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}}}

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Colors are caught up!

Hello Stamping Friends!

Quick post here, because I am getting ready to greet stampers to my house.  It's a ht humid day; perfect for staying inside an air-conditioned craft room!

I only had 2 more 2014 SCS color challenges left to catch up...and here they are!

This first card is also for the week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The colors for the challenge are pool party, tempting turquoise, and gumball green.

I used sponge daubers to make a fun pattern.  The stamps are "Fox & Friends" and "Just Sayin'" which I cut out with the Word Bubble framelits and popped up with dimensionals.  I *need* the pennant framelits, since mine are a bit uneven when I eyeball them.  I used the thick bakers twine from Sale-a-Bration.  It was too big for the button, so I unraveled it a bit, which makes it more delicate.  The embossing folder is also from SAB...what is that thing called??  LOL

I think the turtle is perfect with this silly word bubble, don't you?

The next card is...meh.  But I got it done, so I am posting it.  The colors are so saffron, smokey slate, and strawberry slush.  The stamps used are "Delicate Doilies" and "Whimsical Words."  I paired my own pattern paper with this long-retired saffron paper (it has close to cocoa on the other side...I think it was from a Valentine pack...yep, with pink pirouette and riding hood red.  Remember?) Some punches and ruffled ribbon finish it off.

Hopefully, I will stay caught up on these challenges...check back and see how it goes.  *wink*

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 11, 2014

Q Up a Trip to the Beach!

Hello, and Happy Friday!

Today I have a card highlighting a tricky palette from The ColourQ and a fun theme from The Paper Players.  Even though my nephew Ethan is getting older, this stamp will always remind me of him. Perhaps because a few years back, we went to Myrtle Beach together.  Fun times!  All supplies are from Stampin' Up!


My card base is indigo island, and I added 2 squares of more mustard pattern paper.  The main image is from "Summer by the Sea." I stamped with Stazon jet black, then used my blender pen to color the image.  I added creamy caramel for his skin.  The sky is sponged with coastal cabana, and the image is mounted on it as well.  A bit of poppy parade ribbon and hostess pattern paper go with his shirt.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched with the word window, and layered on a scallop oval.  I also added some bakers this stuff!

This was a lot of fun to make...unexpected colors with a favorite theme...The Beach!  Sigh... I live in central Illinois. No beach here.  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Catching Up on Some COLOR!

Hello Stamping Friends!

I really should be finishing up a non-stamping project, but alas, I am procrastinating.  I made 2 cards today for SCS color challenges I had skipped, and one yesterday.  Just 2 more, and I will be caught up with the 2014 challenges!  I am also submitting the second card to Mojo Monday.

This first card was made yesterday, and it is actually this week's combo:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral.  I rarely use coral, but I am pleased with how this turned out.  A couple of nights ago, I was trying to get a certain stamp set out, but an avalanche came crashing down!  I was not hurt, and no stamps were hurt!  But this long-retired hostess stamp set from SU, "Wings of Friendship," landed on the floor.  Must be a sign!

The large image is a single stamp, so I used my markers to color it, then stamped on whisper white.  Really makes this image pop!  The sentiment is from the same set, punched out with the scallop oval and layered on retired Christmas dsp from my scrap pile.  Even the daffodil dsp is from the same pile.  How fun is that?  Bakers twine and candy dots were used to finish it off.

Next, I have a card with a very soft palette: Pink pirouette, pistachio pudding, and very vanilla.  I flipped the Mojo Monday sketch to go with my tea cup.

Once again, I was stumped!  I don't even have a full pack of pistachio pudding card stock; just the mix pack of in-colors.  But I kinda like it, so I will order some this month.  I had a 6x6 piece of retired dsp, Parisian something-or-other, which was perfect for this challenge.  Because of the vintage feel, I went with this "Tea Shoppe" cup, and small flowers on the horizontal strip, plus the vintage wallpaper embossing folder on the small pistachio layer. The Get Well stamp is from "Delightful Dozen," and the scripture verse is from "Words of Wisdom." I punched it out with the tag punch, to look like a tea bag.  Embellishments include ruffled ribbon and basic pearls, plus lots of dimensionals.  I wanted to add more color, but kept strictly to the challenge!

Finally, a completely different palette:  pacific point, real red, and pumpkin pie.  WOW! So much bolder and brighter!  I wanted a casual or playful image, so I pulled out the 2-step set called "Awash with Flowers."  I don't use it often, but when I do, I enjoy it!  My sketch is from this week's sketch challenge on SCS.  I stamped the line images in stazon jet black, and cheated a bit with my lucky limeade marker for the leaves and stems.  Gotta have my leaves!  The sentiment is from "You're a Gem," punched out with the small oval.  Pacific point was sponged lightly everywhere for the sky.  I embossed the pumpkin pie layer with a Cuttlebug folder, but most of it got covered up.  I wasn't sure what ribbon to add, and I am not thrilled with my choice, but I really need to finish this 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon!  LOL  I hope my candy dots stay in place!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now that I have typed this, it's time to get back to my other project.  No more procrastinating!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mashin' Up with a NEW Christmas Stamp!

Hello Stamping Friends!

Today I am posting a card for a SCS Color challenge from April: Baja breeze, sahara sand, and so saffron.  I skipped this way back when because it didn't really "speak" to me.  But in my quest to do all of the 2014 SCS Color Challenges, I am finally doing it.  I am also submitting this for The Friday Mashup this week (just in time!)  We were challenged to use the watercolor wash technique and/or make a Clean and Simple card.  I did both.

