I am a day late, but here are the weekly deals that came out yesterday:
Looks like some fun kits are available for a great price so don’t miss it! Just click on the picture to purchase the items you want!
Looking for more inspiration this week I headed over to Just Us Girls challenge blog and found the current challenge is Birds. I needed to make a get well card so I decided a bird theme is a good idea for that type of card and here is what I came up with:
I got to use many different punches and embellishments on this card which really made it fun. On the inside I added a get well sentiment so I hope the recipient feels better when they receive it.
Have a great Wednesday!!
Hey there crafters!
I took a week-long crafting hiatus to enjoy fun times with my family. As soon as I got back to my house I was itching to be at my craft desk. I decided to seek inspiration from the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge posted on Sunday. I typically follow the sketch pretty spot on, but this time I decided to make it a little more unique. The basic idea is the same, but I tweaked the look a little.
Here is the sketch to have followed:
This card has lots of fun Stampin’ Up favorites of mine including the On Film Polariod Framelit die, The Stars from Pictogram Punches and Be the Star as well as the Big News Stamp set. As you can see I followed the sketch but tilted the Polaroid Die and set the three stars in the corner rather than along the side. I hope some awesome soldier out there will enjoy sending this card to someone he loves for their birthday!
Supplies Used (All Stampin’ Up!)
I am finally getting back to some crafting at the very end of this week. Didn’t quite feel good enough until now, but I am always glad to fit it in when I can!
I had one last graduation card to get done so I decided to look for some inspiration on this one. Over at Freshly Made Sketches they had a nice sketch challenge I thought would be fun to try.
Here is my take on it:
Here is the sketch:
For this card I had to get a little creative with my supplies… I wanted to use the school colors for this card, however I didn’t really have the right ones. Then I was going to make a background layer of blue, but I didn’t even have the right color for that either! I decided I was going to find a way to make it work. So I used Island Indigo and slightly stamped off some of the ink to make it look more like his school colors. I decided to really play up the silver and used that as my background paper instead. Also there are three layers of ribbon on this card, not five. Two of the stripes were made using a versamark pen and then heat embossed with silver powder. It looks a little rugged but I think I almost like it that way. Funny how sometimes things don’t come out as you planned but you like them anyway!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Happy Monday all!
The weather this past weekend was gorgeous here in the Chicago Suburbs! I tried to enjoy it in my zero gravity chair since I still have my back issues. If you don’t have one of those, I highly recommend one!
Anyway, I have been working on some thank you cards as I can because I got the BEST get well gift from my co-workers. They really loaded me up with Coffee gifts and wonderful smelling soaps from L’Occitane! I wanted something happy and I noticed that over at the Fusion Card Challenge there were some really great color suggestions this week. I did not follow the challenge exactly, but it is pretty close:
Here is what the challenge indicated:
I have the orange and yellow colors in my card and I think I used the sketch right on the money, so hopefully this works. I am considering my spiral cut outs the ” flowers” on the card. 🙂 Here is the inside of the card:
I think these look like such happy thank you cards! I sure hope everyone likes them. They were pretty easy to pull together. The only time-consuming part is when you are making 13 of them and you need 4 cut out Starburst circles per card – that is 52 circles! Thankfully I did only a little at a time which makes the task more manageable. Let me know what you think… do you have a favorite color combo out of the ones shown?
Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!!
Supplies used(all Stampin’ Up Products):
I am still working on my Graduation cards. I can only do a little crafting at a time because I can’t sit for long these days after sustaining a back injury. Thankfully I was able to get one more card done tonight. This one is for my cousin who graduated from college with a Visual Arts and Media degree so I think my camera theme fits perfect!
Her school colors are Navy and Gold so that is what I used. It is a pretty flashy card, but I think for a graduation that is okay! Lots of fun elements on this one including sequins, gold spritz spray and the fun polariod die cut out in gold foil paper. In the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Pure Gumption stamp set that says, “The Tassel was Worth the Hassel” and stamped a graduation cap next to it. I sure hope she likes it!
