28 May, 2014

Peace, Love, and Sunshine!

I coloured this image back in March before St. Patrick's while I was trying to find the perfect project for the gal on Deviant Art that sent me her lovely drawing. This didn't really measure up though, so I saved it and didn't make it into a card. This weekend I pulled together a few of my newest papers, this pretty PL type card, and some of my sequins to make this card. I combined three different bunny digital stamps to make this scene, as well as two background stamps.

This card came together so quickly, while I was waiting for a video to upload to YouTube, I'm surprised that I was dragging my heels so much. Do you ever put something off that turns out being really simple in the end?

Digital Stamps: Some Odd Girl, Make it Crafty
Cardstock: XPress-It Bazzil kraft
Paper: Heidi Swapp "Favourite Things", Lawn Fawn
Pink Paislee pocket page card
Copic Markers

26 May, 2014

Studio Monday: Bring On The Wonder

Today, for Studio Monday, I'm happy to present my latest mixed media canvas called "Bring on the Wonder". It's so bright and fun, I am really happy with how it came out. I've also gotten a wonderful response by the lovely people that "like" my Facebook page, I'm overwhelmed, truly. I can't thank everyone enough for commenting. This was just an experimentation, a need for something rainbow in my space, and it turned out prettier than I hoped.

Several of the responses I got asked how I made the piece and for a step-by-step. While I didn't take a ton of pictures during the making of this (and a few got deleted), I have some to share with you today.
This first photo is something I took when I was asked to share a "peek" of what I was working on when I spoke of a rainbow canvas a month or so back. This canvas is 12x15 inches and getting a rainbow blend was a *lot* of trial and error. There are several watercolour paper sheets that I just plain threw out because they didn't work out. In this picture, the canvas is in the process of drying. When it dried, I went after it with water. I misted, I dripped, I just plain threw water at it.
This is after I the water dried and I finally thought of a direction or idea for the canvas. I went online, searched out free butterfly clipart, and printed out several sizes and variations. I was auditioning how I wanted the butterflies to fly and what size I wanted them. Once I'd coloured many, many of them I also auditioned, in this manner, how I wanted the colours to flow. Originally I had the colourway following the background. Then I had the rainbow going down from the top, but finally decided on the rainbow flying upwards so that the colours of the butterflies would match up with their complimentary colours in the background.
Originally I started colouring the butterflies with my Copics, but that was desperately and intensely boring. I mean, mind numbing to the point where I just kept putting it off. Now, I think, it was so hard because I was going in the wrong direction. I got the idea that I would use my Derwent Inktense pencils instead and it when like lightning. The video game that Mike and I are into got an update on Thursday and kinda broke for a while, so we didn't play. I got all the butterflies coloured and re-coloured just in that day because the game was off, lol!
This is the stage where I went through and added more Stickles than ever known to God and man. I mean, this thing is SO shiny its ridiculous! I don't know if I was covering up the black of the butterflies not printing great, or trying to add interest to the butterflies, but it seems to have worked out. I used the large Ice Stickles for the butterfly bodies and then tried to coordinate the colour of the butterflies with Stickle colour. I didn't have the proper blue, so those butterflies just have very light blue on them. This stage took a while, and then it was a matter of making sure not to touch it for a long, long while.
And the final photo for you is the piece up on my wall. I put it over to the right because I'm developing a companion piece for this. I just don't have the proper size canvas on hand.

I hope you enjoyed this canvas, the little peek at how I made it, and this edition of Studio Monday. Thank you for coming, and I look forward to seeing you again!

Supply List for this Piece:
12x16 gesso treated, stretched canvas
Dylusions Ink sprays
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
Copic Markers
Stickles/Ice Stickles
Cameo cut silver paper
Prima flowers/butterflies
Clip art on Copic paper
Glossy Accents

25 May, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 19

Hello and welcome to another PL Sunday! I'm up with a bright and happy layout chronicling a trip to NorCal to see my parents and to see family friends get married. Since it was such a huge deal I had to include lots of journalling for the "little moments" and then I'll be making a separate layout for the wedding itself. I used mostly the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit for May, but I also used a card from April about a good meal. The colours don't really match, but it helped capture several good meals that we had that week while travelling. May's kit had a lot of little stickers sayings, so I sprinkled them around on the photos. 

