Friday, August 28, 2015

Hug Me

Once again, I'm not sleeping, so ... time to stamp! I keep collecting challenges to do, then I realize I just added one that has its sister at the beginning of my list, from last week, still not done. I might be a bit behind. But since they're still valid challenges, I can still do them, even if I can't link up. In my world it's not about the link-up so much as the challenge to do something different.

So surprise! I did two challenges that are actually current! I was heavily influenced by a recent stampy supply order I received, and one of the dies gave me an idea. Actually, it was this idea that convinced me I needed the die.

Here's my card, then I'll explain:

Oops, that green piece on the right is a bit feisty (crooked).

The die is from Simon Says Stamp (linked below), and it just screams "color challenge". I prefer sketches over color challenges, mostly because I have an aversion to certain colors, and I struggle to make it work. But this die - I am set!

The colors are from the current Nacho Average Challenge:

and the sketch is the current Less is More challenge:

I used the die as the diagonal (said Captain Obvious), even though both sides of the base above and below the diagonal are the same color. Hopefully I won't be disqualified.

After a few false starts, I stuck pieces of double-sided adhesive to the backs of my card stock remnants (anything that's at least 1/4 sheet of card stock in my world is not a "scrap"), then cut them out. I used one of the negatives from an earlier failed attempt as a guide to place the pieces.

Sentiment. I needed a sentiment.  For the FIRST TIME, I actually used my ink color swatch book to choose the ink color. I determined that the Hero Arts Grape Juice ink was a very close match to whatever that purplish mystery remnant card stock is (maybe SU Rich Razzleberry?). Then I hit up my "new and not used yet" bin and chose my new Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Cactus* stamp set and chose the Hug Me stamp. Perfect. And I think it goes nicely with that twisted graphic die, too.

Wow, two challenges done, and it's not even midnight yet. Who knows what else might come out of that craft room tonight.

Thanks for stopping by!

Update: This card won Top Nacho!

* I have resisted the succulent craze until now. I'm not a flower gal, and succulents are just flowers with different watering requirements. I'd still kill them. Now that every single company has at least one succulent set, I decided I'd choose one - ONE, and I took my time choosing. I finally just ordered and received the Hero Arts Build Your Own Cactus set. I like the larger size of the images, mostly. Well see if I ever use it again. 

Stuff I used: Remnants of yellow, purple and blue-green card stock, SU Very Vanilla card stock (I got confused - another color challenge has vanilla, but oh, well), Elizabeth Craft double-sided adhesive (but I've linked to the Sookwang/Be Creative sheets below), and the following:


  1. Love this it is CAS and striking. XOXO Zoe

  2. Perfectly CAS and brilliant! Love the colours!

  3. This is really superbly CAS... brilliant design!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  4. I may have had a bad 80s flashback at first glance at this. That being said... I really like it! (I don't do a lot of colour challenges, because colours, I can usually pick. It's everything else that comes and goes.) :D

  5. Certainly not disqualified, this is fabulous! I can see why you needed that die and it works so well with your hug sentiment.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  6. Love this Leslie, your insomnia is fabulous for your crafting. (Though you do have my sympathies. Our recent trip to OH, seems to have put me back on schedule...I was up at 10 this morning not my usual 1 pm )

  7. Um... green piece? Green Peace? Anyway.... I thought that was stamped... now I see it is pieced back together... die cut inlay... whatever they call that. VERY cool. That is a nifty die and right on about using it for a color challenge. Love how it all came out. Good choice of succulent stamp set!

  8. What a gorgeous card!! I love how you used the colors. Thanks for joining us at Nacho Average Challenges this week!

  9. That is a really cool die and a fun graphic card! Thanks for playing along with the Nachos this week!

  10. This is a perfect clean and simple card! Congrats on being our Top Nacho! Thanks for playing along.


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