Monday, June 14, 2021

June 2018

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Slightly behind because this morning I was going through pictures from our excursions yesterday, so I actually posted on my other blog!  Woohoo!  We had a fun weekend, hope you did too.

I've got a fun summery layout to share today!


Aww, Ryan was so widdle in these pictures :)  I need to get back in the scrapping groove, I've been making a lot of cards but I miss scrapping too.  So I'm going to write this fast so I can get up to my craft room before it's time to pick Ryan up from daycare.


I had fun busting out some retired colors for this layout, namely Watermelon Wonder for the page base and Tempting Turquoise for the patterned paper, which I paired with Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  Watermelon Wonder is such a fun color, I need to play with it some more.  Okay, that's it, I'm going to my craft room.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Full Calendar, Starburst Sayings
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise DSP
Accessories:  Starburst dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Layering Circles dies

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Baby Luke: One Year Old

Happy Saturday!  I am really closing in on the last of the baby book layouts...I've got today's post and then just one more for the last page in Luke's book.  And this one is super cute!


I loooooooooooooove the Bonanza Buddies stamp set that came out a couple years ago, and the coordinating paper.  Seriously, aren't those little dudes the cutest?!  Love the fun bright colors for this layout, which were all taken directly from the patterned paper:  Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Terracotta Tile, and a bit of gray and black for our animal buddies.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Bonanza Buddies
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Terracotta Tile
Paper:  Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Terracotta Tile, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza DSP
Accessories:  Bonanza dies, Sizzix letters

Friday, June 11, 2021

Birthday Popsicles

Hey hey hey, happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?

I have another CAS card to share today.  I've really been getting into a CAS groove with my personal Friday Flashback project :) But for today's card, I finally inked up a new stamp set I got probably a couple months ago.


My original plan had been to just do the "You're so cool" sentiment, but I added the "Happy Birthday" to cover up how I managed to NOT line up the top and bottom of both popsicles :p  I didn't do anything fancy at all on this card; I stamped both parts of the popsicle with the same color and got color variation just by how they overlapped.  Next time I might try multicolored popsicles.  And I continue my love affair with Polished Pink, haha!

Check out the Paper Players challenge:


I got a pack of popsicles last weekend for Ryan and he is ALL about getting a popsicle for dessert every night :)

Have a good weekend, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sweet Ice Cream
Ink:  Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Cinnamon Cider, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Thick Basic White
Accessories:  None

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Navy Bouquet

Hey y'all!  I DID enjoy my day off yesterday.  I watched an episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and then I made 8 cards.  I took pictures of a bunch of scrapbook layouts but I was having a terrible time with getting pictures to look good yesterday--I didn't retake the scrapbook layouts yet, but I did take pictures of the cards THREE TIMES before I got a set I thought was acceptable.  So here's one of the cards I made yesterday:



Wrapped Bouquet is a super cute stamp set (with coordinating dies) that will be retiring at the end of the month when the Occasions catalog expires.  I used the brand now Color Throwdown palette:


Which I interpreted as Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, and Night of Navy.  I paired that with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I picked out the two challenges before I decided what stamps to use, and for some reason this combination really took me a while to wrap my brain around.  I almost did something with snowflakes even though the image on the CTD palette is definitely summery ;)  I inked up the main bouquet stamp with Versamark and Night of Navy ink, stamped, and then embossed with clear EP so I could watercolor it.  Took me three tries to get a good image--my Night of Navy ink pad is pretty juicy and it kept getting excess ink in some of the fine details of the stamp, so on the third try I inked it up and then pounced a sponge on top of it to take off some of the extra ink.  One of my favorite stamping tricks :)  I inked up the newspaper stamp with Versamark and stamped it on the card base for a bit of subtle background texture.

Summer has finally arrived in Germany and now I'm questioning the wisdom of not getting an AC unit for our bedroom at night...we've been sleeping with the windows open, but German birds never sleep and one of our neighbors has chickens.  Guess it helps me get up early to work out!

