1 Hour Challenge with Simon Says Stamp

I was so excited to get the November Simon Says Stamp card kit. I have been admiring it on everyone’s blogs and couldn’t wait to make some holiday cards. I love the colors – not the typical holiday palette, but still festive. I kept the cards really simple for my 1 hour challenge relying heavily on the fun patterned papers.

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I love that some of these came out very neutral for the holidays, but others are very Christmas-y. You can get so much out of these kits – even just the mix of patterned paper with the coordinating solids gives you lots of mileage.

These cards came together just at the 1 hour mark – they were all simple, but I’m still happy with them! I am going to link up a few for the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week and Happy Halloween!

(ETA: I have just been browsing all my blogs and came across Lucy’s blog and saw that we created almost identical cards with the adorable patterned paper in my 2nd card! I hadn’t seen her card beforehand, but I wanted to make sure I mentioned it and provided a link!)

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Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

Hooray! I made a card! Feels like it has been forever, but I finally got around to getting something made for this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. There are gorgeous color combinations featured on Nichole Heady’s blog and I chose something bold & bright for the holidays.

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I was in the mood for some sparkle, so I added some silver washi tape to the bottom of this simple card and adhered the stamped panel with foam adhesive.

Here is the color combination I opted for – lots of bright, fun shades for the holidays.

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That is all for me today – enjoy the hop – I’m sure there is lots of inspiration!

 

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A peek in my studio

Things are busy around here with my parents visiting Zurich and Christmas Fair preparations well under way, but I thought I would pop in quickly to share a few shots of some my studio.

A friend snapped these pics recently, capturing some of the little details in my colorful craft room. I am hoping to do a series on my organization at some point down the road. I love to see other people’s spaces! Half the fun of this hobby is organizing (and re-organizing!) all the gorgeous supplies.

This is by beloved washi wheel from All Ready Memories. It stores a small portion of my washi that I keep easy access on my work table.

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I use Avery Elle pockets for my stamp storage and print labels on these Avery labels. WWW-STS-007I have 2 of these Alex drawer units from Ikea – they are great for storing ink pads and woodblock stamps. They are shallow, so you are not searching through a lot of ink pads to get to the color you need. Mine stack 3 high and I love this system. My woodblock stamps fit perfectly in these drawers too.WWW-STS-008I recently added a wall of additional shelving from Ikea. It is full of patterned paper and scrapbook supplies.WWW-STS-009
I have 2 Raskog units in my room – one I keep with my basic stamping supplies and this turquoise one, which lives under my work bench (which is standing height) is full of my Project Life supplies.WWW-STS-010
I used to keep ink swatches on a large ring. I have since switched to a binder system, but I leave this out because it makes me so happy!WWW-STS-005That is all from me today – have a great rest of your week!

 

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Don’t follow the path…

I love this Hero Arts stamp – such a nice sentiment – perfect for a graduation or new job. Even though it is hard to see in the pictures, in real life it has a nice softness to the watercolor background, but the white embossing is still vivid enough to read.

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I kept the embellishments very simple with washi tape, an arrow clip and staples.

A little trick here – I love the look of washi tape and how easy it is to use, but sometimes I don’t love the look on colored backgrounds – it doesn’t have the same punch as white. I really wanted this particular tape on the card, so I simply put it on a scrap of white cardstock, tore the edge and glued it to the card. Admittedly, it loses the weightless and easy-to-use appeal of washi, but I wanted to use the pattern and it was still pretty simple!

Ok, that is all from me for today – and maybe for the week! My parents are here visiting and things are pretty busy.

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5 Minute Friday

Back today with a super quick one – a 5 minute Friday. I have had this Neat and Tangled triangle stamp in my ‘to use’ pile for awhile. I have been admiring it and I’m glad I finally inked it up. I love the graphic look with the white on the dark charcoal. I kept the card super simple with washi, a stamped label and some embellishments.

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I’m linking this up to the Little Tangles Anything Goes challenge.

So, I’m keeping this post very short – its 10pm and I’m sitting in front of the the TV watching Scandal so I’m going to get back to putting my feet up.

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Have a great night!

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1 hour with Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit

I have another 1 hour challenge to share today. I am loving these, although 1 hour seems like a stretch lately with my schedule. But, when I do manage an hour, it is fun to see how I can push myself with only the contents of the a kit.

The Studio Calico Poet Society card kit was lovely, but at first glance not my usual style. Once I got in the zone though I was able to create 4 cards.

As usual, I relied heavily on the gorgeous patterned papers to create quick cards.

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Full disclaimer – this last card took me over the 1 hour limit – it was fussy cutting the sentiment that did it!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great week – my parents arrive on Monday so we are gearing up for a fun 2 weeks.

 

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You’re My Favorite

Hello! I am going to keep this super short & sweet. Just walked in the door from German class and I’m exhausted. Learning a new language is super taxing mentally, especially at the end of the day. But, my 2 1/2 year old can communicate more efficiently at the grocery store than I can, so time to learn!

I have not had much time to create lately (thanks to said German class), but I managed to squeeze this in yesterday. I used the sketch over at Case this Sketch for my inspiration. I wanted something masculine – thought I would give it to my hubby for giving me the ‘time off’ to go to school in the evenings (though doesn’t feel like much of a break!).  Some Distress Markers + water made for a very quick & easy watercolored card. I’m digging the ombre triangles…

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This is also for the Mama Elephant Anything Goes challenge.

Alright, that is all for tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow with a 1 hour challenge using the Studio Calico Poet Society Card Kit.

Until then ♥

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Late to the WCMD festivities!

So, I am a little late to the World Card Making Day party. But, better late than never, right?

I had a few minutes to make something today & decided to play along with the Avery Elle challenge to use tags. I like incorporating a tag into a card design, so thought I’d try to do something simple in the few minutes I had today.

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I have been hoarding this Basic Grey  Mon Ami paper for awhile now – I really adore these colors for autumn. And the Avery Elle Handwritten Notes sentiment set – definitely one of my all-time favorite sets. The flowers are a combination of Laurels & Happy Day and I used Simon Says Stamp inks.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend with lots of time to get crafty. I’ll be back soon with another instalment of my 1 hour challenge. And just in case you are having trouble following my new blog through Bloglovin – here you go – Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

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You’re Perfect (Seriously!)

Hey lovely blog friends. I mean it, you really are perfect! And this card, made with the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit is just the right way to say it.

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This card should have come together quickly, but I kept smudging something or stamping crooked – it took me more tries than I am going to admit. But, I got there in the end – apart from a crooked sentiment. Grrr.

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That is all from me for today – have a great end of your week!

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