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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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

adventures with stash paper

I've been using older designer series paper to make my own planner pages this year, since I signed up for the Documented Life Project™ 2016 at Art to the 5th Academy.  For October I decided on Sweater Weather, but I printed the month of September!  Since I had delved nearly to the bottom of the drawer to find the paper, I didn't want to put it away without CASEing some older Pinterest finds, and I certainly needed to use the reverse side of the design I printed incorrectly.  It's a great masculine color scheme, so it will fit in at the Watercooler, where anything goes this week:
stamp sets - The Wilderness Awaits, Sunshine Sayings, Thoughtful Banners; ink - Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango; card stock - Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango; designer series paper - Sweater Weather (retired); punch - Duet Banner; Big Shot with Lots of Labels framelits

Only the designer series paper is retired, everything else I used is currently available.  This would look just as good (maybe better) on one of this year's designs, which are buy three, get one free the whole month of October!

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!