Creative Bliss

Monday, September 14, 2015

Playing in Darnell's NBUS Challenge

Hi Friends!

Back to participate in Darnell's NBUS Challenge. If you haven't "met" Darnell, you should go check out her super fun and fabulous blog, here. She is a great gal who has a very big heart and a truly wonderful way with words that will leave you in stitches. She coined the acronym NBUS-Never Before Used Schtuff and occasionally has challenges for us to break out and use our hoard or supplies. You can check out all the rules and such here. I believe the challenge ends on the 18th, so you'd better get a hoppin'.

Onto my card...I recently celebrated my birthday and my good friend, Becky, gifted me with, among other goodies, this great Impression Obsession gingham background stamp. She knows how much I adore the gingham look. I had to break it out and use it right away. Not sure that was truly the intent with Darnell's challenge, but it fits the criteria, so I'm going with it. :)

I got the idea for the card online somewhere, only a different background was used. 
I inked up all those Lawn Fawn leaves, the background and the (Lawn Fawn)thanks with Close To My Heart inks, What can I say? I was feeling like getting inky. The thanks is also covered with Wink of Stella. 

Thanks for stopping by.
I truly appreciate the visit. 
Have a great day.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Crocheted Retro Ornament Throw

Hi Crafty Friends!

Long time no see. I'm so sorry about my prolonged silence. I'm back to work, but our schedule is very different with Amy in high school now. I have to drive her to and from school. It's not bad, but it takes up time. She's loving high school so far. She is in marching band and played in her first football game a couple of weeks ago. The band sounded really good, but I might be a little biased. All that to say that my crafty time is limited. I don't do well stamping at night, so that doesn't help, either. 

Anyway, I have managed to work on some projects. I'm sharing a crochet project called a Retro Ornament Throw. It's a free pattern from Red Heart. The gal who wrote the pattern took the time to create some videos to show how to make the ornaments and then the strips and finally the finishing. Those were very helpful.  I just finished this project this afternoon. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It is a gift for a friend who recently redecorated her home in a retro theme. 

I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn to make the project. What I really like about this yarn is there in no dye lot, so if you need to get more yarn you don't have to worry about it not matching up. And I did need to buy more soft white. I think that is the only mistake in the pattern. The pattern said 2 skeins of the soft white and I needed a little over three. I also had to substitute a color. The pattern called for a coral color, but it's been discontinued. I chose to use baby pink instead. 

That's it from me for now. I thank you so very much for stopping by. I will be posting a couple of cards in my next post. I just thought to keep them separated from the crochet project. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Best Buds~Thanks a Lot

Hello friends!

I'm back with another card using Paper Smooches Best Buds stamp set. Eek! 

I had an idea of a card I wanted to create that used the banner image in the set. Terrific cardmakers have been using those single word dies to span a die cut circle and I think that looks really neat. So I thought I'd try my hand at it using the banner image. I thought I'd die cut a circle out of the top of the card and use a negative space of the die cut to act as a stencil and I would blend some colors like Kay Miller or Laura Bassen does. That was the look I was going for. But not what I ended up with!

So I start by taking a few attempts to die cut the circle on the main panel of my card, because, you know, the die kept shifting and going off center. My tape wasn't strong enough. Got that right. Okay, so I start blending using a negative space circle. I got a couple of hard lines, even though I thought I was being super careful, but liked the look by the time I was done. Picked up the stencil and realized that the "stencil" didn't cover the whole inside of the card and....I got ink on the inside panel of the card. Grr again. So, I start over and messed up the blending a.gain. Oy! I had a mini hissy fit and just about threw it all into the garbage can. But I took a couple of deep breaths and changed my plan. 

Instead of  doing the blended ink circle on the inside panel of the card, I used the same size panel and attached it with foam tape to the top piece with the die cut circle. Okay, I'm sure that doesn't make any sense. 

Here's the card I ended up with:

Originally, my idea was to have that blue inked circle be what you see on the inside when you open up the card. Now it's attached with foam tape to that embossed panel and when you open up the card you have the full white panel to write your note or stamp your sentiment. Would you believe that when I attached the embossed piece that was covered with foam tape to the card base, I did it crooked? Oh my gosh, it was just about the last straw for me today. But I carefully cut it off the card base and attached it to a new one. 

I took a close up of the circle because I liked what I decided to do here. I used my clear Wink of Stella pen and covered the blue inked circle. I love how sparkly it is! Then I added some Stickles to the center of the flowers and used a Gelly Stardust pen on the leaves. I also added some foam under the banner to help keep it from bending in the open space behind it. 

That embossing folder is a Darice brand and I colored the images with pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
I so appreciate the visit!


Best Buds Surprise!

Hi Friends!

I got a huge surprise last week when my sweet friend,  Ms C left me a comment telling me that I had won a prize from Paper Smooches(for a comment I left on my massively talented friend, Kay Miller's, blog). I was absolutely giddy. I knew for sure which stamp set I wanted to order, Best Buds. I also was able to select a few dies. Squeal! Shipping was super fast, too! Thanks, Ms. C, Kay, and Paper Smooches!!

I sat down and stamped several of the images onto white cardstock (Michaels Recollections 110lb white). I knew for sure the first image I was going to color was the one with the flowers in the jar. I used my trusty colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits and got to work. 
I kept it simple and straightforward. Then I added some Wink of Stella as well as a little bit of Gelly Stardust pen. I also tried some white dots from my Signo pen, but I think that might be drying out or gooping up from lack of use. :( I ran the cardstock through my Cuttlebug with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle and adhered that to a piece of textured black cardstock from Hobby Lobby. Finally, I add a few iridescent sequins (also from Hobby Lobby). 

By the time I finished futzing with this one, my crafty time was up. But oh, I was smiling big time when I was done. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a wonderful day. 
Big hugs!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fox Makes a Wish...

