29 January, 2015

Card Explosion #1: Masculine Card

Today I made my very first process video and created a card using the little boy stamp that I coloured in my first colouring video that I made last week and shared with you. Here is the new video:

And here is the final card up close.
 I pretty much explained everything about this card in the video, but it's for a guild mate of mine from Elder Scrolls Online and I wanted to keep it simple for him which is why the video is short. I hope it wasn't too slow or boring for you. Give me time and I'll babble through anything so yeah. Anyway, I'll hopefully be able to use my YouTube channel more often, if people like seeing videos from me, so please subscribe!

Rubber Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Roll Call Kit)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Core'Dinations
Paper: Simple Stories, American Crafts
Fiskars punch
Martha Stewart punch
Copics Used
Skin: E4/11/21/51/50
Eyes: Caran d'Ache Pablo pencil
Hair: E29/39/07/55
Outfit: C5/3/1, B29

28 January, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: The Red Tree

For today's Watercolour Wednesday I have a piece I was working on in Mike's office on Monday. I went to work with him because he was getting tubes put in his eyes in the hopes of keeping them from getting to dry and damaging his vision. He was going to pick out glasses too and needed my help, but decided to wait until he got the permanent tubes put in a week from now. Anyway, I stayed the whole day at his work and needed something to do, so I painted this. I like working with silhouettes because it means you don't have to know how to draw properly and include details, lol! I finished most of it at his work, taking my pencils and paint box with me, and then I misted it and did some final inking when we got home. I hope you like it! I kinda want to try this in a bunch of different colours. I like trees. They're inspiring, don't you think?

Sakura Koi travel watercolour case
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
Ranger Distress Inks
Dr Ph Martin's Bombay India Ink
Faber-Castell Pitt pens

27 January, 2015

Hunger Games Marathon

Hiya, everyone! I have a layout today. Mike and I went to see the Hunger Games Mockingjay release last year, but instead of just seeing one movie, we saw all three! I absolutely love seeing movies in a marathon and I always try and get a few pictures, even though the theatres are dark. I included our ticket on here (which totally threw off the colour scheme) as well as the little lanyard they had us wear with all three movies' showtimes on it and whatnot. I stuck close to the "fire" theme for this layout, since that plays a huge part in Hunger Games in general. Since the photos ended up quite dark, especially with a black dog involved, I kept black as just a small embellishment of the doodling on the paper instead of adding black washi or something for instance. I did get a good amount of washi on here, as well as several patterns from one of my Stash kits that I made a while back. It was the Autumn Twist kit so it had a lot of these type patterns and colours. I hope you like this layout, and are happy to actually SEE layouts on this site, since I don't make them often! Stay Crafty. :)

Autumn Twist Stash Kit
Basic Grey paper
Studio Calico paper
WRMK washi
Martha Stewart punches
Marvy punches
Enamel dots

25 January, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 39, 40, 41, and 42

I have a total of four Project Life layouts for you today since I've been missing this opportunity a few weeks in a row now. You'd think I'd be able to post more often, since it's not like I'm super busy or anything! Anyway, on to the layouts.
This week was a mix of personal stuff with a lot of guild events. Pretty cool when we can get a bunch of members together and I actually ran my first event too. For the layout I tried to use up a lot of the Shimelle rubons that came in one of the Gossamer Blue kits. They're a bit random, but I think I made it work since the colours of this month's kit were kind of all over the place, as you can see from the title card and all the crazy colours in there. I used woodgrain enamel dots and cork bits too.
The middle card here, the "here's the deal" card kind of explains that, yes, there's a LOT of Elder Scrolls Online photos in our PL because, well, that's our life a lot. Not only do we play together, but we play with the guild, and I play alone while Mike is at work, so it's going to show up a lot. I went with some of the pastel cards from this kit to add colour to the darker game photos.
This week a lot happened. We had a few personal events during the week, including Mike doing Farsight's bowling league night, me seeing Peeps at the Scrapbook Expo (yes, I meant to put the watermarker over the shy Peep's face), and that same day we went to the Eastern Sierras. It was kind of hard to fit in all the journalling for this week so I went with minimal embellishments on it.
And lastly for this week we have some organising, some questing, and some dinner out. Mmm, that lobster was so good! More mint and pink with this layout. I have to say that I'm going to enjoy making the 2015 cards myself just to hopefully not have to use so much mint and pink! I added wood veneer and a few rub ons to the photos for this layout.

I hope you enjoy these layouts and we're getting closer and closer to finishing up this year. I did a complete 2014 Project Life so there's still more to see. Hope to see you again soon!

