I'm dragging along (crafty time wise) but still here! With the kids out of school for snow/ice all week and me trying to catch up on cleaning house, etc, after being out of commission for several weeks, I'm struggling to squeeze in crafty time and bloggy time. But, I'm trying and it will get better. I'm almost there! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think. :)
I made a few cards yesterday (or was it the day before? -- Oh brother) and I'm finally popping in to share them. The house is blissfully quiet and I'm the only one in this room for the moment - and, boy, do I need that! Ha! I have to have quiet and alone time to recharge my batteries and that's been a little harder to come by as of late.
First card I want to share with you is one I've had muddling around in the ole noggin' for quite some time. I tweaked it and did a couple of different things with it, but really like how it turned out. :) Using a few more Paper Smooches sets again. So fun to combine the sets and just play.
I used my Green Thumb stamp set and Blossoming Buds stamp set stamped in Soft Stone ink onto water color cardstock. I colored my images in with Distress Inks (rubbed on craft mat then spritzed with water). I used other dye inks for my sky (blue and yellow) -- I totally prefer Distress Inks for this method and plan to get more and more colors over time b/c I like doing this so much. I love the look. I stamped my sentiment from the Spiritual Sampler stamp set. After finishing it all up, I diecut the main panel using my MFT Blueprints 22 die set and layered it over a Kraft cardstock base.
I'm playing along with Paper Smooches SPARKS, Anything Goes challenge this week, as well as CASual Friday's Must Love Watercolor challenge, and Addicted To Stamps Challenge, Make Your Mark, and Inkspirational's Photo Inspiration (my interpretation: SPRING TIME!!!).
For my next card, I played with some new MFT goodies (I'm a MFT newb and it's quite fun) and am playing along with my first MFT Color Challenge. Woot-woot.
I used the Diagonal Striped stencil (LOVE. IT. Already used it 2 or 3 times, which is good for me.), and the Grand Holiday Greetings stamp set.
I used CTMH Outdoor Denim and Sky inks, SSS Schoolhouse Red ink, and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used masking to stamp my sentiment in the challenge colors and give it some variety - since it was the main focus of the card. It's all layered on a piece of Outdoor Denim cardstock for the base and CTMH Hemp twine "twined" it up. The sequins are Hazel & Ruby and the dot from MME.
I'm also playing along with One Layer Christmas Cards Challenge, Anything Goes.
Last card! I promise!
I used some Teresa Collins paper from a 6x6 pad I've had stashed for quite some time. Mandy got addicted to ScrapbookSteals.com quite some time ago and ordered 6x6 pads like they were going out of style! They were so reasonably priced and I LOVE patterned paper (Even though I'm bad to not use it now that I'm RARELY scrapbooking) and I just kept ordering. I finally cut myself off until I used some of those up. Ha! I still have a ton. (for my taste anyway - I'm stressing if I have an overabundance of supplies. I'm on a mission to stock mostly just the basics: cardstock, ink, stamps & dies.) I'll get there. My children may be in college before I do, but I'll get there!
I was inspired by CASology's Monochrome Cue Card and purposely chose the papers all in matching colors. I'm drawn to the soft pink and light grays of that paper pad, so it was easy to pull a few scraps out that matched. I die cut the circles using MFT's Blueprints 13 dies and stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle's Winter Wreath. I added a gray CTMH button and pink dots from MME.
I'm also playing along with 613 Avenue Create's Anything Goes Challenge this week and again with Inkspirational's Photo Challenge (the pinks!).
Well, that's a wrap for me! I feel like it took me all night to get this post together, but I'm confident I'm close to bouncing back to normal. :)
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!
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