Sunday, September 27, 2015

Charmed, I'm Sure

Hello Everyone!
I have a confession, yes another one...I have a new addiction.
This new addiction includes, beads of all kinds and colors.

Here are a couple of pictures of what my addiction started off as:
(as always, you can click on any of the pictures to make them larger)

Ah then I had to think of what I was going to do with these little cuties.

Here is what I came up with:

These are various hanging chunky charms.
To be used on purses, backpacks, key chains, planners and such.
They have a big lobster claw on the top for you to clip on anything.

So I hope you enjoyed my new addiction and will be back with more soon.
I am also putting these up in my Etsy store.
So visit when you can.

Take care and thank you so much for visiting!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Watercolor Weekend

 Hello and Welcome!!!

So this weekend I got to take a big four-day weekend!!!
Most of the weekend I crafted...surprise, surprise! LOL!!!

I had the watercolor bug...
mostly from watching YouTube videos of 
various people doing this same technique.
So no, I did not come up with this...
Please check out YouTube to help you out even more.

 So I tape my watercolor paper down to my cutting sheet.
Don't put it directly to wood since you will be adding a lot of water to it.

 Here I have a laminated piece of paper that I put some
Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks.
I learned the laminated piece of paper from Kristina Werner, thank you!

 I have now added a lot of plain water to the piece of watercolor paper.

 Now on to the coloring.
I have the Fossilized Amber on top and the Spiced Marmalade on the bottom.
With the water and the way Distress inks are, they blend beautifully.
I then took a paper towel to get some of the pools of water off.
I took a sprayer and sprayed some water, 
then taking it off with the towel as well.
This takes some of the ink off the paper leaving drops of white.
Then I took a heat tool to the paper and dried it completely.

 Here I took some of my mica powders that I have had for a bazillion years...
added water to them on a brush and tapped away 
to leave dots of the color all over.

 I let this dry a bit and took my heat tool to it again to make sure it was dry.

 I hope you can see how much this shimmers from the mica powders.
(As always, you can click on any picture to make the item bigger)

 So here's what I did with the background I created.
I added some sequins and glossy accents.
I also added a 'hello' die that I glittered up with some gold.

Here's a close up of the glittery goodness!!!

 On this card, I used my watercolor pencils for the first time!
I tried laying color down first then using my brush,
but I eventually like the control of using my brush on the pencil then going to the image much better.
Thanks for that tip Julia Altermann.

 Here's a close up of the image.
If I do say so myself, not bad! LOL!!!

 On this card I used three different blue distress inks 
and some blue mica powders.

 On this one, I used the same colors as the first...
Orange Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.
I then stamped with Versafine and embossed,
which I would have done first, but it is such a detailed stamp.
Then put a bunch of Enamel dots.

 Here's a close up of the stamping.

 This one I went from light blue, to medium blue to purple.
I then again glittered a die cut per Jennifer McGuire.
I also added sequins and glossy accents.

 Here's a close up of the glitter goodness again!

 I made two of the gold hello die cuts,
so I added it to this card that I threw together 
with some items I colored with pencils a while ago and had no home.

 My hello shaker card!
Sheesh, I don't know how many times I messed this one up while creating it!
But finally, it is done and I love how it came out.

A close up on the shaker part.
I used my Wink of Stella pen to the hello die cut to give it a bit of shimmer.

So I know I did a lot of name dropping in this post,
but I do feel that I should give credit to the incredible people
that share their expertise on their blogs and their 
YouTube Channels (which I am addicted to).
There are so many talented crafters that I follow
and try to create along with and am so grateful that they put
themselves and their creations out there for me to get some great ideas from.
Thank you!

I also tried my hand at a new manicure...and it's all made with a dotting tool!

It's called Interlocking I believe and it looks way harder than it is.

Here's a close up.
So glad that Fall is on it's way...
darker colors on my nails is something I love.

Well, I hope that you all enjoyed your 
Labor Day weekend here in the United States.
I know I did and hate that I have to go back to work.
I can't wait to retire and keep myself busy with creating 24 hours a day!!!

Take care and thank you so much for visiting!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

August Nail Polish Haul

Hello and Welcome!!!

Well, it looks like this month not many polishes tickled my fancy since I only purchased five, and one is a duplicate that I needed for my collection.

Here are the five...

Sally Hansen Pearl Crush - Lady Crab
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Sinful Colors - Jolt
Sinful Colors - Flower Power
Sinful Colors - Mamasita

Sinful Colors - Jolt

Sinful Colors - Snow Me White, my duplicate.
I love the coverage of this white polish.

Sinful Colors - Mamasita (one coat)

Sinful Colors - Flower Power (one coat)

Sally Hansen Pearl Crush - Lady Crab

Hopefully, (except to my hubby), next month will be better
in finding some nice polishes!!!

Take care and thanks so much for visiting!