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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!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

bookish adventures

Love Today is the ring-bound planner kit available from Stampin' Up! this year - I love mine!
In addition to monthly dividers, monthly pages and weekly pages, it comes with more stickers than I'll ever need (I used only three for the cover) as well as pockets, flags, sticky notes, and photo pages.  But I felt I needed a few more accessories.  I started with a simple tasselled paper clip.  I found the elastic band pencil pouch (seen in the corner of the photo above and on the left below) on clearance at one of the big box stores.  I found a vinyl pocket folder at Dollar Tree, turned it horizontally and cut it down to provide another pair of slip-in pocket pages for loose papers:
The small art journal in the slot of the left pocket was one I made while I was still working, folded from one piece of copy paper according to an Instagram tutorial I saw.  The "art" is office junk mail collages and highlighter designs lettered with encouragement.  The Instagram version wasn't covered, but I used a discarded report cover to give mine a little more protection.

In the other pocket, I felt I needed a small separate notebook.  When I read about the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog launch, I decided to make one:

I had many blank dot and grid pattern pages left in the back of an old spiral-bound planner, perfect for card sketches or notes on the run, so I removed and slightly trimmed them.  My original intention was to make a traveler's notebook style, and the cover was a file folder that I cut down for that purpose.  I didn't want the signatures nested, though, because that would separate the patterns from each other, so I perfect-bound the pages (folded each sheet in half separately and spread glue on the spine edges).  I inserted the pages into the cover using the traveler's-notebook-style elastic spine, so I could reuse the cover.  It's sort of a hybrid, but I think it's going to work for me!

Just this evening, I tried my hand at another type of book art.  My public library hosted a workshop where we used fabric and trims (and a lot of glue) to transform blank bound dollar-store journals:

Monday, August 21, 2017

drinks for men adventure

Marsha's challenge this week at the Watercooler is anything masculine; at Creative with Stamps it's boys to men and at The Male Room it's drinks.  The samples and entries so far at The Male Room are alcoholic, but a lot of the men I know don't drink alcohol, so I went in a slightly different direction:
stamp set - Coffee Café; ink - Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake; card stock - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz; designer series paper - Coffee Break; Big Shot with Coffee Cups framelits

The gatefold design may also qualify as a fancy fold for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, although it is a pretty simple fold; maybe more of a fun fold than a fancy one :)