Monday, October 17, 2016

The Secret Ingredient - Technique Tuesday

I had a great weekend of organizing and relaxing, and yet, I still had time to play along with a couple of challenges.

I was frustrated with this card until I found the perfect accompaniment to the sentiment: Macarons!!! 
They were stamped (two-steps) and I added a little bit of grey shadow with watercolors. 

Here are the two challenges I played with:

Sentiment: Technique Tuesday
Macarons: Avery Elle
Watercolors - Gansai Tambi

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I Knitted!!!

Is it just me, or do crafters dabble in a little bit of everything? 
A few years ago I had a friend teach me how to knit but I never followed through with it... Dumb me. But anyway, I picked up my needles again, watched a few Youtube videos, and got to work!!

First, I knitted this cool multi-coloured cowl. I was proud of myself because I actually followed a pattern and knitted it on the diagonal! WOO!! 

There was a little wool leftover, so I knitted a little something for my little girl:

I used it as practice for a couple different stitches so it's not perfect, but hey! Fiona has worn it all day and she's enjoying her warm neck, hahaha!!

And just because my other pup was jealous, here's a picture of Scruffy: 

She has the prettiest mascara and eyeliner

So that's my share for today! Thanks for stopping by!! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy *Canadian* Thanksgiving - The Twinery

Hi there! It's Thanksgiving in Canada today, and I've learned a little something about our special day: 

From 1931 to 1957, the date was set by proclamation, generally falling on the second Monday in October, except for 1935, when it was moved due to a general election. In 1957, Parliament fixed Thanksgiving as the second Monday in October. The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed each year to reflect an important event to be thankful for. In its early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary.

As a Canadian I can say that our holiday is more low-key than the American version, but generally we do what you do: eat a giant turkey dinner with our family and give thanks for family and friends! I made a card that (to me) epitomizes the day:

I rarely use this stamp set because it's such a beast to colour, but when I was brainstorming for this project I decided to bite the bullet and do it.

The method I use to get deep, dark shadows and lots of dimension is to use chalk pencils on my colouring after I'm finished with the Copics (and I use it on top of watercolors too...). You can see around the outside of the fireplace where I added both black and brown pencil - after applying the pencil to the paper I smudge it out with a blending stump. 

Once blended, a smoky, shadowy halo remains, and it's just a perfect technique for making the colouring appear more 3-D. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there! Have a blessed day! 
Fireplace Stamp Set: There She Goes (no longer in business)
Sentiment: I Am Thankful (Technique Tuesday)
The Twinery Twine: Solid Charcoal

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monster Birthday - My Favorite Things

Hi there! I just got back from a week-long trip to Hong Kong and what can I say... I LOVE that city! It's going to be hard to keep me away from there again. It's only a 2 hour flight from Shanghai so it's really tempting to visit there again soon. I mean, COME ON:

I took this from "The Peak" which is a mountain near the central part of Hong Kong island. Across the water is Kowloon. It's a HUGE city, but the people are so friendly, the food is amazing, and there are like a million shopping malls, so yah... I loved it! 

So I got back from the trip and my craft desk was calling my name. I checked out the current MFT Sketch Challenge and I was inspired!!

I stuck closely to the sketch (as I generally like to do): 

I had fun with the Monster Love stamp set (along with the Argyle pattern stamp on the pink CS, and the Chevron Grid Stencil) and my Ombre inks! This set is easy to stamp with when you have a Misti. I do not regret that purchase, ONE BIT!! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cool Cat - The Twinery

Today I'm sharing a little treat bag that's a just because project! It's fun to switch up projects instead of always cards-cards-cards. I find it boosts my creativity when I create something non-cardish and it inspires me to think out of the box.

 This is a simple little treat bag that would be perfect for a teacher, cat-lover, or anyone who needs a kind word! 

I punched holes right through the bag so the contents would stay in. The twines look so pretty!! 

(Kraft Bag by SRM)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Heartfelt Wishes - SRM Stickers

There are a million-and-one things you can pair with SRM's sticker sentiments so I pulled out some of my new supplies (stamps/embossing powder/distress crayons/clean color real brush markers) and make a pretty background. 

I spent time blending inside the image, as well as outside. It made the flowers POP! 

I then adhered the sticker to vellum. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

SRM Supplies:
Heartfelt Wishes sentiment: Fancy Sentiment: Love

Monday, September 26, 2016

Coffee Makes Us Awesome - Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Who can resist celebrating Coffee AND Autumn??!! 

Not me!! That's why I'm joining the fun with the Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I pulled out the ol' Silhouette (and in the process bought a new Cameo, hahaha) and cut myself the coffee cup and sentiment! 

This card was heavily inspired by MFT's dies (that I don't have...) and I wanted to make that whipped cream topping extra special. Sooooooo.....

I cut out the shape, slathered it with molding paste, and sprinkled Distress Stickles Rock Candy all over it. Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it? 

The sentiment was cut out three times, glued together, then embossed with black EP 3-4 times. 
The rest of the sentiment is from Taylored Expressions. 

Thanks for stopping by!!! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Created Just For Me - My Favorite Things

Hi again!

This is another fun project made with new MFT goodies.
I LOVE Hallowe'en, but I'm one of THOSE people who don't send out cards, so I love the sentiments in this set. They are Hallowe'en-ISH, but could be given anytime to a person with a sense of humour!

Details: The background was sprayed with Dylusions, THEN, when the ink dried I put the new Stencil: Chevron Grid on top and "ghosted" the pattern. (Ghosting is when you take ink away by adding water or wiping with a baby wipe... It's simple, but cool!) 

I'll also be entering this in the Card Design Superstar contest! 

Stamp Set:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monster Love - My Favorite Things

Hi guys!

It's been two weeks of school and I think I'm finally finding my groove. I'm pretty much admitting to myself that I don't have time/energy to craft during the week, so the weekend is when I get down to business..

Which is hard, because I'm a night person... But anyway...

Today's card is for the current MFT sketch using some brand-new goodies!

I got this super cute Monster Love set last week (I also sprang for the dies!) and I've been itching to use it. They're just so cute!
I used the misti to help place the eyes/antennae and MAN, did that help!

I am also going to throw my hat in the ring for the Card Design Contest with some other amazing artists... What the hell!!

See you soon!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mixed Media Thank You! - The Twinery

Hi there!! For today's post I decided to get messy and create a mixed media tag - I hope you like it!

It all started with tag sprayed with an orange ink spray, and a tan/light brown.

After the inks dried I spread white modelling paste on the tag, and added a cluster of flowers:

Touches of Gold Shimmer twine were used in the cluster and of course, on top! 

Thanks for stopping by!!