Monday, August 10, 2020

Twofer Challenge #30

It's Twofer Challenge time again! Yay! I truly enjoy the way this challenge really makes me 'think outside the box.' I'm finding 'new' ways to use stamps all the time now, which, if you think about it, at least doubles the ol' stash! It's almost like free stamps... My focal stamp is an older stamp from Avery Elle, and as I sit here and write, I've come up with another idea for it and will give it a go pretty darn soon... at least I think I will. Mr. Mojo hasn't been around much since John was diagnosed with cancer and then passed. I've only made a few family birthday cards, but I will strive to keep moving forward and get that mojo workin' again.

This month, we have a fun challenge for you. 

Right away I thought of that 1950s play and subsequent film Teahouse of the August Moon, but didn't go in that direction. But here's where I did go:

A birthday card and an Easter card. 

For my birthday card, I found an ancient paper pad, and decided to use some pretty green as wall paper above my scored white cardstock wainscoting. Another piece from the same pad was die cut and trimmed to create the valance above the EH window. The hills are from LF, the trees are from C9, the Sun is from AE, and the sentiment is from W&W. 

Except for the AE Sunburst, all the stamps on this Easter card are from PPP. LOVE that cross, and I love the sun/Son shining behind it. Mighty EZPZ.

Now I know you'll want to play along this month. Be sure to pop over to the Twofer Challenge and see what the DT has come up with, as well as our Guest Designers Mac and Linda, too. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Working It Out

It's been just over four months since John passed, and I'm not quite "there" yet. Don't know where or how or when the "there" will be. But maybe, just maybe, if I take it minute by minute and day by day, I'll get "there" eventually. I'm ever optimistic, and I count my blessings everyday. This morning I thought I'd try to spend some time in the craft room and see if I still had any cardmaking skills. The first thing I did was to run and find a sketch, and my friend Kylie Page had one here at StampingPals Challenge:

Take a minute or two to check out this pretty new, and definitely fun challenge. I found some papers, some dies, and a stamp that worked and got to it. Felt pretty "normal" if you know what I mean... It might not be the best card I've ever made, but thanks to this sketch, I truly enjoyed the whole process of making it.

In real life, it's a little whiter/brighter, but due to my poor photography skills, the photo looks like this. *sigh* But I think you get the idea. I've been hoarding saving that cute paper for some time now, and don't remember who made it. The navy and yellows are scraps. The sentiment is MFT, the navy panel was cut from a WPlus9 die, and the flower is from an older RC set. Pretty EZPZ, and I rather like it. Thanks to Kylie and the DT over at the Stamping Pals challenge for giving me a boost over the mojo fence. One of these days, I'll find my normal, but in the meantime, please have patience with me. I've missed you all. Stay safe, take care, and as always...