Friday, August 30, 2013

True Friend

 This was probably inspired by some sketch challenge a few months back, but since it has been that long since I made it I don't have any clue which one.  It does showcase a few of the new items I have from the current catalog... Epic Day DSP (LOVE this paper!), Feels Good stamp set and the In Color Dahlia layered on a Brushed Bronze button.  Clean and simple.

Are you ready to start thinking fall colors??

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a safe and fabulous Labor Day weekend.  I am hoping to get one last loop around the lake on the skis.
~Kristin

SUO Supplies:
Stamps:  Feels Good
Paper:  Epic Day DSP, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Gumball Green Dahlia, Bushed Bronze button, Dotted scallop trim border punch, Pewter embossing powder

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mosaic Birthday


 A special someone I know is turning 6 soon and rather than forget until the last minute I decided to be on the ball and make her card now!  OK, so my usual sketch-flipping, creative license is in full force on this one considering the given sketch below.  I think you can see how I got from one to the other (if you squint).  Anyway, it was fun AND I got to put my new Mosaic Madness stamp set and coordinating punch to work so there you go.


And true to form, I mixed in some (really) old with the new.  Don't go looking in the SU catalog for the ribbon slide.  It is LONG gone, and the chipboard 6... I have no idea where that even came from.  However, the numbers stamped in the background- those are from a current set (had to look it up to be sure) called Bring on the Cake.  I just did some creative inking by omitting portions of the stamp I didn't want (like the word happy and the other letters).  The Happy Birthday is current too- yippee!  Itty Bitty Banners it is from and it can be cut out with a framelit called Bitty Banners, although I ended up cutting by hand because it slipped (no I don't have the magnetic base yet but here's a good reason why you should.)  
Anyway, here is the cool sketch.  Click on it to be linked back to the original site!  Thanks again for stopping by.  I do have another card to post if I get around to it...  be prepared for some fall colors and some embossing (wet not dry)!  
~Kristin

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake, Mosaic Madness, Itty Bitty Banners
Colors:  Baked Brown Sugar, Raspberry Ripple, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantalope, Whisper White
Accessories:  Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardward (ribbon slide), chipboard, Mosaic punch

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Oh Happy Day!

 Hello again!  Told you I am addicted to ocean-y colors.  Can you blame me?  And look how compliant I am with this sketch today?!  I tend to be a sketch-flipper who takes all kinds of artistic liberties.  Didn't need to this time- I loved it just as is.

 Had to give you two views of this so I could be sure you would see the added sparkle on the flower there... but also because I'm making a serious attempt at improving my photography skills.  I know I'm not there yet, but better is better.
If you are here to find all brand new Stampin' Up! products I'm sorry to disappoint.  I have TONS of old stuff, keep everything (almost) and love to mix it in with whatever I feel like.  However, the things that I used here that are fairly new, if not current are the Big Shot dies:  Apothecary Accents and Adorning Accent edgelits.  Also, Coastal Cabana (of course!) and Pistachio Pudding a few of the awesome new In colors.  However, the stamps (Simply Soft and French Script background) are retired and REALLY retired in that order, and the Baker's Twine is no longer available in Lucky Limeade.  

So tell me, if ocean-y colors are not your thing, how would you describe your go-to palette??  I'd love to hear.  See you tomorrow with something scrumptiously different... think Baked Brown Sugar and Raspberry!

~Kristin

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Simply Soft (retired hostess), French Script background, Bloomin' Marvelous (SAB)
Colors:  Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents framelits, Adorning Accent Edgelits, Baker's Twine, Dazzling Diamonds Detail (glitter glue)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ocean Inspired


 I was recently contacted by a sweet lady who kindly asked if I would consider selling her my Inspired by Nature stamp set (used here).  I gently replied, "um, no."  I must say that Inspired by Nature is one of my all-time favorite sets and I don't intend to ever sell it.   The nice thing about her asking is the reminder to use it.  So, here it is.
 Since the new catalog came out with some changes to Stampin' Up!'s color palette I hadn't yet reorganized my paper.  So, the other day I did just that and found, as always, that COLOR is my favorite aspect of designing and paper crafting.  The colors in this card, from top to bottom are:  Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Old Olive.  These blues and greens are a favorite color palette of mine!  (Check out some jewelry I've made lately with these shades.)

Here is the challenge I decided to join to get me started.  Isn't that lovely?!  

Well, thank you for visiting me today.  If you enjoy these oceany shades stop back again tomorrow for another dose!

~Kristin

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Tiny Tags (sentiment)
Colors:  Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories:  Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, basic rhinestone, jewelry tag punch


Monday, August 26, 2013

Soft & Pretty: just for you

Hey there!  Guess what- took a break from jewelry making for my fingers' sake and decided to dust off some stamps.  So glad I did!  I made 4 cards in the last 2 days.  Sad to say that is a record lately.  So up first...  to get rolling I grabbed the Freshly Made sketch shown below and got to work.  I was in the mood for something soft and pretty and flowery I guess.   Love the look of print for a background, especially when stamped irregularly so not all of the image shows. 

 Thanks for checking it out.  Be back again over the next few days to share the others.  Have a great day!
~Kristin

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies background, By Definition background (really old), Mosaic Madness, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors:  Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantalope, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Accessories:  Fancy Fan embossing folder, Bitty Butterfly punch, Basic Pearls, Blender Pens, Organza Ribbon, Dazzling Details glitter glue