Friday, April 30, 2021

I Love a Good Pun

Hey y'all and happy Friday.  How's your week been?  I've got a sore arm from yesterday's second Covid shot but I have today off work so I can be lazy and recuperate!

I posted yesterday about how I had so much trouble making a card and right after I wrote that post, I went back in my craft room (the whole get-back-on-the-horse thing) and made a card to share today, and this time I didn't have near the frustration.  Which is good, because stamping should be fun, not frustrating.

I'm kinda sad that they're retiring Cute Fruit already because it is just stinkin' adorable.  But as we've discussed several times, I almost never get rid of stamps so it's not like this one will magically disappear from my collection.  The patterned paper and the Stitched Nested Labels dies are retiring too.

It seemed like a great idea to use Cute Fruit with this week's color challenge from Global Design Project:

Okay, as someone who was a kid in the 80s, I totally LOVE Magenta Madness.  It's such an '80s color, and I mean that in the best way possible.  I love when Magenta Madness pops up in color challenges.  Anywha, I also used this week's sketch from the Paper Players:

I put the sentiment in a different place, whoops.  Just noticed that!  I think the Challenge Police will let me off with a warning, though.  I usually jot down info for various challenges on a piece of paper and then take that upstairs to stamp, so I don't have a computer or phone screen in front of me to double-check things like that.  It happens!

Hope you have a good weekend, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Cute Fruit
Ink:  Magenta Madness, Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Thick Basic White, Coastal Cabana, In Color DSP
Accessories:  Rectangles Stitched dies, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Dimensionals

Thursday, April 29, 2021

CAS Doesn't Mean Quick

Have you ever had a project that just WOULD NOT COOPERATE for anything?  That was today's card.  I worked on it for a solid hour and then decided to toss everything I had done and start it all over.  I was trying to do the multi-step stamping for the flowers from All Things Fabulous and no matter what I did I couldn't get the images to turn out how I wanted.  So then I had a look through my stamp sets and decided to use Free as a Bird instead, even with having to fussy cut the images.

So here's the card that I finally ended up with:

I was going to say it's the cause of all the frustration, but THAT card is in the trash.  Other than thinking I shouldn't have had the dots go through the middle of the circle element, I like what I ended up with but good GRAVY was it a journey to get here.  I'm telling you:  CAS doesn't mean quick.  Or easy.  Sometimes it's harder than a card with a bunch of layers and fancy techniques.

Here is this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

And the Color Throwdown:

I used Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove, and Just Jade for my colors, with some Cinnamon Cider thrown in because I love it.  So the flowers are pink (Flamingo) and the dots in the background are orangey/coral (Grapefruit Grove).  Couldn't get a photo to show the difference in the colors better, but if you look you CAN actually see the Wink of Stella on the flowers.

I think I need a nap since I had the second Covid vaccine this morning...but I have to go pick Ryan up in 15 minutes.  At least I have all day tomorrow off...cheers y'all, and I hope your creative time is less frustrating than mine was!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Free as a Bird, Comfort & Hope, Waterfront
Ink:  Cinnamon Cider, Grapefruit Grove, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends in Flirty Flamingo, Just Jade, & Cinnamon Cider
Paper:  Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Wink of Stella, Dimensional (yeah, just one)

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Flowering Cactus Fun

Hey y'all!  How's it going today?  I have two fun cards to share :)  Last week, I brought in a stack of cards I'd made to show my coworkers at the arts & crafts center, and both of them loved the Flowering Cactus card I made for a Fusion challenge.  They asked if I could make more and I'm always happy to play with the Flowering Cactus suite!  I didn't want to just make the exact same card over again, so I just played around until I made two cards I liked.

Faith said both her sister and her bestie love cactus, and they've got birthdays coming up, so she's getting the original card I made but I added a birthday sentiment to the inside of the card.  She liked the "rare find" sentiment on the front, so I kept that on this card too, and I stamped the same birthday sentiment on the inside of this one:

In fact, the only bits I stamped on either of these cards are the sentiments.  All the cactus and flower images were die cut out of the matching paper, which made these super quick and easy to put together!  So here's the card I made for Amy's niece, who also has a birthday coming up:

Amy requested something different than the "rare find" sentiment on the front because she thought that would be odd on a card for her niece, so I chose this "happy looks good on you" instead.  I love the font used in this stamp set, too.  Also, if you don't have the Stitched Shapes dies yet, snatch them up now if they're still available!  This is probably my most frequently used set of dies EVER and they can pry them from my cold, dead hands because I love them so.  Anyway, same birthday sentiment on the inside of this card too:

I will have to thank Amy and Faith for giving me an excuse to play around with Flowering Cactus some more, I love it so much!  I've loved every card I've made with this suite.  I may have to get an extra refill pack of that gorgeous paper...ignoring the fact that I have a giant stash of paper already....

