Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CreativeCrew: Christmas in July Mosaic

It's the last day of the month, I'd better get my last July CreativeCrew project blogged!

Still having fun with the new In Colors, though I rather think this would be more stunning in Midnight Muse and silver.  Love me a blue and silver Christmas card.

Don't forget to check out the CreativeCrew gallery for more beauties!  And there's a whole new gallery starting tomorrow :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Quatrefancy DSP
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents & Labels Collection Framelits, Essentials paper piercing pack, Dimensionals, rhinestone

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saint Paul's

So I *finally* got back into scrapping our own photos (as opposed to making baby books) in the last week or so and I've been having SUCH FUN with it.  Hubs just watches in amusement as I dance around the room upon completing a layout.  I can't seem to help myself, I'm particularly excited that I started working on some Europe photos.  Wanna see?

This photo isn't the best; I always have trouble getting good pictures of scrapbook layouts.  It's always dark on the edges.  Oh well, trust me when I say it looks better IRL.

The pics on the layout were taken just a month after we moved to England; you can see my original blog post on them here.  I chose these pics to scrap because when I was shuffling through all my prints, I immediately had an idea what color to do for the page base on these, and the pages came together pretty quickly except for the title, which is traced from a lettering template and then hand-cut.  I suddenly remember why normal people quit hand-cutting their letters like 10 years ago.  But I like how it turned out regardless.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Angelic (long retired)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Eastern Elegance DSP
Accessories:  lettering template

Monday, July 29, 2013

Happy Monday!

No, really, I mean that.  As I said over on Snapdragon, yesterday I accidentally dropped my engagement ring in the toilet while it was flushing, and it didn't go down the pipes so I feel really lucky.  And then this morning, on my walk with my little doglets, I found a 10-pound note on the ground and no one around to claim it, so I made about $15 walking my dogs today.  How's that for a start to the week?

And I'm feeling pretty good that I got some scrapbooking done this weekend and I'm uploading more pics to get printed out to do even MORE scrapping.  I'm on FI-YUUUR (that's "fire" for you non-Southerners).

And I made a card today!

I was thinking about the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches when I was trying to get to sleep last night, and this idea popped in my head.   Even better, this card took me like ten minutes to put together and I LIKE it.  So yay!  I think I'll send this to my friend who's training for a half marathon and is also a professional photographer (I have serious photo envy just looking at the stuff she posts on Facebook).

Anywho, here's the sketch:

Yeah, I added a layer.  I think I need to get the chevron background stamp, 'cause I am loving that paper but it would be even more awesome to have chevrons in any color I want.  Oh wait, I do have a smaller chevron background stamp from the My Paper Pumpkin kit a couple months back, so I can use that for now :)

Have a fun-tastic week and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Feel Goods
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP
Accessories:  Corner rounder & 1" square punch, retired Real Red satin ribbon (it's the only Real Red ribbon I have), staple (which unfortunately doesn't coordinate because it's hot pink--yes I have colored staples--but I don't think most people would notice except I just told you)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Flashback: Fabulous Flowers

Howdy, folks!  It's time for another Friday Flashback :)  Today's randomly-chosen stamp set is the totally awesome Fabulous Flowers.  I'm not going to share allll my cards using this stamp set because then you'd be here all day and you'd probably get bored, but I did pick out several to share.

The background on this one is stamped with the Tres Chic background stamp, which I really should break out and use again.  I think I might go ahead and unmount all my background stamps to free up a bit more space in my stamp cabinets.  Hmm.

You can't really tell from this picture, but the sentiment panel is covered with Iridescent Ice EP so it was really sparkly IRL.

Here I used just the sentiment from Fabulous Flowers along with Garden Silhouettes.

Another one covered with Iridescent Ice.

I think this one might be my favorite card I've made with Fabulous Flowers, although the sentiment is hard to read on it.  I like how the flower turned out; I stamped it in a lighter ink color and then shaded the flower petals with markers.

So that's it for the Flashback part, and here's today's new creation:

It's a fabulous bouquet.  I didn't really have a good place to put the sentiment so I'll just stamp something on the inside when I'm ready to send it off.  I used the current sketch from The Paper Players:

This is my first time playing along in one of their challenges.  The color combo is courtesy of Color Throwdown:

I really liked those colors together so I had to play along.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Fabulous Flowers, French Filigree (both retired)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CreativeCrew: Sketched Christmas

Ready for another CreativeCrew Christmas in July card?  This challenge was to use colors in the Birthday Basics DSP, and I still managed to make it a Christmas card.  Lookie:

I got the layout from an old SCS sketch.  Since I didn't have Birthday Basics yet, I used some retired DSP for the layers on my card, though I suppose since I took advantage of this month's DSP special I could go back and redo it with actual Birthday Basics papers :)

Don't forget to visit the CreativeCrew gallery for more holiday inspiration.  Have a fantastic day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Simply Sketched, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Basic Gray, Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, retired Raspberry Ripple DSP & Patio Party DSP
Accessories:  Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hey There, Friend

Here's my second insomnia-inspired creation that I made on Monday night.

