Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
I knew when I picked up the Blah Bunny and the Blah Blah Blah sets from Honey Bee Stamps that at that some point they would be perfect for sons in college. The Blah Bunny might be a little cutesy for my guys but he is definitely feeling "blah". The sentiment set has tons of options - they are great and I don't know of anything else quite like it.
This is on its way to my oldest son. He should graduate from college in December. He LOVES college but not for all the typical reasons. He definitely loves the school itself and the area surrounding it - Colorado State University is in a stunning setting and within an easy walk/bike there are hiking trails, breweries and Old Town Fort Collins which is full of unique and amazing restaurants and bars. But mostly he simply loves the act of learning. His perfect world would be to stay in college forever taking class after class - no matter the topic - and soaking in whatever he can learn. He'll graduate with kind of a combination of data analytics/physics/computers and really likes it. But he also listens to 12-hour long history podcasts on single battles in a war. He watches YouTube videos on cooking methods and then experiments. He'd be the best stats guy in about any sport there is. He LOVES learning and good for him.
But it's making him quite a bit less interested in moving on with life and he is feeling "blah". For a variety of reasons, his next steps should be assured not that he'd share with us but I hope he'll share more when we go up for brunch next weekend! Mostly I just want to know if he's moving in with us for a while since most of what he does can be remote and he'd need to save up for furniture, apartment deposits, etc.
In the meantime, I thought Blah Bunny and especially the sentiment set was about perfect for him!
Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Blah Bunny, Blah Blah Blah
Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Blah Bunny, Avery Elle Reverse Pinked die
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green
Thursday, September 23, 2021
I needed a quick card to mail to my youngest son. My husband recently told me that on their 15 hour drive to take him to college, my husband was fiddling with the car vent scent thing that my son loves and broke it. So I marched my husband right down to Yankee CandleCompany and had him buy a supply of Macintosh Car Scent Vent Clips. After all, he broke it - he should replace it!
As a cardmaker, I can't just mail them - the package had to include a card! And with the apple scented car things, what a perfect time to tell my son he is "applesolutely awesome!"
Whenever I need to do a quick card, I absolutely need a challenge to get me started and preferably a sketch challenge. And with perfect timing, the CAS on Friday sketch worked!!
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Everyday Doodles and Everyday Punnies
Dies: Essential by Ellen Everyday Doodles
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept: Sunny Sunflowers! It's a perfect challenge for me right now - my brother and SIL have an anniversary coming up. Their fall wedding happened at a stone chapel in the Colorado mountains and the decorations included everything fall - it was stunning. "Sunny Sunflowers" is the perfect theme for this anniversary card.
The little heart actually drove my layout. I wanted the words next to it - and I wanted all of the flowers at the bottom. There's quite a bit more of the background die above the heart but I realized if I made a 4 1/4" square card, everything would still fit and the heart would be more obvious.
I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept!
Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords
Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords dies and Fall Bouquets, L'il Inkers Stitched Woodgrain
Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Maple Leaf, Trinity Stamps Scripty Thanks and Wonky Stitched Wilderness Slimline Series
Paper: Craft Consortium Ink Drops - Vivid, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry, Seaside Spray, Crumb Cake and Champagne Foil
Other: Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice Silk, Stampin' Up Champagne gems
Monday, September 20, 2021
I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this charming Whittle Taco and Nacho along with their friend Whittle Avocado and some punny sentiments from Life is Sweet.
Stamps: Poppystamps Life is Sweet
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Taco and Nacho, Whittle Avocado, Word Balloons, Memory Box Stitched Square Layers
Paper: Memory Box Dashing Stripes and Dots, Cottage Stripes and Dots and cardstock packs in Berry Red, Sunny Orange and Lush Green
Friday, September 17, 2021
I'm on the Poppystamps blog with this Art Deco Birthday card.
There are more pictures and more chatter on the Poppystamps blog!
