Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colorful Sketches

Hello!  It's Hump Day!

I have 2 cards today, each using this week's color challenge over at SCS:  Bermuda bay, pool party, and calypso coral.  The first one also incorporates the Friday Mashup challenge, and the second one is for The Paper Players challenge.  Catch all that?

I have used this color combo before, though it has been awhile.  I am out of bermuda bay card stock (placing an order tonight, FINALLY!) and I don't often reach for coral.  But I have this amazing designer paper stack which I bought years ago at one of the big box stores. It's from S.E.I. and it is called Black Orchid.  It was virtually unused during my years as a SU demo, but I brought it out yesterday.  The coral is a great match, and the aqua tone is somewhere between pool party and bermuda bay.  Some of the sheets also have a fabulous lime.  I rediscovered why I bought this stack in the first place, and intend to use it quite a bit now.

Any who...the Friday Mashup gave us a sketch and encouraged us to try the Delft Tile technique.  I didn't do so great on the technique, but it was fun trying.  What I learned is that you really need to make DEEP score lines.  Something I need to practice more.

The card base is calypso coral, and I have a layer of that SEI paper below the "tile" layer.  I stamped the embellishment from SU's "Elements of Style" using pool party and touched of bermuda bay.  The sponging on the tiles is all pool party.  My bird is from the same stamp set, on a large scallop circle, also sponged.  The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  I used coral bakers twine, candy dots, and button for final details.  Lots of dimensionals too!

This next card features more of the SEI paper.  Seriously glad I dug through my stuff to find this beautiful paper!

My main image is from SU's "Friends Never Fade."  The only ink used is bermuda bay, including a border around the whisper white, made with my marker.  I added the sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  Black brads and dimensionals give this card some...dimension.  *wink*  I really like the addition of black.

Thanks for checking out my blog again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 25, 2014

Color Me with 3 times the fun

Hello Stamping Friends!

Today, I am continuing my obsession with color challenges, by posting this week's Colour Me...! challenge #30.  Below, you will see that I am also still plugging away at past challenges.  I actually did one over the weekend and the other on Monday, but saved this post so I can include the current challenge.

I am combining the Colour Me and Freshly Made Sketches challenges this week.  I must admit that I struggle with combining metallic gold with certain colors (like daffodil!) but it seems to be all the rage right now.  SU has some new specialty papers that I haven't ordered yet.  I suppose if I had, this would have been easier!  Ha!

My card base is basic black, with a layer of melon mambo from the retired Razzleberry Lemonade dsp.  On whisper white, I stamped images from the SU set "Bliss", then sponged the edges generously.  I intentionally combined the daffodil and melon in the second butterfly.   My sentiment is from SU's "Feel Goods;" it is one of my favorites!  It's large, so it takes up quite a bit of room for this sketch.  My niece is going through a tough time right now, so I wanted to send her words of encouragement.  The strips in the sketch are done in black and daffodil satin ribbon.  My one touch of gold is the strip of gold beads.  I have had those FOREVER it seems!  They were the last part of an old package.  Again, my goal is to use my current stash!  Overall, I am happy with this card...hope Pammy is too! some previous challenges...
Challenge #5 has a fun twist.  Anytime the month has 5 weeks, we get to choose our own colors on the 5th week...5 of them!  How fun is that?  My card uses these 5 colors: crumb cake, cherry cobbler, always artichoke, more mustard, and not quite navy.

I embossed the not quite navy with the vintage wallpaper (I think) folder.  I can't remember the name!  The DSP is from a Holiday paper stack from a couple of years ago.  I used markers to color the floral image, from SU's "Carte Postale," stamping on very vanilla.  It was cut out with the Sizzix oval die, and sponged generously.  The sentiment is from SU's "Trust God."  Always artichoke seam binding and candy dots are the finishing touches.

Finally, I have a card for CMCC #6 ...featuring a monochromatic palette.  I love wisteria wonder!  It is probably my favorite in the SU Subtles collection.  I was happy when they decided to put it in the regular lineup.  The hardest part was deciding what stamp to use for this lovely color! 

I ended up choosing SU's "Friends Never Fade."  I used the rose stamp, first in wisteria wonder on my whisper white card stock.  Then I stamped it with Versamark, and embossed with my previously unopened pewter embossing powder.  WOW!  I can tell that I will be using this stuff a lot!   Originally, I planned on using the rectangular stamp that actually says friends never fade...but I stamped a birthday sentiment inside before I finished the front.  Plus, I wanted to work with the round shape of the flower...but honestly, I am not thrilled with my sentiment (from "On Your Birthday") on this scallop circle.  It was late, though, so I just wanted to get it done!  LOL  I may try again with a different image.  At least I have another Colour Me...! challenge complete!  Oh, nearly forgot...the card base is brushed silver.  My embellishments are wisteria ruffled ribbon, silver elastic cord, and rhinestones.  Inside, I used some "Flirtatious" dsp to trim the lining.

