Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Bearthday

Ya know, sometimes the stamping gods are just smiling down upon you, and that happened this week.  It started with the Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge:

And I thought, hey cool, but I don't have penguins.  Enter the Cupcake Inspirations challenge for this week:

I can definitely do something with bears.  And then, the icing on the cake was the What Will You Stamp? challenge to use Lovely As a Tree:

Add those three together, and you get...

A Baylor bear birthday card.  This is going to my friend Missy's husband, who is also a rah-rah Baylor bear...I added the flower so Missy would know that one is her :)

That's it for me today, peeps.  Off to start making pies for Thanksgiving.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends, Lovely As a Tree, Ray of Sunshine, Petite Petals
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nachos: Lighthearted Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  We're getting ready to go pick my family up from the airport, but I do have a Nacho Average Sketch challenge card for you today.  So here's the sketch:

This card would be great with those window frame Framelits in the holiday mini catalog, but I don't have them and I'm just not ready to give up on the fall cards yet, so...

I went with Lighthearted Leaves.  I rotated the sketch 90 degrees just because I couldn't get the sentiment to fit otherwise.

Your turn now!  Don't forget to upload your creation at the Nacho blog.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow DSP
Accessories:  Leaflets Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, November 23, 2015

Be Thankful

Scrappy Monday, peeps!  Wow, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is this week.  And Christmas is right around the corner too, and then it's a whole new year.  Again.  But anyway!  I have a couple of special scrapbook layouts to share today.

First off, some background info:  when I was in college, I worked part-time at a local scrapbook store with the improbable name of Heart Tugs and Doodlebugs.  They did classes sometimes where you could sign up to come hang out in the evening and make a layout designed by the class teacher, and I used to get the class packets for free if I helped out with the classes (because there are always those ladies who insist they can't tie bows in raffia or draw cute faces or what have you, which maybe I'd never done those things either but they still insisted I do it for them, so okay, I got practice and they didn't and if one of the faces came out wonky I wasn't going home with it anyway).  One of those classes was for a layout with a little pilgrim boy and pilgrim girl, and that class was 13 years ago last week.  Because no kidding, I had instructions for the class with the date on them.  And guess what else I had!

Oh yeah, I had already put together the pilgrim pair and stuck 'em on the cardstock and everything.  The title was part of the kit too but I hadn't put it together or stuck it down, so I modified it from the original kit--it used to be tags (I cut off the tops to make them rectangles) and involved buttons and some knotted fabric strips.  However, I am pretty much a flat scrapper so I didn't want ten buttons denting everything else in my 2005 scrapbook.  Because oh yeah, that photo is from Thanksgiving of 2005, which is the first year that the hubs and I hosted a big hooferah on Thanksgiving, and also the year my dad's dog ruined the homemade apple pie and the hubs still has PTSD.  My parents and my brother and his wife are coming out here *tomorrow* for a big Thanksgiving hooferah, but this time Dad's dog is being left at home so I think the pies will be safe :D

And there's a closeup of Mr. Pilgrim.  His head is a circle punch, and his hands are smaller circles, and then the garland he's holding is done with a couple different leaf punches and an apple punch, plus the aforementioned raffia bows.  The rest of it was a hand-drawn pattern; you had to cut it out of the different colors of cardstock and then add some black pen lines to define the edges.

There's Mrs. Pilgrim, except she has sunflowers instead of apples.  And she looks like a little Amish girl, so I sent the pattern (I still had all the pieces of the pattern!) to my friend Missy since she's the one who convinced me and the hubs to spend our anniversary in Amish country this year.

So when I pulled out my Thanksgiving 2005 pictures, I was very excited to finally use this class kit that's been in my stash for no kidding THIRTEEN YEARS.  But the pilgrims take up a lot of the square footage of the pages, and I had some more pictures to scrap.  Well, I remembered back in the day thinking that we needed a Native American couple to go with the pilgrims.  What I didn't remember is that I'd already made them too!

They were already completed and stuck down on the pages and everything.  I kinda wish I'd made the girl's dress a little more detailed, but she does have some fringe happening on her hemline.

Mr. Native American has some fringe on his sleeves.  And apparently I dispensed with the apples or sunflowers in the hands.

So not only did I have these four pages most of the way put together for more than a decade, I also had all of the matching cardstock scraps too so I was able to use those to make the photo mats and everything matched what I'd already done.  JACKPOT.

