I found some more time to craft today and I have to say I think my back is really getting better! I am so happy about this! Maybe I can start doing all my normal activities again, YAY! Anyway, on to the crafty stuff…
Operation Write Home has a nice Sunday Sketch today involving circles. Well I am forever a rebel so I wanted to see if I could follow the sketch with a slightly different theme, therefore I used Hexagons! Check it out!
Here is the sketch:
I was so happy to make this card because I finally got to use my BRAND NEW Stampin’ Up colors! I only just received the items I ordered from the new catalog and I still have lots of fun stuff to play with! The new In colors this year are very rich and luxurious. If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to check them out. In fact, here is one of Stampin’ Up’s new embellishment options showing off the newest In Colors for 2014-2015:
Don’t these colors have fun names? Actually I think all the Stampin’ Up colors have fun names. I can’t wait to try more projects with all the new colors.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday and that the coming week is not too hectic!
Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up Products):
- Stamps: Six Sided Sampler set
- Ink: Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey
- Embellishments: Hello Honey 3/8 inch Stitched Satin Ribbon
- Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Moonlight DS paper stack
- Tools: Hexagon Punch, Paper Cutter and Scissors
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!
- Ink: Stampin’ Up Island Indigo, Versamark Pen and Silver embossing powder
- Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Silver Metallic paper I had in my stash
- Stamps: Stampin’ Up Pure Gumption stamp set
- Embellishments: Stampin’ Up Ribbons in Island Indigo Ribbon and Silver. Loose sequins I had in my stash
- Corner Rounder punch, Heat gun and a paper trimmer
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):
- Stamps: Starburst Sayings and Whimsical Words Stamp sets
- Paper: Main Card: Island Indigo, Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Watercolor Wonder DSP. Additional Cards: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral,Smokey Slate and Watercolor Wonder DSP.
- Ink: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Garden Green (the DSP actually has Gumball Green in it, but the Garden Green worked great!)
- Embellishments: Main Card: Island Indigo ribbon and Candy dots in Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Garden Green. Additional cards: Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral Ribbon. Additional Candy Dots in Island Indigo.
- Tools: Starburst Sayings Framelits and a Paper cutter, Dimensional Adhesive and Snail adhesive
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):
- Inks: Garden Green and Crushed Curry
- Stamps: Pure Gumption set (retired) and Gorgeous Grunge set
- Paper: Garden Green, Crushed Curry and Whisper White
- Embellishments: Garden Green Candy Dots
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!
- Paper: Stampin’ Up colors: Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake and Whisper White. Patterned paper is Cut and Paste Amy Tangerine line by American Crafts
- Ink: Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder
- Tools: Stampin’ Up Artisan Label Punch, Starburst framelit dies and circle dies. I also used some smaller circle punches in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch sizes. Stampin’ Up Corner rounder punch
- Embellishments: We R Memory keepers Sew easy purple floss, Stampin’ Up essentials wooden elements and Elle’s Studio wood veneers
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!
- Paper: Stampin’ Up Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, Teresa Collins Summer Stories Pattered Paper.
- Ink: Stampin’ Up Crushed Curry
- Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy black floss, Stampin’ Up Whisper White Candy Dots, Unknown Brand Washi tape – yellow pattered and black and white dots
- Tools: Stampin’ Up Window Framelit Dies and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. 1/2 inch circle punch by McGill Creavitivity
I was able to get some crafting in today and decided to go looking for challenges. I found two that sounded fun. Over at Freshly Made Sketches there is an adorable sketch that I used as my template. At Catherine & Cathy Create the cards challenge for this month is to make a baby card. I have only one baby stamp set so I got to work on figuring out how I could use it with the Sketch challenge and here is what I came up with:
Here is the sketch used for this challenge:
I still have a few pages of the Stampin’ Up Sale-A-Bration freebie paper I received so I thought that would be the perfect combo for a baby card. I tried to pick colors that would make it either for a boy or a girl because I don’t have a need for a baby card now. It will be nice to have one ready to go for when I do! It is a cute little card and was fun to make.
