Well, here it is. A collection of my art through the year. Though I don't really see any evolution, I find it pretty cool to see some of my best works collected together like this. I was hoping for like, growth, or progress, but ah well. I also think I'll make the 2013 progressively through the year so I don't have to sift through what was done what month, lol!
30 December, 2012
Skin: E00/11/21, YR000, BV20
Clothes: B99/97/95/91, B04/02/00
RV99, E07/19/43/77/79/81/87/89, G24/29/46, YG93/95/97/99, B29/39, C2/4, BV20, YR09/15, Y35
Skin: E00/11/13/15/21, YR000, BV20
Clothes: BV04/02/00, R81/83/85, YG41, G21/00
Background: C7, W5/3/1, BV23/31, Y06/11/00, R59/46/24/05, B37/24/26/28/29, G46/29/85, E47/35/33/08
A new year is pretty strange for me. Part of me is excited for the ability to get a new start on things. A clean slate. The other part of me is still bitter about the previous year, as it seems there's always something to be bitter about; usually round the end of the year. That time between the end of Christmas and the beginning of the new year is a depressing few days for me, I've no idea why. It's like you're neither here nor there, just waiting for something to happen
Anyway, less depressing, I'm going with Project Life straight off this year. No more pretending I can pull off a Project 365; my life just is not that interesting. I'm going to be using Amy Tan's Sketchbook line because it's bright and pretty. The Simple Stories Life Documented line was easy last year, but a bit sombre. This line is bright and varied and should hopefully work with nearly everything I take pictures of.
I always start off my intro page with a little "hello, this is the new year, this is how it's starting" even when I was just trying for monthly sum up layouts. What state of mind I'm in, what's going on, and what I hope for the new year. That kind of thing. Here's to actually completing this project!
27 December, 2012
Well, this is it. The very last project I make graced with the Greeting Farm's watermark. It's been a wonderful ride and I am so grateful to have been chosen to be on such a fun and creative team. My fellow Showcase Farmers are excellent gals and I've loved working with them these past months. Our very last challenge was to honour a fellow farmer by CASEing a card of theirs. I chose Eva's card from the October DTT colour challenge. I really liked all the layers she put into it and thought it would make miss Anya shine. I hope you all, and Eva, like my card. It's been great fun sharing my TGF creations with you and I hope that you'll stick around to see what I have coming up in the new year! It's not TGF (though I'll always love the company and the people), but I've got some great surprises up my sleeve!
Paper: XPress-It, Prima
25 December, 2012
I want to wish you the very happiest of holidays from my family to yours. I hope you have a wonderful day today and your home is filled with all the magic of the season.
The Greeting Farm - Ivy Xmas, Laurie w/Present, Mistletoe Kiss, Timmy Penny Presents, Timmy Rocking Horse. Doodle Dragon Studios - Christmas in July set
Medium: Copics and Faber-Castell Polychromos
23 December, 2012
This card is for my BFF Katie who just graduated from SJSU. She used the Greeting Farm image for her invites, so I didn't want to repeat that. I went with the "fly and be free little bird" idea and used Deviant YamPuff's wonderful line art. I coloured her to look as much like Katie as I could. Teal for the Sharks. ;)
Paper: XPress-It, Bazzil Kraft, Basic Grey
Embellishment: Prima flowers, Papertrey Ink buttons, SticklesCopic Colours:
Skin: E11/21/00, YR000
Hair: Y21/000, E31
Outfit: BG78/75/72, E39/37/35/33
Mis: B23/21, T2, W1/0
20 December, 2012
This week is MINE! Well, actually it's my Mom's. Her birthday is Sunday, but it's Friday for The Greeting Farm postings, so she gets her surprise early. I challenged everyone to make a birthday card that was a little offbeat. My mom, well, she's a little offbeat! That's what makes her so awesome, and uniquely MY mom. She's a big Rammstein fan, always listening to her MP3 player with ONLY them on it, so I thought that'd be a nice embellishment for my card. The "dude" thing is a joke between us, as I call her that and her co-workers were appalled I spoke to my mother that way when I was 13. It's still "dude" now I'm 29, ha!
