I love sketch challenges. I mean LOVE them!! For some reason, sketches really help to jump start my creativity and I try to participate in them on a weekly basis. I've recently been participating in the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch challenges and I really like them. This particular sketch was based on a Maile Belles card (Swoon! Her work is fab!). This is my interpretation using items from my Antiquary Card Kit! The papers just begged for a Halloween/Fall type card. And, since I did just that, I went ahead and submitted it to Paper Crafts Monthly Gallery Challenge, which is a Halloween challenge this month. What do you think? Do you like the off-set layers? Thanks for looking!!
When I received my Studio Calico kit in the mail and I saw the stamp set, my mind immediately went to the banner image. And, I had this idea to create a large stamped "background" if you will, with the banner. I combined two of the WCMD challenges at Studio Calico for this particular card; the Mood Board Challenge, where I pulled the colors, and the Ombre challenge. This is a very, very different card for me with all the stamping and one-layer, but I am absolutely delighted with how it turned out. I am also going to submit this bad boy to the Color Media Challenge at Moxie Fab World. My color media is ink (obvi!) and embossing powder. What do you think? Do you like using stamps in a different way? Have a great day lovelies!!
I have been a crazy card making fool lately!! The Studio Calico blog has been hosting World Card Making Day challenges for the past week. There were 5 challenges in all and LOTS of wonderful prizes to be had. The best prize of all… A chance to be a guest designer for a 2014 kit (EEK! Fangirl moment!!) That would be so freakin' awesome!! Anyways, for some reason these challenges have just hit that crafting bone in my body with enthusiasm… and I've been going for it. Here is one for the "use your scraps" challenge. And guess what?!? Chicken butt! No, I'm just kidding… but I am ALSO going to enter this one into the Stickers and Tape Challenge on Moxie Fab World making this card a double hitter!! YEAH!! Stick around… I gotta lots more where this came from!!
Woot, Woot!! I did it again!! A new special issue of Paper Crafts magazine is out, Handmade Cards, and guess who is published in it?? ME!! I'm so happy and so thankful to the editors that they chose one of my cards to put in the magazine. It is overwhelming and I feel so blessed!! This year has been a BIG year for me in regards to my Paper Crafts… I've been published, I said good-bye to Stampin' Up! and I've pushed the boundaries in my art. I am feeling very happy to be part of this community that keeps inspiring me to be more creative, take more risks and enjoy making cards. Stop by the Scrap and Paper shop to get this issue. You won't be disappointed!!
I have been dreading writing this post!! But, the time has come and I must say good-bye to Stampin' Up! My last day as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator will be on Monday, 9/30/2013. I have so many mixed emotions about this. I absolutely love Stampin' Up! I have been a demonstrator for almost 4 years now, and truly love teaching classes, having clubs, and being a part of the Stampin' Up! family. But, for me and my family, it is time for me to move on. The kids are getting bigger and life is getting more and more hectic every year. I don't have the time to teach classes and promote my business, so things have been winding down. I am sad to see this day come, but I am also excited for what the future holds.
I will still be crafting. I will still be making cards and I will still be running this blog. I am still going to use Stampin' Up! products, but I will now just be another excited buyer when the catalogs come out. You will see some changes to this blog as the focus won't be on Stampin' Up! anymore, but I promise, it will be good and exciting!!
I am also excited to be able to craft for me… to focus more on scrapbooks and smash books. To start working on some project life stuff and to explore other companies. I can not express enough how wonderful it has been to be part of Stampin' Up! and I am even more excited to see what comes. Thank you for sharing my Stampin' Up! journey with me and hopefully you will love what is coming!!
I am going challenge crazy on this one. I created this card based on two challenges combined (that NEVER happens!). I used the sketch from the sunday sketch challenge at Studio Calico as well as incorported two cork elements for the Metal, Wook and Cork challenge at Moxie Fab World. Wow…look at me go!! Don't you just love challenges?!? I certianly do. What do you think? Simple and geometric… that is what I was going for. The papers are from Studio Calico Atlantic Collection, and the cork chevrons are from Studio Calico also. The "Thanks" is Rockabye thickers and the triangle stamp is from Pennant Parade Stampin' Up! stamp set.
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!!
I am overweight. I am not fit as fit as I can be. It's a fact. There have been many reasons and excuses for this, but when I turned 30 last year, I said enough is enough. I started to workout here and there. I started walking on my breaks at work. At the beginning of the year I started making a conscious effort to focus on what I was doing. I saw the Shred Diet on Dr. Oz and gave it a go. I made it three weeks. I had success during those three weeks but then it went to hell in a hand-basket. Then, in May I started focusing a bit more. I had gotten really, really sick and everything that I was eating was making me sick so I started eating cleaner. I got better. I wasn't sick anymore. Then I started doing my Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred DVD. Once a week. I was still walking at work, 5 days a week, 30 minutes a day. I slowly increased my Jillian torture to twice a week, then three times a week. I motivated my husband. He started working out in our makeshift gym in the garage which consists of an elliptical machine and a weight bench full of weights. I worked out with him some days.
Now it's September. I'm 25 pounds lighter than I started the year at. I feel stronger, more energized. It's easier every day to motivate myself to workout. So, at the end of August I made a decision… I wanted to try to do 30 days of Shred in September and see what happens. This is something I made up in my head, although someone somewhere has probably already attempted this. But, I am going to try to do the Dr. Ian Shred Diet and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred everyday for 30 days in September. I decided to combine the two because I feel (and it is a proven fact) that diet and exercise need to go together for optimum results. I love the Shred Diet. I eat alot and I eat good. It's just time consuming and costly to keep up with the menu. But, two drive thru runs should pay for that. And, I love Jillian's 30 Day Shred video. The workout is hard and I sweat a ton, but I can do it. And, it's only 20 minutes per workout, so it fits perfectly into my day.
I'm not really sure how this will go. I'm super motivated now, but ask me again in the middle of the month. I'll know I'll have days where I will want to quit. I know I may not make it. I'm going to try and take every day as it comes and see what happens. For now, today, Monday, I've already worked out and I've been sticking to my diet. I'll keep you all posted on my progress and give you tips of what has helped me throughout the month.
Here is to getting healthy!! Do you have any motivational tips for me? Have you done the Shred Diet or Jillian's 30 Day Shred? If you have, share your experience with me. I would love to hear about it!!
Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be published in a magazine. Now, I really thought it would be for writing. I love to write, and majored in English in college. Who would have thought that I would be published as an artist? Not me! Not in a million years. Thanks to Paper Crafts Magazine, my dream has finally come true. I am elated that I was chosen to be published. You can see my Cowgirl Celebration Ensemble on page 16 (eek!)!! Make sure you run out and get your copy today!! And, check out the Paper Crafts Connection Blog and Moxie Fab World for a week of Birthday Creations!!
Paper Crafts Magazine is having their July Gallery Challenge and the theme this month is Nautical. I recently received a prize package from the Moxie Fab World Watercolor challenge that I won, and the items in it were perfect for this challenge. Most everything on this card is from Studio Calico. I also wanted to try my hand at the freestyle collage style of crafting. What do you think? Too messy? Too much? Really good? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this unconventional style!!