Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Mornin', y'all!  How's your week going?  I've been busy at work because we're getting ready for inventory.  As it happens, *I* won't be doing inventory because our daycare is closed that day, so I've been helping to get everything prepped for it and counting as much stuff ahead of time as I can.  But I still had time for a very quick card!

This is for the As You See It Speed Stamping challenge, fast foliage:

And I do mean fast--I completed my card in six minutes, 25 seconds.  How's that for fast?  I had the Just Jade card base already cut and in my stash before I started, so I just gathered up what I needed for stamps, dies, and paper scraps.  The Paper Players sketch helped me get this card done lickety split:

Oh dang, it's later than I thought--I need to get my workout done and get ready for work!  Have a great day, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Love of Leaves
Ink:  Just Jade
Paper:  Just Jade, Thick Basic White, Hand-Penned DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Leaves dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Dimensionals, linen thread

Monday, June 28, 2021

Old Car City #2

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I'm very pleased to say I actually got some work done on a new layout this weekend.  It's not done yet, but all the pictures are stuck down and all the stamping has been done, I just need to do some fussy cutting and some journaling.  But anyway!  I have two layouts to share today.

We were only at Old Car City for I think three hours or so?  But we took over 700 pictures, and I had a hard time narrowing it down for my scrapbook pages.  So I packed a whole lotta pictures in there.

I liked taking pictures of the details, like the cars' model names; the hubs liked taking shots from further away to get more of the vehicles in the photo.

Same color palette as last time and I love it.  I've used quite a bit of that Autumn Meadows DSP now but I love the fall colors juxtaposed with that awesome teal.  Anyway, it's time for me to do my workout and then get ready for work.  Hope your week is off to a good start!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  None
Ink:  Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Paper:  Taken with Teal, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Thick Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows DSP
Accessories:  Garage Gears Thinlits

Friday, June 25, 2021

Freesia Petals

Happy Friday, y'all!  I'm on my third cup of tea, it's overcast and pleasantly cool outside, and I have today off to do laundry (woo) and work in my craft room!  First project:  make a birthday card for my SIL!

Oh yeah, me and Fresh Freesia are going to be friends.  I loved it in this week's Global Design Project color challenge:

Oh yeah, green and purple is one of my all-time favorite color combos, love these colors together!  I paired them with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I did add a bit to the sketch, but I think it's still obvious that the sketch was my starting point, right?  I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with water, then inked up an acrylic block and used it like a stamp.  I did have to sponge some of the ink off the block though, the first attempt looked very dark and blotchy but sponging up some ink before stamping it seemed to solve that problem nicely.  Then I just let it dry before I stamped the floral outline on top.  I dug some old Blackberry Bliss stitched satin ribbon out of the depths of my stash (I quit buying ribbon because I just don't use a lot of it and let's be honest, storage space is becoming an issue and my craft room is not tiny) as an accent behind my sentiment, and then busted out some opal rounds for embellishments.  I wish the opal rounds had a lower profile; I don't think they'd go through the mail with regular postage, but this card is going in a package so that wasn't a concern.  Most of the time I DO like to make my cards easily mailable though.

Okay, I've got three more hours until I have to pick up the kiddo.  I'm going to go USE it!  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hand-Penned Petals, Peaceful Moments
Ink:  Fresh Freesia, Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Fresh Freesia, Blackberry Bliss, Thick Basic White, watercolor paper
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Dimensionals, retired Blackberry Bliss ribbon, Opal Rounds

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Butterfly Calypso

Thank goodness for a couple challenges that stay open longer than a week!  I had my eye on a sketch challenge and a color challenge last week and I thought I wouldn't get to play along, but I stole some time in my craft room on Sunday.  Good thing, too, because I've worked every day this week...but I have tomorrow off, so long as no more eleventh hour presidential orders come out :p  Anyway, today I have butterflies.

This is actually my second attempt at this card; the first one just wasn't doing it for me and I had to give it a second go because I liked the challenges so much.  I moved around what colors went where and I like this version better.  Here's the original:

I thought the white card base would make the card feel light and airy, and it just didn't work as well for me.  I also changed up what stamp I used on the Just Jade strip.

