Sunday, April 24, 2016

Birthday Card Inspired by Laura Bassen with Some Wax Paper Resist

Hi There!

Guess what? I had the house to myself for a few hours yesterday. I cannot tell you the last time that has happened. :) I tried to take advantage of it. While I knew I probably should have done some yard work outside, I did not! I headed straight for my crafty space and tried to get some cards made. 

I read a blog recently(stationery Styles by Patti) where Patti shared that she made some background papers. It's the post here.  Anyway, she watched a technique video on StampTV with GinaK and used the beautiful backgrounds she created on some cards. I vaguely remember this technique from years ago and wanted to play. Thanks for sharing that info, Patti! So, I did that before I got started on a card. In fact, I made 5 backgrounds using various embossing folders and distress inks.
Here are three of the backgrounds I created. I've used the other two. 
One on a card I'm sharing here. 
And here it is!
This card is my take on one created by Laura Bassen as seen here. Have you seen her work or watched her videos? Oh my gosh, I adore the videos because she always sounds so happy and fun. I have a feeling she'd be a blast to hang out with. 
Anyway, I really liked the ink blended background piece she created in the blues and greens.

She was promoting  Simon Says Stamp products, which I don't own. So, I improvised. To make the Polaroid looking piece, I used a rectangle and a square Nestability die together. Eh, it sorta worked. :)
My little raccoon guy is a Lawn Fawn party animal colored with my Prismacolor pencils and the heart balloon is from another LF set(Hello Sunshine I think). I tried to make the fur look like fur, but I wasn't entirely successful. The sentiment is Avery Elle. And that green background is the waxed paper resist using Twisted Citron distress ink. 

Wish I could have gotten more cards made, but I had fun with what I was able to create. 
Amy and I had to work Bingo last night, and it was what they call a "must go" which means that there was a $5000 jackpot that someone would be winning. (Hence, the term "must go"). The patrons come out in full force for this and it was was quite busy the second session of the night. We didn't finish up until 1 am. I was doing pretty good today until I sat down for a few minutes. Um, the next thing I know, the afternoon is pretty much gone. Yep, guess I was  a smidge pooped. Ha, ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks, too for the encouragement I received on my previous post. I appreciate it so much. 
Have a great day and a great start to your week!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hello and Happy Mail Card

Hello there!

Whoa Nelly, life is a roller coaster. I can't even remember last time I was in my crafty corner before today. But I got there and was able to create this card using Lawn Fawn's Just For You stamp set, along with their Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad. Images are colored with pencils and Winked just a bit. Sorry for the not so great photo. My batteries died in my camera, so I used my phone. If I waited for the batteries to charge, who knows how long it'd be before I got to post. It felt good to create something! The idea for the card came from a couple of different cards I saw on the internet. 

Amy joined Winterguard this year and had competitions on Saturdays(I helped drive students to the competitions and assisted getting the massive tarp off the floor), so getting to create those days was pretty well not happening. She had such a good time. The group made it to the state competition, but didn't pass the preliminary stage. Given this is the first year in many years her high school has even had their own Winterguard team, I think they did an amazing job! Amy thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to next year. 

Back toward the end of March we had a blizzard come through that dumped over 15 inches of snow. We got two snow days, but on the second snow day, I slipped on some black ice and tweaked my right wrist pretty good(or more like pretty bad). It still isn't 100%, but I'm managing. I miss doing my handwork.

Our Spring Break was the first full week in April. And I was happily looking forward to finally getting some creating done. Well, life had other plans yet again. I came down with an upper respiratory infection that kept me on the couch pretty much the whole week. Drat. And I was so generous that my husband and younger daughter caught the same bug. :( My daughter was out sick from school all last week, so I was tending to her most of the week-hubby worked from home one day so I was able to head in to work on Friday. My two co-workers got the same bug over break, so I know where it came from. The perils of working in an elementary school environment. 

Our weather has also been on a roller coaster. After that blizzard I mentioned, we had some wonderful spring like weather with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. This weekend? Snow! Next week-upper 60s to upper 70s. Gotta love the Colorado weather ride!

Thanks for stopping by. I know I am so hit or miss on posting. I sometimes wonder if I should even bother blogging anymore. Do I add much, if anything, to the realm of blogging about what I create?  Is it even interesting to anyone? I do so appreciate your visit, though and I hope you have a wonderful day!