Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brought to You By the Letter T

Mornin', y'all!  How's your day going so far?  You ready for a kinda CAS card today?

I fussy cut the branch because YES I AM CRAZY.  And when I finished it, I realized I used three different stamp sets whose names start with T.  Even the sentiment starts with a T.

Take a look at this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge:

And the Fab Friday sketch:

I admit, it's a looser interpretation of the sketch, but this IS what I started out with.

Finally, here's the Global Design Project color combination:

At first I thought I'd need black to ground the colors and then somehow my card turned out with no black on it at all.  Weird.

Well, Ryan did REALLY well when I took him to the gym daycare thing on Monday, so we're going to try it again today.  I prefer to work out in the mornings but for the past few months I've been going in the evenings once the hubs gets home, and really I'd rather spend more time with him ya know?  So this is good.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Touches of Texture
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lunch on Long-ji (Guilin)

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  We are all socked in with clouds as far as the eye can see, so to combat all the gray I present one very bright and summery scrapbook layout:

Seems like I haven't posted any China layouts lately, though I have been making some good progress on that project.  So!  These pics are from our lunch stop midway through a mountain climb near Guilin (see them here).  I read somewhere once upon a time that the color orange makes people hungry, and that's why restaurants decorate with it.  Don't know if that's true or not, but orange seemed like a good idea for these pages so I went with it and I love it :)

The only stamping on the page is part of the title; for the rest of it, I used some most excellent watercolor-style patterned paper so it was easy breezy beautiful.

Today's bright and fun color palette:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.  I have another China layout on my desk right now that I'm working on; maybe I'll make some progress on it once Ryan goes down for his nap.  When he wakes up next time, I'm going to try taking him to the gym...they  have a place where they watch kiddos while you work out, so we're going to give it a shot and see how it goes.  Wish us luck!

Stamps:  Rough Type
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Perfectly Artistic & Watercolor Wonder DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template

Saturday, July 22, 2017

You're Cool, Popsicle

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Usually I post layouts from my honeymoon album on Saturdays (at least lately), but since I missed a couple of days this week of posting cards that means there's several challenges I wanted to get to and hadn't done yet and time's a-runnin' out.  So popsicles!

I'm hoping the splat stamps on the background give the impression of popsicle drips :)  I stamped the sentiment on the inside, which says You're Cool.  I started with the color challenge from Color Throwdown:

I used Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Bermuda Bay for my colors.  They seemed like good popsicle colors (Green Apple, Lemon {or Banana I suppose}, Cherry, and Blue Raspberry!) so I had to bust out Cool Treats, which is this week's set at What Will You Stamp:

Fa reals, y'all, I had trouble figuring out what to do with this stamp set right after I got it, so it gathered dust for several months before I finally made something with it.  Sometimes you just gotta go for it and if you don't like what you make, it's okay.  Eventually I usually figure out *something* that I like.

Ryan is in his bouncer and making lots of noise, so I'm off to play with Tiny Tot.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Cool Treats, Timeless Textures
Ink:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pacific Dragonfly Friend

Afternoon, y'all.  I did not get into my craft room yesterday (except when I let the dogs out, since the door to the backyard area is down in the basement too) but I took Ryan with me this afternoon so we could both play in the basement for a bit.  And this is what I made!

Whee dragonfly.  I love dragonflies :)

I put some Wink of Stella on the dragonfly's wings, which made them a little sparkly (this is my totally ineffective attempt to capture the sparkle in a photograph) and had the added benefit of making the ink blur just a teensy bit so it's more watercolory looking.

You may recognize this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And because of the layered square elements, I married that sketch with the CASE the Designer challenge from Global Design Project:

I kept the dragonfly (but used a different one), the polka dots (but used the splatter stamp from Awesomely Artistic), the two squares (but tilted them to fit with the FMS sketch), and the single-word sentiment.  I started out with my Pacific Point dragonfly, then went looking for colors to go with it--I ended up using Sahara Sand and Cajun Craze on the suggestion of my long-retired Color Coach, which I still bust out often enough that it lives in the top drawer right next to my crafting table. 

In addition to all that, I'm also entering this over at SUO Challenges, where the current challenge is to use something new and fun from SU!  I used the Post Script background for the larger square element; that's one of just two new stamp sets I've bought from the new catalog thus far (that's....going to change in the not too distant future!  I need new stamps, right?).  Anyway, I do love Post Script so it was fun to use it here.  I'm also in a group on Facebook that's about to start sending some happy mail to each other, so I need some fun friend cards for that.  Yay for actually mailing the things I make!

