Hello everyone! So I'm interrupting my own "routine" I have going on here lately - which has been all things watercolour LOL - for some straight up stamping:
I FINALLY got a chance to play with MFT's Beautiful Blooms stamp set and Die-namics - these were released back in January in their very first card kit. The kit sold out in record time, and I've had it all sitting here ever since it arrived b/c I didn't want to post a bunch with it when it wasn't available!
It was SO hard to capture the shine on the vases (I swear some days my camera and lighting just doesn't want to work with me).
There that's a little better!
My idea with these was to make them look like all the pieces were attached with the mini clothespin - but my OCD won out and I still adhered all the pieces together LOL!
I went nuts with all things gold on these - it started with the mini clothespins, then I added the gold glitter die cut frames - and by that point I couldn't stop!
I to make a set of three with these - as I say in the video it's like everything was just meant to be in a set of 3 ;).
And of course the insides had to have something as well:
To see how I made these cards check out my video below:
Hey everyone! Total non-stamping related post for today - I get a lot of people asking when I'll post another Life Update video, asking how things are going, etc etc etc. I don't know when I'll do another Life Update video as of right now - it's more the timing and having a LOT on my plate right now than anything.
However on Monday I hauled all 4 kiddo's to the city for a grocery run. I am still impressed with myself that I managed to fit all 4 of them in the car and not only survive Costco at Christmastime (why that place turns into chaos and brings out the worst in people at this time of year I'll never know LOL!), but I managed to fit everything in the trunk of my car along with a double stroller - THAT was an interesting feat LOL! I literally was hanging halfway out of the trunk trying to arrange everything to fit with a lineup of cars behind me waiting to take my parking spot. I had to take apart my stroller just to make it all fit (or else have to go back in and return the toilet paper lolol) but I made it work. I'm sure the people waiting for my spot had some entertainment watching me tetris it all in there (total life skill playing that game on the Nintendo when I was little - I knew someday it would come in handy!).
Anywho - after surviving that I took the kids to the mall for a treat at Starbucks (they love it as much as I do - but we only go as a treat every once in a while - I just have to keep a close watch on K when we get anything from there b/c any unattended cup gets demolished by her and too much sugar/caffeine for a 2 year old and well.....y'all can imagine), and after we went and got pics with Santa. I didn't plan it out ahead of time (outfits and all that jazz - I was just hoping to make it to the city and back in one piece with my sanity intact) plus it's always a hit and a miss as the lineups can be insane for this one. He's the BEST Santa - no fake beard here:
Katelyn was having NOTHING to do with Santa this year - she took one look at him and headed the other way. The only way to get her in the picture was to be in it myself and hold her on my lap - even then she wasn't impressed. Gavin LOVED Santa (doesn't look like it in the pic but the cameraman kept shaking bells to try and cheer up K and Gavin's expression pretty much speaks as to how he felt about that LOL), and couldn't resist grabbing onto his beard after - so wish I had pics of that! Oh well - Merry Christmas from me and my munchkins!
I'll be back soon with another card - maybe a video too - we'll see! ;) :)
I had posted this video on my Facebook page, but I know a lot of you aren't on Facebook so I finally figured out how to upload it to my YouTube channel from my phone so that I could post it here too!
My little man has become quite the chatterbox - funniest thing is is whenever I pull out my phone he stares right at it and starts talking away. He's the only one of my kids that doesn't get shy when the phone/camera comes out! Which of course I completely adore, and I'm trying to get his sisters more comfortable with the camera so that I can get more pics and videos of them too!
Anywho - here's the important message from my "sponsor":
I plan on doing another Life Update video soon, as well as getting back into card making and crafty videos! It's all on my "to-do list" - just a matter of figuring out the logistics around these 4 munchkins of mine! :)
Hello everyone! I am still alive :P - people have been commenting and e-mailing wanting to know how things are since I've pretty much disappeared these past several weeks. I won't lie it's definitely been a struggle (to put it lightly) trying to adjust to everything and juggling 2 kids, a toddler and a newborn on my own.
