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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

continued creatively crafty adventures

Sunday, I was telling you that I completed nine (or maybe only eight) cards over the weekend, but I only posted two of them.  In hopes that you'd be interested, here are two more.

In addition to Christmas cards, there will Halloween choices at Card Buffet this week.  I mashed up some ideas I saw on Pinterest, and needed a color scheme, so I used the September photo inspiration from Creative With Stamps:
stamp set - Sheltering Tree; ink - Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry; card stock - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie; Big Shot with Brick Wall embossing folder and Hearth & Home framelits

When I placed my first order from the 2016-2017 catalog I got Vertical Greetings because sometimes the side of the card is the right placement for a sentiment, and it has six great choices.  In spite of owning almost all the embossing folders (because I love them all!), I didn't order the Petal Burst embossing folder, thinking I don't really do a lot of flowery stuff.  Imagine my chagrin when I realized that the "petals" are the same design as the foliage in the Vertical Greeting plants!  Well, okay, it's not a bundled item and I didn't miss out on a discount, so I guess it wasn't that bad, but still...  I ordered it later, but I hadn't gotten around to using it, so it wasn't put away.  I needed to clean off the counter before Card Buffet, and I also needed some new display cards - the only other thing I needed was a color scheme, and Fab Friday 96 is perfect:

stamp set - Vertical Greetings; ink - Delightful Dijon; Stampin' Write markers - Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy; card stock - Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy; Big Shot with Petal Burst embossing folder

And, finally, here's the "corrected" version of the card I made using CPC63, the sketch from Craft Project Central:

stamp set - Christmas Pines; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Copper; card stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Copper foil; Big Shot with Pine Bough embossing folder, Pretty Pines thinlits and Layering Circles framelits

I just couldn't stand it, missing that piece, and I couldn't wait for my order (which I'm still filling in), but I was able to borrow some of this gorgeous Copper foil paper from my friend and upline, Nisha, and she dropped it off today!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

creatively crafty adventures

The last time I was here, I felt I had wasted my weekend because I only made one card - this weekend I completed nine!  Two of them I just had to do the insides, and this one I had embossed the white layer two months ago for the three trees card that ended up going in a completely different direction.  Somewhere, since then I found some inspiration, and this one qualifies as monochrome for the challenge at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round:
stamp sets - Better Together, Thoughtful Branches; ink - Real Red; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red; Big Shot with Woodland embossing folder and Tags & Labels thinlits

I'm preparing for Card Buffet this week, and it's time to increase the Christmas options to two (of six).  Next month there will be three or four, and the card above is a possibility, but it wouldn't work this month because the Thoughtful Branches is needed for another card.  I decided Jean's Watercooler Wednesday color prompt would make an elegant choice, though, and I was able to combine it with the Creating Pretty Cards sketch:
stamp set - Christmas Pines; ink - Versaamark;  Stampin' Emboss powder - Copper; BigShot with Pine Bough embossing folder and Layering Circles framelits
You may have noticed that I missed the rectangle element in the lower left of the sketch; I think it really, reeeaaalllly needs a small pine branch cut with the Pretty Pines thinlits from Copper foil paper, but I don't have any Copper foil paper.  It's already on my next order, so I may re-post it when it's finished!  Hmm, so maybe I only completed eight cards.

But, in addition to cards, I made two wood signs with vinyl lettering.  One was a Life Expressions Make & Take - great fun with coworkers:

The other was a combined effort - my friend Ginger had a second cut from one she made and she gave it to me, then my husband cut & sanded a piece of wood for me, which I painted and applied the vinyl to.  It's my ♥favorite♥:
Before I did anything else, I machine-embroidered our names on the polo shirts we bought three and twelve months ago for bubble machine/kite festival engagements, and the household chores are (mostly) caught up, too!

