Just Add Ink Follow-up
Last week I played along with Just Add Ink’s color challenge #464 of Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, and Flirty Flamingo. You can see my card here. Imagine my complete surprise when, sitting at the airport, I saw the email update that I had won the challenge! I am so incredibly honored and, now that I am home, have added the widget to my blog.
Fab Friday 167
Before I left for NY, I created a card for this challenge, but was not happy with it. After getting home, I needed to create thank you cards for some cousins we visited. Therefore, I decided to try creating a card for this challenge again. However, I had been looking at this newly created card since yesterday afternoon when I “finished” it. After trying a couple of additions, unsuccessfully I might add, I finally (!!) stumbled across an idea: black enamel dots leftover from Halloween. Finally, I feel finished!
Here’s the FabFriday167 sketch:
Here’s my card:
All the Elements
The border element should have been easy to figure out, but I had a difficult time deciding on it. I’d completely forgotten about the scalloped die in the Seasonal Layers die set. Therefore, I wound up using the Decorative Ribbon Punch (item 143721). This SAB DSP has really gotten a work out and I have one full sheet and then pieces left. There are multiple reasons I love this DSP. One of which is the ability to punch the large (inside) and small (outside) butterflies at once using the Butterfly Duet punch (item 148523).
The stamp from the recently retired All Things Thanks stamp set, fits perfectly when stamped vertically on the Everyday Label punch (item 144668). I like to mat this sentiment punch so, I punched a black one, cut it in half, and attached it so just a thin border shows on the top and bottom. Then, I used the Stamping Write marker to outline the sides of the Whisper White punch, and, ta-da, I’d completed the sentiment element, and finishing the card soon followed.
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Fab Friday 166 Card Challenge
Fab Friday for this 2 week period is to use all 5 of the new In Colors for 2019 – 2021. Since I am off for the summer, I have been organizing and purging and came across painter’s tape. The tape reminded me of a technique I used a few years ago, and I thought it would work pretty darn well. The background mat for the card had to be Purple Posy since the ink and markers are not available yet.
Here’s my card and the challenge banner:
After that easy mat decision was made, I had to organize the remaining colors into the order of my stripes. I tried to get the colors a sunset kind of order, so the darkest is on the bottom and the lightest on the top. The order from bottom up is Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, and Rococo Rose.
If at First You Don’t Succeed,
Try, try, and try again. The first time I tried “stamping” with the painter’s tape, it turned out way too dark. The stripes are very simple to create; simply take a length of painter’s tape and place it on the ink pad. At first, my result was too dark, as pictured below.
My second attempt was to not press the tape on the ink pad as hard as I had done the first time. However, that was still too dark. I finally wound up stamping off the tape before lining it up on the card. I really like the distressed look of the stripes, and can believe I got the stripes straight. Success!
Free as a Bird
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use the birds on a branch for this card. Therefore, I stamped the birds, sentiment, and leave all in Tuxedo Black.
When I put the card together, including popping up the top layer on dimensionals, I decided that it needed “something”. I still have some of the retired black dots from the holiday catalog, and put one in the center of the flowers below the branch and one on the leaves.
When I came back to the card the next day, I decided that it still needed something to make the stamped images really stand out. I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and applied a couple of layers to the stamped images. It’s not easy to get pictures of Wink of Stella on cards, so I hope you can see the sparkles on the birds in the picture below:
I finally feel like the card is done. Since everything was pretty easy, and since I only used Tuxedo Black ink, the Free as a Bird stamp set, and the Wink of Stella, I think I created a #simplestamping card.
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Many Thanks to the Librarian!
Before I jump into my blog for these two challenges, let me say how honored I was to be chosen as one of the Librarian’s Choices for The Library Challenge # 9 with a Where the Wild Things Are theme. You can see my z-fold card I created here. I didn’t even know I was chosen until I went in to make sure I didn’t miss the deadline for the current challenge. While I enjoy participating in challenges, I’ve missed more deadlines by just a few hours for a variety of challenges. Can you imagine my surprise?!?
