Saturday, July 5, 2014

Inspired by Family, Food and Fun

Some days you sit down and can't create a thing.

Other days you sit down and you can squeak out a little craftiness.

Last night I was on a bit of a roll.  It must have been the connection with family, food and fun earlier in the day.  A 4th of July get together with family had me creating in the kitchen first . . . an interesting new recipe that I wanted to try.  I don't cook often . . . used to when my kids were younger . . . but that cooking energy is gone.  A new blog that I happened upon recently has me intrigued to cook a little more often.  Check out Damn Delicious (I made the Fusilli Caesar Salad). 

And then last night there were these creations.

First was a little something for AEI{heart}U's challenge which was "Gold" inspired. 

I needed a touch of red for my heart.  I have two confessions . . . 1) I am in love with the Avery Elle Simply Labels stamp/die that created that label and 2) I am in search of a new gold embossing powder that has a better sheen to it . . . this one did not thrill me.  But I know that I will go to my StampNation message board and someone will have the answer for the perfect gold! 

My second card was for Paper Smooches which was an "anything goes" challenge.  I used the color combination that was suggested at Color Throwdown

 I created my background using the Paper Smooches Bold Blooms set.  I also used one of my very favorite sets . . . Kissables 1 . . . my sentiment is stamped on a strip of it.  (LOVE for regular stamping and for "kissing" on other stamps. 

And then finally, a little something for Seize the Sketch.  For this one I used my Studio Calico Card Kit from last month . . .

I stamped on my card base and laid the pattern paper with the oval scallop window over the card.  That bottom brown paper is a wood grain pattern paper . . . easier to see in the photo below.  The buttons are strung together using twine.  My only wish (hindsight) is that I had flipped the pattern paper so that the yellow, lighter hues were at the top of the card. 

Can I tell you there is an odd optical illusion that makes these two photos look different.  I spent way too much time studying that large yellow button because in the photo above, it does not look like I stitched diagonally to make an "X", as it appears there is a horizontal stitch across the bottom two holes.  But in the photo below you can clearly see it's diagonal.

I hope you find some time to create this weekend.  I have a few more creations that I hope to share tomorrow.

Challenge 10

Supplies Used - Rain or Shine
Cardstock:  Neenah
Stamps:  Avery Elle Link it Up, Bright Days and Simply Labels Hello
Dies:  Avery Elle Simply Labels
Ink:  Versamark and Stampin' Up
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Stampin' Up Gold Embossing Powder

Supplies Used - Celebrate
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up
Stamps:  Paper Smooches
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Ribbon:  Close To My Heart
Other:  Scrap of Vellum Dot Paper from Doodlebug, Ki Rhinestones

Supplies Used - Thank You
Studio Calico Card Kit - June
Spellbinders Die
Versafine, Versamark and Close To My Heart Inks
White Embossing Powder


  1. Darling cards! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown this week!

  2. What a great trio of cards! Thank you for linking up for your beautiful floral card to the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge this week!

  3. You go girl, three cards in one sitting! Very impressive! Love them all, especially your submission for Seize the Sketch. The row of buttons is just adorable! Thanks for joining us this week, Debbie!

  4. What a great color combo, and those buttons and flowers are so sweet together! Thanks for playing along at Seize the Sketch!

  5. All of your cards are fabulous....I especially love the flowered background for the CTD card!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!!

  6. Fantastic collection of cards! Love the button trimming! Thanks for joining along with Seize The Sketch!

  7. The red/gold combo is so pretty! Thanks for linking this up to the Avery Elle Gold Challenge!

  8. Love the card you created for the AE Challenge! Gold, red and black is such a striking color combination!