Monday, March 18, 2019


Hi, y'all.  It's been a while.  I haven't felt like getting in my craft room at all for the last several weeks because our dog Vader died three weeks ago.  He would usually follow me in to my craft room and lay down in there while I worked--mostly right behind my chair so I couldn't move :)  He got sick the week before we left for our Disney cruise, and we boarded him at the vet's office, hoping that he'd make it to at least when we got back, but he died while we were gone.  I'm having a hard time with it.

Last year I decided to make a concerted effort to scrap my older pictures, particularly the ones from before we moved to Okinawa, so from 2003 to 2007, and these two pictures are from the day we adopted Vader, Easter weekend of 2007.  He was 15 months old and had spent 12 of those months living at the Humane Society before he joined our family.  We brought Sadie up to the Humane Society to "interview" prospective playmates for her and Vader was the best fit, but he acted totally crazy so we really wondered what we were getting ourselves into--but the hubs and I figured that if we didn't take him, no one else would.  One of the best decisions we ever made.  Vader turned out to be a pretty laid-back dog...I mean, he'd get the zoomies in the yard when he was young, but for the most part he wanted to make us happy and just be close to us, like right behind my chair in the craft room, or right in front of the couch, or generally just within three feet of us.

I can't think of any other instance where I've done a two-page layout with just two pictures, but those were the only two from Vader's adoption day so I just went with it.  When my dog Chewie died in 2006, I realized that I didn't have a whole lot of pictures of him so over the years I've tried to take lots of pictures of Sadie and Vader.  I've scrapped a lot of their pictures, but it's going to be a little harder for me to do that now that Vader is gone.  Some part of my brain keeps trying to convince me that he's just snoozing in a different room or something.

Miss you, buddy.  15 January 2006 - 24 February 2019

Today's color palette:  Baja Breeze (my all-time favorite SU color), Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, River Rock, and Whisper White.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Headline Alphabet
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Paper:  Baja Breeze textured, Night of Navy, Ruby Red, River Rock cardstock & DSP, Western Star DSP
Accessories:  Stars Collection Framelits

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tropical Gala Thanks

Hey y'all.  I'm supposed to be packing, and it's for a trip I really do want to go on, but I *hate* packing so I'm procrastinating ;)  And guess what!!!

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!  Global Design Project liked my Messy Inspiration card from last week.  So that was the best thing that happened to me yesterday, when I saw that.

So here's my card for this week's challenge!

Played with Butterfly Gala again, and I thought it would go well with the leaves from Tropical Chic so that's what I did.  Here's the GDP graphic:

My card base is Shimmery White, and the largest butterfly is popped up on Dimensionals.  It's an almost one-layer take on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I'm counting the Granny Apple Green sponging/stamping as the teal layer on the bottom of the sketch.  I sponged some Coastal Cabana on the top for the sky, and left a bit of white in the middle just because.

Well.....I gotta go pack.  Y'all have a great day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly Gala, Tropical Chic
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Shimmery White
Accessories:  Butterfly Duo Punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Coastal Rooster

Mornin' y'all!  I was SO TIRED yesterday because Ryan woke up at 4:30 in the morning hollering for Daddy (who did NOT wake up), and I spent over an hour and a half in his room trying to get him to go back to sleep.  So I was a zombie all day yesterday but when he went down for a nap, I resisted the urge to nap as well and I made this instead.

The rooster and the sentiment are both from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Home to Roost, and believe it or not the cardstock and ink are both Coastal Cabana.  For some reason my CC ink seems to have a greener cast to it than the cardstock.  I wanted a monochromatic card today for the Paper Players challenge:

As I said, I used Coastal Cabana for my color.  I made the background with a sponge brayer, and then I stamped the rooster in Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana cardstock, and I stamped it three times to make the impression a bit darker.  Good way to get a variation in shade by using just one ink color.

I'm also entering this at the As You See It Challenge:

When I think of simple, I think of CAS--lots of white space (or blue, in this case), minimal layers and embellishments.  Which is not to say that CAS cards don't take just as long (or longer!) to make than non-CAS cards.

And once again, the current SUO Challenge is to use Sale-a-Bration or Occasions Catalog stuff!

I think it's funny that three of us used the Piece of Cake bundle, but we each used a different cake from the set.  I didn't look to see what anyone else made before I did my card, so that was pure coincidence!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Home to Roost
Ink:  Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  Tailored Tag punch, Dimensionals, adhesive sequins

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cake Is The Answer

Mornin', y'all!  It's been a busy month here so I haven't been posting as much as I'd like.  Last week was super busy with both the hubs and the kiddo's birthdays!  But I carved out some stamping time this weekend to make a card for the new challenge at SUO Challenges!

This time it's all about Sale-a-Bration and the Occasions catalog!  I chose a favorite stamp set and DSP out of the Occasions catty for my card...

I love Piece of Cake *and* the How Sweet It Is DSP, which actually coordinates with a stamp set called Sweetest Thing that...I haven't actually inked up yet.  Oops.  But anyway!  I'm in a baking group on Facebook and "drip cakes" are big right now (I'm more of a cookie and muffin baker; my cake decorating skills are nonexistent!) so that's why I chose that particular cake image.  The cake is punched out with the coordinating Cake Builder Punch, and then I fussy cut the lollipops for the top.  All three pieces are popped up on Dimensionals.  I think this card is extra fun because it CAN be for a birthday, but it could just as easily be a random Tuesday card because who doesn't just randomly want cake even when there's no birthday happening?

