Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

 Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

The last month has gone by so fast and been so busy! Packing for the big move, work trips, training and now the holidays. 
I will try to get back to the blog once I get moved (mid January.) Then I will do a new craft room tour in the new space 

In the mean time, here is the card that I made specially for my friend - which has now been hand delivered. We both love Charlie Brown Christmas special, so this card was inspired by that. I used the LawnFawn's Deck the Halls branch and curved it on the stamp block to look like the curved tree. I punched out a red circle from card stock, covered it in versa mark and 2 layers of ultra thick embossing powder. To get the effects of the snow I used the Be Creative tape, cut my snow bank shape then covered with Glitter Ritz ultra fine white glitter. Lastly, before assembling the card I used the snowflakes and created some tone on tone patterned paper with fine clear embossing powder.  

The card was finished with a sentiment from Simon says stamp. And a really sappy message inside. She loved the card. 

I had also made a "card army" with Stephanie Barnards flip it dies for some coworkers. Here's a sample of them as I was choosing the image to go with each card. 

There is a variety of stamps used from clearly besotted, Stamps of life, and Simon says stamp.  They have been coloured with copics, prisma colour pencils and peerless water colors - and a touch of wink of Stella! 

(This card is inspired by Charlie Brown.  I have no official affiliation or copy right) 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dream to Reality + MailCall 4

No, I have not lost my mind and gone on another shopping spree, well... not that kind at least. Most of this mail call are things that I ordered a while ago that have finally come in :)

So last post I said that I had some big stuff happening in my life, and today everything is official. I've become a home owner! I went to the Realtor's office this morning to sign the final papers!! Moving date will be mid January. I'm sorry if the blog has been and will be slow until I am all moved and unpacked. 

Ooo that means I will have to do a new craft room tour... hmmm... 

Ok! On to the other fun stuff!! 

Mom and I finally made a trip to Bellingham, we had a bit of a girls shopping trip and picked up my orders. There's ThinkGeek. Sorry I can't share that one... spoilers! As well as Ellen Hutson and what I have really been waiting for, my order from Scrapbooking Made Simple's "Shop That Did not Hop" Sizzix warehouse sale. I've also picked up some stamps I won from Bid Wars.

I'll start with the stamps I won, great deal, $5!!

My big order from from Scrapbooking Made Simple... this makes me happy!! I won't spent a lot of time talking about these ones, I will just jump right in. 

Sizzix Bigz, the Pillow box, and the Carry box - these boxes are going to be fantastic for jewellery.

Framelits! Hearts, and Squares

Flip-it cards, from Stephanie Barnard - Square and Royal 
I can't wait to break these open, they have so many dies with them!! 

 I finally got my crease pad and rubber mat for the Big Shot

Memory Box and Cottage Cutz word dies, there no such thing as too many of these!

Core'dinations sanding block and refill pack

Anyone that knows me, knows my love of Alice in Wonderland. So I could not help myself when I saw these on sale. 

And look! a free gift!! Some die cuts, and a frog die (I love frogs... that was so perfect) along with my Golden Ticket key chain that says Shop That Did Not Hop

I think this is one of the most exciting purchases/creations I as of late (craft wise) My Peerless Watercolours!!!! 

From the paints I have made this palette that was inspired by a Youtube I saw from, Jane Davenport

I created a grid in Excel, and added in the names in order from the Peerless packaging (I love that the list is how they package)
Then turned it into a PDF copy for safe keeping, and printed out a copy on 110 lb card stock. I kept the 8 1/2 x 11 page, its more workable for me, and more consistent with my other ink swatches. 
You should be able to download a copy of the PFD Here

I used tape to keep the pages together with a small gap between to ensure the pages will close properly and lay flatter than a folded paper. All I need now is a sheet of acetate to put between the pages to protect and work for mixing colours. Using my Fiskars scissors, I cut a small bit of the paint and glued it to the grid, going colour by colour so I didn't get confused what when where or mix up the order for when these little bits need replacing. 