I just really wanted to use that splat since I didn't do it on Monday's card, though I kind of think I'm mixing styles here--the mosaics feel more formal to me but the sentiment and splat are definitely much more relaxed.  I think maybe it still kinda works?  Regardless, I love that sentiment stamp.  And the splat.

The sketch is from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I think my next SU order will be punchtastic because I want to jump on the hexagon bandwagon.  And I heart punches.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness, My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade
Paper:  Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Accessories:  Mosaic punch, Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Royal Baby

So the Internet has been all abuzz since yesterday about the new royal baby, and since I had insomnia last night because it was too hot to sleep, I did a bit of late-night stamping and made this in honor of lil what's-his-names:

What's funny is that this card came together really fast at 11:30 last night when I couldn't seem to get any traction during normal daylight hours.  I used the color combo from Just Add Ink:

And the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

And now I have a boy baby card in my stash, which is good since I had a couple of girl baby cards and no boy ones till now even though it seems like most of the mamas I know are having boys.

It's raining this morning but inside the house at least it just feels more humid rather than cooler than yesterday.  Bleargh.  I'm ready for it to cool down a little bit!  75 would be aces.

Thanks for stopping by today and congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their new arrival :)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Baby Tees (jumbo wheel, I unmounted it), Cuddles & Kisses
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Accessories:  Early Espresso button (old style, I don't have the new ones yet), linen thread, Chevron EF

Monday, July 22, 2013

Oh What Fun!

Because I am crazy (just ask my husband, he will corroborate that statement), on Friday afternoon I decided to tear apart my craft room...specifically, the closet.  All of a sudden I had this sudden urge to purge and reorganize.  I blame the heat for making me crazy.  Or possibly it was jealousy of all those lucky people who were at Stampin' Up!'s convention last week.  Or both.

This is pretty much what it looked like when my sweet hubs got home on Friday:

I was up until around 11:00 Friday night cleaning up that mess I created.  But now my closet is more organized, I have piles of things to send to certain people plus some stuff to donate, and a weirdly large pile of things to go in the recycle bin.  Seriously, where did the recycle mess come from?

But you know what's even more fun than organizing stuff?  New stamps, of course.

Say hello to some new goodies soon to debut in the holiday mini catalog:  Festive Flurry and Christmas Messages.  Festive Flurry has four large snowflakes AND there are coordinating Framelits be still my heart!  And in the center of the snowflake I used one of my brand new candy dots.  Those are pretty fun too and you can't beat having them in every color.  (Except Baja Breeze.  Which I'm still sad about.  Baja Breeze still lives in my Subtles drawer of cardstock because I refuse to believe it's gone.)

I got the color combo from the latest challenge at Fab Friday, and at first I was going to do the Real Red panel as Whisper White with a pattern on it.  So I stamped some Whisper White with a splat from the My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit in Real Red and at first I thought oh yay that is fun and then I thought waaaaaiiit it kinda looks like blood spatter on snow.  Like a horror movie set at Christmas time.  So I swapped that out for plain red cardstock and now my card is normal and not all twisted horror movie.

So, now that you all think I'm crazy too, here's the challenge logo from Fab Friday:

Our weather widget says it is currently 90 degrees here, which wouldn't be so bad except for the part where no one in England has AC.  Clearly I need to stamp more snowflake cards in an effort to think cool...

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP
Accessories:  Festive Flurry Framelits, Dimensionals, Brights Candy Dots

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Flashback: Bundled in Love

Happy Friday!  Welcome to this week's Friday Flashback, featuring Bundled in Love.  This is a super-cute baby set and it's also got a companion set, Bundle of Joy.  I love to use those two sets together, the moon & stars stamp from Bundle of Joy is a great lil background :)  So let's Flashback!

This was an idea for a baby shower invite for my friend Sarah (I know last week's Flashback was baby themed and featured projects for Sarah too, that is completely coincidental as I pick out stamp set names at random.  As in, for reals, I have a big plastic container full of paper slips with stamp set names on them, which my mom thought was funny and OCD).  Our friend Tiana was planning Sarah's shower before we knew she was having a boy, so we were going for bright colors but more gender-neutral.  We ended up going with something else but I thought this was cute.

