Monday, August 21, 2017

Elizabethan Gardens

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Hope you had a good weekend.

For today's scrapbook pages, we're doing the Time Warp all the way back to 2005.

Hubs and I took a trip out to the Outer Banks (North Carolina) to celebrate our anniversary that year, and we happened to find this place with Elizabethan gardens so we decided to check it out.  That's the hubs on the left page testing out his camouflage powers in a bright red shirt :p  This is an old, old Becky Higgins sketch that I used on these pages (I think it's BH?) and I never thought I'd use it because I tend to crop my photos as little as possible.  But these ones are from way back and had a lot of "dead space" in the pictures and I hope my photography skillz have improved since then.  Regardless, I do like how this turned out.  I added the fussy-cut flowers in a visual triangle to help move your eye through the layout. 

Still enjoying my Taffy Alphabet stamps :D

Today's color palette:  Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.  Not pictured:  So Saffron, it must have been sick on school picture day. (Or I forgot.)

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Taffy Alphabet, Flower Fancy
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Berry Burst, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thanks Kind-Leaf

Well, I hope you're having a better Sunday morning than Ryan is--the hubs just wipes off the baby's face and Ryan took exception to that :p Tough luck, kiddo.  So anyway, I'm back with another thank you card today!

I used this week's Retro Rubber sketch:

So I've had Vintage Leaves for two years, and One Big Meaning for one.  I thought both of them were older than that.  The speckles on the back are from Magical Mermaid, which I've had for less than a week, but it was on my desk to stamp for my personal stamp catalog and I needed something on the card base so there it goes.  You can't tell from the picture, but I popped up the Whisper White layer on Dimensionals. The Real Red Candy Dots are retired, but I like those better than the enamel shapes SU! has now, and I still have a stash of the Candy Dots so might as well use 'em.

Say hello to the As You See It color challenge:

They called it "Summer Salad" but I made a fall card with it :)  I have a feeling it's going to be fun to make up fall-y color combos with Lemon Lime Twist this year.  I didn't want the leaves to overwhelm the sentiment, so I used sponges to apply ink to the leaf stamps.  Actually I did that for the sentiment too because my Elegant Eggplant ink pad is still way extra juicy.

Muffins just came out of the oven and I think the kiddo is about ready for a nap (uhh, breakfast is late for the parental units today) so that's it for me today.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Elegant Eggplant, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals, retired Candy Dots

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Thanks" Doesn't Seem Like a Big Enough Word

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Hubs went in for his back surgery on Wednesday and stayed overnight in the hospital; he came home Thursday morning.  My friend Tiana, who is the awesomest person in the world, drove down here with her daughters to take care of Ryan while I was at the hospital with the hubs, and while I was gone she made a half-dozen meals for us and put them in the freezer, AND she swept/vacuumed/mopped the middle floor, AND she washed sheets/made the bed for hubs, AND she washed towels and cleaned the bathroom counter.  She is the most capable and efficient person I have *ever* met and I want to be her when I grow up. (She's also taught me 90% of what I know about being a mama.)

Tiana mentioned that she could use some thank you cards to send out, so rest assured I am going to mail her an entire box of thank you cards, because I think she deserves probably about 57,413 thank you cards and also a million dollars for everything she did to help us out.  So while hubs and baby slept yesterday afternoon (baby Ryan got his six-month shots, he was all tuckered out after that), I got started on Operation Thank You Card.

Having fun with the sequins again :)  I'm starting to wish I'd bought sequins before now, they're fun embellies and they're flat so this card will go through the mail no problem.  (Sorry the photo is a little dark, I took it this morning and it was really overcast.  What can ya do.)

Meet this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I just got a box full of new stamp sets and other goodies, and I still pulled out my favorite Orange Blossom and Post Script for this card.  Can't help it that they're awesome ;)  But hopefully I'll be able to ink up some new rubbah in the next couple weeks.

Anywha, I also used this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz (the long retired Gable Green would be a better match for the color swatch, but I was using all current schtuff), and Daffodil Delight.  My Melon Mambo flower came out much too dark and overpowering the first time, so I cleaned the stamp off and then inked it up by using a sponge and that worked better.  I also tried stamping off, but that just made it turn out kind of blotchy, so for this card sponges were where it's at.

I've got a happy baby boy dressed like Superman.  I think we're going to go have some quality time together while his dada sleeps in this morning.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Orange Blossom, Post Script
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Iridescent Sequins

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Deja Vu

Mornin' y'all!  I managed to sneak in one more card before Tiana and her girls got here to help me take care of Ryan while also taking care of the hubs and getting him to his surgery today.  Buuuuut I seem to be stuck on some colors!

