Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Swapping Happy Mail

Good evening everyone, hope you had a lovely day.  It was a beautiful sunny day here in B.C. after a night of incredible thunder and lightening storms, what a light show!  We got a little rain and lots of wind but nothing too serious.  I love me a good thunderstorm and when they occur at night it's even more spectacular than usual.  Unfortunately The Queen is deathly afraid of thunder so she had a rough night but is back to her usual royal self today :O)

I got some wonderful happy mail today from a couple of my swap partners at the Mixed Media Studio, yipee!  I received the first of the toilet paper roll album pages that will be going into an album we are going to construct, using these swapped pages.  If you missed the toilet paper roll pages I made to send to the others in the swap, you can find them here, here and here.  The page I received today was from Jan.

It is so pretty!  Love the rolled fabric rose and all the beautiful butterfly embellishments and papers :O)  I can't wait to receive the others; there will be 8 pages in total, including one I made for myself.  Thanks so much Jan!

And the second happy mail parcel was for the cuff bracelet swap, you can see the one I made for the swap here.  My partner was Ceil and she made the most wonderful cuff for me!

Just take a look at the intricate braiding and embellishing that she did:

I adore it Ceil, thank you so much!

After I opened my lovely packages, I went back to work on the two remaining challenges that I have to complete for this quarter.  I got my altered bird base coated, so with any luck I will be able to get him painted and put together with the other elements I am using in the next couple of days.  I also finished my spooky tree for our ongoing Mystery challenge; it is constructed of Sculpty clay on a wire armature.  I tried to take a picture but the light was not cooperating this evening so I'll try again tomorrow, it is very spooky looking bwa-ha-ha-ha!  I also made a teeny tiny witches hat and a scary crow for the project ... we are waiting for the release of the next component instructions to see how this is all going to come together, it is very mysterious indeed!  I'll post pictures as it progresses, it's fun trying to figure out what the final piece is going to be!

Hope that you all have a great evening and I'll be back shortly with some more pictures as my projects progress.  Happy creating everyone!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hand Lettered ATC's

Hello, hope you are all having a lovely Sunday.  The weather has smartened up here a bit and it is warm and mostly sunny today, yay!

I finished my ATC's for this months swap at our Mixed Media Studio, the theme this month was 'Hand Lettering'.  We could use any words or phrases that we wanted but they had to be hand lettered by ourselves.  The first ATC I did was one showcasing the name of our Mixed Media Studio group, which is 'K & C and the Sunshine Girls'. The 'K & C' are for the owners of the group, Kathie and Cherie, and the rest of us are the 'Sunshine Girls' :O)

Initially I was going to use my felt pens or distress markers to colour the ATC but  then decided to paint it using Distress Ink and the Tim Holtz water brush.  I'd not tried that technique before but now I am in LOVE!  The colouring, shading and gradation you can get is amazing and it is super easy.  Just dab some Distress Ink onto your craft sheet, load your water brush with some ink and start painting.

For the second ATC I decided to hand letter the inspirational phrase 'Do what you love'.  It is my mantra these days as I am blessed to be able to make art each and every day, which is definitely what I love to do :O)

I used the same watercolour technique with Distress Ink for this one too, you can see the amazing gradation you can get with one brush load of DI in the tiny hearts on the bottom.  The top heart is the first application and then they gradually fade to a paler colour as the DI gets diluted with more water from the water brush.  Magic!!  (And makes you look like you know what you are doing with no effort at all ;O)

My hand lettering was inspired by several talented folks, I watched a video by MadeByMarzipan:

and by Joanne Fink:

And then also used some of the techniques that I learned while taking Stephanie Ackerman's 'A Whole New Doodle' Ecourse.

Give hand lettering a try, it seems very daunting at first but it's fun once you get going.  And definitely give the Distress Ink watercolouring a go, so fun!  Have a great Sunday everyone and happy creating!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Whoos And Boos!

Hello everybody, hope this finds you all well.  It's a cool and overcast day here today, not feeling much like Summer so hopefully it will be short lived.

I've been working on my challenges for our Mixed Media Studio group and got two more finished yesterday.  The first challenge was for the Paper Studio and we were challenged to make owls from toilet paper rolls.  Here is my parliament of owls:

They are too cute!  We were directed to these two YouTube videos for the how-to's:

The second video shows punching some small holes in the owls 'body' and inserting a battery operated votive inside of them, to light them up at night, which I think is very cute.  I am thinking of punching an O, W and L, one letter on each owl, so they will spell the word OWL at night, what do you think?

I 'fringed' their eye discs:

And made their wings different than shown in the video but think they turned out great.  I'm not a big fan of 'googly eyes' so opted for a simple punched cardstock circle instead.

And the second challenge I completed was the August 'I Dare You' challenge where we were to alter an egg, any kind of egg in any way that we chose.  We are also doing a Mystery challenge which is going to be spooky (all I really know about it so far!) so I decided to make my egg 'spooky' so I could maybe add it to the Mystery project.  Here is my Skelly Egg :O)

I started out with a plastic egg from the Dollar Store and then covered it with torn strips of white tissue paper and Modge Podge.  The egg was orange when I started so I ended up painting it white after it was covered as some of the orange colour was still peeking through here and there.

I then painted his features with black paint and voila, a Skelly Egg!  If I don't use him on the Mystery challenge project I'll probably make him so buddies and put them into a bowl for Halloween :O)

So that's two more down, only three more projects to go for this quarter.  I am going to work on the hand lettered ATC's today and then finish my altered bird doll over the next few days.  I'll be back with more pics as I get stuff finished so will see you then.  Happy creating everyone!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Afternoon everyone, it's hot and muggy here today, my least favourite type of weather.  I don't know how you folks back East deal with the heat when it is muggy, you can't get cool no matter what you do!  We had a good rain storm last night which moistened things up a bit but in return we got humidity, which is something we don't hardly ever get.  So I've been hiding in the cool basement perusing Tim Holtz's 12 Tags series on his blog (click the links on the right side bar to view each series separately) and making some hang tags to send out with the toilet paper roll album pages that I made.  Seven album pages were swapped so seven hang tags were created, each echoing the theme of the album page :O)

I absolutely adore altering hang tags (can you tell?!), a great place to experiment with new techniques and play with themes, so much fun in such a little space!

Now back to the basement to work on the rest of my pending projects, I'll be back again soon!  Happy creating,