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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Starry Night

We had a giant thunderstorm roll through on Monday night, and it's been a lot cooler since that happened.  I'm LOVIN' IT.  Drinkin' my tea and having iced pumpkin coffee cake for breakfast because the hubs forgot to take it in to work with him (we don't communicate well before five a.m.) and *somebody* has to eat it for breakfast so that means it has to be me.  But anyway, I have a card to share!


I think this actually looks better IRL than it does in the picture.  And also I need to get some new plates for my Big Shot, the ones I have are too warped to sit flat and let the magnetic platform work properly so the Framelit shifted a little bit on its way through.  Oh well.  And I just got the Lucky Stars embossing folder yesterday!  Love that.  Well, like my mama, I love stars.  And purple.  And I only wear silver jewelry, so I guess this card is both her and me all over.


There's the inside.  I thought about just leaving it blank, since the star could be pretty much for anything, but I liked the idea of doing another star on the inside with the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on top of it.  And also, I think I want to marry Blackberry Bliss.  Sorry, hubs.  ;)

I'm going to enter this in the Inkspirational challenge to use silver and purple:


I should get triple points for using silver glimmer paper, brushed silver cardstock, and silver embossing powder on the front of the card.  And I used Smoky Slate on the inside, so maybe that's quadruple points.

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bright & Beautiful (buy eeeet!)
Ink:  Versamark, Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer paper, Whisper White
Accessories:  Silver EP, Stars Framelits, Dimensionals, Lucky Stars EF

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nachos: Leafy Thanks

Y'all!  I've only been in Alabama for a few months but already my DRAWL is showing.  But today is Nacho Average Challenge day!  And that means it's time for a great sketch:


What do you think of that???  I pondered while I was jogging...it helps me if I have something to think about when I run because I hate running.  But anyway, since it's October (even if it still feels like a sauna here), I thought I'd go with some fall leaves and a thank you card.


We had cooler weather for a New York minute and then it went back to being Alabama.  I'm 'bout to MELT, y'all.  Think cool thoughts for me, wouldja?  Anyway, it wasn't until I uploaded this picture onto the computer that I thought maybe I shouldn't have put the card on the dark wood furniture to photograph :)  At least the card matches the background?  And also, So Saffron plus Pumpkin Pie plus Cherry Cobbler makes a great fall color combination.  I added in some Soft Suede and Early Espresso too.  And now I'm a teensy bit hungry for pumpkin pie and cherry cobbler.

Anyway, I've nattered on long enough.  Go check out the Nacho blog and then make your own pretty creation!  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Things (I stamped the larger watermark-y stamp and die cut the leaves out of it, then sponged the edges of them...and did the same on the flags at the top), Lots of Thanks, Hardwood
Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Fall Fun Framelits (say that three times fast), Hexagon punch, Neutrals Candy Dots