Sunday, September 7, 2014

Color Me a Bit Early!

Happy Happy Sunday!

It took me a while, but I finally got my weekend stamping mojo going!  I was gone for most of yesterday, and surfed blogs in the evening.  After church and breakfast this morning, I caught in the quicksand that is Facebook.  Ha!  But I realized that I have a very busy day tomorrow, and would not have time to complete the Colour Me...! challenge. I decided I better do it today, which is "early" according to my usual practice.  This week is the monochromatic challenge...always tough for me!  

I had some different DSP out, from Garden Walk, or something.  I wanted to stamp over it with that big beautiful "Swallowtail"...what a mistake!  I can never get that image even!  LOL  So...I had some paper from the brights pattern stack.  I used this side that is a bit lighter, and stamped the large flowers from "Inspired by Nature" in basic gray ink.  In the upper left corner, my sentiment is from "Work of Art," and I sponged a sun with sunbeams in daffodil delight ink.  I added satin ribbon and large pearls to highlight the birthday wish from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" which is layered on various punches.  I have a friend who LOVES yellow, and her birthday is this week.  Perfect!

Now, since I am stamping "early," I am back to catching up with past challenges.  Just as a reminder, this blog challenge at the start of 2014.  I had already set a personal goal of completing each of the SCS color challenges this year (not necessarily in order) so when I found Colour Me, I decided to do the same.

Here is CMCC #12.  These subtle color challenges are almost as tough for me as the monochromatic ones!

The cool blue tones made me think of a cool winter theme.  I stuck with that, even with the warmer pear pizzazz color.  My card base is soft sky (FINALLY bought some!) On the strip of whisper white, I stamped SU's "Serene Snowflakes" in soft sky and coastal cabana, then sponged soft sky along the edges.  My pear circle was cut with the Sizzix die.  I brought out "Zoo Review" for this cute polar pear, which is stamped in basic gray.  After punching it out with the extra large scallop circle, I did some more sponging and stamping.  I also added some Dazzling Details on the ground beneath the bear's feet.  First time I have used this was stashed away...and now I imagine it will be used quickly!  My sentiment is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  I added some silver ribbon for the final sparkling detail.

And finally for today, here is CMCC #13.  I LOVE this rich, vibrant palette!  This is more in my comfort zone, especially as fall is quickly approaching.

I decided to combine these rich colors in my own pattern paper.  I stamped leaves from SU's "Gently Falling" which is a 2-step stamp set.  After using the cajun craze, crushed curry, and rich razzleberry on very vanilla card stock, I sponged island indigo for a dark afternoon autumn sky.  I matted it with island indigo and placed it on a cajun craze card base.   My sentiment is from "Whimsical Words." I paired the scallop circle (very vanilla) and extra large scallop circle (crushed curry) punches, with dimensionals in between.  I added just a bit of cajun striped grosgrain ribbon for the final detail.

So, those are my cards from today's little stamp fest.  Lots of fun!  I hope you enjoyed them, too!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, September 5, 2014

Triple Challenge Card

Happy Friday!

Today I have a card I made on Wednesday.  I intended to  re-do it, because I wasn't thrilled with my execution...but I just started a new consulting job (WooHoo!) so I haven't had time to stamp.  Since one of the challenges is The Paper Players, I decided to go ahead and post it.  I used the center vertical, embossing, and ribbon!

This card also works for the SCS Sketch challenge #503 (last week) and SCS Color challenge #494 (this week) which prescribed wild wasabi, melon mambo, and basic gray.

I started with a basic gray card base, and added some melon polka dot paper from the pattern stack.  I used the scallop trim punch on the bottom edge.  My wild wasabi card stock was embossed with the fancy fans folder, and I used a corner rounder punch on the outside panels.  The floral images are from SU's "Vintage Vogue" and the sentiment is from Stampabilities.  All of the stamping was done with versamark on whisper white card stock, then I used clear embossing powder.  With sponge daubers, I added the wasabi and melon ink, in the emboss resist method.  The center panel had flowers, then I realized I need a sentiment that fit the sketch.  When I re-do this, I'll make that panel fit better!  Melon mambo polka dot ribbon and candy dots finish it off.

