Thursday, April 30, 2020

Stained Glass Birthday

Hey y'all, how's it going?  I've got a lot of stuff to do today...gotta do LOTS of laundry and dishes, and the hubs has requested baked spaghetti for dinner so that takes a while to make.  Better get my roller skates on.

Let's start off with a card and then I'll get to work ;)

Painted Glass is another stamp set on the retiring list.  It's beautiful and I haven't used it nearly as much as I thought I would...but it seemed like a good idea for the Global Design Project sketch:

I used the colors from Color Throwdown:

I used Blackberry Bliss, Berry Burst (retired), and Blushing Bride, so today's blog post is brought to you by the letter B.  The sketch made me think of the Color Theory DSP that we had a couple of years ago, and one of the colors was Berry Burst, so that's where the idea for my card started.

So that stained glass window image makes me think of a quote from The Princess Bride:  "I'd just as soon destroy a stained glass window as an artist like yourself.  However, since I can't have you following me either..." *The Man In Black knocks Inigo on the head*

Okay, sounds like the washer is done with the first load, and all the dirty dishes in the sink are ready to get washed, so I'd better get with it.  Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Glass, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink:  VersaMark, Blackberry Bliss, Berry Burst, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Berry Burst, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles dies, clear EP, Dimensionals, retired glitter enamel dots

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Fastest Florals in the East

Mornin' y'all!  How's your day going so far?  I just made a mess in the kitchen when the blender least it was soapy water and not chocolate shake everywhere!  Ehh, it was time to clean the counters anyway.

I had a bit of time in my craft room yesterday and made a quick card.  I wanted to do the speed stamping challenge from As You See It, so it really was quick!

The challenge was to make a card in 10 minutes or less featuring flowers.  Mine took 7 minutes, 7 seconds, and I had to stamp the sentiment multiple times because it was crooked :p  I pulled out my papers, stamp, and ink before I started the timer, but this still might be the quickest card ever.  I love that Best Dressed DSP stack so I'm trying to use more of it before the new catalog comes along and I forget about older stuff in the face of all the new!

I also used the sketch from the Paper Players:

Easy, breezy, beautiful.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Peaceful Moments
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Purple Posy, Blackberry Bliss, Best Dressed DSP Stack
Accessories:  rhinestones

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

SUO Challenges: It's Yo Birthday

Howdy, folks!  I just found enough batteries to put in Ryan's RC car and I am officially The Best Mama Ever (for at least the next 10 minutes).  In other good news, it's time for a new challenge at SUO Challenges!

I have a feeling you'll like this one: make a birthday card!  Who doesn't need an extra birthday card or two in their stash?

I busted out Piece of Cake, which is on the retirement list.  It's got a variety of fun cakes to choose from and some cheeky sentiments too ;) I paired it with the Birthday Bonanza DSP and here's what I came up with:

I think Pineapple Punch is probably the happiest color ever, but Mango Melody is pretty close.  I took my colors directly from my scraps of DSP and ended up with Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay.  And now I have a birthday card that's suitable for pretty much anyone.

Your turn!  Make a birthday card and share it on the SUO Challenges blog for us to see.  Have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Piece of Cake
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana & Daffodil Delight markers, Bermuda Bay & Mango Melody Blends
Paper:  Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza DSP
Accessories:  Layering Ovals dies, Glitter Enamel Dots, Tailored Tag punch, Dimensionals

Monday, April 27, 2020

The North Shore

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I didn't get quite as much done this weekend as I wanted to...yesterday I was just SO exhausted that when Ryan went into Quiet Time I pretty much fell into a coma ;)  But I slept pretty good last night so hopefully I'm ready to tackle this week.

On to the scrapbook pages!  Thanks to the Timeless Tropical suite in the Occasions catalog, I finished all my Hawaii pages.

See the pics up close here.  It was pure happenstance that we saw the sea turtles--we had stopped to take pictures along a stretch of beach and saw a small crowd off to the side.  Turns out everyone was looking at the sea turtles :)  Members of a conservation group were there to keep people from getting too close, but we were allowed close enough to get some really fantastic pictures.

