Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Quirky Birthday Critters

I am a member of what I fondly refer to as "my giant nerd group" on Facebook--it's 4,000 plus of the nicest people on the interwebs.  We're all different kinds of nerds and do all kinds of different things--making costumes for going to conventions, reading everything under the sun, baking, stitching and crochet, pretty much anything crafty you can think of, and best of all we have a strict no politics rule, which *really* makes it nice.  When I tried out a recipe a while back and it didn't turn out right, I asked the question of my nerd group and found out WHY it was a dud (I whipped the cream too long).  Sometimes people need answers to surveys for grad student papers, or their kids are asking for postcards from as many places as they can get for a class project, or someone is thinking of trying to learn a new craft and asking for advice.  All kinds of goofiness and good works going on over there.

All that to say, one of the nerds posted that her daughter was bummed out because her birthday is right before school starts, and no one RSVP'd for her birthday party because they were all out on end-of-summer vacays (or else people just stink and don't RSVP for stuff, seriously).  So mama nerd asked if anyone would be willing to send her daughter a birthday card.  Well, I'm late with mine since I got all distracted with the hubs' back surgery, but this is going out tomorrow:

Daughter loves sloths and narwhals, and this is totally the reason why I ordered Quirky Critters.  I also found some narwhal socks at Target (OMG I love the socks at Target and I have a huge collection and I want to buy more socks every time I go in there and I just got GHOSTBUSTERS SOCKS!!!!!!) so I made the narwhal bookmark to match the socks.  But the sloth was perfect since a.) she loves sloths, and b.) this card is late (her birthday was yesterday).  But it's more of a surprise to get a birthday card late, right?  That's what I'm going with.

The current Paper Players challenge is to do a CAS card with coloring:

I used watercolor pencils to color both images.  I think the patterned paper I used on the card makes it look a little *less* CAS, but it's a very simple layout I promise.  I looked through my ribbon stash, hoping to find some Calypso Coral ribbon to go across the bottom, but the only thing I could find was some retired baker's twine so I wrapped that around several times.  I have a fairly sizeable stash of retired ribbon; I quit buying it much because I would only use a tiny bit off each roll.  So now I have like one current ribbon and some baker's twine.  The white ribbon on the bookmark is also retired.

Pretty soon here the munchkin is going to want to go down for his nap, so I'm out for now.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Quirky Critters
Ink:  Basic Black, Night of Navy + Versamark on the bookmark
Paper:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy, Delightful Daisy DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals, retired Calypso Coral bakers' twine, retired white taffeta ribbon, retired double rectangle punch, retired flower punch, regular ol' hole punch, Wink of Stella

Monday, August 21, 2017

Elizabethan Gardens

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Hope you had a good weekend.

For today's scrapbook pages, we're doing the Time Warp all the way back to 2005.

Hubs and I took a trip out to the Outer Banks (North Carolina) to celebrate our anniversary that year, and we happened to find this place with Elizabethan gardens so we decided to check it out.  That's the hubs on the left page testing out his camouflage powers in a bright red shirt :p  This is an old, old Becky Higgins sketch that I used on these pages (I think it's BH?) and I never thought I'd use it because I tend to crop my photos as little as possible.  But these ones are from way back and had a lot of "dead space" in the pictures and I hope my photography skillz have improved since then.  Regardless, I do like how this turned out.  I added the fussy-cut flowers in a visual triangle to help move your eye through the layout. 

Still enjoying my Taffy Alphabet stamps :D

Today's color palette:  Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.  Not pictured:  So Saffron, it must have been sick on school picture day. (Or I forgot.)

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Taffy Alphabet, Flower Fancy
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Berry Burst, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thanks Kind-Leaf

Well, I hope you're having a better Sunday morning than Ryan is--the hubs just wipes off the baby's face and Ryan took exception to that :p Tough luck, kiddo.  So anyway, I'm back with another thank you card today!

I used this week's Retro Rubber sketch:

So I've had Vintage Leaves for two years, and One Big Meaning for one.  I thought both of them were older than that.  The speckles on the back are from Magical Mermaid, which I've had for less than a week, but it was on my desk to stamp for my personal stamp catalog and I needed something on the card base so there it goes.  You can't tell from the picture, but I popped up the Whisper White layer on Dimensionals. The Real Red Candy Dots are retired, but I like those better than the enamel shapes SU! has now, and I still have a stash of the Candy Dots so might as well use 'em.

Say hello to the As You See It color challenge:

They called it "Summer Salad" but I made a fall card with it :)  I have a feeling it's going to be fun to make up fall-y color combos with Lemon Lime Twist this year.  I didn't want the leaves to overwhelm the sentiment, so I used sponges to apply ink to the leaf stamps.  Actually I did that for the sentiment too because my Elegant Eggplant ink pad is still way extra juicy.

Muffins just came out of the oven and I think the kiddo is about ready for a nap (uhh, breakfast is late for the parental units today) so that's it for me today.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist
Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Elegant Eggplant, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals, retired Candy Dots

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Thanks" Doesn't Seem Like a Big Enough Word

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Hubs went in for his back surgery on Wednesday and stayed overnight in the hospital; he came home Thursday morning.  My friend Tiana, who is the awesomest person in the world, drove down here with her daughters to take care of Ryan while I was at the hospital with the hubs, and while I was gone she made a half-dozen meals for us and put them in the freezer, AND she swept/vacuumed/mopped the middle floor, AND she washed sheets/made the bed for hubs, AND she washed towels and cleaned the bathroom counter.  She is the most capable and efficient person I have *ever* met and I want to be her when I grow up. (She's also taught me 90% of what I know about being a mama.)

