Monday, July 9, 2018

Just A Card I Made

           I thought I'd try posting two days in a row. Here's a card from the 4th. I made a few, but I find that few people bother exchanging Independence Day cards. I sure hope they're not taking our independence for granted. We may still have lots of issues, but relatively speaking, there's few other places I'd rather be.


I  have to tell you this may appear to be a Stampin' Up stamp. It's not. It's a knock-off from China. There are many and varied views about buying these stamps. I have made up my mind not to continue purchasing in this way, But then, I'm actually going to substantially curtail my craft purchases. I just don't have any more room and I am slowly and carefully destashing where I won't feel the pinch too much. It's a real struggle.  However, the embossed area is a Tim Holtz folder that I rubbed oxide ink onto and then some glitter glaze by Recollections. I have someone to send this card to so it will be in the mail soon.




       

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Less Is More Challenge No. 375

Although there have been changes at my favorite challenge, this is still my go-to challenge on Saturdays. Recently, they made a decision to challenge us monthly. I'm hoping it will help me participate more frequently. So to begin, I've created three cards for the monthly challenge announced today. My mojo was in full swing. I hope you will enjoy at least one of them.

You still have some weeks to play along with Less Is More.






Simply Create Too DT Challenge no. 140

Hey friends,

Here is it July already and time for another challenge at Simply Create Too...the most relaxed and easy-going challenge on the world wide web...at least I sure think so.

So the deal is NOT to use any designer/patterned or digitized fancy paper, backing paper...you get the idea. I actually don't use a lot of these papers. Now don't get me wrong. I most certainly do buy it and I'm a bona fide hoarder of same, but I struggle with matching patterns resulting in a lot of second-guessing which ultimately means not being as productive as I'd like.

So here's my card. I used a Simon Says Stamp from the June kit and colored in watercolors. I wish they had shown up a bit brighter on-line. I have even used a Nuvo aqua shimmer pen to no avail. It is not as subdued IRL. I used Jane Davenport water colors in this cute little box. I have three of her sets now and I love them all. I'm not much of a watercolorist, but when I can "color in," I don't do too bad...I hope. The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz die cut set and was cut 3x, on silver glitter paper then glued down, and a few sequins thrown on for that extra pizazz. This card will go in my stash and I do hope I will be able to use it soon. Congratulating people is a fun thing to do.





Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day is around the corner

And so begins our latest  challenge at Simply Create Too.  Actually we weren't challenged to do a Mother's Day anything. Instead challenge no. 138 is to make, "Anything but a Card" So, I made a 3D project that works perfectly for a Mother's Day card and the challenge. Love it!

I have used a Spellbinders' "new to me" die set and classic flowers, leaves, as well as butterflies from my stash...some Spellbinders and others Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from a clear set from Essentials by Ellen. Lots of pretty colors and I think it came out lovely. It will be for my daughters' mother-in-law who always seems to enjoy my crafty side. We don't get to see other since we live on opposite sides of the coast. We live very different lives, but I live with her son and I know she can feel the love we share within our household.

I hope you enjoy this card and find a little time to make your Mother's Day cards and projects very soon. If they fit within our challenge category, please share them with us. We'd love to comment and maybe you'll win our badge for your blog.


Blessings to each and ever mother and expect to be mothers too.
Erica

Monday, March 5, 2018

Simply Create Too Challenge no.136

Wow! Has it been forever or what?! Ok, don't answer that. I'm here and nothing else matters.
Simply Create Too challenge for this month is Use Green. Take it anywhere you want, spring or St. Patrick's Day. Got another idea, go for it.

I confess to taking the easy way out and covering the St. Patrick's Day base. Since I have a wee bit of Irish in me blood and I come from New York where annual St. Patrick's Day parades are quite common, that's how I channeled my green.


I used papers from my stash, bling from my stash, die cut from AliExpress, and a sentiment from my stash. I've got quite a stash as many of us do.

Find time to head on over to Simply Create Too and join our design team in some fun. We'll pick a winner at the end of the month.

Irish Blessings,
Erica

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year and the first Simply Create Too Challenge of 2018

And so the year 2018 begins. Did you make resolutions? Did you set goals? Do you have a vision board? I've done all three, but I don't intend to share here. You'd think, "really."

The Simply Create Too DT are off to a good start with our challenge No. 134, to use embossing, wet or dry. I've done both, though the wet may not be showing up. This is a 5x5 card using a very old Hero Arts sentiment in an AliExpress stitched heart and also an Ali Express teacup. The dry embossing is a Darice folder. The white mat frame is a die I got with a British magazine called Die-Cutting Essentials. British periodicals are costly. I wanted the die that came along with it, so I splurged at $16.99. The papers are from my stash as is the gold twine for the bow.

One resolution I've made is to use my stash to its fullest, so you will be seeing lots of retired sentiments. I also plan to utilize AliExpress  to purchase dies. If you don't already know about this Singapore/China .com, you may want to check them out.

And here's my card.


I hope you will have a chance to play along with our challenge and that you will be blessed in this new year of 2018.

Erica

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Simply Create Too challenge no. 132, Favorite Color

Hi Friends,

Here in Arizona, we continue to have lovely weather. But my heart is so heavy for my state neighbors to the west. Entire neighborhoods leveled by fire. I just can't fathom how overwhelming an experience such as this must be. On the news, I listened to a woman who had been in the Las Vegas disaster, only to return to her home in CA which is heavily damaged by the fire. It can be so very difficult to understand why God allows so many troubles to some people. I pray they can rest in the knowledge that he has a plan.

So at Simply Create Too, we have an an easy going challenge...at least it was for me. These are not my favorite colors to dress in, but I love to make cards with them and also to decorate my space with. I love this bike riding frog from Inkadinkadoo. It was simple to brushstroke some watercolor onto watercolor paper and stamp him. I added a simple sentiment and matted him on a dry embossed card.



The weekend is here, so find a bit of time to join our challenge. We'd love to see what you create.

Blessings,
Erica