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Cruising along

I love traveling. I’m lucky to have been able to go on many trips so far. When I was a teenager, my parents took my brother and I to Florida where we visited Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studio and more. It was my first time out of the country. I also spent a long weekend in New York City while in high school. In my early 20s, I went on a couple of trips on my own (almost gave my parents heart attacks!) to meet online boyfriends (yes, yes, I know… it was crazy…) Those trips brought me to Flint, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. After that, the real traveling began. Two weeks in Italy with an aunt. Four weeks backpacking through England, Ireland and Scotland with a friend. Two weeks in Europe: Barcelona, South of France (in the Corbières) and Paris. Finally, this year, my first cruise!

My aunt, my mother and I went on a seven day cruise in the Caribbean this past March and I absolutely loved it. We were supposed to go to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic but due to a big storm in the Atlantic, our captain decided to change the course a bit. So we spent one day at sea instead of stopping in San Juan because the port was closed. Then, instead of Amber Cove, we went to St-Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather. We decided early on that we weren’t going on expeditions during this trip. We wanted to relax, enjoy the beaches and do some shopping. Our second stop was Philipsburg, St-Maarten. It got really hot on that day so after lunch, we left the beach for a bit of shopping. Our last stop was Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which is Holland America Line’s private island. There’s only one word to describe that place: paradise. The beach was beautiful, the water so clear and the food delicious. All in all, I had a great trip. I loved the experience and hopefully I’ll be able to go on more cruises in the future. As long as I wear anti-seasickness patches, I’ll be fine!

PS. Every night, we’d find a different animal made from towels in our room. The monkey was definitely my favourite!

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Week 9 of 365 Somethings

I don’t have a lot to show you in this post because at the time (February 26th to March 4th), I was getting ready for my vacation. I’ll tell you all about that in the next post.

Photos 1, 2, and 3 show the pages of a mini colouring book I made with robots, aliens and gamer stamps. I wanted something that boys would prefer. I never got around to making photocopies of my mini colouring books but hopefully that will happen this school year.

Photos 4 and 5 are of two birthday cards using the same model but one in portrait mode and on in landscape mode. One of them was given to a friend for her birthday.

And, lastly, a quick page in my small art journal.

With these last creations, my total was at 81 out of 365 somethings. I was happy to be ahead but unfortunately, I stopped being productive for a while. That’s the thing about any practice really: if you don’t do it daily (or at the very least weekly), it easily goes away and then it’s harder to get back into it. I spent 3 months “off” but thanks to ICAD, I’m back “on”!

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Week 8 of 365 Somethings

I don’t know about you, friends, but lately, the Universe has been sending me lots of messages and I’m not sure what to do with it all. I was involved in a car accident over the weekend. Thankfully I’m not hurt but my car is out of commission for a few weeks. I’ve had a few bumps in the past but never anything like this. Hopefully, my insurance will cover everything since I was not at fault (the driver in front me backed into my car when he tried to change lanes because the road was blocked at the light where we were stopped) but it’s still a bit stressful. Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t hurt which is the important thing. Things can always get fixed or replaced.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to business! Above you can see my creations for week 8, which ran from February 19th to the 25th.

  1. For this card, I used a background I had previously done with watercolour. I used a silhouette stamp, stamping it a couple of times to fill the bottom and a simple “Thanks” stamp in the right corner.
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  3. I used patterned papers that could work for either boy or girl for these “Thank you” and “Baby” cards. With this set, I decided to make more cards in french with the idea of selling them at the school where I work (a french speaking elementary school) to help raise money for a charity.
  4. I love this feather stamp and wanted to try an ombré stamping technique. It more or less worked, in my opinion. I liked the result enough to make a couple of bookmarks (which where quickly given away to friends!)
  5. Remember the wrapping papers from week 7? Well, I needed gift tags to add to the packages! I made two but since it was so small and so quick to create, I only count it as one item.
  6. Finally, a couple of sympathy cards. Another Pinterest inspiration. I love the text for the inside. It reads: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Eskimo legend.

That’s it for week 8. See you soon with week 9!

