30 August, 2014

The Beach

Long time, right? Yeah, sorry, I've been sick and that sucks. But I have this layout that I made on the 11th that I haven't gotten to share with you yet. I'm not really much of a beach goer, even though we live in CA (technically in the mountains though), but we went out to the coast on my birthday weekend and I snapped a few photos of Sirius enjoying the waves. I had to get a picture of his little sandy paws as his Daddy carried him over to the shower station to wash him off. So cute! I used a combination of papers, but the background is from SS Good Day Sunshine.

20 August, 2014

Watercolour Wednesday: Something Fishy!

It's Watercolour Wednesday and there's something fishy going on in the craft corner! Isn't he cute? I just woke up, and there he was in my mind waiting to be drawn and to swim away. I used my India Inks mixed with water to make the background first, then coloured the fishy with more India ink and my Derwent pencils. I was just going to go with orange, originally, but I thought a bit of pink might add a nice contrast to his colouring.

I hope you like today's project. I just love drawing fish, they're so free and happy they just cheer me right up. Have a great day!

17 August, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 29

Hello, everyone! Today's Project Life page is bright and colourful. There were a few multicoloured cards in my July Gossamer Blue kit for this month and I figured they'd go great for including a picture of some watercolour art, as well as all the organising that went on this week.I didn't really know how to use the ampersand card (aside from Me & You which seems trite) so I just made it the date card and let it shine on its own. I used a lot of little wood veneer, the banners that came in the kit, and I even managed to get some washi tape on there. Definitely trying to use up that washi!

Thanks for joining me, and I'll see you next week for PL Sunday!

14 August, 2014

Ghost Girl

Hi, all! I'm here with a new card and an unusual colour combination that I just randomly decided to try. I'm kinda into this thing where I colour kinda "washes" or just plain messy with the Copics and then come in with pencils to do the details. I recently took my pencils out of their (beautiful) tin case and organised them into my Copic shelves so they're right at hand. Couple that with my awesome electric sharpener and I'm really into my coloured pencils a lot lately. Why the weird skin colour? I have NO idea, lol! I just kinda went with it once I decided to do it. I'm really happy with how her dress came out, and her hair, but I love her eyes. I definitely have to do eyes like that again! I am kinda miffed that I've coloured this image before so I didn't make any progress with my whole "use your stamps" deal. I'm going to have to weed out the images from my pre-printed box! Anyway, this card is on its way to a new home, so that's good. I have gotten a few comments about how people are missing my card making and colouring so I'm going to try and do/share more of those kinds of things for you guys.

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Pink Paislee
Copics Used: BG10, B12, W4
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120
Enamel dots
WRMK washi
October Afternoon flair

13 August, 2014

Watercolour Wednesday: Well

Hello, all! Sorry I've been a bit lax in posting. I have things to post, too, I've just been all over the place and I was completely without internet yesterday.

As for this picture, it's sketched in pencil and coloured in exclusively watercolour. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and I'd like to do landscape drawings. I'm really inspired by shows like Gravity Falls, which -while it is made for children- has exceptional backgrounds. Since it's supposed to be set in a town in Oregon, it's full of lush forests and beautiful vistas that just really make me want to draw. This is my first attempt at a sort of creepy forest setting. It wasn't totally successful, the perspective is a little weird on both the well and the cave, but hey, I'm learning, right? I'm also learning that watercolour is both forgiving and not. If you put down colour, you better want it there, because it's going to stay. OR it's going to make a huge mess if you try to get rid of it.

Anyway, I hope you like this picture. I know it's not great, but I'm hoping the more I create the better I will get and eventually things will look more like they're supposed to.

10 August, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 28

Another PL Sunday is upon us and I come with the second week of July! We're moving right along through the year and this week was very colourful and FULL of organisation. So much so, I had to write on the photos with Photoshop because I needed more space for journalling. Plus, it's great that the kit cards were so bright, really matched the mood of this week. I've been keeping my pages in "Style A" lately because I seem to be remembering to take horizontal photos through the weeks and it just makes life easier.

I hope you like this layout and I apologize once again for the blah photo. I'm doing what I can to take better ones. See you next week!

09 August, 2014

Aphrodite Love

Lately I've been sharing more mixed media and drawing projects, but I'm also trying to balance things out with my previous crafting endeavors of scrapbooking and card making. I mean, it's not like I've stopped loving colouring, it's more that I like colouring what I draw myself now. BUT I obviously still have many, many, many.... ((slanty eyes)) stamps to colour. I was watching random videos, waiting for the update to Elder Scrolls Online to load, so I figured I'd grab a stamp and colour it. I started with some very messy Copic colouring, just swiping across to fill the areas with colour, and then I went in with the pencils and added detail work like *very* sloppy folds. They're by no means detailed in any way, but I was just playing around. I then added some sequins and some enamel dots to cover up the white space, and took the paper from my 6x6 paper collection. It's easy because that stuff is organised by colour.

Digital Stamp: Tickled Pink
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Sequins
Enamel dots
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 set
Copics Used: B21/24, E11/21/50/33, Y26/23, G20

07 August, 2014

Fresh Birthday Crabs

Hello, everyone! I wanted to share this layout with you that I made last week featuring photos from my birthday week. The Saturday after my birthday we were able to go to the Asian grocery store 99 Ranch where they have live Dungeness crabs and we picked up three huge crabs all for me! This was my official birthday meal, not something we can  get very often so I was very happy/excited.