Paper: XPress-It, Echo Park
19 December, 2012
Normally I wouldn't share something I'm so gravely disappointed in, but I worked really hard on this and have no opportunity to recolour before the holiday season is over. I tried, I swear to you, I did, but this is a lesson in not just using pencils. For me, of course. Some people manage to make it awesome. I was hoping with the pencils I could make everything look more like the metal it's supposed to be. Have more control over where the colour went. But it just didn't work out that way. It's just too stark and white. Well, I hope you find something in it you like. All the stamps are from Make it Crafty. This scene uses 6 different ones.
Just a fun little card I made with a new stamp from a new stamp company. Certainly a perfect image for a colourist, yes? Hehehe. I technically screwed up her dress though, so I covered it with the watermark, lmao! When in doubt, hide your mistakes!
Paper: XPress-It, House Mouse
Embellishment: washi tape, Studio Calico butterflies
Hair: V9/17/15, E59/37/23
Mis: B000, E77/74, C2
17 December, 2012
For the next two weeks the DTT challenge is a colour challenge from Peggy. She chose aqua, red, and green. Since I've been using this combo a lot for Christmas cards it was actually pretty easy. I made just a simple boy card out of it, a sort of every day thing just to let a guy know you're thinking of him. Come on over and join us for the challenge. You could win a 4x6 stamp set!
Paper: XPress-It, Echo Park
16 December, 2012
Santa brings candy canes! This scene is made out of 14 different stamps including the digi stamps from The Greeting Farm: Candy Cane Snack, Toby Santa, and Chipmunk Candy Cane. I hope you enjoy it, especially if you're visiting me from the lovely feature I got in The Greeting Farm's newsletter this week. Thank you for coming and visiting me! This image was coloured using Copics and Spica glitter pens for the presents.
13 December, 2012
Paper: XPress-It, Little Yellow Bicycle
Background: B39/37/34, BV23/31
11 December, 2012
Hey all! This is 60's Stefan.. I had him printed out for a while, but since he got coloured around the holidays this is what has happened to him! He turned into a holiday card!
Paper: XPress-It, My Little Shoebox, Recollections
Copics: (what I remember)
10 December, 2012
Paper: XPress-It, My Little Shoebox, Echo Park
One of my very favourite companies, Make it Crafty, is having a DT call. My time with TGF is almost up and so I'm technically free, and this year I'm a little less afraid, so I figured I'd apply. You don't HAVE to make a project, but Zoe says if you do, you get "brownie points". The theme is "new friends" which make sense when you're hoping to hire new people, hehehe. So, I chose Alexander and Prince Charming to tell my little story of new friends meeting and Charming inviting Alexander out for a night on the town. I hope you like it, and fingers crossed for me that I get in, yeah?
Paper: XPress-It, Kraft, My Little Shoebox
Pencils: Faber-Castell Polychromos 120
Copics: (there's a lot, so I'm just listing by family, sorry)
09 December, 2012
I just recently joined Deviant Art. I'm enjoying playing around and looking at people's galleries. Especially since they're much better at art than I am. One of the super cool things I've discovered is that there are people that will share their awesome line art with Deviants for free! As we've discussed previous, I'm all about collecting images, so this is more awesome than I could ever have imagined.here. This is what I've done with it. I felt in a "pink" mood, which is strange for me, but it was fun!
YamPuff also drew Emiko here. You can find the original line art here on her profile. Since cocoa is a holiday treat for a lot of people, I figured she'd look good on a holiday themed card.
I hope you like the cards, and you'll go check out YamPuff's drawings, both the free ones and her other beautiful works.
06 December, 2012
This week Showcase Farmer Eva has challenged us all to make Christmas cards. Pretty helpful for those last minute people that need a little cheer this season, right? I kept it nice and simple, and quite small actually, for just a sweet little note to a friend. I hope you'll join us this week and get ahead on your holiday cardmaking!
Paper: XPress-It, Theresa Collins
Copics: E21/00/51, R59/46/14, T9/7/5
05 December, 2012
As my fellow Showcase Farmers have mentioned, our time is coming to an end. This is my second-to-last blog post here with you all. My last being a fun FFF coming soon. This month is a month of hellos and goodbyes. Up here in Big Bear Lake, the SoCal mountains, we haven't had any snow yet, but the rain is definitely making it clear that we're saying goodbye to fall.
