I love the colors this week at the Color Throwdown. I've been using various combinations of these colors over the summer while creating cheerful cards of encouragement. I haven't added a peachy color so when I saw the color combo, I wanted to give it a try. I like it - the peach softens the look.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
I was looking through challenges yesterday and realized I had totally meant to play along with the Memory Box Happy Holidays challenge that closes today. I put this card together in record-breaking time. Sometimes I like when that happens. Don't get me wrong, I love the process - trying different and layouts and sentiments until I love the result. But it's amazing how often I like the quick and easy cards - the cards I don't overthink!! Of course, it helps to have lovely stamps, dies and paper!!
This started out with the idea of a shaker card but my eyes fell on that glitter paper. The glitter has such a variety of colors yet all so soft; it probably has more sparkle than a shaker would have. Then I just found some darker cardstock that coordinated. Finally I pulled out the star die and some foil (which made this photo hard to get as I was reflected in the foil when I leaned over to take the photo!) This photo doesn't begin to do it all justice.
Thank you to Memory Box for the challenge that inspired me to pull out these lovely products.
Stamps: Memory Box Bold Christmas Greetings and coordinating dies
Dies: Memory Box Delicate Pine Frame, Star of Wonder
Paper: Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter Paper and Polished Foil Pad, Stampin' Up Pretty Peacock
Other: Trinity Stamps Silver Stones
Friday, August 28, 2020
I ordered a beautiful dragonfly die a few months back and the poor thing hasn't been used yet. I was thrilled when I saw the dragonfly challenge at Fusion that included a lovely graphic.
Thank you to the Fusion challenge for the inspiration.
Stamps: Verve Amazing Wishes
Paper: Simon Says Stamp Assorted Holographic, Stampin' Up Highland Heather
Dies: Pinkfresh Dainty Blossoms and Noteworthy Frames, Simon Says Stamp Etched Dragonfly
Inks: Distress Oxides Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass
Other: Trinity Stamps Rainbow Reflection Rhinestone Mix
Thursday, August 27, 2020
This die set is just charming. I had so much fun putting this together! He's an odd looking little bird but it just adds to the retro look. I did give him a branch to sit on and I decorated the ornament with a bow both from a different Sizzix set - Funky Festive.
Thank you to Christmas Kickstart for the inspiration! (And I have just realized that I could have used their logo for color inspiration. I love it when an entire post matches!)
Stamps: The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Christmas
Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Ornamental Birds and Funky Festive, The Greetery Sentiment Suite Basic, Simon Says A2 Thin Frames
Paper: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue, Just Jade, Soft Suede
Other: Studio Katia Pearls in Rose Pink, Bora Bora and Bluebell
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Dies: Concord & 9th Freshly Cut Florals Edition 3
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Cinnamon Cider, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade
Ink: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Versamark
Other: Stampin' Up 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
This is my second post today.
The Cupcake Inspiration challenge is celebrating its 500th challenge. That is definitely something to celebrate and I celebrated big!!
I got that "Big Birthday Wishes" die when I was first discovering the fun of slimline cards. (NOTE: the white panel is exactly 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 and the die just fits. When I got the card done, I decided it needed just a bit of a frame around the white so it's now slightly bigger. It won't fit in an A9 envelope, but it does fit in the bigger A10.)
Of course, I had to use a cupcake. This is the biggest cupcake I have, but sadly when I pulled out the set, the candle die that comes with is missing but I found a substitute. The bow isn't in the cupcake set but it's one of my favorites and I loved the look with this cheerful card. Some stripes of paper and a sprinkling of coordinating sequins and it's definitely a big and bright birthday card.
Congratulations to Cupcake Inspirations!!
Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Cupcake Builder (not the candle), My Favorite Thing Big Birthday Wishes, Taylored Expressions Little Bits - Bows
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight (and old dsp); Taylored Expressions Cupcake and Pink Champagne
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Mix and Marigold gems, Little Things Tangerine Mix
I have lived and played in Colorado for my entire adult life. I love our mountains and their many "moods". Sometimes they look rugged and imposing. Then there are times when the sun is setting that they turn black with indescribably brilliant colors behind them. Sometimes they get a misty look - like artwork created with torn paper. And that mood is what I envisioned when I saw the colors at Just Add Ink.
I have loved that sentiment since I first saw it but have had no use for it. I actually still don't have any use for it - I have no idea to whom I would send this card so I think I'll keep it. I have photo ledges above my computer that I use to display my cards until they are sent. I'll display this one up there as a daily reminder of the beauty surrounding me!
