Monday, February 20, 2012

Love, Hate Relationship With Mondays.

Hi there, and happy Monday!

I love Mondays because I usually have the day off from work. I have done nothing but play with inks and stamps today, and have loved every minute of it!

But there is a flip side . . .

I also feel guilty because nothing, and I mean nothing else, got done! (At least not yet.) I've got about two hours now to get my butt in gear, clean up the house a bit, do some laundry and make it at least look like I did SOMETHING today, before my hubby walks in the door! Shhhh, don't tell him! :)

Anyway, I'll share a couple of cards I made with you. This first one uses the Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips. I stamped them with silver ink and clear embossed. Then stamped again, using second generation stamping, to achieve a shadow effect. I do love silver and purple together!




I was inspired to create this next card after reading Marcy's discussion thread, over in the Hero Arts Flickr pool. It discusses "off the edge" cards, which are so fun to make!


I used Shari Carroll's fun coloring technique, and finger painted Broken China and Vintage photo inks, onto the white embossed, Newspaper Flower, also from Hero Arts.

Here's another angle of the card so you can see what it looks like when opened.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful, crafty week! :)

37 comments:

joy said...

Fabulous card, Barb! I love the off the edge technique; haven't used it in a long time. The finger painting looks great on this huge flower, too.

DoodleSuze said...

Lovely! Both Cards are wonderful!
Must have a go at one of the on the edge cards next.

I'll let you into a little secret ... When I realised I hadn't read the Splash Challenge properly I did another option with Pink lol!

Hope you had a lovely day!
Hugs
Suze x

Lin said...

Love your cards today, Barb! Every once in awhile it's okay to have a day just for you and what you enjoy doing; don't feel guilty. So glad you had time to play!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Beautiful cards!!!
I got lots of laundry and housework done on my day off... hope to get inky!!!

Sue said...

Oh my Barb, can I identify with your dilemma re the household chores!
And no matter how good I feel inside when I am creating, when I return to the real world, normally with a jolt; inevitably the blasted phone will ring.....
who cares if the kitchen is flooding! Ha.
It is okay to have a free day to yourself, one should not work for others needs ALL the time...... But it won't make a damn bit of difference how much you tell yourself this, you will still have the guilts.
Your first card in the elegant softer tones of Purple has a real delicacy about it and your Silver image, because it has Grey undertones adds sophistication.
Your second creation is more playful, as you have created movement with the design with your large flower, and placing it off the edge adds a tactile quality to the card.
They are both delightful Barb.
Smiles:)

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness those cards are worth not getting the housework done! But I know exactly whereof you speak sister. I feel the same way!! I can spend hours crafting but there's always this little tiny voice in my head listing the "other" things I should be doing. Arrgg...it's frustrating. Oh, you're secret's safe with me...there's been many a day when it's 30 min. before dh is due home that I make a mad dash to get my clothes on (been in my pj's), get my makeup on and dinner started! LOL. My dh does not care one little bit if I stayed in pj's and no makeup, he loves that I have the time now after raising 3 kids to do what I like. Just can't quiet that little voice...

Rachel W K said...

i looooooooooove your 'off the edge' card, the flower looks stunning and the colors are so amazing! (as usual!) I generally dislike Mondays, but only because I feel like I have so much to get (that I didnt do on Friday!)

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

Your post cracked me up Barb. That was 100% me yesterday. I did a quick clean so that I didn't feel as guilty about being in the craft room for a couple cards!

And...I love the lavender and silver together! Stunning!

Karen B. said...

These are absolutely beautiful Barb!

Lisa said...

I love your purple card and I agree that silver looks beautiful with it! The flower on the second is gorgeous and I like how it's off the edge!
And have no fear!! Your secret is safe with me (and I'm sure ALL of us!!) Funny :) We all have the same one! haha

Annette said...

so beautiful...

Mitt said...

