Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

This week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes," so here I go!
I had a friend ask to make some wedding cards so I put together this card with some different but complimentary elements... 

Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set is a sensation and I bought the set before I got a Misti (which really helps) but this flower and leaf was stamped without it.. It didn't turn out too bad, so I used it! 

The background was created with varying values of one colour of watercolour paint: 

Stamp: Altenew Peony Bouquet
Sentiment: SRM Sticker Stickers By The Dozen - Wedding
Watercolours: Gansai Tambi

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Yappy Birthday

I have a quick card to share today using Critters At The Dog Park by Lawn Fawn: 

So funny... I set up this shot, took it, thought "OK!" and didn't even look at the crazy twine, hahaha.. I must have been in a hurry that day, right? Anyway...

I hope you're having a great week!! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

You're The Pot Of Gold...

Hi there! I took a much-needed day off yesterday to de-stress and took a little time to play with some new goodies and the current MFT sketch challenge as well as the current MFT Colour Challenge


The background was created by sponging inks through the Chunky Herringbone Stencil.


I coloured the unicorn/Pegasus with Copic markers and added shadows with chalk pencils. 
Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

You Are My Sunshine

Got a lot of them??? 

Don't use some of them? 

Stick 'em on a card!! 

I made a custom background by combining different stamps from different sets with the same general theme. I stamped them all with Memento ink and coloured them with Copic markers (which was both therapeutic and fun) and stamped the sentiment in vellum so the little stamps would still shine through! 

Stamps: (All Technique Tuesday)
Sentiment: Retired... 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! 
To celebrate this happy day I'm sharing my favourite Mother's Day card I made this year. I made a lot of cards this year for my colleagues and friends to send home to their Mommas and it was fun to play around with pretty floral designs and colours. 

I feel like Mother's day cards are easy... Flower stamp (Avery Elle), colour it up (watercolours are so on fleek right now), and some pretty accents like The Twinery's delicious twine! 

I hope you have a great day with your Moms and/or celebrating with your own kiddies!! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I'm Singing Your Praises

I've just had a very luxurious week off and I've got some much-needed rest and relaxation, and a SWEET NEW TATTOO!!

I sat for 6 hours, the last 2 were quite painful, but it was all worth it to get one of my favourite and most influential singers immortalized on my arm forever!! (Ella Fitzgerald) I was also super excited to get a tattoo while I lived here in China. Something to remember forever... 

So while I nursed my throbbing and swollen arm I also got some time to get some just-for-me crafting done!! I've purchased a few new stamps and dies, but also some foil products so I did some experimenting! 

I cut out the "Thanks" die with normal cardstock and then covered it in adhesive using the Deco Foil Adhesive Pen. Then, (following the directions on the back) I ran the die, covered with foil, through my die cut machine. To my amazement, it worked!! hahaha... 

Using this week's MFT sketch I incorporated the die into the design along with the stamps from Birds of Paradise. I coloured the bird with copics and added some shading with my General's Pastel Chalk pencil and blending stump. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fantastic Fuchsia

I've got a really pretty card to share today!
It's with the April Greenhouse Society stamp from Technique Tuesday. 


What I love most is how the stamp and the background paper go together so nicely. I had a bunch of watercolor leftovers just sitting around and the colouring matched one of the pieces perfectly! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thanks Teacher

Can you believe it's the end of April?? The end of the school year approaches and that freaks me out!!

So much to do and so little time, but today, I got a head-start! I like to make special thank you cards for my admin team (principal and the VPs) because they always go above-and-beyond their job descriptions and deserve my unending praise... 

Brainstorming for this card went something like this: 
  • teacher..... CHALKBOARD
  • colours? ....... PRIMARY
  • stamps?....... WHATEVER IS NEW!! 
So yah... Not too 'inspired' but this is one of my favourite cards of all time. I can't wait to give it away!! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Holy Unscheduled Blog Break, Batman!

There are a few factors that lead to my lack of blog posts since moving to China: 
  1. Blogs are illegal in China. Blogs are for talking about whatever you want... China hates that. 
  2. Internet is incredibly slow because China literally monitors every piece of information going in and out of the country, including pictures of my measly cards... Ex. there are approx. 80 internet nodes leaving the USA. If the CIA or whatever wants to monitor the traffic it's a huge job. China has THREE nodes!! Three for 1.7 billion people. This is the problem... 
  3. I must use a VPN that tricks the crazy China people into thinking I am in a different country where I have rights and freedoms... This slows the internet down further. 
  4. Our days are incredibly long here and I am physically exhausted every evening when I crawl through the door after 6pm. I am teaching singing/musical theatre all day and it is very physical and I don't get "down time". It's hard to be creative when you want to die. 
I still create on weekends and on nights when I have some mysterious mojo flowing, but really, the musical I'm directing (Addams Family) is taking everything I got right now..

I am still creating with the kids at school, though! I have a craft club and we have a table for our "Arts Festival Carnival" on Thursday and I'm excited about our offerings: 

First, an altered picture frame

I used an Ikea frame and DecoArt Chalk paints.. A tutorial is coming shortly!! 

Next, a Pinterest-inspired project that was very enjoyable!

Unfortunately I only had grey yarn for the pompoms, but it was cool to show the girls how to make these pens from scratch, and I think they turned out very well!! 

And lastly, Watercolour Mugs! Another Pinterest-inspired project.. 

The one on the left is mine, the one on the right is my husbands!! So easy a man can do it, hahahaha... 

I've got some other projects ready to share this week. 
Thanks for your patience, if you're still reading this!
I really am sorry for being such a bad blogger... 


Friday, April 1, 2016

Watercolour Hyacinth

Hi everyone! Happy April!
I know that we've had some seriously strange weather this winter all over the planet and that definitely includes China. We had one of the coldest winters here in recent history and it was not pretty. We were thrown from a 2nd world country right back into the 3rd world when the water pipes in our town froze. Not fun when you work at school of 3000-4000, hahaha.... 

So now we're ready spring, right? Flowers, leaves, and warmer weather (hopefully!). 

If you are looking for an easy stamp to colour, this is it!! I had a really relaxing time colouring this and just really low-stress! 

To finish off I just put a wash of blue around the flowers and some splatters and sequins. 

Stamp set: Technique Tuesday Hyacinth Greenhouse Society
Watercolours: Gansai tambi
Watercolour paper by Prima
The Twinery Twine