25 September, 2014

Halloween Is Coming!

It's coming! Halloween is coming! It's nearly here, if you go by Disneyland's standards. You all know that I LOVE Halloween by now, I'm sure, and hopefully the inspiration of this wonderful season (and if I get VERY lucky - changes in my life) will motivate me to create and share more. I've been lost in Elder Scrolls Online for over a month now, especially since I found a great guild and wonderful group of people who I get to talk to every day over Team Speak. It's a good place to get lost, but during my down time I still cannot resist colouring. Most of this was coloured while listening to my guild mates discuss the best way to attack and conquer a dungeon in the game. We never did win it, but heck, the image got coloured!

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Imaginisce
Copics
Faber Castell Polychromos
MME brads
Recollections stickers
Prima jewels
Enamel dots

21 September, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 32

Yet another Project Life Sunday is upon us and I have a pretty mish-mash week going on. Same with the embellishments, actually. I hadn't done a ton of crafting in a LONG time, getting lost in ESO mostly, so I just basically wanted to throw everything at a page. It worked out nicely though, since pictures of supplies and then *using* supplies tend to compliment each other. I really like these cards from the Gossamer Blue kit, too, since they're so bright. I think I'm getting used to using so much pink.

I hope you like this page, and I'll see you next week!

12 September, 2014

Don't Worry!

I'm colouring slow these days. I mean, it's not a big deal, I'm not in a rush, and I've totally given up the idea of using all my stamps in one day. But it's just funny that it's taking me a few days to colour something because I'm just kinda "eh" on colouring lately. It's still fun, but I'm not crazy about it. Anyway, this was pretty fun, since it was so bright. I used two PL cards to make it too, how fun is that? Love using all types of supplies on everything. I embellished simply with enamel dots because DOTS! Haha! I hope you like it. This card has already found a new home and if you want to be able to claim a card for your very own be sure to "like" my FB page as everything gets poster there first!

10 September, 2014

Watercolour Wednesday: Birthday Flowers

Hello, everyone. For today's Watercolour Wednesday I have flowers! A good friend of ours has his birthday the same day as Mike's (Sept 7th) and I was actually able to see him this year since we all went out to lunch together. I had to pop home while they took care of putting his things into a moving truck so I decided to draw him a little picture for his birthday. I thought I'd make flowers from Taiwan, since that's where he's from, but they all looked complicated. Instead I went with red and gold, since they're "lucky" colours. I drew the flowers, then I mushed some regular watercolour around randomly, and then I went with Twinkling H20s for the detail. It got a bit messy because I was shaking from my medicine, but I think it worked out okay. Anyway, he seemed to like it as his present, so that works.

08 September, 2014

Studio Monday: Make Your Own Embellishments

 Again, back on schedule, I bring you Studio Monday!
 It's SUPER popular right now in papercrafting to make your own embellishments. I mean, everyone has the supplies on hand, mostly. All you need is a few punches, some scraps, maybe some enamel dots... heck, even I have an entire Pinterest board with ideas for hand made embellishments on it.

For my first foray these are my supplies: scraps of paper from a collection that I'd used up, several punches, and a few brads. Simple, right?
 Then it was just a matter of time and hand strength. I punched and punched, and punched some more! I found that the pink circle punch in the above photo was really too hard for me to work with, but it was the perfect size, so I ended up pulling out one of my Spellbinders dies and using that for the simple circle that highlights the two doily punches. It took a lot longer, working with the die, but it did feel better to be using my dies, eh? Don't we all need to use those things a lot more, considering how much they cost and how much space they take up! All I had to do was punch a pile of one circle, punch a pile of another, then the other, and when things were very, very tiny I punched a heart or butterfly until the scraps were all gone!
Here is a sample of the cards that I made with these embellishments. With a little bit of washi tape, some stamping (here a sentiment and a little "Peep" as these were given to pals from my message board), these "batch produced" embellishments can be the focal point of cards. If you're a frequent visitor you might know I'm somewhere in between the "fancy" cards and the "super simple" cards when I make them. These came out a little plain for me, so I'll have to play with them a bit, but the embellishments definitely make a good focal point.
And, though you've seen this layout posted before, you can see how I used these same punches and embellishments on my scrapbook page. I just omitted the plain circle for these ones since I wanted to keep with the few simple colours I had chosen for this layout. But you can see how they can be adapted to work on scrapbook pages as well as cards.

Have you tried making your own embellishments? Do you have your own Pinterest board for home made embellishments? Let me know, and *definitely* link me to your projects so I can check them out. I'd love more ideas and I certainly have enough scraps to use up around here. Have a great Monday!

07 September, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 30

Getting back on schedule, welcome to Project Life Sunday! This week didn't have a ton of highlights aside from our camping trip for BIL and SIL's wedding so I ended up ordering the special "road trip" themed cards from Gossamer Blue to make this page and to make the actual layouts (which I'll do later). I seem to be liking the "design A" way of arranging my photos, so there's more of that this week. I als used up all of the little banner thingies from my kit, and a few from the Scraptastic kit (since it came with the exact same colour scheme and embellishments) since I was kind of at a loss as to how to embellish this page.

Well, I hope you like this layout and you have a great Sunday! Hopefully I'll be back to posting more regularly now as I seriously have to catch up with the current week! ;)

03 September, 2014

Kitty Cat Girl

Just wanted to share a quick card that I made after randomly colouring an image for a few days. Sometimes I like to leave images on my desk for those down moments between letting something load, or waiting for someone to respond to an email, stuff like that. Little bits of time when I can colour. I used a Project Life card to make this which I thought was fun and it kept the end product nice and simple so I could focus on the image which was coloured with pencils and Copics.