Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Take a Bow

Whew! It’s been awhile, huh?

Yeah, I missed you too ­čÖé

I’ve been busy doing real world stuff, but I should really work harder getting back here, so this is a start. I’m at a crafty little retreat this weekend watching A LOT of Big Bang Theory and hopefully making a bunch of cards for challenges. I have 9 pages of challenges to work on, so I had better get going. I will try and space these out over the next week or so. And I hear that NaBloPoMo is coming…

Anyhoo… First up is the challenge over at Curtain Call.

The theme is Burlap Banner and I knew I had some Burlap ribbon that has been in my collection for WAAAAY too long. I also got to use a great little die that I got from my mom (Thanks Mom!).


The thank you die is from Savvy Dies and I wanted to tie in the pattern on the circle with the pattern in the banner above. I also got to play with some sequins and my new feather stickers from Pretty Little Studios (I blame Ashli for this).

Because there’s a lot of “Anything Goes” challenges at the end of the month, this will also be entered into:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
The Paper Girls Challenge

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I like making cards, but I really need to remember to send them more often. I think that’s going to have to be one of my new goals. The problem is, I generally like to make cards tailored to the recipient, but by the time I remember I need to send a card, it’s too late to make one and get it in the mail. Challenges help me get over that a little bit. This week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge helped me make an “anytime” card for one of my crafty friends. (Maybe it’s YOU!)

Here is the inspiration photo for this week’s challenge.

Here’s my take:

Crafty Friend card, Paper Smooches Challenge

Hey Crafty!

I used the idea of the barely there grid and clear embossed the Hip to be Square background stamp first. Then I stamped over it with a leaf from Leafy Greens and wiped it off after so that the embossed pattern would stand out more. Then I stamped the easel from I Heart Art. I’m not a huge fan of how the pattern came through on the legs, but I think it’s okay. Then I stamped the easel again and cut out the “canvas” part to stamp the sentiment on, which is also from I Heart Art. The canvas part is popped up at the top. A little bit of twine and some of my new favorite embellishments, enamel dots, and I was all done!

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Remember how much I love the new wood veneer shapes? A lot, right? Well the ones at Michael’s come in a tiny wooden box. It seems a shame not to use that for something too (as I knew I would!). When I saw this Tuesday Trigger picture from Moxie Fab World, I knew it would be perfect!

It started out as a plain wooden box..and then voila!

Petite Shadow Box with flowers and wood

Beautiful and Fat Free!

I used 6 of my new wooden flowers and altered them with brads, Smooch Inks, Stickles, and fabric flowers. It’s a little hard to see the dimension, but I popped them all up with a couple layers of foam tape. The entire box is cover with some decorative tape I also bought at Michael’s. I’m pretty impressed with the variety of things that they are now carrying. I won’t be giving up buying from my favorite local and online stores, but, in a pinch, there’s a lot more options at Michael’s now.

Now I just need to find this a home.


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It’s Here!!!

I don’t call myself an Artist. And definitely not with a capitol “A”.

I also have never really had a sketchbook. I’ve jotted notes about jewelry designs, but that’s about it. Art journaling hasn’t been something that has interested me. (One of the┬ávery few things that hasn’t). So what the heck am I doing?

I’m not sure. But I’m really excited.

The Sketchbook Project

I just got my blank sketchbook in the mail for The Sketchbook Project. This is amazing. People all over the world get identical sketchbooks and then fill them, according to theme, with whatever they want. Sketchbooks are then sent back in and sent on tour around the country. After the tour, they are housed at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. I signed up for the 1,703 Miles and Back Tour because it’s coming near me and I’m really excited to go and visit my sketchbook’s┬áneighbors.

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