Saturday, July 14, 2018

You Float My Boat

It's summertime and the livin' is easy...

As I type I'm delighting in a delicious, frosty treat fresh from the ice cream truck. Mmmmm...  Summer reminds me of sunny days at the beach, too, and that's what I was thinking about when I made this card.

I love this stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  My dad used to take me out of school on the occasional Friday and we would go sailing on our little 14-foot sailboat.  Afterwards we would hit the ice cream store (I never mentioned that part to Mom because it was usually around 5:00 or so - too close to dinnertime).  Good memories!

Anyway, I made this for the Lawn Fawn challenge #32 which is a fun, beachy color challenge.  When I added the color for the sky and water I was planning on putting a piece of cardstock over the whole thing that had a circle cut out of the middle to show the water/sky.  But I reconsidered and just went with what was there; it works.

I hope you're having a wonderful summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 9, 2018

MFT Summer Camp 2018

Summer camp over at the My Favorite Things blog is always fun and a great excuse to stroll through my stamp sets and revisit some time-tested design concepts.  The designers almost always share some hot tip that I've either forgotten about or am hearing about for the first time.  Visit the MFT blog HERE to see what I mean.

I made a batch of these cards to have on hand as thank-yous to my little kids (aka preschool students).

The first day of summer camp explored the use of White Space.  There is a lot of white space (for me anyway) on this card.

The second day we talked about primary colors - yay, little primary-colored monsters!

On the last day of summer camp symmetry and asymmetry were discussed.  This card design is asymmetrical, but you can see how I balanced the monsters with the sentiment.

Here's another card I made that uses white space and asymmetry.  It also uses repetition - the day 3 of summer camp topic.  The cool shades were made with a die that I just cut in rainbow colors.

Love me some summer camp!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Everyday Beauty ATC and Matching ATC(oin)

I keep seeing people posting pics of beautiful little circles all arted up.  Is the new rage artist trading coins?  I resisted the artist trading block phase (didn't want to figure out how to store them) and am already addicted to artist trading cards.  Up until yesterday I vowed to resist artist trading coins too.  But then I saw the July trade over on the Stampotique Facebook page and The Muse insisted I play along.  So here's my first attempt at an ATC/ATC duo...

I've been casually playing along with ICAD (index-card-a-day) 2018 (more like index-card-a-week on my end) and the other day I gelli-printed a big batch of index cards to have on hand.  The feathers were stamped on a couple of these and the bases are from my clean-up papers.  Love keeping those and adding a little extra somethin'-somethin' makes them look pretty cool.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.  Cheers!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ICAD 2018

I'm coming late to the ICAD party this year.  I didn't do it last year because I thought I'd be too busy.  I think I'll be too busy this year too (ha ha!) but I need the creative boost it inspires methinks.

ICAD 2018 started June 1st but I just jumped on the bandwagon a couple of days ago.  Here is one of my index cards so far.  I'm going to trade it as a postcard for a swap I'm in so it won't be added to my collection.

In 2016, the first time I participated in ICAD, one day I gelli printed a bunch of index cards.  This was one of the remnants.  I just added a few extra bits to it to finish it off.  I love the cheesecloth print in the background.

Are you doing ICAD?  Have you heard of it?


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

House-Shaped ATCs

Well, long time, no see!  I've been here but busy - trying to sneak in a little artsy time here and there.  I just finished these ATCs for a swap over on SwapBot: House-Shaped ATCs.

I went through my scrap stash when making these.  I ran across some old favorites that I used here.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

SDC 296: Weeds & Wildflowers

It feels like it's been a while since I participated in one of the Stampotique challenges.  I fell in love with Kassa's Bloom the first time I saw it.  It was so easy to stamp away to my heart's content for the flowerbundance challenge on the blog. 

Happy creating!

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Brocade, blue, bee, bead gel medium...these are my b's for a letter B themed ATC swap.  We had to use at least 3 B items, techniques, etc.

The glass beads add a really cool sparkly effect when the light hits them and I added a smidge of wink of stella on the bee's wings too for a similar effect.

I hope you have a creative day!