Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Some More Fall Sketches

Hello, and Happy Tuesday

It is getting a bit late, but I wanted to post the other cards I made Sunday.  Like yesterday's post, these cards feature SU' s "Autumn Meadows" dsp, "Happiest Birthday Wishes," and the retired colors taken with teal and really rust.  Eaven the sentiments are all stamped on pieces of there was a lot of neutral space on some of the sheets.

Three cards use sketches from Splitcoastatmpers, the last one uses no challenges (gasp!)

 Like my goal to complete 2015 challenges on Freshly Made Sketches, I am trying to do the same with SCS.  I am way behind, but I've got 3 here.  For this one, I used several punches and candy dots for the various circles.  The strip of ribbon isn't technically a part of the sketch, but you get the idea!

I always like diagonal lines, so this sketch was fun.  The badge is a bit blurry, but I think I got it right.  You might think the center is just plain vanilla paper, but there are tiny bits of color that show up in real life.  When I added the candy dots, I could tell they weren't going on straight, so I arched them a bit.  More mustard grosgrain ribbon shows up again.

The center panel of this sketch uses dsp that was almost blank, so I could place things almost anywhere.  The leaves are more from my die cut stash.  Instead of candy dots, this card has brads...I have to use them sometime!

Finally, this card features a pretty piece of paper that hardly needed a thing.  I just added a sentiment on a scallop circle, and some more grosgrain ribbon.  Easy peasy!

That's it for today.  I am going to grab a book, and call it a night!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}

Monday, November 16, 2015

Freshly Made Birthdays

Hello stamping friends!  I am back!  It has been a crazy season for me.  I had not stamped much lately...but did make cards yesterday.  Actually blogging again feels good!  (Except Blogger is being a pain...I keep moving my blog badges, and they won't budge when I try to save them...good thing I don't rely on this to make a living!  LOL)

I have another batch of cards inspired by the most recent challenges at Freshly Made Sketches.  I am VERY close to finishing out the year with all of their 2015 sketches!

I have several family members with November birthdays, and I wanted to use up some long-retired designer paper.  Sketch challenges are great for giving me an opportunity to #UseMyStash.  These cards all have a base that is either really rust or taken with teal, coordinating with the dsp "Autumn Meadows."  Here goes:

First, this week's sketch...barely on time!  I had several leaves in my die cut stash; this one is in cajun craze.  The sentiment is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes," and I outlined the strip with my really rust marker.  Candy dots finish it off.  

Now, I'll work backwards.  FMS211 here...I really like the cluster of elements off to the side.    Same sentiment, more leaves from my die cuts, and even a circle in chocolate chip from the same bag!  My leaves were already dry embossed; one with woodgrain, the other with polka dots.  Once again, I used candy dots as the finishing touch.

Here is a card (FMS210) that uses three leaves from my die cut drawer.  The one n the middle was cut from glossy card stock, on which I used the smash technique with ink refills.  They were too dark for my original glad I saved them!  I stamped the sentiment from "Happiest Birthday Wishes" onto the dsp, adhered the solid leaves (cajun craze and more mustard), then ran it all through the Big Shot with the woodgrain folder.  I popped up the glossy leaf, and added two copper brads.

Finally, this card for FMS209 gets me all caught up.  I used a cluster of die cuts in the center, and you'll recognize the same sentiment.  I try to keep it simple when I am making lots of cards in one sitting.

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!    I'll post the other cards I made last night later on.  I still have the same dsp sitting out, and more card bases.  Here's hoping I use it all up!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 19, 2015

Freshly Caught Up...Again

Hello Stampers!

I was taking a break from HYCCT cards (very few of which I have posted yet!) to complete the most recent Freshly Made Sketches challenges.  I was all caught up n those less than a month ago; I don't want to fall behind again!  My goal of finishing the 2015 FMS challenges is still on track!  But, as I went along, I also incorporated some HYCCT after all!  I made the cards last night, and took pictures after my 2 appointments this goes!

Here's sketch #208...barely on time to post to the blog link up.  I used summer starfruit for the base, along with some starfruit dsp from the "Soho" pack,  I added quilted early espresso ribbon.  Some "Comfort Cafe" dsp is matted with cajun craze.  The sentiment is from "Best Yet" stamped in cajun on very vanilla.  I used my tag punch so that it fits the "Tag You're It" HYCCT challenge, edged it with my marker and added some bakers twine.  Finally, a couple of cajun craze candy dots finish it off.

