Thursday, January 18, 2018

Splashy Mermaid

Okay so can you tell that I'm in love with the new Magical Day stamp set and matching dies?  Three days in a row!  But come on, how could I resist a stamp set that includes a dragon, a unicorn, a mermaid, and more?

Oh yeah, mermaid!

There are actually THREE SU! stamp sets now with a mermaid in them, and I managed to use all three on this card.  The main image mermaid is from Magical Day, the sentiment is from Message in a Bottle, and the little background stamp (click to embiggen the picture) is from Magical Mermaid.

Check out this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

The Lemon Lime Twist patterned paper is one of the Sale-a-Bration options, it's called Bubbles & Fizz.  I don't intend to get the Occasions stamp set that matches it, but man I'm in lurve with that patterned paper!  There's a Bermuda Bay pattern with stars and I am hoarding that already.  Love it.

Well, kid and I have to skedaddle if I'm going to get to yoga on time.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Magical Mermaid, Message in a Bottle
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Shimmery White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Iridescent Sequins, Mini Dimensionals, watercolor pencils

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Magical Dragon Birthday

After yesterday's card, you would think I'd swear off Peekaboo Peach for a while, but...

Well, I'm surprised too.  But I think maybe it works better on this card?  I wish the glitter on the Myths & Magic DSP hadn't reflected so you could see the colors on it; the top wizard is wearing Tangerine Tango and the dude who looks like he's going on a quest (center) is wearing black.  The wizard on the bottom is in Dapper Denim, and I ended up making my dragon the same color with some Pool Party accents and then his back ridges are Old Olive like the quest guy's under-cloak.  Anyway, back to the peach part--I started out with it in Tangerine Tango, but it just felt like Too Much Orange, so I did the peach instead, then stamped the flames with Tangerine Tango for a fiery background I thought was appropriate for a dragon.  I know a certain dragon-loving girl who will get this for her birthday this summer (provided I remember this card when the time comes).

I used the awesome sketch from Sunday Stamps:

And that's all she wrote today.  Now I need to decide whether or not we're going to the gym...there's some snow outside.  Not a lot, but still, it's snow.  Y'all have a magical day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day, Magical Mermaid
Ink:  Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Pool Party, Shimmery White, Myths & Magic DSP
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Magical Macaroni Pony

Hey, y'all.  I'm tired this morning.  Hubs is sick, so I slept in the guest room last night, which I don't mind except one of our dogs was apparently Not Cool with the change in location and she kept making noise all night and waking me up.  I finally booted her out of the room at 4:30 this morning.  Urrrgh.

So.  Have you ever seen a color challenge that made you say WHAT THE WHAT and then you look at the design team's cards and you're like OH IT REALLY DOES WORK and then you try it on your own and you're like WELL MAYBE NOT.

Meet the Global Design Project color challenge.

So after looking at the design team's cards (hit that link above), I thought okay I can do this, and I've got a cool new stamp set to use for it too.  Can't go wrong with a unicorn, right?

I thought my card was just fine until I took the picture of it and all of a sudden in the view finder of the camera my little pony looked like the same color as macaroni and cheese.  (I took the photo after dark, so I know that doesn't help either what with lack of natural light but...yeah natural light wouldn't help THAT much.)  Now I can't look at this card without singing in my head "And they called her Macaroni!"  Macaroni Pony.  Maybe I would have liked it better if I'd switched the colors around on the unicorn, so a Bermuda Bay body and Peekaboo Peach hair.  Though if you want to get technical, I used the Pumpkin Pie watercolor pencil, which is a good stunt double for Peekaboo Peach.  And macaroni and cheese.

Well, you can't win 'em all.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Magical Day
Ink:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, Shimmery White
Accessories:  Magical Mates Framelits, Umbrella Weather Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Mini Dimensionals

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sapporo, Part 2: Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Time for more Sapporo pages, and today's layouts might be my very FAVORITEST part of our trip there...Missy and I toured a chocolate factory.

See the photos here and here.  It's a chocolate factory but most of our pictures were of other random stuff we saw there.  Like the cats adorning the railing outside the building, or those gigundor shoes Missy's standing on.

Two-tone title letters!  I used sponge daubers to ink up Crumb Cake on the top of the stamp, and Chocolate Chip on the bottom, then stamped to get this look.  Just wait, you'll see it again on another Sapporo layout.

