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Sunday, January 29, 2017

adventures with feminine/masculine

I'm preparing for a card-making party, for which the hostess requested a Mother's Day card.  I knew I wanted to use Beautiful You and Blooms & Bliss, but I didn't have a layout in mind. I looked through the challenges I'm familiar with, and I think Hand Stamped Sentiments had exactly what I needed:
stamp sets - Beautiful You, Circle of Spring; ink- Basic Gray, Sweet Sugarplum; card stock - Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride; designer series paper - Blooms & Bliss; Big Shot with Layering Circles and Wonderful Wreath framelits 

At the Watercooler, Gail requested masculine cards, and I've made quite a few flowery feminine cards lately; I needed a break, and an excuse to test out my new dynamic (extra-deep) embossing folder.  This time, I needed a color palette, and again went browsing through challenges - this one is from Create with Connie and Mary:
stamp set - Nailed It; ink - Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry; designer series paper - Party Animal; Big Shot with Hexagons Dynamic textured embossing folder

Monday, January 23, 2017

adventures with Flamingo and Watermelon

I made yesterday's interactive card using the CAS Colours & Sketches color prompt.  Tom thought the Flirty Flamingo/Watermelon Wonder "sun" looked more like a rose, and when I realized I forgot the Clean And Simple part of CAS, I added the So Saffron layer.  Today, I tried again, and to keep myself focused on Clean And Simple, I worked in the flower theme for Jaydee's prompt from The Paper Players:
stamp sets - Dragonfly Dreams, Swirly Bird, All Things Thanks; ink - Island Indigo, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Island Indigo, Whisper White; Big Shot with Detailed Dragonfly thinlits

Then while I had the inks and stamps out, and because it tickled me that Hand Stamped Sentiments called for nearly the same colors this week, I made another:
stamp sets - Swirly Bird, All Things Thanks; ink - Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy: Big Shot with Swirly Scribbles thinlits

The sentiment is from All Things Thanks, but I'm not sure whether these are Thank You cards, Birthday cards, or Congratulations cards - when I know, I'll stamp the inside.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

an interactive adventure

I watched Julie Davison's Peek-a-Boo Flip Card Tutorial a while ago and saved it for months, waiting for the right time and stamp set.  That would be now, with the free Sale-a-Bration Designer Tee stamps and Just Add Ink's Pop Up and Interactive Blog Hop:
stamp sets - Designer Tee (Sale-a-Bration), Lift Me Up; ink - Island Indigo, Versamark, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Whisper White; Big Shot with Swirly Scribbles  and Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Layering Ovals framelits 

Here is the inside - I think this stamp set was just *meant for* the sliding reveal:

To give you an idea of the sliding reveal, with the card half open here, you can see the Watermelon panel almost completely covering the white piece that shows through the front:

It's more obvious in the video, and Julie's demonstration really made it easy - give it a try!  One thing Julie didn't mention is that you may think you the 1/4" folded piece on the card back would be easier to work with if it were bigger, but then it would interfere with the sliding panel when the card is opened fully.

reindeer and stickers adventures

It's never too early for Christmas if you want to send unique and heartfelt, handmade cards, is it?  I missed a week at Jingle Belles, so I decided to make it up at Merry Monday, where Colleen requested reindeer.  I was stuck for few days, though, because my only vision was the reindeer from Santa's Sleigh (a Holiday catalog item that's still available!). With nothing in the vision for background or support, it was a terribly dull card.  The colors and design team inspiration at Christmas Card Throwdown got me unstuck:
stamp set - Holly Jolly Greetings; ink - Chocolate Chip; Pool Party; stampin' sponge; card stock - Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip; Big Shot with Santa's Sleigh and Banners framelits and Woodlands embossing folder

Feeling successful with that effort, I decided to be brave and try the "stick-y & sweet" challenge from Jingle Belles.  It was a challenge for me - I'm pretty dependent on Stampin' Up! supplies for assurance that the colors and design elements work together, and they don't have stickers.  I knew I had some somewhere, though, so I went searching and found a whole package of Recollections sentiments. They seemed to match ok with the glitter-swirled die-cut trees that were in the same miscellaneous Christmas supplies box:
card stock - Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz

I knew I had some EAD Designs stickers somewhere, too (because sweet Amy Tsuruta sent me some a few years ago!), but it took me a long time to find them; they were in a miscellaneous box of non-Christmas supplies.  While I was searching, I saw my old Dasher stamp and thought his elegant antlers would coordinate well with the flourishes in this sentiment:
stamp set - Dasher (retired); ink - Encore Silver (retired), Basic Black (on envelope); Stampin' Emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Old Olive; designer series paper - All is Calm (retired)

This one works for both Jingle Belles and Merry Monday, and now I'm one week ahead with Christmas cards instead of one week behind - bonus!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

snowman & love adventure

I saved a link to this cute card of Laura's earlier this month, and when I saw the Paper Craft Crew sketch this week, I had to try my own version:
stamp set: All Things Thanks; ink - Tempting Turquoise; card stock - Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder; Big Shot with Snow Friends and Layering Ovals framelits and Softly Falling embossing folder; Fringe Scissors

I have one spouse, two grandsons, and three children; I've already made four full-size and three mini-size Valentine cards this year - more than I need - so I almost skipped Libby's Love in Red on White Clean and Simple Challenge at the Watercooler this week.  But, I had an extra strip of the pop-up heart border that I'd cut earlier from Real Red when I wanted Cherry Cobbler, and I wondered what the heart framelit with the extra middle strip was supposed to do, so here they are:
stamp set - My Hero; ink - Real Red; card stock - Real Red, Whisper White; Metallic Sequins; Big Shot with Love Notes framelits
Since I'm pretty sure I'm really done making Valentines, now, I'd like to also link up at Stampin' Royalty for #361. And, I guess I can save one of the cards for our anniversary, since red is Tom's favorite color...