Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, July 20, 2015

Q Up a Couple of Fun Cards

Hello Stamping Friends!

I planned on combining some ColourQ challenges with some sketches, but I did this week's challenge without looking at a sketch.  So, I'm tossing the sketch part of the plan, and just keeping these fun color palettes.  I even planned on posting 4 cards, but I only made 2 and haven't stamped since.  Time to wrap this up, for goodness sake!  LOL

This week's palette was a bit tough, but once I decided to go with a geometric background pattern, the design came about fairly quickly.  I rarely use summer starfruit...and with rich razzleberry?  Who knew?

My card base is rich razzleberry.  Using sponge daubers and a stencil made with my Sizzix circle die, I sponged the colors generously on whisper white.  My sentiment is from "Whimsical Words" punched with a scallop circle and embellished with some sponging and candy dots.  I also added summer starfruit ribbon.  Very simple design, but I think it has a nice pop to it!  Oooo...I forgot!  It doesn't show in the picture, but I did make some circles with my shimmer spritz.  Look right above the left corner of my watermark for one of the shiny circles.

Last week's ColourQ was kinda funky, but I like it!  And look...summer starfruit 2 weeks in a row! Once again, I regret getting rid of my Cool Caribbean ink pad (the only thing I had in that color), but I used tempting turquoise in its place.  Stampers hint:  If you enjoy the ColourQ, keep at least one coloring medium in every SU color!  LOL

My card base is pale plum...I have a few sheets left!  The main panel features the small images from "Mixed Bunch" stamped all over randomly, then mounted onto tempting turquoise.  I used another sentiment from "Whimsical Words," and the same scallop punch.  Two short tabs of the concord twill ribbon, a bit of sponging, and dots made with my marker all highlight the greeting.  I used my eyelet trim punch on pieces of summer starfruit, concord crush, and tempting turquoise, layering them for a finished look.

So glad that I finally posted these.  Hope I don't stall again next time!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Featured Stamper Time

Hello, and Happy Sunday!

I have not stamped since my quick card I made last Monday.  After church today, I peeked at the Featured Stamper challenge  at Splitcoast and decided to play along.  As I looked at my list and photos, I discovered that I had not played this challenge at all in 2015!  This may become my focus next year!

Anywho...I decided to play with two FS challenges just for fun.  I also played with my new photo editing tool...a free online program at   I love it!  I still need to learn some skills, but it will be fun to practice.  I have even created some "memes" with our own photographs.  My husband takes nice pictures, and I don't want to worry about copyright issues.

Back to the cards...

This week's Featured Stamper is Debra, aka pdncurrier.  She has an absolutely lovely gallery, and I selected THIS card to CASE.  My card base is confetti white.  I used an embossed scrap of black, and a scrap of Limited Edition dp.  I stamped directly onto the dp with the 2-step image from SU's "Field Flowers."  My sentiment is from "On Your Birthday."  Some bakers twine and candy dots finish it off.

Next, I played with the FS challenge from 2 weeks ago... Melissa, aka mtstout928.  I chose THIS vibrant card to CASE.  Instead of white, I used a black card bases, plus a turquoise mat.  I used real red, daffodil delight, and tempting turquoise ink and my aqua brush for the background, all on glossy white.  The organza ribbon is a favorite; I have probably had it for 12 years!  I use it sparingly because I love it so much, and will be sad when it is gone!  The sentiment is from "Field Flowers," stamped in black and punched out. Dmensioanls and some sponging make it stand out.  Finally, I added the SU of my favorite new toys!  It is highlighted with an enamel heart from Anna Marie.

Thanks for stopping !  Now it's time for me to check in on some blogs to see more inspiration.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, July 6, 2015

Time for a Monochromatic & Fresh Sketch

Good morning!  Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend!  My husband and I were able to enjoy live music and fireworks over the lake in our town (we don't live on the lake.)  I thought I was going to stamp yesterday, but I was exhausted!  LOL

So this morning, I pulled out the 2 challenges, posted on Wednesdays, that I often play together on Monday mornings.  The Colour Me...! challenge was monochromatic, and the real red was in honor of Canada Day last Wednesday.  The Freshly Made Sketch has some great panels which are great for contrasting patterns.

When I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to feature a mix of patterns, so the single color would still have lots of interest.  I had a piece of this polka dot ribbon on my table and the red patterned paper in a pile with recent scraps.  That gave me polka dots and subtle stripes, which led me to choose the diagonal stripe embossing folder. The greeting is from "On Your Birthday" which was also already on my table, and it is colored with real red and basic gray markers.  Initially I only had the greeting stamped, but it was just too plain for my sensibilities.  Needing something small and quick, I chose this kite from "Send Me Soaring."  The kite itself is cut out and popped up.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to get a lot of stamping and blogging done this week.  Stay tuned!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, July 3, 2015

Playing with Paper & Color

Hello, everyone!

I have a few cards to post today.  Even though my primary stamping challenge goal is focused on sketches, I still love color challenges.  So, I have the 3 most recent SCS color combos, two of them combined with The Paper Players.  Lucky for me, the first of those is a sketch!

I really like using circles, cut off a bit along the edge of a card, so this sketch from Nance is perfect!

The SCS color combo is from last week:  real red, marina mist, and night  of navy.  I decided to use all of those colors on the neutral card base of crumb cake.  My main layer is dry embossed with the chevron folder.  I used a Sizzix die for the scallop circle, stamping stars from "Words of Courage" and a greeting from "Polka Dot Party."  The navy twine is OLD (the SU label is dark blue!)  I have had it for years, and it wasn't even open.  Since the sketch had some loops, I decided to give it a try.  My second greeting is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  I also used red polka dot ribbon and some candy dots.

While this looks like a birthday card, it is for a good friend who loves The Fourth of is her favorite holiday!   She says, " I don't have to shop or decorate; we get to eat outside, and there are fireworks."  I don't have firework stamps, but hopefully this will add to her fun day!

Next, there was a CAS challenge on The Paper Players last week, with a summer theme.  Initially, I considered using the colors in the fun blog badge, but I opted to use this vibrant palette from SCS:  bermuda bay, daffodil delight, and rich razzleberry.

I already had the razzleberry card base cut, and the daffodil pattern paper was on my cutting table from a previous project.  I guess prepared supplies help with the clean and simple idea, right?  Instead of ice cream, I chose a tropical drink for my summer treat, using markers in the challenge colors, plus baked brown sugar.  My images are from "Tropical Party."  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday," punched out, sponged, and popped up.  Polka dot ribbon is the final detail.  I think I should have added a bow...hmmm.  Any way, I absolutely LOVE these colors!!

My last card is just for this week's color challenge on SCS:  hello honey, cucumber crush, and watermelon wonder.  I do not have any of the new In-colors yet, and will have to wait quite a while to indulge.  We had to buy a new refrigerator 2 months ago...and our dishwasher (which was already in the house when we moved here in '98) stopped working last week without warning.  BooHoo.  Appliances truly cut into a craft budget!  But I have a LOT of supplies already, so I can keep going.  Back to the card... since 2 of the colors are new, I had my brain thinking I had none of the colors.  I actually do have hello honey, but used crushed curry instead of the new dijon color, which was etched on my brain.  I substituted wild wasabi for the cucumber, and primrose petals for the watermelon.  All of the stamps are from SU's "Thanks for Caring," colored with markers.  Having the matted panel in the center wasn't quite enough for me, so I added a dry embossed strip of primrose for some much needed texture.  Striped grosgrain ribbon and candy dots wrapped it all off.

Thanks for stopping by my little blog again!  Leave a comment to let me know what you think!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}