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Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAS valentine adventure

Although I don't usually send many valentine cards, I wanted to make one for a male friend who's had kind of a tough year.  It needed to be clean and simple, and I expected it to qualify at The Pink Elephant and The Card Concept (because I love my friends) as well as CASology (friend theme) and Addicted to Stamps and More! (holiday theme).  I was inspired by the photo at Just Us Girls, especially the colors (except for the pink bits) and I intended to have a single red heart with a small sentiment as the focal point.  I also planned to use it as the shoebox swap card at my upline's team meeting, so everything needed to be currently available from Stampin' Up!®.  Imagine my surprise (and shock!) when I realized that I still don't own the Sweetheart punch!  I will correct that with my next order, but meanwhile I replaced the planned heart with a bow:
stamp set - none! (oh, Teeny Tiny Wishes on the inside); card stock - Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White; punch - Bow Builder; Big Shot with Happy Heart embossing folder
It may not still qualify at all of the challenges, since the purpose isn't obvious with the sentiment on the inside, but it qualifies at Pile It On, as it does still have hearts.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

unhappy adventures

Unhappily, I needed a sympathy card this week. Fortunately, Cards in Envy's Going Gray challenge is perfectly timed.  Since they've allowed for a tiny bit of color, I decided to use So Saffron for IN{K}SPIRE me challenge #181, and I used Sketch Frenzy Friday's 010915 design (well, mostly):

stamp sets - Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Basic Gray; card stock - Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Whisper White; Big Shot with Arrows embossing folder, Bitty Banners and Hearts Collection framelits

Then, I needed a get well card for a loved one who was admitted to the hospital yesterday.  That one was much harder, for some reason, but I found inspiration in the colors of Curtain Call's Soft Scarf and the sketch at Nacho Average Challenge:
stamp sets - By the Tide, From the Herd; ink - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Soft Sky; card stock - Soft Sky, Very Vanilla 

I think Tom may have had his fill of medical issues recently, as he took my dog to the vet to have a mass removed last week and then took me to the ophthalmologist yesterday, before spending his evening at the hospital with Jason.  I may need a "you're awesome & appreciated" card for him; we're all certainly grateful that he's both retired and healthy so he can take care of the rest of us!

Monday, January 19, 2015

one more Christmas adventure

How can I resist one more Christmas card, when there's a brand-spanking-new challenge  - CASE-ing Christmas - that combines two of my favorite things!  You get a Christmas card to CASE, and fabulous design team inspiration as well.

stamp sets - Kind Koala, Sock Monkey Accessories (retired), Ornamental Pine (retired), Pennant Parade (retired - on envelope); ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Stampin' Write markers - Chalk White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; punch - Petite Pennants; Big Shot with Ovals Collection Framelit; Aquapainter, Crystal Effects, miscellaneous mini pom poms 

I was inspired to use Judy's layout (loosely) and color scheme, right down to the sweet striped paper. I also wanted to add a critter for Merry Monday, but it took me too long - I didn't finish until after the deadline.  I'm sure I saw this cute koala holding a Christmas tree somewhere else, but I couldn't seem to find any other samples when I was looking yesterday.  He needed a Santa hat for Christmas Card Challenges, too - isn't it adorable?  I used a marker to color the cuff, so he'll be hanging out at Addicted to Stamps and More! this week.  While I'm out linking up everywhere else, I'll slip in at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round, since the January challenge is Anything Goes.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

adventure with NBUS

You know, I just love when I can combine challenges, especially when they're related.  The Jingle Belles are "bringing in the new"CAS-ual Fridays would like to see both felt and sequins, and CASology has borrowed Darnell's NBUS acronym.  I bought some felt table scatters at the after-Christmas sales and I've never before used the gold sequin trim I bought last year, so I pretty much had to come up with something.  I used the Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch to bring them together:
 stamp sets - Petite Pairs, Label Something; ink - Encore Gold, Versamark; Stampin' Dazzle marker - Gold; Stampin' Emboss powder - gold; card stock - Naturals White, Garden Green; punches - hexagon, large oval; gold sequin trim, 

I also opened up the package of washi tape Santa left in my stocking and tried a not-at-all Clean-And-Simple version:
card stock - textured Handsome Hunter (retired), Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits and Stylish Stripes embossing folder; washi tape - All is Calm and miscellaneous holiday sentiment; 1/8" silver ribbon, Frosted sequins, Cherry Cobbler and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details

One of these days, I'll try to make something other than a Christmas card, but I'm not ready to give them up yet ;)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

still more wrapping up adventures

While searching for the super-shiny gift wrap paper I used on my second No Time Like the Presents Jingle Belles card, I came across this beautiful snowflake paper.  I  love it so much,  I'm sure I never wrapped anything in it, but simply hoarded it from the time I first set eyes on it.  I have no clue where I found it originally.  I may have made one Christmas card from it in another year, probably for a Jingle Belles challenge.  When I made this card last week, there were several open challenges looking for winter or snow-themed cards; this week my card only qualifies at Jingle Belles, where the challenges are two weeks long, and Christmas Cards All Year 'Round, where the Anything Goes challenge runs through month-end:
I pulled out some long-retired Stampin' Up!® card stock in Bashful Blue and Lavender Lace.  The sentiment is from the retired Joy to the World set, embossed with Pewter Stampin' Emboss powder, although it appears golden in the photo.

Earlier this year, I showed you the shadow box twinchie display I made with a summer theme.  Just before Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to update it - that project is wrapped up and on display in the living room:
The stamp sets and designer series papers are retired, as are several of the embellishments; the colors are Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Coastal Cabana.  Tom liked it so well, he suggested that I should update it for every season. :)

Several years ago I saw this project  in a craft magazine.  It looked fun & easy, so when I found the little silver-colored tray at a thrift store or yard sale, I snapped it up, painted it cream, and found some Antique Gold Rub'n Buff.  The painted tray and the unopened Rub'n Buff stayed together through more than one craft-room reorganization, but during this most recent one they finally made it to wrapped up status, and now the tray has a purpose, holding small things near the sink in the guest bath:

Of course, now I have 99.9% of a 1/2 oz. tube of Rub'n Buff that has no purpose and no home.  I have these little brass angels - another thrift store or yard sale purchase - that I thought about brightening up:
I did try cleaning them; that wasn't what I might consider successful, and I don't know if adding "the original wax metallic finish" will be an improvement, but I'm still thinking about it.