In honour of that I created this scene with three lovely TGF images available in the digi section of the store: Irvin Sax, Dance Fever, and Harvest. I also used the Mushroom House from Make it Crafty to complete the scene of a lovely Harvest Hoedown.
And now it's time to say hello to winter. Winter here means lots of snow, so I figured a snowy scene would be fun. I used three TGF stamps for this one too: Monkey Sled, Snowball Fight, and Toby Snowboard. I paired them with a snowman from Rick St. Dennis and created the scene itself with the winter elements from Make it Crafty.
I really hope you enjoy my scenes and have enjoyed this peek into my style these last 6 months. I really think these scenes are a signature of mine, working on full 8.5x11 pieces is something I really love doing. Hopefully you'll join me at www.AerynKelly.com for the next few weeks this month as I have many more fun TGF surprises for you to finish out my term on this amazing team with these wonderful people. Goodbye, everyone, it was absolutely wonderful sharing my projects with you all. Be well.
03 December, 2012
Showcase Farmer Jess M's challenge this week is RAINBOW! What is better than rainbow? I picked Sadie's hair for the colourification because it seemed the most fun. I hope you'll join us this week and splash some colours about!
Paper: XPress-It, Echo Park For the Record 2
30 November, 2012
Hello and welcome to another Farm Fresh Friday! Showcase Farmer Melissa brings us the theme "party" which... well, could mean anything. I went with a birthday card type thing. Perhaps my niece would like it. AND I actually used some of my My Little Shoebox papers, which is awesome because they're becoming a burden, honestly.
29 November, 2012
Snow Buddies by Rick St. Dennis. I coloured her (I'm assuming) in purple because it's my favourite colour, obviously, and because it's nice and wintery. I figured it'd be a good contrast to all the white. I used some flowers and my Spellbinders snowflakes accented with Stickles to embellish this simple card made with MME papers. I didn't want it to be too distracting, and frankly I ran out of room on my 6x6 card!
28 November, 2012
Now, I have to tell you, I'm actually really disappointed with how her face came out. I was working it, trying to get it to have some contrast, and my Copics refused to cooperate. There's no shading from her hair, which is really weird. So, sorry. Anyway, this is the first image I've coloured from a company called Delicious Doodles. She's called Eva the Witch, but I thought she'd look nice with a green cape for the holiday. Of course, I might end up colouring her with a red hood and she can be Red Riding Hood. I sparkled her up with some flowers and some bling.
25 November, 2012
Attempting to get into the mood, I coloured a few of the digis that I already had printed out in Christmas colours and made a few cards. I picked up a new 6x6 Recollections pack yesterday at Michael's on the cheap. I coloured them with my Copics and coloured pencils. It's fun to use non-holiday images for holiday themed cards, takes more creativity.
22 November, 2012
Happy Friday, everyone! Did we have enough to eat yesterday? I did, and even my food coma can't stop my boundless energy. It's safe to say that I'm super proud of this one! Showcase Farmer Sara challenged us to make a card of our favourite movie. Now, my favourite movie is The Lion King... there's no lions in TGF's lineup. I toyed with some of the animal digis, but no. So then I came up with something else... which Mike couldn't guess and discounted as "lame". I said "you've got a better idea then?" and he said "Well MY favourite movie is the Lord of the Rings trilogy". To which I responded "challenge accepted".
So there it was, how do I take an adorable, contemporary TGF image and make it look like he was meant for Middle Earth? For one, I knew I couldn't do it with just one image. I had to use two! I took WS Logan's body because of his hoodie he can look like he's wearing a the cape that was given to Frodo and the gang in the movie. But Logan's a little serious for wide eyed Frodo so I had to choose another face for him. My rubber collection consists mostly of Creeper Crew images, and as awesome as they are, again, doesn't fit with Frodo. I ended up settling on Surfer Ian with his shaggy hair.
This tested my (non-existent) drawing skills, I can tell you that! I started on scratch paper, from right to left, and tried to wipe off the ink in the areas that I needed to alter. It took some fiddling, but eventually I was happy with what I had. I gotta tell you though, I wish this were its own stamp so I don't have to do this again if I want another little Frodo!
Oh, I almost forgot! I paired Frodo with an image by Make it Crafty from my "Unused Digis" file called Forbidden Tower. I knocked down Rapunzel's tower to make it a ruin, but if I'd pre-planned the colouring of Mount Doom I would have erased one of the peaks before printing. Ah well. Then I used Simple Stories Take a Hike papers to make the card and a few Prima flowers.
