Creative Bliss

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A 'Kaleidoscope' of Butterflies for You


Oh goodness, it's been a while, hasn't it? I'll give you the short version. I've been a bit busy. Too short? Because aren't we all busy?! Okay, a little bit longer version. 

A few days after my last post, I got a call from my brother that my dad was going to have a stent put in. Right after Christmas my dad got the flu and pneumonia (he had received both vaccines well before the seasons hit). Anyway, throughout the month after he initially got sick(January), he'd been in and out of the hospital because he couldn't shake the pneumonia and was having trouble breathing. During that time it was determined that he had 3 blocked arteries and needed stents. So I went out to CA for a few days to help him after the procedure. Well, there was a delay and the procedure (they only did the worst of the three) took place later in my stay. Dad came through it fine, thank goodness. I left on Sunday and on Tuesday morning, my brother called to say that Dad was having trouble breathing and he was back in the hospital. It was pretty serious. I flew back that day and stayed for over 2 weeks. Dad was in the hospital one week and a rehab facility the second and I stayed part of a third week to be sure he was not going to end up back in the hospital. Thankfully, this time he seemed to get better. He has been home ever since. Whew! So, that is part of the reason I've been gone so long. I'm just hoping he doesn't get another cold or heaven forbid, pneumonia again for a good long while!

My girls have kept me hopping. Amy's Winterguard season was busy and they ended up qualifying for the state competition. After a very long day and two performances, her group came in 4th out of 18 teams! Pretty exciting! Amy's also been on a long weekend trip to Orlando, Florida for band. Plus various bingo sessions, practices and what not. Jessica joined a few new to us clubs and a couple of them held competitions. One was a Math Counts competition(3-4 of them actually) and the other a Battle of the Books. Her BOB team came in 1st for her school and 3rd in the district! Oh my! She just got back from a weekend trip to Grand Junction with her band. They've also had a few concerts in there, too. I cannot complain about them, other than when they are in teen mode. That's not so fun. But they are totally normal. 

Work has kept me busy, too. My co worker has had a family emergency and has been gone several days. I've picked up a few extra hours. Nice for the wallet, but my body is resisting! LOL 

The end of school is coming up already and that means clubs are starting to wind down. Which means a little less driving for me. Which theoretically means more crafty time. This weekend I was able to play and I have several butterfly cards to share with you! I looked up what a lot of butterflies together is called and Mr. Google said a kaleidoscope or a swarm or a rabble. I like the first choice the best. :)

I was completely inspired (enabled) to  buy these Stamploration stamps and dies (Flutter Zen 1, Flutter Zen 2 and Trendy Butterflies 2 because of Carol's cards (of Just me: c blog) here and here. Isn't her work glorious? Here are my cards. I also made one more, but my camera batteries died and I'm recharging them as I type. I'll share that one later.
Ink blended with Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio ink. Adhered to a piece of bristol smooth cardstock by mistake. Also used Wonky Stiching die from MFT. Sending Hugs from Hero Arts Kindness stamp set

Ink blended with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick ink. Sending Hugs from Hero Arts Kindness stamp set

Colored with pencils and ink blended with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers ink

Ink blended with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick, background is Hero Arts cling stamp and Ranger Enhanced Gold Embossing Powder. Sentiment is embossed with CTMH Silver Pearl embossing powder

Ink blended with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers ink, senitment heat embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum ep. I added a strip of washi from Michaels Recollections brand. The background is an old Hero Arts stamp heat embossed in CTMH Silver Pearl ep.

Whew! Still with me? Thank you if you made it this far! I so appreciate you stopping by! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Card and An Afghan!

 Hi Friends!

I'm feeling pretty confident that the new batteries for my camera did the trick. I was able to take a bunch of pictures for this post and the camera didn't shut off. Whoo hooo!!!💃😊 (Blogger now allows me to add emojis!)