So, I like my design...just need to tweak it a bit.  Tell me what you think!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Birthday Giraffe

Hello Stamping Friends!

Quick post here, just in time for The Friday Mashup deadline!  I really wanted to do both parts of this Mashup, which meant doing a shaker card.  But it just wasn't happening!  I still wanted to participate, so I did the other part which was to include an animal.

In my efforts to use scraps and such, I had this card base with this Autumn Spice DSP already attached.  So I decided to go with the earthy colors.  I pulled out SU's "Zoo Review" for this giraffe.  My mom absolutely LOVES giraffes!  I plan on giving  this to her later this year (her birthday is in November.)  I love how the hints of the color pool party in the dsp works for a clear African sky.  My image was stamped on vey vanilla card stock with Stazon jet black, and colored with more mustard and soft suede markers, then I added grass and sponging for the ground and sky and matted it on soft suede textured card stock.  I used "Inspire by Nature" for backbe ready for the nextground grass on the card base.  The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes." paired with the word window and scallop oval punches.  Ruffled ribbon finishes it off.

Now, it's time to clean up my mess so I can be ready for the next Mashup to be posted in 2 days!  WooHoo!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 1, 2014

Inspired by Pillows

Hello!  It's another post for a Monday!

Every now and then, I remember to look at The Card Concept blog.  It's still new to me, so I need to put it on my calendar, so to speak.  This one really caught my eye last week.  I actually made 3 cards; all the same design, but I was trying to get one "good enough" for a picture.  Fortunately, dear hubby was around today to take care of it!  This inspiration for the challenge is here:  

I instantly thought of the color summer starfruit and decided to pair it with smokey slate, as in the shadows of the photo.  I was also inspired by the pillows and the flowers, which I used in stamping and embossing.  I consider my card "Clean and Layered."  The top layer of smokey slate is embossed with SU's petals-a-plenty folder.  My stamped flower is from "Baroque Motifs" and the sentiment is from "Hello Again," all stamped on whisper white squares.  I added some stitched satin ribbon for the final detail.
This should be an easy design to make in many colors!  Now I am off to The Card Concept blog to comment on a few other submissions!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Color Me Addicted

I'm addicted to Monday morning stamping!!!

So, I wake up and realize "Today is the deadline for the Colour Me challenge!"  With the holiday weekend and various projects I had last week, I had barely given it a thought.  I mean, I don't HAVE to do this challenge every week, right?

So, I did morning prayer with my husband then we ate breakfast, and played a game of cards. (We play 500 rummy and keep track of wins in a's a silly little competition which he is winning by quite a margin.)  Then I dazed at my Facebook posts and took care of a few other things.

Hmmm, and my mind went back to the challenge.  By this time I had 55 minutes to create a card and post it.  It became a challenge just to do the challenge, no matter what my card looked like!  

Here is the palette for Colour Me...! challenge #35.  A bit tricky, I must say.  I remember I wanted to do something with water and fish and make a shaker card (another blog challenge) but that wasn't happening in this rush!

When a color combo is tough for me, I often do a collage style in my stamping.  I used SU's stamp set "Bliss" for this card.  True confessions:  I stamped the large flourish once, then inked it up again to make a pattern, but I dropped my block.  The mistake turned into a new plan to stamp all over this vanilla card stock!  I decided I needed some interest, so I used my top note die.  The sentiment is punched out with the scallop oval and sponged a bit.  I added a scrap of pink pirouette that is dry embossed with SU's petals-a-plenty.  Satin ribbon, which is scrunched up a bit, and some large pearls add a girly touch.  Between the embellishments and dimensionals, this quick card turned out rather plump!  Ha!

Well, I am happy to say that I BARELY got this posted on time!  In fact, when I first posted, I only had the pictures in the post...I am writing up the details after the Linky closed.  I didn't even know where the good camera is, so I used my phone.  Clearly, there was no time to do past challenges in this post.  Perhaps I should start those this afternoon for next week!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, August 25, 2014

Colour Me Up Late at Night

Happy Monday!

