Monday, May 29, 2017

Salt Mine

Scrappy Monday, y'all.  It's another gray day here in Snapdragonland, and as it happens my scrapbook layout is gray today too.

Pictures are from the ancient salt mine near Krakow in Poland (see 'em all here). 

Very simple title with the Back to Basics Alphabet.  I do this thing where I delay getting alphabet sets until they go on the retiring list and *then* I buy them right before they're gone forever.  I got the Layering Letters Alphabet a couple weeks ago but I haven't used it yet ;)

Today's color palette includes Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla.  I chose to use the pink (even though there really isn't much pink in the pictures) because sometimes you can find pink salt in the grocery store.  True it's usually Himalayan sea salt or something, but it's salt so it all connected in my brain.

That's it for now, I'm going to go try to figure out why my iPod isn't connecting to the computer to sync up.  Hubs is feeding the kiddo :D  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Back to Basics Alphabet
Ink:  Marina Mist, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Beau Chateau DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Llure of the Llama

When the new Stampin' Up! catalog came out last summer, I loved the llama set right at the very front of the catalog.  But there was so much other stuff to love, too, that I didn't get Lloyd the Llama and then--wahhh!--he showed up on the retiring list.  And I thought about it for quite a while and decided not to get him, because I didn't want to buy the stamp set and then never use it and sometimes I forget about retired stamps I have (which is why I have my own personal stamp catalog, which is quite large and in charge).

And theeeennnnn....

Yeah I have a llama in the house!  I really don't know how these things happen.  He's just so cute with that slightly derpy expression.  Welcome to the Snapdragon family, Lloyd the Llama.  Let's fiesta like there's no manana!

(And of COURSE I got the matching Framelits and DSP!! Duh!)

Once again I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Easy breezy beautiful, llama style.

Have a great day, y'all.  Ole!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Birthday Fiesta
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Emerald Envy
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP
Accessories:  Fiesta Time Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pool Party Papillon

Hey y'all!  It's another rainy day here, but I got the kiddo down for a nap so hopefully that means some good crafty time as soon as I finish washing dishes.  In the meantime though, I have a card for you!

The card base is the brand new Lemon Lime Twist, which is super bright and I'm a little surprised how popular it's been with other demos.  I mean, I love it, but I love bright colors and green in particular.  Looking forward to exploring some color combinations with this one.  Oh, if you click on the photo to see it larger, you can see that I stamped the sentiment in both Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Gray, offset from each other just a smidge to get a shadow effect.  Can you call it a shadow effect if the "shadow" is Lemon Lime Twist?

Anyway, I turned to this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I wish I'd made my square element a little smaller; sometimes it's tough to find the line between letting a sentiment breathe and having it get lost on a panel that's too big for it.  Dangit.  I didn't have time to redo it yesterday because Ryan was waking up from his nap as I was finishing this card.

There's a butterfly on it, so once again I can enter this over at the Paper Players:

I still have some layers on my card, but lots of open space on the card front.  I intentionally left the card base un-stamped to make it more CAS.

The color combo is from Retro Rubber:

I used Lemon Lime Twist, Wisteria Wonder, and Pool Party for my colors, since I thought those would be closest to the photo.  Maybe Baja Breeze would have been closer for the blue color, but I was using all current colors.  So for my "retro" part of this challenge, I've had both Papillon Potpourri and Petite Petals since 2012 or so I think.  Suite Sentiments is, of course, from earlier this year but I think the other two make up for it ;) plus I just wanted to use it at least once more before it retires.

Okay kids, time for me to get to work in the craft room.  The hubs says he'll be home from work early today, and he has tomorrow AND Monday off, so maybe I'll get lots of crafty time in the next few days since someone else is here to help with bottle feedings and diaper changes, haha!  Hope you have a great weekend, y'all.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Petite Petals, Suite Sentiments
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Basic Gray
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Wisteria Wonder, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bonjour, Beautiful Butterfly

Hey kids!  How's your Wednesday?  Once again, I have a squirmy babe in my lap, but what's funny today is he keeps trying to sing along to the music I'm playing on the computer.  He's not so great with the lyrics (well, he is only three months old) but he makes up for it by being adorable in his fire truck onesie.

But anyway, I bet you're here for a card, not my singing infant, who is getting squirmier by the second.

OOOOOHHHH I like it.  And it was pretty quick and easy to make, too.  For the background, I did a watercolor wash of Powder Pink ink all over Shimmery White cardstock, then hit it with my heat tool until it dried.  Then I stamped some Gorgeous Grunge splats on it with Powder Pink ink (hey, I used the other two splat stamps too, not just my favorite one!), making it the heaviest under where the butterfly would be.  Then just a quick stamped sentiment and a gorgeous gold foil butterfly and VOILA!

And kudos to whoever at Stampin' Up! came up with the color combo of Powder Pink, Pool Party, and Tranquil's in one of the patterned papers in the new catalog and I have some pictures I'm hanging onto until I can get that paper because I'm so using it for scrapbook pages.  Love.  It.

Okay, so this card started out with the CASE the Designer challenge at Global Design Project:

I kept the gold die cut (though I had butterflies on the brain rather than roses) and the pink as the main color under it, and my white panel is the same size as this one and the sentiment is in the same place.  I was going to use a sentiment from Rose Wonder, but the butterfly was just a bit too wide to accommodate any of the stamps in that set, so I broke out "Bonjour, Beautiful" from the soon-to-retire Happy Happenings.

And since I had butterflies on the brain, how about the Paper Players' challenge:

I'm not 100% sure this card counts as CAS...I would have used the Shimmery White as the card base, but of course it kinda warps when you wet it so I needed to glue it down to something.

