30 June, 2014

2014 San Deigo Scrapbook Expo

Hello, all! So sorry I missed Project Life Sunday, but we were out rather late on Saturday and Mike has been rebuilding my computer all week so it's been a bit of a struggle. This week, instead of Studio Monday, I bring you a view from the San Diego Scrapbook Expo. The last time I went was in 2012 (you can see that adventure here) and I thought that since it fell so close to my birthday (within the same week at least) this year that it might be fun to pop on over and see if there was anything interesting. Mike was game; took very little convincing actually since his work friend recently moved there and beaches are nice. It was in a different location than the one we'd been to before, this time it was located in Hotel Row or whatever they want to call it. It's near Sea World and has a TON of hotels there. It's a good thing we arrived early, at 9am when they opened, because the parking at this location was atrocious. It fit the space better though. Instead of a huge space that they couldn't fill with only a few vendors in attendance they filled the room up and made it look more populated; though still quite lot smaller than the Anaheim Expo as usual.
I'm happy to say that I found some really good deals this time around. Tall Mouse was the best. I'd gone in telling Mike that I wanted to find the Doodlebug sequins, since I need more, and consistent, colours for my art canvases. We get to the Tall Mouse booth however and they have the entire rainbow of sequins for 50 cents a package. They also had some interesting texture fabrics, some fabric/wire butterflies, and some empty spray bottles for a dollar or less each. When we went to check out it was $19 and she said if I got one more dollar I could get 2 free sequin packages and those little glitter Mickey heads as well as a Mickey tote (like a fabric grocery bag) so I did happily got some duplicate sequins. I got 8 bottles of Queen and Co branded glitter glue since they were a dollar and another booth had Stickles for $1.50 if you bought 8 or more. Now I won't have to worry that I'm running out when I use them on my canvases.

I got some 12x12 paper, mostly Simple Stories, and got a deal on the three 6x6 pads 3 for $10. I focused on getting paper that's good for backgrounds since I have so many nice patterns, but not enough backgrounds to layer them on. I also got a plastic painting palette, several water brushes to fill with mist ink, and Lawn Fawn's new releases. They were $15 each, but one was free, so that made the savings pretty good.

Well, that's my haul. Mostly art canvas stuff and basic tools this time around, but I think those are the best purchases, you know? And with such discounts I'm really happy that we went.

26 June, 2014

A Change has Come

Wednesday was pretty big with the announcement of the closing of Two Peas in a Bucket. It's a huge deal for the scrapbooking world. Sixteen years in business, several owners, them and Scrapbook.com have been the pillars of the industry online for a long time. Many of us saw the writing on the wall, we saw it coming, and frankly Kristina White and the Powers that Be on Two Peas were never good at the business. Driving away customers, delinquent accounts with suppliers; it was only a matter of time.

Many people are struggling to find a new home. Thankfully I've had one for over a year now, with a kind and wonderful leader and NO drama. I hope that the displaced Peas eventually find peace and safe harbour somewhere. There are things about Two Peas I will truly miss. I've been there since I started paper crafting in 2004. That's ten years of my own time there. It, along with my email and FB are permanently open in my browser. That's just the way it has been. The daily "Bloggers and Readers" thread at Two Peas has been invaluable to getting this little site noticed.

Change must come, though, and businesses that aren't run properly must fall. Even how it was handled Wednesday was terrible. No notice, locked boards, and even Garden Girls completely blind sided. End of an era, to be sure, but it's rather hard for me to be devastated, surprised, or even sad for the owners. That's just the way things go.
On an unrelated note, while I spent the day downloading my class videos and videos off of YouTube to save them in case the channel gets deleted, I stamped and coloured up little Hood here. I didn't feel like working with red, so I focused on bright Spring/Summer colours. I didn't feel like markers either, so I took out my Polychromos. I got a really nice electric sharpener a few weeks ago and needed to give it a good run instead of the occasional use that I've done so far. It's *so nice*. I mean, really, really nice to have a perfect, sharp tip on my pencils for detail work. I mean, look at her hair! And her eyes. Came out so great. I did a new thing with TGF eyes, gave them some colour and dimension, and I really like it. I'll probably continue from here with it.

I hope you like it. And if you're a Pea Refugee reading this, you're always welcome as a reader here on my site. I'm very glad to have you.

