Make Something Monday #16

*So, this was left in draft status in error….Please excuse the tardy post!

Another week begins with a new challenge! Did you find time to make something last week? Sadly, I had zero spare time! I’ve recently started a new job, and its surprisingly busy around here! I’m hoping to take a bit of time this weekend and get some posts in the hopper so that I’m not so crunched for time when a post is due.

This week’s challenge is to make something with paint. It can be water color, acrylic, twinkling h2os, whatever paint you have on hand. Just show us your projects with paint!

Here is the start of a card that I’ve done playing with some paint and canvas.

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I plan to mat it on some patterned paper and finish off the card. Hand painted greetings are all the rage right now. I painted the background in a soft aqua. Then I thinned a bit of teal paint and used my brush and tapped it above the canvas to make the spatters. The hello is hand painted in navy paint. I think I may go over it one more time with navy. I’m wanting more coverage in the greeting, I think.

Now it’s your turn! Grab some paint and get crafty! Share your project here below in the linky and you may be selected as our featured blogger next week when we post a new Monday challenge!

Be sure to stop in at Sam’s blog to see what she’s made, too! Have fun, see you soon!

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Nothing to see here, folks

No post for me today. Just a short explanation. I’ve been having migraines recently and they are super annoying. Just saying. Yesterday was a bad one. So, I knew today would be a delayed post and I’d planned on doing a quick post this morning after a dr appointment. Well, just for excitement, we had a false alarm at the house and came home from the dr to our wonderful city police officers making sure our home was safe. God bless those officers that keep our city safe! So, there is no post today. I’m shaking thinking about several years ago, when we had no alarm, and we were burglarized. My nerves are now shot. Sorry, I’ll try to do a make up day next week and throw in an extra post! :)

Be sure to stop in and check on Sam to see what she’s sharing today. And remember to enter this week’s Make Something Monday Challenge with any project that has some SHINE! :) Have a great weekend!

I Understand the Alcohol Marker Love

I know alcohol markers (ie: Copic, Spectrum Noir, etc) are big in the craft world, and have been for some time! I kept resisting because we all know I don’t need another obsession! I loved the look of gradient color that I saw created with the markers, but the price was the key thing that kept me resisting a purchase. I learned to use my distress inks and water color pencils and paints to get similar looks. It wasn’t the same, but it was enough. I knew I wanted to try the colored pencil and gamsol technique one day, but I just haven’t made it that far. It’s on my list, though! πŸ˜‰

Well, I came across a crafter that was wanting to sell her full collection of Spectrum Noir markers at an amazing price. Around a dollar a marker.Β  Copics average $5-6 each, and Spectrum Noir average $2-3, so you can see this was a fantastic opportunity. I jumped on it. They are in practically new condition. There are a handful that need to be reinked, but I have 61 functioning markers now. And I understand. I get it. I know the love, now. I was happy to invest this smaller amount to see if I liked the markers without the huge outlay. I got them a few months ago, and have slowly started playing and trying to learn how to use them. There is a bit of a learning curve. They aren’t like regular Crayola markers that we all used as kids. They are better! πŸ˜€

I had already planned on getting Spectrum Noir markers because of the price point. It’s more of a realistic splurge for me at this point. One day I may start investing in copic markers, but for now, I’m happy with Spectrum Noir. The main draw for me to eventually consider copic was that that brand has a brush tip on one end and a chisel on the other. Spectrum Noir pens have a bullet tip and a chisel tip, but their new ‘next generation’ pens allow you to trade out the chisel tip for a brush nib! The markers I have now are the older style, but Joann sells the sets, and I may convert to the newer next generation SN pens and sell the ones I currently have to another crafter wanting to learn and try them out. At Joann I can use a coupon and knock the price of the pens even lower, making it a smart way to grow a collection on a budget!

Ok, a little more about the Spectrum Noir (SN) markers. There are 168 colors available. This is broken down into 12 groups of 6 color families and 4 sets of 24 markers. There are no duplicates between sets. I have the 12 sets of 6, but 11 of the markers are too dry to use, so I have 60 colors and the blender. I love that I can get certified online! They have an online test you can color and send in to their company, and they will certify you at no cost! They have been uploading lots of videos on YouTube to give you direction and instruction on each step of the test, too. They also offer a dvd of instruction. It’s on my wish list! Eventually I’d love to take the copic certification test, but this will give me a fantastic start! (and I may decide I don’t need copic when all is said and done!) I’ve downloaded and colored in the color chart that is offered on their website and started coloring images.

