Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Flashback: Simply Stars

Happy Friday, peeps!  I hope lots of you have this Friday off to make for a long Independence Day holiday weekend.  Today's Friday Flashback is themed appropriately:  I grabbed a whole handful of stamp set names for the next 20 Flashbacks or so, and I was happy that Simply Stars was one of them so we get to be starrily festive today!  My sister-in-law and both my parents have July birthdays, and they all love stars and stripes, so this just worked out all around :D  Let's get started!

Also features Perfectly Penned
Uh, you know you're going to see a whole lot of red, white, and blue today.

Also features July Fourth
And some turquoise!  Because fun.  This was a layout from the last set of baby books I made, which was two years ago.  I'm about to start another set, which is also for twin boys.

Also features Perfect Pennants
 I love bright orange and blue together :)

Also features Banner Greetings
Pretty sure this was for a sketch, and I like using the negative shape from the circle Framelit so the patterned paper peeks out.  I should do that more often.

Also features Words of Courage
One more stars and stripes card...

Also features Perfect Pennants, Positively Chevron
And last (and probably also least), this one that has way too much Soft Sky.  I dunno, Soft Sky just kinda looks dirty to me sometimes.  So are you ready for today's new creation?  Here it is!

Now I just need to decide which of my July birthdays gets this card, I think it would work for all three of them :)  Oh, see the striped paper?  Originally it was horizontal stripes (or vertical, depending on how you hold the paper) but I wanted angled stripes, so I did a little creative paper trimming.  Just what I was looking for!

I used this week's monochromatic color combo from Colour Me...!

And I used last Saturday's Retro Sketch:

Though of course I replaced the bow on the sketch with my star element.  Oops, I just noticed that the ribbon was supposed to extend to the edges of the card.  Too late now...

That's it for me this week, peeps.  Have a wonderful holiday!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Simply Stars, Word Play
Ink:  Real Red, Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Real Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP Stack (what?  It's the only current DSP I have)
Accessories:  large star punch (retired), Early Espresso taffeta ribbon (retired), rhinestone, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Non-Fussy Birthday Fuss

I did it and here it is, the first new card made in my new craft room.

Today happens to be my mom's birthday (HI MOM!) so I decided to make a birthday card.  Since it's been probably at least a month since I last stamped, I decided to keep it simple and make a non-fussy card.  And then I stamped "enjoy the fuss" inside the card :)

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And the color combo from Pals Paper Arts:

I think those colors make a great birthday combination for anyone, boy or girl, young or old.  Sure, Watermelon Wonder is sorta pinkish, but it's not necessarily feminine I think.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Still have a few more things to do before my new crafting space is 100% go for launch, so I supposed I'd better go organize some punches.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Big News
Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy
Paper:  Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP Stack
Accessories:  1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Funniest Card in the History of Ever

Good Golly Miss Molly, did we get a storm last night.  We went to bed at 10:00 last night and woke up around 12:30 because it was raining so hard.  I've never seen a storm with so much lightning that it looks like a flickering fluorescent light bulb!  The thunder was mostly a low rumble instead of loud cracks like we get in Texas, but it still took me almost two hours to get back to sleep.  And now it's all pretty and sunny outside.

Anyway, on to today's card, and I'm not over-selling it to call it the funniest card in the history of ever.  Take a look.

This was mailed out a few days ago to my online friend, the axe murderer.  Okay, she's not *really* an axe murderer, but we were friends online for several years before we met in person when she came out to London a few years ago.  The hubs and I told our British neighbors that we were going to meet my online friend in person, and Ness was like, "How do you know she is who she says she is?  She could be a sixty-year-old male axe murderer!"  So then I had to email my friend Vicki and ask her if she was an axe murderer, which she admitted to.  And now every time I talk about her to people who don't know the story, I refer to her as my online friend, the axe murderer.

I'm just sad that I had Wood You Be Mine? and that adorable lumberjack for MONTHS before I had the brain wave to make this card.

