Friday, May 20, 2016

Mother's Day Daughter card

Hi Stampers,

I can't believe I've let May slip through my hands and haven't [posted one card. I've been a crafty girl,..graduation, birthday and Mother's Day as well as a swap of pocket letters. I just have a difficult time being bothered with taking photos. I've finally purchased a tripod...a cheapie, but I can now do an occasional video. Sadly, my editor is off to college in August, so videos will not be polished versions.

Here, I tried my hand at vintage or is it shabby chic. I can't tell the difference, but I do like the way the card turned out. Have a look and I'll see you in June.

Blessings,
Erica


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge #108, Ladies Only

Hi friends,

I can't believe I've not posted but one time this last month. So lazy of me, as I've been creating quite a bit. I've entered a pocket letter swap, made several cards and just finished a flower box card. I promise to post that by Monday.

In the meantime, Simply Create Too is having their challenge, Ladies Only and it runs until the 13th of May.

I pulled some old stuff out to make this card...papers, stamps I've had forever and embellishments. My die hugs sentiment is new. I just love the font..wish I could write like it. And the sequins aren't exactly old.

I hope you enjoy my card and find some time to play here. The challenge is a broad one, that you should be able to enjoy.


Hugs & Blessings,
Erica

Friday, April 1, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge no. 106, Use Purple and Green

Hi friends, At Simply Create Too, the challenge no. 106 is to create something with the colors purple and green. I confess. I'm not much of a purply stamper. I know plenty of people who adore purple and there are indeed many shades of purple. So here's my card for the team challenge. Green definitely took center stage. I think a bit lighter hue might be preferred.  It's also quite blurry,

I used a creme base and the green mat is stamped with a Hero Arts BG stamp in versa mark. The flowers are a die and stamp set by Hero Arts. I stamped in versa mark, then used Ranger's distress green embossing powder. I colored the flowers with watercolor pencils and added some tickles for a bit of zing. The petals got a bit of zing with my Spectrum Noir glitter pen in clear. The sentiment thanks die is from Savvy Dies. The words, "You're the Sweetest," well, I've recently taken to purchasing only stamp sets with words, and for the life of me, couldn't find this one. It's stamped in SU craft white and embossed with white embossing powder. Some flat-back lilac pearls and round the card out. Now why don't you go and have some card-making fun, especially if you like purple and green.

 Blessings, Erica

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Fun Easter Card

Hi Friends,

I usually do not create fun cards for Easter, choosing to create faith-based cards instead. But the Simon Says Stamps kit for March included a bunny die and I'm a sucker for dies, so I got it and proceeded to make some cute cards. Then I had to decide who of my snail mail friends would enjoy them. I ended up creating four altogether and here is one of them.


Aren't the bunny peeps just adorable? The die set included a little bow and three sizes of bunnies. I had fun coloring with pastel watercolors and adding Wink of Stella for sparkle. The sentiment is not from the SSS kit, but from Maymay Made It Stamp of the month. I'm finding I enjoy having stamps come to me in the mail. My big box craft stores do not update their selections often enough for my taste.

I will share one more peeps card with you tomorrow.

Blessings,
Erica

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Less Is More...Let's get citrusy


Hi friends,

I'm blessed to have been able to have citrus of some kind for the past 17 years. Ever since moving from New York to Arizona, I've had citrus trees myself, or neighbors and/or relatives who have had an abundance to share with me. Often native Arizonians don't even harvest from their trees because they're sick of lemons, grapefruits, and several varieties of oranges. That hasn't happened to me yet. I eat them, juice them, bake with them and decorate with them. And, don't even ask me how much I love the scent of orange blossoms. 



Ha Ha. I'll bet you were certain you'd be seeing fruits, Well, I haven't got a one citrus fruit in my stash...I plan to rectify that. Instead, I had these cute little fishes. Tropical fish can be of many colors, so I took advantage of that. I was eager to use my newest die set, from Just Rite Dies, called, Three in a Row. I colored with watercolor pencils and watercolor brushes from SAI.
The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp kit set. The fish images are from a set called, Perfectly Clear Stamps. I've had them for years and never got around to them, as I'm not much of a cutsie stamper. But they fit into these boxes perfectly and I loved that I the fish face each other.  

Head over to LIM and play with the divas. They are having a fun time.

Blessings,
Erica

Simply Create Too Challenge no. 104...It's Green

Hi friends,

Do you love green? OK, if not, who doesn't love St. Patrick's Day? And doesn't just about half the world have a wee bit of Irish in them?

At Simply Create Too we are challenged to use green as much as possible. The nice thing about green is that it goes beautifully with any shade of white or creme/beige. So for challenge, here's my DT submission. The base is white and there is a bit of border using dsp. I used ribbon and lace from my stash. I decided to make a round tag from a seldom used die set and then mat it on a circle. The image is a Studio G stamp that I love because it has the sentiment on the pot of gold itself. So I don't have to put it somewhere else on the card. I punched a couple of shamrocks using the dsp and mounted it onto a claddagh embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

There's two full weeks to play along with us and I'd love to see your entry as I do my round of comments.

And just for the heck of it, I thought I'd enter here too. Craft for the Craic. You've got an entire month to play along with them.

Irish Blessings,
Erica

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hang In There, LIM Challenge

Hey Stampers,

Hope you're doing well as the week draws to a close. Hang in there...it's almost over for those of you who have the weekend off.

Less Is More is having a wire challenge. OK, I'm so old that the very first thing I thought of was using a telephone....SERIOUSLY, I did. Not to worry, I am a cell carrying owner as in Apple 6. So, the second thing I thought of was my teeny clothing hangers, compliments of Tim Holtz. That man loves doodads. It has taken me four days to find the itty bitty things. The upshot of that is that I've been gently reminded of all the doodads I actually own, most un-used.

I had the perfect stamp image to go with it, a Studio "G" $1.50 cutie. I bought this some time ago, because of the price. When I saw the challenge, I knew what I'd do. I just needed to find those hangers.

Easy CAS one layer, white card, stamped with Black Memento tuxedo black. I considered coloring in the little gift box, but decided this card really is best as CAS.



Go on over to the challenge and play or just welcome the newest Diva designers.

Blessings,
Erica