This pic kinda gives you an idea of the bling on this card--not just the gold foil butterfly, but the shimmer on the white cardstock.

We are fast approaching naptime (kid is now squirming around on his blanket on the floor, he seems happy), so I'm hoping to get some scrappin' done today.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Happenings
Ink:  Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Shimmery White, Pool Party, Gold Foil
Accessories:  Butterfly Thinlits

Monday, May 22, 2017

Horseback Riding (Wales)

It's a rainy scrappy Monday, y'all.  How was your weekend?  I was really really hoping to finish up my honeymoon album over the weekend, but it took a lot longer than expected to clean house yesterday so I still have two layouts to finish up.  One just needs journaling, but the other one has some work left to do.  I know what I'll be doing during naptime today!

Anyway, I do have a scrapbook layout to share today!  Something pretty simple.

Pictures are from our 2014 road trip through Wales; read the original blog post here.  I think it was another cloudy/rainy day when I took the photo of this layout, it came out kinda dark.  Well, dang.  It seems like I'm doing a lot of layouts lately with only horizontal photos, and there's only so many ways you can arrange a bunch of horizontal photos if you're not cropping them much.  Ever get the feeling that your pages are all starting to look alike?  Well, at least the colors change...

Super-simple title with Rough Type and Jayne's Type.

Here is today's color palette:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, More Mustard, and Whisper White.   It looks prettier IRL than the pictures make it look.

Anyway, I've got a squirmy babe in my lap and I'm trying to eat breakfast, so I'm going to sign off.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Rough Type
Ink:  Marina Mist, Perfect Plum marker
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, More Mustard, Whisper White, Autumn Vine DSP, Marina Mist & Perfect Plum DSP
Accessories:  None

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dream Castle

Happy Friday, y'all.  Man, this week has gone by fast!  I'm feeling pretty good about my craft room productivity though.  I loooooove naptime.  I'm lucky--I can put the kiddo down in his crib, turn on the white noise, and within ten minutes he's asleep.  Pretty much every single time.  It's awesome.

So usually I would do a Friday Flashback post today, but since I have some stamp sets that haven't seen ink yet and are on the retiring list I thought I'd bust out one of those today instead.

I'm in love with this stamp set, called Chase Your Dreams, and it's on sale now!  Get it before it's gone.  In addition to this castle, the images include the Empire State Building, the Arc de Triomphe, Tower Bridge in London, and the Sydney Opera House.  Is it weird that I'm kinda glad they steered clear of doing the Eiffel Tower in this stamp set?  I feel like the Eiffel Tower gets a lotta love so it's nice to see some other famous landmarks.  And I HAVE seen all these famous landmarks except the opera house :D

I used the color combination from Create with Connie and Mary:

I wouldn't have thought to put these three colors together and I LOVE IT.  I'm planning a scrapbook layout with this combination.  Anyway, I thought these colors would be perfect for Neuschwanstein:

This is the castle that Walt Disney used for inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, and you might remember it from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  It's also the first castle I ever visited that wasn't in a Disney park ;)  I need to do my own scrapbook pages from when the hubs and I visited.  Picture above is NOT one we took...I don't know where you'd have to go to get that particular view but I think there would be some mountain climbing involved.  We do have some lovely shots of it taken from over to the left, so you can't see the front facade of the castle but you can see how far back it goes.

Anyway.  I also snitched the layout from Dawn Olchefske's blog:

I like it!

That's it for me today.  I'm going to make the most of naptime...cheers y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Chase Your Dreams (buy it now!)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Blooms & Bliss DSP, Fruit Stand DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Heart Dragonflies

Heyyy I made another card this week!  I'm also making good progress on the honeymoon album...SO ready to get that done.  But anyway, card!

I loooooove the Dragonfly Dreams bundle from the Occasions catalog, which is happily carrying over to the big catty.  But for today's card I just used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits along with some stamps that are on the retiring list, Gorgeous Grunge and Love & Affection.  I think they're only retiring Gorgeous Grunge because *everyone* owns it now (let's be honest, I've used this splatter stamp more than all the other stamps in the set put together!).  I love Love & Affection for that super pretty font on the sentiments, so I wanted to revisit it before it retires.  Not that it will be leaving my collection because #hoarder.

So this card came together super fast with the help of this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I followed the sketch pretty much exactly this time :D  I also used this week's Color Throwdown:

I thought these would be perfect colors for a dragonfly card.  I used Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush (sad to see it retire too), and Crushed Curry for my colors.  The background was made by scribbling on the largest acrylic block with markers, spritzing with water, and then "stamping" it on Thick Whisper White cardstock, love that technique for superfast watercolor backgrounds.  I'm very happy that you can actually see the Wink of Stella glimmer on the dragonfly too!

So on Mother's Day, my sweet Ryan made a card for me:

I suspect his daddy helped him (after all, Ryan is just 3 months old and not really writing much yet), but it looks like he took dictation.

And there's authentic-looking drool marks on the inside.  I love it!

That's it for me today.  I'm hoping to put Ryan down for a nap soon and then finish up the scrapbook layout I started yesterday.  I actually think I get pages done *faster* since I had Ryan because when I get him to sleep I'm all like MUST WORK FAST DO NOT WASTE NAPTIME!  I've always worked best under pressure ;)

Cheers y'all!

Supplies (first card), all SU!
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Love & Affection
Ink:  Crushed Curry & Cucumber Crush markers, Basic Black
Paper:  Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits, Wink of Stella pen