Fab Friday 114 sketch challenge for this week is simple, which I love. However, when combined with the Library Challenge # 10, it becomes very elegant. I chose to use the cover of the Rose Garden, written by Susanna Kearsley, as my inspiration. The gorgeous photographic Petal Promenade DSP is perfect, and I am very thankful for the DSP share in which I participated for this paper. More about DSP shares later.
Here’s my card:
Here are the posts for the challenges:
Petal Promenade is Beautiful!
When I first saw the DSP options in the 2018 – 2019 catalog, not all of them Wow’d me, including Petal Promenade. Therefore, I did what I always do when there are new DSP sets: participate in a paper share with my upline, Brian King. A paper share includes patterns from each of the DSP 12 x 12 (cut to 6 x 12) and 6 x 6 stacks. The shares allow me to hold in my hot little hands to see if I want to order ALL of it. This set of papers is gorgeous!!!! I didn’t think I would order it, but now it tops my list for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free shopping list.
Blushing Bride cardstock provides the bottom base, and I also used the Wood Textures DSP for the middle mat. I punched out the circle to go under the Share What You Love doille for some contrast. This suite also provided, the pearlized enamel dots, the metal flower, and the sentiment. After choosing my DSP from Wood Textures, I decided on Soft Suede ink. I thought the Whisper White label needed a little something – something. Therefore, I chose a flower stamp and stamped it off in Blushing Bride. The retired Crumb Cake ribbon seemed to fit this card, and the Fab Friday challenge, perfectly.
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Fab Friday 140
Fab Friday bi-weekly challenges are always fun. The current challenge is to use all five new In-Colors 2018 – 2020. Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch are all brightly saturated and pure colors. At first I wasn’t sold on these new colors. However, since I now have them in my hot little hands, I am in love with them. The DSP is so much fun and is reminiscent of the In-Color DSP stacks of the past. LOVE!
CAS(E) This Sketch #277
This weekly challenge always provides an interesting sketch from which inspiration can be drawn. Sketch # 277 is very clean and simple with just a sentiment and one horizontal element below the sentiment. Even though both of these challenges were rolling through my head for a few days, I did not necessarily try combine the two. Since I wanted my Fab Friday card to be clean while incorporating the 5 colors, I figured out that I wanted to use the “celebrate” die. That’s when I matched up the two challenges, which allowed me to use all the colors but still have a somewhat clean layout. I hope you will see the CAS(E) inspiration in my card.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge links:
The first thing I figured out was the pattern for the “celebrate” die cut. It was relatively easy to accomplish this look. I cropped it out of three of the In-Color DSP papers, stacked them on top of each other, and cut the letters apart. This allowed me to line up the letters exactly no matter the color. It also left me with letter for two additional cards. <Happy Dance>
In order to be able to line up all the letters again, I knew I would need a complete base on which to place the letters. Therefore, I cropped out the sentiment from Basic Black cardstock. I also used Basic Black as one of the mat layers to ground and unify all of the five other colors. Even though the blue “YOU” part of the sentiment is all one piece, I also layered it on top of a black base. Another product that allowed this piecing process to be relatively easy was my Xyron Sticker Maker. When using this sticker maker, I use the wrong end of the SU piercing tool to rub, rub, rub before taking off the cover layer of the Xyron sandwich.
Don’t even ask about the black base layer because I cropped both pieces of the sentiment out of it. Ugly part won’t show because with everything else layered on it.
In order to incorporate the horizontal element I simply used a knotted piece of Lovely Lipstick ribbon.
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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Here Comes the Sun.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
Here Comes the Sun for FabFriday 139
My DH’s (dear husband) favorite color has always been yellow because of the sunshine of sunny Southern California. He grew up and lived in the LA/Orange County area for more than 50 years. Now we live in sunny (read: humid) Central Florida.
