I went to a craft fair today, and couldn’t go past this gem. I really haven’t been reading much lately and this was just too cute. I put it up on my bookcase to remind me to read and be funny and gorgeous at the same time. I also got a fat quarter with little cartoon cats on it that I might stiffen with glue them cut out to put on cards and things.
They didn’t have any other supplies there, so I only spent a couple of dollars, but got some inspiration and ideas which is the main reason I go.
My motto is “Don’t buy what you can make and don’t sell what you wouldn’t buy.” Which saves me money and is a paradox.
A lot of taping up cat food boxes today. My assembly line is looking good. I need to add card bases, ribbon and finishing touches boxes.
I bought another magazine today that says it has all I need for my Christmas cards, including stamps, embossing folders, papers and a bunch of images and sentiments to cut out. They have a few paper tole/decopage images that will be fun to put together. I have a lot of fussy cutting to do.
I need to get cracking on these cards, as I would like to send some out at a reasonable time this year.
More sequin embellishments! I got a few more colours of sequins, so I started making more circles. Using the flower shaped sequins look quite good. I can’t wait to see how they turn out with more layers.
I also bought a heart paper embosser, some wooden shapes (including butterflies : ), some metallic starry paper, Christmas wrap and a couple of heart stamps that I’m yet to try.
I also had to get some replacement blades for my Fiskars paper trimmer, that I’ve only had since June, so six months. I guess I do use it a fair amount and replacement blades come in a two pack which is nice.
I was in the library, looking at sewing books, and saw buttons that had been covered with little embroidered images like bunnies and snails. They were so cute, that I looked through my stash of buttons to find ones with shanks that I could cover. There wasn’t nearly as many as I thought there would be, but enough to play around with. That way I can figure out what size and type of button will work best and buy some more. I could even get buttons made for covering, but no point in spending extra money unless I have a use for them.
I made this card the other day for my partner. Our nine year anniversary, so there’s nine hearts on the front. I actually punched out all the hexagons from black card and used foam adhesive for the middle section, and stuck the edge ones on flat. My partners favourite colour at the moment is green, and I felt as though it would look nice with the pink. Lucky he likes pink, or this wouldn’t have worked as a manly card. You may think that a biohazard symbol is weird for an anniversary card, but it is the logo for the gaming site we built together. I created it by punching circles of different sizes. Firstly punching the smaller circle, then the larger circle off centre, making moon shapes and gluing them to a base made the same way, but centring both circles to make a ring.
I didn’t measure the card for the sentiment, so I had to tilt the words slightly, as the first letter going up didn’t fit with the last letter hanging down.
The first question he asked me was how long did it take to make. I replied, not as long as you’d think. Once I’d thought out the design while trying to sleep one night, I had figured out most of it. The hexagons punching and placing probably took the longest, and playing around to make the biohazard symbol.
There was a gorgeous baby at the doctors today. She had a pink hoodie and a big pink tutu like dress. She was plopped on the floor in a pile of pink and was too cute not to draw.
I often find it awkward drawing people in public. It’s excellent practice, but its like taking a photo with flash on. You try and be descreet as you can, but if you take out a sketchbook and pencils, it feels odd to me. Then people look at what you’re drawing and watch you draw, which I never minded in art classes… Though gathering an audience when they were meant to be working was strange enough. But I just feel weird doing it in public. I guess that’s why I draw babies with pen on lined paper. Most people look at babies for an extended amount of time and I was writing lists in between drawing as a cover story.
Maybe it’s just me. Or maybe I should be a busker. It’s not weird then.
I’ve been trying to maximise my variety of copic markers, by laying down a base colour in copic, then doing the shading in coloured pencil. This works to a certain extent, but now my red and yellow aren’t working, which are both rather useful for Christmas colouring. As you can see on the bells around his neck, I tried using a mix of orange and brown mixed with yellow pencil to make gold, but failed miserably. Luckily, I can fussy cut that bit off at the collar or cover it with gold sharpie.
I’ve been wanting to draw something, but can’t think of what to draw. This one came out when I was watching an instructional drawing video, and used the base face position, and went my own way from there. I think she has potential to become a full picture. She feels like a cabaret fairy to me.
My solution to being bored and being the most productive with the least amount of effort. Didn’t take as long as I thought. It looks like a bunch of Christmas, but it is a paper chain. I used paper from the Nordic Christmas pack, cutting each 12 by 12 inch paper into strips of 1 by 6 inches, then used Christmas tape to link them all. It’s effective, it’s quick and I won’t be upset if the cats rip it down.
Now I just need to find something to attach it to that won’t annoy the landlord. Maybe on the kitchen table.
I did more prep work for Christmas card making. I tied bows, I cut layering paper, I put glue on glittery ribbon to try and keep it under control and I cut out images from paper. The one good thing about having bad sinus problems is that I have plenty of tissue boxes to sort everything into, making a nice assembly line. I even cleared a bit of space on my craft room table, as my supplies were too scattered. Every time I sat down to do something, I forgot that I’d moved what I needed, elsewhere. It was getting exhausting. I still have things all over, but its starting to make sense.
I haven’t even been able to play with my sewing machine lately. Maybe I can do some stitching on the cards.