Today's color palette is Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Melon Mambo isn't in the Tropical Oasis DSP, but I thought it played nicely with the patterns I used on this layout.

Ryan just asked if he could get up, so we're getting this Monday started.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Brushwork Alphabet, Timeless Tropical
Ink:  Early Espresso, Grapefruit Grove, Saddle Brown StazOn
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Thick Whisper White, Tropical Oasis DSP
Accessories:  In the Tropics Dies

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Ryan: Three Months

Hey y'all!  How's your Saturday starting off?  Ryan is in the living room watching Paw Patrol and I'm making some tea, so pretty much like every other day ;)  Yesterday Ryan stole my mug and drank half my tea so today I'm making a BIG mug.  Stinker.

So let's flash back to when he was a teeny little stinker!

For these pictures, I dressed him in a onesie with airplanes on it, hence the theme of the layout.  For these  layouts in his book, I had fun coordinating my scrapbook products with Ryan's wardrobe.  Even working on more recent pictures of him, there's SO MUCH red so I'm constantly trying to think up new fun color combos with Real Red.  But anyway.

Today's color palette is not red at all:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Cucumber Crush, and Whisper White.  I still pull out Cucumber Crush on the regular for scrapbook pages.  Oh, we got a peek at the upcoming In Colors and I can't wait to get them in my hot little hands!

Tea's ready.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sky is the Limit
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Pool Party, Night of Navy, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Myths & Magic Specialty
Accessories:  None

Friday, April 24, 2020

So Long, Octopus

Hey y'all!  Been quiet on the blog lately, but I've been working on stitching projects and just hadn't been in my craft room very much the past couple of days.  But I'm back today with a quick card!

SU! released the retirement list this week, and my octo-buddy is on it.  Two years ago, Sea of Textures was one of the first two stamp sets I bought when that year's catalog debuted--I just love this guy!  Of course, I pretty much don't get rid of stamps so he's got a permanent home with me.

I liked this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch:

Okay, so I took some liberties with the sketch by adding the octopus as a layer.  A couple of weeks ago, the CAS(E) this Sketch team picked one of my cards as a challenge favorite, that's always fun!

Next up is this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch, Crumb Cake, and Granny Apple Green.  As it happens, I opened up my stamp case and I already had the yellow and green octopus stamped and die cut, so that made this card really quick to put together.  Sometimes I save extra pieces in the stamp case, and sometimes I stamp things on scratch paper and use them as kinda placeholders to see how things will look before I commit to stamping (especially alphabets for scrapbook pages).

Last up is this week's Retro Rubber Challenge:

Sea of Textures is two years old.  Well, maybe a bit shy of two years, I think I got it in the summertime, but close to two years anyway.  I've got some more photographs from aquariums coming up to scrapbook, so I'm sure my octo-buddy will be getting inky again soon :)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sea of Textures
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Under the Sea dies, mini Dimensionals, Happiness Blooms enamel dots

If you're curious, this is the cross stitch project I finished earlier this week!  This is one of the Pretty Little Cities patterns from Satsuma Street.  I have a dozen of them, and this is the third one I've made for myself.  All the other ones are for places I've been, but I haven't visited India (yet).  This is more in honor of my friend Neelu, one of my favorite people in the world; we became friends in 7th grade when her family moved to my hometown and she was a bridesmaid in my wedding.  Sadly she lost a battle with cancer a few years ago.  This makes me think of her every time I look at it.

Have a great weekend, y'all.  I'll be back tomorrow with more pages from Ryan's baby book!

Monday, April 20, 2020


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  And I have been scrappin'.  I even took pictures of my latest pages yesterday so today's is hot off the presses!  Here it is:

The pictures are from a trip to Scotland in May 2014; the three pics on the left are from MacLellan's Castle in Kirkcudbright, and the other two are from somewhere in the Scottish countryside (we drove around a lot on this particular trip).  I made another layout from this trip but I need to have a 5x7 printed to finish it off.  You can see two other layouts from this trip if you click here and here.  I'm using the same alphabet stamps for the page titles on all of the layouts, which helps make them feel like they go together without using the same colors on each layout.

