Sunday, December 28, 2014

Live Less Out Of Habit



I am not a "Resolution" maker, but I do spend a lot of time
at the end of each year trying to "sum it up." 

This year sucked. 

I had one of the most heart-breaking experiences I've ever had to endure happen (a 3-month leave of absence from work for something I still can't talk about), THEN I got laid off... I loved my school, loved my kids, it was the end of the world for me... 

But because of those events it forced my hubby and I to look at something we always thought of as a "way down the road" plan immediately: working abroad. And well... Here we are 4 months into our teaching positions in China and absolutely loving it. There are parts of being here that aren't great, but there are so many wonderful things, so my goals for 2015 are to keep these good experiences going and not look back. 

Habits. They say they die hard. 
I have some horrible habits: sleeping in, napping when I get home from school, not making a lunch in the morning... These all add up to me not being efficient and leading a full day. I want to change that so I put it in writing... 


I started off this page by wanting to use a new stencil from Donna Downey and it
ended up here... 

Little touches of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold warm up the cool palette. 
And some real gold too... 


Do you make resolutions?
What are they?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Friend - Mixed Media Card

Merry Christmas!!
We had a great day of gift-giving, napping, playing games, talking on FaceTime and
of course, ending the day with a great meal. It was different not being with our families, but
it was also really nice to have a quiet Christmas... You know? 

Anywhoo... Here is another card made with this month's Greenhouse Society stamp set:
Hibiscus. 


I started making this card by spraying a few different colours of Dylusions Ink Sprays on 
Watercolor paper and then misted it with a little bit of water. 
After the paper was dry I stamped the flower, then added some shading with 
a  pastel-chalk pencil.


Then, to make the flower stand out even more, I covered it in glossy accents and let
it dry overnight.

Technique-Tuesday-Hibiscus-Clear-Stamps-Large
We've got you covered! The Hibiscus - Greenhouse Society stamp set is available for purchase by non-Greenhouse Society members for $12.99.
The stamp set consists of nine clear stamps on a 3" x 4" storage sheet.
If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our website for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sheng Dan Kuai Le!!

It's Christmas Eve here in China and so far preparations for Christmas have gone smoothly! We will not have a turkey, because 1) we don't have an oven and 2) turkeys are really hard to come by over here... BUT, we pretty much have everything else like: mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, rolls, and we'll get a rotisserie chicken or two from the local market tomorrow...

This will be my first Christmas away from my family and I know I'm bound to have a little bit of sadness, but hopefully a lot of "Facetime" will take care of that. So here are a couple of last-minute cards I made that will be making their way across the ocean shortly… Until school was over I didn't have a lot of time to shop so unfortunately this will be a little late, but it's the thought that counts right?




 I pinned a few cards from Pinterest that had white splatters on kraft card stock and I really wanted to try that as a background and I'm so glad I did! The stamps and papers are all from LawnFawn and I used a little bit of white Distress Marker to add a little snow to the trees...

 Merry Christmas, (or sheng dan kuai le in Mandarin) to you all!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christ-Moose!

It's funny... I just had a conversation with my Mom on the phone about Moose. She's visiting my sister in an area where there are a lot of them and apparently if they're on the road, you wait till they're done.. DO NOT honk, DO NOT attempt to go around etc etc... They will charge your vehicle and do a lot of damage!! But for some reason they are a beloved symbol of Canada and well, they're pretty darn cute! 

Here are a couple of cards I made with one of my 
favorite There She Goes stamp sets (retired)


I coloured both of the cards with copics and used some nice Simple Stories patterned papers
to spruce up the background a little. Oh! And the twine!! The twine colours bring everything
together!! (The Twinery colours: Maraschino, Cappuccino, and Natural) 

These cards are serving as a reminder that there are a few days left
There are some fabulous entries... Check it out! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gelli Print Christmas Cards

I got messy with my DecoArt Paints and Stampendous! Creative Palette to 
make some wintery Gelli Prints. If you don't know what gelli printing is, it's 
kind of like making your own patterned papers - with paint. Check out this

So here are some of the prints after I cut them to card-size:

I used a combo of Titanium White, Titan Buff, Payne's Grey, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Prussian Blue Hue. All mushed together they look really nice! 

Once I had all of the prints cut up I thought they looked kind of flat, so I broke the seal
on a new product: BoBunny Glitter paste in silver and gold. 

I applied it through various stencils with a palette knife. 






And here are some of the cards made with the prints. I made about 20 in total, all a little
different. I sold them to the staff at my school and they loved them! 






  
Products:
Christmas Cheer (Technique Tuesday Sentiments)
Good To Snow (Technique Tuesday Snowman)
Holiday Ornaments (Technique Tuesday branch & baubles)
Stitched Snowflakes (LawnFawn die cut)
Twine (The Twinery)
Glitter Paste (BoBunny)


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Hibiscus

There's such thing as a Christmas Hibiscus...
Not really, but Hibiscus flowers bloom all year-round all around the world
and it comes in many different colours, including Christmas colours! 

Here's my card. 


It has lots of layers, I know... It weighs about 10 lbs. This is definitely a "hand deliver" card! 
for the focal image and a whole lotta products for the layers. 
Copics used: 
R39, 27, 24, 22, 00
G29, 18, 05, 02, 00
Y28, 15
Background papers: Lawn Fawn
Twine: The Twinery
Die cuts: Spellbinders

Aren't round cards annoying how they don't stand up??? 

I've got the cure: 

Lay the card on your trimmer and slice a little bit off the BACK LAYER along
the horizontal axis - BAM it stands up without rolling over! 

If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's a Stampendous Christmas

I made a few cards with a whole bunch of Stampendous! goodies that I can't wait to show you!
A lot of time and effort went into these cards... I hope you like 'em! 

I will admit to colouring Ribbon Bird like a Phoenix
but it turned out to be a really pretty card! 

Red and green!! PenPattern Gift is a really fun stamp to colour! 

The Vintage Couple was a tough one for me because I couldn't colour! 
So using Copper Luxe Mix I made a little shaker card.  


Today's going to be a busy card-making day because I'm going
to bring a bunch of my stash to school for the staff to 
look over... 

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



Amy has organized the mother of all blog hops for everyone who loves coffee and coffee-themed stamps. I am a former coffee-addict and after a nasty stomach ulcer I now only drink it occasionally and only for pleasure - as it should be!! lol.. But still after years of giving up coffee I always do a double-take of coffee-themed stamps and accessories because, well, who doesn't love coffee??!!


I used a favourite Technique Tuesday set called Eat Chocolate and two 
different colours of Baker's Twine from The Twinery called Peapod and Marigold Stripe
I chose my twine colours to bring out the colours in the coffee cups! It works! 


There are a tonne of Sponsors for prizes... Check it out!!! 

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches


Head to Amy's Blog for the 
whole blog hop list and find out
how you can participate!!!