Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Little Bit of Sunshine

January's Daffodil - Greenhouse Society stamp set is ready to start shipping and today I'm sharing a cool tag! 

Do you know how it feels to make a project and when it's done you're like "OMG this is like, the best thing I've ever made?" This tag is epic, and by that I mean it took me 3 hours but I was obviously thrilled with the result, lol... 



The thing that took me a lot of time was the paper-piecing of the flower - but it was funny that it wasn't part of my original plan! I made a mistake stamping and had to cover it up with something... Paper piecing... Gotta love it! 

So the background was fun: I coloured it with various Gelatos and baby wipes. 



Once I was done I covered the entire tag with DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish and it did the best thing when I dried it with my blow-dryer: it crackled!!  That's what you call a happy accident, right?! 

Daffodil - Greenhouse Society stamp set from Technique Tuesday

We've got you covered! The Daffodil - Greenhouse Society stamp set is available for purchase by non-Greenhouse Society members for $12.99. 

If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our website for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

All You Need Is Love

I've got a little tutorial up at The Twinery blog today! I'd love it if you stopped by! 


Supplies:
Twine by The Twinery
Stamps: All You Need Is Love by Technique Tuesday 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Memories

We are an animal-loving family, make no mistake about it. In total, we have 4 lovely animals that share their lives with us, but only two are with us here in China: our rescued boy named Bandit that we picked up off the street, and our rescued Chi-weenie who is the star today. She's not a fan of strangers, or other dogs, or strange sounds, or someone at the door, or leaves... ahem, I could go on!! But she sure loves her humans!

My goal with this layout was to merge my love of mixed media with my memory keeping and it was a lot of fun. I love drops of colour, gold, stencils, so I gathered my materials and went from there!! 


Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies: 
Patterned Papers - Webster's Pages
Embellishments - Rosette: Pink Paislee, Flower: Prima, Gold Glitter Words: Thickers by American Crafts
Mixed Media Supplies: Gold Silks Paint, Liquitex Inks, The Crafter's Workshop stencil

Documented Life Project

In addition to joining Donna's Inspiration Wednesday, I decided to join the Documented Life Project, aka, DLP. It's free to join, and every week they give you two prompts to help you get inspired to do a journal page. There's a very vibrant Facebook group with endless inspiration and support.. I encourage any of you who want to get started with mixed media and art journaling to take a look. It's been a lot of fun... 


Here are the first three spreads from the first 3 Saturdays in January:


Background created with PanPastels. 


Using black gesso and masks! 


Dina Wakley paints and stamps. 

Documented Life Project information. 
Promise me you'll take a look!! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

I'd Pick You

Well one of the most exciting times of the year for crafters has just passed (Winter CHA) and I am officially allowed to share projects made with new stamps from Technique Tuesday! 


This is a new stamp from Technique Tuesday that has all sorts of things you can put in the jar. I really like stamps sets that you can customize like this! 



Supplies: 
Stamps: Love Bug Jar (Technique Tuesday) ships on 01/20/15
Papers: Bazzill Cardstock, MME Patterned Paper
Other: Copic markers, The Twinery Twine, MME button, General's Chalk Pencil

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday 2015


So Donna Downey decided to start her Inspiration Wednesday series again and there was NO WAY anyone could stop me from signing up! This was the first week and I am so happy with the finished product! Donna did the page as a title page, but since I already started my journal I made it into a two-page spread.. 



I just LOVE the combo of Quinacridone Magenta and Teal. It makes the most delicious shade of purple, don't you think? 


And as the words suggest, I intend 2015 to be MY year of artistic discovery and realization... It's going to be great! 



Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Doggie!

I am on a roll with the challenges this weekend and today's card uses the current sketch from 
My Favorite Things.... Check out my card!!


I love sketch challenges - they make a card come together SO easily, don't they? 
I was able to get a little creative with the background paper: I stamped balloons from the stamp set on top of the patterned paper and then I had-drew in the strings... Such a cute effect! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: 
Stamps: MFT 
Papers: MME Lost & Found
Other: Copics, The Twinery Twine


Saturday, January 3, 2015

News Flash!

I love vacations. I love having time to relax and just make cards!! 
Today I played along with two challenges. Here's the card: 



A little glitz and glamour, a little rustic vintage. I love it! 


So first off, I played along with the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge
Here's the sketch: 
I love the panel that's a little off-kilter. It was a easy card to put together... 

Secondly, I was inspired by the Curtain Call Challenge:


I gathered up a few different papers with cream, wood, silver... 

I had so much fun putting the wood paneling on the TV.. lol.. 
I coloured the screen black (Copic markers) and covered it with glossy accents. 

Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Boob Tubes
Die Cut: Paper Smooches - Birthday Words Dies
Papers: MME, Teresa Collins, Bazzill 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First Card of 2015

Well it's 2015. Can you believe it? 
It sounds so... Futuristic! 

As mentioned in my last post, last year royally sucked, so I 
am looking forward to what a new year and a fresh start brings. 

Usually I write a post where I look back at my projects from the past year (a lot of crafters do it) but 
I'm gonna hold off.. First off, it was a VERY slow year for me - 90-something posts compared to 
an average of about 200.... That was shocking. Secondly, half the year I was 
deeply depressed and under a lot of stress and creative juices were drained. It's almost like
looking back at those months reminds me of the dark times I was trying to work through 
and well, I'd rather look to the future! 

So.. Here' my first card of 2015: 




I made this card for our new challenge over at Naughty or Nice and the 
challenge is to use something new... I have a bunch of new products from 
Technique Tuesday that I can't wait to break open, so today I used
the dies from the January Memory Keepers Studio set. (Along with some
vintage stamps from There She Goes)

I want to show you the image BEFORE I added shading... I think it makes such 
a huge difference when I shade with Chalk Pencils... 

And here's AFTER: 



That's all for now... Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me through this
rocky year. 2015 I am SO ready for you!! 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Live Less Out Of Habit



I am not a "Resolution" maker, but I do spend a lot of time
at the end of each year trying to "sum it up." 

This year sucked. 

I had one of the most heart-breaking experiences I've ever had to endure happen (a 3-month leave of absence from work for something I still can't talk about), THEN I got laid off... I loved my school, loved my kids, it was the end of the world for me... 

But because of those events it forced my hubby and I to look at something we always thought of as a "way down the road" plan immediately: working abroad. And well... Here we are 4 months into our teaching positions in China and absolutely loving it. There are parts of being here that aren't great, but there are so many wonderful things, so my goals for 2015 are to keep these good experiences going and not look back. 

Habits. They say they die hard. 
I have some horrible habits: sleeping in, napping when I get home from school, not making a lunch in the morning... These all add up to me not being efficient and leading a full day. I want to change that so I put it in writing... 


I started off this page by wanting to use a new stencil from Donna Downey and it
ended up here... 

Little touches of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold warm up the cool palette. 
And some real gold too... 


Do you make resolutions?
What are they?