I have been to two graduations already, have one more party to go and I still need to send out 3 graduation cards! WHEW, when it rains it pours! So far today I have only had time to make one card. It is a pretty simple one but I think I like how it turned out none the less. I used the graduates school colors as I thought they would enjoy that!
This was a quick one to pull together. Hopefully the recipient will not think it is too boring!
Happy Sunday everyone!
Supplies used (all Stampin’ Up products):
I was too busy to post yesterday, but I did get in some crafting with two fun challenges. I started back to work today on a part time basis. With my recent back injury I had not been working for about 5 weeks. I wanted to get in some crafting one more time as I may not have the ability to do it so much with being back at work. I have a herniated disk and sitting is the absolute worst position for that. Of course, I sit for many hours in my job so this may prove to be a challenge. I will work part time for a few weeks and if I can’t even handle that, then surgery is like going to happen. Fingers crossed that won’t be needed!
Okay on to the crafting! Here is the card:
I kept my card pretty close to the sketch, just added more layers. I tend to really like my layers!
Over at Just Us Girls, the color challenge was to use Kraft, Orchid, and White. Pretty colors! I originally wanted to make this a love card because that is something OWH often needs, but I could not find a stamp that fit properly in the square layers. So even though there is a heart theme, it is still a birthday card. I believe it still works, what do you think? I love the little wood veneer hearts. I really hope it will be okay for OWH because thickness can be a concern. I did try to spread them out on the card so that the thickness is equal because this is the suggestion when using raised layers or embellishments for OWH cards.
Hope you have a wonderful Monday and find some time to create this week!
Whew, I made a card that fits three challenges! I have never done that before! It sure was fun though! I always like to try to participate in the OWH challenges whenever I can because then I know I am consistently adding to my stash for the soldiers. This week it is to make a missing you card. After recently finding Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog, I am really enjoying the inspiration it gives me to change up the appearance of my cards. Lastly, I just found a new challenge site and when I saw their current challenge I knew I needed to try it. This is because I had not ever made a card with the colors in the current challenge. This new one is Fusion Card Challenge. They have three options: use their color inspiration photo, or their sketch or both! Since I wanted to use the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I decided to just use their color inspiration. So check it out!
Here is the sketch posted at Freshly Made Sketches:
And here is the Fusion Card Challenge inspiration:
I love these bold colors! I don’t know why I don’t think to do more bold colors in my cards. Maybe this will spark a change in me! I am also trying to use different techniques whenever I can so I remember to use all the goodies I have in my craft room! This time I used my paper piercing set. I have very rarely used it and I really like that little extra something it adds to the card. Hope you like it too and if you haven’t tried paper piercing, give it a try. You could really make all kinds of designs with it! As you can probably tell I turned my sketch a different direction. I kept trying to put together exactly as shown and it just did not look right to me. When I made it all go long ways it just seemed to fit. Sometimes that is how it goes!!
Happy Crafting everyone!
Happy Mothers Day!!
I hope all the mothers out there are getting to do something they enjoy today! I am not a mom, but I am a Stepmom and a pet mom so I am still going to celebrate by doing some crafting. 🙂
I woke up with some back pain, but I was still ready to create and even had some ideas in my head! I noticed the Pumpkin challenge is posted and it is to make tags. This totally makes sense as we received some tags in our April Paper Pumpkin Kit. With that said, I have to admit I am not much of a tag person. I don’t have many actual gifts I give out these days as I am usually giving cash. That is why cards are my go to craft. At any rate, I decided to see if I could make a card with some tags on it! I also needed some inspiration for what I wanted the card to look like. I got just that over at Create with Cathy and Mary. Their current challenge is to use the following colors: Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. Ooooh what a pretty color combination!! I needed to make a birthday card for a little lady and she is just as bright and happy as these colors so it was a marriage made in heaven!
I hadn’t used my FAVORITE Stampin up set in a while – good ole Gorgeous Grunge. It is so funny to think that before I got that set I wavered on whether or not I would use it enough – HA! Anyway, I always love how that set gives a card some pizzazz! I was also able to pull out my new Honeycomb embossing folder I got with my last Stampin’ Up order. I can already tell I will put that to good use. Hope you like the card and that you get to create something today!
Happy crafting everyone!