I knew that Eat Chocolate SU! stamp set from years ago would come in handy.  #chocoholic

After our tour, we went out in the courtyard at the chocolate factory and they had a little hill that you could go tubing down (and it was free).  So we did that and had some fun playing in the snow.  And see the pictures of the crazy people with skis?  That's what the hubs wad doing while Missy and I were enjoying the chocolate factory.  Somehow we all thought we came out with the better end of the bargain, so that was a win.

Isn't that bird on a snowball cute?  The die cut shape was too tall for what I wanted, so I cut it out with one decorative end where I wanted it, then moved the cardstock down and sent it through the Big Shot again to cut it down to size.

For the snowman, the die was a little too short, so I cut the paper to the exact width of the die, stamped my snowman, and then very carefully sent it through just enough to cut the top part with the die, pulled it back out, then moved the die to the bottom and rolled it just enough to cut the bottom bit.  I hope those instructions make sense if you want to change the height of your dies like this (obviously works only when the edges are straight).

Kind of in love with today's color combo:  Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White.  You'll see as we go along with the Sapporo pages, I used the same alphabet stamps for the titles and every page has snowflakes on it somewhere.  I didn't use all the same colors on every layout, but they all have those two things in common.

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, Eat Chocolate, Snow Much Fun
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Versamark, various for watercoloring
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, Clear EP

Friday, January 12, 2018

Peacock Pair

New TOYYYYYZZZZZ!!!! I got my Sale-a-Bration/Occasions catty order late Wednesday afternoon and the stamp set I couldn't wait to bust out first was the SAB set Beautiful Peacock.  I even made two cards with it!

Click to embiggen!  I used Shimmery White cardstock for these so they're SO pretty IRL (it's super overcast right now, can't take a better picture).  So check out this week's Color Throwdown:

Here's why I made two cards.  The write-up for this challenge called the colors navy, aqua, and pink, but to me they looked more like dark purple, aqua, and lighter purple.  So I made one card with Night of Navy, Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo (on the left), and the second card with Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, and Sweet Sugarplum.  What do YOU think it looks like?

Also meet this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I don't like having things extend past the card front because then you either have to make the card a little smaller to get it in an envelope or else use a nonstandard envelope size (and I don't have that envelope punch board thing).  So basically I made the sketch into a panel on my card and the rectangle extends to the edge of the card front but it still looks like the sketch.

Well, it's just about time to take the babe with me to the gym.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Beautiful Peacock
Ink:  Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party
Accessories:  Mini Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lovely Tulips

Mornin' y'all!  I've got tea steeping and a happy child playing in his playard so maybe I'll actually get a peaceful breakfast today (homemade lemon cream cheese scone for the win!).

There was some doubt yesterday afternoon but in the end I managed to finish a card to share today.

I love the hostess set Tranquil Tulips and somehow I've only ever used it once before today.  Actually this card was kinda difficult...I'd started out trying to do something completely different with a CASE the Designer challenge combined with a color challenge and it just wasn't working, so I tossed it and started over and that's how I came up with this.

So here's the CASE the Designer challenge from Global Design Project:

I used the same stamp set and label punch for my card, a bit of metallic accent (gold sequins on mine), and a similar layout on my card.  Looks like Krista layered a foil snowflake with ribbon, twine, and at least a couple of cardstock layers...I couldn't do that many layers without my card looking like a hot mess so I kept mine pretty simple.

And here is the color challenge from Fab Friday:

Yeah sure it's red and green but that doesn't mean it HAS to be Christmasy.  I added a bit of Chocolate Chip and of course the gold sequins.

That's it for me today, check ya later peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tranquil Tulips, Labels to Love
Ink:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Emerald Envy
Accessories:  Everyday Label punch, Emerald Envy ribbon (I think this one is retired, oops), Dimensionals, Metallic Sequins

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sapporo, Part 1

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  Today I'm starting the layouts from our trip to Sapporo in 2010.  I made all these scrapbook pages last year but I was waiting for winter to post them (but not Christmas, because I usually have a few Christmas layouts ready to go too).  And since we've got snow on the ground this is a prime time to start sharing Sapporo.

See the pics here and here.  For this layout, I used the same sketch as I did on the Towel Creatures layout here.

I stamped my own patterned paper for this photo mat.  That's Missy and me hugging that snowman, who was probably at least 8 feet tall.

Today's color palette:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Whisper White.  It's a variation of another color combo I love to use on snow pages, using Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry (see that combo in action here, I love this layout).

Ryan and I usually take Monday off from the gym, and today we're getting ready to have book club here tonight.  When Ryan goes down for his nap, I'm going to bust out the food processor I got on Black Friday and make scones! :)  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Snow Burst, Snow Flurries
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Accessories:  None