Creative Bliss

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baseball Birthday Card in a Box by Becky

Wow, isn't that title nice and almost alliterative! *Ü* 

My friend Becky liked the idea of the Valentine Card in a Box that I shared last month and wanted to try her hand at making one for an Angels baseball fan friend of hers. That's why we went shopping the other day. She wanted to pick up some goodies to use on this card (Well, and it's just plain fun to shop in a scrapbook/stamping store). She worked hard on her project yesterday and shared what she created with me. She gave me permission to share it with you. There are so many fun things to look at.  I think you'll agree she did a fantastic job! I'm sure her friend will be thrilled at the time and effort she took to create this awesome card. 

The particulars: baseball 3-D sticker and paper by Karen Foster; Angels stickers by WinCraft; All Star stamp set, Happy Birthday stamp set, Cranberry, Desert Sand and Outdoor Denim inks, Champagne, White Daisy and kraft cardstock by CTMH; scrap red cardstock

Thanks for letting me share, Becky! It's a terrific example of how versatile this card in box idea can be. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Hope you have a great day!
(and Becky)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Scooting By to Say Hi

The latest newsletter for Paper Smooches hit my inbox yesterday morning and I was instantly smitten with a card created by Emily Leiphart. It used a scooter from Spiffy Scooters and a couple of super cute critters. I went shopping with my friend, Becky, yesterday and picked up the scooter stamp set just so I could make this card! Well, no, I've had my eye on this set for a while, but this card pushed me over to the "must have it now" side. I am so glad I was able to create this card! I came out just as cute as I'd hoped. 
This is the card that inspired me.

Here's my version.

I used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the images. Paper Smooches now carries a die to cut out the scooter image, but I don't own it, so all of the images are fussy cut. you can also see my very first real attempt to sponge clouds using a mask. I stamped the cloud image in the Spiffy Scooters set, cut it out and used it as a mask for sponging Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the background. I used foam dots to pop up the images to give them some dimension. The "road" was eyeballed and cut. And while you probably can't tell at all in the photo, I did use my Wink of Stella clear glitter ink marker to add a little sparkle to the head lights on the scooter. 

I have to say this card got a thumbs up and oh how cute from Jessica when I showed it to her after we got home from school. Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day.

Thoughtful Flowers Card

I came across this pretty card on Pinterest this morning and immediately wanted to see if I could make a version of it. I had the Hero Arts cling Garden Bouquet stamp, but I didn't have the Distress Inks. That's okay, I had some new to me Close To My Heart ink pads that I felt would work instead. Here's my version of the card:

The colors from top to bottom are: Creme Brulee, Sunset, Smoothie, and Pear. I just sponged the colors onto the one inch strips I cut after I heat embossed the image with white. Then I adhered the strips to a scrap piece of paper and foam dotted that piece to the card base. The sentiment is from a Hero Art clear stamp set about friendship. It doesn't have a name on the packaging. Looking at it now, though, I might have to change it because it doesn't really make sense now that I see it this way!

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Card in a Box Valentine

Earlier this month I came across a neat looking pin on Pinterest. It was a picture of something called a "card in a box." I was definitely intrigued. The pin led me to this blog post on the Serene Stamper's blog. I printed off the directions and got to work. I forgot to share this after I made it and I hope you don't mind seeing another Valentine project well after Valentine's Day. You could create any theme you wanted.

I took several pictures to show that I was able to fit the folded box into an envelope sized for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card. Now I didn't write any notes on my sheet and I cannot remember for sure if I modified any of the cuts to make it fit. Something is niggling in my brain that I might have. So, I'm mentioning it, should you attempt this and wonder how I got it to fit in the envelope. 

I used Doodlebug papers and a Close To My Heart stamp set that was only available last year for a Whoooo's Your Valentine promotion. I cut the hearts using Spellbinders dies. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to head back to my crafty corner one of these days in the not too distant future. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you are having a good week so far. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Heartfilled Happy Birthday Card

Happy Valentine's Day! Unfortunately for me, I was never able to head back to my crafty corner to make any other Valentine projects. :( My friend, Barb,! She's been busy creating lots of lovely projects. You should go check them out, here! That's just one post!