Hey Barb - tell Mr. Guilt to take the day off! He shouldn't invade your fun! We hear from him way too much. Enough is enough and fun if funner! (Tell Ms. English to go away too!) Enjoyed your creations! Keep on craftin' while the juice is flowin'

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful cards Barb! I especially love the white embossing with distress inks on the newsprint flower!

Brenda said...

Loving your two cards Barb, especially the colors and design of the second! I know exactly what you mean about crafting taking over the day! It's like a guilty pleasure! But we all need time just for us every now and then!

maryse n. said...

Love your off the edge card. That flower is awesome. It sounds like you had an awesome day, I might have to do that tomorrow : )

sheila said...

I love your cards today Barb.....the "edge" one is fabulous and the pearl detail on your tulip card is lovely. I completely know what you mean about feeling guilty when taking a day or time for myself....but sometimes you just have too!

Tina said...

Cards are just gorgeous....and totally worth all the time. I guess we all have pretty much the same issues :-)) But I allways feel comforted when I think of all you girls out there doing the same thing :-)))

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous cards Barb - I think we can all relate :)!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

The silver tulips are so pretty and I just adore the big flower on your "off the edge" card. Love it! You chores will always be there tomorrow, so enjoy your day off and keep crafting! :)

Cathy A said...

Barb, don't feel guilty about the housework, the thing is no matter how often you do it, you have to do it again soon, so why not leave it and do it next week. Just keep the lights low and hubbie won't notice the dust!

Lovely cards, the shadow effect works so well.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Don't you just loooove having Mondays off? I'm thrilled just to get every other one off. Love your pretty flower cards today, Barb - such yummy colors! Hope you're enjoying the snow (or did it melt already?)!!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb, your cards are gorgeous. I love off the edge cards and keep wanting to make a few, but I don't seem to get around to it. Love the newpaper tulips, too. Great job. I am glad that you had a great time crafting today. Take care. Hugs to you.

AnitaRex said...

Hi Barb like men get all that much done on there day offs!!! :> I refuse to feel guilty they don't work around the house all day when they are home! :> It's great to have a day to yourself and craft! Love both cards! I love the look of second generation stamping! And Love ho you stamped the sentiment of the pretty newspaper flower! :>

Simone said...

Stunning cards Barb! I love how you double stamped the newspaper tulips to create the shadow effect. Soo pretty!

Dawn said...

I had a giggle to myself.... I'm the same~ love spending my time crafting to the detriment of the house work many a time. Love your cards Barb.

Jenny said...

wonderful cards Barb, love them! especially the 2nd one. i love the flower!! hugs!!

Maureen Morton said...

You make me smile, big time! Love these cards, too. Especially the silver tulips! I haven't used silver in ages and you have prompted me to re-visit it. You are doing wonders with this stamp, too! Thanks for sharing and keep smiling (even on Mondays).

Greta said...

Love the 1/2 circle of pearls--ingenious! The newspaper flower card is so lovely. Have a great day, Barb!

Elizabeth Allan said...

With all the mojo you had flowing creating these beauties I am sure you got your "to-dos" done in record time!

Trinh said...

So glad you took a day for yourself - these are gorgeous! Love the layout of the first card & the inking on the 2nd one is outstanding.

walchowDesign said...

Fabulous cards, Barb! Love your colour choice on the off side edge card!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Awww love that gorgeous flower! And the 'off the edge' is great! I always forget that technique Thanks for yor blog visit

CanadianScraps43 said...

Beautiful card Barb. I thought that was a great discussion thread that Marcy started too and I have never done a card like that before. another idea to get my mojo started. Lol.

~Tammy~ said...

Doing anything other than getting inky is overrated! Wonderful cards!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous tulips and lovely flowers! Beautiful flowers!

Tiffany said...

My goodness! Gorgeous cards, and I LOVE that shadow effect, very stunning look!

Mariëtte said...

Gorgeous colors and layout on your edge card. Yummie