Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, July 20, 2015

Q Up a Couple of Fun Cards

Hello Stamping Friends!

I planned on combining some ColourQ challenges with some sketches, but I did this week's challenge without looking at a sketch.  So, I'm tossing the sketch part of the plan, and just keeping these fun color palettes.  I even planned on posting 4 cards, but I only made 2 and haven't stamped since.  Time to wrap this up, for goodness sake!  LOL

This week's palette was a bit tough, but once I decided to go with a geometric background pattern, the design came about fairly quickly.  I rarely use summer starfruit...and with rich razzleberry?  Who knew?

My card base is rich razzleberry.  Using sponge daubers and a stencil made with my Sizzix circle die, I sponged the colors generously on whisper white.  My sentiment is from "Whimsical Words" punched with a scallop circle and embellished with some sponging and candy dots.  I also added summer starfruit ribbon.  Very simple design, but I think it has a nice pop to it!  Oooo...I forgot!  It doesn't show in the picture, but I did make some circles with my shimmer spritz.  Look right above the left corner of my watermark for one of the shiny circles.

Last week's ColourQ was kinda funky, but I like it!  And look...summer starfruit 2 weeks in a row! Once again, I regret getting rid of my Cool Caribbean ink pad (the only thing I had in that color), but I used tempting turquoise in its place.  Stampers hint:  If you enjoy the ColourQ, keep at least one coloring medium in every SU color!  LOL

My card base is pale plum...I have a few sheets left!  The main panel features the small images from "Mixed Bunch" stamped all over randomly, then mounted onto tempting turquoise.  I used another sentiment from "Whimsical Words," and the same scallop punch.  Two short tabs of the concord twill ribbon, a bit of sponging, and dots made with my marker all highlight the greeting.  I used my eyelet trim punch on pieces of summer starfruit, concord crush, and tempting turquoise, layering them for a finished look.

So glad that I finally posted these.  Hope I don't stall again next time!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Featured Stamper Time

Hello, and Happy Sunday!

I have not stamped since my quick card I made last Monday.  After church today, I peeked at the Featured Stamper challenge  at Splitcoast and decided to play along.  As I looked at my list and photos, I discovered that I had not played this challenge at all in 2015!  This may become my focus next year!

Anywho...I decided to play with two FS challenges just for fun.  I also played with my new photo editing tool...a free online program at   I love it!  I still need to learn some skills, but it will be fun to practice.  I have even created some "memes" with our own photographs.  My husband takes nice pictures, and I don't want to worry about copyright issues.

Back to the cards...

This week's Featured Stamper is Debra, aka pdncurrier.  She has an absolutely lovely gallery, and I selected THIS card to CASE.  My card base is confetti white.  I used an embossed scrap of black, and a scrap of Limited Edition dp.  I stamped directly onto the dp with the 2-step image from SU's "Field Flowers."  My sentiment is from "On Your Birthday."  Some bakers twine and candy dots finish it off.

Next, I played with the FS challenge from 2 weeks ago... Melissa, aka mtstout928.  I chose THIS vibrant card to CASE.  Instead of white, I used a black card bases, plus a turquoise mat.  I used real red, daffodil delight, and tempting turquoise ink and my aqua brush for the background, all on glossy white.  The organza ribbon is a favorite; I have probably had it for 12 years!  I use it sparingly because I love it so much, and will be sad when it is gone!  The sentiment is from "Field Flowers," stamped in black and punched out. Dmensioanls and some sponging make it stand out.  Finally, I added the SU of my favorite new toys!  It is highlighted with an enamel heart from Anna Marie.

Thanks for stopping !  Now it's time for me to check in on some blogs to see more inspiration.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, July 6, 2015

Time for a Monochromatic & Fresh Sketch

Good morning!  Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend!  My husband and I were able to enjoy live music and fireworks over the lake in our town (we don't live on the lake.)  I thought I was going to stamp yesterday, but I was exhausted!  LOL

So this morning, I pulled out the 2 challenges, posted on Wednesdays, that I often play together on Monday mornings.  The Colour Me...! challenge was monochromatic, and the real red was in honor of Canada Day last Wednesday.  The Freshly Made Sketch has some great panels which are great for contrasting patterns.

When I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to feature a mix of patterns, so the single color would still have lots of interest.  I had a piece of this polka dot ribbon on my table and the red patterned paper in a pile with recent scraps.  That gave me polka dots and subtle stripes, which led me to choose the diagonal stripe embossing folder. The greeting is from "On Your Birthday" which was also already on my table, and it is colored with real red and basic gray markers.  Initially I only had the greeting stamped, but it was just too plain for my sensibilities.  Needing something small and quick, I chose this kite from "Send Me Soaring."  The kite itself is cut out and popped up.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to get a lot of stamping and blogging done this week.  Stay tuned!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 3, 2015

Playing with Paper & Color

Hello, everyone!

I have a few cards to post today.  Even though my primary stamping challenge goal is focused on sketches, I still love color challenges.  So, I have the 3 most recent SCS color combos, two of them combined with The Paper Players.  Lucky for me, the first of those is a sketch!