24 January, 2015

Colour Explosion #1: Copic Colouring Tutorial - TGF boy

My video is up! It's my first live colouring video, but I'm hoping that it's not the last. I have gotten some amazingly supportive feedback so far, and some constructive criticisms, so I'm hoping the videos can only get better from here. I do apologize that it's not perfect, and it's a bit blurry, but since it's a video "just for fun" not for a DT or anything, I figured it'd do, lol! So please watch if you're interested in seeing how to colour this little guy, comment if you're so inclined, and subscribe to my channel if you'd like to see the subsequent videos. I have one set up right now for a "progress video" of making a card with this stamp! See, many exciting things planned, lol!

23 January, 2015

Recording... Is This Thing ON?!

Seriously, is it? I was going to take pictures of the few layouts I've done the last couple days, but then I got out the tripod and the camera went *there*. That's right, I'm going to attempt to make videos for you fine people! Wish me luck, cos it's not going to be easy, but I have the room, the YouTube channel, and the motivation. Hopefully that's enough to get me through!

21 January, 2015

A Winter Hello!

Hi, all. I'm sorry I've been so terrible with blogging. My moods have been completely destroyed by the medication I'm on for my CF and it has made me a bit all over the place emotionally as well as crafting-wise. You can keep up with me on Instagram or FB, just in case I don't post properly here. 

Right now, though, I'm posting properly, with a card I made using my Copics and a Greeting Farm stamp. I got a face mask for wearing when I go out in public, and for clinic visits especially, and I wanted to test how well it'd protect me from the smell of the Copics. I'm happy to say it did pretty well. I had to do the image in stages a bit, but it worked out. I had fun with this card and I used some uncommon "winter" colours and the paper collection isn't winter at all. That was definitely fun to do.

Now, a new thing! This card needs a new home! In the interest of me not having piles and piles of cards here in my home, I'd like to start sending cards of to YOU, the reader. So, first to comment that you want it will get this card. Exciting? I hope so!
RubberStamp: The Greeting Farm
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections Kraft
Paper: Echo Park
Copics Used
Skin: E21/11/51/50
Hair: W9/7/6
Outfit: B29, YG67/17/23, YR68/07/04/02

15 January, 2015

Melt My Heart

My first card of the year! It's here! I stamped out these guys during the x-mas holiday weekend, but didn't get them coloured up properly until Monday. I thought I'd use some paper from the new 6x6 pad that I got during Black Friday and I think it came out really cute. I'm particularly happy with the snow on the snowman. The Pablos set has this really cool white/blue that works perfectly for it. I kept the rest of the card simple to showcase the stamps. I hope you like it, and have a great Thursday.
Rubber Stamps: Purple Onion (penguin), C.C. Designs (cat in snowman)
Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections Kraft
Paper: Law Fawn
Jolee's snowflakes
Caran'd ache Pablos 120 set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 set

14 January, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: Flower Serenity

Today's Watercolour Wednesday features me playing around with a flower stamp from Papertrey Ink and my Koi watercolour box. I embossed the stamp beforehand, just to add the nice white outline instead of a black one.
It took a little while, I did it while watching a movie, but I took a fine brush and just worked at it. I like how it came out, but I think I might end up cutting it out. I plan on placing this on one of my 2015 PL start up pages. So yeah, I think it will need to blend in more with my chosen background paper.

I hope you like this project. I think it came out pretty good and it was fun. Just what you want from a craft project, lol!

11 January, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 37 and 38

Back again with a few more weeks from 2014!
Week 37 had some challenges and some excitement, both in-game and out. My health was really bad, and the medicine side effects are depression, so that's fun too. Had some challenges in ESO as I got Riven into the more complicated dungeons and veteran content. I also started re-organising my stamps, again, into an 8.5x11 format. I tried to stick with a simple colour style for this layout, but since there was already a lot of teal I went with what worked.

This week we got to go to Disneyland, got new armour for our ESO characters to go along with Update 4, and Mike had his second week of Farsight league bowling which... didn't go well. This week I was able to just go with teal and white. I used some of the larger wood veneer I had in my PL stash and used up a few of the rubons we got with the September Gossamer Blue kit.

I hope you enjoyed this week's layouts. I'm working on 2015's layouts too, so you'll soon get to see those as I'm making my own cards for it! See you next week for Project Life Sunday. :)

07 January, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: Something RIGHT

My first creation of the new year! I don't have a lot of goals this year, art-wise, but what I'm trying to do is just start and then let the art talk to me. Whatever it wants to be, wherever it wants to go, that kind of thing. When I started the background I didn't know where it was going, all I knew was that I was directionless and that if I didn't just start then I'd not do anything and I really wanted to. The good news is that in creating this I came up with an idea for another piece, which I'm thankful for because making this was not easy. My lungs are so fragile they didn't appreciate the silver Sharpie at all. And outlining it was even worse. I'm honestly completely sick of crap like this. I just want to be left alone to create!

