Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February Birthdays

Hi Friends,

There are several birthdays in my family this month, along with Valentine's Day...so lots of reasons to make cards. I was able to use my on-hand stash for everything and that makes me quite happy. Since, I'm planning to re-focus my creativity from cards to 3D items and junk journals with planner stuff thrown in for good measure, I'm doing my best not to buy new stuff.

These two cards are for a grand-daughter turning 12, and a god-daughter turning 53. They share the same birthday and finally got to meet each other at a family re-union in Jamaica W.I., last summer. It brought my heart great joy because I love them both so very much.

So, here they are.



La la Land Crafts kits make wonderful child images and that's what my grand is getting. The second card was made using a stencil of the suns' rays as the focal point. 

I'm also entering these cards to Always Fun Challenges, #148, Anything Goes, and
 Crafty Animals, challenge no. 35, Anything Goes. And one more...Daisy Chain Challenges, no. 38.

So, hopefully you'll have time this month to make a few cards. I love checking out blogs for inspiration.

Blessings,
Erica



Friday, January 10, 2020

Less Is More Challenge, #410

The second challenge of the year and decade for me is Less Is More and the ladies have begun with colors. The Pantone colors for the year are true blue and living coral. I had a difficult time finding coral and I really never did. I combed through all my ink pads and finally settled on a retired company's pigment pad called grapefruit. I suppose one could consider this the color of pink grapefruit. 

We have a variety of pink grapefruit growing in our yard here in Arizona. It doesn't produce many, but we get to indulge yearly right about this time.



The "shaky" images are from an AE stamp set and the sentiment is from my stash where I keep stamps I've cut apart. Believe me, I have never found separating sentiments easy. I added some Nuvo drops in blue, though it may seem black.This is all set within a wonky dotted frame. I took the photo with my new iPhone 11, that is a Christmas present...to myself from me.  


LIM is a monthly challenge and they've been around for quite awhile. I'm flattered I won once, but it was a very long time ago, when they challenged us twice monthly. They truly do challenge me since simple cards aren't exactly my forte.

Join them, play and have FUN!

Blessings,
Erica

Sunday, January 5, 2020

So, Happy New Year and...It's been more than a while

So, let's just simply move on, shall we?

Simply Create Too has its' first challenge of the decade, and thus, the year. I'm still designing and every year, Angie, our team leader, asks if I want to continue. I don't think there are more than two or three of the originals on our team. But I love what I do and even though I say (to myself), this may be the last year, I'm glad I'm still here.

For our challenge no. 156, we asked our DT members to go monochromatic. I hope you enjoy my card. AliExpress...a dirty word to some, but a financial boon to others, is a company that has allowed me to greatly increase my die stash. I do continue to purchase from USA based companies, but we're all on a budget of some sort right?

My card uses AE letters, flowers and mats from dies. It may seem a bit pinkish, but that's because there is white and then there is white as I've learned in my crafting years. There is some dry embossing as well. Lots of  "layer lifting" enhances the card I think.


I hope you'll consider our challenge as one of the first for you to join this year. We're easy and, yes, simple. We'd love to comment on your entries.

Happy New Year
Erica





Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It's Been a While...once again.

I started out many years ago, gung ho for this blog thing. Frankly, I don't know what happened other than life evolves. What we think is important to us is indeed so, but for a time. I guess the season is drawing to a close for me. Otherwise, surely I'd be better at this.

Now don't get me wrong. I have been making cards, 4 or 5 a week, not including those requested or needed for family celebrations. And yes, I've been buying stamps and dies, etc. However, I can feel myself going in another direction. The fork was taken when I discovered travelers' notebooks and found an amazing company with quality leather items that I adore, Chic Sparrow. Now that I've invested about $1,000 on various sizes of notebook covers, I think I'm done and moving on to junk journaling. I'm very new at it and the pace I'm on is much slower than when I began making cards. We'll see where it leads. I am 70 yrs. old now. Life is expected to slow down for my age. Having knee replacement surgery this past August has taught me this.

So, here is a card for the design team I'm still on, Simply Create Too. It's the only one I've ever been on and they still want me, or at least they haven't asked me to leave. Recently, they've adopted a more "anything goes" style so that means less stress for me.

Here's my card for the challenge. There's nothing spooky about it, as I don't do Halloween, but it is seasonal at least.  Join me if you want. I'll chat with you in the near future.












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go to Simply Create Too challenge
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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