Saturday, June 27, 2015

Season's Tweetings

When I woke up today I took a look through my blogger feed and saw this great sketch at Less is More. It really intrigued me and I had to play along!

I grabbed the Lawn Fawn set Winter Sparrows. This is such an adorable set and I haven't inked it up since I got it months ago, so it was definitely time to play with it!

On a panel of Neenah Solar White I stamped the branch in the middle of panel in SU Early Espresso and then used my Early Espresso marker to extend it to the edge, I didn't like how it was just floating there. I colored my birds with Copics and then cut them out with their matching dies.Before adhering the birds to the panel with dimensionals I embossed it with the CB Swiss Dots folder. On a smaller panel I stamped the sentiment in SU Real Red, added some music notes and then also embossed that with the Swiss Dots folder. Both panels were then popped up with dimensionals on the card base,

I changed the sizes of the panel just slightly from the sketch in order to accommodate the images and sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawm Fawn)
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Ink: Early Espresso (SU), Real Red (SU), Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: B00, BG01, G07, G28, YR31, YR14, YR15, R27, R46, R24, R29, YG25, C1, C3
Accessories: Cuttlebug. Swiss Dots EF, dimensionals

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strips and Butterflies for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup there is a sketch and then the choice to use 3 elements. I decided to pull out a new paper pack from Stampin Up called Cherry on Top. I knew I wanted to use butterflies as my 3 elements and this stack has some papers that are perfect for a summer outdoor type of feel.

I chose 3 papers and cut each one into 2 strips of varying sizes. I laid them out into a pattern I liked and then attached them to my white card base, The large butterfly was made using a die from the Butterflies Thinlits and the 2 smaller ones are ones I had in my stash from previous used of the Beautiful Wings Embosslits (now retired). My sentiment was cut out in Cucumber Crush using the Hello You Thinlits. To finish it off I did some Faux Stitching around the card.

Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: None
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry on Top DSP Paper Stack
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits (retired), Hello You Thinlits, Basic Pearls, Gel Pen, Paper Piercing Tool

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Elegant Colors for TTS

Happy Thursday! The week is almost over and it's time for a new challenge over at 'Tis The Season!

This week it's a color challenge....Navy, Sand and Concord. These colors screamed "elegant" to me although I don't consider my card to be very elegant looking. If you have a new SU catalog and are observant you may think my layout looks familiar...I CASE'd a card from the Christmas section! I happened to be flipping through and saw it and thought it would work out nicely for this challenge.

I used the SU colors Night of Navy, Sahara Sand and Concord Crush (retired). You can use any brand you want as long as the colors are similar to the ones of the challenge.

My sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy and the trees were stamped in the Concord Crush. Sahara Sand is my card base and I also took a panel of Sahara Sand and embossed it with the Stylish Stripes TIEF and adhered that to the card base. A strip of Concord Crush is placed across the middle and I used the Scallop Edge Border Punch on it and then pierced each of the scallops. The circle with the sentiment is popped up with dimensionals as is the tree in the front. To finish the card off I cut out some stars from the Silver Glimmer paper.

I'm also playing along with the challenge at Jingle Belles. They want us to create projects that don't use any patterned/designer paper, just regular cardstock. No problem! :)

Head over to the 'Tis the Season blog to see what the rest of the DT did and then play along with us!

Stamps: Lots of Joy
Paper: Sahara Sand, Concord Crush (retired), Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Concord Crush
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scalloped Edge Border Punch, Tree Punch, Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Stylish Stripes TIEF, dimensionals

One Layer Green Christmas

Today I came across a blog I haven't seen before called One Layer Christmas Card Challenge. We all know how much I adore Christmas so of course I had to play along!

Their challenges every week are always "anything goes" with a twist to them. You don't have to do the twist, it's just another option. This challenge their twist is "green".

I pulled out the retired SU set Evergreen, one of my favorites! I stamped the solid trees in Mint Macaron and the tree made of song lyrics was stamped in Cucumber Crush. I then scored just above and below the images. In person it's very pretty and I'm very happy with how it came out, considering I don't do many one layer cards!

