Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday

This week's Inspiration Wednesday is a favorite of mine. 
The colours are fantastic, 
The texture, OMG... 

(I realized I stamped the wrong date.... OOPS!)
It's funny because this spread isn't "about" anything, but I like it so much! 
Sometimes, it's just about the process...

And the colours... 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thanks So Much

Hello! In my quest to embrace the colour purple, I have designed a card that celebrates its beauty.. 

These papers are older, but they were so gorgeous that I brought them to China - so I figured I better use them. ;) I played along with this week's Sweet Sunday sketch

I love a sketch that gives me a reason to use all my papers - otherwise I just hoard them... Lol... 

I coloured the stamp with watercolours and when I was done I added some realistic shadow with a little bit of chalk pencil and a blending stump. I did my best to try and capture some realism. Then, to add some whimsy I added a little bit of clear Wink-of-Stella..

Thanks for stopping by on this lovely spring day! This was the first day that I rode into town (on my scooter) without a winter jacket!! 
You don't know how much that excites me, haha.. 

Stamp Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society Rhododendron
Papers: Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue
Other: Wink of Stella glitter pen, sequins, watercolour paints, Archival ink

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Birthday

It's Friday night here in China and for me that means a short school day (we're a boarding school so the kids get to go home by bus around noon) and I get to enjoy a nice afternoon nap followed by crafting at night! 

Today I decided to ink up some new MFT goodies and tackle a couple of challenges. 

I've been feeling like I've neglected my Copics lately, so my only "rules" for this card was to use them... But I had help, first, The Color Throwdown Challenge #334

Interesting colours, right? 

Second, I used the current sketch from MFT Challenges

There was nowhere on the front of the card that I wanted to put the sentiment, so I stamped the girl on the inside with Memento Toffee Crunch ink. 

I was also able to find someone who sold Wink Of Stellas here in China (I left ALL OF MINE AT HOME!!!) so I've been adding a touch of glitter to my projects lately: 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamp Set: BB Sweet Birthday Wishes
Cardstock: Bazzill Cardshoppe
Patterned Papers: Basic Grey "Highline" and Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charms"
Die Cut: Die-namics Pierced Oval Stax

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Time To Celebrate

I am so happy to share this spring-inspired shaker card today

Stamps from the A Reason to Party stamp set

Friday, March 13, 2015

Love You Mixed Media Card

Combining my love of mixed media with my love of cardmaking makes my soul sing. 
This card started out with some quick stencilling of paint onto book paper and I ended up with this: 

I used the Straight Talk Love You die from Technique Tuesday for the sentiment. Arranging layers on an angle is something that I am keen to incorporate into my designs so I cut the vellum and lined up the sentiment and gold border along the bottom. 

I thought I would join the fun at Simon Says Monday Challenge which is the letter "B." Book paper is my letter B! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

You Have My Heart

Well it's almost over... My three-week holiday is coming to a close and I am ready to get back to work, but first, just a little more time to play. I have been wanting to try the new MFT challenges since they've started and today I broke out my new MFT goodies and got creating! 

As soon as I saw the fluttering hearts die I knew I wanted it. There are so many ways to use it and because I got a new set of watercolors yesterday I decided to do an ombré wash of purples and pinks. 

Here's the sketch and I turned it clockwise to accommodate the panel. For the bottom portion of the sketch I added some BoBunny glitter paste: 

I love how it dries... Just the bright, clear sparkle! 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

BoBunny Glitter paste in Silver; watercolor paper, The Twinery Twine
Memento Luxe Inks

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Paper Crafter's Library Feature!!

I am so excited to be featured over at Paper Crafter's Library
If you've never visited before, it's a blog with an endless supply of tutorials from
the industry's leading designers, and today I have a project to share!!

I have instructions and photos over at the PCL blog and I'd be thrilled if you checked it out!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp Set: a hug in a mug by Taylored Expressions
Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm by American Crafts
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Watercolours: Angora Water Colors
Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock
Watercolour paper: Speedball
Inks: Gathered Twigs by Ranger, Versamark Ink by Tsukineko

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kiss My Grass

It's MARCH??!! What the heck??!! This year is off to a great start and I can't believe that we've only got 4 months of school left. Crazy.. But to celebrate March the Naughty or Nice crew and I are celebrating with a new challenge: 

I was actually in Ireland, and in Dublin last year for the St. Patrick's day parade and it was everything you would think, and more... Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE, locals, tourists... It didn't matter) wears silly green paraphernalia and it was so fun to be a part of. Here's a picture from the parade, a sea of green... 

