Friday, January 2, 2015

Simply Create Too "Celebrate" challenge no. 76

Happy New Year!
Sometimes I have to pinch myself knowing that I lived 50 years in one century and now 14 going on 15 years in a new one. How blessed I am.

The first challenge of 2015 for the Simply Create Too Design Team was to use the theme, celebrate. That's easy peasy since we're just leaving a most celebratory time of the year for many people. I chose the the most recent and used die cut Cottage Cutz  elegant champagne glasses  and the sentiment from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. I used a black 5x6 card base and Nestabilities labels twenty for the dap mat and another fancy oval from Nestabilities. I only had to color the champagne and I used copics for that. A little bling in the corners finishes it off. I sent this card out right to a dear friend who didn't get a Christmas card from me.

Why not play along with this challenge and if you are still recuperating from the holiday festivities, come back for future challenges. We have lots of fun planned.




Blessings,
Erica

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Working with a Lemon Shortbread digi

Hi Stampers,

What a time I've had working with the digi from Lemon Shortbread (don't you just love that name), offered to my team members at Get Creative Challenges. I can color, but faces, hair. skin...well they proved to be my undoing on this lovely girl. I need to look at some tutes big time. Her nose is too dark...maybe she was skiing on some sunny slopes somewhere and got burned. I also didn't want her to be quite so dark-complected. I tried to fix this with some skin-tone Derwent pencil. Can you say mess? About the only thing successful on this card is the double bow which I achieved for the first time with my home-made bow-maker. I'm not giving up. I have way too many Copics to do that.


Blessings,
Erica

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let's celebrate Less Is More and their 200th Challenge

Oh dear, I am now experiencing Too Little Time to Get It All Done syndrome. It's started with making a card for Less Is More as the divas and all the members enjoy celebrating their 200 Challenge. I am just under the wire for my submission.  How time does fly. LIM is the first challenge where one of my entry's made top three. I will never forget my excitement when that morning, I opened the LIM email and saw my card and name. My dear hubby was bewildered, as I happy danced for hours. What an incredible mood I remained in all day. Well, I still get happy on Saturday morns, with a few groans now and then, even though I've never been chosen again. I'm still inspired by the submissions. Though I don't submit regularly, LIM is my go to CAS challenge blog.

So to celebrate, I'm submitting two cards and here they are. It's been cloudy in my neck of the woods, and I've had my best with editing. Please bear in mind I do not own Photoshop and wouldn't know what to do with it if I did.



The second card is my fave. Do you SU folk remember this stamp image? It's one from my very first year with them. I've passed many of my SU stamps on, but I had to keep this set. It's perfect for this card. The base is white and the banner is vellum stamped in Encore gold and embossed with embossing powder. The heart is a a long ago retired SU punch. I never get rid of SU punches. They're the best in terms of durability on the market.

My second card with a creme bases also uses stamping items from my past. the numbers are die cut using a Cuttlebug set of letters and numbers. I'm not sure why CB stopped making these sets. Yes, they were pricy, but very useful when you didn't want to use stamps. The "yay" sentiment is from a set of die cuts by SU.

Go play with the divas whenever you need to get your mojo up and running.

Blessings,
Erica

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bare Trees for Less Is More

Hi Stamping Friends,

It's been a while since I posted a card for LIM. I miss them, but design team projects, as well as family keep me from doing more. If I had my way, I'd craft all day with an occasional break for the basic sustenance...PB&J anyone?

So LIM is on challenge no. 199. WHOW! I don't think there are many people in the stamping world who haven't heard of them. I know I've benefited enormously from the divas and the posters who have given a major boost to my creativity. Moving along, the divas are truly in the Christmas spirit as they should be and all things that make you think Christmas are the challenge for the week.

I was inspired by CAS blogger Susan at Simplicity. I'd say I've copied her card 98%. My trees are a bit different and my sentiment is too, however, I gotta give credit where credit is due.  Please view Susan's card on her blog in all its simplicity...sorry, couldn't resist.
And now for mine.



Once you've seen hers, I think you'd have to agree I'm a copycat.

