Follow Me Into Temptation

I had a bit of time today, so I figured it was time to dust off the old challenge skills.  It just feels like I haven’t spent nearly enough time doing challenges since we moved.  I am excited that the start of school for the kids is only two weeks away, and I may be able to carve a little more time out for my crafting roots.  Never the less, here are a few cards…

LIM #341Up first from the gals over at Less Is More is the dreaded one layered card challenge this time featuring the theme ‘Vehicles’.

EK Gorman LIM341I pulled out a (I think retiring) stamp from My Favorite things and stamped out a space shuttle plus a few other space things and colored them up with my copics.  I really wanted to go nuts with the background, but LiM likes lots of white space, so I only added bits of color to make it look like the shuttle was flying through space.

This month over at Ellen Hutson’s Classroom’s Mix It Up Challenge, they are challenging us to blend Ellen Hutson Essential products and Avery Elle products.  Do you ever feel that you really EK Gorman EH AUG MIUhad to force a card….that’s sort of how I feel this one ended up.  I think the idea was there, but in the end the execution just wasn’t.

I took Avery Elle’s Hot Chick clear stamp and the Fabulous Florals clear stamps and combined them with EH’s Bohemian Garden and Brushstrokes Hello die.  Something I think got lost in translation, but like I said, the idea was there.

The gals over at The Paper Players  have a beautiful color challenge pp357happening this month.  The colors they are looking for are, bermuda bay (or what I guessed equalled Distress’s Peacock feather), calypso coral (or as I guessed the equivalence of Worn Lipstick) and Pear Pizzazz (or Mowed Lawn) for this week’s challenge.

EK Gorman PP357I pulled out some (which turned out to be a mistake) a sheet of card stock and blended the equivalent of the challenge colors in distress into the paper.  I then stamped out in black archival ink the retiring a retiring stamp set from My Favorite Things floral images.  I pulled a simple, but sweet sentiment from the cutabovebadgestamp set and stamped it on.  I sprayed a little water onto the card (this was a mistake since it wasn’t watercolor paper) and let the ink do it thing.  I trimmed the paper down and added some silver thread to the bottom of the card.  I added on last fancy jewel and called the card done.

214 ShoweredThere is a super difficult challenge happening over at Art Impressions, or at least a really difficult one for me.  The challenge this time is “Showered with Love”, and frankly, while I have a rather large collection of Ai stamps, I didn’t have one that fit this theme.

Then I re-looked at the the stamp Birdie and the Girls and I had a memory of my bridal shower.  The shower was mostly made up of the ‘adults’ I grew up EK Gorman AI214around, and each one brought a recipe to add to a made with love cook book they compiled for my married life.  I remember looking at the recipes and being horrified.  I mean seriously, what woman really made casseroles…  Now almost thirteen years and three kids later, I find that I reach for those recipes that those women so generously gave to me so long ago.  Casseroles are a staple in my house with busy schedules and frankly little desire to stand over a hot stove.  I am so thankful today to have those tried and true meals that were given in love so long ago, that when I go to a baby or bridal shower now, I always include several easy but delicious recipes for the gal being honored.  And that’s what this stamp sort of said for me.  So I stamped out the image and colored it in with my copics.  Under the image I added some really old paper from my stash that says just married.  This may not be what AI was looking for when they set up this challenge, but for me, it brought back this lovely memory of how foolish I once was and how much those gifts mean to me now.

The angels and devils over at the monthly challenge Naughty or Nice NaughtyOrNiceChallenge_Challenge42have a sort of difficult two part challenge this month.  They have the theme of “On the Move”, plus an optional color challenge to toughen up the stats.

EK Gorman NoN42I have never been an angel when I play with this group, because lets be honest, there are far too many great punny sentiments out there, so I went with it.  Actually, I always pick out the sentiment first and then find the image that goes with that.  I pulled this time a Funny Bones sentiment and a Penny Black stamp and watercolored around it.  I really tried naughtytopwinner-jpgto play with the colors in the challenge, but I sort of got lost.  However, I like the card non the less.

That’s it for now, but tune in tomorrow morning (Wednesday morning) for a fun new series I am starting!


  1. Thanks so much for joining us at Naughty or Nice, your card is a beauty! I nearly used this stamp myself, but then fell head over heels in love with the new Stampingbella image instead! Seeing your card makes me think I’ll dig out this stamp and getting colouring as it’s such a lovely image, Jo x

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  2. WOW! You’ve certainly been a busy bee there with all these different cards. Stunning, colours and designs thoughout. A fantastic rocket card for Less is More which is just oozing fun and a perfect one for the guys. Thanks for joining us this week.

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  3. LOL, great cards…the chicken one tickles my funny bone, as does the “temptation” one! But I love silhouettes, so the Paper Players one really caught my eye! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

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  4. I love seeing all your creations in one post, so many great makes and all so different too. I love the blend of colours with the floral silhouettes. And your space scene is fab, a really great subtle background.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

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  5. All five cards are terrific! Since I’m here as a Troublemaker 😉 I’ll just focus on that one… wow! I’d say you got the colours close enough for us, and did a beauty job at it, too! And of course the sentiment is a winner. Thanks for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

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