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Sunday, January 15, 2017

today's adventure brought to you by the letter "G"

Do you send Good Luck cards?  I've not sent one nor felt a need to, but I am somewhat obsessed with elephants, and *had to have* this new stamp set.  It's the first one I pulled out from latest order; I was going to CASE the catalog sample because I don't have any other ideas yet. I wanted to brighten up the colors so I looked over my challenge chart.  Jean's colors at Watercooler Wednesday were the only ones that appealed to me. I was a little worried that there were no neutrals, and it might be too bright, but I really like it:
stamp set - Lucky Elephant; ink - Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; card sock - So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum; washi tape - Playful Palette

Our second "G" today is gifts, or presents, for the current Jingle Belles challenge. I was really hoping to make at least one Christmas card every week, but I missed last week due to my crazy January schedule, and I almost forgot about this prompt.  When I saw the gifts in the photo inspiration at Christmas Card Challenges, I remembered, and had the perfect colors, too:
stamp set - Santa's Sleigh; ink - archival Basic Black; card stock - Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil; Big Shot with Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes, and Santa's Sleigh framelits

Sunday, January 8, 2017

a winter adventure

I remembered to pull out my January birthday calendar before the cards were going to be late, but found the only card already prepared is the one for the 31st; I need masculine cards for the 12th and 17th!  I thought the cold prompt at CASology and the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments would work well for a Michigander:
stamp sets - Flurry of Wishes, Guy Greetings; ink - Lost Lagoon (retired), Soft Sky; card stock - Whisper White, Lost Lagoon (retired), Soft Sky; designer series paper - All is Calm (retired); punch - Snow Flurry; Big Shot with Banners framelits 

I seem to have mirror-imaged the sketch - I hope that's not grounds for disqualification, but even if it is, I like the card and think my nephew will, too.  He may not really believe it's from me if it's not late, though. ;)

Since it qualifies, I'll link up at The Male Room and Seize the Birthday, both having anything goes challenges right now!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

adventures with new paper

Today is the last day you can order from the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog, although some of the great products will be carried over.  Tomorrow is the first day you can order from the Stampin' Up!® Occasions catalog, where you will find the great "guy" set I used for Match the Sketch 157:

stamp set - Nailed It; ink - Basic Gray; card stock - Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy; designer series paper - Carried Away

The banner is made from designer series paper that was free with a $50 purchase from Sale-A-Bration, which also starts tomorrow.  Contact your demonstrator to get your copies of the catalogs; if you don't already have a demonstrator, please consider me - I'd love to help you!

While I was flipping through the paper for something I thought would work here, I found this sheet and was inspired to pull out the coordinating stamp and thinlits bundle, too:
stamp set - Lift Me Up; ink - Night of Navy; card stock - Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy; designer series paper - Carried Away; Big Shot with Up & Away thinlits and Project Life Cards & Labels framelits

Monday, January 2, 2017

clean and simple triple play adventure

At one of my favorite hangouts, the Watercooler, Marsha requested CAS with hearts.  I found the perfect (after I rotated it) sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!.  And since the lovely ladies at Less is More prompted us to add dimension, I cut and stacked three sentiments and used our convenient foam-tape hexagons to give the focal layer a little extra height over the base layer:
ink - Real Red; Stampin' Sponge; decorative mask - Hearts & Stars; card stock - Real Red, Whisper White; Stampin' Dimensionals

Because I love to combine challenges and that's exactly what Pile it On promotes, I'll link this card there, too, for their "any holiday or special occasion" theme.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

no time like the presents adventure

We ended the year last night in our traditional way, with good friends we've known more than three decades, sharing an awesome meal, fond memories, a laughter-filled game and a toast to the new year.  We started this new year (after working on cleaning up the kitchen), sitting on the back deck with sunshine on our faces and coffee in hand, watching the birds at the feeders. Although that's not really a new adventure for us, it's never one we've been able to enjoy in January!  Tom did a mental review of the refrigerator contents and decided on an omelette for lunch (it was delicious) and then offered to finish the kitchen clean-up; yes, I may be one of the luckiest women on earth!  You can just imagine how excited I was to see a Jingle Belles prompt, knowing I'd have a bit of time to play along right away, and he just smiled when I told him I would be creating a Christmas card on New Year's Day.  The first prompt for 2017 is "no time like the presents" - images of presents or upcycled gift wrap:

stamp set - Wishing You (retired); ink - Real Red, Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - silver; card stock - Whisper White; punch - Decorative Label; baker's twine - white/silver

My first thought was to pull out my Santa's Sleigh bundle, since I haven't yet used the presents in that set, but then I went looking for leftover or rescued gift wrap and found the cute tissue Jason used to wrap his dad's gift.  This stack of presents seemed more appropriately sized, and after I picked up the last piece of baker's twine left on my desk from my November Paper Pumpkin kit, they just needed to be silver.

Wishing a happy new year to all; there is never a better time than the present to enjoy whatever adventures await you!