Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Flashback: Sincere Salutations

Thank goodness it's Friday, kids.  Not my best week ever.  I will neither confirm nor deny that I ate brownie batter for breakfast today.  Is it weird that I like brownie batter better than actual brownies?  Don't answer that.  Also, I laugh in the face of salmonella.

But anyway, I bring you today's slightly late Friday Flashback.  Today's retired stamp set of choice is Sincere Salutations, and I remember how excited we stampers were when it first came out--eight sentiments in a pretty classy mixed-font format, what's not to love?  So again, this flashback would take a week if I put up every single project I ever made with this stamp set.  Let's just select a few, shall we?

Also features Baroque Motifs
And right off the bat this one might be my favorite of the bunch.  I like the color combination :)  And of course Baroque Motifs can do no wrong.

Also features Natural Beauty
My long-ago SU! upline used to do that thing like on this card where a smaller-than-A2 card is folded and then backed up with a piece of colored cardstock; not really my thing but it did let me do a nice bow on the side of this card.

Also features Pretty Peony

Some pretty purple peonies for a birthday...

Also features Roses in Winter

And Christmas roses.  Yeah, Sincere Salutations has got you covered for most events.

Also features Stippled Stencils, Weathered

The sentiment showed up better IRL on this card than in the scan (and this was so long ago that it was a scan rather than a photo)--it's embossed in gold.

Also features Wonderful Wings, Filigree

One last card featuring one of the gorgeous butterflies from Wonderful Wings, and also last week's Friday Flashback set of Filigree.  And now for this week's new creation:


I'm pretty pleased with it.  I used the color challenge from ColourQ:


And apparently I was influenced by the picture in the challenge graphic too, because I think that's what made me reach for Medallion.  I also used this week's Retro Rubber Challenge sketch:


In the spirit of the challenge, I've had Sincere Salutations for I suppose 11 years because I think I got it when it came out; Medallion dates from 2011 so five years, and True Friend I've had for 9 years.  Yeah, I think I got the "retro" part of the challenge covered this time ;)

Well, hubs just got home and he's taking me out to dinner so that's it for me.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Sincere Salutations, Medallion, True Friend
Ink:  Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy
Paper:  Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Circle punches, Regals Candy Dot, Tangerine Tango ribbon from Sale-a-Bration a couple of years ago

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Drive Me to Abstraction

Sometimes an idea works out better in my head than on cardstock.


So this is my SIL's first year as a mom (because she just had her first baby like two weeks ago) and she's done up the nursery in ladybugs, so I thought I'd go with that for a theme for her Mother's Day card.  But I don't have any current ladybug stamps, so I did a more abstract ladybug.  (I am mortally certain my SIL does not visit this blog.  Or my other one, for that matter.)

As it happens, ladybugs are also the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations:



I paired it with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:



And it's just never going to be my favorite card, and that's not the fault of the sketch or the theme challenges. 

This Eeyore is going to go wander off under her own personal raincloud now.  Cheers, y'all.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Black DSP
Accessories:  Word Window punch (retiring), Modern Label punch (already retired), Itty Bitty Punch Pack heart (retiring), Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Floral Wishes

How are you this rainy Wednesday morning?  I'd better bust a move if I want to get to my 11:00 gym class, so I'm gonna make this fast.


I was perusing my retiring stamps this morning looking for something to go with the color challenge I'd picked out, and I came across Choose Happiness which I haven't used very much and voila!  This card was born.  Petite Pairs is retiring too, but luckily our beloved Hardwood is sticking around for another year.

All of the cardstock (except the mat on the main image) is Thick Whisper White; I just scribbled some marker on acrylic blocks, misted with water, and stamped it for the Calypso Coral and Night of Navy panels, which gave me lovely pastel versions of the colors.  Added bonus:  the water made some stripes appear on the paper, which is a happy accident.

Here's this week's Global Design Project color combo:


I do like these colors together, I saw a lady wearing this combination the other day.  (I'd totally wear an outfit in this palette too.)  I also used this week's Paper Players sketch:


And I'd better fly out the door.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Petite Pairs, Hardwood
Ink:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dressy Thanks

Here it is past 2:00 in the afternoon and I don't have a card for today.  I spent the morning at the dentist having fillings done, and I just haven't felt up to working in my craft room today.  So instead here's a card I made quite a while ago with some retired stamps.


My mom the shopaholic (HI MOM!!) sent me a box last summer with three brand-new dresses in it, so I made this to send to her.  One dress was blue, one was green, and one was yellow, hence the color combination.


