Thursday, August 23, 2018

July 2018 Color Challenge

A Color Challenge Good Enough to Eat!

June was British, but July is distinctly American!  What do you think about in the summer?  I think about gardens, farmers' markets, homemade ice cream, pies, corn on the cob, and cook outs!  This challenge has the some of the best parts of those.  Behold...the July Challenge!

Strawberries, blueberries, and red gingham... don't those just say picnic to you? They do to me.  Of course, it's usually too hot for a picnic in July.😊  We had some great entries in July and I couldn't pick just one, so I decided to feature them all!

Karen Day submitted this one before her great RV track across the
country with her entire family!  I love the brusho background and the red flowers.
And the Night of Navy gingham is my absolute favorite!
Great Job, Karen!

Look at this beautiful card made by Audra!  I love these red sunflowers!
Her card is Mint Macaron, and I think she's using the Night of Navy piece
 of the Artistic Expression DSP.  And more of my favorite ribbon!
Gorgeous Card, Audra!!
Kay Cogbill actually played along on this challenge!  This is a lovely, simple card
and would be great in a class!  Her card base is Mint Macaron, her boats are Real Red
and Night of Navy, and her ribbon is Real Red.
Nice card, Queenie!
And last, but not least, here's my card.  My mint macaron is the hand stamped
gingham paper behind the red ribbon.  It's prettier than it looks because
I ended up covering most of it up.  I watercolored some shimmery white paper
with Night of Navy ink, let it dry, and then stamped the jars on it before cutting them out
with the framelit and my big shot. I stamped the brushes and colored them with Stampin'
Write Markers.  This was a fun card to make.

Happy Summer Everyone, I hope you're enjoying the color challenges!

Joyful Stamping,

June 2018 Color Challenge

Papermadeprettier Color Challenge
June 2018

Kay and I have been cooking up something new!  We have a Business Challenge and a Creative Challenge that are both tied into the team meeting and prizes and that are really contests.  We wanted to create something fun that everyone could do.  Something that let the hobbyists and those that are building a business could all have a fun competition with each other on equal footing.  Kay and I talked about it and then she kind of set me free to build it and run it.  We agreed that we wouldn't hold everyone to current products only, but that there wouldn't be prizes...well besides the prize of being featured on my fabulous blog!  And with no further ado, here is the first of the Papermadeprettier Color Challenge!

June 2018 Featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
on the Occasion of the Wedding of her Grandson 
HRH Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle

Thanks Kylie for permission to use this!
I think that people weren't ready for this color challenge!  There were two entries in June, so I'm featuring both of them.  Sheri Simons and Virginia Porta both made cards using these colors.
Sheri Simons used Gorgeous Grape patterned DSP as her background,
Lemon Lime Twist for the flowers, and stamped in Mossy Meadow!
Nice job, Sheri!

Virginia, made a flower using the the Eastern Palace thinlits and Lemon Lime Twist
and Gorgeous Grape Cardstock.  Her background paper and her stamping are both
Mossy Meadow.   Lovely Card, Virginia!
Thanks to Sheri and Virginia to kicking us off in June and getting things rolling.  And thank you to Kay for letting me have fun with this color challenge!  I've always wanted to have a color challenge and I appreciate her indulging me!

Joyful Stamping,

What a Summer!

Kidney Stones Anyone?

No?  I didn't think I'd have any takers! Between my Frozen Shoulder, my toenail surgery, and my kidney stone triplets, it's been one heck of a summer at my house! However, it hasn't all been can get some good crafting done in bed!

Let me show you the wonders that I created while confined to bed...doesn't that sound delightfully Victorian? If only I had had some bed jackets to wear!

I made these two because I love this stamp set so much! I have already used the cake in class, but I wanted to play around with some of the other parts.  I love the flower patterned skirt, don't you? I used the Thank You card in class, and while a friend wanted to come but couldn't she did end up commissioning 10 cards from me!

We also made this lovely card in class.  It was fun to color that dove green!  I used an assortment of paper from a couple of different sets of DSP on this card, and actually ended up stamping the bottom piece of Soft Sea Foam to get the look I wanted.

I have a Technique Class on the first Tuesday of each month, it's aptly named, Technique Tuesday (how delightfully clever of me)!  This was the first class of the new semester; in this class I taught them how to make "black magic" cards.  I was actually working on the bases of these when my second kidney stone started its "great escape".  Good memories. LOL

Look at these adorable Santas!  How cute are they??  I colored them with blends while I was drugged in bed with the last of the kidney triplets making his trip to freedom!  I hurriedly stamped them before the pain got too bad so I would have something to do in bed...because I knew there was no way that I would be able to read on the pain meds!

And last but not least, here is a one-sheet wonder scrapbook!  I love this little thing so much.  
It takes about 1 1/3 sheets of 12X12 DSP and 1/2 to 1 sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock.
These are so much fun to make and are deceptively simple.  How fun would these be as gift card holders?  A few fun pictures, some decorations, and then gift cards in the pockets? These would be perfect if you were traveling for the Holidays.

I'm traveling to visit friends this weekend.  They just moved to a new home in Philadelphia (Patriotic  stuff here I come!).  For their upcoming fifth anniversary, I am getting them started on a Memories and More album of their first year living in Seattle. They've been missing their friends, and this is a fast, easy way to get photos off of phones, out of dropbox and wherever else and into photo into an album for sharing and enjoying.  I'll share some pictures soon.

Joyful Stamping,