Sunday, May 20, 2018

China: Silk

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I'm back with new China pages.  Well, they're not really new...I made these about a year ago, but they're new to the blog :)

This layout goes along with the Jade layout from last week, so I used the same colors but flipped them around a bit.

This came out a little more subtle than I thought it would, but I stamped the flower from Artistically Asian on the Peekaboo Peach strips and it reminds me of the designs we saw on the silk.

Color palette is the same as last week, just in different concentrations:  Peekaboo Peach, Dusty Durango, Brocade Blue, and a little bit of Mint Melody.

Have a great Sunday, y'all!

Stamps:  Artistically Asian
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Brocade Blue, Peekaboo Peach, Dusty Durango, Mint Melody
Accessories:  1/2" circle punch

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lemon Pineapple Punch

As Smee would say on the movie Hook, I had an apostrophe this week.  When I saw the challenge on Freshly Made Sketches, an idea popped into my head immediately.  Here's the sketch:

 And here's what I did:

And if you're wondering why I'm so excited about this, look what it does... 

And open one more time... 

I probably have not invented something totally new here but I just love how it turned out.  The Blueberry Bushel piece is just flat, a 4.25" by 5.5" rectangle (standard card size).  Then the Call Me Clover piece is 4.5" by 7.5", folded in half and adhered to the right side of the card base.  The thick Whisper White piece is 3.5" by 7.5", folded in half and adhered to the left side of the card base.  I left the inside plain so I can write a message when I send this out.

So let's talk new schtuff!  First, new colors.  Blueberry Bushel is pretty close to the old Brilliant Blue, which is great news for me because I use Brilliant Blue on my scrapbook pages A LOT and I only have a few sheets of it left.  I love Call Me Clover too, though I can't remember offhand how close it is to Emerald Envy or any of the other past greens we've had.  And Pineapple Punch is even brighter than the old Yoyo Yellow.  But anywah, these three colors would be right at home in an 8-pack of basic Crayola colors and they're fun.  I decided to get the Lemon Zest bundle now before it un-bundles with the new catalog and costs 10% more.  I should pair up Lemon Zest with Mango Melody and make mango-colored oranges!

Anyway, I should go rescue Ryan.  He's getting into EVERYTHING today so I put him in his playard just so I could eat breakfast and type this up real fast.  But now I'm fueled up with my morning tea, so I'm ready to chase him around.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lemon Zest
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Adventurous Octopus

Howdy, y'all!  Question:  how many octopus stamps does one stamper need?  Apparently at least two...Message in a Bottle is retiring so here's a new octopus!

New stamps, new patterned paper, new colors...yay!  I never thought Mint Macaron would actually look like a *dark* green, but Soft Sea Foam is SO pale that it makes everything else look dark ;). Also say hello to Balmy Blue, which to me looks like it's just a shade darker than the old Bashful Blue that I miss so much, so that's good.  The Balmy Blue pattern and the dots are the two sides of a single sheet of paper, I love that paper pack.  Well, the cool colors are where my heart is at anyway, but they've got neat patterns in Tranquil Textures.

Take a look at the current Fusion challenge:

I have a very, very old stamp set of lighthouses called Coast to Coast, and I was going to bust it out for this but then that octopus just refused to leave my stamp table until he got inked up.  So I used the Fusion sketch only.

Okay, I hear the kiddo talking...better go feed him breakfast.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sea of Textures
Ink:  Fresh Fig, Night of Navy
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Thick Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Accessories:  Under the Sea Framelits, Dimensionals, corner rounder punch

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mango Melody

It's shaping up to be a very gray week here--we're supposed to get rain and maybe thunderstorms every day this week.  So how about a very bright orange card to offset that...

When I got my preorder stuff earlier this week, as soon as I saw the Mango Melody cardstock I thought what am I going to do with THAT so of course I had to attempt using it first.  SU! has released some color combo charts to go along with the color revamp, so I took this combo from them.  Actually I used Powder Pink in place of the new Petal Pink, which is more peachy, because I don't have any form of Petal Pink ink yet.  So Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide (my favorite) with Mango Melody.

Here's the sketch from Fab Friday that I used:

The sequins were a last-minute add to the card because I got some stray Tranquil Tide ink on the card that I didn't want--it's hard to get a good crisp image on watercolor paper and I pressed down the stamp hard enough that some stray ink from the edge of the stamp and the blank spot in the top of the wing got on the card.  There are no mistakes, just opportunities for embellishment, right?

