Monday, January 7, 2013

Better Late than Never!

Hey party people! Long time, no post. The only thing I can say is that I had too much going on to blog during the last few months of 2012. I was still able to craft here and there, but I don’t even think I photographed most of what I made in November and December.

I really hope that 2013 is better – I’m trying to do more planning. I’ve decided that I have to treat my blog like my job. I think because crafting is such an important part of my life, I need to do that. I am sure that many of you have heard of Ali Edwards’ One Little Word. Well, my word for 2013 is growth. I feel like as a whole, 2012 was a great year for me – but I want and expect more from myself, so I am challenging myself to grow this year.

That brings me to the card that I want to share with you all. The first one of 2013!



So, in the spirit of growing, I decided to try my hand a technique outside of what I generally do. Chalkboard stamping is the really hot thing right now. I first saw it on Betsy Veldman’s blog last month and I totally love it. It’s very graphic driven and definitely requires more thought. I like my take on it, but I can’t say it’s something I will do a lot of. I generally do my best to come up with my own thing. I’m not really into reproducing other’s cards or ideas.

Most of this card is Papertrey Ink. I used Smokey Shadow cardstock as my chalkboard. And to kind of put a little bit of myself into it, I matted it on a panel of Sweet Blush which was then adhered to a Soft Stone base. The stamps I used are from Table Service, Thing Big Favorites # 2, and TPC Studios Card Crafting Happy Birthday.

The one thing I did a little differently was draw in the heart and color it with one of my Prismacolor Color pencils. Other than that, I pretty much followed Betsy’s tutorial to the T.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to add that I’ve decided to try Project Life for 2013. I always kind of resisted scrapbooking because I felt that I would overthink it and never really accomplish anything, but I feel like Project Life is something that I can realistically accomplish and still put a little of my own creativity into. I haven’t started yet because I want to order the Seafoam Core Kit which goes on sale later this month. I’m still kind of researching and getting myself organized for this little endeavor!

Okay, I think that does it. I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. It is my wish that 2013 is a wonderful year for us all. And, as always, I thank you for taking the time to read my little thoughts and visit my blog. Have a blessed day!


  1. Welcome back! Been missing your creations.

  2. Your card is awesome and you did a fantastic job with the chalkborad effect. Scrapbooking is awesome too I am a scrapbooker and you'll be surprised at how much fun it is as well as how creative one can be on each and every page and I love it because you can make it look vintage or as modern as can have fun and can't wait 2 C what you come up with next.

  3. Mr. Trell ~ This is simply PERFECTION! I LOVE the chalkboard look and what you did with it! The colors are a AWESOME combination together! I can TOTALLY relate to your whole post! From growth and to finding time to scrapbook ~ however one chooses!! Good luck with PL ~ you have a ton of pics from your trip that need you attention right!! Hope your holiday was wonderful and wish you and yours a FABULOUS New Year!!!

  4. Glad you're back Mr. Trell. That thing called "Life" gets in the way of all of us sometimes. Love your card can't wait to see what on your creative journey for 2013. Smooches...

  5. This is so sweet, makes for an amazing birthday card and I just love that adorable little ice cream cone you added, so sweet!

  6. I love your card! The icecream you added makes it extra special. So happy I stumbled across your work on Instagram.

  7. I think this is just awesome!! I totally hear you about doing your own thing and not taking too much inspiration from others, but this card is a perfect example of why it's sometimes okay to break that rule and be a little reckless. ;-)

    Was really interesting reading about your ideas for growth and for Project Life. I wish you lots of success with both!!


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