30 March, 2014

Sunshine Bunnies

On Friday my yearly order from 2Peas arrived with the last of my CHA wants. Full of rainbow! I accidentally got the AC Summer paper *pad* instead of pack though, so I have way too much of that paper (48 instead of 24) and I'll have to think of something to do with it. I'm excited to use a crapton of stars on projects though, because I got two packages, just in case of any star emergencies.
I'm still having health issues which apparently not only kills my appetite but my creativity. This card took three days to make because I did it in stages so slow... Anyway, she's finished now! How insanely cute are these bunnies? I mean, it's ridiculous! The image is pretty tiny, but it was very fun to colour (though I forgot the drop shadows) because it was just a pleasure to look at.

Rubber Stamp: Sister Stamps
Cardstock: XPress-It, Bazzil
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Hello, Sunshine)
Gems
Copics Used
Skin: E93/50/21
Hair: 110, T7/5/2
Outfit: BG57/32, Y19/15/13/11
Bunnies: E33/31, C3/1, W7/5
Grass: YG91/67/63/23

28 March, 2014

Live a Colourful Life

I coloured this a few weeks ago, just trying to be able to do something creative while I was sick. I'm still sick (but we've got lab work back and medicine is coming in the mail), but I managed to put this little card together using the new Chickaniddy paper I got at the Expo. I still hate that name, btw, so hard to remember/spell. SMH. Anyway, I coloured this image with a dreamy quality so I thought the paper matched pretty well. I used some gems that, IRL, are more light grey than the light makes them look so it matched the light grey in the paper.

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty (Victoria)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Chickaniddy (Twirly Girl)
Copics Used
Skin: E93/50/21/11/00
Eyes: G19/03
Hair: E97/33 Y32
Outfit: RV32/23/21/000

26 March, 2014

To Be Free

Just a little interlude. I'm only able to sleep in 2 hour increments at most and that's making me pretty tripped out. This is To Be Free or Free To Be, it's up to your interpretation. Mostly I was super tired, trying to keep myself up, and I wanted to add colour to something. The new, smaller, circular Distress Ink tool is pretty awesome in that it helps those of us that refuse to go slow to not make those stupid lines of ink in our projects. You still have to be a bit careful, but this was a lot easier to make than it would have been with the bigger tool. I added multiliner to the stamped images to make them more sketchy and not so clean.

Clear Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves
Copic Multiliner 0.5
Water mister
Crystals

25 March, 2014

"Smile, Sky" or "Getting Back on the Horse"

I'd been admiring this line of little nymph stamps for a while. Looking on the internet I can't honestly tell you how to find them, but I've seen them several times at Expos and have always passed them up due to their price tag ($10). But they do come mounted and they do have sentiments with them, plus the characters are a nice size, so Mike said go ahead and get them. After spending most of last Friday sleeping I wanted to photograph, organise, and play with my purchases from Thursday's visit to the Expo. I really liked the colours of the Just Splendid paper line and I wanted to have something whimsical to go with the bright and fun imagery. I took little Sky out and thought I'd make a card for my friend Sue. It was so good to get back to colouring and cardmaking after being away for so long. It came together pretty quickly too, I guess you don't lose your ability to work fast! Have you ever had to stop crafting for a while? Did it come back to you right away?

Rubber Stamp: StampWorkz (Toread Nymph Sky)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: MME Just Splendid
Just Splendid MME PL card
Pink Paislee Colourwash stickers
Queen & Co glimmer dots
Copics Used
Skin: E93/50/21/11/00
Hair: E49/27/34
Outfit: E29/25, BG09, G16/14

24 March, 2014

2014 Anaheim Scrapbook Expo

First off, I'd just like to say how sorry I am for not being around. If you're a follower here or on my FB page you probably know I've been rather sick since starting Cystic Fibrosis medication on the 15th of February. Since then it's been one thing after another, including several days last week that required me laying in bed doing nothing at all in an attempt to heal. I was able to keep in communication because of my tablet, but I wasn't able to do a whole lot, and I'm sorry for that. I'm still not better either, so I'm taking things day by day.

