Friday, March 23, 2018

My Inky Friends Challenge #4 

My Inky Friends and I hold a monthly challenge on the 4th Friday of each month, and it is that time again! This time we are issuing a color challenge. As always, the inspiration for this color challenge is taken from the Annual Catalog where you can find all kinds of creative sparks.

The challenge this month is to use Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, and Blushing Bride on a project.

That was harder to do for me than it should have been! I just don't use some of these colors very much right now.

But, that is what a challenge is about, right? Getting you outside of your comfort zone, or out of a creative rut.

You can participate in these challenges and share your creations with all of us. Check it out and play along!

The Fairy Celebration stamp set is one of the sets that caught my eye right away when it came out, and I got it fairly quickly. And used it just a couple of times in which I was not happy with my coloring of the images.

I decided to try again, with watercolor this time. I used a #2 round brush so that I could get good control of the flow of color and water, and have a nice fine tip.

I used the four challenge colors plus So Saffron and Crumb Cake. The mushroom colors are actually Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz mixed together with varying amounts of each color.

Lydia Fiedler is to blame for the mixing of colors. She recently did a video where she talked about how creating your own neutrals from the colors you are using gives the best and most organic looking results.

I tried to capture the shimmer from the Clear Wink of Stella on her wings, hair, and the flowers. Couldn't get it. But it isn't a bad close up!

I had also used my Stamparatus to stamp the image again over the top of the watercoloring to crisp up the black lines. However, I did not wait long enough for the ink to dry when I rubbed my fingers over it to adhere the layers together.

So this card really does have my personal touch, fingerprints and smudges included!

Don't miss any of the other projects for on the challenge blog, and please add your own project for a chance to win the Best Inky Friend Favorite award!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spellbinders February 2018 Card Kit

Hello everybody! I have started getting the Spellbinders Kit and Caboodle monthly kits, and thought I would share the projects I have made so far with the February kit. The kits are packed with goodies, and you will be able to make loads and loads of projects with just the consumables in them. And the dies are to die for!

I did a quick video showcasing these cards too. 

The Papertrey Ink Wine Bottle Tag came out to help again, as there are some gorgeous thick elements in this kit that I just could not put on a card. They sure look good on a tag though, don't you think!?

I used up both of the beautiful, and very dimensional, butterfly elements on wine bottle tags.

This gorgeous patterned paper is helped along with the gold foil cardstock from this kit, and the sentiment and die cut word are from the March 2018 My Monthly Hero.

Another slice of that gorgeous paper! And a Layered Leaves embossed panel cut from the cardbases provided in the kit. The sentiment is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

More of the patterned paper and ephemera from the kit come together into a lovely card with almost no effort! And no stamping at all on this card.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Alternate February 2018 Paper Pumpkin Projects

Hey stamping friends! You might think that I have not been stamping much this month. But you would be wrong! I have been stamping away using whatever I felt like using in my stash. This week I pulled out the February My Paper Pumpkin Kit: Wildflower Wishes. I decided to work on my monthly commitment of 15-20 cards to the church card ministry and use up a kit. Then I got carried away!

I made a quick video just walking through all the cards that I made with this fit. I hope you enjoy it!

Here are a bunch of still photos of the cards:

Pinewood Planks embossing folder and a divided tag. The banner die is from the March 2018 My Monthly Hero. What? It was on my desk!

Vellum white heat embossed with the Papertrey Ink Year of Psalms: May stamp. Card ministry does not discriminate, people.

Petal Pair embossing folder with Copper heat embossed Papertrey Ink: Year of Psalms May. You can get the Petal Pair folders as a freebie with Sale-A-Bration right now!

This one uses a retired Sale-A-Bration DSP (Wildflower Fields 2016) and a retired background stamp called Pretty Pattern. I did say I used whatever I felt like out of my stash. I also made several versions of this card using the printed cardstock mats and patterned paper tags from the kit.

I had taken all 9 of the card bases and cut them down to 4"x5½" to use as layers. I just prefer to use Thick Whisper White for my cardbases. I had just gotten an order from Simon Says Stamp and it had the Fold Dance Stencil in it. I sponged the Crumb Cake layer with that stencil and Sahara Sand ink.

The flower stamps from the kit reminded me of calico, I dug out my Quilt Builder die. I never used it while it was current! Shocking, I know. I also used a sentiment for the August 2017 Paper Pumpkin: Giftable Greetings.

This one adds the Quilt Top embossing folder, which is still current. Yeah me!! And the retired Sending Thoughts set.

Here are the dozen cards of the same layout. I think they will do nicely! Oh, and I used the Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Thinking of You set for most of these cards.

Now, if you would like to sign up for Paper Pumpkin you can do that here:

Supplies used in these projects:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bubble Over
Welcome back friends! This time on the Stamp Review Crew we are featuring the Bubble Over stamp set. It lots of coordinating product too, so there are lots of options! It was just St. Patrick's day here, and it seems to be an excuse to party, go on pub crawls, and drink green beer. Sounds like fun, right?! Except for the green beer. I do not like beer, especially any that they would put green food coloring in, lol.
This is the set we are playing with. I love it for masculine stuff.