Well, I hear the kiddo talking to himself so let's get this day started.  Have a great one, kids!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Day
Ink:  Mango Melody, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Mango Melody, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, watercolor paper
Accessories:  Tutti Frutti adhesive sequins

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Simple Smile

Hey dudes, how's it going?  Mosquito season has started here, and lemme tell you, skeeters LOVE me.  I'm already coming down with a case of polka dots.  Ick.

So let's talk about something more fun today, like a very fast card.

I've been having some trouble lately with getting colors to show up true-to-life when I take pictures of cards and scrapbook pages.  At first I was afraid the sponged background wasn't even going to show up in the photo.  I used a technique called reverse masking to do that--I die cut a square out of some scrap computer paper (so it's thinner), and then I used the negative of the square for my mask.  Super easy but it gives neat results.  Anyway, the sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede and doesn't look nearly so dark IRL.

Here's the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch that I used:

I just thought this sketch was fun and different, and I enjoyed the challenge of using this sketch to make a one-layer card.

Here's a pretty springy color combo from Just Add Ink:

I've been slowly working on rearranging all my craft supplies for the new catalog.  Usually it's just a matter of moving the In Colors over to the retired section for my cardstocks and ink pads, but with the color revamp this year it's a bigger job than normal.  And I got my new catty preorder yesterday afternoon so I finally got an eyeball on the new colors!  I'll probably be playing with those this week which makes me happy.  I love new colors.

Anyway, sounds like the kid is awake so I'm going to go get him up.  Have a great day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Artistically Asian, Colorful Seasons
Ink:  Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits used as a mask

Monday, May 14, 2018


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I was just looking through all my draft blog posts, a lot of which are China layouts so we'll get to them, and I've got some that have been waiting almost a year and.a half to see the light of day!  So here's a layout I made early last year.

As you might expect from the page title, these pictures were taken in York ;) Somehow I don't think I ever put them up on my other blog though.  But anyway, we visited a train museum and Yorkminster, one of those huge Gothic churches with a pretty rose window.

My title itself is really, really simple so I jazzed it up a bit with some stripey paper.  I also used that to mat the journaling block too, which is fun.

Today's color palette comes mostly from the very old Prestwick DSP:  Brocade Blue, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Garden Green, and Night of Navy.

Well, I've got to feed Cheerios to a very demanding little creature.  Peace out, kids!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letterpress Alphabet
Ink:  Garden Green, Night of Navy
Paper:  Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Prestwick DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, May 13, 2018

China: Jade

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!  Ryan supervised as his dada made waffles with strawberries and cream for breakfast :)

I'm sharing two more China layouts today.  The first one has been seen 'round these parts before:

I didn't really notice until I was flipping through the finished albums, but I really like doing horizontal strips of patterned paper on my layouts.  And here is what comes next:

I think it's a law in China that the tour guide takes you to places specifically for you to shop and spend all your moneys.  And we did buy that jade pixiu (pronounced pee-shoo) so it worked this time.  See the pictures here.  Anyway, this is not my favorite layout but I tried.  I don't know, it's just not my favorite.

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, Stampin' Up! had a color called Mint Melody which was the perfect match for the pixiu.  I only had a little bit of cardstock from an assortment pack I bought way back when, and I never got the matching ink, so I had to be creative with how I used it.  I stamped white swirls on it for the mat and used some to cut out my title.

Since I only had I think two pieces of the Mint Melody cardstock, I never cut a sample for my color swatch book.  But here's the palette anyway:  Peekaboo Peach, Dusty Durango, Brocade Blue, and Mint Melody.

I'm off to go play with the kid...or else get me another waffle, I haven't decided yet.  Have a great Sunday!

Supplies, Shanghai Museum layout:
Stamps:  Rough Type, Gifts from the Orient (floral vase), Asian Art (coin and characters), Ancient Asia (dragon vase), Asian Artistry (flower)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Garden Green, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Crushed Curry DSP
Accessories:  circle punch, Circles & Ovals Framelits, lettering template 

Supplies, Jade layout:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Stars & Swirls
Ink:  Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Dusty Durango, Brocade Blue, Mint Melody
Accessories:  1/2" circle punch, lettering template