Tiana loves both these stamp sets and we used them for her baby announcements for both her girls (her older daughter's announcement featured the giraffe from Bundle of Joy, these are the ones for her younger daughter).

And here's a layout from Baby Girl #2's baby book.  And here's today's brand new card!

Seems like most mamas I know are having boys right now but I wanted to use this week's Dynamic Duo so a girl baby card it is!  The bunny shows up better IRL than she looks in the picture, perhaps I should have stamped her in darker ink to make her stand out more.  And crud, looks like I missed the challenge deadline on this one.  Oh well.

I stuck like glue to the color challenge, the only other color I used at all was Very Vanilla.  The sketch is this week's awesomely fantastic Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge:

I think I wanna go make another card with this sketch because I'm kind of in love with it.

Did you notice that giant shiny new badge in the right sidebar?  I'm gonna be on the Nacho design team starting in September, woot woot!  Super excited about that :)

Y'all have a lovely weekend!  Tomorrow I'm going down to London to meet up with my pal Vicki, so yay!!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Bundled in Love
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, retired DSP in Pink Pirouette & Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Deco Label Framelits, Pearls, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Victorian Flowers

Howdy folks, hope your Thursday is going okay.  I'm still trying to get back in the stampin' groove but I'm having a lot of trouble focusing this week.  Don't know what the deal is.  Anyway, here's a card I made on Tuesday that was *supposed* to be a warm-up card before I started on swaps and instead ended up taking me *hours* to finish.  But I think it's kind of okay?

I started out with this week's Splitcoast color challenge of Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, Baked Brown Sugar, and Very Vanilla (which, if you ate wisteria, sounds kinda like a meal right there...) and paired it with last week's SCS sketch, though I modified that into a regular A2 card instead of square.  I cut a circle out of the DSP with a Framelit and then stamped my image on the Very Vanilla layer that's behind the DSP, kind of something fun and different.  And then somehow I stamped the not-flower bit on the right UPSIDE DOWN so I had to stamp it on scratch paper and then adhere it on top to hide my mistake.  Whoops.

Anyway, I have got to go get my holiday mini swaps in the mail; as it is I'm not 100% sure they'll make it to the swap hostess in time.  They for sure won't if I don't get them mailed off today.  Tootles!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Field Flowers
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding (sponged around the flowers)
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla, Venetian Romance DSP
Accessories:  Circle Framelits, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Snow Much Fun

So, 86 degrees doesn't sound so bad unless you factor in that we have no AC in England.  Unfortunately the breeze is only coming in through the computer room window, not my craft room window, so it's pretty warm in there right now.

Let's think cool thoughts!  Take a look at the January layout for Karyn's baby books.

I bought Snow Much Fun just before it retired because I just had to have it for the baby books (ignoring the fact that I already owned Frosty).

The color combo is Baja Breeze (please bring it back, SU!!), Island Indigo, and Rich Razzleberry.  I figured I could get away with a teensy bit of Razzleberry even if these are boy baby books.

Stay cool, Sodapop!  (Ten thousand bonus points if you catch the literary reference.)

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun
Ink:  Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  old Sizzix alphabet

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CreativeCrew: Faux Washi Tape

Howdy, folks!  Ready for another CreativeCrew challenge card?

This one really WAS a challenge because a.) I don't actually own any washi tape (I know, I know, everyone else is totally crazy about the stuff) and b.) More Merry Messages is just about the only current Christmas stamp set I have.  So I made faux washi tape with patterned paper and made myself a lil Christmas tree with the scallop border punch and a bit of snipping with scissors.  Couldn't leave my tree naked so I added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to dress it up a bit.

Now go check out the rest of the Christmas in July gallery and play along in the challenges.  They're fun, I promise ;)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  More Merry Messages
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Garden Green, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding & Real Red DSP (the Real Red polka dot paper is technically retired, but there's something really similar in the new catalog, it just takes me a while to accumulate all the new DSP)
Accessories:  corner rounder & scallop border punches, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Monday, July 15, 2013

Regal Birthday

Howdy, folks!  Hubs and I are back home and all our visitors are back at their own houses after the two-week European invasion.  Didja know I was gone?  :)  I set up two weeks of blog posts for here before I left.

Soooo I hadn't stamped in two weeks and boy did I miss it!  But I think it'll take me a few days to get back in the groove, 'cause this card took me a while.

