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Sunday, January 24, 2016

adventures in vertical

I have a great photo umbrella tree from Umbra that I fill half with vertical (portrait) orientation cards and half with horizontal (landscape) orientation cards for display.  This month the landscape half is full but there are several gaps in the portrait half.  I love Mojo Monday sketch 431, but I had to rotate it so I could display the card I made:
stamp set - Party Wishes; ink - Crushed Curry; card stock - Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey; designer series paper - It's My Party; punches - Party Punch Pack, Scalloped Circle; Big Shot with Confetti embossing folder and Circles framelits; Baker's Twine - white

The sketch from Creating Pretty Cards is already oriented the way I needed it, I just needed a theme and colors.  I decided on Clean and Simple with a Star for Watercooler Wednesday and blue for Cardz 4 Guyz:
stamp sets - Party Wishes, Hardwood; ink - Smoky Slate, Night of Navy; card stock - Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy; punch - Itty Bitty Accents Pack; Big Shot with Stars Collection framelits; Crystal Effects

I had a little trouble with my own mind-set when making this card, but I overcame my prejudice that clean and simple is soft colors and that shiny isn't masculine. Who knew card making would be mind-opening?  I just now noticed that I really had a strong subconscious grip on the Watercooler Wednesday theme logo -

'Tis the Season for Merry Monday adventures

OK, I may have been stretching a bit for that title, but don't you think the Merry Monday warm beverage prompt and the sketch from 'Tis the Season play well together?

stamp sets - Holly Jolly Greetings, Thanks a Latte (Paper Pumpkin Sept 2015); ink - Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive; designer series paper - Merry Moments; punch - Word Window

I've been working harder at remembering to put those fabulous Paper Pumpkin stamps to use.  I'm jumping way forward in the calendar, but perhaps this will qualify for part of A Full Year of Fun at My Pumpkin Challeges, as well.

Monday, January 18, 2016

a very vintage adventure

For my Card Buffet at the end of this month, I had five designs picked out, one bright Valentine card and two masculine designs which could be Valentine or birthday cards.  I didn't have anything feminine in the lineup at all - the other two are gender-neutral thinking of you cards.  I really thought something frilly that could be a Valentine or a birthday card was called for, but it took me some time to find the right inspiration - Lesley posted it at the Challenge today, so I paired it with Match the Sketch #107:
stamp sets - A Dozen Thoughts, Rose Wonder, Timeless Textures; ink - Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe; card stock - Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Deco Labels framelits; 1" dotted lace trim - Tip Top Taupe; Very Vintage buttons

again with the pink adventure

I still don't like pink, but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do:
stamp set - Rose Wonder; ink - Rose Red, Garden Green; card stock - Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Rose Red; designer series paper - Perfectly Artistic (Sale-A-Bration); Big Shot with Rose Garden thinlits

The colors are from The Colour Tree Challenge #2 - I've used Bronwyn's inspiration before but it wasn't a challenge then, and you know how much I love a challenge, even if it does include pink. Oh, and I've always loved roses, even pink ones.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

plaid adventure

In 2014, I didn't have enough Christmas cards to mail to everyone.  It was a bit of a rough year, and I knew my friends would be understanding, so I just didn't mail cards to everyone we love.  Last year I did a better job of keeping up and had nearly enough at the beginning of December, just had to do a couple of binge-crafting sessions.  This year I would like to really keep up, because I love keeping Christmas in my heart all year.  One thing that will help me would be making at least one card every week, and there are wonderful challenges that encourage exactly that.  I'm sure you know by now that Jingle Belles is one of my favorites; another is Merry Monday.  I've combined both prompts this week - Jingle Belles' Oh Christmas Tree and Merry Monday #187 Plaid - with Freshly Made Sketch #219:
stamp set - Christmas Bliss; ink - Mossy Meadow, Old Olive; card stock - Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive Gold Glimmer; designer series paper - Merry Moments; punch - Itty Bitty Accents
I made the effort to use current products, too - the stamp set is a photopolymer set not shown in the catalogs but available while supplies last; everything else can be found in the annual catalog.  So far, I have three completed cards; that's a great start for me, since January is my busiest time at work and least productive at home.  If I can keep up at home in January, I should be able to keep up all year, other than travel weeks.