You want to use an ink that is friendly with alcohol markers. I found that my home printer ink plays well with the ink in the markers. Yay!! This makes digital stamps easy for me to color. The most popular ink recommended to stamp with when using alcohol markers is the Memento brand ink. I do not have the black, but do have the rich cocoa, so I’ve been using that. (on a side note, alcohol markers do NOT play well with embossing powder. They sorta dissolve it and make it yucky. Don’t try it – it’s not pretty!)

Here is a pretty water lily stamp that I colored in.

water lily

I love how pretty the flower blended in the petals and the center. I need more green colors to get the look I want for the lily pad. I’m not really that happy with the result here. I’m still learning, though, so I may be able to get better results in the future. We’ll see.

Here’s a tip for you if you like fussy cutting your images to use on cards or pages. When you are done cutting it out, take a black marker (or marker that matches your stamping ink, like brown in the example shown below), and run it around the cut edge. This covers any minor imperfections made when cutting the image out and gives it a finished look to the edge. Try it! You’ll see how much more crisp and professional the finished result is!

before after

This is all I have for you today! Lots of info shared, though! You can find more info on Spectrum Noir Markers on their website and YouTube Channel. I’ve been working on revamping my video camera set up, and hopefully will be starting some more video shares very soon. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you won’t miss anything!

Stop in at Sam’s to see what she’s been working on! (maybe I should follow suit, and post some pics like her one day as a bonus!)

There’s also plenty of time to link up your SHINE project to this week’s Make Something Monday Challenge. See you on Friday!

Make Something Monday #14

It’s a wet start to our week down here on the Gulf Coast! Guess that’s how spring gets going, huh? :) So did you get time to be crafty this past weekend? Unfortunately, even with the rain keeping me indoors, I didn’t get a chance to break out the craftiness. I plan on changing that today! πŸ˜‰ First off, let’s see who caught our eye in last week’s SPARKLE challenge! Our featured project was made by

LOLS at Lorraine’s Loft!

Lorraine's Loft

All the sparkle caught our eye! We love this Christmas card! Nothing like getting a head start on the Christmas rush! πŸ˜‰ Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing it with us! Go see more beautiful work and get inspiration at Lorraine’s Loft!

Now, on to this week’s challenge….Last week we wanted you to sparkle. This week we want you to SHINE! Yes, get your shine on! It’s time to break out the enamel dots, glossy accents, acrylic bits, and anything that shines. We are not looking for sparkle – just shine! (no glitter, sequins or rhinestones!) Are you up to the challenge?

Since I didn’t have time to create a new project, I snagged a layout from last year to share with you today. I used dew drops on this layout to give a little shine as some accents!

Silly Croppers

Yes, that’s Sam and me with one of our table mates being silly at a crop hosted by ScrapHappy! I love hanging out with Sam! She’s a hoot! So, now it’s your turn to share your shine with us! Get out anything with some shine – embossing powder, glossy accents, those popular enamel dots, some fancy brads you’ve been hoarding – and make something!

Check Sam’s Blog to see her project – she got to spend time in her craft room!!

See you on Wednesday! Now, go get crafty!

Welcome Spring!

Spring “officially” arrived last month and we have the pollen to show for it! πŸ˜‰ My driveway is also adorned with some beautiful spring bulbs!

spring

This is a double daffodil. I thinkΒ  it’s beautiful!!! My mother-in-law brought over some pots and bulbs for the kids to plant a couple months ago. The kids are thrilled to see their plants blooming. I’m happy to see a pretty drop of color every time I come home! Do you have flowers blooming at your house, too?

Stop in at Sam’s blog to see what she’s up to this week! Also be sure to link up your projects with sparkle to our Make Something Monday Challenge! See you Friday!

Make Something Monday #13

Welcome to a new week! Did you get to be creative this past weekend? I did, and it felt GREAT! I was able to clear most of my desk and get some things put away and organized a bit better. I’m not done, but it’s MUCH improved!

Last week, our challenge was to use a doily. We had 5 crafters jump in with projects ranging from altered art, cards and layouts! We had a great variety! There was a card that caught our eye this week, made by

Dian Ratna!

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She packed this card with amazing details and layers of embellishment! This card is a work of art! Beautiful job, Dian! Be sure to stop by and visit her blog to see more of her work. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

This week is lucky 13 for our Make Something Monday Challenge! We all love things that sparkle and shine, am I right? This week we are focusing on the SPARKLE! We want to see you use glitter, rhinestones, gems, and sequins.