Check out the Hand-Stamped Sentiments color challenge:

I love me some Just Jade so I'm glad I got to play along with this challenge.  I paired it with the Try Stamping on Tuesday sketch:

I love the Butterfly Brilliance bundle, but since the stamp set is one big stamp with six butterflies, I now have quite a pile of extras sitting on my bookshelf.  They'll get used eventually I suppose.

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly Brilliance, Sweet Strawberry
Ink:  Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Just Jade
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Just Jade, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Brilliant Wings dies, Ornate Frames dies, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Berry Pair

Mornin' y'all!  How's your week going?  I have a pair of cards to share today :)

I promise that mark in the upper left corner isn't on the card itself, it's a shadow from my window screen that I didn't notice until I was editing these pictures on the computer.

See, this one has it too.  I never got a chance to play with the Berry Blessings stamp set during Sale-a-Bration, so I was happy to see this week's Paper Players challenge as it gave me an excellent excuse to ink it up after all this time:

Both of these cards are already in the mail on their way to their recipients :)  The shadow on the pictures kinda bugged me, so I did take another set of pictures, but the color in the first set of pics was more true-to-life.  Anywha, here's the other pics:

I fussy-cut the blackberry and leaves; the leaves are glued on the white panel and the blackberry is popped up on top.  Also I know the sentiment looks black but it's actually stamped in Shaded Spruce.

I stamped out some raspberries to put on this card, but after I cut the sentiment out it just didn't need any more raspberries.  So I added a mat on the sentiment and a few retired Glitter Enamel Dots because I love those things and I have a ton of them.  I also have two packs of that Berry Delightful DSP and I love it.  I'll probably be hoarding it for scrapbook layouts.

Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, Blackberry card:
Stamps:  Berry Blessings
Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Thick Basic White, Berry Delightful DSP
Accessories:  Stitched So Sweetly dies, Dimensionals

Supplies, Raspberry card:
Stamps:  Berry Blessings
Ink:  Shaded Spruce
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Thick Basic White, Berry Delightful DSP
Accessories:  Stitched So Sweetly dies, Dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

SUO Challenges: The Initial Idea

Salutations and greetings, stampy friends!  It is time once more for a new challenge at SUO Challenges!

I came up with the idea for this week's challenge and I'm a bit nervous about it...the idea is to use your initial, not necessarily to create a card with your initial on it (though several of the design team did just that), but to choose your card elements based on what your initial is.  For example, Brenda might make a birthday card with Bermuda Bay and Bumblebee for her colors.  So here's what I made:

The inside of my card continues the sentiment:  And be awesome!  With a C for my first initial, I could have done a Christmas card or a cactus card (you know how I love my Flowering Cactus product medley), but I decided to go with COOKIES (chocolate chip cookies, even) and I used Coastal Cabana and Cinnamon Cider for my colors.  For one more C, I CASEd this card by Julie Dimatteo.  I love how she used one piece of DSP and showcased both sides!  My Coastal Cabana DSP is retired, but this idea would be super easy to use with ANY piece of double-sided patterned paper.

Hope the concept of the challenge doesn't scare you.  Please link up your card at the SUO Challenges blog!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Nothing's Better Than
Ink: Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso
Paper:  Thick Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Coastal Cabana DSP
Accessories:  Love You More Than dies, Wink of Stella

Monday, June 21, 2021

Old Car City #1

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I think it's time to start sharing some layouts that I made last year.  We took a road trip to Old Car City in White, Georgia in 2015 and took hundreds of pictures of rusty old cars.  I never thought I'd get excited about hundreds of pictures of rusty old cars, and yet here we are.  I ended up making five layouts because I just could not whittle down my favorite pictures.