Because of all this the exciting reward of getting to go to the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo after doing the medication turned into something that I hoped I'd just be able to claw my way to instead of  haveing some sort of crazy awesome celebration time. I was told by the CF doctors that I needed to come in to their office on Thursday the 20th for tests and while that part sucked (we came away with no answers as of yet, even after me being poked and prodded and tested for over two hours) the timing was actually okay since the Scrapbook Expo started on Thursday this year. A gal from my message board arranged to meet me when we got there and, with Mike trailing behind waiting to purchase things and carry stuff for me, we were able to do some fun shopping together.
I ended up getting "only" a few things, mostly stuff I'd been considering for a while but not purchased, as well as some things from Winter CHA that I knew I wanted. I got the MME Just Splendid paper designed by my friend Gennifer Bursett which are really beautiful in real life. The PL cards are a bit thin, like regular paper, but I think that might be a good thing since there's three of each design I'll probably be layering them on other projects. The little troll stamps I've been looking at for a few years now and always pass up because of the price (10). Mike said to go ahead and get them though and they really are quite cute. They were also "buy 5, get 1" so I was able to get the whole line, even the one on the bottom that I'm not as fond of. I just figure she was my free one, hehe. I picked up a 6x6 of Glitz's Uncharted Waters which I've been considering as well as the Studio Calico wood veneer kitties and doggie sets. I found Simple Stories' DIY grid PL cards which are really nice, also a little thin, but they're made to layer things on top of. I found another USA map stamp set with some really cute sayings for $6 that I can see using on several projects. Last but not least I found some new CHA paper by the sheet. Definitely things I needed to see IRL. For the first time in years I liked a surprising amount of Crate Paper's new release, as well as Dear Lizzy's Day Dreamer, and Studio Calico's Wanderlust. I only ended up buying two sheets of Amy Tan's Plus One that they had because I wasn't really fond of the patterns. I saw it at another booth later, it looked like they had more pieces, but I still gave it a pass. I'm usually a fan of her stuff so it was good to see it in person and know I could do without it.

Saturday was the day of the big group meet so we decided to go out again. Not something we'd usually do, go down the hill twice in one week, especially so close, but we needed boring things like dog food to make the trip more legitimate than both Mike and I wanting to play with friends. The drive is about two hours, two and a half, so we try to limit how much we go out. But this time the excuse was not just to spend money so it was okay, lol!

Susan, the gal I'd met with on Thursday, had organised as many SoCal Peeps meeting up on Saturday as she could and it was her, Jeanne (who I went to the Ontario Expo with) and my friend Sue that I met up with first when Mike dropped Sirius and I off. We hit the Echo Park booth first, HARD, and then continued to wander around the floor in a haphazard kind of way, just talking and shopping and hanging out.
Up top you can see the Echo Park stuff I got. They had a "buy 7 packs for $20" deal going on which was definitely the best of the show. A collection pack with stickers is usually, what, like $15? Sometimes $20 from other companies?  I've used some of this paper already, or have a few pieces left in my stash, but we're thinking lean times might be coming in the next 4 months or so so I thought that having a stash of new paper like this that I know I like might be a good idea. Just in case. The embellishments were only a $1 so I got a brad pack and a layered sticker pack. They also had sets of divided page protectors for $2 instead of the $5 for the WRMK ones at Target so I got 4 of those too. The 6x6 were 10 for 10 so I picked out three to help Sue get to 10 and she bought them for me. I raided the Queen and Co booth again for some washi and more bling since I've used a lot already. Sue also bought me the pearls in the clear packages while Siri and I were outside so he could potty. I got some Pink Paislee mistable shapes and paper which should be fun with my Dylusions. On the bottom I took advantage of a deal at a place called Local King rubber stamps. You buy the stamp set, a background stamp, and the water-based markers for $40 and they threw in 2 packages of glossy paper (of which I have none). I also bought the matching wolf die because it's the kind that cuts the exact shape, not the kind that leaves a white border (which I hate). Lastly we stopped by the Chickaniddy booth a second time so that Susan could decide if she wanted to buy something (she likes to ruminate on purchases) and it's totally her fault I broke down and got both collection packs for $8 each.

