Friday, March 28, 2014

Flowers for Friday Mashup

Oooops, I totally spaced getting my post up last night for today's Friday Mashup! Another sign that I need to spend this weekend sleeping and getting rid of the last of my jet lag!

Sara is our hostess this week and she wants use to the colors Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum. She'd also like us to watercolor or use our blender pen.

I grabbed the set Pleasant Poppies and used all 3 colors on the stamp, which was stamped on watercolor paper. I then used a blender pen and aquapainter on the lines to soften them and get the water colored look. The 'love' was cut out in Perfect Plum and adhered to the watercolor paper.

The pic doesn't do it justice, in person its really pretty!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to play along and to see what the rest of the DT came up with.

  1. Create a project using the colors "Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum".
  2. Create a project using "an Aqua Painter or a Blender Pen to create a Watercolor Effect".
  3. Or mash it up and create a project with the "Colors above & a Watercolor Effect".

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coffee and Friends for Paper Players

I had some time today to play along with a challenge so I chose to join the current Paper Players challenge, which happens to be a sketch.

I decided to use the Perfect Blend set. I don't drink coffee myself but just about everyone else I know does! I've barely touched these stamps since getting so it was about time I took them out to play with!

I used the paper from the Retro Fresh DSP and pulled my colors from that. The card base is Baked Brown Sugar and then I made another layers using some of the DSP. I stamped the coffee cup in Baked Brown Sugar on some Naturals White and then once again used the DSP to created the band around the cup. Baked Brown Sugar embossed in the Square Lattice was used to create one of the circles, DSP was used for another 2 and then the sentiment was stamped in Tangerine Tango on Naturals White and punched out.

I'm not crazy about the way it photographed but the card is super cute in person!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Perfect Blend
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Naturals White, Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Nestabilities Standard Circles, Baked Brown Sugar Ribbon

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Presents and Chevrons for TTS13

Happy Thursday! I'm back in Alaska and trying get on schedule again. It's hard when you work nights and then spend several days awake during the day, and getting very little sleep. It was a whirlwind trip but the wedding was beautiful and my cousin is happy, and that's what matters!

Today we have a sketch challenge at 'Tis The Season! I stretched the interpretation of the chevrons a bit (I'm not a chevron fan) but hey, they're still there right? I used the stack of presents from the 'Wishing You' set and colored them with colors pulled from the DSP.

I'm also making 5 of these to play along with the SCS Christmas card challenge(which I have fallen behind on, ooops!)

I hope you'll come join us at 'Tis The Season, we'd love to have you play along with us!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Wishing You
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities Circles, Stylish Stripes EF, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Going Nautical for Friday Mashup

Happy Friday! Thanks to the power of the net this post is scheduled to post while I am in Colorado. If all has gone well I will have surprised my cousin at her bachelorette party Thurs night, as she thinks I'm flying in Friday!

I'm the hostess this week at Friday Mashup and I want to see a nautical theme! I also want to see one layer cards, lets keep it simple shall we?

For my card I used The Open Sea set and combined some of the images together in the middle of the card. To help get a bit more depth I water colored around the images of the globe and the compass. My daughters boyfriend just turned 19 and so this card will go to him next week when I get home and we celebrate his special day.

I hope you'll come by The Friday Mashup and join in the fun!

  1. Create a project using a "Nautical Theme".
  2. Create a "One Layer Card".
  3. Or mash it up and create a project with the "One Layer Card with a Nautical Theme".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Naturals White, Night of Navy
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Accessories: Blender Pen, Round Corner Punch

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wedding Congratulations

I'm getting ready to head down to Colorado for one of my oldest friends weddings. We've been friends since we were 12 yrs old (and we just turned 40!) and she is getting married for the first time. Its great to see her so happy and she surprised me by asking me to officiate her wedding! Needless to say I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get things done. One of the main things to get done.....a congratulations card for the couple!!

I was sitting on my craft desk, just contemplating what to do and where to start on this card. and that's when the
new challenge for Try Stampin' On Tuesday popped up in my feed. The sketch was perfect for what I wanted to do. You cant ask for better timing than that :)

Obviously because I'm in Alaska and the bridal party is in Colorado I haven't been able to get a look at the wedding colors, so I chose what I felt were the closest based on the descriptions I was given. I went with Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to do more packing :)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Love & Laughter
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze (retired), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities Standard Circles and Lacey Circles, Baja Breeze Ribbon(retired), Paper Piercer, SU Edgelits-Adorning Accents, Basic Pearls, dimensionals, sponge

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rainbow Sketch for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Heidi is our host and she would like to see the colors of the rainbow to go along with the great sketch she has provided us!

I kept it pretty simple, letting the rainbow colored paper from the Watercolor Wonder DSP speak for itself. I made a banner out of Whisper White, backed with Island Indigo, and stamped an image from the set For The Birds. I added some Island Indigo ribbon and retired rhinestones to complete it.

I hope you'll head over to The Friday Mashup blog to check out the challenge and play along with us!

