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}}}
Kim

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 notebook...it'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}}}
Kim

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 Mashup...so 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 week...here 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}}}
Kim

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 biotechnology...so 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}}}
Kim

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colour Me in Catch-Up Mode...again

Hello, and Happy Monday!!

I have this week's Colour Me...! challenge, plus 1 more in my on-going effort to do all of the 2014 challenges.  In intended to do 2 more, but got caught up in my Christmas cards.



 This week, we have tangelo twist and tempting turquoise with a neutral.  I chose basic gray as my neutral.  The butterfly and flower are from SU's "God's Beauty" (which I have been using a lot lately.)  Both images were stamped with basic gray and colored with markers.  I then covered them with my versamarker, added clear embossing powder and heated them up for this glossy look. The main panel is sponged for the sky.  I don't have the new tangelo twist ribbon yet, so I used the tangerine tango grosgrain ribbon.  My sentiment is from "Field Flowers" punched out with the oval punch and popped up with dimensionals.  This card design was inspired by today's Featured Stamper challenge and this card from Dianne (aka fionna51.)




Next, here is CMCC#10... another monochromatic card.  Eventually, I'll get the hang of these!  Since I had "God's Beauty" out already, I figured the leaf image would work well with this challenge.  I had confetti white cut out and folded for DTGD, with some left over.  I also had a piece of old olive on my cutting table that I trimmed down, then embossed with this vine street embossing folder.  The striped ribbon had been accidentally pulled from my ribbon caddy, so I cut off a piece instead of rolling it up.  I stamped on a piece of whisper white that had a messed up image on the other side...so it was on my scrap pile too.  Even the basic black pattern paper was on that pile!  So basically this is a card made with "leftovers" in about 5 minutes with a make-it-up-as-I-go-along design...and I love it!  Ha!  This will make a nice note card for a guy...I don't make many of those.




I made all of these yesterday...well, actually the first one was made for June VSN, so I made 11 yesterday.  I was too tired to blog about them last night...but I felt great getting so many cards created!  Good thing I had just enough time to post for Colour Me...!

Thanks for coming by again today.  I'm already looking forward to new color challenges coming up this week!


Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim

Friday, August 15, 2014

Colorful Works of Art

Hello & Happy Friday!

I have been playing with my friend's stamp set, "Work of Art," all day today.  Most of my cards use at least 2 of the new in-colors from SU, but then I realized that I needed to play with more colors.  I still had this week's SU color challenge, plus last week's.  I had tried to incorporate it with a DTGD challenge, but it didn't happen. So, today I am catching up on my favorite personal challenge...finishing up the 2014 SCS color challenges!



This week's color challenge features So Saffron, Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss.  I am so happy to have this luscious blackberry bliss ink and ribbon so I could play along.  The "Work of Art" stamp set is sooooooo easy to work with...just stamp randomly!  I used some old bermuda bay pattern paper (from my scrap pile, of course!) for the lower layer.  The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  Scraps of so saffron pattern paper and Moonlight dsp were used to surround the sentiment.  I used 3 punches: word window, modern label, and scallop oval.


Next, I have a card for last week's color challenge:  cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, wild wasabi, and pool party.  I decided to take the abstract stamps from the same set to create a summer scene.  I mounted that on pool party.  It is difficult to see, but I added a layer of cherry cobbler which is embossed with the chevron folder.  The sentiment is punched out with a scallop circle and sponged generously.  Satin daffodil ribbon adds a light finishing touch.

I really like how easy this set is to use, but also how versatile it is.  I'm kinda bummed that it isn't my set!  LOL  Hope to order my own set in the not-too-distant-future.



Thanks for coming by...





Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Freshly Made Art

Hello, Stamping Friends!

Today I have a card featuring new stamp goodies...finally!  Since I am not working, I really have to watch my spending.  But I could not handle being with out the new blackberry bliss in-color!  I ordered card stock, markers, this 4x6 dsp pack, and some blackberry ribbon, plus a few other supplies that had run out.  Happy happy!  My demo delivered them to my house yesterday, so I decided to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  It's a great layout for showing off my new pattern paper.




The stamp set I used is the new "Work of Art," which is definitely on my wish list.  My demo took pity on me, and allowed me to borrow it for a while. (Thanks Ramona!)  I used the colors from the "Moonlight" pattern paper: blackberry bliss, hello honey, and sahara sand.  The stamps are fabulous for random, abstract stamping.  I did not order any hello honey ribbon (yet!) so I took the marker and colored a scrap of white organza ribbon.  I used my embossing gun just for a couple of seconds to help set the color, plus shrivel the ribbon, which I think goes well with the chevrons.  My corner punch added a simple final detail. 

I will be using these stamps a lot this week before they leave my house.  Hope I can get my own set soon.  Oh, and I should mention that Ramona also left a holiday catalog behind as well.  Pretty sneaky!  

Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim