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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Less Is More Challenge no. 347

Hi friends,

It's sketch time at Less Is More. That's always fun and I'm on a roll this month. Or should I say, I'm on a donut? Awful pun, huh. Just keep reading and looking. You'll see what I mean.



We have a Krispy Crème shop not far from us. At least one of my family passes by it once a day. Talk about will-power! Then we have a Dunkin' Donuts on the way to work for one of my family and we have an Express Donuts...a kind of mom & pop shop that has whatever the other two shops don't. There's no reason to bake in my house anymore. I never did get around to mastering donuts anyway.

This set was on sale at a big box craft store, so I had to buy it given the above right? It's by Jillibean Soup and I have never owned any of their stamps,

I hope you get to have some sketchy fun at LIM. And if you need some inspiration, find a donut shop and buy a dozen or so.

Blessings,
Erica




Monday, September 18, 2017

Less Is More Challenge no. 346

Here we go. I'm on a streak, albeit only two. It must be that it is cooling down here in AZ...only expected to be 98 today. I walked my dog today and it was actually almost cool this morning.

Less Is More is thinking breezy and it didn't take me long to pull out this sentiment from Stampendous and the pretty feather from Momenta Stamps. I think I did them justice. I was thinking about a one layer card, but I did feel it didn't a little extra something and didn't feel the Nuvo drops...my go-to quick embellishment...would work.



Heading out to run some errands now before it gets to that 98 degrees. Enjoy you day and do try to squeeze in some CAS stamping. It's good for the soul.

Blessings,
Erica




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Less Is More Challenge, #345

I know, I know, don't ask. It's been forever and I don't exactly have what one can call a decent excuse. It's just life.

Trying to be better about challenges, here I go with LIM.




When I saw this image from Technique Junkies I knew I simply had to have it. It easy peasy to color and the sentiment is perfect. It reminds me of a saying I used to use often "Put your big deal panties on and deal." If I ever find this sentiment in a stamp, I'm buying it too.

So I stamped this on Michaels Recollections 110 lb. c.s., in SU basic grey. It's impossible to tell it's gray and I'm unsure why I didn't use black, as later, I stamped using the same c.s., but in in several brands of black ink I had on-hand. I also tried it in white and was 95% satisfied. I didn't feel it necessary to any other embellishments, so just colored in pink and blue pencils and told myself I was done.

Prays for all those who are in shelters and missing their stamping weekends in the US. We're certainly having some weather struggles here.

Be blessed,
Erica

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day card

Hello Everyone,
Thought I'd pop onto my blog and show you the only Father's Day card I needed to make this year.
When I saw this image from Sugar Pea Designs, I couldn't resist. I jumped on Pinterest to get inspiration from my 'Just the sketch" board. I used my new Tim Holtz oxide distress ink pads to color the fossilized amber diecut mat. These pads are freakin' awesome. If you use a MISTI, you can use them to stamp sentiments. I'm on a quest to get my ink pad numbers to a reasonable number --- say 50 or so. You don't want to know how many I have now. I can purge some older inkpads that don't allow you to use watercolors and/or copics.

So here's my card.


Isn't he just the most adorable? His weight has sparkly Wink of Stella in silver on it. The sentiment is from a tiny set from Technique Tuesday. My son-in-law is a lay pastor at our church, and always says, "That's how I roll." I used Prima Julie Nutting watercolor pencils for hair and skin tones. These pencils are proving to be very useful. My SIL is bald, so I only had to color skin...yippie, not my fave body part to color. Everything else on this card is from my stash.

I am entering my card here Tuesday Throwdown, For the Men.

Let's see your Father's Day cards. We all know we don't have enough masculine cares in our stashes.


Blessings,
Erifca