I hope you like this piece in my watercolour journal and thanks for joining me this Watercolour Wednesday!

05 January, 2015

Studio Monday: New Stamps, More Glue!

For Black Friday and just general "buying things" I ended up with a huge amount of stamps to organise. I'd just finished organising the ones I already had on hands, so I didn't want to do it right away, but it's 2015 so I kinda have to get going on this kinda thing...
Friday night I pulled apart all the foamy stuff  off the back of the few stamps that had it and got rid of all the packaging. It's surprising how much space just that stuff takes up! Blah! Then Sunday I got out the foam brush and the Aileen's Tack it Over and Over and got to gluing. I had originally organised the stamps into categories, but it turned out I had just enough glue to do *all* the rubber stamps. It took up my whole desk! It's better this way though, doing it all at once, so I don't have to worry about getting the glue out again. With my CF it's a bit difficult to deal with the chemical smell from the glue. The same thing with having so many clear stamp packages open at once. It just gets super checmical-y and hurts my fragile lungs. This way at least that step is done and my super industrial air purifier can get rid of the smell while I sleep.
The next step is, once everything is dry (takes about 30 minutes), for me to get out my stamp categories and once again organise these guys into their themes, stick them onto their transparency sheets, and get them in their page protectors. I've still got to count all the unused stamps I have so this is the larger part of the job and you'll have to wait for another Studio Monday to see the rest.

I hope you have a great day, and that you have a smaller organising job ahead of you than I have ahead of me!

04 January, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 34, 35, and 36

Since I wasn't able to post all of 2014 yet, I'm going to do a few layouts at a time for you until I catch up with 2015 and... you know, until I've actually *made* 2015 layouts!

While not much happened in real photos since Mike was sick this week, we still had a pretty productive week in ESO and in TV. True Blood ended, which it was sad to see it go, but we liked how it ended. Doctor Who started too, though neither of us are sure how we feel about the 12th Doctor. It was nice to see Matt Smith again. I loved the scene with him and Clara on the phone, though the photo took me forever to find.
This week it was *me* that was sick. I was able to find some red/blue cards in my Gossamer Blue kits to match the kind of monochrome that the photos came out. Lots of red, which is unusual for me.
This week we actually did do things in real life, aside from me being sick and stuff, but since the only photo I had was of Mike's birthday I wanted to make a separate layout for it and not included it in my PL. That meant... ALL ESO PHOTOS! Woo! Pretty big events if you're into our game, so I figured I'd include them. I like focusing on this kind of stuff while it happens because, even if we're not *personally* in the photos, I know that looking back on it it'll remind me of this time in our lives. Stuff changes so fast, in game and out, so I just document everything.

I hope you enjoyed these pages, and my use of the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kits, and stay tuned next week for more!

03 January, 2015

Welcome 2015

Well, this is it. It's officially a new year. This is my space, this is where I start from. I thank you for visiting and joining me on yet another year of my creative journey. Here we go!

01 January, 2015

Project Life 2015: New Year, New Beginning

I've put off writing this post for hours because this year, honestly, I don't know what to say. I've reread last year's post: here. It does remind me that going into 2014 I didn't expect anything. I couldn't because I was already gifted with so much time, so much in my life. I was hopeful at this time last year. I am not this year. 2014 was not overly kind to me. While I think I truly have had worse years (I mean, no one died in my personal life or anything), 2014 tried. It tried. And I'm sad to say that at this point I don't know how to feel now that it's over.

"A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ." - John Steinbeck
Now that's a heavy quote for someone like me, isn't it? Maybe that's what I am, a sad soul. Maybe that's what so much medication, so must stress, and so much worry this year have done to me. Yes, I am *fully* aware of just how lucky I am. I remind myself every. day. how good I have it. That's what keeps me going in the worst times. That's how I console myself when it's hard to breathe, or when everything hurts, or just when things refuse to work out. But there has to be a point in there when I'm allowed to be tired.

That's where I am. That's the truth of it. I'm tired. I'm sick. I'm scared. I really don't know what's next; much less so than I ever have before. Will I look back and see 2014 as a tipping point? Or will it be a blip as 2004 and 2008-9 were? I just don't know. All I can do is hope. I have Mike, I have my family, I have my fur kids, I have a roof over my head, food in my tummy, and toys to keep me busy. I am lucky, and I am grateful, so I guess that means I *am* hopeful.

2015, please be different. 
Please be better. 
We need better right now.