Creative Bliss

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Birthday Card Inspired by Laura Bassen with Some Wax Paper Resist

Hi There!

Guess what? I had the house to myself for a few hours yesterday. I cannot tell you the last time that has happened. :) I tried to take advantage of it. While I knew I probably should have done some yard work outside, I did not! I headed straight for my crafty space and tried to get some cards made. 

I read a blog recently(stationery Styles by Patti) where Patti shared that she made some background papers. It's the post here.  Anyway, she watched a technique video on StampTV with GinaK and used the beautiful backgrounds she created on some cards. I vaguely remember this technique from years ago and wanted to play. Thanks for sharing that info, Patti! So, I did that before I got started on a card. In fact, I made 5 backgrounds using various embossing folders and distress inks.
Here are three of the backgrounds I created. I've used the other two. 
One on a card I'm sharing here. 
And here it is!
This card is my take on one created by Laura Bassen as seen here. Have you seen her work or watched her videos? Oh my gosh, I adore the videos because she always sounds so happy and fun. I have a feeling she'd be a blast to hang out with. 
Anyway, I really liked the ink blended background piece she created in the blues and greens.

She was promoting  Simon Says Stamp products, which I don't own. So, I improvised. To make the Polaroid looking piece, I used a rectangle and a square Nestability die together. Eh, it sorta worked. :)
My little raccoon guy is a Lawn Fawn party animal colored with my Prismacolor pencils and the heart balloon is from another LF set(Hello Sunshine I think). I tried to make the fur look like fur, but I wasn't entirely successful. The sentiment is Avery Elle. And that green background is the waxed paper resist using Twisted Citron distress ink. 

Wish I could have gotten more cards made, but I had fun with what I was able to create. 
Amy and I had to work Bingo last night, and it was what they call a "must go" which means that there was a $5000 jackpot that someone would be winning. (Hence, the term "must go"). The patrons come out in full force for this and it was was quite busy the second session of the night. We didn't finish up until 1 am. I was doing pretty good today until I sat down for a few minutes. Um, the next thing I know, the afternoon is pretty much gone. Yep, guess I was  a smidge pooped. Ha, ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks, too for the encouragement I received on my previous post. I appreciate it so much. 
Have a great day and a great start to your week!
Hugs!
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hello and Happy Mail Card

Hello there!

Whoa Nelly, life is a roller coaster. I can't even remember last time I was in my crafty corner before today. But I got there and was able to create this card using Lawn Fawn's Just For You stamp set, along with their Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad. Images are colored with pencils and Winked just a bit. Sorry for the not so great photo. My batteries died in my camera, so I used my phone. If I waited for the batteries to charge, who knows how long it'd be before I got to post. It felt good to create something! The idea for the card came from a couple of different cards I saw on the internet. 

Amy joined Winterguard this year and had competitions on Saturdays(I helped drive students to the competitions and assisted getting the massive tarp off the floor), so getting to create those days was pretty well not happening. She had such a good time. The group made it to the state competition, but didn't pass the preliminary stage. Given this is the first year in many years her high school has even had their own Winterguard team, I think they did an amazing job! Amy thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to next year. 

Back toward the end of March we had a blizzard come through that dumped over 15 inches of snow. We got two snow days, but on the second snow day, I slipped on some black ice and tweaked my right wrist pretty good(or more like pretty bad). It still isn't 100%, but I'm managing. I miss doing my handwork.

Our Spring Break was the first full week in April. And I was happily looking forward to finally getting some creating done. Well, life had other plans yet again. I came down with an upper respiratory infection that kept me on the couch pretty much the whole week. Drat. And I was so generous that my husband and younger daughter caught the same bug. :( My daughter was out sick from school all last week, so I was tending to her most of the week-hubby worked from home one day so I was able to head in to work on Friday. My two co-workers got the same bug over break, so I know where it came from. The perils of working in an elementary school environment. 

Our weather has also been on a roller coaster. After that blizzard I mentioned, we had some wonderful spring like weather with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. This weekend? Snow! Next week-upper 60s to upper 70s. Gotta love the Colorado weather ride!

Thanks for stopping by. I know I am so hit or miss on posting. I sometimes wonder if I should even bother blogging anymore. Do I add much, if anything, to the realm of blogging about what I create?  Is it even interesting to anyone? I do so appreciate your visit, though and I hope you have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Unexpected Visitors!

Hi there!
This is the view that greeted Amy and I as I pulled into the driveway yesterday afternoon. 
There are 10 turkeys there!

2 males and the rest females.

They were just hanging out.

I called my neighbor to ask if I needed to call anyone and she told me this little harem had been wandering the neighborhood all day. She figured they'd wander off on their own as they had been all day. It was funny watching cars drive by, slow down, stop, and phones coming out for photos. Amy even got a Girl Scout cookie sale out of this. Ha, ha. Jessica was still at school and missed out on the Turkey Trot. 

You just don't see this very often in the middle of suburbia.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I've not been able to get to my crafty space in so long. 
Hopefully sometime soon I'll be able to get back to it. 

Hugs,
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Friday, February 12, 2016

I've Been Coloring!

 Hi There!

