Thursday, February 28, 2013

Triple Challenge

Oyy, I haven't been doing so hot this week with getting things up here in a more timely manner.  I was doing so good for a while there, too.  Nevertheless, I have at last got a card for today!  And it's a triple challenge.

I won't lie, this card was a bit of a pill to make.  I decided after I'd already stuck down the DSP that it needed something else to go behind the circle punch, so I had to mask the DSP before I started sponging and stamping.  My Baja Breeze ink pad was in need of a refill too so the background coral isn't 100% there, but it kind of works for that bit of the card.  I did hunt up my ink refill though for the sand dollar because it was getting overpowered by the plum starfish.  Still is, even though the sand dollar is popped up and has the pearl accent.  Ehh.  At that point I'd already stamped and cut out four images from By the Seashore so I just decided to stick a fork in it and call it done.

I've been meaning to get to last week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge all week and just managed to squeeze it in before the next sketch goes up tomorrow.  Here's the sketch:

And here's the Fab Friday color combo, also at the eleventh hour as the next challenge posts tomorrow as well:

And the third challenge is Still Addinktive's Spot that Stamp Set, to use By the Seashore or By the Tide.  I used both so I'm awarding myself extra points :)

Here's a bonus for you if you're still with me at this point:  a very fast baby card.

Out of curiosity, I timed myself and had this one done in about 7 minutes.  Would have been under five, but several of the toes didn't show up on my stamped image as well as I wanted them to, so I had to touch up with a blender pen.  This is for the very lovely lady who cuts my hair, and is expecting her second boy to arrive soon--I whipped up this card really fast this morning and then ran up to the salon to give her a little gift (baby booties my mom crocheted) as the salon was having a shower for her today.  So yep, there it is.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!) for the first card:
Stamps:  By the Seashore, By the Tide, Curly Cute
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, retired Halloween DSP because it was plum and I used up almost all of the current plum DSP I have
Accessories:  2 1/2" circle punch, pearls, Dimensionals

Supplies (all SU!) for the second card:
Stamps:  Baby Prints, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Island Indigo, Gumball Green
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Gumball Green ribbon

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indigo Love

Wow, today is the first day in like two weeks that I haven't had my post written and scheduled the day before.  I was being a good girl yesterday and working on my last essay for my class, so I whipped up today's card real fast this morning.

This is another one of SU's "Best Of" stamp sets--in this case, Best of Love.  I admit, I got it because I really like that heart image and I didn't get whatever stamp set it was originally from.  It kinda reminds me of Little Orphan Annie's locket, anyone else think that?

I made this one in blues partially because I was thinking of my hubby, whose favorite color is blue, and also to participate in a challenge (I think I'm an official challenge junkie).  The color combo (with the addition of Sahara Sand) is courtesy of this week's Dynamic Duos challenge: 

I have begun building my hoard of both Island Indigo and Pool Party cardstock :)  I wish they'd just keep introducing more and more new colors and never retire any, but I'm weird like that.

The layout is from Unscripted Sketches, this is the first time I've played in their challenge:

Ok, so my card is a little bit off the sketch when it comes to proportions and placement, but you can still tell I used this particular sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Best of Love
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack
Accessories:  Island Indigo baker's twine, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seize the Birthday!

I finally did a Seize the Birthday challenge on time!  And I like my card pretty well, lookie:

I was inspired to grab Fabulous Florets by this beautiful card by Marleygo that I saw last week on Splitcoast, though I'm not sure I'd consider this an out-and-out CASE.  Still, she did inspire me so I wanted to give credit.  And hey look, two cards in a row with the Top Note die!  Just a coincidence; this week's Seize the Birthday sketch also featured it:

Ok, so I did alter the sketch slightly to make it a standard A2 card instead of square, but the rest of the sketch is pretty spot-on.  And I didn't add brads to yesterday's card, but this time I did.  It seemed to need a bit more Daffodil Delight on that side.  The fun and sunny color combo is from Create with Connie and Mary:

Glad I got a new pack of Melon Mambo cardstock, what with the Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP I used quite a bit of Melon Mambo making swaps a while back.  That's okay though, bright colors cheer me up, especially when we've had a lot of overcast skies here lately.  It keeps trying to snow but doesn't get very far, but it's still cold, so I drink a lot of tea ;)

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Fabulous Florets, Curly Cute (seriously, what did I do before I got this stamp set?)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Accessories:  Top Note die, Brights brads

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fabby Dress

You know, I really think that Stampin' Up! is on to something with having the not-really-mini catalogs last longer.  At first when I got the spring occasions catalog, I saw some things I liked, but not a whole lot that I really, *really* needed.  Fast forward a couple months and I'm well on my way to acquiring at least half the catalog (nobody tell my husband!).  I really wasn't going to get the All Dressed Up stamp set and Framelits until I saw all the dress cards that Lyssa Zwolanek was making with it (mostly here, but also here and here...and here) and then, lemming that I am, suddenly I found myself in possession of all the dressy stuff.  Oops.

