Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine - a celebration of inspiration


How does one even begin to express their gratitude to Paper Crafts magazine for the YEARS of inspiration they have provided to the paper crafting world? It truly is a shame that this veritable gem of the paper crafting community will no longer exist. But "good-bye's" just aren't my thing... I would rather celebrate!
Thinking of the end of the magazine has caused me to reminisce about my own paper crafting journey and compelled me to attempt to express how deep my gratitude is to Paper Crafts for this journey, a journey that begins with and truly is courtesy of Paper Crafts magazine. Now, before you think, 'Oh great, an "all about me" post..... please, bear with me... I owe •every•single•ounce• of my paper crafting development and accomplishment to Paper Crafts magazine, and am paying homage to their overwhelming involvement in every step of my paper crafting journey as I tell my story. I hope that you can respect the angle with which I chose to express my thanks and appreciation.

A very looonnnngggg time ago (2004-2005?), I discovered an online paper crafting site called "Paper Crafts". I was VERY new to paper crafting, a fledgling card maker, if you will. I was enticed by their message board, and their swaps, and their gallery, and their gallery challenges, and soon became an active participant. It was such an amazing feeling to have a fellow paper crafter leave a comment on a card that you posted to the gallery, and to leave a comment of encouragement on someone else's work was even more rewarding! This community instantly felt like home... it was an amazing group of artistic, thoughtful people who shared the same hobby as I did... incredible!

I soon started feeling confident enough in my card designs to start entering their 'gallery challenges', and was overjoyed when my cards started being recognized! What an amazing feeling of pride, and accomplishment, to have your work recognized by your peers. This served as a catalyst to want to create even more! I credit these early Paper Crafts gallery challenges with teaching me to think outside of the box when it comes to card design, with encouraging me to try a new technique, or to try a new color scheme... the foundation to my card making today.

It was also thanks to the encouragement of the folks on the Paper Crafts website and message boards that I entered my first Gallery Idol contest in 2007. To my absolute surprise, I ultimately made it to the Top 10 - what an exhilarating experience this was.... the turning point in my paper crafting journey, really. It was at this point that I realized how much I truly enjoyed creating with paper, and being challenged, and sharing my work with others.
How about a flashback... (can't believe I found this file!) here is the card that got me into the Top 20 in 2007...

In 2007 I also attended my first CKC - Creating Keepsakes Convention ... LOVED it! I took a few Paper Crafts sponsored card making classes taught by Nichole Heady.... yes, THE Nichole Heady who would soon go on to establish a little company called Papertrey Ink...I remember driving home from Nashville with my head in the clouds... I was in love with paper crafting!
Still rolling on the exhilarating 'high' from the Gallery Idol experience, I decided to try submitting to a Paper Crafts magazine publication call. After a few rounds of rejects, one day I experienced the absolute best feeling that a card maker can feel.... an acceptance email informing me that that Paper Crafts wanted to publish three of my cards in their March 2008 magazine!!!
Here is my very first card published in Paper Crafts magazine in March 2008:
So, for as long as it lasted, I participated on the (old) Paper Crafts website... playing in gallery challenges, reading their articles and having fun leaving silly comments on their posts, and getting to "know" the ladies at the magazine... Megan Hoeppner, P. Kelly Smith, Brandy Jesperson, Jenifer Martin, Cath Edvalson, Stacy Croninger... and eventually Susan Opel, and Jennifer Schaerer.
As time went on, the website evolved, the paper crafting world evolved, the product evolved, the styles evolved, and the inspiration kept growing, and growing.... the hobby just kept getting better, and better! I loved playing along with challenges in the Moxie Fab World, and reading the great articles online in Paper Crafts Connection... 'connection'... the essence of what Paper Crafts did for all of us across the globe.
Along my journey, I entered another Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest, in 2009, and to my surprise, actually won - talk about an overwhelming, shocking, jaw-dropping experience... truly the highlight of my paper crafting journey. This was the ultimate experience in creativity, each round challenged me like I had never been challenged before... it was such an educational experience, in so many ways!



