It's that time again, time to freak out with the freaks on our monthly blog tour! If you've just arrived from Patty Bennett's blog, you are in the right spot!
But if you started right here, fear not! You can manage to get all the way around the entire tour just by following the links at the bottom of each post.
This post is going live on the evening of the 19th, so if you find some posts in our tour have not yet posted, please be patient. The entire tour should be accessible at some point this evening. Keep checking back!
The theme this month is KISS!
Naw, not these guys!
Got nothin' to do with this either. What KISS stands for is:
Keep It Simple...Stamper! Yea, we won't use the usual word for the last S!
Can I tell you how hard this was for me? Me and Wendy were whining to each other that we just don't do simple that often anymore, so it was a real struggle for us to tone down our usual complicated style. 'Cause there is always something MORE we want to add to a card and we had to hold ourselves back!
But after a massive struggle, I managed to come up with some stuff. Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Merry Winter; Paper - Letters to Santa DSP, Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink - Early Espresso, Marina Mist; Markers - Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Old Olive; Other - 5/8" Scalloped Dotted Ribbon, Gold Brads, Drafting Tape, dimensionals, sponge wedges.
I know it is not THAT simple, but hey, it is simple for ME. I have been really enjoying these kinds of softly sponged backgrounds lately that people have been achieving with the thin steel rule dies that have multiple sizes that we don't have...yet...heh heh...TIK A LOK! I achieved this look using drafting tape, which has less tackiness than regular masking tape so it is not supposed to rip the face off your paper (but I still stick it to my jeans a few time to take the tackiness down even more.) ANYWAY, yes, it is STINKIN' CUTE! (YILM!) and I love these colors and want to marry them, but then I would be a bigamist! Onward!
I got the inspiration for this next card from Darlene DeVries' blog. I twisted her idea a little bit, since she did hers with white cardstock, and as you will see, mine is NOT:
GOJUS!!! (YILM!) I just love this look and can think of many variations on it!
This next card has a bit of a sad story. My downline and dear friend Mary's mother died this past weekend. She really hated the thank you cards from the funeral home, but didn't want to make any herself, so she commissioned me to do 25 cards for her. When you are making that many, they gotta be simple. Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Leaves of a Tree, Perfectly Penned; Paper - Spice Cake DSP, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink - More Mustard, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzaz; Other - Chocolate Chip taffeta (sorry, retired, but they do have Soft Suede), gold brads.
Okay, this is nice. It's not GOJUS, but it is nice looking and much better than those cards you get at the funeral home. And it's her mom's favorite colors and seasonal, yet somber enough without being depressing. So I guess I still can say YILM! Because sometimes creating cards means knowing what to leave out rather than what to add.
Well, it's time for you to go onward to Robin Spinner's blog and see the fabulous projects she has in store for you! Ta!