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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cards, Cards, Cards...

   I had a chance a couple weekends ago to spend a Saturday with some of my crafty friends. Oh how I needed a "Day Off!" We had an amazing time as the bunch of us had not been all together in one room for over a year. The laughter and creativity of the day was an amazing gift!

   Here are some of the cards I made. Most are posted over on my Instagram account.  My handle is b2bmomblog if you want to check it out.

These are all inspired by other cards I saw on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coloring fun with Riley Moose Edited 10/30/16

    I will add more to this post when I get home this afternoon but wanted to post this picture of some fun coloring I was doing last night. I LOVE the Riley character from Riley and Co! He is just so darn cute!  All are colored with alcohol markers except the top middle. That is watercolor markers. I think that and the bottom witch are my favorite. Still working on learning to blend but I'm definitely improving.   Now I'm off to my day job!

Finally made some cards with my Rileys...

   This last one was really fun! I tried to duplicate some "Galaxy Techniques" I had seen on YouTube.
It took a bit of work since I did not have nice watercolor paints like the demo's I watched but I used my distress inks and Memento black all stamped onto a clear block I used as a palette then spritzed with water. I struggled to get the white flecks (stars) and ended up using a white pigment ink from a ink pad. I also stamped it onto a clear block added water then flicked it with a paint brush.
   The tree is cut out of tan textured paper from an inexpensive multi pack I got at a craft store. I cut the tree with an older Sizix die I got for a bargain at a garage sale. I gave it dimension with some distress ink using a sponge to apply it.

   The other small elements are punched with an older Creative Memories punch. The pumpkins were punched fro orange paper and I used a Copic marker to create a bit of dimension.

   I hope you feel inspired to play with you craft supplies! I seem to have the most fun when I just start "trying stuff".  Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finally a bit of creativity, some backstory and some news.

I have been struggling with my creativity the last few weeks. No wonder with all I have had going on. What have I been up to? Well...
    I am heavily involved with a local booster club and with practice for fall sports in full swing I have had lots of responsibilities. I organized a dunk tank at our local block party. I was in charge of a fundraiser to kick off the season. I have been working with parents new to our sport to help their families feel like they know what is going on. (Putting your child in a new sport you know nothing about can be daunting especially with a combined MS and HS team)
     I was able to fit in a girls weekend about 3 weeks ago and I was so glad I did! It was time much needed with a dear friend!
     Next week I am having my daughters team over for a "feed" You would not believe how much bread and pasta 30 girls can eat!
     Last but not least I have been helping my out of state mom get things in order to move here to my town! Yayyyy!!! It has been an emotional roller coaster that I really can not begin to describe unless you have lived it. My family and I are just so thankful that she will be with us!
     I have lived 1500 miles from my Mom for 17 years and 1000 miles from the rest of my family for 19 years. While I LOVE my mid west life, living far from family does have it's downside especially if you have children. While My husbands family is in our state the closest of his siblings is an hour away. Thankfully my kids have a wonderful relationship with that Aunt and Uncle (Partly because that Aunt is relocated from the west coast so she gets it. She and I are Great friends!) I wish I could say that the kids have a relationship with their grandparents that are 3 hours away but, well... they do not.
    Thankfully I have been able to handle much of the paperwork for her here otherwise thank goodness for fax machines to keep things moving. There is a TON of paperwork for subsidized housing! I got her storage unit rented and took care of setting up her electric service.  Now I am working on getting some staples and a few special gifts to make her feel welcome. If you have any ideas please let me know!

So, for the creativity part of this post... Here is a card I made from one of the colored images from my last post.
I was not sure how much I liked it but it got a "WOAH, That's cool!" from my boy (11). So I guess it is a keeper, or at least it is gift worthy. He said He wishes he would get an awesome card like this for his birthday. Can I just say I love this kid!

I hope you enjoy this card as much as my boy :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lots of coloring this week :)

A week or so ago I posted about stamping multiple images while you have your supplies out. Well I had some opportunities the last week or so to do some coloring. I used 3 different techniques for coloring. Here are the images I colored...

I LOVE how this came out!!! I used my Koh I Noor Woodless Colored Pencils and Odorless mineral spirits (inexpensive from Walmart) to blend the colors. I love that is looks almost like coloring with alcohol markers. You do also need some blending Stumps to make this technique work. I got mine for around $5 at Walmart. I do plan to work on a video for this but you can find lots on Youtube already.

This Fairy is from Crackerbox stamps

Here are a few more images I colored with this technique

These Two Mermaids  are from Unity Stamp Company as part of their "Angie Girl" line. This one is called "Sammy girl"

This cute mermaid is from Penny Black and is part of her "Mimi" line. This was my first impression with this stamp which as you can see did not come out perfect. I decided it was still just right to practice some coloring.

Next I have one that I used just colored pencils and did not blend...  I am still working on coloring vehicles... It is not as easy as it seems... As you will see in the next photo.

If you have any tips for my on coloring vehicles please let me know in the comments!

This are 2 pictures in this group that I used my Spectrum Noir markers for the coloring. I mostly liked how they turned out. Also I did use come metallic markers from Crayola to try to get the chrome look on the truck. The markers have a pretty blunt tip so it was hard to get the detail right.  I made the light blue shadow with watercolor pencils and water.

Here is Gianna, another "Angie Girl" from Unity Stamp Company. This is my first time trying to color one of these stamps with my Spectrum Noir markers. I did mess up in a few places but overall I like how it turned out.

Next up are some images colored with my watercolor pencils...

These Lighthouses are all from Stampendous.

This Poppy stamp is also from Unity Stamp Company. I was really pleased with how all of these turned out!

I thought it would be fun to try some different colors other that the traditional red for the poppies.

Now to make some cards from all my colored images...

Thanks for joining me!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Home Card...

I had so much fun making this card for a dear friend. I made it about a month ago and wanted to wait to share it until after I had given it to her. This friend and her family has been through a lot the last few years and when it came time for them to be able to purchase a new home they were lucky enough that a house they had admired for years came on the market and was in their budget. I was so excited for their family that I wanted to make a special card to go with a small gift.

Right about the time I heard my friend and her family were purchasing their new home I discovered this stamp set happy home by Sunny Studios. One of my new favorite stamp companies!

This image looks very similar to their new home so I wanted to try to color it like their new home. My first version of this card did not turn out quite how I wanted, the card pictured above is my 2nd attempt and I really like it!  I am still new to coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers and this image with super small details was a challenge for me.

I hope you enjoy this card, thanks for joining me!