22 December, 2015

Art Bag #22: Album Planning/December Daily



Hi y'all, a different Art Bag today since it's a bit of a haul and it's also showing you how I've planned for my December Daily/Road Trip album. I am going on a long trip for the holidays and with so much going on I figured I should make sure I set myself up for success so I might have a hope of completing it. I hope you enjoy this video and that it helps you get ideas for your own album.

19 December, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 38



So happy to be using a Gossamer Blue kit now for my Project Life. This is the second layout I've made so far and it's going great. The pages come together so much faster. I hope you enjoy watching!

17 December, 2015

Colour Explosion #19: Holiday Speed Colouring #1



New festive speed colouring for you to enjoy. I'm trying to use my untouched stamps for holiday cards this year, so I have to colour lots and lots of images. Thanks for watching!

26 November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I know other countries have already had their celebration, but I'm currently stuffing my face with family time, lol! I tried to give a card to each of my family this year, this was for my brother and sister in law and our nieces. There's a new, bitty one, just this year, so I thought this was appropriate for them. I got this stamp last year but Autumn was over so I didn't get a chance to colour it yet. I think it's cute how Twila is making smiley faces on the leaves. Happy leaves! I hope you all have a great day with your families. Thanks for stopping by.

Rubber Stamp: C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascals)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Imaginisce
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/04/21/51
Hair: E29/18/13
Outfit:Y18/06/02, RV09/25/21

25 November, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: "Purple Girl"


Hiya! I have an art picture for you today! If you've been following my Instagram you saw the insanity I went through trying to colour her, but yeah. I'm better now. She was drawn on Saturday at Mike's work. The smoke was so bad from people's chimneys that neither of us could breathe. The air was literally toxic (we have an air quality meter) so we had to get out. The only place? Mike's *work*. Yes, Mike went to WORK, on actual work, on the weekend just so we could breathe. This is why I hate it up here. It's literally killing me.

ANYWAY, I took my art journal and after watching a little bit of Netflix I decided to sketch a bit. I came up with this girl, and she didn't look half bad, either. So I decided to paint her. I took a ton of photos just in case I ruined her, at least I could make her a digi and print her out again. But I don't think she came out terrible. Getting the background right was encouraging. I kept plugging along, and had her about where I wanted her. I was only using my Kuratake Gansai Tambi watercolours though, and so I wasn't getting quite the look I was going for. I decided to then mix in my Faber-Castell Polychromos for more definition and refinement. I also gave her some outlines, as the pencil had been painted over.

So, yeah, I hope you like her. She took about a day and a half from start to finish, but I had a hard time working on her cos with all the meds I'm taking I shake a lot and I wanted to make sure I didn't mess up her details. I have pretty big sable brushes and with shaking hands... not great. I just ordered smaller brushes so that should help in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

19 November, 2015

A Little Bit of Pixie Dust

Hiya! I made this super bright card for my friend's mom. We've been friends for 27 years now, so she's kinda like a second mom to me. We met her and my friend today in Disneyland and I knew I couldn't show up for her birthday without a card. I made sure to give it to her early cos we were going to Character Breakfast and her favourite character Tigger signed it! For the wings I used this tutorial by Kit and Clowder. It's old, and I had to download and then flip it just so my neck wouldn't hurt, but it was fun to watch. I don't usually do wings like this, but it looks pretty darned good, so I might start in the future. I hope you like my card!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Echo Park "Sunny Days Ahead"
Copics Used
Skin: E11/4/21/51
Hair: E99, YR27, Y23/21
Outfit: G99, YG67/03/11

15 November, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 35



I will admit right now that I'm coming to the end of the line. Using 6x6 papers for my Project Life is a *smart* idea, and if I were  more creative, I could keep it going longer, but I can't. I mean, I made it to week 36 (coming later) after all, that's impressive. But even here I used two pre-made cards cos I just couldn't think of what else to do with these papers. Can't keep papers you don't like either, or mix them, just have to let it go. At least this process has been all about growth! Thank you for watching!

13 November, 2015

Art Bag #18: Kraftin' Kimmie/Greeting Farm



Retail therapy is a dangerous thing, my friends, a dangerous thing. If you see, also, that I started this "Art Bag" series on my channel just this year. Yes, just this year and I am *already* on #18. I have a serious stamp addiction, I truly do. Now, enjoy the fruits of my shopping! I hope you find something you love. Have a fabulous day.

10 November, 2015

The Cutest Scarecrow


I honestly doubt that this little guy is going to be scaring anyone! He's so damned cute! When I saw the new release from C.C. Designs I had to buy it, and thankfully it was timed right during a sale, so I picked up a few more. You can see the haul here: C.C. Designs Haul. After my (pretty bad) visit to the doctors on the 5th, they wanted to hospitalize me but instead put me on LOTS of meds, I needed a pick-me-up so I took this guy out and started to colour. The meds screw me up pretty well, so I had to go in stages, but slowly working on the colouring, and playing around with the glow of his lantern, it went a long way to helping me feel better. That's the power of art, right? Making things, doing things, just the distraction is all you need to feel better sometimes. Once coloured and grounded, I stamped some little leaves around Henry, dusted him with some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, and used one of my older, beloved Imaginisce Fall lines to make this card. I only have scraps left, but I don't want to let this collection go, especially when it works so well with images like this! I hope you like this card, and you're enjoying the Fall/Autumn season!