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, first card:
Stamps:  Flowering Cactus
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Thick Basic White, Flowering Cactus DSP Stack
Accessories:  Flowering Cactus dies, Hippo & Friends dies, Dimensionals

Supplies, second card:
Stamps:  Flowering Cactus
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Thick Basic White, Flowering Cactus DSP Stack
Accessories:  Flowering Cactus dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SUO Challenges: Animal Kingdom

Howdy y'all!  Are you ready for a new challenge from SUO Challenges?  Because it's that time again!

It's a theme challenge this time:  Animal Kingdom!  So let's see your animal-themed cards.  You've got lots of stamps to choose from for this one! :)  I chose the soon-to-be-retired Zany Zebras:

I'm surprised that this one is retiring after just one year in the main catalog, so if you don't have it yet ya better grab it soon!  Something about these super-cute zebras makes me want to dig out the '80s-inspired bright colors, haha.  I grabbed a piece of the Ice Cream Corner DSP and that inspired me to use Bermuda Bay on my zebras.  Flirty Flamingo is *not* in that DSP but I thought it worked well with the Old Olive and Bermuda Bay in the DSP.  Also, I need to re-ink my Bermuda Bay ink pad.  The inside of the card has the birthday sentiment from Zany Zebras stamped inside.

Share your own Animal Kingdom card creation with us at the SUO Challenges blog.  Hope you have as much fun with this challenge as I did!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Zany Zebras
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Stampin' Blends in Bermuda Bay & Flirty Flamingo
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Thick Basic White, Ice Cream Corner DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes dies

Monday, April 26, 2021

Here Comes Trouble!

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Man, we had a GORGEOUS weekend here in southern Germany.  It's still pretty cool in the mornings, but for the last two days it's been sunny and in the 60s in the afternoons--perfection!

So the hubs and Ryan made breakfast yesterday morning (waffles with strawberries and cream) and we both noticed how much Ryan has grown.  He's over 40 pounds and he's gotten so much taller!  We keep saying we're going to stop feeding him so he won't grow anymore.  So let's enjoy some pictures from before Ryan grew so much:

D'awwww.  He had just started walking when we took these pictures.  Ryan looks so different now, but he does still have that same potbelly, haha!  It's adorable.  Anyway, the polka dot pattern is from the retired Coffee Break DSP, which I bought even though I don't drink coffee--yeah one or two patterns are coffee-related, but the rest of them can be used for just about anything and I adored the color combination of Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, and Soft Sky.  I used Crushed Curry for my page base because my mind always defaults to green + gold because I'm a Baylor Bear :D  And I had to use my favorite bear stamp from Thankful Forest Friends on here too.  I am currently drooling over a long-retired stamp set called Wilderness Reserve that has a gorgeous bear stamp in it, but I haven't yet convinced myself to pay $50 for it.  I did snatch up a different stamp set with a polar bear though.

Anywha, there's the color palette:  Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.

Wishing you a lovely sunny week, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Whimsical Alphabet, Thankful Forest Friends
Ink:  Garden Green, Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Thick Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP, Into the Woods DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Dies

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Baby Luke: August

Hey y'all, happy Saturday!  I've got a big ol' mug of Lucky Irish Breakfast tea in front of me, Ryan and the hubs are playing video games, and it's a lovely peaceful Saturday morning.  Just lovely :)

We're still trucking along with the layouts for Baby Luke's baby book.  I talked to my parents last night and they said Luke, who turned 1 in February, is walking all over, climbing on everything he can reach, and always wants what his big sister has.  He's pretty much the spittin' image of my little brother (his dad), haha!

So both my brother and SIL love cars and between the two of them they own I think seven or eight vehicles.  I already used Geared Up Garage on the first page in the book, so for this one I used Pedal to the Metal.  It was in the Occasions catalog the year I made this book, and I pretty much bought it just for this.  The Confetti Celebrations DSP pattern reminded me of tire treads and I thought it was just perfect for this layout.  I chose bright summery colors for this and I had to color the truck in orange because my dad actually owns a bright orange truck.

