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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop adventure

Hopping is fun, isn't it?  I'm not too old (yet) for hopping on one foot, but blog hops are so much easier!  The Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who gather at the Stampin' Discuss Watercooler are a talented & fun-loving bunch, and we're glad you've joined us for this tour of Holiday inspiration.  If you've arrived here from Marie's Tanglewood Cottage, welcome!  Stay as long as you like, but leave time in your busy day to continue on to Stamp with Ter and the rest of the fabulous blogs.

I've been concentrating on clean & simple designs this week, starting with a Holiday Home scene, which I'll be entering in challenges at Addicted to Stamps and More! (Holiday), and CASology (Home).  I decided on the embossed Santa based on the CAS on Sunday Emboss it! challenge, but unfortunately I missed the link-up time there.

stamp set - Holiday Home; ink - Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Encore Silver, Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Iridescent Ice; card stock - Silver Glimmer, Real Red, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Big Shot with Homemade Holiday framelits; punch - 1/16" circle (for wreath center)

My next card was inspired by this beautiful card which I found on the Stampin' Up! Pinterest board, so I'll link it at the Watercooler Challenges site.  I love to combine challenges, and it's even more fun when the challenge and the blog hop coordinate! ♥  Because this card is one layer, it will qualify for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and it also fits right in for The Paper Players CAS Silver (or gold):
stamp set - Cheerful Christmas; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - Silver; Stampin' Dazzle marker - Silver (on envelope) card stock - Shimmery White; Big Shot with Filigree Frame embossing folder; Frosted Sequins

Thanks for visiting with me, it's always pleasant to have someone to chat with.  Please use the buttons below to continue hopping, forward to Stamp with Ter, backward to My Tanglewood Cottage, or home if you prefer to work from the list of all hoppers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas remembered adventures

Earlier today I heard from some friends who are planning to attend my Card Buffet - the more, the merrier, I think!  While thinking about putting together additional kits, I remembered that I hadn't posted this card, which I specifically created for the buffet based on the beautiful inspiration photo at Festive Friday:
stamp set - Ornamental Pine; ink - Real Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede; card stock - Whisper White, Real Red 
You can see that I was inspired by the greenery on the chair backs in addition to the elegant red & white setting.  It was a well-liked card Thursday, so I'm sure I'll need more kits for Saturday.

A little later, I was browsing through some of my favorite blogs and admiring the Pink Christmas cards posted to Jingle Belles, where Lauren and Stephanie are donating $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every card linked, and suddenly remembered that I have designer series paper in my stash that includes pink, so of course I had to make another card!  I used Clean & Simple Stamping's fall-to-layout 311 since the designs I chose were in strips:
stamp set - Endless Wishes; ink - Gumball Green (retired), Cherry Cobbler (on envelope); card stock - Gumball Green (retired); designer series paper - Snow Festival (retired)
There is still a little time to post cards at Jingle Belles if you want to join the fun/fund-raising!

Monday, October 20, 2014

gift box adventure

Although they're no longer labeled as Idea Books, there are still many fantastic designs in the Stampin' Up!® catalogs suitable for CASEing, and the CASE-ing the Catty challenge blog has been encouraging us to do just that.  Recently they've moved from the annual to the holiday catalog, and most recently they suggested we look at gift boxes & bags.  Well,  of course the holiday catalog is chock full of boxes and bags, but I evidently didn't read the challenge quite carefully enough; I found a great box in the center at the bottom of page 20, but rather than making a gift box of my own, I turned it into a card.  Upon re-reading, I don't really think that's what they're looking for, but I'll share it anyway, and maybe I'll try to convince you that I meant to do that because I don't use many gift boxes or bags...
stamp set - Endless Wishes; ink - Lost Lagoon; card stock - Silver Foil, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon; designer series paper - All is Calm; punches - Scalloped Tag Topper 1" Circle 1-3/4" Circle; Big Shot with Bitty Banners framelit and On Point embossing folder; embellishments - 1/8" silver ribbon, Tea Lace doily, All is Calm charm, white Baker's Twine 
In addition to changing from a box to a card, I made several substitutions because I didn't have the ribbon or the stamp set used in the sample.  While I was thinking about the ribbon, I thought that the narrow Lost Lagoon card stock strips might stand in, and suddenly the layout looked familiar:
It's not exactly the same, I eliminated the twine/bow element from the bottom and moved the horizontal strip up and the circle down so they overlap, but I think I'll link up there, too, and hope for leniency at both challenges ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

a retro, pink Christmas adventure

Friday, Leena Girsa pinned this fabulous retro-design Christmas card which went straight to the top of my to-CASE list.  Yesterday while driving across Michigan and back, I thought about what colors to use.  I didn't want to copy it exactly, but I didn't want to change it much.  Finally I decided that pink would perfectly maintain the retro feel, AND would work for the Jingle Belles' Pink Christmas prompt in support of breast cancer research.  I was a little busy yesterday, so I left it for another day.  Today I was out during the morning, but when I got home early this afternoon, I noticed that the newest Watercooler Challenge had been posted - to CASE a Pinterest project!  Well, I cannot fight the universe - this card HAD to be created and posted today:
stamp sets - Kinda Eclectic, Sassy Salutations; ink - Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer; Big Shot with Lucky Stars embossing folder and Stars framelits; 1/8"  ribbon - Silver; Frosted Sequins; Stampin' Dimensionals  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Homemade Holiday Home adventure

I made this card earlier this week; it may have been the same day that ColourQ posted their current challenge, but I got so busy preparing for Card Buffet that I forgot to post it:
stamp set - Holiday Home; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Stampin' Write marker - Basic Black; card stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight; punch - 1-3/8" circle;  Big Shot with Homemade Holiday Framelits; Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

In case some of my guests don't really need Halloween cards, they can make a Thanksgiving (or just a Thank You card) using the exact same supplies, because this stamp set contains so many images.  I had so much fun sponging the sunset that I made a second sample!

I usually schedule Card Buffet for the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month, but I had a late change of plans this month and rescheduled the Saturday session for next week.  If you can't make it Saturday, you'll miss your chance to make these cards, but I'm fairly certain that the stamp set will make a reappearance next month on a Christmas card design.  I can hardly wait to stamp Santa and his sleigh in a night sky, or maybe it will turn out to be a day scene so we can see all the sweet little decorations on the homes...