Therefore, the new In-Color Pineapple Punch was the first color for which I reached. Of course, there has to be a sun represented on the card, and I achieved that by using the Layering Circles die set, the Stitched Shapes die set, and a Share What You Love doile. The scallops on the largest circle and the doile were my main homages to the sun.
Here’s my card:
I did change the orientation from the sketch, however the inspiration from the sketch is definitely there.
Here’s the Fab Friday 139 sketch:
Varied Vases Bundle
The Varied Vases bundle, designed by million dollar sale demo Mary Fish (in whose third level I am) is so much fun and very versatile. Hint: before trying to line the stamps up to try to get it to match the punch, it is much easier to first punch the vases on a scrap sheet of cardstock. Then you can lay the stamps into the punched areas and stamp with confidence knowing your results will line up with the punch.
The sentiment is also from this bundle, and it fit perfectly on the Petals and More thinlet banner. Next, I cropped a Blueberry Bushel frame for under the sentiment banner and punched the vases using Blueberry Bushel from the In-Color DSP stack. I just love this blue because it is so clear and pure, as are the rest of the 2018 – 2020 In Colors. That’s the main reason that I chose Call Me Clover for the background embossed with the Petal Burst folder. The Pineapple Punch Stamping Write marker was used to simply color the stamped flowers. I really wanted the colors to be the focus of this card, and I think I accomplished that goal.
Thank you for hopping with us today!
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Pam Morris from Tap, Tap, Stamp. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins
- Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
- Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Sandra Cornejo at Madly Crafting
- Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
If it’s possible to completely love a bundle and DSP…..
This would be one of my favs. Myths and Magic DSP, the Magical Day stamp set, and the Magical Mates thinlets. LOVE! I’ve used it for a number of challenge cards, and this Fab Friday entry is yet another one. The images are so much fun to color and coordinate with the fabulous DSP. I am thankful that, even though this set is retiring, I will be using it for my community service card club at the high school where I teach. So,much.fun!!
Here’s my card:
Here’s the challenge sketch:
The base of my card is Tranquil Tide with Lemon Lime Twist on top of it. Then there is a layer of the Bermuda Bay glitter paper from the SAB catalog. It was at this point that the card really started to evolve. I tried a number of different pieces of DSP for the top base piece and the rectangle piece on top of the banner as well. Good news is that, after I cut out all my tries, I have a number of pieces ready to go for another card. I finally decided on the cloud DSP. I thought it is much more subtle than other patterns and also adds interest.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again and again and again.
After all my tries, I knew I couldn’t try to add another piece of paper on top of the banner, which is the Old Olive Glitter Paper from the same stack as the Bermuda Bay. I knew I wanted to use the dragon I colored, and also knew the sentiment I wanted to use. After discarding more choices, I finally decided on the two ovals in place of the layer on top of the banner. The Stitched Shapes thinlits cropped the ovals. Then I used the Tranquil Tide marker to outline the ditch of the stitches in the white oval. The Myths and Magic thinlets make cropping the dragon a snap.
The Tranquil Tide oval was adhered directly to the DSP while mini-dimensionals popped up the dragon. I stamped the sentiment directly on the oval (which would have been a lot easier to stamp before I cropped), and that oval is popped up using regular dimensionals. Mini-dimensionals popped up the banner and the dragon. After I got everything dry fit, I thought the top of the banner HAD to have something small on it, so I grabbed the thinnest Bermuda Bay ribbon I had and tied a small knot. Next step was to adhere all the pieces on the card.
Bling and More
After squinting to look at the card (another nickel goes in the mail for Brian King), I knew two things: 1.) something definitely had to go on the top left corner, and 2.) the dragon looked blah next to all the glitter paper. I grabbed the Tutti-Fruitti adhesive backed sequins in Lemon Lime Twist for the top left corner. I thought I had them on straight until I looked at the close-up of the card. Then I added a few layers of the clear Wink of Stella to the dragon. It’s so difficult to get the Wink of Stella to show on a picture, but it’s there, I promise.
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