Monday, July 13, 2020


Scrappy Monday!  We successfully made it home from the Smoky Mountains, and the ball is finally rolling on our move to Germany :) Posts here may be sporadic for a while; I'm going to be busy sorting through what's going into storage vs. what's coming with us, and then we'll likely be without our household goods for a couple of months while they're shipped.  Might not have much time for stamping or scrapping for a while, but I'll do my best.

So let's talk today's layout!  It's another in the series of Welsh castles we visited in May of 2014.

See the original pics here.  I suppose it's misleading to call it a Welsh castle, considering it was built by an English king to subdue the native Welsh.  Despite that, Beaumaris is beautiful; it's on the island of Anglesey where Prince William and Kate lived for a while.  I loved Wales, I'd love to go back and see more of it.

Today's color palette:  Old Olive, Cameo Coral (that pattern from the Raspberry Tart DSP is one of my favorites), Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  I'm about to go start sorting stuff.  Wish me luck...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Wing It
Ink:  Cameo Coral, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant marker
Paper:  Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Raspberry Ripple, Thick Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP
Accessories:  Stitched So Sweetly dies

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ryan: September

Happy Saturday once again, folks!  It's time once again for a baby book layout from Ryan's book.

Once Ryan started crawling, the thing he was most interested in getting to was the dogs' water bowl.  If I set him down on the floor at one end of the house, he would immediately start crawling to the water bowl through three rooms to the other side of the house.  In some of these pictures he's wearing an outfit that has construction equipment on it and it was just SO cute and I let that outfit determine some of the colors for this layout.

Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Crushed Curry came from the outfit; I added Dapper Denim, Cucumber Crush, and of course Whisper White to round out the colors.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letters for You
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Basic Gray, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits, Garage Gears Framelits

Friday, July 10, 2020

Foxy Friday

Happy Friday!  Have you uploaded an animal card at the SUO Challenges blog yet?

I'm back with another animal card to inspire you!  And today I'm going retro with one of my favorite ever animal stamp sets:

Thankful Forest Friends!  The bear has made LOTS of appearances over the years on both cards and scrapbook pages, and the fox has been inked up a lot too.  (For some reason I don't use the bunny as much.)  I wasn't sure what to do for a sentiment on the card, but then I saw the May Paper Pumpkin kit stamps and ding ding ding!  LOVE ose big bold word stamps!  The outline on "hey" started out as an accident--I recently re-inked my Daffodil Delight ink pad so it's ridiculously juicy right now, and when I stamped the "hey" the edges were a little blotchy because I had puddles of ink on the stamp.  So I got my blender pen and started smoothing out the edges and I got an outline effect.  Happy little accidents, y'all!

I used the Into the Woods DSP on a scrapbook layout last week, and it was made to coordinate with Thankful Forest Friends, so I pulled my colors from that DSP though the pattern I chose only has Mossy Meadow in it.  The Rich Razzleberry panel is from another DSP pack, International Bazaar; I used it instead of another piece of Into the Woods paper because I had a scrap the right size and I didn't want to cut into a new sheet of paper.

I'm entering this at Retro Rubber:

Thankful Forest Friends is five years old, so nice and retro for their challenge :)

Hope you enjoyed this week's Creature Feature!  I had lots of fun with it, and of course I have lots and lots of animal stamps I didn't use this week so...maybe I'll do it again!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends, My Paper Pumpkin May 2020 kit
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Into the Woods & International Bazaar DSP
Accessories:  Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Simple Sympathy Bunny

Creature Feature Day 4!  And another reminder to post your animal cards on the SUO Challenges blog :)

For today's card, I pulled out the beautiful Nature's Beauty stamp set and decided to make a bunny card since I've already used the fox and the deer.  I decided to make a sympathy card, not because I need one, but because I hate making one when I DO need one.

The card base is Misty Moonlight and the next layer is Seaside Spray, how perfect are they together?  The main image panel is Smoky Slate; I used the chalk marker to make his tail white.  I always think that sympathy cards should be pretty CAS and use more soothing colors.  I added a few Misty Moonlight enamel dots for simple accents because it felt a little *too* plain without them.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Nature's Beauty, Peaceful Moments
Ink:  Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  chalk marker, In Color Enamel Dots

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Creature Feature: Walrus Friend

Welcome do Day 3 of Christy's Creature Feature ;)  Don't forget to upload all your creature cards on the SUO Challenges blog this week.

