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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:

Sunday, February 10, 2019

a shaping up adventure

The Jingle Belles are Shaping Up for the New Year by making Christmas cards that are shapes.  I was a bit stuck for the first week, because of saying, to myself, "no, a circle is the easy way out, I need something more original".  Finally when I saw that C is for candy at the ABC Christmas Challenge I thought of candy canes.  It seemed too narrow as a shape for much of a sentiment though, and my second thought was to use the candy canes as decoration on a tree:
stamp set - Peaceful Pines (retired, on envelope); ink - Old Olive; Stampin' Write marker - Real Red; card stock - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive; Big Shot with Stars framelits (retired), Christmas Staircase thinlits, Christmas Advent Calendar #1 Sizzlits decorative strip (retired)

I think that worked!  I'd like to make two cards for the Jingle Belles challenge, though, and all I've got left is that circle...

Thursday, January 24, 2019

adventures with things Santa brought

This week the Jingle Belles are asking us to gather up the new crafting goodies we received for the holidays and use them on our holiday cards.  I started out with the Christmas-themed set I *needed* because it would work for non-Christmas sets.  In fact, I used it for the first time, earlier this month, for a birthday card.  I had one more pre-cut Card Buffet kit, and switched color and shape for the focal point:
stamp set - Nature Sings; ink - Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; card stock - Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Big Shot with Subtle dynamic embossing folder

It took me two days to finish it; not because I had problems, I'm just easily distracted.  Between starting and finishing, my winnings from the Jingle Belles arrived - that's just like things Santa brought (even a month later)!  Everything is so cute, I had to play with it immediately - look at those little bitty candy cane die cuts:
ink - Poppy Parade; card stock - Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Sizzix Scallop Circles 2 Bigz die; stamps, scroll and candy cane dies from Hero Arts - Christmas List; paper stack from pebbles - Home For Christmas

I haven't even opened the Santa stamps or the stickers or twine yet, but you can expect them all to make an appearance later this year.  Thanks, again, Lauren and Stef!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

bunch of blossoms adventures

Although I really like flowers, they're not my usual style in card-making, and I don't feel I "have to" buy all the stamps (unlike bees and snowflakes).  For some reason I decided to buy this set, and the coordinating punch, when it was new in the catalog, but they have been out on the counter ever since then, waiting to be put to use before they can be put away.  I ordered some new stamps this week and felt that I couldn't procrastinate with this set any longer, so the color challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments was exactly the push I needed:
stamp set - Bunch of Blossoms; ink - Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow; card stock - Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Petal Pink; designer series paper - Tranquil Textures

In spite of my usual aversion to pink, I thought that worked well enough that I might try another one, a little more out of my comfort zone.  Here is my attempt at clean and simple, using the current color prompt from CAS Colours & Sketches:
stamp sets - Burlap, Bunch of Blossoms; ink - Real Red, Balmy Blue, Versamark; card stock - Crumb Cake, Real Red, Balmy Blue; punch - Blossom Builder; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes framelits

Is the stamped background too busy to be clean and simple?  I'm never really sure.  As I see these cards together, it occurs to me that possibly the reason I bought the set is because it has a lot of versatility, in spite of just being flowers.  I've seen samples using the flower petals as butterfly wings and as parts of a goldfish, as well!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

bee thankful for adventures

This week the prompt at Stamp, Ink, Paper is for black and white with one color - the perfect reason to put this stamp to work (especially since, as a beekeeper, I *had* to buy it as soon as I saw it in the catalog!):
stamp set- Bee Thankful; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight light and dark; card stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight; Big Shot with Hexagon dynamic embossing folder

It's been quite some time since I played along at Stamp, Ink, Paper but it wasn't intentional.  My feed reader stopped picking up their posts and I didn't notice for a while (probably because I have more than 65 challenge blogs in my list!).  I have to remember to actually type the address into the browser window, and that took me another while to get used to.  Now that I've got my act together I'm hoping to be back more regularly!