Month: February 2009

Let’s Celebrate!

I have a lot to celebrate, and I want you to celebrate with me!! What am I celebrating? I am turning 40 years old on March 2nd!! AND It’s my 1st Blog Anniversary on March 8th !! AND I have opened my own ETSY shop!! Three wonderful things to celebrate don’t you think? So, I have decided to have a 3 day long party and you are all invited!! Want to come to my party? Let’s  start the party TODAY! To kick it off today,  I’m celebrating my 1st blog anniversary I can hardly believe that it has been a year already!!  I have to say that I am proud of this little blog.  I love sharing my ideas and creations with all of you and by doing so, I have allowed myself to open up, make new and wonderful friends, and learn much more about card making and crafting in general!   I had no idea what would come of starting this blog, and I must say, I am still so surprised and so pleased …

Color Your World

I was inspired to make this butterfly card thinking I would use black ink only for Sharon’s Stamp simply challenge, but as I was making it I decided it would be fun to stamp one in rainbow colors!  Ooops, there goes the challenge!  I guess I’ll have to try again!  See, I told you I’m not always good at  following the rules! ~wink~. Using markers is a great way to get multiple colors on one stamp, for a rainbow effect.  I used Martha Stewart art markers in pink, turquoise, orange and blue,  to “paint” on my rubber stamp “Priceless” set butterfly from Stampin’ Up!  When coloring stamps with markers, it’s a good idea to start with the lightest color and apply the darkest last, so your marker tips won’t get mucked up.  It’s a simple card, but I think it has “high impact”  with these high contrast colors. Let me know what you think, and thanks so much for stopping by! Have a creative day!

Take Time To Enjoy Your Day

Take time to enjoy your day…a latte! As you may already know, I am a coffee lover!   I need my coffee in the morning BEFORE I talk to anyone, or I cannot be held responsible for what I might muster the energy to grumble at you!  🙂 But I also enjoy a good cup of coffee later in the day too, especially in the company of a good friend.   It’s safe to spend time with me after 10am. 😉 I have a few favorites too, if you ever want to buy me a cup, 😉 my usual from Starbuck’s is a mocha no whip, but I’m happy to drink a latte, or a cappuccino, or in the summer, a java chip! Mmmmm.  What are you addicted to? lol. I cased a card from my Twisted Sistah’s gallery for today’s card.  Darla Ryan is the featured stamper for our challenge this week, and she had loads of cute cards to choose from.   I changed the layout slightly, used the same coffee theme, but used different …

Floral Screen Silhouette

This card did not come easy!!  We were challenged on SCS earlier in the week to make a card using kiwi kiss, more mustard and rose red.  Well, at first I thought ugh!! Then, I decided to give it a go.  I didn’t find it easy to mix these colors, but once I had decided to get more white in there to help them blend, I decided I actually like these colors together!! Huh? Who’d of thought? I got to play with my new  nesties and my new floral screen embossing folder too!  That was fun! Thanks for stopping by today!!

A New Crafty Creations Sketch

Good morning everyone! I have a new Crafty Creations DT card to share with you today.  The lovely Jaime came up with this sketch for us to try and what fun it is!   Have a look, and hopefully you will be inspired to play along too! The new Basic Grey paper is yummy isn’t it?   I used it for my right side panel, and on the left I stamped the petals from Stampin’ Up! Spring Solitude set.   What do you think of the black and pink? I hope you’ll join us over at Crafty Creations Challenges this week.  I can’t wait to see what you do with this fun sketch! Have a creative day!!

A Natural Shimmer

I made this last week while stamping with my friend Peggy.  We decided to play with glimmer mists.   I love  the the effects that can be achieved with these!  You always get a different look depending on the colors you mix,  and you can use just about anything as a mask to create designs on the paper. This time though, instead of masking i used the resist emboss technique to get my pattern on the paper.  I stamped the floral sprigs in Versamark on Fabriano watercolor paper, then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Next I sprayed randomly with Tattered Angels Glimmer mists in Daffodil, Cinnamon and Coffee Shop.   A quick wipe over the embossed areas, to get them clean and it’s done.  In real life, this background shimmers beautifully.   It’s hard to capture that on camera. I really like the organic feel of this card, what do you think? I took the mojo monday challenge #73 for the sketch, used the top note that Peggy gave me for the main image, layered …

What I Whipped Up

What a busy week I had!  It isn’t going to get any less busy this week either.   I have a hundred card order to fill, due for delivery by February 21, so I am busy with that, and also, I have been busy setting up shop!!!  Yes, you read that right, with much encouragement from my friends and my family, I have finally opened the doors to my new ETSY Shop!! A Creative Need is open for business! I was really excited when I made my first sale the day after it opened.  No one  related to me in any way! lol.   I took that as a good sign!  Well,  I guess you can tell I am pretty happy about it… with my fast approaching 40th birthday at the beginning of the month, I can say that I have accomplished one of my goals  to open my own shop.   The idea to open a non internet, real walk in type shop was what I originally had in mind years ago, when I …

Piece Of Cake!

Hi everyone!! Our Crafty Creations Challenge this week is a lovely sketch by Jaime.   I combined my DT challenge card this week with the Timeless Tuesdays Flourishes Challenge which is to use  buttons on our cards. I’m going to have a fun day because I’m stamping with my friend Peggy!!  So I have to keep this short .  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

A Scene: Brayering, Sponging and Masking

Making this was such a therapeutic process!  I really “got into it” if you know what I mean.  I used resist embossing, brayered ink, sponging and masking to create the scene. I made this for our Twisted Sistah challenge a week and a half ago.  I really enjoy making scenes, but I haven’t done very many.  I need to practice!! Here are the main steps of how I made this one. I loaded the bird image stamp first in versamark ink, then in jet black Archival ink, stamped it and clear embossed it. I colored it in using a blender pen and watercolor wonder crayons. I repeated the same process with the birdhouse and smaller bird in the top corner.  I first had a look at where the tree limb would hang, to figure out how I would place these, so they would look like they were on the branch and not in midair somewhere.  Once they were colored, I used my versamarker to fill in the  colored areas and clear embossed them too. Now …

For Carly`s First Birthday

My niece`s daughter turns 1 at the end of the month, and her Grandmother asked me to make a card for her.  I took inspiration from my fellow Twisted Sistah`s gallery (misshelenstamps) on SCS, as she was the Featured stamper for our challenge this week. Stamps: Justrite classic circle stamper III, medium culz font, Special Occasions font, Paper: Whisper White, Pink, Making Memories Cheeky Collection , groovy guava Ink: china blue Tim Holtz, Pink Pirouette Accessories: flower brads, cuttlebug, flower dies, circle cutter system Thanks so much for stopping by!  You know I love your company!!