Simon Says Stamp Card Kit challenge

So, today is all about the February Simon Says Stamp card kit. I love these kits, but always feel a little disappointed that I don’t make more with them.

I set myself a goal to see how many cards I could make in 45 minutes – time is precious around here! Turns out – not that many. I completed one, and made decent progress on 2 others. Within an hour & a half I had 3 done. I assumed I would make at least 3-4 within 45 minutes, so it was a little bit of a reality check to see how much time I actually need to make something. Something to work on I suppose!

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I think I’ll give myself this challenge again sometime soon with a past Studio Calico kit that I haven’t put to good use. It is a useful exercise in pushing yourself to really create with the kits – a lot of the time I just absorb the materials into my stash :-)
Thanks for visiting & have a great day!

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PTI Anniversary Continues…

Hello again! So, I have a super quick post today. At about midnight last night I booked a last minute trip to California to see my family…so, now I have to have myself & my 2 yr old prepared to make a 12 hr journey on Thursday! I can’t wait for this impromptu break, which is really needed, but there is A LOT to do be done before we head off. So, rambling over – onto the card!

I am playing along in another Papertrey Ink anniversary challenge – this time featuring a word as the main focal point of a card. I layered the die cut ‘hello’ 3 times, a la Jennifer McGuire. I was really surprised what a big impact this made!

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Ok, onto the next task – planning a birthday party for my little one at his day care, which now needs to happen tomorrow! Yikes! Thankful for boxed cake mix right now :-)
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On the Diagonal

Hey there blog friends! Can’t believe it is Monday again – it comes so quickly, right?!

Anyway, back after a little lull in creativity. Really couldn’t make anything last week- ever have weeks like that? I did manage to do something today, but not sure I’m loving it! Even so, felt good to just get in my room and be productive.

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I wanted to play along with some of the WPlus9 anniversary festivities & today’s challenge was to do something in your comfort zone, which I suppose is clean & simple for me. I do love layers & paper, but more often than not I am drawn to clean cards – so thats what I went with. I used the great diagonal sketch at Case this Sketch as my starting off point.

Ok, thats all for me tonight. Thanks for stopping by – really means a lot!

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Fall Foliage

Evening friends! Just popping in to share a quick card I made for the current Paper Smooches Sparks challenge – I loved the inspiration photo with all the gorgeous leaves.

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I used some new Distress Markers – the special seasonal collections (my faves) to create this simple card. I usually would have gone for a kraft card base, but opted for the purple as I thought it really made the flowers pop. I usually never work with purple, but I think it works with this.

I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

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A Blog Named Hero challenge – Victorious Vellum

Hey there!

Today is my last guest post at A Blog Named Hero – it has been great to be a guest – such great girls full of inspiration! I’m sharing a card for the new challenge – to use vellum. Vellum is definitely the come-back kid of 2013! I used vellum back in the day when I started scrapbooking, but it started gathering dust until recently.

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I colored the vellum with Copics and punched out circles. Because the vellum is colored, I was able to run it through a Zyron without the adhesive showing through. I added a stamped sentiment, patterned paper and stapled on some twine. This is a super easy card and gets you a lot more mileage from clear vellum.
Make sure to check out the rest of the DT inspiration and join in the fun. There is a great Simon Says Stamp gift certificate up for grabs too! 

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10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge

Hello! Today is my first challenge as a DT member over at the 10 Minute Craft Dash – I’m super excited! I love the challenge so much and it has really pushed me to get back into crafting over the last year since moving to a new country & being a full time mom. I hope it inspires you as well to crafty even if you’re short on time!

The sponsor for the challenge is Clearly Besotted Stamps – they have gorgeous stamps and the winner will receive 2 stamp sets of their choice! Woohoo! Reason enough to play along.

So, onto the card. I have found that I need to keep my creations super simple to stay within the time & I often opt for spray mists for quick color. This took me 9 minutes & 51 seconds – just in the nick of time!

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Thanks for stopping by & make sure to visit Pretty Pink Posh for all the details and design team inspiration!

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Giving Paisley a Try…

Wahoo – Friday night! Hope everyone had a good week. Ours was busy, but I’m hoping for a relaxing weekend. I’ve been promised some crafty time, but we’ll see – it usually doesn’t happen :-)

Anyway, just wanted to share a quick card. I recently bought the WPlus9 Paisley stamp set – I love the images. I think the options will be endless with this set, but kept it simple for this card. I used the current Studio Calico sketch as inspiration and the colors are inspired by the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board.

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Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
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Thinking of You

Morning! Very quick post this morning! I recently received my Simon Says Stamp June card making kit – let me just say getting monthly kits is so much fun! It definitely keeps me inspired & knowing I will get a box every month really feeds my craft supply addiction (not sure thats a good thing though!).

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Anyway, I made this card using the Case this Sketch design as inspiration. Love this mix of papers in the kit & thought I would also link this up for the Moxie Fab World Mixy Matchy Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by & come back later to check out a Wplus9 Paisley card. I can’t wait to get my hands on their new floral set, but it is sold out EVERYWHERE!

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Mirror Stamping

Hey everyone! Hope your weeks are all off to a good start. I have a super quick card to share today using the mirror stamping technique that was covered in the Clean & Simple Card Making Class. I used some sweet Lawn Fawn animals to give this a try. I was definitely inspired by this sweet card Chari made using these adorable cows.

This card is for the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp! Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!
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Embossed Hearts

Hey everyone! I’m having a super busy week, so going to keep this short & sweet. It has started to dawn on me that my due date is fast approaching and there is lots to be done around the house (less than 3 weeks now!). I’ve been really enjoying the Clean & Simple Card Making Class but finding less & less time to make projects :-( 

But, I did manage this quick card – I used a sketch from Day 1 and tone-on-tone embossing that I think was covered in Day 3 or 4. I also wanted to use a very white canvas, which was discussed yesterday – so lots of elements combined into one! This is also for the Moxie Fab Embossing & Debossing challenge and the Passion for Papertrey Valentine’s Day challenge – I used all PTI cardstock, ink & die cuts!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your week!

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