Thursday, December 16, 2010

IHP I'm Challenged

My studio is a disaster and I can hardly move in it and I have piles everywhere.  It is a place that squashes creativity right now.  I feel like between all the running around in preparation for the holidays, I keep pitching my stuff in my space, and asking my children to pitch stuff in my space when they kindly ask what to do with my stuff spew.  *sigh*  It is not a safe place for puppies fer sher!!!  And, for this post, don't get me started on the puppies, except for me to say that they are doing MUCH better.

I will be relying on challenges quite a bit for the next while. I can hardly think straight let alone be *uber* creative.  Seriously?!!!  Nope.  Can't do it.  I thank all the wonderful sites that so generously share their creativity and do what they do to inspire papercrafters like me on a regular basis.  I combined lots of challenges for this card, and I'm quite happy with it;

I used some FAB Christmas paper I've had sitting on the floor leaning against my desk leg and haven't cut in to yet this Christmas card making season.  I used some favourite stamps from i {heart} papers called Merry Christmas Trees.  Kate has this set on sale right now, so it would be an awesome addition to any Christmas stamp collection AND Kate is offering Free Shipping to all US addresses and -50% for Canadian addresses tomorrow, Friday, December 17th.

Now that this is uploaded, I need to keep cleaning up my space.  I am moving some extra storage in my back room in the form of my kids old dressers to hold my copic ink refills and sewing patterns.  There's more than one dresser coming my way because my dad has been busy creating stunning new chests of drawers for each of my kids.  I can hardly wait to be a bit more organized and generally cleaned up.  My sewing desk is a thing of beauty all tidied up, dusted and ready to go and I'm going to do the doorway to my backroom next because I'm avoiding the mess that is my paper crafting desk still.  Wish me luck!  I'm starting to pack up my Christmas stamps and getting back to a bit more general use crafting.

Here's a list of my challenge muses for this card;
curtain call #60 - olive, celery, chocolate, red
mojo monday #169 - sketch challenge
CCEE1049 - do you see what I see?
ABC Christmas - jewels and gems
alphabet challenge - f for foliage
creative card - anything goes
freshly brewed designs - sparkle and shine
let's ink it up - christmas with bling
lots to do - glitz
mami doodles; anything goes

stamps; merry christmas tree (hero arts)
paper; noel (bo bunny), coconut swirl, java (bazzill)
ink; peeled paint, forest moss distress ink (ranger)
accessories; green silk ribbon (creative impressions),  cardinal rhinestones (bazzill), copic markers (YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99), brad (making memories), white gel pen (sakura)


SuzanneK said...

I love this, you mightn't be feeling terribly creative right now, but I would never be able to tell. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, good luck. Suzanne x

tiggertastic said...

stunning make, i love your trees and the layout of the make

good luck in the challenges and wishing you a lovley weekend

Sarah-Louise x
Designing for : CCC & CPF

Kendra said...

Great greens! I always love the big bows! Thanks for playing at Let's Ink It Up!

Stamping Becky said...

Wow! Fab paper to make a totally FABULOUS card! What could be more perfect? That large green bow is absolutely gorgeous!

Zoechaos said...

Smart elegant card love all the elements looks very creative from here. Have fun with the clearing starting to put my Christmas stuff away now as well oh boy I've got a floor. Thanks for sharing with us at Lots to do xx Zoe

ANewYear said...

WOW. I love, LOVE this card. If this is your work when you are not in a creative mood, I bet when your creative juices are flowing, your cards are out-of-this-world.
I'm going to save a picture of this beauty to hopefully inspire a thimble full of creativeness. :) TFS

donna said...

Your card caught my eye while checking out the Let's Ink it Up challenge. I think it is fantastic. Good luck getting organized. I spend half my time making messes and the other half cleaning up.

Christina said...

This is totally gorgeous, Loretta! I love your stamped trees with the added gems, and the papers are so perfect for the color challenge. Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call!

HappyCrafter said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Great sketch and your colours and bling are all fabulous!

Studio M by Marian said...

This is so elegant, love all little details. Come by and check mine out. xo, Marian

Debbie Carriere said...

I love this - it is gorgeous!! The colors are so rich, & I love the addition of the sparkles :)

lotte chew said...

WOW!!! gorgeous card!

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