Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting To Know Your Creative Side- A Blog Hop

Good morning blogland.....I hope this Monday morning finds everyone in good spirits, good health and grateful for this beautiful morning!!!  I have to start out that way cuz honestly, I have a hard time with Mondays...but I've been working on my attitude a little and hopefully it will help!!  ;)

This post is a little bit different and is part of a blog hop that is going around the blogesphere, I was tagged by fabulous Susan Kennedy, you can see her post HERE.  I first met Susan when I applied and was accepted to her DT for Open-Minded Crafting Fun, which she is co-owners with Crafting Vicky.  Susan is super nice, super talented and very creative.  She has an etsy store called Sentimental Susan, where she sells cards and images. She also sponsors challenges along with having a challenge blog as well.  Her cards and talent are apparent in the many challenges she wins! She has great style and great coloring skills!

So I started a blog March of 2008, honestly I can't believe it's been that long or that I've kept up with blogging!!  I first started this blog as a way to be an online journal, kind of a way for me to write, vent, share inspiring thoughts or quotes, post pictures of my kids, etc.  As I found challenge blogs, my focus shifted to more creative, scrappy, crafting posts and so most of my blog is now my projects, entries for challenges, DT assignments with a little bit of life thrown in! 

 I have been crafting in some way for as long as I can remember, my great grandma tried to teach me  to crochet, but I wasn't very good or very interested in that.  I did however find a huge interest in tole painting, scrapbooking, and cardmaking.  I've been scrapping since YES glue, clip art, and deco scissors.  Does anyone remember that!????  Holy cow this industry has come along way...thank goodness!!   I love to play with paint, stencils, paper, glue and color with my copics.  I LOVE my copics!!  

What I am working on now??
I am working on a coloring class from Alyce at Kit and Clowder and this was the last image I colored up. I find a lot of creative outlet in coloring, and I can color images anyway that I want!  Teal hair?  Sure, why not?!  

I also just finished a couple cards to send to a little boy that has an inoperable brain tumor and for his birthday this week, he just wanted a box of birthday cards.......well, how can I not help grant his wish?!  You can see that post HERE.

I also am taking a break from being on a design team as I have a lot of organizing to do, alot of scrapping/project life to catch up on and I want to take time to read. 

Here is a snapshot of a tiny portion of what I will be working on next...these are my daughter's senior pics and I need to get them scrapped and in an album.



What Do I Create? 

Lately I've just been creating cards, but I do like to scrap, and make frames, play with wood, and have started an art journal, which is another thing I need to start working on again!  

                                                 
Baby Gift 

                                                           Wooden Block
Snow Family from fence posts
                                                      back in my tole painting days!

                            the start of my digital/photoshop journey, need to get back to that as well


                                                                art journal


How My Creative Process works

I've never really thought about this, I just go with what I need to work on, whether it's an image for a challenge or a bunch of pictures to work with.  I look at the theme and try to choose colors and embellishments that will work well together.  In my scrapping, I've mostly switched to a Project Life style as I really like being able to get quite a bit done in a shorter amount of time, if there are a few pictures that I really want to highlight, I will make one or a two page traditional layout and then put the rest of the pics in a PL style page protectors. 

My Style, How does it differ?

My style is mostly clean and layered, occasionally I will attempt a more shabby chic look, but I'm not sure I can really pull it off!  With my art journals I like to get messy and use different texture and paint, I'm not sure my style differs from anyone else.  I do like to mostly use bright, bold colors.

How Do I get and Stay Inspired?

II usually get inspired from the image I'm working on, the challenge theme, I check out pinterest and do some blog hopping. There is seriously a lot of talent and inspiration just from fellow crafters!

Ok, enough about me...and on to the gals I've tagged. 

