Monday, January 1, 2024

Birthstone Challenge January-February

 It's a new year and time for a new Birthstone Challenge - with a new twist!  So birthstones don't change, our leader decided we needed to add an optional theme.  This takes the challenge up a notch!

I know I usually make art journal pages, but with this theme, I couldn't think of what to do with Garnet and/or Amethyst.  I tried and tried and my brain just wouldn't open up to that kind of creativity.  But I did need a new home card, so I went that route.

I am featuring an older Tonic Craft Kit that you have seen me use before.  This time I die cut the window and then stamped the bricks using Lumberjack Plaid Distress Oxide ink (perfect shade of garnet).  Then I cut the same size card in black and lined up the window detail.  This made it is so easy to have this go together well.  Using some metallic card I die cut/debossed the "welcome" and "home" signs.  The made the window box by cutting a strip of card stock and then angling the edges.  I filled it with little purple (amethyst) flowers.  This is a really easy card and I think perfect to welcome someone to their new home.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that your 2024 is off to a great start!  My great-grandmother always used to say that how you spend the 1st day of the new year says how you'll spend the rest of the year.  So I plan to eat well, craft a lot and just love my family and friends.  And take a walk!

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