Friday, February 3, 2023

On Fridays We Do CAS

Hey y'all, how's your Friday going?  We got back just a bit ago from picking up my car at the dealership because it had some work done, and other than that I have had a very scrappy day.  Got one layout totally done and another that just lacks the journaling.  And I made a quick card for today.


I was thinking a bit about the very first card I ever posted on this blog while I made this one, but for today's card I used the double challenge from CAS Colours & Sketches:



It's a bit of a liberal take on the sketch since I plopped my shell right in the middle of the text, but I did *start* with the sketch in mind.  And now I have a nice anytime card to send out whenever I need one.  Most of the time I send out 3 to 5 cards per week, so I'm sure this will go out sometime soon.

After I posted my Paper Players card this week with the fantastic Enjoy the Journey DSP, Stampin' Up! announced that that paper is now an option for a Sale-a-Bration freebie.  So guess who just got several more packs to hoard *makes happy dragon noises*  And I used some of the paper on one of the scrapbook layouts today.  Hooray!

Have a great Friday, peeps.

Supplies, all SU! (many retired)
Stamps:  By the Tide
Ink:  Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana
Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Sweet Day

So last weekend, I decided to make this a Very Scrappy Week and set a goal of finishing 10 pages (5 layouts) by this coming weekend.  I hit that goal yesterday and I'm currently working on 4 more pages : ) But I took a quick time-out to make a card to share today, take a look:


Here's this week's Freshly Made Sketch:


I opted to make my card the standard A2 size because I don't like making slimline cards.  I might be the only person in the card-making world that doesn't, but that's okay.  Check out this week's Color Throwdown:


Fun fact:  when given a choice of berries, the hubs will always go with strawberry and I choose cherry.  I do have strawberry stamps but the cherry stamps were closer ; )  I used Real Red, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, and Old Olive for my colors.

Okay, I'm off to my craft room to do more scrapping.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sweetest Cherries
Ink:  Real Red, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Real Red, Thick Basic White, Old Olive DSP
Accessories:  White EP, Cherry Builder Punch, Dimensionals, Wonderful Gems

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Mountains Are Calling

Hey y'all!  I am quite pleased with how much scrapping I have gotten done this week, I finished two layouts yesterday and I have another one on my craft table right now.  But first, a card!


When I first saw the Paper Players sketch for this week, I was thinking of using Desert Details and the coordinating DSP, but then yesterday I happened to see Greatest Journey sitting on my shelf and I remembered the phenomenal Enjoy the Journey DSP and this happened.  Oh man, I'm going to need more of that DSP!  As nice as it looks in the catalog, it's even better in person.  I decided to go with the nighttime mountain backdrop for this card (maybe I should do a sunny version as well?) and oh yes I need at least one more pack of that paper so I can hoard it.  Also every time I think "Greatest Journey" my brain starts singing "Don't stop believin'..."  Anyway, here's the sketch:


I took a picture of the card yesterday before I put on the Milky Dots and it just needed that little extra embellishment.  Okay, I've gotta get upstairs and keep working, I am totally enjoying this week : )

Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Greatest Journey
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Starry Sky, Garden Green, Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Thick Basic White, Enjoy the Journey DSP
Accessories:  Greatest Journey dies, Dimensionals, Milky Dots, White EP

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

SUO Challenges: Celebrating Our Galentines

Mornin' y'all and welcome to a new challenge from SUO Challenges!


