Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I had so much fun participating in the Holiday Coffee Lovers blog hop that I just had to play along with the Spring re-incarnation!! You can find all of the details HERE at the main blog, but basically if you hop along to all of the participants in the Linky you have a chance to win some serious prizes! 

The theme this time around is SPRING, so I went with some light, happy colours that help chase those winter blues away.. I know I'm ready for some nicer weather!! 

Here's my card... A little watercolouring, a little velum, I love it!!

I stamped all of the coffee cups in Versamark and then embossed them white embossing powder on watercolor paper and got colouring. I used Angora watercolours and a waterbrush to do all of the colouring. It's very relaxing to watercolour - there's no way to really mess it up so I just play! 

I love using vellum when I want to add a sentiment on top but don't want to completely cover up the goodness underneath! You can still see the cups shining through, and that makes me happy! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Good luck and have fun!!
Coffee Cups: a hug in a mug by Taylored Expressions
Sentiment: Shared Coffee Stamp by Stampendous!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy New Years!

Time has flown by the last couple of weeks because it's New Years over here in China, and not until I moved here did I realize how big of a holiday it is. Our town has literally shut down (thank goodness one grocery store has stayed open) and it is SOOOO quiet and peaceful. BUT, leading up to the holiday there was a lot of testing going on at school and I was frantically trying to wrap up assignments and issue new ones for them to work on over the break (insert evil teacher laugh) and then BAM! I was on a three-week break. The first week my family and I chilled, I did a bunch of art journaling and the boys played video games, and for the next two weeks we are going to explore more of China. 

So here are a few spreads I've worked on: 

This was for an Inspiration Wednesday lesson from Donna Downey..
I loved the colours that I ended up using: teal, quin. Magenta and yellow ochre, with a little fluorescent magenta thrown in... 

Oh man I loved the way this one turned out. It was one of those pages that totally sucked half way through but I persevered and made it into something I was happy with. This was a Documented Life project. 

This one turned out totally crazy because I just kept adding layers upon layers, but the abstract thing is very soothing. Not having a thing to draw or make a mistake drawing is relaxing... And for those of us who love to play with colours, this is the perfect medium. 

Do you ever fall into a colour combo unconsciously? For me it's the rainbow... It always seems to pop up when I'm throwing colours around.. I think it's because I am too scared to stray from complementary colours so it always ends up mooshing together into a rainbow! Oh well, it's not a bad proble, to have, right?! 

This is my newest page. At first there was no red when I called it "done" but then I just wasn't happy... Enter red. Sometimes all a project needs is an introduction of a shocking colour and it suddenly falls into place. I love how colours can do that! 

So I'll leave you with a photo of some fireworks. You haven't seen fireworks till you've been to China. From our 9th story apartment we could see our nearby town and all of the towns within a 50 mile radius and there were thousands of people lighting off fireworks. It was breathtaking! 
I am so glad we were here to witness it! As they say here in Shanghai: Xin Nian Kaui Le! (Shin neean kwai leh)

A small portion of our view of the horizon. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Extra-Long Weiner - Video Tutorial

It's time for a new challenge over at the Naughty Or Nice blog and this month's theme is: Love/Anti-love. I decided to do a funny card I've had in my head for a while and made a video to go along with it. 

So in the video I cover: Making, Generation Stamping, and Altering your stamps. I bought some camera equipment this weekend that would allow me to better take videos and I would love to hear what you think! I really enjoy watching other people's videos so I thought that I would make a more concerted effort to make more. I hope you find it helpful, if not, entertaining! lol.. 

Stamps are from There She Goes (retired) 
Memento Inks
Bazzill Cardstock
Crate Paper patterned paper
General's Chalk Pastel Pencils