The colors are Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, and a little bit of Chocolate Chip to match my friend Carrie's living room.  My mom crocheted her an afghan that's pretty much Raspberry Ripple and Chocolate Chip so I made the card to coordinate.  Ignore that my line o' brads is a little bit crooked.

Today's card is brought to you by the sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary:

Fun, right?  Anyway, I've gotta run--I'm having lunch with Carrie and a couple other friends today so I need to get that afghan in a gift bag :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best of Birthdays
Ink:  Chocolate Chip craft (retired), Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, retired Summer Starfruit & Raspberry Ripple DSP
Accessories:  wide oval punch, Deco Label Framelits, metallic brads (retired), Dimensionals

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Flashback: Nursery Necessities

Are you ready for another Friday Flashback?  Today's stamp set is Nursery Necessities, which I bought because over the past four years I've made THIRTEEN baby books for friends and family.  So let's flash back!

This was a baby announcement I made for my friend Sarah, whose daughter was born ON Halloween (to Sarah's everlasting delight since she loves Halloween).  Ok seriously, the only stamp on this from Nursery Necessities is the sentiment.

And here's a baby book layout I did for Sarah's son (actually I made this one first but whatever).  See the little boat?  Nursery Necessities.

Next up are a few newer projects:

These are the front pages for Karyn's twin boy baby books.  My mom sent me two albums, one red and one blue, so I used the same colors on each but alternated them.  And woohoo for Crushed Curry's most triumphant return to the SU color lineup!  I've found myself reaching for it quite a lot lately.  Here I paired it with Brilliant Blue and Riding Hood Red, both retired, but together the three of them make some pretty awesome Superman colors.

Last up, this is a keepsake paper invitation I made for Karyn's shower.  People here usually do Evite for things like baby showers, but I thought it would be nice for Karyn (and her mom, I made two) to have an actual invitation for it.  I patterned it after the Evite so they look pretty similar.

And that's all she wrote today.  Thanks for flashing back!

Supplies, Karyn's scrapbook pages:
Stamps:  Nursery Necessities
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Brilliant Blue, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Brilliant Blue, Riding Hood Red, retired DSP in Brilliant Blue and Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  large star punch (retired), old Sizzix alphabet

Supplies, last card:
Stamps:  Nursery Necessities, Cuddles & Kisses
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Versamark
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, retired Crushed Curry DSP
Accessories:  corner rounder punch, white EP

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Woohoo, It's Two!

So I'd already made a card to give my friend Karyn at her baby shower but the day before the shower I got this idea for a twin boy card and I couldn't help making it.

And I need a V-8, so just tilt your head to the left :)  I always seem to get pictures just a little bit crooked, and I haven't figured out how to rotate just a few degrees on the Mac like I can do on our PC laptop, so it stays crooked.

Anyway, for the polka-dotted piece, I punched out two Modern Label punch shapes and lined them up so they'd extend all the way across the Whisper White baby feet panel, and then I covered up the join in the middle with the sentiment.  Simple layout but I adore how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Baby Prints, Cuddles & Kisses
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
Paper:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, retired Lucky Limeade DSP
Accessories:  Oval, scalloped oval, and Modern Label punches, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Think Happy Thoughts

Howdy, folks!  I've got a little 6x6 scrapbook to share with you today.  The baby shower I did for my friend Karyn was Peter Pan themed,  so one of my minions who helped on the shower suggested we make a "Happy Thoughts" book.  So I did!

My mom sent me two 6x6 albums and some Peter Pan stickers.  I couldn't get "thoughts" to fit in that teeny space (it's been a long time since I worked on a 6x6 album, they seem so tiny!) so I just split it up and called it good.

Besides, I thought splitting up the word made it more carefree and fun.  That's what I'm going with anyway.

The other 39 pages in the book are very simple:  a 3x4 piece of white paper for guests to write their happy thoughts on, a 3x3 square for their picture (we took pics of everyone at the shower), and a 2x6 piece of patterned paper.

The colors I used were Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, and Island Indigo.  I mixed up the combinations and layouts on each page so they've all got the same elements, but probably no two pages are exactly alike.  Pretty simple little book, and the best part is it only took me about two hours to make the whole thing!

Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, and Island Indigo cardstock; retired Crushed Curry & Gumball Green monochromatic DSP, Summer Smooches DSP (Island Indigo pattern), new In Color DSP stack (Coastal Cabana chevrons)
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, Disney stickers

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Made in England

Yesterday was all about a castle and old church, so let's just continue with some more England stuff, shall we?

