Friday, May 24, 2019

Tropical Chic Thanks

Hey y'all.  Well, I thought we were finally free and clear of whatever virus hit Ryan last week...nope.  Poor kiddo threw up again yesterday afternoon, and unfortunately he was in his car seat when it happened.  Do you KNOW how many nooks and crannies are in a car seat?

Ugh.

But after his nap he seemed like he'd bounced back to his normal cheerful little self, so here's hoping he's okay today.  In the meantime, I snuck into my craft room last night after he went to bed and made a quick card:


I just got some workout pants at Target that have tropical leaves on them (though they're more like Pacific Point and Call Me Clover than what I used on this card).  Can't wait to wear those for the first time :)  For this card, I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:


I figure my leaves and flowers qualify this card for the Paper Players challenge:


And I looooove the colors in this week's Color Throwdown:


I almost used Poppy Parade for the red color, but instead I pulled out my retired Watermelon Wonder ink pad because I love it and I haven't used it in a long time.  I used Coastal Cabana and Night of Navy for the other two colors.

Hope you have a great weekend y'all.  Stay cool.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tropical Chic
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Glitter Enamel Dots

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Japanese Maple Thanks

Mornin', y'all!  I am happy to report that my paper trimmer did not bite me yesterday, though I admit I was a bit trepidatious when I used it (and hello stupid computer, trepidatious is actually a word!).

I made a very fast card yesterday and only used the paper trimmer to cut my card base, though.


The Basic Gray strip was already cut to 1/2" wide ;)  This very simple and kinda masculine card is the result of the Sunday Stamps color challenge:


Skipping the first color, I used Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler (applied with a sponge to lessen the intensity), Basic Black, and Basic Gray.

And here's the Freshly Made Sketch:


The leaf stamp I used has always made me think of Japanese maples, so that's what I'm calling it--I have no idea exactly what Japanese maple leaves actually look like.

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

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Rooted in Nature
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Basic Gray
Accessories:  Nature's Roots Framelits, Mini Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ambivalent Cheers

Hey y'all!  After my paper trimmer bit me on Monday, I decided to take yesterday off from my craft room...luckily before I hurt myself on Monday I actually made two cards.  So here's the second one:


I bought Bloom By Bloom even though it's not carrying over to the new catalog because I just really liked the bold flowers.  The Tropical Escape DSP stack is one of my favorites.  And still...I'm not sure I really like this card much.  I don't know why, but it's not jiving with me.  Oh well, not every card can be your favorite.

I loosely based my card on the Global Design Project sketch:


I don't really care for square cards, so I made mine A2 size.  I also used the colors from the Just Us Girls inspiration photo:


I used Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and a smidge of Shaded Spruce.  I was going to use some Highland Heather to bring in the purple but it didn't work on my card.

That's it for me today, y'all.  I'll have to get back in my craft room this afternoon and hope my paper trimmer hasn't developed a taste for my fingers ;)  At least I made some really great progress on my giant stitching project yesterday!  Yeah, I skipped the paper trimmer in my craft room in favor of hanging out with dozens of needles and some sharp scissors.  But I didn't get injured with my stitching...

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bloom By Bloom, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink:  Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Shaded Spruce
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Thick Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP Stack
Accessories:  Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Mini Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Geared Up

Hi y'all!  Okay, how many of you have cut yourself with a paper trimmer?  'Cause I was working on a scrapbook layout yesterday after I finished this card, and I tried to chop off the end of my left index finger because I am a dum-dum.  Just wasn't paying enough attention to what I was doing.  At least I have fun Star Wars Band-Aids?

Crafting can be perilous, y'all.  But I did make this card before I injured myself:


I "colored" the car with the oil stain stamp from the same stamp set (Geared Up Garage) and that might be my new favorite way to color in line art images.  I looove it.  Also, the die cut rectangle wasn't quite long enough for what I wanted, so I chopped off the end, and the strip of paper with the street signs covers the gap.  I used the CAS(E) This Sketch from last week:


I rotated the sketch 90 degrees since the car image is too wide to work with a vertical orientation of the sketch.  I chose the car image because of the What Will You Stamp? challenge:


I have a son, a brother, and a dad who are all obsessed with cars, so buying this stamp set was a no-brainer for me.  Maybe next time I'll make a card without using the car image...

