Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, September 28, 2015

Freshly Caught Up on Some Sketches

Hello Stamping Friends!

As you may recall, I set a stamping goal for this year:  complete all of the 2015 sketch challenges from SCS and Freshly Made Sketches.  Once again, I have fallen behind, due to projects for work, but this weekend I puled out some DSP, and cranked out 12 cards!  That means for this moment, I am caught up with Freshly Made Sketches!  I have several speaking engagements in October, so I may fall behind  again!  LOL

Not too many details to share.  I am starting with the current sketch (deadline today!) and then posting in the order of the cards as I made them.  All of the cards feature SU's "Pocketful of Posies" dsp,which has a lot of large patterns, and some kinda weird ones!  No wonder it has been sitting mostly untouched for years.  Trying to get the patterns to work within these sketches was tricky, but fun. Here we go...

I struggled with this card, because the floral pattern I wanted to use is so large, but I really like how it turned out. All of the dsp is from the same sheet; the poppy parade is the backside.  The card base is early espresso. I added some poppy parade ribbon, and the sentiment from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes" is also in poppy parade.  My banner is outlined with the poppy marker to add color without another layer.  I really need the new SU banner punch, so my banners are not lop-sided!

Now, I am going to rush through these. Card bases are either crumb cake, poppy parade, or early espresso.  A few sketches were flipped, and a few have an added small layer for a sentiment.

The sentiment here is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and I added some lucky limeade bakers twine.

My first attempt at this sentiment was directly on the card base, and crooked!  So, I put it on another piece of crumb cake, and embossed with the fancy fan embossing folder (it matches the dsp).  I had this bid from "Elements of Style" stamped for months, so I finally decided to use it!  Navy candy dots finish it off.

This card has the sentiment stamped on non-SU vellum.  I used scalloped circles, and fabulous poppy parade ribbon to finish it off.   

More layers here, and a cozy corduroy button with some twine on this card.  This sentiment is from SU's "Well Scripted."

I held off on this sketch for months, because of the long skinny shape.  But this huge bird pattern from the SAME dsp pack was perfect!  I used some bakers twine and my scallop trim punch for simple details.  The birthday sentiment was still on my here it is again!   This card fits in a business envelope.

I wanted to use more of this paper with the daffodil delight and pear pizzazz on the side, so it mimics the sketch.  My sentiments are from "Happiest Birthday Wishes" and "Best Yet."  Espresso bakers twine and a poppy parade glimmer brad are the final details.

Another card with this fun stylized flower, plus some non-SU enamel dots (I can't remember the brand.)  I also scattered my Teeny Tiny Wishes thank you in pear pizzazz and poppy parade directly on the dsp.

This sketch is flipped, plus a scallop oval added for the sentiment, which is stamped in rich razzleberry.  Again, I used two sides of the same sheet of dsp.  I added pear pizzazz twill ribbon and candy dots.

For sketch #200 (can't believe I missed the big celebration!) I took some liberties.  This sheet of dsp has a border built in; I cut along the scallops to highlight them more.  I stamped my sentiment on cru mb cake, added it to the top, with a simple strip of razzleberry grosgrain ribbon.

This card was tricky, because I wanted to make another card with a poppy parade card base, and this sheet has just bits of poppy in these tear drop shapes.  Finally, I got it done, also adding a bit of daffodil with the candy dots.

Here's the last one!  I pulled out more of this sheet that features pear pizzazz with leaves, plus rich razzleberry on the back.  My razzleberry strip is above the sentiment (also from Happiest Birthday Wishes) because of how I stamped it.  I finished it off with candy dots and bakers twine.

Phew!  This post took a LONG time! Thanks for hanging in there with me.  My next big stamping project is to get ready for Hope You Can Cling To, over at SCS.  I am hosting one challenge mid-month, and will have samples for a few of the others.  Stay tuned!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Morning, Monday!

Hello fellow stampers!
I am not often quite so chipper on a Monday, but it is GORGEOUS today!  It is a brisk 54 degrees, with clear blue skies and a soft breeze.  I slept in a bit, after having a full day yesterday with church and our annual picnic.  #LifeisGood!

I made this card last night, and I am trying to post it while my hubby makes pancakes (he spoils me!).  This great color palette from Colour Me...! was exactly what I needed for a teen boy's card.

I will post, eat breakfast, and come back with the details.