I really like using circles, cut off a bit along the edge of a card, so this sketch from Nance is perfect!

The SCS color combo is from last week:  real red, marina mist, and night  of navy.  I decided to use all of those colors on the neutral card base of crumb cake.  My main layer is dry embossed with the chevron folder.  I used a Sizzix die for the scallop circle, stamping stars from "Words of Courage" and a greeting from "Polka Dot Party."  The navy twine is OLD (the SU label is dark blue!)  I have had it for years, and it wasn't even open.  Since the sketch had some loops, I decided to give it a try.  My second greeting is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  I also used red polka dot ribbon and some candy dots.

While this looks like a birthday card, it is for a good friend who loves The Fourth of is her favorite holiday!   She says, " I don't have to shop or decorate; we get to eat outside, and there are fireworks."  I don't have firework stamps, but hopefully this will add to her fun day!

Next, there was a CAS challenge on The Paper Players last week, with a summer theme.  Initially, I considered using the colors in the fun blog badge, but I opted to use this vibrant palette from SCS:  bermuda bay, daffodil delight, and rich razzleberry.

I already had the razzleberry card base cut, and the daffodil pattern paper was on my cutting table from a previous project.  I guess prepared supplies help with the clean and simple idea, right?  Instead of ice cream, I chose a tropical drink for my summer treat, using markers in the challenge colors, plus baked brown sugar.  My images are from "Tropical Party."  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday," punched out, sponged, and popped up.  Polka dot ribbon is the final detail.  I think I should have added a bow...hmmm.  Any way, I absolutely LOVE these colors!!

My last card is just for this week's color challenge on SCS:  hello honey, cucumber crush, and watermelon wonder.  I do not have any of the new In-colors yet, and will have to wait quite a while to indulge.  We had to buy a new refrigerator 2 months ago...and our dishwasher (which was already in the house when we moved here in '98) stopped working last week without warning.  BooHoo.  Appliances truly cut into a craft budget!  But I have a LOT of supplies already, so I can keep going.  Back to the card... since 2 of the colors are new, I had my brain thinking I had none of the colors.  I actually do have hello honey, but used crushed curry instead of the new dijon color, which was etched on my brain.  I substituted wild wasabi for the cucumber, and primrose petals for the watermelon.  All of the stamps are from SU's "Thanks for Caring," colored with markers.  Having the matted panel in the center wasn't quite enough for me, so I added a dry embossed strip of primrose for some much needed texture.  Striped grosgrain ribbon and candy dots wrapped it all off.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog again!  Leave a comment to let me know what you think!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, June 29, 2015

Catching Up with Fresh Colours

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

Last Wednesday, there was a new challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches and Colour Me...! so I decided to combine them.  I also took the opportunity to catch  up on a previous challenge from the same blogs.  There are a gazillion challenge blogs out there, and there is no way to participate in them all.  But these two are among my favorites!

Here is my first card.  I love the girly palette from Colour Me...!, and the clean Freshly Made sketch from Jen M..

I actually made one card for these challenges last night.  It started out great, but I wanted to add more of the perfect plum.  Oh, what a mistake that was!  Then my choice of embellishments went awry. I finished it, but REFUSE to post a picture!  LOL  I had to walk away, then re-do the challenges this morning.  I am much happier with the results!  My card base is pink pirouette.  I used a floral pattern from the Irresistibly Yours dp, and sponged the challenge colors generously.  I took this large flower from "Mixed Bunch" and colored it with markers.  After punching it out, I sponged the edges that were a bit too white.   The sentiment is from "You're a Gem," punched out and popped up.  I used a non-SU gem, and 3 different SU strips of taffeta ribbon.  Kinda looks like a ribbon for a County Fair, doesn't it?

And here is a card for last week's challenges.  I made this card Monday, but not in time to upload.  Still, I wanted to post.  I absolutely love the colors at CMCC#76 (elegant eggplant, old olive, and coastal cabana.)  The sketch was a bit tricky for me, because it is SO clean!  Even more than the one above!

I am not completely thrilled with  this, but here it is.  I actually made it LAST Monday, but missed the upload deadline.  Any who...the card base is eggplant, and I added two strips of coastal cabana.  On whisper white, I stamped the greeting from "All Holidays" and the flower from "Friends Never Fade" using my markers to color both.  Then things went bad!  I didn't like the blank space, so I added thick bakers twine.  I started with bows...yuck.  So I added some butterflies made with an embosslit, then stuck tiny pearls on the poor things..  I kept them because I had hoped to finish before the deadline.  Nope.  The eggplant butterflies look like they got stuck or something.  Oh well.  (And yes, I see the extra tiny hole.  Another oops.)  I could have redone this, but life is too short.  There are other challenges to complete!  LOL

I hope you like these cards and are inspired to jump into your favorite blog challenges too!  My advise...start them earlier so you can create a card with fewer mistakes.  *wink*

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yes, I'm Still Here!

