Thursday, May 28, 2015


I must confess:  up until last week, I'd never seen the movie Pitch Perfect.  My friend Ashlea insisted that I had to see it, I would love it, and it would change my life.  Not sure it's life-changing, but I do love it :)  And as it happens I needed a thank you card for Ashlea so I couldn't resist making a Pitch Perfect-inspired card.

If you've never seen the movie (Mom), it's about an all-girls college a capella group, and the characters have a habit of adding aca- to random words.  Aca-people.  Aca-awkward.  Aca-babies.  Aca-scuse me (probably my favorite).  And of course aca-awesome.  And I put a cupcake on it because Ashlea loves cupcakes just as much as she loves Blue Bell ice cream, and also I got her a gift card to Gigi's Cupcakes.

I managed to squeeze in making this card yesterday when I was supposed to be prepping for the movers to get here today, but it was pretty quick to make thanks to Freshly Made Sketches.  But I was still in a hurry and that's why my cupcake is off-center; I couldn't peel up the Dimensionals and fix it :(  But that's part of the handmade charm, right?

And of course this also counts for the same SUO Sweet Treats challenge as yesterday's card.  Ok, I've got about an hour and a half before the movers show up.  Better get cleaned up and ready to go...cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Yippee-Skippee!, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush DSP & cardstock
Accessories:  Cupcake builder punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack heart, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Well, peeps, I've got one day left before the packers get here tomorrow morning, and I've got a lot to do.  But before I get started on my mile-long to-do list, here's today's card:

The donuts are actually punched out of the Cherry on Top DSP :)  There's going to be a stamp set in the new catalog (which goes live next week!) that has donuts to match these, but it wasn't part of the preorder.  Truth be told, donuts aren't really my thing anyway, though I think they're cute on this card.  Give me a brownie any day.  Anywha, I thought the "so sweet" sentiment was appropriate for this, though I wish it had stamped a little bit more crisply.  Sometimes I have a problem with that when it comes to photopolymer stamps.

I'm entering this over at SUO Challenges since their latest challenge is all about sweet treats.

Okay, time to get moving. first task is to get my daily run done and then eat breakfast (which will not involve donuts or brownies, sadly).  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hello Life
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder
Paper:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Cherry on Top DSP
Accessories:  3/4" circle punch

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nachos: Hello Love

Happy Tuesday!  It is time once more for a Nacho Average Sketch Challenge, woohoo!  Check it out:

Once again, a great sketch that you can use to make a CAS card or gussy it up to something fancy.  I stayed more on the CAS end of the spectrum:

I don't know why I waited so long to get the hostess set Hello Love, it's super cute.  So I'm using it as much as I can before all the stamps retire.  And the colors, I used Strawberry Slush for my card base and some retiring Confetti Celebration DSP.

Now it's time for you to check out the Nacho blog and upload your own sketchariffic creation.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hello Love
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Confetti Celebration DSP
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, May 25, 2015


Good morning, folks!  Time already to start another week.  I don't have any scrapbook layouts that really tie in to Memorial Day, so I thought I'd share this one from when we toured Normandy since we did visit the D-Day beaches and the American cemetery there.  Of course, I haven't scrapped those pics yet but I do have this:

See the original pics here.  We stopped in Caen for a couple of hours on our way back to Paris, ate dinner and saw the castle of William the Conqueror.  And also that cool statue of Joan of Arc on the left page.  One day I'd like to go to Rouen and see more historical stuff.  Anyway, here's a closeup of the title:

The outside frame is one stamp, and then of course the letters and crown are separate stamps too.  I like how it turned out.

And there's my color palette:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Real Red, and a smidge of Hello Honey.  I'm off to do my first run of the week and then work more on prepping the house for the packers on Thursday.  Time is running short!  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Elementary Elegance, Rough Type, Wing It, Carte Postale
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Hello Honey
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Real Red, Real Red DSP
Accessories:  Curly Label punch

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Flashback: Of the Earth

Happy Friday, peeps!  And woohoo for the Friday Flashback!  Today's randomly selected retired stamp set (RSRSS, haha) is Of the Earth, which is a lovely hostess set from the 2009-2010 SU! catalog.  To my consternation, I looked in my archives and discovered that I had NEVER used this stamp set, and that was just such a shame that I created no fewer than three cards for today!  So let's get to the all-new Flashback :)

The bird image is from Of the Earth, and the sentiment stamp is from my much-loved Pursuit of Happiness.  If you're wondering, I stamped the birds offset and sometimes a little crooked on purpose because I knew I wouldn't get them lined up perfectly if I tried.  For this card, I used this Retro Sketch:

And this color combo from the Color Throwdown, which I absolutely love and adore:

I used Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay for my colors.