I know I've talked several times about how much I love critter stamps...well, I tried to resist We'll Walrus Be Friends, but when it came up on the retiring list this spring I couldn't resist anymore.  So here's my first walrus card.

Still loving Cinnamon Cider and finding new color combinations using it :)  Looks pretty good with Pacific Point, doesn't it?  The wavy pattern is from the old Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (might as well use up some scraps) and I busted out a couple of old Candy Dots too.  I loved having those in every color.  I also busted out the old Watercolor Wonder Crayons for Pacific Point; I didn't remember until after I made this card that we have a Pacific Point watercolor pencil now.  I used the light Cinnamon Cider Blends marker for the walrus, and just colored over his snout with the color lifter to get it lighter.  Easy peasy!

Have a great Wednesday, animal lovers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  We'll Walrus Be Friends
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point, Cinnamon Cider DSP, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

SUO Challenges: Animals

Happy Tuesday!  Ready for a new SUO Challenge??

This time around it's a theme--ANIMALS!  (Now you know why I decided to do a creature feature for this week's posts!)  You can do pets, wild animals, birds, sea creatures, any kind of animal.  I have LOTS of animal stamps but of course my two favorite at the moment are Zany Zebras and Way to Goat.  Well, I did a zebra card for last Friday, so....

Goats it is!  My greedy goat is gray, but I had to do a bright and fun color combo for the rest of the card--Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Magenta Madness.  And I love the new color family DSP packs too, the patterns are so much fun.  I've got the Brights and the new In Colors; I've ordered the Neutrals, and I'll get the other three families soon.  For some reason these patterns have been speaking to me more than the packs from the last few years.

Anywha, now it's your turn!  Make your animal card and share it at the SUO blog for us to oooh and ahhh over.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Way to Goat
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Magenta Madness marker, Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate & Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Granny Apple Green & Magenta Madness DSP
Accessories:  Layering Ovals dies, Layering Circles dies, Dimensionals

Monday, July 6, 2020

Okefenokee Swamp

Scrappy Monday, folks!  We're in Tennessee this week but I've made some cards to share this week while we're gone.  I decided to go with a theme, so welcome to the start of the CREATURE FEATURE!  Everything I share this week is going to have an animal on it, including today's scrapbook layouts :)

We're starting the week with alligators!  If you're so inclined, you can see the original pics here, here, and here. I just finished these layouts a week or two ago so they were fresh on my mind when I decided on the creature feature.  The photo of the layout came out a bit dark, sorry about that, I've never found a good place to take pictures of my scrapbook pages in this house. *shrug*  Maybe I'll have better luck at the next place.

Anyway, it seems like I use the Becky Higgins sketch book for the majority of my scrapbook layouts, but nothing in there was speaking to me for this one so I pulled out my personal sketch book.  I've got all the BH sketches in there plus lots more from Creating Keepsakes magazine (I had a subscription to that for years) and ones I came up with on my own.  I found a sketch in there really quickly that turned out to be perfect for these photos!  Once I had the sketch, the layout came together lickety-split.

My color palette is Tip Top Taupe (I love that color, it's another brown In Color that's different from anything else SU has had before or since), Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, and Pear Pizzazz.

But wait, there's more!

Audra, Frank, and I were in the swamp to do a photography workshop to learn how to take night sky photos with long exposure times, so here are my tree pictures from that.  And in keeping with the creature feature theme, I wrote about the extreme mosquito problem in my journaling :)

I used the leaves from Rooted in Nature as accents on my first layout, but I needed some larger leaves in a similar style for this one, so I pulled out the long, long, loooong-retired Lovely Leaves and French Foliage for this one.  No dies for those, so I just fussy cut the three leaves.

The color palette for the second layout is a little different:  still Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, and Basic Black, but Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow for the greens.  (Sorry again that the photo is so dark.). I've been doing a thing lately where if I have more than one layout for a specific event, I keep the same page base color and some similar elements, but I use different patterns or add different colors for subsequent layouts.  So for this one, I chose a different pattern from the Garden Lane DSP that had different greens than the first one.  They're similar enough style-wise that it's obvious they go together, but since I used different papers it's like they're siblings instead of twins :)

Have a great week, peeps!

Supplies, first layout:
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet, Rough Type, Rooted in Nature
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Garden Lane DSP
Accessories:  Nature's Roots dies

Supplies, second layout:
Stamps:  Lovely Leaves, French Foliage, Rooted in Nature
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Garden Lane DSP
Accessories:  None