Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, July 15, 2016

Playing with Colorful Paper

Hello Friends!

It has been almost 2 weeks since I have posted, and it feels good to drop by again.  I had a speaking engagement this past Tuesday; it went very well, and hopefully will help launch more events.  After a traveling day on Wednesday, I expected to get my hands full of ink on Thursday.  I made just one card (below) but I am feeling more alert and creative today.  *My good camera was having issues today; photos would not upload to my laptop. So I used my cell phone...and the results are less than impressive!  And now, my laptop is slowly installing updates, so I am finishing this post on my phone.  All so I get it done by the Paper Players deadline!  LOL

My first card is for the current challenge over at The Paper Players.  It is a color challenge, but it uses 2 colors I don't have.  I have not purchased new ink or card stock (though as I type this, I do remember buying ribbon before it retired).  Any way, I am using some substitutes that I hope work out.  I used sage shadow instead of mint macaron, and orchid opulence instead of sweet sugarplum.  My card base is thick whisper white.  I added a layer of "Holiday" dsp, since it features island indigo.  I stamped grass from "Inspired by Nature," flowers, butterfly, and swirly sentiment from "Flight of the Butterfly," and the thank you from "Because I Care," all from SU.  I had one half sheet of orchid left, which I will use sparingly any time sweet sugarplum comes up in a challenge! My decorative label and scalloped oval punches frame the sentiment.  The ribbon is from a big box store...also from YEARS ago!

Now I have a card for an earlier color challenge from The Paper Players, using soft sky, pumpkin pie, mossy meadow,  and melon mambo.  By finally doing this one, I am caught up on the color challenges from this blog for the year.  I used a pumpkin pie card base, and added a layer of soft sky, embossed with the cloudy day folder.  Using markers,  I colored the image from SU "Upsy Daisy," then cut it out with the labels framelit.  After sponging the edges,  I popped it up with dimensionals. I added one of the sentiments on a scalloped oval to mimic the clouds. Thick bakers twine finishes it off.  

  Next, I have a card for this week's color challenge at Splitcoaststampers: mint macaron, night of navy, and flirty flamingo.  Again, I used sage shadow, but also regal rose as a substitution.  I dry embossed a layer of very vanilla with the Cuttlebug folder "stylized flowers," then sponged the edges.  Some striped navy grosgrain ribbon adds texture.  I made my own pattern paper using "Vintage Vogue" from SU, and even pulled out my old ticket corner punch.  The sentiment is from"Polka Dot Party," colored with markers.

Thanks for coming by. Loads of technical difficulties, but hopefully I can fix those later. Bye!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Featured Stamper Time

Hello everyone!

I set a goal to complete all of the 2016 Featured Stamper challenges from Splitcoaststampers, but fell behind right away.  I actually had this post in my drafts SINCE MARCH!  By the original text, I could see that I intended to post several cards, but only had one so far.  So there it sat and sat.  Since I had ignored this particular goal, I never got back to it.  Until now.

There is no way I can catch up with months of challenges in a single post, but I will  show a few.  Gotta start somewhere, right?  Cleaning up my blog drafts is a lot like cleaning out my email inbox. It feels good to finally do it!

This first card was made on Super Bowl Sunday (I remember because I was stamping while hubby watched the game), for Featured Stamper Beatrice, who is a scrapbooker.  As much as I want to get into scrapping, I knew that wasn't happening right away!  I chose THIS PAGE as my inspiration.  I chose a similar color palette.  I also chose wavy lines in embossing, as well as how I cut my dsp.  The black striped SU ribbon also mimics her design.

My card base is basic black.  The layer of sage shadow is dry embossed with the Cuttlebug divine swirls folder.  My dsp is from SU's "Nouveau Chic."  The stamps are from "Fox and Friends" and "Just Sayin'" using sage and basic gray, plus some apricot appeal sponged on the edges.  The images are popped up...featuring a scallop circle and Word Bubble framelit.  The bakers twine is from Joanne's...can't remember the brand.  This card was for my nephew-in-law who still looks like a teenager!