Ok, really, I'm not sad about that.  'Cause cuteness!

Perhaps I should have switched around the colors and done a Raspberry Ripple dress with a Wisteria Wonder card base...I think the Raspberry would pop better against the Basic Gray patterned paper but whatever, I still had fun making this.  It's been a while since I dusted off my Top Note die, and this is the maiden voyage not just for the All Dressed Up Framelits but also the Notable Alphabet.  I had originally planned to cut the dress out of some patterned paper but then I found a scrap of Wisteria Wonder that was already embossed, so I decided to roll with that.

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches:

I thought about adding some white brads to the lower right corner like in the sketch but I thought maybe it was okay without them?  The color combo is from Still Addinktive:

Obviously I only did the color challenge part of that one :)  Though I suppose maybe I could have still used the dress die cut on that sketch, but I really wanted to get that FMS one done by the challenge deadline.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Notable Alphabet
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack
Accessories:  All Dressed Up Framelits, Boho Flowers punch, rhinestone, Top Note Die, white EP, white taffeta, Square Lattice EF

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Flashback: Sense of Time

Happy Friday and welcome to this week's Friday Flashback, Sense of Time.  This is kind of like an older version of Clockworks, which I also have :)  However, I haven't used Sense of Time very much because I bought it right before it retired.  Anyone else do that?  I just couldn't pass it up when it went up for retirement, but a lot of times I don't use my retired sets that much.  Hence the Flashback post each week.  So let's see what we've got:

I made this one for my friend Missy a couple of years ago because I gave her a clock for her birthday.  (She has a thing for clocks.)  The clock was neat, it had twelve 2x2-inch spaces around it for pictures, so I put in pictures from our time in Japan and all the places we went and things we did together.  She says she gets comments on it every time someone comes in her office.

Anywha, here's the brand new card today:

I didn't look at my other card before I did this one, it mighta been nice with the Sanded background on it too.  Oh well.  I got the layout from this week's Retro Sketch:

The only thing I changed was I did three small brads instead of the larger circle embellishments on the sketch.

Thanks for joining me on this week's Flashback!

Supplies for last card (all SU!):
Stamps:  Sense of Time
Ink:  Soft Suede, Basic Black
Paper:  Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Neutrals brads

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wish Big

Hey, it's Thursday already!  One more day till Friday.  Today, I've got a birthday card to share, based on yesterday's SCS sketch challenge:

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to use the strip as a candle.  I'd actually gotten out some other stamps for something completely different and while I was looking for a sentiment, I noticed the "wish big" from Word Play and the candle idea popped in my head so that's what I went with.  Believe it or not, the candle flame is made with the smallest heart in the Hearts Framelits; I just cut it in half and then added some shadows with a Daffodil Delight marker.

I got this color combo from Nacho #34:

I admit, my first thought when I saw the colors was SUPERMAN!  I have a thing for superhero movies.  But anyway, it seemed like those would be perfect colors for a birthday card, and I think this would work for just about anyone from 3-year-old kid to senior citizen.  Unless it's someone who doesn't like red, like my MIL, I'd just make this with different colors for her ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Word Play
Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight marker, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Brights & Subtles DSP Stacks
Accessories:  Hearts Framelits, Dimensional (under the candle flame)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Latte Mojo

Ok, usually I don't participate much in the Mojo Monday sketches because most of the time, they're a little too involved for me.  However, this week's sketch looked doable, so here's my take:

I hadn't used Patterned Occasions (SAB set) yet so that's why I picked it.  I wish the colors were a little brighter on my stamped image though...the first time, I tried inking it up with markers, but the Pool Party cup looked muddy.  So then I tried it with the Pool Party ink pad and then wiped off the ink on the steam and sentiment and used markers on those bits.  Sadly, it's only slightly better than the marker version.  I think I need to clean my Stampin' Scrub pad...or get a new one altogether.

Anyway, here's the Mojo Monday sketch I tackled:

I was going to add a button where the flower is on the sketch, but I figured that the knot in the ribbon was good enough so I left it alone.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Patterned Occasions
Ink:  Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Basic Gray
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Basic Gray, More Amore DSP
Accessories:  1 3/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches, largest scallop circle punch, Sycamore Street ribbon (SAB), Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Feel Goods Daydream

Howdy, folks!  I can't wait to share today's card so let's get to it!

