Archive for July, 2014

2014-July-31a

As you can see, I am loving the results of watercoloring cut images! I was happy with the results of my first card, so I wanted to make another. This time, I used a little bit more detailed flourish from Shery’s set (thank you so much for these free designs, Shery!). I cut several on a 140 lb cold press watercolor paper using my Cricut/SCAL setup (very similar to Silhouette). Since the paper is thick, I did the cutting twice (I probably should do it three times, because some parts are still not cut all the way through): Continue reading »

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Pinwheel Pirate

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects
31
Jul

2014-July-30-1a

This project was a fun one! Sabrina’s challenge is to “Put A Spin on It”, meaning to make a pinwheel and include it in your project. I wanted to make the pinwheel that spins (isn’t Sabrina’s card so cool?), so off I went to look for a brad that would fit the bill – ummm… no luck, even though I have boxes and boxes of crafty and office stuff, couldn’t find one – either the prongs are short, or, if the prongs are long enough, they are too big for the pinwheel. Continue reading »

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2014-July-30a

I am not good at watercoloring. I’ve tried to study it, tried to create art with it, but it is a beast I always struggle with. I made these roses about a month ago with watercolor pencils – note that I tried twice, with not-so-good results (I’m being polite to myself, LOL):
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Thanks to all who commented on this post and subscribed to my blog! Here are the 5 winners of the drawing ( I wish I could give more):

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2014-July-28a

Jen’s challenge today is to use ribbon scraps – and have I got a lot of those! Ribbons from presents and packaging never gets thrown away in our house – ever! The kids know this so well that it is already automatic for them to hand me ribbons after they’re done opening presents or packages. Most of them get reused but yes, there are still scraps, and I save them all!
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2014-July-27a

This card is a rare occurence to me because:

1) I actually used a stamp (LOL, yes, I did!);
2) it’s my first time to use a brayer and I’m fine with the results; Continue reading »

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2014-July-26a

This card was inspired by this planter from Leif Shop, the wonderful inspiration site chosen by Audrie this week. I was trying to copy the cable knit design by using score lines, and when done, it looked more like basket weave – which I liked even more! I made other “baskets” and here they are (click on image to make it larger): Continue reading »

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Dried Florals Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects
24
Jul

2014-July-24ba

I’m keeping this post short again because I’m not even supposed to be here, LOL! I’m supposed to be catching up with housework – like doing some weeding…and I did go out to our backyard with that intent. But with the severe drought Southern California has been experiencing, our yard does not really have plenty of weeds – it’s plenty of dried weeds that it has lots of. I started uprooting some, then I noticed how graceful the stems are and how soft the tufts of dried burrs looked. Oh, these would look nice on a card, I thought!
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Happy, Happy, Happy

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects
23
Jul

2014-July-23a

This card is for Sandy’s Monochromatic CAS Challenge at The Paper Players and also for Janette’s Sketch Challenge at SplitcoastStampers. I’m keeping this post short today because I have a ton of housework to do (those who are not too fond of my ramblings can heave a sigh of relief! LOL). Continue reading »

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2014-July-21b

Last week, we went to Daiso – a store like Dollar Tree, only that everything is $1.50 and the goods are mostly Japanese stuff (they have an online store, too). Of course, I headed straight to where their papers are (there were plenty of beautiful origami papers, washi papers and tapes, gift wrapping paper, etc). While looking around, I saw these:

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