31 January, 2014

Card: Reach for the Sky

I just woke up and hit the ground running yesterday. I wanted *colour* and I got it. I took the left over square of watercolour paper from my last image and coloured Getatos across it for something bright. While it was drying I coloured little Nightwind in warm colours to contrast the cool of the background. Simple embellishments, that took too long to sort out, and it was done! I hope you like it. I just keep looking at the background and thinking I have to do it again. It came out pretty good.

Digital Stamp: Little Miss Muffet (Nightwind)
Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: My Little Shoebox
Watercolour paper
Wide brush
Studio Calico fabric sticker
enamel dots
Copics Used: E99/93, YR27/21/18/15, W5/3/2/0/00

30 January, 2014

Card: Melt My Heart

I took a surprisingly long time on this digi for something that is only 3" high and I'm not the biggest fan of the "Cheeky" series from The Greeting Farm. While I'm cheeky, I don't tend to be vapidly sexual while doing it. If you can't tell, the entire artistic side of the Internet has gone Frozen crazy and so I was inspired by Frozen for this one. Listening to "Let it Go" on a loop actually. If you've seen Elsa anywhere, you'll see it in this image ((shifty eyes)) probably.... Anyway. I took a surprisingly long time making this since I coloured her in Copics and she was perfectly serviceable. Then I realised that I haven't combined Copics and pencils in a while, haven't taken my time in a while, so I just went at her hair to give it more definition. I think the biggest impact was her eyes though. It's a lot easier to make that THIN THIN THIN line around the edge of the iris with a pencil tip, I can tell you! And then enhancing her make up with a black pencil helped too. After I'd spent so much time on her I realised I had NO IDEA how to make her into a card so I broke out my watercolour set, some watercolour paper, and just set to playing. The watercolour background looked really plain though so I tore through my really old supplies and found some white acrylic paint, dumped it into an empty mini mister, and thinned it out with some water. Obviously I need more practise with misting, since even though I sprayed it really far away it got all clumped in one area (I tried to trim it as much as I could), but I'll try again and hopefully get better.

Digital Stamp: The Greeting Farm (Cheeky Fairy)
Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl? (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Papertrey Ink, Strathmore watercolour
Paper: Bo Bunny
Crayola watercolour set
Studio Calico wood veneer
White arylic paint
Mini mister
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Copics Used
Skin: E95/51/50/21/11/00, BV000
Eyes: B04
Hair: C3/1, B60/41
Outfit: B5/4/2/01/00

28 January, 2014

Card: Happy Australia Day!

There's a little challenge in the Make it Crafty group to create *anything* for Australia Day so I figured I'd try it out. Yes, Aussie Day was Saturday, but the challenge goes until the 31st... something I didn't know when I was colouring this. I got it done in about an hour, 6pm Aussie time, so I thought I just made it in under the wire. That's why this looks so slapdash. It's 5"x3.75" and I'm not used to working this small either. I wanted to colour it bright because it's Spring in Australia right now and it'd be bright and sunny... I'm assuming. I did a good bit of manipulating on the fence and windmill to get the scene just right. The scene is completely constructed by me. It's not terrible, I might go so far as to say it was "good", so here you go. Aussie readers,  I hope you had a great day!

This project won the prize for the contest it was entered:
"Congratulations to Aeryn Reitmeyer - You have won the DT choice $25 prize
I too absolutely loved your scene and and thought not only was the colouring fantabulous but I loved the scene using the famous 'rabbit proof fence' in outback Australia."

Digital Stamp: Make it Crafty (Wire Fence End, Outback Windmill, Gumtree, The White Rabbit)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections Kraft
Paper: My Little Shoebox
Copics Used
Reference Photo Used

27 January, 2014

Mixed Media: Darkness is a State of Mind

Okay, so this is a bit of a departure for me, and if you're a "liker" of my fan page you might have been following the journey of this project as I attempted to make something completely out of my box as a "colourist", card maker, or scrapbooker. I have all these mixed media products that I use on my cards or scrapbooks, but I've been trying to break out from just colouring others' images or scrapbooking with others' pre-designed papers and this is my first foray into mixed media. This is a 16x24 canvas that I created. I have NO idea what I'm going to do with it, since it's so huge and fragile and will probably get destroyed in this house, but I had to make it. This took me *days* too, because yeah, stuff had to dry and buttons take forever to glue down and... yeah, it took forever to complete.

The "meaning" of this is all existential and Art 101 BS, but it's also just meant to be pretty. I mean, I'm *all about* rainbows, so I had to do something with rainbows just for my soul to be satisfied.