The Autumn Meadows DSP was absolutely *perfect* for these pictures, so I used various patterns from it on each of the layouts.  I'm only sharing the first one today, more to come in the next couple of weeks.  Those stripes are one of my favorite patterns ever; I loved Taken with Teal and it almost never featured in patterned paper, hence why I'd been hoarding it, but it was just waiting for these pictures :)

The color palette is all retired except for Very Vanilla, and it was taken straight from the DSP:  Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, and the aforementioned Very Vanilla.

Have a great week, peeps!  I'm going to try not to melt; we have no AC where I work and it was HOT last week.  Wish me luck!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet
Ink:  Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Paper:  Taken with Teal, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Thick Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows DSP
Accessories:  Garage Gears Thinlits

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Aloha Flowers

Mornin' y'all!  What with Friday's unexpected "day off" (which meant my kid couldn't go to daycare, so pretty much effectively took AWAY my day off) I didn't get in my craft room at all that whole day, which makes me grumpy because there was a bunch of challenges I wanted to play along with.  I did sneak a bit of time in my room yesterday though, enough to put together a card for two of my favorite challenges at least.  So here 'tis:

If I'd had a bit more time, I think I would have used my blending brushes to add a bit more color to t he flowers and leaves.  I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Just now seeing that I should have moved the flower and sentiment down a bit to be more in line with the sketch.  Whoops.  And here's the Color Throwdown:

I interpreted the colors as Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, and Polished Pink.  Remember I thought we did NOT need another pink when I first saw Polished Pink as part of the new In Colors, and now any time I have an excuse to use it, I totally do :D  I added a healthy dose of Early Espresso as well.

Got any plans for Father's Day?  We spent time yesterday at the Technik Museum, where they have a whole bunch of cars and planes to look at.  This morning I'll be making waffles per the hubs' request, and I think we're doing slow cooker pulled pork for dinner tonight.  We ought to start picking cherries off the tree in our yard, too...oh, I should look up cherry recipes!  Hope y'all have a good day.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Timeless Tropical, Stacked Stone
Ink:  Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Polished Pink
Paper:  Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  In the Tropics dies, Dimensionals, rhinestone

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Baby Luke: Last Page

Woohoo, we're at the last page for Luke's baby book!  I decided to lean in to the Star Wars angle one last time:

And now I'm going to try not to melt into a puddle because it is HOT and almost nowhere has air conditioning.  Cheers!

Stamps:  Galactic Adventures by Kindred Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Granny Apple Green marker, Stampin' Blends in So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix letters

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Friday Flashback: All About Everything

Hey y'all!  I just finished my morning workout and I need a minute to cool down :)  So I thought I'd share another Throwback Thursday/Friday Flashback post!  Today's stamp set, All About Everything, was a freebie set in a past Paper Pumpkin kit.  Can't find a Splitcoast gallery for it, but it's a cute little set and I had fun playing with it and some fun, bright colors for today's pair of cards:

Uh, I think I'm in love with Magenta Madness.  I put that together with Pineapple Punch, Old Olive, and Gorgeous Grape, and just stamped a random floral pattern for the main image panels.  I rooted through my collection of punches and found two old label punches (I forget what they were actually named) that worked with the sentiments I chose, which I embossed with white EP on Magenta Madness cardstock.  I've been embossing a lot lately, even though I have to have my heat gun on a transformer which means I have to cart everything downstairs to the kitchen when I want to emboss.

I have tomorrow off so I'm hoping to spend lots of time in my craft room :)  Have a great Thursday, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  All About Everything
Ink:  Magenta Madness, Old Olive, Pineapple Punch, Gorgeous Grape, Versamark
Paper:  Pineapple Punch, Old Olive, Magenta Madness, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  retired label punches, Dimensionals, white EP

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Birthday Cactus

Hey hey hey!  I made a card on Monday, intending to share it yesterday, but then I woke up an hour late and had to hurry to get to work on time so it didn't happen yesterday.  So I'm sharing today!  I pulled out my favorite Flowering Cactus stamp set again for today's card:

And I'm entering this in two challenges.  First up is the color challenge from the Paper Players:

Love those fun colors together!  I like how the black grounds the super bright colors.  I paired that with the Global Design Project Case the Designer challenge:

