Saturday, June 20, 2015

Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrows "Smile Like You Just Won the Lotto!"

Yippee!! All 10 SCS VSN Challenges Completed! 

Even though I didn't scrap continuously over the course of the Virtual Stamp Night Event, I honestly am just breathless because today was a marathon to get the last two cards finished, photographed, edited, draft blog entry with all supply info, and uploaded to both gallery/blog!! I don't think I've ever made 10 different cards in a week, ever! I definitely need a breather after this event. 

However, I'm happy that I can now go into production the rest of this month by making multiples of many of my cards to build up stock to send to each of the monthly hostesses in the ongoing Ronald McDonald Card for a Cause donation.  Definitely less stressful when it's just mass production once card concept has already been completed.

So this is the very last challenge calling to use only the scraps from the event.  

Challenge Title: Go to your Happy Place (Include scraps resulting from previous VSN Challenge creations)
Hostess: JBgreendawn (Stacy)
Keyword: JUN15VSNJ

The little banners were perfect to use up all those solid cardstock scraps I had as a result of the last couple of cards, specifically:

I truly believe in manifesting what you want out of life by just changing your outlook daily. 

Recently, I came across this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo which was trending on the New York Best Sellers List earlier this year.  Marie Kondo is a professional organizer in Japan and she advocates that the process of tidying up by keeping ONLY what brings you joy and to purge the rest is actually an incredible transformative catharsis in increasing happiness and satisfaction in one's everyday life.  

Yes, I started purging like a maniac after a life time of pack rat tendencies.  It truly was liberating to just be surrounded by what brings me absolute joy! Imagine getting dressed in a closet with only clothes you love NOW.  This process is what brought me back to my crafting supplies because I realized how much I appreciate and still find joy in about 99% of my supplies. The rest, I purged by selling or donating. 

So, the idea of smiling everyday like you've just won the lotto is how I feel when I choose to only surround myself with what brings me joy.  It's exhilarating and brings about so much clarity in life. It's a very healthy form of building and maintaining self esteem and helps to manifest only the joyful things in all aspects of my life.  

Recognizing joy, appreciating joy, and wanting more of that joy is my happy place.

Plus, I just freaking love Heidi Swapp! 


I'm so happy that I participated in this Virtual Stamping Event because I really learned a lot.  Even though I unfortunately uploaded to the SCS gallery about 2 minutes too late, I'm still proud of myself for churning out 10 different cards within a week.  

It was the rule to complete the card within an hour that was most life changing.  
The one hour time limit really pushed me to
1) just make do and use what I have
2) not every card has to be a multi layered master piece
3) go for the finish instead of mulling over a million options, and
4) clean up after each card.  I've never made that many cards before in one week! 10 completed cards, wow!

During each of the 10 challenges, I was shopping out of the few things from my storage unit that I threw into boxes to use.  So it was a trip to use only what I had on me. No running out the door to buy the PERFECT item to compliment the idea stewing in my head.  Instead, JUST MAKE DO WITH WHAT I HAVE.  

While not everything I created was the multi layered masterpiece I would have preferred, it was certainly the frequent sensation of getting it done, multiple times, day after day that was new to me. Amazing! 

Additionally, I learned I take about an hour to photograph, edit, draft blog post with all supply identifications, and then upload to gallery/blog. So I need to take that time into consideration. 

Ha! I can't believe I'm going to share a picture of my current work space, which is part of the challenge.  This is my geeky BF's computer desk in the corner of the bedroom.  Things are toppling off the edges as I work so I have supplies on the floor and on another chair behind me. I pretty much have to clean up after each crafting session.  

I'm so grateful to all the hostesses for organizing the event! Thank you ladies! I had a blast!

Thanks for visiting!


"Smile Like You Just Won the Lotto" 
Bazzil CS & SU Smooth White CS
Stamps: Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrows 

Ink:  SU Positively Pink; SU Lavendar Lace; SU Tempting Turquoise; SU YoYo Yellow
Accessories: Heidi Swapp Chat Project Life Arrow Die; Lifestyle Crafts/QK Tide EF
Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

Live, Love, Hula Imaginesce Penguin Hula

Almost at the finishing stretch of the SCS Virtual Stamp Event Challenges.  This is my 9th card submission to the event!

Challenge Title: Happy Dance
Hostess: Brenda (aka tessaduck)
Keyword: JUN15VSNA

Again, using up scraps.  Tried to make this a little fun for me by fringe cutting into the stamped green hula grass skirt (Glorious Green ink onto the Green Galore cardstock).

Yup, I used the MojoMonday #402 card sketch again. This sketch just really appeals to me!

