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My 1 Year!! Blogaversaversary

WOW!  🙂 I can not believe it has been one year! On February 14th 2016, I decided to do something wild and crazy…love me! I decided to do what makes me happy and get myself back.

I would often see others getting out there and doing their thing. I was a little envious. It must be great to know your God given talent and actually do it. I wanted to figure out where my talents lie. So, I tried a few things: baking, crocheting, and just making stuff. I was able to do it all; however, there was only one I LOVED. Making and crafting things! I always wanted to walk into Michael’s or somewhere and see people buying my stuff. Or designing some of those amazing stamp sets. How cool would that be?!
I did some research and found out that I need to put myself out there, in order to be seen. No better way to do that than a blog and social media…

So, Crafty Lotus was born! 11 posts published with 409 views, 262 visitors and 35 countries! That is AMAZING for MY 1st year.

I have learned a lot over these 12 months. Time management (still working on this), business organization, personal growth…to name a few. I have learned a lot about myself as an artist, crafter, woman, mother and wife. I am learning to be accepting of myself and ALL my glory! 😉

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Thank you to every- and anyone who has stopped and visited my blog, Crafty Lotus. It has been a great year. I am looking forward to many more!
Until next time….Keep Crafting!

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A New Year Crafties!

Happy 2017, World!🎉

It’s that time of the year when we all make resolutions to do something/anything positive for the new year. Then a few months into the new year, we say “Forget it. This is too much.” We’ve all done it. *Raises hand* I’m guilty of it too.

I have recently read a tweet from Ms. Iyanla Vanzant that resonated with me. “It’s time to set an intention for your heart’s desire. Then, put your attention on your intention.”

Usually in life, if we intend on doing something…we do it. “I intend on going to the store/mall/party/work.” It, for the most part, gets done. So, this year we should be making the BEST intentions for our life/careers/blogs. Then be sure to put our attention towards making it happen.

For me, what helps is to be able to physically SEE my intentions/goals.

My 2017 Goals/Intentions

 By writing it down, I’m able to visualize and focus on my goals/intentions. Therefore, being able to put my attention on my goals. So, whatever your goal  may be (more family time, get better at Copic coloring, learn new cardmaking techniques, etc), write it down and focus your attention towards it.

Here’s to a more focused year. 🍹 Cheers! Until next time…Keep Crafting!

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For the Mr. & Mrs.

As wedding season came around this year, a co-worker asked if I would create a wedding card for them. Of Course!!!! So, I thought of what I usually see when it comes to wedding cards…and did something different.

All I saw were doves, rings, bouquets, black/white and bells. I did, however, see something that sparked my interest-the use of ribbon to make a train of a bridal gown. “That’s cool”, I thought. So, I went from there.

Ingredients:

  • Bazzill cardstock (Dotted Swiss Sunset Rose)
  • Recollection cardstock (tan color from the seaside collection)
  • Vellum (clear)
  • 2.25 inch Satin Ribbon (black and white)
  • 1.5 inch Organza Ribbon (sheer white)
  • .25 inch Ribbon (blue)
  • Petite Swirl Rose (pink)
  • Close To My Heart ink (chocolate and brown paper bag)
  • rhinestones (3mm)
  • tiny beads (blue and silver)
  • hot glue
  • Scotch permanent clear glue pen
  • needle and white thread
  • ultra fine diamond glitter

I started off by drawing a silhouette of a bride holding a bouquet and a posing groom onto some tan cardstock. Next, I used my Close To My Heart inks to shade in the cardstock. I wanted to make the silhouettes resemble the skin tone of the actual couple. Since I do not have those cool ink blending tools, I used a makeup sponge….whatever works and gives you the results that you want 🙂

 

I started creating the bride first. I thoughtwp_20160706_23_22_36_pro she would be the most challenging. I went with a mermaid style dress. I mean who doesn’t love a good curve hugging/creating kind of dress?! I sure do. That was the style of my dress. Using the white satin ribbon, I pleated the top of the dress to help create a lifelike bust. I ended up using a small flat iron to iron the pleats down and make them stay. Next, I began to wrap the ribbon around the silhouette to get that rushing affect. As I went, I made a stitch here and there to secure it in place. When I got to the bottom of the dress, I created some pick ups and stitched them as I went along as well. I really had to get my David’s Bridal on to type this portion of this post 😀 Now, what’s a bride without a little bling glam?! I gave her a belt using the sheer, white organza ribbon. I threw some rhinestones on the belt, and the dress, to help jazz it up. Doesn’t she just look amazing? Yaaassss!!

