Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Suite Combination

Hey kids!  We're still waiting for the flood waters to go back down here.  It's not a problem at my house, but there is a river here so a bunch of other places are having trouble.  I'm ready for everything to go back to normal!  Plus I need to go back to the gym because #hurricanebaking, haha.

In addition to baking (and eating), I made this card while the hurricane was here doing its thing on Thursday (hubs and I switched off every hour who was keeping the kid entertained, which was awesome for both of us).

I used a combination of two suites here, the Tropical Escape suite and the Eclectic suite (well, it was a suite in the last catalog--now it's just a coordinating stamp set and Thinlits).  First up I used the colors from the Fab Friday color challenge:

Can a color palette be jewel tone and pastel at the same time?  Because I feel like this one is.  I managed to work in all five colors and I *think* they all look like they're supposed to be there.  Whee!

I paired all those colors with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

That grill-looking element on the bottom reminded me of the die in the Eclectic Thinlits.  I'd never used it before so I was happy to take this opportunity to bust it out.  I just adhered some DSP on the inside of the card; it doesn't bother me to see the other side of the pattern on the inside of the card, but you could cover it up with more white cardstock if it bothered you.

Wish me luck keeping Ryan entertained again today.  We went to Joann's yesterday and he had to touch All The Things but at least he wasn't pitching a major hissy fit like some other kid in the store was.  He's even pretty good about putting things back where he found them when I tell him to.  As long as he's behaving and not damaging things, I'm okay with chasing him around stores to let out some energy.  Because stores are more fun than the same old boring house you see all the time, right?

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tropical Chic, Oh So Eclectic
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Tranquil Tide, Balmy Blue, Powder Pink
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Accessories:  Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Tropical Thinlits, Dimensionals

Monday, September 17, 2018


Well, we made it through the hurricane, but it's not over yet:  schools are closed today and tomorrow, and there's no childcare at the Y either so I need to figure out a way to entertain Ryan by myself so he doesn't drive me crazy.

In the meantime, I dug out this layout from our one and only typhoon in Japan:

It happened less than a month before we left Okinawa in 2010, and it was a little one, just enough to get out of work for a day and it just rained a lot.  There was some damage on the north end of the island but where we were it wasn't scary at all.

As for right now, the pond in our backyard is covering the bottom two steps of our dock and the yard is super-saturated with water, but we're in no danger of flooding.  It stopped raining yesterday afternoon though we're still socked in with clouds.  It could be much, much worse--I have friends in Charlotte who had to evacuate their house because it flooded; they're likely to lose most of their stuff.  Wish I could do something to help them out.

Stay dry, friends.

Supplies, mostly SU!
Stamps:  None
Ink:  Brilliant Blue
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Groovy Guava I think?, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template

Sunday, September 16, 2018

China: City Walls Bike Ride, Part 2

Well, we got through Hurricane Florence just fine.  We had one tree come down, but it wasn't very large and it's been dead for a while.  It's still raining now, but our house is in no danger of flooding.  Our biggest challenge has been keeping the kiddo entertained :p

Anyway, on to China Sunday!  I've got more pages from the 8-mile bike ride we did in Xi'an.

I love that picture on the big green mat on the right page, with Bennet and Lee posing like the terra cotta warrior statues.  Hee!

Definitely a hazy day in Xi'an.

The color palette is the same as last week:  Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.  I like it.  The new Grapefruit Grove kinda reminds me of Groovy Guava.

I'm off to help the hubs entertain Ryan.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Circle Circus
Ink:  Night of Navy, Certainly Celery
Paper:  Groovy Guava, Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DSP
Accessories:  circle punches

Friday, September 14, 2018

Country Blessings

Happy Friday, y'all!  Hope things are going okay for you.

Today is a maiden voyage for the stamp set Country Home that's in the Holiday Catalog.  Take a looksie!

Just three simple strips of cardstock on the left, and a stamped image and sentiment on the right.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink so I could watercolor without the ink running.

