Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cheer Up/FM#206/ CTD#339


I don't usually get a chance to craft on Sunday or post, but today I could do both.

The card above is combining two challenges, Friday Mashup! and Color Throwdown. I fell in love with colors from CTD and the umbrella/polka dot theme over at Friday Mashup!

Used my Cricut Explore Air to die cut the Umbrella w/ shadow (The First Few Years cartridge). There are over 90 umbrella images to chose from with my subscription, but this is the one I really was drawn to.


SU products: Geometrical, Daffodil Delight CS, Basic Black CS, Polka Dot Parade, Whisper White CS, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Boho Blossoms & Petite Petals punches.

That's about it for today. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Love Grows Here / FMS #183

Love Grows Here / FMS #183

Boy, has this week flown by! I really had plans on getting several cards up, but that didn't happen. I was out and about, lost my mojo and have been learning the in's and out's of my new Explore and the Cricut Design Space. I'm still amazed at how much it can do. They just released another update yesterday which adds more awesomeness.

This is a Baby card that I created today using this weeks Freshly Made Sketch #183. I was tempted to add more "stuff" but refrained myself.  I'm really trying to produce more simple, uncomplicated cards.  I am succeeding a little and hope to become more comfortable with keeping it simple.



The stamp set I used was one I bought quite awhile ago from Taylored Exressions, Love Grows Here. It always makes me smile, but I have been challenged when it comes to coloring it. Unfortunately, today was not much better, but I pressed in. I think I stamped and colored the image 7 or 8 times. UGH! My final attempt was used, but I'm still not completely happy with the results, but used it anyway. I would love your opinion and suggestions.
The technique I settled on using: 
  • Stamping the image with Black Memento Ink on SU Shimmer White paper
  • Adding clear embossing powder which was then heat set  
  • Colored the image with SU inks and the Aqua painter
Having the image outlined with the embossing powder helped me "stay within the lines". I still need practice. I'll be using the sweet images from the set again trying this technique and perhaps my Prisma Color Pencils. So stay tuned!
Other SU products used:  Sweet Dreams DSP with matching buttons, Bitty Banner Framelit dies, Chevron EF
Have a wonderful evening and I hope you can do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee

Monday, April 20, 2015

Boys will be Boys/cQc#287

Boys will be Boys Birthday Card/ cQc#287

A quick and easy boys card today using ColourQ's color challenge. Loved this sketch, but I was not able to link this to retrosketch challenge#160 because it was due by yesterday. I still loved the sketch and used it create this card using it.


SU Boys Will Be Boys stamp set, Project Life Cards and Labels Die, Sweet Dreams DSP, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White card stock, Stylish Stripes EF, Tangelo Twist buttons.

Well, I need to get going. My hubby and I are off to a church Western Party. It should be lot's of fun and I'll try to take some pictures and post them on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get to do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee

Friday, April 10, 2015

Some Recent Creations


Here are three cards that I recently added to my Sweet Paper Bliss blog. Below each card there is a direct link to that card if you are interested in any of the "deets". 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Make it a great weekend and I hope you can do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee



http://sweetpaperbliss.blogspot.com/2015/04/smilecricutmojo-392.html








http://sweetpaperbliss.blogspot.com/2015/04/yaycricut-exploreds196.html





http://sweetpaperbliss.blogspot.com/2015/04/your-simply-wonderful-cqc286-fms181.html

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Playing with Expression Air


Just a quick post today showcasing some cards that I cut on my new Cricut Expression machine.  I have been playing with settings, images, free projects, pens, etc. for the past 4 or 5 days. It is certainly an amazing machine and I haven't nearly explored all of it's possibilities.

Right now, I'm on the low end of the learning scale, and it's been a little bit fun and a tad frustrating. Thankfully, there are many tips, tricks and tutorials on Youtube and on the Cricut site. I'm slowly going through them to learn as much as I can.

Although I love this new machine,it will probably never take over my love of stamps and the smell of ink. I still love my card making supplies and creating with them, but it certainly takes my crafting to another level.


The teeth on the saw are are amazing.
The telephone cards below were done using one of my free projects. The phone cord and the hello are sketched first, then the machine blade cuts the phone. It's great having the dual carriage. No changing out the blade for the pen to complete the project.


Felt Blue metallic marker

 Midnight fine line marker

Felt Silver Metallic Marker.  I think this card is my favorite.

Felt Violet Metallic Marker

Felt Copper Metallic  marker
That's about it for today. I hope you have a wonderful day and are able to do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Easter/ Cricut Explore Air/ MOJO#390


MOJO #390
 
Today's card design is one that I will be using for Easter Cards for my younger grandchildren. Minus the bows for the 3 little guys. :0)

I have been laboring over this card for almost a week. I knew what images I was going to use, paper, and sketch, but just couldn't get my "mojo" in gear to put it together. I'm just as glad I didn't. 

As an early birthday gift, my husband bought me a Cricut Explore Air. I'm excited to say the least. This is the 3rd. Cricut I have owned, and I must say, WOW. The machine has come a long way since I received the Original Cricut for a Mother's Day gift years ago (maybe 8?).


There seems to be a lot of chatter on the net. Both Pro's and Con's regarding this machine. I've read through some, but have not worked with the machine enough at this point, to give my opinion. I worked with it some last night and for several hours today, just trying different weight papers and images. 

I'm still learning the in's and out's of the Cricut Design Space. I do have to say, at this point, I feel Cricut Craft Room was a little easier for me, but I'll give the new program some time.  Thankfully, there is a plethora of info and videos on the web to lessen the learning curve.

Mine was bought at Micheal's @ $30 off plus, a Lia Griffith Bundle, and a free month subscription to the Cricut Image Library. I have looked at the library, and I must say, it's huge! I can't imagine being able to use half of the content.

The picture below was another reason I didn't get this card done until today. One of my first cuts using the Explore was Create a Critter lamb. I had seen on the internet that the Explore cut cleaner then my Expression,but of course,I had to do my own test.

Even though the images look different sizes, they were not. I'm not sure why that occurred. Weird...

Can you notice the difference? I was somewhat amazed. Not a lot of difference, but the Explore image is definitely more precise. Larger, rounder eyes, more oval nose, crisper mouth, and more definition in in the leg region. So,I was back to re-cutting images for my 6 cards!

That's about it for this evening.I do hope you have a wonderful one and are able to do something CRAFTY!

Hugs,
BernieBee 

*The paper,stamp,EF,button and twine are all SU products.



Friday, March 6, 2015

Adding some of my FAVORITES

I said I would add my cards to this site that were added over on my Sweet Paper Bliss blog, but have been negligent. 

So, today is the day. Although this is just a sampling of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them and will stop by my alternate blog (just click on the picture on the top right) if you need any information on products or execution.





Thanks for stopping by. Make it a wonderful Friday and a CRAFTY weekend!

Hugs,
BernieBee