28 February, 2013

Jade Cards

You Rock - Jade copy
My first Jade Dragonne image coloured. She's an amazing woman on Deviant Art that offers her images for free (with proper credit) and who am I not to take full advantage!

Stamps: Headphones - Jade Dragonne, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches
Paper: XPress-It, Glitz Designs
Embellishments: washi, veneer butterflies, gems
Copic Colours
Skin: E4/00/11/21, YR000, RV32
Hair: B37/16/02
Outfit:T9/7/5/3, G29/17/03, Y19

Hey There - Jade copy
And my second. I truly love these images. They colour up so easily. And you know how much I love "head shots". They're just so versatile! For both cards I used many new purchases from my trip to Archiver's. I just love using new stuff, it charges me up like crazy! I hope you enjoy these cards. :)

Stamps: Asian Girl - Jade Dragonne, Paper Smooches
Paper: XPress-It, Glitz Designs
Embellishments: wood veneers
Copic Colours
Skin: E4/00/11/21, YR000/0000, R20
Eyes: Y38, YR68
Hair: T9/7/5/1
Outfit: RV19/17/14/13

26 February, 2013

First Walk

Behold! I have made... a LAYOUT! I used some Basic Grey, Echo Park, Pink Paislee, Amy Tan, Studio Calico, and even Make it Crafty chipboard dragonflies to tell the story of Sirius' first walk around the lake with his brother. 

25 February, 2013

Studio Monday: Layout Reorganisation

This picture was taken halfway through this process.
 Yesterday I got the organising hair up my butt and decided that all of my layouts needed to be organised by year. I don't know if anyone reading has ever done this, but it's a REALLY stupid idea unless you feel like sitting on the floor for hours hoping you've dated everything you've ever made. 

Anyway, I don't store my layouts in books because... well, I don't like them much, and they're hard to store because I don't have bookshelves. Iris boxes are colourful, easy to buy cheaply, certainly quite big, and (if closed properly) completely dust resistant - which is a HUGE selling point in this dusty house. I also store my cards  in these boxes for the same reasons. 

Sitting among my mess I devised a plan. There would  be boxes labelled by year, going back as far as I'd found layouts for (which ended up being 2007, with one 2002 exception). Any layout containing photos from that year would go in that box, regardless of when the layout was made. Scrapping non-chronologically but STORING chronologically would insure against everything looking "matchy" as I enjoyed working with the same new products on several layouts. Cards would also be sorted by cards, but also by theme, Halloween and Christmas being segregated into their own boxes while general cards remained a mish mash, but placed together so their bumpy things like flowers did not get crushed by other cards.
 This is the stack of years I ended up with. Each box is organised so that the layouts are in order from January at the top all the way through to December at the bottom. Essentially in looking through the box you'll be looking at a year's worth of our lives. Some boxes are more empty than others. I'm missing layouts and I have the distinct thought that they're packed away in the shed. Rest assured if I DO find layouts, or if I make new ones for these years (07-12), they'll be filed away quickly in these boxes and KEPT organised. This stack resides on a shelf in my kitchen. That's my Foodsaver on the shelf below....
These boxes are on the floor in my kitchen (see bag of dog food at left). From bottom to top is: coloured cardstock (I never use it anymore), a box completely full of cards, mis unfinished mini albums (I HATE mini albums and never finish them), the Christmas cads box, the Halloween cards box, two boxes of "purged" product that needs to find a home, the clear one holds layouts I have to cross-check dates on, and the top green one is empty. It has a sheet of paper in it that I'm going to use on the next PL layout I do. 

I basically ended with just TWO empty boxes after all of this instead of the stack of six I took into the bedroom with me. And I feel good about this set up. The years are easy to get to, if a bit cumbersome to add to 2007 (what with having to move the other boxes on top of it). And the other stack is really good. I'll only need to get to the seasons boxes once a year (unless I go all crazy and make a Halloween themed project in March or something) and with it so easy to get to I MAY dip into my purged product at some point. 

I hope you found this helpful and interesting in some way; thanks for reading!

