Sunday, June 26, 2016

Snow Much for Challenge no. 112, Christmas in July

Hi Friends,

I gotta admit, I'm not much of a fan for Christmas in July cards. I'm not a Christmas fan in the first place and I actually have fewer and fewer cards to send-off as I've become older. I recognize that it's normal, but it isn't fun. I'd like to know if Hallmark even turns a profit on Christmas cards these days, since young people rely more and more on social media.  I may just look it up.

Well, I didn't want to let my team down at Simply Create Too so here's my card.

I have quite a few snowflake dies from different companies. I suppose I like snow. How that could be, I'm not certain, as I vowed to never be around the stuff in person again, after leaving New York and moving to sunny hot Arizona.

This is not my original design, having found it on YouTube. For further details, should you want to CAS this card, leave me a comment.

I hope you have some time to play along with us in our challenge.


Sunday, June 19, 2016 post in June?

Hi Friends,

I'm not sure what I've been doing to keep me so busy that I haven't posted this month. I have been making cards, and I have been taking a few photos, but the time to actually sit down in front of my laptop and not just check email, or watch YouTube, has eluded me.

So, let me see if I can fix that with this Father's Day card that my grandson who is going to college asked me to make. This is for his step-dad, whom he has grown closer to the older he gets. My grandson actually commissioned me to make this and asked my opinion on what he should get his dad. I happily made the card and gave some ideas. He chose the safe way -- a gift card.

A short sentiment and Happy Father's Day is on the inside.

We're having a heatwave here in AZ. I can stay inside most of the time and stamp away as I just made a small haul from Simon Says Stamp and my hands are itching to use it.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Let the Crazy Birds Sing

Hi Stampers,

It's our #110 challenge at Simply Create Too and we are using red, white and blue to commemorate Memorial Day. I purchased the Crazy Bird stamps by Tim Holtz and I love water coloring them and adding sentiments.  The dies are amazing on point and there are lots of sentiments made especially for the stamps. This saying which I have no idea why it is fuzzy -- is from a long retired Stampin' Up set. Hope you enjoy my card and have time to join our challenge this long weekend.

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.


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,

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.