Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #2 ~ Friendship Cards

Good Morning,  Today marks the start of our second linky party.  The theme for this party is "FRIENDSHIP CARDS".  Please link up your friendship cards HERE so that we can see your wonderful creations.

This year one of the things I wanted to do with my crafting was try new things.  My nephew did a graphic art program in school and had a set of Prismacolor pencils that he let me borrow.  I wanted to try to colour an image using the pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  After watching many tutorials on Youtube and Pinterest I tried it myself.  I stamped the image "Friends are for Hugging" by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps twice onto plain white card stock from Michaels with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Here are the two images coloured with the list of pencil colours I used underneath.  Both are so different in shades and colours.  I just experimented with the colours I used to blend together.  It was a fun method and I will do it again for sure.  It will take some practice.

A close up of the images:

I used Sample 2 to make the card I have to show you today. If you come back later this week I will have a scrapbook layout using Sample 1.

The friendship card:


and a close up of the image (to see Prismacolors used see first picture above)

Card Stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ Creative Memories
~ Dovecraft Princess Fairytale
Image ~ Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Friends Are For Hugging"
Tuxedo Momento Black Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
Spellbinders Nestabilities ~ Classic Ovals (LG)
~ Lacey Ovals
Your Next Stamp Fishtail/Banner Die Set
Stampin' Up Artisan Label Punch
Sentiments ~ Stampin' Up "Label Love" (outside)
~ Whimsy Stamps "Birthday Greetings" (inside)
Ink ~ Studio G Fuchsia
Flowers ~ Michaels $1.50 Bin

Thanks for coming by today.  Please take time to join our linky party at Pause, Dream, Enjoy and show us your friendship cards. And come back to see what I made with my other sample later on this week.

Take care, my friends.  Until next time, keep crafting.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pause, Dream, Enjoy Linky Party #1 ~ Balloons Midway Point

Good Morning!  Welcome to the first linky party for Pause, Dream, Enjoy, formerly known as Paper Playtime challenges.  We have moved this year and become a bi-weekly linky party.  We are actually half way through our challenge so you have one more week ~ up until Monday, January 20th at midnight EST ~ to enter your balloon project.

Here are the rules of the new linky parties:
1) Follow the theme
2) New or Past projects welcome 
(any type of crafting as long as it fits the current theme)
3) You may link up as many times as you'd like 
(as long as they are different projects)
4) Become a FOLLOWER of Pause Dream Enjoy

Easy, peasy correct?  Hope to see lots of my friends entering this new challenge.  We want it to become a success.

I have made a card for the next "official" holiday ~ Valentine's Day ~ truthfully one of my least favorite.  I see it as a made up holiday for the gain of the chocolate and flower industry.  Maybe because it is that I have never had a spectacular one and am always disappointed by my expectations.  If I have no expectations, maybe it will be a great day.  My card uses an assortment of stamps that I masked and made into one.  The snowman is from High Hopes and the balloon with hearts on it is from Crafter's Companion.


Copic Xpress It Card Stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Images ~ High Hopes Lg. Stackable Stanley
~ Crafter's Companion Smile (single balloon)
Copic Markers
Card Stock ~ Recollections
Sizzix Hearts Embossing Folder
Sentiments ~ Michaels $1.50 Bin (both outside and inside)
Washi Tape ~ Recollections (Black), unknown red/white as it was a gift
Glossy Accents
Stickles ~ Gunmetal
Ribbon ~ Michaels

A close up of the image:

Copics Used:  0. BG10, BG11, BG13, BG72, BG75, BG78, R35, R37, R39, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR21, YR23, YR24, W1

So, for those of you who visit regularly, let's just say that my scrapbook page count is 0.  My crafting mojo has taken a hike and I need to get it back, hence why it has been fourteen days (which is the longest time for a while) between posts.  I am a list maker so this week I am making a list of what I want to scrapbook and starting.  It will give me satisfaction to be able to cross each page off the list. 

Thanks for coming by.  Have a great Tuesday, my friends.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!!!!

Good Morning!  I hope the holidays were all you wanted them to be.

I said I would be back with a post about the changes on my blog.  And here it is.  First off,  I am no longer on the One Crazy Stamper design team.  My last post was Christmas Day ~ check it out if you haven't already.  I am also not going to be doing the monthly Christmas blog hop ~ yes I got my cards done that way but I am more a mass produce kind of gal and had a hard time deciding whom to give a different card to so that was more stressful than making them all at once.  I am staying on one design team ~ the one formally known as Paper Playtime.  But there is some news with them.  They will be moving to Pause Dream Enjoy under the linky tab every other Tuesday.  This will start January 7th.

So, on a different note, what will I be doing with all of this spare time since there won't be as many design team commitments?  I am going back to something that I did first ~ that is scrapbooking.  I am very far behind on pictures and want to scrapbook the two new loves of my life ~ my grandchildren.  I may be sharing a layout before I add the photos once in a while but I am going to be sharing a running total of the pages I get done.  Cheer me on with this!!!

Also, there are a few other things I would like to concentrate on.  I would like to improve my photography so that there will be better pictures to scrapbook.  This requires that I take some photography courses and learn to use photo editing software.   That will be something to cross off of my bucket list. I would like to take steps to start a small business selling my cards.  I am going to start my own Etsy shop and hopefully a website too.  Lots of time and effort but worth it I am sure.  I also do other crafts besides paper crafting and a few more of them may show up on the blog.

Lastly, there will be a few more posts similar to this one ~ personal musings with no pictures involved.  They may be about something that happens in my life, something that I feel passionate about or just rambling.  I sincerely hope you will continue to stop by and support my blog in its new direction.

Happy New Year.  May 2014 be all that you want it to be!!!

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather