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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

adventures in trying too hard

I've been trying to get more pretty paper out of my storage drawer and used up, including on Card Buffet designs.  In order to have enough for Card Buffet, I need to use smaller pieces, so I thought the sketch from Sunday Stamps would work.  I also wanted to use another retiring stamp set, you know, in case it's going to be someone's favorite before its unavailable.  I'm not sure I didn't try a bit too hard on this, though:
stamp set - Awesomely Artistic; ink - Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig; Stampin' Write marker - Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Whisper White, Soft Sky; designer series paper - Naturally Eclectic; blender pen

I wish there were something more than just the colors that tied the paper to the stamped images; it just seems a bit forced... 

This next card finally came together after I stopped trying too hard.  Inspiration photos usually have that effect on me, I overthink them.  I put the embossing paste bricks on the card base last week, for a completely different card that didn't happen (because after I started it seemed overly difficult), and suddenly this morning it occurred to me that it would work for Jingle Belles Orange You Glad It's Christmas:
stamp set - Ready For Christmas; ink - Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach; card stock - Whisper White thick, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer: White Embossing Paste and Pattern Party decorative mask; Big Shot and Christmas Staircase thinlits

Monday, April 16, 2018

retiring butterfly adventures

I've been meaning to play along at the Butterfly Challenge ever since I found it, because I love butterflies and have several dies and stamps.  None of them are new, though, and new stamping tools seem to get used more often than old favorites, sometimes.  Since all of the tools (and colors! other than Soft Suede) I've used below are retiring, and will be unavailable after next month to become your favorites, I decided it was past time to show them off a bit:
stamp set - Butterfly Basics; ink - Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Soft Suede; card stock - Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette; Big Shot with Butterflies framelits

The butterfly wheel landed on the letter d this spin, so I've used a die and dirt brown.  I also used the sketch from Match the Sketch.

I saw this lunch bag for sale last week, and was inspired to use other retiring stamps, ink, paper and dies to make a one-layer card:

stamp set - Watercolor Wings; ink - Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant; card stock - Pink Pirouette; Big Shot with Butterflies and Bold Butterfly thinlits

Thursday, April 5, 2018

adventures in procrastination

Last week, I was ahead of "schedule" for #365somethings2018 (the only real schedule is to complete 365 by December 31), and then I lost all motivation and didn't make any cards for ten days!  It may be related to the upcoming OnStage Local event this weekend; I'm excited about seeing the new catalog, and play with new stamps and ink colors!  I've also been procrasti-thinking about reorganizing and cataloging my stamp sets.  The ones in the second row of the cabinet are too easy to forget. I think it would help to have a notebook, but I'm not sure if I'd just be wasting time putting it together.  And, there's no sense cataloging the stamps that are going to retire if I decide it's time for them to find new homes.

But speaking of things that are going to retire, I still have some paper from the share I won at Buckeye Inklings (thanks, again, Chris!) so I felt I should put some of it to work, and share it with you, while it's still available for purchase:

stamp set - Guy Greetings; ink - Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake; Stampin' Write marker - Tranquil Tide; card stock - Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake; designer series paper - True Gentleman; Big Shot with Bunch of Banners framelits

Since I was using designer series paper and the colors it contains, I just needed layouts, and Sketch Saturday offered nearly 300 choices this week!  I settled on these two, although you can tell I made some adjustments - there's almost too much inspiration in those archives :)

Monday, March 26, 2018

challenge updates adventure

I just, literally 3 minutes ago, clicked the Publish button for the previous post, which includes cards 86 through 93 for my #365cards2018, part of the #365somethings2018 challenge, and then realized that I neglected to show you cards 79 through 85:

The three cards on the left were all choices at the Card Buffet last week, so my guess is that I was still scrambling a bit to get everything done at the time.

While looking for the photo, I found that I've also neglected to show you this month's entry for #12PaperClipsOf2018:

The March theme is pets, or animals.  I tossed around several ideas, and had trouble making up my mind, as usual.  Then, for an unrelated project, I went off on an image search for pit bulls, and this little cutie looked like he would be perfect for a set of paper clips! 

I showed them to a friend recently, and later we were talking about ribbon.  I may have mentioned that I have a lot of retired Stampin' Up!® ribbon - I bet you can guess what happened next.  Do you think there's any such thing as too many decorated paper clips?  I think not:

paper pumpkin adventures

I subscribed to, and loved my Paper Pumpkin kits, for somewhere between 3 and 4 years, but I wasn't completing them in a timely manner, and my supplies were piling up.  (Oh, and I retired from my career and thought it may be a good idea to decrease my monthly expenses.)  Knowing there would be an extra gift in March for the 5th anniversary, I resubscribed.  There was a bit of hype, too, and so many people subscribed or resubscribed, that the kits were completely sold out the day before the final sign-up date.  You can see why everyone loves it:

The kit included everything needed to make four of each fabulous card and envelope!  I do love them, but I've never been a fan of making multiples, so after I completed one of each, I used the components intended for one more of each, to make the other six in this set:

I still have all the components for two more of each card!  I took a photo-op pause to report that these are cards 86 through 93 of my #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018.

Not wanting to make multiples contributed to my stockpile of kits.  I waited for other subscribers to post their ideas for alternative ideas, and then had trouble making up my mind which were my favorites to recreate.  This month, to avoid that, I immediately and proactively searched Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube for ideas.  My designs include many bits of the ideas I saw, but as far as I know, I didn't recreate any whole cards - something of a first, for me!

Paper Pumpkin kits include everything you need to complete a paper craft project, other than snips/scissors and adhesive.  Specialty adhesives, when needed (which is almost every month), are included - for the March kit we had a generous sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals and a sheet of glue dots.  If you're interested in receiving your own kits, new subscribers who sign up between now and May 10 get 50% off their first 2 months! You can find a link, in the sidebar on the right of my blogspot blog, or under the Specials dropdown of my Stampin' Up demonstrator website, that will give you more information and a chance to sign up.