Speaking of colors, here is today's palette:  Dusty Durango, Old Olive, So Saffron, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  I loooooooooove these colors together.  I tend to skip around a lot when I scrap, so sometimes I'll use a color or stamp set on multiple layouts in a row but they won't be near each other when I eventually put all the books together.  I've got another layout on my table right now using Dusty Durango and a different pattern from this same DSP pack, I just liked them so much here I had to use them on something else ;)

I still have lots and lots of older pictures to scrap, but I want to get pages done from after Ryan was born too, so I alternate back and forth between them.  I still skip all over with the older photos, but I've been working chronologically on the post-Ryan layouts, so all of 2017 is DONE and I'm up to October 2018.  Woohoo!

Have a great Monday, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lovely Letters Alphabet, Carte Postale
Ink:  Early Espresso, So Saffron
Paper:  Dusty Durango, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Thick Very Vanilla, Paisley Petals DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Dies

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ryan: April

Wow, I totally forgot to post Ryan's baby book layout yesterday!  The hubs arranged for Ryan to go down the street to a babysitter for five glorious hours yesterday, and then when he got home he pretty much went down for a nap.  So what did we do with all our kid-free time?  I watched a couple of things saved on the DVR (I have a lot of stuff saved and mostly we watch Paw Patrol...), got some good progress done on my giant stitching project, and managed to finish two scrapbook layouts!  It was amazing.  I love Ryan, but he's pretty much been attached to my hip non-stop for the last month, so it was nice to have that break.

Anyway, on to today's layout!

I've had Barely Banana (the background color) in my stash for years and hardly ever used it, but all of a sudden when I was working on the China books I started pulling it out.  It's like So Saffron but not muddy, I love it.  And when I made this layout I was definitely going through a Poppy Parade phase ;) They look good together though!  I love the pictures with my honorary nieces, Emma and Abby.  They begged their mama (my friend Tiana) to drive down to our house so they could meet Baby Ryan.  I love those girls.

Today's color palette:  Barely Banana, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, and Whisper White.  I tend not to use a lot of Blushing Bride, it's just not my favorite shade of pink by a long shot, but it does seem to work with the other colors here.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letters for You, Elementary Elegance
Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Barely Banana, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Barely Banana, Poppy Parade, Handsome Hunter, Thick Whisper White, Nursery Nest DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits

Friday, April 17, 2020

Playing With Poppies

Happy Friday y'all!  Although really, does it matter what day of the week it is anymore?  Except that each day hopefully gets us one day closer to the end of quarantine.  Last night the hubs cut Ryan's hair in the bathtub.  It looks reasonably good for a quarantine cut ;)  His hair is a LOT shorter but that's okay, it'll be easier to manage now.

So I took some time during Ryan's quiet time yesterday to make this card:

I got most of the poppy-related stuff when I did a huge order during Sale-a-Bration, and this is the first time I've used took me a long time to get brave enough to cut into that gorgeous paper ;). I ordered both sets of the coordinating dies too, but the Painted Labels dies to cut out the poppy flower I used are on backorder so I just fussy cut the images instead.

Check out the fun challenge from Freshly Made Sketches:

And the color challenge from Inspire. Create.:

Once I saw this challenge, I *had* to cut into the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  That paper is pretty in the catalog, but it's just amazingly gorgeous in person.

