Sunday, September 9, 2012

100 Cards In 100 Days Challenge - completed!


My 100 cards in 100 days challenge is completed!  I squeaked in by the skin of my teeth, with 6 hours to spare and some of the cards I made in that last mad dash were duplicates or just had very minor changes, but I did it.
To be honest, I found the pressure of HAVING to create 10 cards in one afternoon a little stressful !  Lots of time spent creating nothing much that I liked led me to a quick dash to my LSS, where I found some new Tim Holtz stamps, which found their way in to my basket.  They have been on my wish list for some time now so I rewarded myself for finishing my challenge in anticipation of doing so using my new stamps.  Follow the logic there?
Anyhow, here are the last 3 cards made for the challenge.  Thanks for hanging in with me until the very end.

Friday, September 7, 2012

CASology Challenge #9 - Family

The CASology challenge blog is new to me, but the concept behind it fits right in to my desire to improve my cards so I was excited to find it.  

"Each week, we'll study clean and simple design using a cue word as our inspiration.  The design team will share their CAS creations and a little bit about their designs to inspire you to create a clean and simple card of your own!"

This weeks word was Family.  This little house from the Hero Arts "Right At Home" set was the first thing I thought of.   This set was designed for Operation Write Home - 25% of the profits of all the OWH /Hero Arts sets are donated to OWH so you get this super cute set, and you help our heroes at the same time.  Win, win!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Here's one of the cards that went off to Operation Write Home last week.  No pieces of rubber were harmed in the creation of this card...... it came from a Basic Grey card making kit that I picked up in a sale at my LSS last year.  I used to have a slight obsession with BG paper - anyone else feel the need to buy two pads of their favorite?   One to use and one to keep?  I think Scarlet's Letter was  my all time favorite but really, I pretty much loves them all.  One day, in the next twenty years or so once I've used up all that's already in my stash, I may allow myself to buy some more.....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Retro Sketches #27

Loving the sketch challenges!  I found another to play along with - and  this time I've even managed to finish the card and upload it before the deadline.  Amazing what a three day weekend can do for you... .  Meet Retro Sketch # 27.

And here's my card, fitting right in to my spooky September theme.  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Moxie Fab Repetition Challenge

It's taken me a long time to come to realization that you can actually learn how to make your cards better.  I know, obvious, right?  But not to me - I thought that some people were just naturally more talented at it and I was doomed to forever feel like a second class card maker.
And while I'm still fairly sure some of my favorite card makers just have more of an eye for color and design than I do, taking online classes has helped me  A LOT.
So when I saw the Paper Crafts "Card Design " edition, I was delighted.  "173 tips to design like a pro?"  Sold.
This card was made using the guidelines for Balance/Repetition as well as the guidelines for color - a gallon of orange, a quart of black and a pint of currant.    The repetition design element was featured on the Moxie Fab blog too - as soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I had the perfect stamp for it.  It's the skull from the A Muse Nevermore set, one of my current obsessions... 

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