Saturday, September 29, 2018

Old-school Text

My birthday is coming up in a little over a week. I'm getting to the age where technology is moving faster than my brain can keep up. It seems like there's some new App or gadget every day. That's why the Old-school Text stamp set in the new Holiday Expressions catalog was a must have. I combined it with this week's Color My Heart Tic-Tac-Toe challenge to create this card:

I chose the colors along the top row of the challenge: Sugarplum, Linen, and Saffron. I used Charcoal as my neutral. It might be a little difficult to see the Linen. It's shading "old-school" using the rectangular swoosh from the Colorful Texture stamp set. For the pencil border, I stamped the outline first then filled in with the color block stamps in Saffron and Sugarplum. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in Charcoal because I knew it would need to be stamped twice in the exact same spot to get that deep, full coverage over the pencil border. 

To finish off, I carefully lined up the notebook paper border die from Decorative Border Thin Cuts so the cutting edge and top of the die lined up with the left side and top of my card. You could just as easily line it up with the right side of a card that folds on the left, but I do top folding cards because they photograph better.

Here's the supply list (with links for your shopping convenience):
There's another reason I made this card today. It took me a very long time yesterday to get my word count in on my latest novel. Whenever my writing brain gets sluggish, I take time to do something with my crafty brain. It tends to loosen up the writing brain by forcing it to still think creatively but in an entirely different way. If I'm particularly stuck, I take a whole day to craft. I'm heading upstairs as soon as this card is posted, but stay tuned. I might be back if I can't get the story to flow.

For those of you who follow my writing career, book two of the Montana Brides series, The Kitchen Marriage (see sidebar) released this week. According to a reader in South Carolina, it's already in her Walmart. I got my author copies on Monday. Most days this author thing is a lot of discipline to keep the rear in the chair and get the word count done. Then - every once in a while - you get to see the fruits of your labor on store shelves and in readers hands. Those are really good, really FUN days. Today is a rear in chair day...unless it's a craft until the brain starts working day. Let's see, shall we?

Until next time,


  1. Becca - I always find so much inspiration in your cards as you can tell from my DT entry this week. I love the addition of the pencils to the bottom of your card. I've had my eye on this stamp since the HE was released. Thanks for joining us at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

  2. I LOVE it!!! The decorative border is the icing on the cake!

  3. The border and pencils certainly go with your sentiment, CAS and fun card. I like how you are able to satisfy your writing brain with your crafty brain...lucky you have both talents for sure. Thank you for sharing with us at Color Dare and please come back with your crafty brain and show us more of your creative talent.

  4. Forgot to mention, would love you to come back in between your breaks with writing and join us with Color dare #311, this challenge is still open.

  5. I just LOVE this card. It is so cute. I love how you used the Border Thin Cut on the front of the card. Now I want to go get this stamp set. Thank you for joining this week's Color My Heart Color Dare Tic-Tac-Toe.

  6. LOVE this card! Becca you are so right about technology and it's refreshing to go back to basics from time to time. Your card does that perfectly. And the border is the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for sharing at Color My Heart!

  7. I love your cards Becca, thanks for sharing in the Colour Dare Colour challenge.


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