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And the Color Throwdown:

I went with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive for my colors.  There's an old pack of DSP called Summer Picnic with these colors (well, minus Crumb Cake I think) but I think they're definitely fall colors when they're all together.  Bring on the fall stuff!!!!  I'm ready for pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, although I was a bit surprised to see pumpkin spice dog treats at Petsmart this week.  Like dogs care about pumpkin spice season.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Country Home
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Balmy Blue
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories:  chalk marker

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anniversary Bouquet

Hey kids!  Well, we're hunkered down in our house and waiting for Florence to arrive, though as of yesterday afternoon it looks like she's going to visit South Carolina more than us.  Which is fine by me!  (Though I do feel sorry for South Carolina.)  But I did make a couple of cards yesterday during Ryan's nap time.

The colors in the photo are wonky, sorry about that, it was late afternoon when I took the photo and in this house morning is a better photo time (but that usually doesn't work with Ryan's schedule).  The flower colors are Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and a little bitty bit of Poppy Parade.  Anyway, I like how this card turned out but I would NOT want to try to mass-produce it.  It was a LOT of cutting on the Big Shot, and then a lot of fiddly gluing.  The larger flowers have rhinestone centers, and each of the three smaller flowers has a teeny Calypso Coral sequin in the center.

Let's check out some challenges!  First up is the Inkspire Me challenge:

I wish I'd made my panels a bit smaller to match the sketch a bit better, but I didn't think about it until I had half the card glued together.  The bouquet on my card is taking the place of the bow on the sketch.

Next up is the Just Add Ink challenge:

This one has already closed out, unfortunately.  Curses Australia time!!

And finally the SUO Challenge this week is to make a card for a celebration, and I think an anniversary fits that description.

Stay safe, friends.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Thick Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP
Accessories:  Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Dimensionals, rhinestones, Iridescent Sequins

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

An Apple for Teacher

Well kids, we've done all the prep so now we're hunkering down and waiting for Florence to show up to the party.  I hope that it won't be too bad.

In the meantime, I sneaked into my craft room during yesterday's nap time to make this card.

I'm entering this at both Global Design Project and Retro Rubber since their challenges are the same.  I'm amused at posting this today because the local school district cancelled school for the rest of the week here.

Perfectly Preserved is now six years old, so definitely counts as retro.  I chose the apples, the green chalkboard, and the wood desktop for my inspiration but the colors came from elsewhere which I'll get to in a minute.

First check out the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

I like that sketch, it's cool!  And finally, here's the color challenge from the Paper Players:

Calypso Coral is my extra color.  Somehow I ended up with Blackberry Bliss only on the sentiment.  I tried two different color wash backgrounds for the card base and neither attempt worked AT ALL so I dug up a pattern from one of my favorite ever packs of DSP, Best Year Ever.

Cheers, y'all.  Hope I'll be back with more cards here...I just don't want the power to go out!!!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved (retired), Tree Rings
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Best Year Ever DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Brighter World

Mornin' y'all!  I'm excited about today's card so I'm just gonna dive right in here.

This is for three great challenges but first up what is WITH all the baby cards I'm making lately?  I don't even know any pregos at the moment! (And in answer to your next question, NO I'm definitely not pregnant!)  Well, at least I'll have a selection of baby cards on hand whenever the next wave hits.

On to the challenges!  First up (alphabetically speaking) is the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge:

I had to give the Northern Lights background another whirl after I made this card.

Next up is the Fab Friday sketch:

This is a fabulous sketch, lots of scope for imagination as Anne Shirley would say.

Finally I have the Sunday Stamps color challenge:

What pretty colors!  I wanted to add one of the red/pink colors but I just couldn't wrap my brain around that once I had the background piece made, so I stuck with the bottom three colors:  Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, and Night of Navy.  Plus some sparkly glimmer paper because why not.

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Little Twinkle
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Versamark
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Thick Whisper White, glimmer paper
Accessories:  Clear EP, Twinkle Builder Punch, Tailored Tag Punch, Dimensionals