Hi Friends!

Here's a birthday card that Jessica and I made today. My godson has a birthday coming up and and I don't have a lot of masculine stamps. But I do have Party Animal from Lawn Fawn. A quick search on Pinterest gave us this inspiration. The card is pretty straight forward. Jessica did all the coloring. She really wanted to color Mr. Fox. I think she did a great job I did the random stamping. :)

I used primary colors for the little bits using Close to My Heart inks. I also used a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. But the rectangle was a smidge too big. So I cut it down a bit and ran the cardstock through my Cuttlebug again to get the "stitches" on the sides that got cut. Worked really well.  Mr. Fox is popped up with foam dots. 

It was fun working with my crafty co-hort this afternoon while her sister was at band practice. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by. I hope your week is going well. 


Monday, August 3, 2015

Shake, Shake, Shake...

Hi Friends!

Welcome to a new week in a new month! Yikes! It's August already and my darling daughters are scheduled to begin school in a few short weeks. That means I'm also slated to head back to work, too. Oh my. Rather that think about that, how about I show you some cards I made? That sounds like lots more fun!

Of course these cards are inspired by cards I saw online. I think you would faint dead away if they weren't and I don't want to be held responsible for any dead faints. ;)

The first one is completely inspired by the wonderfully talented Laura Bassen's card that you can see here. I wanted to do the blended ink background and, well, it kinda grew from there. 

I'd never done partial die cutting, so I wanted to try that. Took a few attempts, but I got it. Yay. Then I wanted to do the blended color background to look sunset-ish. I also wanted to add some additional interest, so I heat embossed a Hero Arts background stamp in white before blending Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Squeezed Lemonade inks. I made that portion a shaker, like Laura did. I used a bunch of Martha Stewart chunky glitters from a set I got at Michaels. I really liked the letters she used, but of course, I don't own them, so I cut them using my Cricut and Artiste cartridge. The letters are cut at 3/4 inch. I blended Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade on the letters and gave them a dose of Wink Of Stella (whihc is hard to see, but it is there) before gluing the letters onto the acetate. The palm trees and flipflops are from Lawn Fawns Life is Good stamp set adn the word sunshine is from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine set. I heat embossed the sunshine and blended Spiced Marmalade, then added Picked Raspberries to make it a little more pink. 

I added the waves to help break up the vastness of the blue, since there is no texture on CTMH's cardstock. But I added them after I made the shaker. Um. Should NOT have done that. Let's just say doing so gave me several opportunities to embellish and leave it at that, shall we? I sponged on some clouds using Lagoon ink and a template made from the Taylored Expressions cloud die. All in all, I am happy with the final result, but along the way wasn't sure that this wouldn't end up in the trash can. Whew!

Now, while I was on a roll, I decided to try another card. I really liked the one with a butterfly die cut in this post. Only...I don't have a large enough butterfly die. So, I decided to go off on my own. That should have alerted me that this might not go well. Let's just say, I'm going to show you the card, even though I don't love it. I think the idea is good, but the execution could use a little (okay, a lot of) work. Ha, ha! (not)

See, I told you!

And another example of how this idea just didn't quite work.

I blended many distress inks. Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick (mistake #1), Crushed Olive (mistake #2) and then I tried to fix it with a few other colors. Yeah, that didn't work. I thought the white behind the leaf cut out was too stark, so I inked CTMH's Creme Brulee. It softened it, but I didn't put enough Recollections fall colored chunky glitter in the space and the inside of the leaf looks majorly stark. Sigh. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's set So Thankful for You. I added some hemp to give the bottom of the card more weight and for good measure added a few sequins. Unfortunately, I cannot get past the fact that the top of the card looks like newborn baby poop. 

I may try this again, with a few modifications. 

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Leafy Thanks Card

Hi There!

I know it's not fall yet, but I recently saw the Autumn issue of Cardmaker magazine and couldn't resist the cover art. Oh so pretty! There are lots of fun techniques and card inside, too. I wanted to make that cover card!! So I did my best with what I had on hand.

(click to enlarge if you like)

I don't own the creative medium stuff that the cover card has on the background piece. I really do like how shiny and vibrant it looks, but didn't want to spend the money it would cost to get the stuff for possibly just one card. I got to work seeing if I could mimic the look with my crafty supplies. I tried some Perfect Pearls, but realized I don't have any fixative.  So, while it looked good, I couldn't "keep" the look from rubbing off. Darn. I tried blending some inks on white paper. Nope, no good. Hmmmmmm I found some Brilliance pigment pads from several years ago in Galaxy Gold and Cosmic Copper. So, I used those on black cardstock. It looked okay and still had a bit of sheen. Yay. I dried the first layer with my heat gun and blended another layer on top of that and dried it again. Good enough. I used a Darice woodgrain embossing folder to get the texture. 

The original piece used a tag, but I don't have any tag dies and I spent so much time working on the background piece, I didn't want to fuss with pulling out a die cutting machine and searching for a tag cut. So I opted for a Sizzix arched die. I cut that out of vellum and stamped the Lawn Fawn thanks (from the Happy Everything set) in Versafine black pigment ink and clear heat embossed that. Next, I cut a bunch of Lawn Fawn stitched leaves from various colors of cardstock(mostly DCWV, but also Ocean cardstock from Close To My Heart). I inked the edges with some Close To My Heart inks-Ocean, Vineyard Berry and Sunset. Then I hunted down my container of Waxy Flax from when I used to be a Close To My Heart consultant many, many moons ago. I also found some hemp. Tied some bows and adhered those down with glue. I wanted to add some sequins or something, but I don't have any in fall colors. I decided on some Dew Drops (remember those???).

All in all I am very satisfied with the end result. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.