When I was at Michaels a week ago, I came across a display that had several different stationery type items that one could color. I found card sets that included 6 cards of one design and envelopes. The kicker is the pack was $1.50! There were several designs, but the flower ones really drew my eye. There were also gift bags with designs, gift tags, gift boxes. I just got the cards. And I colored one of them this past Sunday while watching the football playoff games.
I really liked that the design continued to the back side of the card!
This was colored with my Prismacolor pencils. And I took my Clear Sparkle Spectrum Noir pen and filled in the background of the front of the card. I love the sparkle it adds. I also added a bit of glitter gel pen to the stamens on the flower. Very fun! 

As most of you know, the lighting in my house isn't really conducive to cardmaking at night, but I am always working on some sort of handwork project in the living room. I recently finished crocheting a granny square afghan from a book called A Granny Square Christmas. I got the book from Joann's and fell in love with the afghan on the cover. Had to make it! I started around Christmas and finished a couple of Sundays ago. I used all Red Heart Super Saver yarn. 

Amy wanted to photobomb and I told her to go ahead and sit on the afghan to give you some perspective as to the size of the squares. 

Then sitting  led to laying down. LOL She is about 5'3"

That's it from me for now. I hope you are having a good week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

You Are a Blessing...

Happy New Year! I haven't posted in forever because my regular camera isn't working right. It keeps shutting off, even if it has fresh batteries. I got it Christmas 2005, so it's had a long life. It's a Kodak Z740, which is no longer made. I don't know what camera to get to replace it. I take pictures with my phone, but getting them off the phone to edit is not as easy as one would hope. The numbering system is really convoluted (in my humble opinion) and I can only upload one at a time to my editing program. Because it's not very convenient to get them off the phone to edit them, I simply haven't done it.

Today, I thought I'd try my camera again to see if it was working better after a long rest. I managed to snap one photo before it shut off. One is better than none, right?! Btw, I mention my issue to my husband and he thinks the batteries are the issue. We use rechargables and they are most likely getting old. We'll try buying some new ones and see it that helps. (fingers crossed)

I didn't have to go to work yesterday and had high hopes that I could get a few cards made while it was quiet in the house. I sincerely tried, but I think I'm pretty rusty at cardmaking now. I attempted one card 4 different times and each one ended up in the trash. I smudged the stamping each time. Don't ask me how. It was a simple card idea, I promise, but it just wasn't working out for me. Jennifer McGuire makes it look SO easy! :) So, I scrapped that card idea and tried a different one.


I used some NBUS from My Favorite Things. Geometric Greenery, Geometric Grid background stamp and a stitched rectangle die. Here's how it turned out.

After the frustration with the first four attempts, I'm very happy with the end result of this one! I colored in the leaf with some Johanna Basford alchol markers I bought at Michaels a few months ago. I went over it with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle marker. It's fussy cut out. 

Really simple, which is fine by me. My first card of 2017! Yay! Hopefully more to follow in the not too distant future. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by...if you are still meandering this way, that is.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Play Day!

Hello there!

I had a day off yesterday that I told no one about, just so I wouldn't get told...since you have the day off, can you...You know what I mean, right? I had such high hopes of getting all these cards made and wouldn't you know it, that didn't happen. but I did get one completed, so that's good. 

But first my last post I mentioned that my daughter was working on a rollercoaster project and I was asked to share the completed project. Here you go! I did take video of the marble running through it, but there were some false starts and I don't know how to edit that out, so trust me when I say, the marble does go through the track with out jumping it...most of the time. Thankfully for the girls, it worked perfectly the first time the teacher tried it. Yay! :) They also shared a write up of what they learned about different kinds of energy (potential, kinetic and also friction). I think I said they were learning about Newton's Laws of Motion. Oops, I was wrong (not a surprise). That's the unit they have just started this week. I jumped the gun.
Anyway, the theme of their rollercoaster was Steampunk, which is why you see that fancy base. I think they did a great job on it. They had high hopes of making this even more intricate, but they realized it would take much more time than they had available to do that. They were very happy with the completed project. All the projects the class did looked amazing. I never did anything like this when I was in middle school (well, junior high is what it was called way back know in the Stone Age).

