Sunday, June 22, 2014

Crafty Goodness

Well.  It seems my crafting dry spell is officially over.   I can't seem to stop making stuff with paper and ink.  Gasp. I even made a scrapbook page. I know. Get. OUT.  Here's briefly what I've been up to.

Playing with backgrounds, stencils,  dies and even practicing my colouring.  Jennifer McGuire did an excellent tutorial on water coloring with distress inks and embossing folders.  I really enjoyed it.  And, of course, I LOVE my new Memory Box butterfly dies and stencil.  May be there's a support group out there for me.  Do you think?

Birthday card for nephew number 4 whose birthday is July 4th.  I haven't finished it yet but it really just needs to be mounted on a card front.  I couldn't help myself from adding the little star shaped bling in the middle of the fireworks.  Thumbs up, by the way, for Vivid Embossing Powders.  Lovely colours and they're not listed as a detail powder but I think it picked up the detail of the fireworks quite nicely.

Independence Day card for my American pen pal.  More water color embossed backgrounds.  I even got to use some stamps and paper I had in my stash for....ever.  I even used a card sketch - something I've been pinning for a while on Pinterest but never thought to use before today.  Weird. 

And, the scrapbook page.  I'm quite proud of this.  Lots of stamping and stamp techniques going on here.  It's the title page for a memory book for my manager at work.  She always calls head office the mother ship.  The stamp set is WMS and I didn't actually intend for the 'mother ship' to look like the Death Star - it just turned out that way...I swear!

I can't believe it's officially summer.  Yay!  Any plans?  Well, I have set myself a ukulele goal for the summer.  Before my classes pick up again in September I'm hoping to learn two songs:  Let it Be (by the Beatles) and the theme from  Game of Thrones - which I can't seem to get out of my head.  Did I ever mention on my blog that I play the ukulele.  My ukulele is a groovy lilac and her name is Lila.  Not exactly B.B. King and Lucille but I think you get the picture.  Ukulele players, like crafters, are the nicest people.  I've had many friendly encounters in the city with my Lila strapped on my back.  She's quite the conversation starter. 

Well, that's about it for me.  Starting a cleanse tomorrow.  Haven't decided if I want to do 5 or 10 days.  I just know I have to be integrating solid foods back into my routine by July 19th so I'll figure it out.  I'll see if I can make it to the end of five days first.  Wish me luck.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Messing Around a Clean Room

Cleaned up the craft cave some more this morning.  Lots of organizing going on lately as I seemed to have lost my craft mojo.  Scraps organized into ROYGBIV system of large Zip Lock bags, clear stamp sets organized by company, alphabetically, dies returned to appropriate envelopes and categories, and tops of glitter jars glittered for easier location and recognition.  I think you get the picture.  So I ended up making three cards (one yesterday and two this morning).

One card is a work in progress. I want to see just how much is too much, you know?  Can you guess which one?  It started out a watercolor background which I have impressed with a cover plate and then over stamped with a text stamp.  I then cut out the squiggles with my new PTI dies but I still feel it's missing something. I'm thinking giant glitter butterfly or some kind of die cut label and sentiment.  Some times I like making cards with no sentiments on the front as it tends to get lost if there's a huge technique panel or a bunch of techniques going on at the same time.

The second card is my own attempt at glitter painting with peel offs.  I took a class with Jessie Hurley at Scrapbook Warehouse this weekend and thought I'd give it a go.  After all, I have been hoarding glitter and peel offs for quite some time now.  I like it.  You get to finger paint with glitter.  Sadly my skin is soooo DRY I can't pick up anything with my finger tips without licking them first.  It's not the first time I've gotten up close and personal with a crafting supply.  I've been known to lick a stamp or two in the not to distant past.  Don't judge.  LOL.

I also made a card for my work birthday buddy.  Love, love, love Memory Box dies.  Love, love, love, love, love butterfly dies.  Except for the card base, the whole thing was made with scraps and the stamp is PTI.

So that's what I've been up to.

Peace out stampers.