Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hello friends, 

I have something a bit different to share today.  Last week, my friend Lindsay from Note to Self, tagged me for the Creative Blog Hop that's been going around  blog-land over the past several weeks/months. 

I get to answer four questions to share a little more about my process then I will share some information about the ladies who will be participating in the hop next week. :)

What am I working on now?  
The better question might be, what am I NOT working on now. LOL!  Over the weekend, I made some cards which I will be submitting for the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Card Creations volume 13 call.  My crafty to do list includes design team assignments for Avery Elle, Waffle Flower Crafts, and Paper Smooches SPARKS, as well as the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking April 2015 submission call.  I am also a co-leader for my daughter's Daisy Girl Scout troop.  My responsibilities include crafts and banking.  Last week, I made a Kaper Chart using foam board, my Silhouette Portrait and velcro. (After I looked up what a Kaper chart was!)  Oh and on Sunday, I am hosting a dozen-plus 7 year-old girls at our house for a Frozen-themed birthday party. From crowns to decorations and goodie bags, lots of crafty happenings here. 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?  
Well, I have been paper crafting for a really, really LONG time and for a really, really LONG time, I didn't understand my style or what differentiated my work.  

Over the past year or so, I have settled in on what seems to work for me and what makes me different:
  • Simple supplies- think card stock, stamps, dies
  • My cards often have a humorous or "kitschy" twist
Case in point...

My friend, Wida Miller, coined "kitschy" as a descriptor for my work a few weeks ago.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that she was spot on.  Crafting is my happy place.  I don't want to take it (or myself) too seriously.  I also want my work to make people smile.  

Why do I create what I do?  
I started started scrapbooking in 2000 as a creative outlet and to give me something to do with my pictures.  After my first daughter was born, I picked up card making as I wanted to be able to make thank you cards and birthday party invitations.  I fell in love -hard- with card making and started putting myself out there with challenges and submissions.  A few challenge wins, some magazine publications, a crown (!) and a handful of design team opportunities later, I am more in love now than ever.  As a wife and working mother, so much of my time and energy is spent on doing things for others.  With card making and crafting in general, I value having something that is mine and that I do for me.

How does my creative process work? 
My creative process looks a little something like this: 

Can anyone relate? Seriously though, my time in my craft room is often limited, so a lot of my design process takes place in my head.   It usually starts with an idea and then I think about how I can pull off the idea with the supplies I have on hand.  I am also not afraid to break things in the name of creativity. I have been known to perform stamp surgery and dissect dies.  I am willing to break and "ruin" things for a creative endeavor.  I don't have a background or any formal training in design, but I like to think that I can recognize good design when I see it.  I spend time studying successful design and try to apply the techniques to my work.

I thought I would leave you with this image and thought... For a simple, streamlined card maker, my process (and my desk) is messy.  Looks like a clean up is in order! 

Well that's it for the questions, so now I get to tag three creative ladies who will share more about their creative processes next Monday, September 22.  

Karolyn Loncon
In her words "I’m a retired Legal Assistant, married to Garry since 1980, and mom to Amy (married to Joe) and Ashley (married to Blake and the mother of my two-and-a-half grandkids!)  I’m blessed to live in Issaquah, WA in the summer, and Chandler, AZ in the winter – the best of both worlds!  I love all things paper crafting, but especially stamping and card-making.  I love to laugh, shop, travel, and play BINGO (don’t judge!  LOL)  I would describe my personal crafting style as a mix of clean and simple, graphic, and a bit of fun and cute thrown in for good measure.  I currently design for Avery Elle Stamps, the AEI♥U Challenge, and the Runway Inspired Challenge.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing stamping/card making community!  I am inspired by so many of you every single day and love how we all support and encourage each other!"

I first discovered Karolyn on the pages of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine.  I have long admired Karolyn's impeccable style and craftsmanship.  There isn't a style that she hasn't mastered.  She has designed stamp sets for Paper Smooches, and she is also a die-cutting wizard.  She can make her Silhouette sit up and bark!  I have the privilege of sharing Fridays with Karolyn on the Avery Elle blog.

Sav O'Gwynn
In her words "My name is Savannah O'Gwynn {aka Sav}. I live in Southwest Florida with my husband, Travis, and 6 year old pup, Olsen. I've been crafting and designing since August 2009. I love everything about crafting--patterned papers are my favorite, as well as different types of ribbons and alpha letters! I enjoy working in my studio and being creative. I also love to sing--worshiping with my husband is a passion of mine."

I was familiar with Sav and her work through the paper crafting community, but have gotten to know her better since joining the Paper Smooches SPARKS team about 1 year ago.  I admire Sav for how well she is able to incorporate products and techniques into her designs.  She makes it look easy, but I know that it's her mad skillz shining through. Her style has a modern, whimsical vibe and she is a versatile designer!  Not only does she make amazing cards, but she designs jewelry and other home goods- using paper crafting supplies.  Plus, she leaves the sweetest comments on blog posts.

Nina Yang
In her words "Hello! My name is Nina Yang. I am a card maker with a passion for 3D crafts. Waffle Flower™ is a little adventure I embarked on to stretch my creativity and experiment with craft designs. We specialize in unique and innovative stamps and dies for hobby crafting. Paper crafting is a way for me to explore myself. I love to share what I’ve learned at the Waffle Flower Blog, which is popular for its Freebies and Tutorials."