I kept the layout basically the same for my card, but I pretty much flip-flopped which elements were in color and which were in black and white.  I had a scrap of old Basic Black DSP that had the words on one side, so I used that as the strip on the left of my card because I liked how it mimicked the white-on-black sentiment panel on the inspo card.  I did line the inside of the card with some Basic White cardstock and stamped another cactus in there, but I didn't take a picture of it and this card is already sealed up and ready to go to my beautiful friend Sarah for her birthday :)

Have a great day, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flowering Cactus
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Thick Basic White, Basic Black DSP scrap
Accessories:  Flowering Cactus dies, Ornate Frames dies, Dimensionals, gold enamel dots

Monday, June 14, 2021

June 2018

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Slightly behind because this morning I was going through pictures from our excursions yesterday, so I actually posted on my other blog!  Woohoo!  We had a fun weekend, hope you did too.

I've got a fun summery layout to share today!

Aww, Ryan was so widdle in these pictures :)  I need to get back in the scrapping groove, I've been making a lot of cards but I miss scrapping too.  So I'm going to write this fast so I can get up to my craft room before it's time to pick Ryan up from daycare.

I had fun busting out some retired colors for this layout, namely Watermelon Wonder for the page base and Tempting Turquoise for the patterned paper, which I paired with Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  Watermelon Wonder is such a fun color, I need to play with it some more.  Okay, that's it, I'm going to my craft room.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Full Calendar, Starburst Sayings
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise DSP
Accessories:  Starburst dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Layering Circles dies

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Baby Luke: One Year Old

Happy Saturday!  I am really closing in on the last of the baby book layouts...I've got today's post and then just one more for the last page in Luke's book.  And this one is super cute!

I loooooooooooooove the Bonanza Buddies stamp set that came out a couple years ago, and the coordinating paper.  Seriously, aren't those little dudes the cutest?!  Love the fun bright colors for this layout, which were all taken directly from the patterned paper:  Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Terracotta Tile, and a bit of gray and black for our animal buddies.

Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Bonanza Buddies
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Terracotta Tile
Paper:  Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Terracotta Tile, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza DSP
Accessories:  Bonanza dies, Sizzix letters

Friday, June 11, 2021

Birthday Popsicles

Hey hey hey, happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?

I have another CAS card to share today.  I've really been getting into a CAS groove with my personal Friday Flashback project :) But for today's card, I finally inked up a new stamp set I got probably a couple months ago.

My original plan had been to just do the "You're so cool" sentiment, but I added the "Happy Birthday" to cover up how I managed to NOT line up the top and bottom of both popsicles :p  I didn't do anything fancy at all on this card; I stamped both parts of the popsicle with the same color and got color variation just by how they overlapped.  Next time I might try multicolored popsicles.  And I continue my love affair with Polished Pink, haha!

Check out the Paper Players challenge:

I got a pack of popsicles last weekend for Ryan and he is ALL about getting a popsicle for dessert every night :)

Have a good weekend, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sweet Ice Cream
Ink:  Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Cinnamon Cider, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Thick Basic White
Accessories:  None

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Navy Bouquet

Hey y'all!  I DID enjoy my day off yesterday.  I watched an episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and then I made 8 cards.  I took pictures of a bunch of scrapbook layouts but I was having a terrible time with getting pictures to look good yesterday--I didn't retake the scrapbook layouts yet, but I did take pictures of the cards THREE TIMES before I got a set I thought was acceptable.  So here's one of the cards I made yesterday:

Wrapped Bouquet is a super cute stamp set (with coordinating dies) that will be retiring at the end of the month when the Occasions catalog expires.  I used the brand now Color Throwdown palette:

Which I interpreted as Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, and Night of Navy.  I paired that with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I picked out the two challenges before I decided what stamps to use, and for some reason this combination really took me a while to wrap my brain around.  I almost did something with snowflakes even though the image on the CTD palette is definitely summery ;)  I inked up the main bouquet stamp with Versamark and Night of Navy ink, stamped, and then embossed with clear EP so I could watercolor it.  Took me three tries to get a good image--my Night of Navy ink pad is pretty juicy and it kept getting excess ink in some of the fine details of the stamp, so on the third try I inked it up and then pounced a sponge on top of it to take off some of the extra ink.  One of my favorite stamping tricks :)  I inked up the newspaper stamp with Versamark and stamped it on the card base for a bit of subtle background texture.

