Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, June 2, 2017

Challenging Friday

Hello, and Happy Friday!!

Once again, it has been a while since I have been here.  Still trying to get out of a rut.  I had a good friend visit last weekend who gave me some encouragement.  While I may be far behind in many projects for home and church, I just need to take small steps in order to catch up.  (That's my free advice for the day!  Haha!)

Today, I have cards for a couple of challenges.  One is the sketch challenge from The Paper Players.  A while back, I was going through a box of supplies.  I quickly realized they were items I received in a swap.  Among them was a small stack of positively luscious pattern  paper in earthy tones that are right up my alley.  I must have set them aside to plan a big project.  Alas, that didn't happen, so I finally put them to use this week.  Because the patters are so pretty, I thought they would be perfect with this clean sketch.  My card base is crumb cake; the sentiment is from SU's "So Sorry," stamped in early espresso and baja breeze on a large scallop circle.  Espresso satin ribbon is used for the horizontal layer.  I have 3 friends from my diocesan group who each lost a brother in the last few weeks.  This was a quick way to get sympathy cards done.  I hope to make more this weekend, so I have them on hand.

The other card is for today's Free4All challenge, Machines and Tools, on SCS.  It works well for a masculine card, and I needed something for my dear hubby.  As I mentioned, I have been going through a rough phase, and my husband has been so wonderful and patient!  Add to that, he is a mechanic for the local Quaker oats plant...fixing machines that make and package Chewy granola bars, Honey O's cereal, and Aunt Jemima pancake mix.  Today's theme has his name written all over it!  Somewhere in my mess, I have some gears to add to my cards, but I couldn't find them.  Fortunately, I had this small Tim Holtz embossing folder, and sponging with early espreso and indigo island inks helps to accent the gears.  I used early espresso, very vanilla card stock, and SU "Soho" dsp.  The sentiment is computer generated using RGB codes I found online. Memory Box brads and Tim Holtz thick twine finish it off.

It feels good to create again; hopefully I will do some more this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, May 15, 2017

Throwing Down some Color, Baby!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I have a couple of cards today for The Color Throwdown blog.  I needed some baby cards, and these soft palettes were a great jumping off point.   I actually set up this post LAST week, thinking I'd get several cards done.  Nope, just one.  But today, I am adding the current challenge just barely before the link-up deadline.  A friend of mine is due to deliver a baby boy by c-section at the end of the month.  The fact that her card is already done is either very funny or downright scary!  I have been behind All. Stinkin'. Year!  Any way, I chose SU's set "Fox and Friends" to make some patterned paper.  The sentiment is long-retired "So Very," also from SU.  I used soft sky, so saffron, smokey slate, and baked brown sugar inks.  A very simple layout with the challenge colors made this a quick card.  Some enamel dots and bakers twine wrap it all up.

This is the first card I made for this post.  I am working on past challenges from The Color Throwdown, and #427 is from the end of January!  I opted for a stamp set that isn't typically my go-to for baby cards:  "Vintage Vogue."  My nephew and his wife just had a baby girl...this card was NOT made in advance!  They actually did not find out the baby's gender until birth.  Rare these days, but I love it!  I chose blushing bride, pool party, and peaar pizzazz inks. The focal point is made with SU's "Baby Prints," outlined with my pear pizzazz marker.  The ribbon is left over from a recent gift (I never throw ribbon away!) and the shimmer enamel dots are from The Paper Studio.  I popped up a sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" as the final detail.

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, May 1, 2017

Colorful Birthdays

Hello Stamping Friends!

Today is a Monday, and very rainy, but I am not feeling down!  That's because it's the first "slow" day I have had in a while.  I've had recent days when I got very little done, but I had so much hanging over my head.  Not today.  

Unless you look at my long list of family members who STILL haven't received their birthday cards!  And so, I am returning to my goal to complete all of the 2017 challenges at The Color Throwdown to help spark my creativity.  (I'm going to post quickly for this week's deadline, then add details later.)  My picture stinks, but I managed to get this linked up on time!  I wish we had more sunshine to go with these pretty spring colors!  My card base is so saffron.  I embossed some certainly celery with the Cuttlebug stylized flower embossing folder.The flowers are from SU's long-retired "Beautiful Life" set, in certainly celery and sweet sugarplum.  I added saffron brads and suede cord I bought in the jewelry making aisle at the local Jo-Ann's. The sentiment is from "On Your Birthday" using a scalloped oval.

This next card is for the very first Color Throwdown of 2017.  I figured I better get a few more done, if I am ever going to catch up!  This is a very simple design:  basic black, whisper white, and melon mambo card stock.  The dsp was on my scrap table; something "Tea"  LOL.  It was from the kiwi kiss days!  I used my butterfly framelits to cut this beauty out, and added SU enamel dots and twine from Jo-Ann's.  The sentiment is from SU's "God's Blessings."   

That's it for tonight.  Now I have to clean up my mess so I can make a new one tomorrow!  

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fresh Binge of Sketches

Hello Stamping Friends!

Today, I have several thank you cards to post.  Over the last couple of months, I have been busy prepping for a diocesan volunteer appreciation event.  It was held last week, and I finally feel like I can breathe!  So many things filled my calendar in March & April, so my stamping suffered a bit.  This weekend, I had fun creating again. Even though these cards are all related to last week's event, it felt like fun, not work.  Since I needed a lot of thank you cards, I decided to use one pack of designer series paper.  With that, I thought it would be fun to binge on some sketches...actually LOTS of sketches!  The clean and simple designs from Freshly Made Sketches provided the perfect solution!  I went to their page of past sketches, and printed off badges for #270-#285!  Since #285 is still current, I am posting that first.   A few of the sketches are off a bit, but that happens when you are trying to make lots of cards in a sitting. Hopefully, I'll finish the other cards tomorrow while hubby is at work. For simplicity, I'll post supplies here, then I'll add photos...

Paper:  SU thick & regular whisper white, SU night of navy, SU Floral Boutique dsp
Ink:  SU night of navy
Stamps:  sentiments from SU "Wetlands," "Very Versatile," "God's Blessings," "So Very Much"
Tools:  word window, decorative label, modern label, heart, scallop trim, flower punches, doily die, dimensionals
Embellies:  SU enamel dots, ribbon from Offray

It's been dark and rainy all weekend, so some of the navy details are hard to see.  All of the cards have a white base, except one.  I goofed, had to cut off the front, then mounted it to a navy base.

I love the hearts on this sketch!

The ribbon cuts off some of this huge sentiment, but with some tweaking, I'll probably make more of these.

It's tough to see the layers with the monochrome, but this is one of my favorites.

I made 2 of these, because I messed up (blurred) my sentiment...twice!  LOL

Another card where the layers are hard to distinguish, but I love this CAS sketch!

Here's the card that ended up on a navy card base.  "One of these things
is not like the other..."

Plus, another blurred sentiment meant I had to pull out my punch for an extra element.  But it's close, right?

Finally, this sketch was turned...for fun!

Whew!   I hope I didn't bore you!  Kudos if you made it all the way through!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, April 17, 2017

Throwing Down Some Color

It has been MONTHS since I have blogged here!  No need to go into the reasons why, but I am happy to get things posted again!    Today I made a card using the most recent Color Throwdown blog challenge, along with a sketch from SCS.  I have other cards to post, but I want to hurry to make the ctd deadline...I'll edit soon!

For several years, I have set a goal to complete all of the challenges from a blog in that particular year, along with one of the weekly SCS challenges.  I decided on The Color Throwdown in January, but I did almost no stamping until March.  And then, it was largely in preparation for Virtual Stamp Night.  Well, today I am doing a bit of catching the stamping and blogging departments.  I needed a sympathy card for a friend, and I really like these soft spring colors.  I paired them with the sketch posted last Wednesday on SCS.  My stamps are from SU's "Bliss" plus "Teeny Tiny Wishes."  I used crisp cantaloupe, so saffron, and pear pizzazz inks along with coordinating card stock.  Twill ribbon, an "Everyday Enchantment" SU brad and SU punches add the details.

Now, to some previous challenges.  I figure if I do 3 or 4 per week, I'll eventually catch up!  This is one of the first CTD challenges of the year.  I actually made this card last month...even mailed it then!  I didn't post, because I was wrapped up in VSN.  I really like the fact that these colors could work for feminine or masculine designs.  My grandson had a birthday last month, and I thought these SU "Extreme Elements" would work for his card.   The drum image and You Rock sentiment are from an old Inkadinkado set; can't remember the name of the set.  I used basic black, marina mist, and daffodil delight card stock and ink.  My diagonal stripe embossing folder goes with the sketch.  An "On Your Birthday" greeting stamped on an oval adds some contrast and enamel dots finish it off.