I do have a card to share that I made a while ago, but haven't posted. And, it's full of hearts! I watched Kristina Werner's Friday Focus video here and just really liked the idea of stamping a bunch of hearts. So, I did!

The heart stamp is from Lawn Fawn I believe. Although it doesn't matter, any small heart will work. 
I used Close To My Heart inks: Crystal Blue, Cotton Candy, Sunset, Pear and Dutch Blue. I colored the piece of vellum with a Chromatix (American Crafts) marker and was tickled at how well it coordinated. The Happy Birthday is heat embossed in white and is from the Happy Birthday set (retired) from CTMH. 

I also wanted to thank you for the well wishes for my girls. Amy was right as rain the next day and has been fine ever since. I did end up taking Jessica to the doctor earlier this week as she woke up feeling awful again on Monday morning. Her bug had developed into a sinus infection. She is now on antibiotics and is doing much, much better!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hope you have a lovely day!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

Thank you very much for the kind words you shared about Amy's giraffe. You are very sweet and I appreciate your comments so much.

I made these cards a few weeks ago and meant to share them before now, but life got in the way. Hope you like!
This first one is from a set called Love Grows Here by Taylored Expressions. I found it at Archiver's, just before their going out of business sale started. They had a card using this image on display in the store and I loved what they did. This is my simple version. I used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the image. I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the hearts, but it's very subtle. The paper, tag and twine are all Doodlebug. I popped up the image and the tag with foam dots. On the original card in the store, they had sponged clouds on the background and I really wanted to do that, but I was too afraid I would mess it up, so I instead sponged distress ink on with the image in the Spellbinder's square die. One of these days though, I will get brave enough to practice sponging clouds!

This next one uses Lawn Fawn's Science of Love stamp set and dies, again purchased at Archiver's (I sure am going to miss that store. :( sniff ). I wanted to link the set to their website, but it is down as I am writing this. This link will take you to the blog post showcasing the set.  This is the card though that inspired the one I made. I put my own spin on it and am very happy with the result. 

The sentiment was stamped with some old, old Close To My Heart alphabet stamps called Sans Small Uppercase. I added some Stickles in the heart on the sentiment. Again the background paper is Doodlebug and I colored the images with colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you are keeping warm wherever you are.
It's currently 2 degrees outside right now. 
But, the sun is shining, so it's a good day.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Amy's Flower

Jessica hasn't had the best week, darn it. She came home early on Tuesday afternoon with a fever and has been home sick ever since. It's not the flu, but most likely the same virus that laid her low a couple of weeks ago. I almost sent her to school this morning, as she was quite perky yesterday afternoon and evening, but she felt pretty puny (and looked like she felt pretty puny) when she got up. So, I erred on the side of caution and kept her home to hopefully kick the bug once and for all. Amy had a night this week, too, where I thought she was going to be parked on the other side of the couch with Jessica, but whatever was in her system seemed to be more food related than an illness. Whew.

Whenever the girls are home sick, I like to hang out with them and keep them company. This meant I had lots of extra time (in between taking care of Jessica) to work on the giraffe I've been crocheting for Amy. And, happily, I finished it yesterday! Amy was quite happy when she got home from school. She promptly named her new friend, Flower. I found the pattern for this project here. The motif used to create the doll is called African Flower, which is what inspired Amy with her not entirely original name. But hey, it's her doll.

Instead of regular worsted weight yarn, I used size 10 crochet thread from my stash. It's the type of yarn that one typically uses to crochet doilies. Most of my stash is Aunt Lydia's brand. It really wasn't too hard to put together, although in all honesty, I did mess up a few times sewing incorrect sides together. That certainly wasn't the pattern maker's fault, but operator error. LOL In the end, it was a fun project to work on. 

I'm glad Amy is happy with her new friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you have a great weekend!