I just posted this on YouTube and thought I'd put it here too for those that might have missed my earlier announcement :) I had a photographer come in to the hospital to capture some moments with my little man and his sisters getting to meet him for the first time. So SO glad I did it as I've got some wonderful pictures and memories captured - in a 1000x better way than I could take with my phone camera LOL!
Gavin Xavier was born April 16 weighing in at 8lbs4oz. He's absolutely perfect and we're doing REALLY well. His big sisters are overjoyed that he's here and have been loving on him from the moment they met him ;). We're back home and settling in and I will be back posting soon - not sure about videos and whatnot as I'm just taking it all a day at a time! <3 <3 <3
No baby yet - still a little left to go - I'm 38 1/2 weeks! But for those that don't follow me on Instagram (which is what I tend to update the most frequently as it's convenient), I had the wonderful stomach flu visit the house over the Easter holidays.
Needless to say it was a week of hell. Katelyn got it first and it lasted for 3 days (poor kid), and I was run off my feet. Then *I* got it and am at least thankful mine only lasted 24 hours - believe me having the stomach flu at 38 weeks pregnant is not an experience I would wish on ANYONE. I already hadn't slept in 3 days and getting sick myself made it a record 4 days of NO sleep. I am SO thankful my mom was able to take my kids during my sick day so I could concentrate on not dying (somewhat an exaggeration but seriously it was awful). My oldest ended up getting it the day after me but hers was also short-lived. I did more loads of laundry than I thought possible this week!!
So between that and the fact that I am at the stage where I'm feeling pretty uncomfortable and just outright TIRED (without having to deal with sick kids and sick self!) I haven't been feeling too creative. That plus I'm finding sitting at my computer or sitting at my craft desk to be only tolerable for short amounts of time.
Anywho that's what's been going on in my life - laundry, sickness, attempting to get things cleaned and organized before baby gets here etc etc. I'm definitely a LOT more prepared around the house this time versus when I had Katelyn (those that remember we were right in the middle of studio renovations and moving my salon and didn't even have the crib put together yet - it was massive chaos). I learned my lesson from that time so I've had the baby's room ready to go for a couple of weeks now and won't have to dig through boxes trying to find baby things and put them together LOL!
I will be back with cards here on the blog soon though - possibly a video or two too - it just depends on how I'm feeling and whatnot. Now that everyone is feeling better and I'm back to getting *some* things accomplished the creative juices just might start flowing again ;). And when the baby arrives of course I'll be letting y'all know on here and on my Instagram/Facebook/YouTube accounts ;) ;).
Here it is finally :) - lots of people requesting another update and wondering what's going on. Honestly not a whole lot other than life LOL. I'm still hanging in there - just super crazy busy and tired!
So here's my rambling random update - I'm sure I forgot a million things to tell y'all but like I say in the video I filmed this after a loooonnnggg day in the city and was so exhausted, but at least it's another thing off my to-do list ;)
ETA: Just an FYI - y'all can keep checking in as I'm not planning on taking any time off from my blog/YouTube channel etc etc. When I said in the video that I'm not posting another Life Update video 'till after the baby comes it was just THAT type of video - not everything in general. I'll still be posting *somewhat* regularly on here and doing card videos and all that as time allows me. I'll be busy of course but I'm ALWAYS busy LOL!
Also I do a lot of this as a job, and being self-employed means there's no benefits or paid time off. So I do what I have to to pay the bills and put food on the table ;). Of course it all depends on what happens when the baby arrives but the great thing about what I do is that I'm able to do it around all the chaos and at odd hours and whatnot. I love what I do - being creative is a BIG stress-reliever for me as well - so I'll keep posting on here as much as I can!! :D
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FINALLY got this one done. I actually filmed it last Friday, edited it at some point this week and uploaded it a day or two ago so here it is!
So many people asking for updates and info and whether it's a boy or girl - and yes I did finally find out and tell y'all in the video. I appreciate all the comments and concern and well-wishes. I've been CRAZY-busy but that's how it always is with me LOL so I just take it all in stride and do what I can do!
I wasn't even sure if the idea in my head would turn out - and there's nothing like waiting until the day before to even attempt to make a costume without having anything for a backup! Thankfully it DID turn out OK and I took pics of the process as I flew by the seat of my pants trying to make it all work!
