Sunday, July 26, 2015

Soaring By

Stampin' Up
 Finally, here is a card I made this afternoon for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  Today's featured stamper is Karli!  You can view her blog HERE!  She doesn't use much Stampin' Up product, but I found inspiration in this card:

 I don't have the exact hot air balloon image, but I do have a Stampin' Up one that I love and that hasn't seen ink for awhile, so I decided to break it out!  It's called Up, Up, and Away and is retired.  The sentiment is actually a Papertrey Ink stamp from the Everyday Button Bits collection.  I got it one year for Christmas and I think this sentiment works wonderfully with this image.  The clouds were made using the new Sprinkles of Life set.

I changed pretty much everything on this card.  I did keep a similar layout and, of course, kept the hot air balloon theme.  I changed the colors to this week's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, and Tempting Turquoise.  I will admit, this color combo stumped me a little bit at first, but I love how it came out.

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Cherry on Top DP, Brights Designer Series Paper Pad (retired)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Up Up & Away (retired), Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank You Butterfly

Stampin' Up
This week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to revisit any previous sketches from 500 to 549.  I chose sketch #509:

I was a little free with my interpretation as I didn't really do a 4th panel, instead, I used this beautiful die cut from the Butterfly Thinlits that I have yet to use.  I paired it with the lovely new designer paper called, Pretty Petals that I also hadn't used yet!

The sentiment is from an old retired hostess set called Because I Care

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Pretty Petals DP
Ink: Mint Macaroon
Stamps: Because I Care (retired)
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Pacific Point Stitched Ribbon

Wildly Soft Butterfly Basics

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Whew... it has been a busy week or so.  This card literally took me almost 2 weeks to complete... haha!  SAD!  Oh well, it is finished now!  I made this for the July 13th Mojo Monday Sketch.  The colors are from the July 14th color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, and Perfect Plum.  I LOOOOVE this color combination, but someone please explain to me how I do not own a Perfect Plum ink pad?  Weird!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use my new Butterfly Basics stamp set for this.  I ended up flipping the sketch to accommodate my flower image. I used the rope image to make a background because, believe it or not, I had NO Soft Sky designer paper that would work with this color scheme.  In fact, the Wild Wasabi DP that I used is from a long retired collection called Afternoon Tea.  It was one of my most favorite designer papers that Stampin' Up has put out and I only have a few scraps of it remaining.... TEARS!  Not that I don't have MANY other collections that I need to use.  I admit, I have a paper hoarding problem.. it's just so pretty....

The panel behind the flower image is dry embossed with the dots embossing folder, but it didn't really photograph that well.  I colored my flower with Stampin' Write markers.. nothing fancy, just straight up colored them.  The butterfly is cut out with the Butterfly Thinlits.

Paper: Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Watercolor Paper, Afternoon Tea DP (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Dots Embossing Folder, Stampin' Write Markers 

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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sprinkles of HAPPY

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So... I started this card LAST Tuesday.. and just finished it today... 6 days later.  HAHA!  At least I got it done, right? 

This is for last week's Mojo Sketch and last week's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The colors for the challenge were Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Sahara Sand!  Sahara Sand is one of the neutrals I don't typically gravitate towards which is why I love color challenges.  They stretch me to use colors that I would probably not use on my own!

I pulled out Sprinkles of Life for this card because it's so cute that I knew it would make a great card with the sketch!

The reason I'm so happy today is that my other Stampin' Up order just came (mostly stuff from the clearance rack, hooray!) and my Stitch Fix box is out for delivery!!  Ahh!  It's my first time trying Stitch Fix, so I'm anxious to see what they have sent me to try!

I have to leave to go to the studio for a few hours here soon and we are supposed to get some pretty bad weather this evening, so I'm hoping for the best!  It is awfully hot and humid, so I wouldn't be surprised if we got a bad storm.

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shore Do Love {this stamp set}

Hello!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July!  Mine was good!  We went to my parent's house and grilled out yummy steaks! 

