Friday, July 26, 2013

VC Rocks July Blog Hop

It's blog hop time!

The gang over at VC Rocks have begun posting their creations for you to see. We are doing things a bit differently with our hops this year. Instead of having us link to each other's blog in our posts, everyone's creations will be linked up via in inlinkz at the VC Rocks site. 

Today I have two cards to share with you. I was only going to share one, but sharing both will force me to do some creating between now and the end of August so I have something to share for our final hop of the year. I've been having trouble being creative right now, because it is just too hot in my apartment! I have been managing to head to the scrapbook store up in Parksville on Fridays, which has been great. My weekly trips ensure I get something done every week, it gets me out of the house and this heat, and I get to visit with some of my friends. I haven't been doing cards, though, lately - I've been working on an 8x8 gift album. I'll share some of my favourite pages from it later.

As I mentioned, we were asked to feature some new items -  be it colours, paper, stamps, or accessories. I haven't purchased any new stamps from the new catalogue. I'll be honest; I don't actually remember waht I ordered in June at our final party of the year. It was probably ink pads. And I couldn't pass up the awesome buy 3, get 1 free DSP deal that is running July 1-31. You'll see cards using some of those papers next month.
But I always wait to buy new stamps until the fall. I like to see the holiday catalogue, and I like to wait and see samples using the new products. That system has served me well; I always find stamps that I didn't appreciate when I was perusing the catalogue. And by the same token, I've saved money by seeing some things inked up and realizing they were not my style.

Enough chatter! Today's cards:

This card features 3 of the new In Colours - Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. We used sponge daubers to apply the ink to the Swallowtail stamp. I love the effect. Still, it's not something I can see myself doing very often. It was nice to play with the big butterfly, and if one of my friends gets it I could definitely see playing with it again. It's not a must have for me, though... it's just too big for my to handle comfortably. 

This card is more clean and simple and a little more my style.  It uses one of my favourite sets, Thoughts and Prayers. Yes, it's an oldie, but it's beautiful and versatile. The 'new' here is the designer paper and a bit of the colouring. The flowers are done in Strawberry Slush and the paper is the new Gingham Garden set. You'll be seeing more of that paper; it's one of the 4 I just got.

See you soon and please check back periodically at VC Rocks this weekend to see new blog hop entries!

Card Details: - All Products SU
Thinking of You Card
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Stamp: Swallowtail, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizazz, Baked Brown Sugar
Other: Oval punches

Sharing In Your Sorrow Card
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Markers: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizazz
DSP: Gingham Garden
Other: Pear Pizazz Grosgrain Ribbon


Krafting Karen said...

just beautiful!!!!

Deborah said...

I really like the colors used on the swallowtail butterfly. Very pretty.

Winnie said...

Very lovely cards! I love that butterfly card, as the technique you used was so soft and effective with it. I am not one for big stamps either as I have trouble getting clean images sometimes, but yours is perfect.

Carey said...

They are both beautiful. I have both stamps so I see some crafting in my future.

Carey Rogers and Roscoe (the swap eating dog)

Loni said...

Terrific projects for the hop. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Those are darling Tania! Great job sweetie!

Michelle said...

I have both stamps and they are fun aren't they..? :)