Monday, September 25, 2017

Forbidden City, Part 2

Morning, y'all!  It's time for another scrappy Monday, so here I am with the other two layouts from the Forbidden City.

(Original pics here.)  This layout is the only one where I used that So Saffron stripey paper, but with the way I laid out the photos I needed something on the sides so there you go.

And here's the last Forbidden City layout.  I really kept these simple with minimal photo cropping...I sometimes worry that all my pages are starting to look alike, but I just hate to crop my photos anymore.  Hubs and I have worked on improving our photography so most of the time it would mess up the photo composition to cut much off.  Ah, well.  I use different colors and patterned papers so that will have to be different enough, right?

Same color combo as last Monday:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and accents in Basic Black and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  My tea is ready :)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best of Shelli
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP, So Saffron DSP
Accessories:  Circle punches

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

Tee hee :)

My card today is definitely wearing pink.

I really haven't done a whole lot with Flirty's not that I dislike the color, I just can't quite figure out what to pair it with.  However, I do rather like it here with Pool Party and Wild Wasabi.  I didn't have DSP in colors and patterns that I wanted to use with my fussy-cut flower (because I stamped that before I figured out what I wanted to do with the rest of the card), so I just cut some panels out of Thick Whisper White and then I dragged an inked up sponge across until I liked the effect.  I did a bit of extra sponging at the edges, and then I stamped a repeating design on each one--a fleur de lis from Timeless Textures on the Pool Party panel, and the fern stamp from Painted Harvest on the Wild Wasabi panel.  I do like how those turned out.  Also, no sentiment on this card...when I want to send it, I can always stamp whatever I need on the inside.  So this card could be for a birthday or thank you or thinking of you or anything really.  Except a masculine card.  It's not at all dude-like.

So anyway, I started my card with a pink flower because of the challenge at Fusion:

I used the sketch and the inspiration pic gave me my pink starting point for the flower, though I do love tea and teacups :)

But the flowers also worked well with the challenge at Cupcake Inspirations:

Also pink :)  I did stamp another flower with Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum together, which I liked, but for this card I just wanted to go with the pink by itself.  So we'll see if I bust out that other flower somewhere else.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Timeless Textures
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals & Mini Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gathering of Pumpkins

You know how groups of animals sometimes have fun names?  Like a bunch of dogs is a pack (okay, not very fun and imaginative), lions are a pride (getting better), crows are a murder (love that one), and a group of unicorns is a surprise?  Well, I was thinking about that as I uploaded my card picture today and I wanna know what you'd call a group of pumpkins.

I know, pumpkins are veg, not animals, but that's where my thought process was.  Given how everyone seems to be obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes (I don't drink coffee, much as I love pumpkin), maybe we should call this a spice of pumpkins?  I don't know.

What I do know is that I like the color combination from Global Design Project:

I knew it was going to be fun to use Lemon Lime Twist in fall color combinations.  LLT is so bright and in your face, I'm a little surprised at how popular it is...but of course I love it because I just love color.  I love Lemon Lime Twist with a good rich purple, too.

Anyway!  I combined that color combination with the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I'd been planning to enter this card at the Paper Players' harvest theme challenge, but this sketch just doesn't seem CAS to me and that's part of their challenge.  I've got five layers of paper not counting the pumpkins, which I hand cut even though I have the matching Framelits because Ryan was asleep in the playard between me and the Big Shot so I just snipped them with scissors.  They were easy to cut out though, might have been faster than using the Big Shot Anyway.

Speaking of Ryan, he is currently taking a nap with his little rump sticking up in the air.  I took him to the gym this morning and he got to crawl around and play in the daycare area while I worked out, so we were both tired when we got home :) So maybe I can go finish that other card I started yesterday!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pick a Pumpkin, Painted Harvest
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Monday, September 18, 2017

Forbidden City, Part 1

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I thought we'd start out this week with some China pages, because I've been doing a lot of work on China pages.

See the pics here.  That dude on the right page?  That was our Beijing tour guide, whom we detested...his English name was Jack, but we quickly started calling him You Don't Know Jack (or YDKJ for short) because he was terrible.  Most of the time he didn't seem to know where we were going (umm hello, he's the tour guide, it's his job to know where we're going) and once we got to the Forbidden City, he ran us through it as fast as he could herd the group, not even letting anyone stop at souvenir shops.  We stopped in a courtyard on the other side of the Forbidden City to wait for our bus driver, and then he tried to sell us his own souvenir junk.  The only reason he got tipped at all at the end of our stay in Beijing is because we were dependent upon him to get to the airport.