That's it! That's my shopping adventure at the Expo this year. I think I'm set, right? LOL! Thank you for coming, dear readers, and for hanging in there with me during this whole medical hoopla. I've always known CF was a serious disease (it's technically terminal after all), but being this sick for so long is something I've never experienced. I hope to be on the mend and get back to sharing things with you this week. I have a new card already, and a second part to this Expo Love post with pictures of the Peep gals so please stay tuned.

14 March, 2014

Sunshine Ducks

Some Odd Girl
Still a sucker for a sale, I purchased both the ducks and both the spring elements. But then I was smart enough to make up a scene to use them as soon as I could. I used my Pop Up stash kit to make the card, though I'm not sure it came together as well as it could have. It's kind of... I dunno, "off". Since I didn't know what to add, though, I'm calling it done.

Digital Stamps: Make it Crafty (Grassy Foreground, Blossom Tree), Some Odd Girl (Spring Parade, Duck in Boots)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Echo Park, Glitz Designs, Dear Lizzy
Enamel dots
Twinery twine
Lawn Fawn flair
Copics Used: YG67/23/17, G21, Y26/19/15/11, B000/24/41, YR65/15, R46/39/14, RV42/10, E71/74/79

12 March, 2014

You're FAN-tastic!

I made this card a little over a month ago, but now the recipient has gotten it, so I can show you. I have a friend that's just plain awesome and I wanted to make her something special so I created this card. I used a file from the Silhouette Studio to create the intricate design on the card base. I also paper pieced the little kimono the girl is wearing.

Rubber Stamp: Sister Stamps
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections Kraft
Paper: Graphic 45
Silhouette Cameo
Copics

10 March, 2014

Studio Monday: The Shopping Edition


Today's Studio Monday is going to be short and sweet (but with lots of goodies for you) because I'm still doing really poorly health-wise. We found out I have had pink eye since last monday and on top of my other medication this has been a really bad month for me.

The only bright spots of the last week were packages in the mail and the field trip I had planned for when I was *better* from my Cipro reaction. With the pink eye I obviously didn't get better, but we went on the trip anyhow! (I had the added excuse of needing to go down the hill to get medication anyway)
First came a package from Hanko Designs that I'd ordered weeks ago of Sister Stamps' new March release. Aren't the bunnies just too cute?! I love these little Asian stamps (they're made by two gals in Hawaii) and I think these are perfect for Spring. Since Spring came right after Fall here they're pretty appropriate!
The next day came two packages. Some Odd Girl had a sale on their new Hipster release (on the left - I mentioned the card challenges they were having when I posted a few cards down blog) so I snapped them up and they came in the mail along with the last Oozak package from my January order. The thing that sucks about pre-order is the money's been spent but sometimes the goods don't come until months later! This time it was Lawn Fawn that was lagging behind and I can't wait until I'm well enough to get started on making some of the awesome things I've seen people make with ALL of these stamps!
My last picture is the haul I got from the Rubberstamp Show that was held in Carson, CA on Saturday. Remember that field trip? Yeah, I'd been planning it the whole week, do some make and takes, check out stamps, spend recklessly... Once I found out how contagious I am I wanted to make sure to limit my contact with others. The fact that I probably caught this from someone at the theatre or the grocery store and that it puts my fur-kids at risk (not to mention Mike), I'm all the more determined not to pass this along to the unsuspecting public. I have CF, usually what I get can't hurt anyone normal, so it's weird to be contagious. Anyway, I still wanted to go in spite of this and in spite of the fact that I was having serious trouble seeing, so I made sure to make quick passes through the booths, I stayed away from people (non-contagious as long as I don't touch my eyes), had Mike carry and pay for everything, and at least I got to pick up some fun stuff. I stopped by the Hanko Designs booth and picked up a few more Sister Stamps, though the ones I really wanted were already sold out. I picked up some really nice washi paper (in the back) which will be fun to use with the stamps but also just for regular projects. Another booth there seemed to have the entire Ranger Ink CHA catalogue. I was able to restrain myself, not fly completely off the handle in the face of so much pretty, but I did pick up a plastic palette, some adorable bird stamps, the remaining Distress Markers from the last releases, the new circle blender tool, and some watercolour paper to try out, see if theirs is better than the stuff I got at Joann's. I'm glad they didn't have more stamps for me to go ga-ga over, actually. Though they might have and I just wasn't able to see them!

