Saturday, May 24, 2014

A rainbow of colors

This week's ColourQ challenge had a very bright palate this week.

You know when you have 'that card'?  The one you L. O. V. E. love?  I never, NEVER would have guessed this color combo would make that card, but there ya go!  The layout was from Paper Pals Arts challenge. 

I used my new Work of Art stamp set with a very retired Year by Year stamp set. I wanted a gift image and this one was the perfect size and style. The sentiment is from Remembering your Birthday, cause I needed another birthday set!!!  I love the clean look of the card  and it was  so quick and easy!   This is definitely a flexible card that I will make over and over again. 

New toys at my house!!

Can I just say how much I LOVE the new Work of Art stamp set from the upcoming Stampin Up catalog??!  I am for seeing many many many projects with it in my future. 

I have to admit that there have been a lot of beautiful cards with this set during the demo presales. A LOT. Obviously I'm not the only one who loves this set. I went a different direction, you know, just to be different.  I used the heart stamp as petals, which I like, and the chevron stripe for a background, which I love.

The layout is courtesy of HandStamped sentiments sketch challenge #186 and colors are from the color Throwdown #293. 

As I was making out this post I decided to do a redo to see if I could fix a few little things. 

Minor changes for a little more subtle look. Oh, yes. I will definitely use this stamp set, possibly every day. Whoop!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Graduation days...

A dear teacher of my DD is celebrating her high school graduation this week. She is an amazing girl and we will miss her when she leaves for Texas A&M in August. I chose the color combo from Colourq Challenge #241to tell her how proud we are of her.

Here is a close up of the card:

And the colors:

I have one more post for you with a digital creation that works with Project Life.  That'll be out tomorrow.  Until then, thanks for visiting!

I've been here, but...

I seem to get projects done then I get distracted and just don't get them posted. Sigh. Well, here is one I've been working on.

This color combo is from the Color Throwdown #292

The layout is inspired by Mojo Monday #345

 I had a little piece of metallic silver card stock stashed away so I embossed it with argyle and added matching pewter embossing powder as sprinkles. (Note to self, do the wet embossing BEFORE you glue the punches to the card!). 

Thats the first... one more coming today!

Monday, May 12, 2014

ColourQ #240

ColourQ Challenge colors of the week remind me of my grandmother's china- delicate and pink. I realized I had a box that I made with it earlier this spring and never posted, so here ya go!

The DSP is from many years ago and uses Riding Hood Red, Pink Piruette and Kiwi Kiss.  I added Primrose Pink and Newsprint DSP to the mix. 

The box pattern was found on Pinterest, one of my favorite idea markets :)  I will make the box again, maybe for Father's Day. It really is easy to put together and folds flat in a normal envelope. Very cool!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Teacher Appreciation #3

Last one. My 5th grader has 2 main teachers and wanted a more girly card for her math/science teacher. DD insisted I use some pewter embossing powder on it, so I Gorgous Grunge-d it on. She also wanted a butterfly. As I was coloring the flower with Stampin' Markers I got very excited to try the soon to be released Blendabilities. I have some on order so I will share soon. 

Thanks for visiting and Happy Mother's Day !

Friday, May 9, 2014

Teacher Appreciation take 2

My DS teacher has been so supportive and helpful!  I wanted this card to be a little more masculine because I thought it would be weird for my boy to give a flowery card to her. Maybe it's just me, but anyway. Her favorite color is green so I used Gumball Green with Midnight Muse and Marina Mist. The layabout is inspired by the Case this Sketch challenge 

I am really going to miss Midnight Muse when it retires at the end of the month along with the grid stamp. I will still use them, but have to remove them from 'active' status. Sad, but the new colors are coming soon to freshen the palate... I just ordered mine today as my Mother's Day gift (thanks kids!) so next week I get new toys in the mail. Yeah Stampin' Up!

I have one more teacher appreciation card to post tomorrow. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teacher appreciation Thanks!

This is Teacher Appreciation week so I aimed my cards for my munchkins' teachers.  Here is the first.  
 My DD language arts teacher is a UTX grad and LOVES burnt orange.  The color combo from Hand Stamped Sentaments #185 gave me some Tangerine Tango, which is NOT burnt orange, but close enough for my book (since I'm not a TU fan).  The layout was inspired by Paper Craft Crew Challenge #91, which I missed the entry for but still loved enough to play with. Here is my creation:

The tag is from Chalk Talk framelits set and the stars, arrows and thx is from the tri-fold framelit set (which will be in the new catty, yeah!!).  I splattered with Gorgous Grunge in Versamark, Brown Sugar, and long-retired and yet highly loved Very Vanilla craft ink.  I still have a pad and I will use it til it goes dry!

Many thanks to Mrs. White for all that she has taught (and put up with for) those rambunctious 5th graders!
Another TA card tomorrow for DS teacher.  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 5, 2014

PPA 202 & FMS 134

All of a sudden, today in North Texas it was summertime.  96 degrees summertime.  And water restrictions are officially in effect for the unforeseeable future.  Sigh.  I am so glad we had a moderate spring because my tomatoes have set fruit, my snap beans are charging along and my strawberries are so yummy right off the vine.  Yep, it is early summer in Texas and I plan on enjoying it before the heatwave comes in.

I got a lovely box in the mail on Friday with new Stampin' Up toys to play with and a desperately-needed restock of Whisper White card stock.  I will post new Project Life samples as soon as I get it sorted out; I have a feeling that it is going to CHANGE my scrapbook outlook in the future.  Simplicity at its finest, folks.  And the new catty, which goes live on June 2, has FIVE Project Life themes to create your own scrapbook quickly.   I am so ready to get going!

I promised grunge, but decided to go a bit cleaner.  The arrows are from the Project Life Point and Click stamp set (available now) and they go perfectly with the Arrows textured impressions folder.  The colors are from Paper Pals Arts challenge #202 and the layout is inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #134.

I liked the simple layout (though in a perfect world I would have added just one more layer for the sentiment, but that's just me...) and the colors are bright and bold together.  The Crumb Cake makes the perfect backdrop for colored inks and I love the result.  Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ColourQ Challenge #239

Today's card is the epitome of girl.  But when I saw the colors from ColorQ this week I just had to try.  The best part was I got to use some ancient retired DSP that I think I inherited from my sister. Don't you love it when you realize that you have JUST the paper to match that??  I do!!  I put together the majority of the card and realized I was VERY close to one of the layout challenges' layouts so I went with it.

 The base is Pink Pirouette because I couldn't find the Pretty in Pink card stock, but I think it melds well with the other colors.  The DSP is Sweet Always, again from the retired stash.  I used soon-to-be retiring Create a Cupcake stamp set (but no worries, there is a new one in the new catalog so we can punch some more adorable cupcakes next year).  The sentiment's corners are rounded using the new Project Life corner rounder, just introduced last month.  I played with it and have some very cool ways to use it aside from rounding corners.....  yeah for new toys! 

 Here are the challenges I entered....


 Ok, now that I am officially PINKED out I am going to head for my GRUNGE side for tomorrow.  Thank goodness!!!