AAHHHH I still love these colors.  The challenge over at SUO Challenges is to make a butterfly or dragonfly card, so this qualifies :)  I also used the sketch from Clean & Simple:

And once again with the color combo from Just Add Ink:

I'm only slightly obsessed :)

We have to get the hubs to the hospital at 10:00 this morning, so surgery won't be until about noon.  Well, at least we don't have to get up super early in the morning for it!  We would appreciate any and all prayers, kind thoughts, and positive vibes you care to direct our way.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Powder Pink
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper  White
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella pen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Psychic Octopi

Hey y'all!  I mentioned yesterday that the current color challenge at Just Add Ink is, like, my favoritest ever color combo from the new catalog, right?  Here it is:

And as promised, I made something new for it...not just one, but two cards!

Having fun with the Message in a Bottle stamp set, from whence my wee mermaid came on Sunday.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the octopus to be Powder Pink or Tranquil Tide, so I did both...mostly because I messed up the Marbled background the first time I stamped it.  I stamped it a little too far down on the card front, so to salvage it, I cut it a bit to layer on a new card base (the card on the right).  The backgrounds look different too because for the right one (the first one I stamped), I inked it up, then used a brayer to spread the ink out a bit so I wouldn't have patches.  On the left card, I inked up the brayer itself and used it to apply the ink to the stamp, and that's how it came out different.  Interesting!  I like this Marbled background stamp for this because it looks wavy to me.  OH!  And check out my brand new iridescent sequins!  I ordered a few more embellishments than usual this last time.  You might even see RIBBON sometime soon.

So now to the psychic part.  I made these two cards on Sunday night, before the Global Design Project posted their newest challenge (#100).  All of their DT have posted cards and this time we get to pick any one we want to CASE.  And if you looked at Brian King's card, I bet you'd think I saw it before I made my cards...

It's just such a coincidence that I have to link it up over there even though I hadn't seen this card before I made mine.  I ended up with a similar layout, pink, and the Marbled background!  Weird, isn't it?  Well, okay, it would be spookier if Brian had used the same stamp set for his main image too, but whatevs.

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Message in a Bottle, Marbled
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Paper:  Pool Party, Thick Whisper White, Delightful Daisy & A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Iridescent Sequins

Monday, August 14, 2017

Golf Cart Tour (Guilin)

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Actually I typed this post up Sunday night because this morning we're taking the hubs to the hopsickle for a pre-op appointment--he has back surgery on Wednesday.  He's in so much pain from his sciatic nerve that Wednesday can't get here fast enough.  I hope that surgery does the trick and he feels a lot better really fast.  I hate seeing him in pain.

Buuuuut you're not here for the not-happy stuff, you're here for a scrapbook layout!  Actually I have two for you today.

You might be able to tell from the lettering template if you've been around here for a while, these pages are from our 2010 China trip.  (See the pictures here.)

Yep, I use the same lettering template on all the China layouts, and accent with Rough Type.  Sometimes I only use one or the other, but most often it's a combination.

And there's the second one.  I don't know why I associate dragonflies with Oriental stuff?  But apparently I do.

Let's talk color!  Today's color palette is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Whisper White.  Y'all, this is my FAVORITE NEW COLOR COMBINATION ever since I saw it in the SU! catty this summer.  I don't know why but I am in luuuurve with it.  Well, Tranquil Tide is actually my favorite new In Color, I love how it plays nice with pretty much every other color I've put it with and I need to play with it more often.  And guess what...

This is the current color challenge at Just Add Ink.  Technically I made these layouts several weeks ago, so I won't enter them in the challenge, but last night I managed to sneak in a wee bit of stampy time and I made something new for this color challenge that I'll share tomorrow.  Because, as I said, I'm totally in love with it.  A LOT.

Until then, peace out yo!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Awesomely Artistic, Artistically Asian
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template, Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mermaid Splash

Mornin' y'all!  I know it's Saturday, and usually I post layouts from my honeymoon cruise album, but I missed posting the last couple days and I have a card I want to share instead.  I've been dealing with a headache all week that just will. not. go. away so lately I've been napping when Ryan naps.  Makes it hard to get any stamping done, but last night I made this!

Message in a Bottle is one of the stamp sets I just got in the last couple of weeks, and it's SO. CUTE.  When I saw this week's Color Throwdown, I knew I had to ink up that sweet little mermaid.

