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Monday, November 30, 2015

adventure of too many projects

I had this fun idea - well, it wasn't totally my idea, but a combination of several different ideas I got from all over the internet - and it fit right in with the Nacho Average Challenge sketch, with an outdoor scene for The Christmas Challenge, plus it used up a card kit leftover from Card Buffet and a couple scraps, so it fits in with Holiday Leftovers at Jingle Belles as well:
stamp sets - White Christmas, Antique Tags, Hardwood; ink - Whisper White Craft, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky; card stock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand; blender pen; punch - Bracket Label; Big Shot with Hearth & Home thinlits; dazzling details - silver; Stampin' sponge

A friend was going to borrow the White Christmas stamp set, so I decided I should use some of the leftover layering pieces from another Card Buffet kit to CASE some other sweet White Christmas cards before I got too involved with other projects.  This one is from Buffy Cooper - I changed only the sentiment:
stamp sets - White Christmas, Christmas Bliss; ink - Basic Gray, Real Red, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand; Stampin' Write marker - Real Red; blender pen; Big Shot with Softly Falling embossing folder

This one is from Valerie Moody and again I really only changed the sentiment.  My layer is a different size, because, you know, I had leftover layering pieces:
stamp sets - White Christmas, Jingle All the Way; ink - Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Delightful Dijon, Real Red; Stampin' Write marker - Delightful Dijon; blender pen

Just as I finished the last one, Tom requested my help with something.  Then we ate lunch, and Nisha stopped by to pick up the stamp set.  After lunch, we carried the Christmas tree and ornaments up from the basement and I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening decorating the tree and doing laundry.  I forgot that the Nacho Average Challenge closes on Sundays, so no one there is going to see my fun take on their sketch.  But I can console myself by linking up for Anything Goes at Christmas Chard Challenges.

Friday, November 27, 2015

planning an adventure

I don't usually plan much, certainly not many of the cards I make.  If you know what's going to happen, it seems like less of an adventure, know what I mean?  The only plan I had this evening was to use more of my favorite Home for Christmas designer series paper.  Tuesday Morning Sketch #328 had spaces for at least two of the designs.  While laying them out and deciding on a base color, I thought I should mat the pieces. I remembered the challenge at Use Your Stuff this week is lots of layers, so I started planning - if I use a die cut for the sentiment, it will have no stamping and I can link it at Shopping Our Stash.  If I mat a background between the papers and the base, I can cut extra layers of the sentiment out of the largest matting piece:
card stock - Mossy Meadow; Very Vanilla, Real Red; designer series paper - Home for Christmas; Big Shot with Large Polka Dot embossing folder and Christmas Greetings thinlits
There is something to be said for planning a card, at least a little bit - I didn't have to take apart and reassemble anything, and I didn't use more paper than necessary to add dimension to the sentiment!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Home for Christmas adventures

Thanksgiving dinner was lovely (thanks, Sandy!) and after the traditional football game (which the Lions non-traditionally won!) I headed into my crafting space and counted up Christmas cards and recipients.  I seem to be about 20 short, so it was time to really cut into that Home For Christmas designer series paper pack and stop hoarding it for myself.  This one started with the Sweet Sunday Sketch; while I was cutting the poinsettia and considering the other elements I realized that I was playing with the Just Us Girls color challenge as well, but since that challenge closes in less than half an hour, I kind of had to hurry:
stamp set - Festive Fireside; ink - Real Red, Mossy Meadow; card stock - Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Gold Glimmer; designer series paper - Home for Christmas; punch - 7/8" scallop circle; Big Shot with Circles Collection framelits; 3/8" Gold Glitter ribbon

The card I made first didn't use any current challenge components but it was quick, and will work for anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges:
stamp set - Cozy Christmas; ink - Real Red; card stock - Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Real Red; designer series paper - Home for Christmas; Big Shot with Deco Labels framelits

I really really like this designer series paper - in order to give myself a nudge to cut it & share it, I bought a second package that I may just keep and admire :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

anniversary adventures

I forgot to make and mail a card to our son & daughter-in-law for their anniversary tomorrow.  I did mail them a Thanksgiving card, though, so let's just say that anniversaries need to be celebrated for at least a week, now that birthdays are at least a month.  (right?  they are, aren't they?)  So, it was nice that Buffy suggested "anything goes...with weddings" at Watercooler Wednesday.  I was totally inspired by (and copied, really, with several changes) Steffi's winning card at SU-per Challenges.
stamp sets - Petite Petals, Memorable Moments (retired); Stampin' Around wheel - Music Notes (retired); ink - So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana (retired); card stock - Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana (retired); punch - Petite Petals; Big Shot with Hearts framelits (retired - I didn't remember that!)

This was my second attempt.  I made two serious mistakes on the first attempt.  I forgot to mask the sentiment before stamping the heart shape.  I recovered from that mistake (a/k/a embellishment opportunity) by adding a punched label.  The other mistake is irrecoverable - can you spot it?
stamp sets - Watercolor Wings, Memorable Moments (retired), Four Frames (retired); Stampin' Around wheel - Music Notes (retired); ink - Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe (retired), Coastal Cabana (retired); card stock - Whisper White, Coastal Cabana (retired); punch - Decorative Label; Big Shot with Bold Butterflies and Hearts framelits (retired)
Don't worry, my husband couldn't spot it, and he knows something you probably don't - Sona hates butterflies!  I can mail this card to someone else, though, so it will go into my file box, which previously had an empty section for anniversaries.

Monday, November 23, 2015

a nerve-wracking adventure

I had to drive to Lansing and back one day last week for a conference.  It was before it snowed, so it wasn't at all nerve-wracking, but since then I've seen some really nerve-wracking highway crash videos that do involve snow!  On the way home I saw a scene that made me think of this Lovely as a Tree stamp, and I was inspired to try to recreate it.  It really had to be done as one layer, so I'll try linking up at One Layer Simplicity, although it may not qualify there as it's not simple:
stamp sets - Six Sayings, Lovely as a Tree; ink - Soft Sky, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Island Indigo; card stock - Whisper White; punch - 1/1/4" circle (for masks); Stampin' Sponge, sponge dauber, painter's tape

The scene turned out pretty well, I thought, pretty much as I remembered it.  Then came the nerve-wracking part - adding the sentiment.  I really didn't want the sentiment on a banner or another layer of any type, but which color would be best?  After I held swatches of all my blues against the sponged background and made a decision, what if I stamped it badly?  Aagh - I almost gave up and left it off entirely - too nerve-wracking!  Without indicating gratitude, it wouldn't qualify at One Layer Simplicity, or Paper Craft Crew  for their "give thanks" theme, or Shopping Our Stash for their "thanks" theme.  I was hoping to play along at all three sites, and I'll need a thank you card for a Stampin' Up!® order that's scheduled to arrive tomorrow, so I braved up and went for it - yay me!  I think I'm kinda in love with the Six Sayings stamp set, especially this Thankful sentiment.