Friday, June 23, 2017

Inlaid Rose and a Bonus Card

Happy Friday, y'all!  How's it going?  I'm eating breakfast with Ryan on the floor next to me...he's laying on a blanket and kicking his feet like crazy.  I swear this kid is gonna grow up to be either a world-famous Irish river dancer or else a karate champion.  At least he's a happy little kicker.

So for something new and different, I made a card! ;)  Actually, two.


Like yesterday's card, it's an oversized flower made with a smoosh technique, but this one was a little bit different.  Helen Read had posted a card this week with a link to a tutorial on Patty Bennett's blog, and I just had to see how it was different than what I'd been doing.  Actually I do a few different watercolor wash techniques; sometimes I spritz water on watercolor paper and use AquaPainters to add some color (like this card); sometimes I scribble on my largest acrylic block with markers, then spritz that with water and use it like a stamp (like on this card).  Yesterday I dabbed the edge of my ink pad on a Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet, spritzed *that* with water, and then smooshed it on my white cardstock.  So today, following the video tutorial, I inked up some smaller acrylic blocks with my ink pads and smooshed them around on wet watercolor paper.  Then I sent that through the Big Shot with the Rose Garden Thinlits and used it to make an inlaid design with some Tranquil Tide and Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  I'm just going to keep typing "smooshed" until my computer gives up and accepts it as a real word.  Smooshed smooshed smooshed.

Haha, the red squiggles DID disappear.

Anyway!  Check out this week's Freshly Made Sketch:


I traced the edge of a dinner plate to get my curve.  Easy peasy.

Also take a looksie at the beautiful colors at the Color Throwdown:


I used Elegant Eggplant, the retired Pistachio Pudding (there just wasn't a good substitute in the current greens), Flirty Flamingo (hubs heard Patty Bennett say "Flirty Flamingo" on the video tutorial when I watched it the other night and he made fun of it), and Tranquil Tide.  I thought Tranquil Tide stamped on the Pistachio Pudding cardstock would be a little too stark for what I wanted, so I inked up the Post Script stamp with Pistachio Pudding ink and then sponged on some Tranquil Tide.  I ended up with a green kind of in between those colors and it was soft enough that I was quite pleased with my genius idea.  Whee.

But after I made that card, I had a perfectly usable watercolor outline of the rose and leaf, so I made a second card.


This one is kind of a stepped-down version; I used a mask to stamp the Post Script curvy bit right on the white card base, and used just the outline instead of doing another inlay (which looks great, but takes a while to make and will leave you with glue all over your fingers).  To jazz it up a bit, I added a few metallic enamel shapes...I'm never sure about just where to put those to look like a random scattering.


And there's both cards together.  The rose watercolor was done with Flirty Flamingo and Elegant Eggplant; the leaf with Pistachio Pudding and Tranquil Tide and I'm beginning to think Tranquil Tide is one of those colors that gets along with EVERYBODY and I love it.

Wow, I've been a Chatty Cathy today.  Shutting up now.  Cheers y'all, and have a great weekend!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Post Script
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide, Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Elegant Eggplant, Tranquil Tide, Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Metallic Enamel Shapes, dinner plate for tracing

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eggplant Splat

Hey y'all!  My blog post title today doesn't sound very pretty, but I'm rather pleased with how my card turned out :D


And it is, indeed, a splat of Elegant Eggplant ink.  I had this ink smooshing technique on the brain thanks to Brian King...this is my second attempt and at first I didn't think it was going to work, but when it dried it looked a lot better.  Oh, I stamped the inside of this card too but I didn't take a picture; it's got another flower (this time in Lemon Lime Twist) and says Happy Birthday.  My purple-loving sister-in-law's birthday is coming up soon...

I'm entering this at the CASE the Designer challenge on Global Design Project:

I kept the same basic layout, with just a bit of a patterned layer peeking out from under the white card front, and my main image is also watercolory albeit with a totally different effect.  My eggplant splat flower was inspired by Inkspirational:


SU! doesn't have a blue-violet color like that, but I thought the Elegant Eggplant looked pretty good and I LOVE it with Lemon Lime Twist.  This inspiration photo made me think of the giant flower from the retired hostess set Bloom with Hope, so I broke out the retired stamps today.  The Lemon Lime Twist layer has the retired background Bella Toile stamped on it.  Much as I love new schtuff (who doesn't?) it's fun to go back to some older stamps every once in a while.  Need to get back to doing Friday Flashbacks.

That's it for today, y'all.  I'll be back with TWO new cards tomorrow, I've already got them made and sitting on the desk :)  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Bloom with Hope, Bella Toile
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Dimensionals, hexagon punch

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ahoy Again

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I'm in luck today...the What Will You Stamp? crew as finally circled back around to a stamp set I own :)


Soooo ahoy again, fishies!


Once again, those two patterns happen to be the same piece of paper.  I have a feeling I'm going to want to stock up on some of these DSPs before next summer because I am LOVING them!  I've got a scrapbook layout on my desk right now that I'm going to use the same DSP as from yesterday's card on.  But back to today's card, you can stamp on patterned paper!  How fun is that?