This time around we're celebrating our gal pals, so make a card for your Galentine!  I must admit I bought the Country Bouquet bundle partially because of this challenge in particular.  Here's my card:


I really enjoyed playing with both the Country Floral Lane and Country Gingham DSPs for my layers, I kinda made this card in the style of Brian King with all those layers on there.  I stamped the heart and leaves, punched with the coordinating punch, added a sentiment and there you go, my Galentine card is done.  Now I just need to make several more to send out to all my pals around the world : )

We certainly hope you'll join in the fun at SUO Challenges and upload your Galentine card.  Enjoy!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Country Bouquet
Ink:  Sweet Sorbet, Mint Macaron, Balmy Blue
Paper:  Petal Pink, Sweet Sorbet, Thick Basic White, Country Floral Lane DSP, Country Gingham DSP Stack
Accessories:  Country Bouquet punch, adhesive sequins (probably retired), Stitched Rectangles dies, Dimensionals

Monday, January 30, 2023

Manor Houses

Scrappy Monday!  And I do plan to get my scrap on today, but I also have to go grocery shopping and get my hair cut.  So I'll have to manage my time well.  Yesterday I went through a lot of my scrapbook page blog posts and it was so fun to look back through the pages, especially Ryan's baby book, and it just made me even more excited to make more scrapbook pages.

Today's layout is one of my more recent ones, it's from two different manor houses that we visited in England.  Obviously I was more interested in taking pictures in the gardens than anything related to the houses ; )


There's so much green in the pictures that I kept trying pretty much every other color under the sun and in the end I decided that what it needed was EVEN MORE GREEN, so I did a green page base, green patterned paper, and green photo mats and whaddya know, the flowers pop pretty well in that forest of green.


Today's color palette includes Evening Evergreen, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce, and Whisper White.  Lots of green.  But hey, green is my favorite color so I am 100% okay with this ; )

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Make a Difference
Ink:  Shaded Spruce; Stampin' Blends in Just Jade & Purple Posy
Paper:  Evening Evergreen, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Thick Basic White, Expressions in Ink DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Hopeful Feathers

I'm squeaking in with one more quick card post this weekend, take a look:


I don't always get to play along with the Inspired By and Inspired By Nature challenges, but I do try.  Here's the latest Nature challenge:


And the sketch:

I used both for my card.  The inspo photo had me thinking of the Emily Dickinson quote that begins "Hope is the thing with feathers", so that's where my mind was when I made my card.  Stampin' Up! actually had that quote in a stamp set years ago, but I didn't buy it and I can't remember offhand what the name was, it was the quote that stuck in my head.  Anyway, I found a nice feather stamp and an accompanying hope sentiment in Positive Thoughts that's been retired for a little while now but my stamp library is vast ; )  The colors are a bit dull in my picture because it's been quite cloudy this afternoon; I used the retired Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight for blues, with a panel of Smoky Slate.

Anyway, I think I'll mosey on into the living room and work on some stitching for a bit.  I'm not scheduled to work at all this week, so I have a goal in mind for scrapbook pages; I completed two layouts this weekend and I'm hoping to substantially add to that total by Friday afternoon.  But for now I need to work on catching up on my stitching temperature tracker.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Positive Thoughts
Ink:  Misty Moonlight
Paper:  Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  None

Friday, January 27, 2023

Milkshake Love

Happy Friday, y'all!  I work today but I may have some time this morning to do something in my craft room.  I was seriously in the scrappin' GROOVE yesterday and I've got the beginnings of a layout on my table.  I also made a couple of cards including this one to share today!


Another new stamp alert!!  Share a Milkshake is adorable.  I started with the Hand Stamped Sentiments mood board and had fun playing with this new set!


I'm at least the third person to make a milkshake card for this challenge but that's okay, it's fun to see how other people used the same challenge and stamp set together.  For mine, I used the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:


And the theme from Cupcake Inspirations:


I love how the navy blue pattern from the Regency Park DSP echoes the dots on top of the ice cream.  I stamped the sentiment on the inside, it says "Life is sweeter with you" (I neglected to take a picture of the inside).  This was fun to make.

Have a great Friday, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Share a Milkshake
Ink:  Polished Pink, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red, Early Espresso
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Thick Basic White, Regency Park DSP Stack, Polished Pink DSP
Accessories:  Share a Milkshake dies, corner rounder punch, Night of Navy bordered ribbon, Dimensionals