Rubber Stamp: C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascals Scarecrow Henry)
Clear Stamp: Clearly Besotted (leaves)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Jolee's stickers, American Crafts washi
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Copics Used
Skin: E04/11/21/51/50, Y00
Hair: E39/35/31
Outfit: E43/41, YG95/93/91, B97/93/91
Leaves: YR09/68/15, Y08/18, R37/14

04 November, 2015

Feels Like Fall


I love Fall. And before all the leaves get blown off the trees in my yard and the snow starts to fall I want to play with some Fall paper and colours. I had this little horse stamped out already and so I just grabbed my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers and started to colour. I've been in such a bad way lately that I didn't have a plan, and I didn't figure on making a card or finishing anything, but the more I did the better I felt about creating again so before I knew it I had this whole card done! I know a horse isn't specifically Fall, not like leaves and stuff, but he was just so happy I had to give him some colour finally. I hope you like him! And I hope it still feels like Fall where you are.

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (McSplendid Farm)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Basic Grey stickers, MME enamel dots, Twinery twine
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush: 068/065/067/064

01 November, 2015

Going Slower...

I really hope you all enjoyed my 31 Days of Halloween. I had a great time, but this illness has made my enjoyment also stressful. I really need a rest. And to that end I'm going to be going a bit slower in my creating. I'm not saying I won't make things, since colouring and creating is a de-stresser for me. But I want to let you know what I'm out of pre-recorded/narrated things and therefore anything that goes up here or on my YouTube must be done in the moment and trying to keep up with my current schedule is just not possible right now.

I have no idea when I'll start feeling better. I got sick on October 11th and it's the 1st now. I'm not better. I don't know if I will be better, or if I'll just get better at managing this new "normal". I have an appointment with the Cystic Fibrosis doctors on November 5th, we'll see if I get answers. I'm not holding out hope though, my doctors are terrible. Really, just really bad. But we'll see. As it is, I'm barely eating, sort of drinking, and only sleeping with Nyquil pills and only on the couch.

I don't want to turn this into complaining, but I also wanted to let you know so you don't think I dropped off the world or that I don't care or something. I do, and I really, really want to be able to keep up with this, but this has been a really trying and painful time for me.

Thank you for reading, I will post/create when I can, and do what I can, and I'll see you then. If you want to keep up with what I'm doing, please subscribe to my various platforms (the blog, my youtube, instagram - all links are in the bar under this blog's banner) so you get notified when I post. Thank you so much and I'm very sorry.

31 October, 2015

Day 31 of 31: Halloween is HERE!

Today's the day! This is it! Halloween is here!!! I hope you're as excited as I am, and as the witch in the card is. She's creating something awesome to bewitch everyone tonight. I really hope that you've enjoyed this frightful journey with me. I love Halloween and I had a great time colouring all these images I'd never used, making the cards, and sharing them with you all. I have my last Haunted Speed Colouring here for you so you can watch me colour this image too. I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!!


Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (All My Friends Are Witches)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Graphic 45
Embellishments: Queen and Co. pearls, WRMK sticker

30 October, 2015

Day 30 of 31: Candy Vampire


For the second-to-last image I actually switched out the previously planned one because I couldn't wait to colour this little guy. I mean, I have a tiny fur companion too, so I really relate to this guy. I wanted to colour his outfit bright to match my very favourite Halloween paper. I'm now running low on it too, which is just devastating! But I think it made a great card. I hope you like it! There's just one more card to go to make your Halloween complete!

Rubber Stamp: C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascals)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Queen & Co. washi, Jolee's stickers

29 October, 2015

Day 29 of 31: Wrapped and Ready


Hello! This little mummy man is so pumped for Halloween. He's got his bucket, his flashlight, and he's ready to go. I'm excited too, though I won't be going out at all since I've already done my trick-or-treating. I'm still destined to spend 90% of my time on the couch. But I thought this guy would be right at home on this paper with all the other little monsters in this collection looking for their candy. I used two of my new washi tapes on this card, and used up this little bit of ribbon too, which was fun. I hope you like this one! Super simple, but sometimes that's the best. :) Oh, and hop on over to my YouTube channel, there's the very last Haunted Speed Colouring video up there!

Clear Stamp: Penny Black
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Pebbles puffy sticker, Queen & Co washi and ribbon
Copics Used
Outfit: W3/1/00, YR09/68/15

28 October, 2015

Day 28 of 31: Boo Boo Zombies


You know the sad truth that I've come to realise? I don't like zombies. At least not to colour. I was so stuck with this image for way, way too long. Same with the other two zombies that I did. I'm just... I would rather watch them on The Walking Dead, am I right? But yeah, I did eventually get them coloured, looking rough and dead and nasty. Since I'd coloured their clothes all bright I went with some of the brighter papers in this MME collection. Thankfully I've almost run out of orange and black cardstock so this project *is* helping me use my stash, lol! I hope you like this card, and stay tuned cos there's only three more days until Halloween!!