I think this is my favorite thing I've made this month!  I used Daydream Medallions embossed with white EP on Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo cardstock, and the center piece is cut from a piece of Sycamore Street DSP (Sale-a-Bration exclusive!).  I did not come up with that brilliant idea however; I found it on Lynn Weiss's blog and couldn't wait to try it myself!  That design from the patterned paper fits perfectly in the medallion stamp.  I put a Daffodil Delight brad in the center; surprisingly enough, it makes a pretty good match to the Summer Starfruit ribbon.  I think the only way I'd like this card better is if I could magically make the Rich Razzleberry parts on the DSP be Island Indigo instead to match the rest of the card, but I'm still pleased with it as-is. 

The sketch is from Create with Connie and Mary and I'm kind of in love with it:

Click on that link above and look at Mary's card (second one down).  I can't *wait* to get Swallowtail in my hot little hands so I can CASE that card!!!  Wow, I just realized how many exclamation points I've used in this post.  I'm gonna go over my monthly allotment if I'm not careful...

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, Feel Goods
Ink:  Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:  Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP
Accessories:  Flower Framelits, White EP, Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon, Brights brads, Dimensionals

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous

Monday already!  I didn't get much accomplished this weekend...had all these plans but instead I've had my nose stuck in a book.  Actually two books; I'm on the last book in a 6-book series and it's been hard for me to put it down and do other things like laundry.

So today's cards are ones I made for a swap a while back.  Hope they bring some sunshine to your Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Accessories:  Oval, scalloped oval, and Decorative Label punches, Dimensionals

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Flashback: You're a Gem

Welcome to this week's Friday Flashback, which is the sentiment set You're a Gem.  There's a lovely selection of sentiments in this set, and they're all pretty small, and you know everything is cuter when it's little.  So let's take a look in the vault, shall we?

This card also uses Inspired by Nature for the flowers; I made it for a friend of mine who was ill.  Simple CAS layout to go with a simple sentiment.

This one went out in a care package with some pumpkin cookies.  Pretty good man card, right?

And now for today's new card:

I got the idea for the layout from a card I got in a recent swap and I'm kind of totally in love with it.  I'll probably use it again since we've got several new stamp sets with bitty images--sometimes it's hard to figure out what to do with the small stamps, so a layout like this is a fantastic help with that.  I also used some of my retired DSP, so yay!  Though I do love some of those older monochromatic patterns.  Wish they'd bring back those swirly flowers like I used on the top bit.

Wish I could have made more than one card for today's Flashback, but alas, I had to write an essay for my current class.  Only one more paper to go and this class is done!  Once my comprehensive exam is done this summer, then I'll be completely FREE of school and I can devote more time to fun things, like stamping, ha!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!

Supplies (last card only):
Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, You're a Gem
Ink:  Crushed Curry, StazOn Black
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White, retired DSP in Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry (trying to use up some of my gigundor DSP stash!)
Accessories:  1" square and postage stamp punches, black grosgrain, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday to My Sweetie!

If you're looking for hearts today, you won't find them here.  Today is not just Valentine's Day, it's my husband's birthday  :)  He hates sharing a birthday with V-Day (as he says, have YOU ever tried to give someone else a present on your birthday?) and would probably rather ignore the fact that he has a birthday at all, but I won't let him do that.  So I made him a card.

I was looking through the SCS color challenges that I hadn't done yet and ran across Close to Cocoa and Night of Navy, which made me laugh--I often tease Lee that all his clothes are khaki, gray, black, or navy blue, so pretty much all neutrals (what, I consider navy blue to be a neutral).  So here's his manly neutral-color birthday card, which is based on this week's Nacho sketch:

Love the sketch, though I'm not 100% in love with my card.  Let's be honest, I'm rarely 100% in love with my creations, but that just leaves me room to improve, right?

Happy birthday to Lee, and happy Valentine's Day to everyone else :)

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Best of Birthdays
Ink:  StazOn Black, Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, retired DSP in NoN and CtC
Accessories:  1 3/8" square punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Field Flowers Thanks

I'm sure at this point that you know tomorrow is Valentine's Day since there are hearts and flowers pretty much everywhere.  No hearts on today's card, but I did use some traditional Valentine colors:

The flowers are stamped on some subtle stripe DSP, I don't know why but I like doing that for this particular stamp set.  I'm planning to make a set of these for my birthday thank you cards, and when I mass produce I think I might do that little bud hoopydoo on the right in tone-on-tone Wisteria Wonder.  Otherwise I think I like this the colors together, which are from a recent SCS color challenge--much as I complain about the all-neutral no-color challenges, they do have some good ones :)

