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Sunday, August 29, 2021

sparkling adventure (with many oopses)

 I knew I hadn't posted in a while - but, since April?  Oops!  I think I'm the only one who notices, though.  I have a few new stamp sets that need inking, and the sketch #441 at Paper Craft Crew sparked my imagination:

stamp sets - A Wish for Everything, Sparkle of the Season (on envelope); ink - Night of Navy; card stock - Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Ombre Specialty; punch - Detailed Trio; Stampin' Cut dies - Word Wishes, Seasonal Swirls, Basic Borders; Stampin' Emboss folder - Timeworn Type

I seem to have not used the new stamp set other than on the envelope (oops), but that counts, right?  I used a new die set and a new embossing folder, though, and the new sparkling ombre specialty paper that I forgot I bought (oops)

I intended to be completely faithful to the sketch, but I needed the bat to cover an imperfection in the punched corner of the square (oops) and then I forgot all about the sequins (oops, again).  It's a good thing for me that perfection is not required for card making or for participation at Darnell's fabulous NBUS Challenge!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

not another CASE adventure

 Really, it's *not* another CASE 😉 I've been working on #the100dayproject again this year and I'm doing well so far, much better than I usually do!  I'm sticking with what's easiest for me, cards, but I've never done one daily for an extended period, and I don't have that many original ideas, so I Copy And Share Everyone else's ideas a lot of the time.  I found an idea I was going to copy for one of my new stamp and die sets, but I wanted to change the colors.  I remembered seeing one I liked but couldn't remember where, so I was browsing through challenge sites - I found it at The Paper Players.  Before I found it again, I found a sketch I really like at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge so I'll save the design I was going to CASE for another day.

 stamp set - Nothing's Better Than; ink - Merry Merlot, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; card stock - Crumb Cake,  Merry Moonlight, Misty Moonlight, Very Vanilla; designer series paper - In Good Taste; Stampin' Cut dies - Love You More Than and Tasteful Labels

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

holly-die (holiday) adventure

I'm sorry about the title, but I just couldn't resist.  The past two weeks Jingle Belles have been taking back December with cards that use dies, Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round are using the letters G and H for inspiration and Christmas is the theme at Addicted to Stamps and More! 

stamp sets - A Wish for Everything, Banner Year; ink - Shaded Spruce, Soft Seafoam; card stock - Shaded Spruce, Soft Seafoam; stampin' cut dies - Word Wishes

 I found some holly in a new-last-year stamp set and I've been trying to remember to use the word dies more often - I think they worked well to bring these three challenges together.  I'm really pleased that I kept track of the little dot for my i long enough to get it glued on!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

an adventure in going green

 I wanted to try a cleaner card with the same stamp and die set I used last wekk for the Jingle Belles prompt (it ends today!).  This time I combined it with the newest Mystery Monday layout from TXStampin Sharon Armstrong:

stamp set - Peaceful Boughs; ink - Shaded Spruce; card stock - Basic White, Shaded Spruce; designer series paper - In Good Taste; ink - Shaded Spruce Stampin' cut dies - Beautiful Boughs, Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes; Stampin' emboss folder - Evergreen Forest

I changed the shape of the sentiment and didn't stamp the embellishment, but other than that I was faithful to the mystery clues, and I think it works.

While I was working, I remembered that Stampin' Up! released the retirement list today, so I checked it - the stamp set and all of the dies I used are retiring!  If you're interested in adding them to your collection, they are only available until supplies are exhausted, or May 3 - get them now!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

adventures with rainbows

 I've been keeping up with #The100DayProject this year, today is day 47.  Some days I have to CASE cards because I don't have an idea and some days ideas pop into my head from the challenge blogs I read.  This card was inspired by Shopping Our Stash #441 The Rainbow Connection (yes, that brings to mind a sweet little green frog!):

stamp set - Ornate Thanks; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape; card stock - Basic White, Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape

While I was putting it together yesterday, I caught sight of the Soar Confidently stamp set and decided there just had to be a rainbow balloon, too.  Today the perfect sketch was posted at Seize the Birthday:
stamp sets - A Wish for Everything, Sending Sunshine, Soar Confidently; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Pacific Point; Stampin' Blends - Poppy Parade light, Daffodil Delight dark, Granny Apple Green dark, Night Of Navy light, Blackberry Bliss light, Balmy Blue light; card stock - Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point; Stampin' Cut dies - Well Written

Years ago my parents and some friends owned a hot air balloon, and we traveled around a bit to balloon festivals.  The rainbow balloons were always a favorite of mine.