Thanks for coming by my blog again.  Hopefully, I will posting some Christmas cards soon... I am way behind!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Projects

Hello, and Happy Sunday!

I have been stamping random cards for various challenges this weekend.  Since I may not have time to blog tomorrow, I wanted to include a few cards in today's post.

This first card is for today's Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  I chose THIS CARD from Karren's fabulous gallery to CASE.  I had seen her work around on a few blog challenges, so it was fun to pay tribute to her talent.  Her card reminded me of the color palette for The Card Concept challenge, so I am submitting for that also.  
Sorry for the dark picture...overcast day!  My card base is basic back.  On whisper white, I stamped kites from SU's "Send Me Soaring" then adhered to pool party card stock.  I embossed both layers together with the Cloudy Day embossing folder, then lightly sponged pool party between the clouds.  A bold, red sentiment comes from "Just Sayin" and is cut out with the Word Bubble framelit.  I even layered a solid red word bubble underneath for more contrast.  Some thick bakers twine and a red button wrap it up.  This is the "Clean and Layering" style over at The Card Concept...the style I use most of the time.

Next, I am plunging into this week's challenge over at The Paper Players.  I don't do monochromatic cards that often, so it's a good stretch for my creative juices!

When I needed some perfect plum card stock recently, I saw that I had a half sheet of pale plum left over.  I also had nearly a full 12x12 sheet of this plum pattern paper on my cutting table.  Time to use those "leftovers!"  I simply used a bit of both sides of the pattern paper, rounding off the corners.  The image panel features "Flight of the Butterfly" stamped with pale plum, perfect plum, and elegant eggplant.  I mounted it on eggplant card stock.  The birthday sentiment is from"Happiest Birthday Wishes, and is embellished with eggplant candy dots.  Plum taffeta ribbon finishes it off.  It looks gray...but yes, it really is plum !

Finally, I have a card that started out for a challenge, but it didn't work I finished it Just Because! 

My card base is crumb cake, and I stamped the Fleur du Lis from"Carte Postale" on the base and on the very vanilla oval.  I also stamped a sentiment from "Trust God" in elegant eggplant over the fleur du lis, sponged generously, then mounted it on an eggplant oval which is dry embossed with the snowflake folder from SU.   The DSP strip is from Bella Bleu (more from my scrap pile!) sponged with always artichoke and mounted on cherry cobbler, with artichoke seam binding added. The bird is also from"Carte Postalle," colored with my cherry and eggplant markers, cut out, and popped up with dimensionals.

Considering how many times I changed this design, I am very happy with the result!

Thanks for stopping by again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 18, 2014

Color Me in Love...

Hello, and Happy Friday!

I am posting a card for this week's Colour Me...! challenge.  "What?" you ask.  "But it's not Monday morning!"  I know, I know...I am trying to do blog challenges a bit earlier so I don't have to deal with last minute camera or appointment issues. Not sure how long this will last, but I have nothing to lose!

The color challenge (lost lagoon, smokey slate, & island indigo) seemed good for a masculine card, and since my husband's birthday was yesterday, I stayed up late Wednesday to make this card for him.  He goes to work early, before I am out of bed, so I placed it next to his glasses so he would see it first thing in the morning.

Instead of lost lagoon (which I don't have yet,) I used baja breeze.  I put strips of baja breeze and island indigo in the Cuttlebug divine swirls embossing folder.  I used SU's "The Open Sea" stamp set to make my own pattern paper on whisper white.  The sentiment is from SU's "Word Play."  My hubby is a Navy vet, so these stamps are perfect for him.  I added a corduroy button and bakers twine for my final details.

Now, while I am here, I am continuing my quest to do the earlier Colour Me challenges.  In case you missed it, I decided to try catching up with CMCC; read about it HERE.   So, today, I bring you challenges 3 & 4...

Ironically, challenge #3 is very similar to a color challenge from SCS that I recently did.  The soft palette was tricky, but I had fun with it.

I had the strip of pink pirouette polka dot paper and so saffron on my cutting table.  The card base is the other half of the card above.  That made this card very easy to make.  The image/sentiment stamp is from "Fun & Fast Notes" stamped on whisper white.  (True confessions...I retrieved it from a box of stamps I intended on selling.  How can I get rid of this cute porcupine?)  I cut it out, using the doily sizzlit.  Markers and sponging were used to color.  Finally, I added this striped pink pirouette ribbon...something I used to do all the time!

The last card today is for Colour Me...! challenge #4.  I really enjoy challenges with 4 colors!  More room to play!

The stamp, "Eat Cheesecake," is from Hampton Art...isn't it adorable?  I missed a friend's birthday this week, and this makes a fun belated birthday card.  I stamped it on whisper white, then colored, doodled, and sponged with the four challenge colors.  My blushing bride pattern paper is from the (old) 6x6 hostess pack.  I popped up my main panel with dimensionals, and added candy dots.  I kinda want ribbon, but decided to keep it very clean.

