Good morning and welcome to our April Blast from the Past Blog Hop! Each month we issue a theme and sketch to our fabulous customers and we all get crafty with our ‘older’ TE stamps. It’s a great way to get inspiration for the stamps already in your collection and meet fellow TE lovers along the way! If you’d like to join us on the hop next month you can find all of the details at the end of this post. As always, the wonderful Sankari Wegman has given us a jump start with another fun sketch. The sketch is a great jumping off point, but it is optional for participants. And the theme this month (actually I considered it more of a challenge than a theme myself!) is Clean and Simple. I’d say I need some more practice on this one. I have this overwhelming urge to add more, more, more little details. This time I actually had to force myself to stop!

The idea for this card started when I remembered a cute card that Lea Lawson had made with Cozy Cottages. I loved that she had simply stamped the houses in colored ink instead of coloring the images with Copics or pencils. And I still had all the pieces from my Hello Luscious card kit spread over my desk so I decided this would be a great way to use up a little scrap. I matched up Warm Red and Aquamarine chalk inks to the patterned paper and stamped the two houses directly onto the back of one of the Basic Grey Hello Luscious papers. I loved that it had little specks of blue thoughout the paper so it looked more like ‘sky’ and not so stark white. Then I added the strip of patterned paper, rhinestones, ribbon/bow, and sentiment. The entire card took about 15 minutes and that was the amazing part! I’m usually so busy fussing with all the little details that my cards take an hour to complete (that’s usually also when the TV is on in the background and I can’t tear my eyes away from The Mentalist *wink*).

So like I said above, I think I’ll be doing some more practice on my CAS, but it was certainly good to step outside of my comfort zone! I can’t wait to see what the rest of our hoppers created so I’m off to hop along!

We’d love to have you join us for the blog hop next month too! You can find all the details here. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have a wonderful day!