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Lou Kitzelman blog. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

First up, I had to use the DIY wreath building technique. I created my own jig for this a few weeks ago, and I just can't stop using it!

The jig was created by taking 2 pieces of 6"x 6" cardstock, drawing straight lines with a ruler from corner to corner and from side to side in half.

Then I used a 4" square die to cut a square, then rotate the square so the points are aiming at the sides instead of the corners, and die cut again.

I had to do this on each 6"x6" square, then glue them together to give them a little more depth to hold my cardstock pieces.

You need a MISTI or Stamparutus or some other stamp positioning tool, but it is slick as snot! (That is pretty slick, by the way)

ETA: Gina K Designs has a Wreath Builder kit that came out this month, which is where I got the idea. Check out her video here: 

I used a rainbow of colors and was trying to create something that was not related to booze. Not everyone drinks, alcohol or carbonated beverages.

THIS one is all about the booze though, lol! I even snuck some green beer in there. I should have put a clover on it, darn it! Why couldn't I have thought of that 30 minutes ago.

Some stamping off, and a terrible job lining up the star, but oh well. Maybe I had some green beer while I was stamping this! 

Now let's head back to Australia and Kelly Kent! She is one clever lass!

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Scrapbook Sunday

Welcome to the March edition of Scrapbook Sunday! Once a month, me and some of my stamping friends share scrapbook projects using Stampin' Up! products.

This month we are all using a sketch. We can all use a little jumping off point, and a sketch is a big time saver. If you fuss and fiddle with placement like I do, that is!

As I rummaged through my stash of photos, I found this one of my daughter Charlene (the brunette) and her friend Sonia (the blonde). They have been friends since middle school, and even now, 9 years after graduating from high school, they are still good friends.

These two young ladies are tough, and sweet, and oh so very bohemian! They used to dress up in long skirts, flowing peasant tops, and scarves, then walk out into the forest adjoining our property to have tea parties. This was when they were in high school! I am sure there were some less than innocent activities involved, but they sure had fun!

These young ladies have kept their ideals of social activism, and positive thoughts despite some hard knocks that life has thrown at them. Such beautiful souls! I hope they both know how proud I am of the people they are, and how much I love them.

OK, time to venture on to the next blogger to see what they have done! As always, there is a clickable supply list at the end of this post.

If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right.

And be sure to check the box allowing me to contact you when you check out. I can't send you a thank you card if I don't know your address! And I promise to only send you happy mail, no junk mail :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

My Inky Friends: Hidden Gems
We are back with another Annual Catalog focused blog hop. This time we are showcasing some of the hidden gems of the Annual Catalog. Stamp sets that are awesome, but have not really enjoyed the lime light.

If you are following along in order, then you have just arrived from Kris Kilkenny's blog where she uses Watercolor Wings. Beautiful, right! You want to go pull that set out and play with it!

If you get lost along the way, just click on the banner at the top of this post to go to the master blog roll.

I am using Pop of Paradise. I love this set! It is full of iconic tropical images. I have to be honest. I knew about this blog hop last month, but it really snuck up on me! In my head, I still had another week before this hop was due. SO, this card was thrown together last second! I hope you like it.

I just inked up the pineapple in 2 different inks each time I stamped it, cleaning it off each time.

Then I stamped the monstera leaf in Lemon Lime Twist on that cardstock for the green background piece.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and is white heat embossed on black cardstock and punched out with the Classic Label punch.

I did pop the layers up with some coasters, and stitched around the white panel.

Here are a few other examples of cards I have made with this stamp set, and I have ideas for so many more. I don't have time to get those ideas to paper today though! Click on the first two pictures for links to their original posts. The other 2 did not have posts.

The next stop is Betty Traciak with Window Shopping! She has such a creative mind!

Here is a clickable supply list, happy shopping!

Monday, March 5, 2018

PaperTrey Ink Make It Monday: Color Wheel

Happy Monday! It is my Saturday, and I slept in. It felt awesome!

Then I got up, made some tea, worked on the 150 Pentecost cards that I am making for the church ministry I signed up for impulsively this fall.

Got dressed and started making my breakfast (at 12:30), and the Schwan's man showed up.
Phew, I was wearing a bra and had brushed my hair. Not sure about my teeth.

And, he got stuck in our driveway and had to call a tow truck! Poor guy had to sit with me in my kitchen for an hour or so while we waited for the tow truck.

This could have been a bit awkward. I was his nurse a few weeks ago when he came to the ER. He was there for something totally normal, and was a model patient, however some people get uncomfortable seeing their nurse after they have been so vulnerable.

It took a little bit, with neither of us ever acknowledging that event, but was fine after I brought some wood stove ashes to throw under the tires for traction. Then I fed him lunch. WE are all happier when we are fed!

After this debacle, I checked out the Make It Monday video, and decided to try my hand at it! Thank you Lexi Daily, for the inspiration!

I used the Garden Variety stamp set for years ago, along with the coordinating dies. I used my DIY wreath jig again, even though I didn't really want to repeat myself so soon! But it really seemed to fit this card.

  I used some of the leftover diecuts on the inside. This will make a great general greeting card to someone who loves gardening as much as I do!

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