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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

repurposing adventure

I made some cards last night - I did! - and when I uploaded the photos this evening I noticed they were the first photos I'd taken in a month.  Then I logged in here and saw that it's been a month since I posted anything!  hunh - time flies, doesn't it?  I was taking an online class, we made some progress on the house (finally!, since the fire), and there were tax forms to submit, and finally I *needed* some crafting time!  Because Earth Day is in April, Jingle Belles have a tradition of looking for reused, repurposed, or recycled items - pretty much my ♥most favorite♥ prompt, so  I went looking through my seriously diminished supply of "this can't go in the recycle bin yet, it might be useful" bits.  I still have the packaging from a new garden flag I bought, and it looked like it could be repurposed into a Christmas image with the right sketch.  Well, lucky for me, the right sketch was just posted at Unscripted Sketches, (although I did turn it upside down) and when the sentiment needed something to set it off, I was inspired by Pile It On to put some tulle to use, so this is what happened:

stamp set - Delightful Dozen; Stampin' Around wheel - Music Notes; ink - Versamark, Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Cherry Cobbler; Big Shot with Ovals framelits, Stampin' dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler tulle (retired)
I also found a book store flyer - I have no idea why I kept it - but it contained this happy illustration which needed to be repurposed as well:
 stamp set - Seasonal Sayings; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - white; card stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke

Sunday, March 16, 2014

adventure with vintage

While browsing Pinterest for ideas for all those cards I intended to make this weekend, I was captivated by the vintage style.  I don't do vintage well, but I like to try different things and learn new things when I can.  The challenge ending this morning at House of Cards calls for shabby/vintage with a button.  That's pretty much a "gimme", isn't it?  It seems like vintage almost always includes at least one button - but that may just be me.  The Farm Fresh inspiration at Curtain Call reminded me of many of the vintage elements, so this is my last card from yesterday:
stamp set - Banner Greetings; ink - Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake; card stock - Naturals White; Boutique Details button - Baked Brown Sugar; Tea Lace paper doily, 3/8" Naturals Trim, 3/8" satin stitched ribbon - Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit; Big Shot with Alphabet Press embossing folder, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals
I tried to incorporate the sign, the ribbon from the flowers, and some of the colors - especially the awesome honey!  yummm...
OK, now I really need to get to that homework, since *all* of it is due today, and one is a written paper!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

a piled-on Easter & spring adventure

I made another card - I had to, after I saw the colors at Pals Paper Arts  and Fell. In. Love. I'm not sure whether it's just the colors, or Beth Beard's beautiful card, but I had to, I tell you.  Plus, you know, there's that whole "make lots of cards" item on my to-do list today, and two is closer to "lots" than one is.
 stamp sets - Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor; ink - Rose Red, Versamark; card stock - Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron; Big Shot with Framed Tulips embossing folder and Beautiful Wings embosslit die

These colors *needed* to be an Easter card, which fits the prompt at Pile It On that ends tonight, so I went looking for a few other challenges I thought I could fit in:
          Cut It Up - die cut (Beautiful Wings) plus green for spring
          Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
          Aloha Friday at kitty bee designs - things with wings
          Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - emboss it
          Craftitude - add a little green
How fun!  Now, I'm feeling the need to try something a little different (and it's not homework) - there may be one or two more cards checked off that to-do list soon.

a to-do list adventure

Tom is at a retreat this weekend.  Today I thought I would sleep in, finish the homework for both of the studies I'm working on, make lots of cards, clean the house, pay the bills, walk the dogs and eat healthy.  That to-do list *might* be a little too long.  And there was leftover spaghetti, so eating healthy didn't really work out.  I reorganized my crafting supplies a little to condense them and opened up a couple square feet of space for Tom to use - that's as close as I'll get to cleaning, but I did walk the dogs before each of their two meals, and I made this card:
stamp sets - Express Yourself (hostess), Hardwood, Best of Flowers; ink - Basic Gray, More Mustard (retired); card stock - Smokey Slate, Basic Black, More Mustard (retired), Vellum; punches - Modern Label, Word Window, Bird Builder; Big Shot with Woodgrain embossing folder, Hearts framelits, and Little Leaves sizzlit; Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponge 
Last night I was browsing Pinterest (thinking about all the cards I'd be making today); I saw a card by Frances Kukulis with a heart and the picket fence treatment I CASE'd here.  She's a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and her original is in the Stampin' Connection Showcase, which is only available to other demonstrators, so I didn't repin her card.  I used the Cardabilities sketch and Dynamic Duo colors.  I included the Black Tie option of dry embossing, but it didn't photograph very well, since it's also stamped.  It's fun to touch, though!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

a March Wacky Watercooler blog hop adventure
 We're so glad you've stopped in for the spring smorgasbord Wacky Watercooler March blog hop.  Welcome, whether you've hopped here from The Crafy Medic or just dropped in; as always you can click completely around with Next or Back buttons, and you'll find a full list of fifteen fabulous participants at the Home stop. 

I'm still working on RAK (random act of kindness) ATCs (artist trading cards); I started with a couple of feminine ones and switched to masculine and non-gendered ones.  Just when I thought I should make a couple more "girlie" ones, SUO Challenges asked for pinks and purples.  And, since I had so much fun with the caught in crystal technique, I used it again:
stamp sets - Really Good Greetings, Everything Eleanor; ink - Black Stazon, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush; card stock - Whisper White; Window Sheet, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, miscellaneous white tissue paper
This time I used less re-inker and more Dazzling Diamonds - I think it's just right for "girlie", but it could have used more flowers.

While I had the flower stamps out, I thought I'd have a try at one-layer spring flowers for Less is More:
stamp sets - Express Yourself (hostess), Everything Eleanor; ink - Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate; Stampin' Write marker - Smoky Slate; card stock - Naturals White;  masks: Word Window punch and Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelit

I used Ann Marie's color challenge from The Paper Players and the newest Clean & Simple sketch.    

One reason I bought the Hardwood background stamp from the Spring Occasions catalog is that it's great for masculine cards, but  recently I've seen it used for many flower cards, and the color challenge from Sunday Stamps seemed like the perfect prompt to try one of my own:
stamp sets - Hardwood, Best of Birthdays, Petite Petals; ink - Wisteria Wonder, Baked Brown Sugar; Stampin' Write marker - Wisteria Wonder; card stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; punches - Petite Petals, large oval, scallop oval; Big Shot with Little Leaves sizzlet; Stampin' Dimensionals, stampin' sponge

I didn't realize until I sat down to type this up that I seem to have a flower theme here, and it's a little odd because I don't really do a lot of flower cards.  I hope you liked them, though, and I know you'll like everything you see at the next stop on the hop, because Buffy always has fabulous projects!