Digital Stamp: Some Odd Girl
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: WRMK stickers, Pebbles enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: V91/93, C3/1
Eyes: Y18/02
Hair: YG99. G20, E35
Outfit:YR09/68/15

27 October, 2015

Day 27 of 31: Halloween Fairy

I love fairies. I can't help it. Faeries that are for Halloween? Yes. I looked so forward to colouring this image and had such fun with it. Gorgeousness. And then the card fell right together because I love this Bo Bunny paper and little glittery stickers, woo! This card was so fun. I wish all cards could be this fun. I hope you enjoy it and stop by for tomorrow's card. There's only 4 more days left of my 31 Days of Halloween so don't miss one!

Digital Stamp: Simply B Stamps
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Jolee's and K&Co Stickers
Copics Used
Skin: E04/11/21/51/50
Eyes: V17/15
Hair: T10/6/2
Outfit: V9/17/15, G19/14, YG01

26 October, 2015

Day 26 of 31: Jeepers Creepers, Lil' Monster!


Obviously this little guy was super simple to colour, and quite fun, but then I had to make the card. He's SO cute I wanted to make sure that the card was cute. Then suddenly I was taking out the Basic Grey scraps. Really? But after random weirdness I managed to pull together cuteness good enough for the image. Do you like? I hope you like because I've now coloured every image in the Spooky Kit and that just makes me happy. Woot!

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Spooky Kit)
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Basic Grey, Imaginisce
Embellishments: Pebbles, Bo Bunny, Basic Grey
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/21/51/50
Outfit: G19/14, YG01

25 October, 2015

Day 25 of 31: Witchypoo Through the Graveyard


You know the crazy thing about having a HUGE Halloween collection? Every time this stamp was shared on someone else's card I was like "aww, I want that" and wonder if I could still buy it. THANKFULLY I didn't go buy it because, um, look. I have her. She's right here! I have no idea when I bought her, but I stamped her out for my 31 Days and used her so... yeah. Go me! After the fun of colouring her I decided to keep her card simple and try to make it like she's flying. I hope you like it! The Spellbinders die seemed to fit nicely and the little word stickers were sent from a friend. She knows all too well how much I love Halloween. :)

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Witchypoo)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Theresa Collins, Bo Bunny
Embellishments: AC washi tape, Martha Stewart stickers
Spellbinders die
Copics Used
Skin: E93/11/21/51/50
Eyes: V17
Hair: E37/19/31
Outfit: V17/15/12, T10/7/3

24 October, 2015

Day 24 of 31: Spooky Witch Hazel


This card was much more successful than yesterday's, and much more fun to do. I coloured Hazel with the idea that I was going to use the Phantom paper. Her dress ended up a bit bright, considering that I didn't use any of the paper that had green in it like I intended, but it caught the fun patterns of the orange pretty well. I don't know where the inspiration for the spiderweb came from, but it probably came from the fancy "spooky" sticker. I hope you like it. I really like using these Wee stamps!

Digital Stamp: Wee Stamps (Hazel)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Pink Paislee (Phantom)
Embellishments: Jolee's and Pink Paislee stickers
Copics Used
Skin: E4/11/21/51
Hair: E89/37/13
Outfit: G18/14, YG01, YR09/68/15

23 October, 2015

Day 23 of 31: Ghostly Visit


I've been wanting to colour Miss Hattie for a while, but I have to say I think I need to colour her again. You know how you have an idea, you start doing it, and it's not quite right but you're so far in you can't turn back? That's what happened with her. From her face to her dress, to the green on her outfit... I just don't know. I tried. And then wen I made the card I tried not to ruin it. Blame it on the cold that I got on the 10th that is STILL affecting me quite badly (2-3 hours of sleep a night, constant coughing that caused pulled/torn muscles, unable to eat, etc.), at least it has to be good for something. If only a good excuse! I hope you do find something to like in this card, and stop by tomorrow for yet another creation!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Miss Hattie)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: Martha Stewart stickers, Queen & Co. gems
Copics Used
Skin: C3/1
Hair: T10/5/2
Outfit: E37/34/31, G24/21

22 October, 2015

Day 22 of 31: Nowhere to Run, Kitty!


This is just one of those images I love right when I see it. This cat is super fun with all his antics, and is almost always grumpy, which just makes me love him more. I really liked colouring this, but I don't know what happened with the card. You know how those kind of things just get away from you? Yeah, that's what happened. Well, stay tuned for tomorrow's card. I hope you like it!

Rubber Stamp: C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascals Scaredy Cat)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: Martha's Stewart stickers, gems, Queen & Co fabric border
Copics Used: T9/6/3, YR09/07/68/15

21 October, 2015

Day 21 of 31: Pumpkin Belly Boy


Do you love it? I hope you love it. I have to say that when I put up all 31 images for you guys to vote on which image to do a colouring video on and nearly *everyone* voted for this little guy I was totally intimidated. I mean, if everyone wants to see something it kinda matters when you screw it up, right? So, I tried to do something different. A different skin tone for me, a different way of colouring Greeting Farm stamps (more detail vs soft blending), and so I just let go, went for it, and had a ton of fun. You'll see the video tomorrow, but her's the completed card using some of my cuter papers and supplies in my stash. I didn't want to completely overwhelm him, especially since everyone was so excited to see this stamp, but I wanted to make sure the card was whimsical and fun since I don't have enough images I can do that with, lol! Anyway, I hope you do love it. I had a great time making this and I think it's the best of them all so far and possibly of all the cards I make this season.