Here is my card this week:

wonderful friend

All over, cardmakers are layering diecuts to make their own thicker embellishment pieces. It’s particularly popular with sentiments. I’ve also seen layering a different color underneath to give a surprise fun pop of color. I decided to do that for this card!

pink

I cut 5 layers of pink and one in black. I glued the pinks on top of one another and then finished with the black on top. The first layer was the most tricky to glue. The die cut was very delicate and just wanted to move all over! With each layer, it was easier to glue the next layer because it had more stability and body. The second part of the sentiment was stamped in versamark ink and embossed in black.

sparkle

I added some clear wink of stella to the top of the black for some sparkle! I actually did two layers for extra glitter. :) And of course, I also added sequins to the card front. In the future, I’ll be sure to move the sentiment up – it ended up a bit lower than I intended. Still a lovely card!

My layout this week over at Nuts About Sketches also has a bit of sparkle – click over there to see what the design team has shared.

Today is also a very special day for Sam….it’s her BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday, friend! Be sure to stop by her blog to leave her some happy birthday wishes and see what she’s made that sparkles!

So, time to get your SPARKLE on! Break out the glitter! Sprinkle on some sequins! Bling it with rhinestones! Then be sure to link your creations below for a chance to be our featured crafter next week! See you on Wednesday!

TGIF!

Thank goodness I’ve made it to Friday! Being sick is no fun! There are no “sick days” for moms. πŸ˜‰ I tried really hard to get a simple card done on Wednesday to post….but it didn’t get done. I was totally swamped with other responsibilities and well, the card had to wait. The only thing I got done was the main image was embossed. It was that crazy of a day!

Yesterday wasn’t any easier. Running and busy all day. Now that I have a little energy coming back, there is so much to catch up on with a husband, four kids, and three dogs! So, before I share the card I finally finished (ahem, this morning…), I’m going to confess. My desk is a mess. A total wreck. As in, no creating can be done there. My job today (and tomorrow if need be) is to clear the desk to be able to scrap. I got it mostly set up after moving back after renovations, and then the desk got piled under.

messy desk

Why, yes, the only area to work is in front of my computer, thankyouverymuch. Sorry for the iphone low light quality. Trust me, you really don’t want to see more detail. Promise. Yeah, this has got to improve today! (Yep, that’s the card that I’m working on right there in the forefront….wanna see the finished card?)

party animalHere is my finished simple card. It was originally intended for a challenge, but I didn’t finish the card in time. This card uses a new stamp set I got from Avery Elle. I embossed the image with a pearl sapphire embossing powder and it is perfect for the balloon animal! I love how it turned out!

Monday I’ll share my cleaned up space along with issuing a new Make Something Monday Challenge! You’ve got till Sunday midnight to enter this week’s challenge to use a doily. Also, drop by Sam’s blog and give her virtual hugs – she’s been swamped, too!

My “to-do” Wish List!

It seems that I’ve always got a running list going in my head. A list that I’m going to start writing down. The items on that list are the things I want to do or try in my cardmaking or scrapbooking. That new technique. A new color combo idea. Using that ‘thing’ you’ve been hanging on to. Those things. The things that I tend to not think of when it actually comes time to sit down and spend some time being creative. I’m sure that many of you are like me, and I tend to fall back into comfortable patterns when scrapping and papercrafting. I like my box sometimes. πŸ˜‰ BUT, I also want to spend more time outside that box, and so I’m gonna write down my list! Then, I will do my best to start checking things off that list and share them here with you.

One of the things at the top of my list is to participate in more challenges. I know I issue a challenge every Monday, but it’s rare that I submit to other challenges. So, today, my goal is to sit down and make something for a challenge, and post it here. Today. Yes, my goal is to do a second post this Wednesday! I’m still on the mend with this respiratory junk. I am surprised at how quickly I tire out these past several days. My general daily list of chores is pretty short due to this, so I think I can do this today. (We’ll see if a nap wins out!) Wish me luck!

(on a side note – I keep a notebook near by that has all sorts of stuff in it. All those little pieces of paper that I used to write down short lists? It’s in the book. That meal plan? The book. Christmas gifts yet to get (from this past season’s shopping list). Yep, in the book! I found I was constantly looking in a pile of little papers and post its beside my computer for those tidbits of information. Now I know that the running lists that used to be on those are in my book. It’s been working beautifully for me for quite a while now – probably close to two years. I just start a new notebook when I fill one up. So, I’ll be making a new list in that book. Because, I believe, there is little more satisfying than checking off items completed on a list!)

