Monday, September 29, 2008

Some WOW pictures..

These were my favourites of ME/my son from my best friend's wedding I was in in August. These were taken by the wedding photographers (who I am getting for my wedding next summer!)

Did you know I am a makeup artist too? I did makeup for a bunch of girls in the wedding party (as well as mine, lol)... i love having my brushes all clean and lined up perfectly in my MAC brush bag..

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Christmas Chicken.. NOT FOR EATING!

Here's my Christmas goose - er - chicken. I was thinking up ideas of what to for my classes in November at the LSS I teach at, and I thought a great idea would be to do a class on how to alter non-holiday stamps (like the chicken) into an image that suits the occasion perfectly! To create this image I stamped the hat first (from CHF - Kim Hughes), made a mask, stamped the chicken (Whipper Snapper) so the wobbly things were covered by the hat, and viola! I think he's SO cute. Here's the whole card:

Here are the copics I used on the card:

I also used YG95, and a home-made butter yellow (Y21 with colorless blender).

Supplies: Paper: Papertrey Ink, bazzill, SEI; Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black); Stamps: Amuse, Whipper Snapper, CHF; Copic markers, eyelets (WeR), ribbon (Amuse), Gold Leafing pen (Krylon).

Here's a card I made a couple of weeks ago for an inspiration challenge:
So! Don't forget. If you have moving advice/tips, leave me a comment HERE, and I'll do a draw for blog candy in the next couple of days.. You'll get this, and oh, probably a card or two from me! :)

Have a great week! I know I will!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Moving tip #16 and BLOG CANDY!

Something I have to keep in mind CONSTANTLY when I'm around bubble wrap.. What IS it with that stuff? It's addicting. ANYWAY...

I'm moving. Houses, not blogs... I mentioned in a post or two that I have purchased my first home, and I am moving into it on October 4th. (World Card Making Day... What a bummer!) It's going to be okay because my fiance and I have packed up most of our belongings in effort to sell the condo my parents own that I now inhabit.

Blog Candy: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give me some moving tips. I hate moving and am not really good at the packing/unpacking thing, so tips that have helped you in the past to make your moving life easier would certainly help!!! I'll leave the contest open for one week. Please know that upon picking a winner, I will get your blog candy out AFTER i move.. I hope you understand. ;)

And my posts will be sporatic over the next couple weeks, but I hope to get SOME creating done. Thanx!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Elzybells Challenge #2

 Design Team Challenge #2 was this sketch! Sketch challenges are my favourite. I find them so freeing because it takes the guess-work out of some aspects of the card design. I like to play with the sketches too, a little, but for this one I stayed fairly straight.. This is my card:
The SEI paper has gold embossing in it, so I went *all out* with my gold leafing pen. Gold is not usually my colour, but when the paper dictates it, it looks great. The Elzybells penguin was coloured with Copic markers and I used the gold leafing pen on the rim of his touque. (For you non-Canadians, that's pronounced tOOk as in spOOk.) I did the rounded and scalloped corners with round nestabilities dies. It's not an exact science beacuse it was HARD to cut those guys perfectly in half... I didn't want to score it, so i just kinda guessed where centre was. If I ever do this layout again I'll draw a pencil line on the backside or something... 
Here are the copics used on this card. Other supplies:
Stamp: Elzybells; Paper: SEI, Prism (Grey), PTI White; Ink: Ranger (Lamp Black); Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Gold Leafing Pen, Dimenionals.
Visit the Elzybells blog to see what the rest of the DT did! You can post your creations over there!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Eek! A tutorial!

Here's a quick tutorial on how to draw your own spider webs. I usually don't like to purchase Hallowe'en stamps because I don't customarily give out cards for the occasion, but I own some a bunch, but one stamp I've never purchased is a spider web. I've seen a few, but I never know what size I will need, so I just draw my own.. Here's how I do it.

I used a Quickie Glue Pen and Glitter Ritz glitter in Black.

Step 1) Draw a tiny circle, and some lines coming out of it.
2) Draw arcs in between every line. Don't worry about symmetry. It will all work out!
3) Repeat and serve! Just kidding.. repeat until you think it looks good! ;)
4) Because I used a glue pen, I'll add glitter, and I'm done, but if you use a pen, step three is your last step! So douse the drawing with glitter:

And NOW you can serve! Serve up a stunning card or project, that is! Here's a couple examples of how I used this technique:

Have fun, and show me your projects too!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Double Challenge

So the results of the poll are in. The majority of you are interested in seeing/knowing what colour copics I use in projects. Thank you for voting if you did so.. If you didn't, well FINE!!!! just kidding.. lol
Here are the supplies I used for tonight's card:

I LOVE playing with my Elzy stamps. They're a great size for colouring, but I also love to paper piece her little outfits. Her skirt was a scrap piece of MME paper I've had for a couple of years or more!