Next, a card I made today.  That's 5 months between weird is that?  Any way... an online blogger friend of mine joked about being available all month for birthday gifts, lunches, etc.  I told her if she sent me her address, I would send her a one-of-a-kind card.  She is not a paper crafter. She blogs about faith and family.  I thought it would be fun to connect beyond the internet.  Her favorite color is purple, so this week's color challenge at SCS is perfect.  The Featured Stamper is a new one for me:  Kendra, aka jksand.  She must be new to a lot of people, because many projects in her gallery have 0 comments...but they are GORGEOUS!  Just shows how big the stamping community is, and how hard it is to catch everyone!  I chose THIS card to CASE.   I kept the white card base, jewel colors, and diagonal sentiment.  Instead of stamping in color, I stamped images from SU's "Mixed Bunch" in versamark, and clear embossed.  Then I sponged the challenge colors generously. The colors are rose red, elegant eggplant, and island indigo.  My sentiment is one stamp, so I used markers to add variety of color.  Enamel dots finish it off.  The card is about 5x7 inches, larger than my usual.  I bought a lot of A7 envelopes, getting ready for Christmas projects, so I thought I would try that here.  I like the bigger size!

I was considering waiting until I finished another FS card, but I better not.  This post could sit for months all over again!  LOL  I'll work on catching up another time.  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 1, 2016

Playing in a Virtual Ocean

Hello and Happy Friday again!

So one of my 2016 stamping challenges is to complete all of this year's Paper Player challenges, and I have fallen behind again. I was at a women's conference last week, and prayed about how I am spending my time as a self-employed person.  Frankly, my work...writing and speaking...truly needs to garner more of my attention if it's truly going to kick off.   That means I will stamp and blog here less often (it's been slow any way!) but I still want to complete my goals.  I considered doing the three most recent PP challenges, and I may update this post later tonight just because.  *wink*

This week's challenge at The Paper Players is a nice clean sketch.  I wanted to combine it with a VSN challenge, even though that event is over, out of courtesy to my fellow hostesses.  I decided on Jeanne's challenge to "Dive Right In."  Next I searched for a color challenge that used lost lagoon, so I could incorporate this "Moonlight" dsp since it fits the water theme.  There are very few color challenges with lost lagoon, and I had already completed the most recent ones on SCS.  But this one is from the end of 2015: island indigo, lost lagoon, and pea pizzazz.  Perfect for an ocean scene!  I used markers to color the script stamp from SU's "By the Tide."  The coral is stamped in black.  The fish is also stamped in black, colored with markers, cut out, and popped up.  The scene is on a piece of whisper white cut with a Labels framelit.  I added the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" birthday greeting, along with SU bakers twine and sparkly enamel dots from Hero Arts.  I made this quickly, but really like the final result!

Ok, so now I am adding to my original post.  This card fits Paper Players #299, Jan's VSN challenge to use red white, and blue, and today's Free4All challenge on SCS, which has a beach theme.  I used a sahara sand card base, and dry embossed my cherry cobbler layer with the diagonal stripes folder.  On whisper white, I created this beach scene, using stamps from Lawn Fawn's "Life is Good."  I colored with markers and sponging, using sahara sand, creamy caramel, cherry cobbler, and not quite navy.  (I don't have any dapper denim.)  I should have made the shoreline uneven instead of rigid, but I forgot.  I so rarely create scenes like this! My sentiment is from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes," stamped on a scalloped oval.  I had one tiny scrap of cherry cobbler bakers twine which barely wrapped around my card!

Well, I better clean up today's mess.  Hope to be back before next Friday.  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, June 24, 2016

More Virtual Stamp Night!

Hello, and Happy Friday!!

I have a few more VSN cards, but I will be traveling tonight and tomorrow.  Not sure if I will get all of the challenges done, but I'll post what I have so far.

The first one is for MY challenge:  "Raise the Bar."   absolutely LOVE gymnastics!  Many events...balance beam, high bar, parallel bars, uneven bars...have a long horizontal bar with an athlete twirling all over it.  So I asked stampers to incorporate a horizontal element with something swirly.  I made a graduation card, using this greeting from "Tassle Time" and the hot air balloon from Stampabilities.  My colors are crushed curry, handsome hunter, mellow moss, and crumb cake...oh with a bit of bordering blue sponged on my embossed cloudy sky.  I also used markers to make the swirly trail under the balloon...hope no one fell out!  LOL

Next, Sharon asked us to "Swim for the Gold" by using a water color technique and some gold elements.  I knew that a recent color challenge used gold, so I used  that too:  wild wasabi, cherry cobbler, and gold. The cherry cobbler strip is dry embossed with the Divine Swirls folder.  I attempted to stamp my hydrangea from "Because I Care" on some watercolor paper.  Hmmm...the details didn't show up.  I need more practice!  I chose a simple watercolor wash technique.  It definitely makes the colors look different, but it works with the quick VSN time frame.  My gold elements are the brad and this washi tape from Spare Parts.  I have washi tape, but have never used it before.  It took me forever to get the roll started!  Ha!  My sentiment is also on water color paper, colored with my aqua brush.

