Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Flashback: Like it a Latte

It's Friday Flashback day, yay!  And today's featured stamp set is a real treat, a set I like a lot and should use more often even if it is retired:  Like it a Latte.  Let's get going!

I think that pack of patterned paper was some of the first DSP I got from Stampin' Up!  And now I've got about a zillion pounds of paper.  Just ask my husband:  when we were getting ready to move out of our house in England, he told our movers to double the estimated weight of our stuff just because of my paper.

Ok, ok, so doubling the initial estimate turned out to be just about right, but still.  Don't encourage him.

Also features Short & Sweet

Here's a kickstand card for ya, those are fun to do occasionally.

And back to the same paper pack from the first card, but I did a good job of switching out the toppings on the mug right?  And this is the only card in today's post where I did *not* put the heart on top of the mug.  So that's it for the Flashback part, here's today's all-new card:

And not a bit of patterned paper to be seen!  I've been itching to try the color combination from ColourQ this week:

I kinda sorta want those rain boots.  I don't need them, but man, they're pretty!  I also used the new sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

For the pink circle elements on the sketch, I busted out a marker and just drew some hearts and freckles and tried not to overthink where I put them.  Sometimes you've just gotta go with it.

So that's it from me for today!  At least, on the blog.  I think I'm going to continue messing around in my craft room for a while, I want to get back in the habit of spending more time in there and gettin' my muse on!

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:

Stamps:  Like It a Latte, For All Things (the swoosh behind the cup, I love that stamp)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Accessories:  Calypso Coral baker's twine, Dimensionals

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another Swap Card

Surprise:  no fall card today.  Instead I've got a Christmas card I made for a swap (even though it's *way* too early to think about Christmas!)

New stuff alert!  The stamp is from Merry Everything and coordinates with the new note tag punch.  And the patterned paper is new too, it's from the Trim the Tree DSP stack.

Usually I make cards all the same for a swap, but this time I just used a mix of the patterned paper and coordinating colors so all the card fronts are a little bit different:

Keeps it interesting, anyway.

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Merry Everything
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP Stack
Accessories:  Note tag punch, gold baker's twine, gold buttons, Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Friendly Ghost

I am still trying to think cool thoughts, but I just looked at our weather widget (which is still set for England) and it's in the 60s there.  Yep, pretty sure we're at least 30 degrees warmer than that here still!  But I'll keep trying.  In the meantime, here's another fall-ish card, this one for Halloween.

I'll be honest, I don't think I'm on my A game today.  But I still gave it a shot, right?  I think I need to spend more time in my craft room and get back in the groove.  Anyway.  The sketch is from Retro Sketches:

And the color combo I came up with on my own.  Thought I'd shake it up a little and not use black on a Halloween card :)  That Boo! stamp is one I just got yesterday, in this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit is to make little goodie bags, but the stamps by themselves are SUPER cute.  And I love Halloween stamps even though I don't send out Halloween cards :)

That's it for me today, folks.  Thought I might try to organize a few things in my craft room before I leave for book club tonight.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Fall Fest, Positively Chevron, My Paper Pumpkin (September 2014 kit)
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Accessories:  Arrows TIEF, Ovals & Fun Fall Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nachos: Fall Thanks

Howdy, stamping fans!  Are ya ready for a brand new sketch from Nacho Average Challenges?  I like this one, I think you will too!

I like that you can make this sketch really CAS, or go wild and add a lot to it.  I went more the CAS route:

I *love* it when a card takes me, like, ten minutes and I really like it when I'm done.  Three stamps, one Candy Dot, and that was pretty much it!  I noticed when I stamped the leaf that the rubber on my stamp has a little imperfection on it--see the nick out of the edge of the leaf on a level with the top thank you?  I thought about calling SU! about it, because they'd send me a new stamp set no questions asked, but I kinda like that my leaf is a little bit different so I think I'll keep it :)

So now you know what your homework assignment is!  It is back to school season, after all.  Go check out the Nacho blog and then show us what you've got!  I promise you get full credit just for participating :)

Fun bonus factoid for your amusement:  It was on this day 14 years ago that I first met my husband when he got locked out of his apartment.  Fate, I tell you.  Love my honey pie.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Things, Something to Say
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso (kind of seriously in love with this color combo)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla (I think?  It was in the folder with my Vanilla cardstock, but it seemed to be a little bit different texture.  I don't think it's watercolor paper...)
Accessories:  Regals Candy Dots, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig (which usually I don't list here, but you know I used it to line up my repeated sentiments!)