I used some retired colors on here but it's going to my two "nieces" and they won't care about that.  So I used Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo (Powder Pink might have been a closer match for the swatch on the right, but I wanted something that was definitely pink so it wouldn't make her tail just blend into her skin), and Lavender Lace.  I used Island Indigo for the bottle and sentiment.  I noticed as I colored in the mermaid that she's got a belly button, which I thought was funny.

Anywha, here's this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Congratulations to the FMS team for making it to #300.  I haven't participated in every single challenge (it's really hard to do that in the middle of a move, for instance), but I do participate more often than not.  I like this sketch...might have to try another card with it.

ETA:  Oh what timing!  Check out the word prompt from Inkspirational!

I think my card counts for this...the mermaid is surrounded by water waves, *and* it looks like she's waving (with both hands, because she's excited).  Ha!!

That's it for me.  I've got a kiddo to entertain until he goes down for his nap.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Message in a Bottle, Seaside Shore
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lavender Lace, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, Basic Black
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Fresh Prints (....of Bel Air) DSP Stack, Flirty Flamingo DSP
Accessories:  Pearls, Mini Dimensionals these things are SO COOL

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sweet Day

Hey y'all, how's it going?  I've got to type fast; Ryan is supposed to be napping right now but instead he's talking to the monitor :p

So, card!

It's pretty overcast here so the colors are a bit off in my photo, but here's the color challenge from Fab Friday:

Fun fun fun.  I paired them with the sketch from Clean & Simple:

Aaaand I'd better go get the baby.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Cool Treats
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  None!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Driftwood Anniversary

Happy Toooosday, y'all!  I've got a happy baby bouncing right next to me.  At least he can't reach the keyboard from where he is right now ;)

So here's today's card.  I'm in looooooove with Emerald Envy, what about you?  I had a good excuse to use it too, what with the current photo inspiration from Inkspirational:

Oooh pretty.  I don't have the new So Many Shells stamp set or I would have been tempted to use it today; instead I pulled out the brand-new-to-me Oh So Eclectic for the greenery on my card.  I tried using the matching Framelits to cut it out, but I discovered that the matching Framelit is not an exact match for this stamp, it works better with the *other* sprig of greenery.  So I ended up fussy cutting the two for my card to get the look I wanted.

I chose the sentiment to go along with this week's theme challenge from Global Design Project: 

So there you have it, that's my card for today.  Hope to get in some more stamping sometime later today once Ryan tires himself out in his bouncer :)  I literally have a bouncing baby boy.  Ha!

Cheers, y'all!  Happy stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hardwood, Oh So Eclectic, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Monday, August 7, 2017


Scrappy Monday, y'all.  Today has started out a little rough, but some of yesterday's leftover waffles with strawberries and whipped cream is definitely making it a bit better :)

Today's scrapbook layout is one I finished a few months ago but today seems like a good day to share it.  Pics are from the one castle we visited in Wales that's actually Welsh as opposed to a castle built by the English king Edward to subdue the Welsh (pics here).  This is a really small castle, more like a tower's possible that the townhouse I live in now is about the same size.  Maybe slightly smaller.  But the views from Dolwyddelan are definitely better than what I've got in Virginia ;)

There's some subtle background stamping going on (sorry for the glare on the sheep photo).

Today's color palette:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Not what I was planning to use when I got these pictures out, but that's what I ended up with :)  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Touches of Texture, Watercolor Minis
Ink:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Circle punches

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Honeymoon Cruise, Part 8: St. Thomas

Saturday already?  Guess then it's time for more honeymoon album pages!

St. Thomas was our second port of call on the cruise.  We didn't do a shore excursion this time, just wandered around the island a little bit on our own and had lunch in town (mostly what I remember is these AWESOME ham and cheese sandwiches on croissants).  Didn't even take a whole lot of pictures.  And this layout was SUPER annoying--I had it almost ready to go and I dropped an inked-up stamp on the left page where the journaling is, so I had to redo that page.  Arrrrgh.

Ummmm after I finished this I showed it to my husband and we think some of these departure pictures might have been from when we left Florida at the beginning of the cruise, not leaving out of St. Thomas.  Oops.  I didn't label the pictures very well when we first went on this cruise.  The only other thing I remember about St. Thomas is that as we sailed away, we saw a family get on a motorboat and chase the cruise ship.  Yeah, they're serious when they say to be back aboard ship by a certain that motorboat owner made a pretty penny from them!

