I believe that I am becoming quite the “bed” scrapper. 😉 My tolerance for sitting is low right now with my back injury, so I am doing my crafting in small spurts. Honestly, I am just happy I feel well enough to do this at all because when I first hurt myself I could not even get out of bed.
Anyhoo, I wanted to find something quick to work on because I was not feeling like being up and sitting for long. The Operation Write Home sketch today looked easy enough so I gave it a try:
I had cuts ready to go from the this paper because I made a card from it yesterday. It is truly such pretty paper. I know that OWH is in need of miss you cards so wanted to be sure to used that as my sentiment. I think this card is another good sketch for showing off pretty paper. The sample sketch included a strip of paper diagonally, but I chose to use ribbon I had instead. I thought about adding additional embellishments, but with the patterned paper being so bold I felt it was fine as it is. What do you think?
Supplies used include:
Ink: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral
Paper: Lifestyle Crafts Sweet and Spicy paper pack and a Paper Studio card base
Embellishments: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral ribbon
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Really Good Greetings stamp set
Tools: Stampin’ Up 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch and Spellbinders Nestabiliteis circle die.
I was determined to find a way to fit in some creative time despite my pain challenges. I have to say that it does seem to slowly be getting better and I have a treatment plan so fingers crossed I can avoid another back surgery!
I absolutely LOVE this paper. It is from LifeStyle Crafts and the design is called Sweet and Spicy. It has the most beautiful pale yellow with a few shades of blue and the coral color that just pops next to those other two colors. The designs in the paper are just as nice ranging from flowers to circles and dots and even some Mosaic accents. Sometimes I get the biggest exhilaration from picking out new scrap papers and looking through them to pick what I will use on a project. Almost like buying new shoes or cosmetics…. Surely some other crafters out there know what I am talking about, right? Anyway, let me know what you think of the card.
Here are the supplies used:
Ink: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral
Paper: Lifestyle Crafts Sweet and Spicy paper pack and Stampin’ Up Whisper
Emblishments: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral ribbon and Candy Dots
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Starburst Sayings
Tolls: Stampin’ Up Starburst Framelit Die and Spellbinders Nestabiliteis circle die. I used the Stampin’ up hexagon punch to make the banner edges 😉
Well I am finding some creative ways to get creative. Having this back injury requires a fair amount of laying down. I am getting kind of tired of laying down so much, but when I try to sit for too long I look like someone who has a nervous leg ;-). Not to mention, it hurts! So I figured out a way to make a card by changing positions… many times. Never underestimate the power of a determined crafter! First I looked at the Catherine & Cathy Create blog for ideas. The fun tags challenge for this month is Furry Friends. Perfect! I just got the Life in the Forest set from Stampin’ Up which has the cutest critters! Since I had my theme I laid down on the bed with papers and emblishments to look over for ideas of how I wanted it to come together. It worked and I was able to pull together a cute card with a tag on it. It is a very fall looking card, but I had recently purchased my first ever Copic markers so I really wanted to use the colors I had which were to color in the fox. It just seemed to make sense to make it a brown/orange theme. I still have lots to learn about using Copic’s, but it is a start. So here is what I came up with:
That fox is cute, right? I love this Stampin’ Up set! Anyhoo, when I saw the OWH midweek throwdown is a Brown Color Challenge I was like hey two for one!! It works out so well because I was planning to send this card off to OWH anyway.
Here are the supplies used:
Inks: Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink for the fox outline.
Copics: Sketch markersYR20,YR23, and YR27
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Life in the Forest and Just Sayin’
Tools: Stampin’ Up Woodgrain embossing folder, Stampin’ Up Window Frame Die and Chalk Talk Die. Corner Rounder punch.
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper white, DCWV Green Stack paper pack and scrap light blue I had (might be Stampin’ Up Soft Sky)
Emblishments: Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon and Linen thread
Have a happy Wednesday. I am off to lay down for a bit!
Oh how life can change so quickly. I have been away from the blogging/scrapping world for over a week now because I sustained an injury to my back. It is likely pretty significant as the preliminary tests indicate my injury is in the same location I had surgery on 5 years ago. I will have more tests to get the specifics, but for now I am spending a large part of my day laying down. Makes for a challenge in terms of scrapbooking or making cards, eh? Well it sure does. So once I know what is really wrong and figure out a plan for what it will take to get better, I am going to try to have a new perspective. You see I have a pretty demanding job. I spend many extra hours working and based on what I do, I sit for a very long time. My doctors told me 5 years ago I need to be exercising and be aware of changing positions from time to time. I did listen at first, but not these last two years. It appears I am paying for it now. But it is likely there is a good treatment or surgery that can help me get back on track and when I do, Iwill have my fresh beginning. I will make time to exercise and get away from my work desk, like I should.
The good news is I had completed some cards for some challenges before this happened so I can still participate, Woo-Hoo!! The ironic thing is over at Catherine and Cathy Create their first challenge is Fresh Beginnings….so there was a reason I never was getting to posting my card. I had to wait for my own Fresh Beginning to post about before it made sense to do it!
So on to the fun challenge and card I made to go with it!
They had a picture to use as our inspiration with many beautiful and inviting spring colors. It had green/blue. purple/pink white and touches of neutrals. Lots of good colors to draw from. The colors seemed to be perfect for a Mother’s Day card and even appeared to be very closely matched to the Paper Pumpkin card base we received in the March kit. So here is what I came up with:
It is a pretty simple card, but I do love how these colors came together.
It is a rainy, gloomy day here in the Chicago suburbs. What better day to be crafting, right??!! I sat down to work on a scrapbook page, but then decided that maybe I would see if I could work on the Sunday Sketch challenge from Operation Write Home first. I have to say that I LOVE this Sketch!! Anything a little off the beaten path is the place for me!
Don’t you just love the diagonal placement of the paper! This card was really easy to make too. You could pull together so many different papers and even use up a few scraps. Supplies for this card include:
My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio line Basics Paper Pad
Whisper white from Stampin’ up and Natural from Paper Studio
Gee Thanks Stamp from the Really Good Greetings set from Stampin’ up
Banner die from Stampin’ Up Hearts a Flutter die set
Enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye chalk studio line
I sure hope they have more sketch’s like this one in the future!