Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

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}}}

Monday, March 30, 2015

Another Monday Post!

Hello Again!  TWO posts in one day!!

I set a goal to complete all of the 2015 sketch challenges from  both SCS and Freshly Made Sketches.  Well, I am very far behind at instead of falling further behind, I threw this card together quickly.  I will likely tweak the design a bit, because I like it overall...but the embellishments?  Hmmm, not so much!  I combined it with this fabulous spring color palette from the ColourQ.  I posted it to the Freshly Made Sketches blog within seconds of the deadline!  Go Me!  haha

Seriously, I do find my creative juices flow with these challenges...but even more so when I have just an hour to complete them.  It's as if I am in perpetual Virtual Stamp Night mode!

My card base is blushing bride.  The next layer is more of the "Irresistibly Yours" paper from SU.  I sponged the pool party and old olive over the leaf pattern.  I was thrilled to actually have a piece of pale plum in with my perfect plum card stock (saved me time!). My sentiment is from SU's "Well-Scripted" and the flower is from "Friends Never Fade."  I colored the flower with markers: old olive, so saffron, pale plum, and perfect plum.  After rounding the corners, I sponge the edges of the whisper white just a bit.  Finally, I added some blushing bride pleated ribbon and a big designer button.  I wish I used a smaller button...but I didn't want to dig in my button box!  Looks like this will be a hand-delivered card!

Finding a clear spot to take a picture on time was a bit tricky...let's just say that I did a quick swoosh on one end of this table!  And I did the write-up after I linked up my card to FMS.  Now, I can link up to the ColourQ in an almost relaxed mode! heehee!

Thanks for stopping by...again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Colours for a Hero

Good morning, and Happy Monday!

I made this card last night for the Colour Me...! challenge.  Instead of uploading it then, I sat and watched 2 of our favorite shows on the Food Network.  Alton Brown is hysterical!  Then I went to bed early, because we had a lot to do early this morning before my husband went into work this morning.  Funny thing is, I told him "Okay, as long as we're home in time for me to upload my card."  I have my priorities in order, you know.  *wink*

Any way, this is a Clean & Simple design.  I wanted to try this "Irresistibly Yours" paper from Sale-a-Bration.  Several years ago, SU had some similar embossed paper, which I really enjoyed (Presto something). I like the patterns in the new pack even better.  I thought the colors would coordinate well with the stars, and I am working on a box to send to Operation Write Home.

The colors are more similar than you might expect in this palette...that is the reds compared to each other, as well as the aquas.  My card base is bermuda bay, and I added a layer of real red.  I sponged bermuda bay in the lower corner, cherry cobbler in the center, and coastal cabana on top.  After sponging, I took a tissue to wipe excess ink off the stars.  I added a strip of black satin ribbon for contrast.  My Sizzix star die came in handy, and they go well with the stamped sentiment from SU's "Words of Courage."

I hope to make more of these, with different shades of blue and red, and some different greetings...all for our heroes serving overseas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, March 28, 2015

HERE I am with Paper Players Times 2

Hello everyone!

I wanted to play along with this week's Paper Players challenge.  Unfortunately, I started putting this together just one hour before the deadline.  Sometimes, that kicks me into high speed, but I decided to have lunch with my husband before he went to work instead.  So, this isn't an official submission, but I am happy to have completed the card.  Also, for whatever reason, I decided to look back on others that I missed this year, and I came across this wonderful color combo that intrigued me.  So today's card is a combination of these 2 PP challenges!

I have no stamped images on this card...very unusual for me.  Both of my sentiments are from SU's "Blessings from Heaven."  I used sahara sand for the base, plus for one layer (which is embossed) under the scripture verse.  The first 2 little pennants are flip sides of the same piece of Moonlight dsp.  The other is from S.E.I.'s Black Orchid pack.  I added one enamel dot to the scallop circle, and some old SAB ribbon for the final touch.  I'll be sad when this ribbon is gone!

I'm keeping this stamp set out, as I plan on making many more cards that will let people know I am praying for them.  We can ALL use more prayer, right?

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mashup for the Guys!


Thank Goodness it's Friday Mashup!

Hello everyone!  I have had so much fun as a Guest Designer for the Friday Mashup this month!  What I enjoy the most is visiting so many blogs to see YOUR creations!  Such a fabulous variety!  This week is my last as a guest designer...but you will see me playing along as much as I can in the future!

Today's challenge comes from Bree.  It's a fun sketch, or a masculine card...or Mash it Up to make a masculine card using this sketch.  Of course, I am Mashing things Up!

It's been a while since I have made a square card, but once I chose my image an started gathering elements, I knew I needed a wider layout.  But as I began assembling pieces, I realize that I varied the sketch...just a bit.  My card base is sahara sand, and I used two different patterns from "Nautical Expedition" dsp (plus one in the photo!)  My image is SU's "Sail Away." I colored it a bit with blender pens using sahara sand, cherry cobbler, and not quite navy. I also sponged a bit of not quite navy in the water and sky though it is hard to see in the photo.  For the scallop detail, I used some denim cut with my Sizzix circle die in my Big Shot.  The denim is from an old shirt that my husband has, errr, ummm, outgrown.  The fabric is in good shape, so yes, I saved it!  Since this card is for him, he'll get a little bit of his shirt back!  Ha!  Each scallop is starting to fray a little, but I like this unexpected detail.  The sentiment is from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  The enamel dots are Prima brand, and the bakers twine is from SU.

