Project Life 2015: Weeks 25 and 26

Hey everyone! It’s Friday! And it’s time to share with you guys my newest Project Life Process Video, this time for weeks 25 and 26! Week 26! Halfway through the year and I’m slowly catching up, and definitely not falling behind. Which is good, but really, either way, I don’t care, as long as I’m still having fun. Which I am!

Here is the video:

And don’t forget to check the previous post for the giveaway!!

Have a nice weekend!

 

100 subscribers on Youtube – Giveaway

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while! Sorry about that! I guess I was too busy doing videos to come and update poor ol’ blog! But anyway, I’m back here today with a giveaway! Last week, I reached the milestone of 100 subscribers, how exciting is that! So to thank you all for watching, I’m hosting a little giveaway! It’s open to all, subscribers and non-subscribers, as well as internationally.

If you want to see what you could win, check out this (crazy) little video:

And to enter, simply log into this rafflecopter widget:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Make It Monday: DIY Project Life Cards

Hey Folks, it’s Monday! I know right, this weekend business is not long enough! Still, I had enough time to film a new video for you guys! Woohoo!
Make it Monday
As you can see, I have finally decided on where I want to go for my Monday videos. I just want to MAKE THINGS with you guys. I truly believe it’s the best way to start the week, you know, to actually make something with your own little hands. And I hope this little video will inspire you to get your supplies out and make something!

So here is the video. Materials list can be found below.

  • 140gsm watercolour paper similar to this one
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils
  • Waterbrush similar to this one
  • Copic markers
  • X-press It paper that I buy locally
  • White cardstock, stamps and inks that I’m sure you’ll find in your stash!
  • Before I go, did you guys spot my couple of surprises over the weekend? No? Well, for the first one, you really needed to subscribe to my Youtube channel, then you would have seen that I uploaded a video of my “unboxing” of the latest Studio Calico Project Life Kit.
    The second “surprise” was the slight revamp of this blog. I realised last week that the previous look of the blog didn’t make it really obvious that you could leave me comments, so I decided to give it the boot and chose a new look with all the right things for my readers. I can’t wait to see if it’ll mean more comments! 😉

Colour Friday: Bubble Girl

Hey guys! It’s Friday! Woohoo! And I’m back with another Colour Friday video. I’m really enjoying this series and I hope you’re loving it too!

For this week, I dug up a drawing I had done ages ago. It was not my best effort and I wasn’t really keen on it, so I left it aside. Until this week, when I found her on my desk and it was a case of “use it or ditch it”. And I’m glad I did. While she’s not my best art ever, far from it, she turned out better than anticipated. And cute! I think. What do you think?

Bubble Girl

It is quite a small project and it took me only just over 1 hour to complete the painting, which I did using one of my favourite media: Inktense Pencils. I so love them.
Here is the video:

Now, the list of materials used (or similar products):

  • A5 watercolour paper
  • Inktense pencils by Derwent in a selection of colours: Poppy Red, Cherry, Mauve, Spring Green, Field Green, Iris Blue, Sea Blue and finally Cadmium Yellow
  • Koi watercolours
  • Waterbrush
  • Low tack masking tape that I picked up from my local hardware store

That’s it for today. I’ve got a suprise or two coming up for this weekend so keep an eye out here and on Youtube! 😉

Project Life 2015: week 5

Hey there! It’s Wednesday, so it means it’s time to catch up with Project Life! I’ve really enjoyed this week’s layout, even though I’m using pictures from only a couple of events.
Project Life week 5

Yellow was my colour of choice this week, partly because I seemed to have a lot of yellow cards and papers (and I don’t even like yellow that much, just my luck!), but also it fitted perfectly with my pictures this week, with most of them having some kind of yellow in them. As usual, most of the things I used were either from Studio Calico or Elle’s Studio.

I hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed myself making it!

And here are a few pictures of this week’s spread!
Project Life week 5
Project Life week 5

That’s it for today! I’ll be back on Friday with a Colour Friday video!

Monday cards: inspired by quilting

Hey friends! It’s Monday. I know. But look, I’m back, and I brought you a new video, too! How awesome is that?
Recently, I’ve been looking for ways to bridge the gap between all the crafts I love, and this new project allowed me to bring together 2 things that I enjoy very much indeed: paper and patterns. So, I made a few cards. And a couple of project life cards too.
A few cars inspired by quilting

The beauty of this project, is that you don’t need much: a card base, strips of pretty paper (or washi tapes!), a bit of glue and maybe a stamps or two. And voila! Done! Fits me and my non-existent card making skills.

So, I hope you’ll enjoy this video, and I’ll see you on Wednesday with a new Project Life spread AND video!

(Also, this video went live way before I wrote this blog post, so really, you should subscribe to my youtube channel to make sure you’re not missing anything!)

Colour Friday: the jar of threads

Hey guys! It’s Friday! Who’s doing the happy dance like me?! And I’m back with another Colour Friday video. On time. Look at that!

Jar of Threads
Now, this project had been on the back of my mind ever since I started my Youtube channel. But It took me a couple of weeks to gather up the courage of drawing and painting on camera a translucent rounded object! I did it, and I’m loving the result. I think that I might even frame it and keep it in a place of choice as something a little bit special.

As I said in the video (I think), I am not a confident artist and I always second guess my abilities. So when I tackle a project such as this one and it turns out just as pretty as I dreamed it, I am rather pleased. More accomplished artists will probably see all the flaws in this little piece and that’s ok. I can see them too. But I’ve decided to not focus on them and move on to the next project where I’ll try to improve my skills. At least, I have something to work on!

Enough rambling already, here’s the video! I’m really loving the microphone I’m using at the moment. Let me know what you think!

And here is the list of materials I used (please note that while I bought most of these locally, I’m linking to Dickblick where I am an affiliate).

  • Hahnemule 300g (140lbs) Bristol Board in A4 size – I couldn’t find it on DickBlick’s, but this one I have used in the past and it was rather lovely too. I’ve got a soft spot for Canson. I was going to make a reference to Proust and his madeleine, but I might be the only one getting it?…
  • Staedler Pigment Liners in size 0.2, 0.1 and 0.05 (water resistant, but NOT alcohol ink resistant)
  • A waterbrush similar to this one.
  • And finally, the piece de resistance, my favouritest Inktense Pencils. I used Cadmium Orange, Tangerine, Crimson, Cherry, Spring Green, Field Green, Dark Aquamarine, Neutral Grey, Violet and Iris Blue.

That’s it for today! I’ll be back soon! Have a nice weekend everyone!

Project Life 2015: week 4

Hey there! How is your week going? It’s pretty crazy round this part of the world but I do have something for you today, and yes, there’s a video too!

Project Life Week 4
I really loved how this week turned out. I think I mentioned all the products I used in the video: cards for Studio Calico, papers from Heidi Swapp and wood veneers from Elle’s Studio.

I’ve really been enjoying my Project Life sessions and I’m really looking forward to starting next week’s page(s). On weeks I don’t have many pictures, I’m hoping to do 2 weeks at the same time to 1) catch up and 2) keep the style coherent.
But anyway, enough chatty chat chat, here’s the video (it’s a longer one too, 25 minutes!)

Mother’s Day card inspired by string (he)art

Hey there! I’m back with another video! I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I do!
Today, I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day by creating a couple of cards inspired by one of my favourite crafts from childhood: string art. Using just paper and thread, if is really easy to recreate the look of this beloved craft, which has been making a come back in the last few years. (And because all my supplies were out, I also made a couple of cards for my project life!)
String art cards

You won’t need much to create these cards: cardstock, thread, needle, a pokey tool and a bit of washi. Chances are, you’ve got all of that at home already!

Here is the video. I’m afraid the narration ends rather abruptly, but really, nothing essential is missing.

String art cards
Let me know if you have any questions here or on Youtube!

Hello there, lovely knitting

Hey friends! I am back as promised with a little yarny update. I know I have been rather neglectful of this corner of the blogosphere, thus not sharing with the world all the crafty things I have been up to. But I’m properly back now, and I can show you what I’ve been knitting!

Grey cardigan
Nothing really exciting about this project. It’s grey, it’s big and it’s warm. I call it my wearable blanket and I’ve been wearing it lots since the weather has cooled down. It was knitted on 5mm needles in Cascade 220 in charcoal colourway. The pattern, I made up as I went along, working the whole things top down (one of my favourite ways to knit a no-fuss project). That was finished at the end of January.

Next up was a hat for the 5-year-old to wear to the rugby games. “Our” team, the Crusaders, have red and black shirts. The hat was knitted in Shepherd’s Wool 4ply, on 2.75mm needles for the band and 3.25mm needles for the rest

Next up, was another hat in the same yarn and colour combination, only smaller – to fit the youngest Crusaders fan of the house. But of course, I have not one picture of it!

After that, though, technically, they were started before the hats, came a pair of socks. I worked them toe-up, 2-at-time, with a Ripplescrafts sock yarn that I had brought from the UK almost 3 years ago. The only fanciness of theses socks were simple cables running up the foot and leg. Oh, and an after thought heel, which is not my favourite, but I wanted to keep the repeating pattern of the yarn and not have weird pooling when working the heel.

My latest finish is this darling stripey number that I knitted for my toddler niece. It is rather long in the body, and I’m hoping she’ll be able to wear it for a while! The yarn used is Cleckheaton Country 8ply, which I knitted with 4.5mm needles. I followed a pattern called Fruit Loops, I think, which can be found on Ravelry. I really like this little jersey, but for some reason, it took me forever to knit!

And last, but not least, my latest start. I cast on yesterday and knitted the first rounds this morning. It is going to be a hat for ME! The yarn is Red Riding Hood Yarns in the Lady Mary colourway on a 80/20 sock yarn. The colours is actually deeper than the picture shows, more like wine. It’s very lovely!

All in all, I have been doing pretty good with my yarn stash management over the last year or so. It hasn’t grown. In fact, it has been going down. I am keeping track of what’s coming in and out in a nifty spreadsheet.
Yarn spreadsheet
I keep track of the number of balls AND the meterage. While I haven’t been knitting a lot, I still managed to reduce the stash by over 9 balls, and just over 4kms. Happy!

That’s all for now! What have you guys been up to?