Stamps: Poppystamps Art Deco Birthday Greetings
Dies: Poppystamps Geometric Deco Plate, Village Rose and Background, Orchard Leaves
Paper: Memory Box Graceful Garden Glitter Pad, Cardstock from the Sunny Orange and Lush Green collections
Other: Memory Box Open Studio Fairy Jewels
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this card. I had the snowman idea right away, but I was thinking of an elegant, open-style snowman that I thought I had with beautiful snowy papers behind him. It turns out my mental image of that particular snowman was wrong. So I flipped through the other snowmen that I had and this guy just kept saying "Pick me! Pick me!" and I'm so glad I did. I found some cheerful papers and smiled the entire time that I was working!
I used some soft fluffy paper in the hat and then some glitter paper for the snowflake. I struggled with the sentiment a bit because "oh what fun" fit size-wise but I kept singing "...in a one-horse open sleigh" and there's no sleigh here and that bothers my obsessive side. But there is "fun" here so I stuck with it.
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!
Stamps: Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas
Dies: Paper Smooches Snowman 2,
Paper: Bella Blvd Holly Jolly Christmas (the only paper not in this pack are the orange nose, the very light gray outline and the specialty fluffy paper (SU) and sparkly snowflake (Michaels))
Other: Studio Katia Pink Carnation gems
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.
Paper: Patterned is unknown, Papertrey Ink Limeade Ice, Simon Says Fog And Smoke, Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter pad
Dies: Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here, Taylored Expressions Congrats Script, Sizzix Funky Wreaths
Other: Stampin' Up Woodgrain Embossing Folder
The Card Concept is back!! We had so many players during our extended summer challenge, thank you for playing along all summer. I do hope that you continue playing especially with our amazing fall challenges. Check this one out! And notice the helpful color swatches on the graphic.
I created my Clean and Layered card with this amazing Botanicuts set from The Greetery. I was surprised to find it in my not-yet-used stash because I loved it from the moment I saw it. In using it, I loved it even more than I thought I would. I didn't realize it when I got it, but that branch including the veins for the leaves is already put together so you get that graceful swoop without any extra work. Of course, there are extra pieces so you can arrange it yourself too.
I did a bit of work on the leaves to make them fall-like. The edges are sponged with a coordinating color. Then I splattered them with some sparkle ink (I love frost on the leaves in the fall) and with some dark brown ink. I'm a bit afraid of splattering (I prefer having complete control) so they are a bit too subtle. I stopped before I got a big unplanned splatter!
Stamps: The Greetery Blessed Blooms
Dies: The Greetery Botanicuts Mighty Oak, Brick Layer, Blessed Blooms dies
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Soft Succulents, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, Fruit Punch, Toffee, Sea Salt and Mocha
Other: Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk and Dark Roast Silk
Monday, September 6, 2021
I'm on the Poppystamps blog today with this charming Whittle Forest Squirrel and a rainbow of leaves using the Whittle Oak Leaf.
Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather and I love the brilliant colors. Mostly I love them together. The brilliant colors look even more amazing against the wintery skies and with a bit of frost. So behind my squirrel, I added a bluish-gray background and I used the Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder since the waves looked like blustery weather to me.
Pop on over to the Poppystamps blog for many more pictures and details!
Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Everyday clear stamp set
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Forest Squirrel and Whittle Oak Leaf, Memory Box Stitched Square Layers
Paper: Memory Box 6x6 cardstock packs in Stormy Blue, Earth Neutral, Berry Red, Sunny Orange, Lush Green, Vibrant Violet
Other: Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder, Bright Jewels
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Wasn't last week an amazing celebration of 500 sketches at Freshly Made Sketches?! Have you checked out the list of prizes on the FMS Winner's post? If you played along you might be there!! I also had prizes with the winner's announced here.
Now it's time for our 501st sketch and I created it!! It's always such a thrill to do a sketch and then see how all of you have used it. Here's my card, then the sketch.
I hope to see you playing along this week at Freshly Made Sketches!
Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Patchwork Pumpkin, Autumn
Paper: Honey Bee Stamps Gingham Galore: Fall