Here is another early challenge; but I just made this card yesterday!  I needed a (very) belated birthday card for my brother.  I threw this together quickly and started putting it in an envelope when I realized I needed a picture so I could post it.  My husband took the pic with the envelope! Ha!  I gave the card to my brother yesterday and just saw the pic today, so I'm stuck with it.  Good thing I used a vanilla envelope!  I used the very last of my riding hood red card stock, along with very vanilla and basic gray, then added crumb cake with ink.  The images are from SU's "Clockworks" and more "On Your Birthday" words show up today.  The embossing folder is from Darice, and the heavy twine was in the miscellaneous bin last weekend at Jo-Ann's.  Yay for bargains!

Well, it will take me a long time to catch up, and I'm going to be on the road when the new challenge is posted this week.  Nevertheless, I am ready to get back in the groove!  I may just start with posting cards I've already those VSN  cards I mentioned.  We shall see!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, December 16, 2016

I Did It!

Hello, and Happy Friday!!

I am sooooo excited to share a few cards with you today; cards that top off my goal to complete ALL of the 2016 challenges at The Paper Players!!  I started late, since I originally focused on a different blog.  After that blog challenge retired permanently, I switched and even decided to get work on early-month challenges.  I didn't do them in order (not even close!) but I got them done!  Of course, it helped that the talented ladies at The Paper Players are taking the last 2 weeks off for a Christmas break. Here goes...

This first card is for a holiday color challenge, and goes in my stack of Christmas cards.  The picture isn't great, but photographing a white card late at night when I finished this proved to be quite a challenge in itself! I used thick whisper white card stock for the base and top layer, which was embossed with the diagonal stripe folder.  Then, I pulled out my package of glimmer paper, which included several items already cut out: 2 gold ornaments and a silver scalloped piece made with the Tasteful Trim die.  The gold embroidery thread and silver beads are package left, so the brand is a mystery.  I added a Teeny Tiny Wishes greeting on a tiny word window piece for the final detail.  I may make a few more of these this weekend.  Still have many Christmas cards to finish!!  

Next, I am celebrating my great-nieces 4th birthday, which is about 2 weeks away.  This CAS challenge was one I started over the summer; not sure why I didn't get it done.  The blog badge sat in my folder, nagging me to get it done!  I should have finished it, because there was a chance for blog candy!  LOL    Making a birthday card was a nice reprieve from all of the Christmas cards I have been focusing on.  My card base is lovely lilac.  The dp is from DCWV (Nana's Kids); I have had this stack for years!  Lots of sparkle, which doesn't photograph well.  The image is from a swap...also years ago.  I colored it with SU markers.  The greeting is from "On Your Birthday," on a scalloped circle. With all of the sparkle, I opted not to add any embellishments.

Finally, another theme challenge.  When this first was posted, I thought I had nothing that would fit the theme.  In reality, I had a few items; a stamp or two, certainly some designer paper...but I used my initial thought as an excuse to SHOP!  I purchased this amazing silhouette set, "Ride 'em Cowboy," from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Again, I needed a birthday card, and I have a brother-in-law in Arizona.  He's not a cowboy, but I think he will like this.  The card base is cajun craze.  I used the direct-to-paper technique for the sky with rose red, cajun craze, crushed curry, marina mist, perfect plum and midnight muse inks, then sponged the edges.  This technique is trickier than I expected, but the random splotches kinda work, I think.  The main image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo black, and the coordinating greeting in midnight muse (though it looks lighter.)  I added some twine, striped dp, and enamel dots for the final look.  

That's it...ta-dah!  It has been lots of fun to work on this blog challenge goal.  I have a couple of blogs I am considering for 2017...stay tuned!  In the meantime, I have been busy prepping for Virtual Stamp Night, which is TONIGHT and TOMORROW!  As a hostess, I started making cards already so I can surf the galleries and comment on everyone's cards.  I hope you join me and the other VSN hostesses!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, December 12, 2016

Featured Stamper Time!

