Monday, June 20, 2016

Thanks - Floral Watercolour Resist card

Hey Guys! Thought I'd ease on into the swing of things again by sharing a simple card I made a little while back. Just something ultra CAS. You can never have too many quick 'Thank You' cards, right?

thanks floral watercolour resist

I might have to make a couple-few more of these to get the card supply numbers back up. Case myself to give that old mojo mouth-to-mouth! (Wait, that sounds a little like a Jame's Brown song: "Jump Back! I wanna case myself!" ... Super bad, sorry. lol). The old crafty inspiration does need a little resuscitation-love though. ;)

Anywho, this is the schtuff I used to make the card, in case you're curious:

The stamp is a floral called Tapestry 2 by Impression Obsession (It's quite a large background stamp. 5.75 inches square. Perfect for watercolour resist techniques.)

It's heat embossed in clear embossing powder on thin cold-pressed watercolour paper & painted with these paints Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi:

The die is Mama Elephant's Thanks Script (cut out of black cardstock and layered) & I used a Copic Multiliner to sketch a black border around the floral piece.

The envelope is from Papertrey Ink & it's lined with book paper cut using with my new all time die fave, their A2 envelope liner:

Easy as 1-2-3! ...Happy Creating,

 P.S. As always, I'm not affiliated with these merchants. Just stuff I bought for the hoard.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Finally home in Port Moody. It might be just a little rainy here (and very "moody.") Been working on cleaning the studio so I can make something crafty for the first time in months. Everything from the rest of our teeny condo got piled up in here while I was away.

Anywho, just wanted to check in & say hi. I'm hoping to fix some stuff with broken links to files on the blog this week. (Evil acrobat file storage problems but fingers crossed the fix works.) Hope all is more than well in your world!

Much Love,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thank You! (and paper wanna-be fabric craftiness) :)

Wow. Thank You! If I had all the words in all the languages it wouldn't do justice to how much your outpouring of lovely comments and emails means to me. My heart goes out to those of you who share in this heavy grieving. I hope you find as much wise comfort in those beautiful messages as I do. I read and still re-read all of them with a brimming heart. Thank you!

To those of you who relate to my more general struggles like weight and emotional razzmatazz, I hope to share some things that have really helped me over the next little while (in between blog posts of craftiness 'cause I feel mojo sneaking up on me!) :)

I'd hoped to respond to you all individually, but many of you are "no reply" in blogger. So, I hope this small message in some way lets you all know how much gratitude I'm flooded with for you and your words of support and incredible kindheartedness. Thank you ever so much.

And in Craft-related happiness...

my Aunt and dear friend, Maggie, took me here...
(CreativeFest Spring 2016)

She's an astoundingly talented quilter & fabric artist... a decorator and all around ultra-creative lady. Creativfest was a blast to explore together & she's since opened my eyes even more to the wide world of fabric. (Uh oh! Another hobby full of multitudinous tidbits to hoard? Trouble!) ;) 

However, as you well know, paper has a firm hold of my soul, so I required a gateway "drug..." Cue the paper that wants to be fabric when it grows up & the magical substance that can fulfill that aspiration...

Konnyaku powder which is...

"...powdered Devil's Tongue root, a natural plant starch that, when mixed with water and applied by brush to paper, gives extra strength, waterproofing and memory to papers" (source). It seems to give paper a fabric-like strength so you can sew with it. Crazy, right?

I'm excited to take these handmade Japanese paper bits from paper scraps to quasi-quilt-like sewing project. I was thinking a purse or tote bag. Any ideas for a noob?

So, I'll let you know when I get my hands on other paper types (like plain old cardstock perhaps) what weird & wonderful things this magical powdered root schtuff can do. :) In the meantime, thank you again, oh so much, and happy creating!