31 August, 2012

Is It Halloween Yet?!

 So, I need more Halloween supplies, sadly. I mean, look at this! That's so not enough!
 My drawer is barely half full! That's so wrong! But look at all the pretties. I need to make like 9,000 projects right now! So inspired. It needs to be Halloween, RIGHT NOW! But I still need more. This drawer should be so packed I can't even close it. Hehehehe
 But, since it's not, I figured I'd make some Halloween cards. This first one I used Kaylee's Closet from Some Odd Girl and centered her outfit and wardrobe set balloon on a few scraps of paper to get the skull front and centre. I then stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn bunny set and found an old coloured pumpkin to add to the card. The papers are from Basic Grey Eerie, which never seems to age! I honestly want more of it, even as I come to the end with just scraps.
 For this one I made tonight I used a Recollection's background stamp, and then used MME paper from last year to paperpiece Kaylee's outfit. I accented it with a bit of the spider ribbon and just one piece of Basic Grey Eerie. Add in a few of the stickers from my collection and job done!

So, who else is with me? You ready for Halloween?!

30 August, 2012

White Out!


No, your computer isn't broken, this is a completely white card. Except for Do Si Do Anya, whom I stamped in grey so she stood out, but matched the background. Our Farm Fresh Friday challenge is "White Out" after all, so I wanted to create a totally white scene. I used a few dies and punches to accent the embossed background that I created for Anya. Please come and join the challenge over at TGF's blog!

27 August, 2012

Use it Up - My Mind's Eye

The Starting Point
 So, maybe, perhaps, just a little... I went nuts with the winter CHA releases of My Mind's Eye. Not that that's a bad thing, I really enjoyed the paper. But there's more coming! So I decided to use it up while I still really like it and these are the results.
 The first layout; using a recent family picture. I also added Lawn Fawn sticker letters.
 The second layout; The many ways the pup has been contained since we got him.
 The third layout; the many different toys and activities of the pup.
 The fourth layout; Some very old pictures of my dear friend Monica and her husband when they came to visit us in 2008.
 The fifth layout; the reorganization of my scrap space a few months ago.
 The sixth layout; Mike's 32nd birthday celebration in Disneyland.
 And last, but not least, the four cards I was able to make with the scraps of all that paper!

I hope you enjoyed my projects and I inspired you to dig into some of your old (or not so old) stash and Use It UP!

25 August, 2012

Use it Up - Dear Lizzy

The Starting Point
 There's a new Dear Lizzy coming out, quite soon actually, that I saw at this most recent CHA. And whether I can actually afford to get it or not, I still have two collections languishing around in my paper stash. I like to keep my paper stash small. Very small. And to do that I need to make sure that I use things up sufficiently before I bring more in. Following this I decided to mush my remnants of the first Dear Lizzy collection "Spring" with the most recent Neapolitan (which I still cannot spell correctly without spell check) and see what all I could make with them.
 This is the first layout I made. Originally it was going to be about my thoughts on just turning 29, but then I realized I'd already done that layout... using this exact photo, just in 4x6. So I shifted gears and talked about the presents that Mike got me for my birthday. I've been watching a lot of Shimelle Laine videos and decided to go with the "lots of little bits" idea. It's a lot more crowded than my usual style, but we ARE trying to use things up here!
 The second is the 5x7 version of the photo I'm using as my profile pic here. A lot less crowded as I was now running out of little bits, but I've added in more chipboard pieces. I briefly talk about having little Sirius as my buddy, finally. Cats are aloof and Viggo is too big, but Sirius is my little shadow.
 Seeing I was down to just a few scraps I shifted gears to cards. After each layout having taken me a bit under an hour to futz with (along with internet surfing and a snack of a very ripe peach) I was a bit frustrated when the colouring/making of this card took me a full 28 minutes to do. I like it, but I wasn't in the mood for something so involved anymore. I used Photo Kaylee by Some Odd Girl for this card.
 So I switched to more simple cards. From top left to bottom right that's the order I did them in. I'd run out of nearly everything and so the last two were a bit difficult to put together and are kinda crap. 

The point of the whole exercise however is that my stash is now two collections lighter and I've now room for MOAR PAPER! Which, really, isn't that what it's all about?

24 August, 2012

DoSiDo Monochrome

For this week's sketch challenge over at SCS Shaela came up with a great one. Come join us over at SCS this week!

Stamps: Do Si Do Anya - The Greeting Farm
Paper: XPress-It, Crate Paper "Wild Sprout"
Copic Colours: E50-59

23 August, 2012

Geisha Piecing

 This week's Farm Fresh Friday over at TGF's Blog is all about paper piecing. As you may know, I'm WAY into it right now, so this challenge was perfect for me. But I wanted to show just how simple it could be. Geisha Anya is pieced with just one piece of paper! Her flower is the "B" side of a piece of My Little Shoebox, and her kimono is the "A" side. I took a Copic and added just enough colour to the pattern to distinguish a few pieces of her outfit from the rest of it. I've had a few comments lately saying that paper piecing is something that they'd like to do, but it's so time consuming. Well, here is a way you can get the look without too much of a time commitment. Won't you join us this week for some paper piecing fun?
Stamps: Geisha Anya - The Greeting Farm
Paper: XPress-It, My Little Shoebox
Copic Colours
Skin: E50/81, R20
Hair: C9/7/3/1

Hay There, Cowboy!

