Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, November 24, 2014

Back with the Colour Me Challenge!

Hello Stamping Friends!

I am back to post a few more Colour Me...! challenges.  I wanted to post these yesterday, but it took me longer than I expected to come up with a design for the current challenge...even though I instantly loved the palette!  So earthy...perfect for fall.  It rained all day yesterday; it's raining this morning.  If it was snow, we'd be a bit like Buffalo NY!  Fortunately, my husband still got decent pictures, despite the gloomy clouds.

I knew I wanted an early espresso card base, and it turns out I had this square one pre-cut and folded.  Everything else took a while!  I ended up with this luscious image from SU's "Day of Gratitude" which I colored with markers on very vanilla card stock.  I sponged the edges to warm things up.  The cajun craze layer is dry embossed with the "vine folder."  I can never remember it's actual name!  I wrapped soft suede ribbon around it, showing the plain side since the white polka dots didn't quite work with this palette.  The sentiment is from the same set, and I used the modern label and scallop oval punches (with cajun pattern paper) to highlight it. I really wanted something else, and I found these non-SU bronze gems in a stash of old supplies.  This is literally the last large one I had; perfect for the center.  The little ones were cut from the last row I have.  I think I need to find some more of these, because I love how they work with these colors!

Next, I am continuing my journey to complete all of the 2014 CMCC challenges.  This next card is not at all what I envisioned...but it's not too bad.  Soft color palettes are tricky for me, but I muddled through. 

The card base is pistachio pudding.  I placed a layer of blushing bride,embossed with the chevron folder, on top of the base.  The image panel is all done with SU's "Work of Art," which I FINALLY purchased!  I love how you can just stamp randomly and create something fun!  I used coral bakers twine and button as the embellishments.  I really wish I had placed the button on the other side to balance the coral.  Oh well.  One final note.  I intentionally cut the whisper white and blushing bride with uneven edges.  I wanted to mimic the random nature of the stamps.  Not sure if I like it...the jury is still out!  LOL

Finally today I have a fun card that was quick to make.  I figured the best way to make these blues and greens to work together was to do some blending.  Using SU's "Delicate Doilies," I stamped with versamerk on glossy white card stock, then heat embossed with clear powder.  I pulled out my brayer, and randomly coated the card stock with all four colors, overlapping a bit.  I love how the doilies look like snowflakes!  Then, to make sure each color stood out on its own, I used them for the other main elements: bermada bay card base, coastal cabana layer, tempting turquoise sentiment (From SU's "Field Flowers") and pacific point ribbon.  As you can see, I used the scallop circle punch, and some dimensionals!

I'll be traveling this week for Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, I will be able to post something again next Monday.  Have a great week!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Colour Me with a Few More Cards

Hello Stamping Friends!

It's time for another Colour Me...! challenge.  I had hoped too post earlier, but I was so busy with HYCCT that I neglected all other challenges last month.  When I decided to do the current challenge, I decided I better finish up this old post.  (I literally had the icons loaded up, just no cards!  LOL)  So here we go...

CMCC#41 was current when I started this post...good grief!  The colors led me to a gender-neutral design.  I need more cards like this!

The card base is hello honey.  I stamped the 2 sides of this large stamp from SU's "Text & Texture" in the challenge colors on very vanilla, then used my cherry cobbler marker to outline the panel.  To go along with the text theme, I used "Teeny Tiny Wishes" with baked brown sugar and cherry cobbler inks to make pattern paper...very different use of these stamps.  I also added stars from "Extreme Elements" and layered it on cherry cobbler.  I had a scrap of cherry pattern paper, then just set the pieces on different angles.  Bakers twine finishes it off.

And now, I am continuing my push to get caught up in previous challenges. 

CMCC#14 is a monochromatic theme with Pumpkin Pie.  Since fall is my favorite season, I decided to go literal...with a pumpkin!

I ran some very vanilla through my Big Shot with the wood grain folder, then sponged it with soft suede.  My pumpkin is made by using the oval punch and scallop oval punch, showing off both sides of the brights pattern paper.  I used my bird punch for the  soft suede leaves, cutting off one tip for the stem of the pumpkin.  The larger oval was made with my Sizzix ovals die, and I used "Thank You Kindly" for the greeting.  Lots of striped ribbon was used as the last detail.

CMCC#15 is a bright palette and lots of fun.

My card is very summer-y, as the colors suggest, so it will probably stay in my box for a few months.  I embossed some bermuda bay with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder, and placed it on the daffodil card base.  The flowers are from "Mixed Bunch" and were cut out with the coordinating punch.  The scrap of DSP is from Garden Gala...I think.  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday," stamped in basic black and punched with the modern label punch.  Basic black polka dot ribbon wraps it all up.

It's good to be back in the Colour Me mode!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Back to Mashin' Up Things Up

Hello...and Happy Hump Day!

I am trying to get back into challenges that I usually follow.  Today, I have a card for a recent Color Challenge on SCS, along with the most recent challenge at The Friday Mashup.  I am also submitting this for a shot at the Design Team for the Friday Mashup...WooHoo!

I knew I wanted to mash things up...but what surprise element should I use?  I had a package of Life Savers by my desk and looked through it.  One of the pieces went with last week's color challenge!  Here we go!

