Friday, January 15, 2016

January 2016 Cross Canada Blog Hop - Watercolours

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Watercolor Creations. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.
Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle S. at mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca. If you came from Nicky of timelesscottage.ca then you are in the right place!

I had a night of playing with some of my supplies, I did a bit of a refresher on watercolour painting and different techniques, then set out to play. First I cut one of our 12 X 12 water colour papers into six pieces to make backgrounds and small pallets. Next I pulled out our paints,
aren't they beautiful, such bright colours. and so much fun to play with. Pulled out the brushes and two bowls of water, one for clean water and one for the dirty water when you clean your brush.

For my first page I put on the paint and then sprinkled salt on while it was wet, then let dry, the salt leaves little brighter spots after it dries you brush the salt off. This is what it looked like, it is a bit hard to see the effect the salt made, but it is there.

Next up was the rubbing alcohol dripped onto the wet paint. It makes a cool effect.
 
For this card I layered the different blues and then dropped water drops on the wet paint. When it was dry I made this card up using some of our new thin cuts and coordinating stamps, such a fun set with lots of options for your own creativity.
I made this card a few weeks back, was not going to finish it, but some of my grand daughters loved it so I thought I would finish it and share it here. I was playing with the colormyheartdare and using the suggested colors from it a few weeks ago.
For this card I went through one of the rows of colours and layered them on the card, while the paint was wet, you crumple a tissue or two on it and put it on to dry partly, make sure to pull it off before it dries fully or it will be stuck to your page. This gives you a nice soft texture look on  your page.

This last set of backgrounds was the most fun....but very messy... splatter.....It makes a very interesting background, I am not sure what I will do with this but it was fun, to play with the colours.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Carol of craftycarol55.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be feature Cardstock Creations . So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Scrapbooking YOURSELF???



So you like to scrapbook? I  enjoy using the photos on my pages and telling the stories for future generations to enjoy or for my own enjoyment. For the last month this is the sketch that we have been asked to use and to make sure we include ourselves in a family photo.


In years past there have not been too many photos of me, I am usually behind the lens taking the photos. This photo that I am featuring in this layout is one that has been hanging on my fridge for ten years, it is still there. I did make a mini album about the day with lots more photos, but thought I should have at least one full size scrap page with a bit of the story. This was a very special trip for my husband and I to visit my brother and sister in British Columbia. My sister and her family lived in Salmon Arm at the time and were part of a group of people who enjoyed spending Sunday's in nice weather touring on their motorcycles. We road along on the backs of the bikes and joined them for a 'loop' tour. Being novices in the bike riding world we were not sure how long this trip would be, we did enjoy the day immensely, but we did have sore butts. What a beautiful country we live in and what a way to see part of it from the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycles.

And a few closeups of the page: 


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge & Color my heart Colour challenge



  Hi again, I had some play time this afternoon, after looking at all the creative artwork from the various blog hops featuring the January 2016 Stamp of the month "Beloved Bouquet", I  thought I would spend some time creating. I used the sketch from the 
Atlantic hearts challenge sketch-140, and the Color my heart color dare:




This is the card I came up with after some playing with other colour combinations for fun....

Did you know that our newest seasonal expression is now live....check out my shopping cart to view it online, or let me know if you would like a hard copy, I do have a limited number available?

This may be one of the cards we create at my next card workshop on Friday January 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm, four cards for twelve dollars and a fun night out, contact me for the location.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Atlantic hearts challenge

HI again, I was going to enter this card into two challenges but missed the one by a few hours. Was away enjoying some of our grand children's Christmas program. Last night I was restless and thought I would go and create something.  I looked at the sketch from the Atlantic hearts challenge sketch 138 I also used the colours from the Color your heart challenge, but did not get it posted in time. Here is my creation using the colours from our White Pines paper pack.
It was good to get into my creative space for a bit again, hope to get some more done over the holidays.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December blog hop - Where we create

Welcome to our December blog hop featuring “Where We Create”. If you need ideas about how to organize your supplies and your work space, or if you just want to see our crafty spaces, this hop is for you.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers.... by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at mycreationswithmichelle. If you came from Nicky of timelesscottage then you are in the right place! 
I cleaned up the studio! This is an unusual thing for me as I am a messy or pile person, I put everything into piles then move them around. On the weekend we had taken a road trip to Ikea and I picked up a storage unit that I had not seen before and it works great for our stamp sets.
Hubby also arranged for a stand up work table for me by adding some wood blocks to keep the table higher. 
  



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Carol of Crafty carol 55If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative in whatever space you have available to you! We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Creating With Watercolours. Mark January 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October Cross-Canada-Blog-Hop

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring CTMH’s newest Cricut Collection, Artistry.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start the beginning and join Michelle at my creations with Michelle. If you came from Nicky  of  Timeless Cottage then you are in the right place! 

Each Christmas season my husband loves to give his clients a handmade greeting card. The fun is in trying to outdo the previous years cards, the clients, all seniors all LOVE to receive this card. This months blog hop we are using our newest cricut cartridge "Artistry"!
Since I am designing a Christmas card that has to have a lawn mower in it I used the pages at the back of the handbook and decided to use the decorated Christmas tree and a snowman to push the lawnmower. The tree trunk is done with our Bronze ShinHan alcohol marker. I cut the grass from one of our other cartridges Artbooking. In order to use some of my stash I am using all retired cardstock colours except the white daisy of course. The sentiment is also from a retired stamp set D1512. The lawnmower is die cut from Poppy stamps, I was hoping for a cricut cut of a lawn mower but as yet this is not available to my knowledge.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Carol of  Crafty Carol.
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, my creations with Michelle, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be feature Preparing for Christmas.  So mark November 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Challenges...time to play again

Hi again, I looked up the challenges and thought I think I can do that in a little bit of time... so for the Atlantic heart sketch challenge we are to use this sketch
over on the color my heart challenge we are challenged to use these colours: 


This is what I created, it was fun to play....

All supplies are close to my heart, I used the C1610 Dizzy Circles stamp set and random stamped the backgrounds that I used, using the colours in the challenge. This was fun to play.