a creative mind at work in the deep dark basement

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SDC171: Favorite Colors



Nellie is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here's what she had to challenge us with:



No explanation needed for this week's challenge. I'm asking you to use your favourite colours. Use as many colours as you want to. I think we all have favourite colour combinations, colours that always match, colours that work for us, colours we turn to when we lack a bit of inspiration. Mine are variations of green and blue. What are yours?

I'm a lot like Nellie in that those are some of my favorite colors as well-blue especially, so that's where I drew my inspiration from for this card.

Someone else on my team had a brilliant card with these same stamps this month-make sure you check out the blog to see how she used it and join us for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 10019 Barcode, 5825 Romek from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Confetti White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: Dimensional Glue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Birthday Duos


Had some birthday cards I needed to get in the mail so decided I'd sit down and make some cards this weekend.  My BFF and Mom's birthday's were this week-of course I missed one of them and was late mailing it out.

I love when I'm able to get in a creative mood and use the same paper pack for multiple cards.

The card above used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

The one below I saw on pinterest from Starry Nights Sketch.


Hope you enjoy the birthday cards.
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Card details:
Stamps: Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches and Gorgeous Grunge by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Inks: Ranger Archival Ink
Embellishment: silver sequins, Want2scrap black pearls





Monday, October 27, 2014

My Coolest Friend


Trying to break out some of those Christmas stamps and get a few in my stash.

I got these stamps at the Archiver's store closing and hadn't used them yet-so decided they needed to be inked up.

I used last week's Retro Sketches challenge for this.


Thanks for stopping by and visiting me this week!
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Card details:
Stamps: Coolest Friend and Christmas Sampler from Paper Smooches
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White, The Pier by Crate Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: twine, Rounded tag framelits


Friday, October 24, 2014

Birthday Sunflowers


I've been trying to get back into my creative mode and this past weekend was pretty successful.  I stamped and worked a little on my Project Life album.

I thought I'd be tired of sunflowers after doing the wedding invitations and then the wedding itself, but no-it's the first one I pulled out to work with when I was stamping.  Of course I went straight for my sketches as well :-)

For this card I used the current Retro Sketches challenge.


Hope to see you all around here more frequently!
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Card details:
Stamps: Simply Sunflower from Papertrey Ink and Poppy Birthday from Verve Stamps
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White, The Pier by Crate Paper
Inks: So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Wild Wasabi, Archival
Embellishments: Notebook punch, Memory Box jewel stickers




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SDC170: Spooky Time



My good friend, Kristen is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's asking you to get your spook on:

Calling all Pumpkins, Ghosts, Dragons, and Witches too, we’ve got a SPOOKY time planned just for you!!!!!!!!
I completely LOVE Halloween, and any chance I get to make a spooky project, I will. This week I am challenging you to create a project inspired by Halloween.  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Any of you who know me, I'm very clean & simple and so this card I was inspired by Laurie Willison's card and the design of it here.

Hope you will join us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift card for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 6184 Circles Cubed, 8984 Ghouls Just want to have fun, 6110 Halloween Cube 2, 6099 Halloween Cube 1 by Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Black, Going Grey, Confetti White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SDC169: Black, Pink and Purple



Apologies for the crummy photo that doesn't show my purple well.  Carol Fox is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here's what she challenge us with:

"I love strong colours that really pop on the page, so I ask you this week to feature Black, Pink and Purple on your make for the challenge this week."

I have been pretty lazy with my stamping lately but had a lot of fun with this challenge and even got a few more cards created while I was in stamping mode.

I combined this challenge with the FTL310 sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping.

Hope you will join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 6109 Daniel's Hearts, 12011 Love with Your Whole Heart from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Black, Confetti White, Pink Pirroute
Inks: Basic Black
Embellishments: Sequins

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wedding Invites

Well, the wedding is over and I'm writing this up before we attended but I'm going to say we had a blast :-)

I've been quite quiet on the blog for many reasons.  First of all my full time job change last year has me on the go a lot more and when I'm home I rarely am hanging out in my office anymore (which is also my stamp studio).  I need to change that as I'm missing my crafting a bit.

The other reason is I was creating 100+ wedding invitations for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law.  They are having a rustic wedding and we went through a few trial ones before settling on a final...and can you believe I didn't have one for myself?

It's sunflower themed and the first pic is what our final one was, with the ribbon being colored a bit better.  It was a long tedious process with lots of tweaking along the way.  It may be the first and last time I do invitations like this (who am I kidding, I'm sure I'll be doing something similar for graduation in a few years).



The final invitation and reply card above.


The beginning of die cutting and stamping 100+ sunflowers.


Assembly line set up going on.


Sewing the ribbon on-my Janome got a work out.


Stacks of 20 to keep count of how many I did...and you see I even distressed all 4 sides-thank God for my little handy Zutter tool!


Creation of invites complete and now addressing invites and labeling.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the creation of the invitations!

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