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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.

this Christmas adventure

I received some new toys tools last week and had to test them out.  Mindy's Fab Friday colors and Stephanie's Jingle Belles sketch made it easy! I was confident enough to fiddle a bit with the shapes and dimensions:
stamp set - Peace This Christmas; ink - Cherry Cobbler; Stampin' Write markers - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; card stock - Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler; designer series paper - This Christmas; Big Shot with Layering Circles framelits, Tags & Labels framelits and Lots of Labels framelits

I didn't think I could love a designer series paper set more than last year's Home for Christmas, but now we have This Christmas, and (of course) the coordinating stamp set - I feel my fickle heart shifting.

Watercooler Anniversary hop adventure

Earlier this week I got back to challenges, now I'm back to blog hopping - Woot! fun and more fun!  This is the 3-year anniversary of Watercooler blog hops.  You can find the home page for the original hop here.  I enjoyed revisiting those projects (they're still wonderful), but we were a bit inexperienced with permanent links back then, so it's no longer circular, as intended, and you'll have to return to the homepage and hop from there in order to see all of the original 2013 pages.  Three years later, we've had some practice, so you'll find the circular, permanent links should all be in working order.  Since you can progress all the way around simply by choosing Next or Back links, you've likely just been wowed (as I always am) by Deb's projects, and you'll find Kath's amazing projects next.

Happy Anniversary to all of us:
stamp set - Number of Years; ink - Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride; card stock - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach; designer series paper stack - Playful Palette; Big Shot with Large Numbers framelits and Happy Hearts embossing folder   

This is a gate-fold card, and I forgot to take an "open" picture, but the Anniversary banner opens to the right and the Happy opens to the left.  We made these cards at a workshop last week because the hostess requested a fun/fancy fold.

Unfortunately I completely forgot I signed up for this hop until yesterday, so I had to make my other projects in a hurry!  (See what I did there - "huge hurry"?  Sometimes I just crack myself up)  While I was revisiting our 2013 posts, I knew that Kath's washi Halloween card would be fast-and-easy to CASE, so here's my Thank You to all of you for joining us in our special celebration:
stamp set - Rose Wonder; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Emerald Envy; designer washi tape - Playful Palette

I also CASE'd my third card (from Tracy Evans Langley), using Marsha's beautiful color challenge from Watercooler Wednesday (because I just couldn't resist combining the two watercoolers), in combination with three stamp sets that were new in 2013 and are still available three years later: 
stamp sets - Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge, Wetlands; ink - Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum; card stock - Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron

It was so nice of you to join us for our third anniversary; I do hope you'll continue on by choosing one of the buttons below!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

a bright adventure

Just a really quick post tonight so I can play along with the color challenge at Just Us Girls, since it seemed to fit so well with this sentiment:
stamp set - Flourishing Phrases; ink - Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride; card stock - Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; Big Shot with Layering Ovals framelits

The inside sentiment is "so He made you.  Happy Birthday"  I should have taken another photo, but I'm hoping you'll trust me, so I can also link up at Seize the Birthday - thanks!

Please come back tomorrow if you can for the 3-year anniversary Watercooler Blog hop!