Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

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}}}
Kim







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}}}
Kim








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 card...it 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}}}
Kim


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}}}
Kim

Monday, May 30, 2016

Freshly Made for a Special Grad

Hello, and Happy Memorial Day!

I haven't been around lately; one of my brothers-in-law passed away last week.  Bruce & I spent a lot of time over in Indiana with family.  It has been an emotional week.  Yesterday, I was thinking of the stack of graduation cards I still need to create.  Family, friends...lots of different schools so lots of different colors.  Last night I saw a post on Facebook which gave me much needed cheering up.  John is the only child of some dear friends.  He was born 4 months prematurely...I kid you not.  No one knew if he would ever go home, or if he would ever celebrate a birthday.  Well, this weekend,, he graduated from high school!  Check out this AMAZING picture of PURE JOY!


So, I got up out of my stamping slump, and made this card, using two challenges, Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players.  I took the left vertical column in the Tic Tac Toe challenge.







The card uses elegant eggplant and crushed curry card stock and ink. My stamp sets used are "Extreme Elements," "Tassle Time," and "Delightful Dozen."  The stars were die cut with an old Sizzix die.  After I stamped on the whisper white and taped the stars down, I ran it through my Big Shot with the diagonal stripes embossing folder.  The sentiment is matted with long-retired perfect plum dp.  Both the sentiment and graduation cap are popped up.  Finally, I added nearly ancient SU purple twine.  Can't believe how long I have had it!

Well, one Grad card done; about 8 more to go!  YIKES!

Hope to post later this week...thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Late and Final Mashups

Hello and Happy Friday Saturday!!

I started this post yesterday around lunch time, and posted the badges and one card, but really wanted to get the other card done also.  I made it last night, but too late to feel like blogging.  Any way...

Earlier this year, I set my stamping goals:  complete all of this year's Friday Mashup challenges and all of this year's SCS Featured Stamper challenges.  Well, I was doing fine with Mashups, until Holly announced she was retiring that blog.  I left two undone...and I just can't have that!  So here they are...

I needed two birthday cards for guys in the family; one my side, one Bruce's side.  Is it cheating that I made the same card for them?  I don't think so!  I really liked this sketch, and decided to also pull out a past SCS color challenge. (The other part of the Mashup was to do an Easter card.  I opted out of that part, for obvious reasons.)  Despite all my stamping goals, color challenges are still my favorite!  The colors to use were lost lagoon, basic gray, and hello honey.  I absolutely LOVE lost lagoon!  These colors are used in SU's paper stack "Moonlight," so that is what I used for the diagonal stripes.  The image is "Sail Away," colored with markers and some sponging, then mounted on gray.  I added a sentiment from "On Your Birthday" stamped on an oval. Simple bakers twine wraps it all up.


Next, this Friday Mashup gave us color and shimmer to combine.  I really did add shimmer,but you can't see it in the photo.  I needed yet another baby girl card.  The card base is pink pirouette.  I added a simple layer of tempting turquoise. On whisper white, I stamped these feet and hand prints in pink pirouette and melon mambo.  I used markers to add color variation to the sentiment.  The pretty in pink circle is dry embossed and brushed shimmer spritz.  After punching out the sentiment, I dabbed more shimmer on the scallops. The pretty organza ribbon has a touch of shimmer also.

So, that's it.  My belated farewell to the talented and fun ladies of The Friday Mashup.  I still follow a bunch of them, because they are still talented.  Hope to run into them again in some other challenge blog!  Since the Friday Mashup is retired, I switched my blog challenge goal to The Paper Players.  I am almost caught up with them...stay tuned!


Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Playing with More Challenges

Hello Friends!

It's Thursday, and I rarely post on Thursdays.  My internet was down for much of the day, so some work was not accessible to me.  I have some Audible books downloaded on my Kindle app, and decided to finish a novel.  I often stamp while listening, so that's what I did this afternoon.  Now, after rebooting my router I am able to get back on the computer.  I still have quite a mess to clean up!

My first card combines this week's challenges at both The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches.  One of my brothers-in-law was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday for numerous health issues.  He will be there a while, so I wanted to make a card.  A song at church is called "On Eagle's Wings," based on Psalm 91.  Inspired by that, I used this image and stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The card base is early espresso.  I stamped on very vanilla, using soft suede for the eagle and midnight muse for the verse.  My sponge dauber created the sun, in crushed curry.  I started using a blender pen on my bird, but the suede ink smeared (duh!) so then I just used markers.  I sponged some river rock and pool party in the sky.  The strip of dsp is from SU's "Comfort Cafe."  Two enamel dots finish it off, and conveniently cover one of my smudges.






Next, I have a card for today's Way to Use It challenge
at SCS:  In Stitches.  I rarely play along with this one, and considering the theme, it's odd that I did.  We were challenged to use actual stitching, or sewing images...something along those lines.  I have no stamps that work with that. I thought I had an image from a swap, but didn't find it.  I did have these bulky designer brads from SU...don't ask me why I bought them but not the coordinating stamps or paper!  Any way, I used a different swap image (unknown name) which I colored with blender pens and water coloring.  I doodled my own stitches and added the brad and some ribbon.  The sentiment is from  "Because I Care."  This card also goes with an old challenge at The Paper Players...working on that 2016 goal!

Since I am trying to make two of my cards these days, I do have near duplicates made today.  That means I made 4 cards and 1 huge mess today!  Thanks for coming by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}
Kim