Tip Tuesday

Have you ever sat down to stamp and hit a road block? Not knowing where to begin can be very frustrating. There are 3 different areas of focus that, depending on your preference, you can use to help you plan out your cards.

The first is the layout or sketch. I read several blogs that have sketch challenges on them. These are a great way to start. Beginning with the sketch allows you to focus on your stamping as your layout is already decided.

The second is choosing the colors you want to use. Choosing colors can help you decide if your card will be fun and whimsical, serious, or formal. The theme of the card you are creating will then determine a lot of the layout. A fun whimsical card will have lots of elements to look at and make you smile when you look at it. A serious card will be very simple with few elements. A formal card will usually include elements that remind you of a prom or wedding (white, organdy ribbon, black, etc.).

The third and final method to planning your cards is choosing the stamp set. Often the look of the stamps in the set will determine the colors and layout. I often choose a set and it suddenly speaks to me to create a specific theme.

There is not right or wrong way to plan a card. Sometimes I choose my colors and at other times I will see a sketch I want to use. At other times (especially when I get new sets) I just have to make a card using those stamps. What do you do when you hit a stamping slump? If you usually use the same method each time, try one of the other ways to plan your card. You may find it solves all your problems and has you stamping in no time flat!

Make sure you check in tomorrow to see the card I created and how I went about planning it. Have great evening and thanks for looking!

Color Challenge Monday

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. It seemed to be a busy one. My mom came down for the day on Saturday and we went to a farm over in Virginia, this farm was great, both of my children had a wonderful time. We came home with apple cider, apple butter, pumpkin butter, and a bunch of apples.

We are off to another week and it is a color challenge Monday, I picked River Rock, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate.

Candice’s Card
Stamps: Looks Like Spring Paper: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, and Very Vanilla Ink: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate Accessories: Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelet, Circle Rhinestone, and Crafter’s Tool Kit.

I am amazed how quickly the weeks go by. It must be old age. I did a card using alternate colors so you can see what it would look like if you don’t have the new colors. My colors were Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, and Always Artichoke. Here is the card I created.
Robbie’s Card
Stamps: All in a Row, Little Pieces Paper: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke Ink: Sahara Sand, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke Accessories: Large and small oval punch, Spring Flower Bouquet punch, Crafter’s Tool Kit, Steel brads, sponges.Hope you have a great week. Thanks for checking our creations!

Sketch Saturday

I have seen a lot of cards on websites lately that use chocolate chip and a blue to create cards with a western flair. I decided to try my hand at this. I used splitcoast stampers sketch challenge number 37. Here is the link to view the sketch:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84583

Here is the card I created with a few modifications to the sketch.

Stamps: Wanted, Great Greetings (retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou Accessories: Twill ribbon, Scallop punch, Corner Rounder, Crop-a-dile, Steel brads, Dimensionals, sponges.

Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend!

Alter This Class on Sunday

Here is the front cover and the inside shot of the Holiday Organizer that we will be making on Sunday. We still have space if you decide that you would like to join us. We will be sticking an envelope in one of the pockets for receipts, there will be a December Calendar for another pocket, and a few other items.

Thursday Design by Candice

Last night I was playing and came up with three different cards, this is the one that I decided to post. I will keep the others for later or for one of my workshops. After looking at it in this post I am thinking that I should have used Mellow Moss and not Sahara Sand, but it could just be the lighting when I took the photo.

Watch for the post on Friday I am going to download the organizer that we will be making on Sunday. There is still space if you are interested.

Stamp Set: Oh, So Lovely Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, and Recollections Designer Series Paper Ink: Basis Black Accessories: Bravo Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive Crayon, Bravo Burgundy Crayon, Aqua Painter, Hodgepodge Hardware, and Bravo Burgundy Eyelets from Pink Hodgehog Paper crafts,