20 November, 2012
Rick St. Dennis is an artist I discovered just Sunday through my random blog wanderings. He's amazing! I pretty much love everything in his shop and want it all, lol! But I had to pick a few things at first (in keeping with what I discussed yesterday about my Creative Addiction) and started with Merry Chrismouse (the cat and tree), 2012 Outhouse Noel, and he also sells sheets! The Santa's Toyshop sheet got me the prezzies. I picked out the bear as well, but ended up coving him with the Mouse Boa Kitty from this sheet set here which is a phenomenal deal. I loved colouring all these images, using both Copics and my coloured pencils, and I can't wait to get started on another one of Rick's amazing images. While I'm not fully in the winter holiday spirit yet, I did enjoy working with the colours and theme on this project.
19 November, 2012
Showcase Farmer Jas' DTT challenge this week was a colour challenge. She challenged us to use frosty blue, sage green, baby pink, and white. These aren't colours I usually work with so it was fun to stretch a bit. I used the new Holiday Anya 2 stamp and Echo Park papers. Come on over to TGF's blog and play along with us.
15 November, 2012
Our fearless TGF leader Jessica challenged us with making a Twilight themed card. Um... no. Just. No. So she expanded it to fairy tales and fantasy themed. I picked "My Little Mermaid". Why? Cos I haven't coloured this stamp yet! This is CC Syren and I got her a little while ago, but haven't coloured her up. I wanted to pair her with some lighter papers so I used an older Echo Park paper line, some Prima flowers, and a sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn. I hope you like her and that you'll join us for this week's challenge. And yes, YOU can do a Twilight themed card.
Skin: E4/E21/E00, YR000/0000
14 November, 2012
Marie and Jessica of TGF have come up with a wonderful challenge for you all, all in the spirit of Thanksgiving and remembering those that are "less fortunate" this season. All the details are below, and also available on TGF's blog for you. Here is my card for the challenge, a thankful, themey card using the Chipmunks Gather digi stamp. I paired them with some Bo Bunny papers and, to my surprise, Bo Bunny stamps. I didn't know they were related until I put them on there. Anyway, please scroll down, see what you need to do to enter, nominate someone in your life, and help everyone at TGF give back to someone this holiday season.
Outfit: Y21, E43
Grass: Y28, YG95/91, E31
Mis: B18/14, C3/1, E81/44/23/34, R56
These took me three days to make. When I did the other image of the little fairy with the bear as sort of a goodbye to Nana my mother suggested that I should make something for my aunt and father, cards, you know? I asked on my Facebook page if that was like, etiquette or something, and it seemed the consensus was "whatever you feel like doing". I DID NOT feel like making these cards. But my mother asked and it's a nice thing to do, so I tried. Again, it took me three days. The images are from Some Odd Girl Stamps, she did a boy and a girl, and I figured that was pretty perfect. I was able to colour the larger cards, but the smaller ones I kinda lost steam on. I'm going to get them laminated though, and I'll be placing mine (the one in the middle), in the grave with Nana's ashes. Mostly I'm glad these are done so I can stop stressing about them. Plus I need to get ready to leave as we're heading up to NorCal for the funeral tonight.
12 November, 2012
Skin: E21/00/04, YR000/0000
Hair: YG67/25/01, W9/6/4/1
Okay, so I didn't give it a sentiment, what do you want from me, lol! The point is, it's a LOT of purple. And why not? I love purple! I figured that sweet Fairy Tinsel here didn't HAVE to be wearing tinsel, right? It could be a feather boa like kids play with. And I just loved her with her sweet little glasses and her wee braids. Irresistible. So purple she became along with some purple papers (Graphic 45 Halloween themed actually), some Prima flowers and butterfly, and an over abundance of stickles. I hope you love her as much as I do!
11 November, 2012
This is a case of "I have a winter holiday themed image, but I'm not in the mood for that holiday". These little fairies were released by Make it Crafty and they're damned adorable, but they're for the winter holiday and I spent the entire day wanting to make something YELLOW! So, "screw it", I said, "I'm just going to colour her yellow!" And here you are, Fairy Twinkles in yellow accented with Echo Park This and That Charming and For the Record 2 papers and some Prima flowers.
