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Thursday, April 20, 2017

adventure with a challenging color combination

When I saw this combination at Stamping Royalty, I didn't think I'd like the two different greens together, but I decided to try it anyway, just keep the darker (and bluer, I think) green to a minimum.
But then I kinda loved it  when I laid it out together, and added more Always Artichoke by using it for the sentiment and the mats under the images:
stamp sets - Vertical Greetings, Thankful Life (hostess); ink - Always Artichoke; Stampin' Write Markers - Watermelon Wonder, Always Artichoke, So Saffron; card stock - Whisper White, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi; Big Shot with Petal Burst embossing folder
And then several of the lovely stampers who were here for Card Buffet kinda loved it, too, so it will be one of the choices next month!

Monday, April 17, 2017

returning to Christmas challenge adventures

In addition to no time for blog posts, I also haven't been able to create any Christmas cards.  I was determined, in January, not to let that happen, but as I wrote yesterday, something had to give :(  Fortunately, I've got time now, just in time for my most favorite annual theme at Jingle Belles - Peace on EARTH (day)!  While I was thinking about where to look for something to re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle, or up-cycle, I used the last tissue from a box printed in green circles that reminded me of wreaths!  
stamp set - Wondrous Wreath (on envelope); ink - Cherry Cobbler (on envelope); designer series paper - Adventure Bound (retired); card stock - Red Glimmer, Early Espresso; Big Shot with Wonderful Wreath framelits and Christmas Greetings thinlits; Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds stampin' glitter

I try to put a Christmas card choice on the Card Buffet each month; the first one this year was inspired by the photo inspiration at Christmas Chard Challenges:

stamp set - Sweet Home; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Versamark; card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Big Shot with Home Sweet Home thinlits

I put off buying the Sweet Home and Home Sweet Home sets, but I'm glad I gave in - it was really fun putting this little gingerbread house together!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

returning to challenge adventures

If you've been following along, you know I'm really busy at work during the first quarter of the year, and by March/April I'm ready for vacation - we took three this year, one week and two long weekends!  I've kept up with Card Buffets and haven't had to skip one yet this year.  In order to have choices at the buffets (it wouldn't really be a buffet if there weren't choices) I've made lots of cards.  As always, I use challenges for inspiration, but - this is where something had to give - I haven't had time to write up any descriptions for blog posts.  I finished the taxes today, so now I can get back to playing and posting - yay!  Of course, I went to one of my favorite sites first, and found a color challenge at the Watercooler:
I had a request for wedding cards on the buffet, and personally I forget to have anniversary cards on hand, so this is what I came up with:
stamp set - Best Birds; ink - Calypso Coral, Pool Party; card stock - Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pool Party; Big Shot with Happy Hearts embossing folder and Birds & Blooms framelits

For some reason, most of the choices I prepared for Card Buffet this month are in the blue-green-yellow range.  When I noticed that, I was inspired to try the rainbow challenge from CAS-ual Fridays, using this fun idea from Rachael Tessman:
stamp set - Sunburst Sayings; ink - Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red; card stock - Whisper White thick and regular; Big Shot with Sunburst thinlit

I maaaaaay have had a little too much fun with the sponge-dauber dots :)

And finally, I took another shot at the wedding card idea, using the sketch from TGIF Challenge and this fun idea from Carol Payne:

stamp set - Flourishing Phrases; ink - Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry; card stock - Sweet Sugarplum, Shimmer White; Fluttering embossing folder

Another case where I may have been having too much fun - when I pressed the Shimmer White card stock down on the inked Fluttering embossing folder, I intended to leave more white space around the edges to better correspond with the sketch.  It's pretty sweet this way, too, though.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

adventures with feminine/masculine

I'm preparing for a card-making party, for which the hostess requested a Mother's Day card.  I knew I wanted to use Beautiful You and Blooms & Bliss, but I didn't have a layout in mind. I looked through the challenges I'm familiar with, and I think Hand Stamped Sentiments had exactly what I needed:
stamp sets - Beautiful You, Circle of Spring; ink- Basic Gray, Sweet Sugarplum; card stock - Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride; designer series paper - Blooms & Bliss; Big Shot with Layering Circles and Wonderful Wreath framelits 

At the Watercooler, Gail requested masculine cards, and I've made quite a few flowery feminine cards lately; I needed a break, and an excuse to test out my new dynamic (extra-deep) embossing folder.  This time, I needed a color palette, and again went browsing through challenges - this one is from Create with Connie and Mary:
stamp set - Nailed It; ink - Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry; designer series paper - Party Animal; Big Shot with Hexagons Dynamic textured embossing folder

Monday, January 23, 2017

adventures with Flamingo and Watermelon

I made yesterday's interactive card using the CAS Colours & Sketches color prompt.  Tom thought the Flirty Flamingo/Watermelon Wonder "sun" looked more like a rose, and when I realized I forgot the Clean And Simple part of CAS, I added the So Saffron layer.  Today, I tried again, and to keep myself focused on Clean And Simple, I worked in the flower theme for Jaydee's prompt from The Paper Players:
stamp sets - Dragonfly Dreams, Swirly Bird, All Things Thanks; ink - Island Indigo, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Island Indigo, Whisper White; Big Shot with Detailed Dragonfly thinlits

Then while I had the inks and stamps out, and because it tickled me that Hand Stamped Sentiments called for nearly the same colors this week, I made another:
stamp sets - Swirly Bird, All Things Thanks; ink - Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy: Big Shot with Swirly Scribbles thinlits

The sentiment is from All Things Thanks, but I'm not sure whether these are Thank You cards, Birthday cards, or Congratulations cards - when I know, I'll stamp the inside.