Iron Craft Challenge Week

Hey Folks!

Here looking for this week’s Iron Craft episode? Well Iron Craft is on a little break today — sort of.

But wait! Hear me out! You are going to love this I promise!!

Every 5 episodes of Iron Craft we’ll take a break week to re-orient ourselves, plan the next episodes and do something different! BUT that doesn’t mean it will be all dull and gloomy here! No Sir! Instead we’ll spend the week on challenges inspired by YOU!

Yeah! Remember all the questions my guests asked you? And all the fabulous answers you gave? And the fun discussions we had? Yup, they are all coming right back at you as inspirations for challenges!!!

Here is what you need to know:

  1. For each of the past 5 episodes of Iron Craft I have put together an inspiration collage based on your answers to that week’s question. I have explained the collages a bit as well!
  2. You can pick one or more of the inspiration collages to make your crafty item (card, tag, scrapbook page, anything!) for this challenge but you must pick at least 1 collage for inspiration.
  3. Upload your creation to the web (blog, Flickr, Splitcoast gallery, anywhere else) and make sure to mention which inspiration collages you chose in your blog post.
  4. Link up your creation in the linky below this post!
  5. You have until the next break week to add in your creations. Thats till June 1, 11.59 PM PST

So now that the rules are out of the way, lets see the inspirations, shall we?

Inspiration 1: Trends From Julie

In Episode 1 of this season, Julie Ebersole asked you what your favorite trends were. Top responses were Watercoloring, Stencils and Dies! Not surprising :) So the collage I compiled has a bit of each. Each is represented by inspiration pics or some fab cards!


Inspiration 2: Memories from Amy

In Episode 2, Amy Wanford asked you what your most positive crafting memories were. You all had some very touching and very beautiful memories to share. Many talked about giving your crafty creation to someone and enjoying their reaction! Quite a few involved meeting crafting friends and crafting together.

Its hard to represent all these wonderful responses in a collage. But I tried to. With some lovely quotes, a fun card I found on Papercrafts Connection and photos of me and Amy spending crafting time together with friends.

If you do select this inspiration for your creation this week, I’d encourage you to think of someone you’d like to give your creation to, think of memories you had with that person and craft for that person! And then do actually give them that creation and enjoy their reaction!!

Here is the pic for you!


Inspiration 3: Difficult Colors from Sarah

In Episode 3, Sarah Gough talked about her difficult and scary colors and asked you all what yours were. Purple came to the top of the list! Followed by Orange and Green.

So I put together a collage of 3 beautiful cards I found with these colors and 3 lovely photos of these colors too. If you choose to use this as your inspiration, I’d encourage you to craft in these colors or your own scary color and meet your fear head on!


Inspiration 4: Desserts from Laura

Laura Bassen asked the most delicious question of this season so far in Episode 4! There were SO many favorite desserts that I lost count of the virtual calories gained! Chocolate seemed a universal favorite. And cookies too. But cheesecakes were not to be left behind. And ladies, you like your creme brulees a lot too!

So here is a mouth-watering dessert fare to inspire you. Just remember to craft when you see it ;)


Inspiration 5: Stamps from Nicole

Its a special day when the owner of a stamp company asks you about stamp sets you wish you had! Nicole Rixon did that in Episode 5.

I couldn’t put together stamps you wish existed because they don’t exist (yet)! But I did the next best thing – put together a collage of inspiring stamp sets from your top wishlist items!

Most of you wished for stamps with great fonts and scripty sentiments. Close second was builder sets which could be used for many cards in many ways. Some of you wished for Pocket Scrapbooking/Project Life sets. And detailed images that could be embossed or colored in were also on the wishlist. So here is a collage that captures some existing sets that may satisfy your wishlist!

When you use this inspiration, remember to be inspired by the set “type” rather than the exact set. If you have the set, go ahead and pull it out, dust it off and give it some love! But if you don’t, no sweat – just use what you have!


So hope that was plenty of inspiration to get you crafting this week! I would LOVE to see your crafty creations so please do link them up! There may just be a few prizes for grabs ;)

And this is a great time to catch up on the past episodes of Iron Craft (even Season 1) if you haven’t been following it regularly!

I’ll see you with a regular episode next week!

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CASE Study Challenge DT Call

Hey everyone!

Wish me luck! I’m applying for the DT call of one of my dream design teams! The CASE Study challenge! They have a DT call going and I couldn’t resist throwing my hat in the ring.

The challenge was to pick an existing creation by our personal “muse” and CASE it. Well, I have been doing that every week with Iron Craft! So I have some practice for this big game :)

I have not one but 3 cards with CASEing 3 different muses to be triply sure! Lets start the parade shall we?

