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Sunday, August 20, 2017

6-4-2 adventures

Did you miss me?  After my last post in May, I spent 6 weeks preparing to retire, 4 weeks on the road to Dallas and Denver to spend time with the cutest grandsons in the known world, and 2 weeks catching up on chores at home - more adventures than I can tell about!  Included in the catching up was 200+ blog posts.  OK, really I skipped some of the older challenges.  I made this card last week, using a beautiful new stamp set and thinlits bundle, for the retired Peace on Earth challenge at Jingle Belles:

stamp set - Carols of Christmas; ink - Versamark, Craft White; Stampin' emboss powder - Silver; card stock - Silver Foil, Dapper Denim; Big Shot and Card Front builder thinlets

(I would like to say that I can't believe I forgot to post it, but unfortunately, it's all too much like me to forget to post) Then the new Jingle Belles challenge came out - Spirits of Christmas Past - and I pulled out retired supplies for this card:
stamp set - Seasonal Bells; ink - Crumb Cake, Encore Gold (retired); card stock - Very Vanilla regular and thick; punch - Bell; Big Shot with Holiday Frame embossing folder (retired)

(So perverse of me to use new for old and old for new, and then to think it sounded like a rally cry for the Three Musketeers)  In an effort to redeem myself, I used supplies you're still able to purchase for the not-yet-retired challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, and created a card suitable for the current season:
stamp set - Rose Wonder; ink - Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo; card stock - Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Watercolor; Big Shot with Rose Garden thinlits; Aquabrush
This card is a CASE from a card I thought I had pinned, using a technique the original artist described - watercoloring through the die-cut negative.  Now, I can't seem to find the original post anywhere (aaugh!) - if anyone can point me to it, I'd love to link it here to give her credit!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

commencement adventure

I know an amazing young man who will be graduating from high school in less than a month, and I didn't want to send him something frilly or fussy.  The current Cue Card at Casology is Commencement; I think this card fits the bill:
card stock - Basic Black, Silver Foil, Real Red; Big Shot with Large Numbers framelits and Sunshine Wishes thinlits

The white background is unusually yellow here; I don't know whether I accidentally nudged the white balance setting, or if it's just interference from the shiny silver foil.  The red - one of his school's colors - looks a bit orangey, too.  This card would be easy to do in any school's colors.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

a four-generation adventure

My nephew and his wife have four children, and the youngest just turned one. They had a family birthday celebration yesterday, in the park.  We were happy to attend, as were many other relatives.  I made this for the celebrant (although she didn't seem too impressed, or even interested, really):
stamp set - Number of Years, Balloon Adventures (on envelope); ink - Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point; card stock - Crushed Curry, Pacific Point; designer series paper - Party Animal; Big Shot with Large Numbers and Stitched Shapes framelits
I enjoyed chatting with my brother's family and my nephew's in-laws, as well.  Thinking back today, I realized my favorite memory is that my nephew and his wife each have a living grandmother, and both were at the party, wearing their winter coats and complaining good-naturedly about the cold, while the children were running around in light jackets, or just t-shirts, and some were barefoot :)

At Little Red Wagon this week it's Time to Celebrate; at Seize the Birthday, Anything Goes - I think this card fits well with both!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

adventure with a challenging color combination

When I saw this combination at Stamping Royalty, I didn't think I'd like the two different greens together, but I decided to try it anyway, just keep the darker (and bluer, I think) green to a minimum.
But then I kinda loved it  when I laid it out together, and added more Always Artichoke by using it for the sentiment and the mats under the images:
stamp sets - Vertical Greetings, Thankful Life (hostess); ink - Always Artichoke; Stampin' Write Markers - Watermelon Wonder, Always Artichoke, So Saffron; card stock - Whisper White, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi; Big Shot with Petal Burst embossing folder
And then several of the lovely stampers who were here for Card Buffet kinda loved it, too, so it will be one of the choices next month!

Monday, April 17, 2017

returning to Christmas challenge adventures

In addition to no time for blog posts, I also haven't been able to create any Christmas cards.  I was determined, in January, not to let that happen, but as I wrote yesterday, something had to give :(  Fortunately, I've got time now, just in time for my most favorite annual theme at Jingle Belles - Peace on EARTH (day)!  While I was thinking about where to look for something to re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle, or up-cycle, I used the last tissue from a box printed in green circles that reminded me of wreaths!  
stamp set - Wondrous Wreath (on envelope); ink - Cherry Cobbler (on envelope); designer series paper - Adventure Bound (retired); card stock - Red Glimmer, Early Espresso; Big Shot with Wonderful Wreath framelits and Christmas Greetings thinlits; Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds stampin' glitter

I try to put a Christmas card choice on the Card Buffet each month; the first one this year was inspired by the photo inspiration at Christmas Chard Challenges:

stamp set - Sweet Home; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Versamark; card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Big Shot with Home Sweet Home thinlits

I put off buying the Sweet Home and Home Sweet Home sets, but I'm glad I gave in - it was really fun putting this little gingerbread house together!