wp_20160707_23_04_58_proOn to the groom we go. The groom actually turned out to be more of a challenge than the bride. Since the silhouette that I chose had a bent arm, I had to try to create natural looking creases at the arm folds. Also, each part of the tux had to be made with a separate piece of material–8 pieces total, which includes 2 pieces for the white shirt. I took care to add “seams”, black buttons (rhinestones colored black) and a tie. I chose a blue tie because of the wedding colors.

Bringing it all together. I put the bride and groom side by side. I noticed that the bride needed something blue to kind of match her groom. I found some small beads that were close to the same color as the groom’s tie. I added one silver bead in the middle for a diamond look. But wait! What is a bride without a bouquet to hold? I used two petite swirl ribbon roses for the bouquet. I had to stitch them in place to make sure that they stay exactly where I wanted them. For the card placement, I originally wanted the couple to be placed next to each other. But due to the volume of the dress, the groom had to be placed slightly behind the bride. I used hot glue to secure them to the card base, Bazzill cardstock. I used their embossed cardstock, dotted swiss, in Sunset Rose.

For the sentiment, I came up with something sweet to say. I then typed it up using a nice script font (in dark pink) and printed it onto the clear vellum. I adhered it to the card using a little clear glue. To complete the sentiment, I sprayed the interior of the card with some gloss and then quickly blew some ultra fine diamond glitter on to it. Wow! What a beautiful sparkle it gave the card. Not too much, just a dusting. Perfect!

I created my basic black envelope from a heavyweight black construction paper. Well not quite basic. I had to make the envelope stretch. So, I made the sides of the card using an accordion fold. Then I used a gold paint pen to write “Mr. & Mrs. Walker” in my best brush script lettering.

The card was a big HIT!!!

 

Until next time….Keep Crafting!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hello Everyone!!! I don’t know how your weather has been. But here in Maryland–we are really feeling Spring. Can we sing together, “Rain, rain go away.” I’m a little over all of this dreary, rainy weather. Silver lining…Flowers! They can be so beautiful. All of the bright colors really bring life to everything.

This week is Staff/Teacher Appreciation week. It was suggested by the PTA, to have the students bring in flowers and cards to show our appreciation. So, I would like to give a big “Hip Hip Hooray” to all of the many teachers, professors and mentors all over the world. The ability to successfully and creatively mold minds, young and old, is a gift beyond measure. We salute you. You are truly appreciated.

I really liked the idea of flowers for my young children’s teachers…especially since they are all women. (For me, giving flowers to a man is a little strange. Just me.) However, it was rather late when I actually remembered the flower part. So, you know what that means–time to get crafty! Paper flowers, here I come.

hyacinth flowersAfter doing a little internet research, I decided on the hyacinth. They are bright in color and seemed to be the quickest to make. 20160502_235113_resizedThe supply list to create these wonderful flowers is so short-9 x 11 construction paper (green and any bright color), wooden skewers, glue and scissors.

First, I covered the wooden skewer in green construction paper. While it was drying, I vertically cut my colorful paper into strips (3 strips per sheet). Next, I created fringe on the strips. Be sure to leave about a 1 cm/0.5 inch edge.

If you have ever curled ribbon, this next step will be a breeze. Warning, don’t get too over zealous. You will lose a fringe or two. As you can see, I lost two. 🙂 20160502_235506_resized

Time to assemble the flower. Add glue to the uncut edge of your curly strip. Slowly wrap it around the skewer. Going too fast on this step will cause the paper to rip.20160502_235639_resized

Lastly, your flower needs some foliage. Cut a thick strip of green construction paper and then roll it up. Cut a little off of each side. Leave about a 1 cm/0.5 inch edge. You are trying to make it resemble a leaf. I used about 5 blades for each flower.20160503_000015_resized

Voila! Paper Hyacinth. All of the teachers absolutely loved them. This would also be cute for Mother’s Day or just any day.  A great idea for someone who can not have real flowers (hospitals) but love them.

Until next time….Keep Crafting!!!

 

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Birthday Cards

It’s time to party!! Birthday Fun = Card Making fun.

