Friday, February 28, 2014

Keepin' It Clean for Fab Friday

Hey there stampers! Is it just me or has this been the longest week? By Tuesday afternoon, I felt like it should have been Friday. Maybe it is because my kids finally had a full week of school (I think this is only the second time that has happened since they returned from Christmas break)! Anyway, whether your week went fast or slow, Friday has finally arrived and it is time for a new challenge from Fab Friday! We have a bright and fun color challenge for you this time.

These colors come straight from the Kaleidoscope DSP in the Occasions catalog, so if you have that paper, the challenge will be nice and easy. If you don't have it, I hope you will not let it keep you from playing along. I do not own this particular DSP. I like it, but it is just a little too bright and the patterns are a little too bold for my style. I had to get creative to make my card, and I will freely admit that it was a little bit of a struggle. So much of a struggle, in fact, that I made three cards before I finally settled on one that I liked! I am not normally a CAS (clean and simple) stamper even though I love that style. I have just never felt that I could pull it off. However, in a moment of sheer desperation to make a card that I was happy with, I decided to try a CAS sketch that I found on Pinterest. To my great surprise, I liked the finished product. Here it is...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Perfect Pennants
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Staz On
Accessories: Butterfly punch, rhinestones (colored with a black Sharpie)

OK, now it is your turn to play along. Come over to Fab Friday and join us! This challenge closes on March 13th. Can't wait to see your creations!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Simply Sketched Sympathy for FabFri35

Hey there! Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that you are not one of the many, many people that are buried under mega amounts of snow (like I am). We got about 12" overnight Wednesday night and another 3" or so during the morning yesterday for a total of 15" by around noon yesterday. Crazy, crazy winter! I'm so ready for spring! How about you?

So, I'm glad that we didn't make any major Valentine's Day plans because we wouldn't have been able to keep them anyway. Valentine's Day is a special day for my hubby and me. We met on a blind date on Valentine's Day in 2000! Nothing like a high pressure first date, right? Cupid must have been smiling on us that day though because here it is fourteen years later and we are still going strong.

Anyway, you did not come to hear about the snow or how I met my husband, you came to see my latest Fab Friday card. We have a sketch this time. Even though it is Valentine's Day, I don't have a valentine to share this time. Sorry about that! Poor planning on my part. I made this card as a possible class card and then decided that my customers probably wouldn't like the watercoloring. I don't find this image particularly easy to color, and I am not very skilled when it comes to watercoloring, but I try. I can't wait for Stampin' Up to release Blendabilities, their new alcohol markers soon. I hope that they will help me hone my skill! Anyway, here is the fun Fab Friday sketch...

And here is my card...
Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sketched, Hello Doily
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, In Color DSP stack
Ink: Basic Gray, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Blender Pen, Pistachio Pudding ruffled ribbon
OK, now it is your turn! Pop on over to Fab Friday and play along with us! I can't wait to see your creations. Also, be sure to visit our newest design team member, Brian King, and give him a big welcome!
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