I’m So Sorry

imsosoryI am working on a tin of cards especially for men.  There will be about 15 cards in the tin.  I needed some more “I’m Sorry” cards – all the cards in the tin are random. Well, because men always seem to get in trouble.  And, they probably need more “I’m Sorry” cards more than women do… LOL.

This beauty uses the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set, the Layered Leaves embossing folder, doilies, Lots of Labels Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Duet Banner Punch and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The color combo is Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White.  I think it’s very feminine and could possibly get a guy out of the dog house, depending on the offense.

Inspired by a friend!

craftingforeverThis morning, I had a chat with a Stamping friend over Facebook messenger.  She said something that inspired me to make a card.  I quote, “I should be cleaning instead of crafting! But crafting is more fun!”  Courtney, you don’t know what you did!  I immediately thought of this stamp set. Crafting Forever was used to make this fun card.  Any and all of my crafting friends needs a card like this!  LOL

So, the color combo is Whisper White, Basic Gray and Sweet Sugarplum (I am going to be really sad when this color retires).  I know it’s hard to see but I stamped off the Basic Gray and the Sweet Sugarplum on the scissors and baker’s twine (well that’s what I think it is) images.  The “Made with Love” stamp was full on ink.  The background is, of course, the embossing paste with our Pattern Party Decorative mask.  I used Stitched Shapes framelits for the sentiment; 5/8″ burlap ribbon (just one strand pulled from the ribbon) for the curly cue behind the Sentiment.  I used the last of the Pearl Basic Jewels on my sheet (there was two tiny ones – I used those on the period and exclamation point) and 5 in a string just on the banner.  You will notice a doily (well a 1/2 of one) as well.  This card is much prettier in person……

Thank you for the inspiration, Courtney!!

Last month of Creative Crew

CCREW817SIPThis was the last month of my term in the Creative Crew on splitcoaststampers.  It’s bittersweet! I really enjoy challenges!  This month wasn’t too much of challenge for me. It was all about Vacations or Stay-cations.  My July was PACKED full of vacations.  The last one that I took was to England. My niece and I went for a week and had such an incredible time!  Our last night, we stayed at the Tower Hotel, which was right next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  I knew I was going to England when the “Chase Your Dreams” stamp set came out in the Occasions Catalog. I know it’s retired now but I needed it!  I plan on making a scrapbook of my trip.  And this stamp set is perfect for it.  I plan on doing something on the cover of the album and of course, adding it inside the album!

CCREW817SIP-steppedupThe challenge is called SIP…. Step It Up. We have to create 2 cards.  One, simple.  One, stepped up.  Here are both cards.  You can see that they are both great cards.  The stepped up version is colored with ink pads and blender pen, has a glitter border, pearls and I used, Oh My Stars embossing folder on the banners.  While the layout of the card kind of reminds me of the French flag, the same colors are in the British Union Jack.

Marbleized Background

CRREW717SKSo Here is my sketch card for the month.  We were given a sketch and told to run with it.  Summer Lovin’ was this month’s theme.  So I found a photo on pinterest of the ocean during sunset.  It had these gorgeous summer colors in and I tried to recreate that color scheme here.  I used Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red and Daffodil Delight with Whisper White.  It does have a Summer-y feel doesn’t it?  The Marbled background stamped on each of the panels reminds me of water.  On the star, kind of reminds me of a shooting star…  The sentiment came from Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  I also used the Glitter Enamel Dots for little pops of color.

ccrewsketch-001Anyway, here’s what the sketch looks like.  I like the way the card turned out though.  Oh! I forgot to mention where the star came from…. We used to have star shaped thinlits  (Well I still have mine… LOL) but they retired.  So, I pulled out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits!  Yay!!

Card Sketches

Card sketches are probably my favorite types of challenges. I like seeing someone’s sketch and making a card with it.  As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what stamp set I would use immediately!  “Just add text” has a couple of different longer text blocks.  It was perfect for this card.  I used the Eastern Palace DSP, the Glittery Acrylic Shapes and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  I pulled one of the fibers out of the ribbon, rolled it up and used a dimensional to keep it place.  I used the new Very Vanilla Thick card stock.

I would love to see a card YOU make with this sketch!  Like me on Facebook and post your card on my page!  https://www.facebook.com/swaltitude/

Inspired to Create!

This Sweet (Suite) Surprises Challenge has to do with 3 photos. We were asked to choose a photo and create a card that that photo inspired.

Now, the original message didn’t have this image in it. LOL. That 3rd image had butterflies in it!! Me being a butterfly girl, would have jumped on it… but the message that I got had this image… and out of the three, this is the one that I chose. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to stamp a LOT of balloons. A LOT! So I decided to put them all together, and all the way down the front of the card. I was going to do the entire card this way but decided I needed a place to put the sentiment.

Funny thing about this card, I stamped it then looked on Pinterest for the stamp set I used…. and to my shock, found one just like it! Well, great minds think alike! LOL. Here’s my card!

This card uses the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. Here’s my monochromatic color combination: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder. Throw in some classic colors like Basic Black and Whisper White and viola! You have a great card!!

This is the only card that actually had a surprise to it. The Surprise with this card is the inside. It uses the Party Pop-up Dies.

CCREW Color Challenge

I am TERRIBLE when it comes to choosing colors! I don’t know why but if it weren’t for the DSP packs telling me what colors to put together, I would be monochromatic! This challenge was fantastic for me! It gave me great ideas on what colors to use. For the Suite Surprises part of the challenge, I used the Succulent Garden Suite.  The surprise for me was cover up another boo-boo!  The metal rimmed pearls were perfect!  The large one covered the boo-boo (embellishment opportunity!!) and the small one made a great flower center!!

So, what was the mistake?  I cleaned the photopolymer stamp before I stamped Happy.  I inked up the word happy with Rose Red and stamped, M-o-t was visible from the dirty stamp cleaner I used… UGH.  I covered that baby up with the metal rimmed pearl!  Perfection!  The colors I saw in this color combination was: Whisper White (I tried Smoky Slate and it was too dark for me), Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.

Tomorrow, I will post Challenge 5.  Stay tuned!