FMS #207 is perfect for showing off designer series paper.  I received this paper a couple of years ago in a card kit swap.  I used some of the paper and images for HYCCT cards, but wanted to use the rest up instead of setting it aside again. #UseMyStash!  Unfortunately, I have no idea what the name of the dsp is, but it goes perfectly with this river rock card base.  I also have a bit of bordering blue paper and ink, with the sentiment from "Best Yet" on a scallop circle.  Some non-SU enamel dots finish it off. I made two of these in almost no time.   

And here is FMS #206...I really like the circles.  I used three different SU punches, and the mid-sized circle is popped up with dimensions.  I used river rock again, plus the dsp from that card kit.  The sentiment is from SU's "Whimsical Words" stamped in chocolate chip.  I added some early espresso bakers twine for simple embellishment.  This HYCCT challenge, "I am a Warrior," had us use strong images or phrases to relay a fighting spirit.  I will likely try another card...this card seems too timid!  LOL

Thanks for coming by.  I hope to upload more cards tonight, and post throughout the week.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Time to TRASH Cancer!

Hello everyone!
I am back from an AMAZING weekend in Minnesota!  I was blessed to speak at a church on Saturday and a banquet for a pregnancy center ministry on Sunday.  I made today's card before I left...I think you will enjoy today's HYCCT challenge! 

Jacqueline gave us a challenge to TRASH cancer...meaning that we incorporate items that start with the letters TRASH in our card.  Here is what I came up with: 
T:  Twizzle Tree stamp (from Memory Box)
R:  Ribbon (duh!)
A:  Apricot appeal ink and card stock
S:  Sage Shadow ink and card stock, plus colors added with Sponge daubers
H:  Hexagon punched out pieces

Lots of fun!  A few added addition to apricot and sage, I used lost lagoon ink.  My ribbon is basic black taffeta (though it looks gray).  The greeting is from "You're a Gem," which meant I needed to add rhinestones!  The dsp is long-retired Nouveau Chic from SU.

I hope you are playing along...lots of time to join in on the fun!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time for HYCCT!!

Hello everyone!   It is October...which means it is time for Hope You Can Cling To over at Splitcoaststampers!  This is a series of challenges for a card drive to encourage cancer patients and their families.  While the primary focus is for cards to go to MD Anderson in Texas, you can also donate cards to a cancer facility near you...or of course to people you know personally.  Learn more in these chat and challenge threads at SCS.     

As a hostess, I got access to the challenges early, and helped to make some samples.  Good thing I got an early start, because October is going to be very busy for me!

Dina has a challenge today called "Lend a Hand."  It's similar to a VSN challenge I hosted this summer.  We were asked to use a hand image, trace our hand, or use our hand to add color.  My card base is bravo burgundy, with layers of more mustard and very vanilla. I chose to add drops of ink to some shimmer paint, then use my index finger and thumbnail to create this scene.  The inks I used were bravo burgundy, more mustard, and always artichoke.  I stamped the stems and greeting from "Field Flowers" with always artichoke.  There is just a touch of bordering blue sponged in the sky.  Mustard buttons with bakers twine finish it off.

This was a bit messy to make, but so much fun!  Join us...there are different challenges every day!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 28, 2015

Freshly Caught Up on Some Sketches

Hello Stamping Friends!

As you may recall, I set a stamping goal for this year:  complete all of the 2015 sketch challenges from SCS and Freshly Made Sketches.  Once again, I have fallen behind, due to projects for work, but this weekend I puled out some DSP, and cranked out 12 cards!  That means for this moment, I am caught up with Freshly Made Sketches!  I have several speaking engagements in October, so I may fall behind  again!  LOL

Not too many details to share.  I am starting with the current sketch (deadline today!) and then posting in the order of the cards as I made them.  All of the cards feature SU's "Pocketful of Posies" dsp,which has a lot of large patterns, and some kinda weird ones!  No wonder it has been sitting mostly untouched for years.  Trying to get the patterns to work within these sketches was tricky, but fun. Here we go...

I struggled with this card, because the floral pattern I wanted to use is so large, but I really like how it turned out. All of the dsp is from the same sheet; the poppy parade is the backside.  The card base is early espresso. I added some poppy parade ribbon, and the sentiment from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes" is also in poppy parade.  My banner is outlined with the poppy marker to add color without another layer.  I really need the new SU banner punch, so my banners are not lop-sided!

