Tuesday, July 29, 2014

colourQ 252

Our last colourQ palette of July features a bit of Christmas inspired by these delightful hand-made ornaments.  It's the perfect opportunity to use the colors to get ahead on some of your Christmas cards, or like some of my teamies have done, use them in a non-holiday way.  These colors are some of my favorites to use on Christmas cards so I jumped in with both feet and added another card to my Christmas card stash!

The latest Wanna Sketch gave me some ideas for my card, but instead of doing three separate banners I created one big one in burlap which I broke up with a red ribbon banner.  I think it's a fun interpretation of the sketch and lets me add some much-loved texture with this gorgeous burlap ribbon.  

And you may notice that the sentiment is slightly askew.  I blame it on the acrylic stamp that slips and slides on an acrylic block when it encounters even the slightest bit of moisture (read humid stamp room with no AC). This KaiserCraft set is one of my favorite Christmas sentiment sets.  I just don't understand why they make them from acrylic instead of photopolymer.  Acrylic doesn't take ink nearly as well as photopolymer and does the whole slip 'n slide thing, which is really annoying.  {Rant over, back to our regularly scheduled programming}.

Ok, so our always amazing colourQ design team have got some beautiful cards to inspire you.  Hop on over there to check them out.  I hope you can join us in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Modern Christmas (Clearly Besotted); Christmas Quotes (KaiserCraft)
Paper:  Kraft (Avery Elle); Early Espresso, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Real Red Stitched Ribbon (SU); Berry Blend sequins (Avery Elle); burlap ribbon

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Note of Thanks

This past week I had one of those weeks at work that was totally draining.  By the time I got home at night I had no energy to cook, clean or even {gasp} make a card!  The last time I set foot in my stamp room was last Sunday and I was feeling very guilty about that.  Not to mention nervous because I had no crafty ideas running around my head that were bursting to get out.  But Saturday night I soldiered on and checked out some color and sketch challenges then settled in for some crafting.

The first card I made I will refer to as "practice."  It was one of those cards that looked way better in my head than it did in the execution.  Too embarrassed to post it, I scrapped it and created something completely different.  Here is version two using the colors at Colour Me and the As You See It sketch.

Admittedly, the sketch had a layer with a fringe that seemed to extend beyond the edge of the card, but as I had nothing in my stamping repertoire that even remotely looked like a fringe I just went with a little piece of textured cardstock.

Well, I'm exhausted after all this creative thinking and am going to call it a night. (Yes, I'm typing this Saturday night with the post scheduled to go live on Sunday morning.  What would we do without the wonders of modern technology)?  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Thank You Kindly (SU); Textures (Dina Wakely Media)
Paper:  Pure Luxury (Gina K); Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight (SU); Black Licorice (My Favorite Things)
Accessories:  Sprightly Sprigs die (Verve); Sentiment Strips die (My Favorite Things); Unforgettable Firsts enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); gold cord (SU)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 146

It seems like lately I've been running across more and more monochromatic color challenges.  This week I found one at The Paper Players that fit neatly into my idea for the latest layout at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week at Freshly Made Sketches our hostess is Amy O'Neill (who has got a great eye for design and is not afraid to mix bold colors for maximum impact)!  I suspect that you are going to love her sketch.

As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of my somewhat neglected stash of washi tape and I knew that I wanted to combine a strip of it with some of the images from SU's Gorgeous Grunge.  Luckily the color the washi tape matched the color of my ink perfectly!  I debated briefly about whether to add a flower or a butterfly as a focal image, and as you can see the butterfly won!

There are quite a few butterflies to be found on the cards from the Freshly Made Sketches design team this week as well as some floral images too.  Dare I say we might find a super hero or two among the cards in the gallery soon?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU); Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Pure Luxury White (Gina K); Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Regal Rose (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Chrissy Butterfly die, Leanna Butterfly die (Simon Says Stamp); Basic Rhinestones (SU); washi tape

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

colourQ 251 and Seize the Sketch 25

Happy Tuesday and welcome to my own personal installment of the new palette at colourQ and the new layout at Seize the Sketch.  I have no problem admitting that the colors, inspired by this bracelet, were really hard for me to combine!  The sketch, designed by Mona Pendleton, is a great one with lots of layers and room for embellishment and ended up working perfectly with the colors.

This card is kind of growing on me, but at first when I finished it all I could think is "what a hot mess this is!"  These colors, together, are not something I would normally put together but they really do work and after getting a look at the cards from the colourQ design team I saw how beautifully they can be combined!  