I hope this finds you doing well on this Friday before Valentine's Day. I've managed to sneak in some coloring time. Not only coloring, but I created two cards to boot! *Ü*
 I was inspired by cards I saw on the internet. And I tweaked the ideas to become more my own.
Here's the inspiration for this first card.
I pretty well followed the same idea. As you can see, the heart color changed and I chose to use hugs instead of love. I cut that hugs out of glittered fun foam. It's hard to see in the photo, but I ran my Wink of Stella pen around the outside edge of the heart because I felt it needed something. All the stamps are Lawn Fawn. The coral/pink cardstock pretty well matches the heart on the envelope. It's from DCWV. The images are colored with pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. The heart is inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I die cut a Spellbinders heart to use as a stencil. Gosh, I think those bunnies are so darn sweet!

Here's the inspiration for this second card. My card evolved into something quite different from the inspiration card. Mainly I really liked the colors this cardmaker used on the monsters. I tried to see how close I could get using my pencils. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Then I started playing. Not too long ago I got these Stitched Border dies by My Favorite Things from my local scrapbook store. I hadn't used them yet and was itching to play around. I thought the angle of this one was interesting. I heat embossed the sentiment and the hearts onto the black background piece. I originally did the two surrounding the sentiment, but the other side looked too bare, so I added the three, but there was a smidge too much space open, so I added a bit bigger heart at the corner. I liked that look. I used a striped background stamp in yellow just to be very non traditional. I picked Close To My Heart ink colors that I felt looked pretty close to the colored images and random stamped the little hearts on the bottom piece. There are some white gel dots  and some Wink of Stella on them, too.  This card makes me smile like the first one. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by! 
I hope you have a great day and a happy weekend.
Hugs,
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Cards

Hi There!

Happy Day After the Super Bowl. I cannot lie, I'm pretty dang happy that the Broncos got the big win! It was pretty satisfying, actually. I watched the commercials, too, but wasn't as impressed with those. And the half time show? Not that anyone really cares, but I couldn't hear the lead singer from Coldplay sing. Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem. That was beautiful. All in all a great way to end the weekend. :) This was after Amy had a basketball doubleheader on Saturday and we all went to the Father/Daughter Dance for Girl Scouts on Saturday night. The girls and their dad danced the night away while Mom helped at the snack table. Um, I felt like I was working another shift. Ha, ha

I also managed to get two cards made! Go me! I got the image I colored in my last post put onto a card and I futzed around with a second one.
Does inking up a background count as coloring for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge? If so, I did in a little bit of coloring. I think that's stretching it a bit, though. I was trying to channel Kay Miller with the inking of that background. I might have to leave that to the professional that is Kay! I tried it with Picked Raspberries and Festive Berries Distress Inks. The heart shaped sequins I found at Michaels in the kids Valentine section. The other sequins are sparkling clear from Pretty Pink Posh. Sentiment is from Close To My Heart. That little girl is fussy cut. The background paper is Doodlebug Sweet Things.  


My original thought with the little girl was that I wanted to make a shaker card. Only, I couldn't get it to look right. I had die-cut that heart, but the size of the heart with the size of the girl image just didn't mesh well. So I gave up on that idea and opted to put it on its own card. I found a blue glitter paper in my DCWV glitter stack that looked a lot like the blue hearts in the paper. I know you can't tell the scallop heart is glittered, but it is. I pulled out a Memory Box Heart flower die and cut it with glittered white foam. I snipped it off a bit to get it to fit. The blue sequins are from Hobby Lobby and the little iridescent hearts are Martha Stewart. The inking on the background is Peacock Feathers distress ink. The background paper is also Doodlebug Sweet Things. 



Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week. :)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coloring Challenge!

Hi There!

We got a snow day off from school today. Whoo hooo! We've done our shoveling for now. That meant I had some free time today to actually participate in The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. This is the 4th challenge that Kathy has hosted. My friend, Barb, participates faithfully and I always look forward to her posts about what she is coloring. Makes me happy! I know there is no stress involved and if you can only color 5 minutes, that is good enough. But somehow I feel bad if I only do a couple of minutes. 

I don't have a card, but I just finished coloring a Whimsie Doodles image called Heart Strings. I took a quick picture for you. I added a bunch of Stickles so I can't do anything with this until it dries. I was inspired by this card here.

That's it from me for now. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a good day!
Hugs,
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Faux Mother of Pearl Technique Card


Hi There!
That subject line is a mouthful, isn't it? I follow a blog called Stamping With Loll. Loll shares a lot of wonderful techniques on her blog. Not long ago she shared a beautiful card with a gorgeous butterfly on it. I really liked the background behind the butterfly. She said she used a technique called Faux Mother of Pearl. She linked to a video she had made showing how to do the technique. I may have done this way back when, but I didn't remember using the paint she used. I couldn't find the Tsukineko brand paint, but I did find some Martha Stewart pearl paint at Joann's that seemed like it would do the trick. If you want directions on the technique Loll shares, check it out here.

And here is my attempt:

As I said I used Martha Stewart paint and Wilted Violet and Milled Lavendar distress inks. I really like the effect. Unfortunately, the camera absolutely does not pick up just how nice it looks in real life. You will have to believe me when I say it has a pearl like shine. The heart flower is a die from Memory box. I added Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.  Yeah, you can't see the sparkle either. 

I wanted to add a sentiment on the front, but didn't like how any looked so I took the easy road and left one off. 

I think I want to try this again with different color combinations. I sure wish I had that butterfly die she used in the card that inspired me. Might have to look it up. I liked all the variations Loll created with that one. :)

That's it from me today. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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