Sunday, March 31, 2013

Back from vacation!

My blog has been quiet this week because I went to Las Vegas!  Woo hoo!  It's just one of those places on my bucket list to go and see.  I had a great time - didn't do too much gambling because there's so much to see.
We stayed at Treasure Island, which I recommend to anyone wanting a good hotel on the strip:
I'm catching up with the activity on the OWH site and others and found Friday's discussion about crafter's remorse very interesting.  I'm sorry to hear that so many of you don't use your Cricut and have been frustrated with it.  I bought SCAL (Sure Cuts-a-Lot) and use the software to cut images with the Cricut, but I've also got several cartridges too.  I wish I could show ya'll how easy it is to use!  When it dies, though, I'm switching to a Silhouette.
OK - on to today's sketch.  I made two cards for this one - masculine and feminine.  Here's the girly one:

Sentiment is from Stamps of Life - didn't photograph too well.  I made the background on watercolor paper with my Inktense pencils, then white embossed the sentiment over it.  The gray background paper is from my stash and I debated about mounting it on pink cardstock, but decided to go for it!  (That Vegas lifestyle is kicking in!)
My second card is masculine, using a stamp from Impression Obsession:
I colored the image twice - once with the Inkense pencils and once with Copics.  The Inktense had the effect I was looking for.  Papers are from my stash again and the stamp is from Inkadinkado. 
And here's our sketch inspiration:
I'm inspired to make cards for kids again after reading this post: Tough guys digging through a box of cards.  Hope you are too.
Happy Easter, everyone!


  1. Two great cards! The colors on the first card really pop against the gray. Great coloring on the second card and I love the papers too.

    Happy Easter!

  2. Two super nice cards. If I had my Cricut hooked up to my computer I might use it more...I do not regret buying it comes in handy sometimes. Thanks for sharing you cards!

  3. I love your masculine card. Maybe your cricut will die sooner than later (hint hint). I love my silhouette.

  4. Those are super cards! The colors go so well with the sentiment and I love the coloring and paper choices on your masculine one!

  5. Oh My Gosh, I have a scrap of dsp exactly like the one you used on your 2nd card, and I must have been hanging onto it for a decade or more! LOL Both cards are wonderful, and thumbs up to the Cricut here! I love mine :)

  6. Great cards, so cool to design one for each gender!

  7. Both cards are great- love the cheerfulness of the top card and love the manliness of the 2nd card! Wish I bought SCAL when I could- but I agree- I love my cricut! I know it is not for everyone- but I am very happy with it! glad you had a great vacation!

  8. Both cards are terrific Erika. Love the bold swipes of color on the first, and the matching circles. Beautiful coloring and papers on the second one. Someone will be very happy getting these. Thanks for playing!