Less is More Challenge is celebrating their 10th birthday so congratulations to them. Their current challenge is the "dreaded" one layer card (with a floral theme). You notice I said "dreaded" because I am terrible at one layer cards! I have a hard enough time with clean and simple without it being one layer on top of that! For this card I used a square die and created a stencil to which I placed over my white card base. Then I used three colors of Distress Oxide ink pads and blending brushes. Last I stamped the floral image with black ink on top of the inked square. I added a small sentiment below the inked square. Next I dabbed clear Stickles on three of the flowers using a Q-tip for the final touch. Even though it was the "dreaded" one layer card challenge, I actually enjoyed making this card. Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay crafty (and try your hand at the dreaded one layer card).
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
I wanted to enter the Best of 2020 Challenge at Art Impressions a second time since I had another "favorite." I've always had a hard time making birthday cards for men but with the Art Impressions Laugh Lines collection, it has gotten easier! They make creating male cards fun! The card die is one from Sizzix I've had a while in my stash.
The current Art Impressions challenge is "Best of 2020." I had to chuckle at this challenge because will we ever get to the point where we can think of 2020 and think "best." :) Of course if we are talking about crafting, then we can definitely pick a "best." I went through my 2020 card photos and this card is one of my favorites! It uses stamps and sentiments from Art Impressions Laugh Lines collection. It makes me happy looking at it and I hope it brought joy to my friend I mailed it to.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay crafty (and don't mention 2020....wink!)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
I had such fun in my craft room creating this card. For my inspiration, I used the colors for the February Altenew Inspiration Challenge of a pretty yellow, magenta and dark green. I also used sketch number six at the Sketch Starter Challenge. I used Altenew's Flourishing Zinnia Layering Stamp and Die Set for my images. This is where the fun came in with all the layering of the stamps and different colors of ink to create the beautiful realistic zinnias. Using the matching dies made cuttting them out fast and easy. I used a sticker from Tim Holtz for the sentiment plus enamel dots by Altenew. I'm mailing this to a special friend on Monday as I'm trying to mail cards to friends each week. I think all of us can use a little mail happiness these days. I hope your weekend is going well....all of our snow has almost disappeared with the sun shining today. Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay crafty!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Favorite Technique -- Mine is Rubber Stamping with Layering Stamps)
Friday, February 19, 2021
I finally found my way into my craft after taking a few days off. There has been snow and ice on the ground where I live all week. Instead of more time crafting cards, it has meant more time in the kitchen. I've learned my bunch wants to eat more when stuck at home during a snow storm. (Wink.) I did find time to sit by the windows looking out over the snow and read though, so that was nice! I spent my fun craft time today making a card for the Sketch Starter Challenge. I used sketch #6. The stamp image and sentiment are by Altenew (Butterfly Kisses). Thanks for dropping in and remember to stay crafty (it's cheaper than therapy.....maybe). :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
I have been snowed in a few days but luckily our power has stayed on. I haven't spent as much time crafting as I wanted since my family is snowed in with me. It seems being snowed in makes all of us hungry for home cooking so my crafty time has been "kp duty." For example, yesterday I made a large pot of Red Beans and Rice, baked a loaf of Green Chiles and Cheddar Cheese Bread and a Chocolate Cobbler for dessert. The best part is having leftovers and getting a night off from cooking later this week. But I digress....I made this card for the Turner Syndrome blog hop. Read all about Turner Syndrome and details of the hop here. I'm sure you will learn something....I know I did. Thanks for stopping by and stay in your crafty space instead of the kitchen....unless you are snowed in. Wink.
(Raising Awareness About Turner Syndrome)
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Staying warm in my craft room and creating for the Memory Box Pretty Purples challenge. Purple is a color I like but rarely use for my cards so this challenge was a "challenge." :) Going through my stash looking for Memory Box stamps, I found this cute little gnome and sentiment. My first thought was to put him on top of a mushroom so I started looking at my Silhouette Cameo design patterns. I saw this cute toadstool "house" (pattern is here) and thought that's where this little gnome stamp LIVES. :) I painted clouds and grass on white card stock using Gina K ink pads for the medium and a waterbrush. Of course the gnome's house had to be two shades of purple! :) Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay crafty (and warm).
Hope your weekend is going well and you are staying warm with this crazy cold weather we are having. No problems staying warm in my craft room though so that's where I'm hanging out. :) There are fun Valentine challenges going on and that's where my inspiration took me. I used a stamps set I got last year at Michael's by Recollections which did not get inked....so it was like a new set this year! Isn't that what we crafters do by our stamp collections (or should I say hoarding)? The bracket shaped die cuts on the card were cut with my Silhouette Cameo and were "leftovers" from window cards I had made earlier. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day weekend!
It is freezing outside so I've been staying in my warm craft room making cards. This card combines two challenges. I did it for the 2021 "It's A Girl Thing Blog Hop" which is helping bring awareness toTurner Syndrome. I have learned a lot partcipating in this hop because I was not familiar with Turner Syndrome until last year. This condition occurs one in 2000 female births. For more information, please visit here.
I used the *8 sketch at Sketch Starter Challenge for the design of this card. The stamp set is
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Sharing a card for the Turner Syndrome Blog Hop. This is the third year for this inspiring hop. For all the details about Turner Syndrome and the hop visit this link. For this card I used a new product I recently purchased. Have you seen Simon Hurley's stamping foam blocks? You heat them with a heat gun and then press a design onto them. I used an embossing folder for this one.....after pressing the design into the foam, I inked it with Distress Oxide ink pads. The foam blocks can be used over and over simply by reheating and removing the design. Watch a YouTube video by Simon if you are curious. :) The stamps I used are by Hampton Art. Be sure to check out the Turner Syndrome blog hop. Thanks for stopping by and remember to be brave!