The vast majority of paper crafters I know aren’t very neat while they are in the midst of creating. I’m raising my hand because I’m certainly in that group! It’s not uncommon for me to have cardstock scattered, in dozens of colors, on my stamp table, on the chair (which I never sit in!) and the floor. And the trash can is often as full as the table! Being creative is a messy task and it requires lots of trial and error. But, oh, how we love the process! There’s something about taking a blank piece of paper and turning it into a one-of-a-kind creation! Whether it’s a copy of something you’ve seen, or an original design, that project will have a footprint of you because it was handmade!

Crafting forever, housework never! Every crafters dream slogan. These brushes are loaded with color and ready to paint. Stampin' Up!

The greetings in the Crafting Forever stamp set (annual catalog) depict favorite crafting slogans. I’ve included a picture of this stamp set in the supply list below. If you click on it, the image will open when you can enlarge it further. Paint brushes, pens, scissors, twine and a rubber stamp are also included in this set.

One of my favorite parts of designing is coming up with layouts that are out of the ordinary. It’s challenging and sometimes, despite my best efforts – and lots of cardstock – I still come up empty. With “different” in mind, I opted to stamp only the upper portion of the cluster of brushes for this card.

Close up view of a bundle of paint brushes ready to apply color. Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever

The Playful Backgrounds stamp set (annual catalog) provided the perfect “swish” marks and dots for the brushes. I used markers to color in the brush tips and to color in the single brushstrokes. The base of the brushes, hobby blade and the pencil were all colored using a Blender Pen. I scribbled the marker on my clear block and picked up the color using the Blender Pen. I only needed one ink pad for this card – Basic Black!

Do something creative everyday. Crafting Forever by Stampin' Up!

The greeting was stamped then die cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits. The graduating sizes in this set of dies makes creating layers so easy. Even after the brushes and the greeting the card was still “missing something”. I wanted to use the coordinating stitched edge ribbon, but where? After countless attempts at placing it in different areas I opted to create an “X” behind the oval. I cut two pieces each measuring 5″ and criss-crossed them, using Glue Dots to secure them in place. It’s definitely different!

What’s something creative you’ve done today? Leave me a comment!

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