I've tagged Tracy from Tracy's Treasures and I "met" her on the forums at Two Peas in a Bucket several years ago.  We seem to have quite a bit in common and have been bloggy friends for awhile.  Tracy is amazing with her youtube videos, frankly I'm terrified of hearing my voice or seeing myself on video, so I'm just amazed at her talent for putting together beautiful cards, tags and videos.   I also love that Tracy shares her crafty projects and then adds a section describing her day. She also shares gorgeous pictures of her trips and stay at their family cottage.  Please go check her out and leave her some love.  

The next friend is Larelyn from Handmade from My Heart, Larelyn and I have been on a couple of design teams together over the past couple years.  SKdigis and Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  She has such an amazing eye for color and detail, she is on/has been on several design teams and makes the cutest shaped cards and cut files projects ever!! Her cards are fun and bright and the cut file projects just amaze me.  If you are looking for some inspiration, please go check her blog out and leave her some love.

Well that is it for this epic post! ;)   Thanks for visiting, and thank you for all the sweet words and comments, hope you have a wonderful day!!   Keep an eye out for Tracy and Larelyn's posts, they will go live on Monday July 28th!!  

Have a happy week!! :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Birthday to a brave little boy

I saw this story shared on FB today from A Random Fan who is offering up a couple of free images for a limited time in order to make this little boys birthday wish come true.

Here is the link to the story , basically, he has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and his birthday is coming up next week......all this cutie wants is a box full of birthday cards.

                                      Danny Nickerson, 5, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last month, wants a big box of birthday cards for his birthday.

Here are the cards I made to send to him, I will be sending them on Monday and hoping that he gets them in time for his birthday on the 25th.  Happy Birthday Danny!!!




I used the sketch from +Seize the Sketch for this first card and would like to enter that challenge along with the following:


My Time to Craft-Paper Piecing -the dino and balloon
Just Us Girls-Color combo
Simply Create Too- For a Child

                             And for this card I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday, and would like to enter that challenge and also the challenge at Curtain Call-ATG

                               
                                                     

Saturday, July 12, 2014

HB2U

I want to share this card I just finished, and had so much fun coloring this image and playing with bright colors!  I absolutely love fairy images and Some Odd Girl has some of my favorite ones.  This one is Dandelion Fairy, and I think she is just adorable!  I found this circle pattern paper in my stash and decided to go with the circle theme and traced the circle on white 12x12 cardstock, folded in half and cut out, leaving the fold.  I used primas, enamel dots (gumdrops from Your Next Stamp..LOVE these) and colored her with copics.  I colored the HB2U stickers with my black copics and glued them on the banner.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

+Divas by Design-Things with Wings
The Pink Elephant-Inspiration Pic
+My Craft Spot-Birthday
Digi Choosday Challenge-punches or dies (flowers and banner)
+The Shabby Tea Room-Polka Dot Love
Stamp and Create-Birthdays
+MarkerPop-ATG

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A beautiful fairy


I finally got a chance to color up this amazing image from The Stamping Chef, I think she is so pretty, it was an image to celebrate Kit and Clowder's 2000 FB followers, I've been taking a coloring class from Alyce (Kit and Clowder) and haven't gotten very far yet, but am hopefully improving my coloring.  

I used a ton of different copics, the base is a paper from my stash that is so old I don't remember the company, lots of different flowers, some stickles, some enamel dots from Your Next Stamp, I inked the edges of the image with distress ink in Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  


                                     Sketch Challenge - SPDSS06

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Sugar Pea Designs-sketch 6 ( I flipped the sketch)
Kit and Clowder July Challenge-clothes
MarkerPop-ATG
+Divas by Design-Things with Wings
+Allsorts-Fairies
+Left of Center-Fairy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

You're My Hero


Today I am joining Delightful Challenges as a guest designer, I was able to play with Captain Colin and chose this image because my son LOVES marvel movies and Captain America is one of his favs!  I cut out two stars for the card shape, cut out another one from red and used a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil and modeling paste from Creative Imaginations.  I also cut out several stars and added some dimension with floral wire.  The sentiment is from the Super Heroes Sentiments from Digital Delights



I hope you like my card and will join the fun at Delightful Challenges, thanks for having me as a guest designer!! :)


+My Craft Spot-Patriotic
+The Pink Elephant-ATG
+Cupcake Inspirations-Patriotic  Sweet 6!


