Do Mermaids send wish lists to Santa?

Hello Everyone,

Stephen on the Kraftin Kimmie Stamp Facebook page challenge us to use non-Christmas stamps/ Non-winter theme stamps to make a winter/ Christmas project.

I thought it was a perfect time to use a stamp I coloured in the summer on a Christmas project. I have always adored the gleeful expression on Serena Sparkles, she reminds me of a super excited child waiting to open her presents on Christmas morning. Maybe that is why I coloured her up in kind of a Christmas palette.

my concept was that Santa was delivering Christmas presents by floating them down to her in bubbles. So after using distress oxides and a bit of stenciling on this Ampersand Clayboard tile, I placed assorted Christmas stickers on the background, then used glossy accents to make the bubbles.

I heat embossed the sentiment at the top, then popped up Serena and added her Christmas Tree, presents, and a Xmas wish list.

Supplies Used:

-stamp: Serena Sparkles by Annie Rodrique for Kraftin Kimmie (retired)

-ampersand Clayboard tile (love these for mix media because they heat emboss like a dream)

– Distress Oxide in Salty Ocean, and broken China

– stickers from doodlebug, presents Are stamps from my favourite things

– tree from stash (unknown)

stencil Tim holtz

nuvo drops in white blizzard glitter, red berry glossy, sea breeze translucent

– glossy accents

– Recollections detail fine embossing powder in gold

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All I want for Christmas is…

Hello Blog,

Wow! I am actually writing on the blog for the first time since May!

Again, hoping to post more! when I have the spare time.

I have a new project that I made tonight, the first in this years Christmas card series. This one is called All I wants for Christmas is books!

I came up with this idea using this week Kraftin Kimmie challenge: Talk Nerdy to me!

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As a kid (let’s face it as an adult too) one of my favourite things to do Christmas morning is to curl up and read the books I have got for Christmas, and now I buy books for my niece and nephew to read to them!

Hugs to everyone,

Patti

 

My Crafty New Years Resolutions for 2018

Hello Gals and Pals,

I am always excited when a new year starts. Beginnings can be a great way to feel refresh and conquer things you may have been putting off for one reason or another.

I always make New’s Year’s resolutions, and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail miserably, but the point is to try and improve the things I need to work on.

Although 2017 was a big year creatively I do feel like I need to push myself further in a few different area’s and here is what I am going to focus on this year:

1. ) Improve my grammar/ spelling– If you have been reading my blog (including this post) you probably aware that grammar is not my forte. Even as I wrote this sentence I spelled Grammar wrong twice.  In order to improve on this, I will be spending some time with a book we have at work that can make grammar and spelling easier. I hope this helps! Another thing that will help me improve is my 2nd challenge of the year.

2.) Become more consistent with my online content:  I do want to blog more, share more works in progress photos, and even eventually do some colour along with the Facebook community. A key thing that consistency needs though is my 3rd challenge.

3.) Become more organized:  I have a bad habit of not hitting deadlines on time, and spending way too much time trying to find ways to procrastinate cleaning my craft room. This year I want to make sure to clean my crafty area after each project is done, and destash some of the crafty goods I am hoarding, this will make it easier to achieve challenge number 4.

4.) Colour Daily:  I want to create a daily habit where I spend at least 15 minutes colouring something…. Even if it is as simple as adding colour combos to my copic colour combo journal. This has been something I wanted to achieve for over 2 years and it isn’t that I don’t have time, it’s that I procrastinate too much, or I get sucked into watching stuff online. Accountability will play a key role in this, so I am planning on taking a photo each day of what I coloured and post to Instagram. That way I can improve my skills and practice new ones. Speaking of which…

5.) Experiment with different mediums:  I really want to try colouring with pencils, watercolours, and even play with some different colour combo’s that I don’t normally use. Sometimes I feel stuck using my copics all the time, or I find I play it safe too often. By starting to play with new mediums I will be able to “exercise my creative brain”

6.) Lastly I want to still work on my project 52 notebook, but instead, I decided I will stop pressuring myself to complete detailed layouts and just add a bit of what I have been doing each week to it. This way If I am just colouring an image without any intention of using it on something I can glue it in the book and see the progress I have made throughout the year. I want to put them in the journal so I can do a flip through at the end of the year!

