Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Agnes Flies Again

Frankie came out to play again last week, so of course Agnes couldn't be far behind, could she?


Yep, there's Agnes!  I used the Fab Friday sketch:


And once again the Retro Rubber Halloween challenge:


Agnes is also 10 years old since she's part of Best Fiends with Frankie (and Vlad, who hasn't appeared yet this year but he will).  This time I did the inside of the card too:


Spiders are definitely scary, but this one I can handle.

Time to go get the kiddo up and feed him so we can be off to the gym.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Best Fiends (retired)
Ink:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive, Color Theory DSP, Pumpkin Pie DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Banners Framelits (retired), Glitter Enamel Dots, Vintage Crochet Trim

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy 1st Anniversary

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  The hubs and I will have our fourteenth wedding anniversary this Wednesday, so today seems like a great time to share this layout from our very first anniversary!


We went out with our friend Liz and she took these pictures for us; that one on the top right is what went out with our Christmas cards that year.


I just absolutely HAD to buy Number of Years and Letters for You for this layout; I still need the matching Framelits for both but those letter ones are $100!  (So many stamps I could buy for $100...but I do really want those Framelits too!)


I used acorns for accents because they're seasonally appropriate and also hubs and I are a little bit nuts.  The patterned paper is from a very old set called Outlaw and I love it.


Today's fall color palette includes Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Very Vanilla, all of which are retired except for Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.  I'm down to just a teeny bit of Handsome Hunter cardstock...well, at least I think I'm down to just two pieces of 12x12 so I'm hoarding those.  Don't think I have a lot of the 8.5x11 either.  Unfortunately, I have discovered that one can buy more retired SU! cardstock on eBay, so if I do run out I know where to look ;)

Okay, y'all.  I think the wee babe wants out of his bouncer so he can go wander all over the house and I'm going to put the dogs' water bowl up before I release him from bouncy jail.  Ha!  TTFN, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Number of Years, Letters for You, Acorny Thank You
Ink:  Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Paper:  Really Rust, Handsome Hunter, Very Vanilla, Outlaw DSP
Accessories:  Acorn builder punch, Lots of Labels Framelits

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Frankie Says Boo

Since I missed several days of posting this week, I just had to make a card for today (plus kiddo was a pretty good napper yesterday, so I had the time to make one).  Behold, Frankie!


Retro Rubber Challenge:


As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I would dust off my all-time FAVORITE Halloween stamp set, Best Fiends, which I've now had for TEN YEARS.  I paired that with this week's Freshly Made Sketch:

I moved down the strip across the card front because my Polaroid die is so large that you couldn't hardly see that strip behind it at all.  The colors come from a new-to-me challenge at House of Cards:


I did So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Basic Gray, and Always Artichoke for the colors.  I used Prismacolor pencils to color in Frankie; unfortunately my camera flash kind of reflected off his face and I can't take the photo without flash because it was so overcast here when I took the photo yesterday afternoon that you wouldn't be able to see anything :p  Oh well, he looks a little better in real life and maybe I'll take another picture later today.

Saturday means step aerobics day!!  And Ryan gets to stay home with his dada while I work out.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Best Fiends
Ink:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Always Artichoke DSP
Accessories:  On Film Framelits, bat punch, Dimensionals, Prismacolor Pencils

Friday, October 13, 2017

Moon Baby Love

Happy Friday, y'all!  I had a bit of an unplanned vacation this week--after hosting book club on Monday I was feeling a little punky for a couple of days and didn't get down to my craft room at all this week until yesterday afternoon.  But I finally made a card!


This week's challenge at Global Design Project is to CASE the Designer, Brian King:


Brian is king of the layers, so I picked a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and added lots and lots of mats and layers:


I used the same patterned paper on my card as Brian did, and I added a heart accent too.  The images on the baby panel are all stamped with Early Espresso + Versamark, then embossed with clear powder so I could color them without the ink running.  I used a variety of methods to color it in; old Blendabilities for the baby's skin, Aquapainter and ink pad lids for the baby's hair, umbrella, and onesie, blender pen for shadows on the baby's onesie, watercolor pencils for the stars, and finally I sponged a light layer of Soft Sky ink over the panel.

This is a bit of a spite card....my cousin sent us an Amazon gift card for the baby, and she wrote a note that NO ONE makes their own thank you cards and I should just send her a message on Facebook when I get it.  So of course I'm like YEAH HUH PEOPLE MAKE CARDS LOOK AT THIS I MADE YOU A CARD.  I even still had one of the baby thank you cards I made months ago that I could have sent, but nope, I made one special.  (It says thank you on the inside.)

