Friday, August 22, 2014

VCRocks Final Blog Hop!

I decided to jump in for our final VCRocks Blog Hop. The theme is

Rock Your Creativity with Stampin' Up! Colors!
I needed to make an anniversary card for my Son and DIL's 3rd anniversary which was on the 21st, so  I decided to take care of that and my entry for this blog.  The past couple of years my favorite color combo is Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and either Kraft or now Baked Brown Sugar. I generally use Very Vanilla to stamp on, but I had this flower from the "Blooming with Hope" Hostess stamp set already done on Whisper White and colored in using my new Cherry Cobbler abd Old Olive Blendabilities, so I decided to use it. Love the Blendabilities! Sorry the pictures aren't better, just couldn't get the lighting right and they came out kinda pale looking, but the colors are very vibrant in real life.

I love how smooth the transition from light to dark is using the Blendabilities.
The really are very easy to use.
You can't tell in the picture, but the flower is popped up with dimensionals as well as the sentiment. For the sentiment I used the Decorative Label and the Word Window punches. and the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set.
Wish I had more time to make another card, but it just wasn't available, but FYI, my other favorite color combos are Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Daffodil Delight. I also love Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar.
Wait, I can share a previous card I made with the Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar, so here ya' go!
The stamp set used for this card is "Wetlands"
Be sure and hop over to the VCRocks blog to check out the other great projects being shared in this hop!

Monday, August 18, 2014

VCRocks Virtual Stamp Day (VSD)

Saturday we were challenged to make cards following certain challenges. 6 challenges (1 card and/or 1 scrapbook page). I wasn't able to do them that day as it was DH's birthday, but did get them done on Sunday, since if you could not do within the 2hrs. between each challenge we had until noon on Monday to complete, but the goal was to try to keep each project within a 30 min completion from start to finish. I only did 4 of the cards and 2 of the scrapbook pages, but it was a lot of fun to do what I could. Here are my submissions:
Didn't do Challenge 1.

Challenge #2 Card
Make a 1-layer card (I did 2, just slightly different from each other)

 I used "Hit the Road" and Sassy Salutations stamp sets.
Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky

Challenge #2 Scrapbook Page
Make a Fall Scrapbook page using Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight

"Gently Falling" stamp set
Challenge #3 Card
Make a card using (at least) 3 colors within the same family.

 "Mixed Bunch" stamp set. Sentiment is from one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits.
I used 4 colors from the Brights Family.
Card stock Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
Challenge #4 Card
Make a card using the sketch provided on  (I made 2 of this one as I accidently applied Challenge #1 rules to it and used the same colors in sample on website, I then did it in the colors I had envisioned when I first red it)

 "Sea Street" and "Sassy Salutations" stamp sets
Card stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Daffodil Delight

Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Maritime Designer Series Paper
Challenge #5 Card
Make a card using your favorite technique.
I LOVE using embossing folders. So easy and add so much to a card. I needed a wedding card for someone and decided to take this opportunity to get it done. The embossing folder I used is retired.  I spritz the card with some shimmer paint and added pearls.
Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Challenge #5  Scrapbook Page
Make a Summer Vacation scrapbook page. We had 4 different themes to chose from and I chose Bring the kids. I did it on My Digital Studio (MDS) and of course, used pictures of my adorable granddaughter, Bonnye.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August Sr. Center Cards

Yesterday was my monthly visit to the Westmoreland Active Lifestyle Center in Colonial Beach. I love going there each month and making cards with these ladies and we have a couple of new attendees and expect more possibly starting next month. Yeah! I do use both current and retired stamp sets and cardstock and the occasional non-Stampin' Up! item that a friend of mine donates to me for them to use or what they have in stock there. More of the ladies coming are doing their own stamping. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a picture of theirs before they put them away and only got ones of the ones that I put stamped and put together for the ladies that can't do it themselves. They do pick out the stamps they want and the sentiment and the color of cardstock to use, I do the rest for them, but I still have them put their name or initials on the back and they feel like they did do it all themselves.

Afterwards we had a little birthday lunch and celebration for the Center Manager, Cindy and one of the attendees, Gail. I was asked to put together a card for them for everyone to sign as well. Luckily, I had some flowers I had done to practice with my new Blendabilities, so I used them.

 The first 2 are the cards I made for the birthday girls.
The one on the far right, one of the ladies used to make a card for her and hubby's upcoming anniversary.
 Pre-printed cards that my friend donated and we added the sentiment. (Sassy Salutations)
 Retired set - Cat's Meow

 New stamp set - Age Awareness
Flower was donated 3D stickons.
 Can't celebrate a birthday without a yummy cake!