Tiana mentioned that she could use some thank you cards to send out, so rest assured I am going to mail her an entire box of thank you cards, because I think she deserves probably about 57,413 thank you cards and also a million dollars for everything she did to help us out.  So while hubs and baby slept yesterday afternoon (baby Ryan got his six-month shots, he was all tuckered out after that), I got started on Operation Thank You Card.

Having fun with the sequins again :)  I'm starting to wish I'd bought sequins before now, they're fun embellies and they're flat so this card will go through the mail no problem.  (Sorry the photo is a little dark, I took it this morning and it was really overcast.  What can ya do.)

Meet this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I just got a box full of new stamp sets and other goodies, and I still pulled out my favorite Orange Blossom and Post Script for this card.  Can't help it that they're awesome ;)  But hopefully I'll be able to ink up some new rubbah in the next couple weeks.

Anywha, I also used this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz (the long retired Gable Green would be a better match for the color swatch, but I was using all current schtuff), and Daffodil Delight.  My Melon Mambo flower came out much too dark and overpowering the first time, so I cleaned the stamp off and then inked it up by using a sponge and that worked better.  I also tried stamping off, but that just made it turn out kind of blotchy, so for this card sponges were where it's at.

I've got a happy baby boy dressed like Superman.  I think we're going to go have some quality time together while his dada sleeps in this morning.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Orange Blossom, Post Script
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Iridescent Sequins

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Deja Vu

Mornin' y'all!  I managed to sneak in one more card before Tiana and her girls got here to help me take care of Ryan while also taking care of the hubs and getting him to his surgery today.  Buuuuut I seem to be stuck on some colors!

AAHHHH I still love these colors.  The challenge over at SUO Challenges is to make a butterfly or dragonfly card, so this qualifies :)  I also used the sketch from Clean & Simple:

And once again with the color combo from Just Add Ink:

I'm only slightly obsessed :)

We have to get the hubs to the hospital at 10:00 this morning, so surgery won't be until about noon.  Well, at least we don't have to get up super early in the morning for it!  We would appreciate any and all prayers, kind thoughts, and positive vibes you care to direct our way.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Powder Pink
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper  White
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella pen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Psychic Octopi

Hey y'all!  I mentioned yesterday that the current color challenge at Just Add Ink is, like, my favoritest ever color combo from the new catalog, right?  Here it is:

And as promised, I made something new for it...not just one, but two cards!

Having fun with the Message in a Bottle stamp set, from whence my wee mermaid came on Sunday.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the octopus to be Powder Pink or Tranquil Tide, so I did both...mostly because I messed up the Marbled background the first time I stamped it.  I stamped it a little too far down on the card front, so to salvage it, I cut it a bit to layer on a new card base (the card on the right).  The backgrounds look different too because for the right one (the first one I stamped), I inked it up, then used a brayer to spread the ink out a bit so I wouldn't have patches.  On the left card, I inked up the brayer itself and used it to apply the ink to the stamp, and that's how it came out different.  Interesting!  I like this Marbled background stamp for this because it looks wavy to me.  OH!  And check out my brand new iridescent sequins!  I ordered a few more embellishments than usual this last time.  You might even see RIBBON sometime soon.

So now to the psychic part.  I made these two cards on Sunday night, before the Global Design Project posted their newest challenge (#100).  All of their DT have posted cards and this time we get to pick any one we want to CASE.  And if you looked at Brian King's card, I bet you'd think I saw it before I made my cards...

It's just such a coincidence that I have to link it up over there even though I hadn't seen this card before I made mine.  I ended up with a similar layout, pink, and the Marbled background!  Weird, isn't it?  Well, okay, it would be spookier if Brian had used the same stamp set for his main image too, but whatevs.

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Message in a Bottle, Marbled
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Paper:  Pool Party, Thick Whisper White, Delightful Daisy & A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Iridescent Sequins

Monday, August 14, 2017

Golf Cart Tour (Guilin)

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Actually I typed this post up Sunday night because this morning we're taking the hubs to the hopsickle for a pre-op appointment--he has back surgery on Wednesday.  He's in so much pain from his sciatic nerve that Wednesday can't get here fast enough.  I hope that surgery does the trick and he feels a lot better really fast.  I hate seeing him in pain.

Buuuuut you're not here for the not-happy stuff, you're here for a scrapbook layout!  Actually I have two for you today.

You might be able to tell from the lettering template if you've been around here for a while, these pages are from our 2010 China trip.  (See the pictures here.)

Yep, I use the same lettering template on all the China layouts, and accent with Rough Type.  Sometimes I only use one or the other, but most often it's a combination.

And there's the second one.  I don't know why I associate dragonflies with Oriental stuff?  But apparently I do.

Let's talk color!  Today's color palette is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Whisper White.  Y'all, this is my FAVORITE NEW COLOR COMBINATION ever since I saw it in the SU! catty this summer.  I don't know why but I am in luuuurve with it.  Well, Tranquil Tide is actually my favorite new In Color, I love how it plays nice with pretty much every other color I've put it with and I need to play with it more often.  And guess what...

This is the current color challenge at Just Add Ink.  Technically I made these layouts several weeks ago, so I won't enter them in the challenge, but last night I managed to sneak in a wee bit of stampy time and I made something new for this color challenge that I'll share tomorrow.  Because, as I said, I'm totally in love with it.  A LOT.

Until then, peace out yo!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Awesomely Artistic, Artistically Asian
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template, Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits