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Monday, March 26, 2018

challenge updates adventure

I just, literally 3 minutes ago, clicked the Publish button for the previous post, which includes cards 86 through 93 for my #365cards2018, part of the #365somethings2018 challenge, and then realized that I neglected to show you cards 79 through 85:

The three cards on the left were all choices at the Card Buffet last week, so my guess is that I was still scrambling a bit to get everything done at the time.

While looking for the photo, I found that I've also neglected to show you this month's entry for #12PaperClipsOf2018:

The March theme is pets, or animals.  I tossed around several ideas, and had trouble making up my mind, as usual.  Then, for an unrelated project, I went off on an image search for pit bulls, and this little cutie looked like he would be perfect for a set of paper clips! 

I showed them to a friend recently, and later we were talking about ribbon.  I may have mentioned that I have a lot of retired Stampin' Up!® ribbon - I bet you can guess what happened next.  Do you think there's any such thing as too many decorated paper clips?  I think not:

paper pumpkin adventures

I subscribed to, and loved my Paper Pumpkin kits, for somewhere between 3 and 4 years, but I wasn't completing them in a timely manner, and my supplies were piling up.  (Oh, and I retired from my career and thought it may be a good idea to decrease my monthly expenses.)  Knowing there would be an extra gift in March for the 5th anniversary, I resubscribed.  There was a bit of hype, too, and so many people subscribed or resubscribed, that the kits were completely sold out the day before the final sign-up date.  You can see why everyone loves it:

The kit included everything needed to make four of each fabulous card and envelope!  I do love them, but I've never been a fan of making multiples, so after I completed one of each, I used the components intended for one more of each, to make the other six in this set:

I still have all the components for two more of each card!  I took a photo-op pause to report that these are cards 86 through 93 of my #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018.

Not wanting to make multiples contributed to my stockpile of kits.  I waited for other subscribers to post their ideas for alternative ideas, and then had trouble making up my mind which were my favorites to recreate.  This month, to avoid that, I immediately and proactively searched Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube for ideas.  My designs include many bits of the ideas I saw, but as far as I know, I didn't recreate any whole cards - something of a first, for me!

Paper Pumpkin kits include everything you need to complete a paper craft project, other than snips/scissors and adhesive.  Specialty adhesives, when needed (which is almost every month), are included - for the March kit we had a generous sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals and a sheet of glue dots.  If you're interested in receiving your own kits, new subscribers who sign up between now and May 10 get 50% off their first 2 months! You can find a link, in the sidebar on the right of my blogspot blog, or under the Specials dropdown of my Stampin' Up demonstrator website, that will give you more information and a chance to sign up.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

mermaid sister sketch adventure

Since I'm working on making 365 cards this year, I thought I may need to increase my mailing list.  I added my cousins and my great nieces and great nephews; I decided to add my grandson's two cousins, too.  They're sisters, three years (maybe two) different in age.  I have a sister two years younger than me, and I remember being, if not competitive, then comparative.  So I was trying to make two cards that are similar (not the same! I hated that, as a kid) without one being obviously more awesome.  If you had a sibling, maybe you know what I mean? 

I used sketches from Try Stampin' on Tuesday and Fusion Card Challenge.  I was also inspired, in my own slightly twisted way, by the theme at Fusion.  I don't much like rainy days, but I thought they'd be better if I were a mermaid :)
stamp set - Party Pandas; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay; designer series paper - Myths & Magic, Big Shot with Softly Falling embossing folder and Layering Circle framelits  

stamp set - Party Pandas; ink - Basic Black; card stock - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist; designer series paper - Myths & Magic, Big Shot with Seaside embossing folder and Layering Circle framelits  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

adventure with pretty papers

We've had some unusually busy weeks here, and I was scrambling a bit to get everything done.  One of my tasks (one of the fun ones!) was to prepare thank you notes for the orders from a party.  Last month, I was lucky to win a paper share from Chris at BuckeyeInklings, and I need to get that paper on cards, so I used Julie Davison's sketch and measurements to put together a batch of cards, which also completed 72 through 78 #365cards2018 for the challenge #365somethings2018:

Chris generously shared paper from eight packages in the 2018 Occasions catalog, and only two are shown above - Sweet Soiree and Painted with Love, so you know I had more work to do.  CAS(E) this Sketch #263 helped:
stamp set - Amazing You (Sale-A-Bration); ink - Bermuda Bay; card stock - Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White thick; designer series paper - Myths & Magic; Big Shot with Layering Oval framelits

My favorite thing about this card, which I plan to send to my great niece for her birthday, is that the sweet little mermaid shares Jett's skin and hair color!  I still have some other mermaids that I think may be just right for my daughter's nieces, who have birthdays coming up in April.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

annual tradition adventures

I don't think I've ever sent anyone a card for St. Patrick's Day, but when Brenda Quintana posted hers (complete with video!), I immediately thought of the tradition I share with my BFF - going to McDonald's each year for a shamrock shake.  Then TGIF posted a color challenge, which corresponds to the current Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge, and I pretty much had to make one:
stamp sets - Marbled, Coffee Cafe, Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Sahara Sand, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Gold Foil, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Coffee Cups and Layering Ovals framelits

I forget how difficult it is to photograph shiny things - the gold foil shamrock does not look as shiny here as it actually is!

Although I haven't previously sent a St. Patrick's Day card, I have sent many, many Christmas cards, and I've been working quite diligently this year to make more, earlier, than I have previously.  I recently needed to add on to an order to increase the total, so I could earn one more Sale-A-Bration item. 

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration, make sure you don't miss out on this annual tradition of free merchandise with every $50 spent; it ends March 31! 

I added a Christmas set I've been thinking about for some time, and the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown March sketch seemed like a perfect place for the reindeer.  As you can see, something else entirely happened:

stamp set - Merry Mistletoe; ink - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; designer series paper - Be Merry; Big Shot with Layering Circles and Stars (retired) framelits

Don't worry, though, I'm sure the reindeer will appear on another card before I'm finished with Christmas cards this year. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

adventures with challenges, coffee and inchies

I'm taking a break from miscellaneous challenges for March, but I did draw  face each day in February for the 29Faces challenge, I'm caught up on the weekly photos for the Quirky Heart challenge, and I've completed more than 65 cards in my #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018.  Here are numbers 58 through 65:
They're not in any particular order, just however they fit into the frame; the one at the back center was the last of the batch, which I made for the Little Red Wagon Thanks a Latte challenge:
stamp set - Coffee Cafe; ink - Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede; card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz; designer series paper - Coffee Break; Big Shot with Coffee Cups framelits

Then, after thinking for far too long about what to do with inchies or twinchies for Jingle Belles Merry LITTLE Christmas, I finally saw the perfect sketch at Stick It Down.  For lack of any more original idea, I pulled out an old favorite stamp set:
stamp sets - Christmas Punch (hostess, retired), Post Script, Merry Merry Mistletoe (on envelope); ink - Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; punch - Postage Stamp (retired)

The "postage stamps" are 1", approximately - the mats I cut for them are 1-1/4".  I think the old stamp really works well with the background stamp, which is from the current catalog!

Monday, March 5, 2018

quick sketch and color adventures

Last week, I was working on a party for a customer who requested vellum for the make-and-take projects, and I found a sketch at As You See It that I think worked really well:
stamp set - Waterfront; ink - Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi; card stock - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Vellum; Big Shot with Layering Circles framelits and Woodland embossing folder

While I was working on the other projects for the party, my most recent order arrived with new products that I didn't have time to play with until today, and it seemed perfect for the closing-in-minutes Color Throwdown challenge:

stamp set - Blossoming Basket; ink - Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; Stampin' Write markers - Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; blender pen; card stock - Whisper White, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; Big Shot with Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder and Layering Circles framelits