31 July, 2013

MiC Mirror Post - Piratical Nonsense

MiC-Piratical
Did you ever have one of those images that you wanted to colour so badly, but took you forever? Well, this is definitely one for me! I loved this image I made using Make it Crafty's Miss Charlotte, Lonely Island, the Shipwreck, and a gal from Some Odd Girl stamps that I wasn't even able to finish it! But I got my hands on some new Derwent Inktense pencils and I figured what better image to test their watercolour abilities on than a beach scene?! I had so much fun finally completing this image and I'm so glad to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it and you'll try out some piratical nonsense of your own!

Stay crafty!

30 July, 2013

Comic Con 2013

These layouts get huge if you right click and "view image". That's in case you want to read the whole story of our Comic Con experience. Since Mike is in the industry we get free "professional" passes every year, so we went to Comic Con this year. The last time we went was in 2008, before we knew we could get in for free! Anyway, it wasn't a trouble free trip, but it was an experience. You can read about it. I included as much memorabilia as I could on the pages. I made a little pocket for all the cards I picked up on the first page, and on the second page I got one on the front and a bunch of flyers are washi-ed to the back of the page. I used an entire sheet of patterned paper on these layouts, as well as some scraps, all the while getting in a shit-ton of journalling. I call that good. Papers are by Studio Calico.


28 July, 2013

Project Life 2013: Week 29

Some more Project Life for you; this is all I managed to get done this weekend. Bah! I also got the photos printed out for Comic Con so I can start on those layouts next. I really love being able to print at home. Anyway, very minimal embellishment on this one, if you haven't noticed, I tend to do that. Little bit of washi, enamel dots, and I just realised there's only two hearts instead of three. ((sigh)) Anyway, I hope you like it. I've got a ton to catch up on!

26 July, 2013

Just Wavin' Mae

I don't know what's wrong with my cardmaking lately, but it is COMPLETELY crazy! I've been getting the urge to colour, but once I do I'm like "uuuuhhhhh". Totally blank. This one is pretty simple because of that. I'm trying very hard to find better mojo.

You may have seen, for my birthday my long time friend Monica gave me a handful of Faber-Castell Gelatos. I wanted to use Sea Song Mae since I saw her on Kristy's (from Some Odd Girl) Instagram in sketch form, and I'm on a mermaid kick (it's so HARD to find cute mermaids sometimes), so I thought the Gelatos would make a good background for a mermaid. At first I made a completely washed out background, but then I experimented with making puddles of water on the image and then adding texture to it with my fingers. It created the little dots of colour you see there in the background and I think that added interest. Then I wanted to colour Mae completely different from the background so she stood out. There's a lot of mistakes in the colouring, things that I would do differently if I do it again, but all in all I think it turned out okay.

Digi Stamp: Some Odd Girl (Sea Song Mae)
Clear Stamp Sentiment: Lawn Fawn (Critters in the Sea)
Cardstock: XPress-It, watercolour, Papertrey Ink cardstock
Faber-Castell Gelatos
1 1/4" circle punch
Copic Colours
Skin: E04/11/21/00, YR000, BV31
Hair: RV69/19/09
Tail: YR18, Y38/19/13/11/02

25 July, 2013

Layouts!

Yes, I have layouts! It's been very rare for me, but I actually managed to make some layouts and here they are!
 This one uses papers from Dear Lizzy's 5th & Frolic. It's about how Sirius *finally* jumped into the car for a ride of his own accord. He hates rides cos it means he has to work, so it was pretty big. He's done it a few more times since then, but mostly it's a struggle.
 Fished out some old photos for this one. I think this is also 5th & Frolic, not sure. I know there's some Amy Tan Ready, Set, Go mixed in there. I was making those flowers there, by the journalling spot, just for random crafting but it seemed to fit on this page.

21 July, 2013

Project Life 2013: Catchup

First off, I sincerely apologise for the fact that I suck. I've been away at Comic Con and just completely forgot "hey, you haven't updated your blog for TWELVE DAYS". Yeah. I suck. So, to make up for that, I bring you four layouts! Woo. They weren't all done the same day, and they've been shared on my Facebook page (as anything new goes there first), but here they are in blogland as well. Again, SO sorry I took so long between updates. With my new website format it's extra steps and HTML coding to get things up on here and I just kinda put it off when it's not as convenient as it was before. Anyway, on to the layouts!
In week 26 you can see me *getting* my Silhouette Cameo. And on Week 26's layout you can see how that affected my PL creating. Things created on the Cameo: All the Kraft frames, all the titles and writing, the California map card, the geotags, the scalloped circles, and the quote card. It opened up a LOT of possibilities. This week was also my 30th birthday week.
This week I tried a new format, for weeks that aren't chock full of travel and visiting and whatnot. I picked a few important pictures and left a lot of room for journalling. The Cameo made a lot of this super easy.
Again with the twelve 3x4 boxes to fill. A simple week that didn't need too much, but I did cut down the week marker card so that I could fit in an extra picture. It seems that I always have enough to make one page a bit too crowded, but if I push it onto TWO pages then the whole thing becomes sparse. Ah well. Crowded it is then.

Okay, so that's it. lots to look at, you can even read if you like, the pictures get huge if you right click to "view image". I'll try to keep up with you more often and I'll make sure I do more than just DT posts. I *am* creating things over here, I swear, lmao!

10 July, 2013

More Colours!

It was my 30th birthday on June 24th and Mike decided to spoil me! After a friend came over and showed me her stash of Distress Inks, Stains, and a bit about how to use them I definitely wanted some of my own. Joann's had each of these pads for $2.50 so at least Mike's consolation is that this package wasn't super expensive cos I've heard the pads can be up to $6.
Tuesday was as big delivery day. I also got a package from Art Supply Warehouse. They're "local" (3 hours away) but they managed to get this package to me in a day without me having to drive to them, which I appreciate. So does Mike. I got my Copic refills that I've been needing SO badly and Mike said to include this incredible set of Derwent 72 Inktense pencils. I was going to wait until next month, when Mike gets a bit of extra money, but he said go ahead and who am I to argue against new toys?! And I can tell you, these pencils are insane. I love them already and I've only had them just a few hours! The colour is... well, Inktense. LOL!
These new things make me super happy as I'm starting to dip my toes into being a "real" artist instead of a colourist. I've wanted to learn to draw my whole life, but I've always just S.U.C.K.E.D. at it. Ah well. Since November though I've been trying my hardest and I drew my previous icon. I got bored with it though, and started wanting to draw a new me. I managed to make this gal here, among a few other sketches, just a couple days ago. You may have noticed my icon changed. She's the new me until I get bored and draw another, lol! Now that I've got these new pencils I might try giving the next gal a watercolour background!

04 July, 2013

MiC Design Team: Gnomey Love

MiC MushroomGnome
Hi, y'all! Aeryn here.
Are you really surprised I've brought you another gnome? I mean, look at how cute this little guy is! I could NOT resist him. His name is Gnomey Drew and I paired him with a few of the Whimsical Elements to make a nice little area for him to chill in. I mean, Drew *is* a very chill little guy. I dressed him up simply with some Basic Grey paper and a few embellishments including  some of my home-made enamel dots. I coloured him up with my Copics, making him a nice bright red. I'm not sure he'd blend in so well with the forest floor, but I just love how happy it makes him look.

I hope you like my project this week and that I've inspired you to bring Drew home to play in your craft room too! Stay crafty!