Monday, August 31, 2015

red carpet challenge

. . . and so, stamp-a-faire 2015 must come to an end . . . left with memories and a mess . . . and VOLUMES of inspiration to draw from during the coming weeks and months (that's how long it will take me to try all of the tricks and tips the ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS design team has shared over the weekend!) . . . farewell until next year . . . oh wait - make-it-Monday is just next week  ;)

my creations
this is a "good " kind of mess  :)

more color, please . . .

I used this project to increase my use of color - I love color and pattern, but I find myself sticking to three main colors, forgetting to use other shades of the same colors, etc . . . a special card to welcome a beautiful new granddaughter  :)

stamps:  papertrey ink
papers:  papertrey ink
die:  spellbinders
embellishments:  button - papertrey ink; embroidery thread

friday night stamp-a-faire 2015

papertrey ink's stamp-a-faire is DEFINITELY the stamping highlight of my year (right behind their monthly releases)!!!  this year I did some much needed pre-planning by organizing a specific list of cards to create, centralizing a collection of ideas I've been wanting to try, and re-organizing my tools & supplies. I did all of this over the past few weeks and it REALLY paid off - less time figuring out what I was going to create, less time searching for supplies, and WAY less mess!  + I only had one project I set aside, but then was able to re-do for the "make it work" challenge . . . so after dinner Friday night - I headed upstairs with my laptop and was "ready to roll" (literally)!

my "creativity on wheels!"

unconventional materials challenge

MASCULINE BIRTHDAY CARD:  while I was rummaging thru all of my husband's hardware supplies in the garage, I thought I could just throw a handful of small screws, washers & nuts in a shaker card and call it done, but that seemed way to easy . . . my husband is legally blind, so I appreciate these larger sentiments from papertrey . . . happy birthday, honey!

stamps:  papertrey ink
papers:  stampin' up, papertrey ink, pebbles
die:  papertrey ink
embellishments:  wood accent - stampin' up; baker's twine - hemptique; button - my stash; caster cup - our junk drawer!

bridal challenge

PACKAGE TOPPER/GIFT BAG TAG:  I didn't really need a wedding card, but I do love a fun oversized tag on my kraft gift bags AND there's just nothing quite like white ink on vellum!  (the butterfly was cut from a scrap of vellum I stamped in white years ago for my daughter's wedding invitations.)  glitter and a few clear sequins added some sparkle . . .


stamps:  papertrey ink, stampin' up
papers:  stampin' up, papertrey ink
dies:  sizzix, papertrey ink
embellishments:  glitter - stampin' up; sequins - avery elle; tulle - scrap from my stash