Enough about Jack, let's talk scrapbook pages!  This color combination was a bit of a surprise for me; I haven't used Peach Parfait a lot (it's a bit darker than the current Peekaboo Peach) but it seemed to work with these photos.  I ended up doing three Forbidden City layouts and they all use this same color combination.

And there it is:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and a bit of black and white.

Well, today is the hubs' first day back at work after pretty much six weeks off with his injury and subsequent back surgery.  So now I have to figure out all over again how to get into a routine with just me and Ryan and the doggos! :)  We're heading to the gym in a few minutes.  Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Best of Shelli
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sheltering Trees

Happy Friday, y'all!  Hubs and I took the wee babe out for a few hours yesterday and when we got back home he conked out HARD so I got a couple of cards made for today :D

I started out with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I'll be honest, I'm not terribly in love with square cards.  I do have some leftover 5x7 envelopes from ordering photo Christmas cards (yeah, I know, I'm a card maker and I ordered Christmas's just easier to do photos that way and most people don't care about handmade Christmas cards and it's hard to make 60+ cards knowing they're mostly going to go in the trash) so it's not like I can't make 5" square cards, I just prefer the standard A2 size.  But anywha.

I started with the idea for this one based on this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy for my colors.  The bike is stamped with Basic Black and the body of the bike is Dapper Denim, but it's hard to tell that even IRL.

Next up something more fallish:

I used this week's color combination from Create with Connie and Mary:

I think the sponged-on sky ( Soft Sky) was more successful than my Dapper Denim sky above.  And I traded out the bike for the rake this time.

So when I stamp this tree, I like to stamp the leaf stamp once and then rotate it 180 degrees, ink and stamp again to make the tree look fuller.  On the peach card, I also got the little leafy stamp and added a bit of Tangerine Tango to the tree and some extra to the ground to look like leaves in need of raking.  The sentiment blocks are different heights and widths because I was just basically using up scraps of white and vanilla, and that's what I found in my stash.  I always have narrow strips of white and vanilla to use up.

That's it for today, folks.  I'm going to release the which I mean I'm taking Ryan out of his bouncer and letting him go roam around the house a bit.  He really likes the dogs' water bowl....


Supplies, Emerald card:
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals

Supplies, Peach card:
Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Basic Gray
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Dimensionals

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leafy Thanks

Mornin', y'all.  Is it fall yet?  I'm so done with sultry super-humid weather...bring on fall and sweater weather!!

Also since I gave Tiana about 85% of my card stash (thank you cards and everything else), I'm working on rebuilding my stash.  Need lots more thank you cards, and thinking of you, and birthday...pretty much everything.

So today I started with the Fall-To Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping:

This week's Retro Rubber Challenge was super easy:

I happened to use the same combination of older stamps on this card for another Retro Rubber Challenge; Vintage Leaves is two years old and One Big Meaning is one year old.  The wee splatter stamp is from Magical Mermaid and will probably be my most-used stamp from that set because I loves me a good splat :)

Colors are courtesy of Sunday Stamps

I used Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, and Peekaboo Peach for colors 2, 4, and 5 on the graphic.  I wanted to work in some Rich Razzleberry but it just wouldn't work for my card.  Such a pretty inspiration pic though.

Sounds like the hubs just finished feeding the maybe we're going for a walk now.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Watercolor Paper, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Believe in Mermaids

Mornin', y'all!  I almost typed "mermaid, y'all!"  Because today's card has a mermaid on it.

The mermaid has Wink of Stella on her so she's all sparkly, even though you can't see it at all in the picture (it's overcast here and it's notoriously difficult to photograph anything sparkly on a card).  And she's a triple challenge over-achieving mermaid.  First off, What Will You Stamp? has cycled back around to a stamp set I own:

So yep, there's my stamp set sorted.  Then I used the layout from this week's CASE the Designer challenge at Global Design Project:

And last of all I added in this week's Paper Players color combination:

Once I had those three elements, the card came together pretty quick.  I like that since I never know how long naptime will last :)

I've got breakfast in the oven (have I mentioned that I'm obsessed with apple cinnamon baked oatmeal...and generally I think oatmeal only belongs in cookie form!) so I'm going to try to vacuum up some dog hair while I wait for that to bake.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Mermaid, Marbled, Seaside Shore
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, thick Whisper White, Silver Foil
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals, Iridescent Sequins

Monday, September 11, 2017

Versailles, Part 2

Mornin', y'all!  Today starts the last week of the hubs' convalescent leave for his back surgery, so baby Ryan and I are going to enjoy it :)

So let's start off our bloggy week with more Versailles pictures!