First up is Laurie Willison’s stenciled card. So gorgeous!


Here is my CASEd version of the card using the same SSS Ring Cluster stencil and the same color combination. I did make the colors a bit more brighter in keeping with my style. I added the Happy diecut using WPlus9 Happy Trio and cutting it 6-7 times to give it thickness.


Next is Debby Hughes’ beautiful CAS and trendy card!


So um yeah the clean white look is REALLY hard to capture. But the coloring. Oh the coloring! I tried to capture the same color scheme in my card but gave myself freedom to play with some favorite dies and stencils and glitter embossing. So liberating to just experiment!

This uses My Favorite Things Happy Hellos die and SSS Chevron stencil. And some distress inks and glitter embossing powder.


The last one is Kim Singdahlsen’s stunner card!


Whenever I have new craft goodies to play with, I go Pinterest and Google for other creations with those goodies. And Kim’s card was perfect when I got the SSS Chevron stencil and the WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2 dies. Good thing both are durable because with the way I’m using them, they might just fall to pieces!

I also liked Kim’s blue and red color scheme but with the watercoloring bug going around, I decided to soften the color scheme on this one!

Mine also uses My Favorite Things Happy Hellos die and SSS Ring Cluster stencil.

Surprisingly, as often happens with muses, my card looks NOTHING like Kim’s! But I assure you thats where it started!


Image Credit

I Photo-Shopped the CASE Study image to showcase my muses photos because I felt it was a nice touch to tie in this post with CASE-Study. All credit for the image goes to CASE Study except the actual photos in each muses’ image. Those belong to my muses and I have linked to their blog posts just above the images.

Hope you enjoyed the cards! Fingers and toes crossed for the DT application. It would be SUCH and honor to play with some very very talented ladies if chosen!


Winner Wednesday!

Hey Folks!

Sorry this post is a bit late today. I’m travelling for work and didn’t get to this till now. Fortunately its still Wednesday where I live! :)

Today is to select the winner of Iron Craft Season 2 Episode 4 with Laura Bassen!

Laura asked you all this question - What is your favorite dessert?

And the answers were delicious! Chocolate wins in any form. Cookies too and Cheesecakes! there were a few exotic desserts as well in the mix!

The lucky winner was chosen by and is…

Sonia W who said…

Love this interview !! I like so much the way that she laughs. She is GREAT !! My favorite dessert is the napoleon pastry (millefeuille)

Congrats Sonia! You win the $10 gift certificate for Simon Says Stamp!

If you haven’t seen Episode 5 yet, go on and find out how Nicole Rixon got started on her Sweet Stamp Shop journey!

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Iron Craft Season 2 Episode 5

Hellooo Iron Craft followers!

Welcome to another episode of Iron Craft! Today I have a superwoman guest! Follow me to the video!


My guest today is owner extraordinare of Sweet Stamp Shop, Mrs. Sweet herself – Nicole Rixon! Here is my awesome video interview with her!


Nicole and I used Sweet Stamp Shop goodies ofcourse! A fun and trendy set she illustrated! This one is actually releasing TODAY! So you get a first look at it! The set is called Artsy Fartsy and will be in the Sweet Stamp Shop for sale from today!



Here is what we made! Me on the left, Nicole on the right!


Isn’t Nicole’s card so colorful and cute? I tried to copy her style closely with the color, pop-dots and co-ordinating patterned papers! It was SO much fun!


Nicole is sponsoring a giveaway today for a $20 gift certificate to Sweet Stamp Shop! Thanks Nicole!!

To win, just leave a comment here answering Nicole’s question from the video interview! I’ll choose a random winner from the comments. Here is Nicole’s question for you again…


If you could design any stamp set, what would it be?


So let your imagination run wild and “design” the stamp set of your dreams! Enjoy! See you here next time :)



Hey folks!

Did you know about the Naughty or Nice Challenge? If not, you must check it out! Its a fun challenge and you can either be naughty or nice when you make your card for it! I usually choose to be nicely naughty! ;)

This month’s theme is “For the Ladies”.

So that was one inspiration for my card today. And Laura Bassen asked a fun question in this week’s Iron Craft about your favorite dessert! It was my cue to get a bit naughty with any gal’s favorite dessert – CUPCAKES!!

Here is my card…



Very true don’t you agree? :D

The chic woman is the Executive Woman digi from The Paper Shelter. I replaced the phone in her hand with a giant cupcake! The sentiment is hand-written because sometimes you just have to hand-write a sentiment if you want an awesome one! :)

Hope you enjoyed the card! We’d love it if you hopped over to the Naughty or Nice blog and joined in this month to play for the challenge!