Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Friday, July 6, 2018

learning new things adventures

Learning new things has always been one of my all-time, top favorite adventures.  Lately I've been learning to emboss using cutting dies and our new embossing mats.  I also try to learn new color combinations now and then, and the challenge at As You See It is definitely one I would not try on my own:
stamp set - Love You to Pieces; ink - Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo; card stock - Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo; Whisper White; Big Shot with Puzzle Pieces thinlits and Embossing mats

Thursday, July 5, 2018

adventure in blues and browns inspired by nature

I find the Rooted in Nature stamp set really inspiring, and can't seem to stop using it - I made at least three more cards with it this week, in spite of having other sets that have never been used!  This one is in blues and browns for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz; I would also like to enter it at That's Crafty:
stamp set - Rooted in Nature; ink - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake; card stock - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue; Linen thread; Big Shot with Nature's Roots framelits

The next one I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from one of my favorite stampers, Susan Horr.  I changed the sentiment, and the colors just a bit, so mine is more monochromatic, for Use Your Stuff:
stamp sets: Rooted in Nature, Flourish Phrases; ink - Shaded Spruce; card stock - Soft Seafoam, Call Me Clover, Shaded Spruce; Big Shot with Nature's Roots framelits

Susan said she learned the Step Back Stamping technique from Jennifer McGuire; I learned it from Susan, who explained it clearly and succinctly!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

a patriotic Christmas adventure

I know, Christmas isn't supposed to be patriotic, but maybe I've mentioned how challenges work together for me?  First, Jingle Belles asked for stars and/or stripes, then Retro Rubber gave us some red, white, and blue inspiration, and today (US Independence Day) Little Red Wagon prompted us for Christmas in July.  All I needed was a sketch, and for the fifth week of the month, Sketch Saturday gives us our choice; 276 was perfect!
stamp set - Star Santa (retired); ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy; Stampin' Blends - Cherry Cobbler dark, Night of Navy light and dark, Smokey Slate light and dark; Wink of Stella - gold (retired), clear; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red;  Big Shot with Stars framelits (retired), Scalloped Oval Frame Bigz die (retired) and Stripes embossing folder (retired)

I can't tell whether the embossed stripes are visible in the photo, but they look great in person. :)  I have no idea how old the stamp set is, because it was retired when I bought it in 2009 or 2010.  I saw a card done with it shortly after I became a demonstrator, and I wanted it so much I went looking for it on Etsy.  I still love it!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

adventure in greens

If you haven't heard, (although I'm sure you have, by now!) Stampin' Up!® revamped the core colors this year - the new collection is better than ever!  I waited patiently (or something like that) to order my new ink pads until June, and just this week decided to have a bit of play with the new greens.  I stamped a background, and found the perfect layout for it at Fab Friday:
stamp set - Rooted in Nature; ink - Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover, Shaded Spruce; card stock - Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover, Whisper White; Big Shot with Nature's Roots framelits

What do you think of the new color collection - do you love it as much as I do?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

just a few more challenge adventures

In addition to the other challenges I've posted about this year, I set myself a personal challenge to use every new stamp set at least once before putting them away.  Pick a Pennant was another set I received free for attending OnStage this year.  It's also another that I wouldn't have ordered for myself, but only because I have another small alphabet set.  The pennants make this one unique, though, so I was glad to put it to use with the Color Throwdown palette:

stamp set - Pick a Pennant, ink - Soft Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party; card stock - Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Pool Party; Stampin' sponge
I love those little tassels!

I told you not long ago about #dwpb100things, and last week I made thing 13 by using the last bit of spray paint from the back of my cabinet to alter the Army green index card file box I've used for several years to house my ICAD collection:
I planned to cover the bubbled-up rust spot with lettering but they didn't balance out right that way.  Oh well, it's still far better this year than ever before!.  And speaking of ICAD, today marks the end of week two in #dyicad2018; I've counted each week as a "thing" so today's card completes thing 21!  

I'm attempting to keep it simple this year so I have a better chance of completing 61, so I decided on Sharpie markers and twice through the alphabet (upper and lower case) with a few numbers thrown in at the end.

I've also given myself permission to double count the cards I'm making for #365somethings2018, so cards 131 through 137 of my #365cards2018 are also thing 18:

I'm about 30 cards behind on this one, but still pretty confident I can hit 365 by December 31.  How are you doing on your challenges?  Let me know where to find you and I'll try to share some encouragement!