Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mash Up Grad

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!!

I have a quick card for The Friday Mashup.  It was easy to make, but my hands are a mess!  The challenge was to make a celebration card and/or use the color combo of night of navy, bermuda bay and crushed curry.  I have several graduation cards to make, and many of the schools have some shade of blue and gold...perfect!

My card base is night of navy.  I combined plain whisper white with the embossed specialty paper, cut on an angle.  I simply sponged the challenge colors over the stripes.  The sentiment is from SU's "Word Play," colored with markers.  Between the sponging and my messy navy marker, my fingers got full of ink!  The graduation cap is from SU's "Pure Gumption."  I wanted just one more detail, so I added the tab...made with the modern label punch and a gold brad.  The patterned paper is actually from the original year bermuda bay came out.  Good grief!

I've got more graduation cards to make...I'll see you later!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, May 18, 2015

Colors that are Freshly Made

Hello, Hello, Hello!

So, I have set a goal to complete all of the 2015 sketch challenges on SCS as well as at Freshly Made Sketches.  I am so far behind!  Last week, I planned to do several FMS challenges, but managed only one.  I decided I better post it, then I can go back and work on others.  The cool thing is that  this card is already on its way to the recipient!  9 of the last 10 cards I have made have actually been used instead of being stashed away.  Of course, that just means that I held off on making a bunch of cards until I really needed them...LOL  Now I need to make graduation cards; same last minute rush!

Any way, here is the barely-current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I combined it with the SCS color challenge, incorporating the soon to retire SU In-Colors (coastal cabana, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding, crisp cantaloupe, and strawberry slush.)  I am going to miss coastal cabana and pistachio pudding; the others? Meh.  I'll live!  I completely forgot to order ink refills, and I didn't stock up on the wonderful ruffled ribbon.  But considering how many other retired products I have sitting around, I am certain I'll be okay!

I needed a card for my almost sister-in-law.  I wish my brother-in-law would just hurry up and propose...hmmm...that's another story!  Any way, Christina is not a girly-girl.  She does like to relax with a cool beverage, and she likes to entertain.  I thought these images from SU's "Tropical Party" would be fun to use with the colors.  They are not truly as bold and bright as the tropics would be, but I still think it works.  Using twine instead of ribbon keeps it from being too frilly.  The coconut drink was colored with markers since the straw and umbrella are all a part of the same image.  I used my Sizzix circle die and scallop circle punch.  My angled cut is a bit high for the sketch, oops...but I like this look, so I will probably use this sketch again.  The sentiment is hiding in the lower panel.  It is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes" cut out with the modern label punch.

There you go...maybe I will have more completed sketches later this week.  I sure hope so!  Maybe I can catch up on this goal before the month is over!

Thanks for coming by.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, May 15, 2015

Back to Playing with Paper

Happy Friday!

I am still trying to get back into a regular stamping/blogging routine again.  I took a peak at The Paper Players challenge, and realized I had not played along for a while.  I really like the color combo LeAnne selected and decided to put something together.  I figured this palette would work for a feminine or masculine card.  A gentleman from the church choir had surgery recently, so this card is for him.

This is a clean and simple design, which should be easy to duplicate with various sentiments.  My card base is sahara sand.  The next layer is dry embossed with the Cuttlebug divine swirls folder, then sponged with lost lagoon ink.  I added three pieces of thick bakers twine.  My image is SU's "Sail Away," stamped in Stazon jet black on very vanilla.  I sponged both sahara and lagoon  ink around the edges.  Since I wanted more of the pistachio incorporated, I used it for the sentiment layer; a simple circle on the corner.  The sentiment is from "Delightful Dozen."

Thanks for stopping by...I'm going to keep stamping this afternoon!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Q's Got Mashed-Up!

Happy Tuesday Wednesday!

So yesterday two days ago, I was making a card...a late Mother's Day card.  I called my mom on the big day, but didn't send a card.  As bad as that sounds, my mom also sends cards late.  I learned from the best! LOL

I used the colors from The ColourQ, but did not post it on time.  I am trying to get back into blogging mode.  I decided to use the Friday Mashup challenge as well (just in the nick of time!), which was to combine a project for mom with something recycled or re-purposed.  Nothing within my reach fit the bill, so I just did a mom card.