Summer has finally arrived in Germany and now I'm questioning the wisdom of not getting an AC unit for our bedroom at night...we've been sleeping with the windows open, but German birds never sleep and one of our neighbors has chickens.  Guess it helps me get up early to work out!

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Wrapped Bouquet
Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  Wrapped Flowers dies, Nature's Thoughts dies

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

A Cup of Cheer

Hey y'all, how do?  I thoroughly enjoyed my day off Monday, and fully intend to do the same today!  I mean yeah I have to work Saturday, but it's been SO NICE getting to play with paper and ink and I did finish up those scrapbook pages!!  I love how they turned out and I can't wait to start on some more.

Anywha, here is my card for today:

Tomorrow my husband is doing a going-away thing for his right-hand man, who is moving back to the States with his family, and the hubs asked me to get some kind of farewell gift for the guy's wife.  Well, the very first thing I want to do when I go back to the States after a long time overseas is to hit up Target! So instead of getting some kind of German souvenir that would only collect dust (plus they've been here longer than we have and I'm sure they got their own souvenirs before Corona shut everything down), I got her a Starbucks gift card and a Visa gift card to use at Target (only because they didn't have Target gift cards here).  So now as soon as Liz arrives in America, she can take her gift cards to get the beverage of her choice and have a nice wander around Target : )

Gift cards in hand, I sat down to make her card, and I saw the theme challenge at Global Design Project:

And it got my brain ticking.  The stamps I used are from an old Paper Pumpkin kit, aren't they cute?  I wish the greeting was a teensy bit smaller so it would actually fit in the cup though.  Anyway, a succulent in a teacup is for sure a teensy tiny garden, but probably the biggest one that I should be responsible for--it's a good thing they don't arrest you for accidentally killing houseplants, because I'd be in jail forever.  Hubs takes care of the orchids in our kitchen, which I adore but they would definitely die if I were responsible for them, so I tend to stick with flowers rendered in paper and ink.  Can't kill 'em, and they stay in bloom forever!

Have a superfantasticawesomelywonderful day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  My Paper Pumpkin
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends
Paper:  Mint Macaron, Thick Basic White, Shaded Spruce DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes dies, Potted Succulents dies, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

SUO Challenges: Mark It Up

Mornin' y'all!  Can you believe it--already time for a new challenge at SUO Challenges!

This time, the challenge is to use markers or Blends on your card creation!  I decided to go super CAS with my card and let the Stampin' Blends really do the talking.

Two stamps, one layer, zero embellishments, but still colorful and pretty thanks to the Blends (colors listed below).  I'm going to call these chickadees but I have zero idea what kind of bird they really are...or if my coloring job actually corresponds to any real-life birds ;)  I had intended to do a light wash of blue behind the bird image but I forgot, oops.  I still think it's pretty.

Don't forget to upload your creation at the SUO Challenges blog!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Free as a Bird
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry, Stampin' Blends in Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Just Jade, Flirty Flamingo, and Cinnamon Cider
Paper:  Thick Basic White
Accessories:  None

Monday, June 7, 2021

Super 'Do

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  We had a good weekend even though it rained a lot.  On Saturday, we crossed the border into France and went shopping at a couple of junk shops--they sell antique furniture, but also a huge array of home decor things and all kinds of stuff, it was fun!  Then last night we watched Raya and the Last Dragon and I loved it :)

The hubs cut Ryan's hair yesterday so I just had to choose this layout to share today!

Somehow I missed these pictures when I was doing Ryan's baby book, so I put them on a layout in my chronological album instead.  Yeah, that wild hairdo on the right?  That was my mother's handiwork.  She wanted to try using hair gel on Ryan and I said fine as long as you wash it out afterward.  She was trying to give him a Superman curl, haha!

