Thursday, June 13, 2024

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

Hey y'all!  How's your Thursday going?  I will admit, I had to check the day on the computer ; ) I have been trucking along on scrapbook pages, my stitching project, *and* rereading my favorite author's series before the next one drops next Tuesday (I still have 4.5 books left to read though).  So I'm a busy little bee and guess what's on today's card!

Oh hey look, I used more of that Peach Pie pattern from yesterday's card.  Anyway, check out this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And the Color Throwdown:

I used Lemon Lolly, Peach Pie, and Sweet Sorbet for my colors.  Bee My Valentine was already on my craft table as I was considering it for a different project, but bees and hearts seemed like a good fit for these colors and I had that peachy pattern in my brain from yesterday too.  So yeah, this card came together lickety-split with the Bee Builder punch and some Lemon Lolly sequins.

After Ryan's taekwondo class yesterday, we headed over to Michael's and I got some frames for artwork I ordered last year (because we don't have enough stuff to put on the walls already, haha).  So either today or tomorrow I'll have to get those items framed and ready for the move.  I just typed "movie" instead of "move", but a movie will most likely be in our near future too as Ryan wants to go see Inside Out 2.  So there's our plans for the next little bit.

Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bee My Valentine
Ink:  Lemon Lolly, Sweet Sorbet, Balmy Blue, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Thick Basic White, Peach Pie, Unbounded Beauty DSP
Accessories:  Bee Builder punch, sequins, Mini Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Zinnia Thanks

Hey y'all, what day is it again?  We are in full Summer Mode here and time has no meaning...well it will next week when Ryan has soccer camp, but for this week we're not keeping track ; )  I'm still spending as much time in my craft room as I can before we move, so here's my latest creation:

It took a little while for me to warm up to the Simply Zinnia bundle and I thought I would be able to resist buying it, but I kept seeing so many great things made with it by other stampers and I am so glad it is now a part of my hoard.  I thought it was a good match for the Sunday Stamps color challenge:

I used Lost Lagoon, Peach Pie, Bubble Bath, Petunia Pop, and Berry Burst for the colors, and I paired that with the fun sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments:

I put a small sentiment block in the place of the bow on the sketch as I don't have any ribbony things that match the colors on the card.  I've used Petunia Pop on a scrapbook layout, but this was the first time I have tried out Peach Pie so that was fun.  And I busted out the new Unbounded Beauty DSP too.  The just-retired set of In Colors (Starry Sky et al) are my favorite set ever, but this new set is making a good case for itself too.  I do love me some bright colors.

That's it for me today, peeps.  I'm off to work on a stack of I think nine scrapbook layouts?  My goal is to finish those up before I have to start prepping things for the move next week, and I have a few more design team cards to make too.  Time grows short but that's okay because it means that this year-long deployment is almost over!  Woo!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Simply Zinnia
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in Lost Lagoon, Peach Pie, Bubble Bath, Petunia Pop, Berry Burst
Paper:  Petunia Pop, Bubble Bath, Thick Basic White, Unbounded Beauty DSP
Accessories:  Simply Zinnia dies, Countryside Corners dies, Dimensionals, In Color Shimmer Gems

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Boho Hummingbird

Mornin' y'all!  Ryan had is taekwondo belt test last night and it was pretty great--part of the test is sparring, both with other students and with the instructors, and at one point Ryan and another kiddo ganged up on the guy who runs the studio and it was HILARIOUS and I got a video of it to share with the hubs.  And then Ryan got to break his first-ever board and he was so excited about that.  I'm sad that he only has two more weeks with this martial arts studio before we move.

Anyway, I have a card to share today!

I had picked up Thoughtful Expressions a week ago, intending to make a hummingbird card, and then I went with a sea turtle instead so today is the hummingbird's time to shine.  I used the Paper Players color challenge:

And my additional color is Moody Mauve.  I inked up the images with Versamark and then Night of Navy ink, stamped, and embossed with clear EP so I could watercolor without the outlines smudging.  My mom loves hummingbirds so after I move to Colorado this will probably be going to her : )

I finally got pictures of a GIANT stack of scrapbook layouts yesterday!  So now I have a whole lot of draft posts ready to go for future Scrappy Mondays.  I have this week and next in this house and then the movers get here to start packing up, so I'm trying to bust out a few more layouts (and cards) before that happens.  I have six in progress layouts going right now and I'm hoping to start two or three more and get them finished.  We'll see how I do.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Have a great day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Thoughtful Expressions
Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy, Boho Blue, Lemon Lolly, Moody Mauve
Paper:  Boho Blue, Thick Basic White, Countryside Inn DSP
Accessories:  Thoughtful Expressions dies, clear EP, Dimensionals, In Color dots

Monday, June 10, 2024

Peterhof Gardens

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  It's a bit overcast today so maybe I'll be able to take pictures of my scrapbook layouts today...I have a giant stack that I have finished but not photographed to share here yet, and I don't want to do it when it's full sun because then harsh shadows and glare on the pictures.  Which there's still a bit of glare on the ones I'm sharing today but all I can do is the best I can do...

These layouts are from our visit to Peterhof near St. Petersburg when we visited on a Baltic cruise in 2014.  Peter the Great was happy living in a simple wood cabin, but his ministers insisted he had to have a residence to impress foreign dignitaries, so Peterhof was built and surrounded with extensive gardens.  Our tour didn't take us inside any of the buildings, just through the gardens.