My picture isn't great, but I can't ask Bruce to take the photo since the card is for him.  His birthday is in July...can't believe I am this early!

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure hope you join us by playing along with this week's challenge!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Colour Me...Caught Up!

Hello Stamping Friends!

I have several cards for this post:  this week's Colour Me...! challenge, plus the previous two THREE challenges.  I actually had this post started, with the blog badges added in, but I didn't get CMCC#62 done.  I was busy with other work-related projects, but finally got back to these yesterday and today.'s the colorful line-up!

This week's challenge, CMCC#63, is a subtle one:  marina mist, sahara sand, and so saffron, plus a neutral.  My neutral is very vanilla.  I combined the colors with the weekly sketch at SCS.  That means I am caught up on the 2015 posts for BOTH of these challenges!  WooHoo!

I wanted something quick, so I used one of my favorite sets, SU's "Work of Art." I needed a thank you card for a friend who did some work for me.  He is a graphic artist, and he took my ugly power point slide design and turned it into a fabulous flyer for me to promote my Keynote Speaking.  He's a lot of fun, very creative, and we share a common faith in God and the value of human life.  I thought these colors would work for a man or woman.  I kept my design simple, because he's that kind of guy!  The card base is sahara sand.  I have a strip of marina mist pattern paper (the old kind). I stamped the geometric elements randomly on very vanilla.  The second sentiment is stamped in marina mist n so saffron card stock, and punched out with the scallop oval.  This is the only part up on dimensionals!  Finally, I added very vanilla grosgrain ribbon...who knows how long I have had this stuff!  Hope my friend likes it!

Next, I have a very quick card for CMCC#62...which was ideal for a St. Patrick's Day card.  But since that has come and gone, I just made a general card for a friend.  I pulled out some dsp scraps (Woodland Walk, I think) and threw this together tonight!  The stamp is from "All Holidays."  I used my scallop square die and scallop trim border punch.  The button is quite large, but I pulled it out with the card goes with the challenge badge!

Continuing with my goal to catch up, here is a fun card that I made over a week ago, but, as I mentioned, this post has been sitting in my drafts!  I stamped the image from "Upsy Daisy" using the embossed kisses technique during VSN, but didn't post it.  So I decided to use it with this monochromatic color challenge in CMCC#61.   I added the butterfly from "Flight of the Butterfly" plus some doodling with my markers.  I used the same argyle folder to emboss the strip of whisper white, then sponged with smoky slate and tangelo twist.  The sentiment is also from "Upsy Daisy" and is punched out with the decorative label.  An enamel dot and stitched ribbon finish it off.

Finally, I have this fun, bright card for CMCC#60.  I used basic black for my base to contrast with the bright challenge colors.  I pulled out some vellum from my Sale-a-Bration stack, and colored the butterflies with markers.  I mounted the pieces on daffodil delight.  Next, I added a tempting turquoise butterfly, cut with my embosslit.  The sentiment is from "Hello Again" embossed in white.  Both the butterfly and sentiment are highlighted with melon mambo enamel dots.  Plus I added melon mambo ribbon.

Phew!  Feels good to get these done, and uploaded!  Thanks for stopping by!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 20, 2015

Playing with Some Challenges's SPRING!  Doesn't feel like it in my neck of the woods, but I'm sure the warm stuff is on its way!

To celebrate, I am making a card for 3 challenges...this week's Paper Players, the color challenge on SCS (smoky slate, whisper white, and wisteria wonder...the dessert is to add a touch of green) and a sketch challenge on SCS that I skipped.  I think they will all work together well.  Combined, they give me the card subject, colors, and layout...that's most of the work!

True confessions...I thought I had another hour to upload this card!  When I realized my mistake, I threw this together very quickly.  I'm not thrilled with it...but I really wanted to submit it to the Paper Players...just a personal goal.

That means this card is very flat (for me!)...but it will be easy to mail.  I needed a sympathy card, and I really love this flower from "Thanks for Caring" which I colored with my wisteria wonder and lucky limeade markers.  I stamped it on an oval, from my baggie of miscellaneous pre-cut shapes. My whisper white strips were in with my scraps.  One is embossed with the Vine folder and sponged with limeade.  The other is stamped with the tiny flower from "Because I Care"...because it was on my table!  I also added a smoky slate oval, because it is on of the challenge colors, and was only used for the card base.  I nearly forgot; the dsp is from SU's Flirtatious.  I had to quickly grab my Teeny Tiny Wishes, then used an oval punch which was already on my table.  I really wish I had just stamped it flat on the horizontal stripe instead of embossing that first.  But when you make a card in 20 minutes, things don't always work out as you hope!  LOL

At any is my triple challenge card.  Whew!  Thanks for stopping by!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}