Saturday, February 4, 2017

Simply Create Too challenge no. 124, Love

Hi Everyone,

I couldn't make up my mind which of these to submit for our challenge over at Simply Create Too, so I put in both and told our leader to choose one or use both. She did the latter. They're quite different, one soft and pretty and the other bold and in your face.

I hope you will get some time to play with us. We now run our challenge for an entire month -- plenty of time to get your creative mojo on.


Should any one commenting want details, let me know in your comment and I'll  tell all.

Have a blessed weekend.
Erica


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Maymay Stamp of the Month

Hi friends,
Do you subscribe to monthly stamping clubs where you get a stamp set or a complete kit to design with? I do and I really enjoy them. You can usually find plenty of You Tube tutorials on how to get plenty of use out of them and often there are Facebook groups where you can get ideas and post your own creations. So, Maymay is one of the companies I subscribes to. She's on Patreon and her sets are reasonable priced in comparison to several others.

I made this card using the January set. I used the emboss resist technique with Tim Holtz distress stamps. I used a Spellbinders die and white white embossing powder on a black piece of paper. The base is white, but them embossed. I thought a little slant of the sentiment would add interest and the red glittery heart is a little extra I almost didn't put on, but I'm liking it now.


I love the sentiment and I have a friend in mind I will be sending it to.

Blessings,

Erica



Monday, January 16, 2017

Less Is More Challenge, no. 311

ello friends,

The year is fully underway...difficult to believe the first month is more than half over. So much for small talk, on to my card post for Less Is More. It's one layer week. I'm not the best at these, but practice makes perfect, so I had a go at it. I often see people use kraft cardstock for the "white space" in an LIM card, and so I decided to try it too. Let's see what you think.


Most of these stamps are from  sets I didn't keep the packaging for and the words are from two different sets...packaging gone again, but quite ancient I think. I also used a die from Tim Holtz to "impress" a heart into the paper, and without ever lifting it out, I taped it to secure it in the back.
I think it's called an inlay technique.  I will cover this up before sending it. I colored with pencils and used wink of stella to punch it up, so the little cup and spoon are quite glittery. I used a white gel pen for the inside rim. I think it takes away from the cup a bit and next time I'll just use a light beige pencil instead.

I hope you'll get some time to play with the LIM challenge this week.

Blessings,
Erica



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year 2017

Happy New Year stamper and crafty friends. I am looking forward to a healthy, joyful and prosperous time in my life.

Here is a card I sent out to those I missed sending Christmas cards to. Unfortunately, I spent far too much time making tags, teacher gifts and church volunteer gifts to complete my Christmas card-giving list...even though it was a short one. This seems to happen as one ages. Not sure I'm fond of this happening.

I kept it simple with white and gold embossing and an embossing folder with a few scattered sequins.

I am wishing all my readers a peaceful year filled with crafty goodness and love to share.

Blessings,
Erica




Saturday, December 10, 2016

Less is More Challenge no. 306

Happy Saturday. Yippie, I've had  time to play two weeks in a row at Less Is More. This week it's with their one layer challenge. And, (doing the happy dance), my mojo is working two weeks in a row. This could have something to do with also creating 15 Christmas gift tags this week. Don't you just love it when your creativity is flowing? I was inspired by the pop of color on Susan's card who is one of the LIM divas.

This image is a practically ancient Magenta woodblock stamp. I doubt this company exists any longer. When I purchased it I had none of the tricks up my sleeve for stamping in different colors. I used it then by stamping the image in black and painstakingly coloring each of the flower petals in various colors. It never had much of a wow factor for me. Now, with the world-famous MISTI tool, and a little post-it tape strategically placed, stamping each flower, though on one block, proved much easier. I also un-mounted the stamp so I could use it in the MISTI. I am slowly doing this with all of my woodblocks, but I must confess, it often proves a bit tough in terms of letting the wood go. Like some others in this necessary part of a stamping journey, I don't know what to do with the wood. I've racked my brain and can't come up with a thing. I try to re-purpose as much as possible. Any ideas? Please share.

I used an A2 white card base and stamped in Catherine Pooler colors, grass skirt, orange twist and fiesta blue inkpads. These were included in her Foundations Box which is available in her store. I believe she will ship worldwide too.

I hope at this busy time of year, you will take time for some creative therapy other than decorating the house and baking. That's important too and you likely won't see me here next week, however, card therapy keeps me sane.

Blessings,
Erica


Friday, December 9, 2016

Incy Wincy Challenge, Christmas Tic tac toe

Well, here is the weekend and now the holidays are upon us, I've plenty to do. But you can bet I'm going to squeeze as much card, tag, and baking creations as I my fingers can bare. I've got lots of plans. I do every year, so let's see how far I get.

I'm joining Incy Wincy Designs challenge. I love the concept of bingo for creating cards. It gives my mojo a boast almost every time. Here's my card using candy cane in an ornament and using a sentiment with the word "Christmas" in it. Nothing new on this card. Wait for that. It's coming soon.


So I hope you will have time to visit Incy Wincy Designs or the challenge of your choice this weekend. Have a great one.,

Blessings,
Erica

Monday, December 5, 2016

Less is More Challenge no. 305

It's been awhile since I did an LIM challenge. I check them out every week, and then the day followed by the weekend slips away from me. I made up my mind to get it done this time and here we have it. My card uses the stamps from Catherine Poolers' Foundation kit. Catherine Pooler included 3 basic stamp sets and 5 ink pads...just right for someone starting out who isn't sure what to buy after  they've bought the basic  tools.

I used the circle stamps from one of the sets and used the primary colors LIM challenged us with.



I used a basic white A2 card base and stamped in rocket red, one of the CP colors, then a brilliant blue (retired) from SU and yellow from A Muse Studios (they just went out of business).  The sentiment is from a set by Poppy Stamps.

Head on over to Less Is More and accept the challenge and have a blessed week.

Blessings,
Erica