Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Flashback: Make a Mitten

I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!  Sweet potato casserole makes for good breakfast food :)  Anyway, it's time for a Friday Flashback, and now that Thanksgiving is over we can concentrate on Christmas cards!  Today's featured stamp set is Make a Mitten.  As usual, I think I need to use this cute stamp set more often!

Also features Snow Swirled
So let's start out with a baby book layout just for funsies.  These cute mittens are perfect for any winter-themed project, including a January layout.

Also features Snow Swirled & Bootiful Occasions

There are two different stamps that are patterned mittens, but the set also includes several stamps you can use to decorate your own mittens any way you want so that's what I did here.  I really need to use the adorable tiny reindeer stamp!  So here's today's brand new project:

I had planned to use the reindeer on this one but it didn't fit!  Oh well.  I found a scrap of that patterned paper in my stash and thought they, that's perfect!  I wanted to use some bright, fun colors today and it doesn't get brighter and funner than Tangerine Tango.  I used the sketch from The Paper Players:

That's it for me's time to take the doglets for a walk and then get cleaned up to go to the movies.  Have a great Black Friday, everyone!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Make a Mitten, Snowflakes
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point
Paper:  Soft Sky, Old Olive, Whisper White, Frosty Day DSP
Accessories:  Mitten punch, Banner Framelits, white baker's twine, button, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for Friends

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful holiday :)  One of the things that I am most thankful for in the world is good friends, so I've got a friendship card for you today.

I got the Gold Soiree paper pack a while back, and this is the first time I've used it.  All hail Garden Green!  I love Garden Green, but up till now it was almost never used in Stampin' Up!'s DSP.  This pack also has gold in it and the papers are coated so they have a little bit of a sheen.  The two patterns I used happen to be the two sides of a single sheet.

I used the current Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch for my card:

Easy peasy!  And wouldn't it be nice to have Candy Dots in gold and silver?  I used brads on my card, but the Dots are wonderful because you don't have to poke holes in your card front to use them, and there's no brad legs on the inside to look at.

Anyway, time to go eat more pie :)  Have a great holiday!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Feel Goods
Ink:  Garden Green
Paper:  Garden Green, Whisper White, Gold Soiree DSP
Accessories:  Deco Labels, Circles & Banner Framelits, gold brads, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Too Much Pie? Never!

So I lied...I have one MORE "one more" fall card :)  I couldn't resist, I had to use this sentiment stamp from October's Paper Pumpkin kit:

So THIS is now the card I'll give to the hubs' aunt and uncle for hosting us tomorrow.  I'm in charge of the desserts (how'd that happen?) so today's task is to make pumpkin praline pie, apple pie, and pecan pie.  I already made Mississippi mud and sweet potato casserole yesterday.

I used the current Cupcake Inspirations challenge to make my pie-themed card:

Cute cupcakes, right?  And I used the sketch from Fab Friday:

And I stuck pretty well to BOTH challenges, yay me!  Well, I've got the hubs peeling potatoes right now to make a roast for dinner tonight so I guess I'd better get in the kitchen and get started on those pies :)  Happy Thanksgiving, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Fall Fest, My Paper Pumpkin October 2014 kit, Perfectly Preserved (retired)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, retired So Saffron DSP (yay for using up scraps)
Accessories:  Fall Fun & Cannery Framelits, hexagon punch, Argyle embossing folder, Regals Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nachos: One Last Fall Card

Happy Tuesday, Nacho fans!  This week, Nacho Average Challenges brings you a fabulous sketch:

Sub in any shape for the flowers on the sketch and the possibilities are endless!  Of course, I had to make one last fall card:

Yep, love those leaves!  This card is even already out in the mail.  For some reason lately, I've really been drawn to the dark card bases like this Night of Navy.  I line the inside with white or vanilla cardstock so I can write on it, though.  So since Thanksgiving is this Thursday, that means it's just about time to start with the winter and Christmas cards.  So how cool (haha, punny) would this sketch look with snowflakes or Christmas ornaments?  I think you should find out :)

Go by the Nacho blog to see other stampy inspiration and then take some time out from Turkey Day prep to make your own card.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Thinks
Ink:  Hello Honey, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Flowerpot DSP
Accessories:  Hexagon punch, Dimensionals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Good Thoughts this Monday Morning

Mornin', folks!  Hope your day is off to a good start :)  I've already been in my craft room and made today's card and then this afternoon I'll be doing some baking, so that's a good day in my book.

Thought we'd switch it up from fall leaves today and it's been a long time since I made a card with Too Kind.  I love the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

I had a few ideas for using this sketch so I could probably make several more cards and they'd all be different, but today's card just falls into the Quick & Cute category I think.  And I can always use more Thinking of You cards.

Well, my tea is almost gone so that means I need to get up and start working on some other items of my to-do list today.  Hope you have a great Monday!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Too Kind
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Lullaby DSP
Accessories:  corner rounder punch, Regals Candy Dots

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Flashback: French Filigree

Felicitations on this fine Friday!  And welcome to this week's Friday Flashback, featuring the background stamp French Filigree.  That's a lot of F's :)  But no failing grades today, just some cards!  So let's visit the archives for some French Filigree artwork.