Now I have a card for Carla's challenge, Bird On!  Inspired by the sport of badminton, we were asked to include a "birdie" in our project.  Even better, a bird playing a sport!  I pulled out my SU set "For the Birds, and used this winter image.  My bird is training for the winter Olympics!  Mycard base is marina mist, and I added panels of  "Christmas Cheer" dsp, from an old retired Scrappin' kit.  I colored my image with markers, and sponged the edges. The satin ribbon is scrunched for a touch of dimension.  This card also fits a recent SCS sketch challenge.

I really wanted to get more cards done by now, but oh well!  Maybe Sunday afternoon will be filled with some creativity.  You have until Sunday night to upload your Virtual Stamp Night projects!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Virtual Stamp Night!!

Hello Stamping Friends!  

I am finally posting some of my Virtual Stamp Night cards.  It's been quite  week for me, so this blog hasn't received enough TLC.  I started with 3 of the Friday night challenges, but wanted to do the other 2 so they could be posted together.  I made those cards on Saturday, really I did!  LOL  So here we go!

The first VSN challenge was inspired by the Olympic motto:  Citius, Altius, Fortius...which is Faster, Higher, Stronger.  We had to include elements that began with C, A, and F. I chose Copper (brads and the dark stripes in the dp) Airplane (from SU's "Sentimental Journey") and Fleur de Lis and French greeting (from SU's "Carte Postale.")  My card base is taken with teal; the dp is S.E.I.'s "Charlemagne".  I use creamy caramel, taken with teal, and pool party inks.  The other sentiment is from "Whimsical Words" stamped on a scallop circle.  Now I just need to plan a trip to France so I can mail this to a friend, right?

Next, Melody was inspired by her love for fabric in this "Hoist the Sails" challenge.  We could use any fabric.  I chose some denim from an old shirt that I took from dear hubby.  It didn't fit any more, but the fabric has come in handy!  I ran some of the fabric through my Big Shot with a SU framelit.  I probably should have run it through another time to cut it better...but then again, I like the frayed edges!  I stamped SU's "Sail Away" with Stazon jet black.  I layered it over a strip of burlap.  The greeting is from SU "Wetlands," stamped in bravo burgundy to match the card base.  A bit of sponging and a brad finish it off.

Next, Misti took on the port of archery with this "On Target" challenge.  We had to use at least one circle, and the colors of an archery target.  My wild wasabi is added.  *wink*  My card base is brilliant blue...already cut, in a drawer with a bunch of retired color bases.  And all of the little die cuts were in another drawer with circles and such...even the leaves.  I did decide to add texture by embossing with the perfect polka dots folder.  The greeting and tiny stamped butterflies are from SU "Hello Again."  Even the striped ribbon was in a stash of pre-cut pieces...barely fit around my base!  LOL  But all of that made this a quick card! 

Now, I have a "Triathlon" card, for Sally's challenge.  We needed to use 3 items in certain categories.  I chose 3 "papers"...card stock (bermuda bay, white, daffodil) designer paper (tangerine tango polka dot) and vellum (Simply Irresistible).  I also chose 3 embellishments...crushed curry ribbon, felt flower, and brad.  I used my markers to color the back of the vellum, then layered it on white to give a misty look.  This was also for that week's color challenge (bermuda bay, daffodil delight, and tangerine tango.)  Love the bold colors for summer!

Finally the last of Friday's challenges.  Polly asked us to "Jump Those Hurdles."  I also incorporated that week's palette from the ColourQ.  Since I didn't have this post done, I had to link up my gallery to catch their deadline.  Anyway, I really like this masculine color scheme.  I did simple layers of white, bordering blue and night of navy on my basic gray card base.  I used markers to color the sentiment from SU "Delightful Dozen," pacing it on an angle to go under the "ramp" which is made from old olive.  My skater is from the SU Extreme Series, stamped on an oval from my die cut stash.  I used enamel dots for the wheels, and added a bit of bakers twine.  I may cut off the twine...looks odd!  LOL

Whew!  That's it for now.  I don't have all of the Saturday challenges done; just 3 out of 8 so far.  But I have until Sunday to complete them...and so do you!  I hope you decide to join us!  It's lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Few Grad Cards...and VSN News!

