Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Snowflake Greetings

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!!  This sketch was created by Cindy.

The instant I saw today's sketch, I envisioned the big snowflakes that Stampin' Up had last year called Festive Flurries.  It was one of those rare moments when I saw the card in my mind - big snowflakes, Lost Lagoon paper and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  That truly never happens to me.  I'm a brute-force stamper - lay it down, look at it, hate it, change it, lay it down again, etc. until it is right.  But then, just so I wouldn't get too cocky, Mr. Mojo slapped me down.  I couldn't find the stamp set.  I looked through my Stampin' Up section, my winter section, my Christmas section, and my NBUS section.  No stamps.  I looked again - nothing.  Then I started worrying that those stamps (a very expensive stamp and die set) were one of those things that my charming pair of cats had knocked off my craft desk into the trash without me noticing.  So I made a different card.  It took two long and frustrating hours and I hated it - because I wanted my snowflakes and Lost Lagoon.  Then I went for a long walk to clear my head.

Stamping is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it???

I looked one more time when I got back from my walk and I found it right away!!!  The problem was simply that I remembered it being a clear set and it was rubber.  Not only did I find it right away, but the card went together in 15 minutes!

If you add it all together - the searching, the bad card, etc. - this was about a five hour card!

Snowflake Greetings

I used some Heat 'n Stick powder to apply a fine glitter to the strip of Lost Lagoon and to the top snowflake. That's the kind of fuzzy look you are seeing in the photo - but it's great in real life!!

I do hope you all play along.  I love the sketches at FMS.  I even put an icon on my iPad with a direct link to the past sketches page at FMS.  It has helped me out of a crafting slump countless times.  This sketch is a definite keeper.  Think of all the shapes you could use - pumpkins and ghost, snowflakes and trees, flowers, stars, or my first card actually had a bunny!!  Then you could use colorful strips of paper to make it fun!  I look forward to seeing what you create.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry, Endless Wishes (sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Flowerpot dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon, Versamark
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up Festive Flurry dies, Smoky Slate Embossing Powder, Heat 'n Stick Powder (to apply the glitter), Martha Stewart Fine Crystal Glitter

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Bev...Let's Celebrate and Happy Dance!!

Today we are celebrating Bev's birthday!!  Bev is one of the nicest people out there in the blog world.  Happy Dance is one of my very favorite blogs to read.  Her cards are clean, simple and graphic. And every post gives you a peek into her life.  Whether it be about typing a 75-year old manuscript, or the seeing the fox on the bluff, or making potato salad, or enjoying one of the 20 grandchildren - each post makes me smile!!

Bev also remembers birthdays.  It just takes a short scroll through her blog to see all of the birthday wishes that she sends out to others, so we definitely have to celebrate her birthday.  Darnell and Ardyth are the ringleaders of this one.  Darnell's blog is a little busy hosting her current NBUS challenge so all of our birthday cards and wishes for Bev are being linked up here.  Anyone can link up for Bev.

With Darnell as a host and with Bev as a big NBUS player (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff), it was a no-brainer for me to do a NBUS card.  I even dug deep for this one - a stamp set that had gathered dust. Happy birthday Bev!!  I hope you are celebrating and doing a happy dance!!

Yay HB2U
This is my third and final card to link up at the current NBUS challenge.

  • Stamps: Lil' Inkers Spot on Stamps
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Calypso Coral, Simon Says Green Apple
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Simon Says Green Apple, Coral Reef, Maliblue
  • Accessories: Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Wishing Well

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

Isn't this a beautiful graphic??  I am so looking forward to seeing what everybody creates with this lovely inspiration.

The sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps who has kindly given the design team members a set from their Clearly Whimsy collection along with a coordinating die.  I got their Travel 2 but don't be misled by the word "travel".  My card for this week is a love card, then on the 21st, I'll be back with a heading-off-to-college (or even graduation) card - so it's not all about "travel".  

Captured My Heart

Do you all recognize the shape in the upper corner?  I think I'm going to have to be careful as to who I give this to.  They have to be old enough to recognize a roll of film!!  At the last minute, I added the light gray camera behind the sentiment to give a bit of a clue.

I also have to give a shout out to CASE this Sketch.  I was actually making the above card a week ago (before I ran away for a quick get-away!).  I was totally inspired by the sketch that was current a week ago, but it didn't even occur to me that the sketch deadline would be long past before I was scheduled to post this card.

Be sure to head over to Curtain Call to check out all of the inspiration from my fellow designers and our guests!  Then be sure to play along - there is a prize from Whimsy Stamps to one randomly selected participant.
  • Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Travel 2
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Garden Green, Peach Parfait and Basic Gray, My Favorite Things Bubblegum
  • Ink: Simon Says Fog, Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow
  • Accessories: Whimsy Stamps Candid Camera die set

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PTI Inspiration Archive: Birthday with Scribble Flowers

A dear friend is celebrating a birthday today.  (Happy Birthday Andrea!)  I have been a very bad friend and it's been a month since I saw her, and I miss her.  (Sorry friend.) I hope you have a fabulous day and we will celebrate big when I am back in town next week.  (I hope it means a little something that I made sure to get a card done, and actually mailed to you, before I left on vacation!)

