Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Have you seen my creativity???

I am putting out a APB, my creativity has run away!

I took the International board of Lactation Consultants Exam on Monday and I think the stress of studying for that has sent my creativity into hiding. I took a week off from work in order to study. During that week, when my stress level was high, I would take a break. Thinking that some creative time would help me de-stress. Then I would go into my craft room, sit and look at my supplies. I just got an order from "I love Mementoes" with wonderful goodies in it. You would think that would get my creative juices flowing, but NOTHING! More stress :(.  So now I am stressed about the test and stressed because I am not able to create anything.

So the test was on Monday and I have a few days before I go back to work......still Nothing!!!

If you have seen my creativity will you please let me know the last place you saw it.....I need to find it :)

Thanks for your help and I hope to be back soon, when it has been recovered.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Card Camp Week 3 Sketch

Kristina Werner shared 3 great sketches with us today at Card Camp. This is my first try at the arch shaped sketch. When I saw that shape it reminded me of an old building with an arch over the door and vines growing around around it and this is my interpretation. She also shared her digital files for the card with us which is wonderful for those of us with a digital die cut machine, like the Silhouette. For my card I chose a file from the online store. This wonderful arch with vine and flowers is just perfect for this sketch. I created all the arches  and the card base from that design.
I'm not sure I've ever seen a red butterfly, but I was trying to stay with this weeks colors, so red butterflies it is. They were created with a Martha Stewart Punch.
The sentiment is a older Hero Arts stamp.

She is sharing tips on using words and letters on cards and that is great for me. That is an area where I struggle, so I hope you will be seeing some improvement in the use of them on my cards. Was getting short on time so I just stamped this sentiment. Promise I will try to do better.

It was 102 here yesterday! Was too hot!!!!
Keep cool and thanks for visitng!


Silhouette SD design C00028 Arch Window Frame

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Card Camp Colors Week 3

My entry for this weeks color challenge.

Step 1. I made the circles and white and tan mats from a design from the silhouette store. I distressed the edge of the white mat by rubbing distress ink around the inner edge. The brown ring edge was also created on the silhouette. The white mats were adhered to the red circle base with foam dots.

Step 2. Stamped the Penny Black bird image on white card stock and cut out.

Step 3. The flowers were colored with a copic markers and a little extra color was added with a colored pencil. The coloring on the bird was done with the distress ink and a blending stump. Pearls were added to the center of the flowers and the bird's eye.
Step 4. The card base was made with kraft card stock. The edges were punched with a basket weave corner punch. Distress ink was added around the punched area and the edge of the card. 

Step 5. The edge of the red and brown circles were distressed using a distress tool and the circular layers were added to the kraft base.

Hope you are surviving the heat and having some summer fun! 
Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That

It started with some embossing, masking and markers, then came a transparency, dimension, the silhouette and "Happy Times" I had fun creating this card, it just flowed and each step came easily.

Step 1. Creating the floral background: I stamped the flower from Hero Arts on glossy card stock with white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I created 2 masks using the same flower and repeatedly stamped the image again using the masks. Each flower was colored with a SU marker and then the excess color was wiped away using a paper towel.

Step 2. Creating the frame: The frame was created on the silhouette sd and I chose to print some of the image rather than cut it all out. I also colored parts of the butterfly and flower images on the silhouette. I colored around the outside of the frame with a Copic marker.

Step 3. Creating accents and the sentiment: I chose the background of a floral image and a butterfly image to create accents for the card. The sentiment was created on the silhouette..this makes it very easy to have the right size to fit your design. The butterflies were colored, copied and pasted to make different sizes, and you can also flip them horizontally so that they are flying in different directions.

Step 4. The Dimension: I cut a piece of transparency (recycled from a package) to fit the frame and adhered it flat to the back of the frame. Then used foam dots to give it a lift off the floral background.

Step 5. the final steps were to make a card base and photographing the finished project. I anticipated a little glare from the transparency but it didn't turn out to be a problem.

I am pleased with the way it turned out. I wish I was feeling as bright as the card..I have been dealing with a sinus issue for over a week now and it is about to get the best of me. Hoping it will go away soon. Haven't been able to muster the energy to get dressed, or put make up on...but I have my priorities straight...made this card and got it blogged :). When I am feeling pitiful, I think of all the people out there who are dealing with chronic illnesses and major issues and I realize just how fortunate I am, so no more whining.

Hope all is right in your world and you are having a wonderful weekend!
Thank you so much for visiting :)

Hero Arts CG309 Sweet Threads Cling Set
Color Box white pigment ink
Silhouette Sd images;
C00795 pretty_frame_butterfly
C00952 whispy butterfly
C00291 flowers
SU markers
Copic marker 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Penny Black Circle Challenge

 Found some inspiration on the Penny Black Blog for circle cards and this is my attempt at one.

The layers of the card are cut out of antique linen white card stock using the Silhouette and adapting one of the patterns from the online store.

The card base is just a large scalloped circle. The next layer is a circle border that has a straight inner edge and a scalloped outer edge. This was colored with Broken China distress ink. Then I stamped parts of the lace-edged stamp all around the circle and embossed it. A little more color was added to the edges with wild honey distress ink. Then it was applied it to the card base with foam dots for dimension.

The floral image was stamped and embossed with white ink and white embossing powder and colored with distress inks. A little shading was added using a white prismacolor pencil. This layer was placed on top of a scalloped piece of white card stock and color was applied to the edge using distress ink.

Added the sentiment from PTI, a few pearls and some embroidery floss. The floss was white but I colored it with the wild honey distress ink . The colors would probably be a little more vivid on a different card stock but I like the linen texture this card stock provides.

The weekend is coming up but I will be working tomorrow. Hope you have wonderful plans for something fun!
Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it so much


Penny Black Stamps;
Flower amongst Flowers 
Distress inks;
wild honey 
shabby shutters
broken china
Color Box white pigment ink
white embossing powder
white antique linen card stock
Silhouette SD 
white prismacolor pencil

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 2 Featured Colors

Week two of Summer Card Camp 2011 and this is the featured color combo
I have come to the realization that I design cards backwards. I love sketches but I never think to start with them, I usually start with my central image and design the card around it and that probably makes it harder than it needs to be. The central image on my card is a Hero Arts design in the Silhouette online store. 

I cut the design out using pp from the Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection. I offset it in two colors, one for the flower and one for the leaves and stems. Then offset it again in white to make the colors pop against the kraft background.
I created two squares and cut them out of orange card stock for the frame. I also created the tag at the bottom by using a butterfly design by Silhouette, reducing it in size and drawing a rectangle between them. I drew another square around the white part of the tag, and cut it out of the pp. The sentiment was created on the Silhouette and printed when the butterflies were printed and then the entire image was cutout. All that was left was to add a few pearls.

How do you start your cards? Do you use a sketch? Is it all about the colors? Is the central image your starting point? I'm looking forward to hearing what your starting point is.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wrapping up an inspirational week

This has been 1 amazing week in blogland! I attended the first week of Summer Card Camp 2011 and the I Love Mementos Blog started with the very talented Jill Foster showing us some awesome products and ways to use them. What is also wonderful is the products they show us how to use can be found very easily on their online store. How convenient is that!

This card came from inspiration received from both of those sites. I didn't have the exact paper that Jill used when she showed us her technique for coloring directly on stamps using the big brush markers and the color was fading out on the card stock I had so I switched over to a glossy card stock. The color comes out nice and bold but I found that you need to use a lighter hand when stamping and maybe not applying an over abundance of ink to the stamp. This stamp is from Penny Black and it is from 2003.

The doily around the stamped image is from Silhouette and it was a round doily but I changed it to an oval shape and added an oval to the center so it would be a frame that I could put around the flowers. Then I offset that doily cut out and made the yellow solid frame to go under the white. Then offset it one more time and copied it, welded the two images to make the purple card base.

The butterflies were made by just scribbling the big brush markers on the glossy card stock and them punching them out. Sentiment is from PTI. This is a go to set for me..these tiny sentiments are perfect for so many cards.

For those of you here in the US, Happy 4th of July!! Hope all of you have plans to do somethig fun this coming week.
Thanks so much for visiting!