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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tuesday Morning sketch adventure on a Sunday Evening

I sat down this evening (almost the first time today) to tell you about a completely different adventure, but it will have to wait for tomorrow, as Tuesday Morning Sketches closes in minutes and I made this joy-fold card using sketch #310, earlier this week:

stamp sets - Amazing Birthday, The Wilderness Awaits; ink - Early Espresso, (stamping) Soft Suede (sponging); card stock - Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Arrows textured impressions embossing folder
Well, it's that sketch, turned sideways, I meant.  Not long ago I tried to use this stamp set, specifically that little matted duck piece, for a card that ended up going in a different direction.  This color combination sets it off better, I think.  And I love the inside, too:

stamp sets - Happy Birthday Everyone; ink - Early Espresso, (stamping) Soft Suede (sponging); card stock - Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Arrows textured impressions embossing folder

The Wilderness Awaits is one of my favorite new stamp sets, so I'd like to link up at SU-Only Challenges, as well as Seize the Birthday, where anything goes this fortnight.  It's been too long since I've played along at both of those fun sites!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

another adventure in many colors

Since I tried five colors for a challenge yesterday, today I worked up to six for House of Cards!  One of the colors is white (or something like it - I can't really tell), so maybe that doesn't really count, but I'm claiming it anyway.  I thought the main element in the Fab Friday sketch looked like a frame, so I added in Laurie's CAS challenge from The Paper Players:
 stamp sets - And Many More, By the Tide; ink - Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Naturals White (retired), So Saffron; punch - 3/4" circle; Big Shot with Deco Labels framelits

I think it qualifies at a few other challenges this week with its beach theme, but The Paper Players prefer 3 challenges or less per entry, so I'm trying to behave myself ;)  See below for links to these challenges, and join in, won't you?

Monday, July 20, 2015

adventure of coincidence in many colors

Buffy's color challenge at Watercooler Challenges is a lot more color than I'm usually comfortable with.  Doing something a little uncomfortable is what a challenge is all about, isn't it?  I tried to make it a little easier by using the Pals Paper Arts sketch, a soft neutral, and a coordinated floral theme:
stamp sets - Amazing Birthday, A Whole Lot of Lovely (hostess); ink - Pool Party, Rose Red, Versamark; card stock - Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Banners framelits, Circles Collection framelits, and Spring Flowers embossing folder (retired)

When this challenge was posted, I had just finished preparing an order to replenish my card stock supplies.  I needed every color Buffy chose (plus a few more).  When a timing coincidence like that occurs, I usually take it as a sign.  In this case, I took it as a sign that I was supposed to play along.  You could also play along - if you need a sign, just use this post!

I think the colors and the floral theme have a summer feel, so I'd like to also play along at SU-per Challenges, as well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

summer leaves adventure

I needed one more enclosure card for an order I was packaging yesterday, so I sped through some challenge blogs (I was about two weeks behind) and found two I thought would work together. CAS Colours & Sketches #132 sketch and Cut It Up challenge #75 - word:
stamp sets - Tin of Cards, Vintage Leaves; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green; card stock - Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi; Big Shot with Leaflets framelits
Isn't this leaf wonderful?  The Vintage Leaves stamp set is new, and has matching framelits.  Sometimes I get "stuck" thinking that leaves are an autumn "theme", but the many, varied shades of green are one of my favorite things about summer.  I was trying to capture that with this card.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

adventures of perseverance

I need a masculine birthday card this week, and I was excited to use one of my newest stamp sets with the sketch at IN{K}SPIRE_me.  I spent over an hour trying to make it work, but it just wasn't coming together.  First the colors weren't right and when I needed a background image for the top part of the card, the whole stamp set changed:
stamp set - The Open Sea; ink - Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; card stock - Hello Honey, Very Vanilla, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; designer series paper - Typeset; tools/accessories - Bitty Banner punch, Big Shot with Circles Collection framelits, Stampin' Sponge

Now that it's done, I love that the banners echo the ones in the ship's rigging, and that they begin with B so that I can link up at Cardz 4 Guyz, too!

After that struggle, I thought I needed something that involved fewer decisions.  I checked my challenge calendar and realized that CASE-ing Christmas closes tomorrow, and Donna's card is so beautiful it would be a shame if I didn't participate.  This was almost easy since Donna did all the design work - layout, colors and a theme.  The snag for me came when I started sponging - I thought I had spoiled it and would have to ink and emboss a second front panel - aack!  I stuck with it, though, and I'm glad I did:
stamp sets (all retired, sorry) - Four the Holidays, Endless Wishes, Warmth & Wonder (hostess), Berry Christmas; ink - Versamark, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky; stampin' emboss powder - Iridescent Ice; card stock - Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder; tools/accessories - Stampin' Sponge, heat tool, embossing buddy. Stampin' Dimensionals