Skin:E21/00, YR000/00000, BV20
Wings: C2, BG90/10
10 November, 2012
Game of Thrones fan? Good! Good, because winter is coming. In fact, it's rather here as there's snow outside my door. I used Rio Hel from Simply B Stamps to make this card as she kind of looks like she's a character from the show/books to me. I gave her long sleeves, but unfortunately cannot draw footwear so I'm sure she's a bit cold in the snow without shoes on. Ah well. I embellished her with Prima flowers and papers from the Winter Twig collection by Little Yellow Bicycle. It's a beautiful collection and I was really happy to get it on clearance a month ago.
Lola Sif is part of the Norse Gods collection and so I figured I'd colour her up. I don't really know anything about the Norse gods, nor am I that interested, but she looks really pretty. I really like all the Teen Scene lines, but usually Lola is my favourite character. Generally it's something about her hair I think. I dunno. Originally when I printed her out I thought "I'm going to go pink and yellow with this", something bright on this snowy day, but When I grabbed a marker it ended up being black, so I went with that. Add in some of my favourite green that I can't stop using and this took less than an hour to make. The paper is from Echo Park For the Record 2 and I paired some Prima flowers and a butterfly with it. The card is 6.5x6.5 inches.
Skin: E21/00, YR000,0000
Dress: C9/7/5, YG67/25/01
Mis: RV23, E42
09 November, 2012
I'm sorry! I'm sorry, I'm so sorry! I'm late and I hope you'll forgive me indulging in some therapeutic crafting instead of getting this up and to you on time. I am quite sorry. But here she is, my entry into the FFF: Anything But A Card challenge set up by Showcase Farmer Jess M. I admit, I originally planned to do a door hanger but when I looked at her I thought "tag!" and ran with that instead. I used the new, *large* Anya Styles and a LOT of pink. Again, don't know where that came from, but I don't tend to do a lot of thinking when it comes to my crafting time... which is why I like it so much. It's relaxing. Relaxing and pink. I used Echo Park patterned paper, some washi, inks, Prima flowers, stickles, a butterfly punch, rhinestones, and a homemade twine pom pom to finish off this little tag. Please won't you come join us this week for this "Off the Page" challenge? You can make anything, anything at all... as long as it's not a card!
08 November, 2012
You may or may not have heard, my dear Nana, Maria Grech, died this morning, November 8th, at 7:15am. I woke to the email an hour later. It was pretty sudden. She was hospitalized on October 26th to be treated for back pain. Unrelated lung cancer was discovered as well as a tumour pressing on her aorta; they still do not know what caused her back pain. Due to reactions to medications she was unconsious or "out of it" for a lot of this time and was placed in a recovery center. Mike and I were able to see her for brief visits on the 3rd and 4th and she was able to meet Sirius which made her very happy. After we left she stopped eating and drinking and, as I said she passed away today.
Maybe it's a crafter thing, I don't know, but my first response aside from some tears, was the need to colour. After hours long battling with my printer that has decided it doesn't like printing digi images that don't smudge, I was able to sit down and make this. A lovely friend of mine, who I've recently converted into a Whovian, sat with me via phone and we watched two episodes of Doctor Who while I coloured and created this. His name is simply Fairy Bear and he's from Make it Crafty. I used a large collection of other supplies, which you can find listed below. He is coloured to reflect me and my sadness today... although I probably should have removed the Christmas trees from his sweater to make it less holiday themed.
Thank you to all the people who have written me and commented with prayers and well wishes. All your love and concern is greatly appreciated in this sad time for our family.
Jillibean Soup stickers
Pink Paislee resist chipboard
MME All is Bright red
Theresa Collins Christmas Cottage red
AC Amy Tan Ready Set Go browns
Heidi Swapp "today" stamp
Penny Black "you are in my heart" stamp
Skin: E21/00, YR000/0000, BV23/31
Hair: E79/47/57/23, V9/17/15/12
06 November, 2012
Right now I'm pretty distracted from the crafting, but I thought that maybe if I allowed myself a "no rules" type of colouring session I could enjoy myself some. I've the stack of Greeting Farm new releases just to my right on my desk, so I picked up Twinkle Bean and picked a nice bright teal to colour her with. I then brought in some of my new Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic papers.