Well, I've got ten minutes before kiddo and I head out the door to the gym.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Moon Baby, Lift Me Up, One Big Meaning
Ink:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Paper:  Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP
Accessories:  Clear EP, watercolor pencils, Blendabilities, Up & Away Framelits, Dimensionals

Monday, October 9, 2017

Castell Coch

Scrappy Monday, y'all!  I've got a busy day ahead:  have to clean up the house and bake a few things because I'm hosting book club tonight.  So why did the hubs and I choose to take apart the couch yesterday, clean the cushions and restuff them?  Whoops.

So anyway, today's scrapbook layout is one that took like two weeks to finish for no particular reason.  It just took forever for me to get from the start to the end, but I like how it turned out.


Photos here.  Castell Coch means "Red Castle" in Welsh; we heard it was because a former owner of said castle had red hair, though Wikipedia thinks that it's because the sandstone used to build it is kind of reddish.  Either way, I had to use Ruby Red for my page base because reasons.


I've been using Jayne's Type Alphabet (usually along with Rough Type) for the titles on all my Welsh pages.  I've done ten Wales layouts and I still have five to go.  We saw a lot of castles in Wales.  Anyway, my Ruby Red pad is pretty old (obviously, since the color retired quite a long time ago) so I hit it with some ink refill before I stamped the title and it worked like a champ.  Oh, part of the reason why it took so long to finish this layout:  I stamped the square embellishments and punched them out with a 5/8" square punch.  Did I have a 3/4" square punch to mat with?  Noooooo.  I tried cutting 3/4" squares with my paper trimmer, but I always got them a little lopsided and my crafty OCD was not okay with that.  This is why Amazon Prime is a really, really dangerous thing for me.  Got the punch two days later and voila!  Finally finished.


Today's color combo:  Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.  Sometimes I get stuck on one color and use it on several layouts in a row; this time it was Ruby Red and I did SIX layouts with it over three different places/events.  I also used the Ginger Blossom DSP on all of them too.  The other five layouts are going in my China albums though.

That's it for me today.  I'm off to bake an apple cake because happily the hubs has the day off work so HE can watch the baby while I bake.  Then we have to put the couch back together.  Cheers!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Hello Lovely
Ink:  Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Ruby Red, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DSP
Accessories:  Square punches

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cool Snowflake

Friday again already, y'all!  And it might only be October (YAY OCTOBER I LOVE YOU) but for today's card I'm channeling snow.


I had the color combo thanks to Cupcake Inspirations, and snowflakes were a no-brainer to go with navy, white and silver, but then I needed a sentiment.  I wanted some kind of "hello" type sentiment rather than Christmas, so I started looking through my stamps and the "You're Cool" from Cool Treats made me laugh so that's why I picked it.  Here's the Cupcake Inspirations challenge graphic:


I stole the sketch from Dawn Olchefske's blog, but it looks like that was a challenge for her team of demonstrators and not a general challenge.  Either way, I liked the sketch (and I'm totally an orphan demo, out here all by my onesies, and I am by far and away my own best customer).

Well, I'm going to get Ryan and me ready to go to the gym today.  Friday's class is a boot camp, which I didn't go to last week--we got out of the house too late for me to make the class so I did elliptical.  Anyway, hoping that class is good.  Tomorrow's class is my favorite--step!  I did it for the first time with this teacher last Saturday and she totally kicked my butt.  It was awesome.  So yep, breakfast and then we're out the door.  Cheers, y'all!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Flurry of Wishes, Cool Treats
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Silver foil, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Rhinestone

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Howdy, kids!  How's it going this fine Thursday?  I'm actually looking forward to yoga class at 8:30 this morning, if I can figure out something else to do instead of downward dog so I don't strain my wrists.  Other than that, I did actually like the class last week.  Color me surprised!

Speaking of color, we're back to orange today : D


Well, actually it's Peekaboo Peach and I stamped pumpkins on it.  That's some fruit/veggie confusion right there.  Anyway, I saw this color combo at the Color Throwdown:


...and I was tempted to break out Foxy Friends again, but then I thought hey, I haven't used Hug in a Mug in a while.  And so I made a pumpkin spice latte card, even though I've never had one.  Much as I love pumpkin, I like to bake with actual pumpkin puree, not all the "pumpkin spice" stuff that tastes all chemical-y, plus I don't drink coffee.  But anyway, that fox is super cute.

I used Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso for my card.  I thought I'd do Early Espresso for the card base, then I talked myself into doing Crumb Cake, and once I had everything stuck down on the Crumb Cake card, I didn't like it so I pulled it all up and went with Early Espresso after all.  Sometimes the first instinct is the right one!

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

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Hug in a Mug, Pick a Pumpkin
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP
Accessories:  Dimensionals, metallic enamel shapes