Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Monday, January 15, 2018

adventure with a sketch for any occasion

Frequently I have trouble falling asleep while visions of stamping challenges dance in my head. Recently, the swirling thoughts brought together CAS(E) this Sketch! #254 and my newest stamp set, which I think will be perfect for wedding/anniversary cards as well as Valentine's Day and the Watercooler Wednesday Occasions challenge:
stamp sets - Heart Happiness, Sunshine Sayings; ink - Rose Red; card stock - Rose Red, Whisper White regular and thick; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes and Sweet & Sassy framelits

My next thought was the We Three Kings challenge at Jingle Belles, and the colour challenge from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, which also work well with the same sketch:
stamp sets - Santa's Sleigh, Colorful Seasons (on envelope); ink - Real Red; card stock - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Real Red; designer series paper - Wood Textures; Big Shot with Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder, Seasonal Layers and Swirly Scribbles thinlits

Sunday, January 14, 2018

adventure of feathers

Twofer Card Challenge #1 posted - hooray! - and the prompt is "feathers" on two different cards for two different occasions:

I made a masculine birthday card using the sketch from TGIF Challenges:
stamp set - Feather Together; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - white, copper; Brusho colour crystals - Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow; card stock - Watercolor, Vellum, Vary Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim; punch - Best Badge

And, a multi-color striped Thank You inspired by the deliciousness pictured at Give a Crafter a Cookie:
stamp set - Feather Together; ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight; Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant; Stampin' Write marker - Daffodil Delight; card stock - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie; punch - Best Badge

Do you think I get extra credit for using the same punch, as well as the same stamp set?  OK, me neither, but it was still out on the table.  It probably would have been easier to just snip the ends (and possibly also more symmetrical).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

new year resolutions adventure

I don't make resolutions for a new year; if there's something I want to change or begin, I don't wait.  For things that can be counted though, January 1 is as a logical starting point.  I set myself two goals this year - read more books and create more.  Cut It  Up Challenges  requested cards that indicate our resolutions or goals:
stamp set - Crafting Forever; ink - Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark; Stampin' Blends; Stampin' Emboss powder - white; card stock - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist; Big shot with Layered Ovals and Banners (retired) framelits

(edited to add): I almost forgot to tell you, I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Two of my Stampin' Up! team members came over for a Stampin' Blends play date and I've had the paint brush pot sitting on my table since then.  I have a couple of birds that are looking for places to roost, too...

I won't know whether I've actually read more books and made more things if I don't know how many I did last year, so, I counted the cards I made last year (259) and joined the #365somethings2018 challenge.  To date, I've made 14 of my #365cards2018.  Here's this week's set:

I'm only one ahead, at 14 on the 13th, but I need a few more for Card Buffet Wednesday evening; at least two designs for the options to make and two more for the samples display, so I'll get back to work now - thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

new sketch adventures

I was looking for a stamp to make a non-specific background, but I saw this stamp and went in another direction entirely, when the stamp said (I swear it was aloud) "Perfect for the new Atlantic Hearts sketch!"
stamp sets - Timeless Textures,  Dare to Dream (hostess); ink - Pumpkin Pie; card stock - So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie; Big Shot with Sunshine Wishes thinlits

I've been trying to remember to make a baby card for Card Buffet, and I had this set on the counter while I thought about it.  After I saw the new Freshly Made sketch yesterday, it came together effortlessly:
stamp set - Bookshelf Builder; ink - Peekaboo Peach, Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron; card stock - So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach

It's too bad I don't know anyone having a baby - I love this card, and it was a lot of fun to make!

Monday, January 8, 2018

adventure with more stuff Santa brought

Embossing paste is another new/not new product (new in the Stampin' Up! catalogs but not new in the crafting world) that I've recently added to my craft stash.  As suggested at Use Your Stuff, I used it today, along with the color challenge from Sunday Stamps:
stamp set - Lift Me Up; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy; card stock - Soft Sky, Whisper White; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes framelits; Pattern Party decorative masks with Embossing Paste

And then, because I'm pretty partial to Jingle Belles, I had to use it for another Christmas card, too:

stamp set - Star of Light; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Night of Navy; Pattern Party decorative masks with Silver Embossing Paste

The silver paste is thinner than the white and smudged under the mask a bit.  I wonder if I was supposed to stir it first?  Evidently I didn't watch enough videos on this product ;)