Sunday, September 28, 2014

Inspired By Some Challenges

Last weekend I had posted on my favorite crafty site, StampNation, about how my crafting mojo was no where to be found.  I was challenged by some of the members there, and it was exactly what I needed to get back to creating. 

One of the challenges was a tic tac toe challenge, an old one, which I think was from The Paper Players.  At any rate, those challenges are timeless!  I combined a few of them with some current challenges, and here is the result. 

First, a card inspired by Muse Challenge #86, and using three items from the tic tac toe board (thank you card, pattern paper, shade of green).  Here is the card . . .

Leftover Basic Grey paper from a Simon Says Stamp kit was in the right place at the right time (and the only shade of green in the area).  The muse card is further below with my supply list (such a beautiful card in shades of blue). 

My second card is for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge (the sketch is below with my supply list).  On the tic tac toe board, the challenge was to use any shade of pink, embossing, and rhinestones or pearls. 

I embossed the ring, the rock, and the sentiments on this card.

I'm heading to a weekend crop later in the week, so I'll hopefully have plenty of time to create.  Of course, I'll be limited to the supplies on hand and will be chatting it up with friends. 

Hope you have your mojo and hope you find some time to create. 

Supplies Used - Thanks (Muse Challenge)
Cardstock:  Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey Fresh Cuts
Dies:  Thanks from Paper Smooches, Scallop Circle from The Stamps of Life
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Enamel Dots from My Mind's Eye, Stickles

Supplies Used - Nice Rock
Cardstock:  Neenah*
Pattern Paper:  Studio Calico*
Stamps:  Poet Society Card Kit*
Dies:  Vintage Label from My Creative Time
Ink:  Versafine, Versamark, Ranger Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up Iridescent Ice
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Ki Rhinestones
*September Studio Calico Card Kit

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Card for Stampin' Celebration

A little fall card for Stampin' Celebration . . . and I only have about a minute to spare before deadline, so it likely won't make it there.  More important was the challenge to make a fall card to get my crafty mojo back (it was missing for a few weeks). 

The leaves and acorn were stamped and embossed . . . double embossed for some added thickness.  

It's awesome to be creating and enjoying it again! 

Supplies Used - Happy Thanksgiving
Cardstock:  Bazzill and Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps:  Close To My Heart (Leaves and Acorn) and My Creative Time (Sentiment)
Dies:   Sizzix Circle Die
Ink:  Stampin' Up, Ranger Archival, Versamark and Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder
Ribbon:  Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon
Other:  Stick Pin from Little Yellow Bicycle

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celebrating Halloween w/Sequins

This week's challenge at CAS on Sunday was to create a celebration card using sequins.  I decided to create a card to celebrate Halloween and include some sequins inside a shaker box. 

I had sequins that matched my pattern paper, so they were perfect on that white background in the shaker box.  

I used this same paper to create some other cards.  Here is one, and I'll post the rest in the coming days.

Loving those sequins!  

Such fun colors.  

Supplies Used - Happy Halloween Shaker
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Doodlebug
Stamps:  Treats for my Sweet from My Creative Time, Costumed Pets from Simon Says Stamp
Dies:  Costumed Pets from Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Film Strip Die from Pretty Pink Posh
Ink:  Memento, Versamark, and Ranger Embossing Powder
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins and American Crafts Glitter Tape

Supplies Used - Boo
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up, Neenah
Pattern Paper:  Doodlebug
Stamps:  Treats for my Sweet and All Around Halloween from My Creative Time
Dies:  Stitched Circle Die from My Creative Time
Ink:  Memento, Versamark, and Ranger Embossing Powder
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, American Crafts Glitter Tape and EK Success Scallop Circle Punch

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kit Kraft Wednesday - More Studio Calico

Two cards for Kit Kraft Wednesday, both using kits from Studio Calico.  First up is "You're a Gem" which is from the latest kit, Poet Society.

For this card, I let the pattern paper do most of the talking.  I used a sketch that was floating around on my craft table.  I love the look of the black embossed sentiment on that newsprint paper.

