Friday, July 12, 2019

It's Been a While

It's been a while since I've been here, but I've had fun with card kits such as Tonic and Simon Says Stamp, as well as with AliExpress. I know there is a great deal of ambivalence with the latter Alibaba company which is actually on the stock exchange. I do understand most of it. However, this country in which I live was built on capitalism and AliExpress is the epitome of it. If we for one minute believe that copyrights and patents were never stolen/infringed upon when the USA began to come into its own, we should think again.

Personally, I believe several (not all) of the stamp companies I purchase from have been raising their prices far too quickly and quite a bit. Fancy packaging may contribute to costs. I am aware that we should be producing as many items as possible right in the USA. Yet, this didn't begin overnight. I've seen, "made in China" for well over 60 yrs. I'll be 70 this month. I've seen numerous other countries producing goods for Americans. We can't expect to resolve this issue in a year or two if it has taken this long to get to the point of having to do something about it.

I just stepped off my soapbox about that subject. Suffice it to say, if I like it, I'm gonna get it from whatever source is convenient for me at that time.

A few days ago, I did some house-cleaning on my blog. The challenge design team Simply Create Too is now up-to-date and I deleted some other links on both nav bars that were no longer relevant. Blogger has changed since I last posted and it looks a bit easier for this non-tech-savvy senior to handle.

I've also returned from a wonderful vacation in Jamaica W.I. At almost 70 yrs. old, I got a passport. The time spent was wonderful and included relatives and friends.

Before I left, I had the honor of creating a birthday card for a distant aunt who turned 100. I'm praying I have 30 more healthy years to my life. In the meantime, whatever I have been blessed with, I am thankful for.


I'll be posting again in a day or two...sans the drama chat.
Blessings, Erica


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Simply Create Challenge #148, Anything Goes

We have a gorgeous morning here in Arizona. We know mornings such as these won't last, so most residents are out and about. I'm content to be here in my crafty space. First church, then here and then, tonight...Game of Thrones.

I love AG challenges. You can let your mojo spirit soar to anywhere you want. So that said, I was on a roll creating rather generic cards for a minister at my church. He wanted subtle colors and basic sentiments. So this is one that I made. I got the stamp and stencil as freebies in a UK magazine. It was a double issue with several Ranger stencils, stamps and sentiments,...a real bang for the buck. These periodicals can be pricy in the US.

I hope you get a chance to play at Simply Create Too before the month is gone and hopefully you have lovely weather to enjoy if not now, very soon.



Best Wishes,
Erica




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Simply Create Too challenge no. 146

Over at Simply Create Too, we have a challenge going on that is Anything Goes, with a twist to use hearts. Easy peasy, right...since it's the month for hearts. I have already submitted for my DT challenge, but I found myself with quite a few heart related dies, so here's one more.



It's a bit on the dark side. We were in the middle of a big chill here in Arizona when I took this. But you can see all the dies...from AliExpress with the exception of the circle. It's a busy card, but I especially love the letters.

Hurry over to Simply Create and play before the month is done.

Blessings,
Erica

Less Is More Challenge no. 389

Hi Friends,

The dreaded one-layer card is up and running at Less Is More and I took it on with a cute image I rarely get to use since few people to whom I send cards actually enjoy frogs.

I colored him up with Jane Davenport watercolors. I love the cute cases they come in.

I have another frog card but I had included a very ordinary sentiment and since the sentiment is the thing for this challenge, I'm not posting it. This frog holding his 'insurance legs policy' says it all, I think.

I hope you have a chance to play along with the challenge.

Blessings
Erica


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Less Is More is Eight Years Old!

Bring on the party. Less Is More challenge is here for the month and celebrating it's 8th year in blog land. That's pretty impressive. Challenge blogs do come and go, but this challenge blog with its guidelines to stay clean and simple with white space as they call it, has had staying power.

Designer team members have changed but the challenge with its unique format remains the same.
I don't get as many opportunities to play as I used to, but I did have the honor to be a winner very early on. I will never forget how I did the happy dance when I found out and no one in my family got it. They do now as many a Saturday morning I can be found checking out the latest challenge.

So, I think it's fitting to make this card wishing LIM all the best. And since the blog originates from Great Britain, why not a cup of tea? And there are eight hearts on it too.

If you have never visited Less Is More, I hope you will have a chance to visit and give the challenge a try.



Blessings,
Erica


Friday, February 1, 2019

Simply Create Too Challenge No. 146, Anything Goes/Use Hearts

Hi everyone. How's the first month of the new year going for you? I hope it is running smoothly. It is for me. This week, I will be going for cataract surgery, a very popular eye operation these days...at least for those of us who have attained Medicare age. I had put mine off for as long as possible. I finally didn't have a choice if I wanted to drive at night or even go west in evenings and east in mornings. The sun, which I adore, plays havoc with my eyes. This surgery will fix it.

Simply Create Too is having it's 2nd challenge of the year, Anything Goes, Use Hearts. You don't have to use hearts, but why not since this is the month for exchanging Valentines. So my card is really all about the coffee theme, but I was able to incorporate hearts. I love this image and I'll be using it more as the year goes on.

I hope you'll get a chance to make lots of Valentine Day cards so I can enjoy your creations and comment on them too,.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Simply Create Too Challenge no. 144, Use a Different Kind of Fold

Hi friends,

Today, I had a fantastic time attending the Artistic Rubber Stamp Show, Mesa, Arizona version. It was the first time I have attended with a friend. Would you believe she is my next neighbor and we have so much in common that it's quite scary for both of us. We had a fun time and of course, spent more than we probably should have.

While there, we had the pleasure of meeting Kittie Caracciolo, who came all the way from Florida to demonstrate her lovely flower making prowess. She is a lovely person and super talented. Of course, my friend and I had to have the tool kit by Sizzix she uses to make shape her beautiful flowers.

So now that the good times are done, I wanted to tell you about the Simply Create Too challenge this month and it's our last one of 2018, since we all know how the holidays can interfere with our craft lives.

Our challenge is to create a card with folds that aren't standard, such as an A2 card and here's mine.








I enjoyed making this pretty card for my step-daughter who is a lovely young lady I am just getting to know, since she is living with her sister's family and I as she is doing a do-over with her life.

The tutorial I followed is from Scrapbooking With M.E.  Here's the direct link to her blog telling you how to, Fancy Fold Box Stepper Card. You can also find her on You Tube. Come now, You didn't think I created this all by myself did you?? I decided to make it black & white as it's my step-daughter's apparel go-to color. I think I worked it out well enough. . As my viewers rarely ask detailed questions about the how-to for my cards, I'll give details only if requested in a comment. 

I hope you will be able to squeeze in some time to make a card before the holidays really get 
underway and post it on our challenge blog.

Blessings,
Erica