For this layout I used up the remnants of this Hello, Again by Carta Bella collection, along with the background paper which is the last piece I have of the Snippets collection from Studio Calico. I used a brand new washi that I got last month as well as using a few punches to make my own embellishments for the page. I hope you like it, it's pretty simple, but it gets the excitement I was feeling across, I think.

04 August, 2014

Studio Monday: The SUPERSIZED Warehouse Edition!!

Hello all! On Saturday something big happened: I joined a few friends, drove two hours, and hit up the Prima Marketing warehouse store. Woo!
That's a picture that Prima posted on their FB, sharing what was going on at the warehouse. Turns out, we're in it! That's my Mr. Mike in the grey, my friend Jeanne in the pink next to him, you can just see me in the blue next to her, and next to me with the black hair is my friend Carmen. And on the floor you can see little Sirius in his coat! (Skeptical!Lady in the pink dress is skeptical about pictures) The gal in the stripes is counting Carmen's purchases to speed up the checking out process. She spent BANK! I was next biggest purchase, but Carmen blew me out of the water, lol! I want to play at HER house!
Okay, so here's the first batch. Everything's a dollar, remember. You walk in and it's just rows of boxes, about knee height, in a hot and sweaty warehouse with only two industrial fans to move air around. It's 9am, I haven't had coffee, and I may or may not have been suffering a huge headache. Anyway, I'm getting all these ideas on canvases I can make, trying to think back to the canvases I *have* made, what I needed for those, what I've searched the internet for but could not find, and what I already have that might need companions. I also tried to get a lot of white things since I can Copic or spray them whatever colour I need. I filled a basket willy nilly, just shoved in what I wanted, got a big bag and checked that with the cashier to fill up *another* hand basket. Then, since they had crop space with tables, I sat down for a lengthy session of weeding out my purchases while the other gals explored. I was really good and put more than half of the stuff back. Telling yourself "it's only a $1" only works so long as you're not chucking in twenty items "just because". I wanted to make sure these things would be used properly and were items I really just couldn't get anywhere else at any other time. In the front there I was delighted to find stencil packs. Five stencils screwed together. I'm always so reluctant to spend on stencils, now here's my excuse to actually get some! I was also happy because Peep Susan found some of the butterflies I'd been looking for so I got a bunch of those because I just can't find them on the internet anymore and I love them. This whole thing was $70. Not shown, I also got 5 pieces of paper for $1.
 This is the second batch. We all five of us make our purchases, and it's about 12 by now. We're tired, hungry, dehydrated, and still way hot. So we decide to go out to lunch to talk and hang out more. About 1:30 we leave and though Susan decided to go back to the warehouse, not realising originally what a HUGE discount $1 for this stuff is, I decided to pass. Then I start looking at Facebook while Mike is in WalMart. They opened new boxes! They posted pictures of things they hadn't had out!! I knew I'd regret it if we didn't go back, just to make a pass through. Sure enough, all those Sprites at the top? Totally new box just sat right in the middle of an aisle that hadn't been there before. In fact, everything but the white flowers,orange butterflies, the bright blue teal ones, metal tin, and the ivory with the writing was all new that they'd taken out. The flowers are SO pretty in real life and like the Sprites? I never had a chance at those back in 2009 when they were new! This purchase was $32. Total of $100 for both purchases. I asked the people there how much it would be retail and they said *easily* $500 if I had bought in a store.

Sunday I woke up going "well, now what?!" because while all of this stuff is totally awesome, and I don't even regret it one bit, I had only vaguely planned on how I'd store these things. I've shared my flower collection with you before, it's not like I'm lacking in flowers and I knew I didn't need anything, but this wasn't something I'll be able to go to again for a very long time. So, here we go.
I hope you enjoyed this adventure as much as I did. I hope you'll stick around, check out my projects to come, because I am SO excited to use some of my new purchases combined with my old collection. I definitely don't have to go hunting on the internet again for flowers for a LONG time!

03 August, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 27

And we're back with Project Life Sunday! I have to tell you, y'all are motivating me to keep up with this project because I have to keep posting for you and this is the last layout I have to show you, the first week of July. Since we're in August now, obviously I have to get to work! I enjoyed the little labels and bits that came with this month's kit. The colours are not really something that I expected, but the orange and pink seems to work for this week. I'm liking the labels as well. I think I have to pre-make some labels for my photos since sometimes there's "dead space" and it's nice to have something to cover that up.

I hope you like this page, and I'm sorry the picture is so crap.

01 August, 2014

Freckled Girl

Took a while to finally get back to colouring with my Copics, but finally I just randomly picked an image and went with it. I gave her a little face and then, while I was colouring, I accidentally got a smudge on her nose so I had to give her freckles. I've never done freckles before, but it was actually really fun so I'll probably try it again at some point. As I was making this card I was able to look through my newly organised stamps, find the cute little mouse to match the girl with her balloons, and find the speech bubble stamp too. I didn't really want to colour the balloons, which is why they suck, but I didn't want to cut them off because I wanted to watercolour the girl's background.

Anyway, I hope you like it. It was fun to colour again and not really worry about colour placement, or realism, or whatever. Just messing around with colour.