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!!

By your side…

CCREW817INSPHere is my inspiration card.  We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images.  I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago.  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use.  High Tide.  This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes.  The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given.  Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!!  It’s fantastic!!

final-product-mood-board-3-638So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper.  I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment.  On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images.  I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp.  I think this came out great!

Some of the products I used are:  Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

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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Stepped up already…

CCREW617SIPFor the month of June, the Creative Crew on splitcoaststampers.com asked us to only do 5 projects, instead of 6. I chose to make this challenge already stepped up and not do the simpler version of this card.

I also used this card as a color challenge that my upline put out.  The challenge was to make a card with all the In-Colors or to make 5 cards using only one In-Color.  So…. I used them all!

The stamp set used was Feathery Friends.  I used all of the In-Color markers for ink, I used all the In-Colors for paper too!  The flower centers have Clear Faceted Gems.  Cute huh?

Challenge #6

positivedifferenceThis challenge was a great one. In short, it was “pick a stamp set out of the annual catalog (I’m an over-achiever, I chose two) and use two embellishments on the card.” Now, oddly enough, I am not sure what’s current and what’s retired in my craft room now BUT I just so happened to buy a few of stamp sets out of the annual catalog for a project I am going to be working on. So, I knew they were current…. LOL.

Here’s my card. I used Gorgeous Grunge and In This World. My two embellishments (ok. I used three… I hear you thinking it…) are Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Silver Metallic thread (which is really hard to see) and Metal Rimmed Pearls. I am a monochromatic girl, as well as a butterfly girl. So this card tickles me to the core! The layout I CASE’d from something I saw on Pinterest but can’t find the card again. UGH! She didn’t use any of the same stamp sets. The card is different but similar. ANYWAY….

I also just recently got my hands on new Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits! OMG!! I am so in love with these. It also works with the Layering Ovals, Circles and Squares Framelit sets. Of course, I used the Layering Ovals set for the card.

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