Friday, August 30, 2013

colourQ challenge #204 (continued)

I finally cleaned our bedroom yesterday (disastrous with 10 generations of dust bunnies!), and I found my SU! catalog from 2011-12. After looking at it for only a few minutes, I found the inspiration for this card - a PERFECT design for colourQ challenge #204! And I pulled out the vintage SU! set Time Well Spent for this project. I really love so many of the older sets and I'm so glad I kept them! Although, I have had to hunt a few down on eBay and they are pricey!! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful long weekend!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

colourQ challenge #204

When I saw the inspiration for this card on Pinterest, I thought it was SO CUTE!! I absolutely love this stamp set from PTI called Heart-2-Heart #1, so I couldn't imagine how my card for this week's colourQ challenge could turn out anything but ADORABLE!! Enter my less-than-stellar execution. All was well until I tried to add that stupid doily, which was HUGE, and I do mean HUGE . . . way too big to even cut down to use on a card, but I did it anyway because that's what I do! I don't have a Concord Crush ink pad, but I do have a marker, so I colored that little coffee cup and stamped on white cardstock. It's not black, I promise! The rest of the madness is fairly self-explanatory. If I find a little more mojo/inspiration later in the week, I may try this challenge again. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 23, 2013

colourQ challenge #203

Our computer literally dropped dead on Wednesday, but we are up and running again today and I am excited to post my card for this week's colourQ challenge. I love the blue/green combo (of course!). I used another "vintage" SU! set called Doodle This - it is so much fun to color! I had to substitute Bermuda Bay for Island Indigo, and Pacific Pointe turned out a little lighter because I used a blender pen and ink pad. This card is for my mom's birthday tomorrow - she likes blues and greens, too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

colourQ challenge #202 (part deux)

As I mentioned in my previous post, this week's colourQ challenge really stumped me, primarily because my supplies were sub-par! So, to spark a little creativity, I dusted off a couple of retro Stampin' Up! stamp sets and got busy! I have always loved Bud Basics and Paint Prints (although, they are practically the same set!!), so those are the sets I used, along with a set called Fancy That by Inkadinkado that I found at Marshall's of all places for $1.99! This sentiment alone is worth buying the set for! It is FANTASTIC!! And I'll tell you a secret - Marshall's is a treasure trove of unexpected crafting finds! Shhh! Don't tell anyone!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

colourQ challenge #202

I broke every single one of my rules when approaching the colourQ challenge color scheme this week. My Ruby Red and So Saffron ink pads were shot and markers really don't work very well on acrylic stamps, so this card has a little more of a grunge feel than I planned, which worked out because the only way I could incorporate So Saffron ink was to spritz it!! And now that I look at the sentiment, it sounds like Yoda - "happy, you make me!" Oh, well, I have another card using this same color palette that I'll post tomorrow. It was my third attempt and the third time's a charm, right?! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Little Tangles Party Favor Challenge

I am seriously getting into all of the challenges over on the Little Tangles Blog! This little party favor box is something I found on Splitcoaststampers and it was a cinch to put together. I stamped a 6" x 6" piece of white cardstock using Ink Splash and punched out a couple of cute circles using Everyday Circles. The party favor tutorial says to use a 1/4"square punch to make the box easier to assemble, but who in the world has that punch? I used my trusty old office hole punch and it worked like a charm! I think this would make a cute favor for a slumber party filled with little candies and a tiny bottle of nail polish. Cute, cute, cute!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Little Tangles Potluck Party Challenge

Little Tangles is hosting a Perfect Party Food Challenge over on their blog and if there's something we know how to do in the South, it's cook . . . and EAT!! I am asked to bring Smoked Mozzarella and Penne salad to nearly every summer gathering we go to because it is so delicious!! The smokiness of the cheese truly makes this salad so don't skimp on that! You can put anything you have in the house in this salad, which makes it versatile and a bit different every time you make it. The dressing is delicious - the only change I sometimes make to it is to add a bit of the oil that the sun-dried tomatoes are packed in. Enjoy the rest of the summer and this pasta salad!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

colourQ challenge #201

For this week's colourQ challenge, I tried a new technique that I saw on Splitcoaststampers a few week's ago called Magical Masking Tape. You simply tear off a piece of tape (I used blue painters' tape) and press it directly onto your ink pad; apply the piece of tape to your cardstock and burnish to smooth the tape and transfer the ink; carefully remove the tape and allow ink to dry. Voila!! The tutorial suggests using glossy cardstock, which I have tried, but I like the results I get with regular cardstock (shown above). I found the tape difficult to remove from glossy cardstock and the cardstock was still sticky after I removed the tape. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Partying Like It's . . . 2013!!

It's time for some party music over at the Little Tangles blog!! I had no idea it was so easy to include a video in a blog post but it was a piece of cake!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE 80s music and I still listen to many of the same bands I listened to when I was 13 years old way back in 1984 (music's Golden Age if you ask me!!). But I am totally in love with Usher!! He was so adorable on The Voice and he has some really great songs - here are two! So thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Neat & Tangled website for some great new stamp sets!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday, Neat & Tangled!!

I only recently discovered Neat & Tangled Stamps. but I already LOVE them!! I bought Ink Splats and Everyday Circles, and they are two of the most versatile stamps I have ever owned! For this challenge card, I used Everyday Circles along with some of the beautiful sequins I received with my stamp order. I went back to one of my favorite colourQ challenge color palettes for this card and used the following colors: SU! Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi, Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries (I LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors together!!). The zigzag die, which totally reminds me of Charlie Brown's shirt, is from PTI.

The festivities continue all month over at the Neat & Tangled blog so go check it out and join the fun!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

colourQ challenge #200 (part 2)

Soooooooo, I typically don't submit two projects for one color challenge, (colourQ challenge #200) but I saw the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and I had a friend who loaned me her SU! Mosaic punch. It is such a simple card that it needed a little "bling" and I was thrilled to find this piece of old SU! Designer Hardware in my never-ending stash of craft supplies. Perfectly simple . . . simply perfect!! Thanks for stopping by!