Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Nacho Day!

It is time once again for another fabulous color combo from Nacho Average Challenges!  So here it is:


All three of those colors happen to be featured in the Flashback Designer Series Paper, so I used that to create my Nacho card this week:


Easy peasy!  I think what took the longest was deciding which two patterns I wanted to use, everything else came together lickety-split.

So now it's your turn to make something purty with Crushed Curry, Pool Party, and Real Red, and then share it over on the Nacho Average Challenges blog :)  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Starburst Sayings
Ink:  Real Red, Pool Party, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Real Red, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Flashback DSP
Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Regals & Subtles Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, January 26, 2015

Olympia, Greece

Monday morning again already!  I had a good weekend though; Saturday was my birthday, and I will not deny that the weekend involved ice cream for breakfast and birthday cake for dinner.  And lots of tacos in between : )

Anyway, Monday morning means it's time to share a scrapbook layout!  So here it is:


The photos are from our 2013 Mediterranean cruise, and you can see them up close and personal here and here.  It was hotter than a two-dollar pistol (as my mother would say) in Olympia the day we were there, so I wanted to use bright orange for my page base.  Hellooooo, Tangelo Twist.  I found some retired DSP that had an interesting pattern on it that I thought went well with the carving featured in the pictures, and of course I used a couple of different alphabets to do a mixed-font title.


And here's the color palette I used for my layout:


Tangelo Twist, the long-retired Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery (which looks much limey-er in the photo than in real life), and Basic Gray.  So, even though there's not any orange in my photos, I think that the colors set off the photos nicely with all the blues and grays of the sky and stonework, respectively.  Proof that you don't have to use only the colors that are in your pictures to make a nice scrapbook layout.

Anyway, I'd better go get my run on.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Empire Alphabet Upper, Spencerian Alphabet Lower
Ink:  Apricot Appeal, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Shades of Spring DSP
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Flashback: Ruff Day

Happy Friday!  It's time for another Friday Flashback, and today's randomly-chosen retired stamp set is Ruff Day.  Let's get to it!

Also features All-Year Cheer I, A Little Love
Why is it that for baby clothes, all the boys' clothing has dogs on it and the girls' has cats?  Oh well, I thought this puppy made for a cute baby shower card anyway.

Also features Background Basics, It's Your Birthday
Here's a kick up your heels birthday card.

Also features Print Pattern, Tag Time, Tiny Talk
And a St. Patrick's Day card.  I bought Tag Time specifically for that tiny four-leaf clover.

Also features And Everything Nice, Background Basics

One more baby card that I made a couple years ago for a friend, who loved it and said it reminded her of a song in Labyrinth where David Bowie sings about snips and snails and puppy dog tails.  Love Labyrinth : )

So here's today's brand new creation!


I knew without even looking that I hadn't used this dog in the beret yet so he was a natural choice for today's card.  And I did take French for, like, seven years; when I was in high school, we used to speak French with an intentional (and terrible) Texan accent just to make our teacher holler at us.  So bone jour, y'all!

I used the colors from Colour Q:


Though I added quite a bit of black, and the only Chocolate Chip is on the dog's spots.  I used retired Watercolor Wonder Crayons to color in the dog, and then watercolored the beret and the "ground" with ink pooled in the ink pad lid.  I miss WWC!

I also used the fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


Wonderful sketch, right?  Super easy to work with.

Anyway, I think maybe it's stopped raining so I should take my pups out for a walk.  Otherwise we will have a Ruff Day :)  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Ruff Day, paw print from ?
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Chalk Talk & Circles Framelits, Neutrals Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Neutrals Candy Dots, Black EP, Dimensionals

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thinking of...Hawaii

It's not even 6:00 p.m. here in 'Bama, but it's pitch black outside and it feels a lot later than it really is.  So for today's card, I'm gonna channel some nice island breezes and bright colors...


Yep, that's good stuff.  I even know exactly who I'm going to send this to, and I'm gonna try to get it out in the mail tomorrow.

I told you I wanted to do another card for the Nacho sketch challenge this week:


Having the smaller panels be a flower and a leaf was actually my first idea with this sketch, so it makes me happy.  The color combination from the lovely peeps at the Color Throwdown also makes me happy:


I interpreted this as Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette (though Pretty in Pink might technically be closer, but I was using all current colors) and Wild Wasabi.  That inspiration photo is gorgeous too :)

That's it for me today; the hubs is about to start dinner, which is a frozen pizza so nothing complicated.  I just wish I could say it was a Hawaiian pizza ; )  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flower Patch, Perfect Pennants
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunshine Butterfly

Well, apparently I'm in the mood for sunshine this week.


I didn't think about it until I was almost done making this card, but I just did a sunshine birthday card yesterday.  Oh well, who wouldn't want to get one of these in the mail?


Actually I need this to go off in the mail today anyway :)  I used the bold, bright, and beautiful color combination from Create with Connie and Mary:


I can't help it, I'm a sucker for Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry.  Add in another bright color and I'm all over it.  I also kinda-sorta used the sketch from Retro Sketches:


My intention had been to use the sketch but adapt it to a landscape card instead of portrait, but I kinda moved around the elements so I'm not 100% it counts as using the sketch now.  I do have all the same elements on my card though.

Anyway, we've got book club at my casa tonight, so I need to get started with cleaning up a few things (read:  make it not smell like this house is overrun by dogs, even though it is) and make a coffee cake.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Swallowtail, Feel Goods, Bring on the Cake
Ink:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Best Year Ever DSP (Sale-a-Bration exclusive)
Accessories:  Banners Framelits

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nachos: Birthday Sunshine

Morning, peeps!  Hope y'all had a good 3-day weekend and that you're ready for another most excellent Nacho sketch challenge!


I have to say I really, really like this sketch and I think I may need to use it again this week.  Here's what I made for today though:


Still having some fun playing with Occasions Mini stuff :)  Do you like the bright colors?  I went with colors from the Painted Blooms DSP though the pattern I used is just the Daffodil Delight/Whisper White stripe.  I had everything done on the card except the sentiment and that one from Ray of Sunshine just seemed to be perfect for my card.

So enough of my yammering, it's your turn now!  Check out the Nacho blog for more goodies and post your own card creation there.  Happy stamping!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Petals, Ray of Sunshine
Ink:  Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point
Paper:  Pacific Point, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP
Accessories:  Bracket Tag punch, Banners Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, January 19, 2015

Han Dynasty Tombs

My scrappin' streak continues!  I have a couple of other layouts that I made before this one, but I was talking recently about using Ancient Asia on a scrapbook layout so I have to share it first.  Here it is:


Click to embiggen.  This is my second completed layout for my China scrapbooks, woohoo!  This was the last thing we saw in Xi'an before we left for Beijing, you can see the original photos here.   I was awake one night last week and thinking about scrapbooking (what, you don't do that?) and I got the idea for this color combination.  Luckily I still remembered it the next morning :)  Here's my color palette:


Elegant Eggplant (which looks black in the photo, but it's not), Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, and Very Vanilla.  Loves me some purple.

Seems like we always have a lot of pictures that I want to squeeze into every layout, and I don't like to crop them down too much since we've gotten better at photography and composing our shots.  So that means a lot of my layouts look kind of blocky, but what can ya do?  I still like this one, it's got clean lines and still has a few embellishments.

Anyway, I'm off to go do something not on the computer.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, mostly SU!
Stamps:  Ancient Asia, Rough Type
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant (ink pad and marker), Sahara Sand
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, retired Marina Mist DSP
Accessories:  non-SU lettering template