Friday, January 28, 2022

Hydrangea Valentine

Happy Friday, y'all!  How has your week been going?  I think I'm still sleepy from the night earlier this week when I woke up at 3:45 and couldn't get back to sleep, ugh.  It's been kind of a weird schedule this week too since I've been working until 3, then rushing home to work in my craft room for about 30 minutes before heading back out to pick Ryan up from daycare.  I don't like feeling rushed when I'm crafting, ya know?  But I did make a card yesterday.

I am calling this a Valentine because why should roses be the only flowers on Valentines?  So it fits with the Global Design Project theme:

I also used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:


I did make my card the standard A2 card size rather than square, because I don't *like* making square cards.  I realize I may be in the minority with that opinion but that's okay.  Last up, I used the color challenge from the Color Throwdown:


This color palette immediately made me think of the Hydrangea Hill DSP from last year's Occasions catalog, so I used Rococo Rose, Highland Heather, and Mossy Meadow for my colors.

Gotta get ready to go to work.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hydrangea Haven
Ink:  Early Espresso, Rococo Rose, Mossy Meadow, Highland Heather
Paper:  Highland Heather, Thick Basic White, Hydrangea Hill DSP
Accessories:  Hydrangea dies, Highland Heather ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Ladybug Me Anytime

Morning peeps!  It's been a busy week at work but my schedule allows me to come home for about an hour before I have to go pick Ryan up, so I've been trying to use that time to stamp a quick card.  And I got to play with some new stamps!

I knew I'd have to get the Hello Ladybug bundle as soon as I saw it :)  It didn't photograph well, but I unearthed my very old collection of Stickles and put silver glitter on the ladybug's spots.  I paired my sparkly ladybug with the Simply Marbleous DSP from the SAB brochure; I got the idea from the Sunday Stamps color challenge:


I used Real Red and then Smoky Slate and Basic Gray for my gray shades.  That Simply Marbleous paper reminds me of the old, old patterned paper I used to buy when I very first started scrapbooking over 25 years ago, especially the satin sides.  I probably won't use the satin sides much :p but I'm okay with the marbley patterns.  Anywha, this card came together super fast thanks to the CAS Colours & Sketches sketch:



I thought I needed a squee bit more red so I added three red hearts from Penguin Place to the bottom corner.

Hope you're having a good week!

Supplies, almost all SU!
Stamps:  Hello Ladybug, Penguin Place
Ink:  Basic Gray, Real Red
Paper:  Thick Basic White, Simply Marbleous DSP Stack
Accessories:  Ladybug Builder Punch, Dimensionals, silver Stickles

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Hot Chocolate Kind of Day

Mornin' y'all!  How's your week going?  Yesterday morning when I left to go to work, I discovered that we had freezing fog, so there was a rime of frost/ice on everything and it was foggy still.  Makes the trees look magical :) and it's also COLD.  So my card for today is all kinds of appropriate!


I bought a couple of stamp sets from Newton's Nook a couple months ago and finally busted out this one out; it's called Cup of Cocoa.  I got the coordinating dies too but I didn't use them today.

I liked the color challenge from The Card Concept:


I used Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, and Early Espresso for my colors, which just so happened to all be on a piece of the retired Wrapped in Plaid DSP stack (along with Crumb Cake).  I'm going to say my card is in the Clean & Layered style.

I used the sketch from Fusion:


I also kept the coffee/drink theme, but what can I say, I like to use COLORS on my cards and the inspiration pic is a lot of neutrals ;)

Hope you're staying toasty warm, peeps!  I think I'll go make myself a nice cuppa tea...

Supplies:
Stamps:  Cup of Cocoa from Newton's Nook
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Stampin' Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Ivory, Bronze
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Thick Basic White, Wrapped in Plaid DSP Stack, Neutrals DSP Stack
Accessories:  Rectangles Stitched dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Retro Style

Hey hey, stampy friends!  I had a good birthday yesterday.  Spent hours in my craft room working on a few cards and some scrapbook pages while also doing laundry, because laundry waits for no man :p  The hubs brought home my favorite pizza for me (pineapple and black olive) and we had cake and ice cream too.  Anyway, I do have a card to share today!



