Thursday, December 18, 2014

Color Throwdown 323 Along With Retro Sketches 145

It's a quick post today since I have to make an unexpected trip over to my youngest son's.  When I drove to my doctor's appointment today, the heater fan would not turn on.  It wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been around 18 degrees Fahrenheit!  I was just a wee bit frozen by the time I got there and back.  Good thing the windows didn't fog over.  So, here is my card for today.

With so many Christmas gifts go get made, I've rather neglected my regular blog post schedule.  Today I combined a couple of challenges to make a birthday card that I know I'm going to need in a few weeks.  Funny, it's not like I don't have enough made but something peaks your interest and away you go, making something new.  Don't you just love it!

The colors for my card came from the Color Throwdown Challenge and the sketch is from Retro Sketches Challenge.  I loved the colors and the sketch just made it all come together.  They are two challenges that are a joy to follow.

Stamp Set:  Bloom with Hope; Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral; Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, 2014-2015 In Color Sequins, Pearl Basic Jewels, Glue Dots
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You can find the colors and the details for the Color Throwdown Challenge HERE.

The sketch and the details for the Retro Sketches Challenge can be found HERE.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #2

Hello and Happy Sunday, everyone!  Our challenge for this week is to make a card that is Clean And Simple (CAS).  Of course, the only real challenge is that your card be a holiday or Christmas one. Now how easy is that!  Hmmm?  I think I got a little "tilted" when I put this one together.  You know, that might be a good reason to not create in the middle of the night.  :-) 

Stamp Set:  God's Blessing (retired); Ink:  Mossy Meadow; Card Stock:  Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  3/8" Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

We'd love to have you join us for this week's CAS Design Challenge.  You could be a winner.  You can find all the details HERE.  Be sure to check out the other members of our Design Team.  You can find their links in the side bar on the right.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! 103 Colored by Fab Friday 56

Oh my, how I do love combining challenges!  I loved the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! and the colors from Fab Friday.  It's a clean and simple birthday card that will be perfect for one of my grandsons.  I have three of them whose birthdays are one right after the other, three days in a row in January.

When I was stamping the image from the Holiday Home stamp set in Coastal Cabana, I noticed I had pressed too hard on the ink pad and the edge of the block left a line of ink on my card when I stamped it.  Rather than start over, I simply added more ink to the block edge and added some more lines.  Now how is that for incorporating a "mistake" into your stamping?  I'm one of those stampers who believes there is no mistake in stamping, just opportunities to stretch your imagination.

Did you notice that I flipped the sketch?  No, that wasn't a mistake.  I just decided to be a wee bit different.   :-)

Stamp Sets:  Four You, Gorgeous Grunge, Holiday Home; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Old Olive; Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Other:  Dimensionals

The CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge can be found HERE

The Fab Friday Challenge can be found HERE.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Wacky Watercooler "Best of..." December 2014 Blog Hop

It's the Wacky Watercooler The Best of... December 2014 Blog Hop.  It's the "Best of..." a fellow blog hopper, a retired product, and a current product.  Of course, this is my take on what I think is the "Best of..."  It's been fun to see what others consider their picks for the "Best of..." and if you haven't guessed by now, I'm very attached to using the "Best of..." as many times as I can in this post.  :-)  Not really but it just seems to have gone that way.

The first card you see is one that Gail Allen designed for the first Watercooler Blog Hop of 2014.  I liked the way she used the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape for the tree and chose this card as my "Best of..." pick from Gail.  I think it made for a beautiful Christmas tree, don't you?

We were to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) the design we picked and what you see below is my take on Gail's card.  Instead of Washi tape, I cut strips from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack for my Christmas tree.  Bordered the tree on the four corners using the Confetti Star Punch instead of star sequins and added a Silver Glimmer Paper star and a Red Glimmer Paper star to the top of the tree.  Just call me star crazy!

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Sahara Sand; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Whisper White, Trim the Tree Designer Series paper Stack, Silver Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Confetti Stars Border Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dimensionals

My next project features the Secret Garden Stamp Set and the Secret Garden Framelits Dies.  I really like Secret Garden and was very sad to see it retire which is why I chose it for my "Best of..." retired product.  It was also a great way to combine some die cuts that were laying around and crying out for a home.  I rather like the color combination.  What do you think?

Stamp Sets:  Bloomin' Marvelous (retired), Secret Garden (retired); Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi; Stampin' Write Marker:  Daffodil Delight; Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Garden Green, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Top Note Bigz Die, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Decorative Label Punch, Secret Garden Framelits Dies (retired), Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

For my final project, I chose for my "Best of..." current product the Work of Art Stamp Set.  From the time I first saw it, I have loved the images in the set.  With so many birthdays coming up next month, I made a Tic Tac Toe game board for one of my grandsons.  He's the gamer in the family and while they are usually video games, I know he'll get a kick out of this.

