Monday, May 25, 2015


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Happy Veteran's Day!!  Today, I salute all the brave men & women for their sacrifice for our country and to their families!!  USA!

Today's card is for two challenges: Pals Paper Arts which was a sketch this week and the Color Throwdown which was to use Yellow, Teal, Turquoise, and Brown.  I translated that to: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, and Tempting Turquoise. 

I used Tempting Turquoise as my card base, then the background is stamped in Chocolate Chip.  My medallion flowers are stamped with Taken with Teal (even though it looks like Tempting Turquoise... weird!) then the smaller piece was stamped with Daffodil Delight.  The big medallions were punched out using the 1 1/2'' circle punch and the small flowers were punched with the 1/2'' circle punch. 

The stamp set featured here is Fresh Vintage (retired... OF COURSE).  I used it because I have never used that line image and the Pals Paper Arts sketch was the perfect opportunity to use it!  The sentiment is from Word Play (also retired).

I love the clean look of this and I finally feel like I'm back in the swing of stampin'! 

My allergies are still giving me a fit.  I had to break down and take some Benedryl this afternoon.  Sydney just went down for her nap and I am hoping I can get some stampin' in and not fall asleep myself! 

I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Word Play
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Elegant Flowers

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 You know that image I said I colored to use on my previous card?  Well, I finally got it on a card of it's own, but unfortunately, I missed the sunlight and had to take a picture of it with artificial light and my flash and it just doesn't come out the same.  So, I will take a better picture in the morning!

Anyway, I have a thing for the color Perfect Plum right now for some reason.  It's a color that has been around for a long time, but I just never used it.  I've discovered that is probably because it has been in VERY limited designer series paper.  Have you ever noticed that Stampin' Up neglects certain colors in their designer paper?  I recently downloaded a master list of all the colors Stampin' Up has ever had along with what designer series paper they have appeared in and several have a very short list.  Perfect Plum is one of them.

I had to get creative with my background.  This particular piece of designer paper is from Pocketful of Posies which is now retired (of course, haha!).  It's actually listed as being Rich Razzleberry, but I swear it is more purply and matches Perfect Plum pretty well.  I paired that with a piece of Pear Pizzazz from another retired designer series paper, Twitterpated.  I think it went together nicely.

 Have you seen the new Stampin' Up catalog yet?  Oh man... there are SO many new stamps that I want.. it is ridiculous.  I am also toying with the idea of becoming a demonstrator again, but I'm just not sure I can commit to the minimums yet.  I have to show my husband that I'm actually back to stamping "full time".  HAHA!  That just means he has to give me more stamp time!

We have been working hard around our house this spring and, unfortunately, my allergies have gotten the best of me for the past month or so.  I seriously thought I was feeling better yesterday, but then when I woke up this morning I was a sneezing disaster... UGH!

Anyway, I'm rambling!  Here is my supplies list:

Stamps: Elements of Style & So Happy for You (both retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Watercolor Paper, Pocketful of Posies DP (retired), Twitterpated DP (retired)
Accessories: Perfect Plum Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Aqua Painters, Stampin' Write Markers

{Congratulations} You Did It!

 Good Saturday afternoon to you!  I had some stampin' time this afternoon while Sydney took her nap.  Unfortunately, this card took me FOREVER and I went through many trial and errors to get it the way I want it.. which still isn't exactly what I had in mind.

First of all, never do a color challenge where the ONLY supplies you have for the colors provided is in designer paper.  The color challenge on Splitcoast this week was to use Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand or any variation of three of the colors.  I chose to do Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, & Basic Gray.  The only color ink or cardstock I own is Basic Gray so this was quite the challenge.  I originally was going to use the big flower image from Elements of Style, but after I got it stamped and watercolored, I didn't think it went with the designer paper which I had to use because it was the only thing I had in Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey... sooooo I decided to go a different route and pulled out Sprinkled Expressions which was a Sale-a-Bration set a few years ago and which I have not really ever used... maybe once?

Perfect, I had my stamp set picked out... but then I had to figure out which inks would match the dp since I don't have Lost Lagoon or Hello Honey ink or markers... AHH!  I went digging through my retired stamp pads to see if a retired color may match... only to discover my Riding Hood Red pad has somehow LEAKED everywhere!!!  I had it all over me... disaster.  I had to stop and clean that up... my fingers are still red.

ANYWAY, I discovered Crushed Curry was close enough to Hello Honey and Island Indigo is an OKAY match for Lost Lagoon, although, you can see in my picture that Island Indigo has more blue in it and Lost Lagoon is more of a green.. oh well, I was tired of messing with it at this point. 

So, I was finally ready to put the card together when I ran out of mono.  Fine, I refilled and I was off... except for my mono tool apparently has broken and will no longer run... GREAT!  I pulled out my two sided tape and went to town.... then I realized my main panel was really crooked... UGGH.  I pulled it off as best I could and tried to reposition it... I still didn't get it that straight... oh well.

In the end, here is my card... I don't know if I like it, but hopefully you can find some inspiration in it.  Do you ever have stamping nightmares like this?

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Home

Here is my other card for last week's Featured Stamper, Naomi!  I pretty much Cased this one exactly.  I changed the designer paper that I used and the sentiment, but other than that... It's a shameless case!  Her card was just so darn adorable!

Here is her's:

 I used the Sunshine and Sprinkles (retired... of course, haha!) designer paper and a piece of Basic Gray designer paper to make my scene.  I also changed up the sentiment and colored my house a little differently.  I believe she used Blendabilities, but I never bought any of those before Stampin' Up discontinued them, so I used my ink pad and blender pens!

Stamps: Holiday Home
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Poppy Parade
Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Neutral Designer Series Pack, Sunshine and Sprinkles DP
Accessories: Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals, Holiday Home Framelits, Sponge Daubers

Cup of Thanks

 This card was made for last Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  Naomi has some beautiful inspiration in her gallery and her blog.  Check out her blog here!

I chose this card to use as my inspiration for my card:

I have always LOVED my Like it a Latte stamp set.  It has been retired for quite a while, but Naomi's card inspired me to bust it out of the stamp drawer and use it!  

I kept the basic layout that she used and a similar color scheme.  The designer paper I used is embarrassingly old.  It is from the first year I bought anything and qualified for a Sale-A-Bration bonus.  HAHA!  It is called Delicate Dots and yes, I still have full sheets of the stuff.. ahh!  I also decided to bring out some of my stickles.. remember when it was all the rage?  I remembered while make this card why I don't usually use stickles... TAKES FOREVER TO DRY!!  I'm not a very patient person, so this is a problem for me.

Stamps: Like it a Latte, Bold Blossom (sentiment)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Delicate Dots DP
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Pale Plum Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Cupcake Party Party Party

Whew.. it has been a wild few weeks!  I have been stamping some, but I just haven't had time to upload, so today is the day!  I made this card without using any challenges... I can't believe it!  HAHA!  I finally ordered some new stuff... you can laugh, yes this stamp set and designer paper is new to me.  I just wanted to try it out and make a card, so here it is!

Stamps: Cupcake Party
Ink: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Birthday Bash DP
Accessories: Circle Framelits, Bermuda Bay Polka Dotted Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cupcake Builder Punch