I hope you like this week's layout and I hope I'll see you tomorrow for a BIG Studio Monday fun post!

23 May, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness - Adding Tomorrows

Today I have an personal card, as well as a pretty important one. May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month. CF is a rare genetic, fatal illness that affects 1 in 3,700 people (US numbers) which comes out to approximately 30,000 people in the US. It's a painful, costly, and deadly disease currently without a cure.

It's also the disease that I was born with. I've been *extremely* lucky in my manifestation of the disease. I have the most common mutation of the gene that causes CF, and yet my case has been relatively mild compared to my peers. While I've had terrible issues all my life, I haven't been hospitalized yet, nor have I needed a transplant or surgery to correct CF related issues. Of course, now that I've written this I'm afraid I'm ruining my luck...

Since CF is so rare, it's hard to get funding for our foundation and it's hard to make sure that we're provided with the constant medical care that we need to stay as healthy as we can. Awareness is the key to getting us the help we need. I thought one of the ways I could spread that with this website is to make this card. I bought Awareness Anya a year ago and waited all this time to use her for CF's cause. I focused on lots of purple (not hard, since it's my favourite colour) since our ribbon is purple. Making this card was a lot of pressure, I vacillated between several paper choices, as well as the PL kit club card that I used for the base and the printed sentiments. It's tough when things matter to you, you know?

If you'd like to know more about the disease or about how you can help, please visit www.cff.org.

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Awareness Anya)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Bazzil
Paper: Doodlebug Kraft in Colour
Gossamer Blue Life Pages card
Doodlebug washi
Prima flowers
Studio Calico wood veneer
Copics Used

Skin: E11/93/50/51/00/04
Hair: E49/77/23/31
Outfit: V17/15/12, BV04/02/01

21 May, 2014

A Canvas for Mom

Today I bring you another departure from the general "papercraftiness" of this website. This is the canvas I made for my mother for Mother's Day. It was a pretty long journey, and a stressful one. You know how it is when you have a vision and yet cannot get it to form into reality.

First I started with a sketch of the woman, then painted the background and the hair with Dylusions mist and a brush. The dark blue was done with the After Midnight colour and that was a problem because it wouldn't dry! Days and days and it WOULD NOT dry. I also took exception to the effect that dripping water had on the Dylusions ink. Where, in other pieces, it's been incredibly pretty it didn't work for this project. Days of waiting, frustration building, I took the canvas out and dumped three cups of water on it, washing away all of my work.

The canvas was barely dyed with a faint remnant of the colours and the original sketch that I'd done. I started over. I coloured the hair with Gelatos instead and then used watercolour and a brush to paint over that and get the deep, vibrant colour back. The hardest part was creating the effect of outer space behind her. I slathered on dark blue, black, and lighter blue watercolour, then Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire and black. I then dripped water on just the space parts and let it dry. I went in with a Distress marker that matched the colours and accentuated some of the drips and streaks that had been created, wiping it with a finger to smudge it. Then I dripped Dylusions White Linen in the space and some more water to create the effect of layers of stars.

The point is, a lot went into this. Many stages, stuff like that. I hope you all like it. I think my mom did. It was kinda hard to tell, she didn't say much about it.

18 May, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 18

Welcome to PL Sunday at Creative Explosion, great to see you!

I was very happy to start this week's layout because I splurged on buying add-ons from GB for May. It's all just so pretty with the bright colours and the rainbow! I couldn't resist! Oh, and the glittered enamel dots; so nice to add glitter without adding any mess. The first week of May was very crafty so I had to chronicle that, as well as the fun Mike and I had questing with our characters in ESO. I snuck a picture while he was looking at his map and I thought it was cute for this layout.

Thanks for joining me again this Sunday, I hope you enjoy the layout and will come back soon. :)

16 May, 2014

You Won't Melt!

