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Thursday, September 11, 2014

adventure of procrastination

My Watercooler friend Terri thinks she's the Queen of Procrastination but I think I could give her a run for her money (where did that old saying come from? note to self - look this up some day), except we haven't gotten around to making a comparison...

I scheduled a Card Buffet (otherwise known as Stamp-a-Stack) for this week, and as of yesterday I had one card prepared, a carryover from last month.  So I spent some time perusing the challenge and inspiration blogs I love and made a pair of cards for a passel of challenges.  I'm not sure all of the challenges are still open, but I'll check that later.

The newest Watercooler Challenge is punch art.  I love punch art for Halloween, since it's a way to keep the hand-crafted aspect I loved the most about Halloween childhood memories. Also, I don't send many Halloween cards, and don't find the stamp sets that are specific get enough use in my world; punch art stretches out the uses I can get from a stamp that's part of a more generic set, like the multi-purpose And Many More.  Besides, we haven't done punch art for card buffet recently, so this will be one of the choices this month:
stamp set - And Many More; ink - Hello Honey, Basic Gray; markers - White Stampin' Chalk, Basic Gray Stampin' Write; card stock - Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Whisper White; punches - Large Oval, Bird Builder, Owl Builder; accessories - White Baker's twine; tools - Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals 

I used the colors from ColourQ - sort of - I substituted both the darker Basic Gray and the lighter Smoky Slate, bracketing the challenge color of Going Gray.  I also used the Freshly Made sketch - that star just said "full moon" to me this month!  I learned to make the cute vampire bat from Diana Gibbs (also found another version Pinned) and think he qualifies as an animal for Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges.

As another seasonal offering (and therefore qualified at Words 2 Scrap By), I used my markers (Addicted to Stamps + More) to highlight the leaves (Just Us Girls) that are the focal point in this Tuesday Morning Sketch layout done with Stampin' Royalty colors:
stamp sets - Lovely as a Tree, Itty Bitty Banners; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist; Stampin' Write markers - Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip; card stock - Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White; designer series paper - Moonlight; tools - Dotted Ribbon border punch, Big Shot with Deco Labels and Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

I still need two Christmas cards and one thinking of you or thank you card, plus the house needs cleaning - who has time for a full time job?  Guess I better get back to the studio - thanks for taking the time to stop by!

18 comments:

Linda Callahan said...

Pretty fall cards! Love that hanging bat! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

Lee-Anne said...

That hanging bat is so cute, Kathe! And I love the wonderful autumn colors on the birthday card! So happy you could join us at ATS&M!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love your striped background with the fun leaf! Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

Loll Thompson said...

Two fun cards. Great idea turning the owl punch into a bat!! :) Great autumn card with the striped background. Thanks for sharing with us at ATS&M

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Your leaves are so pretty, love how you highlighted them with markers! Love the soft shading around the leaf panel, too. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

Heidi Weaver said...

Oh Kathe, I love your cute bat! Isn't the little owl punch just the perfect tool? Everyone who starts with Stampin' Up! should have one. The colours you've used are perfect.

Sybrina K said...

Hi, Kathe.

What a great selection of fall cards! As a huge fan of the owl builder punch, I love that little bat. And, I am so impressed that you met so many challenges with the card you linked up to our Words 2 Scrap By challenge. :)

Thanks for joining us at W2SB. We're very glad you did!

Debbie said...

Cute cards!
Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Jen Brum said...

Great cards! That upside down bat is super cute! Perfect for Halloween! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Kris B said...

Two fabulous cards! Love the fun bat card! The fall leaves are very pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Katie Melhus said...

Fun fall cards - love the striped DSP against the flower image :) Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

trudelmj said...

Hahaha! Very fun, thank you for your participation :-)

Terri said...

I am the Procrastination Queen.... I have the crown that says so! :P But I'm happy to have a fellow procrastinator. Thank you for joining the Watercooler Challenge this time. I Look forward to seeing what you do next!! (and we should totally have a procrastination contest of some sort.... but I'm sure we will procrastinate planning that!)

BobbisTreasure said...

You are rocking the fall season theme! Thanks for sharing with us at Words2ScrapBy.blogspot.com!!

Jessi Fogan said...

I am definitely going to procrastinate...tomorrow. I am queen of the last minute ;) These are both fabulous cards! I'm so glad you came to play with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches :)

Claire said...

So sweet - what a great halloween card! Thanks for playing along with Colour Q!

monikaskinner said...

Great choice of colours and fab highlighting. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week. Monika

Taunya Butler said...

2 very nicely done cards!! That bat is simply adorable - way to go!!