Also features Falling Leaves & All Holidays
This was my little brother's birthday card one year.  You knew that I was only going to go without leaves for one day :)

Also features Fabulous Flowers
 This one was created when Fabulous Flowers was the featured Friday Flashback stamp set.

Also features Medallion & Occasional Quotes
And here's a birthday card for my hubs from a few years ago.

Also features Well Scripted & My Matryoshka
When we went to Russia, we looked long and hard at the matryoshka dolls and would have loved to buy them, but all the really pretty ones were SUPER expensive so we didn't do it.

Also features Sage Advice & Hearts a Flutter

And there's another former Friday Flashback card.  But now it's time for today's all-new creation:

Hubs' aunt and uncle are hosting us for a big Thanksgiving hooferah next week, so I thought it would be nice to make a card for them.  I used the color challenge from Create with Connie and Mary:

I admit, I was not at all sure about Tangelo Twist on my's just so BRIGHT.  But I think it works because there's so much Hello Honey on there.  I also used the sketch from Just Add Ink:

Easy peasy!  I cut a piece of Hello Honey cardstock to 3 3/8" by 5", stamped it, and then cut it into three strips that were 1 1/8" wide for my background pieces.  Then I pulled out some other wonderful retired stamp sets for the sentiment and leaves, and bing bang boom my card was done.  Which is good, because now I can tackle some other items on my to-do list :)

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  French Filigree, Day of Gratitude, Curly Cute (all retired)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Floral Birthday Wishes

Much as I love fall (and I really, really do), a stamper cannot live on leaves alone.  So today we're mixing it up a bit with some flowers.

I used the Flower Fair Framelits to cut out some Pink Pirouette blossoms, and then stamped on them with Strawberry Slush ink and added a Night of Navy Candy Dot in the flower center for good measure.  I even decorated the inside:

No Candy Dot there though, I didn't want the texture to warp the card front when it gets mailed.

I used the beautiful color palette provided by the Color Throwdown:

Nice to have a little break from all the fall and Christmas color combinations lately, and that hat is super-duper cute.  I don't even wear hats and I kinda want one.  A friend of mine was crocheting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat yesterday (it has the face mask with eye holes!!!) and I kinda wanted one of those too, but the hubs would definitely pretend he didn't know me when we were out in public if I wore one of those.

Anyway, I also used the Pals Paper Arts sketch:

Just a little bit tweaked on my card.  I think you can still see all the elements of the sketch, though.

That's it for me tonight, peeps.  The hubs and I are going to catch up on Agents of SHIELD!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flower Patch, Four You
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Delicate Dots EF, Flower Fair Framelits, Regals Candy Dots, hexagon punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holding On to Fall, Y'all

I've started hearing Christmas music on the radio and Santa is appearing in commercials all over TV, but I am still holding on to my fall leaves and colors for at least one more week.  There is more to fall than pumpkin spice lattes so I'm not gonna let Christmas encroach on Thanksgiving.

So more leaves!  And more For All Things because I love that stamp set.  I used the sketch from As You See It:

And the colors are a slightly tweaked version of the challenge at ColourQ:

I used Cajun Craze and Coastal Cabana instead of Dusty Durango and Cool Caribbean just to keep everything SU-current.  But they're very similar colors anyway.

Time for me to get moving for the day, got a busy day ahead.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  For All Things, Merry Everything
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Color Me Autumn & Coastal Cabana DSP
Accessories:  Banner & Labels Framelits, banner punch, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nachos: Choose Happiness

Good morning!  I admit, I meant to type up this post last night but I was so pooped I just forgot.  Oops.  But here I am this morning with a Nacho-riffic color combination:

It's perfect for a Christmas card, right?  So, of course, that's what I DIDN'T do.

This was a bit of an experiment and sadly I think it was less than successful.  I used three embossing powders:  gold, Wild Wasabi (which is a Dynamic Duo with Garden Green so it counts), and Cherry Cobbler on Early Espresso cardstock.  I wanted to use something like the retired French Foliage but I was trying to use only current stuff...I think the flower stamp (the red EP) is a little too abstract to tell what it is easily on this card, and the Wild Wasabi EP ended up being much lighter and in-yo-face than I expected.  Still, don't let this put you off trying this color combo since I'm sure you can do something prettier with it!

Check out the Nacho blog for some beautiful stampy inspiration (and notice that I was the only one contrary enough to try to do something not Christmasy!) and then go forth and stamp!  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper:  Garden Green, Brushed Gold, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Gold, Cherry Cobbler & Wild Wasabi EP, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Bracket Label punch, Dimensionals

Monday, November 17, 2014

Positive Vibes

Monday again already, but that just means it's even more important to start the day off with some positive vibes.

