Monday, March 2, 2015

Hard Rock Cafe Beijing

Scrappy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a good weekend.  On Saturday I was working in my craft room to meet my scrappin' goal for February, I'm now officially at 40 pages for the year so far.  Woowoo!  So today's layout is from China, take a look:

You can see the original pictures here (scroll down to the bottom).  And here's my color palette:

I think it was overcast when I took the picture of the layout; the Lost Lagoon page base makes it a *little* dark but it looks even darker in the photo.  Anyway, the colors are Lost Lagoon, Concord Crush (I so wish I had an ink refill for my ink pad), Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Smoky Slate.

I'm using this combination of the letter template and Rough Type alphabet to do all the titles on my China layouts, to kinda make them feel like they all go together.  I thought this title needed a little something so I sponged a circle behind the words to kind of mimic the Hard Rock logo.

Here's my stampy collage on the journaling block.  I bought both Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock right before they retired on a whim, but I'm glad I did.  I've used them both a few times and I have other layouts where I know they'll come in handy.

A trio of guitars as accents...I didn't even think about it until the layout was done, how many circles/polka dots I used on here.  Variations on a theme!

And finally there's my stamp of authenticity, which I thought was a nice touch since when we went to the Hard Rock, all four of us were kinda tired of Chinese food and dying for a good ol' fashioned American hamburger.  Or chicken caesar salad.  And French fries.

Have a great Monday, peeps!  I'm off to get my run on, which is gonna suck because my legs are sore from my workout on Saturday.  Oh well, gotta do it anyway.

Supplies, mostly SU!
Stamps:  Grunge Rock, Extreme Elements, Rough Type Alphabet
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Concord Crush, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Concord Crush DSP
Accessories:  Circle punches & Framelits, Crushed Curry EP, lettering template

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Flashback: Lots of Thoughts

Happy Friday, peeps, and welcome to the Friday Flashback.  Today's Flashback set was a Sale-a-Bration set from 2008, and it's called Lots of Thoughts.  Buncha little sentiment stamps, but not a set I've used much.

Also features Fabulous Flowers and Paisley

I have lots of thoughts on this card, and they all start with "Ew" and go downhill from there.  This is The Ugly Card.  Mostly I don't like Bravo Burgundy too much, and that corset lacing thing is, and even Fabulous Flowers looks less than fabulous here.  The whole card is a world of no.  So sometimes sketch and color challenges will lead you astray!  I had to redeem myself today.

Ok, this might not be my favoritest card in the universe, but it's loads better than The Ugly Card, right?  I mean, it's hard to go wrong with Swallowtail.  And we're continuing yesterday's pinkalicious theme with this color combination from Create with Connie and Mary, who did not steer me wrong today:

And the sketch (turned on its side) is from Freshly Made Sketches:

So yep, I finally made something with Lots of Thoughts that is at the very least presentable.  My work here is done for this week ;)  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Lots of Thoughts, Swallowtail
Ink:  Versamark, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Gold EP, baker's twine from an old Paper Pumpkin kit, corner rounder punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Painted Pink

It rained all day long yesterday, and it's still gray, gray, gray today, but here at Snapdragon Stamps we're in the pink.

Yay pink!  I love pink.  Who am I kidding, I love color, period.  So anyway, I used the gorgeous springtime color palette from the Color Throwdown:

I used Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.  Seems like I hadn't used Rose Red in a long time, at least until it showed up in the Painted Blooms DSP (which I didn't use on my card, since I stamped my own patterned paper).

Just for something different, I tried out the Mojo Monday Tall & Skinny sketch:

And apparently I paid insufficient attention when I jotted down the sketch, I totally missed that one background layer.  Too late now!  Anyway, for funsies, I also made this card over in the standard A2 size:

It's like a security blanket, the card proportions I'm used to.

And there they are together, tall & skinny and short & fat.  Hope no one ever thinks that when they see me standing next to the hubs...

