Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Bring it on

Hello,
As another year comes to a close and new beginnings are on the horizon I find myself looking at new goals and ideas. In fact last years resolution was met with such success, "Getting Lean in 2013" I figured I should set a few more goals for this upcoming year. 
First off, I am making a commitment to be in the best health possible all the while adding strength, flexibility and well being as my motto for 2014. Next I plan on learning new techniques, such as colouring with my new Prisma Colored Pencils, (not as easy as you might think), plus taking better photos (a new camera helps), and then their is a whole new concept to me of drawing digital images (scary, but interesting). Finally, I plan on having fun with friends and family while making memories that will last a life time. So, with all these ideas and plans put out their for everyone to see, let's dive in and see what happens.

This years Inspiration:
Image by  Redonkadoodles, Fitness Girl

Last years inspiration:
Image by Saturated Canary, Workout Jamie.

So here's to a New Year, may it bring health, happiness and success to us all.
Happy New Years,
Susan

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All,
At last the day has come, with all the preparations complete, the cards, gifts and other creative endeavours put aside. Now comes the time to enjoy the celebrations and appreciate all that we have. There are so many wonderful gifts in my life that I could mention today, alas I will keep this short and give thanks to all that have come in or touched my life, you are what makes the experience colourful and real. May peace, love and hope fill your days.
As the Christmas crafting season has come to a close, my mind is already working on the busy birthday months ahead. I am super excited to give my new and exciting Christmas present a try. I received a full set of Prisma coloured pencils, at first I thought I would use them along side my Copics, although after seeing what can be done with the coloured pencils I figured I would like to give them an try on there own. It is my hope that I can add a bit more realism to my projects and get the depth that I am looking for. Furthermore I have notice the increase of coloured pencil painting throughout the blogs that I visit and I am very encouraged with the results that I am seeing. 
As for other very exciting news, I purchased a new camera after receiving some Christmas money. I am now the proud owner of the Canon Rebel T3I. Although I have only used point and shoot cameras or my IPhone I am quickly learning the settings and functions of this new baby. I am hopeful that my new photos will increase the quality of my blog and allow me to participate on some design teams in the future.


Many thanks to all,
Enjoy your family,
Susan 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wine Bottle Santa

Ho Ho Ho,
There is nothing more magical to a child than Santa, and to this day I still believe in the magic of Christmas. It is the time of year when you can relive your childhood with all of the magic and wonder of the season. 
I love to create Christmas memories through sewing, paper crafts and painting. Today's post makes for a great hostess gift, a nice fun way of displaying your wine. This particular project was adapted from one of my many Art to Heart books, originally it was a gift bag, with a few measurement changes and fabric choices it was then easily modified to fit a wine bottle. I have made several of these for gifts yet have kept one for myself. Such a fun and festive project.


Have a Merry Christmas,
Susan

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Stronger Together

Hi,
Every so often a wonderful caring person comes into your life, my friend in which this post is dedicated to is one such lady. Not only is she a breast cancer survivor, she tirelessly raises money and promotes awareness for the disease. Additionally, coming from the fashion industry she knows how important it is to feel beautiful under any circumstance. Her new focus is dedicated to making people with cancer look and feel better. She is quite a remarkable lady.
My friend also loves Pinterest and pinning all sorts of new ideas. One of the pins she came across was an image close to the one that I am about to share with you. She was interested in knowing how one would go about creating something such as this. So together we got out our paper and pencils and created our sketch. Unfortunately the project took longer than expected, and after one afternoon we had just our sketches completed. Therefore we set a second date to finish up the project, and in the meantime we would complete our backgrounds. Our next afternoon was a fun day of learning to paint, drinking tea and eating a healthy lunch. Although close, the project was still not complete, therefore we decided to finish it off on our own.
After weeks of setting it aside I finally decided to get my butt in gear and finish it off. Once the painting on the canvas was complete I needed to turn my project into something. Deciding on a  bag for my painting it was time to put the sewing machine into action. Finally a fully lined including a pocket shopping bag emerged. I hope she enjoys her Christmas gift.





