It feels like I haven’t posted in forever. It feels even longer since I’ve made a card! I’ve had a few moments over the last few weeks to crochet a little flower, or color an image with my new copics, or to organize my supplies to be more manageable, but I finally found an hour today to get crafty – wahoo!
After such a long break, I figured I would just throw myself head first into it all by using a couple of challenges that normally wouldn’t call my name, but which would certainly give me a challenge. I was happy to do some actual stamping.
So, I used the current Make It Monday challenge, the ColourQ #133 combo (yellow and orange, yipee!), and also the Clean & Simple #186 sketch. Betsy’s video was very educational for me, although I wasn’t too sure what the challenge entailed, exactly. Were we supposed to create 2 cards using the same elements to make them similar but different? Or were we to make one card and then make it better by ‘stepping it up’ for a new card? Or were both the cards supposed to be similar but fantastic from the start???
Well, it was a rough first go after the break! I felt like my stamping was all in the wrong order, and I forgot to implement things I meant to (i.e. – linen impression plate on first card), and elements ended up in awkward places which in turn made other elements have to go in awkward places, too…. But it was fun to get creative again. 😉
Here are the two cards (nearly) side by side. The left side was my first attempt, and the right was the ‘step up.’
And here are detail shots of the first card, the simple one for the C&S challenge (you can click on the photos to enlarge them).
And the second card close-ups, for the ColourQ challenge (not so clean & simple).
I used some new-to-me supplies for these – Fancy Flourishes die, Canyon Clay and Harvest Gold inks, and the Beautiful Butterflies stamps. It was good to ink up and get crafty, but I definitely need more practice!
Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style, Beautiful Butterflies, Fancy Flourishes, Script Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Designer Paper (DCWV); Doily (Wilton); Gray Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks: Canyon Clay, True Black, Harvest Gold (PTI)
Embellishments: Rhinestones (Recollections)
Tools: Fancy Flourishes Die, Heart Border Die, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)