I'm more excited that Katelyn was actually WEARING this - lately anything you put on her head gets ripped off 2 seconds later and when I was making this costume she was on and off about the whole thing. But I got a few pictures of her in it for this post and I have my *fingers crossed* she'll put up with it tomorrow LOL.
Anywho - like I said this costume was just a random idea in my head that started with a bunch of packages of felt from My Favorite Things. I didn't have a pattern or anything to go by - and my sewing skills are non-existent. I didn't attempt to sew anything on this - it's all held together with hot glue and hope.
To start off I needed a "base" for the "wings" (arms), front and back. The wings are 2 sheets of Whip Cream felt that I cut to a roughly oval shape.
The front was another full sheet of Whip Cream felt that I cut a bit off for each shoulder and the neckline.
For the back I cut off the corners of a full sheet and cut it in half as I intend for the costume to tie up in the middle of the back.
For the feathers I just sketched out a teardrop shape onto some grid paper and cut two of them out (to have a backup).
I then cut a TON of feathers from Whip Cream, Hot Fudge, Kraft and Orange Fizz felt. I don't have an exact number but it was well over 100 (prolly close to 150) feathers. I doubled up on all the felt and cut 2 at a time so it didn't take as long. I got about 13-14 feathers per sheet.
Some of the feathers I snipped with sharp scissors to make them look more realistic - I only did this to a handful of them b/c it would take all day otherwise.
The quickest way to do this was fold the feathers in half and then snip - trying not to snip them in half (did that a couple of times...)
Finally to adhere the feathers I started at the bottom of each "base" piece and staggered the feathers randomly. I used a dot of hot glue at the top of each feather to adhere - I used quite a bit of glue sticks for this!
Finally once all the feathers were adhered I flipped them over and glued some Hot Fudge MFT grosgrain ribbon along the top of each piece just for some extra strength, then attached them all together with some lighter weight brown ribbon. I made sure the ribbon was long enough to have a good amout hanging off each end to be able to tie it easily.
Finally for the owl "face" I just sketched another template onto the grid paper along with a smaller feather.
I cut the base from Hot Fudge felt and the feathers from the other 3 colors, all of which I snipped.
To finish it off I die cut circles with MFT Circle STAX Die-namics from Kraft and Whip Cream felt and layered them with large Hot Fudge buttons for the eyes. The beak was just a small feather cut in half.
I was going to adhere ribbon to it to just tie it onto Katelyn's head but I KNEW that would be a pain (trying to get her to stay still long enough to tie it on would be impossible), and I remembered I had some kraft-colored elastic in my stash so I measured her head and adhered a piece to the owl face so it's stretchy and slips onto her head easily!
Trying to get pics of her IN it were another story. This kid can't stay still for more than a nano-second and I chased her around the yard trying to get a decent pic and it was just pure luck I got the one at the top of this post <3 <3 <3
So this got posted on my Facebook page and Instagram account - and since I know there's a lot of people that read my blog that don't follow me on either of those accounts I better post this here too!
Another one of the reasons (among work and family and all the technical issues my blog has been having lately that I've already mentioned) I haven't been posting as much on here lately. I've been naseous and tired and not feeling all that creative! But hopefully I'll be posting with some regularity ASAP!
(sorry for the cruddy pic - I took it with my phone in the evening and Katelyn couldn't stand still if her life depended on it LOL. So I just chose the best least blurry shot)
This time I made the whole card from watercolor card stock (you can also buy pre-made cards that are watercolor paper - I have some they're made by Strathmore and I got them from an art supply store), sized to a standard A2 card.
I love the look taping off the edges gives - it's just so cool.
All the colors I used. I linked to a couple of sources for the Inktense pencils and added a couple of the smaller sets b/c a person doesn't NEED to have the whole 72 set like I have - I just have issues with not owning all the colors of everything...
I love how the inside turned out too - so fun
To see how this ard came together check out the video below:
**some of the links take you to currys.com which is an art supply store in Ontarie Canada. I ordered a few things from them recently and just linked to there for convenience but you can get some items (like painters tape) anywhere that's convenient to you*
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