Hello Stamping Friends!
It has been a long time since I have been here. Thanks to the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoaststampers, I am rediscovering some mojo! I made all 5 of Saturday's challenges that day, but didn't stamp at all Sunday. I have made a few cards each day since. I am hoping to complete all of the challenges; something I have never done before. In addition to DTGD challenges, I am using this week to catch up on a boatload of (late) birthday cards and color palettes from The Color Throwdown (my personal 2017 blog challenge). I will also be working on sympathy and praying for you cards. My stash needs a boost! I had started this post on Saturday, with last week's challenge, but forgot to finish the post before the Monday challenge. So, I decided to do this week's throwdown and add a big batch of other ones! Now, in case you don't know, the DTGD challenges are just for Fan Club members, so I can't say what those challenges were.
This week's Color Throwdown is a subtle palette, perfect for a get well card. A friend of mine had surgery, and is having complications. I thought she could use a boost. I used crumb cake, whisper white, and kiwi kiss, plus a touch of basic black. The stamps used are SU's "French Foliage" and a sentiment from Stampabilities. Striped ribbon, enamel dots and the SU Urban Vine embossing folder add texture.
Next, the card for last week's Throwdown has yummy summer colors. I pulled out one of my oldest stamp sets, SU "Fanciful Flowers." After clear embossing, I sponged with rose red, pear pizzazz, and daffodil delight ink.The butterfly was in my stash of die cuts, in strawberry slush. The sentiment is from "On Your Birthday." An enamel dot and polka dot ribbon finish it off.
This card uses a mystery stamp. One of my nieces gave it to me for Christmas. I had not used it, but my grand-daughters did back in February. The package is gone; I only have the acetate cover. Any way, I don't do fine detail coloring well, so I did a watercolor wash. I just loved this palette for a summer bouquet! My ink colors are real red, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, and bermuda bay. I added texture with dry embossing on the daffodil layer. I(f I wasn't so busy making so many cards, I think I would have heat embossed the image in black to make it crisper. But that idea will wait for another day. The sentiment is from SU's "Wetlands," stamped on a decorative label. Seam binding and enamel dots add the final touch.
Many people have this crazy bird set from Tim Holtz; I just bought it last month at the local Jo-Ann's. It finally came out of the package! I colored it very simply with markers in crushed curry, pacific point, and cherry cobbler. The background is made with the accompanying Tim Holtz stencil. I wanted my bird to say something, so I used a word bubble (reversed, so it faces his beak) with a greeting from SU's "Just Sayin'." Enamel dots wrap it up.
Now for a non-birthday card. I need cards to send to my guy friends, and this palette works well. I used baja breeze, not quite navy, and whisper white card stock. NQN, baja breeze, crumb cake, and kiwi kiss ink were used with SU's "Clockworks" to make my own dp, plus a greeting from "Whimsical Words." Some striped ribbon and burlap trim add finishing texture.
Sometimes, a card design gets carried away. This would be one of them! Too many shapes, in my opinion! Any way, on a night of navy base, I have a vintage wallpaper embossed layer of white. I created a background with navy, blushing bride, and both gold ink and gold (messy!) glitter. I cut it out with a SU framelit. The image is colored with markers; a favorite from SU's "Forever Friends" and the sentiment is from "Sincere Salutations." Various punches, pleated satin ribbon, and an enamel heart add to the busy design.
Another messy card is next...this one was fun! I made my background on watercolor paper, using real reed, elegant eggplant, and daffodil delight inks. My sentiment is from SU's "Happiest Birthday Wishes," colored with those same colors, plus pumpkin pie. My purple flower is from an old swap. I added non-SU gems, plus scrunched daffodil satin ribbon.
Finally, since I had my gold glitter out, I decided to complete this other Color Throwdown challenge. I think I will be cleaning up glitter for months! I made my background using tissue with gumball green and basic black, plus some gold. The sentiment is from "Delightful Dozen" stamped over a blob from "Extreme Elements." A touch of gold cord finishes it off.
Whew! I have a few other DTGD cards completed. but they don't incorporate any color throwdowns. I have quite a few more to do if I am going to catch up with my goal. Could be fun to see how far I get! Thanks for stopping by!