Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paisley Set

Hello, and Happy Monday!

I had grandiose plans for Saturday, which was World Card Making Day.  Usually, I am out of town on the 1st Saturday of the month, but there was a change in plans, so I thought "I'll stamp all day."  Instead, I ended up working on my speaker blog posts, since I have 2 presentations later this month.  (It's Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month, so I shared some thoughts here.) BUT, I did manage to make 4 cards, then 2 more yesterday.

My first card uses the Freshly Made Sketches challenge seen here.  I had only glanced at my reminder email, knowing I needed a pennant.  Now I see it is lower than the top of the card.  Oh well...I'm happy with the results any way!  As I look at this, I realize I still need to finish off the inside of these cards before I mail them.

The second card uses a SCS sketch found here.  It's definitely modified because of the size of that quote.  In addition to WCMD, Saturday was the Feast of St Therese of Lisieux.  She's a "rock star" among Saints in the Catholic Church, known for her "Little Way."  Mother Teresa's (now St. Teresa of Calcutta) quote here is actually inspired by Therese, so I thought it was a perfect day to bring out this stamp.

Each feature "Paisley Petals," like my header on this blog!  One of my favorite ways of using a lot of dsp (especially if I have been hoarding it for a long time) is to use sketch challenges.  I only did that with 2 of the cards; the others were made with no challenges.

The materials are as follows:

  • Card stock: river rock, bravo burgundy, not quite navy, whisper white, and very vanilla
  • Ink: not quite navy, river rock
  • Stamps: Stampabilities (Praying), Mother Teresa quote from a big box store, unmarked
  • Embellishments: bakers twine, enamel dots, brads, twill ribbon, taffeta ribbon 
  • Tools: Beautiful Wings embosslits, scallop circle punch, Vintage wallpaper embossing folder

While I didn't stamp as much as I thought I would this weekend, I am very happy with the cards I did complete. Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Featured Stampers Again

Hello again!

Today, I have a few Featured Stamper challenge cards.  I made a couple weeks ago, but the first one was made tonight.  I better post here before I fall further behind!  LOL

Today's Featured Stamper is Penni (aka razldazl).  I chose THIS card to CASE.  I used SU stamps, "Avery," "Thoughts and Prayers" (the branches) and "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  The black and white dp is from SEI's "Black Orchid."  The card stock is pumpkin pie, whisper white, and basic black.  The sketch is from the current challenge at The Paper Players.   Penni made a set of 4 yellow/black cards; I hope to make three more cards later this week.   

My next card also combines a FS challenge with The Paper Players.  I CASE'd THIS card from Jen's (aka JenCarter) gallery.  I was inspired by the colors.  The circle motif made it easy to combine challenges.  My card base is smokey slate; the layer of basic gray is dry embossed with the decorative dots embossing folder.  I used Urban Garden dsp for three of the circles; the scallop circles are in baja breeze and whisper white. The sentiment is from "Blessings from Heaven."  Some long-retired kiwi kiss polka dot ribbon finishes it off. 

The next card is one for FS Helen (aka helekins).  I chose THIS card to CASE.  I used similar colors, water coloring and butterflies as in the original.  My image is from SU's "God's Beauty" and the sentiment is from "Happy Home." My card stock is pool party, calypso coral and whisper white.  I used my aqua brush with pool party, calypso coral and daffodil delight ink.  Enamel dots and bakers twine wrap it all up.

It has been fun working on these challenges.  Hope to stamp more this week!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Urban Garden Sketches

Hi strangers!

I'm focusing more on my business stuff, so blogging here is rare these days.  Every time I think I will get in a routine, I flunk!  LOL At least I am still stamping!

Last weekend, I made a batch of cards using a long-retired package of SU dsp:  Urban Garden. It features kiwi kiss, not quite navy, baja breeze and basic gray.  I needed a bunch of sympathy cards.  I also made a couple of thank you cards. I truly want to use up my supply of dsp, and one thing that helps is sketch challenges.  Now, my 2016 stamping goals do not include these challenges, but they don't stop me either! I made 2 of each card. The first two are the same sketch, but different because of the curvy cut. I just reversed and used both sides of the paper.  Stamps used are SU "Thoughts and Prayers" and "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  I used not quite navy, baja breeze, and lucky limeade ink.  Punches are word window and scalloped oval.  Embellishments: Beautiful Wings ebosslit, kiwi satin ribbon, limeade bakers twine, non-SU polka dot ribbon, brad and enamel dot.  Card bases are either basic gray or smokey slate.  