So, once again my blogging gets neglected.  Sigh.  I realize this isn't my "paid gig" so it often gets placed on the back burner.  I had plans for this post days ago; combine my red/black and orange/black graduation cards.  But then I got busy prepping for Virtual Stamp Night...which starts tonight   which started LAST night!!  My own challenge will go live here very soon, so I better get this old post finished up!

This first card does not appear like a traditional graduation card.   However, it is for a young woman I know who just graduated from Illinois State University, and who has a tremendous faith in God.  She is discerning future plans, and I felt this Scripture verse was perfect!  
The card uses a layout from this week's SCS Sketch challenge.  I used real red and whisper white card stock, along with real red pattern paper and some "Black Orchid" dp from S.E.I.  The sentiment is from Stampabilities, cut out with the SU "Floral Frame" framelit.  I used the same framelit for the red dp; just moved it a bit to mat the verse.  Then I added butterflies cut with my SU embosslit.  Red satin ribbon and black enamel hearts finish it off.  

The next card is not for any challenge...just a fun card for  niece who graduated from high school.  This time I used poppy parade, but still have some Black Orchid paper as well. The card features SU's "Send Me Soaring," stamped in poppy parade, jet black, and bordering blue.  I added a Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment with lots of punched layers,  resting on poppy twill ribbon.  Final detail is some dazzling diamonds on the clouds.

Now I have a card for the oldest son of some dear friends.  He graduated as Valedictorian and with a bunch of other honors.  Funny thing is, I saw this sketch...thought it was current for the week I made the card...but now I can't find the badge o the number.  It wasn't current; not on SCS or any blog I frequent.  Bu I KNOW I had the badge up when I was designing the was vertical and I turned it on its side.  If I ever figure it out, I will let you know!  LOL  The card uses pumpkin pie and basic black and features "Tassle Time," and old stamp set from SU.  I added some bakers twine and  a small banner with the year.

Finally, another pumpkin pie/black card: this one for my cousin's daughter.  Different school, but how nice to be able to use some of the same supplies?  I
t i for a sketch challenge; the badge has been in my file for ages, so I decided to finally make this.  I used SU stamps:  "Happy Grad" "Work of Art" and "Kinda Eclectic."  The ribbon is from the hair salon I use.  They have fabulous black organza ribbon bows on the bags when you buy hair products!

Whew!  That took a while!  Now back to my Virtual Stamp Night mess.  See you later this weekend! 

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, June 10, 2016

Back with a Triple Challenge Card!

Hello, and Happy Friday!

I have been busy with graduation cards, Lay Dominican homework, doctor's appointments, and general life!  Even though I have pics of the graduation cards, I haven't posted here yet.  And I won't today, either!  LOL  Instead, I have a Father's Day Card, which fits the theme challenge on The Paper Players.  I incorporated this week's SCS sketch and the palette from The ColourQ.

This is one of those cards that began with an idea, and morphed over time. I wanted to use a sail boat, but it was too big for the window. Instead of a boat, my hubby can look out on a tropical island from our boat house, right?? Overall, I am happy with it, but if I had time, I would tweak a thing or two.  My card base is bordering blue.  I still have a lot of it!  I cut out a rectangle, then dry embossed a panel of whisper white with the wood grain folder.  I sponged with bordering blue, basic gray, and soft suede.  I had forgotten that a while back, I mistakenly put chocolate chip ink on my soft suede pad!  Time to buy a new soft suede!  My rectangle is oriented differently than the sketch, so I could use my new window die cut from SU.  The scene behind is made with clouds from SU's "Send Me Soaring" and a palm tree from Lawn Fawn's "Life is Good."  I sponged the water, hand drew the island, and colored the tree with markers.  I know lucky limeade is not a part of the challenge, but shucks, had to use it!  I tried some circles, as in the sketch, but didn't have a good sentiment to fit, so I used "Teeny Tiny Wishes" with the word and modern label punches.  Next, instead of circles, I cut out these sea shells from the Lawn Fawn set.  They are tiny!  Wish I had a 1/2" circle punch! LOL  Almost forgot, I added bakers twine at the top to finish it off.

Hope to finally post my graduation cards this weekend!  Catch you later!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}