There are some truly wonderful people out there in this creative world of ours. I’ve met loads of friends through this wide world of blogging and one special friend recently helped me so much when I needed her. I don’t even know if she really knew how much – so I made her a card to say I was touched by her words.
Here’s my card (and it was definitely made with love):
We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink today. Our pretty colour challenge has been suggested by Chantell. I can’t wait to see what you create with this combo.
Whenever I need to combine more than a couple of colours, I’ve found the easiest way is to start with a white background. I managed to squeeze the majority of the challenge colours on to my card by stamping stripes from Stampin’ Up!s Work of Art set. I then only had to add some flowers and the final challenge colour, green, for my leaves. I have used a black sentiment (not a challenge colour) but a black sentiment stood out better.
Here’s my card:
The girls at Just Add Ink have created gorgeous inspiration for you – head over to the challenge and take a look.
I was going to start this post with “it’s only so-many days until Christmas” but then I realised I’m not ready for Christmas yet, so I didn’t bother counting them!
Time for a new sketch challenge. Our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches is none other than Jennifer Timko. Her creations are so clean and just plain gorgeous. Head over to her blog and see for yourself – you will love her works of art.
Here’s her fab sketch:
I found her sketch so easy to work with and I know it’s one that I will be using again. The snowflakes and sentiment are from Stampin’ Up!s Flurry of Wishes. This is a pretty clean card for me – just gold sequins, snowflake elements and some gold twine. The colours I’ve used are Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron. Here’s my card:
I had no idea which stamp set I was going to use when I set out to create a card for my uber talented friend Amy O’Neill. Amy’s talent has earned her the honour of becoming Stampin’ Up!s newest Artisan Design Team Member! Huge congrats Amy! Here’s her sketch for this weeks challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.
So I got my radio going and looked to my new stamp sets. It then literally only took me about 2 minutes to decide colours and stamp sets and I was off. Sometimes cards just come together with ease and other times I can sit and play with a card over two days. This card came together in no time – I think I banged it out in about 25 minutes and that included heat embossing my sentiment and bauble. It might’ve then taken a couple more minutes to stick it together. Love it when it “just happens”! All thanks to Amy’s great sketch.
Here’s my card:
Our team has provided wonderful inspiration for you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out their fabulous cards. We would love for you to join us with our challenge.
The card I’ve created is kinda vintage-y with not only the retired Stampin’ Up! products I’ve used but with the colours and the distressed edges I’ve given it. The colours I’ve used are Crumb Cake, Basic Black & Very Vanilla. I dragged out my crimper again just for a bit of texture to the background and found some long-ago retired Stampin’ Up! DSP called Love Letter DSP for the stars. I’ve stamped a Christmas greeting from a retired set called That’s the Ticket. To finish it off I’ve added some sequins, button, linen thread and a bow. I can’t even remember the last time I tied a seam binding bow! I have used quite a few old school products here but I can’t go past them for that vintage-y feel.
Friday’s mean a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week I designed a sketch for you.
I think this sketch is very versatile as you will see by the gorgeous & varied creations by the Just Add Ink Design Team. I stayed pretty true to the sketch (which doesn’t happen very often for me). It was only as I was typing this did I realise I created a card with no stamping – yay for me!
We would love for you to join us. Head over to Just Add Ink and play along.
We have a new sketch for you over at Freshly Made Sketches. I’m the sketch hostess this week – here’s my sketch:
I’ve kept it pretty simple – just three shapes. Tip Top Taupe is my go-to colour now. I’ve combined it with Hello Honey and Whisper White. Another non-traditional colour combo that I like for Christmas.
Our team has created wonderful inspiration for you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look at their gorgeous card.
Gee cleaning up your craft desk does wonders for your mojo! I couldn’t wait to get in my craft room today and I even left it the same way as I found it – all nice and clean and ready for me next weekend! I banged out my cards for my design team commitments for the week and then managed to create a card just for fun. The challenges I’m entering my card in to are: Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge and Stampin’ Royalty’s Challenge where their theme is Stars.
As you know, I LOVE stars so this one was an easy one for me to put together. Here’s what I came up with:
Don’t you love it when it when you get a sketch designed for you that you absolutely love? This is how I felt when I saw this sketch by the wonderfully talented Karren Johnson. Karren is our sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches this week. You’re amazing Karren!
I created another Christmas card for my stash and used my new Stampin’ Up Sleigh Ride Thinlits. To finish off my creation I’ve used gold sequins and a Snowflake Element.
Our team has created fabulous inspiration for you. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look. While you’re there, we would love for you to create a card and link it up.
No card from me this weekend even though it was a 4 day weekend for a lot of us Melbournians – something about a horse race that stops a nation? Doesn’t really mean anything to me except it gives me a couple of extra sleep-ins!
I did manage to spend some time in my craft room. I’ve been itching to get my new storage cabinets from Colcraft installed. They’ve been sitting on the floor of my craft room for a couple of weeks ready to be installed on this long weekend.
I took a couple of photos to show you how much I was in need of new storage. Here’s a before photo of my wall of clutter (look at the bend in that shelf!):
And an after photo from the same angle.
Here’s a before photo from the opposite side of the room. My hubby made me my 12 x 12 cardstock/DSP storage – it’s still in need of a clean up but I ran out of time today.
And in this after photo it shows I have enough room now for another unit – I’m thinking DVD storage…. I might be able to get rid of the separate DVD shelf shown in the next photo to the right of my desk.
Here’s one showing the majority of my clear mount stamps in the bookcase and my funky ikea cart with all my tape, scissors, tools, embellishments and twine.
What do you think? It’s still a work in progress and it’s really only a third of my room. The ikea cube storage unit that sits behind me will have to be tackled when I have a bit more drive in me.