Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mixing Blooms

Mornin' y'all!  Yesterday morning while Ryan was at the babysitter's house, I sorted through a bunch of stuff for the kitchen for our upcoming move, and in the afternoon I got a bit of time in my craft room to make a card.  Productive day!

My Petal Pink ink pad is extra super ridiculously juicy!  The flowers came out darker than I thought they would.  The leaves are Pool Party and the flower centers are Misty Moonlight, which I stamped off once to make it a bit lighter; the sentiment is full-strength Misty Moonlight.

Once again I had a fun time choosing elements from the Festive Friday challenge:

I'm a bit of an overachiever so I picked more than three:  friendship sentiment, pink, flower, sparkle (I used Shimmery White cardstock, though it doesn't show up in the picture), ribbon, and a die cut.  I don't use up ribbon very quickly, so a few years back I stopped buying it; I still have quite a bit of ribbons but they're all retired.  No one I'm liable to send cards to will know or care if the ribbon is retired, so I used it!  The sequins are retired too.

I chose my colors based on the Global Design Project color challenge:

I am more inclined to pair Misty Moonlight with Seaside Spray (see here), so it's nice to see how it pairs up with Pool Party instead.

For my next trick, this card also fits in with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge:

I already had the flowers and the colors chosen, and when I saw this challenge I remembered that I had some self-adhesive Petal Pink sequins so I used some of those on my card too :)

We've got a busy day ahead--Ryan has a dentist appointment this morning and then we have several appointments this afternoon to get ready for our move.  Better wear my roller skates today so I can move faster!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Blossoms in Bloom, Beautiful Friendship
Ink:  Petal Pink, Pool Party, Misty Moonlight
Paper:  Shimmery White
Accessories:  Ornate Frames dies, retired Sycamore Street ribbon, retired self-adhesive sequins, Dimensionals

Monday, July 13, 2020


Scrappy Monday!  We successfully made it home from the Smoky Mountains, and the ball is finally rolling on our move to Germany :) Posts here may be sporadic for a while; I'm going to be busy sorting through what's going into storage vs. what's coming with us, and then we'll likely be without our household goods for a couple of months while they're shipped.  Might not have much time for stamping or scrapping for a while, but I'll do my best.

So let's talk today's layout!  It's another in the series of Welsh castles we visited in May of 2014.

See the original pics here.  I suppose it's misleading to call it a Welsh castle, considering it was built by an English king to subdue the native Welsh.  Despite that, Beaumaris is beautiful; it's on the island of Anglesey where Prince William and Kate lived for a while.  I loved Wales, I'd love to go back and see more of it.

Today's color palette:  Old Olive, Cameo Coral (that pattern from the Raspberry Tart DSP is one of my favorites), Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  I'm about to go start sorting stuff.  Wish me luck...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Wing It
Ink:  Cameo Coral, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant marker
Paper:  Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Raspberry Ripple, Thick Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP
Accessories:  Stitched So Sweetly dies

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ryan: September

Happy Saturday once again, folks!  It's time once again for a baby book layout from Ryan's book.

Once Ryan started crawling, the thing he was most interested in getting to was the dogs' water bowl.  If I set him down on the floor at one end of the house, he would immediately start crawling to the water bowl through three rooms to the other side of the house.  In some of these pictures he's wearing an outfit that has construction equipment on it and it was just SO cute and I let that outfit determine some of the colors for this layout.

Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Crushed Curry came from the outfit; I added Dapper Denim, Cucumber Crush, and of course Whisper White to round out the colors.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letters for You
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Basic Gray, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits, Garage Gears Framelits

Friday, July 10, 2020

Foxy Friday

Happy Friday!  Have you uploaded an animal card at the SUO Challenges blog yet?