Once everything was together, I used my water brush and painted a test strip as I went to show the true colours for easier use later. This could all be done after the strips are taped down, and any paint brush with water works, I prefer the water brush as its easier to see when the tip is clean to move to the next colour. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christmas Earrings

So, life has been quite busy lately - I will share more details on that later - and I haven't been able to craft much this week. I do have some beautiful earrings I've made to share. 

These are all crafted with glass beads

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Uncapping Wink of Stella

Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal, it's a pen/marker. You pull the cap off and away you go. Why is this any different?

Well, Wink of Stella isn't a normal pen, literally. One of the great thing about Wink of Stella is the brush tip. It's a paint brush in pen form. What makes this pen so special though is the gravity feed. The gravity feed is what stops the pen from leaking out all over and being wasted.

To activate this gravity feed you need to take apart the pen and remove the black safety ring. 

Once you screw the top onto the base, it will puncture the chamber then give a very gentle squeeze. Not a big push. Just a very gentle squeeze to get the clear chamber to slightly show the colour.

Gravity will do the rest from here. The tip will become saturated with colour and sparkle, ready to add shimmer to your projects!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Confession of a Shop-a-holic (Mail Call #4)

My name is Kelsey, and I am a shop-a-holic.

I've done it again. I went a little overboard with shopping (I don't work over-time for nothing, right?) But, I have to say, I have almost all my Christmas shopping done as well! So that should count as a positive? 

Shopping for craft stuff is an addiction, I admit it. I love it, but I use everything I buy so that's not considered hoarding, in my books... Maybe? Yeah I know it's getting a bit much... I guess I shouldn't mention that I have an order planned for Oozak, a list for Be Creative, and a Doctor Who and craft supply Christmas wish list. Oh... there is also an order coming in from Ellen Hutson. And, I can't forget the large order from the "shop that didn't hop" event with Scrapbooking Made Simple. With a smaller order that will be shipping out later from the same sale. 

This is all on top of my unrelated Christmas shopping from ThinkGeek, for spoilers though I can't say what I'm getting there except the Death Star as a tag for our dog.

This post I held back just a bit so I can post these all together. There are some items from Be Creative, my monthly stamp/dies from Stamps of Life, then my order from Simon Says Stamp that came in the other day. 

I made another trip to Be Creative, but this time I made sure to restrain myself; knew exactly what I wanted. This trip was for a large bottle of embossing powder. Yet I ended up with 2 new Wink of Stella's, a die cut, a Signo white pen since the last one I bought (American Craft) doesn't seem to write well, and 2 embossing powders - Large bottle of ultra thick clear (UTEE) that I went in for, and a small bottle of normal clear powder. 

Super excited for this, On to the mail!  

Stamps of Life. Stephanie Barnard creates some of the cutest stamps and dies. This month's club set is snowman2build, which also came with another storage sheet. Every few sets they send a free storage sheet for the stamps, and you can buy extra storage sheets from their site as well.

Now for the big stuff... it doesn't look like much but it really is. My Simon Says Stamp order from Stamptember. It's so awesome that they send a discount code along as a thank you!

I got 2 more clear Wink of Stella pens - they are sometimes hard to get in stock. I've been using them so much I wanted to have back up ready to go. 

The Simon exclusives were fantastic! Leaves and Scribbles stamp & die set will make some amazing backgrounds with soft inks and bold masculine cards. So much layering happiness to create!! 

Then there is my super useful banner die set from We R Memory Keepers.

I got a whole bundle of sentiments too! Literally, it came as a bundle. There is no such thing as too many sentiments. 

  • Holiday Greetings 
  • Peace on Earth 
  • Essential Greetings 
  • Many Thanks 

Another exclusive was in conjunction with Clearly Besotted, whom I love. This is one of the cutest Santa and penguins I have seen. They will be amazing filled in with some water colour. 

