I am trying to be a really busy girl, stamping wise. July was a really busy month. I went on two vacations. One, at the end of the month with my niece to England. The other, was over 4th of July weekend. It was our kids and us in a cabin with no running water, no flush toilets, no electricity, and best of all, no internet! Yes, I can do this type of vacation for about 2 days. We were there three…….. EEK! We all survived! We had a couple of minor crashes, one resulting in an injury (road rash mostly). But, we had a BLAST!! We were in Silver Jack, CO and it’s a stunning place! I mean STUNNING!! Anyway, in the beginning of the month, you saw the card that I made with the One Wild Ride Stamp set. Well, here’s the actual scrapbook page that I wanted to make!
The color combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Early Espresso. I used the Best Badge Punch for a border at the bottom, incorporating many of the images in this set. The Bunch of Banners Framelits cut out the “Born To Ride” banner. I think it came out pretty neat. You will see more scrapbook pages in the near future. I am going to, not only, work on this trip but the trip to England as well! I have a LOT of photos of England!!
This month, we (The Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers) were asked to create a “Blank slate” meaning a no layer card. This is usually a challenge I have a hard time with but I thought, “if I could sponge a great background, it will be ok.” I used a LOT of different colors. Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry (for the sun), Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise. I wanted a sunset scheme to go with the all (Archival) Basic Black Bridge, Birds, and Sentiment. I think this card came out pretty nicely. What do you think?
The stamp set is called Wherever You Go. It fits in very well with the travel/staycation theme we were given. I really love the sun stamp and I was determined to use more of the set for this card.
Here is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge. In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration. I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo. The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry. I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card. Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.
While I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit. The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots. I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card. I really hope you like it!! I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who? Do you want it?? Comment below! I will pick one person randomly!
So the Creative Crew has us doing cards with the Summer Lovin’ Theme and this challenge is called Step It Up. What says Love more than Summer Weddings? The first card is “plain.” It is a simply elegant card. White on White. Stunning!
I used Copper Embossing Powder and the new Copper ribbon! I also used the new stamp set called, Special Celebrations and I used the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlets.
The “For a Special Couple” is stamped in versamark first (on vellum) then covered with the copper embossing powder.
The photo below is the stepped up version. This is the same exact card but for a few exceptions. I added a TON more pearls and a few purple flowers. Plus (and this is really hard to see!), I added embossing paste and the “diamond” pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. You will also noticed a Wisteria Wonder matte behind the top Whisper White one. I am not sure which card I like better… But… I know where each of these cards are going since I have two weddings to go to this year, so far!
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.
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!
The third challenge is to take a sketch and make a card with it. With the Sweet/Suite Suprises theme… Well when I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it! It just came to me! I used the Urban District Suite and made a very simple card using the Sketch below. I used both Urban District and Nailed It stamp sets, the Build It Framelits (to cut out the hexagon and to make the ruler at the bottom of the card), the Urban Underground Washi Tape and the Urban Underground Embellishments. I would love to see what you create with the sketch below! Post a link in the comments section and I will visit your card!