Friday, August 28, 2015

Sending Bright Wishes

Happy Friday!  This week has flown by and I have been too busy to get much stampin' done!  I had a few minutes today and knew I wanted to sit down and do this week's sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!  I paired it with this week's ColourQ which was a bright combination of Lovely Lilac (retired), So Saffron, Taken with Teal (retired), and Tangerine Tango.  I will admit, this color combo scared me a little, but I do think it's fun.

I used a technique called Distress Stain Watercolor Technique.  I don't own any distress stain inks that they used in the tutorial, so I just used Stampin' Write Markers and an aqua painter pen.  I think it turned out pretty good!  I do with I had added a little detail on the flowers, but oh well.. it's done now.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!  I will be offline for a week or so while I spend some time with my family, but I will see you after Labor Day!  Have a great week!

Supplies List:
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Watercolor Paper, Taken with Teal, International Bazaar DP
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, 1'' Circle Punch, Taken with Teal, Tangerine Tango, Lovely Lilac Stampin' Write Markers, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Monday, August 24, 2015

Snappy Snappy

 Happy Monday!!  I hope you've had a great start to your week!  Monday means a new Mojo Sketch!  Woo hoo!  I am settling back into a stampin' routine and it couldn't feel better!  Of course, once I get back to work... well, we will see how it goes!

I decided to use a retired, but much loved set today called Crab & Company.  It was one of the very first Stampin' Up sets I ever bought and I still love it.  I also pulled out my Prisma Colored Pencils and my Odorless Mineral Spirits to color him!  Does anyone still use colored pencils?  I feel like so much emphasis is on markers now, so it was fun to do something different.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Supplies List:
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Birthday Bash DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Crap & Company
Accessories: Linen Thread, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensional, Prisma Colored Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Scallop Circle Nestabilities 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Whimsical Mosaic

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a great weekend!  Mine has been pretty good!  I'm super tired today from working at the studio all day yesterday.  We enlarged one of the dance rooms and we had to start cleaning and laying the floor down.  So, I'm feeling that today!

This card is for today's Sweet Sunday Sketch and for the Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge!  The color challenge was to use Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, and Lost Lagoon.  I only own the Lost Lagoon marker, so that made it quite a challenge.  I literally have no Lost Lagoon cardstock and the only designer paper I have for it just didn't go with my design.

I've seen a lot of negative die cut images lately and thought I would give it a try with the old, but very loved, Top Note Die!  The middle piece was cut from Pool Party cardstock, then dry embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  It's hard to see the embossing in my picture, though.  I cut around the edges of the Pool Party top note layer so I would have a white border.

I used my paper piercing tool and template to do the paper piercing on the two corners of my top layer.  The sentiment is from a long retired set called Whimsical Words.  The other two layers are stamped with Mosaic Madness.

I hope you like my card!

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Lost Lagoon
Stamps: Whimsical Words & Mosaic Madness
Accessories: Paper piercing template & tool, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Top Note Die, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Lost Lagoon Stampin' Write Marker

Friday, August 21, 2015


Holy MOOSE!  This card was a super duper challenge for me.  Besides the obvious which is I used an image that is completely out of my normal style, I chose to do a sketch that was challenging with an angled layer.  The sketch is this week's CAS(e) this Sketch challenge.  I'm pretty sure my card doesn't qualify as CAS, though.

This card went through so many transformations.  At first, I was going to use the tree image that is in this set... oh, the set is an ancient Stampin' Up set called Pines. The date on it is 1998.  I think I stamped and re-cut that doggone angled layer about 10 times before I finally decided it just wasn't working for me.  Originally, I had stamped the moose onto River Rock cardstock and cut him out, but I wasn't happy how it looked... I tried mounting it on an oval.. hated it, tried just placing it on the card, nope.  Finally, I just did a simple square layer with the moose.

Since I was using an ancient set, I decided to dig up some old designer paper.  This paper is called Apple Cider and I've had it forever... and I still have way more of it... ANYWAY, that led to me digging out some old embellishments.  I found a container of unopened 5/8'' neutral brads, so I threw those on there, used my scallop border punch and some trusty Chocolate Chip striped ribbon.

This card literally took me over an our to make and it serves no purpose whatsoever, but it was good to stretch my limits a little and do something different!

Oh, this is also for today's Free For All challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use an odd number of stamps.  I used one!

Paper: River Rock, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Apple Cider DP
Stamps: Pines
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop border punch, 5/8'' neutral brads, Chocolate Chip Striped Ribbon, Linen Thread

Get Your Santa On!

Here is my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch!  I decided I should probably get started on some of my Christmas cards, so this was the perfect time to do it!  I loved this sketch and will definitely use it again.

The stamp I used is from the Stampin' Up set, Get your Santa On.  It is super cute, but it is retired.. of course, HAHA!

The paper is also retired.  It is called Holly Berry Bouquet.  It has some really cute glittery paper in it that I used for my background. 

I stamped the Santa on watercolor paper and then colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  The stars were punched out with the small star punch.

Everything else is pretty straight forward!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Watercolor Paper, Holly Berry Bouquet DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Get Your Santa On
Accessories: Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Star Punch, Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Garden Vintage

Here is another card I made today at my mom's house.  We challenged each other to use this old designer paper called Walk in the Park.  For some reason, we both bought two packs of this when it came out.  I guess we thought we would run out.. HAHA!  This card only made a small dent in our stash.

I used this week's Create with Connie & Mary sketch!

Since I used some "vintage" paper, I decided to use an old stamp set called Garden Whimsy.  I've always liked this set and I think it came out really cute on this card!  The sentiment is from this year's sale-a-bration called Best Day Ever.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies List:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DP
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Best Day Ever
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Banner Punch, Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

You Made My Day

Hi!  Today my mom and I had a stamp day at her house which means I get to play with some of her stamps and accessories... woo hoo!  I had a few challenges I knew that I wanted to do today.  This is the first one which is the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the ColourQ

This week's ColourQ was a great combo: Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, and Basic Gray.  Even though it does use some retired colors, they are colors that were current during my time away from stamping (but I still bought them, of course) and I haven't used them much!  I especially love Coastal Cabana and I'm sad it isn't a current color.

Anyway!  I had a personal challenge to use whatever stamp set my 2 year old picked out.  She handed me Mosaic Madness which I have never used, but have seen some cute things with.  I decided to make my own designer paper with it.  Then, I used a Sale-a-Bration set from this year called Best Day Ever.  I didn't place an order during Sale-a-Bration this year... first time in about 6 years or more... ahh!  I will NOT let that happen again... haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Basic Gray CS, Poppy Parade CS, Coastal Cabana CS, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Best Day Ever
Ink: Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray
Accessories: Poppy Parade Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder