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Dashing through the crafting?

Speed is not something that I strive for normally in my crafting. Care, detail, thoughtfulness, design those are the things that matter most to me when I create. However, there are definitely lessons that can be learned through stretching from one’s comfort zone and trying new things, so I tried the 10 Minute Craft Dash! Motivation is important, so I have to say that the possibility of a prize was the main reason why I had much interest, but in the end I’m glad I tried and I definitely learned a few things:

  1. Textured cardstock is not a good stamping surface if you want to use finely detailed stamps that you want to retain their detail
  2. Stamping is generally not a good speed crafting technique. Too many ways to mess things up and I seemed to have found them
  3. It’s better to do something quickly than to put if off because I “don’t have the time”! Who doesn’t have 10 minutes to spare

Now, along with the 10 Minute Craft Dash you know there needed to be a sketch for inspiration. It just really helps to keep things headed in the right direction crafting-wise. I found that Seize the Sketch had a great one this week and I thought I could make it work for me:

Seize the Sketch is a new challenge blog. Don't you love this sketch?

Seize the Sketch is a new challenge blog. Isn’t this a great start?

Along with the other two challenges, Seize the Birthday has a challenge to create a birthday card, as does Scrappin-n-Chattin Yahoo! group and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was monochromatic, so my card was born. It was OK to get supplies ready before starting the clock, so here’s my set-up. Stamps mounted on blocks, sketch in my head, post-it for masking, ink pad and embellishments nearby along with tools and adhesive:

Yes, my craft area is crowded with lots of different supplies...

Yes, my craft area is crowded with lots of different supplies…

And yes, I do make cards in colors other than yellow and black, it’s just that recently I’ve done a couple yellow and black ones (the stamp set gave me the inspiration for the main color for this card:)

Hey, it's done (and with 7 seconds to spare!)

Hey, it’s done (and with 7 seconds to spare!)

I’ve had this awesome stamp set for quite a while now, but am in denial that I should make cards for belated birthdays. Who am I kidding? Very few birthday cards I give are on time! I should make a whole drawer of these – let’s see in two hours I could have 12 made! Or maybe the next time I should make 12 regular birthday cards and keep them “in stock” so I’m ready! To be honest, it’s not the making of the cards that is challenging it’s getting them into the mail…Sorry everyone who I owe a card. Maybe you’ll be getting one of these very soon!

Challenges entered (in alpha order):

10 Minute Craft Dash Birthday Bash

Scrappin-n-Chattin Birthday card

Seize the Birthday

Seize the Sketch #1

Simon Says…Monochromatic

Crafty supplies:

Card base – DCWV, Stamps – The Craft’s Meow, Ink – Tsukineko, Sequins – Hero Arts, Smooch top coat, Glue Dots adhesive.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear if you have any advice for how to craft fast or if you just want to tell me that you love the color yellow, too!



Shhhh! Keep this a surprise!

I’m in Summer Card Camp 2 at Online Card Classes There are lots of techniques, design tips, color combinations and challenges. I was lucky enough to have won a spot and am loving it!

This week there was a great color combination, especially for making masculine cards, three great card sketches and then on day 2 there were so many different wonderful embossing techniques to try! Well, the wheels got turning and I came up with an idea for Scott’s birthday card (his birthday is the end of next week!) So, I want to post my card on my blog and into the gallery for the class in a timely fashion and hope that what I suspect is true  – Scott doesn’t read my blog ;-)!

You can't show this to Scott until after next Friday, the 26th!

You can’t show this to Scott until after next Friday, the 26th!

The embossing technique that Amber Kemp-Gerstel ( used takes different colors of embossing powder and creates an ombre effect. I don’t have too many colors of embossing powders, so I just used different colors of inks and clear embossing powder! Still a great effect, don’t you think?

I used Close T0 My Heart cardstock in Colonial White, Crystal Blue and Cocoa, Papertrey Ink Around & About Sentiments and Big Birthday Wishes stamp sets along with CTMH Universal Backgrounds, CTMH pigment inks in Colonial White, Pear, Olive, Crystal Blue and Cocoa, Clearsnap clear embossing powder, Sakura Pigma pen, word bubble file from Silhouette by Jamie Koay and Scotch Adhesive.

Not as ground-breaking a card as I’ve done in the past, but he’s wanting a fairly low-key 50th birthday, so I’m hoping this fits the bill for him!

I hope you enjoyed! If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comments section below and certainly any nice comments you leave will totally make my day nicer! Thanks for visiting today and remember not to share this with Scott!

Birthday card for Erin!


The birthday girl turned 14 on July 8th! Here she’s enjoying a relaxing morning opening her cards and gifts from her brother and from Scott and I.

The bar is set pretty high in my house for birthday cards. I distinctly remember my son telling me last year that his card needed to be awesome (maybe this has something to do with the major creation I made for my hubby Scott’s birthday which always falls during the county fair near our house.) Anyway, I should share that card with you someday (something I often forget “Hey, I have a whole lotta projects that are already done and photographed that I could share on my blog…” LOL!)

To try and stay on topic just a little. Erin’s card this year was inspired by her fun spirit and love of rainbows, by the wonderful file I found at the Silhouette store for a pop-up many-tiered birthday cake on the inside and some fabulous balloons that spell out “wish” for the outside, some great papers that she seemed to like from CTMH and fun clouds that were SVG’s from Bird.

I loved the embossing on this paper! It added a fun bit of shine to balloons and background alike!

I loved the embossing on this paper! It added a fun bit of shine to balloons and background alike!

I won a spot in the Online Card Class Summer Card Camp 2 and the colors for this paper collection really worked well for the color inspiration this past week!

The clouds are velvet paper from SEI – so very fun!!!

I changed things up a tiny bit by cutting the candle top twice so I could get yellow flames.

I changed things up a tiny bit by cutting the candle top twice so I could get yellow flames.

(The next time I make this pop-up, I’m going to make it so that the candles don’t go past the top edge so that way they can’t be seen from the front.)

Fabulous details: All papers and marker are CTMH (Dream Pop collection papers), cut files are from the Silhouette store (Sweet Afton balloons and Rivka Wilkins pop-up) and clouds from Bird, Twine from Twinery, Adhesive from Scotch, Tombow and Zig.

I hope you enjoyed! I’m pretty happy with my daughter’s reaction (my family is usually quite sweet when they receive their lovingly created works of art!) Thanks so much for visiting!


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