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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

pink holidays adventures

At Jingle Belles the first theme of each October is dedicated to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Monthfor each card that gets linked up, Stephanie and Lauren each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I made a pink snowflake card yesterday, and today I've inked up another new stamp set:
stamp set: Stylish Christmas; ink - Flirty Flamingo; Coastal Cabana; Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana

At Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Pink Halloween also raises awareness for breast cancer, but I was struggling with inspiration for that until I saw the Fusion pastelloween challenge:
I was inspired by both the sketch and the photo to create this:
stamp sets (all are retired) - Delightful Dozen, Holiday Home, Perfectly You, Sweet Home; ink - Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Highland Heather, So Saffron, Soft Seafoam; Stampin' Write marker - Blushing Bride; card stock - Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Highland Heather, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Soft Seafoam, Whisper White; Big Shot with Home Sweet Home and Holiday Home framelits (both retired)

Monday, October 15, 2018

beautiful blizzard adventures

I am a weather wimp - I very much dislike cold weather, and I believe I have lived in the wrong state for many years.  I appreciate the beauty of snow, though (I just wish it could be warmer), and I loved the new Beautiful Blizzard bundle on sight, when I opened my Holiday Catalog.

I cut the thinlit once with my Big Shot and made four cards by using the negative and dividing the individual snowflakes!
 stamp set - Beautiful Blizzard; ink - Versamark, Blueberry Bushel; Stampin' embosss powder - White; card stock - Shimmery White, Blueberry Bushel; punch - Everyday Label; Big Shot with Blizzard thinlit
 stamp set - Beautiful Blizzard; ink - Balmy Blue; card stock - Shimmery White, Balmy Blue; Big Shot with Blizzard thinlit

stamp set - Beautiful Blizzard; ink - Balmy Blue, Highland Heather; card stock - Shimmery White, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Whisper White; Big Shot with Blizzard thinlit

These cards qualify three challenges:
And, yes, I did say four cards - this last one was actually the first one I made after cutting the snowflakes:
 stamp set - Beautiful Blizzard; ink - Blushing Bride; card stock - Shimmery White, Blushing Bride; Big Shot with Blizzard thinlit
I dislike pink almost as much as I dislike cold weather, but it's Breast Cancer Awareness month, and therefore Pink Christmas at Jingle Belles.  Since Lauren and Stef are donating $2 each for every card linked up, I must play along, and you should, too!

Friday, September 28, 2018

adventures in oz

And now for something a little different...
stamp sets - Post Card (retired), Post Script, unknown Oz stamp; ink - Blueberry Bushel; card stock - Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel
Bright, isn't it?  I was going for the feeling you got when you first watched the movie, The Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy left the black & white drabness of Kansas and woke up in the Technicolor land of Oz.  My mother was born in 1933, when movies were black & white.  The Wizard of Oz was her favorite childhood movie memory.  When I was young, most television was black & white; after color sets became available The Wizard of Oz was a special, annual affair.  I remember watching it as a neighborhood gathering at one family's house - 6 adults and 9 children - and there was a collective gasp of awe when that color burst onto the screen.

I was at a paper craft roadshow last year and found this little stamp - I had to have it!  I would have sworn I was at the Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda booth, but the stamp isn't in their catalogs, so who knows where I found it?  If you know, please tell me!  Whoever made the stamp, it's perfect for the current challenge at Lost Coast Portal - Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

alphabet adventures

The prompts for September at ABC Christmas Challenges are S for Snow and T for Teal.  They're intended to be separate prompts but I conflated them in my memory and decided to pull out the retired designer series paper again, because this particular design combined snow and teal.  When I punched the cardstock for the trim, I started with a full 11" piece, so it seemed wasteful to create only one card:

stamp set - Endless Wishes (retired, on envelope); ink - Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon (both retired, on envelope) card stock - Lost Lagoon (In Color, retired), Silver Foil; designer series paper - All is Calm; punch - Lace Ribbon (retired - I think that's what it was called); Big Shot with Christmas Greetings thinlits (retired)

While I had the paper out, I put this little scrap to work by CASE*ing this Pinterest card:
stamp set - Endless Wishes (retired); ink - Smoky Slate, Soft Sky (retired), Lost Lagoon (In Color, retired); card stock - Lost Lagoon, Whisper White; designer series paper - All is Calm; seam binding ribbon - Soft Sky (retired)

Looking at it in the photo, I think it needs some rhinestones.  I'll take care of that before I put it away, but first, here's another snow theme card, coincidentally also in teal, for Jingle Belles:
stamp sets - Spirited Snowmen, Timeless Tidings (on envelope); ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay (on envelope); Stampin' Blends - Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay; Pumpkin Pie; Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party; Clear Wink of Stella; Big Shot with Simple Stripes embossing folder

This one was the shoebox swap my upline brought to our team meeting - pretty darn cute, right?  And all the supplies are current and available!

Monday, September 24, 2018

adventures in holiday preparation

While I was playing with the Halloween theme last week (I designed a card for next month's Card Buffet and did a few cut-and-paste pages in a junk journal), I remembered this kit I received as an incentive prize several years ago.  At TGIF Challenges inspiration this week they said "now is the perfect time to get started on all those holiday projects," so I pulled it out and completed it:
stamp set - Toxic Treats (retired); ink - Old Olive, Tuxedo Memento Black; Stampin' Write markers - Basic Black, Old Olive; Howl-O-Ween printer's tray kit (retired); photo of the two cutest grandsons in the known world!

I had so much fun, even including the fussy cutting (I KNOW! what has happened to me, right?), that I decided it was finally time to update the twinchies shadow box I made a few years ago.  In the past I only had summer and winter themes, and Tom wondered why not spring and fall?  Since the Halloween one will be in that spot on the wall this year, I skipped fall and went for Christmas:
stamp sets - Antique Tags, Best of Christmas, Holly Berry Happiness, Santa's Sleigh, Seasonal Bells, Scentsational Seasons (all retired) ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, White Craft; Stampin' emboss powder Silver; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Silver Foil, Whisper White; designer series paper - Dashing Along; punches - Bell, Holly Builder, Five Petal Flower (all retired, not sure the name is right on the last one); Big Shot with Layering Circles, Santa's Sleigh (retired), and Scentsational Seasons (retired) framelits, and Pretty Pines thinlits; Basic Rhinestones (retired), Dazzling Details - Cherry Cobbler and Silver Sparkle (retired)

In addition to being holiday preparations, these are also things 70 and 71 in my #DWPB100ThingsChallenge, and no new purchases were involved!