Saturday, June 25, 2016

A-Team Baby Book: December

Hey y'all, how's it going.  We found out this morning that our AC unit in the house is officially kaput, and having no AC in a Virginia summer is not my favorite thing ever.  It was 85 degrees in the house yesterday.

So let's think cool thoughts and check out a December baby book layout.

Aww, I think it's cute.

My SIL has a thing for gingerbread houses, so I bought this old SU! stamp set Sweet Holidays off Ebay specifically for this project.

And some candy for the journaling block.

I took the color combination from the Candy Cane Christmas DSP:  Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White.

I think I'm gonna go buy some ice cream.  Cheers!

Stamps:  Sweet Holidays
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Accessories:  Circles & Lots of Labels Framelits, Prismacolor Pencils, Sizzix alphabet

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Flashback: Star-Spangled Banner

Happy Friday, y'all!  I hope you're staying cooler than we are...the AC in our house went out.  The pipes on the AC unit have been freezing over and then it doesn't actually cool the house down at all, so someone is coming to check it out in about an hour and a half.  I might be a paper-crafting puddle by then.  But anyway, let's get to today's Friday Flashback, which is Star-Spangled Banner!  Very appropriate this time of year, no?

Also features Stars & Swirls

This, my friends, is a layout from the very first baby book I ever made in 2005.

Also features Confetti

And this is from probably the third one I ever made, in 2009.  The three stamps on the left on this one are from today's retired stamp set, and here is my brand-new creation:

Both of my parents and my SIL have July birthdays (Mom and SIL are both within two days of July fourth) so they all love stars and stripes stuff.  Well, I was born in January and I love stars and stripes stuff too, but I figured a star-spangled birthday card was just the ticket.  And it goes along with the theme for the Paper Players' 300th challenge:

I also used the Pals Paper Arts sketch:

And the Retro Rubber color challenge:

Okay, so mine is red, white, and blues since I used both Dapper Denim and a teensy bit of Soft Sky :)  To authenticate my stamps' retro-ness, I've had Star-Spangled banner since 2005 (when I started stamping!) and I'm pretty sure I've had Teeny Tiny Wishes since it came out in 2009, so my stamps are 11 and 7 years old respectively.  Yep, definitely retro in the stamp world.

I'm going to go do nothing until the AC dude comes to save me.  It's too hot in the house to do anything else :p  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Star-Spangled Banner, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Real Red, Dapper Denim
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cheshire Cat

Greetings from Wonderland!  I've finally started bustin' out my new stamps and I'm pretty chuffed about today's creation.

I doubt I'm the first person to think of this, but I haven't seen anyone else do it--it's the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.  I lovelovelove the new Foxy Friends bundle!  Make all kinds of lil animals with the stamp set and matching punch.  It was a little fiddly to get all the purple accents on my cat; I stamped the main parts with Flirty Flamingo and then just stamped over it with Sweet Sugarplum, which came out pretty close to the colors on the Cheshire Cat in the Disney cartoon.  I thought about putting his head on upside-down or having it floating above his body but decided not to do that.  The circular stamp is from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit.

Anyway, I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I think the sketch is kind of unusual, but I think my Cheshire Cat scene works with it.  And I got to scrap yesterday, too!  You'll see a brand-new layout on Monday :)  For the last two months or so I've mainly been sharing things I made earlier this year on Scrappy Mondays because I was working on another baby book.  But I'm back to scrappin' now, y'all.  Very exciting.

In fact, I think I'm going to go bust out my next set of pictures and have some fun.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Foxy Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes, My Paper Pumpkin June 2016 kit
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Basic Black
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Fox Builder Punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dapper Hummingbird

Howdy, kids!  As predicted yesterday, we had a series of pretty good thunderstorms roll through which was awesome because I didn't have to be out in the rain so I could just enjoy the thunder from home.  It cleared up while the hubs was on his way home and then rained again after he got here, so that was good timing :)  I do love a good thunderstorm.