The Pattern of Friendship stamp set popped in my head immediately when I saw the Retro Rubber challenge:


I used pastel pink, pastel yellow, and I'm counting Pool Party as a soft turquoise.  I dug up a pair of Stampin' Blends that *claims* to be Pink Pirouette, but when I colored in the lady's dress on the left it looked much more like Blushing Bride to me, so that's what I used for the sentiment circle.  My SIL adores mid-century modern stuff and 50s-style clothes, so I think I know where this card is going :)  Oh yes, my stamp set is super retro:  I got Pattern of Friendship in 2006 so it's probably 13.5 years old now.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pattern of Friendship
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Cinnamon Cider, Gray Granite
Paper:  So Saffron, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Thick Basic White, Sunshine & Rainbows DSP Stack
Accessories:  1 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals

Monday, January 24, 2022

Tracy Girls

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  And today is my birthday, too!  So far not too different from any other day off of work...did some yoga (but an hour instead of 30 minutes), started some laundry and I'm running the dishwasher :) But when I finish breakfast, I'll be heading upstairs to have some fun in my craft room, and the menu for tonight is pizza, cake, and ice cream.  I like it!


This layout features pictures from when Ryan was about two months old and one of my besties drive down with her girls to meet him for the first time and spend their spring break week in the DC area.  I adore all three of those girls :) And for once I got to use a lot of pink in my scrapbook!


Today's retired color palette includes Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White.  Sure we have Basic White now, but if you want to get technical then Whisper White is also retired.

Cheers, y'all!  I'm gonna go have some fun with paper, ink, and stamps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Big Pieces, Little Pieces
Ink:  Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac
Paper:  Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Thick Whisper White, Flowers for You
Accessories:  Circle punches

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Paper Players: Get Sketchy

Happy Sunday!  Ready for a new Paper Players challenge?  I am!  And I think you're gonna like this one!


Isn't that sketch wonderful?  I thought it would be a great way to showcase some pretty patterned paper, so here's what I made:


I chose one sheet of Hand Penned DSP, cut the panel the size I wanted for the card front, and then cut it in two pieces--those patterns are both sides of a single sheet of paper.  I think the part that took the longest when creating this card was deciding which colors to highlight for the mat/ribbon color and the card base!  That ribbon was a Sale-a-Bration offering a few years ago, so I'm happy to find a use for it now.

Remember to upload your sketchy creation at the Paper Players blog!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Happy & Heartfelt
Ink:  Highland Heather
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, Thick Basic White, Hand Penned DSP
Accessories:  retired Highland Heather ribbon

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sunny Tulips

Mornin' y'all!  I worked yesterday, but I managed to snatch one hour in my craft room before I had to pick Ryan up from daycare and I used it to journal some scrapbook pages.  I've done 7 layouts this year so far and my busy little brain is percolating more ideas all the time!

When Ryan was in the tub the other night, I managed to make a quick card to share today!


Yeah, I'm getting good at squeezing in crafting time at the smallest opportunity.  Thanks to the Global Design Project sketch, this card came together lickety-split!


I thought this was a great sketch to show off some new DSP I just got (still waiting on the other half of my Stampin' Up! order, but I do have lots of new toys to play with in the meantime!).  The sweet tulips are in the Flowering Fields DSP, and the other pattern is on the back side of the tulips.  I tried several colors for the card base but I kept coming back to the rich Evening Evergreen, so that's what I used.  I have a friend who loves tulips and her birthday is at the beginning of March, so my next challenge will be remembering to mail her this card when the time comes!

Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sharing Sunshine
Ink:  Evening Evergreen
Paper:  Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Thick Basic White, Flowering Fields DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles dies, Seasonal Labels dies, Dimensionals, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots