All posts filed under: Basic Grey

Back To School ~ A New Image

I drew this image yesterday, as back to school is heavy on my mind! My son asked me if it was him?  ” Because I have a backpack just like that!”  🙂 I made this card inspired by a few different challenges tonight; I’ll list those below.   I can’t wait to hear what you think of  my new drawing! I colored him with copics and did my best to do some proper shading since he is a pencil drawing and there’s plenty of indication as to where to shade when coloring.  When I clean up the image digitally, I  try not to take away most of the original sketch lines/shading.  I love the look.  If you have ever colored any Flourishes images you’ll know what I’m talking about, since their images have those extra areas of dark lines that naturally show where the shading belongs. I made this card with my older son in mind, and since he’s 10, I didn’t want it looking to0 ‘kiddy’.  No primary colors, no cute school icons etc.  I …

Mother’s Bouquet

I’ve combined the colors from this week’s COLOR THROWDOWN with FLOURISHES twinchies challenge.  Ever hear of a twinchie?  It’s a 2″ x 2″ piece of mini art that should be the focus of your card.  This mini version of Flourishes gorgeous Gerbera Daisies is the stamp I chose to use simply as my focus for this Mother’s Day card.  I colored them with copics in four shades of pink and two shades of green. These are the lovely colors for this week’s color throwdown.  I didn’t have to go far to find them. My 6″ x6″ pad of Sultry Basic Grey papers were calling me! Papers:  pink and basic gray cardstock (SU!) Stamps: Flourishes Gerbera Daisies, Stampin’ Up! All Holidays sentiment Ink: memento tuxedo black Accessories: copics: R01, R11, R20, V01,YG93,G94, Stampin’ Up! basic gray ribbon, dimensional foam I’m so glad you stopped by, enjoy a creative day! Deena

My 4 Ever Friend

My friend Peggy came over on Friday morning so we could take a visit to my local scrapbook store that was having a sale.  🙂 She  brought over some healthy homemade chili that we enjoyed for lunch.   YUMMY!  If you would like the recipe, you’ll find it at  SOS Cuisine.   I think the only change she made was to use mixed beans instead of just red beans.  If you like your chili **spicy** I would suggest increasing the minced chili peppers or using 2-3 tbsp of chili powder per lb of beef.  The beef is extra lean to keep it healthy, and don’t forget to drain the beef after browning it; that helps too! I think chili gets a bad rep for being a fatty dish, but if you take into account the health benefits you get from the beans and vegetables and keep to the extra lean beef or ground turkey, then it really isn’t bad at all!  At 380 cal per serving and a whopping 10grams of fibre,  not to mention how yummy …

Every Purse Needs a Gift Card in it!

I made these GIFT CARD HOLDERS months ago and I guess they just never  made it to my blog.  I was so sure I had posted them that I just spent 15 minutes looking back through my posts only NOT to find it! lol.  I guess I thought about posting them and then never did! Yikes, I must be losing it!! Anyway, today’s SCS Limited Supplies challenge was to make a gift card holder (any kind) and it had to have a butterfly and something chocolate on it…so I thought of these and made another one for the challenge. Isn’t a purse  the perfect way to present a GIFT CARD?  I’ve added an insert to hold it securely (slots and a sticky foam dot). The first is the one I made for today’s challenge. Papers: jenni bowlin studio, Basic Grey dp, very vanilla cs, chocolate cs Accessories: cuttlebug, classic scalloped circles, Labels One nestabilities, Chocolate chip ribbon, misc. hardware Have a wonderful weekend everyone!   Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Birthday Cupcake

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend! It’s tuesday already and my youngest son  is finished school and the other only has this week and two days left!  I am as happy as he is to find there is no homework this last week!  Time to kick back and relax a bit!   It is really starting to warm up too and I am loving it!!   Life is good. O.k onto my card for today!   You will be seeing a lot of birthday cards from me this next week!  I have an order of 15 to make.   I am really happy about it, because all the money is going to The Weekend To End Breast Cancer!!  My friend walks the 60 k walk to raise money for cancer research and this is her third year!!  She needs to raise a minimum of $2000. ,  so I have been helping out each year by selling  some cards for the cause. Here is the first of the 15 birthday cards… I used Pretty in Pink cs …