Now, I am going to rush through these. Card bases are either crumb cake, poppy parade, or early espresso.  A few sketches were flipped, and a few have an added small layer for a sentiment.

The sentiment here is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and I added some lucky limeade bakers twine.

My first attempt at this sentiment was directly on the card base, and crooked!  So, I put it on another piece of crumb cake, and embossed with the fancy fan embossing folder (it matches the dsp).  I had this bid from "Elements of Style" stamped for months, so I finally decided to use it!  Navy candy dots finish it off.

This card has the sentiment stamped on non-SU vellum.  I used scalloped circles, and fabulous poppy parade ribbon to finish it off.   

More layers here, and a cozy corduroy button with some twine on this card.  This sentiment is from SU's "Well Scripted."

I held off on this sketch for months, because of the long skinny shape.  But this huge bird pattern from the SAME dsp pack was perfect!  I used some bakers twine and my scallop trim punch for simple details.  The birthday sentiment was still on my here it is again!   This card fits in a business envelope.

I wanted to use more of this paper with the daffodil delight and pear pizzazz on the side, so it mimics the sketch.  My sentiments are from "Happiest Birthday Wishes" and "Best Yet."  Espresso bakers twine and a poppy parade glimmer brad are the final details.

Another card with this fun stylized flower, plus some non-SU enamel dots (I can't remember the brand.)  I also scattered my Teeny Tiny Wishes thank you in pear pizzazz and poppy parade directly on the dsp.

This sketch is flipped, plus a scallop oval added for the sentiment, which is stamped in rich razzleberry.  Again, I used two sides of the same sheet of dsp.  I added pear pizzazz twill ribbon and candy dots.

For sketch #200 (can't believe I missed the big celebration!) I took some liberties.  This sheet of dsp has a border built in; I cut along the scallops to highlight them more.  I stamped my sentiment on cru mb cake, added it to the top, with a simple strip of razzleberry grosgrain ribbon.

This card was tricky, because I wanted to make another card with a poppy parade card base, and this sheet has just bits of poppy in these tear drop shapes.  Finally, I got it done, also adding a bit of daffodil with the candy dots.

Here's the last one!  I pulled out more of this sheet that features pear pizzazz with leaves, plus rich razzleberry on the back.  My razzleberry strip is above the sentiment (also from Happiest Birthday Wishes) because of how I stamped it.  I finished it off with candy dots and bakers twine.

Phew!  This post took a LONG time! Thanks for hanging in there with me.  My next big stamping project is to get ready for Hope You Can Cling To, over at SCS.  I am hosting one challenge mid-month, and will have samples for a few of the others.  Stay tuned!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Morning, Monday!

Hello fellow stampers!
I am not often quite so chipper on a Monday, but it is GORGEOUS today!  It is a brisk 54 degrees, with clear blue skies and a soft breeze.  I slept in a bit, after having a full day yesterday with church and our annual picnic.  #LifeisGood!

I made this card last night, and I am trying to post it while my hubby makes pancakes (he spoils me!).  This great color palette from Colour Me...! was exactly what I needed for a teen boy's card.

I will post, eat breakfast, and come back with the details.

Breakfast was delicious!  Okay, so on to my card details.  It's a simple card that was quick to create.  My card base is garden green.  I added a tilted layer of basic black.  On whisper white, I stamped images from SU's "Extreme Elements" in the challenge colors, plus silver ink for some stars.  I stamped the "Extreme Guitar" in basic black, and sponged the whole panel with indigo.  I added a strip of black grosgrain ribbon (still have a bunch!) and used two punches for two sentiments.  The get well is from "Delightful Dozen," and U Rock is from "Perfect Words."  Both are stamped in pacific point; the latter one using a marker, so I could leave off "my world".

This card is for the 13-year old son of some good friends.  He has spina bifida, and with that various health complications.  He has been in and out of the hospital a lot this year.  Despite that, he has an amazing disposition...cheerful, smiling.  He even had his guitar with him at one point this summer, playing on the days between two surgeries!  He is home now, but I know his health is always at risk.  He also has two younger brothers, so his parents have their hands full...but never complain.  This is a family filled with faith and love...they inspire me so much!

One more thing before I go.  Last week, I posted a few cards for various Colour Me challenges.  One had a butterfly on it (seen here, 3rd card), and I mentioned that I actually cut out two butterflies.  Here is the card I made with the larger one.  The die is tricky to work with if you forget to include wax paper in your Big Shot sandwich.  Ask me how I know. *wink*

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}