This morning, Sydney actually played nicely in my stamp room while I made a card!  She "helped" a little bit and brought me random paper, but overall, I was surprised that she was a content as she was! 

This is for the Freshly Made Sketch and the Color Throwdown

The Color Throwdown was to use White, Kraft, Turquoise, and Orange.  I translated that to the following Stampin' Up colors: Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake.

I had to use this cute octopus again from Sea Street.  These colors just ASKED for a nautical themed card!  The sentiment is from Crab & Company (see, I told you I would have to pull it out) which is a long retired, but amazing set from Stampin' Up.

There's nothing crazy to note here, but for some reason my colors don't look like they match.  The orange dp is Tangelo Twist, but in the picture it looks darker and the Tangelo Twist heart looks very bright.  Weird.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Speciality DP
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Sea Street, Crab & Company
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Small Heart Punch (retired)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

 Happy Independence Day!  I hope you have some fun plans with family and friends today to celebrate!  We are keeping it pretty low key.  This is the first time in a few years we have been home for the 4th, and since we have had a whirlwind start to the summer, it's nice to have a weekend to relax.

Today's card features one of my other new stamp sets... yes, I know, it was in last year's catalog, but again, I wasn't really stamping much last year, so it is new to me.  Plus, I have seen soooo many cute cards featuring this set, that I knew I had to get it.  Oddly enough, I actually got it because I loved the little anchor image, but then I didn't even use it on this card... haha!  I see myself digging out the long retired Crab & Company set to compliment this one.  I love fun sea creatures!

This is for THREE challenges!  The Mojo Monday Sketch, the ColourQ, and the Free For All Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

The ColourQ this week just happened to be the PERFECT nautical color scheme for the Sea Street set.  The colors you had to use were: Poppy Parade (retired), Midnight Muse (retired), Pool Party, Kraft/Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.  I was excited to have ALL of these colors!

I paired it with the Mojo Monday Sketch which was to make a tall & skinny card.  I used the dimensions for a card that would fit in my normal sized envelopes.  I let the circle hang off the side just slightly since there is extra room in the envelope.  My card size is 5.5'' x 3.5''.  It was a cute size to work with.

I started this card not really planning on including the Free For All challenge to use brads, but they couldn't be round!  After I got my card all put together I went diving into my brad stash and found these adorable fish brads!  I have no idea where they came from or what brand they are, but they fit my card perfectly!  Who knew!?!  All my years of card making supply hoarding paid off today.. haha!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse (retired), Whisper White, Just Add Cake DP (retired), Cherry on Top DP
Ink: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Sea Street
Accessories: Circle Framelits, Fish brads (brand unknown), Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon

Friday, July 3, 2015

Butterflies on a Rainy Day

Good Friday afternoon!  I hope you have had a great week and are preparing for a fun Fourth of July Celebration!  We aren't doing too much, just a small family cook out and hopefully a little rest.  It has been a whirlwind of a summer so far. The month of June was filled with the studio's dance recital, dance nationals preparations, two Frozen Dance Camps, and nationals which was a week out of town.  I am finally getting back to a more normal, and hopefully, less hectic schedule.

Yesterday I was feeling very frustrated and decided I needed to stamp!  I sat down and made this last night, but wanted to wait for natural light to photograph it.

This is for this week's color challenge and sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The colors to use were Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, and Cucumber Crush.  All of the colors are current in-colors, but Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush are the brand new ones.  I didn't really purchase any of last year's in-colors because I just didn't have time to stamp, so I didn't want to spend the money on supplies I wasn't using.  So, I don't have any Hello Honey paper or ink, but I did have this cotton ribbon.  I subbed the paper and ink for More Mustard and I have to say, it is almost an exact match, but not quite.  I pulled it off, though!

I love my new Butterfly Basics set.  I know it's a carry over from the occasions catalog, but again, I just got back into my stamp room regularly, so it is brand new to me! 

I hope you have a great holiday weekend!  Stay safe!

Paper: Whisper White, More Mustard, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry on Top DP
Ink: More Mustard, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Hello Honey Cotton Ribbon, Butterfly Thinlits Dies