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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

some new challenge adventures

I've found some new challenges recently that appeal to my sense of adventure - I hope you enjoy them, and maybe even join in? 

Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda had a booth at the Scrapbook Expo I attended last year, and I bought some stamps I think will be great for art journaling.  They have very unique rubber stamp designs, and I've recently discovered they also have a challenge blog - yay!  This card from Fiona Bradley was so perfect for the orange and yellow prompt, I just used the same Stampin' Up! design she used:
stamp set - Flourishing Phrases; ink - Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight; Stampin' Write marker - Pumpkin Pie; card stock - Whisper White

Crazy Rebecca at Dances With Pit Bulls is doing her second year of #DWPB100ThingsChallenge.  The rules are pretty simple - make 100 things with the craft supplies you already own before you buy any more!  I needed a little book in which to record my 100 things, so my thing number one is these paper-napkin-covered journals made of flattened toilet paper roll tubes:

Thing number two is a sign for Rebecca to use in her YouTube videos. I don't want to post it before she sees it; if I remember I'll show you later, although it's not really all that special - just some clip art I copied and pasted, with a fun font, on metallic card stock.

Thing number three is a junk journal page for a swap - another new thing I've gotten involved with this year:
The base page is long-retired Flirtatious specialty designer series paper; the tags and pocket are bits and bobs from my stash.  It's not complete in this photo - I added a mini envelope to the front that I made from a scrap of deli paper.  I could have used vellum, but the deli paper was on its way to the bin, and seemed like a better choice for a junk journal.  I'm looking for something that says Mother's Day to put in the envelope, to tie into the monthly swap theme.  I hope to also add a decorated paper clip when I work on that challenge later this month.

And then thing number four is a postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge I've just started following.  This week they're looking for crowns & wings - I added a bit of fun & fantasy:
stamp sets - Lucky Elephant (retired), Favorite Thoughts (retired), Extreme Elements (retired), Timeless Textures, Touches of Texture; ink - Pineapple Punch, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Strawberry Slush (retired), Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Hello Honey (retired); card stock - Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder; punch - Pretty Label; Big Shot with Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (retired) and White Tea Lace paper doilies (retired)

This is the first postcard I've ever made from scratch.  In retrospect I think I probably should have coated it, and possibly also added a second layer of card stock.  I mailed it in an envelope, though, so it will arrive safely in spite of my oversights.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

freshly made color throwdown adventure

Crafting time, and actually just-me personal time has been extremely scarce for a couple of weeks.  I was able to finish some swap projects just before the end of April.  Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph any of them (aauugh) but I did photograph the card I made this afternoon.  I combined Freshly Made Sketch 335 and Color Throwdown 491 to adapt a design I liked that I saw at my friend Tammy's blog:

stamp set - Colorful Seasons; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake; card stock - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz; Big Shot with Layering Ovals framelits and Layered Leaves dynamic embossing folder

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

adventures in trying too hard

I've been trying to get more pretty paper out of my storage drawer and used up, including on Card Buffet designs.  In order to have enough for Card Buffet, I need to use smaller pieces, so I thought the sketch from Sunday Stamps would work.  I also wanted to use another retiring stamp set, you know, in case it's going to be someone's favorite before its unavailable.  I'm not sure I didn't try a bit too hard on this, though:
stamp set - Awesomely Artistic; ink - Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig; Stampin' Write marker - Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Whisper White, Soft Sky; designer series paper - Naturally Eclectic; blender pen

I wish there were something more than just the colors that tied the paper to the stamped images; it just seems a bit forced... 

This next card finally came together after I stopped trying too hard.  Inspiration photos usually have that effect on me, I overthink them.  I put the embossing paste bricks on the card base last week, for a completely different card that didn't happen (because after I started it seemed overly difficult), and suddenly this morning it occurred to me that it would work for Jingle Belles Orange You Glad It's Christmas:
stamp set - Ready For Christmas; ink - Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach; card stock - Whisper White thick, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer: White Embossing Paste and Pattern Party decorative mask; Big Shot and Christmas Staircase thinlits

Monday, April 16, 2018

retiring butterfly adventures

I've been meaning to play along at the Butterfly Challenge ever since I found it, because I love butterflies and have several dies and stamps.  None of them are new, though, and new stamping tools seem to get used more often than old favorites, sometimes.  Since all of the tools (and colors! other than Soft Suede) I've used below are retiring, and will be unavailable after next month to become your favorites, I decided it was past time to show them off a bit:
stamp set - Butterfly Basics; ink - Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Soft Suede; card stock - Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette; Big Shot with Butterflies framelits

The butterfly wheel landed on the letter d this spin, so I've used a die and dirt brown.  I also used the sketch from Match the Sketch.

I saw this lunch bag for sale last week, and was inspired to use other retiring stamps, ink, paper and dies to make a one-layer card:

stamp set - Watercolor Wings; ink - Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant; card stock - Pink Pirouette; Big Shot with Butterflies and Bold Butterfly thinlits

Thursday, April 5, 2018

adventures in procrastination

Last week, I was ahead of "schedule" for #365somethings2018 (the only real schedule is to complete 365 by December 31), and then I lost all motivation and didn't make any cards for ten days!  It may be related to the upcoming OnStage Local event this weekend; I'm excited about seeing the new catalog, and play with new stamps and ink colors!  I've also been procrasti-thinking about reorganizing and cataloging my stamp sets.  The ones in the second row of the cabinet are too easy to forget. I think it would help to have a notebook, but I'm not sure if I'd just be wasting time putting it together.  And, there's no sense cataloging the stamps that are going to retire if I decide it's time for them to find new homes.

But speaking of things that are going to retire, I still have some paper from the share I won at Buckeye Inklings (thanks, again, Chris!) so I felt I should put some of it to work, and share it with you, while it's still available for purchase:

stamp set - Guy Greetings; ink - Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake; Stampin' Write marker - Tranquil Tide; card stock - Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake; designer series paper - True Gentleman; Big Shot with Bunch of Banners framelits

Since I was using designer series paper and the colors it contains, I just needed layouts, and Sketch Saturday offered nearly 300 choices this week!  I settled on these two, although you can tell I made some adjustments - there's almost too much inspiration in those archives :)