Saturday, May 19, 2018

HIMCR Challenge #353

I am back with another card for a challenge. I have been working on the never ending process of sorting out my stash, and I needed a break, so I went through my 'unfinished cards' box & found one that would fit for a challenge today.

I was going to put this one in for our VC Rocks Virtual Stamp Day, but I realized it didn't really fit any of the criteria. The weather has gotten marginally cooler so I'm hoping that will motivate me to play some more tomorrow. It's been really warm, and the pollen has been driving me insane. I hate allergy season.

This card uses a fun fold a friend taught me. I just die cut the label largest label framelit & then the one the next size smaller (I think.. it may have been third one down... I admit I don't recall.). Just some strong adhesive at the back to secure the backs of the flaps. It's really easy to know where to put the adhesive because you just score the die cut about 3/4 of an inch in and use that smaller part under the inside panel... between  the vanilla panel & the Early Espresso one.

As you can see I went full on with the collage stamping on the inside panel... I added another panel, the same size, to the back with no stamping, so I had a place to write a message. I stamped the main ship image on a 3x4 piece of cardstock so I had lots of extra space. That way I could just keep tearing until I got the look I wanted. Then I inked the edges & added some sponging to both image panels.

Note.. Don't try to tear first or cut the panel to small. Trust me one that one. ;)

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up

Stamps: The Open Sea
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: Framelits

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

As You See It Challenge

It feels good to be getting back into the groove. As promised, I'm keeping up with the 'monochromatic' theme this week. Today, I've got two cards to share. They actually both exactly the same, except for the colour scheme. I chose to post them today because they fit with the latest challenge from the As You See it blog, #174.

Here are my cards: 

I made these on one of our cardmaking afternoons with my very talented friend Angela. She found the fun fold & showed us now to make it. If I remember correctly, she may well even have prepped the cardstock for us. What was borrowed was the stamp set & the markers. I used to have a few Stampin' Up markers, until I took a Tombow marker class and fell in love. 

The set I used is called Birthday Blooms. It's a Stampin' Up set I never purchased which is retiring as of the end of May. Now that I have so many friends who are also Stampin' Up users, we talk about who likes what, and we confer before we order. Certainly, there are times where we'll all decide we need to have a set because we suspect we'll reach for it enough to warrant just having our own, but often we will find that one of us will really like something a great deal more than the others in the group. This set falls into that category. It's pretty, and I enjoyed colouring the flower. But I'm not particularly enamored with the font they chose for the sentiments, so that took it off the 'must have' list for me. 

Of the two card, the one using Tempting Turquoise is my favorite. The blending worked better. I couldn't get the Rose Red and the pink colour (I don't actually remember what pink I used) to blend smoothly. The Turquoise and the Pacific Point looks more seamless to me in the blend. 

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Basic Black Archival ink
Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette*

*I'm unsure about the lighter pink colour; I'm not a big fan of pink & I don't really own any so I don't necessarily recognize it. It almost looks too dark to be Pink Pirouette. But I don't know. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

VC Rocks Fun With One Color Blog Hop

Well hello!

I cannot believe it's been over a year since I've posted to my blog. Our Yahoo! group VC Rocks has started up again for the season, and we're starting the month of May with a blog hop. The theme this time is Fun With One Color.

VC Rocks is a group of SU stampers who do all sorts of fun activities for each summer. You can learn more about us at the website.

I've got two cards to share with you today. I want to get back to posting at least 3 times a week, so I'll be back again at least twice this week with more cards that fit the theme of today's post.

The first card I am sharing use Lemon Lime Twist. It's by far my favorite of the 2017-2019 In Colors. In fact, I'm very sad that when Stampin' Up announced their upcoming color family revamp, they didn't move this color into the core palette. I get why they didn't - it's sticking around for another year & that would leave the In Colors short one for a year - but I can't help it. I love this color. I don't want to lose it. I also really love this stamp set. The funny thing is I was unsure I'd use it when I first saw it. The basic design for this card came from my friend Laura B, who is an SU demo. She hosts a stamper's group at my place once a month.  

I apologize for the fact that the color is off; I'm not quite sure why. I do know I need to get a better light set up for photographing my card, but in this case I think it's more than that. 

The next card also uses one of the returning In Colors - Berry Burst. It's another one I made in on a card night. I admit I'm still not in love with this set. It does work really well here on this clean and simple 'Hello' card, though.

I'm the last stop on this month's hop. If you're starting here, head over to Robin's blog - she's the first person on the list.  We love comments so please go through and comment on all the participants' posts.

Or, if you've completed the hop, head over to VC Rocks and  leave a comment there, too!

Card details - All products Stampin' Up!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

 Beautiful You
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist
Ink: Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist
DSP: In Color Pack


Stamps: Climbing Orchid
Dies: Orchid Builder Framelits
Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Whisper White
Ink: Berry Burst, Chocolate Chip

Friday, February 24, 2017

Paper Players 332

I am getting this challenge in under the wire!

I can't figure out where January went. Life just got really busy. And then the last week of January/beginning of February, I ended up with a lovely bout of cellulitis in my foot that I'm still fighting. I'm not very good at using my iPad to blog, so I couldn't really get on here, as I was under strict orders from the doctor to stay in bed and keep my foot elevated unless I absolutely had to go somewhere. We even ended up missing the Canadian Women's National Team game against Mexico. I was pretty crushed.