Phew that is a lot of challenges this year! but I am excited to see my creative dreams take hold!

For one can only soar in her dreams and ambitions! (or something similarly cheesy!)

Lots of hugs,

Patti

Project 52 Introduction: Soar!

Hello gals and pals,

I am starting a new adventure! and it is both thrilling and also intimidating…. It is called Project 52!

Each week I will attempt to put some art down in this art journal that my lovely, wonderfully talented Cousin made for me!

Front Cover

I even have a theme for this journal: I am calling it Soar! That’s why I thought the cute little airplanes would be perfect for the front cover. I will be adding the title in big block letters once I have a better picture of what I want on the front cover.

I like using the word soar to imagine my creative journey taking new heights! (cheesy I know) I want to use this journal to challenge myself with new art mediums, new techniques, and to journal my thoughts and feelings. I am hoping to look back and see how much I improve/ change my art with the ideas that pour out of here.

I hope you will join me on exploring this creative journey!

Lots of hugs,

Patti

 

 

Card Wrap Up Intro (It’s been a while)

Hi Gals and Pals,

I realized that my little lovely blog has been super neglected! Facebook and Instagram get updated everytime I have a project because it is easy… But both Social Media’s I only write a short blurb, I made this blog so I can share my love of cardmaking.

That being said, where do I start? do I just post the next project and ignore the many wonderful projects I have made? or do I do a wrap up giving a little bit of love to each project, then the next new project give more details…. I decided on the latter. Each day this week I will be writing up a blog post for a wrap up of each month.

~Patti

 

Playful Unicorns

 

 

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Stamp by: Kraftin Kimmie Stamps- Unicorn and Rainbows 

 

 

Hello Gals and Pals,

I have had the idea for this card running through my mind since I received my latest Krafty haul. I knew I wanted the unicorns bouncing on some fluffy white clouds, also Kraftin Kimmie challenge this week is to make a White card!

I knew that the card had to contain a little bit of rainbow colour, because of the lovely sentiment I wanted to use on the front…

I coloured the unicorns white by adding gray’s and blue-gray shadows to make them appear more white. I then coloured their manes to match the pattern paper. Lastly, I added gold gel pen to the hooves, the crown, and the horn.

My Niece is turning 4 this week and I hope the whimsy of this card will make her look at it for at least a minute while she is opening all her pretty packages.

Lots of Hugs!

~Patti

The question of the week: What is your favorite mythical creature? Mine will always be dragons but a close second would be a phoenix.

 

Ice, Ice, Bunny!

 

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Stamp Credit: Ice, Ice, Baby by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

 

 

Hello, Gals and Pals!

Starting off the new year with a card made for my little nephew’s second birthday.
I had decided to try my hand at Watercolouring the cute little skating bunny from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps- Ice, Ice, Baby stamp set.

Using Zig real brush markers I watercoloured the bunny and his little outfit, I then sponged Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid lagoon distress inks to the background to give it a dusky glow. The bunny and ice rink were cut out and popped up with some foam tape to give the scene a little bit of dimension. I added a pop of colour by embossing trees onto scrap pieces of paper and gave it a less uniform look by cutting a thin border around the trees. Finally, I added a few sequin snowflakes, and a sentiment to the bottom of the card.

Gotta say I am not in love with the card, but one of the goals for me this year is to accept the flaws and move on. That is after I tried making the card 4 times on Friday… My mojo just wasn’t wanting to come out and play.

Little Tidbit: I am actually terrified of ice and in general I am not a fan of Winter period. I do like how pretty snow is on everything though so I accept it and wait out the winter for my favorite season Spring! what is your favorite season?

Please don’t mind my blogs pixie dust! I am working on my branding, and hope to have a blog that feels more like how I envision Patti Made a Thing.

Lots of hugs!

~Patti