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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

adventure with lace and butterflies

Two posts in one evening - I know! - sometimes things happen like that around here.  Just as I walked away from the computer, I remembered that I needed to send out a gift certificate.  I decided to decorate it with stamps from Everything Eleanor, and then it needed a coordinating card in which to be mailed.  I combined The Friday Mashup! prompt "create a project using butterflies and lace" with the Paper Players sketch:
stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Another Thanks, Papillon Potpuorri; ink - Versamark, Wisteria Wonder (Pear Pizzazz on envelope); card stock - Naturals Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist; punch - Bitty Butterfly; Venetian Crochet 5/8" lace trim (retired)
I'm really pleased with this card, since it nearly put itself together and it's one of my rare "original" ideas.  I wish I'd positioned the lace/flower/butterfly line a little higher, though.

"Just us Girls Watercooler" challenge

Stefanie has designed a wonderful sketch for the watercooler.  I needed a Father's Day or Graduation card for this month's card buffet, so I combined her sketch with the colors from the inspiration photo at Just Us Girls (for some reason my fingers type gurls every time - argh!):

stamp set: Something to Say, World Map; ink - Calypso Coral, Pool Party; card stock - Naturals Vanilla, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Whisper White; seam binding ribbon - Soft Sky

I had a bit of a brain malfunction, using Soft Sky ribbon and Pool Party card stock and ink, but before I realized that, I did it again:

stamp set: Delightful Dozen (retired), World Map; ink - Calypso Coral, Pool Party; card stock - Naturals Vanilla, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Whisper White; seam binding ribbon - Soft Sky

I wish I'd thought to photograph the insides - the congratulations card says "now go change the world" and the father's day card says "I think the world of you"  (I just think I'm so clever)  ;)

When I thought up the post title, a watercooler just for girls sounded like it might be fun, but then I gave it a bit more thought.  In real life, it would just be dumb, except for something like the occasional "girls night out".  Even  for those, it's fun to let the guys tag along now and then.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

a washi inspiration adventure

I almost forgot to play along with Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge - CSSC #4 - how could I?  I rotated the sketch, I think, or maybe I reshaped it, but I think I got the gist of it:
card stock - So Saffron, Whisper White, Crumb Cake; washi tape - Retro Fresh, Watercolor Wonder (retired), Season of Style (retired), Retro Fresh Big Shot with Hello You thinlits®

I was inspired by Kimberly J.'s card to make the washi tape background.  I resisted washi tape for a while, but then I got some free.  Then there was some on clearance.  Now I can't seem to stop buying it, even though I hardly ever use it. It's all stacked up on my craft table to remind me that I need to use it. The leftover Whisper White thanks sentiment was also sitting on my craft table waiting to be glued under one that needed a bit more dimension.  That's a trick I'm pretty sure I learned from Leslie, but I think she must be much more coordinated than I am, since mine has some white showing...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Friday Mashup inspiration adventure

A super-quick post tonight, as I should have been in bed an hour ago - I was inspired by this card and The Friday Mashup!:
stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Simply Wonderful (Sale-A-Bration, retired); ink - Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy; card stock - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monday challenges adventure

Some of my card buffet stampers requested wedding cards this spring - I designed a formal one earlier and was trying for something more contemporary so they would have a choice.  I used Crisp Cantaloupe because it's one of my favorite colors from the 2014-2015 In Colors that retire at the end of this month - it's also the monochromatic challenge color at Colour Me!  I wanted to focus on the {heart} shape for the CASology challenge and I think the sketch from Try Stampin' - or Not -on Tuesday worked well:
stamp set - Yippee-Skippee; ink - Crisp Cantaloupe; card stock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White; punch - Itty Bitty Accents; Big Shot with Hearts framelits and Happy Heart embossing folder; Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

All three of these challenges close tomorrow; if you want to join in, you'll need to hurry.  If you just want some wonderful inspiration you can check out all the amazing entries any time!