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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

annual tradition adventures

I don't think I've ever sent anyone a card for St. Patrick's Day, but when Brenda Quintana posted hers (complete with video!), I immediately thought of the tradition I share with my BFF - going to McDonald's each year for a shamrock shake.  Then TGIF posted a color challenge, which corresponds to the current Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge, and I pretty much had to make one:
stamp sets - Marbled, Coffee Cafe, Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Sahara Sand, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Gold Foil, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla; Big Shot with Coffee Cups and Layering Ovals framelits

I forget how difficult it is to photograph shiny things - the gold foil shamrock does not look as shiny here as it actually is!

Although I haven't previously sent a St. Patrick's Day card, I have sent many, many Christmas cards, and I've been working quite diligently this year to make more, earlier, than I have previously.  I recently needed to add on to an order to increase the total, so I could earn one more Sale-A-Bration item. 

Speaking of Sale-A-Bration, make sure you don't miss out on this annual tradition of free merchandise with every $50 spent; it ends March 31! 

I added a Christmas set I've been thinking about for some time, and the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown March sketch seemed like a perfect place for the reindeer.  As you can see, something else entirely happened:

stamp set - Merry Mistletoe; ink - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; designer series paper - Be Merry; Big Shot with Layering Circles and Stars (retired) framelits

Don't worry, though, I'm sure the reindeer will appear on another card before I'm finished with Christmas cards this year. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

adventures with challenges, coffee and inchies

I'm taking a break from miscellaneous challenges for March, but I did draw  face each day in February for the 29Faces challenge, I'm caught up on the weekly photos for the Quirky Heart challenge, and I've completed more than 65 cards in my #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018.  Here are numbers 58 through 65:
They're not in any particular order, just however they fit into the frame; the one at the back center was the last of the batch, which I made for the Little Red Wagon Thanks a Latte challenge:
stamp set - Coffee Cafe; ink - Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede; card stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz; designer series paper - Coffee Break; Big Shot with Coffee Cups framelits

Then, after thinking for far too long about what to do with inchies or twinchies for Jingle Belles Merry LITTLE Christmas, I finally saw the perfect sketch at Stick It Down.  For lack of any more original idea, I pulled out an old favorite stamp set:
stamp sets - Christmas Punch (hostess, retired), Post Script, Merry Merry Mistletoe (on envelope); ink - Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler; card stock - Sahara Sand, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; punch - Postage Stamp (retired)

The "postage stamps" are 1", approximately - the mats I cut for them are 1-1/4".  I think the old stamp really works well with the background stamp, which is from the current catalog!

Monday, March 5, 2018

quick sketch and color adventures

Last week, I was working on a party for a customer who requested vellum for the make-and-take projects, and I found a sketch at As You See It that I think worked really well:
stamp set - Waterfront; ink - Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi; card stock - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Vellum; Big Shot with Layering Circles framelits and Woodland embossing folder

While I was working on the other projects for the party, my most recent order arrived with new products that I didn't have time to play with until today, and it seemed perfect for the closing-in-minutes Color Throwdown challenge:

stamp set - Blossoming Basket; ink - Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; Stampin' Write markers - Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; blender pen; card stock - Whisper White, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate; Big Shot with Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder and Layering Circles framelits

Friday, February 16, 2018

adventure with bits & bobs

I was thinking about the box o' bits & bobs because that leftover green tag/mat was being relegated the other day.  The yellowish and coral flower below has been cycling back and forth for about a week between the pile o' bits & bobs (that need to be filed into the box), and the inside of the stamp set case, because I thought that would remind me to use it.  Fortunately, I saw the Spring Wreath challenge at Fusion Card Challenge; I think it fits perfectly with both the photo and the sketch:
stamp set - Amazing You; ink - Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Basic Black Archival; Stampin' Blends - Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; card stock - Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Whisper White; designer series paper - Wood Textures; Big Shot with Simple Stripes Textured Impressions™ embossing folder

Looking at the photo, now, I wish I'd left a margin on the single flower or cut off the margin on the flower with greenery.  Even so, I'm excited about being able to combine both the sketch and the inspiration of the flowers and greenery, the wood, the colors, the inset stripes - I think this is the first time I've ever been able to combine both :)  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

adventure with retro circles

Before I could fall asleep the other night, I spent some more time thinking about all the pretty paper that takes up too much room in my storage drawers.  I was also thinking about the Retro Rubber Dotty For You challenge.  One of the new papers I used the other day would have been perfect, except that I hadn't used an older stamp, which is the main premise for Retro Rubber.  I remembered some older paper that would be even more perfect - circles AND dots! - so I decided to dig it out and sort through the older stamps, as well.  After I found a sketch at Try Stampin' On Tuesday, with the option of polka dots (!), this happened:
stamp set - Sincere Salutations (retired); ink - Old Olive; card stock - Old Olive; designer series paper - Sweet Pea (retired)

Sincere Salutations is the first stamp set I ever bought from Stampin' Up!®; they don't print dates on the sets any more, but this one is dated 2005.

While rooting around in the bottom of my oldest drawer of retired designer series paper, I pulled out some more pieces and made these, too:
stamp set - Sincere Salutations (retired); ink - Old Olive, Stampin' Write marker - Old Olive; card stock - Old Olive, Sahara Sand; designer series paper - Sweet Pea (retired)

stamp set - Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Versamark; stampin' emboss powder - Gold; card stock - Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie; designer series paper - Island Oasis (retired); Big Shot with Scalloped Oval Frame Bigz™ die

The last card is CASE'd from Kay Kalthoff, which I only know because there was a watermark on the printout in my samples binder - it was dated 2010.

I didn't make a very big dent in my over-stash of designer series paper, but at least I made an effort!  I also got a little bit ahead on my #365card2018 for #365somethings20118.  Here are cards 44 through 51: