The theme for this month's paper crafts gallery challenge was Chalkboard. This technique has really taken off lately, however, this was my first time trying it. I decided not to make the whole card with the chalkboard effect, instead, highlight one stamp that I thought would work well with it. What do you think? I had a lot of fun pairing the "vintage type" stamp and doily, with the modern print of the paper and the chevron ribbon. I think it works! The paper is from the amazing Atlantic collection from Studio Calico. The rest is Stampin' Up! Have you tried the chalkboard technique yet? Was it easy for you? Have you used it a lot? Let me know!!
If you've seen any of my work, you know I don't watercolor (or color at all!). It's not that I don't like it, and it's not that it's not freakin' AWESOME when done right, it's just that I'm not very good at it. It's not really my style. So… the Wonder of Watercolor Challenge over on the Moxie Fab World blog was quite the stretch for me. Totally out of the box!! Ok, so here is my final card for the challenge, but it took a couple tries:
Ok, so here is how the last three days of my watercolor adventure went. First, I tried this:
A little better! I still like the top half with the rainbow coloring, but the bottom half, well, let's just say it obviously didn't work how I wanted it to. I still might use the top half of this and rework it into something else later… but for now… it wasn't what I wanted. So, I was stuck. Two days, two watercolors and not what I was looking for. I began searching the web… and I found this guys' work:
And, it inspired me to create my card above. All in all I'm totally happy with how it turned out. Will I ever watercolor again…maybe… will it become a frequent tool in my crafting repitoire? NO! But, it did challenge me to try something new and work on doing something that I don't do very often.
Do you watercolor? Or ever go through days when you want to do something, but it's just not coming out?
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Have a great rest of the weekend!!
So, remember that Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I was talking about the other day? Well, it is called Designer Type. And guess what? I happened to get mine in the mail today (doing happy mail dance). And, guess what else? It just happens to have a speech bubble in the stamp and Moxie Fab World just happens to be having a Speech Bubble Challenge today!!! So, here is my first card using this stamp set.
- We're Expecting!
- We're Getting Hitched!
- Your Awesome!
- Excuse Me, Your Balls are Showing, Bumblebee Tuna!! (hehehhe!)
- Moxie Fab is Moxie Fabulous!
- It's a Girl!
- It's a Boy!
- It's Your Birthday (In case you forgot!)
- I Mustache You a Question (what?!?)
I hope I've given you some ideas on what you could include on the inside of your card. So, get this stamp!! Use your speech bubbles!! Make something awesome!!
I have a pretty large wish list when it comes to items that could REALLY help me out in my business ventures. And, one being a Camera… The Canon Rebel T3i!! Guess what??? I took the plunge and ordered one…. It should be here soon!! I'm so excited!! So, here is to better photos, better blog content, and better business!!! Cheers!!!
1. More is Not always better: I love cards. Any cards. ESPECIALLY those with lots of layers and lots of embellishments. And that was usually the type of card I made. However, this past year I tried something new. I made cards that were SIMPLE (insert large gasp here!). I never thought of simple cards as something to make. To me, the more difficult, the better the paper crafter I was. Then, I found myself overwhelmed, and in a funk, and generally uninspired. So, I made a single layer card. Then I made a card with one stamp. And, before I knew it, I had fell in love with this "simple" way of crafting. Call it clean and simple, call it KISS (keep it simple sweetie), call it what you will, but I will definitely continue to use and love this new found (to me!) style of card making.
2. Variety is the Spice of Life: This year was really an exploratory year for me in crafting. I found myself drawn to things that I hadn't done before. And things that we out of my comfort zone. And guess what… I LOVED it!! I tried cards that were pretty, cards that were fun, cards that were masculine, and cards that were simple (see #1). So, my new found lesson is VARIETY! Try a mix of styles, designs, and embellishments that maybe you wouldn't normally use.
3. Sketches are a Girl's Best Friend: As I stated in lesson #1, I found myself in a big funk this year. So, I turned to blog surfing and came across some AMAZING challenges. There are challenges out there for every type of paper crafter. Sketches are a popular one… and this particular challenge really got my creativeness going. Other challenges are color challenges, embellishment challenges, and theme challenges. Here are a few of my favs:
Moxie Fab World does a fun Trigger Tuesday Challenge
Retro Sketches does a unique Sketch Challenge
Colour Q has a great Color Challenge
4. It's OK to be in a Funk: Let's face it… no one… and I mean NO ONE.. is creative every single day of the year!! Even the best of them fall into a funk every now and then. And that is exactly what happened to me this year. I was a card making machine, posting on the blog almost every day, doing lots of classes… then BOOM! I couldn't make a card to save my life. I hated everything that was coming from my desk. So, I took a couple weeks (give or take) and started surfing the web (see #3). I started trying new styles and using new things, and before I knew it, I was back on a roll. I CASED some stuff along the way (thank you to all the fabulous paper crafters out there), made some bad projects, found I didn't like using certain things. But, all in all, being in a funk was a really good experience for me (in hind sight!)
5. Go Digital: Stampin' Up! really reved up the digital crafting this year with MDS2 and I decided to give it a try. And what can I say… It really tickles my fancy!!! I love digital design. I can make scrapbook pages in a flash, try new things without ruining a bunch of product, and easily print out my stuff when I'm done. I'm hooked… like truly, madly, obsessed kind of hooked…. and I know you will love it to! Give it a try!!
So, I hope you liked my list of what I learned this year. It was a big year for my crafting. Did you learn anything this year about the style of things you like? Or, maybe something you didn't like? Leave me a comment and let me know!!
Today I wanted to share a card with you that I created for the Moxie Fab World Challenge on Focal Points. Hopefully you will see that this card has a very clear Focal Point, the circles with the stamped Happy Birthday! What do you think? Can you see the Focal Point? Are your eyes drawn to it? Mine certainly are!! And, this card features my favorite colors: green and orange! This card was also used in my Birthday Blitz class. Hope you enjoy!!
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How bout another one of my Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards?? This was yet another one of the cards we made at the all day Christmas Spectacular Class. This card was a toned down case of a card by Heather Klump. I love the non-traditional colors of this card!! And the Stocking Punch makes this card super easy to put together. What do you think? Do you like to look of non-traditional cards?
Supplies: Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, Stocking Punch, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Pretty in Pink Cardstock, Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack, Early Espresso Cardstock and Ink, Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot Machine, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Tool Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect stamping placement with wooden and clear mount stamps!!
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