These two layouts are all pics taken out in the gardens.  Some great statues to take pictures of out there, and we got some really cool-looking sky in the pictures.  Even with the look of impending doom, we never got rained on!

I don't know why, but those pictures of the hubs arguing directions with our friends makes me giggle every time I see it.

Same color combination as the first Versailles layout:  Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Brilliant Blue, Basic Gray and Whisper White.  When I do multiple layouts for one thing, sometimes I do all the layouts with the same background color, and sometimes I do like this where I keep the same color combination but change up how I use the colors (background, patterned paper, accent color).  Just depends what I feel like when I do those pages.

Okay, I'm off to try to take some pictures of the little squirt.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Carte Postale
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Brilliant Blue, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Moroccan DSP, Brilliant Blue DSP
Accessories:  circle punches

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sunny Sunflower

Happy Friday, y'all!  I woke up at 5:00 this morning and could not get back to sleep, so eventually I got up and got to cross stitch for a while before Ryan woke up.  Not a bad start to the morning, but hopefully I don't run out of steam in the middle of the day.

How about a sunny sunflower card for this Friday morning?

The sunflower and leaves are from Painted Harvest, the same stamp set I used for the sentiment on Wednesday's card.  I used sponges to ink up my stamps, except for the sentiment and the second layer of the sunflower petals; those were done inking up the stamp as usual with the ink pad.  Using the sponge gives a bit of a softer effect on the stamped images, and it's helpful if you've got a super juicy ink pad--use the sponge to ink up the stamp to keep from over-inking it.

So meet this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Lots of different images I could have used for the circular element; I used Painted Harvest because a.) it's new and b.) it was still on my stamping table :)  What, I'm lazy.  It's *finally* cooling down just a tad here; hubs and I have been taking the baby and the doglets for walks in the morning (since hubs is still on convalescent leave for his back surgery, and he's supposed to walk as much as he can) and it's actually quite pleasant outside at 8 in the morning now, instead of feeling like a nasty giant sauna of ickiness.  (I hate summer in the south.)  So anyway, expect more fall cards from me for the foreseeable future!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Sunshine Sayings
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Early Espresso
Paper:  Garden Green, Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Mini Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Painted Autumn Quilt

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  This teething thing must be hard work, because it's after 8 a.m. here right now and the little one juuuust now started wiggling in his crib.  Tell ya what though, I prefer an 8 a.m. wake-up call to starting the day at 5:00!

But at any rate I'd better type fast so I can go grab the baby :)

New TOOOOOYYYYYSSSS!  Say hello to the Quilt Builder Framelits.  And the Painted Autumn patterned paper.  And the Painted Harvest stamp set.

And while we're at it, say hello to the Fab Friday color challenge:

I admit, this card took me a reeeeealllly long time to make...I actually cut enough quilt pieces to make, like, five quilts.  And once I decided on the Peekaboo Peach DSP for the star part of the quilt, I wanted Lemon Lime Twist on the outsides but cardstock was too strong so I ended up doing a light watercolor wash on watercolor paper and that gave me the light LLT I needed.  Then I tried to put it all on a Peekaboo Peach card base but it was So. Much. Peach! so I added in the vanilla layer and yay finally we're done.

And the little one says yay finally he's done sleeping (for now) and he's hungry, so off I go to make up a bottle.  Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Harvest
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Painted Harvest DSP
Accessories:  Quilt Builder Framelits, Tranquil Tide ribbon

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You're the Best

Happy Tuesday, y'all.  We have a teething baby in the house and he's grumpy a lot so now his parents are getting a little grumpy too.  Bleargh.  At least baby naps a lot...

I made a MAN card for today!  I had book club last night, and since the hubs can't pick up the baby due to his back surgery, I asked Bennet to come over here and babysit the hubs.  And I made him this card and inside it says IOU one pumpkin coffee cake.  (YUM.)

I wanted to make a card for the Global Design Project theme challenge, but I stared at my stamps blankly for a few minutes before I decided exactly who I was making the card for and then it all came together pretty quick.

For the Cupcake Inspirations color challenge, I used Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay with a healthy dose of black and white.

Add in the sketch from Just Add Ink and voila!  Card done.  Got to bust out some new stamps too; I got the hostess set You're Delightful and the holiday catalog set Pick a Pumpkin on my last SU! order and this is the maiden voyage for both.  I watercolored "You're the Best" with Bermuda Bay ink and intentionally made it darker in some areas and lighter in others, just to add a bit of interest so the giant sentiment.

Hope you have a great day, y'all.  I think this might be one of those days where I just wanna take a nap...but I also have some books to read...and other stuff to do :p  So probably no nap for me but that's okay.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  You're Delightful, Pick a Pumpkin, Work of Art
Ink:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits, Dimensionals

Monday, September 4, 2017

Versailles, Part 1

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I have no fewer than FIFTY draft posts and I think they're all scrapbook layouts.  Or the vast majority are, at any rate.  And today I'm sharing a layout I just finished last week instead of one that I probably finished last year :D  I've been working hard on the scrapbooks this year to have that many draft posts.  Yay me!

Anyway, on to today's layout!

See the pics here and here.  There's a bit of a glare on the left page...I think it matters if it's sunny or overcast when I take the photos, and I try to take them in the morning due to the direction of the light coming in the windows...well, I try to take good pics of the layouts anyway, even if I don't always succeed.

I think I know why I don't typically cut out the letters in the Morning Post Alphabet...this took FOR.EV.ER!!  No kidding it took well over an hour just to cut the letters out, but this is where my scrappy muse took me for today so cut them out I did.

This is the first of three Versailles layouts (we took a lot of pictures); they all three have this color palette:  Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Brilliant Blue, and a bit of Basic Gray for the journaling and some Whisper White.  I'm getting very close to running out of 8.5x11" Brilliant Blue cardstock...I may have to cave and buy some on eBay.  I do love that color for my scrapbooks.

I'm going to finish my cuppa and my piece of pumpkin coffee cake...I made the first pumpkin coffee cake of the fall season yesterday and YUM we've pretty much eaten all of it already.  So. Good.  Anyway, after breakfast I probably need to go to the gym to work off the pumpkin coffee cake ;)  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Morning Post Alphabet, Carte Postale
Ink:  Brilliant Blue, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Crushed Curry DSP
Accessories:  circle punches

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Honeymoon Cruise, Part 10: Serenity Bay

Here we are folks, the very end of my honeymoon cruise album!  *confetti*

Serenity Bay is the adults-only beach on Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas.  And it is serene because no noisy kiddos running around shrieking :)

And here is the very last page and YES IT'S GOT A CREASE IN IT.  As I was working on this album, I stored completed pages in a big plastic folder and this last page was actually one of the first ones I did.  So when I finished new pages, I would slide all the completed pages out so I could put the newly-done pages in order with everything else, and when I was like one or two layouts away from being finished I accidentally got this last page folded over while I was putting them back in the storage folder.  DAGNABBIT.  I might redo the page later, when I've gotten over my honeymoon album project fatigue, but for now it's just staying as-is.

The last time you have to see the color palette for this album!  Yay it's done!

Baby Ryan is starting to sing the song of his people, so I think it's naptime.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies for the whole album:
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Island Blossoms, Once Upon a Time
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence
Accessories:  Scallop border punch, Mickey Mouse punches

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thanks, Teach

Friday morning already, y'all.  I'm starting off today with a headache, but I'm hoping my morning cuppa tea and some pumpkin baked oatmeal will help with that.  Though if Ryan has his way, he'll get 2/3 of my oatmeal.  How can he fit that much oatmeal in his wee little tummy?  Piggy baby.  Sure is cute, though.

So I made a card yesterday while Ryan was entertaining his dada.

I don't know, this card looked better in my head.  It just feels a little lackluster to me?  I don't know.  Anyway, I started with the Paper Players sketch:

And of course the Retro Rubber theme challenge:

My card today isn't *quite* as obviously school-related, but I thought it would work nicely as a teacher thank you card.  Why do we associate apples with teachers?  Things that make you go hmm.  Oh yeah, stamp ages...I've had Apple of My Eye for just a year and a half, and So Happy For You is 6 years old.

Anyway, one last challenge, I used the Color Throwdown colors:

I used Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi, which are great back-to-school colors.

Well, Ryan is trying to get my attention...either he wants my oatmeal, or he needs a diaper change.  Ha!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Apple of My Eye, So Happy For You
Ink:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, dinner plate traced for the curve