That's it for me today,  peeps.  Hope your holiday preparations are going swimmingly!  I'm off to finish cleaning up the house :p

Supplies, not at all SU!
class kit from 2002

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Flashback: Secret Garden

Hey y'all, happy Friday.  This week's Friday Flashback stamp set is Secret Garden.  So let's hop to it!

Also features Perfectly Penned, Positively Chevron
 Let's start off with some shiny gold chevrons, shall we?  I think the Strawberry Slush flowers really pop against the lighter colors and the gold.

Also features Simple Stems, Blessings from Heaven, Gorgeous Grunge
And here's a less successful card; there are matching Secret Garden Framelits and the stamp set Simple Stems works with them too.

Also features Sweet Serendipity

And for the last part of the Flashback, I made this one for the Sweet Serendipity flashback a little while back.  So that's it for digging around the archives, and here is today's brand new card:

This time I hand-cut the flowers instead of using the Framelits because my little girl dog parked herself right behind my chair and I couldn't get up (I'm absolutely certain she does that on purpose).  I need a birthday card for my MIL, so I turned to this week's Create with Connie and Mary color challenge:

I did only use SU! products, though the stamps are retired; they don't specifically say that's against their rules but if it is then they can throw paper scraps at me.  I love it when Elegant Eggplant shows up in color challenges, which happens next to never so I had to play along.

I also really liked this week's CAS(E) This Sketch:

So that's it for me today, folks.  I need to go vacuum the house (hopefully the vacuum won't try to knock me down the stairs this time) and get my Thanksgiving shopping list ready.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Happy Everything
Ink:  Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:  Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Gold EP, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Congratulations, It's Twins

My friend finally had her twin boys this past weekend--at 41 weeks and 4 days.  Who is LATE delivering twins?!  And she's so tiny, I really don't know how she held out that long.  Or the twins did.  Anyway, this is the one I made the two baby books for, but I thought it would be nice to send her a little card now that they've finally arrived:

She told me they're doing the nursery in gray, yellow, orange, and a little aqua, so I worked with those colors (except not the gray) to make this.  I also used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

It came together pretty quickly, which is nice.  Now my only problem is that I've run out of postage stamps...well, I need to mail off a package today anyway so I might as well get some more while I'm there.

Hope you have a great day, peeps.  It's raining but I can't let that stop me doing my errands :)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Something for Baby, past My Paper Pumpkin kit
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Tangelo Twist DSP
Accessories:  Baby's First Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stamping on Auto-Pilot

Usually I don't really post Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving.  Call me old-fashioned, but I like to concentrate on one holiday at a time, and I don't like it that Thanksgiving seems to be getting ignored more and more each year as Christmas turns into this six-month juggernaut of tinsel and lights.

But I broke the rule today because the Global Design Project theme this week is Christmas.  And I do love my Christmas Cuties set, so expect to see it in action a lot more after next week.  Anyway, I was working on this card and the whole time I was thinking I wanted to put "It's the most wonderful time of the year" as the sentiment but apparently I was on auto-pilot and then all of a sudden "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" instead.  I do have one cousin who puts her tree up on November first.  My mom (HI MOM) is a total Christmas junkie, but she does at least usually wait until the day after Thanksgiving to go wild.  (Thanks, Mom.)  But for the whole month of December, she looks pretty much just like this elf.

I kept my card pretty simple so I could also enter it in the Paper Players' CAS Christmas challenge:

This card is the maiden voyage of the Season of Cheer DSP in my craft cave.  Love the watercolor look and there are some gorgeous patterns in there.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Christmas Cuties
Ink:  Basic Black, markers in Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray; Skintone Blendabilities
Paper:  Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Season of Cheer DSP
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nachos: Beary Thankful

Happy Tuesday once again, peeps!  It's Nacho Average Challenge day and this week it's a perfectly fabulous color challenge:

Oh yeah, I love it.  This color challenge is tailor-made for use with the Into the Woods DSP but if you don't have that, fear not!  You can still play along.  However, I just had to use that paper and here's what I made:

I've been kind of hoarding the Into the Woods paper, which is silly because I could always buy another pack at least until the holiday catalog expires (I can hear my husband saying "for the love of pete woman, don't buy any more paper!" but I'm ignoring him).  Anyway, I knew that pattern would be perfect with my bear and sentiment so I cut into a sheet of it.  I managed not to hyperventilate, too ;)

So now it's your turn to play along!  Don't forget to link up on the Nacho blog.  Cheers, peeps, and happy stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Paper:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Thick Whisper White, Into the Woods DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals