Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, November 5, 2018

Random Cards

Hello Stamping Friends!

In an attempt to catch up a bit, I am going to post some random cards here.  I went through photo files on my laptop, and thought, Good grief!  I am so far behind!  Here goes!

This was for a nephew and his new bride.  I love this die from Stampin' Up!  It makes fancy cards so quick and easy!  The glimmer paper is sweet sugar plum, and I think I had sparkles on my floor for weeks!

I have another nephew in the US Navy, stationed in Japan.  The Open Sea stamp set goes perfectly with this paper stack, also from SU, though I forget the name.  Plus, I think lost lagoon is a perfect color for ocean themed cards!

Now, a card for a niece.  I had to take the photo quickly before I stuck it in the mail.  Her sorority recently took group photos with everyone wearing burgundy, holding sunflowers.  I had a stamp set in mind; turns out I gave it away!  So I chose this Itty Bitty set from Unity Stamp Company. It's hard to tell, but the crown is gold embossed.  I brushed more mustard and delightful dijon ink around the bees, and sponged my embossed background.  And I love the lace as an added detail!

Another nephew (I have 12, not to mention nephews-in-law!) was in a musical recently.  It was put on by a group called The Penguin Project, and the entire cast is made if children with developmental or sensory disabilities.  I am so proud of Ethan being on stage, even doing a few dance steps and having a few spoken lines.  The "Broadway Bound" dsp from SU was perfect.  My penguin is from an unknown dollar bin source.

Finally, this card was made months ago for a friend in ministry who completed her term in leadership.  She was SO supportive of me, as I grew to understand my own role.  I am blessed to have worked with her.

I have lots of "get organized" goals for the coming months.  Not just here, but in reading more books, getting more exercise.  I better not wait until the New time like the present!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Virtual Stamp Night...Mini Time!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Last night was the Mini version of our winter Virtual Stamp Night over at Splitcoaststampers.  Our theme this time is "Holiday Stories," with challenges inspired by some off our favorite books!

For the Mini, the three VSN moderators (Lee, Misti & I) each hosted a challenge.  The full, VSN event will be Friday December 14 & Saturday December 15.

Misti started us off with "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  We were to use a Christmas tree on our  project - full or tiny like Charlie Brown's.  I couldn't believe my lack of Christmas tree images!  Fortunately, I had this one from SU's "Snow Much Fun."  I used my aqua brush and markers to color it.The upper portion is dry embossed and sponged, and I added ribbon that I have had for years (ballet blue!).  Mica flakes were glued on for snow, and a few rhinestones were added for even more bling.

I hosted the next challenge, inspired by "Little Women."  It isn't specifically a holiday novel, but many chapters take place during various holidays.  I challenged everyone to use vintage elements.  My card has an embossed background that looks like hand written script, much like Jo's letters in the book.  My stamps are from Our Daily Bread Designs, colored with a blender pen and heavily sponged after I tore the edges.  Crochet trim is paired with seam binding.

Finally, Lee asked us to be inspired by "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," using the classic color palette of green, red, and white (black in limited use.)  I opted for this Tim Holtz "Crazy Bird" topped with a hand drawn Santa hat.  The sentiment is from SU's "Tags til Christmas."  I know a few people who are eligible for this card!  LOL

I am looking forward to the Main VSN next month.  Be sure to check out the VSN Forum here and mark your calendars!  There are even a few prizes to be won! 

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 3, 2018

2018 Dare To Get Dirty!

Hi Stamping Friends!

Lots of cards today, as I am posting this WAY after the week of DTGD Challenges on SCS.  I had started with high hopes of completing all of the challenges, but I didn't.  No good reason.  I was home, Bruce was working.  Good grief.  Guess I just need to get my mojo flowing better next time around!  Here are the first 6 cards I completed.

I almost described the first challenge...but I can't!  It's a secret!  Even though DTGD is done, the details are kept just for Fan Club members.  Most of the info on SCS is free to the public, but some perks come with a paid Fan Club subscription.  Seriously, it's a great deal, so worth it!

This first card uses an image from Inkadinkado, with a watercolored background panel.  I also submitted it for a Free4All challenge, inspired by vacations.  We went to Glacier National Park this year, and the blues and greens in the mountains were amazing!

Next a card for Dina's challenge, featuring a Paper Smooches image & SU greeting.  I colored the ribbon with markers to match the rest of the card.