Winning this contest told me that someone, somewhere, actually liked what I created. My goal from this point on was to work very hard to try to inspire others, as so many had inspired me - I was eager to share my work, and my ideas, and continued to submit to Paper Crafts, and to other publications, but being published in Paper Crafts always brought me the most joy!! During this time, I also applied for design teams, and had the pleasure of working with a few over the years - another part of my journey that I credit to Paper Crafts magazine, for having given me the confidence in my design abilities to even consider applying.

Another highlight of my paper crafting journey was the opportunity that I had to attend CHA Chicago in the summer of 2010. This is where the paper crafting people who 'lived in my computer' actually came to life!! I felt like a 'star-gazer' in Hollywood, seeing and meeting such AMAZING designers, so many who had inspired me for years!!! And to see so much new product up close and personal.... drool!!!
But meeting these ladies from Paper Crafts... the highlight of my trip... genuine, real, fun ladies .... what I wouldn't do to turn back time and head right back there to give them a great big hug right now!! Working alongside them in the Paper Crafts booth doing make & takes during the SuperShow was a dream come true!!



Paper Crafts magazine has created friendships across the globe through this hobby we call paper crafting...
thoughtful, generous, creative, like-minded people who I am grateful to call friends, whether we have 'met' or not!!!
We are connected through this great hobby we share - the hobby that Paper Crafts promoted and brought into our lives.
Just looking at the photo above....to be surrounded by so many talented people is an amazing feeling... there are product designers, company owners, Go-To-Gals, design team coordinators, and designers who's work inspires us all!! Truly blessed to have been a part of this history. My own personal involvement in the paper crafting community may have waned over the years, but I still look on from afar, at all of the talent that exists in the paper crafting world, and the inspiration that comes from so many different design types and styles... and I am inspired all over again. To simply say 'thank you' for their years of bringing the paper crafting world together the way that they have will not suffice. I have no words, really, to fully express how much Paper Crafts has meant to me... their absence is a void that will never be filled... but I will be forever grateful for the memories and I will cherish them always.
Paper Crafts... thank you for the memories, thank you for the inspiration, and thank you for the friendship.....
Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine and friends.... this card is for you... you will be missed.... xoxo... rae

Many others are honoring Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine today as well... you should have arrived here from Piali Biswas' blog, and from my blog please head to Jessica Witty's blog.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

winnie & walter WCMD sketch challenge

If you know me, you know I LOVE card sketches!!
So you can just imagine how excited I was to give this fabulous Winnie & Walter WCMD challenge sketch a try!!
I interpret sketches pretty literally.... here is my take:

This was such a FUN card to concept and create!! It is sort of a play on 'silver and gold', but instead of silver, I used gray ;). The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Record It Antique collection. I used Winnie & Walter sentiments from both The Big, the Bold, and You and The Big, the Bold, and the Happy, and heat embossed with black embossing powder to make them really stand out on the card. I threw in a splash of gold (sequins, gold tape, and a gold heart) for a trendy feel.

I love it when an idea comes together just as you had planned :)
Thanks for a great sketch challenge!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

pinspired by winnie & walter

Back again with another challenge put on by winnie & walter for WCMD!!
Specifically, the "Pinspiration challenge with Vanessa"...

Here is the fabulous image we got to work with
I love, love, LOVE it!!
And was inspired to create this card based on the fab image:
I was inspired by the woodgrain, triangle shapes (the border die), and the color scheme from the sample image, and also the W&W stamp from Vanessa's gorgeous card which you can see HERE.

What a great challenge, glad that I was able to play along!!
thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

my winnie & walter "craftie"

totally forgot to post my Winnie & Walter 'craftie' from WCMD Saturday... LOL!!!