The last layout I did about rain I wasn't particularly happy with, but it was scrapped so I went with it. THEN I realised that this rainy background paper is a lot more appealing. Thankfully, the weather is insane everywhere and we got super hard rain/hail Easter weekend. The papers I had in my stash, but the rest of the supplies are from the PL kit and the few add on kits I got from Gossamer Blue this month. I went a little overboard, but I have to admit I *love* all the rainbow and rain and Spring themed things. I couldn't resist. I'm just glad I got another chance to make a layout like this, because I like how this one came out, especially when scrapbooking is starting to feel a bit like a trial to me. I don't know why, but I'm not always feeling it. This one though, very fun. ;)

Pink Paislee card from a packet of PL cards
AC Daydreamer "Treasure hunt"
Studio Calico Wanderlust "3rd & Pine"
AC Daydreamer "Double Dutch"
Pink Paislee stickers
Pink Paislee stamp
Simple Stories white stickers
Bits from the Gossamer Blue PL kit

14 May, 2014

A Dragon for Dad

I bring something new today, though I have mentioned that I have been working with polymer clay lately. I was very inspired by several crafters on Deviant Art and since I've had a love for clay miniatures since I was very small I thought I should get back into clay craft. That's why I bought the little toaster oven, so I could cook, safely, little dudes like these. I made him for my dad's birthday, for the little stone garden his origami tree is planted in. I wanted to keep this guy blocky, not smooth, so it looked like he was put together like stones. I used Granite Sculpey clay, and black for his accents. He has spikes on his tail too. He's 1.5" tall and took two and a half hours to make.

I probably should have waited until I was better at figures, but I think he came out okay. I'm definitely going to need more practise, which should be pretty fun with all the inspiration out there.

12 May, 2014

Studio Monday: PL Pack Away

Hello, all, welcome to another Studio Monday! I love doing these, I really do. I think this one is pretty fun, and definitely a divergence for me.

I went to visit my parents in NorCal and I don't tend to travel without crafting. It's not only boring, it's unwise for me not to have a diversion when spending long amounts of time among my parents. The problem I had is that I'm not in the mood to colour. I'm in a PL mood. Which means not brining my markers along and forcing myself to colour.
During a sale at Michael's I picked up one of those tray organisers for the Iris cases. People on my message board were singing the praises of it, right? I thought I could put it in my Alex drawer. Stupidly, because I already knew that that drawer is NOT 12x12. So yeah, I get the tray home, it doesn't fit, I can't get back to a Michael's in time to return it, so now I must do something with it.

To travel to my parent's house is just an 8-10 hour car ride, so it doesn't have to be insanely secure. I made random compartments in the tray, took supplies that I have for 2013's Project Life, and tried my best to slot them in appropriately. It is *not* as easy as people make it look to fill these trays, I'll tell you this much. This was the best I could do. Underneath the tray I have bigger stamp sets and the papers that I made notes on for the first half of the year so I can do the journalling.
As for embellishments, I'd already punched out a TON of shapes using the paper I had left over from cutting down my own cards from this paper pack. I had them separated in one of these embroidery boxes. Forgive the picture, I'd already taped it closed. To the box I added some of the Perler bead dots I made that match the collection, some washi, a mix of large and small wood veneer, and some tag shapes. All the things I could need for on-the-go Project Life layout creation.

I'm not used to packing to go, so this was very improvised, but I hope maybe you've gleaned something helpful from this post. Thank you for visiting today; please come back again for another Studio Monday!

11 May, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 17

Another PL Sunday is upon us and happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. You keep doing that amazing thing you do. I'm surprised I like this layout as much as I do since I wasn't as enamoured with this April kit as I have been the previous ones. But the white space worked out with the bits of Kelly green. I like the pictures included. It wasn't a huge week, but there were a few unique things, including my finally watching the end of Futurama. It's a very underrated series. You think it's just a stupid show about an idiot, a cyclops, and a robot and then... then you just get hit with these episodes that are so beautiful. If you've seen it you're thinking of one right now, I know it. The other thing I included in this layout is a Some Odd Girl stamp of a doctor. I, and many others, had been requesting Kristy draw this stamp and while I didn't want to use her on a full layout I thought it fit nicely with yet another trip to the CF doctors that happened this week.

Thank you for joining me for another PL Sunday. I hope to see you again soon!

