Crafting With You Times Two AYSI307

by Joanne James8. September 2023 12:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for a fun speed challenge chosen by Heather C:


Hobbies - what a fun theme this week and so many options, even when working against the clock! My hobbies include running, playing piano, cross stitch and stamp collecting (the postal kind although my rubber stamp collection is extensive too!) to name but a few, but I'm sure that my choice of crafting for my card today won't surprise you at all!  - Since we are against the clock with no more than 10 minutes at our disposal, quick cards are the order of the day! I ended up making two cards during my crafting session and each came in well within the time limit, so I thought I'd share both since each uses a different approach to saving time! Both cards feature the 'Crafting With You' bundle and the first card I created uses the sketch layout over at SUO Challenges - take a look:


 Here's the low-down on today's card:

Preparation Is Key - The key to a quick card is preparation. You can gather your materials before you start the clock, so knowing exactly what I was going to create I gathered my Bubble Bath card base, offcuts of white and Crumb Cake cardstock, mounted the stamps I was going to use onto blocks and placed them in front of the open ink pads in the correct colours, selected the dies I needed, the necessary tools and gathered together any other supplies such as ribbon and sequins that I had in Bubble Bath in case I wanted to add some final embellishments. Then I pressed start on my stopwatch!

Monochrome Makes Easy - This first card sticks to a simple monochrome pink colour scheme, with just a little grey for the sentiment and outline. This is another good way to save time when you need to make a quick card - keeping colours to a minimum requires much less co-ordination. I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment, stamped the balls of wool and coloured them, then diecut them along with the basket and the stitched frame (I don't know why, but this frame always reminds me of unravelled wool so I thought it would work well with my knitting theme) in one pass through the diecutting machine to save time. I added all of the elements to my card base, then added some tone-on-tone stamped hearts and a trio of self-adhesive sequins to complete my card:


Time taken? Just 6 minutes and 29 seconds!


I even surprised myself at how quickly this came together, especially as one of the biggest time savers - no diecutting - is something I often struggle with. This card just shows though that so long as you are smart about it and at least minimise it or run as much through in one go as possible, you can make it work. I'm also linking this card up over at Less Is More where the current challenge is 'anything goes' - as long as it's clean and simple!

The Ultimate Speed Hack - Having cleaned my stamps and cleared away the debris from my first card, I thought I'd have a go at a second version, this time using the current sketch layout over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, for a second card using my favourite speed hack of all: designer series paper! Designer paper is a great way to maximise pattern and detail with minimal time and effort and I knew I had some of this fabulous, albeit retired, Follow Your Art designer series paper in my stash and I have been itching to pair it with the current 'Crafting With You' bundle, so this was the perfect opportunity. This was the card that I created:


Still simple in design: the vertical panel of DSP does much of the work, with a simple banner sentiment that I decorated with a piece of (retired) Calypso Coral ribbon and 4 cotton reels that I diecut using some co-ordinating scraps of cardstock:


This card took slightly longer at 7 minutes and 16 seconds (no photo I'm afraid, I accidentally reset my stopwatch before I could grab a photo so you'll just have to take my word for it!) - whilst those cotton reels were all cut in a single pass, as there are 4 dies in the set, they are small and fiddly to glue. I also had OCD on those banner ends for the cardstock and ribbon, so allowed myself time to get them even. I think this card is my favourite of the two - hence me using it as my ASYI card. I hope you found my tips and tricks useful for creating cards in a hurry - why not make a card celebrating one of your hobbies and join us for our current challenge?

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's projects for you to pin for easy reference:



You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Here's a summary of our challenge rules:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can leave you lots of lovely comments. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSIXXX when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab on the As You See It Challenge homepage.
  • In a speed stamping challenge, please time yourself and say in your post how long your card took to complete. 
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your day. We are expecting another day of glorious sunshine here so I will be making the most of it! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.



Comments (12) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
9/8/2023 2:37:14 PM #

I love these both! The first one is a great way to use that set, as well as that Stitched With Whimsy die...adorable!

Tammy Fite
Tammy FiteUnited States
9/8/2023 3:27:20 PM #

Great take on the sketch!!  Love it!!  Thanks for joining us at SUOC!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/9/2023 9:14:58 AM #

Both great cards and both illustrate that we don't have to labour all day to produce a good card. You're right about the tips for speed too.

KathykUnited Kingdom
9/9/2023 9:27:06 AM #

Sweet makes


Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
9/9/2023 6:58:32 PM #

Dang, these are BOTH wonderful!  Love the simplicity of the first one, and the awesome die that I always forget to pull out, lol.  So pretty in the pink!  I think the second one is my fave - that was one of my all-time fave papers, lol - and now I'm all out!  So sweet to see it again, and how perfect with the new crafting set!  Those thread spools are darling!

Brand R
Brand RCanada
9/11/2023 12:57:00 PM #

Love all the cards, the crafty vibes are so fun! Thanks for playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

Brandi R.
DT member AHSC

Marie Flayer
Marie FlayerUnited States
9/11/2023 9:16:20 PM #

That crafty patterned paper just made me smile!  Thanks for sharing your artwork with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.
Smile Marie

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
9/11/2023 9:55:54 PM #

You are clearly the queen of speed stamping, Joanne!  Both of your cards are terrifically cute, but I love how you focused on Bubble Bath for the first one.  I have loved playing with that new color too, it's so great!  I like how you used the Stitched with Whimsy dies on that card too, I keep forgetting I have those Smile Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!

Heather Cooper
Heather CooperCanada
9/12/2023 1:11:56 AM #

These are both great ways to ace a speed challenge, Joanne! I think I, too, like the second card a teensy bit better, but they are both awesome!  I love the dies that come with this set and the way they emboss as well as die cut! Alas, I fumble those tiny pieces when I'm in a hurry, though! Love these designs and hacks for speed stamping success!

Angel Shaver
Angel ShaverUnited States
9/12/2023 1:55:24 AM #

Both of these cards are absolutely amazing.  I am amazed at the time is took to put these cards together.  You are right that preparation is the key.  I just seem to spend so much time during the creation making decisions that there's nothing quick about it.

VickyUnited Kingdom
9/19/2023 4:42:00 PM #

These are both lovely cards Joanne but the bold DSP on the second one has captured my heart! Isn't it fun? And as you say, DSP is always handy for a quick make Smile Vicky x

Jane Knudsen
Jane KnudsenUnited States
9/24/2023 2:29:20 AM #

Talk about an over achiever Joanne!  Not one but two cards!  Both are great examples of how to make gorgeous cards in under 10 minutes.  I love that paper on the second one and feel jealous that I don't have that!  You rocked this challenge!

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