(video will be embedded on the 22nd)

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Spooky Kit)
Cardstock: XPress-It,
Paper:
Embellishments:
Copics Used
Skin:
Eyes:
Hair:
Outfit:

20 October, 2015

Day 20 of 31: The Battiest of Them All

So cute, so delicate, so... deceptively deadly. Hehehe. Ignore me, I'm fine. Doesn't she look pretty? I had a lot of fun doing this dress, and this card all together actually. This was one of those projects that just comes together without any effort. I hope you like this card and make sure to stop by tomorrow for another!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Batty Princess)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: WRMK
Embellishments: Recollections, Martha Stewart stickers, Queen & Co border fabric sticker
Faber-Castell Polyshromos 120 set
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Outfit: YR09/07/68/15, T9/7/3

19 October, 2015

Day 19 of 31: Happy Haunting


This is the third image in this stamp set and I'm happy to say I'm making my way through them nicely. They'll all be used by the time my 31 Days is done this year. Woot! Such a good feeling to buy something and use it properly. Sadly, this image is quite small, so I'm going to have to see if I can make it bigger at some later date. I do love her though, with her little stuffed kitty and bare feet. such a tiny little witch. I think having such fancy papers and embellishments might have been a bit much, but I like this card so I'm calling it good. I hope you like it too, and that I'll see you tomorrow for another card!

Clear Stamp: Penny Black (Glenda and Frankie)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Pink Paislee
Embellishments: Pink Paislee, Martha Stewart, and Jolee's stickers
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: E77/19/13
Outfit: C9/6/4/2, G19/14, YG01, Y26

18 October, 2015

Day 18 of 31: I'm Not Scared of Dem Bones!


I think my favourite part about this card was doing the little orange glow around her, lol! I was kinda freaked cos one wrong marker and I ruined it, you know? But it was fun. And then I added the Distress Ink to help it match the distressing on the paper. I know there's nothing purple in the paper or the embellishments, but I figured it'd help Amelia stand out more, hehe. I hope you like her. I probably should have embellished a bit more, considering how many embellishments I still have left (!!!), but I still think it's good.

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Amelia Bones)
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: WRMK
Embellishments: WRMK stickers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: E55, Y26/21
Outfit: V17/15, C9/5/2

17 October, 2015

Day 17 of 31: Flight by Night


Now *this* is an interesting one! It's not something I shout or anything, but I have an extensive collection of physical stamps, right? Well, I also take those stamps and make them digital, so I can do scenes with them, print them larger, and to back them up. That kind of thing. You just stamp the image, take a high-res photo, and Photoshop the little bugger a bit until it's a nice high-res digital stamp with just lines and no background for layering. It's the same process I used when drawing my own images before I got my Cintiq (now I just draw on that, already digital). Point is, this little scene was made with several Lawn Fawn sets, but digitally. No masking, no making paper, no nothing. So much easier! I did the background and moon in Distress Ink and then coloured everything else with Copic and a bit of pencil. Then... then I went embellishment crazy! Phew! I hope you like it though, this was way fun to do. Stay tuned for another card tomorrow!

Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Jolee's and Bo Bunny stickers, Queen & Co. washi and gems
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Copic: E39/35/34

16 October, 2015

Day 16 of 31: All Wrapped Up With You

 I just love colouring these images. Especially when the dog is involved because I get to colour him like Sirius. I mean, there's something I really identify with, the boy and his dog. Originally I was going to try and draw real bandages, shade them and make them all fancy, but the toilet paper really just needed to be paper. Which, let's be honest, is super cute. Of course a mummy would be wrapped in toilet paper! I hope you like this card. Another awesome one coming up tomorrow! And please enjoy the video!


Rubber Stamp: C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascal's All Wrapped Up)
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: AC washi, Bo Bunny and Jolee's stickers, enamel dots
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: E19/15/13
Outfit: C3/1, B99/95, YR09/68, T9/6
Dog: W9/6/4/2

15 October, 2015

Day 15 of 31: Made to Trick or Treat


Is the pose on his little guy totally funny or what?! I can't figure out if he's an actual Frankenstien's monster, or a little kid doing a really great impression, lol. Either way, he was fun to colour, and I went with a brighter, more kid-friendly look for the card. It was nice to have this amount of white to work with, since I haven't been able to use this paper quite yet from this Bo Bunny collection. White and blue aren't colours I usually use for Halloween, so colouring the images ahead of time I usually rule those colours out, oops! Stay tuned for another card coming tomorrow. :) And don't forget to head over to YouTube for today's new colouring video!

Clear Stamp: Penny Black (Frankie and Glenda)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Bo Bunny and Jolee's stickers
Copics Used
Skin: G21/20
Hair: W9/5/2
Outfit: B93/91, C4/2/1, YR09/68/15

14 October, 2015

Day 14 of 31: Pumpkin Carving!