Unfortunately I had other things to do on WCMD and didn't get a full day to craft, but I did sneak some card making time in on and off throughout the day, and that's good enough for me!! :)

What did you do on World Card Making Day? Do share!

Thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

WCMD - Winnie & Walter pattern play challenge

greetings!
still having fun playing with some WCMD challenges, particularly those over on the Winnie and Walter blog!
I was intrigued by THIS challenge, Pattern Play with Shay.
And here is my take on the challenge:
A very clean and simple card, but by pairing the bold geometric patterned paper (from Wildberry line/Jubilee collection/My Mind's Eye) with the fabulous bold sentiment (I can't live without my The Big, The Bold, and You Winnie & Walter stamp set!!) the end result is a bold and beautiful thank you card! 

Great challenge Winnie & Walter, glad that I played along!
Thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Monday, September 1, 2014

share the love...

hello!
I was inspired to play along with the 'share the love' challenge that I came across on the Winnie and Walter blog
The challenge was to use the sketch and also use Winnie and Walter product and Simon Says Stamp product. Easy peasy... I love the sketch, and I also love my (new to me) Walter and Winnie and Simon Says Stamp stamps!
Here is my take on the challenge:

I also tried my hand at embossing and inking on this card - I uses an old PTI floral stamp and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then used my new 'pickled raspberry' mini distress ink pad and a makeup sponge to ink the flower. I used a moss green cat's eye ink pad and makeup sponge for the leaves. It was a new technique for me, so I'm glad that I gave it a try ;)
The papers are from Basic Grey's 'Highline' 6x6 pad

This really was a fun challenge, glad that I played along :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
xoxo
rae


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School

hello hello!
Back today with another Simon Says Stamp challenge.
This week's challenge is.... Back to School!

You can see the details of the challenge HERE

With the challenge deadline quickly approaching, I whipped up this card this morning before I left for work...

I recently made my first purchase at Simon Says Stamp (I had been eyeing their wafer thin sentiment dies for quite some time, and finally took the plunge!), so this challenge was the perfect impetus to use my new 'teacher' die!
I chose random papers to evoke a school-themed backdrop for the focal point, which is the chalkboard that I created by framing a piece of black textured cardstock with 1/8" strips of tan textured cardstock. I added a few random accents that were laying in proximity to my craft table (I was running short on time to develop a more detailed card!), and voila, finished product!

Thanks for stopping by today, I truly appreciate it!!
until next time...
xoxo
rae

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Summer

hello hello!
back again with another Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge card, this week's challenge was Summer

I embraced the colors and patterns of summer (think striped beach towel!) and created this card:

Thanks for stopping by to check out my submission, I appreciate it!!
Off to work I go....
have a great day!!
xoxo
rae

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AEI❤️U challenge #13 kraft

hello!
I found this fantastic challenge at the AEI❤️U challenge blog, and decided to play along!


here is my take on the challenge:
Other products: kraft cardstock, patterned paper scrap, black cardstock scrap, (old) Maya Road kraft/black die cut, Versafine onyx black ink, corner rounder punch, hemp cord, vintage button, foam tape

So glad that I had time to play along!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
xoxo
rae

Monday, August 11, 2014

make it sparkle - simon says stamp challenge

who doesn't love sparkly things?!
Playing along with the latest Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
I was very eager to make a card sparkle..
here is my take on the challenge:

Sparkly enough for you? ;)
The  background paper is covered in sparkly gold polka dots, and after stamping with my (new to me) Neat and Tangled stamp, I used a glue pen to outline the stamped decorative image and added gold glitter to add more sparkle. 
Simple, yet sparkly, and fun.
Thanks for checking out my card, appreciate it!
xoxo
rae

Moxie Fab World clock icon challenge

greetings crafty friends!!
It's been forever and a day since I played along with a Moxie Fab challenge, but thanks to a nudge by my moxie fab friend  Teri, I gave it a whirl!! 