There are so many amazing and caring people in this world who make a difference. Thank you my friend for being one of them.
Have a wonderful day,
Susan
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Tree Ornaments, Kenny's Krafty Crews Challenge #162 Anything Goes

Hi,
 
As Christmas is fast approaching and last minute crafting is almost complete, I figured why not go ahead and make some adorable new ornaments for my tree. These fabulous girls from the new Kenny K Christmas line were the perfect choice for the decorations I had in mind. Not only are they super cute, but the style and shape are perfect. Although it did take a bit of trimming and sanding after gluing the four layers of cardboard together then adding the image plus a nice backing. In the end they came together beautifully. Additionally, spraying the image with a fixative allowed the dimensional coating from modge podge to work a treat giving them a nice resin look without causing the Copics to bleed. 
Furthermore I have entered these wonderful ornaments in  the Kenny's Krafty Krews Challenge #162 Anything goes challenge.

 

Enjoy the season,
Susan

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Santa's Cookie Bucket

Hello,
Today's post a gift bag that can be filled with all sorts of goodies. These cute santa cookie buckets are from a wonderful book, Hugs and Holly, easy holiday ideas from the workshop of Kelly Mueller of the Wooden Bear. 
The book is filled with great Christmas projects that are easily to put together and lots fun to make. As for this particular project, it made for a great evening of sewing with my local quilt guild last Christmas. 
Now, all that is left is to fill them up with yummy treats and surprises.


Enjoy the festivities of the season,
Susan 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Santa Jacket Christmas Treats

Hi,
These incredible little Santa jackets that I am sharing with you today were a blast to make.

 
I was in need of a fun Christmas project to give away as a small gift to friends and acquaintances over the Christmas season. While looking for ideas I came across these wonderful Santa jackets at Julie Davison's blog. Fortunately she includes a wonderful youtube tutorial on how to make these fun filled treat holders. As she used a punch that I did not own, I came up with my own improvised method of making the jacket. Instead of using the tag punch as was shown in the video, I was able to use a single strip of paper for the jacket body as opposed to 3 pieces. Fortunately this worked out better in the long run as it used less paper and tape. Furthermore I managed to cut out 24 jackets from one 12"x12" sheet of paper.



 
I absolutely love them, they are going to make cute little treats for some lucky ladies.

 
Have a warm and cozy day,
Susan  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make It Crafty Meets Starbucks

Hello,
Christmas is my favorite time of year. One reason is because of all the incredibly fun and cool things there are to make to help celebrate the holidays. This is one such project. Last year I got inspired by Ruby at And That's All She Wrote , I fell in love with her idea for the Starbucks cups. Therefore, this year I decided that I would make these in place of the Christmas crackers I make. Although everyone loves my crackers which are filled with all sorts of goodies, a change can be good. 
The images I chose are the cute and adorable elves from Make it Crafty, there are quite a few to choose from plus you can also buy the complete set at a discount price. As an added bonus this post has come at a perfect time to participate in the red and green challenge by Make It Colourful.


Such a fun and great gift idea, you can fill them with little surprises like tea, coffee packets, gift cards and of course chocolate. Use your imagination. A gift in a cup.
Have a great day,
Susan 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Kenny's Krafty Krews Challenge #161 Buttons Boots & Bling

Hello,
After not participating in the last couple Kenny's Krafty Krews challenges, I decided it was time to rejoin the fun. The theme for this challenge is buttons, boots and bling. What girl does not appreciate fancy boots and a bit of bling? Additionally, I’m quite the girly girl loving all things sparkly, shiny, and pretty. 
Today I chose to use the incredibly hot and sexy Capt. Locke, who’s not only too cheeky for her own good, but also super fun to colour. 




Have a wonderful day,
Susan

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pot Pinchers a Matching Set

Hi,
I must say I have a lot of my dad's traits, we never do anything in small. That is, if we are going to make one we might as well make several. Well 16 pot pinchers later along with a lot of sewing they are ready to go. These warm and cozy pot pinchers from Vanilla House Designs (P156) make an excellent gift idea. 
Additionally, combining the pot pinchers along with my snowman trivets creates a very useful duo. Just tie it all together with a ribbon and you got yourself  a hot out of the oven gift is ready to be received.



