Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunshine for Freshly Made Sketches

It's Wednesday and time for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.   Jen B. is our fabulous hostess this week and she has a great sketch for everyone.  I was happy to have an immediate idea for a card!  It's nice when it works out like that, right?! 

I love anything related to clouds, sunshine, rainbows, etc, so I know my "any shape" was going to be a sun!  I have a great sunshine set from PTI and used a sentiment from that.   The Cloudy Days embossing folders is a total keeper for me, retired or not!   I used my Aquapainter to color in the clouds with a bit of Smoky Slate.   I don't know if I like that exactly, but it was so stark just to leave it all white.  

We took Laila to the zoo last week and she had a blast.  I don't know if she loved the animals, but she LOVED being able to walk around.  She wouldn't ride in the wagon much at all.  She's determined to walk everywhere now and does not want to ride.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stampin' Up! Simply Sketched

I thought I'd share a card we are making at my techniques class later this month.  It's a new technique to me called acrylic batik and this was my first attempt.   I think I need a bit more practice, but I like it!    I left the card pretty simple since the focus is more on learning the technique.

Laila got to have her first ice cream cone last week!   She thought it was yummy.  She really didn't eat much of it, but I think she enjoyed what she did eat.  That makes me happy.  :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stampin' Up! Floral Fusion

Time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Cindy H at Pretty Impact is our hostess this week and has a great sketch for everyone.  I had a few ideas, but chose this one to use the Floral Fusion die that I finally remembered to order.  When it is on the retirement list, you can thank me.   lol   I probably should have used a different idea because I messed this one up three times before I finally got something together.  I had to do the 3rd attempt at the kitchen table while Laila colored. Nap time only lasted long enough to screw it up twice. ;)  

Isn't that a great sketch?  For my second attempt I had it flipped horizontally, but decided to go back to vertical.   I think I need to try the horizontal one again when I get a chance.  I love sketches that you can easily flip around.  I also used the colors at colourQ for my card.  

I don't have Cool Caribbean, so I substituted Coastal Cabana.   I wasn't sure if it or Pool Party was the closest, so I just picked the one that I came to in the scrap bin first.  

Laila and I went shopping yesterday and she found some super cool glasses.   We just had to buy them and now she doesn't want to take them off!  In other news, she peed in the potty again yesterday.  It's only the third time in probably a month, but she's asking to go.  I think she just likes to read Martha Stewart Living, but hey, it's a start!  Ha! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stamp Review Crew Oh Hello Edition

It's time for a new hop of the Stamp Review Crew!  This time we are featuring Oh, Hello.  Remember if you get lost at any point, you can always go to the main landing page here.   (My post is going to be short and sweet.  The charger for my laptop is broken and I have very little battery left.  YIKES!)

For my first project I did a simple card with a watercolor wash.  I used the chevron stamp to make a couple of banners and embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.   I used the Aquapainter for both the watercolor wash and for the splatters of black.   Candy dots, baker's twine, and a button for a bit of embellishment and DONE! 

For my second project I wanted to do something bright and cheery.   I used the fun colors at Dynamic Duos and some funky chevron designer paper to really make it fun!   I also used the sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.  Framelits and my Stamp-a-ma-jig were my friends for this one! :)  

Two very different cards with the same set!  Fun, huh?!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Pumpkin

I have been working hard trying to clean and purge my stamp room this week, but I finally decided to stamp in the middle of the madness.  :)   I wanted to play along with the new Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Colour Me challenge.    I'm always up for any excuse to use the Pumpkin Pie satin ribbon.  It is so gorgeous!  

I added a little sparkle to the "you" with my new Wink of Stella pen.   The splotches were made with a paintbrush and gesso colored with a bit of reinker.  

 Nutella mustache! :-)  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stampin' Up! Branch Out

It's Wednesday and you know what that means!  Freshly Made Sketches!  Yay!  The amazing Linda is our hostess this time.  I just adore her and I hope she feels the same (and forgives me for messing up the sketch!).  lol    Laila has something going on lately and just does NOT want to nap.  I was behind and had to throw together a card in about 30 minutes yesterday.  This was the end result and it's a bit off from the sketch.  I should have looked again before I stamped, but the time was short and it is what it is...  :)

See?  My card is a bit off.   I hope it's close enough to pass.  When you add in a toddler, I think close is good.  I'm going with that anyway!  :)  

She managed to rub a lot of food into her hair at dinner yesterday.  Hot mess! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wednesday Stamp Club

I can't believe I finally have something to post.  I have been so blah all weekend and haven't stamped much at all.  I had big plans going in about all these cards I wanted to make and then NOTHING.  I tried stamping yesterday and messed up some paper and quit.  Then today I just wasn't motivated to go back at all.  I decided to go back in and try one last time to get this card finished up and here's what I ended up with.  It wasn't what I had in mind when I went to make it, so I'm not sure about it.  I did use my much neglected Cameo at least.   :-)   This is for the awesome sketch at the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club.  

I'm so worn out from staying up to watch some of the March Madness games, so I'm hoping for an early bedtime tonight.   *yawn*  I'll try to catch The Walking Dead with Jason and then crash out.  

On Friday we got Laila a little table and chairs from IKEA.  She seems to like it so far, so yay!  

Before I sign off, I wanted to make sure everyone knew that Sale-a-Bration is almost over.  It ends tomorrow and so does our current quarter at Stampin' Up!   If anyone needs anything at all, please consider dropping by my online store.   I need another $50 in sales for the quarter and that's just enough to earn a free item for Sale-a-Bration!   Perfect!