Today's color palette is straight from Superman's costume:  Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Poppy Parade, and a bit of Basic Gray and Whisper White.  I got to use some old Superman stickers from my stash, and I could not have asked for a more perfect layout to use them on!

Today is my first weekday off (other than Memorial Day, which doesn't really count) in two weeks, so I'm going to ENJOY it.  Got all my laundry done on Saturday, we cleaned up the house yesterday, so I can play in my craft room with zero guilt.  I have one card I have to make for someone, and then I am GOING to FINISH the five scrapbook layouts that have been languishing in my craft room for MONTHS waiting for me to journal them.  But first I'm going to enjoy my morning cuppa tea : )

Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Letters for You
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Pacific Point textured, Poppy Parade, Summer Sun, Thick Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits, Superman stickers by Sandylion

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Baby Luke: January

Just two more baby book posts to go after this one!

I thought that winter pictures would probably have a lot of rosy cheeks, and since most of the pink will be covered up by the photos it doesn't look TOO girly :)  Love the Coastal Cabana with all the snowflakes, that DSP pack was pretty awesome.

We're going to hop across the border into France today, maybe look at some antiques and hit up the big bakery while we're there.  Au revoir!

Stamps:  Snowman Season, Merry
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Blueberry Bushel, Thick Whisper White, Let It Snow Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix letters, Snowman Builder punch

Friday, June 4, 2021


Hey y'all, happy Friday!  Last night after kiddo went to bed, I had an idea for a card that I just HAD to get out on paper so I locked myself in my craft room for a bit and made this:

ALL THE COLORED EMBOSSING POWDER!!!  Stampin' Up! used to have a bunch of different colors of embossing powder.  I bought a lot of them and I'm pretty sure that before now I hadn't used Tempting Turquoise or Melon Mambo.  But I'm pretty tickled with how this turned out!

I had to have another go at this week's Color Throwdown:

The inspiration photo made me think of the shoes in Epic Celebrations, and like I said last time these colors just scream eighties to me so I leaned into that with my card.  Anyone else grow up in the '80s and have those weird background in your school photos that looked like lasers or something?  Just me?  Okay.  I wonder if I could dig that picture up...anyway, I used the Sanded background stamp with Tempting Turquoise EP to kinda mimic that feel and the bottom half of the ice cream punch gave me a great triangle shape for behind my sentiment stamp.

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

It was fun once again doing a deep dive in my retired products for this one.  And of course I can't think of the '80s without thinking of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because my brother got the original movie on VHS for his birthday one year and watched it at least once a day over the entire Christmas break and I still have a lot of the dialog memorized.  I was trying to think of a title for this blog post last night and "Embossanova" popped in my head and really made me laugh so I have to share my word silliness with you :)

Have a great Friday!

Supplies, all SU! (some retired)
Stamps:  Epic Celebrations, Really Retro, Sanded
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  Melon Mambo EP, Tempting Turquoise EP, White EP, Window Frames dies, Word Window punch, Ice Cream punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Guest Designer...Radical!

Hey hey, y'all!  Fun news for sympathy card was chosen as the winner of that week's Color Throwdown challenge, which means I get to be a guest designer today!

I won't lie, these colors immediately scream EIGHTIES to me and I love it :) I used Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, and Basic Black, with the addition of Smoky Slate for my background to make this:

I hadn't used Butterfly Brilliance recently and what's more fun and colorful than butterflies?  I was going to do colored embossing powder on black cardstock but I decided to go for white EP on colored cardstock instead, maybe I'll try the other way 'round if I get a minute this week.

I also used the Sunday Stamps sketch for this week:

Such a fun sketch, I like it!

Hope you join in the fun at Color Throwdown this week!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly Brilliance, Stacked Stone, All Things Fabulous
Ink:  Versamark, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Thick Basic White
Accessories:  White EP, Clear EP, Brilliant Wings dies, Dimensionals, retired Glitter Enamel Dots