Anyway, hope you have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Petals
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Old Olive
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Over the Hill

It's raining again today...just got back from a walk with my dogs, and we got sprinkled on even though my phone claimed it wouldn't start raining until around 11:00.  Oh well, at least we're not six feet deep in snow?

This is a birthday card for my father-in-law, whose birthday was over a week ago but I was asleep at the wheel.  Oops.  Maybe *I'm* the one having senior moments.

I thought this week's Nacho color challenge would be good for a masculine card:

And I also used the latest sketch from (CAS)E this Sketch:

I've got a couple other birthday cards I need to send out this week, so I'd better go write in them before the mailman gets here.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Just Sayin', Calendar Alphabet & Numbers (retired)
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Paper:  Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Confetti Celebration DSP
Accessories:  Ovals & Word Bubble Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nachos: Enjoy the Ride

Happy Tuesday, Nacho fans!  It's time for another Nacho Average Color Challenge!

Of course with those three colors, the first thing that popped into my head was Halloween, but it's February so I did this instead:

The layout is kinda based on one I've seen Rita use quite a few times (though usually she has multiple skinny banners to my one fat one).  Still, it's a CASE and she should get credit :)

Now let's all go check out the Nacho blog for more eye candy, shall we?  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Today & Everyday
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Color Me Autumn & Confetti Celebration DSP
Accessories:  Party Pennants Bigz die

Monday, February 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Scrappy Monday, peeps!  We're doing the time warp with today's layout, the pictures are over 10 years old.

This is from way back when the hubs and I lived in North Carolina and were just getting furniture for our house...we slept on the floor for a month before we got a mattress, and it was several more months before we got living room and dining room furniture.  Then we brought my yellow Lab Chewie from Texas to NC to live with us, and that's when the house became a home :)

Here's my color palette for today:

Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso.  If you want to be picky, I have some bits of Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, and Soft Suede on my stamped block, but the ones pictured are the main colors.  When we moved to Alabama, I got a bunch of scrapbook stuff that I'd left at my parents' house for 7 years, so I had a looksie through the patterned paper and pulled out some of that to use on this layout (which is good, because I don't think I have any Mellow Moss SU! patterned paper really, and that was the color I wanted).  Kind of fun to look through that stuff I haven't seen in so many I just have to figure out what to do with it all!

Well, it's time to get my run on this morning.  Have a great day, peeps!

Stamps:  Good Neighbors
Ink:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, non-SU pattern
Accessories:  None

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Flashback: Blooming With Happiness

Well, I got distracted with a book today so here it is very nearly 7 p.m. and I'm just now writing the Friday Flashback!  But anyway, today's stamp set is Blooming with Happiness, so let's go get springy!

Also features Simply Said

Even when I first made this card, I didn't think I'd gotten the color balance right on it.  This is my least favorite card for today's post :(  Not every card can be your favorite!

Also features Simply Said and Happy Harmony
Here's a baby shower card, the umbrella is from Blooming with Happiness but the small flowers on the card front are from Simply Said, which I used with Blooming with Happiness a LOT.

Also features Simply Said
I love that dress image, I used craft ink here and heat embossed the image before I colored with markers.  And then there's my favorite polished stone background, along with some more heat embossed flowers.

Also guessed it...Simply Said
Then I had to try it in a few different colors.

Simply Said on this one too
This one is my least favorite of the three, but I don't know if I like the red or the purple one better.

So anyway, besides the umbrella and the dress, there's another main image in Blooming with Happiness and I just had to use it for today's new card:

No Simply Said on this one!

The cake and the candles are two separate stamps, so I suppose it could be a wedding cake or a birthday cake as your little heart desires.  The colors are courtesy of the challenge at Colour Me...!

And the sketch is a slightly tweaked version of the Mojo Monday sketch:

Well, it's date night, and I think I've made the hubs wait for dinner for far too long.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Blooming with Happiness
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Pool Party, Real Red
Paper:  So Saffron, Pool Party, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Flashback DSP
Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Spring Flowers EF, Dimensionals