Hello Stamping Friends!

If you have been following my blog at all, you know I have been busy catching up on the 2016 challenges at The Paper Players.  But the other half of my stamping goal is to complete all of the 2016 Featured Stamper challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  Honestly, before this past Sunday, I had only done 15 so far!  Yikes!  I probably won't be able to catch up,, but I'll see what I can do.

I decided to make a Christmas card each of these challenges, since I still need a lot of Christmas cards.  A few will be worth duplicating later on to help build up my stash.  I completed the four most recent Featured Stampers, along with the three oldest challenges that I had skipped.  Busy busy!  Here we go...

This week's Featured Stamper is Mary, aka octoberbabe.  I see her quite often in the gallery, including Virtual Stamp Night challenges.  I chose to CASE this card.  I kept the lost lagoon, even embossing it with the World Traveler folder.  I added a strip of All is Calm dsp.  The base and circle are brushed silver.  The sentiment is from "Greetings of the Season," stamped in pear pizzazz on a decorative label.  The image is from "Miracle of Christmas," stamped in lost lagoon.  The ribbon is from a gift I received a while back, because I always reuse my ribbons!

Last week featured another stamper I often see around VSN, Shannon, aka scrapaholic007.  I chose this Christmas card to CASE.  I used the thick whisper white for the base and image panel.  Using SU's "Work of Art," I stamped the background in sahara sand, marina mist, night of navy, rich razzleberry, and crushed curry.  The image is from "Come to Bethlehem," in tuxedo black...except the star, which was inked with versamark and heat embossed in silver.  I added a rhinestone for extra sparkle.  The greeting is from the same set, stamped in midnight muse.  

I spotted this card on the day Jan, aka Precious Kitty, was featured, and knew I wanted to CASE it.  I had to look quite a while to find this Sizzix die from SU, which I bought just before it retired.  I had not used it yet, but I plan on making a dozen of these!  I printed sheet music for "Joy to the World" on very vanilla card stock, and sponged the edges with crumb cake ink.  The card base is always artichoke, and the dsp is "Deck the Halls" from SU, slightly distressed.  The sentiment is from "Greetings of the Season" stamped in cherry cobbler and punched with a scallop circle.  Scrunched artichoke seam binding finishes it off.

Next, I chose THIS card from MommaPatti's gallery.  I kept a similar color scheme, featured pine trees, a bit of sparkle, and the same sentiment from "The Sounding Joy." (Mine is stamped on vellum and embossed in silver.  My base is pool party. The dsp is retired from a Valentine pack.  I used label framelits to cut out a piece of blushing bride and very vanilla.  The bb is embossed with Divine Swirls folder.  I stamped trees from "Lovely as a Tree" colored with creamy caramel and sage shadow.  I added a bit of dazzling diamonds, which is hard to see, and pleated satin ribbon.

Here is a card CASE'd from Kathy, aka MochaFrap's gallery.  I chose this card.   My dp is from an old stash of Creative Memories paper from my scrapbooking days.  The sentiment is from "Greetings of the Season," stamped in cherry cobbler on very vanilla, matted on always artichoke.  The flowers are made from the 5-petal stamped and a tiny circle stamp, using riding hood red, al;ways artichoke, and crushed curry.  Seam binding wraps it up.

Now, a card for a challenge posted in January!  I chose this card from Michele's (aka Whimsey) gallery.  The image and greeting afe both from Our Daily Bread Designs "Blessed Christmas."  I colored the image with markers, stamped on watercolor paper, and spritzed with water.  After cutting it out with the label framelit, I sponged with crumb cake ink.  The card base is early espresso, dsp is "Deck the Halls," and accessories are enamel dots, satin ribbon, and crochet trim.  

Finally, here is another card, this time featuring Minnur's gallery, CASE-ing this project.  I kept the tree theme, again using "Lovely as a Tree."  I used always artichoke, very vanilla, chocolate chip, and cherry cobbler card stock.  My accessories are the SU wood grain embossing folder and non-SU enamel dots.  Another "Greetings of the Season" is featured in this simple design.  I almost forgot...I also added some dazzling details.  A bit less messy than the dazzling diamonds! 

Of course, I still have a lot to do in a short time.  Stay tuned to see how many challenges I complete!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}