Long story short, my husband will be working third shift this week, and he started last night.  So I was up stamping & blogging while he was working hard.  I want to get my weekly Colour Me fix in!  I ended up making 2 cards (#2 and #3 in this post) before I went to bed.  The first card was made this morning, just in time for the Linky deadline!

This week, CMCC#34 has a very nice soft palette.  I also decided to combine this challenge with The Friday Mashup.  The FM challenged us to use the Bokeh technique (I have seen it, but never tried it) and/or die cuts.  The FM blog had a link to one tutorial, but I attempted THIS tutorial instead.  I give myself a D-.  LOL

First, the simple stuff.  Card base is crisp cantelope, with layers of lost lagoon and watercolor paper.  The cantaloupe and calypso coral butterflies are from the SU Beautiful Wings die, and they are dry embossed with the Beautifully Baroque folder and detailed with a string of rhinestones.  The sentiment is from "Work of Art," punched out with the scallop circle, and placed on top of coral ruffled ribbon.
 Now, the actual Bokeh technique, as described by Lydia in the tutorial, is supposed to look "dreamy".  I do not have an ink pad nor ink refill, just a marker in lost lagoon.  I wanted to have a sky look (like Lydia's card).  So, I colored on top of a plastic bag, then added water and swirled with my aqua brush.  I used a pencil eraser for the dots, but they either seemed all dark or barely visible.  Oh well.  To add shimmer, I then added my shimmer spritz to the lost lagoon ink (still on the plastic bag.) I made more dots, crossing over some of the darker ones.  It just didn't looked filled in enough, so I used my aqua brush with the crisp cantaloupe ink to swoosh color in 2 areas.  Oh my!
 If I wasn't running up against the Colour Me...! deadline, I would have tried again.  At least I have the correct colors for that challenge, and I have die cuts for the Friday it's not a total loss.

But let's move on!

I skipped this challenge last week due to time, but I am continuing my game up catch-up with the 2014 challenges.  CMCC#9 is a rich palette, and I am sure I will use it again.   

My card base is basic black, the smokey slate layer is dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls folder. I added a layer of bermuda bay pattern paper (the old kind, when it was an In-color!) accented with bermuda bay ribbon.  I pulled out an old favorite, SU's "Embrace Life," for this card, stamping with black ink on real red card stock.  I fussy cut each one, and added silver glimmer brads  The sentiment is punched out with the modern label punch.  

So... I posted #10 last is CMCC#11.  These colors work well for a nearby university...the University of Illinois.  Go Illini! That means I should be able to find some kid or teen to give this card to. They also work well for Chicago Bears fans, but my card has a basketball, not a football.  I may need to make another one.  Sorry for the crooked picture.  Bruce took pics this morning...he was so tired!

The card base is tangerine tango.  I stamped this large image from SU's "Good Sport" in midnight muse on whisper white card stock.  I stamped the basketball on tangerine card stock, and popped it up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from "Itty Bitty Banners" and cut out with the coordinating framelits.  Candy dots were added to finish this Clean & Simple Card.  

Thanks for coming by this morning...or whenever it is that you are reading this!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Featured Stamper Time!

Happy Sunday!

It's Featured Stamper day over at SCS, and we had an amazing gallery to peruse!  Christyne (aka coconutmuffn) is so talented!  I was not familiar with her work, and apparently she is new to many others as well.  According to her blog, she is also a PhD student in she must be BUSY!

THIS is the card I chose to CASE.  The DP reminded me of a scrap I had of some paper, sitting on my huge pile of scraps.  I bought it quite a while ago from a big box store.  I kept the black matting and similar color in sponging a birthday sentiment.  Here is my card...

My sentiment is from SU's Happiest Birthday Wishes, colored with baja breeze and poppy parade markers, then sponged with lucky limeade.  It is punched out with the extra large scallop circle, punch and matted on the large circle from the Sizzix circle die.  I also used Fox & Friends for the turtle, and Just Sayin' for the other sentiment.  The Word Bubble framelits are my favorite!  Bakers twine wrap it all up.

I also want to show an update.  I recently posted a card for the Colour Me...! challenge, and decided to make more cards in seasonal colors.  Check it out!

I hope to make more of these to sell or give as gifts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}