Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Flashback: Carved & Candlelit

Happy Friday, y'all!  I have an appropriately October-ish stamp set for today's Friday Flashback:  Carved & Candlelit.  Love it!  So let's get to the fun part :)

Also features Rough Edges Alphabet
It's hard to tell from this photo, but the jack o' lanterns' faces are embossed with Iridescent Ice so they're all sparkly.

Also features Cool Cat, Background Basics, All-Year Cheer III
What's more Halloweeny than a cool black cat?

Also features Background Basics, Petite Patterns, All-Year Cheer II
I happen to know a couple of people whose birthdays are ON Halloween, and quite a few more with October birthdays who also love pumpkins.

Ok, so this one is really old:  it's a layout from the first set of baby books I did way, way back.

Also features Bright Blessings (unmounted wheel)
So Carved & Candlelit is a simple little set with a couple of pumpkins and a few faces, but clearly I love it.

Also features Grateful Greetings
Again with the Iridescent Ice EP faces.

Also features Priceless, Falling Leaves
You've seen this layout on here quite recently but I couldn't leave it out.  And that's the Flashback part of today's post, so here's the new creations:

Yep, I made two!  My brother-in-law and his son have birthdays one week apart so I figured I'd make cards for both of them.  And between the two cards, I used every stamp in the set one time.

First up is the grown-up card; I had quite a time trying to get this card to work.  This is actually the FOURTH background panel!  I don't know why but I was just having trouble getting things to gel yesterday when I worked on it.

I used the color combination from The Color Throwdown:

And the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

And I think this one counts for the Male Room challenge to make an autumn card for a guy:

So next up, the card for the 6-year-old.

This one didn't quite want to gel either, I don't know what is up with my craft cave lately.  But anyway I used the color combo from ColourQ:

And the sketch from Retro Sketches:

I think this might have worked better for me if I'd made my card more like 5 inches square instead of 4.25".  But I don't have envelopes that size, so what can ya do.

Well, I know what I'm going to do:  I'm going to go back down to my craft room and work on another project, and hope that this time my mojo cooperates a little better.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, next-to-last card:
Stamps:  Carved & Candlelit, Fall Fest, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Supplies, last card:
Stamps:  Carved & Candlelit, All-Year Cheer II
Ink:  Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Paper:  Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango DSP
Accessories:  circle punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Golden Leaves of Autumn

Greetings, crafty compadres :)  Let's all take a minute to celebrate the fact that it's the first of October, which is quite possibly my favorite month of the year.  And if I'd thought this through a little better, I would have made a Halloween card for today, but I also love fall in general so we'll just go with that.

I was a little late getting on the Sheltering Tree bandwagon when it came out, but I have enjoyed creating with it this year.  This time I stamped the tree trunk in Soft Suede and the ground swoosh with Crumb Cake (I did the ground swoosh several times, right side up and upside down, stamping off some to add a little depth).  And then I used gold EP for the leaves.

Of course gold EP is hard to photograph, especially given the deplorable light conditions in my craft cave.  I really need to get another light to put in there, even the Ott Lite on my craft table isn't enough, and it's been so overcast and rainy this week that even the windows aren't helping any to bring in some light.  But anyway, I do like how this simple little card turned out, and it was inspired by the latest challenge from Global Design Project:

CASE-ing a card is fun, you just look at the inspiration card and choose what makes you happy.  So I used the same basic layout and I used the same colors, but traded in the wreath for the tree and I used gold EP instead of the gold glimmer paper heart and gold cord.  I tend to notice color first (and last, and always) so color is usually what draws me to a card.  Usually I'm not an all-neutrals kinda stamper, but I did like how the inspiration card looked so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  After all, challenges are all about pushing you out of your comfort zone a bit and making you try new things.  Sometimes you end up with something that you like a lot, and it seems like it doesn't too often go the other direction ;)  Although I have had one or two cards that I thought I should just light on fire...

That's it for me today, peeps.  Come back tomorrow for the Friday Flashback, and in the meantime, happy stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Gold EP, Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thankful Bear

Mornin, peeps!  How's the weather where you are?  We might need a canoe by the week's end here.  I don't mind the rain though, there's something lovely about a rainy day when you don't have to go anywhere.  Though I must say my poor hubs was drenched last night from his bike ride home from the metro station.

Anyway, on to other today's card!

 I love this bear.  Well, my college mascot is a bear, so there's that, and also he's just so stinkin' cute.  And I finally broke into the Into the Woods DSP that I've been hoarding for, like, a month.

I started out with the latest color combo from Fab Friday:

It's been a while since I played along over there and I always hate to miss their challenges, so yay for getting this one done.  I did use Early Espresso for the bear and the sentiment though just to make them more Baylor bear-y.  But the background is Soft Suede.

Speaking of challenges I haven't played along with for a while, how about the Sketch Frenzy Friday crew:

I like it.  I kinda thought I should draw a little flower in the bear's hand so I could make a visual triangle with Rich Razzleberry elements, but I didn't do it.  I was chicken to mess it up I guess :p

Anyway, this chicken is off to go work on some scrapbook pages.  Yep, I started scrapping again yesterday!  Very exciting.  Cheers, peeps!  Or should that be cheeps, peers?

At least I amuse myself...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends, Petite Petals
Ink:  Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Into the Woods DSP
Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Petite Petals punch, Dimensional, Brights Candy Dots

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

4, 3, 2, 1...NACHO

Howdy, folks!  Are ya ready for another great Nacho Average Sketch challenge?  Because it is upon us!