  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a project with "Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a project with the "Sketch and Rainbows or Rainbow Colors".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: For the Birds
Paper: Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo
Accessories: Retired Rhinestones, Island Indigo Ribbon

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Classic Colors for 'Tis The Season

It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this week we have a color combo for you. We've got the classic colors of red (Real Red) and green (Garden Green) with a little twist of Soft Sky thrown in. With our optional trimming you can also use candy canes on your project!
I used SU retired DSP called Merry Moments for my snowflake background and then I embossed a panel of Very Vanilla with the retired SU EF Snow Burst. I created banners using the DSP and Real Red/ Garden Green card stock. I snuck the Soft Sky in by using it for the steam on the cup of hot chocolate, and since a treat is always nice with a drink I added a candy cane next to the cup. Both the cup and candy cane are popped up with dimensionals.
I hope you will come play along with us at 'Tis The Season!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments DSP (retired)
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Soft Sky
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst EF (retired), Holiday Collection Framelits, sponge, dimenionals

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Snowman fun for Jingle Belles

Have you ever gotten an idea in your head for a card, go to start putting it together and it's coming together nice and quick and then boom, distraction hits? That's what happened to me with this card. As soon as I saw the sketch at Jingle Belles I knew exactly what I wanted to do, sat down this past Thurs to create and then before I knew it Facebook, my kids, dinner, work etc all distracted me. So here it is now on Sunday and I FINALLY got my card done and photographed!

We got 6" of new snow last week, which was awesome, we desperately need it here in southcentral Alaska and so I was in a snowman mood. I grabbed this tall snowman from the Snow Much Fun set, he is perfect for the long panel in the sketch. The paper I used is some older SU DSP called Ski Slope. It was in the 2008-2009 Christmas mini (when I say I hoard Christmas paper I'm not kidding!). I just love this paper and this card used up my last big pieces of it, *tears*.

The DSP is mounted on Chocolate Chip card stock and I lightly sponged the image panel with Chocolate Chip. I colored the snowman with colors from the paper...Real Red, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, plus some Tangerine Tango for his nose and Basic Black for the hat and boots.

There are still  few days to play along with their sketch, hop over to the Jingle Belles blog and check it out!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Christmas Messages
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP (retired)
Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze(retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, 1 3/4" circle punch, Nestabilities Standard Circles, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Masculine Stitches for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Holly is our hostess and she would like us to create a masculine project, and also add some stitching to it.

I love masculine projects, probably because I'm more of an earthy, dark colors type of girl. I don't like pink, purple, red, etc,...... give me blues, greens and browns any day.  For this card I went with some of the bold patterns from the Retro Fresh DSP. Not everyone may think that Coastal Cabana and Tangerine Tango are good masculine colors but I like them together! When I used the Tangerine Tango along with some So Saffron on the grass around the moose I was thinking about the rich colors that take over Alaska for a few weeks in the fall, which also happens to be moose rutting season and when you can really see some big bull moose out and about!

I had finished the card when I remembered the stitching. Thankfully I hadn't set the moose image on there permanently yet so I took it and did some faux stitching around the image panel and roughed up the corners a tad. The birthday sentiment is from the Labels of Love set.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to see all the great projects from the rest of the design team!

  1. Create a "Masculine" project.
  2. Create a project with some "Stitching/sewing on it".
  3. or Create a "Masculine project with Stitching on it".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Walk in the Wild, Labels of Love
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Artisan Label Punch, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, March 3, 2014

Get Well for MDS Monday

Whaaaattttt? 2 challenges done for MDS Monday within 24 hrs? I'm on a roll, woot woot! My oldest has to be at work at 4am today, and I drive him, so I figured why bother going to bed for 2 hrs or so just to get up again .I'll hit the hay at 0430 when I get home from taking him(ETA: Its now 0430 and I just got home. It was a great drive in to Wasilla, the Northern Lights were dancing in the sky! Pretty darn good way to start the week!).  This gave me a great excuse to whip out my laptop, work on the new MDS challenge and catch up my DVR'd shows from the week.

Joan has a
card sketch for us this week and she'd also like us to try using the opacity feature. That's one of the few features I use regularly so I was pretty comfortable with that. I changed my mind several times on this card.....I think that's why MDS is so hard for me, I cant just throw paper and stamps on my desk and hold them and look them over. I have to keep doing the trial and error on my digital project and that's just really hard for me. I finally decided on using the splatter feature to bring in some color and its also where I used the opacity feature.

I started with a base color of Island Indigo and then using the square punch I created a panel of Whisper White. I matted that with some Pear Pizzazz. For the splatter I used Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo and Whisper White. I adjusted the opacity for the Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo splatters but left the Whisper White ones alone. The embellishments are Polka Dot ribbons and the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen and I colored it in Melon Mambo.

Have a great Monday, thanks for stopping by and make sure you go check out MDS Monday and play along with them!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

State Crazy for MDS Monday

I haven't played along with MDS Monday in a while (I know, bad me, its a great challenge blog!) but when I saw the states/province challenge I just couldn't resist. I love geography, especially US geography, and learning new things about the states excites me. After looking at the DT examples I'll be researching Canada some more too (Tara, I'll go with you to Nunavut, it looks like I place I'd get a kick out of!).

I didn't have the Fifty Nifty download so  what a great excuse to get it :) I went with my state, Alaska, and the photos are from a trip we took up to Fairbanks in Oct. 2011. It was the one year anniversary of my dad's passing and my birthday is in the same time frame and I didn't want to be home. On our way north we stopped had some marvelous views of Denali ( aka known as Mt. McKinley to those who don't live here, aka as the highest mountain in North America) and so that's one of my pics on the page. We also went by North Pole AK to Santa's house to see him and do some shopping. For dinner one night we went to Denny's, the most northern one in the world! Some people may see Denny's and go "ew" (said in my best Jimmy Fallon voice) but I tell you, it was one of the best meals we've had and our waitress was fantastic!

The highway to get from my house to Fairbanks is 2 lanes most of the time and its a pretty long drive with no real services offered along the way. When we went up we didn't see many other folks on the road(its different during the summer, tourists galore clogging the highway) and you need to make sure you are prepared for anything. Our weather changes rapidly and our wildlife is plentiful, which means hitting a moose or caribou is a worry. Its a beautiful drive though and one I highly recommend to anyone that comes to visit our state!