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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!


Don’t look up!

I was always amused by the tradition of throwing the graduation caps into the air. Something about all the graduates ending up with eye injuries always made me cringe somewhat or just smile at the thought depending on my mood.

I do know that when I saw this card by Yainea :

Yainea created this card for Lawn Fawn! It's been floating around in my head like so many mortarboards ever since!

Yainea created this card for Lawn Fawn! It’s been floating around in my head like so many mortarboards ever since!

I knew it was one I wanted to “copy”! Then, Papertrey Ink put out a challenge to do a random stamped background and I really needed to get my act together and create a graduation card.  I had a great set of Papertrey Ink stamps that I could use and along with my Silhouette Cameo, and a great sketch from the Online Card Class : Summer Card Camp 2. I came up with this:

The school colors were yellow and black

The school colors were yellow and black

I forgot to use my anti-static bag on the embossed banners, but I went with it because I thought it added a confetti-like feel and helped the banners to stand out more from the stamped hats. Here’s the inside:

(I don't know why the color turned out so different - it's the same as the front...)

(I don’t know why the color turned out so different – it’s the same as the front…)

I got the inspiration for the sentiment from a shirt I had from a continuing ed class I had taken. I thought it was especially appropriate because this particular graduate is going to be teaching! I used the Silhouette sketch pens to draw the sentiment and the borders around it. I’ll be writing a personal message inside.

I will be entering my card into the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge using a randomly stamped background:

and the Scrappin-n-Chattin August Card Challenge Handmade Background :

And here is a link to Yainea’s blog, she is amazing. I am always blown away by her fun, clever cards!

I used: cardstock from CTMH, Discount Cardstock and stash, stamps from Papertrey Ink (Tag-its #4), cutting files from Silhouette store (Class of 2013, pea pod parts for drawn frame) and Matilde is the font I used for the quote, Versafine and Versamark ink and Stampendous embossing powder, American Crafts and Imaginisce adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I really love how those hats look all flying around and I’m so glad that Papertrey Ink encouraged me to use that wonderful detailed hat stamp by having the random stamping challenge!

Let me know if you have any questions or have a favorite part of my card you’d like to tell me about in the comment section ;-)!


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