Happy Baking,
Susan

Admiring The Star Trivet

Hello,
Winter in Canada can be very cold and snowy, especially here in the mountains. To bring a little warmth to this long and cold season I decided to turn a few tiles into winter themed trivets. Sassy Cheryl carries a wide variety of fun winter images that would work perfectly for my project. Deciding upon a simple and clean snowman, Admiring the Star became the image of choice.
As I was working on my first tile, I noticed there was a slight coating that did not allow the Copic ink to soak in as much as I would have liked. Therefore  I gave the following three tiles a light sanding which allowed for much better coverage. 
The white on the snowmen was painted with an acrylic wash, and the boots with a black acrylic paint. The remainder of the image was coloured with my wonderful Copic markers.
To finish this project off I applied some cork to the back adhering it with contact cement. Finally I used sprayed a fixative to seal the image. As a result you have this super cute winter trivet bringing warmth and a smile to any kitchen.


 
 
Keep warm and safe,
Susan 

Monday, November 25, 2013

More Adventures In Skin

Hi,
Well, I must say a little stretching is going on in my world and it is not yoga. When I first considered entering the Make it Colourful skin challenge I knew some boundaries were going to be pushed. In my first skin colouring post I went for something completely different, green and alien.  For my second entry in this challenge I have chosen the colours and theme from beyond our realm of the living or at least between the realms, the awakening dead. 
The most difficult part of this challenge was to use light colour tones throughout the image, as opposed to the vivid bright colours I normally use.
Elven Ardella a digital stamp from Make It Crafty  was the perfect image for this project. It's her torn wings and far off gaze that gives her the qualities of being from a land unknown, all the while complimenting the ghostly appearance of her skin. 
I used a variety of colours, from pale blue (B0000), violet (V0000) and grey (C00) which are not my go to skin tones. Alas we have the infamous blue violet (BV20) bringing dark shadows of the skin to life. Finally, to complete the look I threw in a couple of normal skin tones (E0000, E000) helping give the wonderful but lost look to Elven Ardella's character.

Have a terrific day,
Susan

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Advent Christmas Cards

Ho, Ho, Ho,

Christmas is just around the corner, a very exciting time for those who sew and craft. It is my favorite creative time, I love to share and spread joy through my many projects. 

Today I am sharing a few cards that I planned on making since last year. I absolutly love the advent cards that some of the other girls were creating, therefore I decided they were a must on my Christmas project to-do-list for this year. Already having last years release of the Kraftin Kimmie Christmas stamps I was ready to go.


The first thing I needed to do was figure out the size of card that would work best with my images. I took several attempts at making the template for this card before I got the perfect dimensions. Next, I coloured up my Kraftin Kimmie images, and used them to create these super cute and fun to make Christmas cards. 


Putting the card together took a little figuring, in the case of a directional image simply fold the card the reverse direction so that the image faces towards the calendar. As I do not have a fancy binding machine, I found using a coil from a notebook, its cardboard cover along with a small hole punch perfect
 for making the holes to attach the numbers and the coil.

So with out further delay here are my cards and a tutorial on how to make your own.





How cute are they? Now onto the instructions for a side step card.

Side Step Card

1) Cut 10 1/2" x 6" (26.7 x 15.25 cm) piece of card stock.



2) Measure 2" (5 cm) in from the outside edge, make a small pencil mark 1 1/4" (3.2 cm) and 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) up from the bottom. Using your paper trimmer cut in between these two markings. This will create the side step on the card.


3) On the 4" (10.2 cm) side, score a line at 5 1/4" (13.34 cm) from the bottom stopping at the slit for the side step.


 4) On the 2" (5cm) side, score three lines, one at 1 1/4"  (3.2 cm) from the bottom, the next at 2 1/2" (6.35 cm )and lastly at the 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) measurement. Score just to the slit.


5) Carefully fold your card along the 5 1/4" (13.34 cm) score line, be carful not to crease the side step piece. This will fold the main body of your card in half.


6) For the side step fold the first or bottom score line back or down, the second score line gets folded up and the third or top score line once again gets folded back completing the side step. The card is now ready for decorating, so go ahead and enjoy making some of these fun cards.





Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial,
Susan

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Adventures in Skin

Hi,

Today I am sharing another super fun challenge. Make It Colourful has once again pushed our boundaries with this months skin challenge. Once again there are two categories to choose from: an easier challenge, using a skin colour that you don't normally use, and a harder challenge, giving muscle definition to your image. Deciding to step out of the box I went with green, not an everyday colour choice for skin.

Make It Crafty’s "Rusty Can House" background ties in perfectly with the wonderful alien image that I found on the internet. This creature is not only perfect for slick green skin, but also has nice muscle definition. I found both of these images plus this challenge a joy to colour.



