Creative, Or . . .

There are times I think I’m fairly creative, times I think I just have a different way of looking at things, and times I wonder if I just recycle what others do.  Then again, I’m pretty good at trying to figure out economical ways of doing something.  Okay, the economical is probably most of it.

Here are a few things I’ve done in the past week or so, that I thought I’d share with you.

8-8-14 Crop F Lofty 8-8-14 Crop F Majestic 8-8-14 Crop T Puns 8-8-14 Crop T Regal 8-8-14 Crop W Gratefulness 8-8-14 Crop W Shattered Glass 8-10-14 Crop S Crown 1 8-10-14 Crop S Crown 8-10-14 Crop S Quote

 

These first nine were all from the crop last week at ScrapZee.  There were 8 challenges, but I did 2 for the “Crown” challenge.

8-11-14 Crop Game Thank Yous 8-13-14 STV Polka Dots 8-13-14 SZ PP

 

The weekly challenge at StampTV this week was to use polka dots, but there was a twist.  You were supposed to use black and white with 1 other color.  That was all well and good on the first ones, except, I typed up my image/sentiment as they were thank yous for the winners of my Mad Libs game and the pre-crop game.  Oops, no StampTV image, so they wouldn’t work for the challenge.  Then I searched for black and white polka dot paper, but found I had none.  The second  picture is what I actually used for the challenge.  I made my own polka dots using a sponge dauber, a pencil eraser, and an embossing tool.  Then made pink polka dots with a Perlen-Pen by Viva.  That one actually turned out pretty cute.  And made an unusual Christmas card, too.  The last one, I was rather stuck on polka dots, so used 2 different polka dot papers, as well as a striped paper for the Patterned Paper Background challenge at ScrapZee.  It was a fun new baby card.

Now, I’m not sure any of these are actually all that creative, except maybe the hippo polka dot card, but then I’ve been having problems concentrating the past couple of weeks, too.

I was amazed at how God works: when I pray about helping me to feel better, and the doctor’s office was closed when I called last night, so I called when they opened this morning and asked to see my doctor, they had an appointment this morning.  He got me started on some medication, just in case, and has me scheduled for some tests and set up to see a specialist if the meds don’t work.  I REALLY like this doctor!

Now, hopefully they will be able to figure out what’s wrong and I can get my diabetes back under control, be able to focus better and not be completely drained of energy all the time.

Sorry, this last bit sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m actually just thrilled at God working in situations at just the right time.  How often can you get an appointment with a good doctor within a week, much less within an hour?

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I know schools have started back up already, but go enjoy the rest of summer, before fall actually arrives!

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All Cracked Up

The Cracked Glass technique is fun, fairly easy to do and gives you an intriguing look.

To do this, you will need an image on card stock (mine was a bit thin for this, so the thicker the better), some embossing ink and a heat tool.

First you want to stamp and color your image.

Next you want to cut out your image.  I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out mine.

I also embossed them so I would have a small edge to grasp.  Then you want to cover your image with embossing ink or Versamark ink and cover that with clear embossing powder.  I used the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel so I wouldn’t have to do so many coats.

Now, use your heat tool and melt the embossing powder.  While it is still wet/hot, press it into a pile of embossing powder and heat again.  Do this a few times to build up your layer, so it looks like it is covered in glass.

Now, after it is completely cool, you can flex the card stock to crack the glass.  It cracks best when you are bending the card stock towards itself with the embossing on the outside.  Some people tell you to put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, which does help it crack easily.

My pieces seem to have wet spots on the card stock, which is what happens when it gets too hot.  That is why I suggest using a thicker card stock.

I then put my cards together.  I was working on two masculine cards, which is why I chose the images I used, as well as thinking they would look good with this technique.  Here’s what I came up with:

My dirt road turned out a bit wider than I needed, but was still fun.  I took a piece of paper grocery sack, cut it to the size I needed, then crumpled it up, straightened it, then did it again.  The plants are from the Follow Your Dreams set by Gina K. Stamps.  The sentiment and car image are from the Stamp Set 285 – 1900 Cars by Sparkle N Sprinkle.

For this one, the impression on the card is the Flourish Impressabilities by Spellbinders.  The image is from the Gleefully Yours set by Gina K. Stamps.  I wrote the sentiment.  Inside it says, “Every generation gets there.  You’re getting closer.  Happy Birthday”.  It is for one of the guys at work that is in his early 30s and now has two little girls.  Hopefully he gets a laugh out of it.

For more examples of this technique, go check out the challenge and tutorial at MFP Speedy TV.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!