I really wanted to use Haunt Ya Later again but I figured I did three cards with it last week so let's do something different.  So here's what I made:

This is a 4-3-2-1 card, which I didn't think about until it was done.  Take a look:

4 colors of cardstock--Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla
3 stamp sets--Lighthearted Leaves, A Dozen Thoughts, French Filigree
2 Framelits--leaf and circle
1 color of ink (and also one Candy Dot)

Honestly the thing that took the longest with this card was deciding how I wanted to orient the leaf in relation to the sentiment banner.  I chose the colors on a whim--they just seemed like an interesting combination.  I had to pull French Filigree out of retirement for the background...I looked through the entire current catalog and couldn't find anything that would have worked as well as French Filigree so I went with it.

So now it's your turn!  Take this fabulous sketch for a whirl and show us what you've got on the Nacho blog.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lighthearted Leaves, A Dozen Thoughts, French Filigree (retired)
Ink:  Cajun Craze
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Leaflets & Circles Framelits, Dimensionals, Neutral Candy Dot

Monday, September 28, 2015

Baby Books: Twin Boys

Scrappy Monday, peeps!  I'm back with another baby book layout.  My goal this week is to work on scrapbook pages for would be nice to have a few layouts done before I start the next baby book.  But anyway!

Twin boys...that about says it all.  These boys should be arriving in the next few weeks.  Let's take a closeup look at the journaling block:

The globe is from a stamp set called Love You More that was available for like one month a year or two ago.  I cut it apart from its sentiment ("you mean the world to me") and instead paired it with one from the new stamp set Happy Happenings, which I bought specifically for this layout and I love it.  It has lots of other great sentiments too (I love the "Hello Handsome" and "Bonjour Beautiful" ones!) so I'm sure I'll be using it for lots of things besides baby books.

Today's color palette includes Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.

Well kids, I've got dogs to walk and errands to run.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, mostly SU!
Stamps:  Love You More, Happy Happenings
Ink:  Basic Gray, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Sent with Love DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix Alphabet

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Flashback: Announcements

Friday Flashback time!  This week's retired stamp set is Announcements, and this Flashback is on the short side.

Ok wow I got some bad pictures of these baby book pages.  It seems like I always do baby books in pairs (and one time I did three at once), but unless I'm doing twin books I don't necessarily make the pages exactly identical.

See, same basic layout with boyish colors first and then more girly colors second.  The umbrella, bear, and little toy conga line are all from Announcements.  And to my consternation that's all I had in the archives for this stamp set; I could swear I'd used it more than that.  But anyway, here's the new card on the block:

And this one is a triple challenge card.  First up, the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I followed the sketch, but I tweaked it to be a 4-inch square card since the image and the sentiment are both pretty small.

Next up, the Global Design Project theme of the week:

And finally, the Just Add Ink challenge to use your three favorite colors.  Green is my favorite color, purple is my second favorite, and hot pink seemed to work with those two and I liked it.  But if you ask me tomorrow you might get three different colors.

One more note:  it took me two tries to get my main banner how I wanted it, and this is a closeup of the first try.  On this one I just used Rich Razzleberry ink and then tried watercoloring, but it smudged the lines (it actually looks smudgier in real life).  So when I redid it, I tried my new favorite trick of inking up the stamp with Versamark first, then the colored ink, and embossing with clear EP.  Voila, no more smudges.

And now I believe I might make like a baby and take a nap.  Cheers, y'all.

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Announcements
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush DSP
Accessories:  Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, half a Dimensional, eyelet lace border punch (retired), Rose Red grosgrain ribbon (retired), Clear EP

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Strawberry the Cat

Hey peeps, how's your Thursday going?  I'm tired.  Since my little boy dog can't go up and down stairs due to his leg injury, the hubs and I have been sleeping on an air mattress in the basement because we're the special kind of dog parents who do things like that.  We have a nice air mattress, but it's still an air mattress, and I don't think the hubs is sleeping any better than I am.  Sigh.

But anyway, you're here to see some stampy artwork, not hear about the trials and tribulations of injured dog care.

Meet Strawberry, who is Stella and Stefan's cat.  Why'd they name a black cat Strawberry?  Who knows why a witch and a vampire (even cute ones) do anything.  Yes, I'm slightly obsessed with this stamp set.  I haven't used the pumpkin stamp yet...

Meet this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Basic Black.  Sure, it woulda been Halloweenier if I'd used orange, but I was going with the challenge colors here.

And I used this week's Retro Sketch, it's been a while since I played along over there:

Can I just say how much I love those Hello You Thinlits dies?  They're pretty spec-fabulous.  There are some other word dies in the holiday catalog that I like but I haven't ordered, so for now I shall continue to use the Hello You ones and talk about how much I love them.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Haunt Ya Later
Ink:  Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate & Old Olive Blendabilities (I know they're retired, I just don't care)
Paper: Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Dimensionals

Special added bonus today!  I finished the birthday party invitations for my friend Sarah over the weekend and mailed them off Monday.  I slightly tweaked the design before I made the whole set, so here is the final product:

I like it.  I inked up my Pale Plum ink pad because it was a bit dried out, and I added in the little flowers on the background and then some Rich Razzleberry sponging around the white panel.  I think it was just the extra touch these cards needed.

That's it for me today, peeps.  See you tomorrow for the Friday Flashback.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Fall Fest, Priceless, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Basic Black
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive DSP
Accessories:  Fall Fun Framelits, Dimensionals