Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, March 25, 2019

Bright Color Throwdown

  I am posting a card I made last Wednesday for the Sketch challenge on SCS, along with  the Color Throwdown for the week.  I am finally posting here; still getting acclimated to my blog again.  The first card I made used vanilla instead of white, and the sketch wasn't quite right.  (It was also combined with a recent SCS Inspiration challenge.)  So I made a second card which I am much happier with.  The colors definitely look brighter on white!  I used very old SU stamps - "Three Little Words" and "Define Your Life." The card base is the thick style of whisper white.  I used daffodil delight pattern paper for the large layer, and a strip of real red pattern paper (from an old hostess 6x6 stack!) for the narrow strip.  Using real red and pear pizzazz markers, I colored the tulip and stamped three times on the oval die cut.  A scrap of certainly celery is finally used up as a matte for the sentiment stamped in pear pizzazz. Red enamel hearts are the finishing elements.  Feels Like spring!  

Here's my other card, which I still haven't uploaded to my gallery yet.  I looked on the Inspiration site, and found this item with lots of red.  That's why I chose it for the color throwdown, but it just didn't work for me.  Not a bad card, just didn't feel like the best fit for the challenges.  The feathers weren't showing up enough, especially in the lighter yellow and green colors.  Great excuse to make that other card!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spring Virtual Stamp Night!

Hello Friends!

I am finally posting my Mini VSN cards here.  The Mini took place on March 8th, but there is actually still time to play!  Misti, Lee, and I give out "VSN Virtuoso" prizes for people who complete ALL of the challenges.  Since some people come by later, we don't want to punish them for missing the Mini.  But you have to upload your Mini projects by Thursday April 11th.  The Main VSN kicks off Friday April 12, and continues Saturday the 13th.  Our theme is "From Here to There," and you can come and chat about it HERE.

I hosted the first challenge, "Traveling Ink."  I challenged people to use the Rolling Marble Background technique, and I was thrilled to hear how much fun everyone had!  I used regal rose, lovely lilac, and lucky limeade for my backgrounds.  Cutting a full sheet of whisper white in quarters, it took me less than 10 minutes (easily) to make the backgrounds.  Then I had fun picking various stamps to complete four different cards.  The one with the bird features "Elements of Style."  The bicycle card features an image from Stampabilities.  The big prima-like flowers have been in my stash for years, as well as the big yellow brads.  That card will need extra postage! The card with the ruched ribbon is my favorite.  I colored white ribbon with markers and used my heat tool to scrunch it up.  Fun color and texture!  The stamps are from "Just Believe."


Next, Misti gave us an inspiration challenge, with photos of travel ready snacks.  Instead of picking ine snack, I just went with the image of compartments and colors.  I used lots of old 6x6 pattern paper from SU!  My elephant is an old SU image, but I don't know the set, since it is in a box of random stamps.

Finally, Lee had us use Arrows on our cards.  I only have one stamp with an arrow (from SU's Word Play), so I added some by using the photo corner punch.  A local high school has blue and gold for its colors, so this will make a nice graduation card.
I am looking forward to the big event in April!  Hope to get started on samples this weekend.  Mark your calendars for April 12 & 13!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Natural Touch

  Hello Stamping Friends!

Check it second post this week!  Ha!  I made THREE cards yesterday, already uploaded to my SCS gallery, and now I am here.  What's up?  Well, yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and as part of my Lenten commitments I am reducing my time on Facebook and cutting out silly computer games.  I want to create more cards, and stamp more consistently.  I am also going to read more, and pray more.  Whether or not I'll blog more is yet to be seen!

My first card is for the Clean & Simple challenge over at SCS, to use an element three times in a row.  Using a beloved and long-retired SU set, "Touch of Nature," I stamped three butterflies using smoky slate, wisteria wonder and elegant eggplant.  I stamped the foliage around the edge in crumb cake.  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday."  I never would have considered these colors together, but The Color Throwdown couldn't be ignore!  The stamped panel is on a dry embossed whisper white layer; I can't remember the name of the embossing folder.  I added gingham ribbon, but I really should stay away from bows!  I couldn't get it to lay right, especially for a picture.  LOL  All of this is on an elegant eggplant card base.

My next card is for Tuesday's Color Challenge at SCS, using granny apple green, so saffron, pool party, and melon mambo.  I don't have the new green, but used lucky limeade.  The flower is from "Touch of Nature" and the sentiment is from "Sincere Salutations"  I originally planned this for the # in a Row CAS challenge, but it's not very CAS.  I doodled and sponged the grass.  The butterfly was in my little bag of die cuts, and the enamel dots and seam binding are where I added the pool party.

Finally, yesterday's Sketch at SCS is great for using coordinating pattern paper.  My card features Venetian Romance dsp, which has a lot of pistachio pudding & crisp cantaloupe.  I am purging about half of my SU inks, and those two are on the cutting block.  Before they go, I am trying to use up card stock, ribbon, and dsp.  By the time I'm done, I'll either be thrilled I'm getting rid of it, or I'll decide to keep it anyway!  LOL  Once again, I used "Touch of Nature" and "On your Birthday" stamps.  Ruffled ribbon and enamel dots pull it all together.

That's it for today.  Tomorrow night is the SCS Mini Virtual Stamp Night, and I am hosting the first challenge!  I made samples for my cards, but I need to finish samples for Misti & Lee's challenges.  Hopefully, I'll post them all tomorrow night or Saturday.  Less Facebook, more stamping...this will be great!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hello Spring?

Quick post today, because I almost forgot to post this card, and the blog deadline is looming upon me! 

Friday's Free 4 All Challenge on Splitcoaststampers was all about spring.  Many of us are longing for it, especially as we get ore snow!  I decided to check out the palette for the week on The Color Throwdown, and it is perfect for a springtime card! 

I chose crumb cake for my card base.  The main panel is some specialty paper from SU; white with embossed patterns, ready for sponging or brayering.  I sponged calypso coral ink all over it, then added wild wasabi to the edges which, of course, turned brown.  I wasn't thrilled, but I kept it.  The stamped images are from SU's "Hello Again" using calypso coral, wild wasabi, crumb cake, and marina mist ink on whisper white, matted in wasabi.  Marina mist satin ribbon and enamel dots finish it off.

It's a bit drab for spring, but as I said in my SCS gallery, early March is usually quite drab in central Illinois!  I'll probably use this palette again, though it won't be on time for the Link-Up.  It's just too pretty not to give it a second shot! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}