catch up

Hello everyone!!!! I am so sorry to have gone off the blog for so long.  It was never my intention to let so much time go by.  I have found it difficult to find the time to blog with all the summer activities.  But I’m here today to catch you up.  I really have missed blogging and connecting with other bloggers and I hope you are still there?

Balance in life is very important to me.  I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been easy this summer to find the right amount of time between work, personal, home and creative time.  I have managed to find time to be creative but I have really been working on getting in shape and training for a half marathon.  I’ve done half marathons before but I wanted to be in better shape.  Balance for me comes when I find a routine.  I wish I could be one of those people who can fly by the seat of their pants, but that’s not me.  One way to get into better shape is for physical activity to become a routine, so I have been focusing on making it part of my morning routine.  This has led to less anxiety and stress and little by little I am starting to feel the balance returning. It’s not to say I don’t have my days, but I am feeling better and my passion for creativity is even stronger.  I want to make my creative time and blog just as much a routine as my training.

To catch up on the creative side, let’s go back to Mother’s Day.  I think that is where I last left off?  Like most of the cards I make, I always keep the person in mind that I am creating the card for.  Mother’s Day was no exception.  My mom loves birds, the color blue and pretty feminine touches.  Here is the card I created for her.  This card features stamping designs on both scrapbook paper and vellum.  The part of the card making process that takes me the longest is the overall design of the card.  I will lay out papers, colors, stamps and embellishments until an idea starts to form in my mind.  The following pictures are a glimpse into my creative process.

Picking paper

Picking paper

Choosing stamps and embellishments

Choosing stamps and embellishments

Stamping design

Stamping design

When I stamped the feather image on the music scrapbook paper I first used Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I next stamped the same image without re-inking my stamp and overlaying it at a different angle.  This produced a worn stamped look that I then colored in by re-inking the feather stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough and placing directly over top of my already stamped image.

Pauline Card 2015

My husband’s mom and I both love pink and girlie and so I opted for a more modern looking card for her. I love using sequins in shaker cards but for this design I wanted to use them to add some sparkle.  I  also found this wonderful bag of confetti at Michaels, it has an assortment of shapes and themes in it, from Christmas angels to baby bottles.  In the bag were these iridescent butterflies.  The foil material that the shapes are cut from made it easy to fold the wings to add movement before gluing them to the card.

Cindy Card 2015

It was fun to make two cards that had a completely different look and feel.  As I put together this post I am excited to say I have more cards coming up to share.  Thank you for staying with me and thank you for your patience while I figure out how to breathe create relax. mj

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baby baby

baby baby art and card

On the Saturday of Easter weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of a very special celebration.  Members of our family are expecting their first little one and a wonderful luncheon was given in honor of the lovely mom to be.  Here is what I put together as part of my gift and I wanted to share this with you all.  I came up with the idea after taking notice of some of the pictures that the future mom had pinned on Pinterest.  I was noticing her choices when it came to decor for the babies room, pinks, frills and girlie glam, this is the result.  I hope you enjoy and have time to breathe create relax. –mj 

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final word for 2014

I hope everyone has had a joyous holiday season and looking forward to what 2015 will bring.  I have actually started this post several times and was at a loss for words.  I have had good intentions this Christmas, but it was also a very busy few months.  My only regret was that I couldn’t do more.  Time seemed to go by so fast, but what moments I did grab a hold of I enjoyed being creative and sharing with you.  Blogging is new to me, only a few months old.  I am really excited to plan my blog for 2015.  I have been making observations along the way and hope to get into more of a routine that will allow me to share posts on a regular basis.  I do know that I have some other projects coming up besides cards that I intend to share with you.  My husband and I recently built our house and my current creative space is unfinished.  We plan on completing the room ourselves so stay tuned for more details on that.  I also have been organizing and sorting through photos. After a busy day I don’t always feel like sitting down to make a card, so I have searched out some other form of creativity that I can do while relaxing on the couch.  Enter Project Life! I am going to scale down those old photos and create photo albums using Project Life products.  To end 2014 I would like to share some of my other Christmas cards and to keep it short, a brief highlight of some of the products used.  If there is something specific you would like to know about a card leave a reply or send me a message.  Here is to learning and creating more in 2015 and taking the time to breathe create relax. Cheers! mj

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Cricut’s Trim the Tree Cartridge gives you beautiful intricate cuts that can be paired with a simple card design. I used paper from Pebbles Home For Christmas Paper Pad and holiday sentiment from K & Company Adhesive Chipboard design by Brenda Walton. Finally, add some gem stones for extra sparkle and family will think you spent hours on this design.