I'm back with another animal card to inspire you!  And today I'm going retro with one of my favorite ever animal stamp sets:

Thankful Forest Friends!  The bear has made LOTS of appearances over the years on both cards and scrapbook pages, and the fox has been inked up a lot too.  (For some reason I don't use the bunny as much.)  I wasn't sure what to do for a sentiment on the card, but then I saw the May Paper Pumpkin kit stamps and ding ding ding!  LOVE ose big bold word stamps!  The outline on "hey" started out as an accident--I recently re-inked my Daffodil Delight ink pad so it's ridiculously juicy right now, and when I stamped the "hey" the edges were a little blotchy because I had puddles of ink on the stamp.  So I got my blender pen and started smoothing out the edges and I got an outline effect.  Happy little accidents, y'all!

I used the Into the Woods DSP on a scrapbook layout last week, and it was made to coordinate with Thankful Forest Friends, so I pulled my colors from that DSP though the pattern I chose only has Mossy Meadow in it.  The Rich Razzleberry panel is from another DSP pack, International Bazaar; I used it instead of another piece of Into the Woods paper because I had a scrap the right size and I didn't want to cut into a new sheet of paper.

I'm entering this at Retro Rubber:

Thankful Forest Friends is five years old, so nice and retro for their challenge :)

Hope you enjoyed this week's Creature Feature!  I had lots of fun with it, and of course I have lots and lots of animal stamps I didn't use this week so...maybe I'll do it again!  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thankful Forest Friends, My Paper Pumpkin May 2020 kit
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Into the Woods & International Bazaar DSP
Accessories:  Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Simple Sympathy Bunny

Creature Feature Day 4!  And another reminder to post your animal cards on the SUO Challenges blog :)

For today's card, I pulled out the beautiful Nature's Beauty stamp set and decided to make a bunny card since I've already used the fox and the deer.  I decided to make a sympathy card, not because I need one, but because I hate making one when I DO need one.

The card base is Misty Moonlight and the next layer is Seaside Spray, how perfect are they together?  The main image panel is Smoky Slate; I used the chalk marker to make his tail white.  I always think that sympathy cards should be pretty CAS and use more soothing colors.  I added a few Misty Moonlight enamel dots for simple accents because it felt a little *too* plain without them.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Nature's Beauty, Peaceful Moments
Ink:  Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  chalk marker, In Color Enamel Dots

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Creature Feature: Walrus Friend

Welcome do Day 3 of Christy's Creature Feature ;)  Don't forget to upload all your creature cards on the SUO Challenges blog this week.

I know I've talked several times about how much I love critter stamps...well, I tried to resist We'll Walrus Be Friends, but when it came up on the retiring list this spring I couldn't resist anymore.  So here's my first walrus card.

Still loving Cinnamon Cider and finding new color combinations using it :)  Looks pretty good with Pacific Point, doesn't it?  The wavy pattern is from the old Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (might as well use up some scraps) and I busted out a couple of old Candy Dots too.  I loved having those in every color.  I also busted out the old Watercolor Wonder Crayons for Pacific Point; I didn't remember until after I made this card that we have a Pacific Point watercolor pencil now.  I used the light Cinnamon Cider Blends marker for the walrus, and just colored over his snout with the color lifter to get it lighter.  Easy peasy!

Have a great Wednesday, animal lovers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  We'll Walrus Be Friends
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point, Cinnamon Cider DSP, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

SUO Challenges: Animals

Happy Tuesday!  Ready for a new SUO Challenge??

This time around it's a theme--ANIMALS!  (Now you know why I decided to do a creature feature for this week's posts!)  You can do pets, wild animals, birds, sea creatures, any kind of animal.  I have LOTS of animal stamps but of course my two favorite at the moment are Zany Zebras and Way to Goat.  Well, I did a zebra card for last Friday, so....

Goats it is!  My greedy goat is gray, but I had to do a bright and fun color combo for the rest of the card--Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Magenta Madness.  And I love the new color family DSP packs too, the patterns are so much fun.  I've got the Brights and the new In Colors; I've ordered the Neutrals, and I'll get the other three families soon.  For some reason these patterns have been speaking to me more than the packs from the last few years.

Anywha, now it's your turn!  Make your animal card and share it at the SUO blog for us to oooh and ahhh over.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Way to Goat
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Magenta Madness marker, Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate & Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Granny Apple Green & Magenta Madness DSP
Accessories:  Layering Ovals dies, Layering Circles dies, Dimensionals