Online Card Class Giveaway!

This is going to be a quickie giveaway...so please comment ASAP! :)

Ever try a technique that ended up feeling just too complicated to use on a card (or worse multiple cards)? We’ve all been there! Happily, Online Card Classes is ready to help us take on that challenge with a little technique know-how! 

Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole are here Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple  In this all-video class, they’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a Clean & Simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever. And guess what? I’m one of the guest artists in this class! How fun is that?

And now, one of you has the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right—I get to give away one spot in this fantastic class. Just leave a comment on this post by tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST to be eligible! Class starts tomorrow- Monday, January 26, 2015. Hope to see you there!



New Runway Inspired Challenge....yippee!!

I love this girl's outfit, but I really love her handbag!  The stark white stripes look pretty cool against the patterned background, so I decided to go in that direction for my card:

Don't forget- the Runway Inspired Challenge is not a color challenge- you can grab inspiration from anything in the photo!  

I love the floral pattern on this paper, so I didn't want to add too much to distract from it. The sentiment is from Halftone Hello, and I stamped it in a soft pink chalk ink. Once I cut it out, I adhered it to my card with foam tape.  It felt like it needed something else, so I cut out an additional flower from one of my scraps, and popped that up too. 

Please visit the RIC girlies! 

Karolyn Loncon - Paper Therapy
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks



Hey hey!  Today there is a brand spankin' new Runway Inspired Challenge...and I just ADORE it! 

Oh my, this chick looks great!  The fuchsia paired with the ornate beading is so cool.   I would want to bedazzle my own t-shirt to look like this, but I'd be worried about not being able to pull off the look...it could possibly go old lady if not styled properly!

Of course I needed to incorporate some rhinestones:

The flower is a die cut I designed (you might be seeing more of that flower in the near future, hintity hint!), and I cut it with my new Silhouette Cameo!  I mounted it, along with the rhinestones and die cut sentiment, to a piece of patterned cardstock.  The model's outfit has two slightly different shades of pink, so I also used distress ink to blend in some darker color near the bottom.

I really love the bright white against the other colors!

Please go visit the amazing DT (some girls are sitting out this week), and please play along!

Karolyn Loncon - Paper Therapy
Lindsay- Note To Self



Whoops, this post should have gone up yesterday!

This year my blog saw the least amount of love since I started it years ago.  I created less cards than ever this year, and have apologized numerous times for my absences!  But, I'd say it was for good reason!  Here's what I was up to in 2014:

  • I started a stamp company (Altenew) with my friend Tasnim!  This was the biggest reason for the lack of card making - I have been designing stamp sets!  It's like a dream come true  :)  I took a lot of time to learn Illustrator, and feel like I am still trying to get the hang of it.  I've always been a paper-and-pencil person when it comes to sketching!
  • My friends Jennifer and Kristina keep asking me to teach at Online Card Classes- I love that!
  • Speaking of, I even hosted my own class!  What started out as an idea and an email to Jennifer McGuire (telling her that watercolor is awesome, and my ideas for the class) turned into Watercolor for Card Makers.  LOVE!
  • I also started teaching at Paper Crafters Library.  It's a great place with thousands of video tutorials, you should check it out!  If you were wondering why I have not updated YouTube in a while, it's because my videos keep going to OCC and PCL, hehe.
  • The Runway Inspired Challenge is going strong, and only days away from our 75th challenge! Thanks for all of the support :)

Here's an overview of the projects I blogged about this year - hover over the pics to view them larger (you may need to view this post on ourchangeofart.blogspot.com to see the collages). The ones with gold backgrounds are cards I made that were posted on the Altenew blog.













This year, I hope to get more videos posted to my YouTube channel, work on becoming a better photographer, post more to this blog, and *gasp* start scrapbooking!  Not sure if I'll share the scrapbook pages here, but I'll keep you all posted on how it goes.   Happy 2015!!



something a bit different

I really slacked off on the Christmas cards this year!  I typically make over 100, and this year I'll be lucky if I have more than 10!!

For this card, I ventured a bit out of my comfort zone.  It's for a friend who (I think) would like this style, so I just went for it!

The flower is from the new Altenew set, Vintage Roses.  I die cut the word "Joy" from glitter paper, and then went to town with "extras" such as a little bag (thanks, Jingle!), paper sequins, splatter, and an embossed card base.

Since I only managed to make a handful of cards this year, Dave and I decided to do a photo card!  We've never done one before, so it was fun to have a little photo shoot.  We took the tripod and the camera remote out to a tree farm, and had so much fun snapping pics!!

We had so many great shots, that we chose 4.  Different friends and family members will be getting different cards...fun!

Yeah, we're weird.  

If I don't post before Christmas, I wish you all a happy holiday and New Year!



Hey folks!  Check out the lovely inspiration we have for you this week at the Runway Inspired Challenge!

source: style.com

As always, you know I totally want that dress and would wear it in a second!  I'm not typically an orange person, but I sure would make an exception for this dress. 

I used a loose watercolor style to paint a bunch of flowers in the same colors as the dress.  My red sentiment strip mimics the belt she's wearing- you wouldn't believe how long I mulled over the exact placement of the strip, and I'm still not 100% happy with it!   The sentiment is from the Many Thanks set.

Please visit my talented DT:

Karolyn Loncon - Paper Therapy
Gayatri Murali - Handmade By G3
Lindsay- Note To Self
Tasnim Ahmed - Cards & Bookmarks

Have a great Tuesday :)


Paper Crafts Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop

(hopefully you arrived here from Ashley!)

Wow.  What can I say?  I was shocked when I heard the news about Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine closing its doors and shutting down.   To say I am disappointed is an understatement.  I'm sure that my feelings are echoed by those of you who participated in or are visiting this hop, and I am sad for all of us.  I am sad for the amazing people who recently lost their jobs, and I'm also sad for anyone who is new to this hobby and will not ever get to enjoy an amazing magazine with an even more amazing community.

But instead of going on and on about what I will miss, I will briefly thank PC&S.
  • Thank you for always providing me with a fabulous source of inspiration
  • Thank you for giving me a chance and picking my first card for publication in 2011 (with many more to follow!)
  • Thank you for fun contests, including the monthly challenges and bigger competitions such as Stamping Royalty and Gallery Idol, which I feel so honored to have participated in.
  • Thank you for inviting me to try out to be a Go-To Gal.  I still remember the day I received that letter in the mail.  It was a fun and challenging process, and exciting to have made it through many elimination rounds!  Even though I wasn't selected, I will always remember it.
  • Thank you for publishing my husband!  That was awesome!
and most importantly....
  • Thank you for providing the world of papercrafting with a supportive community.  Thank you for bringing crafters together.  Thank you for the friendships I have made.  I honestly don't think I would have gotten to know such incredible people in this industry without you.  These are lifelong friendships- ones I will cherish for all time.

This card uses stamps from Painted Poppy and Label Love.

(I am also posting a card on the Altenew Blog today)

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Dana! :)
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