Fall Musings

I love Fall, even though the temperature always drops way faster than I’d like…

Today I want to share a page I made with some products that are on sale for 50% off today at The Lilypad. I am in love!! It was so quick and easy to put this page together.

Supplies:
Tally Elements Only by Rebecca McMeen
Pumpkin Party {Dressed Down} by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs

The quote in the kit was just perfect for where I am at in my life. And don’t be fooled by the name of this kit, which says “elements only” – in fact, papers (and gorgeous ones at that!!) are included too.

Lately

I’ve been quiet lately because I have been busy with life, and with playing with new supplies! So here’s what I’ve been up to.

Sweet Stamp Shop

I’ve had a blast making a few projects for Sweet Stamp Shop as a guest designer for October!

The first thing I did after receiving the 3 stamp set was to stamp all the images, color them and cut them out. So fun! The sets on the left are colored with Copics, and the set on the right is done with watercolor pencils.

I’ll be sharing the projects I made with these sets later in the month.

Online Classes

Last year I took Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class, and it was great. Since in the past year I’ve acquired an embarrassing amount of colored pencils (I bought both the Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos full sets, in addition to the 80 Caran D’Ache Supracolor pencils I had from my childhood), I decided to sign up to her Colored Pencil Jumpstart class. I haven’t had time to dive into it yet, since I’m still working on my color charts (and it takes forever with all these pencils! :P), but I am making progress. She just relaunched her Art Classes website with a new platform, and has a great giveaway going on right now- check it out here!

New Art Supplies & Artober

I have been a fan of Jane Davenport for a while, and I am absolutely in love with her products. She has a new line that was launched this month, and I have bought an embarrassing amount of it, and am having a blast trying it all out with her Artober prompts.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you?

Happy World Cardmaking Day 2018!

Hello and happy World Cardmaking Day! (It’s also Digital Scrapbooking Day – yay!)

So in honor of this day I have some good news to share, and a card. I’m thrilled to share that I am a guest designer for October for Sweet Stamp Shop!!! Along with the new stamps that will be released in a couple of weeks, they sent me 3 current stamp sets, which I have been having lots of fun with! Here’s the first card I made, using the stamp set Pour Decisions.

The background is made with Dylusion Ink Sprays, then I stamped with Versamark ink and white embossed the images from the stamp set.

I can’t wait to share more of what I’ve been creating!

I also placed a big order of stamps last week when they had a special 20% off sale, and received them this week. I am so in love with them all! Here’s what I bought if you are interested. 🙂

I tested them out right away in my Hobonichi Cousin. 🙂

Are you crafting today? What are you making?

October BYOC at The Lilypad & Happy DSD!

Hello! The October BYOC collection is in the shop at The Lilypad, and the DSD (Digital Scrapbooking Day) festivities are in full swing!

Supplies:
hello autumn LOADED templates by Emily Merritt
Turning It Around Paper Pack and Turning It Around element pack by Lynn Grieveson
Autumn Aesthetic: Elements by Allison Pennington

I didn’t have as much time as I hoped this week, but I’ll be going back over the weekend because the BYOC this month is just fabulous!!!

Supplies:
Falling Leaves – Templates by Soco
Pure & Simple | Papers and Pure & Simple | Elements by Pink Reptile Designs
Autumn Aesthetic: Elements by Allison Pennington

I’m also busy putting together photo calendars that I do each year for our families as a Christmas gift. I take 12 scrapbook layouts and turn them into calendar toppers, and you can bet these two made the cut! 🙂

Memory Pockets Monthly: Change

Hello and happy Friday! I’m excited to share the pages I made with the newest releases at The Lilypad, which are 20% off through the weekend. We are also gearing up for Digital Scrapbooking Day next week!

Supplies:
Memory Pockets Monthly: CHANGE from The Lilypad

This month’s Memory Pockets Monthly (MPM) collection has a fabulous theme, and my favorite colors!

Supplies:
September 2018 Template by Sara Gleason
Changes kit by Sabrina’s Creations

In this page I used the free template from the September template challenge, with an MPM add on. I am in love with that patterned paper!

Supplies:
September 2018 Layout TemplatesGolden Days PapersGolden Days Elements and Golden Days Cards by Sahin Designs

Finally, some fall colors on this last page. Have a great weekend!

September Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

I am back home after a few weeks of travel, and slowly settling back into my routine. I was thrilled to play with the newest M3 collection from The Lilypad. The color scheme is just fantastic this month! Here’s what I made:

Supplies:
Many Splendored {Dressed Up} by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs
September ’18 Mixed Media Monthly from The Lilypad
M3 Sept 18: Bundle by Rachel Jefferies
Supplies:
September ’18 Mixed Media Monthly from The Lilypad
M3 Sept 18: Bundle by Rachel Jefferies

I also made an art journaling page with Tangie Baxter’s latest kit and I love how it turned out:

Supplies:
Excavations No. 1: The Mind (Kit & Mini-Workshop) by Tangie Baxter

Now if only this cold I brought back from my trip would leave me alone, so I can relax and craft this weekend!

Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors

My cardmaking kick continues in full swing! I have been making mostly cards in the little craft time I have in between work trips. And I have been playing with new supplies too! I won a giveaway by Pinkfresh Studio and got the full set of their new liquid watercolors!! I’m so excited because I love art supplies – and these are just lovely!

The bottles are so pretty! There are 12 colors in the set. You can also purchase individual colors – the bubble gum and the aquamarine are my favorites!

If you are not used to liquid watercolors, it takes a little while to get the hang of them. The bottles come with an eyedropper, and I used a palette dish to put a couple drops of each color.  Liquid watercolors are super concentrated, so if you use them undiluted the color is very strong, and won’t warp the paper since you are not adding water. If you add water, you can get more diluted colors. They are super fun! Another bonus is that if your drops dry out in the palette, you can just add some water to use them again.

I swatches out the colors in the wheel – they were pretty much undiluted, so you can see how bright they are! Then on the wreath (which I gold embossed on plain cardstock) I added a little water to wash out the colors and get a softer look. In this photo you can also get a look at the box the set came in – it was packaged very securely.

I made another card with these pretty watercolors – this time on watercolor paper since I added more water. This uses the color scheme from this month’s Pinkfresh Studio challenge: yellow, pink, blue, gold and black.

I applied the Indian Gold embellishment mousse through a Dylusions stencil and I love the added texture! Here’s a closer look.

I will be sharing one more card soon on the blog – I have been experimenting with my (OK, let’s admit it….) huge stash of art supplies [trying to justify buying even more… ;)] and I’ve been having a blast!