from Magical Mermaid and will probably be my most-used stamp from that set because I loves me a good splat :)

Colors are courtesy of Sunday Stamps


I used Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, and Peekaboo Peach for colors 2, 4, and 5 on the graphic.  I wanted to work in some Rich Razzleberry but it just wouldn't work for my card.  Such a pretty inspiration pic though.

Sounds like the hubs just finished feeding the baby...so maybe we're going for a walk now.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Watercolor Paper, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Believe in Mermaids

Mornin', y'all!  I almost typed "mermaid, y'all!"  Because today's card has a mermaid on it.


The mermaid has Wink of Stella on her so she's all sparkly, even though you can't see it at all in the picture (it's overcast here and it's notoriously difficult to photograph anything sparkly on a card).  And she's a triple challenge over-achieving mermaid.  First off, What Will You Stamp? has cycled back around to a stamp set I own:


So yep, there's my stamp set sorted.  Then I used the layout from this week's CASE the Designer challenge at Global Design Project:


And last of all I added in this week's Paper Players color combination:


Once I had those three elements, the card came together pretty quick.  I like that since I never know how long naptime will last :)

I've got breakfast in the oven (have I mentioned that I'm obsessed with apple cinnamon baked oatmeal...and generally I think oatmeal only belongs in cookie form!) so I'm going to try to vacuum up some dog hair while I wait for that to bake.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Mermaid, Marbled, Seaside Shore
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, thick Whisper White, Silver Foil
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals, Iridescent Sequins