I used SCS sketches 606 (above)



and 610.  
My layout for this post is weird, but you get the idea.  It felt good to create  cards!  Hopefully I will get some time to stamp later today too.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I'm Back...with some Featured Stampers!

Hello Again! has been quite a while since I have posted!  I still haven't posted the rest of my Dare to Get Dirty cards, though one is included here.  My husband and I took a fabulous 2 week vacation in early August, and upon returning I was busy with laundry, mail, and general catching up.  But I have started getting back into my ink and stamps this last week, and it feels great!

I decided I needed to get serious about my goal to complete all of the 2016 SCS Featured Stamper challenges.  Here we go!

I actually made this one last Sunday (the day Mary, aka Stamps-n-Lingers was featured), but didn't get a decent picture for days.  I chose THIS card to CASE.  I chose a similar color scheme(perfect and pale plum, not quite navy, pool party, baja breeze), and a variation of sponging (daubers).  Instead of a line image, I featured a silhouette. In place of sparkly ribbon, I chose tiny rhinestones.  The stamp is from SU's "Thankful Thoughts," and features a quote from Mother Teresa, who will be canonized tomorrow!

Next, I went to the previous FS challenge which features Donna, aka didlet.  I chose THIS masculine card to CASE.  My card base is midnnight muse, and the front panel is a combo of Comfort Cafe dsp and confetti cream.  I used SU "Extreme Elements" and the birthday stamp from "Delightful Dozen."  My inks are soft suede, crushed curry, and midnight muse.  The sentiment is also stamped on a scalloped circle, layered over some burlap ribbon.

Next, I CASE'd this card from Amy, aka amymay998.  Initially, I was going to stick with the monochromatic palette, but I had this strip of midnight muse on my table.  Keepin' it simple!  The card base is early espresso, and I used espresso ink to sponge a layer of crumb cake pattern paper.  I stamped butterflies from "Kinda Eclectic" in midnight muse and espresso.  The strip is textured with my paper crimper.  The sentiment is from "Wetlands," on a decorative label with a touch of taffeta ribbon.

Finally, this card is for THREE challenges!  I started it before vacation, but the background wasn't dry.  It actually was for a DTGD challenge, plus a SCS color challenge, and a Featured Stamper:  Rita, aka scootsv.  Rita stops by my gallery and makes friendly and encouraging comments.  I chose THIS card to CASE.  I didn't have the exact colors, but came close.  I used poppy parade ink which seemed to be close to the watermelon wonder lace ribbon.  The pear pizzazz was used in the background as well as leaves stamped from "Kinda Eclectic."  And instead of peekaboo peach,, I used peach parfait.  This challenge helped my budget:  no need to buy every color, right??  By the way, the background is just a watercolor wash, trimmed with my scallop border punch.  I used the butterfly thinlet and scallop circle punch, plus a sentiment from "Whimsical Words."  All of this on a soft suede card base.

Whew!  That's a lot...plenty for a comeback I think.  I have other cards to post...gosh I hope I can catch up this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Playing Tic-Tac-Toe

Hello Stamping Friends!

I have a couple off cards today that used some sot of Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I'll start with this week's challenge from The Paper Players, which I combined with a recent SCS color challenge, along with Julie's DTGD challenge.  I am still a bit obsessed with color challenges, so the DTGD challenges are helping me "catch up."  My card base is textured pacific point (opened up a retired pack of 12x12 in-colors!).  I added a bit of soft sky, embossed with the Cloudy Day folder.  SU's "Summer by the Sea" is a classic, and here I colored it with my blender pens.  The sentiment is from "Perfect Words."  A bit of gingham ribbon and enamel dots finish it off.

