Friday, February 26, 2010

TESC102 Lucky in Love

Hi all.  I think that any crafter will tell you that they go through ups and downs with their craftiness.  Some days you are rockin’ – on a creative roll where everything just comes together.  Then there are those days, much like my entire week, where every project has been a struggle.  Nothing looks right – I’m constantly second guessing myself; changing papers, switching stamp sets – it’s enough to drive a person crazy.

I often wonder if crafting didn’t come easier to me when I didn’t have so many choices.  My craft space overflows with product.  Embellishments overrun my table, and the variety of patterned papers and cardstock boggles the mind. Tools, tools and more tools line my shelves presumable to give me every advantage but yet, I’m paralyzed with choices.  OR – maybe it’s just that my creative mojo is at an ebb, rather than a flow. Whatever the case may be, it’s frustrating just the same, especially when you really want to do an outstanding job for the company whose products you use.  I know that I’m not alone in this plight.

With that disclaimer, I bring you not one, but two projects for this week’s Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  As if one problem card wasn’t enough – I completed two. LOL…where’s the logic in that?  HA!

My lack of mojo wasn’t due to the sketch because, as always, Taylor provided us with a fantastic starting point.

TESC102sketch

As you can see, the premise was the same for both cards…Lucky in Love using stamped images from two Waltzingmouse Stamps – Irish Blessings and Celtic Heritage, but one is done with bright colors, and another done in more traditional St. Patrick Day colors. Both cards use papers from Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kits.  I just love how all the papers coordinate and work together. 

I used my Copic airbrush to change the color of the Zva Creative Crystal flourish to better match the color I was wanting.  Love that about crystals and copics!

TESC102bright1

The second card uses papers and embellishments from my newest TEKI Kit from February. On the black mat I used a scalloped corner punch on each corner to add a little something. 

TESC102green1

TESC102green2 I hope you have better luck with the sketch than I did this week.  I may be lucky in love, but not so much with my mojo…oh well, there’s always tomorrow, right?

If you are up to the challenge, just create a project based on Taylor’s sketch, (you’re not required to use TE stamps) and then pop on over to her blog and link your creation using Mr. Linky by next Friday, March 5th at 8 a.m. PST.  Taylor will choose the most clever and creative projects to be included in the TESC Top Crops on her blog.  For more creative inspiration, be sure to check out what the Taylored Expression Sketch Crew has done with Taylor’s sketch.  They always amaze me, and trust me – you won’t be disappointed.

Lisa Hjulberg

Melissa Sauls

Jami Sibley

Rachel Sztonyk

Monika Davis

Sherrie Siemens

Alice Lihsuan-Wertz

and Lori Craig

and don't forget Taylor!

 

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a great and creative weekend.

{Supplies for card 1}

Stamps: Celtic Heritage (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Papers: Green House (K & Company), Intense Teal, Frosted Teal, Classic Magenta (Prism), Pure Luxury Ivory
Inks:  Aqua (Vivid), Encore Metallic Pigment Ink
Accessories:  Nestabilities Hearts, Zva Creative Brads, Zva Creative Felt Floral Embellishments (FL01CB115), Zva Creative Flourish (CRB-02CB-105)

{Supplies for card 2}

Stamps: Celtic Heritage and Irish Blessing (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Papers:  Pure Luxury White, Classic Yellow-Green and Black (Prism)
Inks:  Cottage Ivy (Memento)
Accessories:  Zva Creative Crystals (CR-01CB101), Scallop Corner Punch, Ribbon & Buttons from February 2010 TEKI Kit

14 comments :

Taylor VanBruggen said...

I think both cards are beautiful, Lynn! You're right...we all go through ebbs and flows with creativity and you've got a good outlook on it!

Jami said...

Lynn - I totally know what you mean abou the mojo - I seem to just be emerging from a season of that and I agree that we may have too much stuff (so hard to say that). That being said - both of your cards are beautiful! Kudos to you for getting 2 great cards done!!!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Lynn, you are far too hard on yourself... as we all are, I think. I can totally relate to feeling overwhelmed by choices and stuck all at the same time. You're right... we all experience that every now and then. But, when you are as talented as you are, you can't make a bad card! I especially love the green and black card. Thanks for the great idea on the corner punches!

Hugs,
Lisa

Kim Burmeister said...

Lynn-these are beautiful!

Monique said...

First.. This is what I think. I think it is that time of year cuz I have read that alot...Everybody has lost their mojo..Second That second Paragraph was awesome it was so full of emotion it should be in a book..tales of the lost Mojo..( I mean this in a good way lol).and third your cards are totally awesome..I think your very talented even if you think it is a off week..Hope you have a great weekend

~hugs~

Claire Brennan said...

You are too hard on yourself Lynn!!!!The cards are fab! especially love the one with the punched edges!! so gonna steal that!!

Melissa Sauls said...

Both cards are just gorgeous!!! If losing your mojo means stamping like you do, then surely, I need to lose mine. Your creations are always nothing short of fabulous!

Sherrie said...

Both cards are awesome Lynn! I love that smashing green/black/white combo! You know that we are our own worst critics right?
Happy Mojo wishes to you!

Alice Wertz said...

very pretty cards!! love the blings on the first card! fabulous!!

Gerri K said...

Lynn, I have to tell you, I LOVE the green and black card. I'm traditional when it comes to St Patrick's Day and I Love that combo that you used!!! You've just given me major inspiration for my St. Pat's cards. Thanks for sharing!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous cards Lynn. Love both color combo... and all that bling on the first one. :o)

Mary Friederichsen said...

I don't think your Mojo left at all!
These cards are beautiful and very clever! I mean who would have thought to use the airbrush for the crystals!

Thank you for sharing!

Gingerbread Gal said...

Lynn, I completely understand what you mean. But honestly 2 amazing cards with one sketch - you are a star!!! I always love your cards. You are so talented and I look forward to seeing your cards each week.
Big Mojo Hugs,
:) Rachel

Anonymous said...

Wish my cards looked like this when my mojo goes on walkabout!LOL Your cards are beautiful. My daughter always tells me that when I send her a few things to play with she has all kinds of ideas but when she comes to play in my craft room she is overwhelmed with all the choices!:) So maybe you are on to something & I need to purge some stuff!!:)
Karen