Stamping on Metal

My Twisted Sistah’s challenge this past Friday was to make a card with stamped metal.  I didn’t feel like cutting up a can for this as I’ve done in the past, so I stamped on a mini oval metal frame that I had.   I used Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps, you know, those tiny little peg stamps?  I love them! If  you want some lovely tutorials on how to use these mini stamps have a look at their blog Tapestry Stamp Techniques. The papers are Basic Grey Blush, and  basic black.  I used Staz On Teal, and Black Cherry to stamp on the metal, and basic black for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!  Summer by the Sea.  The oval punches are also from Stampin’ Up!. Thanks for stopping in today, my friends!!  I have just taken a look at my hit counter today and I am almost at 100,000 visits!!! Can you believe that?? I can’t!!  I think there will have to be some blog candy soon to celebrate!!! Have a creative day!

A Chipboard Frame Tutorial

Hello everyone,  I have a tutorial today!  I made this small chipboard coaster frame and thought I’d share how easy it is to make for yourself!  It would be a great gift for Mom too, just make it in her favorite colors and add a small photo of her Grandkids. MATERIALS NEEDED: Chipboard coaster or square 4″ X 4″ Decorative paper 4″ x 4″ Coordinating solid color decorative paper 2.5″ x 2.5″ Coordinating decorative paper 2.25″ x 2.25″ Neutral color (white is good) for the photo background 2.25″x2.25″ Clear acetate 2.25″ x 2.25″ Square Punch 1.25″ red line tape or strong adhesive file or sand paper hardware picture hanger and eyelet Ribbon or embellishments 1. Adhere 4 x4 paper to the 4 x4″  chipboard coaster. If you are using chipboard cut to size, then round your corners too. File the edges lightly all around. This not only helps adhere them together, but softens the look as well. 2. Construct your mini frame:  Using your 1 1/4″  square punch, punch a square on scrap paper.  Use …

Handmade Happiness

Hi everyone! Wow, it is a gorgeous day here today!!  25 degrees celcius and sunny!! Now that’s my kind of weather!!  The boys are outside playing with water guns and I’m sipping an ice cold Starbuck’s grande java chip. Mmmm… I wanted to pop on and let you know that I’m having a 10% off sale in my Etsy shop! It’s a weekend only sale, and all you need to do is  enter “weekend sale” in the notes to seller during checkout. For those of you not yet  familiar with ETSY, it is a fast growing online market for handmade crafts, vintage items and craft supplies. Each shop is operated by individual artisans; when you buy something, you are paying the artisan directly.  Etsy gets a commision of the sales, and there is a small listing fee for every item.  I have only been selling on Etsy a short time, but I feel like I’m part of a community.  The people behind Etsy put a lot of time and effort into making it a positive …

What am I Celebrating Day 2

What am I celebrating today?   Opening my own Etsy Shop! I’m celebrating the recent opening of  A Creative Need,  my own Etsy shop!  I am really excited to be selling online!   Since I have bought tons of stuff online and it is my preferred method of shopping,  it was only a matter of time before I started selling online too!  🙂   I love shopping from the comfort of my home!  No line ups, no crabby sales people, no crowds!!   And it makes it super easy to comparison shop too.  I am hoping that my experience shopping online will be an asset to my selling online too.   I know what services I like to get out of a shop as a consumer, so hopefully I will succeed in offering the same to my own customers.  It will be officially open on March 10th, so come have a peek then, ok?   There isn’t a huge inventory yet, but I’ll be adding more as I go. I’ve stamped a new business card, using Basic Grey All Natural stamps.   …

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!