Groovy Meadows

Are you shocked? Ha!! This card is a result of two things – my need to do a challenge card because I have not done in in forever (on the day it was posted, that is), and my need to make a thank you card for my in-laws, who helped us tremedously this past weekend. Don’t forget to click on the card to enlarge it. You may get the magnifying glass tellin you it will enlarge it even more!

The color combo challenge over on SCS is great this week. Very nice set of colors that could go any way you wnat. I chose vintage, and used my In the Meadow set from LAD. I used the SU spiral punch on the left side of my GP White background. Oh, let me go off on a tangent on GP White paper. I like it for layering, but not necessarily for stamping. Whisper WHite always seem to stamp better, imo. But GP white is fantastic for distressing — the results are GORGEOUS, I think! It just bends and folds so well. So for the images on the GP white, I stamped off the flowers twice before stampin them on there, so they would have a sort of haphard look. I sponged around the edges. My main image panel has the flowers stamped in both Guava and Craft White. I also added the small pieces of dandelions floating off the panel in the two inks.

I added the seniment panel on the right side, with a piece of HPH anchoring it. I used my last bit of guava organdy ribbon to accent the card – I threaded the ends though the spiral punched holes. For balance, I added two primas with a small flower brad in the lower right corner of the card. What do you think of it?

Stamps: LAD In the Meadow
Paper: Groovy Guva, Sahara Sand, GP White
Ink: Groovy Guava, Craft White
Accessories: HPH, random organdy ribbon, primas, small shaped brad, SU index punch thingy, distresser tool
Techniques: sponging, distressing
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Fun Floral Hello

Fun Floral HelloI have been thinking about the color combo challenge over at SCS since Tuesday, when it was posted. Wowza, what a stunning set of colors. It took me all week to figure out just what I wanted to do with it, though.

I used Beate’s weekend sketch as a jumping off point for this card. As I was working on it I realized that I wanted my flowers to go all the way across the bottom, rather than have just one on the left side. So I changed it!

Everything else about this card is pretty simple. I adore the way white craft ink looks on Kraft cardstock, so I used the largest flower from Fun to be Floral to make a background. I used one of the medium sized flowers, paired with a teeny tiny one from Far East, to make the Soft Sky patterned cardstock. The three popped up flowers are stamped with Versafine black ink on Whisper White cardstock, and the one in the center has a Soft Sky on WHisper White flower as its center. In the top corner of my Soft Sky panel I added a small flower form the Fun to be Floral set, centered by that teeny tiny one from Far East.

To finish off the card, I handstitched the two accent panels together (although I then covered up the bottom row with the flowers, lol). And I added the “hello” sentiment in the bottom right corner. I’m a huge fan of this card!

Stamps: LAD Fun to Be Floral, Far East
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Versafine Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White craft
Accessories: thread, paper piercer/mat pack, dimensionals

Flowers for the Twins

Twin FlowersI made this a couple of Sundays ago, for the featured stamper challenge.  The original card came from Maren’s gallery, and can be seen here.

The weather outside was odd on the day I took these pictures – strange clouds, dark skies, the works. For some reason, the small popped up circles cast a shodow that is not there irl.

My card differs from Maren’s in several ways – the colors, the ribbon treatment, and the stamps. The card will soon be on its way to a friend who had adorable twins recently – a boy and a girl.

 

Stamps: So Many Scallops, Riveting, Warm Words
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Barely Banana
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue
Accessories: white and celery gg ribbon, blue and pink organdy ribbon, Almost Amethyst SU marker, corner rounder punch

Sage Harmony

Sage HarmonyThis is the third in my series of Sage, Chocolate, and Vanilla cards. I did three so I could participate in last week’s limited supply challenge on SCS. They are also good for the color combo challenge – which is such a yummy combo! I managed to get each of my other cards to be triple-whammies — three challenges in one card, so I wanted to do the same for this one. I settled on the Sketch For You to Try over at i *heart* 2 stamp. Her card was square, so I did adapt mine a little bit.

