Creative Bliss

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Flower Fairy Hello

Hi There!

Last month I saw this card and was smitten with the image and the colors Christine used to color this sweet fairy. Christine's coloring is terrific and I enjoy looking at what she shares. You might want to take a peek. I've added a few blogs to my Feedly over the past few months where the blogger is a fantastic colorist and seeing what they have created makes me want to color, too. Thanks for the inspiration, Christine (in case she ever stops by to read my little blog)! 

I had fun using my Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color this. I don't know if anyone is interested in what colors I use, so I don't keep track. If you are interested, please let me know. The pinks were colors I hadn't necessarily pulled out before and I liked how they looked. 

A heads up for those who like to use Wink of Stella pens and to color digital images. I honestly don't know what the liquid is in the pen (I've never investigated that) but whatever it is, it sure doesn't play well with printed digital images. It smears the ink. Remember when I mentioned something on that card that Jessica made. That's why she had to color another image I smeared the ink. So I forgot about that when I started to put some WOS on the wings of this little gal (after I had colored everything). I just barely started when I remembered. Thankfully it didn't ruin the work I had done(I'd have been so very sad to have to start coloring  the image again because of that). I ended up using lots of Stickles instead. 

I wanted to add a little more of something and I know sequins are popular. I've not gotten colored sequins, but I did like how these iridescent sequins(from Hobby Lobby) looked, so added a few for interest. Hopefully they don't detract from the image. 

The hello is from the Gingham Backgrounds set from Lawn Fawn. I just love that font! It's stamped in Watermelon ink from Close To My Heart. I also used their Stitched Rectangle die. 

That is all from me right now. I thank you very much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day. 

Hugs,
Jeanne

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Watercolored Butterfly Hello

Hello!

I was able to head into my crafty space this afternoon and I tried something new for me. And I think it worked out better than I'd hoped it would. :)

My friend Kay participated in a blog hop for Papertrey Ink way back in February. She posted a sneak  peek of  her card here. One of the things I especially liked about this card was her use of the quatrefoil pattern and distress inks. I copied this idea with a Memory Box stencil I picked up at my local scrapbook store (probably back in February). I used the same inks and that was as far as I got that day. This background piece has been sitting on my desk ever since. 

Then a week or so ago, I took a bit of a drive to a store that sells all the colors of Prismacolor pencils. I had some holes in my collection and wanted to fill them. :) They were having a watercolor demonstration. As you regular readers know, I am very much watercolor challenged, but I stopped to chat with the gal working the demonstration. She showed me how to use watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils. I have had a set or two of watercolor pencils collecting dust for years. I even have some watercolor crayons somewhere. Seeing someone demonstrate the technique in person was so helpful! I even got to try it under her watchful eye. Ever since that demo, I've wanted to try my hand at using my watercolor pencils. (I still have to look for the watercolor crayons I think I own).

I have to say, I'm quite pleased at how this turned out!


I used a new Hero Arts butterfly stamp and die set that I found at Joann's. Last month I came across this post and the idea came to mind of what I would try to do!

I used a Dazzle Versamark ink in Champagne and clear embossing powder to emboss the butterflies. Then I used General's brand watercolor pencils to lightly color along the edge of the embossed lines. I pulled out the color with a paintbrush dipped in water. 

I actually achieved a look that I liked! Whoo hoo! I have to say, I do like the control I felt I had with the pencils. 

I popped the large butterfly up with some foam dots. You can't really tell in the photo, but the body is covered with Wink of Stella shimmer. 

Finally, a watercolor session that didn't end in my being completely frustrated. 
There may be a little hope for me yet. 


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

Hugs,
Jeanne

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Finished a Crochet Project for a Friend...

Hello Friends!

While I was not successful in creating a single Easter card this season, I have finished a project I've been working on for several weeks. I'm pretty happy with the finished product(s).

A good friend of mine emailed me to ask if I'd be able to create an item she found online. Normally, I might say no, but she is a very good friend. :) Going by the picture alone and some of my crocheting background and patterns, I managed to cobble together a fairly decent replica of the picture she showed me. These are gifts for people working with her on an upcoming weekend event that is Hawaiian themed.

Are you ready??

 Hula Minions!
Aren't they so  fun and yes, funny?!
*Ü*


They are about 3 inches tall and I've attached them to a key chain.


Don't they look like they are ready to hula (or maybe do the Rockette kicks) here? 
Hee, hee!

So, this is what I have been working on lately. I'm happy to have been able to help out my friend with this project. 

I used size 10 crochet thread (Aunt Lydia's brand) and a size 1 crochet hook. I also used 6mm safety eyes. They are stuffed with fiberfill. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a lovely holiday and a happy Spring!

Hugs,
Jeanne

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Feel Better and Hello Cards

Hi There!
Don't faint. I've got a couple of cards for you to see. 
:)

We are on Spring Break in my neck of the woods and after running a couple of errands this morning, I shooed the girls outside for a bit and got to work on a card. Sneaky, huh? 