Stamps: Evergreen (retired)
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Ink: Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush
Accessories: Simply Scored Tool

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Bunch of Bull for Sunday Stamps

Ok, maybe not a bunch but I do have one bull moose (only male moose, aka bulls, have antlers. Females, aka cows, do not grow them) on my card for Sunday Stamps!

It's been a long week.....exactly one week ago today a large wildfire started just to the north of me. At the height of the fire we were 10 miles from the evacuation zone and had our bags packed. Our awesome firefighters, many who had homes who were lost in the blaze, have been kicking butt and thanks to help from crews that have come up from the Lower 48 they announced today that the fire is now 53% contained, up from 15% yesterday. Such a great thing to hear! Folks are returning home and while many have found their homes intact many have also lost everything. I've been working at the evacuation center all week (which also happens to be the school I work at normally) and it's heartbreaking to see friends and coworkers in the shelter. It definitely humbles a person and makes one think about the important things in life. Please keep the town of Willow in your thoughts as they rebuild and move on from this devastating fire.

As I was thinking about the fire I started thinking about the wildlife. The area the fire went through was already moose habitat but when the area starts to recover the moose will really move in, as they love all the vegetation that grows back in areas devastated by fire. With this on my mind I pulled out the recently retired set Walk in the Wild, which will always get plenty of use in my craft room!

I used Soft Suede to color my moose and the grass was done in Always Artichoke. The card base is also Soft Suede and then I used Soft Suede on the Hardwood stamp to create my background. Behind the image panel is a panel of Always Artichoke and those 2 panels are adhered together and popped up with dimensionals. The ribbon is also Always Artichoke but in the picture looks more Old Olive, but it isn't, I promise you!

Make sure to head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to check out what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: Walk in the Wild (retired), Hardwood
Paper: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Always Artichoke Ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Going Monochromatic for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Heidi is our hostess and she'd like us to use stencils on our projects along with a monochromatic theme.

I love earthy, darker colors so I decided to go with shades of brown. I started with a Crumb Cake base and used some stencil that I won a few years ago, I don't have it handy at the moment to see who makes it. I used Early Espresso to sponge the dots, doing some light and some dark.

The strip down the side of the card base is some retired Early Espresso DSP. I stamped the image from the Serene Silhouettes set in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake, cut it out with Oval Framelits and then popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment is also stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake and I made that into a little banner across the bottom of the oval.

The layout is a recent one from Freshly Made Sketches.

Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT did and then play along with us!

  • Create a project with "stencils"
  • Create a project with "a monochromatic theme"
  • or Mash it Up! and Create a project with " stencils and a monochromatic theme"

  • Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, A Dozen Thoughts
    Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso DSP (retired)
    Ink: Early Espresso
    Accessories: Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Polka Dot Stencil, sponge, dimensionals

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    You're the Best for Friday Mashup

    It's my turn to host the challenge at Friday Mashup and I've got some nature inspired colors....Cajun Craze, Garden Green and Island Indigo (you don't have to use SU colors, use any brand that is close to these shades). I'm also going for a Father's Day theme since Father's Day is next weekend.

    I had every intention of doing an outdoor scene with these colors but somehow I gravitated to the set Be the Star instead. I'm not quite sure how that happened but I went with it LOL

    I stamped 2 stars from the set, the biggest star in Island Indigo and then the medium size one in Garden Green. I then used the Star Framelits to cut stars out in each of the colors.

    The card base is Island Indigo and I embossed a panel of Whisper White with the retired Houndstooth TIEF and adhered my stars to that, popping up the large Island Indigo star over the smaller ones. To finish off the card I took a sentiment from the retired set Best Dad Ever and stamped that in Cajun Craze at the bottom of the card.

    Head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then I hope you'll play along with us!

    • Create a project with the colors "Cajun Craze, Island Indigo and Garden Green"
    • Create a project with a "Father's Day Theme"
    • or Mash it Up! and Create a project with "The challenge colors and a Father's Day theme"

    Stamps: Be the Star, Best Dad Ever( sentiment, retired)
    Paper: Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Whisper White
    Ink: Island Indigo, Garden Green, Cajun Craze
    Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth TIEF (retired), Stars Framelits, dimensionals, sponge