Breakfast was delicious!  Okay, so on to my card details.  It's a simple card that was quick to create.  My card base is garden green.  I added a tilted layer of basic black.  On whisper white, I stamped images from SU's "Extreme Elements" in the challenge colors, plus silver ink for some stars.  I stamped the "Extreme Guitar" in basic black, and sponged the whole panel with indigo.  I added a strip of black grosgrain ribbon (still have a bunch!) and used two punches for two sentiments.  The get well is from "Delightful Dozen," and U Rock is from "Perfect Words."  Both are stamped in pacific point; the latter one using a marker, so I could leave off "my world".

This card is for the 13-year old son of some good friends.  He has spina bifida, and with that various health complications.  He has been in and out of the hospital a lot this year.  Despite that, he has an amazing disposition...cheerful, smiling.  He even had his guitar with him at one point this summer, playing on the days between two surgeries!  He is home now, but I know his health is always at risk.  He also has two younger brothers, so his parents have their hands full...but never complain.  This is a family filled with faith and love...they inspire me so much!

One more thing before I go.  Last week, I posted a few cards for various Colour Me challenges.  One had a butterfly on it (seen here, 3rd card), and I mentioned that I actually cut out two butterflies.  Here is the card I made with the larger one.  The die is tricky to work with if you forget to include wax paper in your Big Shot sandwich.  Ask me how I know. *wink*

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Colour Me Busy on a Saturday!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday was cool and breezy.  My husband had to work 3-11.  Those two facts combined for a perfect stamping day!  I decided to warm up with a few of the Colour Me challenges, since there were several I had wanted to complete was too busy.  One is combined with the Freshly Made Sketch.

This ColourMe combo has a lot of possibilities.  I did use a sahara sand card versatile!  When I came across this DSP from the SU "Moonlight" stack, I thought about rain.  (Plus, it actually was raining when I made this.)  I used the SU stamps "Rain or Shine."  Everything is pretty self explanatory...I did use thick bakers twine in lost lagoon, an a bright red button.  This will either be hand delivered or will require extra postage.

Next, I am going back to the previous ColourMe challenge...monochromatic.  I used crumb cake and vanilla as neutrals to go with the mossy meadow.  I really like this color, and should stock up before I forget and it disappears next spring!

I needed a thank you card for a guy...perfect colors for that!  A friend made a video for me to use as a promotional tool for my speaking business.  He taped a speech I gave, then interviewed some audience members.  If you are curious, check it out HERE.  Here is his card...featuring "French Foliage" and "Thank You Kindly" stamps. I also pulled out my Top note die and the decorative label punch.  A single candy dot and thick bakers twine finish it off.

Finally I have a card that combines a recent ColourMe with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.   I went back and forth on this card...light base?  Dark base?  Square?  Circle?  I'm amazed that I got this card done!  LOL

 I ended up with a pool party base and added layer embossed with the cloudy day embossing folder.  I also sponged a bit of lost lagoon on the clouds.  Using sponge daubers, I made my own pattern paper, then cut out the two large butterflies from the SU framelits.  I chose this one, because the larger one is soooo wide.  Look for that to fly in later this week!  The sentiment is from "Thank You Kindly"  (I always need thank you cards!).  I added some satin ribbon for the final detail.

I really had hoped to make more cards yesterday, but this isn't too bad.  If I didn't have laundry  to do...well, you know how that goes!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, September 7, 2015

Q Up a Fresh Sketch

Happy Monday!  Specifically in the US, Happy Labor Day!

I can't believe I have done this again...created a card BARELY on time for a blog challenge deadline.  I posted this to the Freshly Made Sketches blog with less than 5 minutes remaining! At least it is several hours before the ColourQ deadline.  heehee  I was cutting it SO close that I took a lousy picture at first, just so I could do the Link-up.  Good grief!  Quite the adrenaline rush!  Any way, once I linked up, I had my husband take a much better photo, then worked on editing this post.  

I saw the ColourQ last week and loved it immediately, but I wasn't sure what to do with it.  Life happened, so I forgot all about it.  I decided to look at the FMS challenge with just about an hour left on the clock, and put this together.   I used just one stamp set:  SU's "Artistic Etchings."  I stamped the medallion in the wisteria and pool party, thenn the Eiffel Tower in black.  It is mounted on wisteria wonder.  My rich razzlerry card base is dry embossed on the front with the vintage wallpaper folder.  I found a piece of vellum with a sentiment in the center, and plenty of blank space for my banner!  I RARELY stamp on vellum, but adding clear embossing powder to the wet ink and heat setting it makes for an elegant finish.  Finally, I have a polka dot brad and some bakers twine, both in wisteria wonder.

Even though I zoomed through this, I really like the end result.  Hope you do, too!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}