I have more I could share - and I will - but now I must get this card posted before the deadline. Blogger was giving me trouble this morning and the page to write my post wouldn't load. Finally got it working after I ran my CCleaner to get rid of all the temporary internet files & crap that I think were slowing things down.

The challenge is to make a card with the sentiment as your focal point. There are two other challenges I was going to use it for, but tomorrow I will post a few other cards I've finished that I like better for those ones.

I love this font, and I love how big the sentiment is. I haven't gotten the set yet - I was crafting with friends on Tuesday night - but it has definitely grown on me. I'm hoping it actually makes next year's catalogue, because between the glimmer paper & the medallion set, I'm not sure I'll be able to get it before SAB ends. 

It's hard to tell here, but the darker sentiment layer isn't black - it's embossed in gold. If/when I make this card again, I will remember to stamp off before I do the background. You can see a spot where I didn't, and it's just too dark.

Check out the challenge here!

Card Details - All Products Stampin' Up

Stamps: So Very Much
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mint Macaron, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, punches

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tired Tuesday...

Still not sleeping well... not sure what that's about at this point.

I had a wonderful day of hanging out a home in sweats, though. Tuesday is laundry day & I love to stay  home and relax as much as possible. I had a fun Skype conversation with my favorite 3 year old today (my dear, sweet niece). Got to see my new nephew, too. We didn't Skype for long because something odd was happening with the connection. I could see them, but they couldn't see me. So frustrating!

Here's today's card. Another masculine birthday card. I made this one at a 2015 Stamp-A-Stack. It was designed by Susan Easter, who was my first Stampin Up demo. I love to go to Stamp A Stack classes. Sometimes I'l tweak the designs & sometimes I won't. This time, I didn't, beyond maybe altering the colours a bit... specifically, I think I switched the colour of the coral & the fish. But I am not sure, to be honest.

Bonus: I own this stamp set & I can remember all the card details!

Card Count: 4/365

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up

Stamps: By The Tide
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Monday, January 9, 2017

Manic Monday

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time on Youtube & Pintrest of late. I think I'm obsessed. I see a lot of people are using Facebook Live. I'm not as big a fan of that, somehow. That said - if you're a Tim Holtz fan, he's doing a week of sneaks. Today was stamps & there some great ones. Luckily for my wallet, he's staggering the release over 3 months. Even better, I only like about 6 of the 18 he's releasing...and it so happened to work out so it was two in each of the 3 months. I love it when that happens!

Although I've gotten off to a late start, I want to try to post a card a day. Now, not every card will be new. Some will be ones I've forgotten to post from ages ago. I'll try to remember to note that in the post. On the Card A Day Challenge blog, which is a blog that gives a daily prompt to inspire crafters to keep up with cardmaking. Right now they're also including monthly prompts. For January, the idea was to use the same set for a week. Well, I'm not really in the mood for that right now, so instead, I'm going to feature a company or theme each week. Since yesterday's card was from Stampin' Up, I'll focus on SU cards this week. And I'll do my best to also focus on birthday cards.

Today I give you two cards, both using retired sets. I made them in our Stamper's 10 card club at least 2 or 3 years ago... I know that because the demo who led that group no longer lives here. I can't remember the names of these sets so if you know, please share in the comments!

Card count 3/365

Card Details
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Filligree Birthday Card
Cardstock Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: striped ribbon, twine

Nature card
Stamps: French Foliage (background)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Always Artichoke

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wow.. I'm late with a New Years' greeting this year.

It's been a busy time. I'm still recovering from that STUPID cold that's been going around; I'm one of the lucky one who got the long version of it. Plus my new little nephew was born, and the little guy had a bit of a rough go of it the first few weeks. All will be well, though.

It's time for the yearly goals and the my word for the year. Now, I know I've posted a word for the year in the past, but as hard as I've tried to find those past posts, I can't. I decided it doesn't matter, since ultimately I knew the word I was choosing for this year was different that past years. And really, even if it was the same as the one from a few years ago, who cares? Are the New Years Resolutions police going to come & arrest me? I think not!

So my word is Hope. We had a wonderful Advent series at our church this year where we focused on four words, Hope, Peace, Joy  and Love. Hope was the theme the week I spoke. I was very moved by the opportunity to not only share more about the way God's been working in me, but also to be able to light the Advent candle. I don't like to be too pushy about faith issues, so if you're interested in reading or listening, say so in the comments & I'll provide you with a link.

I have some crafty goals for the year:

-Finish 4 gift albums that need to be done

-Sort out my pages that are complete but not yet in albums

-Blog regularly. I have no excuse; I make a lot of cards - I just forget to post them. I have about 30 already photographed & ready to be posted.

-Whittle down my stash & be more intentional in my purchases. I'm already seeing progress here.

-Continue to get & stay organized

Other goals

-Read 12 books; in theory can likely read more but 1/month is a start, given how little reading I've done lately.

-Be more intentional in connecting with friends

-Be consistent in my Bible study / prayer time... I truly believe it helps me keep my ears & heart open tot the Holy Spirit.

-Be more intentional in caring for my health

Well that was long... I think it's time to post one of the cards I made ages ago & didn't get around to posting. This one was made for my sweet niece's 3rd birthday. I actually made it for her in the summer, when me & my crafty friends got together to play with the Stampin' Up  2016-2018 In Colors. I still haven't purchased any of the inks because I'm still debating which ones I'd actually use once they're retired.

Card Count 1/365

Card Details - All products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Over The Rainbow