Creative should be a four letter word

Do Something Creative Every Day

Creative is an adjective that makes me insecure, because I don’t really think I’m creative at all. I mean, what does it mean if you fail an online creativity quiz on one site and then you ace it on another? Yes, I know what you’re going to say, that ANY quiz on the Internet is bound to be a bit of a farce.

Every time I make something I look at it with a critical eye and think, it doesn’t seem very creative. Or very exciting. I think the biggest fear to overcome is that whatever you create is inferior to anything else out there. I wonder if that is a female trait only. I’m not sure men are that lacking in confidence.

So here are some things I try to remember:

  • it’s not a competition
  • what may seem creative to you may actually be not so creative to someone else, and vice-versa
  • Please yourself; if it makes you happy then that’s all that matters
  • We all come at our creative process from different vantage points; there is no right or wrong way to get there
  • it’s the journey, not the destination

So with that in mind, I share with you today one of my creations:

Creative a post by the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com

I mean, who doesn’t love a little bling? And these adorable dragonflies are from a stamp set that is carrying over to the new catalog, which arrives June 1st. Cannot wait!

Check out these products in my online store – (unfortunately, the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper is already gone).

Pals Blog Hop March 2017 – Spring Has Sprung

Pals Blog Hop March 2017Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring or Spring-related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may be just starting the Blog Hop with me or maybe you’ve just come from Debbie Crowley.  The full lineup is shown below and it will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

Sometimes when a new catalog comes out (I’m talking to you, Occasions 2017) or a new sale comes along (don’t think I didn’t notice you either, Sale-a-Bration) we forget that we have a year-long companion, the Annual Catalog. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a new catty (#boughtthewholething) and who doesn’t love free (#gotduplicatesofeverySABfreebie), but once in a while it’s good to go back to the future.

Spring has sprung

Well, at least, I’m going to pretend that it has. And for my project I went through the AC (that’s Annual Catalog, for the uninitiated) and rediscovered Circle of Spring:

Pals Blog Hop 2017 #thejurassiccrafter #craftcarnivore #stampinup #circleofspring

My inspiration for this little beauty comes from a design by a fellow demo in the Netherlands, Ingrid Oudijk. Just thought it was too cute! Her projects are awesome but I have no idea what she is talking about on her page, though. I do not speak Dutch. Not a word. But hey, I can still look at the pictures. And a picture, as you know, can speak a thousand words. (But still, in Dutch).

Okay, Peeps, move along now. Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. Enjoy the rest of the Hop and the rest of your day.

~ Amy, the Jurassic Crafter

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click here to visit with Marilyn or you can refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

Pals’ Blog Hop February 2017 Catalog CASE

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.comWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

What on earth is CASE?

I’m so glad you asked! While there are many interpretations of CASE, the one I live by is Copy And Share Everything. For today’s project I decided to CASE a card I found in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Sale a who? Well, once a year Stampin’ Up! spoils us all by giving us FREE product for every $50 we spend. Oh, and it’s cumulative, meaning that if you spend $100, you get two free items. This most happy time of year is called Sale-a-Bration. The products you chose from are in a special catalog that is only available from January 4 through March 31. Guess what, Stampin’ Up! is adding three more fabulous items for you to choose from on February 21! Yay!

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.com

I really love this FREE stamp set called Avant Garden. It is so delicate and so versatile. I used Peekaboo Peach for the flowers, stamping once with regular inking and then by stamping off a couple of times. LOVE Peekaboo Peach! You can find this and many other amazing products by shopping at my online store.Click HERE to go check it out.

No witty repartee this time, my friends. I’m under the effects of a head cold and my brain is like cotton. Umm, maybe more like polyester and spandex that got washed and dried too many times. Until next time – stay crafty, my friends!

 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click HERE to go to see what Susan Itell is up to or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   You are here, and I approve this visit …
  9. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  10. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  11. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  12. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  19. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  20. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  23. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme

Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

You probably don’t think that a set of stamps called Dragonfly Dreams can lend itself to making a sympathy card, but I think I found just the right touch here by using the dragonfly on a soft water-colored background.

Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

I used the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack for the background. Again, probably not a color group you think of for this kind of card. I put a piece of the Playful Palette Washi tape across the bottom just for some fun color. But I really enjoyed using the new watercolor pencils to create my background. I just lightly penciled three colors in swatches down the paper and then used the aqua painter to blend them all together.

Yes, Virginia, these Dragonfly Dreams succeeded!

I sent this card to one of my daughter’s friends who recently lost her grandfather. This friend’s mother is a professional artist, and her mother commented on the background by asking “where did she get the water-colored paper background?” Score one for Stampin’ Up!, the pencils, and some H2O! I love when a plan comes together, haha!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!  Amy

Dragonfly Dreams or Oh, Bee-Have!

