Weekend Crafts

I was home alone this weekend, which resulted in watching at some craft videos and learning about new supplies I absolutely had to have… So here’s the result – I went shopping!

I certainly didn’t need any more brush pens or washi tape or stamps… but of course I had to have them. ๐Ÿ™‚

I must have been living under a rock, because even though I had heard ravings about the mermaid markers before, I didn’t know who Jane Davenport was. But then I signed up for her free class using the products from her line for American Crafts, and I was hooked!

So I ended up buying theย mermaid markersย , the ink-edible pen, the paint over pens, a set of washi tapes (called “palette”), and a set of face stamps. I mean, I haven’t ever been interested before in faces in art journaling, but I’m telling you, I am totally hooked now! Here’s all my purchases documented in my Hobonichi cousin planner.

Sadly one of the paint over pens was totally dry when I opened the package, so I’ll have to return it. But the other pens in the set are very pretty and work great on top of watercolors (the only medium I’ve tested them over so far).

Isn’t that washi tape really pretty?? I love it!

And theย mermaid markersย are really great – you can squeeze on the barrel to make the ink flow, so you can easily get drops of color to used for your mixed media. And I love how affordable and convenient the Ink-redible pen is – you can use it with cartridges, or with a converter (to put in fountain pen ink, or even ink from theย mermaid markers). I hope the refills will be made available.

Other than in my planner, I only used the markers on a card so far. Here it is:

I stamped a cupcake from the Birthday Blueprint stamp by Tim Holtz in Jet Black archival ink, then colored it in with theย mermaid markers, and using a water brush for blending the colors together. I added some highlights with the white paint over pen.

The background was made blending distress oxide inkssalty ocean, peacock feathers, and twisted citron, then adding a few water droplets and silver mist to create a cool distressed effect activating the ink.

It’s so fun playing with new supplies! What did you play with recently? Let me know in the comments!

Soar

I made another page for my art journal last weekend using some Polka Dot Plum goodies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Credits:
Sweet Summertime by Amy and Lauren of Polka Dot Plum
Hot air balloon by Sir Scrapalot Designs
Flower shape by BTA Designs
Fence by Kalo Designs
Font: Pea Olson

Very simple but pretty, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m In Love!

As I promised yesterday, I’m back to show you the amazing project I did thanks to my new cutting machine. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I first saw this beautiful collab by Krista Sahlin and Jenn Barrette, I knew I wanted to do something hybrid-y with it. Especially with that gorgeous ferris wheel.

So since I’m an overachiever and a bit reckless at times, my 2nd project with my new Silhouette SD was this:

Credits:
Vintage Carnival kit and wordart by Sahlin Studio and Jenn Barrette

The result is just amazing! All pieces used above were cut individually. The wood paper is about 3.75×4.3 in size so I think you can appreciate the detail this machine was able to cut!
I’m looking forward to the long weekend so I can play more with my machine!

He Said She Said

I was making a card today and, because for some reason I cannot seem to be able to print on only half a sheet of paper, I made another page for my art journal too to print along with the card. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Am I the only one who tries to cover the most surface possible when printing one sheet of paper? ๐Ÿ™‚

Credits:
Paper from Orchid Elixir, Painted Grunge Papers, Chipper Chatter: Verbs, Vintage Paper Lace by Studio Tangie
Fonts: Dead secretary, SociaL AnimaL, Badaboom BB

Supplies:
Red River Paper polar matte
Glossy accents
Glue dots

And in case this page made you wonder – yes, I did have a good weekend – eventually. ๐Ÿ™‚
The worst part of my weekend was having to wake up early this morning (a holiday!) to drive DH to the train station. Oh well. I stopped at AC Moore’s on my way back home to buy some flowers and brads. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As of now, my blog has widened to fit images 600 pixels wide. It was about time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Something New

I was RAKed by Sylvie of Sausan Designs with a very lovely kit of hers, Hip!, so I finally took the plunge after drooling for months over the many creative art journal pages in the galleries all over digiland, and started my very own art journal. Of course it’s my interpretation, so it’s not over packed with stuff, but I really, really love these pages!

Credits:
Hip! by Sausan Designs
Fonts: Eutemia I, Pea Summer Funkyness, Rebekah’s Birthday, the King & Queen font, Pea Stacy’s Doodle script and Le bain au milieu de la fin d’aprรจs-midi vers 17:49

Physical supplies:
Printed on Polar Matte by Red River Paper
Glossy accents used on the flower
Ranger Tim Holtz distress ink

Yes, I did my first hand stitching on a project ever, and I love how it turned out! (it took me forever though ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) You can’t really tell from the picture but there’s glossy accents on the flower. There’s also a half-face of mine blended in the bottom right hand corner, not sure if you can see it. ๐Ÿ™‚
I used a notebook with pages of about 4″ – fairly small so you can’t fill the page with tiny details, but it’s so cute!
And here’s the second page:

Credits:
Hip! and newsletter freebie by Sausan Designs
Font: Pea Olson

Physical supplies:
Printed on Polar Matte by Red River Paper
Ranger Tim Holtz distress ink

The orange color on this page is not digi – it’s distress ink mixed with water. So cool!

I’m so excited about this new project! ๐Ÿ™‚