Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sending Happy Thoughts

So this has been a fun-filled month with another Chinese holiday, my first Chinese birthday (I'm 38!!), report cards and the list goes on... I'm really looking forward to this next week because the weather is so nice right now in Shanghai and we have a whole week off for Chinese Labour Day! We really get spoiled with the holidays around here. 

Today I'm sharing a Tiddly Inks card because I'm throwing my hat in the ring for their next DT call! I love their images and they really challenge my colouring skills, so I thought "Why not?!?!" 

I used a Wryn and Friends stamp called Thanks a Latte printed on Copic X-press paper to colour with Copic markers. I got the colour palette from My Mind's Eye "On Trend" paper collection and used the following markers: 
  • R59, 27, 14, 12, 11
  • G24, 82, 21, 20
  • BG78, 75, 72, 70
  • Skin: E13, 11, YR000, 0000
  • Hair: E44, 43, 41, 40 & E18, YR24, 23, 21
Then once again I got friendly with the gold elements with some groovy shiny gold cardstock (that's very difficult to photograph, BTW!) 

Other Supplies: 
Sentiment created with Technique Tuesday "Say It Happy" die and "Say It Happy" stamp set
MME "On Trend" Sequins
General's Chalk Pastel pencil (black) and blending stump

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Birds

I've been waiting to get these "derpy" birds for a while now and when my craft supplier here in China got them in her store I snatched them right up.. Now, what was I supposed to do with them?
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week was to make birthday cards, so that's what I did! 

(And this one is not birthday, but I thought I'd share it too!) 

Stamps: Tim Holtz Birds, Technique Tuesday sentiment "Awesome", Taylored Expressions "Paw-some"
Paper: Bazzill Cardshoppe card base, Watercolor paper
Other: Sakura watercolours, Archival black ink, Wink Of Stella clear, 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

PageMaps Guest Designer

I was so excited that the Technique Tuesday team was asked to guest design for Becky at PageMaps for the quarterly sketches starting in April. 

Check out all of the sketches here: 

And here are my samples: 

Head to the CardMaps Blog for a Technique Tuesday giveaway and a discount! 

Ps... Here's a little video showing my new die storage.
I've gotten so many TT dies lately that it was totally out of hand. 
Now they're organized and accessible and I love it! 

Supplies Card #1:
Papers: Bazzill Cardshoppe, Echo Park "This and That" patterned papers

Supplies Card #2:
Stamps: Bundle Of Joy
Papers:Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock, MME and Pink Paislee patterned papers, 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Naughty Or Naughty Nice & Color Throwdown

Hi there!
 So I won the challenge at the Color Throwdown blog the other week and this week I get to be a guest designer!! 

I used the newest Greenhouse Society Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday and embossed with gold EP and coloured with watercolours.. 

Here's the inspiration photo: 

In addition to that, it's our new challenge at Naughty or Nice... 
This month's challenge is REALLY easy! 

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