Okay, I'm off for the day.  Hope you have a great Thisday or Thatday or Whateverday!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Poppy Parade, Old Olive
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Thick Whisper White, Peaceful Poppies DSP
Accessories:  Champagne rhinestones, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Healing Hugs

Mornin' y'all!  The hubs got home early from work yesterday, and when he got here, I was dithering between working in my craft room or doing some stitching.  He shooed me into my craft room for a bit and I can't say I'm sorry about that :)  I made a quick card and started on another scrapbook layout, and I still got a bit of stitching done after dinner so yay!  Here's my card:

 I'm entering this in three challenges that I think were just made to be combined.  First up is the Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge:

I used several elements from the inspiration card on my card: large floral image, yellow, sponging, the Stitched Nested Labels die, and the pair of rhinestone accents.  And look how well this pairs with the Fab Friday sketch:

It would be SUPER easy to quickly make a bunch of cards with this sketch and a stack of DSP, then choose a variety of sentiments.  I stamped the floral layer on my card, so it took a bit more time than doing a die cut of DSP, but I like that idea ;)

Last up is the Paper Players color challenge:

I really like these colors together and quite enjoyed playing with them.  I thought the yellow gingham background made for a nice cheery card, but it's got kind of a warm hug feel that's great for a get well card.  At least that's what it felt like to me!

Hope y'all have a great day.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  So Sentimental, Beautiful Friendship
Ink:  Seaside Spray, Gray Granite
Paper:  Seaside Spray, Thick Whisper White, Subtles DSP in So Saffron
Accessories:  Stitched Nested Labels dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Dimensionals, rhinestones

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SUO Challenges: Emboss Like a BOSS

Hey hey Stampin' Up! fans!  It is time once again for a new challenge at SUO Challenges!

This time we're asking you to break out the embossing--use embossing powder, embossing paste, or dry embossing.  I decided to break out the Shimmer Black Stampin' Emboss Powder to make this:

As always when a card involves something sparkly, it was hard to get a good picture of this.  The truck image is embossed with the shimmer powder, and the die cut words are covered in it as well so this card shines IRL.  For embossing letters like this, I find it works best to cover half the word with Versamark and the embossing powder, hit it with the heat gun, and then do the other side.  That gives you something to hold on to (the side you're not heating) and if you get two layers of EP on the middle of the word, it's not enough to be noticeable.  And I always lose the dot for the "I" so I used one of the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes from last year's holiday catalog.

My dad owns an orange truck and his favorite color is blue, so that's why I chose the colors I did.  I used the oil stain stamp from Geared Up Garage to make my own patterned paper under the die cut words.  This card is I think 3 1/2" tall by 6 1/4" wide, I measured it to fit in a regular office envelope I had.  I needed it wide enough for both words to go across the front.

Okay, show us how YOU emboss like a boss!  Upload your card at the SUO Challenges blog.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Pedal to the Metal, Geared Up Garage
Ink:  Versamark, Balmy Blue
Paper:  Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Balmy Blue, Basic Black
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes dies, Well Written dies, Shimmer Black EP, Monster Bash Enamel Shapes

Monday, April 13, 2020

Hello, Goodbye

Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere.  (No one is going anywhere!)  Hello, Goodbye is just the name of my scrapbook layout for today!

Pics on the left are from when a friend returned home from deployment; pics on the right are from when another friend got ready to leave for his next assignment.  I didn't want to do two separate layouts so this seemed like a good way to combine the two.

Today's color palette includes Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush (how I wish I had gotten an ink refill for this one!  Somehow I missed getting ANY In Color refills that year), Lucky Limeade, and Whisper White.  The patterned paper is from Cheerful Treat, which I haven't used a lot but I loved it here!  I've been digging into some old, old DSP lately and having fun with it.

Well, Ryan just asked if he can please get up and since it's almost 8 a.m. I suppose that's okay ;) Hope your week is off to a good start, peeps.  Cheers!

ETA:  I was going to talk about color some more...I've been doing a lot of pages with Ryan on them, and the bright colors on kids' clothes means that my color palettes have been getting bolder.  It's a fun change, but I still have lots of older pics to scrap that will require colors not in the Crayola Bold Brights collection ;)

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Taffy Alphabet, True Friend
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, Thick Whisper White, Cheerful Treat DSP
Accessories:  Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Ryan: Two Months

Mornin' y'all.  I was hoping to have some nice quiet time early this morning before Ryan and Sadie got up, but I only got about 10 minutes because Ryan wanted to get up early.  Well, what can ya do?

