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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

not summer adventures

I know, I said I'm not ready for fall, and I meant it, too - I ♥love♥love♥love♥ summer!  But, it didn't feel like summer today.  And Just Us Girls posted this inspiration photo:
So, I made more of those adorable little teacups Linda Parker designed:
stamp set - Perpetual Birthday Calendar; ink - Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze; card stock - Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke; Big Shot with Circles Collection framelits and Seasonal Frame thinlits
I went back later and swapped out the chocolates for tea packets - that seemed more appropriate.

Then, going further in my calendar exploration of not summer, I took out a couple more new things from my Holiday Catalog pre-order and tried my hand at the Merry Monday challenge, where I have been sadly remiss in posting:
stamp set - Snow Place; ink - Real Red, Pear Pizzazz (I think my sponge dauber was contaminated, though), Always Artichoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write marker - Real Red; card stock - Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Big Shot with Snow Friends framelits and Boughs & Berries embossing folder; sponge daubers 

Haha - not my best work, but he was fun to put together and he just makes me smile. :-)  I really like all the pieces in the stamp set with all the matching little framelits - it's grown-up paper doll play for me!

Another site where I haven't posted lately as much as I'd like is Pile It On - they just happen to be looking for Animals Dressed Up this week.  And fortunately, it's fun/humorous week at the Glory of Christmas Challenge, where Helen chose my card last week as one the Top Three! - Thank you so much!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

snowflake adventures

At Holly Jolly Christmas the current challenge is Snowflakes and Sparkle.  Since my Holiday Catalog pre-order arrived Friday, I now own a new snowflake stamp and matching punch. :-)  As long as the snowflakes have six or twelve sides, I just can't seem to own enough of them.  There's also a new embossing folder designed to look like snow, and it was time for me to learn to use our Heat & Stick powder with my unopened (Never Before Used Schtuff) Stampin' Glitter:
stamp set - Flurry of Wishes; ink - Versamark, Encore Silver (retired - on envelope); Stampin' Emboss powder - Silver; Stampin' Glitter - Silver; card stock - Whisper White, regular and thick; punch - Snow Flurry; tools - Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit and Softly Falling embossing folder, Heat & Stick powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Whoo - I love it ♥ but with selective embossing around the sentiment, an embossed sentiment, and Heat & Stick powder + Stampin' Glitter, there were too many steps to use it at Card Buffet this week.  It needed to be a little simpler, so I decided the sentiment and snowflakes needed to be simply stamped.  I thought about blue, I thought about purple (setting that Pretty Purple Snowflakes song off inside my head again).  I couldn't decide, so I checked my challenge list.  I saw that The Paper Plunge suggested Basic Gray plus one color - I thought that might work - I still had to choose the plus one, so I went with  Perfect Plum to appease that song in my head:
stamp set - Flurry of Wishes; ink - Perfect Plum, Basic Gray; card stock - Whisper White, regular and thick; punch - Snow Flurry; tools - Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit and Softly Falling embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Well, I just don't love it, so I tried one more time, this time going with Perfect Plum all around:
stamp set - Flurry of Wishes; ink - Perfect Plum; card stock - Whisper White, regular and thick; punch - Snow Flurry; tools - Big Shot with Chalk Talk framelit and Softly Falling embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

I rarely make the same card more than once unless I'm preparing swaps, and here I've got three lovely Clean And Simple cards that don't qualify at any Clean and Simple challenges :(  
This week is Anything Goes at Christmas Card Challenges and Holiday at Addicted to Stamps and More, though, so I'll link up there.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

blue Christmas adventure

Once again the CASE-ing Christmas team has provided an inspirational card I loved, and we all know CASE-ing is my favorite technique!  I waited for my pre-ordered Holiday catalog items to arrive and then got busy:
stamp sets - Holly Jolly Greatings, Flurry of Wishes, Everything Eleanor; ink - Island Indigo, Versamark; Stampin' emboss powder - Clear, Gold; card stock - Island Indigo, Very Vanilla; designer series paper - Home for Christmas; Typeset; punch - Snow Flurry; trims - Venetian Crochet, Gold Sequin

On Steph's original, I loved the script + swirls background, the printed vanilla snowflakes, the lacy layered side strip, the layout; pretty much everything but the color (which I do like, just don't love).  I decided on something a little more outdoor wintry for the color; all of the other substitutes are just what I have on hand.  I wished my snowflakes were a little lacier after I punched them out, so I went back and stamped some of the punched pieces - not the order in which I would recommend proceeding ;)

Friday, August 21, 2015

anticipating autumn adventure

Actually, I'm not anticipating autumn.  It's not that I don't appreciate autumn, but I love summer, and I'm not ready to even think about it ending.  So I wasn't going to play along with the color challenge at Fab Friday when I pulled out the Crooked Stamper Sketch, but the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was just sitting there, and it has those little leaves and the fun Tree Builder punch, and, well, I guess sometimes fall happens:
stamp set - Sprinkles of Life; ink - Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Tip Top Taupe; Stampin' Write markers - Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist; card stock - Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla; punch - Tree Builder; other - Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge

Thursday, August 20, 2015

adventure with 3D

I have once again waited until the last minute to remember to make a project for the Watercooler Challenge.  This fortnight, Susan challenged us to make anything 3D.  That's not really very challenging, with Pinterest to help.  I enjoy 3D projects, but I rely on the creativity and generosity of talented stampers who invent new projects and then share their methods.  (On the other hand, not procrastinating is evidently quite the challenge for me!)  I recently found an awesome tutorial I was looking forward to trying.  I just needed colors or a theme, and I found both at Stamp Ink Paper:

stamp set - An Open Heart; ink - Old Olive; Stampin' Write marker - Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Very Vanilla; tools - Envelope Punch Board; Big Shot with Circles collection framelits

This is a sturdy little cup, they go together quickly, and you can get two from one sheet of card stock.  Linda embossed hers, I wish I had tried that but I was hurrying - maybe next time!