I stamped the "thank you" part before I watercolored the dresses, and I thought it was funny when I squished the ink pad lid down that I got this reverse thank you on the lid.

Cheers, peeps.  Back with something new tomorrow.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Simply Sweet, Express Yourself (both retired)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush & Daffodil Delight DSP
Accessories:  Decorative Label punch, Dimensionals

Monday, April 25, 2016

Our Village

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  As promised, I'm back this week with the second layout of my Feltwell flowers.


The page base is Bashful Blue, sometimes the colors don't turn out in the photos I take of my layouts.


Thought I'd go super-simple and just hand-write the title with a little butterfly accent.


And there's my other butterfly, which is stamped above and again below the journaling.


Today's springy color combo:  Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, and Real Red (in the photos).  In fact, if you scroll back up you'll see that I intentionally arranged the photos so the red forms a visual triangle.  Helps move your eye through the layout, there's a little design tip for you ;)

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flores Suaves (large butterfly), Flower Garden (small butterfly)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Garden Green marker
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Crushed Curry DSP
Accessories:  Curly Label punch

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A-Team Baby Book: April

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Time for another baby book layout.


April showers bring May flowers, so Noah's Ark seemed like a particularly appropriate theme for April's pages.


And this is the maiden voyage for Two by Two, which I got just before it retired a couple years ago.  It had a sentiment too (congratulations I think?) but I cut that apart from the image so I could use the ark by itself.


Some sweet brollies from Weather or Not.


Today's springy color palette:  So Saffron, Marina Mist, Lavender Lace, Smoky Slate, Close to Cocoa, and Whisper White.  Generally I think that gray and brown don't go together at all, but there's not much else you can do when the image has a wooden boat and an elephant :)

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Two by Two, Rain or Shine, Weather or Not
Ink:  Basic Black, Marina Mist, Lavender Lace, Smoky Slate
Paper:  So Saffron, Marina Mist, Lavender Lace, Smoky Slate, PTI White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, Prismacolor Pencils, Circles Framelits

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Flashback: Filigree

Happy Friday!  This week's Friday Flashback stamp set is Filigree, which was one of my favorite background stamps for a very long time...oh who are we kidding, I still love me some Filigree.  But I don't want you to spend all weekend trying to make it through the entire Flashback, so I just picked out a few favorite older projects with Filigree.

Oh wow, I just saw in the Splitcoast gallery that Filigree retired in 2005!

Also features Roses in Winter, Hugs & Wishes
Wow, way back in the archives for this one:  that's Vintage Violet!

Also features Best of Brides & Babies

Here's a wedding card with one of the "Best of" sets they did a couple years ago.  Filigree is stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear EP; it also looks pretty fabulous done in metallic EP or Iridescent Ice.  Which is on the retiring list, to my great surprise.  I love that stuff!

Also features Land That I Love

Here's a patriotic eagle card.  Oy, back in the day when all I had was cheap big box store ribbon.  I don't have much current SU! ribbon, but I do have a laundry basket full of retired stuff :)

Also features Petal Prints, Happy Everything

Aww, this one's sweet.  I miss Regal Rose sometimes.

Also features Coast to Coast, Sincere Saluations

You know what?  I think a lighthouse makes for good symbolism on a thinking of you or sympathy card.

Also features Print Pattern, Wonderful Wings, Sincere Salutations

Okay, one last one with the kissing technique and a fabulous butterfly.  Of course you recently saw a Filigree-kissed sun on my Here Comes the Sun layout this Monday.

So that's all I'm sharing from the archives today, otherwise you'd be here until next Friday.  Here is today's new creation:


Today's colo(u)r combo is from ColourQ:


It's been a really long time since I busted out the Cool Caribbean, I still have quite a stash of 8.5x11 cardstock which makes me happy.  Sadly, the year that Cool Caribbean was an In Color I wasn't scrapbooking much at all so I never got any 12x12 in the In Colors.

I also used this week's Mojo Monday sketch:


I had a Goldilocks moment with the gold circle element--I wanted to use one of the gold doilies I have, but the smaller size was too small and the larger size was too big, so in the end I just die-cut a plain circle and it was juuuust right.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend, peeps.  I think we're supposed to get thunderstorms today and tomorrow, so that means it's a good opportunity to stay home and work in my craft cave!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Filigree, Stippled Blossoms, Thank You Kindly
Ink:  Cool Caribbean, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Hexagon punch, Dimensionals