Thursday, 29 May 2014

Retro Sketches, Runway Inspired, and Paper Smooches Sparks

I'm back today with two new cards for a few different challenges.  I've been in a bit of a crafting funk lately, but leave it to the trusty ladies over at Retro Sketches to come up with a fantastic sketch which inspired me to make my Dad a Father's Day card.  This is the sketch for Retro Sketches Challenge #116

And this is my entry for the challenge

I heat embossed a polka dot pattern with clear embossing powder to give the background some texture.  I finally used my Memory Box small Marianna vine outline die to cut some leaves out of contrasting green cardstock.  I die cut a circle from Neenah Solar White Cardstock to make a frame and popped it up using foam squares.  I printed a vellum banner to finish off the card.

For my second card of the day, I combined the Runway Inspired Challenge #60 with the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts Challenge.  Here are the sketches


And this is my card

I used the zipper die from Papertrey Ink so that the recipient can find a surprise Birthday greeting underneath.  The stamp is from Paper Smooches and the sequins are from Neat and Tangled.  I still don't know the brand of cardstock I've been using for my cards, but I think it's a mixture of Die Cuts with a View and Bazzill.

That's all for now, thanks for visiting and have a great rest of your week!

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Back from Hiatus!

Hello lovely blogging world!  I took an unexpected hiatus from this little blog of mine, mainly because I moved my craft area to the basement and it took forever!  My craft room used to be the laundry room on the main floor of my house, but ever since my sister (she's over at silly things) started to share my crafting obsession, I outgrew my little craft room.  So off to the basement we went, and it took weeks of unpacking, de-cluttering, and cleaning, before it became a usable space.  Although it's not as pretty as my previous craft room, there is more than enough space for two desks, two bookcases, a crafting cupboard, and my ever growing craft collection.

Here are some before pictures:


And some after pictures:

The other reason I've been MIA, is because I finally started up with Project Life and I had some major catching up to do.  Unless you've been living under a rock or a pile of basement clutter like I've been lately, I'm sure you've heard of Project Life or pocket scrapbooking.  It's a simple way to document your life through pictures and journaling with minimal embellishments needed.  I've only ever completed one scrapbook, it a few years ago for DL as an anniversary present.  I found scrapbooking just too time consuming, I would plan and plan, and make these elaborate pages and it always felt like I was never finished.  I'm a results oriented kind of gal, I want to have a finished product at the end of a crafting session, (which is probably why I like card making so much).  I think that the simpler method pocket scrapbooking is working out a lot better for me, because I can focus on one pocket and have something finished quickly and easily.  I still love adding handcrafted elements to my pages, but I like that if I get lazy I can just use a filler card and it doesn't look out of place.

So that's what I've been up to for the last few weeks.  I promise that I will try my best not to take such a long hiatus again, but now that I've got my craft room up and running, I'm sure the paper and scissors will be flying :P  Thanks for hanging in there, and until next time.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean and Simple

Despite being a fan of Simon Says Stamp for a while now, I yet to participate in a Blog Challenge, until now! I decided to give the Keep it Clean and Simple Wednesday Challenge a try.  May is another big Birthday month for my family, so I've been trying to keep up with my card crafting.  Here is my entry for the challenge

I masked off rectangles using some Post-It tape then used my ink blending tool with Hero Arts Shadow ink for the background.  I heat embossed the sentiments onto some vellum and centered it over the inked rectangles to soften the background.  A few enamel dots and some strips of black cardstock finished off this CAS style card.

I've been playing around with my DIY light box and Photoshop actions, but the color still isn't as realistic as I'd like it to be.  I tend to do most of my crafting at night so I never catch that lovely window light that photographers recommend.  I bought some new full spectrum light bulbs for my lamps, so I'm hoping that with a bit of practice my pictures will end up pin worthy like so many blogs I follow.

That's all for me from now, have a great week!

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mother's Day Cards Part 2

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I'm back today with another card, this time for the Retro Sketches Challenge #111.

This post will be a short one since I'm feeling pretty under the weather today. I think it's also affecting my crafty mojo since it took forever to start and finish this card, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I couldn't get the gold embossing to come out the right color after post-processing so I'll be looking up some photography and photoshop tutorials soon.  The sentiment is from the Mums the Word stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays.  I used a lot of gold embossing powder for this card, my current favorite is Stampendous Detail Gold embossing powder, it gives such a nice finish and comes out looking quite beautiful.

That's all from me for now, be back soon.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Blog Re-design and Card Updates

For the past few weeks I've been itching to change up my blog, but I just haven't had time.  But I was able to find some extra time the last few days, so I finally dove head first into blog re-design.  I'm by no means a computer/photoshop/HTML/design expert, so it's taken me many tutorials and countless hours to try and redo this little blog of mine.  I can't believe how many amazing bloggers there are out there who take the time and to post tutorials and videos for the technically challenged bloggers like me, and I'd just like to say thank you, thank you, thank you!  

My blog is still under construction and I'll be changing things here and there until I'm happy with it, so don't be surprised if you click something which isn't working yet!
I was able to squeeze in some card making this weekend, just in time to enter two card contests CASology Week #91 and The Card Concept Challenge #8 (I used Clean and Layering for this card).


I'm combining the challenges this week and this is my entry

This card came together pretty quickly, the hardest part was getting the die cut hearts to align.  I used my Silhouette pick-me-up tool and tweezers to help with the placement and then glued it down with some glossy accents.  The umbrella, sentiment, and wood veneer are from the Studio Calico Office Hours kit.  I left the inside of this card blank, since I think it could be applicable to many different occasions.  

Well that's all from me for now.  I hope you had a great Easter weekend, and I'll be back with another card soon!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mojo Monday and Crafty Celebrations

Hello hello, I hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday!

I know I've been pretty absent this blog this past week, but work has been so busy this week that when I get home I haven't really had the energy to get crafty.  I was able to churn out one card in time for the Mojo Monday #340 Challenge, this is the sketch for this week 

I did some masking for the flowers and heat embossed them in white using my new Stampendous detail white embossing powder onto some lavender cardstock.  I'm in love with this embossing powder, I get such even coverage and amazing detail!  I used some 1/4" Scor-tape and dipped it in gold glitter to make a strip of glitter tape across the top of the card.  I die cut a vellum piece, embossed my sentiment in black, and adhered some gold thread behind my die cut.  It took me forever to get the loops to look somewhat presentable.  I'm so jealous of Laura Bassen and her perfect thread loops (is that what they're even called?) see some examples here and here,it's probably the simplest thing in the world to do but I can't figure out how to make it look perfectly imperfect!

In other news, I found out earlier this week that I was a Featured Player for the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge with my Hugs card!  I was so excited, it was the first contest I entered where I was a finalist.  To top it off, I also got a shout out for my Congrats card from the Retro Sketches #104 Challenge.  Crafting is my happy place, it's something I do just for me and it's my way of de-stressing at the end of the day.  With so many talented crafters out there, I'm so amazed that my cards were recognized!  After this I think I'll definitely be pushing myself to try new techniques and just get better.  Anyway that's all from me for today, have a great rest of your weekend and I'll be back soon.

Stay crafty!