For birthday cards, I try to personalize and customize them according to the individual. I also like to try out a new style or trend. So, here are 3 birthday cards that were waiting to make an appearance:

–        A Shaker card for my Husband

–        A Coloring Special

–        A Glitterific Cut-out card

For my husband’s card, I decided to go with his favorite car (Cadillac) and color (green). Since Cadillacs are classic—I thought about other classics: Polaroids, music (Hip Hop), silver/white gold.

The shaker card was a little tricky because I wanted to be creative and different. Oh and I ran out of mounting tape!! Yay. Good thing I have kid stuff in my craft section! I found some thick, green, star shaped, foam stickers. I strategically cut them up and hot glued them into place. Creative, right?! After figuring that out, the rest was a breeze. I added a few small green and silver beads, and some silver, star confetti. I finished it with a handpainted, brush lettering sentiment in silver. I used lyrics from the song Classic Man by Jidenna. Perfect! He absolutely loved it!!

Next up, Shopkins! Shopkins + Adult coloring time = One Awesome Card.

One of my oldest son’s classmates loves Shopkins. I totally can NOT see why. Tiny miniature food with faces is a little creepy—very different from my childhood toys. But hey—whatever. I went to the Shopkins website and printed the Wise Fry and Cheddar characters on some white cardstock. I then grabbed my Crayola pencils and began some of my best coloring. The colors…the blending—Just Fabulous!

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My son chose the burger, Cheddar, to go on her card. We then glitter bombed the card base with some large, tangerine-iris colored glitter to add more pop and texture. I had to hot glue the pieces onto the card due to the glitter. Sticking stuff on top of glitter can be tricky. This card turned out to be so cute and tasty.

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Milli Measure! So, that cute little girl from Team Umizoomi , Milli, is a favorite for most little ones age 2 to 5.

My youngest son and family were invited to a birthday party for a little girl turning 2. So, 20160417_080616_resizedhe picked out Milli from Team Umizoomi for her. I wanted to try something a little different with this card. Instead, of the traditional folded card—I did a cut-out of sorts.

After coloring Milli, I glued her down onto some Crayola Color Surge Paper. I really loved the bright colors of this paper and it is dual sided. I glued her to the turquoise side. The other side is a bright magenta. I cut out some spikes/zig-zags and saved the scraps for later use on the card. Once the spikes were finished, I glued her onto some shiny, textured Bazzill Basics cardstock. I used the bright magenta scraps to give a cool contrast to the turquoise background. I added a script style number 2 to the bottom corner to balance the card.

To really make things pop, I added sparkle to Milli’s hood, dress and shoes using my homemade “Wink of Stella” (aka Mod Podge and iridescent glitter). I glittered up the number 2 with a FABULOUS purple!

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Well, that’s all of the Birthday Cards for now. Until next time…..Keep Crafting like it’s 1999 (Rest In Purple, Prince)!!!

 

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Everyone Can Use A Break

HELLO WORLD!!!! I’m back. I know that it has been a long time since my last post. I just needed to take a break. I was exhausted and in need of a time out. With being a mom of 3, a wife and a new blogger–life was a little hectic. I wanted to make sure that I was posting something worth while on a regular basis (weekly to start). It became a little overwhelming. I was having some really late nights; which in turn led to late mornings. ¡No es bueno en absoluto!

That told me that it was time for a little break. Time to re-focus. So, I did. I was nervous though. I thought that I would lose some viewers. But I see I actually gained a few more. Thank you for that 🙂 I realized that I need to work on my time management skills. I mean…couldn’t we all use a little help in that area?! I need to set up boundaries and create a balance between work, family and my blog. I guess it’s time to join that Planner Life! 😉

I decided to try to come up with some crafts that fit into my life. Before, I was just trying to craft and create anything. I think as a newbie blogger, you kind of have to do what fits in with your lifestyle. As you get further down that blogger road, you will be able come up with ideas to craft/create with less stress and worry. It will become easier…I hope. Now, I will take a look at the coming weeks ahead and see what bests fits.

Even though I was taking a break from the blog, I was not on break from life. My kids were actually on their Spring Break. So, when there is no school, I try to keep them occupied with craftivities! We made Papier-mâché Easter eggs. The kids had so much fun making and smashing them (mini piñata meets baseball bat)! And I also made a shaker birthday card for my wonderful husband.