That watch out for pickpockets sign in the lower right just always makes me laugh for some reason.

Today's color palette:  Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, Gumball Green, and Dapper Denim.  I made these pages over a year ago and honestly I don't know how I landed on this color palette with these pictures.  I guess it works?

Anyway, that's it for me today.  Ryan has his taekwondo belt test this afternoon and then we're going to dinner at Texas Roadhouse after.  But in the meantime I have to start contacting utilities companies in Colorado to set things up for when we move.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letterpress Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet, Friends Never Fade
Ink:  Gumball Green, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya
Paper:  Evening Evergreen, Gumball Green, Dapper Denim, Thick Basic White, Lovely in Linen DSP
Accessories:  None

Friday, June 7, 2024

Tropical Birds

Happy Friday, y'all!  I admit, I got a slow start today despite good intentions.  I did eventually get my workout done but it was too late for breakfast so I had an early lunch and it was GOOD and now I am ready to get to work today!

But first, get out your sunglasses because today's card is bright!

Yep, still loving that Saying Hey stamp set.  Let's start with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And the very fun Color Throwdown:

I used a mix of Lemon Lolly and Daffodil Delight (the Daffodil was a bit darker for watercoloring the birds, but the papers all feature Lemon Lolly), Pumpkin Pie, and Berry Burst for my colors and this was just so much fun.  I do love me some bright colors.  I also added some Pebbled Path for a neutral; I have been using this color A LOT on scrapbook pages as an alternative to Basic Gray.  Anyway, for this card, I decided to watercolor the birds rather than using Blends to color them, so I inked up each stamp with VersaMark, then whatever ink color I wanted, and then embossed with clear EP so I could do the watercolor without making the stamped ink run.

That's it for me today, peeps.  I've got a zillion pictures laid out on my craft table and it's time to start organizing them onto scrapbook pages.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bird's Eye View, Saying Hey
Ink:  Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pebbled Path, Versamark
Paper:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lolly, Thick Basic White, Bright & Beautiful DSP stack, Flowering Zinnias DSP
Accessories:  Countryside Corners dies, clear EP, white EP, retired glitter dots, Dimensionals

Thursday, June 6, 2024

You're a Classic...Car

Hey y'all!  With Ryan staying at his grandparents' house this week, I have been filling up as much time as I can in my craft room, working on stitching, or reading books (I'm doing a series reread because my favorite author has a book coming out in a couple of weeks).  It's fun but I still miss my kiddo : )

Anyway, I have a Father's Day card to share today.

I just recently used Geared Up Garage on a scrapbook layout, so I had it on the brain when I saw the Retro Rubber sketch:

Geared Up Garage is five years old, so it definitely counts as retro.  The only stamping on the card front is the greeting, which was a PAIN to cut out, and I put the Happy Father's Day stamped greeting on the inside of the card.  My dad has been the recipient of multiple Geared Up Garage cards featuring orange, 'cause he loves cars and wears a lot of orange to rep his college teams (Oklahoma State).  Anyway, once again I let the DSP do the heavy lifting on the card front--the cars are cut from one pattern and I used three others for the rest of the card.

Okay, I have to go to the store to get some groceries and then it's crafting time, y'all.  I'm enjoying it as much as I can since we pack up later this month for our move.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Geared Up Garage
Ink:  Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Thick Basic White, Classic Garage DSP Stack
Accessories:  Garage Gears dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Mini Dimensionals, retired Crushed Curry glitter dots

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Friendly Duck

Mornin' y'all!  Quick post today as I have an appointment that got moved up by an hour, so I'm squeezing a bit this morning to get some things done.  Today's card is all about Ryan's favorite animal:

Ducks!  Seriously, my kid loves ducks.  He brought home multiple writing assignments from school this year extolling the virtues of ducks.  His favorite stuffie is his friend Peking Duck (do not tell him that is Chinese food, he will get upset...I named the duck before Ryan could talk).  He gets excited when we see real live ducks--a couple of days ago, we saw two playing in a puddle in front of his school, so we had to go cruise through the parking lot so he could take a picture.  All that to say, you know the Charming Duck Pond suite was on my first new catalog order.  For today's card, the cute DSP is doing the heavy lifting--the background is one sheet of patterns, and I cut the duck buddies out of another sheet.  Doesn't the one on the right look like he is totally spilling the tea to his friend?

I'm entering this at a new-to-me challenge, Critter Crazy:

It's anything goes with a critter as the main focus of the card.  One or two stampers I follow play along in this challenge, which is how I became aware of it, and who doesn't need a good excuse to use more critters in their crafting?

Next up is the Paper Players theme challenge:

I picked Charming Duck Pond off my new stamp shelf fully intending to stamp some duck buddies, but the ones on the DSP were just too funny to ignore so the only stamping on my card is the greeting.  I backed it with some cattail die cuts and a bit of ribbon for interest.

That's it for me today, peeps.  I'm going to go work on some things before I have to head out.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Charming Duck Pond
Ink:  Balmy Blue
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Pretty Peacock, Thick Basic White, Lily Pond Lane DSP Stack
Accessories:  Charming Duck Pond dies, Nested Essentials dies, Natural Polka Dot Trim, Dappled Dots, Dimensionals