Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Couple of Random Cards

Hello Stamping Friends!

Just a quick post with 2 simple cards that I made recently...

The first card is for my aunt who has a birthday on Christmas day.  Poor girl needs a special card!  I used my SU "Dasher" stamp, colored with my markers.  I also used SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes" and markers (chocolate chip, garden green, and real red) for the sentiment.  A couple of brads and this fun polka dotted ribbon, along with some pattern paper finish it off.

This other card took me 5 minutes...if that!  A very clean and simple design.  One of my brothers-in-law came by last weekend to help my hubby install a new bathroom exhaust fan/heater/light.  They spent lots of time in the snug attic space.  The card features pacific point and sahara sand.  The image is SU's "Totally Tool".  Ribbon, pattern paper and large brad are all retired...but it feels great to use my stash!

Today is my official last day as a SU demo.  I LOVE the products, but have a lot of, well, everything!  LOL!  Plus my regular job is getting quite busy (busier!) so I need to clear my plate a bit.  I was going to just go into pending...but that would leave me with months of temptation!  I called to cancel my demoship...just in time.  The winter pre-order starts tomorrow, December 1st...I would have been in trouble!  I am still stamping, but my blog will start highlighting some other items as well.  Hope you decide to stick around!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Those Other Color Cards...

So, when I posted in October, I bragged about doing 6 splitcoaststamper color challenge cards.  I posted 3 back then, and never posted the others.  I decided to post them now, as I am trying to get back in the habit of blogging.  Plus, they were fun cards!!

 The first card called for sahara sand, pacific point, and night of navy.  Made me cold just thinking about it!  LOL!  I brought out this polar beaer from "Zoo Review," a stamp set I hesitated to buy, but now I am happy I have it.  (Needed some non-bird animals!)  The navy was embossed with the square lattice folder, the dsp is a retired version of patterned paper, but you can find similar paper in the brights pattern paper stack.  I used "Happiest Birthday Wishes" adding a bit with a marker.  Brads and dimensionals make it pop.

  The next card was tough:  tangerine tango, perfect plum, and summer starfruit...with pool party as dessert.  Really??  Yes, I am not making this up!  I struggled a lot, deciding to use "Mixed Bunch" with an all-over pattern.  I did a bit of rock-and-roll on the largest image.  My decorative label and scallop oval punches, combined with "On Your Birthday" take center stage.  I messed up the ribbon placement...but that is what happens when you make things up as you go!  I am not in love with the starfruit color, but my hubby picked this out of my stash for his mom's birthday card.  "I like it," he said.  Who knew??

This final card is more my, cozy, saturated colors!  The challenge colors were rich razzleberry, more mustard, and midnight muse; I added crumb cake.  The card features the top note die, "French Foliage" and "On Your Birthday" stamps.  My leaves are from the sizzix leaves die, embossed with the woodgrain impressions folder.  A bit of Autumn Spice dsp, big button and linen thread finish it off.  This went to one of my newest staff members, whose birthday was the week after she started working with me! 

Thanks for stopping by again to see some "old" cards!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cards from LAST Month!

Hello Friends!

Last month, I made a few cards in a row and thought I was going to be updating my blog a lot.  Hmmm, didn't happen.  But I decided to post them now...better late than never!

 This first card is what kicked me back into stamping mode: an anniversary card for dear hubby.  I had no idea what to make that day (yes, I waited until the actual date!)  I got home from work, and Bruce was working overtime again.  I started by grabbing this fabulous autumn spice dsp.  As I looked at my stamps, my eye caught this cutie from SU's "For the Birds"  We have a bird bath in my back yard, and Bruce loves watching the birds play and splash.  I used my blender pen to color the image, and added a bit of sponging.  The colors featured are pool party, always artichoke, soft suede, and pumpkin pie.  (Not sure why I didn't use more mustard ink to match the card base...guess I wanted some contrast.)  The modern label punch makes a showing with the classic Teeny Tin Wishes.  Brads and dimensionals add depth.

The next card was done for this Friday Mashup challenge...I just never posted it!  I needed a baby card for our Medical Director, and the challenge color scheme was perfect for a baby boy!  The card base is basic black, and a layer of whisper white allows the pacific point, marina mist, lucky limeade, and gumball green to pop!  I used the long retired SU sets "Baby's Firsts" and "So Very."  The argyle impressions folder and baker's twine add texture.  Simple, quick card!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be posting more stuff soon!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Christmas Cards

Hello again!!  I am catching up on blog posts...finally!  It feels good to get creative again, and fun to share it with you!

Today I am posting cards I made this past week.  My hubby and I visited family for Thanksgiving, and I decided to bring some stamping supplies.  Several of my young nieces enjoy stamping with me.  So, I grabbed a bunch of Christmas materials...stamps, ink, ribbon, punches, paper.  Well, the girls made a few cards, but after all the effort it took to travel with this stuff, I decided to make a dozen cards!  I didn't quite finish while at my sister-in-law's...but did finish the day after we got home.  I still have many more cards to make!

The card bases are either always artichoke or early espresso (I ran out of artichoke).  The pattern  paper is last year's holiday paper, vintage style...each card featuring a different part of those 12x12 sheets.  The image is the new SU  "First Christmas" stamped in cherry cobbler and crumb cake, with a tiny rhinestone for sparkle.  "Greetings of the Season" is featured on scallop circles.  Ironically, I didn't bring my cherry cobbler seam binding, in order to save it from young hands that may have gotten carried the cards are ribbon free.  GASP!

Still have lots of Christmas cards to stay tuned!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Cards...with Mom

Hello Stamping Friends!

Recently, my mom was here visiting from South Carolina.  She came earlier than first planned, and I told her that I wanted to finish some Christmas cards which I started a LONG time ago (early last year, I think!).  I get my creative, artsy side from her (musical side from my dad), so I knew she would love to help out.  I already had much of these done:  the card bases were completed, including the inside; sentiments stamped and sponged, pattern paper adhered, scallop circles cut out with my Big shot.  So, I stamped and heat embossed the main image in early espresso, which is from Our Daily Bread Design's "Joy to the World."  The pattern paper is SU's Bella Bleu, and the ribbon and pears are also from SU.  I love the neutral warm tones with not quite navy! 

Mom had fun sponging and assembling cards with me.  Wish she lived closer so we could do this more often!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Friday Mashup Breaks Tradition!

Hello Stamping Friends!

My hopes to get back into this blog fell short, didn't it?  Oh well...I am writing several posts today, including some cards that haven't been shown here.  Maybe there will be stuff to read this week!

I have been making Christmas cards...finally!  I usually have at least 5-6 dozen by now, but I only have 3 dozen finished, with another 2 dozen started.  I make 12 cards of a design so I don't get bored.  So, imagine my joy when I saw this week's Friday Mashup challenge:
 We were challenged to use an image not typically seen on holiday cards...and to use a messy technique such as spritzing.  I didn't mash it messy stuff...since I made this rather late at night.  I didn't want a lot to clean up!

 As I pondered what stamp image to use, I came across this "Baby Prints" from Stampin' Up...perfect!  I used marina mist, bashful blue, and lucky limeade for my colors.  The ribbon is from last year's Sale-a-Bration...and if I make 12 of these, it may be all used up.  (Boohoo...I love this ribbon!)  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs, "Christmas Verses."  Very quick design...I should be able to mass produce this easily.  Considering my work at a pro-life ministry, I am thrilled with this new twist on a Christmas card!  My baby stamps are staying out for a while!  Thanks for the fun challenge, Heidi!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}