An update on our fires. I-70 is re-open, not because that fire is out but because it's moved away from the interstate although I'm not sure I'd drive through this. (Photo from 9News)
The biggest fire is now the second biggest in Colorado history. It is 44% contained so there is progress. Another big fire is in the mountains above where my son goes to school and is 0% contained and has burned 18,000 acres. We get regular updates from the church camp that we have spent lots of time at for over 20 years and it's quite bleak. Yesterday they said that while the fire is still far away, the wind is blowing it towards them and there is nothing to stop it, in fact, there are forests of beetle-kill trees for it to burn through. Fire crews took a few staff members up to pick buildings that they will try to save. The camp sits right on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park so there's nothing to stop the fire after it blows through our beloved camp. (My heart goes out to all in California impacted by fires. Colorado has had around 200,000 acres burn - California is at 1.4 million. What a year it has been.)
Thank you to Just Add Ink for the inspiration to create a tribute to my Colorado mountains.
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studios Through the Trees
Dies: Altenew Mountain Die Set
Paper: Stampin' Up Purple Posy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray
Ink: Stampin' Up Misty Moonlight, Versamark (with fine detail embossing powder)
Monday, August 24, 2020
I have collected a large number of Poppystamps' Whittle collection, both dies and stamps. I love them for their quirky look and punny sentiments. They are fun for my college-aged sons because they are cute but not necessarily cutesy. So when Inspired By challenge announced their "punny" challenge, of course I had to play along. Then when I got the sentiment out that I wanted and started planning the card, I was helped along by the sketch CAS(E) this Sketch. It gave me a chance to do some fun stripes and give my little turtle some ground.
As soon as I added the glittery water and the gems, this card is no longer for either of my sons. They take great offense at "bling" on their cards. If you've seen many of my cards, you know I don't use a lot of bling, but I love three little sequins/gems to highlight the sentiment. When I try to do a masculine card for my boys without any bling at all, the sentiment just seems empty. So after I changed from plain blue cardstock to sparkly blue water, I figured I might as well throw caution to the wind and add my gems around the sentiment.
Thank you to CAS(E) this Sketch and the Inspired By Challenge for inspiring me to get out this cute little turtle.
Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Everyday
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Turtle, Whittle Mounds and Orchard Leaves
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
The Colorado mountains have always been a place of peace and refuge for me and my family - hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, skiing, just breathing the air - it's a wonderful place to be. Just getting out of the car after a drive to the mountains and taking a deep breath of air can change a bad attitude. Worries disappear, energy appears, stress and anger drift away. (Assuming you can handle the altitude!!!) But right now, our mountains are in trouble. There are four major forest fires - one of which is already the fourth biggest in Colorado history (already 138 square miles) and only 7% contained so will grow. Another has shut down the major/east west interstate across Colorado (and the country). A third is in the mountains just above where my oldest goes to school. There's no danger to him, but the skies are smoke-filled and orange.
National news is annoying - it's 90% politics, 9% coronavirus and then 1% fires in California (not Colorado). Also did you know a town of 125,000 people in Iowa has been destroyed by a derecho? Look up Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wow. But it was a week before I saw it on the news and only because Trump went (thus it's politics!)
OK - I'm done being depressing and this isn't why you are here. Here's one last look at my take on the peaceful mountains of Colorado. I hope to see you playing along with us this week - it's a wonderful break from the real world!
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things to Say
Dies: Concord & 9th Geometrics dies
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce
Ink: Distress Oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sea Glass
Sunday, August 16, 2020
I knew I was going to play with snowflakes this weekend as I was inspired by the current challenge at Christmas Kickstart. I didn't know that I was going to create a beach card with those snowflakes using inspiration from the Color Throwdown.
It's a unique combination but it totally works for a friend. She moved from Colorado to South Carolina and she lives on a lake. We have early morning phone calls while she is sitting on a dock with a cup of coffee. These soft colors are what I imagine she's seeing. And if it's not - she does adore the beach so I'm covered!
So Friday I did a big bold snowflake card and today it's the beach! I think I need to pull out some traditional snowy colors in my crafting today - they might help me cool off! Thanks for the inspiration from these challenges.
Dies: Sizzix (Tim Holtz) Mini Paper Snowflakes, Holiday Greens, Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday ("peace")
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Toffee, Peaches n Cream, Salt Water Taffy
Other: Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls (colored with Copics)
Saturday, August 15, 2020
This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches includes a big diagonal stripe. I already posted this card for it but I had actually started in a different direction with angled speech bubbles. Then I realized the little critters needed to be on a narrower panel - then I didn't want to angle the speech bubbles very much so I didn't hide any little critters - then I added layers of colored bubbles two of which were fairly straight. When I got to the picture, I just didn't really see the big diagonal stripe anymore but I like the card so here it is!
Friday, August 14, 2020
This is my second post today.
With inspiration from the Christmas Kickstart Snow is Falling Challenge, I had planned on playing with snowflakes this weekend. I hadn't planned on playing along with the bold colors at The Paper Players mainly because it ends in an hour. But I was looking through a Stampin' Up order I just got yesterday I realized the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems which includes Night of Navy gems (one of the colors at The Paper Players) flash so many colors - I'm seeing pinks and aquas and oranges. So if you followed the odd way my mind works, this convinced me that I needed to do bright and cheerful snowflakes with the bold colors and flashing gems.
These snowflakes are new-to-me but actually fairly old. They are a Papertrey Ink set that I've always liked because of the unique shapes and solid stamps so when they ended up on their Blow-Out sale, I picked them up.
Thank you to both challenges for the inspiration!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Fab Flakes
Dies: Papertrey Ink Fab Flakes
Ink: Stampin' Up Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Night of Navy
Other: SU Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems
My Stampin' Up demonstrator's birthday is coming up next week. (Or my "dealer" as my husband calls her!) I pulled out the wonderful flowers from Poppy Moments with some bright and cheerful colors; and I used the sketch from the Inspire. Create. Challenge to create this card.
I layered everything tone-on-tone just for the dimension. I love the bright combo of Granny Apple Green and the retired Lemon Lime Twist. (FYI - I have kept every single Stampin' Up color since the beginning of time! It's amazing how often colors come back around or at least coordinate with something new. My color revelation in yesterday's post was how well More Mustard and Cinnamon Cider work together!)
I used the retired Gingham Gala sequins because they included Lemon Lime, but it turns out the iridescence in the Grapefruit sequins kind of coordinates with Flamingo and Mango.
(Whew! That's a lot of color names.)
Stamps: Stampin' Up Watercolor Wishes (sentiment)
Dies: Stampin' Up Poppy Moments, Stitched Rectangles
Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Black, Gingham Gala 6x6 dsp
Other: Stampin' Up Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins
Thursday, August 13, 2020
As I was matching up colors, I found that that the old More Mustard is a beautiful match with the new Cinnamon Cider. I love the golden tones of each. I also added the new Bumblebee and a bit of Misty Moonlight for contrast. I used the butterfly just to fill in some space on the sketch. I love the fonts on the sentiments from Arrange a Wreath and it fit perfectly in one of the Stitched Labels dies. I did not adhere the edges of the leaves, butterfly and even the sunflower to give it dimension. This shows it a bit better.
I am really happy with this card or maybe I'm just thrilled to be moving into the colors of fall! And I definitely need to add this die set to my stash! Thank you to Fab Friday for the inspiration that pulled this all together!
Stamps: Stampin' Up Arrange a Wreath
Dies: Stampin' Up Sunflowers, Stitched Labels, Butterfly Duet Punch
Paper: Stampin' Up Cinnamon Cider, More Mustard (retired), Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, DSP is retired
Ink: Stampin' Up Cinnamon Cider
Other: Stampin' Up 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots, Subtles Embossing Folder
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Stamps: Avery Elle Simple Sentiments, Pinkfresh Believe in Yourself
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist
Monday, August 10, 2020
I'm squeezing in a last minute entry to CAS Colours & Sketches. Their color combo includes Terracotta Tile and I immediately knew I wanted to play along. Terracotta had gotten no love from me yet and that's surprising - it really is my kind of color. I pulled out a Memory Box die so that I could use the darker colors for the flowers and leaves - then I just brushed on some Blushing Bride and added a few pink pearls!
Stamps: Memory Box Springtime Typewriter Sentiments
Dies: Memory Box Antique Corner Rose Label
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Terracotta Tile, Garden Green
Ink: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride
Other: Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls (colored with Copics), Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice Silk (for splatters)
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Stamps: Altenew/Pinkfresh collaboration: Celebrate Us
Dies: Pinkfresh Phrase Builder: Sending, Slim Stitched Rectangles, Slim Edgers
Cardstock: My Favorite Things Pineapple, Stampin' Up Old Olive
Ink: My Favorite Things Pineapple, Stampin' Up So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Cinnamon Cider, and the old Subtles dsp
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Gems