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (SSC-Hood)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Heidi Swapp
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Bling crystals
Heidi Swap stickers

24 June, 2014

The Year of Cake

It's been a long, hard, very stressful road, but here I am. Another year down. "The Year of Cake" if I remember correctly. The year I wasn't "supposed" to have according to nearly every CF doctor I've talked to. I made it to 30, and everything after that is just cake. Well, despite incredibly terrible care from my Kaiser doctors, I'm still here, and I'm still fighting. 2014 has not been kind to me so far; fingers crossed eventually, somehow, I'll be able to kill this lung infection and get back to whatever it is "normal" is supposed to be. Here's to another year of cake!!!

23 June, 2014

Studio Monday: Red Rubber Rodeo

Hello everyone! Today's Studio Monday I have a lot of stamps. See, I have a stamp "problem". I'm addicted, so there's that, but also...  I am ashamed to admit they're not organised. My space is so organised, and yet my stamps are a mish mash. I can find what I need, rather quickly too, but they're not by theme and subject and catalogued within an inch of their lives. Mostly it is because instead of just putting them in a file right away I must first rip off the sticky cushion and paint them with tacky glue. That's just how I like my stamps.

Back in March I did this. Filled my entire kitchen table with stamps and glued them. I also did most of my desk space as well. I have a surprising amount of stamps...
Though this was a big batch I still ended up with this pretty big pile of stamps left to do. I couldn't do them all at once because, really, it kinda takes it out of me to sit there and glue glue glue. I figured if I kept this pile on my desk I'd get to it quicker. That the stamps being there would bother me enough I'd be more motivated. Yeah...
This pile of stamps sat there in the top corner of my desk until just yesterday when I finally said "enough" and just glued them. I also had a few more stamps added to that pile in that time. The Greeting Farm, mostly, which is what most of this stack is too.
I managed to get all of my stamps done. On the left is the bin of the few stamps I have left that have cushion on them. They have the evil kind of cushion that won't come off without a lot of work, and rubbing, and that just plain hurts my hands so I put it off even more than normal. On the right is all the rest. All the stamps that need to be separated by category, put onto acetate or freezer paper, and slipped into envelopes. I hope I have enough of them, I'm not really sure. It's a huge job though. I don't know how long it'll take for me to actually *do* it, lol!
Well, thanks for joining another Studio Monday and I hope in showing you my shame I get properly motivated to fixing this mess of a situation!

22 June, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 23

For this week's Project Life Sunday we move into June finally. I had a hard time with this one. When I got the kit I was very disappointed. I don't know what it is, but it seems every kit club ever has decided MAY is very bright and beautiful, but when it comes to June, no, dreary and crap. Club Scrap used to do the same thing. Bugged me to no end. See, June is my birthday month. My birthday is actually on Tuesday. Do I want to celebrate my week with a boring, dreary coloured layout? No. I don't.

Since this was only the first week of June I tried to pick out some of the colours that were a bit brighter, but I brought in a card from a Pink Paislee set that came in one of the May add ons and a card from Simple Stories too. They mostly match and brought in more colour. This week was completely about Elder Scrolls Online so that's why all the photos are from the game.

I'm hoping to be able to keep the bright/happy feeling for the four weeks of June and counter the kit's insistence on drab and boring. Thanks for coming, and please visit again!

20 June, 2014

The Peeps & Me

In March, for the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo, I was able to meet up with a bunch of gals from my message board, the Peeps. I don't get to socialize a lot, as you might imagine being as sick as I am, so it was great to get out and see people I've been talking with for a while now. And to shop, gotta love shopping in a big group like this!
I ended up needing to make a two page spread, which I don't usually do, but I think it came out okay. We also met Heidi Sonboul while we were there, so I figured I'd use some of her paper for the layout. Most of this stuff came from Gossamer Blue's March paper kit and a few things from the Life Pages kits I've gotten this year.

I hope you like my pages. I'm trying to make sure I actually make layouts for the events that have happened this year, but layouts have been tough for me lately. Don't know why, but it's like "blah" in my brain so I'm going slow with it.

18 June, 2014

Say Something

I present another canvas piece! Eventually I'll stop, I promise.... This one was honestly out of left field for me. I got a new palette for my Bombay inks and a fan brush. At first I was proud of myself for not having used blue, since all I had was the sunset and the brown plains. Then I thought "this needs a tree" and since I wanted the leaves to reflect that they were slightly translucent and picking up the light I made them a very dark blue/purple to go with the complete black silhouette of the girl and the tree and the ledge.

Anyway, that's my thought process. I hope you like this new addition to my canvas collection and the little athology that that girl is becoming...

