Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Card

Here's another example of how I assembled a quick card.  I love the MFT stitched circles and rectangle die-namics sets, so one evening I proceeded to cut several circles and rectangles.  While I was at it, I also embossed several sheets of solid colored cardstock, and some scalloped borders in different colors.  Again, this card came together quickly since I had all the elements pre-cut when I needed to make a Mother's Day card.  The stamped blossoms are from Stampin Up and I colored them with Chameleon Markers.  I love how easy they were to use to blend in the colors.

The small blue flower centers have silver stickles added as well as the little specks around the bouquet. 

Quick Birthday Card

So you love to make stuff, especially cards, but how can you carve out some creative time to soothe your creative soul?   Well, you can!  You can with a little planning and some strategies I've learned along this creative journey that I'll share with you. 

One method is dedicate 30 minutes to simply precut cardstock.  Cut your cardstock into the standard A2 card size (4.25" X 5.5") and/or cut some to layer as card fronts.  Another time-saver is to take shortcuts by using what is becoming more available at the big box craft stores.  For example, one can buy packages of cards with designs and use those as printed pattern paper or sometimes called designer series paper.  In this example I used a pre-made card/designed as the base and mounted a 2" piece of Nina Solar White cardstock with a Stampin Up butterfly punched out.  Added a stamped sentiment, tied on some bakers twine, added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen and a rhinestone and DONE!  No time at all.

The little banners on the upper left of the card were part of the many banners I cut from this same set.  By using the same box of cards, all the papers coordinate, minimizing the time to select coordinating elements. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Why name my blog Quick Cr8?

You might be wondering why I named my blog Quick Cr8.  It's simple, I love the creative process but I also have a full time job that requires long hours, have many family obligations, lots of friends and involved in many organizations which leaves me with little time to indulge in creating art.

When I do manage to steal away a few minutes to create a project it must be quickly put together or broken down into smaller steps.  So, it's quick cr8!

Confession:  I envy all the artists and crafters that devote their lives to art.  I wish I could spend the entire day at home, in my little studio and cr8 all day.  It's a dream that I hope will some day come true.