My intention for this post was to also include another ColourQ/Friday Mashup combination, but I had an unexpected long phone call about a speaking engagement for October!  Had to take that one!  I may edit this post with the other card after church tonight.  (ETA...I did!) we go.

When Poppy Parade was an in-color, I barely used it.  Now I like it.  Go figure!  I use it very rarely, but enjoy it when I have the chance.  For this card, I went crazy...poppy card base, patterned paper and ink!  I used coastal cabana and basic black to mount my image.  Yes, the image and sentiment are from the same set..."Messages for Mom"...that I used on Saturday.  I used my blushing bride marker and sponged with the calypso coral...they almost look identical.  The sentiment is too big for the modern label punch, so I just turned it into a banner.  Several dimensionals were used to plump this up.  Sadly, I pressed down to's crooked!  I tried to fix it, but started to tear the dsp.  Oops.  Years ago, that would not have bothered it drive me crazy.  Thankfully mom is quite forgiving!

Okay, so here is my next card.  It uses the current ColourQ palette with a previous Friday Mashup.  The Mashup gave us a sketch, plus the prompt to use a retiring or retired or forgotten stamp.  Most of my stamps are retired SU!  My picture stinks, but I did not want to wait until the morning to add this.

I chose this cute image from SU's "Fun & Fast Notes."  It is long retired, but I used to use it all the time.  It has sat untouched for a long time.  I thought the image worked well with these colors.  I colored with my markers, adding a bit of doodled grass and sunshine.  The dsp is from a Christmas pack; can't remember the name, but yes it has gumball green!  The vanilla layer is embossed with the cloudy day folder, then sponged with bordering blue.  This used to be one of my favorites.  I still have several packs of card stock that I bought when it was retiring. Hmmm, hoard much?  Card stock...yes.

Thanks for dropping by again.  Hope to stamp and blog again later this week.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Colour Me with a Batch of Sketches

Hello Friends!

As promised, here are the three cards I made Saturday night.  I may even edit this post with 2 additional cards...we'll see!  Each of these cards takes a Colour Me...! challenge with a sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.

Monochromatic cards are tough for me, but I'm getting better at them (I think!)  CMCC#70 has crisp cantaloupe, which I paired with smoky slate.  I really like this sketch, as it combines circles and straight lines.  I also combined this with the Mini Virtual Stamp Night challenge to create a card for someone who makes you "Happy."

The dsp is from SU's "Sweet Sorbet."  I used my Sizzix circle die with the cantaloupe and whisper white card stock.  The stamped flower is from "Mixed Bouquet" cut out with the coordinating punch.  My sentiment is from "You're a Gem."  I added ruffled ribbon, then some sequins.  I have a horrible time getting those things on!  How do you people manage these?  I had glue in big globs, so I added my rhinestones...yada yada!  It took forever, though I am happy with the results.  Those sequins may last me a decade or more!

Oh my gosh...I just noticed that I left some rhinestones off.  I think I must have been too frustrated!  LOL  I will add them later...maybe.

Next, I have a card for the previous week's Colour Me challenge.  For CMCC#69, we had two choices; I opted for the cooler tones.  I added some black to make the colors pop.

My card base is coastal cabana.  I used stamps from SU's "Bliss" to make some easy patterned paper on whisper white, then layered it over basic black.  I combined cherry cobbler and rose red seam binding.  The main floral image and sentiment are from "Messages for Mom," stamped in Stazon jet black, then colored with markers.  My sentiment is a bit off, but my sister-in-law could still read it!  I sponged the edges before mounting it on basic black, then popped it up with dimensionals.  Coloring those flowers took a while, but otherwise,, this was a quick design!

The last card from last night is this funky one...for my nephew.  His birthday is today..oops.  I'll put it in the mail tomorrow.  Not too bad, considering my usual timing!  The melon mambo in CMCC#68 made this tricky, but I was determined to complete these challenges, and the other color combos were even less masculine.  With this sketch, the card is quite busy...not sure if I like it.  Maybe I will actually make something else in the morning!