Here is my bright and bold take on the 'Clicking Cameras' challenge:

I love this bold color combination! And I am extremely grateful for this challenge, since I have had this camera paper in my stash for a while now and never really knew what to do with it! Paired with a die cut journaling card from MAMBI and the stamped 'gorgeous' sentiment from My Favorite Things, the camera paper completed the themed card perfectly!
Thanks for the inspiring challenge, Teri!!
And thank YOU for stopping by my blog!
xoxo
rae

Friday, August 8, 2014

Runway inspired challenge #65

Greetings fashionistas! ;)
This is my first time participating in a runway inspired challenge.... and it definitely won't be my last!!! Love this challenge!!
This was the inspiration photo:

and here is my runway inspired design:

I kept the card design clean and simple, like the outfit. The lace and yellow are representative of the outfit as are the hints of black, cream, and I even replicated the the two strips of silver on the model's shoes. 
This was a great challenge to get the creative juices flowing, I encourage you to give it a shot, head HERE for challenge details.

Thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #186

hello hello!
back again with another sketch challenge card. Played along with the latest Wednesday sketch challenge on the MFT blog, here is he fabulous sketch:

and my interpretation of it:

I used stamps from the Simply Fabulous Sayings set, and it seems that I can't get enough of these bold Heidi Swapp papers lately ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Monday, July 28, 2014

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It Wednesday Challenge

greetings & salutations! happy to have had the opportunity to get crafty this weekend and play along with another Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, this weeks' challenge was "Emboss It". I don't have all of the latest and greatest new supplies, so I made do with what I do have, which was a polka dot embossing folder and ink. Yes, it's a rather old technique to ink the embossing folder before running it through the machine (Cuttlebug, in my circumstance), but it was a technique that I had never tried, so at least the challenge inspired me to 'give it a go'! Here is my result....
In addition to the polka dot embossing folder and PTI ink, I also used some cardstock scraps, an old Michael's $1 rubber stamp, some random sequins, and a camera fussy cut from patterned paper. I am so glad that I have challenges like these to turn to to encourage me to use the supplies that I have hoarded over the years. Trust me, I would be using current product if I could, but I just don't have the budget to stay current! :(
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Viva la Verve sketch July week 3

I am LOVING these Viva la Verve weekly sketches.... they have been instrumental in helping me try to find my mojo!! This week's sketch is a great one:

I was inspired to make a card for my cowgirl friend, whose favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Hope she likes it!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!!
xoxo
rae

Monday, July 21, 2014

lots and lots of dots ... lovey dots

greetings friends!
if you know me, you know that i L.O.V.E. polka dots. especially black and white polka dots, but really any kind of dots will do.
I was inspired (yeah, just a *little* bit inspired,  ha!) by the Spots & Dots Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.... I just couldn't stop creating this weekend, as you will see in the series of posts..... 

LOVEY DOTS....

I had a polka-dotty blast with this challenge, my first at Simon Says Stamp, and am so grateful that I was able to participate!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

lots and lots of dots .... hello graphic dots

greetings friends!
if you know me, you know that i L.O.V.E. polka dots. especially black and white polka dots, but really any kind of dots will do.
I was inspired (yeah, just a *little* bit inspired,  ha!) by the Spots & Dots Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.... I just couldn't stop creating this weekend, as you will see in the series of posts.....


GRAPHIC DOTS...

I had a polka-dotty blast with this challenge, my first at Simon Says Stamp, and am so grateful that I was able to participate!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

lots and lots of dots... baby girl dots

greetings friends!
if you know me, you know that i L.O.V.E. polka dots. especially black and white polka dots, but really any kind of dots will do.
I was inspired (yeah, just a *little* bit inspired,  ha!) by the Spots & Dots Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.... I just couldn't stop creating this weekend, as you will see in the series of posts.....

BABY GIRL DOTS....

