Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, October 28, 2016

Playing with Paper Spice Cake

Happy Friday, my friends!!

I am continuing to work on my goal to complete the 2016 challenges at The Paper Players.  I made a card for this week's sketch, as well as a sketch I missed a while back.

I used SU's retired DSP, "Spice Cake," which is one of my favorites.  This week's sketch is clean and very versatile.  My card base is pool party, and I added a layer that is dry embossed with the "Vintage Wallpaper" folder.  The leafy stamps are from "Pocket Silhouettes" stamped on a scallop circle. The sentiment is from "Happiest Birthday Wishes."  I used more mustard, soft suede, pear pizzazz and pool party inks.  I added early espresso satin ribbon and suede brads as the final touches.

Next, a card that I made quickly earlier this week and mailed immediately!  I needed a birthday card for one of my many sisters-in-law.  This sketch helped me create something in a hurry.  The photo was taken in the late afternoon sunlight before I had to stick this in the mail...which I caught with just minutes to spare!  The card base is soft suede, and again, I used "Spice Cake" dsp.  The sentiment is from "Suite Sayings," stamped in more mustard.  Espresso brads and thick bakers twine finish it off.

My final card was made from various supplies on my desk after I finished the other 2.  No challenges involved, except to use my stash!  The sentiment is from Stampabilities, stamped on an oval made with my Sizzix die.  The "Vintage Wallpaper" embossing folder was used again, as well as seam binding.  I think I will make a few more cards this afternoon, before watching the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series tonight!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, October 21, 2016

I'm Back Playing with Paper

Howdy Strangers!!
On Sunday, I spent time trying to catch up my card making.  I should have posted these cards earlier, but I was really hoping to make one more for a past Paper Players challenge from early in the year.  As of this moment, that hasn't happened, so I am going to quickly post these cards so I can upload the current card before the Challenge deadline.  I'll have to edit the post this afternoon.  Even my photos aren't edited yet!  All fixed now. I am sooooooooooo far behind!

This was super quick for the challenge posted on Sunday at The Paper Players.  My leaves had been die cut and dry embossed before for a different card, but were leftover.  I love being able to pull out items from my stash!  My card base is cajun craze.  I have a layer of Comfort Cafe dsp, plus a layer of very vanilla.  The sentiment is from SU's "Wetlands".  I added garden green brads, and some non-SU bakers twine.  The leaves were cut with the retired Sizzix Leaves #2 die, in cajun craze, crushed curry, and garden green, embossed with the wood grain folder.

This card is for the FIRST Paper Players challenge of 2016!  At the start of the year, my blog challenge goal was to complete everything from The Friday Mashup.  After that blog retired, I switched to The Paper Players.  I have gradually worked on catching up (though I fell back behind this fall.)  I needed a special card for a special lady's 100th birthday.  She likes red, so I used real red card stock and satin ribbon.  The velvety pattern paper is SU's "Mocha Morning."  On a die cut framelit, I stamped the sentiment from SU's "Memorable Moments."  I added a scattering of gems from Recollections.  

I combined this Paper Player challenge with last week's Color Challenge at SCS.  I used a confetti white card base.  Using a Cuttlebug heart folder, I dry embossed a piece of sahara sand and strawberry slush.  I stamped the flourish from SU's "Baroque Motifs" in crumb cake.  The sentiment is from the same set.  After sponging with sahara sand and crumb cake, I added a bright heart from "Work of Art."  The ruffled ribbon adds the final girly touch.

This one was lots of fun.  I had some summer starfruit card stock out, since it goes with my Comfort Cafe dsp.  But I set the dsp aside, and opted to use basic gray and strawberry slush for a different look.  The sunbeams are from a Tim Holtz stencil.  I added rain drops and tiny hearts, pljs a sentiment from SU's "Rain or Shine."  The heart is dry embossed with the Cloudy Day folder, and placed over gray bakers twine.

This sketch gets a bit lost in the pattern paper, but I still like the final product.  The card base is cajun craze.  I used Comfort Cafe dsp for the full layer, large circle, and butterfly.  On a scalloped circle, I stamped the large F (from "Vintage Vogue") in summer starfruit, then used my cajun craze marker to add contrast. A cajun craze brad and pool party thick bakers twine finish this off.

It feels great to stamp and blog again.  It also feels good to work on my stamping goals.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paisley Set

Hello, and Happy Monday!

I had grandiose plans for Saturday, which was World Card Making Day.  Usually, I am out of town on the 1st Saturday of the month, but there was a change in plans, so I thought "I'll stamp all day."  Instead, I ended up working on my speaker blog posts, since I have 2 presentations later this month.  (It's Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month, so I shared some thoughts here.) BUT, I did manage to make 4 cards, then 2 more yesterday.

My first card uses the Freshly Made Sketches challenge seen here.  I had only glanced at my reminder email, knowing I needed a pennant.  Now I see it is lower than the top of the card.  Oh well...I'm happy with the results any way!  As I look at this, I realize I still need to finish off the inside of these cards before I mail them.

The second card uses a SCS sketch found here.  It's definitely modified because of the size of that quote.  In addition to WCMD, Saturday was the Feast of St Therese of Lisieux.  She's a "rock star" among Saints in the Catholic Church, known for her "Little Way."  Mother Teresa's (now St. Teresa of Calcutta) quote here is actually inspired by Therese, so I thought it was a perfect day to bring out this stamp.

Each feature "Paisley Petals," like my header on this blog!  One of my favorite ways of using a lot of dsp (especially if I have been hoarding it for a long time) is to use sketch challenges.  I only did that with 2 of the cards; the others were made with no challenges.

The materials are as follows:

  • Card stock: river rock, bravo burgundy, not quite navy, whisper white, and very vanilla
  • Ink: not quite navy, river rock
  • Stamps: Stampabilities (Praying), Mother Teresa quote from a big box store, unmarked
  • Embellishments: bakers twine, enamel dots, brads, twill ribbon, taffeta ribbon 
  • Tools: Beautiful Wings embosslits, scallop circle punch, Vintage wallpaper embossing folder

While I didn't stamp as much as I thought I would this weekend, I am very happy with the cards I did complete. Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}