Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Monday, May 6, 2019

Christmas sketch adventure

Hello, and thanks for stopping by!  Have you missed me, did you notice I'd been away?  I haven't really been away, but right here in my basement crafting space, busily crafting away.  Most of my recent projects have been posted on Facebook instead of here in blogland, though.  Unfortunately, I have NOT been making many greeting cards, and specifically very FEW Christmas cards, and most unfortunately of all, I missed my most favorite Jingle Belles challenge to re-use, re-cycle, up-cycle for Earth Day!  I made myself very sad, so I'm here today with two cards I made using Stephanie's sketch:
 stamp sets - Festive Fireplace (retired), Good Greetings (hostess, retired); ink - Real Red, Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - silver; card stock - Real Red, Whisper White regular and thick; punch - Scalloped Tag Topper; Big Shot with Tufted 3D embossing folder and Festive Fireside Framelits (retired); 1/8' solid ribbon - Real Red, 3/8' silver glimmer ribbon (retired, and I think it was a Sale-a-Bration item); 
stamp sets - Christmas Pines (retiring this month!), Stampin' Around Wheel - Music Notes (retired); ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Crumb Cake (on envelope); Stampin' Emboss powder - copper; card stock - Copper Foil, Tranquil Tide (retiring this month!), Very Vanilla thick; Big Shot with Pretty Pines Thinlits dies (retiring this month!)

I took some liberties with the sketch for the second card, but it was definitely inspired by Steph's sketch: 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

triple time throwdown adventure

Six or seven years ago this technique was really popular; it seems to be enjoying a resurgence recently.  One of my customers requested it for Card Buffet so she could see it done rather than trying to figure it out, and I'm happy to help!  I find it easiest with a floral design, so the colors for this week's Color Throwdown seemed made for it:
stamp set - Flourishing Phrases; ink - Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Granny Apple Green

These spring-like colors are among my favorites right now - I found that I have them set aside for three different upcoming project events this week

Friday, April 5, 2019

April adventures

The U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001 “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.” A month dedicated to cards sounds like it was just made for me, doesn't it?  Sending and receiving cards makes people feel good, and snail mail deserves a more love.  So far this month I've mailed three or four cards, and today is only the 5th!  I'm not going to attempt one every day, it's just worked out that way so far.  I needed one more for a quick note, and the Atlantic Hearts sketch was perfect:
stamp set - Better Together; ink - Grapefruit Grove; card stock - Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green; designer series paper - Botanical Butterfly (Sale-A-Bration, retired); punch - Sprig
I'll use it to mail this Artist Trading Card.  I made a set of four but only needed two.  One will go in my own collection and the other is for an April swap with a Greek mythology theme.  A lovely Facebook friend expressed interest in receiving one of the extras - that made my heart happy!

 I hope something makes your heart happy today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

adventure of happiness and friendship

After such a profound title, you might expect something more meaningful than just one card combining three challenges, but that's all I've got today:
stamp set - Lasting Lily (Sale-A-Bration); ink - Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow; card stock - Petal Pink, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Big Shot with Lily framelits and Tufted embossing folder

The color combination came from Fab Friday:
The themes are I Want You to Be Happy Day - challenge #1 at Day of the Month Card Club - and Celebrating Friendship - challenge #391 at Shopping Our Stash.  

For at least a slightly thoughtful note, even a stay-at-home introvert like myself is happier with friends!

Monday, February 11, 2019

adventure with one sketch, two ways

I loved the Sketch Saturday design this week and adapted Darnell's twofer concept to make cards for two completely different occasions:

On this card, I incorporated the wood trend for Just Us Girls:
stamp set - A Little Wild; ink - Early Espresso; card stock - So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mango Melody; designer series paper - Wood Textures; Big Shot with Little Loves framelits

Because we live in a log home and keep bees, this is one of my most favorite cards :-)

stamp set - Cooke Cutter Christmas; ink - Soft Suede, Real Red; card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Silver Foil; designer series paper - Under the Mistletoe; punch - Cookie Cutter Builder; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes framelits

I thought I was clever, using the oval as a cookie sheet stand-in; and it is more faithful to the sketch: