Tuesday, June 23, 2015

6th Birthday Party Monster Card

Hey, folks!
Today I'd like to share this monster card that I made a while back...

How cute is that monster?  I just think he's so charming.  He's from Fancy Pants' Be Different collection, and so are the balloon die-cuts.  I love that stamp with the numbers -- it's from Jillibean Soup's Birthday Bisque clear stamp set.  I got that stamp set because of that stamp, and when I first saw the stamp, I immediately thought, "I think that will look neat fussy cut!"

I heat embossed the numbers with Ranger embossing powder in Tan.  I really like that embossing powder because it's a nice change from using white [I think the tan gives a softer look], and it suits pet-themed projects so well! :D  I coloured in the 6 with a Copic marker.

This card appeared in Paper Crafts' January 2015 issue in a category for birthday projects that featured numbers.  I remember when I first read about that category in the publication call, no ideas or supplies came to mind, so I wasn't that drawn to the category -- I thought I'd end up not making anything to submit for it.  When I looked through my craft supplies, remembered the Jillibean Soup set I had, and found some other things that stirred up some ideas, I wound up having so much fun making stuff for that category!  You just never know, eh? :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Humble Scrapbook Page and My First Craft Video

Hey, folks!
Here today to share my first craft video -- I show how I made this Humble scrapbook page...


I forgot to show this in my video -- I kind of bent up the corners of the patterned paper to add a little dimension...


If you would like to watch the video, I should mention that I'm really weird.  I've always been, but listening to myself in this video...I'm even weirder than I thought.  I'm just plain awkward. :D  Sometimes I stutter and repeat myself, too.

Before I edited the little intro that I posted last week, I knew nothing about editing videos, so it took me a while to make this, and there are still many things I need to learn and figure out.  It's been fun to try, though!


If you're reading my blog post in an e.mail, I don't think my video will show up.  If my embed code doesn't work, you can click here to go to my blog post!

Hope you have a crafty week! :D

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Something New For My Crafting

Hey, folks!
I've been working on putting together some craft videos for my blog! :D  It's something I've thought about for a long time, so it's been fun to actually try it -- even though I do NOT know what I'm doing.  I learned that very quickly. :D  
I don't know how to do anything fancy or slick with editing and graphics [I don't think fancy or slick suits me anyway, to be honest], so my videos are going to look very 'diy'.  I can't promise you even lighting or nice looking hands [my hands are scary looking!], but I do love crafting, so hopefully that will come across. :o)

I hope to get my first actual crafting video posted tomorrow, but for now, here is the 'intro' that I made for the beginning of my videos!

Had a lot of fun making this!

If my embed code happens to not work for you, you can click here to watch!

Thanks for stopping by! :D

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colour Happy

Here today to share some of my favourite colours!  I tend to love 'retro' colours.  In my crafting, I use a lot of candy colours, too, but I think my love for these colours goes a bit further because it extends into our home decor and the stuff I wear. :D 

So here they are -- colours I can't get enough of!

Yellowy-green and greenish-yellow.
LOVE.  One of my favourite QoR watercolours is a colour called Green Gold.  I used it for the background of that funny cat image there. :D

Greeny-blue, bluey-green, indigo, peacock blue, teal, turquoise, robin's egg blue, greyish-blue, and greyish-green.
I just love this whole range of colours.  Makes me swoon. :D  Another QoR watercolour favourite of mine is Phthalo Turquoise.  My picture washed out some of the supplies there -- the VersaMagic ink pad towards the lower right is Oasis Green, which is my favourite greyish-green ink pad.  It's a beautiful colour!

Mustard yellow and yellow ochre.
Ahh, mustard yellow.  I don't have much to say other than I heart you.  A lot!

Reddish-purple gives me the oohs and ahhs.

Bold orange and burnt orange.
Love the happiness of a bold shade of orange!  That glorious looking ink pad is VersaFine in Habanero -- my favourite orange ink pad. :D

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Humble the Ferocious

Here today to share another scrapbook page I made back in April 2014...

Humble and his little lion roar yawn. :D
I love his yawns and try to catch them with my camera -- many of the pictures turn out blurry, but I love those pictures, too!  In this case, I was lucky enough to catch a very clear Humble yawn on Halloween 2009.  He looks like he's singing opera! :o)

The adorable monsters, frame, 'ROAR!' and two pieces of 6x6 paper are from Fancy Pants' Be Different collection [that's a fun one!].

And now for a sort of random share...

Growing up, I never liked school and being in a classroom.  Once in a while, I would occupy myself by making something out of a found object.  Here's something I made with a piece of wire...

A little dog being walked by an invisible person. :D
I think I was around 15 when I made this.  I can't remember what class I was in, but I know it wasn't anywhere CLOSE to being as interesting as this piece of wire was to me. :D  Ha!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Love is a Four-Legged Word

Hey, folks!
This month is Adopt-A-Cat Month and Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, and last Thursday the 4th was Hug Your Cat Day [though Humble has to put up with hugs every day]. :D  Today is Best Friends Day, and when I saw this page on the Best Friends' site [LOVE seeing all the pet pictures!], I was so moved and immediately printed out one of the signs so I could take some pictures with Humble. :o)  I'm really camera-shy usually, but here's one that I think still shows how much I love this little guy...

The other sign they have that you can print says "I saved my Best Friend."  I really think Humble saved me, though.  We've gone through a lot together [I adopted him over ten and a half years ago!], and he's helped me through many tough times, more so than anyone else.  I really wish I could give him what he's given me, though I think I'd always fall short.  I don't think animals get the credit they deserve for how much they help and uplift us.

My blog's been quiet, but I've still been making things and learning a lot. :D  I've wanted to create my own Humble portraits for quite a while but wasn't sure what medium to try.  I wanted something that would allow me to get a really soft look to his fur but still let me add a good amount of detail where I wanted it.  I decided to try pastel pencils, and I've found myself a new craft love...

Humble's portrait in progress. :o)

I got myself a set of Conté pastel pencils, and I've loved drawing with them so much that I already got another brand of pastel pencils so I could have more colours to play around with [will talk/write more about these in an upcoming post!].  I love that you can smudge them to get a really soft look, smudge slightly for softened lines, and also draw with more detail if you like.  They're so different from the other supplies I use in my crafting, so it's been really fun trying a medium that's new to me.  I still love using my other colouring supplies, but drawing with these has woken me up from my regular crafting habits. :o)

I was so happy to find those two greens [to the right of Humble's portrait] in the Conté set!  By blending those greens and adding a bit of brown for detail, I was able to capture Humble's eye colour quite closely.  Hoo-hoo!  The cat mug above my book there holds the other colours I'm using for Humble's portrait.

Since we're talking about Humble [my favourite subject], here's a scrapbook page I made back in April 2014...

Love is a Four-Legged Word. :o)

I WISH I could take credit for that sentiment...but I can't. :D  I don't know who came up with it originally, but if anyone knows, let me know!  I first saw it on a sticker from BoBunny and later in a Graphic 45 collection and just thought, "Aw, I wish I came up with that!"  If I ever saw it in rubber stamp form, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

The picture of us was taken eight years ago -- how time flies!  I don't look or dress like that anymore, but the love is still the same.  Actually stronger. :o)