I also need more brown buttons now. This project used ALL my brown buttons. Mrrr.
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Prima flowers
Papertrey Ink buttons
Silhouette Cameo cuts
Colourbok Cardstock
Copic Markers
Crayola Watercolours
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Adirondak alcohol Inks
16x24 canvas
Zing embossing powder
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
3D Crystal Lacquer

26 January, 2014

Studio Sunday - We're Getting There....

I just wanted to update you with how my scrap space is coming along after the last time I posted. I've been working really hard on making things look neat, and I've been creating here so I've also been focusing on how functional my space is. We visited Ikea to return my desk's fifth leg, turned out it didn't need it, and we picked up doors for two of my cubes.
Here you can see the doors opened. On the left are small fabric bins, also from Ikea, that hold things like my watercolour set, my Gelatos, my alcohol inks, and my Cricut storage case. I also was able to fit my Cuttlebug in there, which is good because it's not super attractive. In the right most cube you can see my paper. Yes, that's *all* my paper that's not Halloween/Christmas themed (each has its own Iris case). You can see the little divide in there that the 8.5x11 cardstock makes between my patterned paper and where my cardstock starts. I have also put my Cameo mats, glass mat, and scoring board in that cube to keep the visual clutter down. The cube next to that, on the middle right has UFOs. The DisneyWorld and travel album I still need to complete from last year and on the other side is the green WRMK album I'm using for my PL and layouts this year as well as the Disneyland album I picked up for this year's photos and layouts.
The other thing we picked up was this little bin organiser tray from Ikea. I can't take credit for this one, I saw it on Pinterest, but I like how perfect it is for PL supplies. I am part of Gossamer Blue's PL kit and I bought some PL kits during Scraptastic's Black Friday sale so I have a little bit of supplies. I put all the 3x4 cards over to the right, along with the punched embellishments I made from last year's Amy Tan paper and all the current embellishments from January's GB kit. IN the middle front I have things like the stamp sets that the kits come with, letter stickers, and larger sticker sheets. Behind that is 4x6 cards from GB, Scraptastic, Amy Tan ones I made, and then just gridded index filler cards. In the front left I have small things like paper clips, flair, and wood veneer all mixed together so I can sift. And in the very back I have the washi, sequins, dots, and Cameo die cuts that came in the Scraptastic kits. The only problem I've had with this tray so far is that I keep poking at it, wanting to make a PL layout, but the week isn't over yet and I'm caught up!

I hope you enjoyed a more updated peek of my space. I still have a long way to go, much stamp organisation to get done, but as the title says, I'm getting there.

24 January, 2014

Scrapbook Layout: Love is Rare

I started this page for one challenge on my message board, but ended up filling another one instead. When I put down the pink background and then built the pieces on top of it I thought the pink looked way too plain and wouldn't stand out against two blues. So I got out a doily stamp set and used a tan to match the Kraft I was matting everything with. Then I decided to use the little birds to embellish and once I did that it fit a stamping challenge instead of the 5 Things challenge I was attempting, so I went with stamping.
Paper: Theresa Collins (Family Stories)
Cardstock: Bazzil Kraft
Lawn Fawn clear stamps
MME clear stamps
MME enamel dots
Smash date stamp

23 January, 2014

Scrapbook Layouts: Colour Love

This page I did for the "My Favourite Things" challenge on my message board. It took too long to get the photo to look good, not too dark, but it worked out. I'd been saving this WP paper for something like this so I figured it was the perfect time. With realistic paper it can be hard to nail down a subject, or to work on top of it, so I made sure the paper that I built on was more neutral. Then I just kind of used the papers I had left to build from there.
Paper: Webster's Pages Allison Kreft
Studio Calico wood veneer
Scraptastic Club wood veneer
MME enamel dots
Skipping5 heart geotag sticker
Webster's Pages sticker

22 January, 2014

Scrapbook Layout: Launch

I did this layout for a challenge on my message board. You were able to pick your paper, and then from there you had an hour to create. I finished in 35 minutes. I even used my Cameo to do the title and controller, I outlined, and I made sure to journal (you were given an extra 15 minutes if you were going to journal). This page chronicles Mike getting his XBox One on launch day. The first time he participated in the console wars on the front lines.

17 January, 2014

Card: Hey Tiger

Just a simple card I made for Mike. It's fun to randomly gift him with cards, hehe. I really love these papers for the Sister Stamps. I'm glad to find the perfect use for paper I've saved "too long" by my standards.

Rubber Stamp: Sister Stamps (Tiger)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Graphic 45 (Bird Song)
Copics Used: C7, YR27/21/12/04, R30, E81/41/40

16 January, 2014

Card: Thanks, Ayako!