09 May, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day this year. I'm actually seeing her IRL, which has become rare since I turned 18 and moved out. When making this card I tried to include paper colours and layout that she's said she liked in my previous work, as well as keep it bright and feminine. My mom actually likes pink, so I wasn't shy with it.

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Webster's Pages
Prima Flowers
Copics Used
Skin: E4/11/21/00/50
Hair: E49/77/23
Outfit: RV34/32/10, BG34/32/11

07 May, 2014

Hippo Birdie

My dad's birthday was on the third and we're going to see him in a few days so I thought I'd hand-deliver his present and card. This is the card I came up with. Something cute, but masculine. I used my paper kit from Gossamer Blue for March, mostly grey/gold with a little bit of green to keep it simple. I used a cloth and rubbing alcohol to create the texture on the hippo to add interest.

Digital Stamp: Doodle Dragon
Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: XPress-It, Bazzil
Paper: Gossamer Blue paper kit
Webster's Pages washi
Copics: W7-1, BG72, B14/04

05 May, 2014

Studio Monday: Homemade Perler Bead Dots

Welcome to another Studio Monday! Yes, I've jumped on the "Perler beads to enamel dots" train, but a little more carefully than others seem to be taking it. I'd never want to melt plastic in my conventional oven because of the dangers of chemicals in the air and chemicals getting in my FOOD. I'd rather not kill us just for some cheap dots. Instead, since I already needed a non-food toaster oven to cook Sculpey clay figures in, I thought I'd try the enamel dots as well.
I bought one of those big tubs for a few dollars at Michael's, arranged them on a piece of a Tim Holtz non-stick mat, and set them in the toaster oven outside on my deck. Since, even in a portable oven, there's risk of fumes I'm only going to cook non-food items outside.
This is a picture of my second batch after I made a test batch. The test batch came out just fine too, but I figured I'd show you this since it shows how many dots I can do at a time. I can get even more than this actually, too, so it's a lot. For my Black and Decker, $29 model that I got at Wal-Mart the setting 300* for 40 minutes works perfectly. I do them in batches of light and dark dots. I didn't really see a difference in cooking time for the daker ones, or for the clear/glittered beads. They all melted well at this temperature and setting. I am at 7,000ft elevation too, so I'm sure that affects cooking time.
This shot isn't as helpful as I'd like, but this is my batch of half dots. I cut the beads in half with my scissors and cooked them at the same time and heat. As you can see, on a few of them, they melted a little wonky since they were cut a little wonky. I'll be more careful next time. The half dots DO end up smaller though, so that's nice to have various sizes.
I had to get a box to contain them, of course, so I picked up a $2 embroidery floss box and separated them by colour. I love this sight. so much pretty. If you've seen my projects lately, you know I've been using them too, which is always good. Make, use, repeat. I use Glossy Accents to attach them to my projects and that seems to work nicely. There's a crapton more dots in my big 11,000 bin so I will be able to make more dots to fill this up and then some, lol!

I hope you enjoyed this week's Studio Monday and will come back to see how I use up these pretty little dots!

04 May, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 16

Another Project Life Sunday is upon us, I hope you're well. This is the week of Easter
 and the lunar eclipse. I ended up using a lot of the Gossamer Blue cards for this, a lot more than I thought I would. The yellow card is actually a velum card layered over another yellow dot card, I thought that looked nice. I really hate the "hello ___" trend so I covered up the sentiment. Mike and I also played a lot of Elder Scrolls Online, so we took another photo of our characters together. I kept the embellishments along the same line as I have been using, but sprinkled in a little more wood veneer to keep with the moon and stars theme.

I hope you like this week's page! Have a great weekend.

02 May, 2014

Always Keep Swimming

The gals on my message board are holding a National Scrapbooking Day celebration with challenges. One of the challenges was to use your newest mist or stamp. I just bought a bottle of mist on Monday, so I created the background of this card with it for that challenge. I melted four batches of Perler beads in my new toaster oven so I included some of those on this as well. This card is pretty random, kinda weird, but I do like how the fish came out. He looks pudgy.

Digital Stamp: Little Miss Muffet (Gilgo)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Bazzil
Pink Paislee mistable paper
Perler glitter beads
Pink Paislee acetate sentiment
Coloured paperclip
Copics: R39/46, YR09/68/12, Y15