Sunday, February 26, 2017

Paper Smooches Monthly Challenge: Love

I figure the best way to get back into the groove of making cards again is to enter as many challenges as I can find and boy, have I MISSED making cards! I didn't realize how much until I started stamping again! It's like an instant mood lifter 😄 Anyways, I decided to play along with the Paper Smooches Challenge this month (just in the nick of time), which the theme is love! Very appropriate for the month of February.




I'd say half of my stamp collection are Paper Smooches stamps; who can resist buying them? They are so stinkin' cute, quirky and just plain fun! Here is what I came up with for my love card...


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Love Machine Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (whisper white)
Ink: Memento (tuxedo black)
Pens: Copic (grey, pink, red)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (squeaky clean, boob tubes, surf and turf)
Other: foam dots


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CASE this Sketch #209

As soon as I saw the sketch for this week's CASE this Sketch Challenge, I knew exactly what die and stamp set to haul out of my stash. Here is what the sketch looks like:


An artist's paint palette was the first thing that popped in my mind and I had yet to crack open my palette die from Paper Smooches that I bought over 3 years ago (yikes!). Here is my simple card using just a few stamps and a die cut shape:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!

Color My World Card
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Paper Smooches & Papertrey Ink
Dies: Paper Smooches
Tools: Stampin' Up! (corner rounder)


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Delving into the world of photo manipulation

As a branch off from taking photographs, I have become more interested in the world of digital art/photo manipulation. There's just something about a fantasy/surreal picture that speaks to the artist in me, plus its always fun fun to learn something new! I've been practicing with some photoshop tutorials on composites with stock photos just to see how things work in photoshop (I fear I will never learn everything this program has to offer). After doing about 3 tutorials over the past week, I decided to try out something using my own photos and myself as one of them. It's by no means perfect, and there are things about it like shadows that frustrated me to no end that I couldn't figure out how to fix, but when all said and done, I kind of like it!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coming back from a Creative Hiatus!

It's been well over a year since I made a card and I must say I missed it! Perhaps a bit too long of a break as I completely forgot the dimensions of a regular card! After I refreshed my memory on that one, I discovered that most of my ink pads had long dried up; that was a disappointment to say the least. After some scrounging around, I managed to find a black ink pad that wasn't dried out and some non-dusty paper lol. My stamp collection has been unloved for a while too, so I picked a set that I hadn't even opened yet and came up with this simple card for the CASE this Sketch Challenge.





Hopefully this restart to my card making! Loved getting my fingers inky again!

Have a great day and happy crafting!
Julie

Hello Card
Paper: (white, wild wasabi) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (cyber cafe) Paper Smooches
Ink: (basic black, wild wasabi) Stampin' Up!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Photography Blitz

Wow I can't believe it has been over half a year since I posted here. I seem to have put most of my crafty stuff on hold and have become consumed with photography. Here are some of my favourite shots since I posted in August.

Beach combing in Newfoundland

Light painted apple tree under the stars

Big Dipper

Lone Tree

Martinique Beach, Nova Scotia

Sparkler Fun

Home Sweet Home

Water drops

Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the pictures :)
~Julie












Saturday, August 15, 2015

Creative Hiatus

Well it's been a very long time since I have blogged and I don't think I have touched card making supplies in 3 months and have only dabbled here and there with jewellery. It seems my creative interests go in cycles and right now I'm stuck on photography...night photography to be exact. I've been driving around at all odd hours of the night, scouting out different places to practice my photography skills. Two things I have learned is 1) the weather at night drastically varies from one place to another (we're talking kilometres here) Yup, lots of places that would be perfect for shots have fog at night. 2) For someone who is terrified of the dark, taking night photos isn't exactly the most relaxing hobby. I have come up with an easy solution for number 2, which my husband laughed wholeheartdely when I told him what I was doing. I have figured out the art of raising one's tripod through the sunroof of my car, with camera attached and therefore eliminating the need to get out of the car in the dark :) I live in the countryside and have heard too many packs of coyotes over the years (and at areas I have taken photos) to ever want to step foot out of my car. If I'm lucky though and the skies are clear and on an evening that my hubby doesn't have to work the next day, then I'll just drag him along with me, which enables me to actually get out of the car. He is the dedicated super flashlight holder and noise maker to scare off any wild creatures.

Anyways, here are some of my favourite shots 
over the past 3 months, enjoy!

Sun Rays


Moon and sunset

Milky Way over the Atlantic Ocean
Star Trails

Pinks and purples of northern lights on top of cell tower hill
Lonely bird on a wire at sunset
Selfie with rising sun
Headlights of truck flying by with Milky Way

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative week!
Julie




























Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Russian Spiral Rope

I have discovered a new hobby of beading and find it to be quite relaxing. Lately I have been on a kick to try new beading techniques. Last month I tried a new beading stitch called Russian Spiral and made a rope necklace. To top it off I paired in with a beaded owl pendant that I got from a tutorial from Etsy. The owl design is by Assza and you can find her Etsy shop here. The owl was really detailed and after re-trying sections that I kept messing up on, I finally finished it and was so happy with the way he turned out!


The rope necklace was the perfect compliment to this little guy!


The necklace is done entirely with black beads and finished off with a rhodium plated tierracast toggle clasp and measures about 18.5" in length.


Needless to say, I am addicted to russian spiral necklaces now:)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie



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