I'm sorry this is all I have to offer right now, that posts have been so sparse; not a daily dose of something pretty, and that I've been so negative lately. I'm honestly tired of it myself and tired of feeling so unwell. I have one more week of Cayston, more eye drops than I can count, then a doctor check up, and hopefully I'll get to being back to normal.

08 March, 2014

I Like Snowballs

Some Odd Girl is having a release party and challenges on their FB group and the first challenge is to use punches. Since there is still a tiny bit of snow out, I thought I could get away with using my snowflake border punch. I wanted to make the blue light, to match the blue I put in my Miss Sunshine stash kit, but it didn't come out that way so I had to use a 6x6 piece of paper I had.

Digital Stamps: Some Odd Girl (Snowball Tia)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Webster's Pages, Studio Calico
Martha Stewart Punch
Enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/21/51/50
Eyes: B66/63/23
Hair: E35, Y26/23
Outfit: RV66/17/55, B16/14/12

07 March, 2014

Cool as a Snowball

I had yet another medical crisis (an allergic reaction to NSAID pain relievers causing my eyes to swell almost closed) the last few days but I managed to make this card. It was pretty slow going, since my vision was insanely blurry, but it was pretty fun. I meant to embellish this card more, but I got distracted by the power going out and it just seemed okay with just the flair. I used my March stash kit, Jackpot, for the colouring and paper. It's kinda nice to pick the paper before I colour the image and have a direction to go. Sadly, though I'm trying to run through the winter themed stamps I have, the snow here has almost melted completely.

Digital Stamps: Simply B Stamp (Snowball Rio, Snowball Sale Lola)
Cardstock: XPress-It. Papertrey Ink
Paper: Glitz Designs, Amy Tangerine
Lawn Fawn flair
Copics Used: RV02/17/55, G19/14/05/00, B02/00, BG05/0000, YR21/12/00, Y19/15/11, W9/7/4, C3/1, E93/77/59/57/51/50/35/33/31/23/21/11

05 March, 2014

You're A Cool Friend


This is another speed colouring test I gave myself. I find them fun. 20 minutes to colour this guy up. Yeah, it's simple, but it's hard when you have no idea what colour direction you're going in. So yeah, weird choices. The weirdest thing? I used a *Autumn* themed Stash kit that I made, that included *Summer beach* themed paper, for a *snowy Winter* card! Crazy, right? I think it kinda works though, what about you? Have you used off-theme papers for your projects before?

Digital Stamp: Some Odd Girl (Snowman Tobie)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Echo Park
WRMK washi
Recollections wood veneer
Enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/21/51/50
Eyes: BG05/01/000
Hair: E59/74
Outfit: YR15/12/20, R59/46/14
Snowman: YR68/04, C3/1, Y000/00, T10/07

03 March, 2014

Studio Monday: Kit Commotion!

With the Scrapbook Expo coming in 19 days, and me planning to spend craptons of money... yeah, I had to re-evaluate my paper stash which isn't like huge but still not good to add without making sure I can use what's there. There's a gal on my message board (not mine, just the one I frequent) named Margareta that runs a Scrap Stash Kit Club. The idea is not to buy more things with a subscription, but to make kits based on her colour choices/theme from your own supplies. I've watched for a while but not participated because I've always just wanted to buy her kits instead!

