Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Petal Pink Poinsettia

Mornin' y'all!  I got up early this morning and managed to do half my workout before the kiddo got up.  Today was kickboxing, and Ryan actually watched a bit of it which means I got to hear editorial comments from him like "You have to PUSH, Mama!" which was funny.  And I'm feeling pretty good after that workout, it was a good one today.

Anyway, I have a card to share!  Not too long after we moved to Germany, I ordered a bunch of holiday stuff from the holiday mini catalog and I'm sad I haven't gotten to use a lot of it (for some reason I can't seem to get Ryan on a schedule with quiet time since we got here).  But I needed some thinking of you/get well cards when my mom had surgery earlier this month, so I put together a very quick CAS card.

It doesn't show at all in the picture, but I painted over the poinsettia with Wink of Stella so it has a lovely shimmer IRL; the card looks kinda plain in the picture because you can't see the shine.  Sometimes that's how it happens.  I think my sequins are retired but I don't really care, I'm using what I've got.

Have a great day, y'all.  It's Tuesday, if you were wondering--I know the week between Christmas and New Year's is a weird time wormhole (wibbly wobbly timey wimey) in a normal year, and I bet that sensation has only intensified this year.  Almost done with 2020!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Poinsettia Petals, Comfort & Hope
Ink:  Petal Pink, Soft Suede
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Petal Pink
Accessories:  Tasteful Touches dies, Dimensionals, retired adhesive sequins

Monday, December 28, 2020

'Tis the Season (Christmas 2010)

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Hope you had a good Christmas.  Ryan got lots and lots of toys and games and he's a happy kiddo :)  Yesterday the hubs took him out of the house for a good chunk of time and I wish I hadn't had a terrible headache because I could have done ALL THE THINGS.  As it is, I did work on two layouts, which are both all done except for journaling.

Anyway, the layout I want to share today is one I finished a couple months ago and I'm pretty tickled with how it turned out.

My mom's angels on the right are supposed to spell "Noel" but my brother and I can't help rearranging her Christmas decorations at every opportunity ;)  I made a second layout for this Christmas too but for that one I need to have a 5x7 printed so maybe I'll share it next December.  I also looked through all my pictures I have left to scrap, and I've done all the Christmas pics up through 2018!  I've been doing all my pictures from after Ryan was born pretty much chronologically so I'll get to the more recent ones too.  So starting at the beginning of 2017, I'm up to March of 2019.

Anyway, let's talk about the layout!  I used the Candlelight Christmas DSP and isn't it just so pretty?  I used a fancy pattern for the formal Christmas picture my mom insisted we take together and then most of the other pictures are the rest of us being silly ;) A few years ago, Stampin' Up! ran a promo where you could earn the Merry Patterns stamp set if you had a $300 party/order and by golly I wanted that stamp set and this is only the second time I've used it *rolls eyes at myself* Anyway, the page title and the candles are all multi-step stamps, so the outline is one stamp and then "season" is a fill-in patterned stamp and there's three fill-in stamps for the candles (two different ones for the candles, one for the flames).  I admit I chose the candles as an accent solely because of the name of the DSP, haha.  So somehow I managed to squeeze in nine photos and two different patterned papers and still had room for journaling and page accents.  Yep, I'm good.


Today's festive color palette:  Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso.  There's a wee bit of Primrose Petals on the patterned paper too.  I need to edit and upload a bunch of pictures to Winkflash so I can order that 5x7 for the other layout from this Christmas, I adore it too (it features our doggos).

Just a few days left until the new year starts.  Woo!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Merry Patterns
Ink:  Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, So Saffron
Paper:  Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Thick Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas DSP
Accessories:  None

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

SUO Challenges: Winter Wonderland

Mornin' y'all!  Christmas is in just a couple of days, which means the new year is right around the corner, which means we've almost made it to the end of one very tough year.  We've got time for one more challenge from SUO Challenges!

The theme this time around is WINTER!  I don't know about you, but I enjoy snuggling up in some nice cozy blankets with a cuppa tea and either a good book or a good movie in the wintertime.  I do love all the snowflakes and snowman images too though, so that's what I went with for today's card:

The hubs asked me for a birthday card for his coworker yesterday and I thought this snowman was just the ticket.  I didn't have much time, so I embossed the snowman in white on Pacific Point cardstock and then die cut--I thought it looked a bit like a snow globe when I added the sentiment underneath.  Super easy, doesn't take much time, but people who don't do papercrafting are always impressed with embossed stuff.  I kept trying to add more stuff to this card, but it insisted on staying CAS to let that amazing snowflake paper show off.  I did add just a little to the inside of the card:

Ya know, just in case you missed the snowflakes on the front :)  I also made the white panel the same size as the DSP panel on the front of the card; usually if I line the inside of a card I just make a little border all the way around but I liked this.

Your turn!  Make something winter-inspired and share it on the SUO Challenges blog here.  Peace, joy, and let's all yell JUMANJI! as soon as midnight hits on New Year's Eve, k?

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Snowman Season, Zany Zebras
Ink:  Versamark, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue
Paper:  Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Snowflake Splendor DSP
Accessories:  White EP, Stitched Shapes dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Dimensionals

Monday, December 21, 2020

Deck the Halls

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  And this time it's ON a Monday!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  Today's plan:  bake cookies for our neighbors.  And also try not to eat them myself ; )

So today's  layout is me and the hubs' very first Christmas tree in 2004 I think?  It's been a while.

I took pictures of some of the ornaments we hung on the tree that year.  I have a large collection of Hallmark ornaments (but still a tiny fraction of what my mom owns) and the hubs' reaction was quite amusing.  All the ornaments are in the original boxes and carefully stored and yeah it takes the whole day to get them out and on the tree and even longer to put it all back up again.  Since Ryan arrived, we have one package of those supposedly unbreakable ball ornaments and it takes 20 minutes to decorate the tree, with no worries that he's going to break the fancy ornaments.