My card base is night of navy.  I added a layer of whisper white.  The stamped images are from SU's "Clockworks."  I like the graphic look for a masculine card.  I added the melon mambo ink to the crushed curry with my marker before stamping.  This makes the melon less pink and more orange.  After stamping, I ran the white through my Big Shot with the argyle embossing folder.  The pattern paper is from the "Moonlight" stack. Both sentiments are from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  Two simple enamel dots are the only embellishments.

It feels cluttered...but it will be mailed with a DQ gift card.  That will make him happy, right?

Well, that's it for now.  I had a busy day, but wanted to post at least a few cards.  It feels good to get back into my stamping routine.  I hope to create more tomorrow!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, May 9, 2015

YES! I am STILL Here!

Hey there, Stamping Friends!

I have been absent from this blog for over a month...tsk tsk!  I had only made 2 cards since the last post, until today.  I kept thinking I would get back into my creative mode, but it just wasn't happening.  But I have been very busy with other things.  I attended a conference in St Louis right after Easter and I sang at two different women's events in the diocese.  I am most excited about having a Mother's Day column PUBLISHED in our diocesan newspaper this week!  WooHoo!  Additionally, that article prompted an on-air interview yesterday on SirusXM radio!  Hopefully these media accomplishments will help with my speaking events!

If you want to read my column, just click here.

I have made 3 cards today, plus I mailed 8 cards from my stash!  Feels good to start catching up!  I will post pictures of the new cards tomorrow (I hope).  But I decided to post a picture of the card I made a couple of weeks ago, but had not yet posted.

I have 2 nephews with late April birthdays,and I had no guy cards in my stash. I wanted to do a Freshly Made Sketch challenge, and I actually made this on time for the deadline.  However, I didn't like my photo...and I had to mail both of the cards immediately (I made duplicates.)  I'll probably do the challenge again for fun.

This card features SU's "Soho Subway" dsp...which I bought 2 years ago and had NEVER used!  This made me realize that I do NOT need to by the soon-to-retire dsp this month.  Must.Not.Spend. LOL Anyway, I thought the pattern with all of the numbers would be fun for a birthday card. The card base is early espresso.  The little turtle is from "Fox and Friends" stamped in not quite navy, and the sentiment is from "Just Sayin'" stamped in early espresso.  After punching holes, I added just a bit of summer starfruit thick bakers twine.

I like how these turned out, and may end up using that Soho paper after all!

Thanks for helping me dust off my blog!  I hope to be back tomorrow...hmmm, not sure.  It's Mother's Day!  If not tomorrow, I'll see you Monday!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Colours for a Fresh Wednesday

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

I should be doing some writing before I leave for a national conference next week.  Or perhaps, I should finish my reading for Saturday's Lay Dominican meeting.  But no, I am surfing galleries and blog challenges trying to decide what cards I should make!

So, here goes... I have a card featuring 2 challenges that were posted today:  Colour Me...! and Freshly Made Sketches.  I thought these would go well together for a clean design.  It's very weird posting these so "early" as opposed to my usual last minute routine!

I needed a sympathy card for a fellow stamper. I have never actually met her in real life, but we have chatted online and occasionally on the phone.  Her father passed away; and her mother died very recently also. Even though we haven't met "IRL" as they say, my heart goes out to her.

My card base is soft sky.  I put all of my elements on a second layer of soft sky to keep a clean monochromatic design. Initially, I thought of the half circle as a flower bowl or pot, which is why I chose this floral silhouette image from SU's "Just Believe."  But I decided to just make simple dp of my own with the flower and butterfly from "Bliss," so it does not really look like a pot.  (I usedthe extra large scallop circle Sizzix die.) It is hard to see the soft sky flowers, but they are there! The black strip is dry embossed with the new spring flowers embossing folder.  My white ribbon is from Offray.  The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  Hopefully, this card will bring just a bit of comfort in a time of loss.

I intended to post other cards in this post, but I don't have good lighting for pictures.  I hope to be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now, I'm zooming off to complete some actual work. LOL

Inky {{{HUGS}}}