Finally able to get some sleep, I woke up yesterday with the urge to colour. Wanting to keep it simple I used my coloured pencils instead of my Copics. My Faber-Castell Polychromos are so easy to work with to achieve a variety of shades, I love it. For this piece I merged two images: Giddy Up Oscar from SimplyBStamps and Whimsical Log from Make it Crafty. I altered them both slightly, taking away the rocking horse bottom from Oscar's mount and the big flower and mushrooms from the log to put the scene together. I'm really happy with how it came out, even if I did get a little lost in embellishing the card. The image itself is rather large so the card came out HUGE. I added some Prima mistable pieces and a few Lawn Fawn stamps to round it all out.

22 August, 2012

Everyday Happiness

I started it Friday during The Greeting Farm's chat night. This card is for the challenge "new steps" and depicts the "newness" of our puppy Sirius coming into our lives. I used Randy with Flowers to help me with that and some Everyday Eclectic paper from Echo Park.

20 August, 2012

So Cool - All Boy


Using up the last of the Echo Park boy collection I stamped Wild Sprout Edward and wanted to try something new. Monochromatic colouring *can* be done in any colour, but most stick to the traditional black, grey, or sepia. I went with blue. Just to be different.

ETA: In the comments, LMK what you think: Does he look Smurf, or just blue themed?

17 August, 2012

My First Saturday Sketch

This is the first sketch I've ever done, like, EVER, so be kind. If you've stuck around long enough to pick up my style, it's quite boxy, yes? I'm all about layers and boxes of colour. So, I figured that's what the sketch should be too. I used Surfer Ian and some new Echo Park summer papers. Won't y'all please join us over at SCS for this week's challenge?

ETA: WTF does "goodness" mean? I'm pretty sure that's not the sentiment I meant to put on there. Don't craft on no sleep, people! It does WEIRD things to you!

Customer Challenge Night!

It's time for my first ever Customer Challenge and Chit Chat Night over at SCS! Tonight, and all this weekend until Monday August 20th there's three theme challenges. The first is something Olympic related.
 Now, I gotta admit, I don't watch the Olympics. After the sadness of David Tennant's absence I just wasn't up to it. But I did take inspiration from Matt Smith's 11th Doctor for my card. I used Cafe Ian, coloured him accordingly, and used him to show off the UK's national pastime. I'm sure they're Olympic quality tea drinkers!
And the second is "dream destination". Well, I've wanted to visit England, and London specifically since as long as I can remember, so I had to go back to London for this one.

There's one more challenge "new steps", featuring anything new. I've not quite figured that one out yet. Stay tuned! I have all weekend and so do you!

16 August, 2012

Lucky Bunny Birthday

This week's Farm Fresh Friday is all about birthdays! This worked out nicely for me because... well, I have this friend in WA, see. And both of us are TERRIBLE at mailing things, and we're both born in June. Can you guess where I'm going? That's right, this is her JUNE birthday card! I just got my present from her, and sent hers off the same day. It's not that we don't think of each other all the time, we're just not fans of the post office. So we'll pile up things in a box in our house for each other and EVENTUALLY get around to mailing it! I used Lucky Bunnies for this card, along with Echo Park paper and My Little Shoebox paper with a bit of twine and washi. Won't you come join our challenge over at TGF's Blog?

Boys Will Be Boys

 A friend of mine commented that the theme of the Jude First Steps would be a bit difficult to work with for cards, if you or the recipient didn't have kids. She said they'd be better suited for scrapbook pages for moms with toddlers. Not that I wanted to prove her wrong, but I didn't immediately have that thought, though I can see where she was coming from. I just think little Getting Dressed Oscar however is too adorable to pass up. Plus? Well, I like a challenge. So I coloured him up and then started thinking of what kind of sentiment could go with him. I thought of a few that I didn't use because this sticker from the Simple Stories Awesome collection worked perfectly, which just means I'll have to colour him again!

14 August, 2012

Unicorns Should Be Rainbow!

I believe that unicorns should be rainbow! And the Unicorn from TGF is no exception! I paired him with the Mystical Castle from Make it Crafty and then coloured him in his rainbow splendour. This guy's gonna be framed and given to my Nana I think as he's 5x7 and perfect for a nice picture frame.