I shared this on my Instagram account a bit ago, but never did get this up on the blog. I follow different colorists on You Tube and now on Instagram. As I think I've shared before, these colorists create tutorials or show what they are doing as they color. One colorist always attacts my eye because I just love the color combinations she uses. Her name is Julie and you can find her channel here. Recently she did a three part video series on the butterfly in Magical Jungle. It helps that she uses Prismacolor pencils. I absolutely fell in love with the colors she used on the butterfly and I simply felt compelled to color the butterfly. My hand is a little lighter than hers, but what really sets off the coloring is the use of the white pencil to fully blend the colors. I just bought another white pencil last week because I am using it so much. :)
I am so happy with how this looks!
Gosh, I wish I had more time to color.

And finally, here is the single card I was able to create yesterday. Oh my, I totally copied the one that inspired this. Karin, of Peppermint Patty's Papercraft, is mega talented. She creates and shares the most beautiful watercolors! And she makes fantastic cards, too. Oh, to have such talent to come up with these fantastic projects. You should check out her blog, if you have never been. Anyway, last month she shared this card and I was completely and utterly smitten. 
Here's my version of the card. 
Yep, a complete CASE, but colored with pencils and not Copics. I was also intrigued by the paper shaker bits. That die is also from Mama Elephant. I like the idea of picking the colors you want in cardstock.  Thank you so much for the inspiration, Karin! (if you ever stop by and read this) 

I have to say though, I didn't anticipate how long it would take to create the card when I sat down. There's inlaid die cutting. I colored a bunch of images thinking I'd make a couple of cards (snort) and then there's the frame. Oh, the frame about did me in. LOL I don't have frame die cuts so I was trying to finagle it with dies I do own and...well, it wasn't pretty. I was getting a bit frustrated. So, I ended up just cutting strips and using them. It worked. I should have added some interest to the strips, but at that point I wanted to be done. LOL If you could have heard me talking to myself throughout the making of the card, you'd be laughing your head off!

Okay, so my leaves are a bit different than hers. Well, I picked up some Spectrum Noir glitter pens at Hobby Lobby recently. (I went on a bit of a shopping spree with my first paycheck of the school year, if you can't tell). I thought the fall colors were so pretty. I tested them on some Lawn Fawn die cut leaves. I just had them laying out, so I added them to the card. They are pretty sparkly!  The sentiment is also from Lawn Fawn, as is the banner.  The cardstock is all Close To My Heart...Goldrush, Honey, Ocean and Cranberry. Some (or all) of them could be retired colors, but I don't keep track of that now. I saw on another card the use of a lighter teal with fall colors and I thought that was so neat. So that's why you see a bit of the dark teal color in with the others in the shaker bits. That's for you, Michele. (smile)

The girls and I have the day off today. Teacher inservice day. Yesterday was conferences, which are scheduled for all day in elementary, but after school only in middle and high school. If I can squeak in some crafty time you might see me back.
Promises, promises.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by! 
Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sharing a card and a bit of an update!

Hi There!
Long time no see. Oh my gosh, I'm sorry I've been absent for so long. My life has been a real whirlwind since mid-August. School started and we were short staffed in the kitchen. My assistant manager got a new job outside the school district. Yay for her, but not so much for us. My other co-worker was out for the first couple of weeks as she needed more time to recover from foot surgery she had right after school got out last May. We've had a couple of different people come in to fill spots temporarily until a new assistant manager could come in. I was going in early to help with breakfast, too. Busy times! We have our new assistant manager now and while she's a trainee, she's doing a good job. I think she'll be a good fit for our kitchen. Whew.
My dad arrived for a two week visit a couple of weeks after school started. Yay! That was fun and a bit hectic as well. He did get to attend Amy's first football game of the season and enjoyed listening to her band play. 

Back to school means back to Bingo and this next weekend competition season starts.

Amy's had more homework so far this year and a lot of it requires her to use the computer, so I've been bumped off quite a bit, too. No biggie, but it eats into posting time. 

Jessica has had a quieter start to the year, but is, as I type this, she's working on a 3-D rollercoaster project that demonstrates Newton's Laws of Motion. She has a classmate partner working with her. They are using tubing and dowels and other supplies to create a roller coaster that will hopefully allow a silver marble run the entire track. There's a loop involved! Fingers crossed it works the way it's supposed to when they get done. 