When I first saw this new Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Spring Occasions catalog, I thought, “not impressed.” But then, as usually happens, I began seeing projects all over the place made with this set and sort of, kind of, fell a little bit in love with it! In particular the little bee. My Kate is all about bees, and she was thrilled when she saw the card I made:

Dragonfly Dreams Bee-Have! the Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore  #stampinup #dragondlydreams

A dragonfly, a dream, and a bee (no, they did not walk into a bar)

I tried a masking technique for this project: First I took some paper strips and made a square on the front of the card so I could stamp over the edges of the square.  I stamped the bee first, and then made a mask by cutting around the bee thinlit, shown here:

Once I had my little guy covered up, I took a sponge dauber and my crushed curry ink pad and just kind of squished it all over the square I had made by masking off the paper, stamping off in between so I had a range of shades. Once I was done I matted the card front with Basic Black. I then attached it to a regular 4¼″ x 5½″ card base in Daffodil Delight.

I sent this off as a thank you card to a good friend who always spoils me at Christmas time. We have been friends forever and have never learned how to “bee-have.” Obviously, the best kind of friend to have!

Hope you enjoyed the buzz. 🙂  Amy

Stampin’ Up! Retired Products Baby Girl Card

A good friend of mine is expecting her first female grandchild at the end of this month, so I was really excited about having a chance to make a baby girl card. I have always been a fan of pink (OMG, who doesn’t love pink?  ~ I don’t want to know, so don’t answer … 😉 ) so I pulled out some of my retired Stampin’ Up! products and here is the result:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivoreI love the look of pink and gray together, in this case Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate. This is a total CASE of a card I found on Pinterest. I miss this stamp set, Zoo Babies. It’s always been one of my favorites for baby cards.

** note: my iPad is suddenly taking very blurry pictures, so I apologize for the poor image quality here. **

I also used Bitty Banners here for the “sweet baby” sentiment, and Banner Blast for the little banners for the bunting. It’s hard to tell, but I punched the smaller star out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

And for the inside of this pretty-in-pink baby girl card:

I wanted to make the inside of the card as pretty as the front, so here is what I came up with:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivore

I really tried to clean up these photos more but I don’t think I improved them much. Sad face. But I know that the recipient loved her card, and now I can’t wait to meet that sweet little baby. Dressed in pink, of course!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!   ~ Amy

Don’t Forget to Write Anniversary Wishes with Delicate Floral Bouquets

I received this Papertrey Ink kit called Don’t Forget to Write as a gift several months ago, and have only recently gotten around to using it.  Since I needed to send a certain someone some anniversary wishes, I grabbed this kit to see what it had to offer.

 

Anniversary Wishes Don't Forget to Write PTI the Jurassic Crafter click through to craftcarnivore.comThe floral bouquets in this kit are really pretty. I went with Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride card stock (appropriate, no?) as my card base with Whisper White for the inside and front piece. Since I don’t have any PTI inks, I had to come up with a close approximation using my Stampin’ Up! inks. Not an easy task, I assure you! But with a mix of current and retired colors I got as close as I could.

Of course, now I can’t remember what all I used (it’s the first thing to go, right?) but I’m pretty sure of these: Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Pool Party, and Rose Red.  Or maybe none of these, who knows? (yes, folks, this is my brain on crafts).

This will give you an idea of the inside of the card, as well:

Anniversary Wishes Don't Forget to Write PTI the Jurassic Crafter click through to craftcarnivore.comEither I need my eyes checked, or that picture is a little blurry. Sorry about that! But my anniversary wishes are well on their way so I’m afraid this is as good as it gets.

And now I will send you on YOUR way. You know, so you can get back to that very important thing you were doing before I interrupted you with this email.

Till next time,

Stay thirsty, my friends! ~ Amy

NOTE: we believe in good practices and abhor cruelty, so no real brains were used for this post.

 

 

A Thoughtful Black and Red for a Loved One Lost

Black and Red

**This post is one of several deleted by my web host (don’t use Arvixe) when they migrated my servers back at the beginning of October. And now, unfortunately, the Thoughtful Branches bundle is gone. Sad face. But if you did get your hands on one, Bravo! So here is the post in its original format:

Black and red. Le Rouge et le Noir. The former is a color combination of which my late stepmother was particularly fond. The  latter is its french translation, as well as being the title of a classic work of French literature by Stendhal (the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, 1783-1842).

One can acquire everything in solitude except character ~ Stendhal

Now, you’re probably asking yourself, what the heck does that have to do with crafting? My stepmother lived in France for a while and traveled there frequently and loved reading French novels.  So I was remembering her with fondness the other day and decided to put those thoughts into a card that I might have sent to her.

Black and Red for you, Steph!Thoughtful Branches Black and Red | Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter | visit me at CraftCarnivore.com

She was a trip, my Stepmother, that’s for sure.  But she was a lot of fun and I miss her. Plus, she thought I was hilarious, so there’s that.

But if you’re still trying to decide whether or not to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle, remember this:

Thoughtful Branches Black and Red | Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter | visit me at CraftCarnivore.com

The Thoughtful Branches bundle is a limited edition and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good (and it’s almost gone). It’s versatile, has lots of useful sentiments, and the trees are appropriate for every season.  ETA: So sorry – it is now sold out!

Until next time, stay thirsty, my friends!   Amy Ü