I had a polka-dotty blast with this challenge, my first at Simon Says Stamp, and am so grateful that I was able to participate!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

lots and lots of dots.... little boy dots

greetings friends!
if you know me, you know that i L.O.V.E. polka dots. especially black and white polka dots, but really any kind of dots will do.
I was inspired (yeah, just a *little* bit inspired,  ha!) by the Spots & Dots Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.... I just couldn't stop creating this weekend, as you will see in the series of posts.....

LITTLE BOY DOTS.....
I had a polka-dotty blast with this challenge, my first at Simon Says Stamp, and am so grateful that I was able to participate!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

lots and lots of dots... trendy bold dots

greetings friends!
if you know me, you know that i L.O.V.E. polka dots. especially black and white polka dots, but really any kind of dots will do.
I was inspired (yeah, just a *little* bit inspired,  ha!) by the Spots & Dots Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp.... I just couldn't stop creating this weekend, as you will see in the series of posts..... 


TRENDY BOLD DOTS....

I had a polka-dotty blast with this challenge, my first at Simon Says Stamp, and am so grateful that I was able to participate!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
And thank YOU for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Thursday, July 17, 2014

14 and fabulous!

greetings!!
My sweet daughter Lauren just celebrated her 14th birthday
I made a card that suits her *sparkly* personality....
her favorite color is Tiffany blue, she is trendy and spunky so I chose the black and white stripes and touches of gold... I really like how it turned out :)

thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Favorite Things Stamps sketch 184

Soooo glad to have found some time to create this weekend.... it was truly good for the soul!!!

I was thrilled to have found this fantastic sketch by My Favorite Things Stamps (#184)

It was the perfect starting point to use my 'new-to-me' MFT stamps, specifically the beautiful Words of Inspiration set!

I chose to use vivid papers, I think they are from Authentique, some Heidi Swapp acrylic hearts, and mustard colored hemp cord. I really like how this one turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Viva la Verve - July week 2 sketch challenge

me again.... sick of me yet?

I also made a card for Viva la Verve July week 2 sketch challenge:


I used my (new to me) Verve stamp Proverbs 31:25 Plain Jane, and chose a vivid color palette for my card:

I used papers from Heidi Swapp's 'Sugar Chic' collection, and some of her mistable die cuts too. Rather than follow the sketch exactly with the three separate circles on the right, I chose to view them as three separate elements, and sort of combined them or stacked them instead.

This was a fun one to play with!! Thanks for the inspiration, Verve!!!

And thank YOU for popping in!!
xoxo
rae


Viva la Verve - July week 1 sketch and color challenge

I'm baaaccckkkk...... lol!!!!
I've been feeling creative lately and since I have amassed quite a 'large' collection of paper crafting products over the years, as well as some recently acquired new-to-me stamps, I thought I'd put them to some good use and play along with some challenges!

First up, this very inspiring color and sketch challenge, Viva la Verve July week 1 sketch and color challenge:




I fell in love with the summery feel of the colors and it was the perfect excuse to use my new Verve stamp!


I cut thin strips of cardstock scraps and adhered them to mimic the sketch. I die cut an oval from a scrap of aqua cardstock, stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and adhered it behind the oval die cut. I hand placed bling around the perimeter of the oval. Then I wrapped some brown hemp cord around the cardstock piece and added a wood Studio Calico anchor to the bow, and adhered the piece to the card front with foam tape.

I just love this sentiment, and I am really happy with how this card turned out. I think I am just happy to be getting my 'mojo' back!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!
xoxo
rae

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

starting over...

7 years and 600+ posts later...
I decided it was time to shut down my old, cobwebbed blog that was getting slammed daily with nothing but spam comments.
I am starting with this blank canvas, and have NO idea what I will fill it with, if anything at all.
My posts will likely be random, as random as the free time I have to create these days.
I do enjoy card sketches, and challenges, and blog hops, so keeping a blog up and running is good for that as well.
Should you decide to stop by on occasion, I'd appreciate it!
Until next time.....
rae