Postage Stamp Inspired

Postage Stamp Inspired

Using Cricut Sentimentals Cartridge, I created this oversized postage stamp featuring Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade in Pine Branch, paper from Jolee’s Boutique Holiday Paper Pad and All Night Media’s Dasher Wood Mount Stamp. (no direct link available for stamp)

Simple, yet festive.

Simple, yet festive.

Here is another easy design. To accent paper form The Paper Studio All Seasons Three 12 x 12 paper pad I used the reindeer die cut from Cricut’s Winter Woodland Cartridge and embossed the shadow with Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade in Holiday Knits. I also found these clear plastic holiday stickers from Cloud 9 Design to add my Christmas sentiment. (no link available for Christmas sentiment)

Jolly Ole Sant Nicholas

Jolly Ole Sant Nicholas

This one just makes me smile.  Using the Santa stamp from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas I first created my main image. Add Santa’s shadow image from Cricut’s Trim the Tree Cartridge and you have a playful childlike card to share with a family.

Peace

Peace

When I think of peace I think of calming soft colors, such as the colors found in DCWV’s Linen Closet 12 x 12 Paper Pad.  I created a vintage paper background using various Tim Holtz Distress Inks and accented details with silver Zing Embossing Powder in Glitter finish.  Did you know that Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard Basics can be embossed with embossing powders?  I used my Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Dies in Reindeer Flight to create my shimmering deer in flight.

Oh Deer!

Oh Deer!

I am sensing a trend here.  I didn’t even realize how much I was drawn to reindeer images this year.  I used the same technique on the reindeer die cut as the previous image.  I changed up my embossing folder to feature Tim Holtz Alterations Shadow Press Christmas and used a birch tree stencil found at Hobby Lobby to create my wooded background. (direct link to stencil not available)

All that glitters

All that glitters

This final card reflects my personal style when it comes to holiday decor.  I love the old Shiny Brite ornaments but I also like simple and modern styles.  This picture really doesn’t show off the shimmer of the Zing Embossing Powder, but I like the mixture of old world ornaments from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas Memories stamp set and the embossed image from Darcie’s Embossing Folder appropriately called, Ornaments On The Side.

 

shimmer snowman

Sorry everyone for the missed post on Monday.  Like I said, I didn’t have much time to work on cards over the weekend but I did manage to continue with my shimmer snowman.

Since Halloween was my first introduction at doing numerous cards with the same theme, I want to admit that I did go a little overboard on buying embellishments.  But really, can we ever have enough? They will come in handy next year I am sure.  Anyway, starting out with Christmas I decided to slim down on the amount of embellishments I purchase and focus on creating my own.  I also think the stores have yet to get their entire holiday stock in, so the pickings really haven’t caught my eye.


EmbellishmentsUsing Cricut Art Cartridge, Winter Woodland, I first cut my snowflakes out of traditional white scrapbook paper.  Next came adding some bling.  From my past in makeup, I had some left over goodies that will be put to use with card making and these gemstones are just that.  I used Ranger’s Glossy Accents to adhere clear and teal gemstones to the snowflakes.  Another way I created snowflakes was using my Martha Stewarts Crafts, Deep Double Edge Snowflake Punch.  I punched the design into Recollections Cool Water Cardstick Paper (teal color) and then carefully snipped the snowflakes apart from the paper.  To bring more emphasis to the “snow” theme of the card I added a snowflake brad to correspond with the boarder paper that I used.

Now this card is not finished yet.  I’m not loving the embossed “let it snow”.  Don’t get shimmer snowmanme wrong, I love the emboss itself, just not what I did with it.  The one thing that I find really helpful is taking photographs of my work.  By having a photograph handy, I can take a peak at it when I am away from the creative process and view it when I am in a different mind set.  It is at this time that elements will stand out.  Some times those elements are what make you love what you did and at times it makes you stop and say “nope, not finished yet”.  This is where I am now.  All I need is to breathe create relax and it will come to me.  How do you edit your work? Comment bellow.  I’d love to hear
from you.  mj

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