Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fresh Binge of Sketches

Hello Stamping Friends!

Today, I have several thank you cards to post.  Over the last couple of months, I have been busy prepping for a diocesan volunteer appreciation event.  It was held last week, and I finally feel like I can breathe!  So many things filled my calendar in March & April, so my stamping suffered a bit.  This weekend, I had fun creating again. Even though these cards are all related to last week's event, it felt like fun, not work.  Since I needed a lot of thank you cards, I decided to use one pack of designer series paper.  With that, I thought it would be fun to binge on some sketches...actually LOTS of sketches!  The clean and simple designs from Freshly Made Sketches provided the perfect solution!  I went to their page of past sketches, and printed off badges for #270-#285!  Since #285 is still current, I am posting that first.   A few of the sketches are off a bit, but that happens when you are trying to make lots of cards in a sitting. Hopefully, I'll finish the other cards tomorrow while hubby is at work. For simplicity, I'll post supplies here, then I'll add photos...

Paper:  SU thick & regular whisper white, SU night of navy, SU Floral Boutique dsp
Ink:  SU night of navy
Stamps:  sentiments from SU "Wetlands," "Very Versatile," "God's Blessings," "So Very Much"
Tools:  word window, decorative label, modern label, heart, scallop trim, flower punches, doily die, dimensionals
Embellies:  SU enamel dots, ribbon from Offray

It's been dark and rainy all weekend, so some of the navy details are hard to see.  All of the cards have a white base, except one.  I goofed, had to cut off the front, then mounted it to a navy base.

I love the hearts on this sketch!

The ribbon cuts off some of this huge sentiment, but with some tweaking, I'll probably make more of these.

It's tough to see the layers with the monochrome, but this is one of my favorites.

I made 2 of these, because I messed up (blurred) my sentiment...twice!  LOL

Another card where the layers are hard to distinguish, but I love this CAS sketch!

Here's the card that ended up on a navy card base.  "One of these things
is not like the other..."

Plus, another blurred sentiment meant I had to pull out my punch for an extra element.  But it's close, right?

Finally, this sketch was turned...for fun!

Whew!   I hope I didn't bore you!  Kudos if you made it all the way through!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, April 17, 2017

Throwing Down Some Color

It has been MONTHS since I have blogged here!  No need to go into the reasons why, but I am happy to get things posted again!    Today I made a card using the most recent Color Throwdown blog challenge, along with a sketch from SCS.  I have other cards to post, but I want to hurry to make the ctd deadline...I'll edit soon!

For several years, I have set a goal to complete all of the challenges from a blog in that particular year, along with one of the weekly SCS challenges.  I decided on The Color Throwdown in January, but I did almost no stamping until March.  And then, it was largely in preparation for Virtual Stamp Night.  Well, today I am doing a bit of catching the stamping and blogging departments.  I needed a sympathy card for a friend, and I really like these soft spring colors.  I paired them with the sketch posted last Wednesday on SCS.  My stamps are from SU's "Bliss" plus "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  I used crisp cantaloupe, so saffron, and pear pizzazz inks along with coordinating card stock.  Twill ribbon, an "Everyday Enchantment" SU brad and SU punches add the details.

Now, to some previous challenges.  I figure if I do 3 or 4 per week, I'll eventually catch up!  This is one of the first CTD challenges of the year.  I actually made this card last month...even mailed it then!  I didn't post, because I was wrapped up in VSN.  I really like the fact that these colors could work for feminine or masculine designs.  My grandson had a birthday last month, and I thought these SU "Extreme Elements" would work for his card.   The drum image and You Rock sentiment are from an old Inkadinkado set; can't remember the name of the set.  I used basic black, marina mist, and daffodil delight card stock and ink.  My diagonal stripe embossing folder goes with the sketch.  An "On Your Birthday" greeting stamped on an oval adds some contrast and enamel dots finish it off.

Here is another early challenge; but I just made this card yesterday!  I needed a (very) belated birthday card for my brother.  I threw this together quickly and started putting it in an envelope when I realized I needed a picture so I could post it.  My husband took the pic with the envelope! Ha!  I gave the card to my brother yesterday and just saw the pic today, so I'm stuck with it.  Good thing I used a vanilla envelope!  I used the very last of my riding hood red card stock, along with very vanilla and basic gray, then added crumb cake with ink.  The images are from SU's "Clockworks" and more "On Your Birthday" words show up today.  The embossing folder is from Darice, and the heavy twine was in the miscellaneous bin last weekend at Jo-Ann's.  Yay for bargains!

Well, it will take me a long time to catch up, and I'm going to be on the road when the new challenge is posted this week.  Nevertheless, I am ready to get back in the groove!  I may just start with posting cards I've already those VSN  cards I mentioned.  We shall see!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}