Maybe this afternoon I'll have some time to bust out a favorite Sale-a-Bration stamp set so I can play along in this challenge a second time.  Head on over to the SUO Challenges blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has made, and then give the challenge a whirl yourself.  It's fun!

Cheers, y'all!  We're off to kiddo's 2-year well baby checkup.  I see shots in his future...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Piece of Cake
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Thick Whisper White, How Sweet It Is DSP
Accessories:  Cake Builder Punch, Mini Dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Inspiration is Messy

Hey, y'all!  Have you ever started making something and it just WOULD NOT cooperate with you?  That was my first try at this card.  I chucked it in the trash and that's when the kid started making noise like he was done with naptime, so it took me two days to get this card made.  But, in the end, I'm fairly pleased with it.  And my fingers are multicolored.

All hail watercolor paper for the background!  I tried doing a rainbow effect with sponges and that part was kinda sorta okay, but then I tried embossing some flowers on it and that part was NOT okay, hence my trashing it.  So here's how I made the background on this card:

1.  Tried something different, hated it, wished I could tell it that it was a disgrace to the Empire in Klingon but my Klingon is rudimentary at best.*
2.  Start over with watercolor paper.
3.  Smoosh an acrylic ink block onto an ink pad (I started with the Melon Mambo I think), spritz it with water, and then smoosh it on the watercolor paper.
4.  Speed up drying time with a heat tool.
5.  Repeat ink-spritz-smoosh with the remaining colors, drying the paper in between.  The colors blend a little bit where they overlap, but don't get too muddy.  I did do the Pineapple Punch twice though, it got overwhelmed by the darker colors at first so I smooshed it a second time and that worked nicely.

*I'm not sure this step is necessary, but just in case it really is integral to the process...there you go.  Note to self:  take classes in Klingon.

Okay!  So then I had my rainbow-y background done, and of course the paper was a little wrinkly from being wet so many times, so I sat on it for a while.  Sounds weird, but I do this a lot.  I have an old pillow on top of my chair in my craft room, so sometimes I put a piece of cardstock under my leg and sit on it.  Helps flatten out slightly wrinkled paper, helps remind a card base that it's actually supposed to fold, and in this case it also helped make sure the adhesive was really good and strong holding the watercolor paper on the card base.  I put a LOT of Tombow on it because I didn't want it to go anywhere ;)

All that to say, yay rainbow inspiration!  And my inspiration came from the Global Design Project challenge this week:

Obviously I was inspired by the rainbow-type background, and my sentiment is also white on black.

I paired that with the Sunday Stamps sketch challenge:

Typically I scribble down challenges that I want to do in a little notebook and take that into my craft room with me; I craft sans computer.  So sometimes the finer details of a sketch get a little forgotten while I'm working--like my strip goes all the way to the right edge, and I put my flowers in different places, but I think the spirit of the sketch is still there.

And finally, don't forget the SUO Challenges floral challenge is still open:

If I made a card every day using a different current SU! flower stamp set, it would take me probably a month.  If I included all my retired stamps too...well, we'd be seeing flowers forever!

That's it for me today. y'all.  Cheers!  And don't worry about the ink on your fingers, it will wash off.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet, Part of My Story
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White
Paper:  Pineapple Punch, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, watercolor paper, How Sweet It Is DSP
Accessories:  Tailored Tag punch, Bouquet Thinlits, Dimensionals, white baker's twine, glitter enamel dots, white EP

Monday, February 11, 2019

China: Going Home

We made it, folks.  It's the very last China Sunday (on a Monday because I didn't have time to do this blog post yesterday).  Here's the very last page in my China albums:

We took these two pictures at the Beijing airport on our way out of China.  It was like 4 a.m. so that's why we all look so tired :)  Fun fact:  that dragon stamp is one of the very first stamps I ever bought, back when I was still in college.

Today's color palette includes Not Quite Navy, Summer Starfruit, Ruby Red, and Very Vanilla.  I always think of a primary color combo like this as the Superman color scheme, though my colors aren't quite as bright as Supes' costume.

Well, it's cold and raining and we're still going to the gym today.  Gotta do my first run of the week.  Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Rough Type
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Lettering Template

Friday, February 8, 2019

Opportunities for Embellishment

Mornin' y'all!  I was hoping to post this card yesterday, but thanks to the glossy white paper I used the ink was wet and I decided to let it sit overnight before I finished it up so here it is today instead!

The background is sort of watercolored on the glossy paper--I smeared some Crushed Curry ink on a plastic placemat, then sprayed water on it to water it down and smooshed the paper in it.  I dried it with my heat tool and that's how I got the drippy look.  I stamped the greeting on there and WHOOPS it was still wet when I tried to get a little bit of fuzz off the card front--it smeared.  And now you know why that little butterfly is right there touching the sentiment ;)

Anyway, I used the Color Throwdown colors:

I used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red for my colors.  I also used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And my card fits the theme at Global Design Project as well:

Glad I took the opportunity to play with the new Butterfly Gala stamp set; I haven't even scratched the surface of what I could make with those stamps, I need to play a lot more.  Lately I've been obsessed with a cross stitch project before we go on our Disney cruise (Disney Princess bookmarks!), so when we get back from that, I'll definitely be spending more time in the ol' craft cave.  In the meantime, cheers peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly Gala, Touches of Texture
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Glossy White, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Butterfly Duet punch, Dimensionals