So it is Friday, and I’m a little sad for once about that. The kiddos have been home all week for winter break and I really have been enjoying having them around. They are such funny little kids and it is always fun doing my work with them around.
And secondly, with the schedule completely turned off I’ve managed to get a lot of work done. The kids have just been happy to watch a movie or something next to my desk while I get stuff done. Like I said, it has been a joy.
I thought that I would be over love cards, since Valentine’s day was last week, but everyone is holding onto the love theme it seems for one more week.
First up today we have a non-love color challenge from the folks over at Can You Case It. This week they are asking for us to use kraft, purple, and white. I’m not certain why, but these colors present a bit of a challenge for me. When do you use kraft and purple together? Frankly, I wanted to avoid using flowers, so I had a bit of block until I thought of
a gorgeous night sky.
Watercolor is everywhere right now, so I pulled out two different shades of purple watercolor, one a Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus, the other Daniel Smith Primatek Amethyst Genuine. I blended them simply, and stamped out starts in black ink. Then I stamped out the sentiment in both white and black ink. I trimmed out the watercolor paper and adhered it to some kraft. I punched out the corners, added brads and thread white ribbons and kraft hemp through the wholes. I guess the card is pretty basic, but I really like how crooked the whole thing is and how the ribbons add that fun dimension to the whole thing.
Up next we have our weekly decadence with the little perfections at Cupcake Inspirations. This week the designers have given us a theme challenge, and of course the theme is love.
I knew I wanted to keep this card simple and clean, using only red and white. And I knew I needed to add some hearts. However, from there I was lost. I dug through my stamps and found an old stamp set from Inkadinkado. I originally was going to fill the jar with hearts, but after stamping just one in the big one, I realized that I didn’t want to mess with the simple cuteness of it. So I added the second jar stamp and gave that jar one little heart too. Then I went searching for an “I love you” stamp, and found the the sentiment I ended up using. Finally, I added Stickles to the two hearts to add a little spice. I don’t know if anyone else is ever going to think this card is as sweet as I think it is, but that is the fun of card crafting, seeing what everyone else likes.
Finally we have another color challenge from the designers over at Always Playing With Paper‘s The Challenge. This week they are asking us to use the colors pink, red, gray, and white.
So, by this point I was a little over love cards, but the colors really do say love. I love the little tea cups in the inspiration picture, and while I do drink quite a bit of
tea, I really felt coffee was in order.
I pulled out this older Prima coffee and tea stamp set and realized that the coffee cup said ‘I like you a Latte’. And suddenly I knew I had the ingredients I needed for the card. I stamped out my own print with gray Memento Ink, except for one red and one pink cup. Then I added a little bit of statin pink ribbon. A few gray dots and a light gray and pink sentiment. I added the red card stock behind my print and attached it too the white card. Again, this is an unusually simple card for me, but I think it works. And I like the simple use of the colors.
That’s it for the cards today, but hold on, cause in a few short hours I’ll have something cool coming up. I’ve had a cool week working and I want to share it some if someone else needs the inspiration, it is there for you.