Sunday, January 22, 2017

Just Because - MFT

I went on a huuuuuuuuge reorganizing rampage this weekend with my stamps and dies and came out at the other end inspired to create something

I always check out MFT's Card Challenge blog to get ideas for sketches and color combos, and this week's sketch was nice and clean, so I jumped on it! 

These little mice guys were colored with Copic markers and I hand-cut them out. (Too cheap to buy the dies, hahaha) and I mounted them on top of a little circle with the "London Eye." 

I wanted the background to have something on it, but I didn't want it to distract the eye, so I stamped some of the images from the stamp set on white paper, then covered it with vellum. 

That's all for now!! 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolours, Copic markers (Warm greys, R29/27/24/22, Y27, Y19/15)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Love You - Technique Tuesday

Who says Valentines have to be red? 
I wanted to play with the Color Throwdown challenge and decided to just go with it! 

I also used this week's Cas(E) this sketch, so basically, I did no work for this card, hahahaha... 
Seriously though, I think the fun part of playing with colour challenges is looking through my patterned papers, and this yellow woodgrain screamed to be used with the owl. 

The image is new from Technique Tuesday (starts shipping on 1/17/17) and it was a cinch to color with watercolours. I used Prima Watercolor Pencils and a waterbrush. 

Stamp: Technique Tuesday: Love You Owl
Die Cuts: Love You, Hearts (Technique Tuesday)
Metallic paper: Heidi Swapp

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Introducing: Animal House by Technique Tuesday

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I couldn't wait to play with the new stamps and had to make a quick tag for valentine's day: 

It makes me so happy to sit and colour a nice, uncomplicated image like this. Simple papers, simple layout and a simple colour scheme gives this tag POP. 

I felt the background was a little too simple, so I added some Nuvo drops on a few hearts on the patterned paper. It elevates the paper from flat to 3-D with a simple step! 

Sketch from Fusion Card Challenge: 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello 2017!


Happy New Year from down under๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽ‰! 
We've had a lot of great days here and now we're paying for it, hahaha.. Just take it from me: the Australian sun is REALLY, REALLY strong! Hopefully none of us develop skin cancer from our burns because all three of us have quite serious complications, so we're taking it easy the rest of the vacation! 

Resolutions... do you do them? 

I don't do anything formal, like write them in a journal or make grand proclamations, but I think it's only natural to say to yourself: 


And that's all I say... what COULD I do differently? 
I am not going to make promises I can't keep, so I will start by listing some things I could do to make my life better. 

  1. Lose more weight. So I am comfortable when I travel, and have more energy to do the things I like doing. 
  2. Photograph more. Because I love it and I am starting to learn how to use my camera better
  3. Save money. We don't have a retirement plan since moving to China and we're not getting any younger! 
  4. Blog more. It has dropped off and I miss being in touch with the crafting world like I used to be. 
  5. Be a better teacher. I feel great when I have those lessons where the students are engaged and really "into it" and I want that to happen more. 
  6. Be a better wife and mother, because there's a million ways I could be better! 
So 2017, let's try and do as many of these things as we can, because life can always use a little help now and again... 

Speaking of wanting to blog more, let's start the year off with a card! 

It's clean and simple, and just a great card to have around just in case. 

Happy New Year!

Technique Tuesday dies: Leaves , Blessed
Technique Tuesday stamps: Thankful Thoughts

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Season's Greetings - Technique Tuesday

Oh Christmas is so close, I can't wait! And, I have to say, this is the most prepared I've ever been! Presents are wrapped and under the tree, all card orders are delivered, and I'm set! 

Have I mentioned we're going to Australia for Christmas??!! I'm glad I'm so busy with school because I wouldn't be able to sleep if I actually had time to think about it. I've wanted to go to Australia my whole life, so this is a dream come true!! 

So this card... 

SO fricken proud of this one... 

This was a combo of coordinating dies and stamps and it was easy to create because I just threw everything together! 

I embossed the snowflakes with both clear embossing powder and gold (just on the edges) for that antiqued look. 

Merry Christmas!! 

Stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday 

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Tis The Season - SRM Stickers

Hi there. I'm here today with a gorgeous watercoloured poinsettia card. It looks really complicated, but the stamp did most of the work, I promise!! 

Knowing I was going to watercolour, I stamped in Distress Ink - that way any water I added to the ink would blend with the pencils I used. 

The process I used for each petal was to: 
1) Add some watercolour pencil in the shaded areas
2) Blend pencil and ink with a water pen

To finish the card off, I added some watercolour washes in the background and a bunch of splatters in white and brown. 

A classy sentiment from We've Got Your Sticker - Merry on vellum was the final touch! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Tags

With all of my fun supplies there's no way I BUY my gift tags!! I try to make them cute, but don't go overboard on the techniques... after all, they get used once then they're garbage.. so here are some of the tags I made:


I had some ink sprays on my table from another project so I dragged pieces of paper through the ink and voila, a perfect background! 
I dried the strips of paper and cut them into tags and all I had left to do was stamp to/from and add a chipboard piece on each of the tags. 
I am a sucker for a cute sheet of Christmas chipboard pieces so I had a lot to choose from. 

Here are my favs:

Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Magic Of Christmas: The Twinery

Can you believe the big day is only a couple of weeks away?? Even though I'm a fully-grown adult, I still excited for Christmas and part of that excitement is making cards with glitter, and twine and stamps!

  I've been making some pretty interesting colour choices for my cards this year, but this one is going back to the basics: red and green (with a touch of blue..). It's a pretty simple card to execute, but what I love most is the texture: 

The trees were stencilled on with green ink, then I stencilled the snow on with very thick molding paste. While it was wet I doused it in glitter. Once dry I added a bunch of red dots with Tonic Nuvo drops.

To complete the card I added some Maraschino twine that just screams CHRISTMAS, doesn't it???!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nutty Tubes: SRM Stickers

Hi there! I'm here with a nutty idea for Christmas gift-giving. 
I like to fill the Tubes with lots of different yummy treats, but over here in China things like Hershey's kisses and M&Ms don't exist, so I have to get creative!! 

Enter: the Trail Mix tube! 

I make my own trail mix consisting of: 

Mixed, salted nuts
Dried Pineapple
Dried Cranberries
Dried Papaya 
Mini Chocolate chips

So what's better than a couple of cute Squirrel images to go with the nuts?? 

I added a bunch of glitter and snow to make the scene super festive and it was done!
What a quick and easy way to say "Merry Christmas" to your health nut friends and family!! 

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Twine: Maraschino

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Trio-Tastic: Technique Tuesday

Hello all! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend wherever you are! Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Monday Challenge, and this week it's "Trio-tastic", aka, use three of something.

My three? Three colours of paint. 

The great thing about the colours I chose was they blended together to make new colours, (that purple, OMG) so although I started with three, I ended up with a rainbow!!

After the rainbow dried I added some white paint splatters. It's a background that's almost ready for an image!!

I stamped the image in black then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I always had the plan to keep the cattails kind of silhouette-y so black was the right choice. 

After watercolouring with black I went around the tags with black acrylic paint, added a little stencilling with gold paint and added a ribbon. I can't wait to give these away! 

Supplies used: 
Technique Tuesday: Cattails
Paint: Dylusions (red, turquoise) and Prima (gold)