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Wrapped Bouquet
Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Wrapped Flowers dies, Nature's Thoughts dies

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A Cup of Cheer

Hey y'all, how do?  I thoroughly enjoyed my day off Monday, and fully intend to do the same today!  I mean yeah I have to work Saturday, but it's been SO NICE getting to play with paper and ink and I did finish up those scrapbook pages!!  I love how they turned out and I can't wait to start on some more.

Anywha, here is my card for today:

Tomorrow my husband is doing a going-away thing for his right-hand man, who is moving back to the States with his family, and the hubs asked me to get some kind of farewell gift for the guy's wife.  Well, the very first thing I want to do when I go back to the States after a long time overseas is to hit up Target! So instead of getting some kind of German souvenir that would only collect dust (plus they've been here longer than we have and I'm sure they got their own souvenirs before Corona shut everything down), I got her a Starbucks gift card and a Visa gift card to use at Target (only because they didn't have Target gift cards here).  So now as soon as Liz arrives in America, she can take her gift cards to get the beverage of her choice and have a nice wander around Target : )

Gift cards in hand, I sat down to make her card, and I saw the theme challenge at Global Design Project:


And it got my brain ticking.  The stamps I used are from an old Paper Pumpkin kit, aren't they cute?  I wish the greeting was a teensy bit smaller so it would actually fit in the cup though.  Anyway, a succulent in a teacup is for sure a teensy tiny garden, but probably the biggest one that I should be responsible for--it's a good thing they don't arrest you for accidentally killing houseplants, because I'd be in jail forever.  Hubs takes care of the orchids in our kitchen, which I adore but they would definitely die if I were responsible for them, so I tend to stick with flowers rendered in paper and ink.  Can't kill 'em, and they stay in bloom forever!

Have a superfantasticawesomelywonderful day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  My Paper Pumpkin
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Thick Basic White, Shaded Spruce DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes dies, Potted Succulents dies, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

SUO Challenges: Mark It Up

Mornin' y'all!  Can you believe it--already time for a new challenge at SUO Challenges!




This time, the challenge is to use markers or Blends on your card creation!  I decided to go super CAS with my card and let the Stampin' Blends really do the talking.


Two stamps, one layer, zero embellishments, but still colorful and pretty thanks to the Blends (colors listed below).  I'm going to call these chickadees but I have zero idea what kind of bird they really are...or if my coloring job actually corresponds to any real-life birds ;)  I had intended to do a light wash of blue behind the bird image but I forgot, oops.  I still think it's pretty.

Don't forget to upload your creation at the SUO Challenges blog!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Free as a Bird
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry, Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Just Jade, Flirty Flamingo, and Cinnamon Cider
Paper:  Thick Basic White
Accessories:  None

Monday, June 7, 2021

Super 'Do

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  We had a good weekend even though it rained a lot.  On Saturday, we crossed the border into France and went shopping at a couple of junk shops--they sell antique furniture, but also a huge array of home decor things and all kinds of stuff, it was fun!  Then last night we watched Raya and the Last Dragon and I loved it :)

The hubs cut Ryan's hair yesterday so I just had to choose this layout to share today!


Somehow I missed these pictures when I was doing Ryan's baby book, so I put them on a layout in my chronological album instead.  Yeah, that wild hairdo on the right?  That was my mother's handiwork.  She wanted to try using hair gel on Ryan and I said fine as long as you wash it out afterward.  She was trying to give him a Superman curl, haha!


Today's color palette is straight from Superman's costume:  Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Poppy Parade, and a bit of Basic Gray and Whisper White.  I got to use some old Superman stickers from my stash, and I could not have asked for a more perfect layout to use them on!

Today is my first weekday off (other than Memorial Day, which doesn't really count) in two weeks, so I'm going to ENJOY it.  Got all my laundry done on Saturday, we cleaned up the house yesterday, so I can play in my craft room with zero guilt.  I have one card I have to make for someone, and then I am GOING to FINISH the five scrapbook layouts that have been languishing in my craft room for MONTHS waiting for me to journal them.  But first I'm going to enjoy my morning cuppa tea : )

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Letters for You
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Pacific Point textured, Poppy Parade, Summer Sun, Thick Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits, Superman stickers by Sandylion