Monday, January 16, 2012

Keeping Up With Challenges

I am determined this year to complete the sketches Jen posts on her blog, I {heart} to Stamp. Really, really determined! Here is a card using the January sketch, with some old papers from Heidi Grace designs. I know the patterns are all from the same collection, but I still have a hard time mixing patterns. If someone knows of an online class that teaches how to mix patterns, please let me know!! After letting this card sit a few days, I have to say that I do like it. I hope you do, too!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Clean and Simple Valentine

Right after Christmas, I made a ton of Valentines to send to OWH. Since I still have a ton of Valentine stuff to use up, I am still making cards, but trying to use "love" sentiments instead of "Valentine" sentiments. Here is one of those cards. The paper is old DCWV. Those stacks last FOREVER!!! The heart is the SU! heart punch and the sentiment is Verve. The layout of the card is from FTL172 at Clean & Simple Stamping. I adore their sketches and can't wait to see the new ones each week!

I hope you are all having a good day. It is cold here, but sunny and no sign of snow. Which is a good thing, since I'm in Texas and snow is a rarity! The wind is ridiculous, though. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year, New Creations!

I have really let the blog go by the wayside over the past few months, and I am struggling with time management. I don't want to feel the stress of creating for the sake of posting. However, this year is the year of finding myself again and that includes crafting. It also includes having a community of like-minded people, so here I am. Please let me know if you are still around to read this little blog o' mine!

To begin the year, here is a card that was inspired by the Moxie Fab World Cool Tools die-cut challenge. I used the Cuttlebug Love Language die to make a bunch of the "XO" shape with vanilla card stock and mounted them on a vanilla panel. I then cut the hearts and "Love You" from the same die in black and Real Red card stock and attached them to the center. The layers are Basic Black and Real Red.

I hope you like it! I am rather frustrated by the smudges in the upper left hand corner, but just have to find my good eraser and I think I can clean it up. Thanks for looking!