Is she not the cutest? I love this stamp and I'm so glad I got to get a little package from this company with my Christmas money. I'm also glad I finally got to use this paper since it's been in my stash since 2011. I don't usually let things linger that long, but it's just such nice paper. I think these stamps are perfect for it and though I only have three more I'll certainly use them together as much as I can. I kept this simple because I don't think the paper needs much embellishment. I really love how this card came out; I'm actually sorry I made it for someone because I don't want to give it away!

Rubber Stamp: Sister Stamps (Ayako)
Clear Stamp: Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Graphic 45 (Bird Song)
Copics Used
Skin: E04/11/21/00
Hair: 100, C10/8/6/2
Outfit: R59/46/05, Y38/35/15, B97/05/02, RV21

15 January, 2014

Card: Winter Wishes Owl

I was good and finished getting all of my winter stamps organised and I organised a few of the drawers in my desk and purged a bunch of embellishments so I thought I needed a reward. I picked this little owl to colour. I got him at the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo in 2012 along with a few other owl stamps from this company, but I never coloured him. Then I decided to go with a minimalist approach so I used my watercolour set to just create little splatters to mimic snow but not realistically since it's colourful. I had a great time doing him, especially his eyes, and there's a lot in the Winter category of my physical stamps that I'm looking forward to colouring now that they're organised.

Rubber Stamp: Art Impressions (Beanie Whoot)
Clear Stamp: Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Crayola watercolour set
MME enamel dots
Copics Used: E79/74/71/49/47/44/37/35/22, Y38/35/26/21/19/13, B45/41/32, C5/3/1

13 January, 2014

Studio Monday - Stamp Progress is Progressive

Saturday Mike and I took our first journey to Ikea. I knew that if I was going to find the right bins for my stamps it'd be there. It was intensely overwhelming for people who are not good with crowds. We followed the arrows, looked through things, and even got to see the Expedit entertainment centre we are considering in action so that was good. Finally we found the organisation section and took the little stamp envelope I'd brought and started auditioning. There were some really cute and coloured bins, but they were a disturbing cardboard type thing. We also nixed the idea of wicker baskets because of dust in our area. We live in a forest, it's either dust or tree pollen 24/7. So we went with plastic. The good thing about this plastic is they're white, but if I come up with an overall colour scheme at some point I can spray paint them and hopefully give them a lift.
Here's a shot of what it looks like right now. I'm going to work on step-by-step organising the themes. A very kind friend of mine, Sue, offered these plastic label dividers that should fit in these bins perfectly and there's 15 of them so hopefully they'll work for all the subject categories I have come up with. But even as a temporary measure it'll be nice. We decided to go with six bins for now because, well, at $8 each it would have been expensive and I thought I'd save some money for now. So far it looks like everything I have on hand will fit in these six bins. I'll (fingers crossed) only need to grow to more bins if I buy more stamps. We all know I'll buy more stamps. I mean, CHA stuff has me wanting at least 6 sets! That bin on the bottom left is full of stamps that haven't been put into envelopes and most need Aileen's tack it glue on them as well. So much work!

This project is probably going to be slow going. I mean, it's boring, for one, but just looking at the bins fills me with hope. It'll be easier for me to take one of these down, paw through them, and check out what I'll want to use. I'm putting small elements like hearts and butterflies together so I can find them when I need to. Mike also thinks that we can slip in shelves just above the tops of the envelopes in the bins to provide storage for my punches, since the envelopes are now taking that space. This was a custom unit we built so I don't want to just trash it and start over. 

Hopefully some time next week I'll have more progress to show you... we'll see on that, lol!

07 January, 2014

Card: A Little Something Mouse

Are you sick of my DD posts? Yes? I'm sorry. Here's a card to break it up. I only have one more post and then the wrap up post, but in the mean time I'll share this little card I made for a dear friend of mine. She'll know who she is when she gets the package in the mail. I'm going through a big organisation thing and I couldn't organise this little guy without just going ahead and colouring him. He's SUPER small, barely 2", so this was a nice quick diversion from the insanity that I've created in my space. I hope  my friend likes it... and likes mice!

Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl
Cardstock: XPress-It
Paper: WRMK (Peppermint)
Recollections wood veneer
Copics Used: W7/5/3, R83/59/46/05, G07/14, Y03

06 January, 2014

Studio Monday: Stamp Organisation

It's January and if you've followed my blog for a few of the years I've been up and running (I've been here since '06!) you may have noticed that I like to reorganise like crazy. It's almost a second hobby for me. My house is very small (700sqft) and we have a LOT crammed into here so to be able to control something, *anything* here, is big for me. I like to photograph my space, I want to make a new video, and I want my space to be *organised* for that. Something that has been bugging me in my space is my stamp organisation. We built this shelf *for* me, but the top shelf is a bit too high. And the stamps at the top get overlooked. In my ongoing mission to use my products I want to make sure that all my stamps get used at least once. This kind of means reorganisation.
This is what I'm dealing with now. That big hole in the middle of the bottom shelf... those stamps are in the next picture. They'd already been removed and I didn't feel like replacing for staging purposes. Point is, I use Tim Holtz Unmounted Stamp Envelopes to hold all of my stamps and I hang them on a rod underneath these shelves using Clip it Up clips. I really like being able to see things, but standing there to flip through my things is becoming problematic. I want to change it up.
I explained it okay here on the picture, but the idea is that I'm going to do a bunch of themes instead of by manu and just kind of sliding in the clear sets with their own backings. I'm using Fellows Crystals Binding Covers, cutting them down, and sticking the stamps onto them before sliding them into the envelopes. I'm going to need to buy some cute bins to put these things in. Something maybe purple, or aqua.
Here I am in progress. I separated out all of my Xmas stamps and then got to work separating the sets. Right now it looks like I was in progress of taking all the sentiments out of the sets. I decided that "Xmas" and "winter" were two different things, but I also realised I didn't have enough sentiments of either to fill up an envelope. I let those "mingle". But within Xmas I have envelopes of critters, people, and elements.
I've now finished with Christmas, but I have winter (and everything else) to go through. On the right you see the pile (a portion of it) of winter stamps that I have left to go through. They're several manus all mixed together because that's really what I'm after with this idea. The plastics have the sentiments printed on them and whatnot, but the sentiments have already been removed and put in the envelope all the way on the left. That's *all* just Christmas and winter themed sayings. In the middle left you see the "elements" envelope I made up of things like hats, scarves, presents, small trees and the like. And in the middle right you can see an envelope of images. Little critters mostly. The people have their own envelope. Rubber and clear are mixed in together as I don't care, I'm just going for space saving here. Having completed a section (I think... pretty much) I've found that doing things this way is saving space. I haven't thrown away those plastics printed with the images, right now they're on the bottom of the bin. Worse comes to worse I can look through these plastics and pick out the images I want to use before going to get them. I'm not really worried about the visual, being able to see things clearly on the clear stamp, so I'm not going to make stamped versions of the images, or worry about cutting up the plastics and matching them. That's extra work I'm not interested in when I could be creating. I have SO much to do, I don't need to make more work for myself when I'm trying to create more efficiency. 

That's all I have for you for now. I'll try to update as something big happens, like if I manage to get the bins or if I finish more than one small section of my stamps. Hopefully this helped you guys a bit if you're in an organising mood in January!

01 January, 2014

Project Life: Thoughts on 2014

When I was eight years old, after many years and countless doctor's appointments where my mother insisted that there had to be something wrong with her daughter, I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. We were all told that my life expectancy was basically another four years. I'd die at or around twelve years old. As medicines improved it was upgraded to sixteen years, then twenty-six, and finally when I turned eighteen they thought I'd make it to thirty if my disease kept on its current course.

In June of 2013 I turned thirty. Still reasonably healthy (though declining steadily as predicted), not been hospitalized (knock wood for luck!), and I finally put life expectancy behind me (though their estimates are now that I'll reach fifty). What I learned from reaching this milestone that I never, ever planned for was that the rest of this time, whatever I have left on this Earth, is cake. I've been fortunate in my life. I've had a family that cares for me above everything, I've friends that have nearly literally been life-long (25 of 30 years for some), I met and married the love of my life at seventeen, I have three beautiful fur kids, I have a home, and a comfortable life being a housewife within that home. My life has already been fortunate, privileged even, and now that I've reached and exceeded my supposed expiration date the rest of this life is just a gift.

I had a good 2013. I got to see and do things that were once only imagined, or dreamed. I got to celebrate 12 and 10 year anniversaries with Mike. I got to accomplish difficult tasks like successfully training a Service Dog. I got to meet absolutely wonderful people and stay connected to even more wonderful people. I got to expand my art and my creativity without restriction. The year was very good to me. As a natural realist/pessimist such a good year and success bring me trepidation. The wondering if I should perhaps fear the coming year and what it might bring. That the tides may unexpectedly turn. But then I remind myself: the rest of this life is just a gift. I was not meant to be here. I was not meant to survive this disease for this long, and yet I have. For whatever time I have, with whatever comes, whatever happens, and whatever trials or triumphs we go through, the rest of this life is a gift.

It is with that sentiment that I will be entering the new year and with hope in my heart that there are more triumphs than trials. More gladness than sadness. And more love than ever before.