Today we're in the Wild Wasabi section of the book.  That means just one more section left!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies for the whole album:
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Island Blossoms
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence
Accessories:  Scallop border punch, Mickey Mouse punches

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sunshine Tulips

Mornin', y'all!  It's been a busy day here already and it's just eight o'clock.  But my little squirt took a good long nap yesterday afternoon (because he skipped the morning one, oy vey) so I had time to do some stamping!

I loved the color inspiration photo at Retro Rubber (and they've been so very nice asking me to be a guest designer! and they've said such very nice things about me that I've been blushing for days) that I had to make another card for the challenge:

This time I used current colors, so Old Olive for the green along with Daffodil Delight and Real Red.  I do have to confess that today's stamp sets are not nearly as retro as my first attempt; Sunshine Sayings is one year old and Tranquil Tulips day old.  I couldn't help it!  I got it YESTERDAY and I had to bust it out! *guilty look*

Anyway, I paired it with the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I thought this sketch was really intriguing, and I couldn't wait to play with it.

I painted the die cut word with Wink of Stella, and this is my totally ineffective attempt to show the sparkle.  Trust me, IRL it is very sparkly and pretty and awesome.  Oh!  The yellow background was kind of an experiment.  I tried first spritzing the cardstock with some water and then using an Aquapainter to add some Daffodil Delight ink, but it didn't hardly show up and I got a few very dark spots.  So I inked up a small acrylic block with DD ink and kinda smeared it over the watercolor area, and this is what I ended up with.  I wouldn't try it with red because I think that would make it look like some kind of serious skin rash ;) but the Daffodil Delight I thought was interesting.  The thick Whisper White card base is slightly warped from the water, but not too bad.

Okay, baby is calling.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings, Tranquil Tulips
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Delightful Daisy DSP
Accessories:  Wink of Stella pen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Birthday Fishes

Mornin', y'all!  How goes it?  I'm all hunky-dory :)

Speaking of Dory, how about a fish card...

That segue was totally unplanned, it just happened as soon as I typed hunky-dory :D  Even though this fish doesn't look like Dory.  Whatevs.  The inside has the sentiment from Seaside Shore that says "Hope your day goes swimmingly!" which I figure works fine for a birthday card, and pretty much any other kind of card for that matter.  All purpose.  All porpoise? 

Moving on.  Not-Dory is a quadruple challenge card!  First up is the SUO Challenge to make a birthday card; check.

Next up is the Cupcake Inspirations challenge to make a beachy card:

Hubs and I had a discussion about if an under-the-sea card like mine counted as beachy, and hubs decided that yes it does count, so check on this one too.

Next up is the Global Design Project sketch:

I turned the sketch on its side because making the sentiment sideways like that was making my brain itch, but check.

And finally, the Paper Players tic-tac-toe challenge:

I did the diagonal from lower left to upper right:  blue, enamel dots, and birthday.  Easy peasy mcsqueezy!  And also check.

Well, looks like the little one is maybe starting to wake up...either that, or he kicks his feet even when he's asleep (which wouldn't surprise me, future karate champion in da house).  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Sunshine Sayings
Ink:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Night of Navy, Watercolor paper, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Accessories:  linen thread, Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy to Go Retro

Guess what, y'all?  A while back, my Beach Wedding card was the top pick over at Retro Rubber Challenges, and they asked me to be a guest designer for them!  Wheeeeee!  So here's the new Retro Rubber Challenge:

How pretty is that picture?!  So for my color inspiration, I went with the long-retired Green Galore, a bit of Daffodil Delight, and some Real Red, and came up with this:

Since this is a Retro Rubber card, I've had Petal Prints since 2006 so it's nice and really retro; Yippee-Skippee! is a bit newer and is 3 years old.  The background technique is an old favorite, polished stone with Green Galore and Daffodil Delight ink refills, and then the doily is actually a metallic gold one that I turned over and sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.  For the flower, I inked it up with markers, then misted it with a bit of water to make the colors bleed just a little bit, which helped blend the yellow and red ink on the flower.  I dug some retired Real Red taffeta out of my ribbon stash to finish it off, along with a silver metallic enamel shape on the flower.

So hop on over to Retro Rubber and have a look at some beautiful cards, then give this color inspiration challenge a shot yourself.  It's fun, I promise!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Petal Prints, Yippee-Skippee!
Ink:  Green Galore, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Paper:  Green Galore, Real Red, Whisper White, Glossy White
Accessories:  metallic doilies, retired Real Red taffeta, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals