Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Winter holiday cards made!

I actually made our Christmas cards on Sunday! 
That would be Sunday, October 13!!!



Why so early? 
I really have no idea but the design came together really quickly,
so I  just went for it and made the cards while Michael
was on the computer. I need the main computer to do
schoolwork but never mind a delay in schoolwork time. ;-) 

Called {Oh Christmas Tree}. It is a fun one! 

It arrived on Saturday, October 12. I saw this snowflake ornament design and 
immediately fell in love with it and had the embossing idea! 
I wanted to use some neon, and chose pink.




For me, pink always goes along with green for some reason. ;-) 
So I chose green paper and the "winter greetings" sentiment from the kit. 
Saturday night I made these two prototypes. 
 


The final design ended up being layered on white cardstock because the green cardstock was 
a bit thin. I have 20 cards made. I may need some additional cards for our holiday list, 
but this design is definitely easy to make more of quickly! 

It feels nice to have a holiday project completed...soooo early! 

I haven't been this ahead of the game in awhile. lol 

 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

project life Week 40





There will also be an insert because there are at least 3 more photos I want to add for the week. :-)

I wish I were really this caught up with project life but this is only the 3rd full week completed since Week 9. I did learn a lot from the Big Pictures Classes Project Life Lessons that I won a seat in last month. I wasn't organized enough to participate in it even though it started during my two week break from school. I have watched the videos though. I love all the advice and great inspiration from Annette Haring, Elise Blaha Cripe, and Megan Anderson

The things I learned that I think will help me stay caught up with Project Life and have fun! 

1. Write down the stories, especially when there won't be a photo to go with it. 
2. Even one word on a photo is journaling and that is okay. 
3. Don't try to include everything that happened in a week. 

I started scrapbooking with Project Life because of how easy it is but I let it get complicated. All the PL kits, embellishments, and problems with printing photos has made it difficult to focus on just the basic journaling. Preserving memories...important moments and the everyday. My everyday is pretty quiet, but the dogs always provide some type of entertainment, or a cute photo or two...or twenty...each day. ;-) 

 






Friday, October 4, 2013

No Shopping October

Could I have possibly picked a worst month for No Shopping?! LOL

It was random. Something I felt I needed to do to get ready for the holiday season, buying and making gifts. However, I forgot about World Cardmaking Day on Oct. 5 (first Saturday in October), and all the sales that go along with it. It really was my favorite time to buy things last year - so many awesome deals. Oh well! I've committed to the No Shopping, and so that is the way it has to be. I will do my best to participate in some World Cardmaking Day blog hops and contests, so I need to get my craft studio ready tonight!

I call it No Shopping October (and I did this in June as well) because it is not a No Spending month. I get monthly subscriptions - all related to papercrafting - so I will certainly be spending this month. Also, Michael is free to spend as much on me as he wants. He is the one that gets the fabulous deals locally, so I give him free rein to continue to spoil me there. See my Instagram feed for all his great finds! ;-)

Here is a list of my subscriptions:

1. Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week (so I get 4 a month)
2. Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month
3. Unity Stamp Company S.M.A.K. (kit)
4. Studio Calico Card Kit
5. Studio Calico Project Life Kit 
6. Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit
7. Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
8. The Stamps of Life (stamp set only)
9. Ohdeermekit.com (by Freckled Fawn)
10. Silhouette Online

Yeah, way too many subs. LOL Not sure why I bother to buy anything else each month.

Plenty of deliveries to keep me busy this month, and probably for a No Shopping November.

1-9 have not even delivered yet for October (well, the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit will be the November one delivered toward the end of the month). I have $150+ in credit to spend at Silhouette Online - maybe a little less since I placed a small order earlier this week. I also purchased some Studio Calico digital stamps and cuts during the last reveal at the end of September. I have plenty of new supplies from September, August, July, June, May, and even before that I haven't even played with. :/ I always say I'm not going to be a hoarder, but if I don't use these goodies when I get them, that is all I am being. LOL 

So instead of focusing on October as a No Shopping month, I will focus on it as a Use My Stash month! :-)

Below is another card I made with the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Such an awesome kit!


This card has some edge distressing that wasn't originally planned but needed to help mask the stamp ink that transferred from the edge of my acrylic blocks when I was doing the tree leaf stamping. The tree leaves are made using the one large leaf stamp, and the single leaf stamp to fill in coverage. I originally had one large circle with the cloud paper, but did three to cover up more of the ink marks. I LOVE how the squirrel, nut, and heart came out - especially the squirrel. I used two different colors of Distress Marker on the squirrel/acorn stamp (one piece) and it was so fun to see the depth the distressed look gave the squirrel, without much effort! Other attempts to stamp the squirrel with stamp ink made it look pretty flat but the distress marker almost makes it look fuzzy.


The sentiment on the flag from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card Die is also placed to cover up ink marks. Overall though, I think it came out great!
Here is a fun tidbit! I was searching online today and discovered the Nichol Magouirk blog! Looks like I used a couple of similar techniques for this same kit, without realizing it...but I wanted to give credit for the ideas since hers came before mine. (The stitched Lawn Fawn paper banners, and using Distress Marker on the squirrel, techniques which I used on two different cards.) She has lots of great stuff on her blog, so check it out.



 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

How many cards will you make with the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit?

I have made 6 cards so far with this awesome kit!!

It was packed full of goodies and I will probably get another 6 cards out of it...at least! Plus there will be some leftover goodies for PL or other projects.

 Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit
"Season of Thanks"




Here are my card designs so far: 





















Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Daily...

I want to blog daily. I post online daily...often multiple times a day via Instagram. That feeds to Twitter, and Twitter feeds to Facebook, but I never seem to find time to blog. I have multiple blogs...for general craftiness, doll craftiness, and paper craftiness (plus a couple of others that don't need daily updates). I should consolidate. :-)

For now though I am going to attempt to update the three blogs mentioned above daily. Even it if is just a photo. It might almost always be just a photo but that is okay. My blogs need some love and attention. They are a place to write more than 140 characters, or just short captions under pics, so I should take advantage of that. I have some stories for the crafty adventures and sometimes they are really funny! ;-) 

So here is today's post. 

YOU will do amazing things! 



A lot of my card designs are randomly made without a recipient in mind. This one is going to a special young lady who just started college. :-)

I used the YOU 3x4 stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die, and paper from Fancy Pants Designs 6x6 Trendsetter pad. The burlap letters are by Little Yellow Bicycle. I used Staz On ink in Midnight Blue. The cardstock base is 12x12 kraft that I had in my stash. I rounded the corners on the base paper with a Fiskars squeeze punch corner rounder.