The color challenge called for crumb cake, calypso coral, and crisp cantaloupe...way out of my comfort zone!  I guess that's why thney call these things "challenges!"  LOL  Any way, using a Life Saver led me to this big stamp from SU's "Text and Texture."  I like saying "Life is Good," and I think it is fun for a birthday card, which I did by adding the other sentiment from "On Your Birthday."  I made my own pattern paper using the small stamps from "Mixed Bunch."  I added some gingham ribbon and punch 5-petal flowers for other details.
If I mail this, the candy will break, so I guess this will be hand delivered!

Thanks for coming by again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Virtual Stamp Night...Mini Style!

Hello Stamping Friends!

Now that Hope You Can Cling To challenges are completed and uploaded, I am ready to move on with some of my regular favorite challenges.  Once again, I will be hosting a challenge for Virtual Stamp Night.  My challenge will be during the Main VSN event in December.  The theme for the winter event is "Frozen," and this past Friday was the Mini event.  Here are my cards for the 2 challenges posted Friday night...

Misti hosted the first challenge, asking us to incorporate ice cubes.  I have NO stamps with ice cubes.  I was a bit lost, but then I decided I would just doodle.  I pulled out this retired SU set, "Penguin Pleasantries" which I just got off of Ebay.  (I have a serious lack of silly/whimsical images.)  After stamping him on whisper white with Stazon jet black, I colored this cute little guy with markers...pumpkin pie, crushed curry, soft sky, wisteria wonder, and taken with teal.  I then covered him in versamark and clear embossing powder.  That's why there is a shine in the picture.  I used a marker to draw the ice cubes and covered them with Dazzling Details.  Initially, I was worried about making the cubes evenly, but I hardly need realistic ice cubes to go with this penguin!  The image is mounted on wisteria wonder, then layered on an embossed (Cuttlebug folder) soft sky layer on a bermuda bay card base.  I added wisteria bakers twine and a dotted brad in the center of a felt snowflake.  With several December and January birthdays in my family, this guy will find a good home.  Of course, with lots of plump dimensions, it will take extra postage to get there!

Next, I made this card for Tammie's inspiration challenge.  When I saw the photo, I immediately thought of SU's "Dasher."  I used the pine tree from "Lovely as a Tree," stamping it 3 times to add dimension to my forest.  I used early espresso and mossy meadow markers for the tree.  I stamped Dasher in early espresso also.  Then came the messy stuff.  I wanted to add berries, as in the inspiration photo, so I added cherry cobbler ink to my Dazzling Details.  Trying to dot my image with this turned out more difficult than I expected.  The solution should be to order some of the actual cherry cobbler dazzling details from my demo...soon!  LOL  It is difficult to see...but I also used my versamarker and heat and stick powder with dazzling diamonds to add snowy details to the ground and some of the branches.  I layered this image on an embossed piece of marina mist and some DSP left over from a holiday scrap book kit (can't remember the name.)  Finally, I used "Teeny Tiny Wishes" with the word window and modern label punches.  No ribbon or brads...gasp!

Thanks for coming by.  The Main "Frozen" VSN will be December 12th & 13th...WooHoo!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hope-Filled Finish!

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today is the last day to upload cards for the Hope You Can Cling to challenges.  Originally, I planned to do them all...then I decided I probably would not get them done, so I slowed down this week.  I actually spent time cleaning up a table in my stamp space last night.  I had slowed down a lot because I was intimidated by some of the challenges.  Well, I decided to cram things in and I did finish on time!  Unfortunately, I had computer issues, so I did not get these uploaded before noon.  No biggie...I am just thrilled that I completed all 35 challenges!  NEXT year, I will shoot for the Queens Thread!

This card was the last one I did, but the very first HYCCT challenge posted.  It's supposed to be paper tole.  I struggle with fussy cutting, so I held off on this.  The pieces should be curled a bit more.  Even so, he's kinda cute!  Not only was this card for Lydia's paper tole challenge, but it also for a color challenge; #496 on SCS.  I have a soft sky card base with pieces of cherry cobbler pattern paper and silver glimmer paper.  I stamped this snowman from SU's "Snow Much Fun" 3 different times.  The hat/head, scarf, and boots were cut separately for the tole technique.  I dropped a boot, or lost it...cut out another one, but it was the same side I already had adhered!  All this at 11:50 a.m.!  LOL  So, I just colored the flat boot.  Poor guy needs an upgrade!  He is mounted on island indigo, but I couldn't find the right marker so I used taken with teal instead.  Bakers twine and a sentiment punched out with the modern label finish it off. 

Next, I have a card for Barbara's challenge, which uses Embossing Paste...sort of.  I had never even seen this stuff before so I ended up making some of my own.  I had to rush to get this done, but I will definitely try it again.   My paste was made with baby powder, Tombow liquid glue, and white shimmer paint.  I added old olive ink for the color. I started with a pumpkin pie card base.  Fortunately, I had a piece left over from my smashed ink challenges, and the scrap from my Sizzix Leaves die.  Both came in handy, as I had to rush to get this done!  I used the scrap as stencil to spread the paste in leaf shapes.  I really like the texture that resulted.  My sentiment is from SU's "All Holidays" stamped in rich razzleberry on a Top Note die cut.  A bit of peach parfait ribbon is the last detail.  I am not thrilled with the overall card, but it isn't bad for such a quick project.  If I take more time, I could probably do some very nice, detailed projects with this paste.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}