Hello again.  I haven't stamped much this week, as I had house guests over.  Two college-aged women stayed at our home (2 young men at a different home).  They facilitated a wonderful youth program at our church.  I thought I might get some stamping done while they were gone, but I ended up doing other things, plus I spent more time over at the church myself!  I made one card Monday which will go with some other challenge cards on tomorrow's post, and one on Friday, which I failed to get a picture of before I stuck it in the envelope.

So, I am going to post two cards which were for Virtual Stamp Night a couple of weeks ago.  I posted them to the SCS gallery, now finally here.  As a reminder, the VSN theme was "Happy!"

Lisa (Shoe Girl) gave us a challenge to make a 50's themed card, inspired by the TV show "Happy Days."  I was stumped!  I have no specifically 50's images.  But I do have this motorcycle and tire tread from SU's "Rev Up the Fun."  It made me think of Fonzie!  I used turquoise, bla ck, and slate markers to color the image.  The greeting is a fave of mine from "Polka Dot Party."  I used basic black, whisper white, and smoky slate card stock, along with turquoise pattern paper.  Silver brads are the final detail.

The last VSN card I made was for Ann's challenge.  She loves to bake, and baked goods make a lot of us happy!  We needed to incorporate a cake or other baked item.  Surprisingly, I had almost nothing in the stamp department for this.  I did find this small image, in a tag shape, from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  The image is colored with markers:  summer starfruit, midnight muse, raspberry ripple, and primrose petals.  My small tag punch was used for the image; the large tag for the primrose petals matting.  I used "Patio Party" dsp on the raspberry ripple card base, some midnight muse ribbon, and a touch of cherry cobbler twine.  

I hope to get back in the groove this week.  The good news is that I had to clean up my craft space so it could be used for a guest room.  Time for a freshly made mess!  LOL

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Virtual Stamp Night...Happy!!

Hello Stamping Friends!

So... I set up this post to go live on Friday. That's when Virtual Stamp Night started, and I hosted a challenge. I wanted to include other cards in my post, but timing the post with the challenge times wasn't working out. All that to say, I see this aside.  Here it is, Tuesday afternoon!  But the GOOD news is that you can STILL play along!  The VSN moderators know that it is tough for a lot of stampers to make 10 cards in one weekend.   That means the deadline to upload to your Splitcoaststampers gallery is Saturday, June 20th at 10 pm Eastern.  So, stamp away!  I made my challenge card in advance of the weekend.  I made 2 cards Friday, 2 on Saturday.  I have been busy with a non-stamp project the last couple of days.  I hope to make more cards VSN tomorrow.

The overarching theme of this VSN is "Happy"...and we have seen lots of Happy cards!  The first challenge was about a Happy Dance.  I don't have any dance images, but this silhouette from SU's long-retired "Thankful Thoughts" comes pretty darn close!  I stamped in bravo burgundy,  and sponged sahara sand and pink pirouette.  I used Parisian Summer dsp on a so saffron card base.  Two types of grosgrain ribbon and silver brads finish it off.

The next card is for my challenge:  Clap Along.  I was inspired by the words in Pharrell's song "Happy."  The challenge is to use some hands on your card...praying hands, baby hands, any hands.  I needed a card for a friend who recently had twins.  The stamps used are "Baby Prints" and "Text and Texture" (just the ampersand).  The colors are blushing bride, marina mist, and pear pizzazz.  I  used some Nursery Nest dsp, and coordinating markers to color my organza ribbon.

Next, I have a large card.  It is a full sheet of card stock, so twice the size I normally make.  That is because this sentiment, from Inkadinkado is rather large.  The card is rather basic; blackberry bliss card base and ink.  Lost lagoon and whisper white card stock, and Painted Blooms dsp.  I added daffodil taffeta ribbon and buttons, along with razzleberry enamel dots.  After doodling a line of daffodil over the greeting, I added my punched butterfly.  The challenge was to make a card for someone who really makes you happy.

Now, I have another full size card.  This time I was motivated by this large botanical image from the "Nature Walk" dsp.  I just could not cut it, and I don't scrapbook.  (Maybe someday...)  The challenge was "Bee Happy" so I stamped the bee image from the coordinating Nature Walk stamps, and added a bit of color with my markers.  The greeting is from "Wetlands" and it is sponged, as well as the image panel.  The card features a pear pizzazz base and marina mist layer.  I added striped early espresso ribbon and a wood button with a bit of twine.  The two horizontal strips are from the same dsp pack, and have enamel dots from Avery Elle.  Both of these large cards will work for longer letters.

Finally, I have my card for the "Bluebird of Happiness" challenge.  The card features this great image from "Wings of Friendship" colored with markers: island indigo, lucky limeade, blushing bride, and cherry cobbler.  I used "Twitterpated" dsp on a basic gray base.  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday" punched out with a scallop oval.  My accessories are pleated satin ribbon, enamel dots, a white button, and indigo bakers twine.

 Phew!  That's enough for now.  I have a church meeting tonight, and maybe I will stamp after that.  Thanks for stopping by!

Hope to see you in the Virtual Stamp Night gallery!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}