Thursday, April 19, 2018

Retiring: Weather Together

Mornin', y'all!  How's the weather where you are?  It's been overcast and rainy a lot this week, but today it's all bright and sunny and of course that's the day I pick to share an umbrella card.


Weather Together and the coordinating Umbrella Weather Framelits are both retiring.  I wanted to love this set, I really did, but I think I liked the old Rain or Shine one better (even though it didn't have matching dies).  But I do love being able to cut these out with just a quick pass through the Big Shot :). Anyway, I was inspired to dust off this set thanks to the Retro Rubber inspiration challenge:


I've had Weather Together for probably two years, because I think I had it for a while before I used it in January of 2017.

I also used this week's sketch from Global Design Project:

 Have a great day, y'all! 

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Weather Together
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Dapper Denim, Powder Pink
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Thick Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Accessories:  Umbrella Weather Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Dimensionals, Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Awesome Unicorn

Mornin', y'all!  I'm trying to type this with Ryan in my lap.  He was all grunty and unhappy at me until I pulled him in my lap and now he's got my phone.  That little toot already knows how to swipe his fingers on the screen to make the images move.  Still working on teaching him not to put the phone in his mouth though.


Yeah I'm still not done playing with Magical Day.  I used Peekaboo Peach the first time I used the unicorn stamp and now her name is Macaroni, poor thing.  But I think I was more successful with the peach this time.  Which brings us to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge:


I used Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Sahara Sand for the colors.  The white is Shimmery White because how could it not be with a unicorn?

Here's the sketch from Fab Friday that I used:


And the Paper Players theme challenge:


I admit the sketch isn't necessarily CAS, but I did try to limit the number of layers and keep it clean lines at least.  Like, instead of matting the main image panel, I swiped the edges on my black ink pad so it gives definition without adding another layer.  I was looking for a sentiment to go with the unicorn (I wanted something different than what's in Magical Day), and that's how I ended up with the greeting from Epic Celebrations, one of this year's Sale-a-Bration sets.  It's already retired but the unicorn is going to be too pretty soon :p

The hubs is up now and feeding Ryan yet more Cheerios so I can actually type!  Man, that kid can EAT.  He's going to be begging for my breakfast too in a minute.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Epic Celebrations
Ink:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Sahara Sand
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Tailored Tag punch (to flag the ends of the banner), Tutti Frutti adhesive sequins

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lots of Happy Card Kit, Part 1

Howdy, folks!  Ryan only took one nap yesterday and I don't like that schedule.  He wasn't unusually cranky or anything from missing his afternoon nap, I just like that time to do stuff without toddler "help", ya know?  I can't even load the dishwasher without him climbing all over it.

But anyway.  Over the weekend I put together the Lots of Happy card kit and then gave it to someone as a gift.  I made 20 cards total, 4 each of 5 designs, plus a card for the recipient; today I'm sharing the first two cards that were made pretty much like the sample pictures.


At first I wasn't really planning to use the vellum leaves because...I don't know, I guess I just don't "get" them?  But I did use them and I think the cards turned out pretty cute.  The kit comes with four watercolor pencils, but the Rich Razzleberry one turns out looking like a slightly purplish pink rather than actually being purple.  Oh well.


Those were the two A2 size card designs that came with the kit; it came with three smaller ones but those you couldn't send through the mail so I took the pieces and made them into regular size cards (which I'll share later).  This kit has some very pretty pieces but it was rather labor-intensive with all the coloring.  Still, the recipient liked it and that's what matters!

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Lots of Happy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  what came in the card kit
Accessories:  what came in the card kit

Monday, April 16, 2018

Orchid Festival 2010, Part 2

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Looks like it's going to be a gray and rainy day here, but at least my scrapbook pages can be all pretty and pink!


It's time for more orchid photos!  And shishi dogs!  I kept the same color scheme from the first layout, but added some patterned paper.  And once again I cropped a lot of the photos.


Here's the sketch I used, for comparison's sake.  Looking through that Becky Higgins sketch book, I think she must have had a lot of her photos printed out much smaller than the standard 4x6 size, because I just CANNOT crop mi pictures down as small as the ones on her sample layout here!  But I managed to get 11 photos on my layout anyway.


Same color combination as last time:  Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Barely Banana and Wild Wasabi.