Anyway, the current challenge at SUO Challenges is to use your favorite new paper, so today I took a deep breath and cut into my new Moroccan DSP:

I let the patterned paper inspire the colors for my hummingbird:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, and a bit of Cajun Craze (though the pattern I used doesn't have any Cajun Craze in it, I still liked the accent of dark orange with all the blue and green).  I chose to do a hummingbird today because of the challenge from What Will You Stamp:

I have been enjoying the new Layering Circles Framelits, which so far are the only ones of the four new layering collections that I've gotten.  I'm a little bummed that the circles are smaller than the retired circles Framelits, but having the scalloped circles and better sizes for matting is nice.

Well, I need to skedaddle to the post office to pick up a box to mail a birthday present to a friend whose birthday was yesterday.  Oops.  Catch you later, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Picture Perfect
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Moroccan DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals, Emerald Envy ruched ribbon

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Asian Watercolor

Hey kids, how's your Tuesday going?  I took my kiddos out for a walk this morning and the weather was nice (though too hot for my liking), but this afternoon we're supposed to get thunderstorms.  I love me a good thunderstorm.  It's days and days on end of rain with no thunder that I don't like :)

Anyway, yesterday I finally broke open one of my new stamp sets!

I didn't do anything fancy though.  I finished a big project last week, and it always seems like I have creativity fatigue when I get to the end of a big project.  So yesterday I spent a little time reorganizing some things--moving retired cardstock colors and patterned paper out of my "current" drawers, that kind of thing.  I'll need to do my stamp sets today, that's probably the biggest job.  Anyway, I did that before making this card, and then I was in a hurry because it was already 5:30 and I hadn't started lasagna yet so I didn't wait for the background to dry before I stamped the flower on top and I'm going to pretend the blur on the left side of the image is an artistic choice.

Anyway, I used the colors from Global Design Project:

I have a feeling that Sweet Sugarplum might be like Orchid Opulence was for me--I liked the color, but I found it difficult to work with.  Guess I'll just have to work with it some more.

That's it for me today, y'all.  Gotta go get those stamp sets organized :)  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Artistically Asian
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Night of Navy
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  None

Monday, June 20, 2016

Spanish Steps and Boca de Veritas

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  How was your weekend?  Ours was very low-key.  I think I spent at least 75% of it on the couch watching movies and Pushing Daisies.  Which makes me want pie.  Lots and lots of pie.

So today's scrapbook layout takes us back to Rome, which is one place I'd love to be right now because it's amazing.  I only had two pictures each from the Spanish Steps and the Mouth of Truth (remember that from Roman Holiday?) so I combined them on one layout.  I used Island Indigo as the accent color on the left, and Elegant Eggplant on the right.

Hand-stamped titles on patterned paper.

Yeah, they took a while to do, but I liked how it turned out.

Today's hot color combo:  More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  And that's it for me today.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU! but a bunch retired:
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet, Rough Type, Timeless Textures
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Paper:  More Mustard, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP
Accessories: a sponge :)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A-Team Baby Book: November

It's Saturday once again and that means time for some baby book pages!  Welcome to November.

I don't typically use a whole lot of Crumb Cake on my scrapbook layouts (both my own and for baby books) but it just seemed to work here.  And I still love and adore Thankful Forest Friends; even though it didn't make the big catalog this year and is now retired I shall keep it in my stash forever and ever.

Because it's just so CUTE.  I did refrain from using the bear on this layout though since my brother and his wife are very rah-rah with their respective schools and give me the side-eye when I put bears (my mascot) on stuff for them.

So bunnies and foxes it is.  Speaking of bunnies and foxes, we got Zootopia the other night and that's a cute movie.

And there's some fall leaves for the journaling block.

Today's perfectly fall-ish color scheme includes Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White.  And the Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss are kinda like darker versions of baby girl's parents' school colors (Oklahoma State orange and Texas Christian purple).  See, I am nice to them.  Well, I did sneak some Baylor green on there...

Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends, Fall Fest
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Color Me Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, circles & scalloped circles Nestabilities