Monday, September 15, 2014

More Fall Fun

Seriously, I'm ready for fall.  It was a little cooler out when the hubs and I were jogging this morning (I hate jogging), but I'm ready for sweater weather...which will probably happen in December in Alabama (if then).  But at least my card creations can be autumnal.

Here's my latest leafy card.  I used the sketch from As You See It:

And heyyy I followed it almost exactly :)  I also used the nice fall palette of colors from the Paper Players:

And with the sketch and color combination picked out, the rest of the card came together pretty fast.

Well, I've got just about an hour before a friend picks me up so I'd better get to work on the dishes.  Thanks for stopping by today, and remember, friends:  think cool thoughts.  Maybe it'll help fall get here faster.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Fall Fest, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Paper:  Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Corner rounder punch, Regals & Neutrals Candy Dots

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Flashback: Morning Soft

Hellooooo stampy friends!  I'm late, but finally here with today's Friday Flashback.  It's been a long time since the last one!  But anyway, today's featured stamp set is Morning Soft.

I love morning glories, they're some of my favorite flowers.  I also love hydrangeas and orchids, if you're curious :)  When we lived in North Carolina, I had some morning glories in our backyard.

Also features Floral and Warm Words

I had morning glories in all different colors, from a pretty cornflower blue to the striking dark purple Grandpa Ott variety, and I also planted some moonflowers and four o'clocks in there too so I had flowers all day.  Well, until the hubs put undiluted Miracle Grow on them...did you know that can kill plants?  The moonflowers were HUGE, too.

Also features one of the All-Year Cheer sets.  Honestly, who can keep all three of them straight?  Not I.

I think the sentiment on this one should be scooched over just a little down and left...I try hard at CAS cards but it's so difficult to get everything in just the right place!  Anyway, that's it for the flashback part of today's post, so here's the card that took me all afternoon to make:

I was going for a Grandpa Ott morning glory :)  I thought I'd try something a little different and embossed the image with clear EP on white cardstock, then colored it in with my (retired, but still missed) Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  Actually I think the shading looks a little bit better IRL than it does on the picture, and when I was halfway done with coloring it in I thought I'd made a mistake, but I ended up liking the finished image better than I thought I would.  I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I'm a little bothered by the white space to the left of the sentiment, but I couldn't think of anything to put there that wouldn't make the card too busy so I left it as is.  And I know who's getting this card too, so now I just need to pull out my postage stamps and get to writin' so I can send along some happy mail!  But not 'til after dinner.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Morning Soft, Elegant Cheer
Ink:  Versamark, Garden Green
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, retired Elegant Eggplant DSP
Accessories:  Circles & Windows Collection Framelits, clear EP, pearls, Dimensionals, retired Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Too Early For This, But...

I made Christmas cards for that swap.

I wanted to make an all-new card to share today, and save this one for later (personal rant:  I hate how Christmas has taken over all of fall too, I mean really most stores have a little Halloween blip {read:  candy} and then it's all Christmas, all the time.  I like Thanksgiving!  Stand up for Turkey Day!) but I woke up sick yesterday.  I'm still feeling poorly today but better than yesterday...and as I told my mom, the one good thing about being sick is that it's acceptable to still be in bed at eleven in the morning.

So anyway, this is a brand-new stamp set from the holiday catalog and I am a total sucker for anything with stars.  Love stars.  And swirls.  And plaid.  And stripes, actually.

Anyway, I'm going to go chill for the rest of the afternoon.  Cheers, yo.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bright & Beautiful
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All Is Calm DSP
Accessories:  Stars & Chalk Talk Framelits, Rhinestone, Dimensionals