Supplies:
Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Inks
Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
Liquitex acrylic paint
Derwent Inktense pencils 72 set
8x10 pre-treated canvas

15 June, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 22

Hello, readers, on this Project Life Sunday! This was the last week for using the May Gossamer Blue PL kit and I can tell you I'm sad to see it go (especially having worked with the June kit already). I loved all the bright colours of this kit and they went so well with my art. I put pictures of the two pieces I did during week 22. I also left room for a nice big screenshot from the movie A Million Ways to Die in the West which we saw that weekend. I LOOOOOOOVE Seth McFarlane and after seeing that movie I'm now obsessed with the way he kisses, lol! He's too handsome, really. It's unfair. For the middle card I did a little rundown of what I was up to that month, reading/watching/listening to, and I officially said "goodbye" to May. Boo.

I hope you like this week's page and I hope to see you again soon!

13 June, 2014

Unrealised Realities

I come with YET ANOTHER canvas today. I know, I know, you thought this was a scrapbooking/cardmaking website. Yeeeaaahhhh, I think there's a reason I was vague with that when choosing the name. Creative Explosion seems to cover everything now.
Tuesday the package with these lovely India inks arrived. I first organised them into rainbow order, properly, grabbed a cup of water, a brush, and just started messing around. I'd never used them before, didn't look up how to, just figured I'd run with it. I started brushing on the teal, then went pink, to purple. I dripped water on, did some streaking with the brush, but no real plan. Then I added the girl who features in a lot of my work now and outlined the weird streaks of colour with a pen.

Feeling it needed more I used some shark illustrations that I've done to trace and create silhouettes in the sky. Then I used water, glitter, and pearls to create a sort of "stardust" effect on parts of the sky. Embellish it a bit, you know? Anyway, I hope you like it. I like adding different things to my paintings, making them dimensional a little even, so they're not just simple illustrations on the canvas.

Supplies:
India Ink: Teal, Turquoise, Red Violet, Violet, Black
Faber-Castell Pitt pens
Pearls
Stickles
8x10 canvas

11 June, 2014

Free As A Fish

I bring you another mixed media canvas today. As I mentioned, when I filmed my how-to video I ended up with three of the same canvas. The first one I finished is here: Take Me Away. This is the one from the actual video you saw.

I had the idea for seaweed first. I don't know where it came from. I was thinking more chunky fabric pieces, but it turned out to be little strips. When I couldn't rip them this small, I just cut them. Then I added twine and Stickles to create a fuller plant look. I then drew the goldfish and watercoloured them. The words say "No Human Was Ever As Free As A Fish. It's a truncated version of a quote I found.

I hope you like this piece. I am happy with how the fish came out, the way they were drawn and their watercolouring. I'm probably going to work more with fish, just because they came out so well.

Supplies:
Fabric
Twine
Stickles
Sequins
Watercolour paper
Melted perler beads
8x10 treated canvas
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Faber-Castell Pitt pens
Ranger Distress Markers
Derwent Inktense Pencils

09 June, 2014

Studio Monday: Sequin Scramble

Today I bring you sequins for your Studio Monday. While doing a shuffle of my albums and trying to organise my Project Life for previous years I realised I needed another PL kit subscription, so I joined Scraptastic's PL kit. The biggest problem with that? Sequins. For some reason Scraptastic thinks that sending a package of sequins with every. single. month. is a good idea. I already had a small stash and I had no more little baggies. I needed another solution.
I bought the embellishment organiser for my home-made enamel dots. I was able to consolidate them into colour families and made some space. The pile of rainbow sequins is from a group buy from my message board. The rest are from Scraptastic except the obvious Christmas ones and the little packet of Halloween.
Here they are organised. I had to combine red/orange/yellow because I needed to separate the other colours, but it turned out I had a whole lot of those colours. Lots of red and orange from Scraptastic, I think. It was a little difficult to do this. I turned on a TV show and just separated things out, but this mountain is known for its excessive static. The more I touched the sequins the more they wanted to cling to the sides of the cups as well as my fingers. Point is, it's done, and I can actually see which colours I have and how to get them onto projects. I've already used many when creating one of my canvases. It was much easier to see them by colour. Of course, in doing this I've seen holes in the colours I do not have represented. Perhaps those holes will fill in with my next Scraptastic PL kit!

Thanks for visiting this Studio Monday! I hope you'll drop by again soon!

08 June, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 21

For today's Project Life Sunday there is a LOT of rainbow! Along with the brightness of this kit, I made a lot of art projects during week 21 (which you've already seen up close). I figured it was fitting to pick out some of the black cards from this month's Gossamer Blue kit as well as one from a previous month (March, I think) to counter all the colours. The embellishment is a little haphazard, but it's hard for me sometimes.

