What is your ideal day? I'm not talking about extraordinary, all your wishes coming true kind of day, but what if you didn't have the usual work/family/house obligations for a day and could do whatever you want? What would it be? Being off these past few days gave me a chance to do more of the things I love. I went for a 14.5 miles run this morning, I stamped, I hung out on Splitcoast forum which I haven't done in ages and I played with the dogs. Now I just need to add some sushi, ice cream and wine to the mix and it'd be pretty close to my ideal.
Since I've had more time to stamp, I had a chance to catch up on a few challenges and play with some new stamps. Here are two cards from the Verve December sketch challenge:
This one is "Cupcakes Galore." Since I've been slacking on my marathon training, these cupcakes are a lot safer to partake in than the bakery kind. To make the cupcakes pop out a bit more, I cut out the base twice - once from cardstock and once from vellum. I scored and folded the vellum to give it a bit more pop and realistic look. I also used dimnesionals under the top cupcake. Yum.
This second card, a bit of a shabby chic. Seems no matter how much I use kraft cardstock, I don't get tired of it.
Stamps: PTI Cupcake Collection; Hero Arts Starbursts
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Soft Sky, Basic Grey, Laura Ashley vellum; Tempting Turquoise, Basic Grey, Kraft
Ink:Brilliance Moonlight White, SU Close to Cocoa, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Chocolate Chip ribbon, Recollections Glitter on a Roll; rhinestones, twine, MFT Berrylicious button, Spare Parts lace
Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder, Modern Wallpaper, Nestabilities, PTI Coordinating cupcake die cuts
Now I know you're probably tired of seeing Christmas cards, but I like to continue making them in the winter. That way I don't have to rush to make as many next year and I'm more inspired to use my winter stamps now when it's cold out rather than in October when it's often still in the 80's or 90's here in Austin.
On that note, this is a gift tag and a card combo using Riley Carrying Tree set from the clear stamp collection.
I also made a tri-fold card with the same image. The snow on the card is flower soft. It looks cute, but I'm a little worried about how it would do in transit.
Stamps: Carrying Tree Riley, PTI To You From Me, SU Warm Words
Paper: GinaK white, SU Real Red, Garden Green, Cool Caribbean, Kraft
Merry Christmas! It's been a while. In summer and fall any free time I had was preoccupied by triathlon training. I finished the full Texas Tri series this year including my 2nd Half Iron. For Thanksgiving I was traveling and finishing up my Christmas cards. Now I finally have some time off to create and actually post.
Kicking off with the holiday card recap. Here are few from this year.
Of course I had to get the PTI bike stamp and die cut combo and most of my tri and cycling friends got some variation of the bike card.
The second is the snowflake using SU glitter paper. My snowflake punch had a hard time punching through this paper, but I managed to make a few.
Finally, I made a few more variations of the penguin card, like I do every year. These little guys are so cute I can't pass up using the stamp.
Supplies (All supplies are Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted) :