Sunday, March 29

One Saturday

I can't even remember the last time I babysat for friends' kids. Guess what? I got to do it last weekend. First thing that came to mind - craft time!  And craft time is play time.  At least for me.

Well, the girl I babysat likes crafts too.  Perfect!

She is pretty familiar with my planet, and every time she's there, she knows what she wants to do, what materials to use, and how to mix the colors together.  

So last Saturday, she wanted to make a wall decor for her bedroom. I showed her different kits, but as soon as she saw the Flower Garden Pack by Colorbok, she knew what to do.  But first, she had to see all her choices.

After a little bit of planning on the layout, she was able to layer her elements, and was able to put together her wall decor.  I just helped her with tools, and showed her the effects of inking the edges.  She sure liked that!

I learned something from this experience.  Not to think too much when I have a crafting project.  Brooke did the exact same thing, and she did a really awesome job.

'Til next blog!

Saturday, March 28


I guess there has been a new trend lately about "coloring books" for adults.  Nice. Before I even realized this fun trend, I had gotten this postcard book - apparently part of the coloring book series by Johanna Basford, from a quick visit at Joann's.  Hey, a book by Johanna bought by Joan at Joann's.  How cool is that?!?!  

Mind you, I bought this book because the illustrations/drawings/art work are really beautiful.  I'm so glad I did!  

After some research, I learned that there has been quite a good number of adult coloring books floating around.  Amazon has tons of them.  But it seems Secret Garden, Wonderlands and Enchanted Forest  by Johanna Basford are quite popular. In fact, when I checked them at Amazon, they're all sold out.

Going back to my copy of the Secret Garden Postcard Book, I plan on using different media in coloring each page.  Of course, I'm going to have to start with Copics.  

The struggle is with the paper/cardstock.  It doesn't go well with alcohol ink as it easily bleeds across the lines.  You have to be really careful to avoid that.  Then for final touches, I spiced the owl image with Spica glitter pens.

I have to give it to the creators of the adult coloring books - it is relaxing!  I really had a good time coloring the first page.  Can't wait to start the next!

On another note, I didn't forget about National Craft Month.  I used to celebrate it with much galore... and I sure miss that crafty tradition.  For the last couple of years, I still find time to celebrate it in my own little planet.  In fact, I have a couple of projects to share before NCM ends.

Well, that's it for now.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend, crafty reader.  'Til next blog!   

Monday, February 23

Birthday Deer

It is always a challenge to make birthday cards for guys.  Good thing the recipient likes to hunt, and I had a stamp that would work. I had to make it as simple as possible, and have enough room inside for a lot of people to sign.

~ Materials ~
cardstock/dp:  Paper Pizzaz, Bazzil, leftovers
image/sentiment:  TPC Studio
ink:  Tsukineko
tools:  Martha Stewart, Spellbinders, heat gun
embellishments:  brads
misc.:  Ranger embossing powder

This is one of my favorite birthday humor sentiments.  River City Rubber Works has a good collection of them.

sentiment:  River City Rubber Works

I got good feedback from this card.  I'm glad.

'Til next blog!

Monday, February 16


I made these invites for a cousin who's having her 50th birthday celebration.  It sure was a challenge because the colors she wanted were Apple Green and Fuschia.  I'm glad I have designer paper with these colors hiding in my stash.  I just had to maximize. Following one layout, I alternated the colors and the embellishments.  No two invitations are the same on this bunch.  I really liked this Spellbinders die from Anna Griffin's Lace Trimmings set.  The embossing right down the middle is also Anna Griffin's.  I wanted to have a whimsical feel to these invites, not trying to have the "perfect" look.  

It's been a while since I made invitations with this quantity.  I'm glad I was able to finish them on time.

I'd have to say these invitations are an accomplishment.  With my busy RL schedule, I'm surprised I was able to make these cards myself.

'Til next blog!

Monday, February 2

Who's Birthday

Yep.  I meant the title to be in the possessive form.  Well, I made this birthday card for this dear boy who likes Doctor Who.  I tried my best to achieve the look of the TV show on this card with what stamps I have.  This is what I came up with:

~ Materials ~
cardstock/dp:  Recollections, leftovers
image/sentiment:  Stampin' Up, Inkadinkado
ink:  Copic, Kodomo No Kao, Tsukineko
tools:  Fiskars edge punch, EBrush, heat gun
embellishments:  micro sticker
misc.:  embossing powder

It's also my first time to use the eBrush by Craftwell, as you can see on the background.  I'd like to play with this cool tool some more before I post a review.  I can say that I used my Copic markers with the eBrush.  Awesome, huh?

sentiment:  Technique Tuesday

That's it for now.  Hey, it's February!  Time to get ready for Valentines...

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