That's not really how it works, but I wanted to take the cue and run with it to use up some of those papers that have been sticking around for more than six months. I decided not to make the *full* kits, since I don't store my supplies like that, but just focus on the paper for now and when I use something from the kit I can look at the "official" picture and go from there with inspiration.

Here I am, putting together a kit. I went through my paper cube (that's it on the bottom left) and as I looked through a Page Planner envelope of paper I pulled it out a bit, cuing myself that I'd done it already. I looked through everything, every time, just to make sure I had the right shades and whatnot. Margareta put up some videos for her kits, explaining her paper picking ideas, so I watched a few of those while I did this.

The first kit I did you saw the product of on Sunday with the "let it snow" card. I went with the Going For Gold kit since it was like first or something. It looked first. But since I don't have any gold, I had to do yellow.

For this one I followed the Miss Sunshine kit, adding some brownish just for the hell of it.

She had a Pantone paint chip for the Something Blue kit here so I followed that.

I kept it simple for the Summer Nights Kit because I didn't really see how some of the pieces fit into the kit. I've been making huge kits so far, so it's nice to have something small to work with. I have a surprising amount of black, and this is a blackish grey.

For the Autumn Twist I went really autumn with it because those were just the papers I found. ((shrugs)) I think it will work for boyish layouts or cards, yeah? Since I already have a ton of actual autumn papers.

This kit is the one that I really would have bought if Margareta had them on offer. Even with all the letter stickers in there, I love the look of the Pop Up Kit so much. I did my best to re-create the kit as best I could and then when I use it I hope I can find the proper embellishments and stuff.

And the very last one is this month's Jackpot kit. Her version came with a lot of rainbow, but not many solids to rest the eye on. So I combined tan/white, black/white, and grey/white pieces with the remaining rainbow from my Glitz paper pad from last January. Yeah, it's time for that to go.

I'm not fully acquainted with kits, and I know I made some of them HUGE so they'll take a while to use, but I'm feeling better about my paper stash and my ability to use it. I also think I ended up getting rid of a few paper envelopes and combining others as the papers dwindled to scraps. That's always good. This is really new for me since, you may have noticed, I don't really tend to combine paper companies/lines. I've always scrapped along manu/line, but I'm willing to give this a try! I've added a tag for Stash Kit to my side bar so you can check out what I make with these kits.

Thanks for coming by, and I hope I've inspired you. I think kits might be a fun way to rejuvenate some of those papers that I don't know how to pair!

02 March, 2014

Let it Snow, Rocky

It's finally snowy outside, so I was in the mood for something wintery. I took out all of my pre-printed winter images and then decided that I would practise a little bit of "speed colouring". I see a lot of "speed drawing" on Deviant Art, but I suck, so that's not a good idea. Random "speed colouring"? Yeah, why not? I put on some Matchbox 20, sang along to boost my endorphins, and coloured as fast as I could. After about 20 minutes, here's the result! I think he came out all right, yeah? Do you ever do challenges like that with yourself, just for the heck of it on a wintery/rainy day?

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty (Rocky)
Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Webster's Pages, Carta Bella
Enamel dots
Washi tape
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51
Eyes: B29/26/21
Hair: 110, T8/5
Outfit: B29/26/24/23/21, Y35/26/13, W10/8/6

01 March, 2014

You're Priceless

Some Odd Girl
I made this card for Mike because he's been such a trooper helping me so much while I've been sick/hurting. I'm only 30, he shouldn't be having to take care of me this much, but... yeah, I guess that's how it goes. So yeah, I made him this little card to say thanks. Since I'm still not perfect yet, I coloured him with both my left and right hand, right mostly for the hair! I used a Gossamer Blue Life Pages card and a scrap from the extra paper kit that I bought.

Digital Stamp: Some Odd Girl (Tobie Loves)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Gossamer Blue, Fancy Pants
MME enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/00/50
Eyes: B34/41
Hair: 110, T9/7/3
Outfit: R85/83/81, BG34/32/11, Y28/26/32