Prepping for Fairs

pigscanflyI LOVE this stamp set!  I don’t know why.  I am not a HUGE pig fan.  But, I just love it!  As I have started to prepare for not only upcoming craft fairs but a Women’s Expo here in a week or so, I just needed this set to be a part of it.  This is a refillable notepad cover (I have the instructions on my blog here:  https://stampwithaltitude.com/2017/02/03/throwback-thursday/).  Anyway, This Little Piggy is a great set.  I will post more of these soon.

I used blender pens to water color in Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride.  The notepad cover is Melon Mambo with a Basic Black mat.  I stamped the pig and sentiments in Basic Black Archival.  What do you think of this one?

Scrapping! WOW!

onewildridescrapI 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!!

Wherever you go…

CCREW817SKThis 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.

Glossy Technique

CCREW817TECNow that we have glossy paper back, I wanted to do my Technique challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers using glossy paper.  So, I chose, Joseph’s coat.  I learned a couple of things and I wanted to share it with you.

First, you must use Classic Basic Black Ink.  I tried it first with Archival Basic Black.  It wiped right off.  YIKES!  Finally, don’t use pastel colors.  I sponged Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder on the background and only the Elegant Eggplant showed up through the clear embossing powder (you can see it on the edges).

I used the following products on this card:  Dare To Dream Hostess Stamp Set, Postscript Stamp Set (it’s a background set).  I also used the decorative ribbon punch, Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon, glitter enamel dots, 5/8″ burlap ribbon (just one of the strings pulled from it) and the Stampin’ Up! Stapler (yes, it’s no longer available but I still have mine and it works great!)

Here’s the link in case you want to try this great technique!  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/josephs_coat/

 

Color Challenged

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Sometimes, I have a really hard time choosing colors.  I tend to be very monochromatic.  However, when someone says, “here, use this color combo,” I feel more at ease with branching out and using something different.  Today’s post is about the Color Challenge we were given.  This color combo is WAY out of my comfort zone and I really didn’t think the pink in the card would work with my vision.  I wanted to make a masculine card.  Below, you will find a copy of the image they shared with us.  I interpreted the colors as Early Espresso, Crumb cake (because they are YUMMY together), Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist.  There’s another green in there… but I just couldn’t add that in… LOL35dd37dd3d6179bdeb8243bc0b82d5ba

So why motorcycles?  Well, they are a mode of transportation right? And you need a mode of transportation to travel…. no that’s not right.  For the 4th of July weekend, my family went camping and we brought our ATVs and motorcyles with us!  It was a blast!  We came away with only minor scrapes and bruises to boot.  LOL.  I threw in a picture below.  Where we stayed was sooooo green and so beautiful!  I can’t wait to go back!!  You can see the motorcycles on the trailer, the cabin we stayed in and oh yeah, that handsome man in the photo is my eldest son!

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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.

Bee Kind to a Friend

CCREW717INSPHere 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.

summerWhile 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!