On Friday our family went to Elitch Gardens (our amusement park) for Employee Day through my husband's job. We had a good time. However, the evening was cut a little short due to a thunderstorm that passed over us. (The forecast was isolated showers...guess we know where they were isolated to). I got pinged on the top of my head with a pea sized (well a little larger than pea sized) hail stone. Those puppies hurt!
I thought I'd share a few photos

The girls on the gondola ferris wheel. 

The sunset was really pretty when we were at the top of the ferris wheel. 
Here we are waiting in line for the Twister roller coaster. We never did get on the ride as the storm was approaching with lightning and thunder causing the ride to be stopped until it passed. Being it was close to the end of the night, we just left. 

And finally...I have a card to share! Believe it or not, I started this card early last month and only got the critters stamped and colored, as well as the heat embossing. Then it sat until last weekend when I snuck in a few minutes to try to finish this past weekend. The design is a case from Tara Sell's card, but darn it, I cannot find it on her blog. I also looked on her You Tube channel and no luck. Sorry! Anyway, I pretty much cased it completely. I think the changes are that I colored with pencils and I added the thanks to a banner. I also used different Doodlebug paper. 

Whew, that's it from me for now. 
Hopefully I will be able to craft again sometime soon.
Thanks for stopping by. I do so appreciate the visit.
Hope your week is off to a good start.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Distress Ink Panels Made into Cards :)

Hi There!

I sat down yesterday to make some cards from the Distress Ink panels I created the other day. 

This first one is a gatefold card inspired by cards made by Jennifer McGuire here. The idea of gatefold cards is inspired, but my execution of it leaves a little to be desired. 

I got the idea to add the distress ink panel after I cut the gate-fold with an MFT Dienamics border die. Of course, when I cut it, I was off just slightly. I probably should have been a wee bit more careful. So I cut the sides trying to make the edges line up. It definitely took some doing and trimming to get it right. 
I thought the black butterflies looked really pretty against those ink colors(Paper Smooches Graceful Beauties and Hero Arts Butterflies Stamp and Cuts). The hello is a die set from Penny Black called Doodles. I cut part of the doodly part off and glued it with my Quickie Glue pen. Thought about adding some black Wink of Stella on the butterflies, but decided against it. What do you think?

Here's what I did with one of the striped panels I created with the Post It tape. 
 The colors reminded me of an ice-cream parlor, so that's where I went with it. I stamped the images from Lawn Fawn's Here's the Scoop stamp set onto watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I watercolored with the same color Distress Inks and fussy cut them out. I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the topping and CTMH Liquid Glass(same type of product as Glossy Accents) to the cherries on top.  I cut the journal card and the banner from Lawn Fawn's Journaling Die Set. The banner has again, the same ink colors as the rest of the card.

My friend Becky gave me an early birthday present in the dotted stamp. It's called Charming Cascades and is from Close To My Heart. She has made a few cards with that set and I really liked the look. My birthday isn't until the end of the month, but she wasn't sure when we'd get together again and she wanted to give me a chance to play it with before school/work got in the way. 
Thanks so much, Becky. :) I stamped the cascading circles stamp in each of the colors of Distress Inks I used on the stripes, too. I inked the stamp more toward the middle and bottom of the stamp so the dots wouldn't overwhelm my background.  For Picked Raspberries, I stamped off once to get a lighter version of the color. In the end I covered just those circles with some Stickles to add a little sparkle because the stamping didn't look that great. Sparkles fix a  lot of boo-boos. :)

That's it from me for now. 
Thanks so very much for stopping by.
I appreciate the visit.
Hope you have a wonderful day.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Secret Garden Treehouse Finished :)

 Hi There!

I'm back again today to share my completed Secret Garden treehouse picture. 
I'm really happy with how it came out.
The only bummer is the pencil mark that was accidentally added and won't be erased.

Hope you like it, too. :) 
I decided not to add a background. Mainly because I don't know what to add and I want to move on to other pages. :)

I so appreciate your very kind comments on my coloring. Thank you very much for leaving such encouraging words. Makes me feel good, that is for sure and helps me feel good about continuing to color.

That's it for now.
Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have an amazing day.