Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Sunday, January 21, 2018

catching up on creative challenge adventures

Cards 15 through 22 - still only one card ahead in my #365cards2018 for #365somethings2018, and only 4 are Christmas cards.  (I can't resist - that's 6% of the total cards and 4% of the Christmas cards.)  I think I need to be ahead, since we'll be doing some traveling next month and have visitors the week after we return, but it's hard to get ahead during Card Buffet week.  At least, I'm not behind yet!

I've also completed 3 of 3 weekly prompts for #QHphotochallenge.  This was my entry for "blue" - a snow couple I made for a craft exchange:

I'm also up-to-date on #llamaslovelettering, although it's not pretty:

And, of course, I found a few other projects to dabble in - the Facebook group My Creative Year challenged members to use what we already have to create a craft room (or studio) mascot.  I altered a leaf shaped fall-themed photo stand, and I kind of love this quirky little angel:
Eventually I expect to have little cards, probably ATCs, on display in the clips.  That was the week 2 challenge, I skipped week 3.  I see that the coming week is to dig in the dark recesses of our storage for forgotten supplies or half-finished projects - wonder where that will lead me?

I joined another challenge, too, which I found through YouTube and Facebook, to make #12PaperClipsof2018 - a decorative paper clip each month according to the posted theme.  At the 6-month and 12-month points, if we've made two of each clip, we can swap them with someone else.  What an irresistibly fun idea - it's that "make more things" part of my unmeasurable quasi-resolution for the year.  The first theme was a 2018 goal:

So, now I find myself involved with a daily challenge (lettering) for the month of January, as well as a weekly challenge (photos), a monthly challenge (paper clips), and an annual challenge (365 cards) for the year 2018.  So much fun!  And, I've learned that, even if I don't complete all (or any) of the challenges, I can still feel good about the bits I do complete

Monday, January 15, 2018

adventure with a sketch for any occasion

Frequently I have trouble falling asleep while visions of stamping challenges dance in my head. Recently, the swirling thoughts brought together CAS(E) this Sketch! #254 and my newest stamp set, which I think will be perfect for wedding/anniversary cards as well as Valentine's Day and the Watercooler Wednesday Occasions challenge:
stamp sets - Heart Happiness, Sunshine Sayings; ink - Rose Red; card stock - Rose Red, Whisper White regular and thick; Big Shot with Stitched Shapes and Sweet & Sassy framelits

My next thought was the We Three Kings challenge at Jingle Belles, and the colour challenge from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, which also work well with the same sketch:
stamp sets - Santa's Sleigh, Colorful Seasons (on envelope); ink - Real Red; card stock - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Real Red; designer series paper - Wood Textures; Big Shot with Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder, Seasonal Layers and Swirly Scribbles thinlits

Sunday, January 14, 2018

adventure of feathers

Twofer Card Challenge #1 posted - hooray! - and the prompt is "feathers" on two different cards for two different occasions:

I made a masculine birthday card using the sketch from TGIF Challenges:
stamp set - Feather Together; ink - Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - white, copper; Brusho colour crystals - Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow; card stock - Watercolor, Vellum, Vary Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim; punch - Best Badge

And, a multi-color striped Thank You inspired by the deliciousness pictured at Give a Crafter a Cookie:
stamp set - Feather Together; ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight; Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant; Stampin' Write marker - Daffodil Delight; card stock - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie; punch - Best Badge

Do you think I get extra credit for using the same punch, as well as the same stamp set?  OK, me neither, but it was still out on the table.  It probably would have been easier to just snip the ends (and possibly also more symmetrical).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

new year resolutions adventure

I don't make resolutions for a new year; if there's something I want to change or begin, I don't wait.  For things that can be counted though, January 1 is as a logical starting point.  I set myself two goals this year - read more books and create more.  Cut It  Up Challenges  requested cards that indicate our resolutions or goals:
stamp set - Crafting Forever; ink - Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark; Stampin' Blends; Stampin' Emboss powder - white; card stock - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist; Big shot with Layered Ovals and Banners (retired) framelits

(edited to add): I almost forgot to tell you, I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Two of my Stampin' Up! team members came over for a Stampin' Blends play date and I've had the paint brush pot sitting on my table since then.  I have a couple of birds that are looking for places to roost, too...

I won't know whether I've actually read more books and made more things if I don't know how many I did last year, so, I counted the cards I made last year (259) and joined the #365somethings2018 challenge.  To date, I've made 14 of my #365cards2018.  Here's this week's set:

I'm only one ahead, at 14 on the 13th, but I need a few more for Card Buffet Wednesday evening; at least two designs for the options to make and two more for the samples display, so I'll get back to work now - thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

new sketch adventures

I was looking for a stamp to make a non-specific background, but I saw this stamp and went in another direction entirely, when the stamp said (I swear it was aloud) "Perfect for the new Atlantic Hearts sketch!"
stamp sets - Timeless Textures,  Dare to Dream (hostess); ink - Pumpkin Pie; card stock - So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie; Big Shot with Sunshine Wishes thinlits

I've been trying to remember to make a baby card for Card Buffet, and I had this set on the counter while I thought about it.  After I saw the new Freshly Made sketch yesterday, it came together effortlessly:
stamp set - Bookshelf Builder; ink - Peekaboo Peach, Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron; card stock - So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach

It's too bad I don't know anyone having a baby - I love this card, and it was a lot of fun to make!