12 August, 2012

Project Life 2012 - Week 5

Here we come to transition between January and February. Yay! I'm slowly, slowly, SLOWLY moving forward on my Project Life. The bad thing I discovered? I purposefully used collections I had very little of or wanted rid of when stamping the Polaroids and now, if I continue to use them I won't have a ton of paper to make these layouts with! Dilemma!

A Purple Happy And Free

I have to admit, this is one of my favourite cards that I've made. I like the simplicity of the washi background and the Lawn Fawn papers. I'm also really proud of my colouring of Shiny Bean for this. Pencils just add a unique look and I really enjoy the difference between them and Copics.

Stamps: Shiny Bean - The Greeting Farm
Paper: Bazzil Simply Smooth, Lawn Fawn
Colouring Material: Faber-Castell Polychromos
Other: WRMK Washi

10 August, 2012

Spacey Sketch


For this Saturday's sketch I decided to go a bit with a space theme. I used Space Ian, and some papers I picked up at my LSS to complete this sketch. I don't have any space themed embellishments, so I just kept it simple. Please come join us this week over at SCS and use this lovely sketch.

Stamps: Space Ian - The Greeting Farm
Paper: Bazzil Simply Smooth, Best Creations
Other: Spellbinders Die
Colouring Material:
Copic Colours
Skin: E50/51/11
Hair: E29/19/08
Outfit: C2, Spica gold

09 August, 2012

Thanks, Teacher!

For today's Farm Fresh Friday challenge we have "Back to School" as our theme. I instantly knew that I wanted to go a bit subtle with the theme and I thought of the teachers and how hard they work. I used Blush Thanks as the focus of this card, and accented it with an apple stamp from PTI. A bit of Basic Grey Oxford solidifies the theme. Please join us in the challenge over at TGF's blog!

Stamps: Blush Thanks - The Greeting Farm, Friendship Jar Fillers - Papertrey Ink
Paper: Basic Grey
Other: Prima Canvas Shape
Colouring Material: Copics
Copic Colours: R46/39

08 August, 2012

Greeting Farm Blogt: Band Love

Hello everyone, Aeryn here! I wanted to bring you a fun little project I did using both digi and rubber stamps. I love using digi stamps to make scenes, but the rubber stamps can join in sometimes too. Here I paired CC Drummer digi with Harlow and Tyler from the Creepin' Kit to make a cool band. I'd love to go see them in concert, wouldn't you?!
Stamps: CC Drummer, Creepin' Kit - The Greeting Farm
Paper: Simple Stories "Awesome"
Colouring Material: Copics

07 August, 2012

Retro Sunset

This month's Retro Fresh challenge is "golden hour". That special time of day when the sky turns all those lovely blues, yellows, and oranges. And that's your challenge over at TGF's blog, use a Greeting Farm stamp that's 6 months or older and show off those colours!

Stamps: Forest Friends - The Greeting Farm
Paper:Studio Calico
Colouring Material: Copics

05 August, 2012

Siriusly SMASHing

  When I finally got photos printed I was delighted because I could start to actually put together Sirius' baby SMASH book. I've been journalling all along and leaving spaces for the photos and embellishment, but now I can share a few pages of his book. I'll share more as it goes along, of course.
This is the first page, with his introduction, the very first picture of him, and then a collage that I made of pictures from his very first day with us. In the journalling I tell how we got him, how our day went, and our first impressions. I used some SMASH tape, washi, and a Some Odd Girl stamp to embellish it just slightly.
This page is about Sirius' multiple vet visits as he got his shots and de-wormings. I kept a record of his weight each visit, a reminder card, added some journalling, and a TGF stamp called Nancy and Puppy because I thought it was perfect. There's a space left open for one more picture of Sirius with the same vet tech giving him his last shot (Rabies).

I hope you like the little peek at Sirius' baby book. I have it organized by month all the way through his first year and then I'll decide if I want to continue on with it. The first year of a pup's life (especially this one as he'll be training to be a Service Dog for me) is full of changes and growing so I think monthly journalling and pictures will be interesting to see later on when he's older.

03 August, 2012

Bunny Pride

I come to you with bunnies today! I loved him the second I saw him. I printed him six times and coloured them with my pencils in rainbow way. I kept it nice and simple, just to show off the colour and the message of the piece.

Clear Stamps: Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Paper: Kraft
Faber-Castell Polychromos

02 August, 2012

Say Cheese!

Today's Farm Fresh Friday challenge is to use digis. I LOOOOVE digis, if you haven't noticed. With my arthritic hands it's easier to colour a larger image than a smaller on so being able to control just the SIZE of an image makes me happy. Let alone all the other things you can do. I kept is simple with Wild Sprout Audrey and Joseph today, just combining them into a little couple. I paired them with Amy Tan papers, some washi, and a Lawn Fawn sentiment. Please come along and join us with your TGF digis over at the TGF blog!

Stamps: Audrey, Joseph - The Greeting Farm/Lawn Fawn
Paper: Amy Tan Sketchbook
Other:WRMK washi
Colouring Material: Copics