For my second card I used supplies from my Studio Calico Sandlot kit.  Love the blue and black on this card. 

Of course, I did add aa few of my own supplies, which I've included in the supply list below. 

I will be posting some Halloween cards in the coming days, so stay tuned. 

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Bazzill*
Pattern Paper:  Studio Calico and Valerie Wibbins*
Stamps:  Studio Calico*
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Other:  Plastic Gem*, Ki Rhinestones, and American Crafts Glitter Tape

*from Studio Calico September Card Kit (Poet Society)

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Paper Accents* and Neenah*
Pattern Paper:  Life.Love.Paper*
Stamps:  Life.Love.Paper*
Dies:  Diamond Border from The Stamps of Life
Ink:  Memento, Versamark, Ranger Black Embossing Powders (plain and sparkle)
Other:  Sequins*

*from Studio Calico August Card Kit (Sandlot)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Retro Sketch Meets Kit Kraft Wednesday

After being away and off of my "creating schedule) for nearly two weeks, I finally broke open my Studio Calico Kit for Kit Kraft Wednesday.  I decided to use this week's Retro Sketch to create and kept is pretty simple (no sense rushing in, right?). 

Here is the sketch . . .
 Here is my creation . . .

 This was a pretty simple card, the most difficult part being keeping my hands clean from the inking of my patterned papers.  All of the supplies are from Studio Calico's Poet Society Card Kit. 

A very simple, masculine card. 

Supplies Used - Congratulations
Cardstock:  Neenah*
Pattern Paper:  Studio Calico*
Stamps:  Poet Society Stamp Set*
Ink:  Memento
Other:  Small Rhinestone Stars*, Wood Veneer Straight Banners*

*from Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In Lieu of Kit Kraft Wednesday

It's been a chaotic couple of weeks which translates to little time to create.  It makes me so sad, because creating is my "me time" and it's absence is most definitely felt!

For the first time since I started my Kit Kraft Wednesday posts, there will be nothing posted tomorrow because of my absence. But I do have a card to share, as I will be away AGAIN over the next several days and won't be able to post anything. 

It's not for a challenge; it is not for Kit Kraft Wednesday.  It is just because. 

 I had some coordinating paper from We R Memories that needed to be used and abused.  This was the result. 

Mmmmm!  Cupcake. 

Supplies Used
Cardstock:  Neenah
Pattern Paper:  We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard Paper Pack
Stamps:  Reverse Confetti Celebrate Cake
Ink:  Stampin' Up, Versamark
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Embossing Powder

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fingerprint Evidence for Kit Kraft Wednesday

I have a card, and then I have evidence of failure . . . all for Kit Kraft Wednesday. 

I honestly forgot it was Wednesday with the Labor Day Holiday, so I sat down to create and I was overtired and a little cranky from the long day.  I was playing with some new embossing powders, and I was covering die cut words with Versamark and putting some sparkly accent with the powders and then decided it was time to make a card.  My first result is the evidence of failure.  Splotches of powder . . . and not until I heat embossed the messy piece (which was ruined anyway) did I see my own darn fingerprints everywhere (from my earlier die cut fun). 

I guess I touched that paper a few times with my versamarked fingers.  Clearly fingerprint lines on that one with the arrows.  My "duh' moment. 

But my second attempt (after washing my hands) turned out better.  Using the sketch from Clean & Simple and my supplies from the August Simon Says Stamp Kit, here is my creation . . .

For this card my pattern paper and the sketch were my inspiration for the card.  Even with the Copic coloring, it was a very simple card to create.  

Hope you found some time to create today, and hope you didn't have inky versamarked fingers in your way! 

Supplies Used - Ice Cream
Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp* and Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper:  Bo Bunny Lemonade Stand*
Stamps:  Ice Cream Dreams*
Dies:  Deco Labels Framelits from Stampin' Up
Ink:  Memento and Copic Markers
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

*from Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit