Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day Blog Hop with DTC!

Today, October 5th, is officially World Card Making Day! This holiday is an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family. It's a day to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making. It’s also a time to get a jump-start on the holiday card-making season!
At Designed To Color, we’ve decided to celebrate this special day with an awesome Blog Hop!! Our Design Team and special guests have made some amazing cards! Several of us will also be sharing some card-making tips along the way. Please leave a comment on each designer’s blog and then a comment at Designed To Color to let us know you have completed the hop. We will pick 1 random winner for a prize package consisting of goodies from various sponsors including: 
Crafter's Companion
Yumi & Fumi Handmade
…..just to name a few!
You have until Monday, October 7th, at 11:59pm MST to leave a comment on each blog. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 9th. GOOD LUCK!
Here is the blog hop order:
Carisa (you are here)

Stamp: The Greeting Farm (From the Bean Collection - retired now I think)
Medium: Copics
skin- E50, E51, E93, V20
hair- V20, B91, B93
Clothes/stars- R24, R46, R59, B000, B12, B14
Elements: Copic Xpress It Blending Cardstock, Pink Paislee, Timeless Twine "Firecracker", Studio Calico Wood Veneers, Sweet N Sassy Mini Tags Die Set & Matching Stamp Set, Helmar 450 Quick Dry, Spellbinders Circles & Scallop Dies

For WCMD I wanted to go back to my stamping roots - for me, The Greeting Farm started it all. I kinda liked stamping and coloring up until the moment I saw my first TGF card. Totally stopped me in my tracks and the obsession with stamping and coloring grew beyond my wildest dreams. I've had a blast and met some of my closest friends because of it. I'm so excited to be celebrating WCMD with this hop today. I hope you have a great day and find some time to make some cards! That's one of the hardest parts for me these days is finding the time.

MY CARDMAKING TIP: I was noticing I hardly used my dies any more - so now when I pull out my cuttlebug if I'm cutting a general shape with plain cardstock I make a few extras. For example, the cute mini tag I used on my card today, I cut out a bunch of those dies using just white cardstock so that I can have them ready on hand for that final touch but I don't have to have the hassle of grabbing my cuttlebug out! Easy Peasy!

We hope you are inspired to create something special for World Card Making Day. If you do make a card please stop by the Designed To Color Facebook Page to share your creations. We would love to see them!! 

Now it's time to hop on over to Susie!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sweet N Sassy Stamps sponsors Designed To Color

Medium: Copics
YR21, YR23, G17, YG67, YG97, BG53, BG45, BG49, W1, W2
Paper: Cryogen
Elements: Sweet N Sassy Bookmarks & More Dies, Memento Tuxedo Black, Lawn Fawn Into The Woods 6x6 Papers, My Clever Creations Button, Twine, ATG Gun, Helmar 450 Quick Dry

I am so excited for our sponsor for our Oct 1 Challenge at Designed To Color - Sweet N Sassy Stamps. These stamps are just so cute and I love the different sentiments as well as the fonts that are used. Not to mention, the owner, Korin is an absolute sweetheart. I've been blessed to talk to her on the phone a couple times and she really has a good heart. I love that God has placed certain people in my life through this crazy crafty life that help me to grow and seek Him above all else. 

For my card I totally CASED Korin's card from the release. I thought it was SO clever and I think they make the best cards to have an interactive bookmark that you can detach and use. I had a blast making this cute bookmark and can't wait to make more. I also love the delicate lace border die that also comes in the set that I used to border my pattern paper. I cut a bunch of those out while I was doing this card because I realized I'm a lazy card maker and I don't use my dies a lot because I hate dragging out my cuttle bug, clearing a space and running through a die. SOOO, I thought hey! Why don't I just cut out  a few extras to have on hand while I already have it out?! ha! Brilliant. ;) Sometimes I have 'em. 

What is your favorite tip for crafty short cuts?