Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Pop of Green

Hey, kids!  How's it going today?  It was rain, rain, rain all yesterday afternoon, and cold to boot, but I got in my craft cave and I made this!


My mother-in-law's birthday is later this month, hence the fall leaf, and her favorite color is green, hence the green leaf.  And a bit of glitter just because why not.  This is, I believe, the first time I've used Merry Merlot too.

I started with this week's CASE the Designer challenge from Global Design Project:


Louise's card is all soft and delicate with pale colors and mine...is not ;)  I kept the basic layout and the idea of leaves/foliage for the main image; my card base and the stripey pattern are pretty light, but I think it balances out with the leaves and the bit of Merry Merlot.

I also used the inspiration photo from Fusion for my colors:

I picked out Sahara Sand because that's what's in the background, some Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry for my fall leaf, and the aforementioned Merry Merlot for the wine bottle.  But I just loved that pop of green on the photo, and that's why I used green on my card.  Plus, MIL's favorite color.

Hope you have a great day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Varied Vases
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Merry Merlot, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Merry Merlot, Thick Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP
Accessories:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, glitter enamel shapes

Monday, November 12, 2018

Russian Selfies

Scrappy Monday everyone!  It's a gray day here, pretty chilly and we're expecting rain this afternoon, so I chose a gray layout to share today but it's one that makes me giggle.


See my original blog post here, I pretty much copied what I wrote on that for my journaling here.


Today's color palette includes Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.  I think I subconsciously put green and yellow on at least half of my scrapbook layouts now...I blame Missy! ;)

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letterpress Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet, Mosaic Madness
Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Basic Gray, Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White, Quatrefancy DSP
Accessories:  Mosaic punch

Sunday, November 11, 2018

China: Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Pagoda Gardens

Hey y'all!  Have you hugged a veteran today?  I have.  You should try it, it's fun.

In addition to Veterans' Day, today is China Sunday!  First up are a couple of repeat layouts:


I posted these 3 1/2 years ago, you can see it all here.  Still loving this layout, that Cherry Cobbler page base is really working for me.


And one more with lots of photos...this one is a really simple layout but hey, it works.

And now for a new layout:


I wanted this layout to coordinate with the other two since the pictures were taken at the same place, so I used another pattern from the same pack of DSP and this time I used Marina Mist as my page base.  For some reason that blue is very hard to photograph, it often looks more gray than blue.  But IRL it works well to set off the pinks and reds on the flowers, and the warm colors of the pagoda.


I needed a smaller title so I could squeeze in more photos, so I just stamped it with Rough Type instead of doing any letter templates.  But I stamped it on a Marina Mist pattern from that same DSP pack so it's still got some interest.


Today's color palette is straight from the DSP, Paisley Petals:  Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.

Well, our task for this morning is to clean up the house, so we'd better get to it.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Rough Type
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Marina Mist, Paisley Petals DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thankful Fall Bouquet

Happy Friday, y'all! And it IS a happy Friday because my hubs will be home for a 3-day weekend, then just 4 days next week and he's back home for good!  YAY!  So I made a card about being thankful :D


I don't have all the Stampin' Blends yet, so I thought I'd try a different technique to color in my image:  stippling.  I just tapped a blender pen on my ink pad and then used it to make little dots and kept dotting until I liked the color on my image.  I used Bermuda Bay for the pitcher, and the Coastal Cabana stripe is supposed to look like a highlight but for some reason it came out looking a lot more green than I expected.

Country Home is this week's stamp set at What Will You Stamp?:


And my card started with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:


 Both the sentiment and my image ended up being much larger than the original sketch, oops.

Finally, here's the photo challenge from Inkspirational:


I used the colors from the photo:  Bermuda Bay from the napkin in the front, and the oranges and yellows for the decorations on the table.  I even did the "berries" on my image with Lovely Lipstick because of that one really pink apple (side note:  Pink Lady apples are my favorites!).

So that's it for us today.  Hope you have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Country Home
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Lovely Lipstick, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  none, unless you count my blender pen :)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Oak Leaf Thanks

Hello crafty people!  It may not feel like fall outside (it was 77 degrees here yesterday, WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK it's November for cryin' out loud!) but at least it LOOKS like fall in my craft room!


