Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 167

Are you ready for the final Freshly Made Sketches challenge of 2014?  I know I am!  It's such a busy time of year and it is good to take a break from all this creative hard work now and again.  But don't fret about finding time to play along with this challenge because the linky will stay open until January 5th.  So you've got plenty of time to celebrate holidays and the new year plus squeeze in a card or two for Narelle's sketch.  So let's get to it.

By now you all know that Narelle rocks the layers like nobody's business but sadly I do not.  I started out with the intention of keeping my layers somewhat clean which is why one of them is a "layer" of embossing paste.  I have a hard enough time seeing it in the picture (and I know where it is) so I hope that you can see it too.  Then I decided I need a bit more texture so I added another layer of burlap ribbon.  Then I got to thinking about the circle and thought some feathers would look nice.

I really like these feathers but they are a bit bigger than what I had envisioned in my head.  But that's my "circle" and I'm sticking to it!  

The always amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team have got some great interpretations of this sketch for you to see so be sure to check them out.  And remember you've got lots of time to play along because we're leaving the challenge open until January 5th.   I sure hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by and if  you leave a comment remember, you can just ignore the stupid "prove you're not a robot" check box!

Stamps:  Feather Finery (Papertrey Ink); Label Love (Altenew)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Lost Lagoon (SU); Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU); White (WPlus9); Golden Glitz (Delicata)
Accessories:  Diagonal Stripes stencil (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); burlap ribbon

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

colourQ 272

Well, I guess I had one more Christmas card in me!  I thought I was done and then I got this new stamp set in the mail (a last minute Black Friday purchase) and decided that the new palette (inspired by this vintage ornament) at colourQ would be perfect for it.

So I stamped Santa, colored him up and assembled my card using the latest Deconstructed Sketch.  It's been a long time since I've used Poppy Parade and I've got to say I haven't missed it!  It's a little too tomato-y for me.  I like to eat tomatoes, I just don't want them on my cards!

And just pretend that those green sequins are sort of the color of Always Artichoke.  I really wanted to use some enamel dots and wouldn't it figure that I've got a million of them but none were even remotely close to that color.  So I had to settle for some sequins (which aren't the right color either) but I'm pretending that they are!

Well that's it for me.  As usual, the colourQ ladies have cooked up a fine assortment of cards for you to see so be sure to check them out.  I hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember you can ignore the stupid "prove your not a robot" code!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Poppy Parade, Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Poppy Parade DSP, Coastal Cabana DSP (SU)
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Always Artichoke (SU)
Accessories:  Pierced Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Banner Trio die (WPlus9); Lucky Blend sequins (Avery Elle); Wink of Stella pen

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cheer

The other day I checked out the color challenge at Fab Friday and immediately thought there was no way I'd be able to get all those colors onto one card.  Fast forward a few days and I found a (somewhat) new challenge called ShowCASe Your Style that gave me an idea for incorporating all these colors in one card!

I thought the striped layers made a good argument for using the Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.  And those cool colors were a nice contrast to the warm tones of the poinsettia.  I just love how they look together.  The pairing of these colors is a little unexpected, but I really think the stripes draw your eye right in to the focal point.  Lucky for me this wee sentiment fit exactly in the space to the left of the poinsettia.

I think this wraps up my 2014 Christmas card making season.  I sure hope so, especially since it's the middle of the month and I have to get all these cards signed and mailed out!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive (SU)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine); Coastal Cabana (SU)
Accessories:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Memory Box)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Butterfly Thank You

Before I get to my card, I just wanted to mention something about the CAPTCHA code that is now showing up on blogs all over the place.  Even those blogs that have word verification turned off now have the "prove your not a robot" thing showing up when trying to leave a comment.  Blogger help forums are indicating that it is a bug (and hopefully will be fixed soon), but in the meantime the good news is that you can ignore the CAPTCHA code entirely and your comment will still post.  So if you see the box asking you to type in those slightly blurry numbers just pretend it's not there and leave your comment.  It will post as it normally did.  Weird, but true. 

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I feel like I've making nothing but Christmas cards in my mad dash to make sure that I've got enough to mail out so I needed to take a little break and make something completely different.  I recently got a new stamp set and I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to ink it up.  The colors from Pals Paper Arts and the layout from CAS(E) This Sketch gave me that opportunity.

