Saturday, February 13, 2016

Love You Bunches

Hi Friends,

My second post of the day...rare for me indeed. Three day weekends help a lot. I feel like I can get it all done if you know what I mean.

For some reason I created quite a few Valentine's Day cards this year. Perhaps I am missing my husband whom I lost three years ago. He truly blessed me in so many ways. I have sweet memories including Valentine's Day.

Here's a card that I made using new and current Stampin' Up dsp. I am absolutely over the moon with their dsp collections this year. That rarely happens for me. Did you know there is a smart way to take advantage of getting a sample of all their papers? Several of their demos do product shares when the new catalogs become available.  They invite anyone to join in whether or not you are their customer. You get a 6x6 sample of each dsp paper usually for around $30.00
I've seen ribbon shares as well. If anyone visiting would like a link to the demo I use, just leave your request in the comments section and I will be happy to give you a link to the one I am most familiar with.

Thought I'd give this a go at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.


The heart is a stamp and die  from Michael Strong that I embossed with platinum embossing powder from Rangetr and the punch is Martha Stewart. Ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup, "Handwritten Sentiments." A few sequins round it out. This is a standard A2 card base with some pink used for a base for the dsp.

I have one more card to share that's a bit more whimsical...gotta get a pic.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Blessings,
Erica



I'm Late to My Own Party

Hi Friends,

At Simply Create Too, we have our challenge 102 mid-post entries going on right now. Oddly, I forgot that I am now in group #1, so my inspiration entry was posted on our challenge blog, bot not here. So, hence, my blog title.

So no need to go on and on, we all err now and then right. The key is not to do the exact same thing again.

Here's a close-up of my card. This is a bit fussy for me, but I enjoyed making it.

Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day. I've already begun to be good to myself with a bit of on-line shopping. And, you do still have until the 19th to post a card for our challenge. Be good to yourself and do some crafting this weekend.


Blessings,
Erica

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Less Is More...Kissing Technique, No. 259

Hi Friends,

Wow! I'm off to a great start...actually submitting more than two cards for challenges and one of them is my fave, Less Is More. The divas pulled open the technique drawer and took out an oldie but goodie, the kissing technique. I remember creating more than my share of cards using this technique.




Here, I used an SU set called Flower Patch for the flower and leaves. The butterfly is a stamp from Hero Arts/Sizzix. The sentiment is from Fiskars and I stamped it side of the panel for some interest.
It was already formed in this undulating shape. I stamped with Memento inks for the colors and Versafine for the sentiment. I added a few sequins on as it looked rather empty since I had chosen to put the flower in the corner. The base is a white 5x5 card.

I hope you enjoy my card. There's bit more time to play at LIM. I hope you have a chance to do so.

Blessings,
Erica

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Double Challenge

Hi Friends,

Less is More wants us to use a flourish on a one layer card.

Well, Downton Abbey ends with this last season and I hope it ends with a flourish and lots of love, hence my card. How I am going to miss that show.


The base is quite white and the ink is black versafine. The gem is embossed silver. I just couldn't get a crisp photo. Our weather has been a bit unusual for us...very cloudy and quite wet.  I have used a stamp which is part of a set of flourishes I've owned for many years. It's moved from one kind of storage container to another and has lost it's cover and details. The gem is from a planner set by Starsinpalm, available through YouTube.

I am also submitting for the challenge at Stamplorations CAS/Silver where a bit of silver is the order of the day.

Blessings,
Erica

Monday, January 11, 2016

Red and White Sorta' Day

Good Day friends,

Here are two cards that I made in a nice and simplistic way using dies I've had forever. I felt like red and white today, so the thank you card was perfect. It uses a spellbinder die that's been its storage pocket for quite a while and the second is a Marianne Designs die and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's kit a few months back. I love their kits. The stamps are great. I love the little extra stamps they include with the set. I often find myself using them interchangeably with other stamps for that little extra something. But today, it was all about the font used for this birthday sentiment.
Into my stash these go. I know they'll come in handy soon.


Hugs & Blessings,
Erica

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Simply Create Too Dt Challenge no. 100

Happy New Year to everyone who stops by. We're well into the century and I'm feeling super blessed to have experienced 50 yrs. of the previous century and now 16 years of this one. Oh my, the changes I've seen.

Here is my card for the SCT DT with a theme of "Celebrate." Won't you join us in celebration of anything that suits your fancy and post your card in our challenge. My card celebrates one of the February birthdays in my life. I used my new Kureake watercolor pens. A banner from IO and some sequins enhance the celebratory mood. There's a lot more sparkle IRL, but you get the picture.

I also found a "new to me" challenge Seize the Birthday I know I make far more birthday cards than other occasion, so this challenge will be a good for me to find new inspiration as well as to post my cards.

Hugs & Blessings,
Erica

Friday, November 13, 2015

Simply Create Too DT Challenge no. 98

Give Thanks friends. Yes, we all have lots of things to be thankful for.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? I just began one in October and will add to it until the end of the year. When I get a bit stuck...I take so much for granted...I just write that I'm glad I got out of bed in the morning. It doesn't have to be that way. Make sure you don't forget it.

Off my soapbox and onto my card for Simply Create Too.


This card used stamps from Simon Says Stamp. I've been subscribing to their monthly kits and enjoying them quite a bit. There were lots of goodies to choose from. I'm not in the habit of using chips for my cards, but these fit perfectly. The papers except for one were from the kit too. I added some bakers twine and a button from my stash. The heart was made using my Brother Scan 'N Cut machine. I added the faux stitching to make it stand-out.

You have an entire week to make a thanks card, so won't you join us?

Blessings,
Erica