I've used Recollections heavy weight 110 lb. card stock white for the base and mat. The trees are by Rubber Stampede, the sentiment is Hero Arts and the little tweets are IO dies. I used my Nestabilities for the mat. I've stamped in Memento London Fog. It's a bluish gray, so I thought it was perfect for winter bare trees. I think I should placed the bird sitting in the tree down on the snow. The design seems a bit top-heavy. I think it's because the sentiment is bolder than Susans. Ah well, card-makers regret is soon remedied by making another.

The LIM challenge has just begun, so stop by cause this is an easy peasy one.

Blessings,
Erica

Monday, November 17, 2014

Get Creative Card Challenges - Design Team Member

Hi Stamping friends,

We are quite chilled here in AZ. It is welcome. We had one of our hottest summers on record.

I have been invited to be a design team member of a challenge blog led by the talented Angie Addison. Angie and I are team members at Simply Create Too and she is an artist in her own right with Etsy stores to boot.

Get Creative Card Challenges is brand spankin' new and on their second challenge. This challenge is sponsored by Whoopsiedaisy, who graciously supplied us with the sweet image you see here. She actually reminds me of my youngest grand-daughter. I had fun coloring her with my Copics, but as I say frequently, my coloring needs improving.

This is a 5x5 card on an SU certainly celery base. The yellow mat is from Bazzill stack I got in a windfall in a Tuesday Morning haul and the dsp is from a  6x6 pad by American Crafts, Dear Lizzy Neopolitan Paper Pad. The papers are a perfect match for her. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set by Stampendous called Birthday Wishes. I used an SU banner punch, and a button and baker's cord from my stash. The sentiment is popped up on a bit of punched paper done with a very old SU punch.

The card could have benefited from a few more embellishments, but I had a deadline for my first entry and I was bound and determined to get it up. Oh, and did I mention this is my second digital image that I've used ever. I struggle getting images sized properly for placing on a card. As with coloring, practice makes perfect.

Please check out this new challenge blog. You could win some fab digi stamps. And you know you'd love that.

Blessings,
Erica

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Simply Create Too Challenge #74 Thanksgiving/Thank You

Good Morning Friends,

At Simply Create Too, it's mid-post time. That means my card along with the rest of the team is up and ready for you to be inspired by.


I have an adorable hedge duo for you from Penny Black and the sentiment which is a rarity because it is vertical is from Impressions Obsession. I colored with Copics and actually enjoyed doing it. The apples needed more shading though. The cs is SU. I used a honey-comb embossing folder for the card front. Flowers are from Prima and the leaves are punched with an MS punch. Pearls from my stash.

Head on over to the challenge and have some fun with this challenge before we are completely enveloped in the wonder of Christmas craftiness.

Blessings,
Erica












Sunday, November 2, 2014

Let's get those Christmas Cards Going

Good afternoon.

It's finally turning chilly here in Arizona. We will go no higher than 72 degrees today. Sweater weather, right? I know, the rest of the states are laughing at us. Seriously, I don't function in anything lower than 50 these days. I never want to see and/or feel those east coast days again.

On to my card. I decided to hunt for some challenges and found this one, Festive Friday.
I decided to enter this card. It's a 6x6 card which is a very unusual size for me, I recently splurged and purchased a British magazine from Barnes & Noble. It was quite pricy, but several British craft magazines include goodies all packaged up in good quality plastic. Cardmaking & Papercraft, October no. 28, had an embossing folder and papers and stamps. The price was totally worth it when you think about it. A folder this size can cost around $9.00. A sramp set such as the one included can cost $10.00. There you have it,

To round out my card, and make it totally Christmas, I added a die cut from CheeryLynn Designs, one that incorporates the words into the wreath, yet can be used with or without them. I aded a miniature ornament from my stash, as well as a ribbon. I am not sure I love this wreath. It is large which I do like, but rather skimpy. I think the next time, I will cut three of them and then overlap slightly askew to give it more dimension.

I'm going to keep dinner simple and probably skip my treadmill routine so that I can make cards all day. I'm planning posting a YouTube video of a haul I made yesterday at a semi-annual Convention held in a nearby town. It's huge. I'll link it up in my next post.

Hope you get to stamp today too.

Blessings,
Erica