Blogging this way should alleviate some of my blogging stress for now. I figure, over time this blogging thing will get easier and less stressful. I have to remember that I am still a newbie at this. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Here are a few pictures from my “Spring Break.”

Have you had any blogging whoas or time management issues? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Until next time…Keep Crafting!

 

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Craft Outside the Box

Have you ever started thinking about your next craft project and thought, “Man. I need to go buy ___” or “I can’t do this project because I need ___.” That’s exactly where I was. I know we all wish we had an endless budget when it comes to our craft rooms and supplies. (I know my room would be more like a Craft Apartment! Soo many rooms. Soo many supplies.)

As a family of five, budgeting is key. Some months you can go out and get that new stamp set, inks, tools or whatever. Other times you can not. That is when you have to think outside the box. Shop your supplies.

This week, I wanted to do some Spring/Easter inspired cards. All of my local craft stores (Michaels, AC Moore, Jo-Ann fabrics) were having some amazing Spring sales. All of the new Spring releases! The temptation was REAL! However, this month I am on a budget–which means no extra, “just-gotta-have-it” craft supplies. 😦 What is a girl to do? Use what you have and think outside the box. After all, Spring is a time for new and fresh ideas (not just supplies).

Shop your supplies! Go through your existing craft supplies. You will be amazed at how much stuff you actually have and all the supplies/tools you forgot about. Be sure to keep an open and fresh mind. Look for that one thing that catches your craft eye and go from there. It could be anything–patterned paper, die cuts/cartridges, stamp sets, stencils, colors or tools. We all have stuff that that we have purchased with the thought of “Oooh! This will be real cute for something.” And never used it. Well, today is the day to use that something, try out that new technique or use that tool.

So, I have the Cricut Rock Princess cartridge that I found on clearance one weekend. I have been dying to use it for a craft project. I know what you’re thinking, “How are you getting Springtime from Rock Princess?!” There are some really cute shapes on this cartridge. It has some flowers, butterflies and some cute rock princesses. It’s just a matter of thinking in a new light/view. Come at Springtime from a different perspective.

Here We Go!

I am going to do 2 cards-Religious Easter and fun Easter.

Supplies:

  • Bazzill Basic Paper cardstock
  • Recollections cardstock paper
  • Jen Wilson La Paperie-My Mind’s Eye patterned paper
  • DCWV The Music Stack cardstock
  • Cricut cartridges: Doodlecharms and Rock Princess
  • colors: acrylic paint, colored pencils and Marvy Brush Markers

For the fun Easter card, I wanted to do something other than the usual basket full of eggs

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Layers of the shoe

and animals. I wanted something fun and funky! I thought of Converse All-Star hi-tops. I cut out a shoe from the Cricut Rock Princess cartridge.

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Some egg-citing coloring

I picked out this really cute, Spring-like floral print from the DCWV-The Music Stack cardstock. I used the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge to cut out the eggs. I chose a few large eggs and lots of little eggs.  After jazzing up the eggs and the hi-top, I figured out the placement of everything on the card. I

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The finished shoe

added a light blue background that I water colored.

The finishing touches for this card

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Final Fun Easter Card

were the sentiment and butterfly. I used acrylic paint for the sentiment and a marker watercolor technique for the butterfly.

 

For my Religious Easter card, I chose my sentiment first. When I think of the word rejoice, I image dancing. Doing a happy dance. So, I chose “Kim” from the Cricut Rock Princess cartridge.

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Plain Kim

 

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Jazzed up Kim

I jazzed “Kim”  up and gave her life with some acrylic paints.

 

For the sentiment, I chose a background of a nice shade of yellow. I did some brushlettering/calligraphy with some Titanium White acrylic paint. Once dry, I went over it with a fine gold glitter and Mod Podge mix. My homemade version of the Wink of Stella pen. 😉 Then just printed the rest of the sentiment with a Navy Blue Marvy Brush Marker.

To put it all together, I trimmed the down the sentiment paper with these

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Final Religious Card

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Fun Trimming Scissors

fun scissors. It just added a little something extra. Then I “popped up” Kim with my foam tape.

 

 

Here are the final products. I just love them.

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Religious Easter (top) and fun Easter (bottom)

 

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

Until next time…Keep Crafting!