I thought it'd be nice to place this little witch carving a jack-o-lantern in a pumpkin patch. I have to admit that I did her purple colouring before I thought this, and her frame too, so I had to somehow incorporate purple into the card. That's where the gems came from. It seemed a little weird to me, maybe it still does, but it helped! Orange and green would have been better for her outfit, lol! Ah well, I had a great time doing this card and using the ribbon on it, and I'm finally dipping into that Graphic 45 stash that is kind of insane... I hope you like this one, and a new card coming up tomorrow!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (All My Friends are Witches)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Graphic 45
Embellishments: Recollections gems and ribbon
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: E35, Y26/23
Outfit: T9/7/5/3, V17/15/12

13 October, 2015

Day 13 of 31: Spider Queen


Dude, I totally jacked up her forehead. It's okay, I know it. Coughing fit led to stray marker mark, led to trying to fix it... yeah. Not great. But I wasn't about to chuck this because I'm lazy and I didn't want to redo it all. So, here you go. Take it or leave it. I coloured most of the Spooky Kit last year when I got it, but I'm working on getting those last few coloured for this year's 31 days. I kind of envisioned her as some sort of spider queen, maybe Arachnia from Tom Paris' Captain Proton story on Star Trek: Voyager or something, and I just went with it. Big spiderweb background, little spiders everywhere, web washi, so fun, right? I hope you like it!

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Spooky Kit)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Recollections, Bo Bunny
Embellishments:  Recollections stickers, Queen&Co pearls and washi, Doodlebug enamel dots
Spellbinders die
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Wink of Luna brush pen
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: T9/7/5/3
Outfit: V17/15/12, T9/7/5/3

12 October, 2015

Day 12 of 31: Grimm Island


I was surprised that after I'd coloured this, and enjoyed doing his robe, that I had a hard time putting him on a card. Then I found these Spellbinders dies that my friend bought for me and it totally fit. Of course, a tombstone! I looked through the little paper posts I have and found the Skull Island one and thought that'd work too. I'd play up the skull idea. Finally the card came together and I think I really like this one. I hope you like it too!

Digital Stamp: Simply B
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages
Embellishments: Queen&Co pearls, Martha Stewart stickers
Copics Used
Skin:
Eyes:
Hair:
Outfit:


11 October, 2015

Day 11 of 31: Voodoo and Hoodoo and Things I Ain't Even Tried Yet!


I have to admit, this card was a bit of a copout, but I had a great time doing it. There's so much going on in this image, and so much I could do with it, and my brain just said "pphhlllbbbb!!!" when I went to colour it! In an effort to save my sanity I went with monochromatic. Now, monochromatic isn't like "easy", but it's easier than choosing a bunch of colours and details and whatnot. And I found that I had a lot of fun with this image once I decided to just work in shades of grey. Continuing on with that I used white and black and silver paper and stickers and then just a "pop" of purple with the gems. I hope this monochromatic style worked for you like it worked for me, and I'll see you tomorrow for my next card. :)


Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Recollections
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Embellishments: WRMK, Martha Stewart, and Recollections stickers
Copics Used: C3/1, T9/7

10 October, 2015

Day 10 of 31:Zombies are Coming


I was playing with forced perspective when working with these digis. I wanted it to look like the zombies were about to reach out of the card at you. So I made the boy bigger, and closer to the "camera" and the girl in the background. She's got this weird sort of confused pose when you see her whole body so she couldn't be in the forefront actually doing something. I didn't go with the typical green skin for them since I think the newer zombies are changing that a lot. Instead I went with more dead, greying skin. I did the same for their eyes, making them clouded over, but the work on their irises didn't photograph well. Of course.... ((rolls eyes)) After that, I dressed them up with black and orange and purple, which, frankly is nearly then entire colour palette for Halloween. I was going to use one of those posters from that poster paper I have, since so many pertain to zombies, but this image is so large I didn't want to overshadow it. I hope you like this one, and stop by for tomorrow's card!

Digital Stamp: Simply B
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Martha Steward and K&Co stickers
Wink of Luna brush pen
Copics Used
Skin: BV31, C3/1/0
Hair: YG95, G82/21
Outfit: V17/15/12, YR09/07/04

09 October, 2015

Day 9 of 31:Trick or Treat Batty


I totally love this girl's outfit and hair, don't you? I have no idea how she got her hair all pointy like that, but it's super cool, and I thought it would look great in green. She had a little cat stamp with her too, but I decided to use a sticker instead since I liked him better. I decided to use a bunch of layers for this one, and made little embellishment clusters just like I would with a scrapbook layout, which made it really fun to make. I hope you like this card, and come back for tomorrow's too!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Batty and Catty)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Jolee's and Recollections stickers, Doodlebug enamel dots, Twinery Twine
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Hair: G09/14, YG01
Outfit: B06/16/02

08 October, 2015

Day 8 of 31: Treats This Way, Glenda

The second video of my Haunted Speed Colouring series is here! I had a great time with this one, and this entire set actually. I was so happy that I could buy a set just a few months ago and then get to use it right away. I absolutely love this paper from Pink Paislee, a mix of whimsy and upscale, so I knew I wanted to use it for this image and pick up on all the colours I used in the image. And, for the first time, I used these dies too. I figured it'd make a nice little scene for the card as little Glenda goes trick or treating in her neighbourhood. I hope you like this card, and enjoy the video! Stay tuned for a new card tomorrow. :)