23 February, 2013

Sirius-ly SMASHed

Continuing on with Sirius' baby book, I took out some of his baby photos, some papers, embellishments, and got to work. SMASHing is so nice because there's really no rules. You can do whatever you feel like, make it a mish-mash, and you'll still end up with something great.

Sirius SMASH 5Sirius SMASH 4Sirius SMASH 3Sirius SMASH 2Sirius SMASH 1Sirius SMASH 6

22 February, 2013

The Gift of Giving

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Make it Crafty blog hop, put on by my teamies and myself. If you've come from Asa's you're in the right place.
For my surprise gift I have made a 4x6 Kraft album for my friend Katie. February 26th is her birthday, so I figured I would make her a little journal for her to put her birthday pictures in. I used Melody because it looks like she's screaming "hooray"... but I didn't have a "hooray" stamp, so I used two of my new sets to make the "celebrate" sentiment.
I used washi tape to put this journal together, taking two 4x6 pieces of Kraft paper and taping them together. You kinda make a bit accordion of them and then when they're all together you put another piece of washi along the seam so that it looks finished.

Well, I hope you all like it and that Katie will enjoy it when she gets it!

18 February, 2013

Archiver's is a Wonderland

Since I've had my blog on automatic posts, you may not have noticed, but I've been away from Jan 25 to Feb 16th. We drove to PA from CA, then from PA to SC, down to FL and back, and then from SC to AZ to CA during that time. We saw a lot of places and ate a lot of new places, but one of the momentous (craft related) things that happened during that time was we visited my very first Archiver's store in Marietta, GA. I'd gotten to see the DOOR of an Archiver's in 2010, but we'd arrived too early. So early in fact that they wouldn't have opened for three hours, and we couldn't hang around, so I had to just leave. This time, however, the timing was perfect.

This here, pretty much, all came from Archiver's. YAY! It was so awesome there, I swear. That stack of paper in the back is an inch thick I think It's made up of new stuff from Amy Tan, Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico, stuff like that that I've been following from the CHA sneaks. Got some stamps too that will work really well on cards and stuch, and some little wood veneers. I picked up the Harry Potter themed kit to go with the photos we took in Universal of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I figured it was best to just go themey with that, since the place really was completely themed. The only things not from Archiver's were the flowers and frames from Michael's in PA. And the Disney album in Disney World. I wanted that to say "Disney World" instead of "Disneyland" like if I'd gotten one locally.

Well, thought I'd give you a peek at what's hanging out on my desk right now. Off to craft~!

15 February, 2013

Marci's Love Notes

Love is the theme for this week, which is fitting, with us just having Valentine's day and all. I don't celebrate Valentine's, but I'm all about the love. Here I figured little Marci is writing a little love note in her diary. Girlish secrets about a crush perhaps.
Stamps: Quill Pen Marci,Book Stack Set - La La Land Crafts
Paper: XPress-It,Bo Bunny
Copic Colours
Skin:E11/21, YR000, BV20
Hair:YR14, Y26/32
Clothes: BV34, V20, RV52, B99/97/95
Other: RV99/69, B37/37, G29/46, E81, Y13

04 February, 2013

Mic Design Team: Friendship is Magic

MiC Friends
Hello, everyone, Aeryn here! I bring you my little interpretation of the “friends” challenge we have this week. We also had the additional challenge of colouring brown hair,so I made both little fairy boys have brown hair, just for the fun of it! I LOVE making scenes with digis, so I knew that was what I had to do for this challenge. The boys just look like they’re in the middle of a game together, don’t they? The scene itself is 5″x7″. I hope you like them!
Make it Crafty Stamps: Razi Petal Sprite, Toto, Fern Log
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: My Little Shoebox
My Little Shoebox die cuts
Pink Paislee die cuts
Heidi Swapp mistables
Copic Colours
Skin: E11/21/4, YR000
Hair: E79/29/57/21
Eyes: B29/16
Outfits: Y67/25/01, YR27/14
Background: W6/4, R59/56/35, E89/87/84/15/43/53, YG97/95/93, G99/94