That's it for now.  It has been fun playing with color!  And since I did CMCC29 early, I can actually encourage you to check it out too!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Getting by without the New In-Colors

Good Morning, Stamping Friends!

I have a card today for 2 blog challenges:  The Paper Players & Freshly Made Sketches.   Once again, I needed new In-colors, but I decided to substitute things I had in my stash instead.  I am "between jobs," as they say, so I holding off on my SU order as long as I can.

For my colors, I used always artichoke, baja breeze, concord crush, and wisteria wonder.  I kinda wish I used rich razzleberry instead of concord crush...who am I kidding?  I can hardly wait to get my hands on blackberry bliss!

I made my own pattern of my favorite techniques.  It is quick and simple, and works so well with many of my stamp sets.  I remember when I was "anti-designer paper" because I couldn't figure out why people wouldn't just make their own!  Ha!  Anyone who follows my stamping knows that I got over that silly mentality!  Even so, making my own background patterns is a lot of fun!

So...this card has a baja breeze card base.  I used the SU set "Vintage Vogue" for the center panel, stamping randomly on whisper white, then mounted it on always artichoke.  The large circle was cut from my Sizzix circles die in the big shot, which perfectly mats this extra large scallop circle punch. I softened the stamping by sponging generously.  I added 2 strips of seam binding, scrunching them up by pressing into a strip of sticky strip.  Two tiny pearls are the final detail.

I enjoyed making this it is time to decide which friend I should send it to!

Thanks for stopping by again.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mashin' Up in the Tropics

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

I have a card today that I am submitting for The Friday Mashup.  I nearly forgot about it, so I am barely getting it done.  I looked last Friday at the challenge, but set it aside in my mind because it calls for all new In-colors.  I have not purchased any of the new stuff (but I have a shopping cart full online, waiting for me to hit Submit!).  I think these other colors will work ok for now...

So, the Friday Mashup asked us to use Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, & Mossy Meadow, along with a summer theme.  I also decided to use today's Sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.

Instead of the listed colors, I used crushed curry, baja breeze, and always artichoke.  I pulled out my SU stamp set "Tropical Party," to make a simple layer of pattern paper.  For the smaller panel, I used a sponge dauber to make the sun, then sponged the sunbeams along the edge of a post-it note, then I lightly sponged the sky.  My sentiment is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  I rarely stamp directly on a card base, but this curvy phrase goes on easily, and hides and crooked stamping I may do.  Candy dots are the only embellishment on this quick, Clean and Simple card.

While the tropics make me think of summer, I sure wouldn't mind being there in the winter, either!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, July 14, 2014

Colour Me...a bit Late

Hello Stamping Friends!

So...usually I post my card for the Colour Me...! challenge on Monday morning, just before the linky deadline.  But this morning, I had an eye appointment.  I intended to make a card last night and post, but I had no stamping mojo.  I just watched a bunch of "The Next Food Network Star" episodes on demand!

However, since I had done 7 of these challenges in a row (ever since I found this challenge blog) I didn't want to lose my momentum.  Plus, to go along with my personal goal of completing every 2014 SCS Color Challenge, I decided I would go back and do the Colour Me challenges, which started on January 1st.  So, here is the card I should have posted this morning, plus cards for the first 2 challenges.

My first card is a bit blah, because I was trying to get it done before my doctor appointment.  That didn't happen, but I had several elements taped down already.  I did not want to start over!  I still don't have any soft sky card stock.  I thought about using bashful blue, but decided just to use the ink.  I wish I had kept this fun flower from SU's "Mixed Bunch" a solid color, and add a center piece like I did with the other.  Hmmm...oh well.  The sentiment is from "Whimsical Words."  I ran the whisper white through my Big Shot, using the Petals-a-Plenty Folder.  And I was happy to have a chance to use this elegant eggplant polka dot ribbon.

Next, I have a card for the 1st Colour Me...! challenge.  

I am always in need of masculine cards, since I have so many nephews.  I decided to pair the island 
indigo with smokey slate.

 I stamped with both "Extreme Elements" and "Extreme Skateboard."  The sentiment is from "On Your Birthday," punched with the small tag.  And look...I used bakers twine, AGAIN.  Love this stuff!

Finally, I have a card for the 2nd Colour Me...! challenge, featuring melon mambo and marina mist. My main neutral is (obviously) basic black.  

When I saw the color combo, I instantly though of this ribbon, which I ordered off the SU clearance rack a while ago.  Both spools were unopened.  Took care of that!  The melon mambo DSP is a scrap from some Sale-a-Bration...I didn't even cut it.  Must.Use.My.Scraps!  The sentiment is from"God's Blessings."  To add more depth, I added a layer of basic black that is embossed with the diagonal strip embossing folder.

I think it will be fun to see if I can catch up with the rest of CMCC posts!  It took me a while to catch up with SCS color challenges...but I'm up for another personal goal!  I think I will have to start doing my Colour Me cards earlier, so I can post "in bulk" again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}