Thursday, September 29, 2022

Peekaboo Gnome

Hey y'all!  Hope your week is going well.  I'm working today but looking forward to having another day off tomorrow.  I'm in the scrappin' GROOVE again and it's all I want to do : )

But I did make a card to share today!  Take a peek:

Thought the Kindest Gnomes set would work well with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Though I did move the sentiment down as I just didn't want to cover up any of my little gnome friend.  As usual, I paired the sketch with the Color Throwdown:

I read that as Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.  SU! doesn't have Pacific Point Blends (why, SU, WHYYYYY) so I used the lighter Night of Navy and the darker Balmy Blue to sub in.  I just recently got the DSP packs in alllllll the color families (I just really love this year's patterns!) so I chose patterns in Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie to go behind my gnome and his toadstool house.  Believe it or not, the top of the toadstool is colored with the lighter Pumpkin Pie blend, which is very mellow compared to the patterned paper.  *shrug*

Have a good day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Kindest Gnomes
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Ivory, S100
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Thick Very Vanilla, Pacific Point & Pumpkin Pie DSP
Accessories:  Gnome dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Dimensionals, Fine Sparkle Gems

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Spooktacular Pup

Hey!  Bit late with my blog post today, but I was working on a scrapbook layout this morning and didn't want to switch gears in the middle to make a card.  So I just got this done!

Check out the tic-tac-toe challenge from Retro Rubber:

I had stars on the brain thanks to a sketch challenge (we'll get to that in a minute), and using dies or punches was easy, but the blue part on the bottom row was throwing me a bit since I really wanted to use this pupster.  That is until I thought of a card that Joanne James made with this cool color combination:

Heyyy, Starry Sky would work for me!  I didn't use any silver on my card, but this color challenge definitely got me going in the right direction.  And here's the starry sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches that started me off:

I bought those star embellishments I think last year and I never used any of them until now.  But they were perfect for my spooktacular pup!  Oh yeah, he's retro too--he's four years old.

That's it for me today, peeps.  I'm going to try to maximize my crafting time before the boy gets off the school bus in a couple of hours.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Trick or Tweet
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in Starry Sky, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Bronze
Paper:  Starry Sky, Mango Melody, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Stylish Shapes dies, Cute Stars sequins, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

SUO Challenges: Monochrome

 Hey you guuuuuyyys!  Are you ready for a new challenge from SUO Challenges?

Today it's all about monochrome!  So pick one color and stick with it : )  I chose Starry Sky and made this:

The DSP packs in the color families include this great plaid that has a lot of color value already in it, talk about easy!  I stamped the sentiment with full-strength Starry Sky, and then the pegasus is stamped off once for a lighter look.  I lightly watercolored his mane, tail, and hooves too.  See, you can get a lot of use out of just one ink pad!  A few rhinestones and I'm all set.

So what's your favorite color?  Let's see your monochromatic cards on the SUO Challenges blog.  Have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pure Magic
Ink:  Starry Sky
Paper:  Starry Sky, Thick Basic White, Starry Sky DSP
Accessories:  Deckled Rectangles dies, Dimensionals, rhinestones

Monday, September 26, 2022


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I've been able to carve out little bits of time recently to work on scrapbook pages, and yesterday I took pictures of a few recent layouts.  I've got two to share today!

In October of 2019, we took a week-long trip to the Bar Harbor area of Maine with our friends Bennet and Missy and their kiddo.  We lucked out in that the week we were there was peak fall foliage so we took *hundreds* of pictures, and then I printed out hundreds of pictures because I liked so many of them.  I ended up making an entire album's worth of scrapbook pages from this trip and I still had a giant stack of pictures left over, so I decided to make two layouts to go in the chronological book too.  So yeah all the pictures on these pages are the ones that *didn't* make the cut for the main book.  The main Maine book.

Funny story:  over the past year or two, I've acquired a number of stamp sets on eBay, and I bought a couple of different sets with moose images thinking hey, I'll use these for the Maine pages.  And then I FORGOT TO USE ANY MOOSE for the entirety of the Maine book!  When I finally remembered, I only had the first and last pages for that album yet to do, so I put a moose on that, and then I made these two layouts so I made sure to include a moose here too.

Today's color palette:  Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, and Whisper White.  And now I'm out of Merry Merlot 12x12 cardstock and I really miss the days we could get full packs of a single color.

Have a great week, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Make a Difference, Vintage Leaves, Yukon
Ink:  Versamark, Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Soft Suede, Misty Moonlight
Paper:  Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Thick Basic White, Beauty of the Earth DSP
Accessories:  Leaflets dies, clear EP

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Dino-Mite Sketch for the Paper Players

Happy fall, y'all!  I've got a nice cuppa tea and a piece of coffee cake for breakfast, it's a great start to my Sunday.  And to make it better, we've got a lovely sketch from the Paper Players!

This sketch is courtesy of Jaydee, isn't it great?  And here's what I made for it:

One of my husband's coworkers became a dad for the first time recently, and right after the new parents got home from the hospital with their son, we took over a meal for them.  The first time I met the new mama, before the baby was born, she was wearing a shirt that said "We're hoping it's a DINOSAUR!" (they had opted not to find out the baby's gender before he was born).  So I knew that Dino Days would be a perfect choice to make a card for the new family!

I hope you'll make time this week to try out this dino-mite sketch and upload your card at the Paper Players blog.  Have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Dino Days
Ink:  Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Pretty Peacock, Daffodil Delight, Thick Basic White, Dinoroar DSP
Accessories:  Dino dies, Stitched Rectangles dies, Dimensionals

The Paper Players Design Team

Cindy Beach

Christy Stanford <-- You are here : )

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Leafy Thoughts

Back with another super quick card for today!  Check it out:

Stampin' Up! didn't come out with a leaf-centric stamp set this year (unless you count Soft Seedlings, I suppose, and it's got just one big leaf in it) so I got out last year's Gorgeous Leaves to play with again.  I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Though I admit it's a bit of a looser interpretation.  The woodgrain stamps are the larger rectangle and I'm counting the sentiment as the smaller rectangle; both of those elements are stamped directly on the card base and I just popped the leaves up on top.

I used this week's color challenge from CAS Colours & Sketches:

Which is why I tried to CAS-ify the sketch a bit by cutting down on the layers.  The larger leaf was inked up with Calypso Coral and then a bit of Merry Merlot around the edges; I promise I did use all the challenge colors : )

And don't forget this also fits with this week's theme challenge at the Paper Players:

And that's all she wrote today!  Have a good one, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Gorgeous Leaves, Nature's Prints
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Intricate Leaves dies, Dimensionals, Rustic Metallic Dots

Friday, September 23, 2022

Sorry for Your Loss

*sigh* I hate making sympathy cards in general, but I hate making sympathy cards for the loss of a furry family member even more.

At least the now-retired Dog Builder punch makes them really easy.  I used this week's sketch from Sunday Stamps:

I wanted my DSP rectangle to be larger, but I only had that one scrap of it so that's what I used.  Very quick card to make, it was ready to go in the mail in under 10 minutes.

Have a good weekend, y'all.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pampered Pets
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Sweet Sorbet, Thick Basic White, Crumb Cake DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles dies, Dog Builder punch, Dimensionals