Friday, April 18, 2014

It's Time for a Color Challenge!!!

Oh my goodness! There are so many wonderful photos and color pallets on the Design Seeds website. I just love looking at the photos everyday. They've inspired my biweekly color challenges. Sometimes the "challenge" is to find a Design See photo that I like AND then find the current Stampin' Up colors (or reasonable substitutes). Another "challenge" is that when I view the colors on my tablet they look like one SU color, but then I view them on the laptop and they look like another color. That happened this week. 

Here's the Design Seeds inspiration

rustic bouquet

Based on how my tablet displayed them, the Stampin' Up colors I chose (from top to bottom) are: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Perfect Plum, and Smoky Slate. These are the colors I used for my card. But my laptop says the colors are Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, and Smoky Slate Wisteria Wonder

You can use any combination  of colors. The photo and my card here to inspire YOU! Don't feel like you have to use all the colors, either. Just be creative.

(Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, Everything Eleanor, Papillon Potpourri; Inks: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette; Card Stock: Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride; Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Circle Card Framelit (for banner), Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Blender Pen, Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, Dazzling Details)

I'd be thrilled if you would play along with my challenge. Just post a link to your card at the InLinkz link at the bottom of this post. You can also email me a photo of your creation and I'll post it for you!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweet Thanks

Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White--these colors are so sweet together. Throw in a touch of Coastal Cabana for a little pop and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and some Ruffle Stretch Trim for texture and you have a sweet and quick Thank You card. Wouldn't this card be great to mass produce for baby shower thank yous?

This week's Nacho Average Challenge blog had a simple, but elegant sketch. (And thank goodness, too, because I didn't start working on this card until 10:30 at night--long story that involves moving my old bones on the volleyball court in a parents vs U15 club volleyball team game and then having to search the neighborhood for my errant son who thought he was just going to sleep over at a friend's house. Oy.) Here's the sketch.

And here's my sweet thank you card.
(Stamp Set: Petite Pairs; Ink: Coastal Cabana; Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Accessories: Pistachio Green and Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Small Oval and 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punches)
 I hope you enjoy it--I have to go take some "vitamin M" and head off to bed!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Easter Basket Tutorial

Just in time for Easter--the first Faithful INKspirations tutorial! I learned how to make this basket last year from Lyssa Zwolanek. It's really simple and you probably have all the supplies you need. Here's the step-by-step tutorial.

Start with an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock. I used Wisteria Wonder. On the 11" side, score at 1", 2", 3", 4", 7", 8", 9", and 10".

Rotate the card stock one quarter turn. Score at 3" and 5.5".

Cut the one inch scores on each side, stopping at the 3" and 5.5" score lines.

Fold the 1" strips and center square.

Gather four strips toward the center square to start forming the basket.

Punch through all 5 layers and attach with a brad.

Cut an 11" x 2.25" strip of card stock. Adhere to inside of basket, covering brad backs. Decorate.

(Stamp Sets: Label Love, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Wisteria Wonder; Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Silver Ribbon, Mini Brads, Artisan Label, Modern Label, Word Window Punches)
I hope you liked my first tutorial. I hope to add more in the future. Let me know what you think!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Far Away and CAS

This week's code word over at Addicted to CAS is "Far Away." Hmm, what do I have that I can use for this theme? I thought about something that said "Miss You," but I don't have any stamps that say that. I used the bicycle from Timeless Talk for the last ATCAS challenge. Oh! I know! I can use "The Open Sea!"

I really love "The Open Sea" set. I remember it was in an Occasions mini catalog and I was thrilled when it carried over to the annual catalog...and then carried over for a couple more years. I wonder if it will be on the "Retiring List" that comes out on April 21st. I hope it stays around some more....but if it retires, that only means room for MORE NEW STAMPS!!!

I wanted to do something out of the "ordinary" with this set, and last week I had an idea for using a few out-of-the-box colors. But I can't remember what they were now. (Does that ever happen to you??) Anyway, I decided I'd use Blushing Bride and Early Espresso. Those colors combined with the sailing ship say "vintage" to me--which usually means "more is MORE." But since this is supposed to be a clean and simple challenge, I had to "embrace the space." I'm learning to like CAS, but I still feel like the card stock is "naked" if I don't emboss it or stamp on it.

Here's my entry for this fortnight's challenge:

(Stamp Set: The Open Sea; Ink: Early Espresso; Card Stock: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride; Early Espresso Core'Dinations Specialty Paper; Accessories: Deco Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Natural Trim)

I matted the imagine on Early Espresso Core'dinations paper that I roughed up with the sanding block. I thought the Arrows Embossing Folder added to the "far away" theme.

For my bow, I wanted to have something a little less frou-frou and a little more nautical, so I looped a piece of the natural trim over the horizontal piece and pulled it through. I frayed the edges a little, because, well I think vintage can be CAS, too.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring has sprung! (momentarily)

We've had a gorgeous few days here in central Maryland. Bright. Sunny. Warm (but not too warm). Simply lovely weather. But we have a saying here in Maryland--Don't Like the weather? Wait a few days. Apparently, we're getting a nasty, cold rain coming through and instead of being near 80 degrees, we're going to be lucky to get out of the 40s on Wednesday. Brr!

I was so happy to see the colors Connie and Mary have chosen for this week's color challenge. They're Bright and Sunny colors. So I'll be able to look at my card and remember what our fleeting spring felt like--at least for a few days!

Here are the colors:


And here's my card.

(Stamp Sets: Pleasant Poppies, Petite Pairs; Ink: Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Accessories: Blender Pen, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Curly Label and Small Oval Punches, Essentials Piercing Pack, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon)

I used my Blender Pen to color the flowers and the stems. I thought the greeting in the oval was "lost" on the Curly Label Punch--and then I remembered that the Essentials Piercing Pack has a template for that punch, so I pierced around the perimeter of the label.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Springtime Butterfly

I'm playing along with a new (to me) challenge blog today: Freshly Made Sketches. I had originally planned to do another challenge, but the card I made for that challenge, well, it was a hot mess. I was not satisfied with it. I re-made it several times and I still don't like the finished product. So, my dear blog readers, you will never see that card fail. Fortunately, I found this new challenge blog and almost instantly had an idea for it.

Here's the sketch.

I thought this sketch would be great with the springtime colors in the Quatrefancy Specialty Paper. And I'm sort of on a butterfly kick. (Well, in the mess that is my stamping desk, the Papillion Potpourri set was still out, sooo....) Here's what I came up with:

(Stamp Sets: Papillion Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Strawberry Slush; Card Stock: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; Specialty Series Paper: Quatrefancy; Accessories: Word Window, Modern Label, and Elegant Butterfly Punches, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones)
I almost didn't add any stamping at all to the card. I kind of liked the simplicity of the color blocks with the embossed panel. But I decided to add one lone butterfly, a sentiment, and a little bling.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. It's going to be gorgeous here in central Maryland!!

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