These are the last two pages in Karyn's baby books, I knew she'd think this was funny :)  While we're on the British kick, here's two little cards I made for some of our invaders:

This is the first time my brother and SIL have been to England, though I think their best friends have been to London before.  Regardless, I got both couples a Union Jack teapot and made these cards to go with them.  Since my parents have visited here before, we didn't get them a teapot (they got one last time).

Thanks for stopping by today, cheerio mates!

Supplies for scrapbook pages:
Stamps:  non-SU Great Britain stamps
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Riding Hood Red, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Brilliant Blue, Riding Hood Red, retired DSP in Brilliant Blue and Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  old Sizzix alphabet

Supplies for cards:
Stamps:  non-SU Great Britain stamps, Warm Words
Ink:  Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  SAMJ

Monday, July 8, 2013

CreativeCrew: Orford

Ready for a new round of CreativeCrew challenges?  This month it's all about Christmas!  The scrapbooking challenge is to do a layout of something on your Christmas wish list.

Pretty sure I've told the hubs at least once that I want a castle for Christmas :)  Not only is this layout of the first castle we visited after we moved to England, it's my first layout of any England pictures!  Can't wait to really dig in and do some more.  If you want to know more about the castle and see all the individual pictures (plus more that didn't make it on the layout), you can check out my other blog here, and you can see pictures of the church here.

The color combo for this layout came together really fast; for some reason I always wanted to use a deep rich red with these castle photos, and the River Rock page base just seemed to bring out the warm tones in the stonework.  Wish it was always that easy for me to pick out colors for scrapbook layouts!

I have a binder of scrapbook layout sketches arranged by the number of photos, and when I work on a layout I like to try out different arrangements of pictures and page elements until I find one I like.  Since I'm not wasting film in the camera, I take pictures of the different layouts until I pick one I like.

This was the first one I liked, but then I remembered I've used that sketch at least three times.  Actually I did use it again in another album, so I try to only use that sketch once per album because I'm pretty sure it's my favorite layout sketch EVER.  But I wanted to do something different this time.

Lucky for me, I found my sketch after only two tries.  So there's what I started with, before I added the DSP and photo mats to get the finished product above.  I really wanted to use that DSP with the Artistic Etchings motif on both pages, but alas, I didn't have even a full page of it so I had to use a different pattern on the left page.  That's why I stamped the bit from Artistic Etchings on the left page, to carry the motif over to the other side.  So there's a little peek into the mind of Christy when I scrapbook :)

My goal for this year is to do 100 scrapbook pages (so, 50 two-page spreads) not counting baby books, and this layout brings me to 14 pages.  Ugh.  If I *did* count the baby book pages, I'd be over 80.  Oh well, I'll keep on keepin' on and I'll get there someday!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Morning Post Alphabet, Artistic Etchings
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, retired Cherry Cobbler DSP
Accessories:  SAMJ

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Flashback: The Free & the Brave

Welcome to another patriotic special edition of the Friday Flashback!  In honor of Independence Day yesterday, this week's not-really-randomly chosen stamp set is The Free & the Brave.  So let's get started and see what I've got in the archives.

For the main image, I stamped it in Basic Black craft ink, heat embossed, and then watercolored it, except for the white which was done with colored pencil.  I think it's kind of a cool look stamping on colored cardstock for the main image vs. the normal white or ivory.

And here's one I did for a swap, same idea as above.  You can see I really like using Sanded with this stamp set, 'cause I did it again for today's brand new card!

This time the eagle is actually stamped on white paper in Night of Navy ink, and then I masked it and sponged on Bordering Blue ink.  Then I used a blender pen to add some Crushed Curry to his eye and beak.  It's been kinda fun lately doing a bunch of patriotic cards and coming up with variations on the red-white-blue color combo.  Pretty sure I've used this layout before but it seemed like a good match for Sam the Eagle here.  The Framelit wasn't wide enough to layer under the eagle image, so I cut it in half and spaced the ends out a little more.  Unless you peel up the main image you can't tell I did that :)  I did the same thing on the striped layer actually; I was using a scrap that was a little too short for what I wanted.  And that is how you make it work :)

Thanks for joining me for today's Friday Flashback, and have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  The Free & the Brave, Sanded
Ink:  Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer Paper, retired Cherry Cobbler DSP
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Hero!

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!  How about a stars & stripes card?

I got an idea in my head for this card and just had to put it on paper.  Simple layout, but I liked it.  And I always love using up little scraps of DSP.

Have a great holiday!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Simply Stars, Words of Courage
Ink:  Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red (retired)
Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red DSP (retired), Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Star & large star punches (retired), Dimensionals