Here's the next layout in Ryan's baby book:

The layout colors are taken directly from the baby blanket he's laying on and his onesie with the monsters on it.  I got a non-SU stamp set to put some monster accents on the left page too.  That 5x7 picture on the right page is the hubs' favorite picture of Ryan as a baby; it's on the front of the baby book too.  And now this tiny little babe is running around the house screaming at the top of his lungs because he's excited that everyone else is awake now.  Heh.

So here's the color palette for today:  Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue, and Whisper White.

Okay, I'm off to attack the day.  Personal challenge:  see if we can go all day without watching a single minute of Paw Patrol.  Think we can do it?

Stamps:  monsters from Clear Snap?
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo
Paper:  Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Thick Whisper White, Nursery Nest DSP
Accessories:  None

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Zoo Pals

Hey y'all!  I didn't get to do anything in my craft room on Tuesday, so no card yesterday, but I did manage to get one made during yesterday's quiet time.  Here it is:

 I started with the theme challenge from The Paper Players:

I was thinking about using a retired set for this challenge, and I opened my personal stamp catalog to look through my animal stamp sets, and then I didn't get past Animal Outing :)  I haven't used this stamp set in a YEAR so it was past time to ink it up.  The sentiment was from the very first My Paper Pumpkin kit, and it just seemed perfect for these zoo pals.  The flower and leaf stamps are from the recent SAB set Thoughtful Blooms because I hadn't inked it up yet and it seemed like a good idea with everything else.

I loved the bright colors for this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Pumpkin Pie (the giraffe's spots), Granny Apple Green (I used the darker Blend for the frog, lighter for the leaves, and then used Versamark to stamp the leaves on the Granny Apple die cut layer), Melon Mambo (sentiment, because who doesn't love a pop of pink), and Daffodil Delight (I think you can guess where this is).

Last up is this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I think I own some non-SU diamond dies, but I didn't feel like digging them out so I just used the Stitched Nested Labels dies for the diamond shape (and the sentiment, for that matter).

Hope y'all have a great day.  I need to get this card in the mail...

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Animal Outing, Thoughtful Blooms, My Paper Pumpkin
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Versamark, Stampin' Blends in Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Suede
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Stitched Nested Labels dies, Mini Dimensionals, retired Glitter Enamel Dots

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Elvis' Rain Boots

Hey stampy friends!  I actually made a card yesterday, whaaaaaaat!  We'll see if I make one today too, or finish those scrapbook pages and start the next set.  But first, card:

D'awww.  I wasn't going to get the Under My Umbrella bundle at first, but for some reason it snuck on my big March order and I'm glad it did.  That sentiment makes my brain sing Elvis' "Always on My Mind" and also makes me want to watch Practical Magic (if you've seen the movie, you'll understand the connection).

My card is a triple challenge card, starting with the colors from Cupcake Inspirations:

I used Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Balmy Blue for my card.  I paired that with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

I flipped the sketch 90 degrees to the right and ended up making my card more symmetrical than the sketch, although the umbrella overhanging the sentiment panel keeps it from being totally symmetrical.  I had originally wanted to use a completely different sketch, but I really wanted the rain boots with the sentiment, so I switched to this one instead.

Finally, here's the Global Design Project theme challenge:

I don't really make a lot of Easter cards, so I went with a spring theme instead.  My parents said it's been raining cats and dogs where they are in Texas, but we've had nothing but lovely weather lately.  Which means lots of social distance-appropriate walks for me and the kiddo ;)

Hope you have a lovely day, folks, rain or shine!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Under My Umbrella
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Balmy Blue, Stampin' Blends in Daffodil Delight & Flirty Flamingo
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Thick Whisper White, Pleased as Punch DSP
Accessories:  Umbrella punch, Dimensionals

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dilapidated Shacks

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  And today I've got a layout that I made last week.  The pictures are from 2010, but the layout itself is hot off the presses, as it were.

Check out the original pictures here.  These pics are from the area of North Carolina where we live right now (we lived here from 2004 to 2007, and the hubs had to come back for a few months in 2010, we all moved back in 2018); there's a lot of farmland around us, and a LOT of old barns and houses that look like they're in imminent danger of falling over.  So in 2010, the hubs and I did a photo safari to take pictures of them, just because we could.  We used to joke about which shack was going to be our next house, and the two sepia-tone pictures we took just make me think of the Wizard of Oz.