Stamp Sets:  Four You, Work of Art; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango; Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, 2013-2015 In Color Sequins, Dimensionals

Next up is the ever talented Jeanne Kupsh.  Click on the image, to head on over to see what projects she has created.

If you'd like to revisit Kath Ricks, just click on the image below.  I'm sure you'll want to check out her great projects again.

And, to head back to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog, click on the image below.  It's so worth looking everything over again.  You never know what you might have missed.

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Pals Paper Arts 231

Here's another quick post for you today.  I'm on a roll getting projects done for some challenges.  I loved the colors from the current Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Funny thing is, I already had the Serene Silhouettes image stamped and the die cut done.  It's a watercolor wash using the challenge colors.  Now how cool is that!

Be sure to stop back this evening at 8 p.m. Central Time to take a tour of the Wacky Watercooler "Best of..." Blog Hop.  CASEing, retired and current projects are on tap for some great inspiration.

Stamp Sets:  Bloom with Hope, Serene Silhouettes; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky; Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Feathers Framelits Dies, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, Silver Gelly Roll Pen, Thank You Set #4 Embossing Folder (Sizzix)

You can find the details for the Pals Paper Arts color challenge HERE.

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Colour Me...! 50 Looks Good with Freshly Made Sketches 166

It's late here, or early, depending on how you look at it,  so I'm going to make this a rather short post.  I seem to be good at that lately, don't I?  Today I played along with two challenges, Colour Me...! and Freshly Made Sketches.  I think they look good together.  I also wanted to let you know that tonight at 8 p.m. Central Time, the Wacky Watercolor Blog Hop starts.  I'm know you're going to want to see all the great projects, so be sure to make a note to come see what we have in store for you.

Stamp Set:  Banner Blessings Photopolymer; Ink:  Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Brushed Silver, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Border, 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 2-Way Glue Pen

You can find the colors for the Colour Me...! Challenge HERE.

 The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches can be found HERE.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

ColourQ Challenge 270

Today was a good stay to stay inside and get some much needed designing and crafting done.  So, after church, that is exactly what I did.  With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, I've got plenty of gifts to get made.  I took time out to make this simple card for the ColourQ Challenge.  It took no time at all to put together and I really like these colors together.  I hadn't used my Work of Art Stamp Set for a while and it lent itself perfectly for this design.

Stamp Sets:  Four You, Work of Art; Inks:  Blush Blossom, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding; Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Dimensionals

You can check out the ColourQ Challenge HERE.

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Sunday Christmas Card Challenge #1

Can you believe it's time for a new year of Christmas card making here at Sunday Christmas Card Challenges?  Today marks the first challenge of that new year and it's a color challenge.  I decided to stay pretty true to the color choices but it just had to have a little glitz to it and that is were that Silver Ribbon and Brushed Silver card stock come in.  It doesn't show up well in the photo but the card does have a  pretty shimmer to it. 

Stamp Set:  Beauty of the Season, Christmas Lodge (retired); Inks:  Basic Gray, Garden Green; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  1/8" Silver Ribbon, Dimensionals

Join us HERE for the Sunday Christmas Card Challenges color challenge.  We would love to see what you create!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 165

Will wonders never cease!  My plans for today changed which means I have more time to play in the craft studio.  Do I need to tell you just how happy that makes me?  No?  I didn't think so.  :-)

It's a beautiful day here and the sun shining through my window makes me so thankful that my craft studio is such a bright, cheerful place.  The desk is right under the window with the craft table to the left of it and, well, you get the idea.  It's the perfect place to put me in a happy mood!

For today, I've used the great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I'm thinking ahead to the next big day we will celebrate, Valentine's Day.  The cut out heart makes a nice frame for the sentiment from the Banner Blessings Stamp Set.

Stamp Sets:  Banner Blessings, Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic; Inks:  Pistachio Pudding, Rose Red, So Saffron; Card Stock:  Baby Girl Patterned Paper (DCWV), Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

The details for the Freshly Made Sketches can be found HERE.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Mojo Monday 374

Since I have a really busy weekend ahead of me, I decided to share this with you now.  I loved the sketch on the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge this week.  I paired it with Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon, two of my favorite 2014-2016 In Colors.  The snowflake doesn't show up well but can you believe I still haven't bought new bulbs for the light tent set up?  I keep forgetting them.  They are at the top of my list for my next shopping spree!

Stamp Set:  Christmas Bliss; Ink:  Lost Lagoon; Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

You can find all the details for the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge HERE.

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