Hope your weekend is off to a good start.  We're going to see if we can go out and do something...ANYTHING!  So much stuff is still closed but maybe we can find a new place to go hiking or something...cheers!

Stamps:  Pedal to the Metal
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Tempting Turquoise, Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Thick Whisper White, Mango Melody & Pineapple Punch DSP, Confetti Celebrations DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix letters, Stitched Shapes dies

Friday, April 23, 2021

The Dancing Goat

The Prancing Pony is the name of the pub in Lord of the Rings, right?  If I ever open a pub, Imma call it The Dancing Goat.  Coincidentally (not) my cards today feature...a dancing goat!

Ain't HE fun!  I started with this week's Global Design Project challenge:

As you can see, I was primarily inspired by the layout of the card, and I used a stamp to get the three-color watercolor wash effect on my card.  I took  my colors from the Color Throwdown:

They described the colors as yellow, orange, red, and kraft; honestly the top color looks more like a tan than yellow to me but I ended up using Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile (I like this color and I feel like I hardly played with it the last two years and now it's retiring), Cherry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Cider.  These colors feel like fall to me so I challenged myself NOT to do a fall card because I'm hard-headed like that.  Goats are hard-headed too so it all works out.

The last challenge for today is the Paper Players theme:

I tried to keep my card CAS, but it does have several layers.  And then I worried that the Challenge Police were going to come after me for not keeping it CAS enough, so I made another version:

All the same stamps and colors, but just the card base and one fussy-cut dancing goat.  Definitely CAS!  But then it felt slightly out of balance, so...

I gave him some cans.  Still CAS though, so I should be safe from the Challenge Police, haha!  The color swatches are lighter because this time I used sponges to apply ink to the stamp, and I colored the goat a little bit differently because why do it exactly the same twice in a row.  I kind of adore this sassy goat.

Hope you have a great Friday, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Way to Goat, Hydrangea Haven
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, Terracotta Tile, Bumblebee, Gray Granite, Stampin' Blends in Cinnamon Cider & Ivory
Paper:  Cinnamon Cider, Thick Basic White, Bumblebee DSP
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Friday Flashback: Warmest Regards

Yes, I know it's not Friday :p We're just going with it.  So I said I was going more or less in alphabetical order, but Warmest Regards shares a stamp case with Absolutely Fabulous--they're both all sentiment stamps, both cursive, so they live together.  This time I chose 3 out of the 6 stamps to make some quick cards and use up a bit of another DSP stack.

The patterns are from the Print Poetry stack; I chose three that I liked and used some scraps for the small vertical strip, which is why the Crumb Cake strip is wider than the other two.  I used Crumb Cake on that one because that particular patterned paper didn't have any Summer Starfruit in it, so my brain wouldn't let me use it for the strip.  Yay for using up some pretty patterns, and yay more for using up scraps too!  I like how the sentiments fit in the Ornate Frames dies, they really make a super-simple card look fancier.

This is my one day off this week so I'm going to go spend several hours in my craft room.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU! (some retired)
Stamps:  Warmest Regards
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Paper:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Thick Very Vanilla, Print Poetry DSP Stack
Accessories:  Ornate Frames dies

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Poppy Petals

Mornin' y'all!  How are you today?

I have enjoyed playing with the Art Gallery stamp set lately.  It was the first stamp set I thought when I saw the Just Add Ink color challenge:

I love it when Shaded Spruce shows up in color challenges :)  For the flower, I used a sponge to apply ink to the stamp for the first layer so it would stamp lighter, and then for the darker layer I inked it up with the ink pad normal-normal.  Easy way to get multiple strengths with one ink pad!  It doesn't work with the super pale colors though, the bottom layer just wouldn't show up in that case.  I paired the color challenge with the sketch from As You See It:

The strip across the bottom reminds me of the last card I made with this stamp set, but as Cogsworth would say, if it's not Baroque, don't fix it!  I had die cut the rectangle for a different card and then ended up not using it, so it was already sitting on my craft table and seemed perfect for this sketch.

Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Art Gallery
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce
Paper:  Petal Pink, Thick Basic White, Fine Art Floral DSP
Accessories:  Nature's Thoughts dies, Floral Gallery dies, Dimensionals, retired adhesive sequins

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Rare Find

Hey y'all!  I snuck up to my craft room while Ryan was quiet on Sunday and made a quick card to share.  Maybe it didn't take long to make but I love how it turned out!