And here is card number two:

The circular image with the butterfly (haha, you cannot escape the butterflies!) is from today's featured stamp set, and the sentiment is from Perfectly Penned which I still love and adore.  The Friday Flashbacks are always fun to dust off some old favorite stamps and play with them again.  Anywha, my color combination on this one is courtesy of Create with Connie and Mary:

Isn't that pretty?  I'm also entering this card over at The Paper Players:

Yes, my card has a few layers on it, but I still think my design was pretty CAS.  I tried stamping a background on the card base and just didn't like it as well, so I left it plain and simple.  I also used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, can't leave them out:

And for my last card...

I really like the idea of stamping the same image in different colors like that.  I used the very first Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:

Trying to tie that bow in the baker's twine was a trial, let me tell you.  I also used a recent color combination from Just Add Ink, but that challenge is already closed:

I used to not really like Calypso Coral, but I seem to be using it a lot lately.  Maybe 'cause I love it with Sahara Sand, or Coastal Cabana, or Daffodil Delight.  Most colors I don't like much, I eventually come around to and end up loving.  But not always :)

Ok, I've procrastinated long's time to help the hubs with our prep for moving.  Oy.  But hey, if we get a lot done this weekend then maybe I can squeeze in some more stamping and scrapping before the packers arrive on Thursday.  Hope springs eternal!

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, first card:
Stamps:  Of the Earth, Pursuit of Happiness
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Flowerpot DSP
Accessories:  Neutrals Candy Dots

Supplies, second card:
Stamps:  Of the Earth, Perfectly Penned
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance DSP
Accessories:  1 3/4" circle punch, Circles Framelits, ticket corner punch, Dimensionals

Supplies, third card:
Stamps:  Of the Earth
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  1 1/4" square punch, Calypso Coral baker's twine

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunny Butterfly

I think I'm on a butterfly kick...this is two days in a row.  It's only going to get worse, too--one of the top three stamp sets I can't wait to get my hot little hands on in the new catty is all about the butterflies.  And new butterfly Framelits.  But for now let's have a sunny day:

I inked up the sentiment stamp in Pear Pizzazz and used a Q-Tip to remove the color from a couple of key words, which I then colored with a Bermuda Bay marker.  I don't think I quite got all the Pear Pizzazz ink off though, because parts of the Bermuda words have a distinct greenish cast.  But I'm all like hey, it's an extra color freebie!

Speaking of colors (or should I say colours?), I got this awesome colour palette from Colour Me...!

They're having a design team call right now and I was thinking that I'd love to put my hat in the ring to try out for it, but we're moving in a couple of weeks.  But then I just saw that the DT commitment doesn't start until July, and that might be doable.  Hmm...

Anywha, I also used the sketch from Fab Friday:

I love how there are different challenges every day of the week; my only problem is that a lot of times I need an extra six or seven days in the week to play in all of them, even with combining two or three at a time.  Life is so tough ;)

Hope you have a sunny day, peeps!  We're off to my hubs' cousin's high school graduation tonight.  I'll be wearing a fun springy floral dress.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Feel Goods, Hello Love
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories:  Butterflies Thinlits, Subtles Candy Dot, Dimensionals

P.S.  I now have the theme song to Sesame Street stuck in my head.  "Sunny days...."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Butterfly

Salutations and greetings, friends!  Just trying out a new greeting.  It is a sunny Wednesday morning here and I just so happen to have a sunny card to share.

See?  Sunny.  I'm loving Daffodil Delight lately.  For my butterfly, I got some watercolor paper and did a wash on it with Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango ink refills, though I kinda wish I'd sponged the edges of the butterfly a little to give them more definition.  I wanted a solid butterfly, so I cut out one of the fancy butterfly Thinlits and then used the negative shape to trace the butterfly on the back of my watercolor paper (so then I could cut it out and not have to worry about pen lines on the edges).  The sentiment is from the soon-to-retire hostess set Hello Love, which I got last month and hadn't used at all yet; it's got some cute images so I do hope to get something made with it in the next couple weeks.

Anyway, the super cheerful color combo is courtesy of ColourQ:

And I used the latest Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch:

I stuck very close to the sketch this time :D

Anyway, lots to do today so I'd better get a move on.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hello Love, Flower Patch
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, watercolor paper, Coastal Cabana DSP
Accessories:  Butterfly Thinlits, Banners Framelits, hexagon punch, Dimensionals