I adore this butterfly stamp set.  It's got these wonderful layers that make the butterflies have such depth.  The stamp set itself is laid out a little weird on the acetate sheet it comes with.  Sometimes the images that are supposed to go together are not next to each other on the acetate so there's a bit of hunting and pecking to find the correct layers.  But the effort is worth the end result because these butterflies are gorgeous!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Paper:  White (Spectrum Noir); Bermuda Bay (SU)
Ink:  Soft Sky, Pool Party (SU); True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 166

Half way through the work week and it's time for a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our hostess is the supremely talented Karren Johnson.  Karren is an incredible crafter who always encourages me to buy new stuff for my crafting stash, but more importantly she forgave me for taking liberties with her sketch this week!

As you can see I turned the sketch on its side and substituted the rectangular layer for a tag.  This is actually the second card I made for this challenge, the first faithfully following the sketch.  The problem with it was that the colors I chose were horrible!  So I went back to the drawing board (which really means that I turned off the light in my stamp room and watched football instead) and when I went back in there the next day decided to follow the silver, gold and ?? challenge at Merry Monday.  And since I was feeling guilty about not following the sketch properly I showed it to Karren who liked it and then reminded me that it was fancy enough to fit the Black Tie challenge at The Paper Players.  Isn't she the coolest?  She lives half a world away from me, but I can tell you that meeting her is definitely on my bucket list!

I don't have to tell you that there's a lot of inspiration from the design team at Freshly Made Sketches this week so be sure to hop on over there and see it all in one place.  I hope that you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Nature's Gifts (Penny Black); Bokeh Dots (Essentials by Ellen); Jingle All the Way (Technique Tuesday)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Silver, Champagne Glimmer (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Silver (Encore); Golden Glitz (Delicata)
Accessories:  Tag Sale #5 die (Papertrey Ink); Leaping Deer die (Memory Box); gold embossing powder

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

colourQ 271

Are you ready for another fun colourQ challenge?  This week the palette is inspired by this adorable ornament.

At first glance I was intimidated by these colors but then I saw the challenge at Tag You're It and was impressed by the way Tracey used such bold colors on her inspiration tag.  I thought I would do the same thing only using the colourQ colors and snowflakes instead of bells.  I really love how this turned out, especially with the falling snow in the background.

My friends at colourQ have got some great cards for you this week, so be sure to check them out.  There's lots to see, and not all of it Christmas themed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Snowflakes (SU)
Paper:  Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Cherry Cobbler, Vellum (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Accessories:  Tag Sale #5 die (Papertrey Ink); Hand Lettered Holiday die (WPlus9); Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Crumbcake seam binding ribbon, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine (SU)

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Thank You

I had a grand plan to combine the color challenge at Just Add Ink with the sketch challenge at Cardabilities.  But by the time I got through with my card I had lost sight of the sketch and I couldn't, in good conscience, claim that I was following along with it.

I had several pro-types of this card going at once and it actually took me a while before I settled on this version (which, I suppose, is why I abandoned the sketch at some point).  I had a bunch of different flowers that I considered using and laid them all out in a dry run before I settled on these flowers.  The centers are made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen, which takes some time to dry, so I actually made this Saturday night but waited until Sunday to assemble all the pieces.

Well that's it for me.  I'm typing this while watching Sunday Night Football and I'm just about ready to settle down with a big bowl of popcorn and the last half of the game!  It's too hard to stamp and watch TV at the same time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew); Slight Alterations, Urban Chic, Going  Somewhere (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Dove Gray (WPlus9); Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Strawberry Slush (SU)
Ink:  Soft Stone, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Lavish Branch die, Petal Party die (Memory Box); Viva Decor Pearl Pen

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Joy to the World

The colors this week at Color Throwdown and the sketch at As You See It were are a perfect match to use this new (to me) wreath stamp I recently got. 

The gold and silver turn this rustic wreath into a elegant holiday wreath in my humble opinion.  I played around with some inky splatters to go with the sketch, but none of the ones I had were small enough and were over-powering my wreath.  So I stamped the grid image in silver and layered the wreath over it.  I used some gold foil circles to take the place of the star in the sketch and used a big sentiment for no other reason than I love big sentiments!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink); Hand Lettered  Holiday (WPlus9); Off the Grid (SU)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourished); Early Espresso (SU)
Ink:  Silvery Shimmer, Golden Glitz (Delicata); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant)

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