Monday, January 16, 2017

Merge and Squish!

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Today is something slightly different--a couple of scrapbook pages that I made and framed and sent to Missy and Bennet as a belated Christmas present.  I didn't take pictures of them in the frames because the glass makes such a glare, so here's the two pages I made:

For Bennet, a commemoration of the running joke that will never die.  So on our trip to China in 2010 (wow that long ago!!!), we went to a McDonald's for lunch one day and somehow Lee and Bennet accidentally switched drinks.  No big except Bennet had a cold so then Lee got it.  And then Bennet started calling it The Merge and we actually have not one but TWO Merge street signs in our house now.  So I made a special one for Bennet with one of the pics from McDonald's where The Merge happened.  For the M, I just Googled "golden arches" and printed off one on regular computer paper, then attached the image to cardstock with removable adhesive and cut it out.  Peel off the computer paper and voila, cardstock golden arches.  P.S.  Notice that the patterned paper is skull & crossbones!!

For Missy I chose this picture of the four of us squished into a little cubby to sleep at the eighth station on Mount Fuji.  What is it about the four of us and excessive togetherness? ;)  Since it was for Missy, of course I used green and gold for the main colors (I actually used that same patterned paper for all the Fuji pages in my own scrapbooks).  What tripped me up was the color to do for the letters...I stamped them first in Marina Mist, cut them all out and then thought it looked too gray.  So then I stamped them in Pacific Point and cut them all out but it still didn't look quite right on the Garden Green cardstock.  So I stamped them a THIRD time in Tempting Turquoise and that finally worked.  Then I added the Thankful Forest Friends bear because again, it's Missy.  Green + gold + bear = Missy.

A couple of black frames and they were done.  Although since my mom has given me a complex about how navy blue and black don't go together, Bennet's page kinda made my eye twitch after I got it framed.  Oops.  Well, not everyone has the same color hang-ups that I do, and I know that almost all of the frames in their house are black so I was going for something that would match what they already have.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Cheers!

Supplies, Merge page:
Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Paper:  Night of Navy, More Mustard, So Saffron, Rockabilly DSP
Accessories:  Lettering template

Supplies:  Fuji Squish page:
Stamps:  Big Deal Alphabet, Thankful Forest Friends
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso
Paper:  Garden Green, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Haiku DSP
Accessories:  Oval punch

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bear Book: September

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Ready for another bear book layout?  This one is one of my favorites!!

I tend to do apples for September baby book layouts because...back to school, even though babies don't go to school, it's still a thing in my brain.  So apples, along with this cutie:

This is Cadbury, I love him :)

And some wee baby apples for the journaling block...

And bigger apples on both the patterned paper and stamped accents.  It's kind of funny how many apple stamps I have, really.

Today's colors:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, and Whisper White.  Yup, one of my favorite layouts from this book.

Cheers, y'all!

Stamps:  Cadbury from Whippersnapper, Tart & Tangy, One Smart Cookie
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper:  Early Espresso, Real Red, So Saffron, Thick Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP
Accessories:  Sizzix alphabet, circle & scalloped circle punches, Prismacolor Pencils

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Flashback: Choose Happiness

Happy Friday, y'all!  Once again I didn't get in my craft cave until a lot later in the day than I planned...I had an accidental two-hour nap in the middle of the day (oops).  But here I am and today's Friday Flashback stamp set is Choose Happiness!

Also features Petite Pairs, Hardwood

I think this is my favorite of the older cards for this set, I just like the soft watercolor on the background panels.

Stampy collages aren't really my forte, but I keep trying anyway.

Also features Gorgeous Grunge

And this one uses a lot of colored embossing powder and was a cooler idea in my head than it is on paper.  So that's it for the Flashback, here is my new creation:

It's got several layers, but it's still totally flat and easily mailable.  I stamped the flowers, then sponged that whole panel while making the flowers darker, and then I used the script stamp from French Foliage to fill in the empty spaces around the flowers a bit.  Didn't take long and I like how it turned out, all with just one color of ink.  I ran the edges of the panel on my Basic Black ink pad to give them a little definition on the card front.

I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

Paired with the Color Throwdown:

I used Basic Black, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist for the colors.  At first I thought this combo was really similar to the one I had trouble with earlier this week, but I think my problem with that one was mustard + silver.  Granted, today I used Crushed Curry instead of Delightful Dijon (lighter kind of mustard, maybe) but I think I like it a lot better with black than silver.