I first met Nina through the Neat and Tangled Design Team, but I was already familiar with her stunning work from the 2012 Gallery Idol competition. Nina and I were crowned Stamping Royalty in 2013 and earlier this year, Nina invited me to be on the first Waffle Flower Crafts design team.  I have been in awe of her designs and ideas.  Her products and approach as so well designed and thought out. There is a reason and a methodology behind everything that she does! She is also so generous with her knowledge and inspiration often sharing her process and tutorials with her readers and making sketches, templates and other downloads available on her site.

Well, that's all for me today.  I am off to tackle some crafty to-dos, but I will be back later this week with some Avery Elle cards and a Waffle Flower project.  Oh and for the Frozen party, wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Noel {Avery Elle}

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday!!!  I am popping in today to share a card that I created with the new Noel stamp set from Avery Elle.  There are so many awesome images included in this set, but for my card today, I decided to focus on the fabulous snowflakes.

I trimmed a panel of white card stock and stamped the snowflakes and tiny stars with Avery Elle's Lemon Grass, Raspberry and Cherry pigment ink.  The "Noel" sentiment was stamped with Cherry Ink.  

I adhered the stamped panel to a Raspberry card stock base and added a couple clear sequins as a finishing touch.   Another simple Christmas card, but I LOVE the bright colors, and without a lot of fussiness in the design, it's pure stamping JOY! 

Well, that's all for me today!  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Deconstructed Rudolph {Waffle Flower Crafts}

 Hello friends,

My name is Katie, and I am a Christmas card addict.  I picked up card-making in 2006 with the sole purpose of crafting handmade Christmas cards and birthday party invitations.   I have probably crafted hundreds, if not close to a thousand, Christmas cards over the years, and I am always trying to think up ideas that are simple, easy to mass produce, but still pack a visual punch.

One of the trends that I love in Christmas cards (and anytime, really) are the deer antlers in paper crafting.  I call it "Taxidermy Chic."  Not actually having any deer antler type stamps lying about, I was looking at Waffle Flower Crafts' Loved Stamp Set and the laurels struck me as something that could stand in for antlers and help me create a Deconstructed Rudolph.  After all, he is the MOST famous reinDEER of all. :)

I stamped and heat embossed the Laurels and the Merry Christmas sentiment from A Homemade Christmas Stamp Set with white embossing powder on a panel of brown card stock.  Next I added a circle that I punched from a scrap of red card stock. 

To add a bit more interest to this simple card, I die cut the bottom edge of the brown panel with the stitched pinking edge from Pretty Pink Posh.  Finally, I adhered the completed panel to a kraft card base.  Super simple, but cute, and completely flat for mailing! 

Well that's all for me today!  Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!  

Take care, 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One day at a time {Paper Smooches SPARKS}

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!  I am popping in today with a card that I created for this week's Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This week's theme is an easy one- it's ANYTHING GOES and here's what I came up with.

I recently picked up the First Aid Kit stamp set and decided to create a Get Well card for a friend in need of some healing wishes and prayers.  First, I stamped the images from the set in kraft ink on a kraft card base to create a background. The sentiment included in the set, "one day at a time" sparked the idea of a calendar, so I created one using the Quote Tag die as the base. 

I die cut the tag from brown card stock and heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  I cut some rectangles from white card stock and stamped the numbers from the Digits stamp set.  I stacked a few dates together to give it some dimension.  This calendar element could be a fun interactive element too.  If you use staples to hold together the calendar, the recipient could tear off the top number and track the count down. 

Ready to play? You know the routine! You have until 11:59 PT on Saturday, September 13 link up your take on this week's challenge to the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store. Woot woot!  

Well that's all for me today!  I am off to get this in the mail! Be sure to check out inspiration from the talented Paper Smooches SPARKS team playing along with this week's challenge:

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Avery Elle Winner Winner!


Just popping in super quick to announce the winner of the Home Sweet Home set, from my Avery Elle Design Team announcement earlier this week. chose lucky number 10- Stacey Schafer! Congrats, Stacey!! I am sending you an email!  Thank you to EVERYONE who stopped by and offered kind words and encouragement!


Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm Guest Posting at Waffle Flower!

Hello friends,

I am guest posting today at the Waffle Flower blog.  For the Freckled Fawn + Waffle Flower blog hop, I am showing off some cards with flair (and wood veneers, clips and washi, oh my!).

I'd love for you to stop by and see what I have been up to! 


Hello, You are Fabulous {AE Challenge}

Hello friends!  

Welcome Friday and welcome to another Avery Elle I {heart} U challenge.  This week's challenge is Clean and Simple also known as CAS.  Here's my take:

I recently picked up the Hello stamp set.  It's one of Avery Elle's earlier releases and it's been on my wish list for some time.  I just think the name label is so stinkin' clever.  And where do name labels belong?  On a shirt, of course and in this case, a V-neck!  

I made a card from a white card stock and covered it with a panel of skin tone card stock- in this case, I used Blush Blossom card stock from Stampin' Up.  Next I used the angled die from the Custom Panel Elle-ments die to cut a V in a piece of green card stock.  

I adhered the green card stock to the card.  I stamped the "Hello You are" label with blue ink and "fabulous" with black ink.  I trimmed the label and adhered it to the "shirt."  Finally, I stamped the smiley face included in the Hello set on yellow card stock, punched it out and adhered it to the label.  

Well that's it for me today. Be sure to stop by the AEI{heart}U blog for even more inspiration from the design team and to link up your take on this week's challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!