- Ink: Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand and Pool Party marker
- Paper: Stampin’ Up Sale-A-Bration patterned paper (no longer available), Stampin’ Up Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe. Paper Studio white card base.
- Tools: Stampin’ Up Decorative Dots embossing folder, Stampin’ Up Sunburst Die and Circle Die, Stampin’ Up banner punch and a Corner Punch.
- Emblishments: White Ribbon
Happy Saturday Everyone!
Over at OWH the midweek throwdown is to make a card with flowers. I had some ideas brewing in my head about what to make, but just got to make it tonight. This challenge actually made me realize that I have very few stamp sets with flowers in them! Well, I took care of that right quick and put in an order through my Stampin’ Up demonstrator for the Petite Petals Bundle. 🙂 But until that arrives, I will just have to use what is in my stash. I do have the Mixed Bunch set from Stampin’ Up so I pulled that out and got to work:
For the most part this was a pretty simple card. A little fussy with the cutting of the strips, but overall easily done. I tend to like to make things look a bit more contemporary which I believe is why I lean more toward non-flower stamp sets. This is not to say flowers can’t look totally current and now, but I just have more trouble creating them in that way. The block design and tiered stripes I used on this card was my attempt to make a contemporary look. So did I pull it off?
Supplies used (All Stampin’ Up Products):
- Inks: Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Sahara Sand
- Stamps: Mixed Bunch and Just Sayin’
- Tools: Word Bubbles die
- Emblishments: Candy Dots in the same colors as the inks used
- Paper: Caylpso Coral and Pool Party with a white card base
Hope everyone is getting their weekend off to a great start!
Oh how life can change so quickly. I have been away from the blogging/scrapping world for over a week now because I sustained an injury to my back. It is likely pretty significant as the preliminary tests indicate my injury is in the same location I had surgery on 5 years ago. I will have more tests to get the specifics, but for now I am spending a large part of my day laying down. Makes for a challenge in terms of scrapbooking or making cards, eh? Well it sure does. So once I know what is really wrong and figure out a plan for what it will take to get better, I am going to try to have a new perspective. You see I have a pretty demanding job. I spend many extra hours working and based on what I do, I sit for a very long time. My doctors told me 5 years ago I need to be exercising and be aware of changing positions from time to time. I did listen at first, but not these last two years. It appears I am paying for it now. But it is likely there is a good treatment or surgery that can help me get back on track and when I do, Iwill have my fresh beginning. I will make time to exercise and get away from my work desk, like I should.
The good news is I had completed some cards for some challenges before this happened so I can still participate, Woo-Hoo!! The ironic thing is over at Catherine and Cathy Create their first challenge is Fresh Beginnings….so there was a reason I never was getting to posting my card. I had to wait for my own Fresh Beginning to post about before it made sense to do it!
So on to the fun challenge and card I made to go with it!
They had a picture to use as our inspiration with many beautiful and inviting spring colors. It had green/blue. purple/pink white and touches of neutrals. Lots of good colors to draw from. The colors seemed to be perfect for a Mother’s Day card and even appeared to be very closely matched to the Paper Pumpkin card base we received in the March kit. So here is what I came up with:
It is a pretty simple card, but I do love how these colors came together.
Here are the supplies used (All Stampin’ Up Products):
- Ink: Costal Cabana, Crumb Cake and Raspberry Ripple
- Cardstock: My Paper Pumpkin March Kit card with Costal Caban and Whisper white stripes, Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana.
- Emblishments: Linen Thread and Raspberry Ripple button
- Tools: Blossom Punch and Deco Labels dies
- Stamps: Mixed Bunch Flowers and My Paper Pumpkin Kit April kit Mother’s day stamp
I am off to lay down and get some rest. Be sure to look for your own Fresh Beginnings!!