Monday, September 5, 2016

adventure of a wasted weekend

When I was younger, a wasted weekend would have been the result of too much alcohol and/or fun in the sun, but no longer.  It was a 3-day weekend - besides the household chores, I also wanted to finish bottling the honey we harvested last month, open the beehives to see whether they needed empty frames for filling, shop at the Tekonsha (yes, the whole village) yard sales, and make cards for Watercooler Wednesday and Jingle Belles (and maybe some more, because that's what I do).  Saturday was a beautiful day for the garage sales and I got my household chores done Sunday, but, I woke up this morning coughing (in addition to the sneezing I've been doing for a week), and I'm achy and incredibly tired, so the bees will be going about their business unsupervised, and I only got one card done:
stamp set - Christmas Pines; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Emerald Envy; card stock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Emerald Envy, Garden Green; Big Shot with Holly embossing folder, Layered Circles framelits, Pretty Pines and Birds & Blooms thinlits and Finishing Touch edgelits

I'm pretty pleased with the card, which was inspired by and CASEd from one I found on Pinterest, but next time I'll try to remember - fun before chores, save the housework for Monday!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

color challenge adventures

Gail's color choices for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge look delectable, don't they?
But, I skipped my first impression and went for summer flowers, inspired by these cards of Jackie Susnik's:
stamp sets - Touches of Texture, Better Together; ink - Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight; card stock - Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight; Big Shot with Flourish thinlits

At Jingle Belles, the color of choice is red:
stamp sets - Cookie Cutter Christmas, Wondrous Wreath; ink - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla specialty designer series paper - This Christmas; punch - Cookie Cutter builder; Big Shot with Layering Ovals framelits; other - blender pen, chalk marker, clear & gold Wink of Stella

And at Winter Wonderland, the color is your choice, plus white.  Our demonstrator team met this afternoon, and Debbie brought this stunning design for her shoebox swap:
stamp set - Star of Light; ink - Pacific Point; card stock - Whisper White, Pacific Point; Big Shot with Starlight thinlits; Basic Rhinestones
Actually, Debbie's design was in portrait orientation, but I stamped my sentiment on the wrong triangle piece and decided to reorient rather than start over.  Usually I would just flip the card stock over, but the cutting lines were penciled in and I didn't want to erase them.  Yes, I am that lazy, but also I'm kind of klutzy and would probably have mangled the edge while erasing.  Oh, and sometimes the more intense colors show through on the flip side of white card stock.  That's it - that's the reason - or at least that's my story.

While I was working on the Cookie Cutter Christmas card, I had to test out the reindeer version, too, so here are some gift tags for the Anything But a Card prompt at Holly Jolly Christmas:
stamp set - Cookie Cutter Christmas; ink - Soft Suede, Real Red; Stampin' Write marker - Real Red; card stock - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; punch - Scalloped Tag Topper; Cherry Cobbler baker's twine

Thursday, July 21, 2016

adventures with Thoughtful Branches

Last week the prompt at Watercooler Wednesday was the letter B.  It made me happy, because my order with the balloon punch was due to arrive before the weekend and I had been looking forward to making a card with birthday balloons.  I had also been planning to use the Creating  Pretty Cards July sketch with its three-rectangle focal point for the We Three Kings prompt at Jingle Belles.  Then the weekend arrived, and I forgot all those plans.  Its not as if something more exciting came up; I think I mowed the lawn. sigh...

So this week I thought it would be best if I made a card for Watercooler Wednesday right away, say Thursday evening, so I wouldn't forget.  But I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with Kath's sketch until today:
stamp set - Thoughtful Branches; ink - Cucumber Crush, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi; card stock - Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; Big Shot with Layering Circles framelits

While I had the amazingly versatile Thoughtful Branches set out, I tried a hydrangea, too, using the colors from Cupcake Inspirations:
stamp set - Thoughtful Branches; ink - Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant; card stock - Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White; Big Shot with Beautiful Branches thinlits

And, finally, for Jingle Belles, I stamped three trees from the same stamp set:
stamp sets - Thoughtful Branches, Better Together; ink - Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry; card stock - Always Artichoke, Whisper White; gold Wink of ,Stella; Big Shot with Softly Falling embossing folder

The only thing this card has in common with the card I started out to make is the embossed white layer - even the embossing folder is different - but I really like this one, and the other one just wouldn't come together.  Maybe it's meant for another day.