Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Flashback: Dream a Little

It's Friday Flashback day!  This week's retired stamp set is Dream a Little, which was a hostess set back in 2009 and I admit I got it because of the hummingbird.  I'm a sucker for hummingbird stamps.  And peacocks.  And stars.  Hubs thinks I'm just a stampin' fiend.  Anyway, back to Dream a Little:


And then that was the only card I ever made with it....well, at least I made a dozen of them because it was for a swap, right?  And also, I love that Raspberry Tart DSP.  So today's Flashback is pretty short, and here's my new card:


I wasn't feeling very inspired today until I found the brand new sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday.  Once I got started at my craft table though, this came together pretty fast.  If I'd looked in my archives and realized that I'd already done pink roses with this set, I might have gone for a different color combination but what can ya do.  I used Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, and Coastal Cabana, which might just be my default color combination.  I didn't even try to get the rose outline stamps lined up, I wanted them to be a little more freeform and I embossed them with gold EP.  I'm an embossin' FOOL lately, it's been nice to have my heat gun in the same room with me.  In England, it had to be plugged into the transformer so it wasn't quite as convenient to emboss there.

Anywha, here's the SFF sketch:


I made the image panel a little bigger than the original sketch but otherwise I stuck pretty close right?

That's it for me today, peeps.  I'm off to make one more batch of cookies (been baking for a Fall Fest that's happening tomorrow) and then I'm going to refuse to bake anything else for, like, at least three days.  Cheers!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Dream a Little, Positively Chevron, Curly Cute because it's one of my fave sentiment sets ever and I love it
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush, Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Accessories:  Gold EP, Blackberry Bliss ribbon

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Golden Peacock

Sounds like a pub name, dunnit.


I was thinking about what to make for my card today while I was running this morning (beats thinking about running) and this was the idea I had fixed in my noggin by the time I got home.  What do you think?  I stuck the piece of white cardstock to the card base with repositionable adhesive and stamped the entire image at once; there's a bit that doesn't get stamped right between the white and the cardstock, so the brushed gold mat covers that up.  The image is embossed with gold EP and then I colored the top part with about a gajillion colors of ink.  I really like how the flowers turned out--I watercolored them with Strawberry Slush and then went over it with Blackberry Bliss, so the color is kind of in between those two berries.  It might be kinda hard to tell in the photo, but I also embossed the sentiment with gold EP.

The layout is courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches:


And I definitely used gold, so it counts for the Paper Players challenge too:


I think my card is clean, though I'm not 100% sure it could be called simple.  Anyway, sadly I am a bit too late to enter this in the Just Add Ink challenge, though I did use it as an inspiration:


Isn't that just a ridiculously gorgeous challenge graphic.  Anyway, I already know who's going to get this card and it will be going out in the mail for her birthday tomorrow.  And now I'm off to bake another batch of cookies.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Perfect Peacock, Work of Art
Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Gumball Green, Soft Suede, Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Night of Navy, Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Accessories:  Gold EP, Bracket Tag punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumnal Artwork

Happy Wednesday afternoon, stampy fans!  It's a gorgeous day where I am today, so I think that there's a dog walk in my not too distant future.  It's finally cooled off enough that it doesn't feel like a sauna outside!  Not sweater weather by a long shot but I'll take what I can get.  Even if the weather doesn't really feel like fall yet at least it's fall in my craft room.


Oh yeah, workin' the For All Things stamp set again.  I also used the zigzag stamp from Work of Art; got the set a while ago and haven't really figured out what to do with it yet.  No sentiment on the front or on the inside so I can use this card for anything I need.  Well, maybe not a new baby card.

I used the wonderful color combination from the Color Throwdown:


And a sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday:


My card came together in a snap but not before I managed to get Cajun Craze ink all over my shirt.  At least the shirt itself was orange to start with.

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Things, Work of Art
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  None

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nachos: Birthday Bloom

Happy Tuesday!  Are you ready for another great color combination from Nacho Average Challenges?  Because we've got one for you!


Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry are two of my favorite SU colors (um, I have lots of favorites) and of course Basic Black just makes them pop even more.  So I decided to go with a black card base:


I hope that it looks cool and modern for a birthday card and not over-the-hill-y.  I would have preferred to use three Bermuda Bay Candy Dots but wouldn't you know, I only had two left.  Dangit.  Anyway, I just got the hostess set Bloom with Hope so I couldn't resist trying it out today!  I stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with black EP, which seems to be my favorite thing to do lately (sometimes it's black, sometimes it's Early Espresso, but it's a lot of heat embossing).  I watercolored the flower and then added in some darker bits with a Bermuda Bay marker, and I used a Crushed Curry marker for the flower center too so that it would be nice and saturated color.  Love how that flower turned out.  I stamped some smaller flowers on the inside of my card too.

So you know it's your turn now!  If you need more inspiration, check out the Nacho blog and then...happy stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bloom with Hope
Ink:  Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, retired Crushed Curry DSP (what, I was using up scraps)
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Black EP, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blackberry Birthday

Ok wow, I've been reading some good books lately but it's totally interfering with my stamping ;)  I have a new friend who loves purple and her birthday is today, and I just finished making this card for her!


I think For All Things is my go-to stamp set at the moment.  Well, I love fall things anyway.  I used the sketch from As You See It:


But I switched out one of the layers for ribbon, I hope it still counts?

Anyway, we've got to run if we're going to make it to dinner on time.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Things, Bloom with Hope
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Color Me Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelits, Blackberry Bliss ribbon, Dimensionals

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Flashback: Baby Prints

Happy Friday!  And of course it's time for a Friday Flashback : )  Today's featured retired stamp set is Baby Prints, which I've used more than a couple of times since my friends do insist on having the babies.  I think you'll be able to figure out pretty quick which stamp in the set is my favorite!

Also features A Word for You
Here's an easy-peasy baby boy card to start off with.

Also features Banner Blast and a past Paper Pumpkin stamp

And one for baby girls too!

Again with the stamp from A Word For You
...And another baby girl card, which is funny because for a long time it seemed like everyone I knew was having boys.


Baby book!  Can't go wrong with green and blue for baby boy pages, right?  And it turns out there's a pair of hands to go with the baby feet.


 Hey, same layout but in pinks.  The lighting isn't optimal in this picture, it looked better in real life.
Also features Cuddles & Kisses
 I wish the sentiment had shown up a little better on the patterned paper for this one.

Also features Curly Cute
I know you're surprised to see more baby feet.

Also features Cuddles & Kisses
And this time it was TWIN feet!  Those twins turned one a couple months ago.  So there's the Flashback (a long one this time!) and that means it's time for today's brand-new card, featuring (you guessed it) FEET.


I can't help it, I like the baby feet stamp like 700 times more than the baby hands one.  I was looking around for a sentiment to go with the baby feets and that one from Apple Blossoms seemed like a good idea, so I went with it.  Today's card is boyish because that's where the colors from Colour Me...! took me today:


I started out kinda doing this week's Retro Sketch, but I strayed far enough away from the original sketch that I'm not going to enter it over there.  So that's it for me this week, hope you have a great weekend!

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Baby Prints, Apple Blossoms
Ink:  Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe DSP
Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelits, Alphabet EF, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Am Not Left-Handed

Oy.  I've been having trouble with my right wrist for several years now, but usually it's only cranky if I do things like pushups or moving a lot of boxes.  As of yesterday I think that my wrist is starting a shock and awe campaign.  Yeah Mom, I know:  I need to see a doctor.  Surgery may be in my future.

But let's ignore that for now and see what I made today.


This stamp set is on the page in the catalog where they talk all about coloring with Blendabilities, but I don't have those so I went old skool and colored with my ink pad lids, with a bit of marker to really make the shadows deeper.  I started out with this awesome color palette from The Color Throwdown:


My colors ended up more saturated though so I wonder if I can still count this for the challenge?  Plus I had to use a bit of Pool Party to give my paper lanterns a background.

I was a little better about sticking closely to the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


Well, a little better anyway ;)

That's it for me, typing one-handed is slow going.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Today & Everyday
Ink:  Versamark, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Flashback DSP
Accessories:  Early Espresso EP