Thursday, December 8, 2016

Happy Christmas

Hey kids, I was Not Feeling It yesterday but happily today I am back in my craft room for some fun.  Here's a quick card I made this morning:

It doesn't show up so great in the photo, but the hearts are punched out of glimmer paper.  I thought I had a scrap of gold glimmer but after I got them on the card I think it's more the champagne color.  Looks better IRL.  Anyway, I started with the Global Design Project color challenge:

Easy peasy since those are the colors in the Candy Cane Lane DSP!  I paired it with the Mojo Monday sketch:

I tried doing one larger heart accent on the side, but then I had to move the sentiment panel over so much that you couldn't tell it was houses on the right (the perils of using a large print on a wee card front) so instead I did three tiny hearts instead of one large accent as shown on the sketch.

I'm gonna finish up my lunch here and go back downstairs to start a new project!  I'm very excited, I've managed to track down at least one copy of every Christmas letter that I've written since hubs and I got married in 2003.  So before I have a chance to lose them, or Baby Sodapop sucks up all my brain cells, I'm going to put those all in a Christmas scrapbook album I've had since I worked at a scrapbook store in college.  I've been meaning to do this since we got married, and Today Is The Day!  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Suite Seasons
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Paper:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, heart from Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retired), Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nachos: Yummy Little Christmas

Happy Tuesday, kids!  I meant to get this post written and scheduled ahead of time, but yesterday was very long and very busy and I forgot because I think all my brain cells are being diverted to Baby Sodapop.  But anyway, today the Nachos have a color challenge for you!

And it's appropriately festive for December.  I haven't bought hardly any Christmas stamps this year though, and I've been both cooking and baking a lot, so my stamp set choice for today's card was pretty natural:

I bought Yummy Little Christmas on a whim a while back mostly because I liked that mixer stamp.  And actually I know exactly who's going to get this card too, so the stamp set has come in useful :)  I needed a wee snowflake background stamp for the Cherry Cobbler panel, so that came from Sheltering Tree.

So this layout isn't something I would typically come up with on my own...I CASEd it from the holiday catalog!  Page 27, if you're interested.  The proportions on my card area  little different because I used different stamps, but if you look at the catalog and then my card you'll see that they're definitely sisters.

So now it's your turn!  Upload your creation on the Nacho blog by December 19 for us to oooh and aaah over.  In the meantime, I'll probably be making another batch of these cranberry cardamom spice muffins, which are probably the most ridiculously spectacular thing to come out of my kitchen in recent memory.  Seriously, hubs couldn't stop talking about them after I made them for breakfast on Sunday.


Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Yummy Little Christmas, Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer paper
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, December 5, 2016

Early Christmas

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Since it's December (how is it December already?) I thought we'd go Christmasy for scrapbook pages today.  Happily for me I just finished this layout last week:

Pics are from 2011; we had my parents and Bennet and Missy visit us in England for Thanksgiving and since we were all together we decided to do Christmas right after Thanksgiving.  Hence "Early Christmas".

There's my mixed-font title, you know how I love me some mixed fonts.  And I've been having fun with both of those alphabets of late.  Since SO MUCH of the layout was Crumb Cake with a bit of red, I had to toss in a spot of green.  And I haven't used Emerald Envy nearly enough.

Colors courtesy of the Candy Cane Lane DSP:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, a smidge of Emerald Envy, plus Early Espresso and Whisper White.  I really let the DSP do the heavy lifting on this layout for accents...I figured if the paper is that cute on its own why bother to stamp a bunch of accents?  The title takes long enough by itself ;)

Festive cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Back to Basics Alphabet, Brushwork Alphabet, Jingle All the Way
Ink:  Real Red, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Candy Cane Lane DSP
Accessories:  None

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bear Book: May

Hey kids!  It's Saturday, so time for another Bear Book layout.

The super-dark color on the page title and accent mats is not black, it's Handsome Hunter but it looks black in the photos.

I used watercolor wonder crayons this time to color in the image, and I wish I'd done colored pencils to do better shading on the bear.  The sky looks good though.

Had to do some bees because this book was for Missy, and Melissa means "honeybee" which is why it's the May layout...May means Mother's Day and it makes sense in my head.