I got the sketch from Fab Friday, though I did leave out the tiny border on top of the main image:

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Field Flowers, Curly Cute
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White, In Color & Neutrals DSP Stacks
Accessories:  pearls, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

By the Tide

Fun fact about me:  I'm not really a beach baby.  Sure, the ocean is nice and all, but I don't like to go swimming out there where there are sharks and jellyfish and all kinds of other things that can kill you painfully in under a minute.  My husband, on the other hand, is an avid scuba diver.  I do like to go to aquariums though, I like to look at the pretty fishies where I'm in no danger of drowning.  And so I almost always buy any marine stamp sets that SU puts out.  Meet the brand-new set By the Tide:

It's a little difficult to see unless you click on the photo to enlarge it, but the fish and seahorse have the coral stamp in the background in stamped-off Crumb Cake.  I think I used every stamp in the set except one.  I wonder if it's weird to have a fish staring at you from a card, but is it any more arbitrary than all the cards with flowers or whatnot on them?  Things that make you go hmm.

Another fun fact:  when I was in 7th grade, I wanted to be a marine biologist.  Then I found out in high school that biology was pretty much my worst subject ever, and then there was the whole fear of drowning thing.  So I'll stick to visiting aquariums.  And rubber stamps.  Maybe the occasional educational program on TV.

Anyway, today's card is another combination of sketch and color challenges, there are just so MANY to choose from and I love them.  First up is the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday:

I stuck pretty close to it, didn't I?  The color combo is courtesy of Inkspirational, I couldn't wait to give this on a try especially since there was no pink involved.  I love pink, and I'm not one of those Valentine's Day haters, but it was nice to get away from pink for a bit since it's everywhere this time of year.

I used Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, and Perfect Plum and even managed to stick to just those three colors and nothing else.  I don't think we see NQN or Perfect Plum on enough color challenges, I love those colors.  Oh, let's be real--I just love color in general.  The more the better :)

Thanks for stopping by today, happy stampin'!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  By the Tide, You Are Loved (sentiment)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  1 3/8" square punch, Crumb Cake taffeta

Monday, February 11, 2013

Simple Love

Monday again, but let's start the week off on a good note.  I've got a soft and simple Valentine for you today.

I'm not 100% sure how much I like it, I think I should have chosen a softer Pool Party pattern because the Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand are so pale.  Today's card is brought to you by CAS(E) This Sketch:

And Dynamic Duos:

I only added Sahara Sand as a neutral.  Yay for me sticking to a challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great start to your week!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter & Labels Framelits, Pink Pirouette taffeta, Dimensionals

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Flashback: Sage Advice

It's time for another Friday Flashback!  This week's set is Sage Advice, which is a stamp set that I really, really loved because it's got such neat quotes in it.  However, I haven't made tons and tons of cards with it...and this is why I do Friday Flashbacks, to reacquaint myself with my old favorites :)

So first up, let's see what I've got from the archives.

This card also uses Spring Garden and Print Pattern, which I think is my most-used background stamp ever.  I'm betting this was a combo SCS sketch/color challenge but I kinda like it.

This quote I think is why I like this stamp set so much--I'm a Beatles fan.  This card was for a VSN I think?  The quilt thing was tough to pull off, trying to keep all the squares evenly spaced and then cut off the partial pieces.  I have new respect for people that do tile floors on the diagonal.

I made this card not that long ago and to be honest, it doesn't do anything for me.  That is a wonderful quote from Anne Frank though...and Lee and I just booked a weekend trip to Amsterdam later this spring to see the tulips.

Here's my new card with the one remaining quote stamp that I hadn't used yet:

I do kinda like this one, what do you think?  And you can see that my willpower crumbled, I bought Hearts a Flutter and the matching dies.  Oops.  Better hurry up and use them this week since Valentine's Day is next Thursday!

This card is a combo challenge, the layout is based on Freshly Made Sketches #72:

And the color combo is from Pals Paper Arts (and the More Amore DSP):

I still don't care for Primrose Petals with Real Red, but I seem to be in the minority :)  I did use both those colors though and I did like how the card turned out, so maybe they don't clash as much as I think.

Thanks for joining me for this Friday Flashback!

Supplies (last card only, all SU!):
Stamps:  Sage Advice (retired), French Filigree (retired), Hearts a Flutter
Ink:  Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Real Red
Paper:  Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla, More Amore DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Labels & Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vintage Birthday

Two manly birthday cards in a row, that's gotta be some kind of record or something.  I reached for some vintage (read:  retired) colors for this card to go with a vintage bicycle.