  • The Green Galore you will see a lot of because I have tons of those already pre-cut at 4.25 x 5.5" for a SU Demo project in my previous life.  
  • I'm happy I finally got to whip out the new Lifestyle Crafts / QK Tide Embossing Folders I bought on clearance with a coupon recently at Joann's. 
  • The floral pp is left over from this birthday card I made for my 2 year old niece, who's now 6. 
  • I don't even know where I pulled out the double sided May Arts ribbon from.  But you can clearly see how it's still wrinkled from being recently untied to use on this card. 
Ok, 2 hours left to clean up, start on the last card for the VSN Challenges event, photograph, edit, and upload to blog and SCS.  It takes me about an hour just to do the photographing/upload/blog write up! So I need to get to it! 

Thanks for visiting!


"Live, Love, Hula" 
BG Lollipop PP, Bazzil CS & SU Smooth White CS
Stamps: Imaginisce Penguin Hula; Sentiment Computer Font is Minstral

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; SU Glorious Green; SU Pink Passion; Copics Y38 & R85
Embellishments: May Arts Ribbon 
Accessories: Spellbinders Circle Nesting Dies; Lifestyle Crafts/QK Tide EF
Size: 4.25 x 5.5"

"You're Fabulous" Dress

Using up nothing but scraps and partially completed projects for this card for my 8th challenge completion.

Challenge Title: Happy TogetherHostesses: annsforte3 (Ann), tessaduck (Brenda), Joan7356 (Joan or Sassy), berlycece (Kim), LuvLee (Lee), Shoe Girl (Lisa), Scraperwannabe (Misti), gregzgurl (Sue), JBgreendawn (Stacy)Keyword: JUN15VSNI

So glad you could join us tonight for Happy VSN! We are a very happy group of individuals here that host the VSN Challenges! We work together, give each other support, and love card challenges. Of course all of us have special interests that are our go to items or techniques when we are stamping. 
So for our Happy Together challenge each of us has an item that we love to do or add to our cards that you must incorporate into your card. Use all of the items happily together on your cards!
The challenge is to use or do all of the following items on your card in some form:
  • annsforte3 aka Ann - use some kind of stencil on your card
  • tessaduck aka Brenda - use sponging on your card
  • Joan7356 aka Joan (Sassy) - a stamped image
  • berlycece aka Kim - use ribbon
  • LuvLee aka Lee - use the color, PINK!!!! (Total shock, right?)
  • Shoe Girl aka Lisa - use some sparkle
  • Scraperwannabe aka Misti - use some form of coloring
  • gregzgurl aka Sue - Make the card square!
  • JBgreendawn aka Stacy - use foam dimensionals
So here's my card using an already stamped dress image, colored in with watercolors which I had rejected at the time because my watercolors were muddy, then embellished with Stickles. I already had the back panel done from yet another class with the swirl punchies punched out with the green Stickles.

I highlighted in pink the "favorite" elements on my card. 

I simply paired these items together with some trimming, mounting dress on foam dimensionals onto a frame die cut from Spellbinders, and finished it off with the sentiment from Verve. 

Thanks for visiting! 


"You're Fabulous Spring Dress" Card
Paper: SU Whisper White; Bazzil CS 
Stamps: Uptown Designs Dress (?); Verve Uplifting Phrases (sentiment) 
Ink: SU Marvelous Magenta; Momento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Stickles Bronze, Green; Family Treasures Small Swirl Punch; Spellbinders Label 3Size: 6" x  6" square 

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Rainbow of Sweet Treats Birthday

7th SCS VSN Challenge done!

This one took me just 10 minutes as I had a long day of meetings and commuting today.  This is all the brain cells I have today.

I originally wanted to color in the birthday cake with copics and then mat it on coordinating solid cardstock and patterned paper, but I'm pooped.

So it's the grungy element from my new Reverse Confetti stamp to the rescue.  I just shopped through my box of scraps to match up with the stamped background pop a bit more.  The stamped elements easily came together as I just went down my row of SU Rich Regals ink pads.

So I call uncle and am heading to bed on a VERY early Friday night.

Challenge Title: Bake Up Some Happiness
Hostess: annsforte3 (Ann)
Keyword: JUN15VSNH

In retrospect, I probably should have matted the color in larger rectangles so that all four sides of the stamped image has a colored border.

G'night! Thanks for visiting!

"Rainbow of Sweet Treats Birthday" Card
Paper: SU Whisper White; Bazzil CS
Stamps: SU Sweet Treats; From the Herd (sentiment); Reverse Confetti Color Me Happy 
Ink: Memento Black; SU Pink Passion; SU Only Orange; SU YoYo Yellow; SU Gable Green; SU Tempting Turquoise; SU Brilliant Blue
Size: 4.25" x 5.5" rectangular 


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