Monday, August 10, 2015

Lighthouse Card

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting some relatives during our EPIC ROAD TRIP 2015 (said in my best echoey announcer voice) and we stayed in our new family's home. The hostess had a different theme for every room and her bedroom's theme was lighthouses and I thought, "I can work with this!" 

Isn't this perfect?! I knew I had to gather up some nautical twine and I started with The Twinery's new Firecraker Twine and went from there: 

To beef up the Firecracker twine I added Maraschino and Midnight Blue on either side. 

(And of course the hostess had the perfect prop for my photo!)

The stamp is Tiddly Ink's Light My Life

Thursday, August 6, 2015

PCL Feature!

I was asked by the lovely team at Paper Crafters Library to make a project for their blog and today is the big day! 
I shot a video tutorial you can check it out here:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pawsitively Awesome!

Hello there, friends! As you may have noticed my posting has been sparse, and for good reason: I am on another epic road trip!!!

This trip has been especially exciting because my son has just met his biological father for the first time. His "dad" and I were very close once (obviously) but because he lives in SF Bay area and I live in Canada/China, we just never saw each other. It has gone so much better than I could have ever hoped and they are getting along so well. I hope we can visit again soon.. We are currently in the Bay area and will soon be travelling north up the Oregon coast. I am so excited!!

Anyway... If you've ever tried to craft on the road, it's harder than it seems. I have a bunch of my stuff with me, but still - I AM TIRED!!! In fact, I went to the ER today because of high blood pressure and disgusting swelling in my ankles. Thank goodness I got some pills and am feeling better, but travelling is HARD!

So needless to say, I haven't done all of the crafting I set out to do, but I've made some things, lol...
Take a look at this card I made for this week's Tiddy Inks Challenge:

I only brought 50 Copic markers with me so my colours are somewhat limited, but I really love this image so it was fun. I want all of my colours to bump it up a notch, but really, she's a cutie regardless!!

I've got a couple more projects up my sleeve so I will see you again soon! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Caribbean Twinery Blog Hop

Chances are, if you’ve been around The Twinery much, you’ve come across our fabulous Caribbean twines
Today our design team is going to take you on a Caribbean adventure – in the form of a blog hop. There will be a variety of projects being shared…just hop along! You should have arrived here from Jennifer Cuthbertson

As you may know, I am primarily a cardmaker and twine is my go-to embellishment when I'm finishing a card. It's not bulky like a ribbon, and it comes in so many colours and varieties that I always find something to match... 

I usually wrap the twine around the card a few times so the colour stands out, but look at how perfectly it goes with the papers... love it!! 

Here is the hop list:

We love a good giveaway…and we wouldn’t want to have such a fun hop without giving you the chance to win some twine for yourself…and we’re choosing THREE winners! That’s right, three of you can win the jackpot this weekend!!!

Each winner gets: 1 Striped Caribbean Spool, 1 Solid Caribbean Spool, 1 Striped Rainbow Sampler Pack + 1 Solid Rainbow Sampler Pack

Caribbean Solid_Caribbean

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Very Happy Birthday!

All week at the Technique Tuesday blog the designers are playing with the new Big Timber alpha sets.. Here's my card: 

I brushed watercolors onto a panel of watercolor paper. Then I stamped letters with the Big Timber Outline Lowercase  stamp set on top. I stamped unevenly and let the letters overlap. If you look really close you'll see I even added a little more watercolor to the spots where the letters overlapped.
I completed the sentiment with stamps from the Favorite Things and Planner - Essentials stamp set. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

My Dad

Well my dear ol' Dad is turning 65 and we drove half-way across Canada to celebrate it with him! My Dad is a "car guy" in every sense of the word so I found this stamp (Fathers Day - Vintage Truck) from Tiddly Inks and coloured it up: 

I think he'll love it! 
I am entering this in this week's Simon Says Monday challenge: Anything Goes

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dancing Girls

My friend Maria requested some cards with ballet dancers and I was doubtful I had a stamp set with me in China - but I was wrong!! I had an old There She Goes set and it worked perfectly!! 

Check 'em out: 

and inverted colours: 

If you are looking at the twine and wondering what it is, well.... It's a new twine!!!!!!!
Shop for our new SUMMER BREEZE twine HERE

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Anything Goes

This weeks challenge at the Tiddly Inks blog is "anything goes" so I thought I would try water coloring with a white outline. It's not always an exact science so you never know how it's going to turn out, but it's a really fun process so why not?! 

I used a combination of Prima watercolor pencils and Sakura paints with a water brush to get this look.
I think when you're trying this technique it's important to have highlights and low lights since the stamped image isn't very clear or visible on its own. 

You can see where I tried to make the mermaid hair have lots of dimension and I did that by allowing the watercolor paints to dry completely before adding another layer- that way the paints don't have time to blend too much and you get more definition. 

Did you know that Tiddly Inks Stamps sometimes come in photopolymer stamps as well as digital stamps? Well they do and that's how I stamped today's image! It's a really great option for those of us who like to watercolor! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sending Good Thoughts

This post is coming to you from Canada!! 
It is SOOOOOO good to be home! The jet lag kicked my butt for a few days but I think I'm mostly back to normal and ready to settle into my summer vacation... This summer is going to be crazy as we embark on another epic road trip, but I am also looking forward to a little down-time too... 

I brought a few essentials with me so I can stay crafty during my longer visits (like the one we're having now) and I will be sharing sporadically throughout the next two months.. 

This watercoloured beauty is June's Greenhouse Society stamp set:

I embossed with white EP and used my Kureake watercolours to colour it in...

I love watercolours for their perfectly imperfect finish... 

Thanks for stopping by and talk to you soon! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Totally Witchin'

I complain about this endlessly on Facbook (I'm getting tired of it myself) but have I told you how much the internet sucks here in China?? There's The Great Firewall here and that means the blocking of pretty much all western websites.. It's pretty widespread. So that means for any expat in China to have contact with the rest of the world we must have a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that hides our location. But guess what? It slows down an already slow internet and that's bad news for uploading, downloading, posting to blogs etc... 

Why am I telling you this? 
Well... I know that since I've moved here my posting has slowed down.
I don't comment on posts anymore (blogs almost never fully load). 
I am late... Often... 

This post was supposed to be up Tuesday but I tried for 24 hours to post it and then the internet ate it.. So without further adieu, here's my card!!!!!

At the Tiddly Inks blog we had a "Gothic" challenge and this Betty Belfry image spoke to my inner goth. ( I may or may not have been a goth in high school... lol) 

I used a combination of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers to get a nice variety of grey families. Spectrum Noir has a family called Green Grey that's quite unique. I used it on her dress and hat:

You can see the contrast of her dress and her hair (which was coloured with the Cool Grey Copics) and made the undertones really come through... 

Thanks for stopping by!