23 July, 2014

Watercolour Wednesday: Going On An Adventure

Welcome to the second Watercolour Wednesday! Continuing on with my drawing adventures, I drew this little guy. He's a fairy and he's taking his friend snail on an adventure. That's a Cuban snail, according to Google (which I consulted for colour ideas), so perhaps this is a Cuban fairy as well. I drew him in pencil and then used my Derwent Inktense pencils to watercolour him using a brush. I instagramed a picture of my palette as I was working. I scribbled Distress Markers in the middle too, to get the brown colour and skin colour mixed nicely on him. I hope you like this picture, and this new website feature of Watercolour Wednesday.

21 July, 2014

Studio Monday: It's Clear To See

Hello! For this week's Studio Monday we're once again addressing my insane stamp addiction. As you may have read previously (Red Rubber Rodeo), I've been going through my stamps and attempting to organise them by theme. I have tackled getting my red rubber stamps prepared for this, and they're loosely in categories, but they are not finished. I, falsely, thought starting with clear stamps might be easier. They're smaller... and self-adhesive, should be easier to organise.
THIS is what I ended up with when I pulled all of my clear stamps out of their packaging, out of the previous way I was storing them in, and piled them all up. I THINK I have a few stamps!
Next came sorting. Pulling everything off the backing and setting it into piles of theme. Some of the themes I'm using are: hearts; butterflies; boys; girls; fairies and fantasy; food; undersea; critters - domestic; critters - exotic; and nature. The critters - domestic was rather large, and I'd separated out the cats and dogs from it! You'd think I liked animals or something! This isn't even all of them. My Halloween stamps aren't done, but my Winter/Christmas stamps *are* done and already organised.
 I had to stop because my fingers were starting to hurt from pulling stamps off the plastic, especially when the stamps were seriously stuck to the plastic. Also, clear stamps SMELL! I mean, I have issues with this kind of stuff as it is, but all of these stamps together just overwhelmed me. I ended up having to put each theme in baggies, just to contain the smell and give me a break. Now I can work on organising them onto their transparency sheets one at a time and hopefully not asphyxiate.
You may notice that the piles were all image stamps, not sentiments. Well, my confession is: I hate sentiments. They take up space, they never say what I want them to say, and usually one *good* set will do me for any card I may need to actually send to someone. On top of that? I really, really HATE puns. You know "you moooove me" and then it has a cow? No. Just... just no. So I separated all the sentiments that I had out and turns out, there's people that want to buy them! My Peeps actually need these kind of things! Yeah, excited.

All I can say to this is whole mess is: Lawn Fawn, Some Odd Girl, and Greeting Farm - I NEED YOU TO STOP MAKING PHYSICAL STAMPS!  Seriously. Make digis. I can buy more, and I can STORE more! I'm totally running out of space, I want things to be small, and this is NOT small! I have to use my stamps more, hopefully this will help, but I need to not be tempted by more!!!

20 July, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 26

Good Morning everyone! I have another Project Life Sunday for you today. This was my birthday week! I turned 31 on June 24th. I wanted to include pictures, of course, but since I'm planning on making layouts for what little celebration we did I didn't want to include too much. Originally I wanted my birthday week to be happy and bright, something this month's Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit was not, but I didn't want the month looking different. I have really liked every month, all four or five layouts having the same colour themes. So I just went with it. I used whatever I had left that was still pleasing and just went with it. Since it *was* my birthday week a lot happened, and even with being a bit vague I still ended up with a lot to say so there's three whole journalling cards on here. The top left picture is extremely blurry, that's not my photographing the layout, that's just because it was taken in the movie theatre so my camera didn't quite want to cooperate and give me a good photo.

Well, I hope you like my layout this week and I'm excited to share my July layouts with you next week!