Cheers, peeps!  My goal is to have an all-new card ready to share tomorrow, rather than something I made in Alabama before we moved.  Wish me luck.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Wood You Be Mine?, My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit
Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate & Crumb Cake Blendabilities
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Rhinestones

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nachos: The Best is Yet to Come

Happy Tuesday, Nacho fans!  Are you ready for a super awesome new In Color Nacho Average Color Challenge?  Because it's here:

Bermuda Bay is a longtime favorite of mine, and Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder are two of our new In Colors.  So let's see how they look together:

I wish I'd stamped off the flowers a bit more to make them lighter so the sentiment would stand out a bit more, but otherwise I like how this turned out.  The background is Hardwood stamped off once in Tip Top Taupe to make it lighter.  Super simple card.

Your turn!  Be sure to upload your card to the Nacho blog for us to ooh and ahh over.  Have fun stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best Thoughts, Hardwood
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories:  Ovals Framelits

Monday, June 29, 2015



So that didn't go as planned...I *had* intended to go to a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday posting schedule for the past several weeks, but our Internet got turned off earlier than expected in Alabama and then we were all busy with moving and getting unpacked and it's been crazy busy but I'm back!  Because if I commit to starting up with posting again this week that will force me to get the last of my craft room unpacked and organized.  Photos of that to follow, probably on Wednesday.

For today, it's Scrappy Monday.  Let's go to Italy.

The original pics are posted here.  Naples was the next-to-last stop on our Mediterranean cruise, but we'd heard Naples itself was dirty and not much fun so we took a ferry to Capri.  We visited the Blue Grotto (neat looking, but way way waaayyyy overpriced) and then climbed up to the top of the island and had lunch and met that guy who's on the wine bottle label.  He ran the restaurant where we had lunch and he looked like a walking heart attack...and even though Capri salad is named after Capri, I've had much better elsewhere, in no small part because there was probably a tablespoon of salt on it.  :p

The flowers were cut out of the patterned paper I used on the bottom of the right page.  If you scroll back up and look at the flowers on the bottom of the left page, all the bits that are tucked under photos are because they were cut from the edges of the patterned paper, I was just using all I could get out of a little scrap :)

My sunny color combo is Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Brilliant Blue, and Early Espresso.  And that's all she wrote today, I'm off to unpack all my ink pads.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Morning Post Alphabet
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pink Flamingo DSP (long retired)
Accessories:  None

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nachos: A Pastel Bouquet

Good morning, Nacho fans!  Hope you're having a lovely Tuesday.  If not, perhaps an awesome Nacho sketch is in order?  Check it out!

Isn't that pretty?  Can't wait to see what you do with it.  In the meantime, here's my card:

I did a mirror image of the sketch so my butterfly would be facing into the card instead of facing the edge.  This is a new hostess set from the new catalog, what do you think?

I used some (retired) pewter embossing powder on this.  I suppose I could have used silver to make this all current.

I thought the upper left corner needed a little something else, so I added a pair of Candy Dots.  What do you reckon, Dots or no Dots?

Anyway, it's your turn now!  Go see the other pretties at the Nacho blog and then make your own to share with us.  Have fun, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best Thoughts
Ink:  Versamark, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories:  Pewter EP (retired), hexagon punch, Subtles Candy Dots

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nachos: Stellar Dad

Salutations Nacho fans!  It is time once more for a stellar Nacho Average Color Challenge.

As soon as I saw this color combo, I thought it would be good for a MAN card, so I made a Father's Day card for my dear old dad!  (Don't tell him I called him that.)

Stars are good for everyone, boys and girls and kids and adults and dogs and ponies and everyone.  I heat embossed the largest star on Island Indigo cardstock with white EP, and everything else on this is pretty self-explanatory.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Your homework is to make your own card with these cool colors and post it to the Nacho blog for us to see.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Be the Star, past My Paper Pumpkin kit ("Dad" stamp), Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Versamark
Paper:  Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, White EP, Regals Candy Dots, Hexagon punch, Delicate Dots EF, Dimensionals