Clear Stamp: Penny Black (Glenda and Frankie)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Pink Paislee
Embellishments: Martha Stewart, Pink Paislee
Other: Spellbinders Dies
Copic

07 October, 2015

Day 7 of 31: Boo 2 You Shaker Card


When this Lawn Fawn set came out I knew I had to have it! I love all the combinations of the "dress up" ghosts. And all the little faces that Lawn Fawn has given us before can go on them too. How crazy is that!? I had such fun with these guys. I'm afraid my card game with this one wasn't so strong though. I tried, I really did. I made this shaker pocket with my Fuse tool, which was super simple, but I think I overstuffed it. I got jumbo glitter in a huge bottle from Michael's, and I got shaped sequins that say "boo" so I had to use them for this. The only issue is I think I went *way* overboard with the glitter cos the pocket is STUFFED. That, and my dumb butt used glue on the back of the window. Ah well, they can't all be winners, right? A new card coming up tomorrow!

Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn (Booyah)
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Imaginisce, Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Doodlebug enamel dots, Recollections jumbo glitter and sequin shapes
Copics Used: W3/1, V17/15/12, G20/21

06 October, 2015

Day 6 of 31: Ride Like the Wind!

I was so happy to colour this one! I am really loving CC Designs and especially Roberto's Rascals images this year and while I got her during winter holiday last year *finally* got to colour her now. I mixed in candy corn colours with my favourite purple and green and used a few cute stickers too. I dunno why I have so many cutesy things, especially since I don't have a ton of cutesy stamps, but.. there they are. I hope you like her! There'll be a new card tomorrow, so be sure to come back and see it!

Rubber Stamp: CC Designs/Roberto's Rascals (Broom Ride)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Jolee's stickers, Recollections stickers
Copics Used
Skin: E4/11/21/00/93
Hair: E55, Y26/21
Outfit: G9/19/14, V9/17/15/12, Y38/17/13/03, YR09/07/12/12

05 October, 2015

Day 5 of 31: Spooky Potion


You may notice, as the days go on, that I have a LOT of Krafin' Kimmie stamps in my 31 Days of Halloween. Why? Cos they all go on sale during the year and gosh, I just haven't had a chance to colour them yet! I wanted to play with the traditional orange/black for this girl. I mean, I'm sticking pretty good to the same colours (orange/black/purple/lime green, and a bit of blue) for Halloween, but one must mix and match them, yes? So I mixed a bit of purple into her hair, a bti of green glow around her, and called it good. I also had fun making the crazy eye makeup. It started out as a mistake, but then I figured "hey, why not?" and just went with it. Took my pencils to her eyes and boom!

I hope you like her! Another new card coming up tomorrow. Woo!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Embellishments: Queen & Co ribbon and sparklers, Doodlebug enamel dots
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spellbinders Die
Copics Used
Skin: E11/21/51/50
Eyes: Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 set
Hair: V17/15, T9/7/5/3
Outfit: T9/7/5/3, YR18/04

04 October, 2015

Day 4 of 31: Eek! A Little Monster!


For this card, I have to admit I cheated a bit! I coloured this image last year and just never manged to get it on a card! Ooops! So, of course, i had to get this little guy into the 31 Days of Halloween somehow this year. I decided to play off the little eyeballs on his costume and use some of the nifty stickers I have to create a scene around the stamp which I'd already silhouetted. I hope you like it! New card coming up tomorrow too. Yay!

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Spooky kit)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Doodlebug enamel dots, Martha Steward stickers, Recollections stickers, Queen & Co washi tape
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 set

03 October, 2015

Day 3 of 31: Haunting Little Bats


Today I have the first of five images that my followers request I colour on camera. I love this little image by Wee Stamps and I couldn't wait to colour it, but I got it so long ago it would have been out of season. So I was super happy that it's now October and I can share it with the world! I went with a layered look for the card and used some of my more cute papers and embellishments to go with how cute these little guys are. I hope you like this card, and see below for the video where I colour the whole thing.


Digital Stamp: Wee Stamps (Batty Boo)
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: Queen & Co
Embellishments: Martha Stewart, Imaginisce

02 October, 2015

Day 2 of 31: Night of the Wolfman!


Since this project is about enjoying the hell out of Halloween, but also about using stamps I haven't used yet. This guy is from a set I had bought at the end of Halloween last year. I wasn't much up on crafting last Halloween, so I didn't get them coloured, and I figured that now was the time! This guy's just a little bit wolfish, and I paired him with simple embellishments and a die cut frame.

Stay tuned for day three, which has a video too!

Digital Stamp: Simply B (Woflman Chris)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Karen Foster
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye
Copics Used
Skin: E39/37/13
Eyes: Y17/04, YR68
Hair: E35, Y26/23
Outfit: T9/7/5, B99/97/95, V17/15/12

01 October, 2015

Day 1 of 31: THIS is Halloween!!!

It's time! It's really time! I'm so excited!!! I've decided to bring back 31 Days of Halloween to my blog and I've been working way hard on it. I hope you're going to love it as much as me! There's going to be a card every single day for October and five, count them: FIVE new colouring videos that you, my favourite people ever, my followers voted on. I'm going to cram October so full of Halloween fun that no one will have time to be anything other than spooky happy!

