Monday, March 4, 2024


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I had a lovely Saturday working on a couple of projects, watching a movie (it's rare I get control of the TV when Ryan is in the house), and reading a book.  Pretty good day in my opinion.  I picked Ryan up yesterday morning and he was so tired from having run around with his cousins that he mostly camped out on the couch : )

Anyway, I have a layout to share today, from our 2014 road trip through Wales where I dragged the hubs to as many castles as I could manage.  And today is the Welsh castle you're most likely to recognize:

This was the site of Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales, I wonder if/when they're going to do something similar for Prince William?  It's another large castle and similar to several others we saw in Wales; I always think it's funny to see a centuries-old giant castle nestled right up next to a parking lot (car park) with modern cars in it.

I used my all-time favorite sketch to make this layout, and only realized afterwards that I had used the same layout for my Beaumaris pictures and they're right next to each other.  Oops.  Well, that's what happens when I don't scrap my pictures in chronological order, I forget that I used that sketch already!  Oh well, I like both of the layouts so they're staying the way they are.  I even used a pink and a green in the same spots on both layouts!

Today's fun color palette:  Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, and Blueberry Bushel.  When I made the layout, two of the colors were retired but now LLT and Blueberry Bushel are in the regular color lineup, hooray!

Okay, I'm off to go work on my projects.  The kid is off school on Friday, and that morning we're picking up the hubs and driving to Colorado to look at houses.  So I want to get some quality crafty time in before that happens.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Nature's Prints
Ink;  Calypso Coral, Blueberry Bushel, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Blueberry Bushel, Thick Basic White, Pretty Prints DSP
Accessories:  Natural Prints dies

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Spring Gnome

Mornin' y'all!  Well, I get to have a relaxing day to myself--after Ryan and I had our monthly ice cream date yesterday (we have now completed 8 months of the hubs' 12-month deployment, woo!), I dropped him off to spend the weekend with his grandparents and then I went to the used book store because I know how to party.  So I slept in this morning and then worked a little more on the house-hunting thing, and I plan to spend the rest of the day working on some projects in my craft room.  And I'm going to enjoy it : )

Anyway, I do have a card to share today, take a look:

I brought back last year's Friendly Gnomes for this card and this is only the second time I've used the stamp set, oops.  Anyway, I had to do retro for the Retro Rubber Challenge:

I zeroed in on the "gnomes" space right away, so I went down the right side with patterned paper, a gnome, and floral--the flowers and stripes are actually one piece of patterned paper, just the two different sides.  Friendly Gnomes, as I mentioned, is a year old. I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And of course this week's Color Throwdown:

I went with three retired colors:  Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose, and Succulent Sage.  I like these colors together, might have to give them another go.

Anyway, I'm off to work on my wedding album.  I finished putting together all the pages with the pictures taken by the professional photographer; I think I'm going to add a bit of minimal journaling on a few pages and then I can put them in an album and it's done.  I do have a lot of pictures that we took on our own cameras, so those will be going into a separate album and will be my next project.  At least I'm finally making progress!

Cheers, y'all!  Enjoy your weekend.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Friendly Gnomes
Ink:  Merry Merlot, Stampin' Blends in Soft Succulent, Rococo Rose, Petal Pink, Cherry Cobbler, Pecan Pie
Paper:  Soft Succulent, Rococo Rose, Thick Basic White, Merry Merlot DSP
Accessories:  Gnomes dies, In Color dots

Friday, March 1, 2024


That's it, just bear.  Bear is today's card. 


This is the one that I was going to post on Wednesday and then cute cows happened : )  Anyway, I started with the CAS Colours & Sketches sketch:

And I paired that with the Card Concept inspiration:

I really did try to keep it CAS for the CC&S challenge but I'm not sure I managed it, this looks more like either the clean & layered or clean & graphic style.  I would have gone for a moose like the inspiration pic, but my moose punch isn't working quite right and I forgot to have the hubs take a look at it when he was here for Christmas.  So I went with a bear, and also this is the quilt on my bed right now:

I got it on Amazon, I do love it.  It's a lighter weight than the comforter we have, and I tend to get hot at night so I've been using this.

Anyway, we're preparing to move again this summer so I've spent the past few days looking at pictures of dozens of houses and I think my eyeballs are about to cross.  I've come up with a motley list of things I like, things I don't like, and one thing I saw that felt like an assault to my eyeballs and I wish to press charges against two different houses:  CARPET IN THE BATHROOM.  Like, whyyyyyyy.  Ew.

Anyway, that's it for me today.  It's March 1, so kiddo and I will be going on our ice cream date after school today--we have officially made it through 8 months of this year-long deployment!  So that definitely warrants ice cream.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Wildlife Wonder, Perennial Postage
Ink:  Pecan Pie, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Thick Basic Vanilla, Shaded Spruce DSP
Accessories:  blending brush

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Tea Mug

Mornin' y'all!  It has dropped like 40 degrees in the past couple of days so I am happily ensconced with a mug of tea (at least I was, I finished it...think I should brew another one!).  So that's tea in the mug on my card.

Having some fun with the new Latte Love stamp set : )  Check out the great layery sketch from the Paper Players:

And I couldn't resist the Inkspirational mood board:

I used Pool Party and Powder Pink for my two colors.  This card was my second attempt at these challenges, I made an Easter card but I just wasn't feeling it so I had to give it another go.