Actually, this first card I have to share was made by my daughter, Jessica. 
My husband contacted me yesterday to say that one of his co-workers has been fighting some kind of bug or illness that the doctors haven't been able to diagnose. He thought it might be nice if Jessica made a card for her. You see, Jessica has gone to Take Your Child to Work Day with him for the past several years and she's gotten to know some of my husband's co-workers. She and this gal have developed a nice relationship. She was happy to get to work last night, with a little assistance from me (and even one instance where I messed up her image enough that she had to start over with coloring. Oy, Wink of Stella does not always play nicely, I found out. Jessica was not happy with me over that, but gamely colored one more image). Hopefully this card will help her friend feel a little bit better.
I had to take the photo at night, so the lighting was not very good. But I think you can see what she did.  She likes to color with my pencils and odorless mineral spirits and I think she is pretty darn good with them (I'm probably a wee bit biased). The stamps are from Lawn Fawn's set called On the Mend and the paper is from Doodlebug's Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad. The white flowers are from Making Memories...I've had the set of ribbons wrapped on a tall card for years! It's nice to use a little of it. 

Below is the card I worked on today. Yes, I pretty much cased it. I was inspired by the card featured here on the Lawn Fawn blog.


I only have one set of stitched rectangles, so my frame came out a bit wider than the one she showed in the video. The gingham paper in the background is from the same Doodlebug pad (Hello Sunshine). The clouds I inked myself. I stamped a cloud image using the cloud stamp from the set called of all things, Hello Sunshine. I cut out the cloud and used Sky ink (from Close To My Heart) and a sponge to create the cloud/sky background. The flowers and bird are colored with my pencils and odorless mineral spirits. Unfortunately you can't really see the line of glitter pen I added to the chest of the bird and the edge of the flower centers. (I was afraid to use the Wink of Stella, especially after my little mishap last night using it). I popped up the frame with foam squares to give it a little dimension. The hello stamp is from Lawn Fawn's Gingham Backgrounds set. 

Anyway, I'm happy with how this turned out. Makes me think of a field of daisies on a summer's day. 

That's it from me today!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I appreciate the visit and hope you are having a good day.
:)
Jeanne

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Oh Happy Day...Two Cards to Share! :)

Hi!
We are having a lovely day here in my neck of the woods. I went out to start cleaning up our backyard so that the new growth can begin in earnest. Spring has just sprung over here. I made some good progress and was enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Then I ran out of lawn bags and my girls had a Girl Scout event to attend. I ran some errands while they were gone and once all that was done, I managed to sit down and actually finish not one, but two cards. I know. I couldn't believe it either!

I had done the coloring before today, so it was just a matter of deciding how I wanted to finish them up. They are colored with my trusty Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. There's also some Wink of Stella glitter and something a little bit new. 
This is the finished card from the image I colored and shared here.
 I picked up some Perfect Pearls and dotted it on this image. I've seen this done on some blogs recently (like this card)and liked the subtle detail it adds. I need a little practice to get the touch right, but I like how it turned out. 

You really should check out that link. I recently started following Pop's blog and her coloring is fabulous. I also really like all the details she adds to her cards. 

The camera unfortunately did not pick up the lovely shimmer in the background papers I used. I picked up a pad of shimmer cardstock from Michaels. There is a new Recollections series out right now called the Sophia Collection. It's all pastels and shimmery. It looks very pretty in real life! There is also a pad of laser cuts as well with butterflies and flowers and lots of loveliness. I just haven't had a chance to play with it much. I really wanted to color first. :)

You might have also noticed the stitched edge on the one mat. Yep, I finally jumped onto the bandwagon and ordered me a set of stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn (via Scrapbook Pal.com). And I also got Lawn Fawn's newer stamp set and dies called Gleeful Gardens and got to play with them. Below is the card I made with that super cute set. Oh and the gingham background was stamped with the newer Lawn Fawn Gingham Backgrounds set. I need some practice with that to line it up better, but I love me some gingham. In fact, the hello on my first card today is from this same set. Love that font. 
That little snail gets me. It's so flipping cute! I also remembered to try something my friend, Barb, does on her die cuts. I kept the circle in the die(taping it down with post it tape to keep it in place) and inked some distress inks on the background (Tumbled Grass and Mowed Lawn) That's how I got the white edge. Thanks for sharing that tip/technique, Barb! 

I think that does it for now. 
Thanks ever so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Hugs,
Jeanne

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Trying the Coloring Challenge for a Minute

Hi Friends,

My friend, Barb, is participating in a 30 day coloring challenge being hosted by The Daily Marker. She is sharing her projects each day and I have found it very inspiring.

So, today I sat down to color an image called Fluttering By to Say Hi that I picked up at Tiddly Inks the other day. I was inspired to get that from this post on Handmade by Christine.


This is as far as I got.  I didn't even notice the hair on the paper until I was editing the photo. Oops.

We'll see if this ever makes it into a card, but even if it doesn't, it was fun coloring. 
Thanks for the inspiration Barb and The Daily Marker blog!

Have a great rest of your week. 
*Ü*

Hugs,
Jeanne

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off - PINTEREST PARODY

Hi Friends,
I saw this on a blog this morning and it just flat out make me smile. These gals are pretty clever. And it may be just a tad on the true side. I hope you don't get too annoyed when parts of the song won't leave your brain.


One of these days I will make a card again. I don't know when, but I will! In the meantime I thank you for stopping by. Have a happy day!

Hugs,
Jeanne