This is like the card equivalent of a cozy sweater, isn't it?  I started with the Color Throwdown colors:


I used all retired colors:  Buckaroo Blue, Marigold Morning, and Chocolate Chip.  Whisper White is, of course, not retired :p Anyway, I paired that with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


And the theme challenge from the Paper Players:


And finally, the Retro Rubber Challenge:


This card is so retro, everything I used is retired except the white cardstock, the adhesive, and the linen thread.  The leaf images are from Gently Falling (possibly my favorite ever leaf set), which I've had for 7 years; the sentiment is from One Big Meaning and is 2 years old; and the Linen background stamp (look closely at the Buckaroo Blue layer, it's subtle but it's there) has been in my stamp collection since dirt was new and it's 12 years old.  It's been fun to hunt through my older stamp sets and actually *use* them this week, though of course I use them all the time on my scrapbook pages.

Hope you have a great day, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU! but mostly retired:
Stamps:  Gently Falling, Linen, One Big Meaning
Ink:  Marigold Morning, Chocolate Chip, Buckaroo Blue
Paper:  Marigold Morning, Chocolate Chip, Buckaroo Blue, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals, linen thread

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Bright Birthday

Mornin' y'all!  How's your week going?  We're still trying to get used to the time change here...I'm working on sliding Ryan's schedule to the right, so hopefully by the end of the week we'll be back to a regular schedule.  Can we please not ever do Daylight Savings Time again?  'Cause that would be great.

So for yesterday's card I brought out a few old favorites; for today, I've got one brand-new stamp set only available this month, plus a few newer faves.


The floral images are from Happiness Surrounds, which is part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion and obviously it's more versatile than just snowflakes (though the snowflakes are to-die-for gorgeous!).  I'm looking forward to playing more with both of the stamp sets *and* the super awesome Thinlits!

So for challenges, I'll be entering this one in the SUO Challenge to use die cuts, which is ridiculously easy because I love my Big Shot and all my dies and I have a LOT of dies.  Next up is the Just Add Ink color challenge:


I'll probably be too late to enter the challenge but that's okay, I liked these colors together so much that I couldn't let it pass me by.  I really loved the old Brilliant Blue, and Blueberry Bushel is pretty close to it so it's fun to see it used in a color challenge.  On the bad side, I've discovered that my Berry Burst ink pad has succumbed to the Dreaded Gold Sheen, ugh.  I'll have to buy a new one before the color retires this summer.  And technically the glitter dots I used on my flowers are Melon Mambo, but I thought they worked pretty well here (they look better in person than in the picture).

Next up is the Fall-To Layout:


I was very tempted to use the snowflakes and the Snow is Glistening stamp set for the main image panel, but that color challenge from above made me change my mind :)

Last up is the Just Us Girls challenge:


I don't use the Sheet Music background stamp nearly often enough, so it was nice to have an "excuse" to ink it up for today's card.

And that's all she wrote, folks.  Have a great day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Happiness Surrounds, Beautiful Day, Sheet Music
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Blueberry Bushel, Berry Burst
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Blueberry Bushel, Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Snowfall Thinlits, Glitter Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Birthday Poppy Stars

Mornin', y'all!  Okay wow, what a difference a week makes--last week my kiddo wasn't feeling good and he was REALLY tough to handle, especially since I'm solo parent ops right now.  But the hubs was here over the weekend, and kiddo is feeling much better, and he's been SO happy and easy to get along with!  Which makes me one very happy mama.

Sooooo I kinda slid right past everyone's birthdays in October, but I'm hoping to do a little better in November, so I made this for my brother:


I started out with the challenge from As You See It:


I made my card in 9 minutes, 32 seconds, and my two shades of red are Poppy Parade and Cherry Cobbler.  Although I think I'm *always* doing a speed stamping challenge since I'm always trying to finish things before Ryan wakes up from his nap!

I'm also entering this over at Global Design Project:


In the spirit of this challenge, I dusted off the very first stamp set I ever bought, Stars & Swirls, and used it for the background on my card.  Then I chose my favorite ever happy birthday stamp from Perfectly Penned for the main element on my card.  And I pulled out some old favorite Framelits to set everything off.  It's fun to dust off the retired stamps periodically.  Now I just need to get this card mailed off today...

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Stars & Swirls, Perfectly Penned
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Cherry Cobbler, Thick Whisper White, Poppy Parade DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Dimensionals