I think I'm off my game though, I haven't been really, really jazzed about anything I've made this week really.  I think the two circle embellishments are throwing me off on this one because I covered up that Chocolate Chip corner.  Urgh.  The sketch is from Seize the Birthday, though I am too late to enter it for the challenge:

I love the name of this challenge.  It reminds me of a line from Disney's Robin Hood, when chaos has commenced at the archery contest and Prince John hollers "SEIZE THE FAT ONE!", referring to Maid Marian's chickeny lady-in-waiting, Lady Kluck, who was doing a pretty good job of adding to the chaos all by herself.  I don't know why but I find that line (or the way he says it, or something) totally hilarious.  I've been wanting to play along in the Seize the Birthday challenges for a couple of weeks, so maybe next time I'll actually get my card made in time.  And maybe I'll make something I like a little better than this one...

Thanks for stopping by today, let's all go watch some Disney movies, k?

Supplies (all SU!)
Stamps:  Feeling Sentimental, Curly Cute
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango (retired), Sage Shadow (retired)
Paper:  Sage Shadow (retired), Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolat DSP (retired), Dusty Durango Patterns DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Windows Framelits, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, 5/16" neutral brads (retired)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Anti-Color Challenge

I have said several times how I hate it when there's a "color" challenge that has nothing but neutrals in it--in my opinion, anything billing itself as a color challenge should have multiple colors, not all neutrals or one color and a bunch of neutrals (my mother says I'm very opinionated).  Imagine my annoyance when I actually kinda liked what I made for yesterday's oh-so-blah non-color challenge at Splitcoast:

Though I wonder if this is TOO blah for a birthday card?  Is it depressing for a birthday, between the clocks ("hey, you're old!") and the lack of color?  I was thinking of sending it to a guy friend of mine, thinking it works as a masculine card.  Maybe I should try it again with some actual colors this time.

The layout is based on the latest awesome sketch at Retro Sketches:

Seriously love that sketch, oh so many possibilities.  Between the lack of colors on today's card and the blah weather, I kinda want to do this sketch again and go gonzo with colors :)  I think I need to make myself a card that will require me to wear sunglasses to look at it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Clockworks, Best of Birthdays
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Argyle EF (on the black strip, hard to see in the pic), wide oval punch, dimensionals, Neutrals WWC

Monday, February 4, 2013

Anniversary Hearts

Today's card has lots and lots of hearts because a.) it's February, b.) I needed an anniversary card for my friend who got married on Valentine's Day, and c.) I just got the Hearts Framelits and I can't resist playing with new toys.

Ok, so this was based on an old SCS sketch challenge, one that I've been dreading in my quest to finish them all because it had a gabillion layers on it and I just kind of really didn't like the sketch at all.  I'd been putting it off till now because I couldn't figure out what to do with all the circle layers, 'till I changed 'em to hearts and then I think it worked.  It's a lot of patterns too but I think maybe it's not too busy?  I sponged Early Espresso ink around the hearts to give them a bit of definition.  Totally loving the Hearts Framelits and wondering why I didn't order them a long time ago.  Well, I've fixed that problem now : )

The color combo is from ColourQ and that wreath looks so cute I kinda want to eat it.  Is that weird?

Ok, maybe I'll settle for some heart-shaped chocolate candy instead.  Milk chocolate, not dark chocolate.  None of that pseudo-healthy stuff for me, ha!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now let's all go eat some chocolate.

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, More Amore DSP, Subtles & In Color DSP Stacks (Raspberry Ripple polka dots and Pink Pirouette stripes)
Accessories:  Hearts Framelits (go buy them now if you don't own them yet, they are fun!), Fancy Fan EF

Baby Boy Joy

While I was in Texas, I got to call my friend (and former college roommate) Beth on the phone and *finally* found out she had a baby boy just after Thanksgiving.  Beth is kinda almost completely unplugged...not on Facebook, and she didn't set up her email again after it got corrupted last year.  Happily, I did catch her on the phone and found out her hubs is on FB so I now have an electronic lifeline to her : )

Anyway, I need to finish up a couple of layouts for the baby book I'm making for Beth's son Elijah, and here's the card I made to go with it:

Kinda wish the sentiment showed up better on that patterned paper, hmm.  The star brad is retired but I liked it on this card, which is based on the most recent sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch:

I really liked this sketch, lots of possibilities.  That's all she wrote for today, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  Baby Prints, Cuddles & Kisses
Ink:  Gumball Green, Night of Navy
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Gumball Green, Subtles DSP Stack
Accessories:  Star brad (retired), Dimensionals