Creative Bliss

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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

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 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!


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. 


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!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Aloysius the Owlet (or maybe the penguin...)

Hi there!

Back again. I know feast or famine, right? Two posts in one day. If you didn't see my other one about the crochet-a-long I'm trying you can check it out here. This one is about a crochet project as well. Sorry, no cards...yet.

Back when I found the Happypotomus pattern from HeidiBears, I also saw a pattern for Aloysius. He is an owlet. A pretty dang cute owlet. I tried reallllllly hard to resist buying the pattern. But(hangs head)...I caved. Every time I thought about it, I'd hear it calling to know you want to download me and make me. Not in a creepy way, mind you. Okay. What really struck me was the wings on the doll. I thought they were so neat looking. So, anyway, I had a certain someone who came to my mind when I looked at the pattern, too. I've crocheted it, boxed it up and sent him to his new home, where I'm sure he is going to be very happy.

I've developed a pretty neat friendship with a gal named Kay over the past couple of years. I've talked about her before on this blog. If you haven't been to her blog, My Joyful Moments, you should seriously take a peek. Oh and plan to stay a bit as you meander around and take in all the eye candy. This gal has got some serious card making talent. She is also a fabulous polymer clay designer as well. She has an Etsy shop where she sells the clay ornaments that she makes. But you know what? They sell out in minutes. That's how fantastic her ornaments are. I mean, I don't even get to see them posted, they are gone before I can get to the shop. As I said, we've developed a pretty special (to me) friendship and she is the one who immediately came to mind when I saw Aloysius. I'm not sure why, as I have other friends who like owls too, but I felt a strong urge to create him for her and so I did. He's in his new home now and so I felt like I could share.

The penguin part comes in because he sort of also looks like a penguin. It could be because I didn't stuff him all that well. Oh well. Owlet, penguin, I think he's cute either way. :)

Enough he is!

I really liked the look of the wings as a solid color, but what really drew me in was the scallop on the wings. Gah! So darn sweet!

Now I ask you, could you have resisted this face?

So, now you see I've been a little busy creating. But I couldn't really share until it was all done. 

Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
Hope you have a great week!

PS Kay, I hope I didn't embarrass you. I'm just get so happy when I see what you create and I want to share it with others. 

I'm Trying Something New to Me...

Hi friends,

I hope you are doing well. It's Girl Scout cookie selling season and the girls and I have manned (or should I say womanned?) a couple of booth sales this weekend. Wasn't sure if they would work out given the dire predictions for massive amounts of snow forecast that never materialized in our neck of the woods. It snowed and is pretty dang cold, but not near as bad as was forecast. Well, except maybe the cold part. It's about 12 degrees outside right now. Brrrr. But you didn't stop by to hear me talk about the weather. 

I've started a type of project I've never done before. It's called a crochet-a-long and my friend, Erin, told me about it. She is doing it and encouraged me to try. Basically a gal is releasing a crochet pattern for a 12 inch sized block twice a month for the year. At the end of the year you would have enough blocks to join together to make an afghan. Here's the link to her blog, Moogly You can also go to her blog and copy the pattern and if you are a member of a website called Ravelry (it's free to join this site) you can join the group and get tips on the techniques and share what you are creating. You can also get answers to any questions. I honestly wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it and in fact the 4th block pattern has already been released and I just finished block 1. But, who cares really, right? I liked the look of the project so I thought I'd give it a go. So that is my trying something new to me. 

I was having a very difficult time coming up with a color combination I liked. I had some yarn and I bought some skeins of colors I liked and thought would look good together. I tried coming up with my own color combination and started and tore out my work about 4 times and just about gave up the whole project in frustration. I don't know why I have such a horrible block about figuring something like this out, but I do. So, I decided to follow the order of colors that the gal who is releasing the patterns is using. I'm not using the same yarn, but her order of colors is pleasing to my eye. My order was looking like yuck and even my girls concurred that my selections didn't look that great. 

I'm using Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Mainly because I like that there is no dye lot number. What that means is when I run out of yarn, I can get another skein and know that the colors will look the same. This way I don't have to have a ton of yarn sitting around should I not finish the project or whatever. I can run out and buy it as needed. My colors are from the center out: Perfect Pink, Lemon, Spring Green, Turqua, Medium Purple, Soft White. I've read that some people don't really like Super Saver because they think it doesn't wear well over time. I have two afghans my mom made for Steve and I over 20 years ago and they are in great shape. My experience with this yarn is always positive. 

Okay, enough gibber jabber. Here's Block #1
 I learned a couple of new stitches with this pattern, which is always fun. The braided look is called Jacob's Ladder. To make the stitch used to create Jacob's Ladder, I learned to do a quad treble crochet. Basically this creates a long enough stitch/loop to make that braided look.  Which sounds a lot harder than it is to create. I really like the texture this adds to the block.

Back: Erin, Jeanne
Front: Jessica, Amy
Here we are at Erin's. We drove down to her house for a visit the Friday before Valentine's Day. Thanks for sending me this picture, E!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I know my posting is pretty sporadic these days. It's not for lack of desire, believe me. I do appreciate that you keep checking in. 
Have a great day! :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blue and Gray Happy Birthday Card

Hi There!

Thank you so very much for the lovely comments on Happypotomus. The young lady who I made it for adores it and wrote me the sweetest thank you note. Made my heart happy for sure. Actually her mom threatened to keep it for herself. Ha, ha! Anyway you are very sweet for liking Happy as much as I did(and still do). 

I was in need of a birthday card or two and saw this on Wizard's Hangout. So pretty and I owned the main stamp set she used. Whoo hooo for me! I sat down to try my hand at it and this is the result after it was all said and done. I don't think creating clusters is my forte, so I copied the placement of the images as much as I could. It took me three tries to get the spacing somewhat right. So not my forte. But I tried and this looked okay to me.

I also made one in the yellows/oranges, but didn't get a picture of it. I already sent it off...was on a time crunch, of course. 

The three blue flowers in the center are fussy cut and popped up with foam squares. I added Stickles to the centers to keep this less bumpy.

Stamp sets are CTMH: Lifetime of Happiness (C1589), Curly Greetings for the Happy (old set B1143) and Happy Birthday (C1257, also an older set).

Colors are Heavenly Blue, Whisper, Slate, Lagoon, Pacifica and Black (all Close to My Heart inks)
The Happy is from an old CTMH set called 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day!