Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Found Some Dynamic Duos!

Hello again!  2 days, 2 blog posts...maybe I am back on track.
(Who am I kidding?  My ministry Banquet for Life is on the 24th!  Stamping and blogging will be sporadic at best!)

While surfing the galleries on SCS, I decided to do more commenting.  I used to do that a lot...share the love...but drifted away from this simple and fun activity.  Saturday night, I clicked on gallery entries for the day and saw a few with this soft color palette.  I did a bit of digging, and found another color challenge blog!  Happy, happy me!  I was amazed to see the challenge creator is Lesley Croghan...she is EVERYWHERE!  LOL  I am convinced she doesn't sleep...though her cards never look sleep deprived!  Lesley is getting help from another super talented stamper, Ann Marie Hile who serves as challenge manager and a host of super talented ladies on the Design Team, including my cyber friend Holly Endress of The Friday Mashup.  When I see a great DT, I know that I want to participate, at least once in a while.  This is DD#98...where have I been???

I have always loved playing color challenges...especially on SCS.  I sometimes would get frustrated with people adding colors, because I thought it was "cheating."  (Add green to anything, and you can make flowers and stems!  LOL)  I learned to get over it, and just have fun.

Well, these challenge DT ladies are sticklers!  ONLY use the 2 colors given, plus neutrals.  That's right...don't add green to make pretty spring flowers in a field, or blue in the sky.  I LOVE this idea!

While the badge says wisteria and saffron, the blog post says soft purple & yellow.  I used this opportunity to pull out long-retired goodies.  I have a gazillion things that need to be used before I spend more money!  I used almost amethyst and barely banana.  The barely banana was embossed with the Cuttlebug divine swirls folder.  The pattern paper is from an old 6x6 hostess stack (remember those?) and the ribbon is from Michael's.  It is a perfect match to SU's amethyst!  I used the 2-step SU stamp set, Flight of the Butterfly, which will never leave my collection.  Finally the button and linen thread are also from SU, and bumped this card up to the Hand Deliver or Extra Postage category.  I love bumpy cards!

By the way, soft subtles are NOT my favorite, so I was itching to throw in some richer tones.  But I was a good girl, and played by the rules. *wink*  I think future DD challenges will, indeed, be very challenging!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello Everyone

It has been quite a while since I have stamped, and even longer since I have blogged about it.  I have been deep in regular work stuff (a major fund raiser on the 24th), and my home office/craft room is a ridiculous mess.  Makes creative juices flow like molasses!  Well yesterday, I just wanted to STAMP, even in the midst of my chaos.  I needed an outlet that had nothing to do with raising money.  I also needed more birthday cards!

So I made 4 cards...2 each of 2 designs.  Here is one of those designs that combines 2 challenges.  I really like this clean sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, because it is so versatile.  I combined it with Saturday's Inspiration Challenge on SCS, where I found these fun metallic strips to add to your nails.

I rarely use my markers this way, but I decided to just draw the lines to look similar to the nail art.  Even my card stock colors were inspired by the packaging of the nail art.  I have a basic black card base, with a layer of elegant eggplant which was embossed with diagonal stripes.  I added some real red pattern paper.  The markers used on the whisper white are marina mist,garden green, night of navy, real red, and elegant eggplant.  Both sentiments are from On Your Birthday.  2 gold brads add a touch of brightness.  Everything is from Stampin' Up!

Not sure if this card is masculine enough for a nephew of mine.  I made 2, so someone will get this card before too long!

It felt good to stamp again.  I will post my other card tomorrow.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}