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Thursday, October 12, 2017

thanks for colored autumn leaves adventure

We're planning to make our annual color tour trip this weekend, and for the first time it will be longer than two long-drive days - I'm pretty excited!  My Card Buffets are scheduled for the days right after we return, so I need to have all my options determined and hopefully also prepared, in the next two days.  I've been working on it all week, and just needed one more autumnal or Thanksgiving card. 

There's plenty of inspiration and several related challenges - Joanne's Colour Challenge at The Paper Players, Blowing in the Wind at Cards in Envy, Autumn Thank you at Cardz 4 Guyz, and the Albert Camus quote from Words 2 Craft By.  Of course, I wanted to use a new stamp set - new is always exciting - but nothing was working for me.  I was finally convinced by some awesome samples - Awesomely Artistic by Jan Clothier and Lovely As A Tree by Tara Angus - that an older set was the answer, but I just couldn't seem to get focused.  Finally I settled on my friend Buffy Cooper's Sheltering Tree card:
stamp set - Sheltering Tree; ink - Chocolate Chip (my Early Espresso is too dark!), Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach; card stock - Chocolate Chip, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla

I love it - thanks, Buffy! - and I think my stampers will love it, too.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas questions adventure

Seriously, I don't know how most of a month escapes me with no blog posts - I certainly am making cards, I have so many I don't know enough people to mail them all out.  Except for Christmas cards!  I mail nearly 100 of them and don't have even 25% of what I need yet, with more than 75% of the calendar gone!  What is the matter with me?

Here is just one of the cards I've made recently, with an embossed background, which qualifies for a last-minute entry at Jingle Belles for Embossing Around the Christmas Tree, or The Embossable Dream:
stamp sets - Cookie Cutter Christmas, Label Me Pretty; ink - Garden Green, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers - Rose Red, Soft Suede; card stock - Garden Green, Whisper White; punches - Cookie Cutter Builder, Pretty Label; Big Shot with Holly embossing folder

Back to the subject of questions that I can't answer, maybe you can tell me - does the sunflower from this stamp set look like a poinsettia?  I'm hoping the answer is yes, and linking it at Winter Wonderland, where Anything Christmas Goes this week.
stamp sets - Watercolor Christmas, Painted Harvest; ink - Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black; card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Friday, September 15, 2017

a non-traditional color Christmas adventure

I don't usually venture out of my traditional Christmas color comfort zone unless I'm challenged.  The  challenge at Just Add Ink is to use these colors, and the challenge at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round is to use leaves.  I was in search of a Christmas card choice for Card Buffet, so the challenges worked together for me, this way:
stamp set - Hearts Come Home; Stampin' Write Markers - Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist; card stock - Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Whisper White thick; Leaf Punch

Thursday, September 14, 2017

a pair of sketch adventures

Sketches make card making easier for those of us who otherwise rely on Copy And Share Everything, since the design work is already done.  This week I found a great sketch at Atlantic Hearts that I used for more of the new paper and stamp sets that were waiting for me:
stamp set - Painted Harvest; ink - Early Espresso; card stock - Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla; designer series paper - Painted Autumn; Big Shot with Layered Leaves embossing folder and Stitched Shapes framelits

I originally planned to offer this card as a Card Buffet choice, but I'm not mentally ready for fall and Thanksgiving, yet.  Maybe next month I'll be better prepared.  I can handle Halloween, though, so I used the Try Stampin' On Tuesday challenge #339 for this one:
stamp set - Merry Café; ink - Early Espresso; card stock - Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie; designer series paper - Coffee Break; Big Shot with Coffee Cups framelits; Linen Thread; Stampin' Sponge

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Christmas carol adventure

We were travelling again the first ten days of this month, and I came home to find a box with new paper and stamp sets that were perfect for the current (but ending today!) Jingle Belles challenge:
stamp sets - Watercolor Christmas, Sheet Music (on envelope); ink - Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black (on envelope); card stock - Real Red, Whisper White; designer series paper - Merry Music; punch - Pretty Label (trimmed); other - gold 1/8" ribbon, metallic foil doilies

I needed something that would go together quickly, since I really need to tidy up my crafting space and prepare for Card Buffets this weekend, so I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch #420. Did you notice that # - 420! - that's awesome!