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Sunday, September 14, 2014

a not-my-style adventure

One of the benefits of trying different challenge blogs is trying styles and combinations I wouldn't think of as my own. I can tell you that the color prompt at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - red OR blue plus black AND white plus gold OR silver intrigued me, and reminded me of the #stampingsunday prompt from Sara Levin to use Back to Black designer series paper.  I like the Back to Black paper, and I like the effect of adding color to it, but it's much more graphic than I usually feel comfortable with.    I can tell you that when I went looking for a sketch, the one Amy designed for Jingle Belles seemed perfect.  I can tell you that I wanted to use my favorite Kinda Eclectic stamp set for a Christmas card and that prompted me to use only items that can be purchased from the annual catalog, even though the Holiday catalog is full of great supplies.  But I can't tell you how this card came out of all of that at my hands, with its multiple narrow layers and boldly graphic non-traditional style:
stamp sets - Sassy Salutations, Kinda Eclectic; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Stampin' Write marker - Real Red; Stampin' Emboss powder - Gold; card stock - Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Red glimmer;  designer series paper - Back to Black; punch - Itty Bitty Accents
I like it, though - and that's why I play along with challenges.

Friday, September 12, 2014

sweet and simple adventures

I like dessert first, since life is uncertain, so let's talk about the sweet card first.  The layout is from the sketch at 'Tis the Season.  There's transportation, for Merry Monday.  I've used designer series paper and the embossing is Decorative Dots for R, E, or D at Holly Jolly Christmas. The colors - I used the colors of the paper - are the same as the ones at Color Throwdown this week.
stamp set - White Chritsmas; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon; card stock - Whisper White, Soft Sky; designer series paper - All is Calm; tools - Big Shot with Decorative Dots embossing folder
I think this stamp set makes the sweetest scenes!  I wanted to use all of the components, but they didn't all fit, so I put a scene on the envelope, too.

I may have mentioned that I need a thinking of you or thank you card for my card buffet tomorrow - the simple card below will work for either (or both).  I started with the idea of using the new Merry Everything and Note Tag punch bundle. The Challenge from Always Playing with Paper, once I turned the sketch upside down, seemed like a perfect way to showcase it.
stamp set - Merry Everything; ink - Real Red; card stock - Crumb Cake, Real Red; designer series paper - Confetti Celebration; tools - Note Tag punch, handheld circle punch, Big Shot with Arrows embossing folder

Thursday, September 11, 2014

adventure of procrastination

My Watercooler friend Terri thinks she's the Queen of Procrastination but I think I could give her a run for her money (where did that old saying come from? note to self - look this up some day), except we haven't gotten around to making a comparison...

I scheduled a Card Buffet (otherwise known as Stamp-a-Stack) for this week, and as of yesterday I had one card prepared, a carryover from last month.  So I spent some time perusing the challenge and inspiration blogs I love and made a pair of cards for a passel of challenges.  I'm not sure all of the challenges are still open, but I'll check that later.

The newest Watercooler Challenge is punch art.  I love punch art for Halloween, since it's a way to keep the hand-crafted aspect I loved the most about Halloween childhood memories. Also, I don't send many Halloween cards, and don't find the stamp sets that are specific get enough use in my world; punch art stretches out the uses I can get from a stamp that's part of a more generic set, like the multi-purpose And Many More.  Besides, we haven't done punch art for card buffet recently, so this will be one of the choices this month:
stamp set - And Many More; ink - Hello Honey, Basic Gray; markers - White Stampin' Chalk, Basic Gray Stampin' Write; card stock - Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Whisper White; punches - Large Oval, Bird Builder, Owl Builder; accessories - White Baker's twine; tools - Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals 

I used the colors from ColourQ - sort of - I substituted both the darker Basic Gray and the lighter Smoky Slate, bracketing the challenge color of Going Gray.  I also used the Freshly Made sketch - that star just said "full moon" to me this month!  I learned to make the cute vampire bat from Diana Gibbs (also found another version Pinned) and think he qualifies as an animal for Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenges.

As another seasonal offering (and therefore qualified at Words 2 Scrap By), I used my markers (Addicted to Stamps + More) to highlight the leaves (Just Us Girls) that are the focal point in this Tuesday Morning Sketch layout done with Stampin' Royalty colors:
stamp sets - Lovely as a Tree, Itty Bitty Banners; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist; Stampin' Write markers - Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip; card stock - Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White; designer series paper - Moonlight; tools - Dotted Ribbon border punch, Big Shot with Deco Labels and Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

I still need two Christmas cards and one thinking of you or thank you card, plus the house needs cleaning - who has time for a full time job?  Guess I better get back to the studio - thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

another catalog CASE adventure

CASE-ing the Catty Challenge 8 is the card-giving section, pages 102-143 - so many great samples, how can it be only one week long?  My first favorite card can be seen on  page 130.  I changed some of the elements to make it easier to do in a card buffet stamp-a-stack setting, but it still has a lot going on:
stamp sets - By the Tide, Gorgeous Grunge; ink - Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Versamark; stampin' emboss powder - Pool Party; card stock - Naturals Vanilla, Pool Party; punch - hexagon; embellishments - Very Vintage designer button, Crumb Cake 1/2" seam binding ribbon, Retro Fresh washi tape 

I know some people enjoy fussy cutting, but most of the ladies who will attend my Card Buffet don't, and either way it's more difficult when you're in company.  You know, sometimes we get to laughing or just are generally distracted, so instead of cutting the seahorse, I embossed it.  Then, I didn't have the new crochet or burlap trims, so I used what I have on hand.  Those changes dictated a somewhat different color scheme.  I did originally make it a Thinking of You card, but I need more birthday greetings, so that meant adding a banner :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

color and *CASE adventures

Have I mentioned that I really love the Kinda Eclectic stamp set?  I've collected so many great samples on my Pinterest boards that I could probably make cards for a month without buying another stamp set.  This one, for example, which I *CASE'd, using colors from ColourQ:
stamp set - Kinda Eclectic; ink - Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Versamark; card stock - Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; tools - Big Shot with Decorative Dots embossing folder; accessories - Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (retired), Tea Lace paper doily
I added embossing to the white panel so I could complete a center-column bingo at The Paper Players, too.

I did mention (earlier today) that I needed Thank You cards to include in orders that will be delivered next week; I also need several birthday and anniversary cards for the month of September.  Continuing my timing for the year of mailing cards on the date of the celebration instead of early enough to be received on the date, this card will be going to my nephew and his wife.  I adapted a graduation card I *CASE'd last year, using the CAS on Sunday challenge of black & white with one color:
(edited to add - this is the card I *should* have linked at CAS on Sunday, I clicked the wrong one)
stamp set - Sassy Salutations; - ink - Basic Black; card stock - Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White; punch - Itty Bitty Accents; tools - Big Shot with Chevron embossing folder: accessories - Calypso Coral Sycamore Street button (retired), Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon  

*CASE = Copy and Share Everything