Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Less is More -- Olive and Tangerine

I've made only a handful of cards in the past 3 weeks, so decided to try some of the challenges that are ongoing.  The Less is More color challenge led me to one of my larger dies, "Delightful Peony" by Memory Box and some tangerine ribbon.  I don't recall the source of the word die. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Card

This week's card uses a background of Color Bursts on watercolor paper...created by my 9-year-old great-niece, Kennedy. She loves playing with the color powders.  The butterfly is from Stampotique and the matte Sparkles are from Doodlebug Designs.  I have several cards of the "sparkles" so I plan to use them frequently.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Tuesday Card

Another week plus a few days since my last post.  I've gone through an emotional few days:  the purge in my craft room has been underway.  The first task was to empty some plastic containers that turned out to have hundreds of photos that didn't make it to my sons' life albums or an album I started years ago.  That means some of the photos were older than 30 years!  After that, I started on shelves containing craft supplies that were just collecting dust.  Old stamps were included (there is NO ONE in my area who stamps!), as were some altered art supplies.  Finally, I got to one card:  Chelsea's Tuesday card.  I didn't start until Wednesday, which was the Fourth of July, so it wasn't mailed until Thursday.  I'm still not in the card-making mode, unfortunately.

The Prima flower was the inspiration for this card; once I decided to use it, I searched for complementary papers. The embossing folder of dotted concentric circles led to the pink dotted circle of designer paper.  That little leaf diecut fell out of paper I was handling.  Hopefully, I will soon be back "in the mood" for crafting, but it's rodeo time here, so my photography takes precedence for a week. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Card

I've posted before about my young friend Chelsea being a wife, mother of 3, nurse, a rancher's wife, and a horsewoman who loves to rope. In her spare time, she writes a bi-monthly column about ranch life in an agricultural newspaper.  One of her recent columns told of all the hats she wears, and how she loves that roping "hat."  I used one of the three horse stamps that I own for today's card. It's from Technique Junkies.  I stamped it in SU's Going Gray, cut the image with a "wonky" die, applied it to distressed-look designer paper, and applied some of my very favorite matte Sparkles.  

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Freshly Made Sketch 342

This Freshly Made Sketches card was made with papers from Authentic's paper pad "Carefree."  The sentiment is from Penny Black. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Butterflies on Double D

I don't think I've taken a Double D Challenge before, but lately I have been ready to do something other than a CAS card, and this is that opportunity. "Butterflies" is the theme, and I have more than enough butterfly stamps--many of them years old and still uninked.  However, I chose an old Stampers Anonymous image that I've used several times (there is a dragonfly image in this line that is truly a favorite). I heat-embossed the image with the idea of applying some watercolor.  It worked well, but right before posting, I thought of something else I could add: a vellum image over the stamped one.

 I embossed the image once more in black and cut out the butterfly. Then I applied a wash of watercolor to the back---only to discover that the vellum curled.  Fortunately, it was easy to press out, leaving just enough curl to add some dimension and interest to the card front.  "Imagine" is a Memory Box die.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Less is More with "Friendship"

Keeping CAS ever in mind (I tend to forget when I get caught up in a theme), I chose one of my much-loved Penny Black sentiments and kept it all very simple: a swish of watercolor, some dots, and lots of white space.  I believe I achieved Less is More.