A Lot Like Christmas

My last final is finished, and all I have to do before I return home is clean! Soon I'll be like the sleigh here, flying back home..;)

It actually doesn't look very much like Christmas here in Gaming - it's been pretty dreary. I think the mountains are hiding a lot of the sunshine away for themselves.

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Studio Calico
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Studio Calico
Other: glitter, vellum, embossing powder

Tools: heat gun


Paper Crafts Thank You

I'm not one to get sappy.
For one, I'm not good at it - I end up bawling all over the place and making people feel awkward as they try to calm the mess that I am.
Two, I have to take something very seriously to get to that point.

Which is why when I heard the news of Paper Crafts closing its doors, I wasn't sure what to do.

I've been pretty detached from cardmaking lately, after going a whole three months without it. Even before I left for this semester, I'd been slacking on the submissions game.
So honestly, it took me a day or two to fully realize what an impact Paper Crafts magazine, it's staff and community has made upon me - and I do not write that lightly.

I was going to try to shoot for short and sweet on this post (see Reason #1 for not being sappy), but, this is my chance to let the Paper Crafts staff know how they've affected me, and though I've passed the opportunities before to spare anyone from second hand embarrassment, gosh darn it, it's got to be said, so without further ado;

Dear Paper Crafts magazine staff,
I've been papercrafting (more specifically, cardmaking) for about a good seven years now, when a friend gave me a stamp set for my thirteenth birthday.
At first, it was just a distracting thing to do when I got bored.

But you made it real.

I distinctly remember sitting in a library one summer shortly after, flipping through a magazine I had stumbled upon, and after finishing the last delicious page, wondering and wishing if I could ever be in a magazine like that.
Some years later, you made my wish came true - my first Paper Crafts card, which happens to be extremely fitting for this occasion.

You were the light switch for my current crafting energy.

I could go on and on about the excitement of that first acceptance (and honestly, the same excitement every acceptance thereafter), of seeing the project in a printed magazine, of frivolously spending that paycheck on more stamps, but I think you realize that already.

Having projects published was the (pardon the analogy) nail in the coffin to my passion for this craft. Unlike a lot of other crafters, when I first started, most of my family and friends thought it was rather silly (though they didn't discourage me), so when I started getting published, not only did they begin to take my hobby, no, craving, more seriously, but it also gave me personal encouragement.

But even before I ever had that first card published, you were such an inspiration to me.

I, someone who before could care less what was trendy in any sort of world, be it fashion or interior decorating, was actually starting to notice - and use! - some of those trends, to my own crafty delight.
You got me excited to try new techniques, to get dirty and tackle some of those time-consuming stamping endeavors (and I am not a dirty hands or patient person, so that's saying a lot!)
You got me to take initiative, to submit those darn projects, at the risk of rejection.
You pushed me to be more timely (though we both know that was/is still a big struggle bus for me ;))

Really, I'm a little afraid of getting back home and knowing that I won't have your monthly (and special issues!) awesomeness to look forward to, but know that for as a long as I've "known" you, you've been a huge driving inspiration for my "crafty life".
And also...

(I have no idea how a gnome relates to the content of this post, but hey! He's cute! And things are getting awful sappy and messy here, so we need something random to lighten the mood!)
Thanks. A lot.
Love, best wishes on your future endeavors, and God bless!



I'm headed to London this weekend!

This card is very subtle, and very fun to make.

I used the negative to make another card...

Two papers before the final stretch! 
Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Studio Calico

Tools: Mama Elephant Alphabet dies, Cuttlebug



...that's how I feel, and so that's the kind of card I have for you today.

I wanted to try to shove as much pretty stuff on one card as possible, but this time, it didn't quite work out for me.
For the glitter border, I took one of the Maggie Holmes sticker borders and added glitter to the back. Easy peasy, nice and squeezy.

But speaking of pretty stuff...

Anyways, that's all for me today - peace out!

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper, vellum, and sticker: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes 
Other: cabochon (Etsy), glitter (Martha Stewart), kraft tag (Maya Road), sequin, enamel dot and pearl (stash)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Paper Smooches dies


I miss

...a lot of things, but most especially, my family's faces! Only 25 more days!

So, in case you can't tell because of my poor design skills, that little guy with ribbon coming out of the bottom and top of his face is a watch.

Man, it looked so much better in my head.
Ah well.

Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: Stazon, Memento
Other: gems, ribbon (Papertrey Ink)


Purple Struggle

I'm over at the Pinkfresh blog today, and people, things get pretty real there.

Here's the thing.

I have a problem.
A problem with purple.

I don't know, but I just struggle with that color.
In my home, in my wardrobe, and even in my card room.

But one day, I decided to change the fates and face my fear.

And, armed with some gorgeous Pinkfresh goodies, it actually wasn't too hard.

For this card, I used the glitter washi tape (MMM! I just love me some glitter!) on the wood veneer chevrons. I love how the wood veneer comes in such great, basic shapes, so if the times call for it, you can easily customize them to suit your purposes.

Again, some more glitter tape, and then some yumlicious enamel hearts to top it off. For the sentiment, I first placed the washi tape on scrap paper, and stamped using Staz-on ink, Then I stamped Versafine for the card base, removed the washi tape from the scrap paper, and placed it over the sentiment on the card base. I just found that the Staz-on ink stood out a little better on the glitter tape, and but I liked how Versafine stamped on the cardstock, so I used both.

So, take that, purple!

Current score;
Clare: 3, Purple: 176

Oh yeah. 


Moooove me

While I can't make any cards in Austria, I can start cleaning out my old draft closet, and start posting some old cards.

I had the cow all stamped and layered, and built the rest of the card around it.

I have a lot of detail pictures...I used to do it all the time, but I've stopped since I felt like they were unnecessary, but what do you think?

I still love these coconut buttons.

That's the oldie for today! Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: LSS
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Sidewalks" and "Fly a Kite"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn 'Critters on the Farm'
Ink: Staz-on
Other: button (stash), burlap (Joann's), paperclip (Tim Holtz), ribbon (PTI)

Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, MFT Framed Greetings die, scissors, adhesive, trimmer


The Best

...in the West. I can't wait to get back to good ol' Pennsylvania!

I was inspired to use a pretty little fabric rectangle from SEI, and then put some scraps together to finish it up!

I dunno, I'm just a sucker for the chalkboard look - I love how stark white embossing on black cardstock looks.
Speaking of embossing, and cardstock, and cards, MAN! Do I miss cardmaking! It's a good thing I always have school or I'm traveling, because my fingers are positively tingling to make something! I've already taken some pictures to inspire future cards when I get back. ;)

But for now, here's one of the many pictures I took during a beautiful weekend in Switzerland...

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!

Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versamark
Other: fabric swatch (SEI), embossing powder, paperclip, vellum

Tools: embossing gun, Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink Doily Details, sewing machine