I hope you like this week's layout. I haven't made anything for a while so it was nice to get back to making layouts! I need to make sure I start using my paper as well as I've been using the Gossamer Blue kits though!

06 June, 2014

Hello, Chickie!

This is just a quick little card I made for someone's birthday. I'm not good at having them on hand so I kinda gotta scramble when I make them. I'm even worse at mailing things, so hopefully she actually gets it. We'll see how that goes. Anyone else have an allergy to the post office? Yeah, I got that. I used paper from my new Good Day Sunshine 6x6 pack. I like that it's smaller. Only used two sheets to make this. I couldn't resist the little chick when I saw it online while shopping for art supplies and she just came today so I had to use her right away. Adorable, right? She has two sisters too, a bit smaller, so I think I'll use them together on another project. I've been focusing on regular art for a while now so it's nice to pick up a Copic again after a long time!

Rubber Stamp: Stampendous (Floral Bonnet Baby)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections creme
Paper: Simple Stories (Good Day Sunshine)
Enamel dots
Flag paperclip
Copics Used: YR24, Y26/15/13/11, BV31

04 June, 2014

Take Me Away

After making the video on how to make the mixed media canvas backgrounds that I do, I had three, count them *three*, of the same canvas. I had made one for myself, then the first video got ruined, and then I had to make the last video. Yeesh! Well, this is the first idea I had to use up the canvases. I like to play with contrasts so this was perfect *and* it used up a lot of the supplies from the last project. I added a lot more to this one, including coloured stickles and sequins, just to add more texture. I hope you like it! This was just as fun to make as the first one. It's 9x12" though, so it's smaller. It still took me 17 hours to make though. These things take a surprisingly large amount of work!

And a special happy thing, my very first, this piece sold for $100!

Supplies:
Canvas
Cheesecloth
Clipart
Prima flowers
Sequins
Enamel dots
Stickles
Buttons
Dylusions Ink sprays
Glossy Accents

02 June, 2014

Studio Monday: Mixed Media Love

This week's Studio Monday chronicles me moving more into "real art". Not like "oh, someone made me some pretty paper, so lets put some photos on it and call it done" but more "hey, let's take some random art supplies and see if we can make something that doesn't completely blow". Yeah. It's pretty hard when you can't draw, but whatever, I'm developing my own style. On Saturday Mike got me more supplies. Seems the ideas in my head need a LOT of supplies that I just had no use for as a scrapbooker and cardmaker. I got a nice (but cheap) set of watercolours, a 24 "basic" set of acrylic paint, and some super PITT pens from Michael's, along with a bunch of canvases. I put a lot of time into these things (especially drying time!), and I'm having fun experimenting. This is why a buying freeze would never work for me. I have SO MUCH FUN exploring new things and new avenues of crafting and art. I like being taken by the creativity, not being bound by "oh, well this is what I have on hand". The things I've made this week would not be possible, physically, with what I had at the beginning of the year. With the Distress Inks and the Dylusions and the paints and the watercolours and the pencils it all becomes possible and I can follow my creativity wherever it wants me to go. Expanding and exploring my abilities as I go. I love it!
Yeah, I don't know what's going on here. I'm trying though, that's the point. It didn't turn out too terrible, and she's tastefully nude so it's technically art. She's done in Gelatos and watercolour. I'm going to experiment, see if I can make someone a little more... less crazy. But yeah. I seem to like working in rainbow, so she's very colourful.
I also made this for y'all. It's a video of how I make my backgrounds for my mixed media canvases. Some of them anyway. People say it's okay, so I'm happy with it. I've finished one of the canvases that uses this background. It's for sale here: Take Me Away. The current bid is $100 and bidding ends on Wednesday at 8pm PST. I'm going to open up a real Ebay account for the next canvases I sell, but I figured it'd be rude to switch it up now. Just comment/email/private message me if you'd like to make a bid and I'll update it.

Anyway, I hope you like the video, the painting, and I'll have more coming soon! Thanks for stopping by this Studio Monday!

01 June, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 20

Hello for another Project Life Sunday! This week was pretty slow and we're still WELL into The Elder Scrolls Online. We played our main characters during the week (left) and then played brand new baby characters on Sunday for the whole day from 1 to 10 which is pretty impressive. Also a random picture of Sirius. Since there wasn't really a subject to the week I went with the colourful cards in the kit and then went completely overboard with the embellishments. SOOOO many enamel dots! I hope you like it though, it's super bright and I like it cos it's fun. Have a great Sunday!