Tuesday, October 21, 2014

mY cARd FRenZy

Once I got started, I knew I couldn't stop. I am making a frenzy of cards. I remember now how much I love blogging and doing card challenges.  It is so much fun to make cards when half the thinking has been done by somebody else.  Wanted to get this set of cards done over the weekend, and I was successful because I had some inspiration to help me.  Thank you to all the design teams that are diligently making layouts, color choices, and their own wonderful cards to inspire all the little people out there who are having a creative block, or just like to play along. 
My layout came from Sketch Frenzy Friday101714Late Night Stamper's were looking for FALL themed cards. 
This little card was pretty simple, using paper from Motley Monsters DSP for the focus of the card, but I had to flip the sketch a little so I could use my Hearts border punch.  What were they thinking when they made that punch to stamp from the top only?  I stamped a little greeting from a new set I have called And Many More, which has a salutation for any occasion you might have.  So, Happy Halloween to you!  Come back soon!
Mary Alice 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Feeling creative with Connie and Mary

Another inspiration from a challenge at Create with Connie and Mary today.  This card was another one I made for my friend, and I used a print paper from Color Me Autumn DSP that I was saving just to go with the Truly Grateful stamps.  I loved playing with the Crumb Cake base for each of my cards, to give it the little autumn touch of brown.  I grabbed my circle framelits to cut a circle for my card, and decided that the one size was too much coverage for the card as it would have gone from edge to edge, so I grabbed the next size down to use instead.  As I assembled my card I decided that this size was a little too small, and wish I had something in between these sizes.  Well, as I typed this today I thought "wait a minute!"  As I held the two sized circles together I remember thinking that there was a significant size difference between the two circles, and much too big a border to use it for backing the printed circle, so I hand cut the brown circle to back the print one. In the light of day (as I was stamping late into the night), I realized that I was missing a circle framelit, the one that was sized between the two I looked at last night.  Went back to the drawer and looked, and there in the pile of framelits waiting to be filed back into sets was the circle size I was looking for!!  That's what I get for piling up instead of putting away.  Well, too late now, I have the card finished already, and I like the way it turned out just fine.  Hope they like it over at the Sketch challenge #385 with Create with Connie and Mary.  I hope you and my friend enjoy it too.  Come back again soon.

Mary Alice

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back for another challenge

I was inspired to do another challenge card yesterday, as I needed a little inspiration to get me going.  It was such a beautiful fall day, and the sun was shining, and I was happy just to stay curled up in my chair playing games on my tablet.  I'm bad that way.  It was just so nice to be alone by myself on a Saturday, as the grandkids keep me so busy during the week.  My husband had gone up to our trailer to winterize it, but came home today saying that he'll be going back next weekend, as the weather is supposed to continue to be nice. 
I wanted to make up a pack of cards for a friend and I decided to use an autumn theme, as I had all this pretty paper from Motley Monsters DSP that I wanted to play around with.  I kept the card pretty clean and simple, and let the leaf print be my focal point.  I added a sentiment from Trust God stamps that I love.  Each one of us is God's special work of art is what autumn leaves speak to me.  I love it that you have a new, colorful tree out every direction that you look.  I wish I could keep them forever.  I just love this time of year in Minnesota. 
Well,  back to my inspiration for this card.  I took my layout from the challenge at Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 336 and I am happy to share my card with them, as well with you.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, colorful weekend yourself.  Come back Soon. 
Mary Alice

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's been a while


It's been a long time since I have blogged.  Funny how live gets so busy, and you don't even have time for the things you love.  I love playing in my craft room, but for health reasons I spent months without doing any crafting.  I recovered from my ailments, but I had so much going on in my life that I just could not find the time and energy to blog.  I kept promising myself I would do it, and now I am going to fulfill that promise to myself. 
Last week I was looking for inspiration for a card swap that I was doing.  I knew the stamp set I wanted to use, but needed help with my layout.  I went to some of my favorite card challenges, looking at layouts, and past layouts for inspiration, and I came up with some fun ideas.  That was all I needed to get me started again.  I did the swap with an old layout, but this week I went back again and chose a layout from Freshly Made Sketches to inspire this card.  I needed some thank you cards to send, and had to make cards for another monthly swap I do, and this is the card I came up with.  I used a technique that I learned at our demonstrators meeting last week that I think they called  "pouncing".  I inked the image from Seasonally Scattered with Crumb Cake ink, then took markers in Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzelberry, and Old Olive and just pounced the colors all over the inked image to add a variety of colors.  It was quick and easy, and I made a dozen cards in no time, and every one of them unique. I colored a few rhinestones with an orange marker to add a little glitz to this card, but decided not to do it to all of them (to save time!). I added a little embossed strip of the Rich Razzleberry card stock to the inside with a greeting from Lots of Thanks. Hope you like it, and that they like it at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #158. 
Thanks for coming by my blog, and hope you will again.

Mary Alice