Today's color palette:  Hello Honey (appropriate, no?), Marina Mist, Handsome Hunter, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.

Have a great weekend, y'all!  We've got a fairly sizeable to-do list over here, so we'd better get to doing.

Stamps:  Honeybear from Whippersnapper, Brushstroke Hummingbird, All Boxed Up
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Handsome Hunter
Paper:  Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Handsome Hunter, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Flashback: Partridge & Pears

So, today's Friday Flashback was almost a day late and a dollar short :)  Time got away from me this afternoon as I was working on a Christmas present for the hubs.  But anyway, today's stamp set is Partridge & Pears!  This was one of the holiday catalog sets two years ago, and I got it on a whim right before it retired (I think it was discounted?) and have never used it before today.

And here is a Christmas card I absolutely would not want to mass-produce; it took a long time to color in the image.  I used a blender pen and ink pad lids for most of it, except for the lighter sides of the leaves I used an Aquapainter and then blender pen for the darker side so it's all the same color just different intensities.  And I colored in the berries with a Soft Sky marker because it's just so pale anyway.  They also have some clear Wink of Stella on them but you can't tell because they're so wee.

Managed to use all four stamps in the set on this one card!  I meant to color in the pear on the inside but I forgot before I took the picture and hubs wants to go out to dinner sometime before tomorrow morning so I'm typing fast.

For the card front, I used the excellent sketch from Fab Friday:

And I pulled out last year's Season of Cheer DSP for the background panels just because I love it.

Okay, I've got a date with a wonderful guy and a Mexican restaurant.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Partridge & Pears
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Season of Cheer DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella pen

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Simple Snowflake Birthday

Mornin', folks!  It's a good day today.  The sun is shining and I actually slept for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT last night!  All hail the powers of the Zantac prescription to stop the heartburn/acid reflux that was waking me up every two hours or more.  I hope it works like that consistently and that it's not just a fluke (I now think it was worth waiting two hours at the pharmacy yesterday to get that prescription).

Anyway, you're here for the card not my medical woes! :)

My friend Karyn has a mid-December birthday, so I thought she'd like a wintry birthday card that wasn't at all Christmasy.  So I turned to the latest Freshly Made Sketch:

And this week's Color Throwdown:

I used Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, and Coastal Cabana for my colors.  Coastal Cabana may be retired, but I have quite a stash of cardstock that color and it just seemed like the right choice for my big ol' snowflake.  I also used Shimmery White cardstock to give the card a little something extra, though of course that doesn't show up in the picture.

That's it for me today, kids.  Stop by tomorrow for the Friday Flashback!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flurry of Wishes, Crazy About You
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Hello You Thinlits, Dimensionals, Metallic Enamel Shapes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Suite Sweet

Well, today did not go like I had planned.  I left the house at 11:30, thinking I'd go pick up a prescription real quick, head to the gym for a bit, and come home to grab lunch and then work in the craft room this afternoon.  It took almost TWO HOURS to get the prescription, I ended up at Pizza Hut for lunch, but I did still make it to the gym (only to be depressed that walking on the treadmill now makes me out of breath because of the beach ball belly thing).  But I didn't get cleaned up until after 4:00, it gets dark here at 4:30 and hey here it is 5:30 and I'm doing my blog post!  I got into an argument with the computer when it downloaded a picture from my camera and then acted like it didn't know where it was.

Yep, it's been a day.  And I still have to make dinner.

What's nice is that today's card came together in under ten minutes and I think it's still perfectly cute.

Behold the power of a good sketch and some lovely DSP!  Thanks to Paper Players for the sketch:

I think the main reason I got Suite Seasons was for that sugar & spice stamp, so I was happy to use it along with some cute patterned paper.  I'm ignoring that it's November 30 and I don't like to start Christmas anything until December first.  At least I waited till after Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I'm off to work on uploading pictures to Winkflash while they're still doing their 60% off Cyber Monday sale, and then start dinner.  And at least tomorrow I don't have to go to the pharmacy.


Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Suite Seasons
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Emerald Envy, Candy Cane Lane DSP
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals, Rhinestones