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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being Grateful at Crafty Creations

Just in time for American Thanksgiving, this week's challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges is to make a thank you or gratitude card or other project. Even though Canadian Thanksgiving has passed, it is always good to have a thank you card or two in reserve.




It's a funny thing about inspiration, or mojo, or if you're feeling particularly arty, the Muse. :D I was on a total roll there for a couple of weeks, happily cranking out cards and tags. Then, starting this past weekend... nothing. So it's helpful to have a stamp that can do most of the heavy lifting, such as this CardArt Thanks Phrase stamp from Hero Arts. I couldn't let it do all the work, though, so I did manage to do a little cutting, distressing (me!), and picked a pair of coordinating patterned papers. Although you can't see it in the photo, the flowered paper has text in the background, which goes nicely with the definition on the stamp. 




And hey, if you're feeling bereft of ideas, why not make TWO cards? I decided to try my hand at the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. From the inspiration photo, I took away the flowers with their scallopy shape, and the general colours, particularly the greys. I recoloured the digital image and sentiment to grey before printing it out and colouring with Sharpies and Prismacolor pencils. I also played with my first nestabilities to cut and emboss the big scalloped circle! I considered making this a circle card, but liked the look of the yellow background.
Come play with us at Crafty Creations Challenges! And to my American friends and visitors, Happy Thanksgiving! 




Supplies: (thanks) Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock, Daisy D's and Karen Foster patterned paper, Hero Arts CardArt Thanks Phrase stamp, VersaMagic Spanish olive chalk ink; (thankful) white & yellow cardstock, Paper Smooches digital stamps, Sharpies, Prismacolor pencils, silver gel pen, Spellbinders Nestabilities classic scalloped circles large Pin It Now!

13 comments:

Karin said...

I love first card! What an amazing stamp and the muted background color is lovely...Great job on the PS challenge too. I keep taking the freebies and never find time to play :) Thanks for you sweet Thanksgiving wishes too!

Virginia L. said...

Happy to see that the stamps prompted you to get creative! Love the HA card--so beautifully done! The layering and background are gorgeous! The PS card is sweet! So glad to see you trying out new challenges! Have a great weekend (almost)!!

marilynprestonn said...

These are just so delightful Lindsey. Love the collage feel of the first one and bright color combo with the blue bird! Wow cards. You are amazing with apparently not much mojo! I beg to differ. :)Peggy

Jen W. said...

What a great flower stamp and you're right - that patterned paper goes perfectly with it! And your PS card is adorable. Glad you kept the yellow background - frames it perfectly!

Angela said...

No mojo? I think not! Very fun cards -- so different from each other, but both very "Linds." I'm also glad to see your Nesties addiction has begun officially! Happy Thanksgiving-from-afar!

Emily Leiphart said...

I love that you made two very different cards to show your range! I love the vintage elegance of the first one and the second one is oh so fun and happy. Thanks so much for playing along in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Very nice cards, Lindsey! Totally different styles, I like that! I always want to make more cards, when I'm feeling creative, but sometimes time forbids... but these are lovely!!
Hugs, Wendy

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

lovely thank you card. the black and white image is lovely against the pattern paper. And you PS card is just darn cute.

Meg said...

Two great cards, Linds! Love the flower paper and stamp on the first one, and the second one is just so bright and happy!

Donelda said...

I like both your cards! I like that "heavy lifting" part. I, like you, seem to have run out of creative steam. Good for you to keep going :)

acreativeneed said...

Both are unique and lovely Lindsey! So happy to have you with us at Crafty Creations this month!!
hugs,Deena

Kelley Eubanks said...

These are great Lindsey! Thanks so much for playing along with the SPARKS challenge! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I love that birdie digital--beautifully done:) THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge:)