Anywha, there's a new sketch at Retro Rubber too!


Seaside Shore is *just* a year old, so it's like, barely retro, but it still counts!

That's it for me today, y'all.  I'm off to do some Urgent Naptime Crafting.  Cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Seaside Shore
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim
Paper:  Emerald Envy, Thick Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Tranquil Hello

Mornin', y'all!  How's it going this fair Tuesday?  It's nice and sunny out here today, a nice change after a lot of rain yesterday.

Today's card looks sort of watery, too.


AAAAHHHHH I love the new Designer Series Paper.  This is Delightful Daisy, and as it happens I used both sides of a single sheet of paper.  I'm glad I got to play around a bit with Tranquil Tide for this card, I looooooooooooove that color and need to use it more.  Delightful Daisy has the color Daffodil Delight in it, but on the circular pattern the yellow was softened so it looks more like So Saffron, so I used that for my card base.

I used the latest sketch from As You See It:


And the inspiration challenge from Just Add Ink:


Isn't that gorgeous?  I die cut "love" out of copper foil paper, which was inspired by this copper pitcher.  The swirly circular design on the DSP reminded me of the AYSI sketch, and lucky for me the colors in the paper also hearkened back to this inspiration picture.  And once I had these two challenges in mind, this card came together superfast, which is good because the kiddo was starting to wake up as I worked on it.  I feel like I should rename my blog Urgent Naptime Crafter.  :p

Well, I'm off to see what I can accomplish today while little Ryan is napping.  He's moved around some so I might not have much time before he's awake and ready for his next bottle...

Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings
Ink:  Tranquil Tide
Paper:  So Saffron, Tranquil Tide, Thick Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP
Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Dimensionals

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heian Shrine

Scraparrific Monday to you, peeps!  If you recall, I said on last Monday's post that I had forgotten a 5x7 photo and I just really didn't want to redo the pages.  So instead, I incorporated it into this layout, which will go right in front of that one in my book:


See the original pics here.  Sorry for the glare on that 5x7, it's been two years and I still can't find a place in this house to take reliably good pictures of scrapbook layouts.  But anyway, that was the 5x7 in question :)

This layout is a little different for me...I nevereverEVER arrange my pictures so they are flush against each other with no mat in between, but for those three pics on the left-hand page, I just COULD NOT trim even a little bit off and so there you have it.


After wanting it for YEARS, I finally bought the Headline Alphabet off eBay.  I think when it first came out, I decided that I would only get either the Letterpress Alphabet or this one, and I chose Letterpress.  Of course now I want ALLLLL the alphabets :)


Today's color palette:  Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  There was a LOT of Tangerine Tango in the pictures, so I only used a teensy bit of it for narrow photo mats and then of course the page title.

Well, I've got dishes to do while Ryan is asleep.  Have a great day, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Headline Alphabet, Empire Alphabet Lower, Kanji
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP
Accessories:  None

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Honeymoon Cruise, Part 3: Eating Ourselves Silly

Hey y'all!  Happy Saturday!  I'm back once more with a couple more honeymoon cruise layouts.


If these layouts give you the impression that we spent most of the cruise eating, well...that's accurate.


I discovered when taking pictures of this album that it's HARD to get good pics of a white-background scrapbook layout.  Maybe I need a darker background to put the pages on when I try to take pictures?  I don't know, I photographed the entire book TWICE and this was the best I could do.  Still need to actually put all these pages in the album.


We are still in the land of Daffodil Delight, but Pumpkin Pie is coming up soon :)  Have a great weekend and cheers, peeps!

Supplies for the whole album:
Stamps:  Tall Tales Alphabet, Island Blossoms
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence, Basic Gray marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence
Accessories:  Scallop border punch, Mickey Mouse punches

P.S. I totally had tacos for dinner last night.  I couldn't help it after posting my taco truck card :D

Friday, June 16, 2017

I Heart Tacos

Mornin, y'all!  How's Friday so far?  I have a very happy kid playing on the floor next to me...little does he know this afternoon he has to go to the doctor for his 4-month checkup and he's getting SHOTS.  Poor Ryan!

I also have a card to share today!


So having Ryan smack in the middle of Sale-a-Bration means that I didn't really get to play with the SAB stamp sets much, y'know, since newborns are so time-consuming ;)  But I love the Tasty Trucks set and I love tacos, so I had to bust it out today for the Global Design Project theme challenge:


I looked through my stampy stash, and I have ZERO current wheely stamps, so there's another reason to bust open Tasty Trucks.  And also tacos.  I'm happy I now have a taco stamp.  You never know when you'll need a taco stamp.

Coming up next is the latest sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:


And another shot at Cupcake Inspirations' watercolor challenge:


This time I actually watercolored my image instead of just doing a quick wash for a background.

Well, Ryan's 4-month photo shoot didn't go that well yesterday because he was highly uncooperative, so I think I'll try to get some pics this morning while he's all happy.  Wish me luck!

Happy weekend and cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Tasty Trucks
Ink:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Thick Whisper White
Accessories:  Lots of Labels Framelits, 1 1/4" circle punch, Dimensionals