Since I prefer rich, saturated colors, this combo was tough for me.  Give me one light color in combo with darker colors, and I am good to go.  But this is a very muted palette.

But inspiration struck with this NEW gorgeous stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs.  Well, it's new to me.  I had never looked at their website before, because I was only familiar with the cutesy images I often see used.  Just not my style.  But during the recent Virtual Stamp Night, I saw a Christmas card made with an image that grabbed my attention.   I decided to look it up, bought two other gorgeous Christmas stamps!  This Madonna & Child is one of them.

I am not very good at detailed watercoloring, but this watercolor wash technique is so easy!  I think it really allows the artwork of the image to come through.  After stamping the image in Stazon jet black, I spritzed a piece of very vanilla card stock with water and brushed on color using an aqua brush and re-inkers.  I used more saffron near the heads, to represent halos.  I kept more of the sand color on the skin, and the blue was used more around Mary's robe and head piece.  I never would have thought of these colors for Christmas, but with this image, I think it works!

My sentiment is from SU's "Greetings of the Season" punched with a scallop circle and sponged generously.  Baja breeze seam binding and some pearls finish it off.

I made this in a hurry, so I can post here.  But I need to take a bit more let the wet paper dry before I trim it!  I definitely plan to make at least 11 more (I try to do 12 cards of each design for Christmas.)  With this technique, every card will be truly unique. I plan to stamp more this weekend, so I can also submit this to the SCS Christmas Card Challenge...WooHoo!

Thanks for stopping by again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, July 7, 2014

Color Me in Need of New Stuff!

Hello, and Happy Monday!

Once again, I am posting for the Colour Me...! blog challenge, and once again, just in the nick of time!

This card almost didn't happen.  First, I have no blackberry bliss.  In fact, I have not placed an order from the new SU catalog yet.  But I will soon, as I order once a quarter.  I was hoping to stamp with my demo this morning, but she was unable to come by.  In fact, I tried to entice her, so she could participate in my blog challenge obsession!  HA!  "Bring some blackberry bliss, please!  Including that yummy ribbon!"  Alas, 'twas not to be.  But she's coming sometime tomorrow!  My birthday is in July, so it's time for me to get NEW supplies.  (As if my craft room is empty.  Yeah, right!)
Then, I could not find the cord to connect my camera to my laptop.  Still can't find it.  Grrr.  So I took a mediocre picture with my phone, emailed it to myself, and posted it here.

THEN, some delivery guys showed up at the top of the hour with my new dryer.  I could write an entire post about the drama with this appliance, but I'll spare you!  
So, here is my card, featuring Concord Crush (which I love and wish was on the regular SU palette.)  I added a bit of basic gray and smokey slate.

The patterned paper is from that 6x6 pack  from the year this color was introduced.  Fortunately, I ordered another pack before it retired...I slowly ration this color!  I used markers to color this sentiment from a SU set that I no longer have.  I just kept this one stamp!  Could not part with it!  After stamping the image, I embossed the panel, just above and below for a bit of framing...then sponged.  This diamond folder goes well with the pattern paper.  I added 2 large white brads for a final touch.

For all the fuss, I am pleased with this CAS card! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Time for My Q!

Hello Stamping Friends!

I love to peek in at the ColourQ challenge from time to time.  This week's combo is great for a Patriotic card!

I had a hard time mixing these blues, but I am pretty happy with the result.  My card base is sahara sand.  It looks like river rock in my picture, but it really is sahara sand! The not quite navy star and layer are embossed with the chevron folder.  My subtles paper pack provided me with the striped marina mist paper for another star.  Both star punches are retired, but I am so glad that I kept them!  I used markers to color this long-retired sentiment from "Polka Dot Birthday," added brads and some retired hostess ruby red pattern paper.The ruby red brads and ribbon have been in my stash for to use them up!

Next, I have another card which mixes blues and red again...but this one was really tough for me.  It was last week's challenge, which I nearly skipped because I already had 2 cards for this post, and I was stumped.  I "cheated" a bit by adding sahara sand and basic gray. This image from SU's "Summer by the Sea" is wonderful...I will never give it up!

The card base is island indigo, with a layer of old real red pattern paper from a 6x6 hostess pack.  I stamped this image in Stazon Jet black, then colored with markers in the challenge sahara sand and basic gray.  (I actually blended basic gray and bashful blue for the shirt.)The sky and water are sponged, and I decided to tear one edge.  The sentiment is from "Three Little Words," punched out with the modern label punch.  Loosely wrapped bakers twine finishes it off.

Finally, I will post a ColourQ card for 2 weeks ago.  I absolutely loved this palette, but didn't get it done on time.  Bordering blue was one of my favorite SU colors years ago; so much so, that I ordered several packs of card stock when it retired.  I still have a lot of it!  It was fun to bring it out again!

My card base is crumb cake.  On a layer of very vanilla (oops, it was supposed to be white), I stamped this beautiful image from "Just Believe."  I used markers to get the 2 colors on this large silhouette image.  I sponged a bit around the edges for dimension.  Lush satin ribbon frames the flowers.  After punching out a scalloped circle, I embossed it with my Manhattan Floral impressions folder, then lightly sponged it with some shimmer mist.  The sentiment is from "On Your Birthday."  Some tiny basic pearls finish it off...because I love pearls with satin!

Thanks for checking out my projects again!  Let me know what you think!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}