Monday, July 25, 2016

Mojo Monday with a Variety of Shapes


I finished my Mojo Monday card, and it's still Monday!  That's a big deal for me.  I'm trying to get my card-making mojo back, but it's resisting.  Lots of shapes and possibilities with this sketch, so I didn't wander far from one paper pad.  


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trying to Get Back in the Groove

After a 4-day stint of rodeo activities 10 days ago, it was difficult for me to get back into crafting and photography.  Today, I'm posting cards for two challenges to try and get caught up.

The first is Mojo Monday, which I'm finally completing on Wednesday.  This was a real challenge for me; I made and destroyed 3 previous cards before settling on this one.  The great ideas in my mind often don't translate to cardstock.








FRESHLY MADE SKETCH 296


The second card today is for Freshly Made Sketches.  The feature of this card is a matboard tag covered in washi paper.  




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday Mailing -- and Sad News

Although I haven't posted my Tuesday cards for awhile, I haven't missed a week.  Today, I mailed these two that feature a much-loved SU! dragonfly image with Scripture from the Book of Ecclesiastes.  "There is a time...for everything under Heaven."  That includes life and death.  Three hours after I mailed the cards, I received word that my college friend of 55 years had succumbed to cancer earlier today.  She had fought "C" for nearly 5 years.  I can say that I'm happy I was faithful about sending her a card every week during that time.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Less is More with a Stencil

Why was it difficult to figure out how to use a stencil on a card? Well, I could use one but I didn't like the result.  Just when I had decided to give up, I flipped through my stencils once again and found a sheet of 4 Balzer Designs face stencils. Using a stencil for Less is More resulted in this card, the stencil highlighting a dry-embossed card with a sticker sentiment.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mojo Monday on Thursday, Again



(I created my post and then discovered half a day later that it was still a draft! I have absolutely no idea WHY I ended up with a duplicate post.)  

Because I have so much designer paper in 6x6 pads, I tend to start with them first when  there are several elements on a sketch.  This Mojo Monday 453 sketch is one of those.  For my paper, I chose Prima's "Romance Novel" collection (there are tiny yellow flowers on the background paper).   Once I decided to clip "unforgettable" from one of the papers, I felt I needed an image that evoked "unforgettable."  That image is Portrait Profile from Stampendous, a stamp I've probably used only one other time. 


Mojo Monday on Thursday, Again


Because I have so much designer paper in 6x6 pads, I tend to start with them first when  there are several elements on a sketch.  This Mojo Monday 453 sketch is one of those.  For my paper, I chose Prima's "Romance Novel" collection (there are tiny yellow flowers on the background paper).   Once I decided to clip "unforgettable" from one of the papers, I felt I needed an image that evoked "unforgettable."  That image is Portrait Profile from Stampendous, a stamp I've probably used only one other time. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Less is More with Faux Bleach

The challenge at Less is More this week is a theme: faux bleach.  The technique is open to interpretation, so I visited at least three online tutorials. each demonstrating a different approach: Distress Inks with water stamping, "ghost" images with layers of spray washes, and images embossed in clear ink and then covered with Distress Inks.   I ended up with the "stamping with water" on a Distress Ink background, but ended up with just one piece that actually looked a bit like bleach.  The greens and yellows worked okay, but the pinks, oranges and reds did not, no matter what I tried.  This particular card does have a happy vibrance, after all.