This month at STAMPlorations the CAS Challenge is to create something with a color twist of BLACK.
I thought it would be fun to not only create with black ink and black twine ... but also include a little tea (or coffee) play on words. Stamps are Coffee Happy & Caffeinated Christmas.
The Candy Cane paper was foiled using double-stick tape ... such a fun way to embellish paper. My finishing touch was to use a stamp from Mixed Media Elements - October 2015 to create some steam from the cup.
I'm also linking-up at Addicted to CAS where the code word is Coffee (and the sponsor is STAMPlorations)
Our Brother-In-Law helped rescue us and return the large pieces of furniture to our home after our recent flood-related evacuation.
As he tried to reassemble one of the pieces of furniture, he joked that the tools we had in our tool box were *toys* (compared to the industrial tools in his workshop) ... so of course, we had to send him a tool-themed thanks.
Earlier this year, when I heard about Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy event, I reserved my hotel room and bought my ticket. I was thrilled to see my friend Pam Sparks would be one of the teachers, so I would get to visit with her as well. It was also fun to finally meet Taylor (and her husband John) face-to-face.
The event facility was on the campus of the Des Moines Community College ... it was super-easy to find, had great parking, and tons of room inside. Here's a picture I took from the stairway looking down on registration & the Taylored Expressions Store on the left (there was a free magnetic sheet of dies for purchasing $100 of product ... you know those came home with me).
We got an awesome swag bag filled with magazines, a t-shirt, free stamp set and some ink. It also included all of the pieces you needed for the 10 make-and-take stations set-up in the main conference room.
These were my first two cards ... I really adored the elegance of the off-set shadowing with the Bold Lace Cutting Plate.
The quality of the instructions and products were both top notch with plenty of room to create. There were even wink of stella pens to add some glitter to the balloons in this fun card.
And the last card was created by stenciling three inks through a die cut ... I loved the beautiful blending I achieved with three shades (the three colors of the flowers) of Taylored Expression Ink (usually a struggle for me).
I did a sneak out during the three-hour lunch break to check out Memory Bound and use my 25% off coupon (definitely worth a stop if you're in the area).
I also did shopping at the Taylored Expression store ... they had so many great samples. These Elf Grumpling Stamps came home with me.
My afternoon class was Watercolor Expressions 2 with the talented Jen Schults. If you look at the sample cards, you'll see I had a little trouble following directions for my first two cards (but I still loved the result & learning two new techniques I will certainly try again.
This card used a free-form watercolor technique with contrasting die cuts.
And I believe my favorite card of the day was this gorgeous watercolored Sunflower Bouquet.
The introvert-in-me was pretty much overwhelmed by the large room full of make-and-takes, but I pushed through and did them all. Here are a few of my favorites (again her inks sponge so beautifully).
It seems almost surreal that it's been over two weeks since I created a card. My studio is basically back in its space after the flood evacuation, but as my grandma would says, everything just feels a bit cattywampus (note to self ... if you ever have to speed evacuate your studio again to save it from impending flood waters, make sure you take pictures of the space first, so you can have a visual memory of where everything goes when you try to restore it to order).
I've just been staring at everything for the last few days feeling too overwhelmed to even start ... so tonight I started easy with an image included as a Thank You with my Ellen Hutson order (from All Inside) and an awesome layout from the Mojo Monday Sketch (which I flipped on its side to work with my vertical image).
A few coordinating papers, and this one came together easily ... and will go in the mail in the morning. We are so grateful for all of the assistance we received from friends and strangers during this trying time.
If you're wondering why this year it's (gah!)Pink Christmas, you may remember that our friend Leslie Hanna(aka the Crooked Stamper) who passed away last December, was always a big cheerleader for this event, despite being a famously ardent NON-fan of what she always called, (gah!)pink. So it just seemed like this year we should make it a bit of a tribute and remembrance of that lovely, snarky, crafty, fun lady. In fact, we've asked a few of her teammates from Shopping Our Stash, to come along and help out, so make sure you click-over to see all of the creations.
Here's my Pink Creation (that I made in my friend's card studio while I was a flood refugee ... I hope to have my studio restored to a sense of normalcy this weekend, so I can start creating again).
There are lots of fun holiday papers that feature pinks ... like DCWV Jolly Whimsy ... so if you use those, the designs can come together quickly. A stamped sentiment and a few snowflake embellishments finish the design ... love that fun pink Christmas tree.