The DSP stack that goes with the Flowering Cactus stamp set is SO. PRETTY!!!  I loved the sketch from the current Fusion challenge and I couldn't resist showcasing some of this pretty paper for it.

I like the inspo picture too, but I doubt I'll be able to do another card for this challenge before it closes.

Hope your week is off to a good start, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flowering Cactus
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, Thick Basic White, Flowering Cactus DSP
Accessories:  Rectangle Postage Stamp punch, Hippo & Friends Dies, Dimensionals

Monday, April 19, 2021

Meeting Mimi & Grandpa

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  We had a super low-key weekend...well, they've tightened back down on the restrictions again so it's not like we can do much, but also Ryan had the sniffles so he was content to hang out on the couch, playing on the iPad and watching movies (Indiana Jones FTW!).  Ryan says he doesn't feel bad, but he's definitely not as energetic as usual.  Quiet weekend is just fine :)

So!  On to today's layout from when Ryan was super tiny and adorable.

He's still adorable, but he's not super tiny anymore ;)  You see that baby blanket on the couch behind my mom?  My childhood friend Melissa made that for Ryan, and it dictated the colors for several scrapbook layouts from Ryan's first year.

Today's color palette:  Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, and Granny Apple Green.  Every once in a while I make a layout that doesn't use any white cardstock :)

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Brushwork Alphabet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, Moon Baby
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green
Accessories:  None

Sunday, April 18, 2021

How Ya Bee?

Hey y'all!  Normally I don't post on Sundays but in the midst of my card-making frenzy last Thursday I made a card for two challenges and I want to get it entered before they both end :)  Once again I reached for some long-retired stamps to make something new.  I am having fun dusting off these old sets!

The bee and leaf images are from the set Good Times, which I still think is super fun and I got it way back in the first year or two of my stamping career.  The circle and the sentiment are both from Simply Circles, another oldie but goodie.

Check out this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

As soon as I saw all those little circles, these two retired stamp sets popped into my head, especially in combination with this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, and Pacific Point for my colors, though the sentiment in Pacific Point came out darker than I intended it to.  The first impression the color was a bit patchy (I have a few ink pads that I need to freshen up), and then when I stamped over it again it ended up darker than I really wanted it.  I love this color combo though.

Have a great Sunday, y'all!

Supplies, all SU! (some retired)
Stamps:  Good Times, Simply Circles
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  None

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Baby Luke: July

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Once again the hubs was nice enough to let me sleep in this morning :) Hope we have a nice relaxing weekend.

Ready for another baby book layout?  It's a classic.

For reals, I've used that Whipper Snapper bear on more than a couple baby book layouts.  He's just perfect for 4th of July and who doesn't like a teddy bear?

Today's color palette is red, white, and blue with a little spin:  Real Red, Pacific Point photo mats, Bermuda Bay DSP, and Daffodil Delight accents.

Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  July Fourth, Patriotic Bear from Whipper Snapper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Pool Party
Paper:  Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix letters, star punches

Friday, April 16, 2021

Friday Flashback: Absolutely Fabulous

Okay y'all, let's get real.  I have a very (....VERY) large collection of stamps from Stampin' Up.  I mean, I've been stamping for over fifteen years now, and I almost never get rid of stamp sets.  I do use a lot of retired sets on my scrapbook pages, but the vast majority of my stamp sets basically collect dust.  Soooo I'm going to bring back the Friday Flashback I used to do.  Except it might not be posted on Fridays, just when I feel like it.  And I'm going through my stamp sets alphabetically (ish); sometimes more than one stamp set lives in a stamp case, so I reserve the right to go out of order if I want to because this is my personal challenge and I can do what I want.  I've already found some that aren't in my personal stamp catalog and I'm making notes about which stamp sets have coordinating punches or dies.  This is going to be a massive and ongoing project.

My main goal here is to make at least one card with each and every stamp set I own.  My secondary goal is to use up some of my DSP hoard; I have a ridiculously large stash of paper (no surprise), and I tend not to use the 6x6 paper stacks on my scrapbook pages, so that drawer in particular needs to get thinned out.  I'm just going to make whatever I feel like when I look at the stamp set; I might make just one card or maybe I'll make several.  They'll probably be on the CAS side, and I'm going to try to keep this low-key and fun for me or I'll never finish ;)  So the fewer rules I impose on myself, the better.  I might pair stamp sets for Flashback posts (especially if I have one that's all images and one that's all sentiments) or maybe, like today, it will be just one stamp set.

