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Thursday, February 28, 2013

When Minutes Count

I take my time when making cards. I enjoy the process, not to mention the fact it can take me HOURS to pick the images, just the right colours... So when my friend Emily first encouraged me to check out the current 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge, I thought yeah, no. However, she continued to encourage me -- AND pointed out the prize this week was a Paper Smooches gift certificate. Hmmm... Finally, I decided I might as well try! At the worst, it takes me more than ten minutes and/or it's a disaster and I recycle it. 



Look! I did it! Not only that, I even incorporated the current Paper Smooches SPARKS Picture Perfect inspiration challenge. Kim says you can "follow the inspiration closely, or use it loosely", so I thought going with a love theme was a reasonable interpretation. And you are allowed to gather all your supplies and have your idea in mind before hitting the timer, thank goodness. Here's how my time broke down, more or less: 
     — Stamping and heat-embossing the soulful puppy: ~2 minutes
     — Colouring with Prismacolor pencils: ~3 minutes
     — Stamping on banner from die-cut stash: ~1 minute
     — Stamping paw heart and cutting out: ~1 minute
     — Putting it all together: ~2 minutes
All that and I had about twelve seconds left over! I thought it was okay to pull out an already cut piece to use; it's not like I purposely cut it out ahead of time just for this card! As it was, I had to cut down one end a bit, because of course I didn't centre the sentiment exactly. As you can tell, the puppy is quite roughly coloured; there's no time for careful shading! 
Although the pressure is all self-imposed, I found the time constraint a little stressful. So I'm not sure the 10 Minute Craft Dash will necessarily become a regular stop for me, but it was fun to try! I guess I better enter this into Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge, too. ;)
P.S. Paper Smooches (hee, aka P.S.!) is having their February DT blog hop starting today! Looks like more fun new dies from Kim.


     

 Supplies: white & Stampin' Up kraft cardstock, Paper Smooches Woofers and Tweeters stamps, Brilliance coffee bean, Memento rose bud & Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay inks, clear embossing powder, Papertrey Ink double-ended banner, pop-dot tape

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19 comments:

Paulina said...

This card is so adorable. Those puppy eyes... too cute!

I'm so glad that you decided to give my challenge a try. Yes, it can be stressful the first couple of times, but it can also be fun! :) I hope you'll give the 10 Minute Craft Dash another go sometime in the future!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, I think you made it a challenge by choosing heat embossing and colouring. LOL! Now I'm curious to see if I could make a card like this in 10 minutes. Hmmm... It's absolutely adorable. Thanks so much for playing along!

Lin said...

It's always good to try something we don't think we can do! This is adorable - well done! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week, Lindsey!

cardz said...

Wow you did a card involving colouring in under 10 minutes! I am impressed. Colouring takes me forever. Your card is very sweet.
Heather

Glenda J said...

Super cute! Such a sweet card. I can sometimes make cards fast but being timed scares me! Great work.

Jessi Fogan said...

Well, first of all - that card is amazingly adorable! I love how you did the sentiment :) And I've gotta say, I agree with Emily - embossing & colouring on a 10 minute card? You were TRYING to handicap yourself? lol

Jennifer Grissom said...

Great card! We'd love for you to try out at our new design team: Sister Act Card Challenge

Meredith MacRitchie said...

I almost always dig in my die cut rejects before I start - no cheating there! I encourage you to try playing with us again, as once you've done one or two, the clock isn't nearly as stressful! Thanks so much for finally giving the Craft Dash a try, I am glad you gave it a shot!

Poorvi said...

I love how you colored the dog and the card (design) is adorable, Lindsey!!
Thanks for playing with us at the 10 Minute Craft Dash - hopefully we'll see you again soon :)

Lyndal said...

Gorgeous card Lindsey - I'm usually a really slow crafter too, I find this Challenge gets me more organised LOL!
So glad you joined in the fun at the 10 Minute Craft Dash. Hope to see you again soon :)

Kary said...

This is Way cute!! Love the dog and the heart with the paw in it. Such a fun and cute card. Have a Happy Weekend, Lindsey!! {hugs}

Aletheia said...

Such a cute little dog, amazing what you can accomplish in only 10 minutes. I usually sit half an hour to decide on the theme. :-)

I am just hopping around to visit the blogs of the other DT-members. I am so glad I could join Crafty Creations,
have a nice sunday
Sabine

Donelda said...

This is adorable! I am impressed at your ability to get it done in the 10 min. dash! Way to go!

Lisa Arana said...

Go you for giving this challenge a go!!! Super cute card too.

Barb King said...

You did alot in 10 min.! Cute dog, looks like a pug.

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop! I still have not had the guts to try this challenge. You rocked it though! Your pooch is adorable and I love the little heart.

Janna Werner said...

so so so soooo sweet!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

How sweet!! And you made it in time, ha ha! That's amazing at itself! And look how happy your card is looking!! Very nice!
Hugs, Wendy

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOOOOVE this pup! I LOVE that he's colored "roughly"!!! He looks so cute!! THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge! There's still time to play along with us and our Trend Watch: SMILES challenge!!!

ps...glad you made the 10 minute challenge with this card! I cannot make anything in less than 3 hours! Wouldn't it be great if I could make something in 10 minutes! LOL!