Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I had so much fun participating in the Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop that I just had to play along with the Spring re-incarnation!! You can find all of the details HERE at the main blog, but basically if you hop along to all of the participants in the Linky you have a chance to win some serious prizes! 

The theme this time around is SPRING, so I went with some light, happy colours that help chase those winter blues away.. I know I'm ready for some nicer weather!! 

Here's my card... A little watercolouring, a little velum, I love it!!

I stamped all of the coffee cups in Versamark and then embossed them white embossing powder on watercolor paper and got colouring. I used Angora watercolours and a waterbrush to do all of the colouring. It's very relaxing to watercolour - there's no way to really mess it up so I just play! 

I love using vellum when I want to add a sentiment on top but don't want to completely cover up the goodness underneath! You can still see the cups shining through, and that makes me happy! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Good luck and have fun!!
Coffee Cups: a hug in a mug by Taylored Expressions
Sentiment: Shared Coffee Stamp by Stampendous!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy New Years!

Time has flown by the last couple of weeks because it's New Years over here in China, and not until I moved here did I realize how big of a holiday it is. Our town has literally shut down (thank goodness one grocery store has stayed open) and it is SOOOO quiet and peaceful. BUT, leading up to the holiday there was a lot of testing going on at school and I was frantically trying to wrap up assignments and issue new ones for them to work on over the break (insert evil teacher laugh) and then BAM! I was on a three-week break. The first week my family and I chilled, I did a bunch of art journaling and the boys played video games, and for the next two weeks we are going to explore more of China. 

So here are a few spreads I've worked on: 

This was for an Inspiration Wednesday lesson from Donna Downey..
I loved the colours that I ended up using: teal, quin. Magenta and yellow ochre, with a little fluorescent magenta thrown in... 

Oh man I loved the way this one turned out. It was one of those pages that totally sucked half way through but I persevered and made it into something I was happy with. This was a Documented Life project. 

This one turned out totally crazy because I just kept adding layers upon layers, but the abstract thing is very soothing. Not having a thing to draw or make a mistake drawing is relaxing... And for those of us who love to play with colours, this is the perfect medium. 

Do you ever fall into a colour combo unconsciously? For me it's the rainbow... It always seems to pop up when I'm throwing colours around.. I think it's because I am too scared to stray from complementary colours so it always ends up mooshing together into a rainbow! Oh well, it's not a bad proble, to have, right?! 

This is my newest page. At first there was no red when I called it "done" but then I just wasn't happy... Enter red. Sometimes all a project needs is an introduction of a shocking colour and it suddenly falls into place. I love how colours can do that! 

So I'll leave you with a photo of some fireworks. You haven't seen fireworks till you've been to China. From our 9th story apartment we could see our nearby town and all of the towns within a 50 mile radius and there were thousands of people lighting off fireworks. It was breathtaking! 
I am so glad we were here to witness it! As they say here in Shanghai: Xin Nian Kaui Le! (Shin neean kwai leh)

A small portion of our view of the horizon. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Extra-Long Weiner - Video Tutorial

It's time for a new challenge over at the Naughty Or Nice blog and this month's theme is: Love/Anti-love. I decided to do a funny card I've had in my head for a while and made a video to go along with it. 

So in the video I cover: Making, Generation Stamping, and Altering your stamps. I bought some camera equipment this weekend that would allow me to better take videos and I would love to hear what you think! I really enjoy watching other people's videos so I thought that I would make a more concerted effort to make more. I hope you find it helpful, if not, entertaining! lol.. 

Stamps are from There She Goes (retired) 
Memento Inks
Bazzill Cardstock
Crate Paper patterned paper
General's Chalk Pastel Pencils

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! 

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! 

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! 

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!

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