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

Thursday, March 31, 2016

PanPastel Background

I looked over at my supplies and spied my PanPastels. 
They were lonely, and so cold... 
So I thought I've give them some love. 

This type of background is one of the easiest techniques to pull off. All you need is a Versamark pad, and some sort of pastels.... 

When I was in Canada I splurged and got the metallic PanPastels and they don't have a lot of pigment but add the most beautiful and subtle shine and shimmer. It's amazing how it clings to the VersaMark ink... Magic!

Stamp set: Technique Tuesday Today Flower
Black Sequins
Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock
Versamark Pad

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Have An UpBEET Day

One of the things that was hard to get used to when we first moved to China was the fact that most things we used/wanted/needed to live like we did in Canada was just not available here. 
Toothpaste? Nope... 
Deodorant? Not unless you like liquid roll-on
Skin care? Sure! Full of chemicals that whiten the skin... 
Crafts? Yes. But you order online and pay over 2x the US price. 

I have become very picky about what I buy and then sometimes have to wait 2 months! (Currently I am waiting for the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons that will arrive at the end of April!!) I have become very good at using what I have and making informed, well-thought-out purchases. I was spoiled in Canada by having MANY good scrapbook stores a short drive away. 

So... Now when I buy and the get my new stamps in the mail I am SO EXCITED for new things... This Lawn Fawn set (stamped with the new Mini Misti) is my newest thing and it's so cute. So glad I made this purchase. 

Tags are such a quick and easy craft. I've never met a tag I didn't like!
This project was for The Twinery and the soft and delicate colours complemented the stamps and papers perfectly. 

I used: Blossom, Honeydew, and Buttercream twines and hey!! Did you hear the news?? 
Spring Cleaning Sale
We have an entire section of twine – all yummy spring colors – already on sale:
Spring Clean Colors - Sale

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Best Of Cluck ***Copic Video Tutorial***

Hello there! 
How has your March been going? 
I have been so busy with school lately and as usual the internet here has sucked, so I have been making cards and painting a bit, but no time to sit around for 4 hours to write a blog post... 

But today, I am actually sharing a card AND a short video!

The colours are all inspired by the current MFT Color Challenge

I thought the Farm-tastic stamp set was a perfect match with the yellows and greens! 

Here's the video!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the video!
Copic Colours:
YR24, YR21, Y23, Y21
Y26, Y13, Y11, Y000
E49, E44, E43, E41

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rainbow Hearts

Hi guys! I am popping in to share a card I have up on The Twinery Blog today. 

I've seen some Twinery team-mates do this window technique with some large diecuts and our delicious twine so I gave it a go... It's a really cool look and I think it makes the card extra-special (as well as HEAVY!). 

Stamps: Label Maker Sentiments - MFT
Diecuts: Nested Hearts - Technique Tuesday

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Technique Tuesday: March Release

It's March!! Yikes! 
Technique Tuesday has some great new stamps for all kinds of "-makers" out there, including... Card-makers!! 

This card features the super-cute Chicks Rule stamp set and just for fun, the Postage Card die cut. 
These birdies were stamped onto white cardstock then I built a scene around them. I wanted them to pop out a little more, so I stamped and coloured them again on a separate piece of paper and cut them out. Pretty simple technique, but it makes for a fun result. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Origami Animals

Here in China we tend to get a little wild around here on a Saturday night, you know: hot chocolate, a little Netflix, and a whole lotta crafting! (And that goes for me AND my husband... He's an avid cross-stitcher!) Tonight I got busy with a new-to-me Hero Arts set and some watercolours, and it was great! 

I stamped, I die cut, then I dribbled some colors around....

I also added a little bit of glitter with a clear Wink Of Stella:

So pretty, right? 

Stamp set: Origami Animals (and coordinating dies)
Watercolor paper, Bazzill Cardshoppe Cardstock
The Twinery Twine "Charcoal"