Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Color Deja Vu

Mornin' y'all!  I managed to sneak in one more card before Tiana and her girls got here to help me take care of Ryan while also taking care of the hubs and getting him to his surgery today.  Buuuuut I seem to be stuck on some colors!

AAHHHH I still love these colors.  The challenge over at SUO Challenges is to make a butterfly or dragonfly card, so this qualifies :)  I also used the sketch from Clean & Simple:

And once again with the color combo from Just Add Ink:

I'm only slightly obsessed :)

We have to get the hubs to the hospital at 10:00 this morning, so surgery won't be until about noon.  Well, at least we don't have to get up super early in the morning for it!  We would appreciate any and all prayers, kind thoughts, and positive vibes you care to direct our way.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Powder Pink
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Watercolor Paper, Thick Whisper  White
Accessories:  Tranquil Tide ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella pen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Psychic Octopi

Hey y'all!  I mentioned yesterday that the current color challenge at Just Add Ink is, like, my favoritest ever color combo from the new catalog, right?  Here it is:

And as promised, I made something new for it...not just one, but two cards!

Having fun with the Message in a Bottle stamp set, from whence my wee mermaid came on Sunday.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the octopus to be Powder Pink or Tranquil Tide, so I did both...mostly because I messed up the Marbled background the first time I stamped it.  I stamped it a little too far down on the card front, so to salvage it, I cut it a bit to layer on a new card base (the card on the right).  The backgrounds look different too because for the right one (the first one I stamped), I inked it up, then used a brayer to spread the ink out a bit so I wouldn't have patches.  On the left card, I inked up the brayer itself and used it to apply the ink to the stamp, and that's how it came out different.  Interesting!  I like this Marbled background stamp for this because it looks wavy to me.  OH!  And check out my brand new iridescent sequins!  I ordered a few more embellishments than usual this last time.  You might even see RIBBON sometime soon.

So now to the psychic part.  I made these two cards on Sunday night, before the Global Design Project posted their newest challenge (#100).  All of their DT have posted cards and this time we get to pick any one we want to CASE.  And if you looked at Brian King's card, I bet you'd think I saw it before I made my cards...

It's just such a coincidence that I have to link it up over there even though I hadn't seen this card before I made mine.  I ended up with a similar layout, pink, and the Marbled background!  Weird, isn't it?  Well, okay, it would be spookier if Brian had used the same stamp set for his main image too, but whatevs.

Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Message in a Bottle, Marbled
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Paper:  Pool Party, Thick Whisper White, Delightful Daisy & A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Iridescent Sequins

Monday, August 14, 2017

Golf Cart Tour (Guilin)

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Actually I typed this post up Sunday night because this morning we're taking the hubs to the hopsickle for a pre-op appointment--he has back surgery on Wednesday.  He's in so much pain from his sciatic nerve that Wednesday can't get here fast enough.  I hope that surgery does the trick and he feels a lot better really fast.  I hate seeing him in pain.

Buuuuut you're not here for the not-happy stuff, you're here for a scrapbook layout!  Actually I have two for you today.

You might be able to tell from the lettering template if you've been around here for a while, these pages are from our 2010 China trip.  (See the pictures here.)

Yep, I use the same lettering template on all the China layouts, and accent with Rough Type.  Sometimes I only use one or the other, but most often it's a combination.

And there's the second one.  I don't know why I associate dragonflies with Oriental stuff?  But apparently I do.

Let's talk color!  Today's color palette is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Whisper White.  Y'all, this is my FAVORITE NEW COLOR COMBINATION ever since I saw it in the SU! catty this summer.  I don't know why but I am in luuuurve with it.  Well, Tranquil Tide is actually my favorite new In Color, I love how it plays nice with pretty much every other color I've put it with and I need to play with it more often.  And guess what...

This is the current color challenge at Just Add Ink.  Technically I made these layouts several weeks ago, so I won't enter them in the challenge, but last night I managed to sneak in a wee bit of stampy time and I made something new for this color challenge that I'll share tomorrow.  Because, as I said, I'm totally in love with it.  A LOT.