I recently ordered the Circle Scribbles die from Papertrey Ink because I had seen them used a number of times as flowers.  I thought they would be fun for this card which is mostly birthday and a little apology.

Birthday with Scribble Flowers

I did use the sketch and colors from the Papertrey Inspiration Archive.

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Bashful Blue, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Circle Scribble dies, Turning a New Leaf dies, Harvest Gold buttons, Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles

Friday, September 12, 2014

Avery Elle More Stories: All is Calm

Avery Elle recently released a charming set of little animals called More Stories - it's the second set to Storybook.  I ordered immediately, not only because they are totally cute, but also because I envisioned them sitting in front of the trees from the Let It Snow.  More Stories comes with a variety of scene builders - kites for the spring, grass and flowers for the summer, falling leaves for autumn and snowflakes for winter - so it is perfect for all times of the year.  The four animals in the set have such sweet and gentle expressions; I think they are perfect for this calm scene.

All is Calm

I'm linking this up to the current clean and simple challenge at Avery Elle...keeping in mind that there's not a lot of white space but there is open space.

  • Stamps: Avery Elle Let It Snow, More Stories
  • Paper: Simon Says Soft Navy
  • Ink: Simon Says Soft Navy, Versamark
  • Accessories: Avery Elle More Stories dies, Memory Box star die, Heat 'n Stick Powder and Martha Stewart Fine Crystal glitter (it's hard to see but the star is glittery), Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins, Hero Arts white embossing powder

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches: Christmas Blessings

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!!  This one was designed by Jen Brum.

I was thrilled when I saw the sketch because I just got a new set from Paper Smooches that had the perfect image for the center.  This sketch is a fabulous way to show it off!

Christmas Blessings 2

I created a starry background using a Memory box stencil, embossing paste and a sprinkling of glitter.  My original plan was to use pastel colors but somehow the more elegant blues and neutrals took over!

I'm sure you see the possibilities in Jen's sketch and I hope to see you play along!

I'm also adding this to the current Paper Smooches challenge.

And last, but definitely not least, I want to give a shout out to Darnell's current NBUS challenge.  These stamps are definitely "virginal" - pun intended!!!

  • Stamps: Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel, Not Quite Navy, Little Yellow Bicycle paper pad
  • Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Versamark
  • Accessories: Paper Smooches Blessed Christmas dies, Memory Box Starry Nights Stencil, Dreamweavers white embossing paste, Martha Stewart Fine Crystal Glitter, Stampin' Up white candy dots, Pretty Pink Posh Bronze sequins in 4mm cupped and 6mm flat, Pretty Pink Posh stars (colors with a Copic), Papertrey Ink RUstic Jute button twine

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Simon Says Stamp: Fairytale Collection

I love package tracking through UPS or USPS.  The words "out for delivery" totally makes my day!  I had a Simon Says Stamp package full of Stamptember fun scheduled to be delivered yesterday.  I watched the mail truck at my mailbox.  I waited a few minutes before I ran out to get the mail so I didn't look like a crazy woman.  Picture it: country road, long driveway, mailbox at end of driveway, woman in pajamas and sweatshirt with uncombed hair trotting to mailbox (I'm on vacation - I don't have to get dressed or comb my hair).  I got to the mailbox looked, looked again, no Simon Says package.  Seriously??!!  I should have run out when the mail truck was still there so I could have flagged it down and made them search their truck until they found my "out for delivery" package.  I looked scary enough to get it done!

Fast forward about ten hours.  I'm in bed, still in pajamas and uncombed hair.  I was browsing with my iPad and I glanced at the package tracking status just to see what kind of tracking update they added at the end of their day when they saw my poor lonely little package on the floor of their truck.  It said "delivered". Excuse me??!!  So - same mental picture as above - but add pitch dark, drizzle, and skunks lurking in every bush primed to take me down.  The package was there (and the skunks didn't find me).  God bless the postman who came all the way back down my country road!

I have lots of fun fall and winter stuff in the package - but first thing I did was stamp the inks.  This is their Fairytale collection.  I love Simon Says inks.  They stamp all blotchy and quite dark, but when you see them a few minutes later, they are smooth and beautiful!  These are five of the six new colors - Cobblestone didn't work on this card but it's a lovely gray/brown.

What's Up

My life would be complete if they came out with coordinating cardstock for these new colors.  What's up with that??

  • Stamps: Simon Says Talk Bubbles ("what's up?"), Card-Exchanging Friends (the banner)
  • Paper: Simon Says Soft Navy
  • Ink: Simon Says Goldenlocks, Coral Reef, Maliblue, Beanstalk Green, Caribbean Blue, Versamark
  • Accessories: Simon Says Hello die, Frames die (the thin inner frame), Fall Festival sequins