Well, I'm gonna take my sweet hubs out to dinner tonight for date night.  Cheers,  y'all!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Choose Happiness, French Foliage
Ink:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Basic Black, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP
Accessories:  None

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Enjoy Life

Hey kids!  I had the idea for this card yesterday, but I ran out of time to make it...turns out when you're 8 months pregnant, a day that includes walking the dogs, going to the post office, doing 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, and grocery shopping will pretty much wipe you out :)  I just have to accept the fact that I'm not going to be able to post (or make) as many cards and scrapbook pages now that Baby Sodapop is almost here.  But I still got the card made today.

I let the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack do the heavy lifting here; the only thing stamped is the "Enjoy life and have fun" piece, and that stamp is from Suite Sentiments.

The sketch is courtesy of Fab Friday:

I think this makes a good birthday card, though the sentiment is ambiguous enough that it could be used for other things too.

I'm going to skedaddle back down to my craft room and work on some scrapbook pages before I have to leave for a haircut appointment.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Suite Sentiments
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dijon Baby Shower?

Hey kids, I had some arguments with the computer this morning but I'm finally getting this post up.  My card for today:

The two background panels are silver DSP, which kinda reflected the camera flash a bit so that looks better IRL.  However I think the Delightful Dijon card base is just too dark and that I should have done white...but I didn't want to attempt to peel everything up.

The sketch is from Create with Connie and Mary:

I think I'd like this better with some lighter, brighter colors (like So Saffron instead of Delightful Dijon), but I was having a hack at the Global Design Project color challenge:

I used Dapper Denim as my free choice color.  Still, I think I picked the right stamps for the sketch but the wrong stamps for the color challenge...I have a feeling that color combination could be a lot more fabulous than I made it look.

Oh well, not every card can be your favorite, right?  I'm going to blame this one on lack of sleep.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Weather Together, Work of Art
Ink:  Delightful Dijon, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Delightful Dijon, Dapper Denim, Thick Whisper White, Silver DSP
Accessories:  Umbrella Weather Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, January 9, 2017


Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Today I have a layout that makes me happy.  As it happens, this was the last set of scrapbook pages I made in 2016, and the pictures are also the most recent ones I've scrapped--they're only from last September.

I'm working on getting our NYC pictures up on my other blog; hopefully you'll be able to see them all here pretty soon.  So when we visited New York this time, one of the things I wanted to do was check out several of the sites featured in Ghostbusters (one of my favorite movies ever).  The public library on Fifth Avenue was just a couple blocks from our hotel (remember the first ghost the guys encounter in the library?).  Dana's apartment building is right next to Central Park so it was easy to find as well.  We found the Ghostbusters firehouse I think less than a mile away from the World Trade Center, but to my acute annoyance it's covered in scaffolding (I am totally pouting in that picture).  I was wearing a Ghostbusters shirt and everything!  I did take the pictures of the two Ghostbusters "patches" painted on the sidewalk outside the firehouse.  But I'm still mad I didn't get to see the firehouse itself in all its glory.

The three journaling blocks with red mats are quotes from the first movie, each of which has to do with the location we visited (shortest one:  "Your girlfriend lives at the corner penthouse...of Spook Central!").  I quote this movie all the time, but honestly the three quotes I used on the layout aren't ones I usually use ;)

Today's color palette:  Old Olive (like Slimer!), Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  And remember, we ain't afraid of no ghosts!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Well-Worn Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet
Ink:  Whisper White, Basic Black marker
Paper:  Old Olive textured, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Cast-a-Spell & Ghostly Greetings DSP
Accessories:  Hexagon punch for the banner ends

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bear Book: August

Happy Saturday, y'all!  It's snowing outside where I am right now.  Not a whole lot, but enough that there's some white on the roofs and grass.

So for something completely different, I'm sharing a very warm and sunny August layout for the bear book I made last year.

Okay, I looooooooooooooooooove that patterned paper on the bottom of this layout, so I let it dictate the colors I used for everything else.

And how cute is this bear?  I got that triple corner punch that SU! had last year and, um, this is the only time it's ever been used.  Oops.

I thought the hot air balloons would be a good accent for this layout....I've got the hot air balloon stamp set and Framelits from the Occasions Catalog on my wish list right now too.

Journaling block :)

Today's sunny summer layout colors are Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, a wee bit of Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White.

Cheers, y'all!  I'm gonna go make me a second cuppa tea.

Stamps:  Balloon Bear from Whippersnapper, Up Up & Away
Ink:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist
Paper:  Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Thick Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Accessories:  triple corner punch, Sizzix alphabet, Prismacolor Pencils