I squeaked in a last-minute project for the Hero Arts August Contest, this time making my own embellishments. See the butterfly? It’s actually a magnet and it’s one of seven. Here’s a peak at the rest of them:
I recycled a calendar fridge magnet and used Hero Arts/Sizzix Antique Dogwood & Butterflies Framelits set. The dies cut through the magnet sheet without any problems and I used just about all of my Distress inks to color the butterflies. Speaking of coloring, the Hero Arts Floral Blossoms stamp was colored with Distress markers before stamping. I don’t do a lot of coloring on my cards because I’m not patient enough to go through all the steps to make it look right. But these markers make it a breeze! I quickly colored the darker green areas first and then went over the leaves & stems with the lighter color. For the flowers I did the opposite. I have no profound reason, this is just the way I did it. I will have to play around some more with these markers but I love what I am seeing so far. I’m also linking this project up to Simon Says Stamp for their Anything Goes Challenge.
I had the day off and I spent most of it painting my craft room. I debated over the color since I wanted something that would flow with the rest of the rooms. But I kept coming back to Behr’s Island Oasis because it reminds me of PTI’s Hawaiian Shores and it makes me happy. Well I went for it and I am very happy with the results. Now I can’t wait to get my stuff organized and moved in. But first I have to make a trip to Houston to see my family. What about you, any plans for the holiday weekend? Hope you have a happy & safe one!
We got Elisia off to school without too much drama. She tied her shoelaces all by herself today and I was so proud of her that I didn’t notice the blue & green socks she had put on until a few minutes before we had to leave. So then it was a scramble to get them changed while she argued about why they did match her outfit. This girl needs to be a lawyer for as much time as she spends arguing!
ETA And here she is at the end of the day, looking much happier & more excited than she did at the beginning!
My coworkers are coffee drinkers and they were all bummed out when they found out they had to take the coffee maker home. Seems it was labeled for household use only so the safety guys deemed it a hazard. My colleague asked his wife to find us a new one that was labeled for commercial use and she found a Keurig that fit the bill. I decided a little thank you card was needed since she went to so much trouble for us.
Thank you so much for all the birthday & anniversary wishes! I had a wonderful time with my hubby and our friends on Saturday night. And we even had a great rain storm that night. We need all the rain we can get but I was glad we were already settled in at that bar when it started. You still have time to enter my birthday giveaway if you haven’t already done so.
I used my Cricut to cut the red panel and then stamped it with HA Alphabet Background. On the card base, I stamped HA Notebook Paper with Splash chalk ink and the sentiment is from Year Round Sentiments, stamped on vellum.
Thanks to all of you who made suggestions for our mother lode of pears! We ended up giving most of them away but we still have enough for me to try some recipes. I’ll let you know how that turns out. And we are 90% done with Elisia’s room so I will share those pics soon. Hope you are having a great week!
So you may have noticed that my blogging has slowed to a snail’s pace. When I saw how sick my mom was at Easter, I started thinking about how quickly time slips by and how much my little girl is growing and changing. I realized I needed to make some changes in my priorities or I would have regrets down the road. The biggest change is spending more time with Elisia and less time crafting. Yes, I could stay up late to craft but I have to get up early to go to work and I’m just too tired by the end of the week. So I usually have about an hour in the evenings to catch up on blogs, maybe do a little crafting and then that’s it for me. My work schedule is going to change when school starts in the fall so maybe I will have more time then. But for now, it will probably be hit & miss for me.
Having said all that, I had a bad day at work today & I really needed some stress relief so I ran to my craft room as soon as Elisia went to bed and made a card for Retro Sketch #14, Virginia’s I’m Inspired Challenge and Hero Arts June contest. I used the rainbow colors from Virginia’s photo but in a random pattern using Hero Arts Many Dots (a gift from Vera). The handmade flower is from Heather and I have been hoarding them for a long time and I’m so happy I finally used one. Thanks, Vera & Heather!
And I’m going to leave you with a picture of Elisia & Joseph from her 6th birthday party. She’s looking very much like the big girl that she insists that she already is.
Here’s the Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble card that took me a day to finish. Doesn’t look that complicated, right? Well it helps if you don’t decide to take a nap in the middle of the challenge! Cheiron wanted us to create something just for ourselves so I pulled out my new Butterfly Flowers stamp and carefully colored the flowers. I was getting ready to assemble the card when my daughter called for help with something. As I was heading back to the craft room afterwards, I got distracted by the couch. So I gave in and took a nap. Sad, I know. But in my defense, I was suffering from a sinus infection & I really needed the shut-eye.
Any fun plans this weekend? I will be crafting & chatting with Brenda, Lisa, Martha and Vera. Can’t wait! Hopefully I will have something completed to share with you next week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Sheesh, feels like it has been a looong time since I last posted a card! I haven’t had much time for card making but I wanted to make something for this month’s Hero Arts contest before time ran out. I combined the flower theme with the CR84FN Color Challenge #50 and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #44. All the stamps are from Hero Arts: Graph Background, Truly Appreciated & Tall Circle Flower.
Hello, hello! I’m popping in at the last minute to share my interpretation of the Tuesday Trigger: Fancy Schmancy. I’m always inspired by the colors in the pics and today is no exception. I also incorporated the doily underneath all those yummy petit fours and the little pearls on top. I’ve used lots of Hero Arts goodies on this card (Butterflies & Lace, Everyday Sayings, blush layering paper and the 3 Silhouettes die cut) for the February Contest.
I made an altered home decor item for Hero Arts November contest. I cut the cover off of an old book that was falling apart and used that for my base. I printed off some snowmen from the HA Christmas Cookies digi set and then started adding lots of glitter to their scarves and hats. I used HA gems for the eyes & buttons and Enamel Accents for the mouths. And the sentiment is from the Very Merry Christmas set.
I feel like I have been celebrating Christmas for a long time now. I have made so many holiday cards for publication calls, various challenges and the Cards That Care drive. I better not burn out now since I have 143 cards to make for the children in my church’s Good Shepherd program. How the heck did I agree to that one?!