So the very first stamp set in my stash (alphabetically, at least) is Absolutely Fabulous, and I think I found the perfect DSP stack to pair with it:

I love the Best Dressed stack.  It's got florals on one side, and the other has a lot of super-girly patterns like the ones with makeup or shoes and stuff.  I think I've only ever used the floral sides but I loved the makeup pattern for this sentiment :)  I only used a little strip off each piece of paper, so I turned all three over and took a look at the floral patterns, and decided to make cards with the other three sentiments in the set too.

There are 8 stamps, so you could easily split the sentiment and put the first part on the card front and the second part inside; I just decided to pair them all up on the card fronts.  I still have scraps from those three pieces of DSP but I didn't feel like making any more cards with this stamp set, so I stopped at four.  I have a feeling that my card stash is going to have a growth spurt soon ;)  If you want to see other cards I've made with this stamp set, look where it says "Labels" at the bottom of this post and click on Absolutely Fabulous.  I figure that's easier than me making long posts with zillions of pictures of old cards, right?  Right.

Supplies, first card:
Stamps:  Absolutely Fabulous
Ink:  Pretty Peacock
Paper:  Pretty Peacock, Petal Pink, Whisper White (on the inside), Best Dressed DSP stack
Accessories:  Tasteful Labels dies

Supplies, card trio:
Stamps:  Absolutely Fabulous
Ink:  Lovely Lipstick, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive
Paper:  Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Tasteful Labels dies, Painted Labels dies

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pastel Seahorse

Hey y'all, how's it going?  After having to do a Zoom meeting for work this morning, I've been spending some time in my craft room getting inky :) So I have a card to share today!

My MIL loves all things beachy and she had a bad reaction to the second dose of the Covid vaccine, so this will be on its way to her tomorrow.  I started with the Retro Rubber Challenge:

Seaside Notions is two years old and if you like it, you need to grab it fast because it's on the retiring list.  I took my pastel colors from the Sand & Sea DSP and then didn't actually use the paper, heh.  Anyway, my pastels are Seaside Spray (also soon to retire), Blushing Bride, and So Saffron.  I stamped the seahorse with Soft Suede ink, waited until the ink was completely dry, and then swiped the So Saffron Blends to color him, not trying to color every little bit and just applying some shading without overthinking it.  After I stuck him down, I also swiped on a wee bit of Wink of Stella because why not.

The other reason I chose to use Seaside Notions today is for the Global Design Project theme challenge:

So there you have it!  I've got two and a half more hours before I have to pick Ryan up, Imma go make it count in my craft room (and also do laundry).  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Seaside Notions
Ink:  Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, So Saffron Blends
Paper:  Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Rectangles Stitched dies, Mini Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dreaming of Hawaii

Howdy y'all, how's your week going?  Been a little rough over here--on Monday morning Ryan's daycare got shut down for two weeks so that was a fun scramble to find alternate care, and yesterday we had the first largeish balloon order since I started working at the arts & crafts center.  Y'all, my fingers are still sore from tying off balloons, and my boss said that pre-Covid they did much larger orders than what we worked on yesterday!  I'm hoping I don't have to touch a single balloon at work today :p

In the meantime, I have a card to share that I made last Friday, take a look:

Sometimes I get so focused on using newer stamps that I forget about the ones that have been in my collection for a while (hence my recent interest in going through all my retired stamps).  For today's card, I had to pull out Timeless Tropical after seeing the inspiration challenge from Cupcake Inspirations:

And once I saw the sketch from Fab Friday, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

I love it when a plan comes together.  I pulled out the retired Tropical Oasis DSP that coordinates with the stamp set; I've already scrapped all my Hawaii photos so I don't feel bad using the paper for today's card.  Plus I used a couple of scraps!  I do have to say, though, that "May your birthday be memorable" feels a wee bit menacing.  Like how they say "May you live in interesting times" is a potent curse.  Think about it--are YOU going to forget 2020 anytime soon?  But that's the sentiment that fit on my die cut...

Hope your next birthday is memorable for all the RIGHT reasons, y'all.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Timeless Tropical
Ink:  Old Olive, Soft Suede
Paper:  Soft Sea Foam, Thick Basic White, Tropical Oasis DSP
Accessories:  In the Tropics dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Dimensionals, Noble Peacock rhinestones

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

SUO Challenges: DSP

 Hey hey hey stampy friends!  Are you ready for a new challenge from SUO Challenges?