Well, I was working on these pages last week, and I could NOT think of any stamp sets to use for embellishments on here.  I had the title done, but I needed something on the left page.  I went through all my SU! stamps and...nothing.  And then I remembered...I have Wizard of Oz stamps!  I got them years ago as a sheet of unmounted rubber, no clue who the manufacturer was.  So I used Dorothy and Toto for my stamped accents, and if you click the photo to enlarge, you'll see that Dorothy has the caption "There's no place like home."

I crack myself up.

A lot.

I don't care if anyone else thinks I'm funny, I know I'm hilarious.

Today's color palette is Marina Mist (blue for Dorothy's dress, which was a lovely coincidence since I had most of the layout put together before I got out the Dorothy stamp), Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and just a smidge of Very Vanilla.

I've got two layouts that are about 85% done, and then my YTD total will be 98 pages.  Woohoo!

Hope your week is off to a good start, y'all.  We spent some time cleaning up yesterday and I'm feeling better about the world having a clean house.  Weird, huh?  I'd better do the dishes now though, the sink is already filling up again...cheers!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Well-Worn Alphabet, Wizard of Oz stamps (unknown)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Patio Party DSP
Accessories:  None

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Ryan: March

Oooops I just realized I forgot to publish this blog post this morning!  Okay, we're doing it now.  I had a bunch of pictures from March so I did two layouts...hey, it's my baby's baby book, I can do what I want.

I did Garden Green for the page bases because March = St. Patrick's Day and also green is my favorite color.  And then it turned into yet another green-and-gold color scheme, with bears.  There's Ryan's first meetings with his Nana and Papa and his Aunt Jill, plus his first snow (he was unimpressed by it all).

Ryan spiked a high fever when he was 3 weeks old and ended up admitted to the hospital for a few days, that's the pictures on the left.  All the ones on the right were just too cute and/or funny to be left out of his baby book.

Today's Bayloriffic color combo is Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Stamps:  Letters for You, bears from Whipper Snapper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Urban Oasis DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits, Labels Framelits, Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Friday, April 3, 2020

April Showers

Happy Friday, y'all.  I have been working in my craft room this week, but instead of making cards, I've been working on scrapbook pages.  I think that paper crafting is helping with my emotional well-being during quarantine, so I'm making a concerted effort to get in my craft room when Ryan does quiet time.  I have a small stack of new layouts that I need to take pictures of, but for now, I thought I'd share one I finished last year.

I took pictures at my friend Sarah's baby shower in Japan, and my mom went to my friend Melissa's baby shower in Texas, both of which happened in April so I couldn't resist the title April Showers.  Might be hard to see unless you click on the photo to embiggen.  I made baby books for both Sarah and Melissa; Sarah had a boy and Melissa had a girl.  I figured Barely Banana was a good neutral baby color, so that for the page base, and Wild Wasabi for all the photo mats.  Sarah's page on the left got a cute starry Bermuda Bay pattern, and Melissa's page on the right got the super-girly purple flowers (Mel's favorite color is purple, so I worked it into her book as much as I could).

So a very long time ago, not too long after I started stamping so like probably 15 years ago, I got the Alphahearts stamp set. 

And then...I never used it.  Until this layout.  It just seemed like a good fit for the baby shower layout.  Wheeeee for finally inking up a stamp set!  Now I just need to use the coordinating Alphaheart Numbers :)

Today's color palette is Barely Banana, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White.  I just did another layout with Barely Banana for the page base, after not using that color for years I seem to be reaching for it more often lately.  It's less muddy than So Saffron.

Hope you have a great Friday, y'all.  I told the hubs we need to decide which restaurant we're driving by for dinner tonight since we can't actually eat in restaurants right now.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps: Alphahearts, Baby Bundle
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence, Basic Gray
Paper:  Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Thick Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories:  None