Lastly, I finally got my first LawnFawn set!! Deck The Halls.
This is another one that is going to make some amazing backgrounds and focal points. Plus another thing... I can't say until it's created... spoilers!! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snow Drifts

I like to do things that are a bit out side the norm. This will either be an easier way of doing something... or much harder.

Today's card was harder than the "normal" way, but I love the effect I got. So it was worth the little bit of frustration! I was able to create some snow drifts using some Be Creative double sided tape and Glitter Ritz micro fine glitter.

Logic tells us - double sided tape. This is sticky. Lets put it on paper then use the other sticky side for glitter. 
This does give amazing results, that's cool and all... But I wanted something unique. 

I took the 4inch double sided tape, cut a section just a little wider than my card,then cut that section into hill shapes. No, it wasn't easy to not get the sticky side stuck to itself or me or anything else in reach, but its achievable. Once my hill was cut I stuck it on to my card, smoothed it out then went wild with the glitter! I used the micro fine in white, which gave me a very nice translucent look to the card. Repeating this process gave some cool dimension and layers to the card, but it ends up being flat. 

I ended up working backwards too, which I was actually really happy with in the end. I put my smallest hills, my medium, then the largest on top after, layering the double sided tape and glitter as I went. This locked in the smaller layers and the glitter, it also allowed the glitter to layer and being more opaque than translucent. The more layers I add to the hills the closer they look while the more translucent ones look farther away. 

I used the snowman stamp/dies from Clearly Besotted, coloured with Prismacolor and Gamsol,then added some Wink of Stella to the hat, scarf and mittens, and the Dee's Distinctively for the sentiment. I layered 4 die cuts of the sentiment from a sheet of blue card stock that were a close match the the background paper, then the 5th layer I used some shimmery card stock and glued them all together to add some dimension. And lastly popped up the snowman with some foam tape.

Here is the finished product:


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Copic vs Gamsol

I've been a little quiet this week. I've had my go on the late shift at work and got hit with a cold. Yippee! But I have been working my die cuts, and blending with both my Prismacolor + Gamsol and Copics, trying to see which I like better for what. 

Before I get into that... my friend Miz Snark and I will have a giveaway coming up. Stay tuned for more info!

Here is what I have found: Both are awesome! It all depends the project if I want to use Copics or pencils. 

I've been using my stamps from Clearly Besotted, Winnie and Walter, and Stamps of Life to test out my colours and practice my techniques. (I am far from an artist) 

For me, large open areas like the ornaments are better coloured with Copics. I find it takes less time and better coverage and blending. The pencils and Gamsol work, but I prefer the look of the results of with Copics for the large area. 

For smaller and detailed work, I much prefer the pencils + Gamsol over Copics. The Copics are easier and faster to blend over the large area and uses less product. 

The left is pencils, right is Copic. 

Don't get me wrong the pencils still give an amazing result! Above, on the left with just 2 tones of pencil and the right, I've started to add the Gamsol, and you can see how the colours blend almost effortlessly, filling in the white area as well and making the red/orange more vibrant and smooth. 

These are just samples I was working on, they are not perfectly in the lines.
 Some more pencil samples. 
Vs Copic

And the smaller projects/areas:
I used strictly pencils and Gamsol on these little lovelies. 

Having determined the smaller projects/areas work best for me with the pencils, I've also tried another stamp I love from Winnie and Walter, and actually got some really decent results with shadows.

Pencils  vs  Copic

I've also been working on shading and layering colours. 

I used some green around the edges, blended it in to the middle with the Gamsol. Then went back in to the areas where there would be shadows using a darker colour and blended that out. The above has the bottom thats blended and the middle where the shading has been added but nothing blended out yet to show how little colour you need with the right pencils.

I finished colouring the tree and will go back in with some wink of stella and glossy accents, for the finishing touches. With the Impression Obsession lights die I showed last post, the small lights will fit perfectly on this tree. Finished card to come!

Lastly, I've been using the Memory Box and Dee's Distinctively to make some simple cards and some beautiful poinsettias.