And since I talk about Sodapop so much, here's a selfie I took yesterday with the squirt in question.  Yes, he is chewing on Post-It Notes, and he also refuses to look at a camera or a phone.  He's five months old and I swear he knows what a camera is!  And he's already decided not to cooperate with it.  But I love my stinker.  Starting to agree with the hubs that we're going to need to cut his hair though...

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams, Awesomely Artistic, Post Script
Ink:  Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella pen, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Moose & Squirrel!

Well, I meant to make a card for yesterday, or today, but...I got distracted.

By Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Explanation:  when I was little (like, under the age of 7 since it was when we lived in California), my parents used to take my brother and me to Bullwinkle's.  The funny thing is I don't remember anything about actually going there (other than this vague sense of "hey, that was fun!"), but that's where Adam and I got these green headbands with antlers on them that we called "boose ears" and we had those things FOR. EV. ER.  For all I know, there's still some boose ears at my parents' house.  So anyway, back in 2004 the hubs and I were living in North Carolina and we took a road trip down to Myrtle Beach with some friends and we happened to come across a Bullwinkle's restaurant.  I was SO excited I convinced everyone else to go there for dinner.  Turns out it's a lot like Chuck E. Cheese--kinda okay pizza, arcade games, and animatronic characters that put on a show (only these ones are less creepy than a 6-foot-tall rat).  And now I've finally got those pictures scrapped!

Fun fact:  my husband has zero memory of this place.  Or this entire road trip, for that matter.  Of course, he also has no memory of the conversation we had with Bennet and Missy this past Sunday about doing a barbecue this weekend.

The Taffy Alphabet was a bit of an impulse buy but I'm so glad I have it, I love it.  The ampersand is from the Larger than Life alphabet.

So there's my paper-pieced Rocky and Bullwinkle.  I searched for "Bullwinkle line art" on Google and came across this piece on Deviant Art, then printed it off five times on different colors of cardstock and paper-pieced it together (yes, it was a lot of cutting).  The printer toner tended to kind of flake off as I cut around it, so I went over the lines with the fine tip of a black marker when I was done cutting it all out.  Voila, the perfect accent for my page.

Today's color palette:  Glorious Green (if you thought it was Emerald Envy I wouldn't blame you because they're practically THE SAME COLOR), Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  It's a lot of colors on one layout but I think it works.

Well, Ryan is asleep right now so I'm off to go see what I can do in my craft room this morning before he wakes up.  And maybe even when he's awake; I had him down there yesterday afternoon and he seemed to have fun kicking his helicopter toy around on the floor while I finished up this layout.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, almost all SU!
Stamps:  Taffy Alphabet, Larger than Life Alphabet
Ink:  Glorious Green, Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper:  Glorious Green, Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White, Marina Mist DSP
Accessories:  Rocky & Bullwinkle clipart

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fancy Fold Stars

Hey, y'all!  Today is my dad's birthday, but unfortunately I just made his card yesterday so I don't think it's going to get there on hasn't gone out in the mail yet.  Oops!  (Let's not even talk about how I forgot to send out several other cards from earlier this month!)  But at least I got one made.

I had so much fun with the dinosaur card last week that I decided to make another bridge card for Dad.  I wanted to do stars and stripes (because...July) so the latest color challenge at Sunday Stamps worked really well for me:

This is my first time to play along over there.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, and Night of Navy for my colors, and wrote a message to my dad on the back of the card.  All the stamps I used today are retired but so's my dad ;)

Hope you have a great day!  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Be the Star, Happiest Birthday Wishes (both retired)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White, DSP in Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy
Accessories:  retired Stars Framelits, Metallic Enamel Shapes

Monday, July 17, 2017


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  I like starting the week with some scrapbook pages.  Already I'm having my MOST productive year ever when it comes to scrapbook pages...and I haven't even started Ryan's baby book.  But I'm excited to make progress on my scrapbook pages!  How many times can I say "scrapbook pages" in one little paragraph?  Scrapbook pages!!!

...Though I think this one I did last year?

Oddly enough, I don't think I ever blogged about this one after we took the pictures, but it was the last thing we did on a trip to Cornwall.  It was at this place where they collect and refurbish old rides from things like traveling fairs, and they had a whole bunch of carousel horses which of course I loved taking pictures of.  I kept the layout pretty simple to keep the focus on the photos.

There's a closeup of one and the title.  I love the mixed-font-yness of the Broadsheet Alphabet; I figured even split onto three lines you could figure out pretty easily what the title says.  And that mixed font look just seemed to go well with my vintage carousel horses.

Today's rather summery color palette:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Broadsheet Alphabet, Wanted
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy
Paper:  Bermuda Bay textured, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Real Red DSP
Accessories:  None