Tuesday, October 3, 2023

I'm Leaving

Just kidding, I'm just punny because today's card is all about leaves : )

This is a triple challenge card, too.  First up is the Just Add Ink sketch:

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the left, I couldn't find a placement for my leaves with the vertical orientation.  Next up is the tic-tac-toe from Retro Rubber:

I went down the right side of the board with masculine, leaves, and die cuts.  At first I had the ribbon tied in a bow, but I changed it to a simple knot because I thought that felt a teensy bit more masculine.  Is that silly or what?  But that taffeta ribbon was the only thing I had that matched the colors of the card.  My stamp set, Love of Leaves, is 3 years old, and the colors are retro too.  I chose colors based on the Sunday Stamps color challenge:

I used More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, and Buckaroo Blue for my colors, all of which are long retired.  I even busted out a retro stamping technique for the card base, I scrunched up a piece of plastic wrap, tapped it on my ink pad, and stamped it on the card base.  That technique was A Thing when I first started stamping circa 2004-2005, and the inspo pic for this challenge is what made me think of it.  Super easy way to make a nice subtle background when plain cardstock is too plain and patterned paper is too busy.

Okay, I've got to go work on organizing stuff again.  I actually got a lot of progress made upstairs yesterday and I have a truly ridiculous number of empty scrapbook albums in one closet and a whole lot of completed scrapbook pages in another.  One of these days I'll have to get those together : p  Today I'm going to be packing up our old sets of dishes to get them ready to donate since I got all-new Fiestaware dishes this year.  Wheeee!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Love of Leaves
Ink:  Buckaroo Blue, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Buckaroo Blue, Thick Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Stitched Leaves dies, Stitched Rectangles dies, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals
Accessories:  Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon,

Monday, October 2, 2023

Maine: Dawn at the Lighthouse

Mornin' y'all!  I need to get this post written quickly and then go get ready--it's parent/teacher conference day at Ryan's school.  So here we go with more Maine pages!

Missy had included a dawn trip to a local lighthouse on her itinerary, but of course two small children would have strenuously objected to such a thing, so just Lee and Bennet went out that early to take pics for us.  Not too bad, right?

Today's color palette:  Seaside Spray (appropriate), So Saffron, Garden Green, Evening Evergreen, and Whisper White.

Happy OCTOBER and have a great week!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Make a Difference, Rough Edges Alphabets
Ink:  Garden Green, Seaside Spray, Evening Evergreen marker
Paper:  Seaside Spray, Garden Green, Thick Basic White, Sand & Sea DSP
Accessories:  None

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Birthday Bear

Hey y'all, how's your Sunday going?  I'm still trying to work through organizing the stuff upstairs...and downstairs...and pretty much everywhere.  It's going to be a work in progress for a while, I'm afraid.  Ryan and I were busy all day yesterday going to the zoo with his grandparents, and then today is Ice Cream Day--on the first of the month, we go out for ice cream to celebrate making it through another month with his dad away from us.  Three down, nine to go...we can do it!  After ice cream, I snuck up to my craft room to make a card real quick.

We have a lot of family birthdays coming up soon, starting with my brother-in-law.  I had to make a card for this week's fun Freshly Made Sketch:

And the beautiful autumnal colors from the Color Throwdown:

I used Old Olive (the DSP is technically Mossy Meadow, but I thought it worked fine with Old Olive for my card base), Copper Clay, Pecan Pie, Very Vanilla, and a bit of Early Espresso for a neutral.  And obviously I stuck with the theme in the Color Throwdown inspo pic.

I think the metallics in the DSP make this card pretty fancy.

Ryan appeared in my craft room as I was trying to take pictures of this card, and insisted that his latest Lego creation had to be in a picture.  I think it's a robot?  It's not a bear.

Well, I'd better go fold laundry before Ryan and I head out to watch the Paw Patrol movie with his cousins.  Do I know how to party or what!  I joke, but I like Paw Patrol pretty well so I'm perfectly happy to take him to the movies today.  All paws on deck!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Wildlife Wonder
Ink:  Pecan Pie, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, All About Autumn DSP Stack
Accessories:  Rustic Metallic Dots

Friday, September 29, 2023

Cowboy Skelly

Mornin' y'all and happy Friday!  I am once again procrastinating about cleaning up stuff in the house...but yesterday, I did eventually get out and work on the garage.  It took me 3 1/2 hours, but I've got it all organized and I can park in there again, so I'm happy about that.  Now I just have to impose order on the giant mess that is my house...

But first, a card.  I actually made this one for the current SU! Only color challenge, but I wasn't 100% happy with it and so I made the card that I posted on Tuesday.  So here's today's card:

Nothing wrong with it, per se, but it just wasn't grabbing me and I do try to do my best work for design team stuff.  Don't forget to post your own card on the SUO Challenges blog!