This picture is not terrific – the day I took these the lighting was awful, and I am just too lazy to retake the pictures! I stamped the French Script background on the Chocolate Chip base with Sage Shadow ink – it looks cool irl, I promise! The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory, and still simple (which I am trying hard to do, lol!)!!!

Stamps: Carte Postale, Happy Harmony, French Script
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Cropadile, Chocolate gg ribbon, primas, eyelets, sponge, samj, markers
Techniques: sponging

Chocolate Harmony

Chocolate HarmonyThis is the second card in my series of three for last week’s Limited Supply Challenge. Because it called for using the same stamps and cardstock, it also goes with last week’s Color Challenge. And I tried all afternoon to get a good picture of this and could not make it happen. The weather outside was weird, and cast strange shadows in the house. So not only did I get no natural light, I couldn’t get my indoor lamps to make up the difference. So I’m sorry for the picture!

I managed to combine the two challenges I was already working with the Sketch Challenge from last week. Because my picture is so blech, you probably cannot tell (even if you click on the picture to enlarge it) that I stamped the French Script background using Chocolate Chip ink, and also added some large flourishes from the Carte Postale set. The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory, and simple.

On that note, I’d like to say this: I was told by a friend recently that I needed to do more simple cards. And obsess less over perfection. So most of the cards I’ll share that week are going to be along that vein — my attempt to stamp more simply. I asked my husband if he thought I obsessed over details and perfection, and he burst out laughing. Which was my first clue that maybe I need to relax a bit and have some fun stamping (not that I don’t always have fun stamping, but I do tend to strive for absolute perfection. See hoe much I love it – I’ve used the word three times in like ten seconds, lol!

Stamps: Carte Postale, Happy Harmony, French Script
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Cropadile, Chocolate gg ribbon, primas, eyelets, sponge, samj, markers
Techniques: sponging

Vanilla Harmony

Vanilla HarmonyI combined three different challenges for this card. I actually did this for three cards I made on Sunday, and over the next few days I will be sharing all three on the blog.

I knew when I saw the color combo from last Tuesday that I wanted to do it – what beautiful and elegant colors! And then when I came across the Limited Supply Challenge, it all just kind of *clicked*.

I also chose to use the Weekend Sketch from Beate’s blog, Fresh and Fun. What terrific inspiration she always shares!

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you might be able to tell that I did something a little bit different with the French Script background. I inked it up using Sage Shadow, and then rubbed Chocolate Chip lightly over a couple of spots. It really gives it a cool dimension. I sponged more Safe Shadow on the edges. I also stamped the small flourish from Carte Postale on the background (after stamping it off on scratch paper).  My sentiment panel has the sentiment, from the Happy harmony set, stamped in Chocolate Chip, with the flowers from the same set stamped on each side. I could not be more pleased with how this card turned out, and will definitely be using this combo and this sketch alot! Of the three I made using this color combo, this one is definitely my favorite 😉

Stamps: Carte Postale, Happy Harmony, French Script
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Cropadile, Chocolate gg ribbon, primas, eyelets, sponge, samj, markers
Techniques: sponging

Luv Ewe!

Luv Ewe!This card was made for both a Limited Supply Challenge on SCS and a Tuesday sketch challenge that Mercy posted on her blog. Except I went a tiny bit sideways with the sketch, lol. But since I originated from it, I think it is important to give credit where credit is due! You can view all of the Tuesday Sketch Challenges that Mercy posts by clicking on the link under “Be Inspired” over on the left side of this page.

The Limited Supply Challenge  I did for this card was to use alphabet stamps to create a sentiment. I got out my favorite alphabet, Whimsical (the lowercase ones), for this card. I’m still sad that SU retired it! The colro scheme originated from the tiny bit of ribbon that can be seen to the left of the “e” in ewe – it is some dollar spot ribbon from Mike’s, and I’ve been dying to use it.  I also got out my liquid applique for the Doodle Factory sheep. I think he is adorable, and so does DD!

 

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Doodle Factory Animals, Whimsical Alpha lower
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Passion
Ink: Versafine Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Pink Passion marker, Liquid Applique, corner slot punch (SU), $1 spot ribbon