Next, I pulled out an early 2016 challenge at The Paper Players, hoping to catch up on my 2016 goal soon.  This also meets a past SCS color challenge and Alba's DTGD challenge.  This card is definitely more girly!  My card base is mossy meadow.  On some glossy white, I spread blushing bride and elegant eggplant ink, plus I spritzed it with my shimmer mix.  I added this poly-twill ribbon, finishing off a roll (though I still have 1 more!)  Using markers, I colored this image from "Friends Never Fade," mounted it to some eggplant card stock, and added a glimmer brad.  Another "Perfect Words" sentiment is used, plus another bit of bling.  I love all of the shimmer!

I have a few other DTGD challenges done; hopefully will post tomorrow.  I didn't come close to completing all of them, but I did more this year than last year...WooHoo!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, August 1, 2016

Time for DTGD!!

Hello and Happy Monday!
It's time for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers!  This is a week of about 40 special challenges for Fan Club members.  I got a late and slow start, due to a bunch of commitments, including being out of town most of today.  I have been updating my gallery, and now my blog.  I posted these cards to SCS yesterday, thinking I would stamp more today.  Nope. Didn't happen! Any goes!

I am a week late on this Paper Players challenge...but I WILL get them all done this year!  I am DETERMINED!  I like this clean sketch.  I combined it with the current ColourQ challenge, plus Vicki's DTGD challenge.  I can't link that one, because it is exlusive to Fan Club members...but you should join!

The card base is rich razzlberry.  On whisper white, I used SU's "Mixed Bunch" to create my own pattern paper.  I dry embossed a strip of saffron with the chevron folder.  The sentiment is from "Whmsical Words," on a scallop circle.  Strips of satin and taffeta ribbon were used, along with a punched heart.

Next, I have a card that was for a special challenge, with a chance to win a Fan Club membership or renewal.  We were challenged to use something in our stash that we have had but never used.  I purchased a set of book mark stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs way back in January, but none of them had been used yet!  I decided this stamp would work well with a past ColourQ challenge.  (Completing those this year is not a specific goal,  but I really like this palette!)  It is also for Lydia's DTGD challenge.  The turquoise card base is large: 5x7.  I had pieces of poppy and daffodil pattern paper in my dp scraps...perfect!  I used blender pens to color the image, then mounted it on black to make it pop.  Enamel dots finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!  There is NO way I will complete all of the DTGD challenges, with all of the stuff I need to do this week.  But I hope to get 10-12 completed.  Stay tuned!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Playful Friday

(I intended this to go live on July 22...Technical difficulties!)
Hello again, everyone!
It seems Friday has become my primary stamping day recently.  Despite looking at challenges throughout the week, I just don't get around to the actual creation part.  But since I am trying to complete the Paper Players 2016 challenges, and I started late any way on this goal, and Friday is their LinkUp deadline...well there ya go!  Instead of doing all of the Clean and Simple Challenges at once (last week I caught up on color) I decided to do the two recent ones.  Each is combined with a challenge from Splitcoaststampers.  
(Once again my camera is not uploading to my laptop...grrr.  So this will not make the deadline.  Clearly, I should have started sooner!  LOL)

The first card uses a watercolor with a fresh color challenge:  so saffron, calypso coral and crisp cantaloupe.  I stamped images from "Fifth Avenue Floral" on  watercolor paper and used my aqua brush to paint the colors.  The sentiment is from Stampabilities, punched out with the scalloped circle.  After adding thick bakers twine, I mounted it onto coral card stock, and then a saffron base.

Next, today's Free4All challenge is all about Christmas in July, which works out since I missed that one from The Paper Players a couple of weeks ago.  Since July is nearly over, I decided I better get this done!  My card base is SU brushed gold.  The dp is a Karen Foster Designs piece that I purchased YEARS ago at a big box store.  I bought it for scrapbooking, which I never do anymore, so I think I'll make a few more of these cards with the rest of the sheet.  The sentiment is from SU "Delightful Dozen" on an oval already cut and in my stash.  Gold brads and gold embroidery thread add some holiday glamour!  

That's it for today.  I hope to participate in the upcoming Dare to Get Dirty challenges...and maybe even post a few cards!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}