Anyway, I'm back to house hunting.  We're going to Colorado soon to start looking at houses for our upcoming move : )  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Latte Love
Ink:  Pecan Pie, Pool Party Blends
Paper:  Powder Pink, Thick Basic White, Powder Pink & Pool Party DSP
Accessories:  Latte Love dies, Dimensionals, Rainbow Dots

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Holy Cows!

Mornin' y'all!  I am still giggling a bit this morning from a conversation I had with Ryan after his TKD class yesterday.  He wanted to tell me all about George, Ben, Abe, and Eleanor, as if these are friends of his...ya know, George was the first president and also he was the father of the world (yeah the whole thing), and Ben lived somewhere else for a while (he was ambassador to France) and he sometimes published a newspaper with his brother's name on it and that made his brother mad.  Abe was the 16th president and he got shot (Ryan didn't remember anything else about Abe), and this other lady was first and she did a lot of stuff to make sure people got treated equally and could be safe at work and that women could vote (she sounds pretty rad, I was the one who remembered the name Eleanor).  And that is American history according to Ryan, where last names are totally unnecessary.  Ha!

Anyway, I was planning to share a different card today but this one just can't wait because it's so cute.

Yet another new stamp alert--Cutest Cows!  Umm, I went to town during Sale-a-Bration, I got lots of new schtuff to play with, and thanks to the challenge at Inspire. Create. I knew that Cutest Cows had to get inked up:

I kept the cow theme, a similar color combination, and dots, though I used the fun pattern from the Bright & Beautiful DSP Stack for my background--I love this pattern :)  I changed up the layout though because I wanted to use the sketch from Global Design Project:

Fun sketch, I like it!  And it was perfect to showcase two cows.  I used the coordinating cow punch for the top cow body and the bottom cow head, but the other pieces were snipped with scissors.  The cow punch is the one I forgot to put on my first big SAB order in January and gave me an excuse to make a second order earlier this month.  Fun fact:  my friend Chris almost got in trouble in French class one time for trying to say "holy cow" in French.  Turns out that one doesn't translate directly ; ) and was unintentionally close to cursing, though the teacher's reaction was pretty hilarious: one very loud, very shocked, very French OHH! and if she had been wearing pearls she totally would have clutched them.

Anyway, apparently I am just very amused today, hope you enjoyed the stories.  I'm going to watch this week's NCIS and then go back up to my craft room for some more fun while Ryan is at school.  It's a tough life, I know.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Cutest Cows
Ink:  Pebbled Path, Stampin' Blends in Bubble Bath & Fresh Freesia
Paper:  Bubble Bath, Thick Basic White, Bright & Beautiful DSP Stack
Accessories:  Cutest Cow Builder Punch, Stylish Shapes dies, Dimensionals, Pastel Pearls

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Finding Inspiration with SUO Challenges

Good morning stampy friends!  Are you ready for a new challenge from SUO Challenges?  Because it's that time again :)

Here's the challenge:

And if you want a closeup of the inspiration pic:

Fun, right?  Now, you don't *have* to us the Perennial Lavender suite for your card...but I did.  Here's what I made:

I CASEd the layout of this card from Mary Fish (see her card here) but while she went for a bold, graphic style, I decided to do ink blending and glimmer paper.  I blended Orchid Oasis and Fresh Freesia ink on my background panel, then flicked a bit of water on it and if I had been looking at the inspo pic when I stuck things down, I would have rotated the panel so the Orchid Oasis was on top like the colors of the drink in the photo.  The glimmer paper I used was from last year's catalog and it's ombre, so I cut out several lavender sprigs and made sure I got a variety of shades on there.  I chose this fun Lemon Lolly stripey paper for my background as a nod to the lemon in the inspo pic, plus it's just such a cheery backdrop for all the purples.  Not gonna lie, this is one of my favorite cards ever!

Don't forget to head over to the SUO Challenges blog to see what the rest of the design team did with this inspiration pic, and then we want to see what you make of it.  Have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Perennial Lavender, Softly Sophisticated
Ink:  Orchid Oasis, Fresh Freesia
Paper:  Orchid Oasis, Thick Basic White, Glimmer Paper, Lighter than Air DSP Stack
Accessories:  Perennial Lavender dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Dimensionals, In Color Pearls, In Color baker's twine

Monday, February 26, 2024

Saying Goodbye to Sadie

Yesterday was a very hard day for my friend Krissy, who had to unexpectedly say goodbye to her dog Joplin.  I am doing my best to support her in her grief because Krissy's dogs are her babies and I totally understand that.  I ordered a small memorial gift that will be delivered today and I will be sending her many cards in the mail, since that's pretty much all I can do from two states away.

So today I'm sharing my scrapbook layout from when we said goodbye to our own girl, Sadie, nearly four years ago when she was 14 years old.

Man, this was a tough layout to make, but I am glad I have it for my furbabies' scrapbook.  The two pictures on the bottom right were taken just two days before Sadie passed.  I chose that multicolored washy background because it reminded me of a low-key Rainbow Bridge for my girl.  I miss her and Vader still every day, but we are looking forward to adopting a dog or two after we move again this summer.  I miss having furbabies.

I used black for my page base, Cherry Cobbler to match Sadie's collar, and the other colors are in the watercolor wash background, Misty Moonlight, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Back to Basics Alphabet, Happy Tails
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Misty Moonlight, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Misty Moonlight, Thick Basic White, Sand & Sea DSP
Accessories:  Dog Builder Punch