Have an interesting day,

Susan

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rudolf Loves Shopping

Hi,
With the trend of carrying your own shopping bags, you might as well have a cute one. This super fun and trendy bag comes from the Art to Heart  book, "Santa's Coming". As there are several to choose from, I couldn't resist Rudlof, it's just not Christmas without that shining red nosed reindeer to guide us through the crowds. The bag itself is made from high quality tea towels that can be purchased at most quilting shops. I have adapted mine by using two towels and making the bag larger than directed. The towels make for a soft, yet sturdy bag that can easily be folded and put in your purse when not needed. 
Happy Shopping,
Susan

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rooftop Santa Table Runner

Hello,
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s nice to share some seasonal projects.
I came across this table runner as a make it your self gift kit. I loved it so much I ended up getting a second for myself. Buying a kit is a great way of getting the fabrics you need, while keeping the leftovers to a minimum.
This pattern is by Disa Designs #DD130 and is called Rooftop Santa. It’s a nice and easy appliqué project that is super cute and fun to make.



 
Have a great day,
Susan

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Art to Heart Cleans Up

Hi, 
Today I have for you two tea towels that I have appliqued. These are a great quick project that I have made as gifts numerous times. The idea for these came from one of the many Art to Heart books of which I have quite the collection.
 As I am now fully in festive crafting mode, I will be sharing many of the projects that I have created from these books, some new and others from past years.

Enjoy the season with lots of creativity,
Susan

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mini Explosion Boxes

Hi,
Today's post is a fun one, super cute and easy to make birthday explosion boxes. I first came across the idea from Anja's blog, who made these fantastic little boxes for a party that she was attending. I knew after seeing hers I would have to create a few myself. Using the leftover papers from other projects I created these wonderful little boxes.
How cute are they? Well the nice thing is if you want to make a few for yourself you can follow along with my tutorial.
1. Cut two pieces of paper 4 1/2"  (11.43 cm) square. It is nice if they are coordinating papers  for the top and the bottom.
2. Line up the bottom piece of paper at the edge of your score board. Score at the 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) mark.
*TIP: As an alternative to using a score board try using a firm foam pad such as a mousepad, a ruler and a blunt object such as the back side of a butter knife with medium pressure to score.
3. Next, score along the 3"  (7.62 cm) mark. Rotate the paper 90° and score again using the same measurements. Giving you a # shape pattern.




4. After completing your score lines, cut away the four corners, as shown in the photo below.

5. Round off the corners using a large round corner punch. 



6. To finish the explosion box bottom fold along the score lines.
Now with the bottom of the box complete, we will create the box top.
7. The top of the box has a slightly different line up point on the score board. This will give a little extra room so that the top of the box will fit over the bottom. On my score board I have two markings at the beginning one that reads 0 then another mark slightly further in with an arrow. This mark is approximately 1/16" further in from the edge of the board. This is the mark you will be aligning the edge of your paper with.
8. Score the paper at 1 1/2" (3.8 cm) mark, rotate your paper 90°, line up with the 1/16" mark on the score board and score again at the 1 1/2" mark, repeat twice more. For this step you must rotate your paper and score to keep the right dimensions for the top to fit.
9. Next we create tabs for sticking our box lid together. Lining the edge of the paper with the 1/16" mark score at 1 1/4" (3.18 cm) mark, score stopping at the next score line. This will create a 1/4" (.64 cm) tab. Repeat to all corners.
10. Cut out the corners along the tab line to the score line, then across the score line to the box folding line creating a 1/4" (.64 cm) tab.
11. If you have a fancy edge punch, punch the bottom edges, if not you might want to trim them 1/4" (.64 cm). this will make the top slightly shorter than the bottom for easier separation and the chance to see the coordinating paper. Apply two face tape to the tabs. Fold the box lid along the score lines and stick the tabs to the inside of the box top edge.

12. Finish off the top of the box, by using either a punch or a purchased butterfly of your choice. You can also stamp, rub on, or computer generate a banner tag. I used "Happy Birthday" for mine, although any occasion would work nicely. Apply both to the top with two faced tape.
13. Place in a treat, and they are ready to go. 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, it was fun to create.

For a downloadable PDF of this tutorial:
Google Drive Version
Drop Box Version
Have a wonderful day,
Susan