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Color Lab 21

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There was great cause to celebrate when River Rock came back during the Color Renovation!!  I was down to the last of my stash and could only use it sparingly.  I love how it changes with different pairing of color!  Imagine how happy I was to see this week’s Color Lab colors…take a look:

River Rock is great with Soft Suede (and Early Espresso, for that matter) and adding Cherry Cobbler, awesome!!  I went a little different route as I continue prepping for Christmas and made a tag.  I may have gone a little pearl crazy on this one but who can stop once you get going on those fun little things??!!  Admittedly, this will have to be for a VERY special package…good thing my husband doesn’t read this very often!!  Enough typing…here is the tag:

I’m in love with this little tree from Holiday Hoopla and the pearls just went where the ornaments are on the stamp.  I even added a pearl to the Antique Brad to finish the look.  The base of the tag is the Two Tags Die for my Big Shot.  I can’t wait to see this one on the package.  I found some Cherry Cobbler wrapping paper (yes, I took my card stock with me) and this will be perfect!

I hope the rest of your week goes well.  I have a lot to do to finish getting ready for my family’s Christmas so I probably won’t post again until next week.  Thanks for stopping in today!!

You may have noticed that the colors this week include Real Red and not Cherry Cobbler.  Apparently in my Christmas chaos, I missed that fact.  I hope you like the tag with the Cherry instead…sorry about that!

Stamp:  Holiday Hoopla; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, River Rock, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  River Rock, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Shimmer Paint (sponged on image panel), Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Antique Brads

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ColorLab 20 – Joyful Wreath

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The team at ColorLab is back with a challenge!  Take a look at this great holiday combination:

I got back into my Christmas stamping with this one!  I pulled out my Season of Joy set which, I must admit, has been sitting in the bottom of my drawer waiting its turn.  Not only did I stick to one stamp set today, I actually stuck to one stamp.  I know…say it isn’t so!  The collage stamp in that set is so wonderful when used all together but there are elements in it that are great too.  I used the snowflake (just the right size!) and inked it with my Old Olive and Garden Green markers to form the wreath.  The sentiment at the bottom comes from the stamp too and was also inked with markers.  I used my Regals Designer Buttons as flowers for the wreath and also to tie the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (did I mention enough yet how happy I am that I replenished my stock?!).  The positioning of the snowflakes was easy with my handy-dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Not sure how I ever stamped without it!  I added some of the Brights Paper Pack behind the image panel.  The layout is courtesy of Mary-Jo and her Techno Stamper Monday Sketch Challenge 151.

As you finish up your own holiday cards, don’t forget that you can “repurpose” branches, snowflakes and other sets into wreaths.  I love it when I can use a set in a way that is a little different!  Thanks for stopping in today.  If you have time, tell me your favorite set to use for making wreaths.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Season of Joy; Paper:  Brights Paper Pack DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Old Olive; Accessories:  Regals Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Thread

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Candy-colored Moments

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It must be my lucky week because this was chosen as the SSSC 93 Winner!  Thanks, Karen!

It is week two as a design team member for the ColorLab Color Challenge and this week was definitely more of a challenge for me.  Julie chose the beautiful colors from the Candy Cane DSP – Real Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Garden Green. 


They are super together but…oh, no…I don’t own that paper!!  So I started looking at what I DO have in those colors and you know what?  I found more choices than I thought.  I had Real Red and Baja Breeze in my Play Date DSP, and more Real Red in my Patterns Designer Paper Stack (Brights) plus additional Baja Breeze in some retired papers.  I thought about the colors as I was drifting off to sleep (boy, I hope that I am not the only one who does that!) and it came to me that I should use my new Every Moment set.  I have had this set on my wish list since I first saw this catalog and finally was able to get it!!  I chose the word paper from the Patterns Pack and a bit of Baja Breeze DSP from Play Date.  I added Basic Gray as a neutral to ground the colors a bit.  I think this Gray is really pretty and don’t use it enough.  I did a little light watercoloring on Whisper White paper with my Blender Pen.  Remember, when you are coloring on this very smooth paper, think of coloring as dabbing on color instead of blending color.  This helps the paper stay nice and smooth.  I think these colors make for a very happy card!

I stamped the inside of the card with the butterfly again and a Happy Birthday sentiment.  This sketch comes from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 93.  What a fun layout! 

I hope you enjoy these colors.  I’d love to see what you can do with the ColorLab challenge this week so pop on over and post your card!  See you again soon!

Stamps:  Every Moment, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Patterns DSP Stack Brights, Play Date DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, 1/8″ White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

A new adventure!

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Since this blog was really created to show my adventures in stamping, I am thrilled to tell you about a new one!!  I have been asked to become a member of the Design Team for the ColorLab Color Challenge at My Create, Ink.  I’m flattered that these talented stampers wanted me to join their ranks!!  Thankfully, the first color selection is a natural for my “seasonal stamper’s disorder”.  I have have commented on this before but if you are new to my blog, this is my strong need to stamp in seasonal colors (and the corresponding difficulty in stamping in “non-seasonal” colors).  Here are the lovely choices for this week:

This paper from the Holiday Mini is just perfect for your November cards!  In order to not stray too far on my first challenge, I did pull out my Day of Gratitude set.  Instead of a thank you/Thanksgiving card though, I opted to make mine a birthday card.  In the midst of all my holiday stamping, I am a bit behind on birthday cards and have a few important family birthdays coming up soon.  I used the layout from this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 306.  The lovely medallion in the stamp set called out to be used for this one!  Here is my take on the challenges:

 It seems that I still can’t get enough of the Square Lattice Embossing Folder so I pulled it out again here.  This is actually for one of my brothers-in-law and I wanted to keep it from being too feminine.  I used the Linen Thread to cinch the bow and through the button.  On the medallion, I used the sponge dauber technique again with More Mustard and Cajun Craze.  After I cut it out, I sponged on a little Early Espresso to finish the edges. 

I hope that you enjoy these colors as much as I did.  When you post your cards (you know you have to make one!), make sure to tell them that the new Jen sent you!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard; Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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