Monday, October 7, 2013

Using my pins?

Do you pin?  How many boards do you have?

I learned that Pinterest is a lot of fun but at the same time a total time burner so I have been avoiding it.  You see I have the Pin button on my blog but I rarely pin.  Sometimes my computer is so slow that it takes longer than what my frustration allows to load my pins.  Before I start pinning, I am ready to close all my windows.  I can't help but wonder how I can use Pinterest to improve my life if I don't have to patience for it to load my pins.    Call me outdated.  Call me backward.  I will gracefully accept that.

I started my blog in part to have a craft diary.  I was asked if I would make a duplicate of the cards I make, no, because I normally take a picture of my card, write a post about it, then won't feel bad when the day I have to part with it comes.  However, when the number of my blog posts grows, it is becoming difficult to look for my past creations.  That's when I started pinning.  I pin my own cards.  Pinterest thus serves as my "back-up craft diary."  I also started other boards to pin others' cards and creations, but I stumbled upon how to organize the pins and thought I should keep the collection manageable until I know how I want to organize them.  I really wish there were "sub-boards" within boards.  For instance I  wish I could have a board for all my cards then within this board I could have a Christmas sub-board, a Birthday sub-board, etc.  Am I brain-washed by the way I organize my files in my PC so I want to do it the same way on Pinterest? 

Susan from OLW asked that we use our pins as an inspiration to create a one layer card.  She generously offered to share her boards as inspiration.  Wow.  I took a cursory look at her Pure Inspiration board and her Cards board and found her pins awesome.  I love those cards that have such a clean look but the white space is so powerful that your eyes tend to fix on it.  Amazing.

So I was inspired by the white space of her cards and I decided to make one like that.  How to make it interesting?  Colors.  But color coordination is never my forte so I looked at some color challenges to see what others are doing.  Halloween colors?  Good, I just can't go wrong with that.  I used the palette from Fab Friday Challenge:

Then I found this sketch from CAS(E) this sketch:

My card is basically a combination of the card sketch and the color combo:

No, this card is not going to a kid.  I figured that I have no Halloween decoration in my office so I'll place some random décor and cards in the office.  I should have made all my Halloween cards for the kids this year, but will make a couple extra just in case a friend asks me to lend him/her a card.

My card is also entering the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Hiding in my craft room - Halloween colors
Moving along with the Times - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley - Halloween
Craftin' Boutique Challenges - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Very cute CAS design! The bold challenge colors really pop with all that white! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  2. Great cards! Thanks so much for playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch!
    How do I pin? I will save photos of cards/layouts/inspiration to separate boards. And then sometimes, when I need some inspiration, I'll look through my pins for something to spark an idea.

  3. Cool card and great take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

  4. What a great interpretation of the sketch. Love the card. Thanks for sharing at HIMCR this week.
    Nancy, DT

  5. This is a neat card. I like the simplicity. Thanks for playing at HIMCR.

  6. Great card! Gd use of colour combo & sketch

  7. Love this, very clean & simple, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
    C xx

  8. Eeeep! What a great combination of challenges and an AWESOME use of white space! Love that card, and I'm not a kid, so you could send it to me...just a suggestion!

  9. This is the perfect use of a CAS design! The bold colors work so well. Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday!

  10. Fabulous CAS card......Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x