Check in with Sam to see what she’s working on, and don’t forget to upload a project for our Make Something Monday Challenge #12. This week we are looking for doilies on your projects! See you later today (fingers crossed)!

Make Something Monday #12

I’m so sorry I missed posting on Friday. I was so sick. :( Went to the dr and was diagnosed with laryngotracheobronchitis. Big word, huh? Yep. Got some meds, and now I’m on the mend! :)

We had several link ups to last week’s challenge to use a stencil or mask on your project. It was so hard to choose a winner this week! There were so many great cards! (everyone made a card!) We finally settled on the following card made by

Piali Biswas!

PS-Hello

I love the bright colors, the water spots and the graphic design! Congrats, Piali!! You can see more of her creations at her blog: Touch of Creation. Be sure to stop by and see more of her work. Thanks so much for sharing this card with us, Piali!

This week’s challenge is to USE A DOILY on your project. This can be a store bought doily, a doily cut on your silhouette or other digital cutter, or even a stamped doily! Here is a layout I made that uses a red heart-shaped doily.

true love

I’ve made so many layouts using doilies in the past, but usually stick to the traditional round white doilies. This one made me go outside my box. Since it was heart shaped, I chose to use lots of hearts on this layout. Perfect for the wedding theme of love!

Check in with Sam to see how she used a doily on her project!

Now it’s your turn to make a project – card, layout or whatever – using a doily! Link up below and you may be our featured crafter next week! Have fun and take some time to be creative this week! See you on Wednesday!

Life Moves Fast

Not a scrappy post today. This is a life post. As in, life is busy! It surprises me sometimes how busy things can be! This is just a bit of a discussion about tidbits of this and that occurring in our family life. :)

We went to Disney the first of March. We had a BLAST! So much so, that my hubby and I are looking forward to going again, and are already scheming as to how soon we can go back! I know, we’re crazy! I do know that 7 days in the parks was too much. We were going strong every day. We won’t do that again. We think 3-4 days, tops. And maybe adding in a day of no park, just relaxing. So 4 days, 3 in parks, one relaxing. Maybe. Well, that’s the thought process so far. Oh, and we definitely loved staying on property and having a meal plan. It makes vacation so easy! We are actually evaluating annual passes. It looks like one adult annual pass will give enough discounts on hotel and such, that it will pay for its self. We are still doing lots of thinking and planning. (We loved a cruise we took together several years ago, so I can’t rule that out, either. I can only guarantee that we loved having time together as a family and taking a formal vacation. We have never had a family vacation until now.Β  We will be doing it again, and plan to make it a regular thing!)

We got home from Disney on a Sunday. Monday the kids went back to school, and Monday night we added to our family. We brought home a new furbaby. I totally love poodles. Love. I have two toy poodles – one is about 7 lbs and is a blue female (silver colored). My other toy poodle is black in color, and pushing “miniature” size with his long legs. He is about 10-11 lbs.Β  Our new baby is also a poodle…..a larger one. We brought home a black standard. He has a white stripe on his chest and a tiny bit of white on his chin. At 11 weeks he was 13lbs. The breeder estimates he will be close to 70lbs. He was the moose of the litter. πŸ˜‰ I think he has bear paws instead of puppy paws! He’s got some big feet! (I don’t have pictures of him on my computer yet. It’s the middle of the night and I’m going on a field trip with one of my kidlets tomorrow, so I’ll just have to promise to upload a photo soon!)

While we were gone to Disney, we also had a bit of work done on the house. We replaced a small area of carpeting in the hall with hardwoods we had left over from the main flooring install a few months ago. The area is a main walking area. The only way to the bathrooms is to walk on that section of flooring, so to do the work, we really couldn’t be in the house. We were lucky enough to get it all coordinated to have the work done while we were gone. We used the same crew that has given us beautiful wood floors the past two times we’ve had work done. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Prestigious Flooring! They have an amazing crew and do beautiful work! We trust them implicitly!

SO, between getting back in the swing of things after vacation, a new puppy, and cleaning the house after having flooring replaced, it’s been a bit crazy! πŸ˜€ It’ll calm down again soon…..for a little while anyways, before it kicks back in high gear!

See you on Friday with some photos and hopefully a layout! Our Make Something Monday Challenge ends on Sunday, so there’s time to still link up your projects using stencils or masks!