Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thanks Paper Smooches Card

Hi y'all! I am back from a very unexpected blogging break. If you don't feel like listening to me ramble, feel free to scroll on down to the card. Promise I won't be offended. 

First, a week before my oldest son's 13th birthday(yes, I am officially the mom of a teenager, ACK!!), he had to have an emergency appendectomy! Needless to say, mom mode took over and I was a basket case. One afternoon he called from school saying he was sick and by 6:30 p.m. he was in surgery. He handled it like a champ. Way better than his mom.

I have also been dealing with a mystery "thing" on my chin and have been to numerous dermatologists and found out...nothing. No one can seem to tell me what the thing is. Cultures, biopsies, you name it, it's been done. I have never taken so many antibiotics and tried so many topical meds in my life! It turns into this monstrous, red, painful, clear fluid-filled GINORMOUS lump, goes away, comes back. I know, disgusting, right? I can tell you that it has taken over my life for many weeks and there have been times when the "thing" gets so out of control I can't even leave the house. I became very depressed for a while, as I have always been fanatical about my skin. I do THINK it is gone now, for the most part. I don't think I will ever know what it was. I apologize if I've shared TMI, but I really felt the need to explain and vent. that I have a nifty new blog design and I no longer feel like a scary monster, I feel a fresh new start is in order. Although I haven't posted much, I have been working like crazy in the studio. I have tons to share with you.  In my previous life, before kids, I was an elementary school teacher. I dabbled in middle and high school, as well.  Although I don't have plans to go back any time soon, I do miss the teaching aspect. I do love to teach.  I love to learn just as much and I would love to share some of the many things I have learned in this amazing industry. I am truly amazed at the talent in the blogosphere and inspiration is just everywhere. Have I mentioned my addiction to Pinterest? Anyway, I would like to start doing video tutorials and I could use your help. What kind of tutorials do you like? What kind of techniques do you want to see? Or, do you just like fast-motion, start to finish card videos put to music? Are you a beginner and just want to know where to start? I would love your input on this.  After all, you are the ones I will be making the videos for! 

Having said ALL that, there will be many changes around here and I am looking forward to them! 

So, after poking around on Pinterest recently, I decided to start a board of patterns. So, I was playing around with these triangles and came up with this (btw, the stamp set I used is one of my favorites EVER; so many options from just one stamp set; definitely a MUST have set).  Just one problem. I messed up the pattern! I accidentally stamped one of the open triangles over a green triangle instead of the aqua one.  Oh, well. I still like it. Super fast to make and I just may make some more in different color variations. 

Kim Hughes, owner/creator of Paper Smooches is offering up a FAB prize just for linking up a thank you card. You have until midnight MT tonight to join in. Check it out here

I'll be back soon! Happy stamping!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Getting Your Creative Mojo Back Watercolor Card

So, I've been in a creative slump lately. Hate when that happens. I have figured out a few tricks to get those creative juices flowing again.  One of them is to get out the craft mat, the distress inks, some watercolor paper, and just play. I don't think about creating a finished project. I just play around until I start feeling inspired and often times something pretty comes out of it.

This card came out of a creative play session. I only used two colors of Distress inks here, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade. I started by using my water brushes to go over the whole panel with Picked Raspberry. I then went in with the Squeezed Lemonade.  I just love how the colors mixed and made some places orange! It was pretty bright at first, so I decided to soften it up with some white pigment ink.  I put a sentiment on it and called it done!  Although my play session took a while, the card itself literally took minutes from start to finish.  I have a ton of panels that, let's just say, don't look too hot, but that's okay.  Out of it came something I can recreate in a bunch of different colors and greetings to put together a nice set.  So easy to mass produce this one. This picture really doesn't do it justice. Much prettier in real life.  I am going to see if I can get a better picture to replace this one. The light was just not cooperating with me.

One more thing.  I mailed out a card for the first time in a long time yesterday.  It felt so good!  It is strange that I spend so much time making cards and never mail them out.  Shame on me!! I'm going to make an effort to mail one out at least once or twice a week.  Are you good at mailing them out? Do you do it often?  If not, go mail one out. Who doesn't love happy mail?!


Monday, September 3, 2012

New Digs!! Welcome to Orange Blossom Designs

Happy Labor Day! How do you like my new digs?  I'm so excited about my new look and new name! This has been a loooong time coming. I was on a waiting list for nearly two years to get Veronica at VK Design Company to design my blog. It was well worth the wait and she knew exactly what I wanted. Huge thanks to Veronica! I still have some tweaking to do on my part and that will get done this week. 

August just kind of slipped away from me. The beginning of the month was the anniversary of my daughter's death. Always knocks the wind out of me for a while. On top of that, I have been dealing with some health issues and have spent much of the Summer sick. After spending tons of time at the doctor, everything is under control now and I finally feel back to myself again! I really hate to be a Debby Downer, but you deserve to know why I've been gone so long. 

While I was sick, I did get a lot of planning done for my blog. I can't wait to share all of my new ideas with you. Soon!

Today, I have a quickie card to share which turned out nothing like I had planned. I ended up getting a huge blob of black ink on the main panel!  Normally, I would have redone the whole thing, as I am a crazy perfectionist. Although, it made me cringe a little, I was just too tired (still dragging some from being sick) to do it over. I just cut it down until the blob was gone and made it work! Hope you like it! :)

Have a crafty day!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hey Sugar!

Hey there friends! I am back after spending some good quality Summer vacation time with my boys. I just can't believe how this summer is zipping by. I have to admit, I am not ready for my guys to go back to school.  I am probably going to miss these carefree days more than them! Also, my oldest is going into the seventh grade. I just can't even fathom that he is going to be a "teen" in just a couple of months! Ack, I feel old. Well, not really. I will always be young at heart.

Enough of my rambling. I know you want to get to the card, right?! Ha.  I have been loving the Retro Sketches challenge blog and have finally gotten a chance to play. Seriously, they have the best sketches and a killer design team.  You should really check it out if you haven't yet. The concept behind it is brilliant. 

I used this week's sketch and pulled out a "new to me" Paper Smooches stamp set to come up with this CAS card. I paper-pieced the ice cream using this adorable 6 x 6 pad and the cone from my current favorite Studio Calico pad.  Oh, and that cute little pinked is a Die-Namics die that was only $2.99!! You can't beat that. You can find it here.

As you can see, I swayed a little from the sketch. That's the beauty of sketches. They are always a great starting point to get the creativity flowing. I almost always end up with a card completely different from what I intended!

So, here's a crafty confession.  I originally loaded up the ice cream piece with star dust Stickles. It turned into a Stickle-trastophy! Apparently, I was a bit heavy-handed with the sparkle and it just looked awful and bumpy. I ended up tearing that part off and re-doing that part. I am posting a picture that I took last night that somehow looks a lot better than it did in real life!

So, what do you think? To Stickle or not to Stickle? Maybe a re-do with  a thinner layer?
I am also entering this into the Anything Goes Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher. Yeah, count me in on that!!

Oh, one more thing that will make some of you very happy! I am updating my stamps for sale page with a TON of stamps! Great prices too! Don't forget to check back. I will post as soon as I get it updated. 

Enjoy the rest of your day!