This Christmas card is for Jeanne's challenge.  I finally opened this SU dsp that's at least 8 years old!  I hope to make about a dozen more, but I haven't started yet.  It will be a great way to use up the rest of my Taken with Teal card stock!

Next, a card for Mary's DTGD challenge, combined with a recent color challenge.  I will never tire of this adorable image from SU, "Summer by the Sea.".  I color it differently, depending on who will receive it.  One of my nieces has two little boys with dark hair; this reminds me of her youngest.

Some spring time colors are up next for Stacy's challenge.  Lots of sponging on specialty embossed paper and versamark-stamped image.  I actually used pastels for this!

Finally for today, this fun card for Julie's challenge,, featuring this sentiment from SU's "Suite Sayings."  I literally bought the set just for this one stamp!  I have used some of the others too, but this is my favorite!  I also used more enamel glitter dots, like on the kitty card those things!

I hope to post my other cards later this week.  I'd rather do that than clean up my mess!  LOL

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I'm Back!

Hey there, Stamping Friends!

I am dusting off this blog!  I have been stamping fairly often this year, helping to moderate Virtual Stamp Night events on Splitcoaststampers, and always having fun with family birthday cards.  I actually have 4 or 5 posts in my drafts...clearly I thought I would be back sooner!

For several years, I chose a blog challenge and a SCS weekly challenge to focus on throughout the year.  Well, I have nearly ignored 2018 blog challenges so it is too late for that.  But I have been doing the Free 4 All challenges, which are posted on SCS every Friday.

So today, I am just going to post a few F4A cards just so this blog wakes up!  It is also a waay for me to warm up before the huge Dare to Get Dirty week of challenges which start this coming Saturday!

 This first card is for the most recent F4A, "Winged Things," along with last week's color challenge (smoky slate, berry burst, granny apple green.)  I don't have any granny apple green, so I used kiwi kiss.  The bird is from "Elements of Style," and the sentiment is from a new set, "Just Add Text." I am almost out of kiwi kiss card stock...after how many years??

The next card is for the challenge "Ride the Waves."  I literally had the card base and dsp (Sunshine & Sprinkles) together for weeks, but set this aside.  Then I had vacation and a busy VSN week.  I was happy to finish with this fun stamp my sister-in-law found for me at a thrift store.  It is SU's "Aquaria" or something like that.  I colored it with blender pens.  The sentiment is from "Whimsical Words."

Now, this card was made in June while I was on dawnmercedes team to make F4A samples.  The challenge was to make something inspired by a neighboring state.  I live in Illinois, and neighboring Missouri is home to the St Louis Cardinals.  My hubby is a HUGE cardinals fan, so I made this for his July birthday.  I used "Good Sport" and "Happiest Birthday Wishes" stamp sets.  I added a tiny bit of an imitation feather to top off the bird.  I chose yellow for the sentiment,. similar to the yellow bat in the St Louis team logo.

My next card was created way back in May on the weekend of the Kentucky Derby.  I have quite a bit of this "To the Nines" dsp, and this particular pattern goes well with this horse image from "Horse Frontier."  The greeting is from "Wetlands."  The only non-SU element is the thick twine, which I looped like a lasso.  I really like how this turned out!

Now, the last card I am posting is for a F4A challenge posted months ago, but I just did it in July, combining it with a VSN challenge.  VSN was "Going to the Zoo," and the F4A was specifically about zebras.  Easy combo!  I used melon mambo and lemon lime twist with the black and white paper from S.E.I. called "Black Orchid."  The zebra is from "Zoo Friends," and the greeting is from "Just Sayin'" on a word bubble framelit.  I sent this to my "tween" grand-daughter.

I have made many other cards, but posting them all would be silly!  I am just happy to get back on this platform.  I'll be checking out other blogs too to see what YOU have been creating!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 30, 2017

Throwing Down some Fall Challenges

Hey Stamping friends...I'm back!

I had another lull in my stamping life, but was re-awakened by the recent "Falliday Fest" over at Splitcoaststampers.  I decided rather quickly not to worry about completing all of the challenges, so I could concentrate on making multiples.  I had hoped to combine with more palettes from The Color Throwdown, but I have just these two today.  I looked at the clock and thought, Yikes!  I better get these posted!

So, this week's palette is gorgeous!  I hope to make some additional cards using the new SU color, fresh fig.  But the purple in this card is mostly from old tissue paper.  One if the Falliday Fest challenges, hosted by my cyber friend Jeanette, asked us to recycle something in our project.  Crumbled tissue adds nice texture.  The stamped & embossed image, from SU's "Embrace Life," was actually found in my packet of very vanilla scraps...Yay!  All of this is on a cajun craze card base with a strip of always artichoke pattern paper.  The sentiment is from SU's "Tea Shoppe," stamped in fresh fig, punched with the modern label and adorned with cajun enamel dots.

Next, a Color Throwdown from a couple of week's ago combined with Ceal's FF challenge to use our acrylic blocks for stamping a background.  Super fun!  My card base is sahara sand, with a layer of pumpkin pie that has been embossed with the houndstooth folder.  After using my blocks to add sahara sand and pumpkin pie ink to my very vanilla piece, I added flowers from SU's "Of the Earth" in basic black, then mounted it on black and added thick twine.  My sentiment is from the same set, heat embossed with white on black.  I rarely do that, but I love the look!  I hope to create more similar cards with neutrals and one pop of color.

That's it for today, but I have a few posts started with completed Falliday Fest projects that I hope to share later this week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Traditions of Fresh Sketches

Hello Stamping Friends!

I am still trying to catch up with some specific card needs, but sometimes it is good to just make a bunch of cards for my general stash.  The best way to do this?  Grab a pack of designer series paper and a bunch of sketches.  Over the last 3 days, I have been working on the remnants of a long-retired package:  SU's Autumn Traditions.  (I think it came out when soft suede was an In-color.)  I really need to use my supplies, so I dug in with several past Freshly Made Sketches, then peeked in yesterday to grab the current one.  Two of the sketches are squares, but I don't have any square envelopes, and just wanted to keep things simple, so all of these are A2 cards.  Here goes!

Instead of giving a play-by-play, I will list supplies here at the top, since all of the cards are similar.  I used SU card stock in more mustard, soft suede, always artichoke, elegant eggplant, and whisper white.  Along with the Autumn Traditions dsp, I used some eggplant paper and a bit of ruby red from my scraps.  The ink is more mustard, always artichoke, and elegant eggplant.  Punches and dies include circles, scallop circles, ovals, Sizzix leaves, SU banners and word bubbles.  Stamps used are all SU:  "Hello Again," "Happiest Birthday Wishes," "On Your Birthday," "Just Sayin'," "Wetlands," and "Blessings from Heaven."  Some seam binding, brads, and enamel dots are the finishing details.  Now, to get all of these pictures in place!


Whew!  I think these look pretty as a set.  I'd like to say all of this DSP is gone, but alas, I still have some scraps left.  I plan on throwing some cards together today with the rest, instead of putting them away to gather dust again.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for coming by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, August 28, 2017

Still Catching Up!

Happy Monday, Stamping Friends!

I have a couple of cards for the Color Throwdown today.  I initially planned to do more, and I may get a couple done today, but I want to get this post done before today's deadline.

I have a hard time with pastel palettes, and there have been several recently.  Perhaps if I dug in to complete them instead of ignore them, I'd be more comfortable by now!  LOL  As I looked at this week's colors I decided a baby girl card would be perfect.  In fact, a young couple in town has a new baby girl.  The circumstances are incredible.  They have lost 2 babies in infancy in the last 3 years.  But earlier this month, they were blessed with a precious baby through a private adoption!  I bought this stamp set from My Favorite Things, "My How You've Grown," before it retired, but it has sat unused.  So you know I had to use it for this card!  My card base is thick whisper white, with a layer of smoky slate, embossed with my hounds-tooth folder.  I added pleated blushing bride ribbon and seam binding in daffodil delight.  The image was colored with blender pens and markers using daffodil delight, smoky slate, blushing bride, and blush blossom inks, then matted in blushing bride.  A few enamel dots finish it off.  

Next, here's a card I intended to make during DTGD.  I had the stamp set, SU's "Summer By the Sea," on my table, and the bordering blue card base ready, but my mojo fizzled.  Nonetheless, I really like this palette, so I decided to put this together last night.  I had scraps of real red and so saffron on my table, and this sketch just happened unexpectedly.  Using my blender pens and some sponging, I colored the scene with bordering blue, so saffron, real red, smoky slate, always artichoke, and creamy caramel inks.  The sentiment is from  "Wetlands," on a scallop oval and popped up.  Enamel dots and bakers twine are the final touches.

I still have a lot of 2017 Color Throwdown challenges to complete for my personal goal, but I am determined to get them done!  I have been having fun with these color palettes, and realize (again) that color challenges are, by far, my favorite!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}