Of course, for the first day I had to use this stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie called Mr. Punkinhead because, well, because Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas! This is the beginning of everything, the kick off of the ceremonies, and we can't do that without the Pumpkin King! I made sure to make him into a skeleton too, though the stamp wasn't quite like that, I figured it'd make more sense. I used, and am going to use, hopefully much of my considerable Halloween stash on all these projects. Some of my layered stickers, some embelishments, and some ribbon rounded it off.

I hope you like it, and that you like all the projects and stuff I have coming up. Make sure to check back every day, or subscribe in the way of your choosing (using the left sidebar links), to get notified when new posts are up. Don't forget, my YouTube channel counts too! Much Halloween fun to be had there as well. Have a great, spooky day 1!

Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie (Mr. Punkinhead)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Colorbox, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Bo Bunny
Copics Used:
Head: E99, YR27/07/15
Outfit: T9/7/5/3

27 September, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 30



Phew! Slowly, but surely, making our way towards the end of the year. 30 weeks done, 22 to go, I'm feeling rather accomplished, but kind of burnt out. It's usually at this point I start thinking about what I want to do the next year and how far I want to take the project. I think, considering our lives, that perhaps a monthly format might be better for 2016, unless there's some drastic changes or something, we're rather routine and VERY gaming oriented! Anyway, here's this week's video, I hope you enjoy it!



24 September, 2015

Layout Explosion #43: Bethesda 2 Process and Layout



This is the companion layout to the other Bethesda layout. We made it inside, found our seats, and were so excited to hear about the new games that Zenimax Media and its studios have coming. Sadly, no new Elder Scrolls game was announced, nor are we getting much exciting for Elder Scrolls Online, but the star of the show was Fallout 4 and it was totally amazing to be in the audience and really *feeling* the hype of that many people, both there and watching online. Definitely an experience to remember! I hope you like this video and layout. Thanks for visiting!

22 September, 2015

Layout Explosion #42: Bethesda Showcase 1 Process and Layout



Today I have a layout based on the Bethesda Softworks 2015 showcase for E3. Thanks to Mike's job in the industry we were able to get tickets to the showcase and see all the new footage of the games they have coming out in the next few months. Fallout 4 was, by far, the biggest news but from watching the show I'm also excited about Dishonoured 2. This is the first of two layouts about this event. The first being just our getting to the location and waiting to get inside. We took some selfies and I shared our experience in the journalling. Thank you for watching! The companion layout will be shared on Thursday.

20 September, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 29



This week, as with last week, I used pre-made cards from Simple Stories for my layout. I've been having such difficulties using my paper for these pages. Either because I'm using older papers, or using newer papers and then not having those papers later for layouts. I thought that using these cards would be a nice compromise. I hope you like this video!

08 September, 2015

Colour Explosion #11: Hello Dino-Globe Speed Colouring Card

Hello everyone! Today I have a new video for you, woot! I decided to colour while Mike and our friend Ash were playing Elder Scrolls Online and I would listen to them via TeamSpeak. So I got out these cute stamps by Clearly Besotted (LOVE dinosaurs!), the new globe by Lawn Fawn, and thought I'd make a non-winter holiday globe. I was surprised at how big the dinosaurs were compared to the stamps, but I'm looking forward to seeing what other stamps I can fit in this globe!



And if you don't have time to watch the video (WHY don't you have time to watch it?!) here's a photo for you. If you'd like this card and live in the US, please leave me a comment here and I'll get in contact with you. :)

02 August, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 22



Project Life Sunday for week 22 of 2015! I'm very happy to be moving right along with this and posting on a proper schedule even too. Super fun! Although I'll admit it's been a bit difficult to keep making up cards and such from my stash, but it's a good challenge too. I hope you enjoy the video!

19 July, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 20



Project Life Sunday is here! I hope you enjoy and have a great day. This is week 20 of 2015. :)

16 July, 2015

Layout: 2014 Birthday 1



Here's a new video and layout I hope you guys like! This is the first of two layouts for my birthday last year. Here we went to have dinner and see movies the night before my birthday. Super fun! I used the Simple Stories "I Am" paper and embellishments for this and it took me 30 minutes to make. Thanks for watching/visiting!


30 June, 2015

Layout: Thank You, Sirius



I have a new layout with its own process video for you today! Hooray! I loved using my new Pretty Little Studio papers "right out of the gate" as it were to make a bunch of layouts. And, it's my 25th process video, woot! Of course it had to be with my baby boy, look how handsome he is. I tried to make the black of his fur show up really nice against all the colour and grey. I think it worked. I hope you like it and thanks for watching!

24 June, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: Birthday Edition

It's my birthday!!!! I'm 32, which is, I think, officially "old" by Cystic Fibrosis standards. It's pretty damned good, anyhow, so I'm super happy. While I'm not doing well, I'm fully aware I'm doing better than a lot of people, so I'm calling it a win.

For today's watercolour project, I have this piece I've simply titled "whale". Some pieces in my art journal have titles, or quotes or whatever, but this is just pretty simple. To make it, I used my Neocolour II crayons, and for the black I used India Ink watered down a bit. I hope you like it!

