Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Birthday Butterflies

It's still raining.... it has been raining since Friday, it is now Tuesday... I'm over it!  I know we needed rain really bad, but we've gotten too much in a short time and now things are starting to get a little dicey!  Especially inside my house... YIKES.

Today's color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was a nice and cheery combination that had me feeling the warmth of the sun.  Today's colors to use are: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.  I added Basic Gray as a neutral.  The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  It was supposed to be a tall and skinny card, but I just made mine a normal size.

I pulled out THREE stamp sets for this card.  The background image on my main panel is from Watercolor Trio.  The butterfly is from Butterfly Basics and the sentiment is from Elementary Elegance.  I'm not sure the last time I used this many sets on one card, but I think it turned out great!

The designer paper is from a retired series called Polka Dot Parade.  The ribbon and brads are also retired... you should know by now that I'm the retired product queen.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade Dp
Stamps: Elementary Elegance, Butterfly Basics, Watercolor Trio
Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Curly Label Punch, Marina Mist Polka Dotted Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Brads

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cake & Ice Cream

Disclaimer: this card is majorly crooked and I got tired of fighting with it and just let it be.

Hello!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  It has been raining here since Friday.  We need the rain, but I'm getting a little tired of it at this point.  You would think I would be motivated to get things done around the house since we can't go outside and do anything.  You would be mistaken.  My motivation level is at a 1. 

And just a quick vent before I get to my card for today.  Don't label a recipe EASY when you have to use a saucepan, saute pan, baking sheet, pie pan, every measuring cup I own and most all of my measuring spoons.  Granted, I should have thoroughly read the recipe before I started, but SERIOUSLY?  EASY?  Easy to me is one dish, BAM we're done.  It wasn't that any of the actual cooking or preparing was HARD, it was just really annoying.  Like, REALLY ANNOYING!  And the cleanup was not easy either. 

ANYWAY.... I started this card after I had completely destroyed the kitchen and I was annoyed.  Hence why it is crooked and I didn't even care.  I swear sometimes the cardstock is crooked to begin with because there is no rational explanation to why it wasn't straight when I laid it all out.

Enough of my ranting.  This card is for today's Feature Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and for the Create with Connie & Mary challenge which was to use Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride.  Now, I started this challenge thinking I had Watermelon Wonder ink or at least the marker... No, I don't have either one.  FAILURE!  I made due, but my Stampin' Up order just got bigger... I'm off topic again.

The Featured Stamper today is known on Splitcoast as Penny Strawberry and she has a really fun gallery.  She does a lot of punch type art, so I knew I was going to use a variety of punches on this card.  I settled on this one to case:

I kept the ice cream theme, but used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  I also kept the layout the same.  I did use different designer paper; Cherry on Top and I used the colors from the Create with Connie & Mary challenge.

I hope you enjoy my crooked card!

Paper: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Cherry on Top Dp
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Tree Builder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim, Scallop Edgelit, Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hello!  Long time, no post!  I had a little bit of a hiatus while I was on vacation and then went back full time to the studio.  Luckily, I am getting settled into a routine!  I actually have stamped some, but it is for design team stuff that I can't post yet... but soon, very soon, I can share it with you!

Today's card is for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!  I will be the first to admit that I took some artistic liberty on this and hopefully it will still count!  As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to pull out my Holiday Home set and do something with a moon.  Since I'm not quite ready to start on Christmas cards, I thought I would do a Halloween one.  I know, this set is retired, but I don't feel like I have used it as much as I thought I would.  I have seen so many cute Halloween cards made with it and wanted to give it a try.

My card was inspired by this card by Debbie Henderson

The sky is sponged with sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  The moon is made with a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock cut into a circle.  The house is watercolored using an aqua painter and also colored with Stampin' Write Markers in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Holiday Home
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Holiday Home Framelits, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painters