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Geared Up Garage
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Thick Whisper White, Classic Garage DSP
Accessories:  Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelits

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hadrian's Wall

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I did get a bit of scrapping done over the weekend, I finished three layouts :) I've got a stack of layouts I need to take pictures of, but in the meantime here's one that I recently finished:


These pictures are from our first trip to Scotland, see them here.  I once won a game of Trivial Pursuit because I knew the name of the Roman emperor who build the wall between Roman Britannia and Scotland, and then years later I got to visit the wall in question!  How cool is THAT.


I admit I had some trouble coming up with a color palette for this layout, and I'm not at all sure I ended up with the "right" one.  I added the plaid pattern because Scotland but...I don't know?  Anyway, today's color palette includes Bordering Blue, Really Rust, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Basic Gray, River Rock, and Very Vanilla.

Kiddo has been barf-free since Friday morning (YAYYYYY!) so we're going to the Y!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet, Rough Type, My Paper Pumpkin (apostrophe)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Garden Green, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Bordering Blue textured, Basic Gray, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Apple Cider & Prestwick DSPs
Accessories:  None

Friday, May 17, 2019

Soaring Congratulations

Mornin' y'all!  Ryan is still sick, so we're calling the doctor today.  I thought he was getting better yesterday, other than being tired...both of us fell asleep on the couch yesterday morning watching Cars 3.  I think I'm going to have those movies memorized before long.

Anyway!  During his afternoon nap, I got a card made!  Here it is:


Lift Me Up and the coordinating Up & Away Framelits are both retiring (though of course that doesn't mean they're leaving my craft room).  I love this die cut balloon, and I thought it would be great for the Global Design Project color challenge:


My first thought was butterflies, but I feel like I've done a lot of butterflies lately, so instead I went with the hot air balloon.  I also used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


The balloon and clouds on my card are what I used for the three circles on the sketch, I did a bit of a looser interpretation but I think you can still see it.  Oh, I took Ryan for a walk the other day and he kept saying "I see cows!" and I was like, "But there aren't any cows around here, kid" and finally he pointed up and said "I see C'OUDS!!" (because he doesn't really say L) and I was like "OOOHHHH CLOUDS!"  And he looked at me like yeah, I've been saying that for the past five minutes.  I love that kid.

Hope you have a great weekend, y'all.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lift Me Up
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Pineapple Punch, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Up & Away Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Watercolor Wildflowers

Hey y'all.  Yesterday was a looooooooooooooong day because Ryan woke up at 3:00 throwing up, and then didn't want to go back to sleep until about 9 a.m. and then was only down for about an hour.  He seems like he's feeling better now, so here's hoping there are no further relapses into last weekend's stomach bug.  I went and bought a new bottle of laundry detergent yesterday because we're going through it so fast :p

Ryan DID take a nap yesterday afternoon, so I got to make this:


And yes, watercoloring that panel took FOR.EV.ER!!!  I thought to myself why didn't I decide to make a 3x3 card??  But I liked how it turned out.  I stamped the big flower from Beautiful Day (I bought that set on a whim and I freakin' LOVE IT) in Sahara Sand ink (stamped off once) and then just went to town watercoloring around it.  Does this count as no-line watercolor if I watercolored the lines back on?  The ribbon is retired, but it's what I have on hand and no one is policing that on my blog anyway so I can do whatever I want. :p

I was inspired by the challenge graphic from Retro Rubber:


I love that green bottle; kinda wish my card idea had ended up with a much more saturated green but my stamping muse said watercolor so I watercolored.  Obviously I used the main colors from the picture on my card.  Beautiful Day is just one year old, but Touches of Texture I've had for at least two and a half years...and the word die is brand spankin' new because like I said before, Imma be using that set of dies a lot.  They're fun.  But do be careful to grab the dots for your "I"s...I had to dig through the trash to find the one for my bridal shower card earlier this week.  Oops.

I also used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:


Very simple sketch, I like it a lot.  Lots of scope for imagination, as Anne Shirley would say.

Cheers, y'all!  Stay healthy.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Day, Touches of Texture
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Garden Green, Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, watercolor paper
Accessories:  Well Written Framelits, retired ribbon