Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rock Star

It would seem that my creativity is on an extended vacation. It has happened in the past so I know the duration of it's absence can vary from a few days to several months.  I'm a bit fearful that this round might be leaning towards the latter!

Unfortunately, the call to create reared it's ugly head despite the fact that notification was given that creativity is currently not available.  The Youngest Kiddo was invited to a classmates birthday party later this afternoon (Yes, I know.  Once again, I am trying to create with no mojo at the last minute!). I will also admit, that due to the severe lack of creativity, I once again considered buying a card.

And I wouldn't have felt any guilt.

But, I didn't.  All because of artistic ego.

You see, Youngest Kiddo has been attending this classmate's birthday parties for several years.  And every year I have made the birthday card that reflected the birthday theme for that year (as indicated by the homemade invitation and excited verbal updates by the birthday kiddo).  Last year, the creative mother told me that she always looks for the Youngest Kiddo's card because she knows it is homemade with the theme so she SAVES the card in her son's scrapbook.

Talk about pressure!

I'm not sure that this year's card meets the expectations that I have now exaggerated to myself.  I like the design concept in theory, but not sure the final outcome is what I had hoped for. It's close, just not quite there.

I recommend clicking on the photo for a larger view.  On my computer, the larger view IS in focus!

But, I'm not tweeking it.  This is the SECOND card made as the first had the misfortune of having the re positional stamp fall off the stamp block on the very last image being stamped, resulting in a wonderful blur of ink.  **Helpful tip:  if you are using a re positional stamp multiple times and cleaning the ink between each stamped image, I HIGHLY recommend that you check to make sure that the moisture from the cleaning did not loosen the bond of stamp to block.  Just sayin'. 

Basic creative (ha!) details:  Base: Gina K's Pure Luxury white, top fold.  Stamps are also from Gina K/Tami Mayberry Live Life Loud.  Distress Ink in Broken China and Peeled Paint were randomly applied to the stamp to create the mottled/tie die look.  The same inks were used to create the Wrinkle Free distress background, misted with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist Pearl.  The sentiment (same stamp set) was stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs.  The sentiment was die cut and embossed with Spellbinders Label 12 and sponged along the edge with Broken China distress ink.  The sentiment was adhered using dimensionals.

That's about it for me today!  I'm trying to get motivated to tackle going through my craft area and PURGING, since creativity is out of town. I just finished the kitchen purge and am hoping that motivation doesn't decide to take a vacation too!!

'Till next time..................

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Creating Joy

I was introduced to Happy News  from Susan's "other" blog, Questioning My Intelligence.  This morning, I was reminded that you can always find ways to create joy.  Even in a war torn country.

'Till next time..............

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weddings and Ants

Hey there People!! I bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth (again)!  The last couple of weeks have just been in the crazy fast lane.  I'll spare you specifics, but here is a quick summery:

Work.  Loooong hours at work.
Ant invasion.
More work.
Catching up with medical appointments.
Another ant invasion in a different area of the house.
Dang...seems those ants are pretty much finding every nook and cranny in this house: Let's see:
                               First invasion in the kitchen, resulting in a much needed cleaning and purging of 
                               two cupboards.
                               Second invasion in the master bath
                               Third invasion from the front door, across the entry to the dog's food.
                               Fourth: my  office and  in a different area of the cupboards, YET
                              Invasion Five outside (thankfully) but all along the edge of the house and trash 
                             I think the ants are not enjoying our three digit temperatures.  And yes, spraying, ant traps, ant "food" has been applied.  Numerous times. Sigh. 
And some more long days at work.

Pretty exciting huh?!  And I wonder why there are no reality shows as to what reality really is!!

But, despite the exciting life I have been leading, creativity was pushed to the top of the priority list last night! A co worker is getting married today and a wedding card is needed by this afternoon!  I will admit to a brief consideration of buying a card due to the fact that I think the ants have carried away my Mojo. But I took a deep breath and carried forth!

The wedding colors are light pink, white and grey.  The photo makes the roses look darker than they are in reality.  But, I don't have time to retake the picture! LOL!  Remember:  you can click on the photo for an enlarged version.

Some basic details:  Sentiment printed on the computer using a very similar font from the wedding invitation.  Embossed around the sentiment with Sizzix embossing folder Wreath. Sizzix Flowers 3D die used for the roses.  Roses were cut out of some Brazill card stock that I had gotten at my LSS.  **I swear that I am the only person in the "crafting" world who struggles with the making of  these rolled up flowers. It takes me FOREVER to get them to look like flowers! I may take a slight detour from my goal for this year of using the all the unloved supplies I already have versus buying anything new.  I think I NEED to get Donna Salazar's/Spellbinders Rose Creations.  I think I'm a layer flower gal versus a rolled flower gal!! LOL!!  Light sponging of Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and a spritz of Tattered Angel's Pearl glimmer mist complete the flowers. 
Self adhesive pearls were added to some of the embossed areas as well as a few extra lines that I felt helped tie it all together!!

That's it for me right now!  I need to finish cleaning out all the wonderful grime left in the washing machine from washing the car towels and start making myself presentable for the wedding!

I hope you all have a wonderful creative weekend!  Let me know if any of you are interested in obtaining some ants for house guests.  I'm ready for them to LEAVE! lol!!

'Till next time!!