Saturday, August 15, 2009

Easing Back Into It...

Hello there!

Believe it or not, I wandered into my craft room today! I made three card fronts (fronts because I was too lazy to cut out the card bases and attach them~LOL). They are very simple, but I look at it as easing back into the creative swing of things. Yeah, that sounds good.
This first card I'm sharing uses the new Hero Arts Cling Stamps (Here's a link I found that shows them, I didn't see them on the Hero Arts website). I found this one at Archiver's and used a coupon to get it. It's a rubber stamp, but it clings to an acrylic block and has the image on the back side so you can see it when you are stamping. See that background on the image? I love it! And there is a rubber stamp that is just that background, but I'm too cheap to buy it. So, I'm getting a taste of it in this cling stamp. I colored in the flowers using pencils and oms (odorless mineral spirits) then added some yellow Stickles for the dots. The background paper is from Making Memories Wedding paper pack (found at Michaels earlier this summer).
This next card is so I can finally show this little crocheted butterfly I made earlier this summer. I found the pattern here after seeing some in an Etsy shop called Paper Blooms. The goodies in Paper Blooms are SO pretty, but if I can make it myself, I'm sure gonna try. Those who are not crocheters, I wanted to give you the link to the Etsy shop in case you were interested. The background paper is from Basic Grey's June Bug 6x6 paper pack and the ribbon is some I got at Archiver's last Christmas season. They were selling it for a phenomenal price of 29 cents a yard at the time! Hello is from PTI's Mixed Message set.
And here is my final card for today. I discovered Plum Purdy stamps from a blog in late spring and couldn't resist ordering this Garden Collection Set. (Goodness, she's added some adorable Halloween stamps!) I was itching to color up an image and got to do it today. I used pencils and oms. Nana's Nursery (the boy version) from DCWV provided colors that worked well with the image colored in. I was silly and colored first, then tried to coordinate the coloring with paper. I should do that the other way around. The buttons are from my stash, as is the DMC floss. Just Because is from Mixed Message again.

Would you believe that the industrious spider was busy last night and spun a new web?! Steve even noticed it this morning and asked me if I'd seen it. It was in the same general vicinity, but this one was hooked to the carport on two sides and our house on one side and that holly bush on another side. This time it truly looked like it was floating. I almost took a picture, but then remembered my promise and left it alone (cuz if I took the picture I'd feel compelled to share it). And a few hours later...the whole thing was gone again! I had no idea spiders completely got rid of webs or moved locations of them so darn frequently. Maybe it's just some that do as I've seen webs (not nearly as big and intricate as this particular spider makes) that have been in the same location until I wipe them down~which can be months....LOL.

Whew! I guess that's it from me today! Hope your weekend is a good one. I had thought about taking the girls swimming today, but the weather didn't cooperate. Now that the pool is closing it's beautiful out but earlier today it was windy and a bit rainy. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes.



Sharli said...

Excellent! Wonderful cards - I do love your crocheted things - flowers, butterflies, animals, doll clothes - you just amaze me!

The first one is so interesting - did you mask the "title" image or is it on top of? Very cool!

Glad you got to play today!

Kim Burmeister said...

Love to see you creating again. Great cards! Awesome!

Kathi Carlson said...

Great cards, Jeanne! Love each and every one of them. I was so glad to see Hero Arts come out with cling stamps. Love their designs. Funny, too, that you should mention that background stamp on the very day that I finally gave in and ordered the darned thing ... Your crocheted butterfly is so cute! And, you're right about the stamps from Plum Purdy. They are so whimsical and fun.

Hope your Sunday is a good one. We're going to finish the invitations today ... pending no more bumps in the road. I don't anticipate designing any more wedding invitations, but I have a long list of what not to do should there be a next time. LOL.

Sparkle said...

Such pretty cards! I love your butterfly!

Maricar said...

It's good to see you creating again! That crocheted butterfly is too too cute. And LOL about the spider update!

Jackie said...

got all caught up with you again :) love the spider web pictures....very cool pics...and as always love the cards

Sarah said...

You know what I am loving right!!! I am LOVING that crocheted butterfly!
I love all your cards pretty and so glad you are back in your craft room.
My Mom will be here in Sept and she can crochet some...maybe she can help me a bit! She knitted my hubby some golf club covers with pom poms LOL he Loves them.

mE said...

Jeanne, these are great cards! I think my fave is the first one :)

You don't need to worry about the spider web thing. If it's something you love, then by all means, don't let our arachnophobia steer you away :)

I'm gonna ease back into creating again.. hopefully tomorrow I will crawl down my stairs and work on something I was dreaming up the other day. :)