So I thought to myself, what's green? Frogs! I have no frog stamps... Leprechauns! I don't have those either... GRASS! Well, yes, I have a grass die, and a snarky sentiment to go along with it, so why not?! 

The stamps are from There She Goes (retired) so I am sorry, but this sentiment cracks me up every time I use it. I picture giving this to someone like my BFF or my brother. They would get it. 

I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers. If you don't know, they are somewhat like Copic markers, but every brand of alcohol markers behaves differently and you just have to get used to them. The thing I find hard about the Spectrum pens is I don't know the colours like I know Copic colours, but I'm trying! The skin combo I used, for example, is TN4, TN3, GB2, and TN1... Skin colours are something I've been fiddling with and I finally found something I like! 

So head over to the 
to check out the inspiration and details of the challenge!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I had so much fun participating in the Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop that I just had to play along with the Spring re-incarnation!! You can find all of the details HERE at the main blog, but basically if you hop along to all of the participants in the Linky you have a chance to win some serious prizes! 

The theme this time around is SPRING, so I went with some light, happy colours that help chase those winter blues away.. I know I'm ready for some nicer weather!! 

Here's my card... A little watercolouring, a little velum, I love it!!

I stamped all of the coffee cups in Versamark and then embossed them white embossing powder on watercolor paper and got colouring. I used Angora watercolours and a waterbrush to do all of the colouring. It's very relaxing to watercolour - there's no way to really mess it up so I just play! 

I love using vellum when I want to add a sentiment on top but don't want to completely cover up the goodness underneath! You can still see the cups shining through, and that makes me happy! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Good luck and have fun!!
Coffee Cups: a hug in a mug by Taylored Expressions
Sentiment: Shared Coffee Stamp by Stampendous!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy New Years!

Time has flown by the last couple of weeks because it's New Years over here in China, and not until I moved here did I realize how big of a holiday it is. Our town has literally shut down (thank goodness one grocery store has stayed open) and it is SOOOO quiet and peaceful. BUT, leading up to the holiday there was a lot of testing going on at school and I was frantically trying to wrap up assignments and issue new ones for them to work on over the break (insert evil teacher laugh) and then BAM! I was on a three-week break. The first week my family and I chilled, I did a bunch of art journaling and the boys played video games, and for the next two weeks we are going to explore more of China. 

So here are a few spreads I've worked on: 

This was for an Inspiration Wednesday lesson from Donna Downey..
I loved the colours that I ended up using: teal, quin. Magenta and yellow ochre, with a little fluorescent magenta thrown in... 

Oh man I loved the way this one turned out. It was one of those pages that totally sucked half way through but I persevered and made it into something I was happy with. This was a Documented Life project. 

This one turned out totally crazy because I just kept adding layers upon layers, but the abstract thing is very soothing. Not having a thing to draw or make a mistake drawing is relaxing... And for those of us who love to play with colours, this is the perfect medium. 

Do you ever fall into a colour combo unconsciously? For me it's the rainbow... It always seems to pop up when I'm throwing colours around.. I think it's because I am too scared to stray from complementary colours so it always ends up mooshing together into a rainbow! Oh well, it's not a bad proble, to have, right?! 

This is my newest page. At first there was no red when I called it "done" but then I just wasn't happy... Enter red. Sometimes all a project needs is an introduction of a shocking colour and it suddenly falls into place. I love how colours can do that! 

So I'll leave you with a photo of some fireworks. You haven't seen fireworks till you've been to China. From our 9th story apartment we could see our nearby town and all of the towns within a 50 mile radius and there were thousands of people lighting off fireworks. It was breathtaking! 
I am so glad we were here to witness it! As they say here in Shanghai: Xin Nian Kaui Le! (Shin neean kwai leh)

A small portion of our view of the horizon.