Ooh, my tea's ready.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Butterfly of Happiness, Eastern Influences
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Barely Banana, Rich Razzleberry marker
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Barely Banana, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Accessories:  None

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Retiring: Orange Blossom

Howdy, y'all!  I don't usually post on the weekends, but there were a few challenges this week that I just couldn't let pass me by, so here we are!


I has a sad that Orange Blossom is retiring!  Last year when the new catalog came out, my kiddo was just a few months old and I was still working out how to balance life with a baby, so I limited myself to just two new stamp sets (Orange Blossom and Post Script).  That turned out to be a great decision--I was able to really focus on using those two sets and really have fun with them instead of being ADHD with a half a dozen stamp sets.  (Sometimes when I order a lot of stamps at once, it takes me forever to get around to using them all...Sale-a-Bration is particularly troublesome for that.  I didn't even use most of the SAB stuff from this year!) Anyway, I *adore* Orange Blossom and I'm sad to see it retiring so soon, but I've already chosen the two stamp sets I want to start off with from the next catalog.

Here is the Color Throwdown color combination that I love:


I used Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and Coastal Cabana for my colors.  Coastal Cabana is coming back y'all!  So excited about that.

I'm also entering this at the SUO Challenge to use a favorite floral from the annual catalog:


And finally, a cool sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:


That's it for me today, y'all.  Hoping to get some crafting time in this weekend while the hubs is here to entertain the tiny human.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Orange Blossom
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  White EP, Dimensionals

Friday, April 13, 2018

Retiring: Awesomely Artistic & One Big Meaning

Happy Friday, y'all!  As I promised yesterday, here's the card I was working on when I realized the color challenge I was trying to do called for Tranquil Tide, not Wild Wasabi.


I still like these colors together!  And all three are retiring.  Once again, I used Shimmery White paper for the background, then did a watercolor wash with Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder.  I dried it with my heat tool (impatient me) and then stamped the floral stamp from Awesomely Artistic on it.  The dragonfly is stamped on Shimmery White as well, but just in case it didn't shimmer *enough* I added some Wink of Stella.

The current SUO Challenge is all about flowers:


I do love that big flower stamp.  I'll miss Awesomely Artistic.

Next up is this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Ryan just tried to sit on Vader's head.  Well, better Vader than Sadie...though to be fair Sadie would have run away before Ryan got close enough to try to sit on her head.  Vader is a patient dog!

That's it for me today, peeps.  Cheers!  And have a great weekend!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, One Big Meaning
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensinoals, Wink of Stella

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Retiring: Magical Day & Seaside Shore

Mornin', y'all!  I was blessed with two good naptime crafting sessions yesterday (thank you Ryan) and it's a good thing because I had a slight dangit! moment.  I was halfway done making a card for a color challenge when I realized that I'd used the wrong green for the challenge.  I even had the colors written down right in front of me! #DUH Oh well, I ended up with two cards I like, so you'll see the wrong color card tomorrow.  Here's the second card I made:


Most of the stamp sets on the retiring list I am content to say goodbye to, but not Magical Day.  I love this set so much!  I wish it was carrying over just because I tend not to use a lot of retired stuff except for on scrapbook pages and I want to play lots more with this set.  Well, it will live forever in my collection.

The card base is Shimmery White, and I used very diluted Tranquil Tide to make a tranquil tide for my mermaid.


I've always got a cup of water with me, so I squished the ink pad into the lid to get a pool of ink, and then I poured a bit of water in the ink pad for an impromptu watercolor session.  I also keep a roll of paper towels in my craft room, so when I was done I just blotted the ink out of the ink pad lid.  No muss, no fuss!

Check out this week's sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping:


And the color challenge from the Paper Players:


You know I love me some Tranquil Tide, so I really don't know why I picked up Wild Wasabi instead on the first card I made (though for that card, Wild Wasabi worked better than Tranquil Tide would have...check back tomorrow to see it).  Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant are now retiring.  I'll be sad to see Elegant Eggplant go, but I do admit that the ink comes out so dark sometimes (especially with my ridiculously juicy ink pad) that it looks black.  We're getting two new purples to replace these two, and I can't wait to dive in to the new colors.

That's it for me today, y'all.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Seaside Shore
Ink:  Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, retired skin tone Blendabilities
Paper:  Shimmery White, Wisteria Wonder, Delightful Daisy DSP
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Dimensionals