Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thanks a Bunch, CMCC73 & SSSC265

Greetings, friends! It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge at Colour Me! This week it's a playful color combo of Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon and Pumpkin Pie. And how cool is the inspiration badge this week?! I love those cosmic bubbles! 

I decided to use the colors to make my own patterned paper for a CAS card. Those cute little retro blooms are from the Avery Elle Cupcake stamp set, and the sentiment is from Altenew. This is a really simple card but I like the way it came out.

My inspiration for the layout came from sketch 265 at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. It's from a few weeks ago but I love it. I'm also playing along with the challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog, which is simply "Thank You".

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Cupcakes (Avery Elle), Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (MME)

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll play along with us this week at Colour Me, and please visit the rest of the Design Team, too! 

Tara Bourgoin

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gilded Thanks

Hi, friends! I enjoyed some much needed time off this weekend and I hope you did, too. I caught up with some things around the house including working in my garden and organizing the garage, a never ending battle. I made sure I set some time aside for stamping too, and made this card for three challenges.

I'm playing along with the sketch challenge at Retro Sketches this week, and also the inspiration challenge at the Altenew blog. Though I don't have any Altenew stamps that mimic the beautiful mosaics in the inspiration photo, I channeled the shades of blue and gold. Finally, the challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Thank You".

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Painted Flowers, Super Script 2 (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Gold Foil, White Vellum (SU)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Pool Party, Marina Mist (SU)
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Washi Tape (SU), Enamel Dots (MME)

Have a great day, everyone! Thanks for visiting! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

April Showers for The Paper Players

Greetings, friends! I hope you are all enjoying a nice Memorial Day weekend. I enjoyed some crafty time yesterday, and today I plan on working in the garden a bit and tidying up the garage. OK not the most exciting plans ever, but I want to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Today at The Paper Players Anne Marie is hostess, and she has an awesome sketch challenge for us. I knew right away what I wanted to do with it. 

I'm playing with yet more new toys today. I've been on a bit of a crafty spending frenzy lately. I really need to stop! The April Showers collection by Clearly Besotted is new to me, and when I saw the cute umbrellas in the Sunny Days Ahead paper pack, I had to have that, too. My umbrella was die cut first and then stamped. The raindrops were stamped and then covered with a bit of Glossy Accents to make them shiny. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: April Showers, April Showers Additions (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Soft Sky (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days Ahead (Echo Park)
Ink Pads: Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, April Showers Die (Clearly Besotted), Stitched Rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Linen Thread (SU), Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Thanks for visiting today, and please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players! We hope you'll play along, too! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

To My Penguin, CMCC72, Lawnscaping106

Greetings, stampers and friends! Welcome to Wednesday and a new challenge from Colour Me! This week it's a subtle and dreamy combo of Bermuda Bay, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz. Love it! 

I matched up the colors best I could using Copic and Lawn Fawn products I had on hand. I had so much fun making this card for my DH's birthday which was a couple of days ago. I'll spare you our silliness, and leave it to just to say that we refer to each other as our "penguins". OK you can stop rolling on the floor now! I know we are goofy! 

Since I'm using Lawn Fawn Products, I decided to play along with the Lawnscaping Challenge this week too, which is to try a new technique. My new thing was to create a custom sentiment using alphabet stamps. That's something that's always inimidated me as I'm afraid I'll never get them lined up right. After a bit of fiddling, I think it came out ok, though not perfect! I'm also playing along with the anything goes challenge at Seize the Birthday.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Typeset Alphabet (SU), Winter Penguin, Hats Off to You, So Much to Say, Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Daffodil Delight (SU)
Patterned Paper: Pinted Sized Patterns Beachside
Ink Pads: Tuuxedo Black (Memento), Bermuda Bay (SU)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Winter Penguin, Hats Off to You, Hello Sunshine, Stitched Scallop Borders, Stitched Hillside Borders Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Colour Me is having a Design Team call! Head over to their blog and check it out. Please pay a visit to the rest of the DT at Colour Me, also! 

Tara Bourgoin

Monday, May 18, 2015

Celebrate You, FM209 & Curtain Call

Hi friends, and a Happy Monday to you! It was a gorgeous weekend and I enjoyed every bit of it. I hope you did too. Tonight I have my nephew's college graduation party to go to, and I created this card for him using some products from the two most recent Simon Says Stamp card kits.

I'm playing along with two very timely challenges. The challenge at Friday Mashup is "It's All About the Grads", and the challenge at Curtain Call is "Totally Tassel". I'm also linking up to the SSS April Card Kit Gallery.

Products Used: 
Big Birthday Wishes Stamp Set, White Card Stock, Star Brad, Bazill Kraft & Gold Cardstock: All from the Simon Says Stamp April 2015 Card Kit
Congratulations Stamp Set: From the Simon Says Stamp May 2015 Card Kit
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Hats off to You Stamp Set & Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Have an awesome day and an awesome week, my friends!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thanks a Bunch, PP245

Good Sunday morning, friends! It is supposed to be a warm and sunny day in my part of the world today, which makes me smile. Also putting a smile on my face is the newest challenge from The Paper Players, compliments of Jaydee, Clean and Simple Girly Thanks! 

The man in brown delivered a package the other day, and I dove right in with glee. The two new purchases I used today are the Sunny Days Ahead paper pad from Echo Park, and A Little Something stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I love them both and know I'll get lots of use out of them. I love the colors in the paper I used, which I interpreted as Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Early Espresso.

Thanks to the matching dies, this card came together in a snap. I made a coordinating envelope from the same paper stack. I'd say this whole card came together in about 15 minutes, a record for me!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: A Little Something (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Early Espresso (SU)
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days Ahead paper (Echo Park)
Ink Pads: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Early Espresso (SU)
Tools: Big Shot, A Little Something Dies (Clearly Besotted)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (MME)

Thanks for visiting today, and please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players! We hope you'll play along, too! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Too Kind, CMCC71

Hi and a happy Wednesday to you, my friends! Today at Colour Me, we having a striking color combo of Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz. I love the great inspiration photo too, and it made me wish I had a watermelon stamp! I'll have to get on that!

In lieu of watermelon, I chose a floral, no surprise. I thought I'd take the two step Too Kind stamp set out for a spin since it will be retiring soon. Both of the challenge colors were in the retired Gingham Garden paper. The sentiment is long retired but well loved, from the Sincere Salutations set.

I'm also playing along with the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday.

Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Too Kind, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Designer Series Paper: Gingham Garden
Ink Pads: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Extra Large Oval Punch
Accessories: Whisper White Cotton Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll play along with us this week at Colour Me, and please visit the rest of the Design Team, too! 

Tara Bourgoin