30 December, 2014

Project Life 2014: The Final Push

No, it's not actually Sunday, but this is what I've been doing Monday night/Tuesday morning. I was, thankfully, able to find the "idiot proof" software my Selphy came with and it made printing out all these photos a lot easier. Mostly just drag and drop stuff, especially with the Instagram photos which stay nice and square with this method. When last I ended my PL scrapbooking I finished Week 45, so that's now 7 layouts until the very end of 2014 and I'll have stuck it out for a whole year. I'm actually really impressed with myself. Sure, there were times that all I had were video game photos, but I think that goes to show what life was like. For me, and for Mike. Sometimes that's just all the photos we have, that's just all we do, you know?

While I'll not be continuing my Gossamer Blue subscription in January, I have to say I'm rather thankful for it. Getting the kit and not wanting it to pile up kept me motivated. Knowing that I had supplies right there to throw together pages helped. As much as I enjoyed this kit and know it helped me, I do not think it was "worth it" to me as when there were embellishments or stamps or cards that did not fit my style it just drove up the price of the kit, you know? I think it helped me learn what I will and won't use and hopefully, maybe, for 2015 I can make my own kits and be just fine.  We'll see how well that thinking works out, but for now, this is the final push for completing 2014!

20 December, 2014

Holiday Cards

What have I been up to that has kept me away? This is 70 of the 150 holiday card that I sent out this year! Lots of stash used which makes me super happy. It was a lot of work though and I still have cards for our families to do as well. Looking forward to playing with all the other cute holiday stamps I have in my collection.

I hope you're having a great holiday season. Stay crafty!
(Oh,and if you click the Instagram tab you can see more fun crafty and card making photos)

06 December, 2014

Winter Wonder Bear

Over Black Friday "weekend" I got a lot of stamps. Yeah. I made my first order with Purple Onion Designs since they were having a big sale (along with everyone!!!) and today *eighteen* stamps arrived. I had to colour at least one immediately and I picked Icicle. He's so cute and he looks great with my Caran d'Ache Pablos. I used watercolour paper for this and he's a "second stamping", the darker version is being saved for later. I used Lawn Fawn paper and some of my Prima flowers to dress him up. I probably should have added some green to the card, but oh well!

I hope you like him. And dealing with Purple Onion for the first time went well, so I'd recommend them. Good quality stamps, but no packaging or anything, just raw unmounted rubber packaged in tissue paper.

05 December, 2014

Snowflakes on Your Tongue

Eight new Whiff of Joy stamps arrived from Austria today. I found it ironic since they say "made in the USA" all over them, but whatever. We ship them there, they ship them back at a higher price, lol! Anyway, I love them. I'm very happy that though they were cheap they're not insanely small or something. So I had to colour one right away. I freakin' LOVE this little kitty and she's not exclusively holiday, she's winter, and it's been raining the last few days which I ADORE so that feels like Winter to me! I tried to keep with the blue/purple but I wanted to make her a nice combination of orange instead of going with grey, since the snow is grey.

I hope you like her, and I hope you're enjoying me posting more often. I'm still not done with these holiday cards. I think I'm stalling. So much. But they're cluttering my desk, so I'll have to get to it at some point.

03 December, 2014

Yellow Owl

Since I've lost my ability to use my Copics, what with the lung sensitivity to the alcohol ink, Mike has decided to gift me with a a new set of coloured pencils. I've been coveting the Caran d'ache Pablo pencils for a while now. Year before last it was a choice between them and the Polychromos, but the Faber-Castell Polychromos are the "second best rated pencils in the world", behind the Caran d'ache Luminance pencils and above the Pablos. But, as I found in using them, there's a few colour holes and it's FUN to blend. 

And honestly, I HAVE to tell you that these pencils are gorgeous! I mean, they're incredibly pretty in the case (the big 120 set metal case), but they're just a dream to use. They sharpen perfectly in my X-Acto School Pro sharpener (the most recommended for high quality coloured pencils - especially by me, it's awesome) and they colour like BUTTER! Gorgeous pencils. Wonderful colour. Couldn't be happier. I mean, there's not a whole lot going on with a white owl, but I'm loving it.

For the card itself I just used scraps, a base from the holiday cards that I'm making, and some Stickles. Easy peasy. But I think the effect works, you know? Anyway, I hope you like it, and if you want "the third best rated pencils" definitely buy the Pablos. They're totally worth the money.

02 December, 2014

Holiday Card Production

Holiday cards are underway! Look, a tiny pile on the left! Yeah, I dunno who these are even going to, or how they'll turn out, but that's not the point. The POINT is that using this one page wonder layout I cut up an entire holiday paper collection, folded up some excess kraft paper, and went to town. I was desperately bored earlier colouring multiple stamped images (see yesterday's post), but this break has helped. I also put on the holiday albums by Pentatonix and though I'm not sure what I'm singing about (I think some of the songs are religious or something) I sound pretty great. It's going along easily. I just hope the cards actually look like something nice when I'm done!

01 December, 2014

Studio Monday: Holiday Card Creation

Oh gosh, two Studio Mondays back to back and nothing else! Yeesh! Well, I'm *hoping* that that is going to change very soon and I'll explain why.
Calculating just how much I spent the last few days for Black Friday (super stamp blowouts!!!) and seeing how many stamps I have already that are just totally awesome (super stamp collection!!!!), I realised that I truly should start making something. Not just something, but a LOT of somethings. Since it's the holidays why not start with holiday cards? I mean, I'm a sucker for holiday stamps and there's only one month I can tolerate using them! I'm really not a "yay, Xmas!!" kind of person, I'm more of a "bah humbug!" sort of person. But the stamps; I have a weakness to the stamps that is unparalleled. I think Halloween and Christmas stamps really rival each other on which I have more of. Unfortunately, buying such themed stamps, and having so little time I can bear to use them in, I have many that haven't been coloured yet. And I never stop buying them! Every year I buy more!

Something has to be done, so here we go, this is me stamping out some brand new images, some older images, and truly enjoying the new organisation set up of my stamps. I took all the sets apart, put all the images together and all the phrases together. Now I'm able to easily find exactly what I might want to use since ALL the winter and holiday stamps are together in that little black box you see on the left hand side of the photo, along side any paper and embellishments that I have for winter/holidays. One stop box! Since there's two boxes for Halloween and only one box for Christmas, and the Halloween boxes don't actually have *paper* in them I'm going to say Halloween "wins", but neither holiday wins in my having used everything I've bought, sadly.

While trying to focus on making cards, colouring, and actually using my things, I'm also going to focus on making cards that *leave* the house. I'm realising just how many cards and such that I have and truly, they need to leave the house! All of the images you see stamped out in the centre of my desk will be fussy cut, coloured, and placed on cards. Those cards *will* go to someone. Seriously. Once I have the photograph for my own "records" I truly don't need to keep the card!!!

Anyway, wish me luck, and I hope you're all having a great holiday season so far and that you're MUCH further along in your card making this season, if that's something you do.