And I have another teeny weeny confession to make.  The bottom layer (with the polka dots) is Concord Crush and I had an old pack of SU buttons that I thought were the same color so I happily attached it to my card.  It wasn't until it was stuck fast that I realized the button is actually Night of Navy.  But honestly in real life the color of the cardstock and the button look identical!  Lucky me!

I hope you have a chance to play along with colourQ or Seize the Sketch (or both)!  We all love to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic, Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (SU); White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Chevron Stripe die (My Favorite Things); Springtime Vintage button, Basic Pearls (SU); Berry Blend sequins (Avery Elle); crochet thread

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Celebrate You Tag

I was so disappointed that I missed playing along with the first Tag You're It challenge that I was determined to play along with the second.  The inspiration tag had a wonderful sponged background so that's where I started with my interpretation.

I did a little emboss resist by stamping the floral images with some Versamark and heat embossing it in clear.  Then using the Just Us Girls challenge colors I sponged shades of blue and green with Distress Ink.  I added a sentiment (I'm obsessed with these label sentiments) and a die cut and I was done (although to be fair I added an eyelet, some black seam binding ribbon and a bit of baker's twine).  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew); Going to Seed (Woodware)
Paper:  Ultra Smooth Pure White (Avery Elle); Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine); Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive (Distress Ink)
Accessories:  Tag You're It die (My Favorite Things); You die (Simon Says Stamp); Old Olive eyelet (SU); clear embossing powder; black seam binding ribbon; baker's twine

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thank You for CTS85 and CMCC29

Just popping in with a quick card that I made last night.  I was too tired once I was done to get my post scheduled and I nearly forgot to do it this morning.  I've got loads of errands to do today so this will be short and sweet.

I really liked the nearly monochromatic colors at Colour Me and I thought they'd be perfect with this flower and leaf combo from Altenew.  I added in the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and this is what I came up with.

Once again I added some Crystal Effects to the center of the flower (so glad I remembered that I had this stuff).  I'm sure you can't really see it in the picture but it really adds a fun little spot of shine.

That's it for me.  I'm off to do some running around, then I hope to spend some quality time in a lounge chair on the patio!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Off the Grid (SU); Hennah Elements (Altenew); Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Classic White (Flourishes); Express-It Blending Card
Ink:  Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Island Indigo (SU); Copics
Accessories:  Collectible enamel dots (My Mind's Eye)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 145

This week at Freshly Made Sketches Narelle is our hostess.  She's been recovering from a broken elbow but even wounded she still manages to create amazing fussy cut cards.  She's truly a stamping hero!  This week she's given us a sketch that has got her signature layers!

For my part I spent way too much time fussing over this card.  I started out with a circle, but wasn't happy with it so I changed it to this awesome new tag that I recently got.  I turned the tag into a shaker and stuffed it with sequins.  And since I was using sequins, I made sure to use papers and a sentiment that would make this a Christmas card that fits the sequin challenge at Merry Monday

Our amazing Freshly Made Sketches design team have got some great cards to show you so be sure to check them out.  We hope to see you in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Happy Christmas Greetings (Amy R Stamps)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP (SU)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories:  Anytime Tag die (Lil' Inker Designs); Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX (My Favorite Things); Cherry Cobbler seam binding (SU); Berry Blend, Winter Blend and Gold sequins (Avery Elle); Rustic Twine (Papertrey Ink); burlap

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

colourQ 250

There's a great new palette over at colourQ and guess what?  You get to pick some of the colors!  You start off with some black and white then add one other color, or five colors, you decide!

I went with the orangey-red color which I thought looked a lot like Poppy Parade.  Not to mention I love the color combo of black, white and red!  I paper pieced the flowers and the circles are nothing more than the cut out center of the flower.  I thought the flower looked a little bland so I added some Crystal Effects to the center (something I had completely forgot that I even owned, but was reminded of when I saw my colourQ teamie Lisa use a similar product on a recent card here).  I like the look so much that I wish I had done it to the other circles.

The layout for my card comes from the Week Two challenge at Viva La Verve. I loved the way the large rectangular layer was divided in two and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to use some black embossing paste.  (I love this stuff)!  Incidentally, the name of the leafy die (from Verve) is Sprightly Sprigs but for some reason every time I see the die in my stash the name that comes to mind is Spacely Sprockets.  What do you think - too much of The Jetsons when I was a kid?

The design team at colourQ were not so squeamish as me about using all of the colors in their projects this week, so be sure to make time to hop on over there and see what they've created!  And thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Lean on Me (Verve)
Paper:  Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Sprightly Sprigs die (Verve); Diagonal Stripes stencil (Simon Says Stamp); black embossing paste (Studio 490); My Girl enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); Crystal Effects (SU)

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