Carisa’s 10 Minutes or Less
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Hi Everyone! Carisa here from Inky Fairy Designs with my first post as part of the CardMaker blog team and I am so excited! For my first post, I was asked to make a card in 10 minutes or less for you. Ha, ha, ha—I laugh because if there was an award, I would win for the SLOWEST card maker of all time. 😉 Since I had a time limit, I decided it was best to look at my collection of October Afternoon stickers to get me started. One of the things I love most about October Afternoon is that their embellishments can be used across the different collections because the colors coordinate so well.

Happy Birthday
I have to give FULL DISCLOSURE here: I did not include my choosing of dies, stickers, buttons, etc. as part of my 10 minutes. I am WAY too indecisive for that! So, I tried to pick as fast as I could and then when I had everything laid out, started my timer! I went right up to the buzzer, too! All in all though, I love the way my card turned out and the time limit pushed me out of my comfort zone to create in a new way. I tend to be drawn toward stamps and coloring but I will definitely be incorporating these elements in my cards more because the way it turned out makes me very happy!

What about you? If you need to create a card in a short period of time, what design elements do you tend to be drawn to? Are you a fast or slow card maker like me? I?d love to hear about your 10 minute card-making adventures in the comments below!


Supplies used: White cardstock from Michaels Stores; woodgrain cardstock from Simon Says Stamp!; Cakewalk Miscellany shapes and Summertime Pop Drops enamel stickers from October Afternoon; natural burlap string from May Arts Ribbon; Sunshine Layers (#WP9D-109) and Gift Card Layers (WP9D-127) dies from WPlus9 Design Studio; Happy Birthday Words die (#A1D-15-214) from Paper Smooches; Big Shot machine from Sizzix; Advanced Tape Glider from 3M; Multi Matte Medium from Ranger Industries Inc.; Zots Singles 3D from Therm O Web; 450 Quick Dry Adhesive from Helmar USA Inc.

15 Responses to Carisa’s 10 Minutes or Less

  1. Julie Cannon says:

    Love the card and the starting point. I’m with you, it seems like it takes me a long time to decide on a design and elements. Once the decisions are made though I ca usually get the card made quickly. I regularly make multiples of the same card which makes the time I put into the design and choosing product feel worth it.

  2. Ha ha ha is right! I’m just like you in that it takes me a long time to pick the design elements out for my quick cards. When I need a quick card, I’m most likely to pull out the Prima flowers or gemstones. Anyway, your card turned out really cute. I especially like how you used buttons for balloons!

  3. Bea Connor says:

    Just love your card. The coloring on the balloons is really neat.

  4. marg trethowan says:

    i am a slow cardmaker, hard when you have limited supplies. this is a wonderful card wished i could work so fast.

  5. Trinket Troy says:

    I am so indecisive that it takes me a long time to make a card start to finish! My last card took 8 hours! LOL

  6. Dawn says:

    Really like this idea!

  7. Lorie Brunner says:

    Birthday cards are my favorite and love this card! Whether it took 10 or 60 minutes!!

  8. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love all of the balloons – especially those that are buttons. The tail of the r in birthday looks good circling around one of the balloons.
    thanks for sharing a great card and for having the hop.

    • Mary Holshouser says:

      I see a design I like and start it but eventually change it up to suit my taste. I don’t think I would be considered a 10 minute card maker.

  9. Melodie H. says:

    What a cute birthday card. First time on your blog. TFS!!!!

  10. lisa herrera says:

    So cute and festive!

  11. DawnL says:

    Wow…10 min… you did a great job!

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