This is a double challenge card. The colours were inspired by today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS, and the layout is Taylor's Cupcake challenge.

Here are the copic's used on this card:

And here's the finished product!

On a personal note.. School has been kicking my butt! I've been tired since the beginning of the month AND I'm moving at the END of the month, so that's why my posts aren't too frequent right now.. But if you're like me you have over 100 blog updates on your reader, and you don't read the words anyway!! hahaha..

Have a great weekend


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you?

I was a university drop-out. I was 6 months pregnant and alone. I was living with my parents, who reluctantly took me in after I came home from studying music in Iowa. I was extremely depressed. I had a sister who basically relished in the fact that I was going to be a single parent, and felt the need to put me down about every minute for it. She loves when I fail because it makes her feel better about failing in her own life, I guess... I slept. I slept a lot. Basically I would ROLL out of bed, go downstairs, eat, read, sleep and repeat.

It was 6 am and I was in a deep sleep. My mom came bursting in the room saying a jet plane ran into a building in NYC. In my head I was thinking "how does this apply to me" but I hobbled downstairs to watch the news with her. It was on every channel. I watched in amazement as smoke poured out of the building. Then the reporters caught site of a second plane, and I started to cry.

You all know the rest.. The days that followed were a blur of watching news programs 20 hours a day, and basically the world shutting down, reeling from this unprecedented event.

Every year on 9/11 I can't help but to think of what a different life we lead compared to 9/10/2001 and prior. You could practically walk on a plane with minimal ID. I could go across the border to the U.S. and not get asked more than "where are you headed?" And because it's such a momentous event, I think of how MY life has changed too.. I finished university, got two degrees, all the while being a single parent (and proud of it), I got engaged, got a full-time teaching position and just yesterday bought my first house. I need these reminders once in a while. Little affirmations that we're all growing, learning, and leading a better life because of tough lessons learned in the past.

My heart goes out to survivors and relatives/loved ones who lost someone they loved in the 9/11 attacks.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Poll regarding Copic colors

I color most of my cards with Copic markers, as you may know... I was wondering if you had a burning desire to know WHICH copics I used on what card? For example, some people will take a picture of all the markers they've used on a card like this:

I've obviously done it in the past, but felt that no one cared. I, myself, do not care what colors people use because although I may like a technique or stamp someone is usuing, my color scheme is not pre-determined and is usually dictated by patterned papers, or a color combo. I have NEVER copied someone's marker choices, so I figured no one else does! (But i'm learning that isn't so. Some people like to copy everything, right down to the finest detail...)

So here's the poll. Please take a second and give me your input. THANX!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Elzybells Sketch Challenge

The "Elzy-belles" were challenged with a sketch and here is what everyone came up with! Here's Elizabeth's post, and the next sketch challenge for YOU to participate in!

As always, I took a loose interpretation of the sketch, but really it was dictated by my card base. I don't know about you, but when I cut up my 8.5x11 cardstock for a 5x5 card I always get a skinny strip of leftovers, so I've taken to making cards with it! So this card is 3.5x5.5!

And here's my card:
I scored the base (Papertrey Kraft) with the scor-pal. I then set to trying to make the layers work with the sketch, but also feature the large Elzybells image and the small card-base. Instead of a ribbon along the bottom I cut a little flag-like thingy to feature the sentiment!

I hope you like it, and PLEASE play along! I'd love to see your creations.

Supplies: Stamps: Elzybells; Cardstock: Papertrey (Kraft and white), SU! (designer paper, and Riding Hood Red); Ink: Palette (burnt umber), Ranger (Lamp Black); Copic markers, glitter, ribbon (amuse), glue pen, white gel pen (sakura).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Some Seasonal Cards

I'm telling my loved ones "if you need Hallowe'en cards for ANY reason whatsoever, I'VE GOT 'EM!!" I don't give Hallowe'en cards. In fact, most people I know don't, but they're so dang fun to make... Ah well.. maybe I'll just give them to everyone I know this year! ;)
This was a just-for-fun card using my favourite stamps set by Kim Hughes for CHF. I drew the hat on the reverse side of the patterned paper and cut it out. I don't know what the sentiment should be, but I'll keep my eyes open for the perfect one.

Another just-for-fun card. I've seen a bunch of cards with little spiders and I thought they were SO cute. This spider came from a cheapo Inkadinkado set from Costco. I stamped them with versamagic, used heat-and-stick powder, and covered them with black glitter. For the "string" I used a glue pen and drew little dots, then covered with glitter. I used the new Cosmo Cricket Hallowe'en line.

This is for SCS's Technique Challenge. I stamped the image by Elzybell's using Pallete ink in New Canvas, and coloured the image in with prismacolour pencils and gamsol. This was my first time doing this, so the colouring is kinda rough, but it's a fun technique.