{3.3.2013} a Sunday challenge

I’ve been trying to get my craft on this weekend and it just wasn’t happening like I wanted it too.  I had high hopes for MANY Christmas cards for the current Paper Crafts magazine call.  Alas, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit.  Thankfully, I squeaked out 2 cards, but I don’t have high hopes.  I just wasn’t on my game.

After struggling, I just gave up and looked for some challenges to inspire me.  I think my mojo was mad I tried to do holiday cards out of season.  Ha.  So what better than SPRING to bring me out of my winter blues.

ETA: had to update with a better photo

Hero Arts has the PERFECT challenge going on for March.
I’ve combined the color and spring challenge into one.

I wanted the look of doodling or a drawing in a notebook.  So, I stamped the ledger background first and then the flowers on top.  I also liked the idea of ‘chalk’ coloring, so used some Prismacolor pencils to achieve that look.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I’m not an expert, by any means, on coloring (with markers or pencils).

I’m also submitting this to the Simon Says challenge since anything goes this week.
Talk about easy peasy.




{2.14.2013} post no. 1 – love

Let’s CAS(E) this SKETCH!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
It is a love themed day, get ready.

CTS is a challenge blog to inspire you to create a clean and simple card based on a fun sketch.
Here is my inspiration for this week’s challenge and brand new sketch.

I think I have fallen in love with my own card.
It is one of my all time faves actually.

And the idea came out of nowhere.  Meaning, I sat down and just grabbed paper, stamps and ink as I went along.  Usually, I’ll think about it a little before I start.  The sketch helps my mojo tremendously, but I couldn’t decided what to do beyond that.  The little bird stamp started it all and then everything just fell into place.

Make sure you hop over to the CTS blog for challenge rules and a blog full of inspiration.
The design team girls are so talented and have the most fabulous cards to share.

other: crochet trim (The Paper Studio)

{11.15.2012} cas(e) this sketch!

Let’s CAS(E) this SKETCH!

CTS is a challenge blog to inspire you to create a clean and simple card based on a fun sketch.
Here is my inspiration for this week’s challenge and brand new sketch.

Make sure you hop over to the CTS blog for challenge rules and a blog full of inspiration.
The design team girls are so talented and have the most fabulous cards to share.

{8.25.2012} with sympathy

This little birdie flew into my home this month.  Isn’t he sweet.  I love the sketched look and yet he is quite simple and elegant at the same time.  His first job is a sympathy card and he did it well.

I chose to go with a very soft and serene color palette: cream, creamy brown and robin’s egg.  The sketch for this second round of the Hero Arts August 2012 challenge was the perfect inspiration for this sympathy card.

I started out by stamping the bird and sentiment and then masked them off before stamping the lattice background.  It creates a fabulous illusion of depths while still being a one layer card.  To finish off this clean and simple card, I added a few pearls.

This would be a great card for mass production.  You could change the sentiment and colors to create a great gift set.

{8.6.2012} smile – it’s monday…


This card makes me smile for a TON of reasons:

1.  I have not created for FUN in a few months.  My mojo has taken a serious summer vacation.  I’ve been keeping up with my scheduled design team assignments, but playing for fun eluded me {and was starting to worry me}.  I had the BIGGEST grin when I completed this one.  It felt good.

2.  I used washi tape… my new found love.
These are from Target… check the office supply section.  They are packaged in rolls of 4 for just $4.  Steals!

3.  TOTALLY clean and simple.  Ahhhhh, love.

4.  New Hero Arts stamps in DA HOUSE… yea!  How can you not smile at that!!!

5.  Finally, I’m playing in a challenge for Hero Arts.

So fun.

Seriously, this card just makes me happy.  I can’t explain it.  It is so simple, so full of white space… just some tape and one stamp.  But, my heart is smiling.  It feels good to look at a card and feel like myself again.
K, ’nuff of my weirdness.  I think you get it.  Lol.

I’m using some yummy Target tape in my favorite color combo right now: orange and teal.  Dots and stripes, yes please.  And the pop of the orange was perfect to highlight the ‘smile’ from the sentiment.

I am also entering this into the A Blog Named Hero

since anything goes this week and I LOVE Hero Arts.

I hope this made you smile on a Monday.
Have the most wonderful week.

{4.25.2012} hero arts fun

Hello friends.

I had a little bit of time this weekend to actually play in the Hero Arts challenge.  I’m really squeezing them in under the wire!  The deadline is TOMORROW.  Eeek.

Up first, I’m using one of the sketches to create this missing you, love  you or sympathy card.

I really loved the four panel sketch with the circle.   The background was created  with the envelope pattern stamp.  I masked off each section and varied the blue from lightest at the bottom to the darkest at the top.  For the 3rd row, I stamped the houses in grey.  I decided to use the popped up heart as the circle element.  I have used this technique before with this row of houses.  I just love the way the heart spotlights the one little house.

I decided to keep it quite simple and let the stamping be the star.

I was able to complete one more this weekend as well for the shaped card category.  There is something really fun about shaped cards.  They really add something a bit extra for very minimal effort.  The base was cut with my Cameo and the birds as well.  The center panel was stamped in Versamark with the zig zag background.  At the last minute it turned into an anniversary card.  Those little birds just seemed to be in love.

Thanks for stopping by today.

{3.6.2012} to…

My Bloggie BFFs

Happy day my dear friends.

I consider all of you my BFFs.
And yes, I can have more than one in Blogland.
We are special like that.

I have a card for you and the current Hero Arts March 2012 challenge.

Using lots of flowers.

I did some things I haven’t done in quite a while.  All those flowers are embossed.  The ones on the background are heat embossed in white and the popped up one is stamped in grey ink and then embossed in clear.  Don’t have the right color of embossing powder?  Just use your favorite ink and then emboss in clear.  Looks great every time.

And, this is one TALL card.

I think it is 8 x 4, but I can’t remember exactly.  Oh wait, yes I do.  It is 8.5 by 4.25… I used a standard sheet of cardstock to make it.  Simply trimmed it down to 8.5 x 8.5 square and then folded in half.  Turns into one BIG card for me but will still fit in a business envelope.

I love all the colors too.  Anything with blue/green and grey has my fancy right now.  Plus, that flower turned out super pretty too.  I stamped and embossed 3 flowers, used some Copic markers to color them and then trimmed and layered it all together.

This weekend was a bit of a bust card wise.  I tried really hard to create something for the new Paper Crafts call but my mojo didn’t want to wake up.  I was struggling something fierce and honestly… they are not my best creations.  I’ve had to redo one of them 3 times and it is still not really working right.  Ugh.  But I gave it a shot and if they don’t get picked up, I guess you won’t have to wait 6 months to see them.  Ha.