Until then, peace out yo!

Stamps:  Rough Type, Awesomely Artistic, Artistically Asian
Ink:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template, Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mermaid Splash

Mornin' y'all!  I know it's Saturday, and usually I post layouts from my honeymoon cruise album, but I missed posting the last couple days and I have a card I want to share instead.  I've been dealing with a headache all week that just will. not. go. away so lately I've been napping when Ryan naps.  Makes it hard to get any stamping done, but last night I made this!

Message in a Bottle is one of the stamp sets I just got in the last couple of weeks, and it's SO. CUTE.  When I saw this week's Color Throwdown, I knew I had to ink up that sweet little mermaid.

I used some retired colors on here but it's going to my two "nieces" and they won't care about that.  So I used Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo (Powder Pink might have been a closer match for the swatch on the right, but I wanted something that was definitely pink so it wouldn't make her tail just blend into her skin), and Lavender Lace.  I used Island Indigo for the bottle and sentiment.  I noticed as I colored in the mermaid that she's got a belly button, which I thought was funny.

Anywha, here's this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Congratulations to the FMS team for making it to #300.  I haven't participated in every single challenge (it's really hard to do that in the middle of a move, for instance), but I do participate more often than not.  I like this sketch...might have to try another card with it.

ETA:  Oh what timing!  Check out the word prompt from Inkspirational!

I think my card counts for this...the mermaid is surrounded by water waves, *and* it looks like she's waving (with both hands, because she's excited).  Ha!!

That's it for me.  I've got a kiddo to entertain until he goes down for his nap.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Message in a Bottle, Seaside Shore
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lavender Lace, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, Basic Black
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Fresh Prints (....of Bel Air) DSP Stack, Flirty Flamingo DSP
Accessories:  Pearls, Mini Dimensionals these things are SO COOL

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sweet Day

Hey y'all, how's it going?  I've got to type fast; Ryan is supposed to be napping right now but instead he's talking to the monitor :p

So, card!

It's pretty overcast here so the colors are a bit off in my photo, but here's the color challenge from Fab Friday:

Fun fun fun.  I paired them with the sketch from Clean & Simple:

Aaaand I'd better go get the baby.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Cool Treats
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  None!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Driftwood Anniversary

Happy Toooosday, y'all!  I've got a happy baby bouncing right next to me.  At least he can't reach the keyboard from where he is right now ;)

So here's today's card.  I'm in looooooove with Emerald Envy, what about you?  I had a good excuse to use it too, what with the current photo inspiration from Inkspirational:

Oooh pretty.  I don't have the new So Many Shells stamp set or I would have been tempted to use it today; instead I pulled out the brand-new-to-me Oh So Eclectic for the greenery on my card.  I tried using the matching Framelits to cut it out, but I discovered that the matching Framelit is not an exact match for this stamp, it works better with the *other* sprig of greenery.  So I ended up fussy cutting the two for my card to get the look I wanted.

I chose the sentiment to go along with this week's theme challenge from Global Design Project: 

So there you have it, that's my card for today.  Hope to get in some more stamping sometime later today once Ryan tires himself out in his bouncer :)  I literally have a bouncing baby boy.  Ha!

Cheers, y'all!  Happy stampin'!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hardwood, Oh So Eclectic, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Monday, August 7, 2017


Scrappy Monday, y'all.  Today has started out a little rough, but some of yesterday's leftover waffles with strawberries and whipped cream is definitely making it a bit better :)

Today's scrapbook layout is one I finished a few months ago but today seems like a good day to share it.  Pics are from the one castle we visited in Wales that's actually Welsh as opposed to a castle built by the English king Edward to subdue the Welsh (pics here).  This is a really small castle, more like a tower's possible that the townhouse I live in now is about the same size.  Maybe slightly smaller.  But the views from Dolwyddelan are definitely better than what I've got in Virginia ;)

There's some subtle background stamping going on (sorry for the glare on the sheep photo).

Today's color palette:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Not what I was planning to use when I got these pictures out, but that's what I ended up with :)  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Touches of Texture, Watercolor Minis
Ink:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Circle punches