Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge no. 114, Lots of Sparkle

Hi Stampers,

I'm a bit late writing my blogpost for my card which is at Simply Create Too. But you, on the other hand have more than 10 days to post something with lots of sparkle.

I took the easy sparkly way out, but to be honest I do find shaker cards to be a bit of a bother. It's a good thing they have lots of WOW power, or I'd never be bothered with them. I will post a second one later in the week. For now, I hope you enjoy this birthday card made for a friend. It has already arrived at her home to liven up a 60ish birthday.


Blessings,
Erica

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Less Is More challenge week 285 Theme Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Hi friends,

I'm heading to the Less Is More challenge. The divas are asking us to repeat, repeat and repeat some more. My family would rather I stop repeating myself, but that's another story for another day. So, I got busy and created this. I own many pairs of glasses, so that I can always have a pair at hand, so I thought the theme quite appropriate.

I got out several  stamp sets that had eyeglasses in them and the little Kawai smiley face for the images. I sponged a home-made stencil with some distress inks and stamped the sentiment in Memento sky blue. I used watercolor paper and stamped in Simon Says Stamp hybrid black ink. Then I used a black base.

And then because this was such a fun challenge, I made this one too. This card is specifically for Time Out Challenges No. 61, Inspired by Words. I had this block stamp of a single crayon and then I added a sentiment, I was fortunate to find that's a perfect match for it. The MISTI tool was invaluable to stamping the individual colored crayons onto a one-layer card.



There are a few days to play along with this challenge, so get a move on it.

Blessings,
Erica

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Crazy Bird for Cut It Up challenge

Hi friends,

I'm in love with the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps and accompanying add-ons. The fact that they can also be diecut just adds to the fun.

This card was made for the Less Is More challenge of last week -- or was it the week before? Any who, these birds are so much fun to color and find the appropriate sentiments for. I'm certain that I will get my money's worth from them. And that doesn't often happen when, "I just have to have that set."

Since I missed the LIM challenge, I'm linking my card up in the Cut It Up challenge, where they are celebrating their 100th anniverary with Anything Goes and that's the same challenge they started with


I stamped in Memento ink and colored in copics. The speech bubble diecut is from Stampin' Up and the sentiment is from Maymay Made It.  

Blessings,
Erica

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Less Is More, Color Challenge no. 283

Hi Friends,

I hope you've had a fun and safe weekend. Three days in a row is always a good time for my family. We ate too much, got too much sun and oohed and ahhed at fireworks and the grands are wrinkled from swimming. Nothin' but FUN.

I did manage to squeeze in a card for Less Is More. It's colored rather in a boorish way, but this is the colors of the kitchen in my home. I live with my daughter's family and though they accommodated me with two lovely rooms...one of which is my craft room, we don't share the same taste in decor. They are quite tame with their colors opting for lots of browns. It doesn't bother me even when I'm cooking. I should note, I'm the chief chef. I have lots of space, light and a double oven.



I've made a 6x6 card with a brown base covered by a creme card 6x6 embossed piece from We R Memories. The image and sentiment are from a set by Art Impressions. I colored with copics and a bit of wink of stella. I used a dotted diecut to stamp on. The size of the card helped me to make certain I had enough "white space."

The week is almost past, but head over to join the divas is you've a chance to.

Blessings,
Erica

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.

Blessings,
Erica

Sunday, June 19, 2016

What...no 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.

Blessings,
Erica

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.