I think you're going to like this one--we challenge you to use Designer Series Paper! Easy peasy, right?  I still have a few packs of DSP from the current catalogs and SAB that I haven't even cut into yet, so I picked one of those and went to town.  Here's my card:

Mary Fish shared a sketch on her blog last week and I thought it would be great for showing off some great DSP.  I used both sides of a single sheet of DSP for my card :)  Gotta love that!

So what patterned paper projects are stewing in your brain?  Share links on the SUO Challenges blog!  Cheers, y'all, and have fun!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Art Gallery
Ink:  Bumblebee, Terracotta Tile, Mossy Meadow
Paper:  Bumblebee, Mossy Meadow, Thick Basic White, Fine Art Floral DSP
Accessories:  Floral Gallery dies, Rectangles Stitched dies, In Color enamel dots, Dimensionals

Monday, April 12, 2021

Run Baby Run

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  How is your week starting off?

I have been a wee bit obsessed with a project to go through all my retired stamps, so on my two days off last week I didn't even TOUCH the five layouts that are completely done except for journaling, and I've got a small stack o' layouts that I need to take pictures of.  My only day off this week is Thursday so we'll see what I get done that day...I will be spending time in my craft room one way or another!

Today's layout is from April of 2018.

We went to a friend's promotion ceremony and this was not too long after Ryan started walking (which was about 0.0005 seconds before he started running).  I got some really great pictures of Ryan and the hubs together so I had to make a whole separate layout for them :)  Aren't my guys handsome?!

Today's color palette:  Daffodil Delight, Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Blueberry Bushel, and Night of Navy.  I love that shade of green :)

Have a great week, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Letterpress Alphabet
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Thick Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Stars dies, Well Written dies

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Baby Luke: June

Hey y'all!  We are truckin' right along on Baby Luke's baby book here.  Well, he's more like a toddler now considering he turned one in February and has started walking ;) Here's the June layout:

My brother graduated from Oklahoma State, home of the cowboys, so this layout is my nod to that (the April layout got the Texas Christian University treatment with frogs and purple).  I wish I had gotten more than a single pack of that Painted Autumn DSP, I don't have very much of it left.  I recently used it on several scrapbook layouts so at least I'm using it!

Hope you have a good weekend, peeps.  Weather is supposed to be cold and rainy here so we have to figure out how to entertain Ryan while staying indoors...

Stamps:  Out West, Wanted
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede, Stampin' Blends in Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Call Me Clover, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate; markers in Tangerine Tango & Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix letters, Deco Labels Framelits

Friday, April 9, 2021

Speedy Spring Blossoms

Okay dude, I swear that ever since they "upgraded" the Blogger interface it is MUCH more difficult to upload several pictures and have them actually show up in the order I want them.  I started and trashed this post twice already, so here's hoping that the third time is the charm!

I spent a LOT of time in my craft room yesterday and I'm about to embark up on a project to go through all my retired stamps, so expect to see a lot of cards using older stamp sets :)  In fact, I chose two retired stamp sets for today's card:

I made this in 7 minutes, 54 seconds, and I timed it because I'm entering this in As You See It's speed stamping challenge:

I have cherry blossom stamps that I love, but I picked tulips because I've seen them in bloom near me.  We had freezing temperatures earlier this week and even a whole lot of snow (none of which stuck) so I hope the tulips and hyacinths survive the weather craziness.  I like tulips and flowers in general but I have two black thumbs.  We have three orchids in my kitchen because I adore them and my husband has figured out how to keep them alive ;)

Anywha, back to my tulip card!  I used the palette from this week's Color Throwdown challenge:

I used Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee, and Flirty Flamingo.  Side note:  Stampin' Up!, why on earth didn't you name it Busy Bumblebee or something like that?  All your other colors are at least two words and it BUGS me (pun intended) that this one isn't!  Anyway.  I had trouble incorporating the Crumb Cake into my card, so in the end I just sponged a bit of it on the tulip panel.

I'm also entering this at the Paper Players:

There's going to be a new suite of products featuring pansies in the next SU! catalog...

Anyway, I'm off to spend more time in my craft room.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tranquil Tulips, Suite Sentiments
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso
Paper:  Bumblebee, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Tasteful Labels dies, Dimensionals