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