I'm not really sure which way I like the pages though.  This is one of those layouts that you could put either page on the left and both options flow pretty well.  Here's the other way:

What do you think, the first option or the second one?  Right now I'm kinda leaning towards option #2...also kinda wish I still had that Queen of the Universe shirt.

Today's very festive color palette:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Garden Green, Night of Navy, and Old Olive.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Merry & Type
Ink:  Real Red, Night of Navy
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Garden Green
Accessories:  None

Friday, December 18, 2020

Merry & Bright (Christmas 2006)

Welp, I missed Scrappy Monday by a lot, but I have so many Christmas layouts in my draft posts that I couldn't skip this week entirely.  Last week was really tough and this week started out a bit rocky, and then on Wednesday Germany went into lockdown again until mid-January BUT I discovered that the playgrounds are still open which makes me ridiculously relieved and I've taken Ryan there every day.  And yesterday afternoon I got a tentative job offer for work at the local arts & crafts store.  The pay is beans but it would be an excuse to have Ryan in daycare and it would be fun for me :)

Anywha, let's get to the scrapbook pages!

I really worked hard last year and this year to scrap older photos, so these are from Christmas 2006.  The paper is from a year or two ago though, I seriously love that reindeer print and I'm a sucker for a good plaid, so it makes me happy to use both of them on one layout.  The accents are poinsettias stamped and embossed with white EP on red cardstock, then cut out (because that stamp set was from before we had so many dies for different stamps).  I love that Christmas Deer stamp but I don't think I've hardly ever used him, so it's nice that he got to shine here too.

Today's color palette:  Crumb Cake (textured, even), Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, and Whisper White.  Nice and Christmasy.

Have a good weekend, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Christmas Deer, Watercolor Winter, Jolly Jingles (unmounted wheel)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Shaded Spruce, Thick Whisper White, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Accessories:  white EP

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

SUO Challenges: Holly Jolly Trio

 Mornin' y'all!  It's SUO Challenges day once again!

We're continuing our last challenge and sharing Christmas cards, so here's my new project for today:

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is so cute, I couldn't pick just one gnome to feature.  I had the same problem with all the Christmas and winter DSP options, so I made a set of cards :) I used the same layout for each card, but different colors/DSP, and the last gnome is a mirror image just because he's facing the other direction and I didn't want to cover up the mistletoe on his hat.  I think some of my embellishments are retired, but I decided to use what I had since I never seem to use up all of a pack of embellishments before they get replaced with something new.

Because of the snowflakes on his hat, I had to pair this gnome with the Snowflake Splendor DSP.

This girl gnome and her very nice Christmas tree hat got paired with the Poinsettia Place DSP.  Also, I didn't have red rhinestones, so I used a Stampin' Blend to color clear rhinestones red to use as an accent here.  Easy peasy and it didn't make a mess!

Mr. Mistletoe here got paired with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP, which might be my favorite.  It's classic red and green and some lovely seasonal patterns that will be great for my scrapbooks.

So now it's your turn--make a Christmas card using your Stampin' Up! supplies, and share it on the SUO Challenges blog.  Cheers to the holiday season!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Gnome for the Holidays
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, various Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Bumblebee, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Thick Whisper White, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Poinsettia Place DSP, Heartwarming Hugs DSP
Accessories:  Rectangles Stitched dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, white EP, Dimensionals, Gold Glitter enamel dots, rhinestones, Frosted & Clear Epoxy Shapes

Monday, December 7, 2020

Merry Christmas 2009

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I have an interview for a part-time job this morning and I was doing fine up until like 30 minutes ago and now I'm nervous.  Wish me luck?

So here's a real flashback scrapbook layout, 2009!  You can see some of these pictures here.  I love that patterned paper with the Christmas lights and I think I only have some teeny scraps of it left.  We just put up stockings and the Christmas tree here yesterday, Ryan was very excited about it all.

Today's color palette:  Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey, Soft Sky, Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  I probably would not have put those two greens together if not for the patterned paper but I do like the effect.

Okay, Imma go be nervous some more.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Signs of Santa, Christmas Greetings, Whimsical Numbers
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black marker, assorted Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Season of Cheer DSP
Accessories:  Santa's Signpost Framelits

Friday, December 4, 2020

Snowflake Blues

Hey y'all, how's it going?  It continues to be very difficult for me to get any time in my craft room...I'm not sure what it is, but I can't seem to get Ryan on a schedule and back to doing quiet time every day.  Yesterday I let him watch Paw Patrol for 15 minutes while I went upstairs to make a birthday card for hubs' coworker...yeah Ryan turned up all the floor heat controls as high as they would go on the entire bottom floor.  Heated floors are totally amazing, but when you turn them up to the max it really does heat up the house quickly.  Last time he did that, they were on overnight and basically I had a hot yoga class the next morning. *eye roll* I caught it quickly this time but it was still pretty toasty downstairs all evening.

Anyway, I did at least manage to make this card:

On Wednesday, I tried putting Ryan in quiet time for a while but all I got to do in my craft room was sit down and stare at my supplies for about 3 minutes before Ryan decided quiet time was over and came in there and started messing with my paper trimmer.  Sometimes it's just not your day.  Anyway, as luck would have it yesterday, I saw this card by Brian King and I loved the layout of it.  But since I had limited time with my ticking time bomb supposedly watching TV downstairs, I made mine a little simpler.  At least I got it done?

Have a good weekend, peeps.  Hope you get some crafty time for yourselves!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Birthdays
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Snowflake Splendor DSP
Accessories:  Rectangles Stitched dies, So Many Snowflakes Dies, Dimensionals, rhinestone