Okay, okay, I've got to get off the computer and get to work on the house.  I hope to squeeze in some time to do a card this afternoon but I really do need to work first.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bag of Bones
Ink:  Versamark, Gorgeous Grape
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Parakeet Party, Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  White EP, Black EP, Bag of Bones dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Mini Dimensionals

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Witchy Sisters

Mornin' y'all!  I must confess, I am 100% procrastinating.  All our stuff that was in storage for 3 years was delivered yesterday (well, almost, one box was missing but it's supposed to be here today) and ZOMG WHY DO WE HAVE SO MUCH STUFF.  It took me a couple of hours to organize all the books and with some creativity I managed to fit like six bookshelves' worth of books into two shelves; today I need to tackle the garage (again) because I would really like to be able to park my car inside.  I am procrastinating because I know it's going to be hot out there and I just don't wanna :p but no one else is going to do it, so I'm heading out after I write this post.  And once the garage is done, I have a lot of stuff strewn over the whole bottom floor of the house, so yeah, I'm going to be busy for a bit.

Anyway, I have THREE cards to share today!

Oh yes, we are back with the Sanderson sisters today.  Check out the Inkspirational challenge:

In addition to CAS, there's an optional twist of making a card inspired by a movie.  I already had the images and sentiments stamped out and die cut, I just hadn't made them up into cards, so of course I had to jump on this challenge : )

So there's Winifred Sanderson and a quote.  I saw a meme on Facebook that said this was the reaction every time it was a nice summery day because it's time for fall already, and yeah I feel that!  I almost forgot, I chose the patterned paper so that this would fit in the Global Design Project color challenge:

Stamps:  Full Moon by The Ink Road
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Basic Black, Thick Basic White, Them Bones DSP
Accessories:  Nested Essentials dies, Dimensionals

And here's Sarah Sanderson, and I think that quote just gets even funnier if you don't know the context.  But I'll send this to one of my Hocus Pocus-loving friends so she'll understand the reference : )

Stamps:  Full Moon by The Ink Road
Ink:  Lemon Lolly, Starry Sky
Paper:  Starry Sky, Thick Basic White, Bright & Beautiful DSP Stack
Accessories:  Stylish Shapes dies, Nested Essentials dies, Dimensionals

And last up is Mary Sanderson, I was surprised that the Pumpkin Pie ink actually shows up over the Early Espresso ink I used for her hairdo.  I did stamp it two or three times but I didn't expect it to show up over the darker ink, so that's a happy surprise

Stamps:  Full Moon by The Ink Road
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Thick Basic White, Plaid Tidings DSP Stack
Accessories:  Stylish Shapes dies, Nested Essentials dies, Dimensionals

Okay, I'm off to tackle the garage.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Anniversary Toadstools

Mornin' y'all!  EARLY morning...I've got a busy day ahead so it's not even 6am as I type this.  So let's get started, here's today's card:

It is brought to you by the color green! : ) My favorite.  Check out the Paper Players sketch:

And the Just Add Ink inspiration challenge:

All those beautiful green tones made my little heart go pitter pat!  I pulled out Wildlife Wonder, but upon looking at the inspo pic again, I decided to ink up Ringed with Nature because I don't think I'd ever used the toadstool images before (I just tried to type toast instead of toadstool, ha!).  I decided to go with an anniversary sentiment on this because a.) it fit with the sketch and b.) the hubs and I will be celebrating our TWENTIETH wedding anniversary next month, and since his job requires him to be elsewhere I needed a card to send to him for it.

Okay, I'd better hop to it.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Ringed with Nature
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Wild Wheat
Paper:  Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, A Walk in the Forest DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Speckled Dots

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Danse Macabre with SUO Challenges

Hey y'all, get ready for a new color challenge from SUO Challenges!

Aren't those colors great together?  Halloween is the obvious choice for using these colors, but that doesn't mean you *have* to make a Halloween card--check out the SUO Challenges blog to see what I mean.

I did make a Halloween card though, I love Halloween cards : )

I cut Deckled Rectangles of the three challenge colors and stamped tone-on-tone for all three, the top two with stamps from Bag of Bones and the bottom is Sketched Plaid.  For the Pumpkin Pie rectangle, I put all the assorted bone stamps on a block together and just stamped them all at once, easy peasy.  One dancing skeleton later, I had a card!

I hope you will be inspired to play along with these colors, I can't wait to see what you create!  Don't forget to link up at the SUO Challenges blog, and have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bag of Bones, Sketched Plaid
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, Parakeet Party, VersaMark
Paper:  Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, Parakeet Party
Accessories:  Deckled Rectangles dies, Deckled Circles dies, white EP, Dimensionals, Matte Dots