Friday, October 18, 2013

Yep! A Halloween card for the Simply Create Too 48th Challenge

Well, I won't be sending this to anyone, as I don't do the Halloween thing, having decided to focus on Thanksgiving an gratefulness instead of frightfulness. Without really looking, I found this Stampendous stamp in the clearance bin at my local HL store. Since I kinda like spiders....really I do...most anyway, and I love candy corn, I decided I'd go ahead and make a card with it.

At Simply Create Too, we're having our 48th challenge and the theme is indeed Halloween, so I've linked it over there too. Go join the fun. It's the mid-post time and we have a new design team member you can congratulate and do a blog check-out.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fun Flip Flop Card

Hi Stamping friends,

The weather continues to cool down in my neck of the woods and I hope you're experiencing similar weather in your area.

Last week I made up my mind to get a flu shot. Since I'm over 60, I thought it was the right thing to do and last year I had actually contracted quite an awful case of the nasty bug. Nowhere on the hand-out did it say how sick the vaccine could make you and that there is no guarantee you won't get a flu of another kind that the vaccine is not engineered to prevent/lessen. RATS! I don't want to be sick this year. I don't have time! Nothing to do except frequent thorough hand-washing , and as little communication with the outer world as possible. Fat chance that.

Stampin' Up has been enjoying a love affair with dies. They call their line thin-lets. I have been accumulating quite a few and I find I'm enjoying them nearly as much as my Spellbinder Nestabilities.  They have made one that that is a card in itself. There are two styles. This is the round one. I think it's adorable when you get a bit bored with the reliable open/shut folded card. It is an A2 sized card so it will fit into the A2 envie. It's easy peasy to make with your die-cut machine, but there are lots of video tutes on ways to use them, so I won't bore you here. Just enjoy. And I hope I won't need to be sending out one of these anytime soon.

Blessings, Erica

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Oil Pastels

So this seems everyone and I mean EVERYONE is beginning their sentences with this word, So, I'm betting English majors are going nuts. I don't quite get it myself.

I bought these oil pastels for $1.50 on a day when I had time to meander through my WAMA. We barely have any crafty items left these days in our local store. Nothing noticeable took over, craft items of note just slowly disappeared. Now and then you can find something in clearance.

There's a pic I took with Photo Booth of me holding said item. I need some serious training in this area. I'd rather be stamping...nuf said.

So what I did was to color in various colors across a watercolor paper on a diagonal. Then I spritzed with water and with a paintbrush, kinda' just painted. Next I put it in an Cuttlebug folder and let it dry. I mounted it on SU's baja breeze cs Next, I made a tiny tag from Nestabilities tags using Memento bahama blue ink and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp and added a bit of blue twine for some umph. Voila, you have a
uni-sex Birthday card.