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Thursday, January 16, 2020

a sketch under my umbrella adventure

I've been working on cards for an upcoming Card Buffet and I specifically wanted to use this stamp set for a welcome baby or baby shower card.  It took me some time to find a layout I liked; challenge #353 at CAS Colours & Sketches seemed to fit the bill perfectly:

stamp set - Under My Umbrella; ink - Night of Navy; card stock - Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Mango Melody; designer series paper - See a Silhouette; punch - Umbrella Builder; embossing & die cut machine with Subtle embossing folder

Oh, look, I got the layers reversed.  <sigh>  It's still a perfect layout though, isn't it?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

a pair of tags adventure

I don't know where these beautiful gift tags came from.  It seems like they were in a happy mail Random Act of Kindness I received, but I'm not sure.  I left them on the wrapping table in hopes that they would appear on gifts Tom wrapped for me, and they did!  I'm not ready to recycle them, though, so they're perfect for the wrapping supplies prompt at Jingle Belles:
 stamp set - Itty Bitty Christmas; ink - Real Red; card stock - Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi (retired); die cut & embossing machine with Sizzix embossing folder name unknown

Because the second tag already included a sentiment, I kept it simple so it will qualify for the CAS Christmas Card "tag" challenge:
card stock - Very Vanilla thick and regular; die cut & embossing machine with Filigree Frame embossing folder (retired)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

a heart to heart adventure

The Fab Friday color challenge is perfect for a Valentine card, don't you think?  I replaced the colors used by the designer on the sample card on page 3 of the new January-June Mini Catalog:
stamp set - Heart to Heart; ink - Poppy Parade, Rococo Rose, Highland Heather, Sahara Sand; card stock - Whisper White, Sahara Sand; die cutting machine with Detailed Hearts, Stitched Labels and Rectangle Stitched dies; Whisper White baker's twine and Peaceful Poppies sequins

I made a few other changes.  The biggest change was using a sponge brayer instead of water color wash for the die cut piece.  It seemed easier to me because I'm not really confident with my water color skills.  A wash may be the easiest way to water color, but I never like the way mine turn out.  I used the narrow strips left at the edges of the card stock after die cutting the detailed hearts for the sentiment and accent strips.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

"I can't believe I forgot this" adventure

January 1 was my great-nephew's first birthday, and I forgot!  I can't believe I forgot, but there it is.  I needed a special card, and I've saved these  stamps for just this kind of occasion, but I needed a sketch, quickly.  A lot of the challenges I follow are on holiday break, but the sketch from Stick It Down was there to get me started:
stamp sets - Elebration (retired), Number of Years (retired), Balloon Adventures (retired, on envelope); ink - Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Emerald Envy (retired), Tangerine Tango (retired); Aquapainter; Stampin' Write markers - Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Emerald Envy (retired); Stampin' Blends - Smoky Slate light & dark; card stock - Crushed Curry, Watercolor, Emerald Envy (retired); designer series paper - Animal Party (retired)

I made some changes to meet my needs, but I think you can see the "bones".

I really like this sketch and wanted to use my new Stitched Stars dies, but the stamp set wouldn't fit.  I'd like to use the sketch again, with products you can still purchase.  Speaking of products you can still purchase, today is the LAST DAY for many of the items in the Holiday mini catalog, but tomorrow an entirely new mini catalog will be available, with lots of wonderful new things!  And, returning to the subject of things I forgot, evidently I've forgotten to restock my birthday cards, and the last two are going in the mail next week, so I had best get busy.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

ring in the new year adventures

One of the Christmas cards I mailed was returned to me in today's mail.  One of the people I didn't send a card to, sent one to me.  I felt the need to retry the first mailing and reciprocate the second, so New Year cards were on today's to-do list.
stamp set - Bells Are Ringing; ink - Mossy Meadow, Celestial Copper Delicata, Crushed Curry (on the envelope); card stock - Crushed Curry, Old Olive; designer series paper - Night Before Christmas; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes and Detailed Bells dies  

I really did make two cards, and they're slightly different as the other is in landscape orientation, but I neglected to photograph it before sealing it into an envelope.  <oops>.  

I started out to CASE {Copy And Share Everything} the sample in the holiday catalog but several things got changed as I worked.  Although I didn't find a challenge to get me started, I did find that Anything Goes at Watercooler Wednesday!