+Creative Card Crew-Masculine
+Party Time Tuesdays-Red, White and Blue
Creative Colors-Red, White and Blue with a banner

+Craftin Desert Diva's-Red, White and Blue linky party   top 10
Inspire Me Monday-Linky party....Red, White & Blue

Monday, June 30, 2014

Super Dad

I made this cute card for my dad....I'm super early and ahead of schedule for once...his birthday is in OCT....but I AM READY!!  This cute super bird is perfect for my dad, he's a pretty amazing guy.  He grows a garden and gives away most of the harvest to neighbors and even strangers. There are times when my gas tank mysteriously fills up or I find a $50 in my glove box.  He helps when he is tired and he helps when he doesn't feel good, that's just the kind of guy my dad is.  Always wanting to help someone else, and he doesn't want the credit.  A lot of his service is done quietly and anonymously.  He's a super great guy and I'm so grateful he is my dad!!

This image is called Super Birdbrain and was a freebie with a progressive challenge over at
From the Heart Stamps I think this image is just too funny, I love his little bugged out eyes!!  I colored him with copics and spectrum noir (blues) and just used paper for the rest...not one other embellishment!  I had to get this done and entered and I'm scootin in with just under 4 hours to go, whew.....Now I'm off to have dinner with the parents, have a great night!! :)


I would like to enter the following challenges:
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+Dragonfly Dreams-Things with Wings
+Party Time Tuesdays-Red, White and Blue  WON

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mini's!!!!


Today is my farewell post over at Your Next Stamp, I am honored to have been a guest designer for June and had so much fun! 

 I made these little cards, they measure 4x4 and used these adorable little mini stamps
 Mini Cupcake Cutie and Mini Rainy Day Fhiona along with the matching dies.  I love how these turned out, and love the smaller size images and cards! I grabbed these little minis when YNS was having $1 sale....YES, they were just $1, and this was the first time I've used a stamp with a matching die, I have to say that I just love it!

Keep an eye out over at YNS because they have  a lot of inspiration, tons of amazing digi and clear stamps/dies and other fun embellishments and keep an eye out for their crazy awesome sales!!

Thanks everyone over at YNS for being so amazing!! :)


I would like to enter the following challenges:
+613 Avenue Create-ATG
+CAS on Sunday-Birthday
+The Paper Players-Bingo (Any shade of blue, ribbon or twine, happy birthday)
+Crafty Catz-ATG
+Sister Act Card Challenge-ATG
+4 Crafty Chicks-Stripes
+Seize the Birthday-ATG

Outdoor Fun!


A new challenge is up over at Pile It On....this is my last post with PIO, it's been a blast and I've really enjoyed working with everyone!  

Our theme is 

OUTDOOR FUN

and our sponsor is Inky Impressions    


                                              

I got to play with this fun image, anything with a ball just reminds me of the days when my kids played soccer, basketball, & baseball.  I loved being a sports mom and now my kids are grown up and out of school, they don't play as much or anything that is organized, so I will just reminisce and remember those good times!


I colored with copics, used some dies from My Favorite Things Blueprints 13, the Fun Times stamp is something that I think I picked up at Michaels and has been in my supplies for several years, the bingo card has been in my stash too and is from Jenni Bowlin.  The stars and little banners are MFT.  

Come join us for a fun challenge! Hope to see you there!! :)



I would like to enter the following challenges:
Wags'n Whiskers-Summer Fun
+MilkCoffee Challenge- summer fun
+Crafty Creations-Things with Wings
+Creative Moments-ATG with Boys
+Cards 4 Guys- Male/Sport Top 3