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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday sketch day adventures

I was pretty busy making cards during November, but I'm not sure how nearly the entire month got by me without more blog posts - whoosh! I was approximately three weeks behind reading blogs and didn't attempt any challenges in that time, either, so I made an effort today, and I started with Freshly Made Sketches 264:
stamp set - Hang Your Stocking; ink - Real Red; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red; designer series paper - Candy Cane Lane; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, and Layering Ovals framelits

I bought too much designer series paper, again (I can't stop myself, it's all wonderful!), so I've been concentrating on making cards in series to cut back on leftovers; this week it's been  Candy Cane Lane.  Originally I laid out this card on the dotted background, and used the scalloped layering circle framelits.  Then I noticed the unused white stitched oval sitting on my work space and realized it was perfect for the sentiment. so I had to remake the medallion to incorporate the stitching.  Since the circles were a bit smaller, the whole card seemed a little lackluster on the dots, so I set aside the base as well as the medallion (I should have checked the layout before gluing) and went looking for another sketch to put them to work.  I think this one from Fab Friday worked well:
stamp set - Santa's Sleigh; ink - Real Red; card stock - Whispering White, Real Red; designer series paper - Candy Cane Lane; Big Shto with Layering Circles framelits

Sunday, November 6, 2016

watercooler sketch adventure

One might think that you may discuss politics over the watercooler at work, or sports, possibly (that really was an awesome Series!), but I was at the Watercooler Wednesday specifically to avoid politics, and found this sketch:
It took me several days because I couldn't decide what to do with the larger, blank rectangle.  But I finished this earlier this evening:
stamp sets - Foxy Friends, Here For You; ink - Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Soft Suede; card stock - Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black; designer series paper - Blooms & Bliss; punch - Fox Builder

Is it just the photo, or is that crooked?  hmmm.  Doesn't that sentiment just *need* the little skunk? The inside sentiment is "Sorry I don't have something more profound or poetic or sentimental to say, but I just want you to know how very much I love and care about you."  Perfect!  I never much used the phrase "stinkin' cute" but this really is, you know?

I could have finished it before the end of the weekend, but I had to take time to get to Madison with my upline, Nisha, and my downline, Debbie, for Stampin' Up!® OnStage - SO. MUCH. FUN. !! Once again, the Midwest OnStage attendance was the largest in the U.S. and we were also larger than the OnStage Live 3-day event:

 You, too, can join the fun, simply by joining our team as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.  Join for some extra income or just some extra inspiration!  We came home with several projects made from products that will be available in January, at least three not-yet-available stamp sets, and lots of additional supplies and ideas.

Monday, October 24, 2016

nacho average last-minute adventure

The Nacho Average Challenges have been back for a while, now, and it's about time I played along again.  I used the current (but closing in hours) sketch (sideways) to showcase a new stamp set:

stamp set - Seasonal Bells; ink - Emerald Envy, Real Red; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Mint Macaron; designer series paper - Presents & Pinecones; punch - Bell; 1/8" gold ribbon

To get to the photo of my card, I had to upload 39 more photos from this weekend's autumn adventure - our annual color tour - so I thought I'd share another favorite:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

another autumn adventure

In addition to embracing imperfection this year, I'm also trying to learn to love autumn instead of viewing it with pre-winter dread.  It is a beautiful season, so I enjoyed seeing all the autumn challenge cards as I tried to catch up after a week of internet-limited vacation.  Here's a card I put together this evening using the colors from Just Us Girls #365 , which I think also works as a Celebration of Fall for Paper Craft Crew:
stamp set - Vintage Leaves; ink - Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze; card stock - Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cajun Craze; Big Shot with Hello You thinlets 

Having mentioned that we recently returned from vacation, I may take this opportunity to confess that I discovered I had taken more than 175 photos in less than 7 days!  Here's one of my favorites:

Saturday, October 8, 2016

autumn adventures

I promised the ladies Thanksgiving cards for Card Buffet later this month, but I don't really have any Thanksgiving sentiments other than Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Wait, really?  How did that happen?  So I searched through my current stamp sets, and decided the Hostess offering Time of Year would work with the right colors.  I found the right colors at Little Red Wagon:
stamp sets: Time Of Year (hostess), Fabulous Flora (hostess); ink - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; card stock - Old Olive, Very Vanilla; blender pen
This turned out to be my favorite card of the day, and it's just stamps, ink and paper.  As a bonus, I don't really hate my coloring with the blender pen.  Well, the leaves in the lower right are a little rough, but they were my first ones, and I've been learning to embrace imperfection this year.

While I was thinking about my Thanksgiving card dilemma, I decided to try Heidi's Watercooler Wednesday sketch.  I was inspired by this stunning card of Cindy's to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set, but I couldn't fit it into the circle element in a way I liked.  I eventually took an abrupt right turn and ended up here:
stamp sets - Hardwood, Sheltering Tree, Vintage Leaves; ink - Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe; card stock - Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe; Big Shot with Layering Ovals and Leaflets framelits; Stampin' Sponge 

Much better, but I wasn't giving up on Cindy's card, so I CASE'd it more directly:
stamp set - Sheltering Tree; ink - Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe; card stock - Calypso Coral, Whisper White (thick and regular); Big Shot with Woodgrain textured embossing folder