I think that'll just about do it!  I used the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts:

And the sketch from Retro Sketches:

And my card was done in no time!  Super quick, and it's totally flat so easy to mail.  Win.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Fall Fest, Perfect Pennants
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Accessories:  None

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Flashback: World Treasures

Happy Friday afternoon, peeps!  It's time for another Friday Flashback, and grab a cuppa tea (or coffee, if you prefer) and settle in because this one's a long one.  Let's take a look back at the very awesome stamp set (and more recent retiree) World Treasures!

Also features Fabulous Phrases
I think you're going to figure out very quickly which stamp in the set is my favorite.

Also features Four You
 For a while, it was even available as a single stamp.

Also features Vintage Verses
Because it's that awesome.

Also features Sweet Essentials
Haha, snuck one in here without the peacock on it!  But the flowers are from World Treasures too.

Also features Curly Cute
This one might be my favorite card with World Treasures, I just love that bright blue and orange together.

Also features All Holidays
The fun thing about stamps is that peacocks can be any color you want.

Also features Pursuit of Happiness
Or multi-colored.

Also features Occasions
Though I admit, perhaps I am lacking in imagination for usually sticking with the blues, greens, and purples for my peacock.  Or maybe those are just the colors I'm drawn to.

Still, the sky's the limit for peacock colors here.  And that's the flashback part of the Friday Flashback, so now it's time for a brand new creation!

I decided to be contrary and make a World Treasures card *without* the peacock.  I mean, I love that peacock, but these flowers are perfectly lovely too, and I was suddenly curious this afternoon as to how Crushed Curry embossing powder would look on Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Answer:  awesome.  But use your Embossing Buddy, the first time I had powder all over everywhere.  The sentiment is from World Treasures too, I took a marker to the sentiment stamp in the set and only inked up "friend".  Tip:  make sure your stamp is very, very clean and DRY or you'll get a ghost image around the part you ink up.  And Halloween is over.

So the color combination for today's creation is from Fab Friday:

Another awesome fall color combo, amirite?  Might have to use that one again!  Y'all know how much I love Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss.  And they work great together.

The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches:

So even though it took me a long time to settle down enough to actually make something today, once I sat down the card came together in, like, ten minutes.  Woohoo!

And that's it for today's Friday Flashback, I hope you enjoyed it.  Happy weekend, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  World Treasures
Ink:  Versamark, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP
Accessories:  Banners & Labels Framelits, Crushed Curry EP, Very Vanilla seam binding, Regals Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cordelia's Cards

Howdy, folks!  No matter what I say, I can't seem to get ahead with the card makin' so I've been doing my posts late.  It's a good thing I have to have my Nacho cards done a couple days ahead of time because this Tuesday I spent almost the whole day reading a book...and then went to bed too late because I was wired due to the cliffhanger ending :(  Can't wait for the next one!

But anyway!  Let's look at some cards, eh?  Um, a lot of stuff I used today is retired, because I have a giant stash so I might as well use it.

I said in last week's Friday Flashback that I wanted to make more cards with A Little Love so here's another one.  Up until last week, we could pretty much wear flip-flops around here, but today, it feels more like this:

I put on my heavy jacket to walk the dogs, probably could have used my gloves too, and it was AWESOME.  My mom keeps saying "boo on cold weather" but me, I'm loving it.  Might have something to do with the bit where I felt like Alabama was trying to kill me with heat and humidity for several months.

Anyway, I did two-for-the-price-of-one cards for the Color Throwdown:

Love those colors together.  And I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

And why, you may be wondering, did I call this post Cordelia's Cards?  Because, in an early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cordelia Chase told someone else, "This may be hard to believe but I'm both a summer and a winter."  And for some reason I find that quote amusing.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, first card:
Stamps:  A Little Love
Ink:  Night of Navy, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Pool Party, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Sycamore Street & Good Morning Sunshine DSPs
Accessories:  Circle & scalloped circle punches, Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango ribbon from SAB

Supplies, second card:
Stamps:  Festive Flurry
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Island Indigo, Sycamore Street & Quatrefancy DSPs
Accessories:  Festive Flurry Framelits, Pool Party EP, Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango ribbon from SAB, Brights Candy Dots

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Home Improvement

So, my lil bro's birthday was on Sunday and I'm a bad big sis and didn't make his card until today.  But I think he'll like it when he gets it:

It will include a gift card for a home improvement store (I can say that here, because if he's even aware that I have a stamping blog, I am still mortally certain my brother doesn't read this).  Anyway, he's always working on fixing up things around his house and the fleet of cars that he and his wife own.  (Not joking.)  I got Totally Tool right before it retired, figuring it would come in useful for making MAN cards, and this is its maiden voyage.  Should I even call it maiden?  Anyway, here's its premiere performance.  Originally each of the tools was paired with a sentiment, but I cut apart the images and sentiments so I could use 'em however I wanted.

This fantabulous masculine color combo is courtesy of Colour Me...!

Couldn't be more perfect for my brother, orange and blue are his favorite colors.  Even the gift card I got is blue and gray so this all coordinates.  Yay me.

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Totally Tool (retired)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Deco Labels & Circles Framelits, Arrows EF, Dimensionals