21 June, 2015

08 June, 2015

Studio Monday: PL Card Organisation

Hi, all! I'm here today with a little peek at how I organise my Project Life cards. I don't have any of the Becky Higgins official cards, but I do have lots of cards from Gossamer Blue, left over from my year sub and using the kits (see PL 2014 tag in the left side bar), and cards from Scraptastic's This Life Noted kit.

In an attempt to use them better, and perhaps use them on my layouts (which you may have seen in my recent videos) I organised the cards by colour. Some of them are just phrases, some of them are journalling spots, but now they're all done by colour so I can see what I have.
Here you can see me sorting them out into the colour categories. I also have a pile off to the side for vellum "cards" that Gossamer Blue included in their kits.
And here you can see them all placed neatly into a little fabric bin I got from Ikea. I also included in this bin the 4x6 plain index cards taht I have, as well as the Simple Stories stickers I use most often, some of the Simple Stories washi sheets I bought, and the small weekly number stamp set that I use on every layout. Now whether I'm doing PL or making a page I have one stop to go for all of my PL cards.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek, and thanks for stopping by! And for process videos and more, please visit my YouTube channel and subscribe!

07 June, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 14

Project Life Sunday is live and I'm here with another process video for it! Don't forget to like and subscribe to my channel if you want to get email updates on when I post videos. It's pretty busy over there!

05 June, 2015

Layout Explosion #21: Disneyland Spring

I have a new process video up today, and I'm going to try to remember to post things here as well as just on my YouTube, I swear. I'm also going to try to remember to post the NON-video things I've been collecting around here, lol! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video as well as the layout.


And here's just a photo of the layout for you. Thanks for watching and visiting!

24 May, 2015

Project Life 2015: Week 12

Project Life Sunday is LIVE! I hope you've been following them all on my YouTube channel, but here's the video for you for this week. I'm going to try not to completely suck at keeping my blog updated when I'm being productive over on my YouTube. It's hard to do both!



26 March, 2015

Layout Explosion #9: Scrap Table Gambit Process and Layout



This was a fun layout to make. Using the viewmaster paper the way it was oriented was a bit challenging, but I like the three pink pieces in this. The mist on this went well too. It's always scary using mist on a layout cos it could go horribly wrong! At least when I do it. I hope you like the layout and enjoy the video. Thanks for visiting!

25 March, 2015

Layout Explosion #8: Santa Cruz Process and Layout



For today's video and layout I have another using my Use it Up stash kit #6. I had these photos from a nice overcast day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and thought I'd get them scrapped. I think they have already been scrapped, but I'm wanting to go through and GET RID OF some of my older, clunkier, more useless layouts so if they have been, this layout will replace that layout. Also, since it fit the theme, I stamped out some little tickets from Lawn Fawn to embellish with. Thanks for visiting and watching, I hope you like this page!

24 March, 2015

Layout Explosion #7: Gambit's String Process and Layout



Today I have another Gambit layout to share with you using my Use it Up scrapbook stash kit #6. These papers work great for her so I figured I would just keep going. I'm scrapping some older photos with these kits just because I don't have something more modern in mind and since they're older papers they kind of go along with the idea. I made sure to add sequins to this layout too, so I could use up some of my fun sequin stash. :) Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy the video!

22 March, 2015

Art Bag #2: 2015 Anaheim Scrapbook Expo




March 21st was when the Scrapbook Expo came to Anaheim and I met a bunch of my friends from the message board there and we hung out, shopped, had lunch and later dinner, and basically chilled. It was great to get out and it was nice to shop knowing that I had holes in my stash I needed to fill, but didn't just buy to buy things. All in all I calculated I spent $175 this time around which is pretty good record for me actually, especially considering how much bling and washi I ended up getting from Queen & Co. I didn't end up taking pictures this time, just the video, so please enjoy!

17 March, 2015

Layout Explosion #6: Kitty Company Process and Layout



Things that go well with pink? Gambit photos! She's a girl, she doesn't care, and brown goes with everything just like black does. Earth tone animals for the win! I used a whole sheet of pink for the background and then added the tone on tone pink to get even more in there. SO much hot pink in this stash kit though, what was I thinking?! And here's a photo of the layout as a whole for you, as well as the video, so you can enjoy the whole thing. Thanks for visiting!

15 March, 2015

Art Bag #1: March 2015 Stamp Expo Haul



I went to my very first Stamp Expo in Carson, CA and aside from getting to take a picture with Tim Holtz and watch him do live demos, I got new toys! I was super excited because this broke my freeze from December 2nd, 2014 to March 15, 2015. I love all the new things that I got and I decided to make my very first haul video for my channel (the first of many, many this year!) and I hope that you enjoy it. Each time I make one I learn a bit more, so please forgive how rough this is.

14 March, 2015

Layout Explosion #5: Adventure Pup Process and Layout



For my second layout using my sixth Use it Up kit I dug into photos of the dogs the most because the colours were so not *me* personally and, well, the animals couldn't care less what colour their layouts are. This series of photos I love because I never expected to see little Sirius up on the railing of our deck, but sure enough, I look out the window and there he was!