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Week 7 of 365 Somethings

I have a question for you today: How do you use your rubber stamps besides making cards? I seem to have a hard time using them other ways which is what I attempted during week 7 (February 12th to 18th.)

  1. I started the week with a card because I needed one for my secret Valentine at work (those of us who participated picked a name and I got the teacher with whom I share the classroom so I was really happy about it!) But this card is different because the heart is actually a pocket and I had tucked a square chocolate in there.
  2. While I was happy with the card I had made, I decided it wasn’t enough so I made a treat bag the next day. I was able to put a couple tea bags (caffeine-free mint tea) and, if I remember correctly, four chocolate squares (individually wrapped Ghirardelli chocolates.) I ended up giving the card to another co-worker and the treat bag to my Valentine.
  3. On Valentine’s day itself, I decided I was over the day’s theme! I used an old file folder and a variety of papers to make a journal/sketchbook. I have a set of stamps I had bought especially for journals so it was the perfect reason to use them.
  4. When you have too many stamps and too much cardstock, you make your own patterned cardstock! Here, I used border stamps over and over and decided to stick to tone-on-tone for the colours. Now, I have to challenge myself to actually use these cardstocks!
  5. Finally, another way I was able to use some stamps was by making my own wrapping paper. I used plain kraft paper (the kind you use to wrap breakables) and a couple of stamps repeated in a few colours. It doesn’t make a very bright paper but when you know it’ll just end up in the recycling bin, does it really matter?

I only have two more weeks to share with you before posting about other things like my March vacation and ICAD. I might also show you a few craft projects made by my students. Until then, I have a nice weekend!

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Week 6 of 365 Somethings

The ICAD challenge is now officially over. I took one day “off” of my daily art habit and re-started my 365 Somethings. You won’t get to see what I did yesterday because I’m still playing catch-up here to post for that challenge. Today, you get to see my creations for week 6 which was from February 5th to the 11th.

  1. Last year, I saved two boxes of Write-on slides at work from ending up in the trash. Since no one uses projectors anymore in schools, they didn’t need these. I stamped on one and coloured with alcohol inks and a blender marker. I also used a permanent marker on the border to make it black. I might still turn this into a pendant. I have lots more slides to use so if anyone’s interested in receiving a few to use in your own art, please, feel free to contact me.
  2. A simple “Thank you” card using three stamps and punched out butterflies. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and loved the idea.
  3. Abstract art with many stamps in my art journal inspired by the talented Andrea Clement. I love her work. Amongst other things, she carves her own stamps (I discovered her art during Carve December.)
  4. A colourful card using one stamp. I had this idea in mind for some time and I really like the way it turned out. I might do some variations on this card in the future.
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  6. Using the other stamps from the same set as the orange, I made four smaller cards. I used water-based markers to add two colours on the stamps and print them. I also used an embossing folder to add texture to the white background. I just love this little set.
  7. Finally, a birthday card for a very special little girl, my niece Clara who turned 1.

I don’t know if it was because Valentine’s day was so close or just the need for bright happy colours but that week, I had used a lot of pink and red. And I love every single thing I created, which is not always the case.

Do you have a favourite from my Week 6? If so, let me know in the comments! And, as I stated above, if anyone’s interested in using some write-on slides in their art, contact me and I’ll be happy to send you a few.

Until next time!

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Lets keep going

Yes, you’ve guessed it! I’ve decided to re-revive my blog! Surprised?

I hadn’t expected to take such a long break from my blog. And it’s not like I had nothing to show you because I kept up with my 365 Somethings for the whole month of February. Then I had a nice little vacation in March. Which is when I stopped creating. But then June arrived and with it came the ICAD challenge (Index Card-a-Day) which was a great way to get back to art. I’ve been posting those on Instagram every day but I’ve been feeling like something was missing. So here I am.

Before I tell you about the creations above, I just want to let you all know that though I have stopped my 365 Somethings challenge, I plan to pick it back up after ICAD is over. I figure that if I make 2 things per day, even if I miss a few days, I’ll get to my goal of 365 items. And keep in mind that my personal challenge was to use my rubber stamps and clear stamps.

Now, about the images at the top of this post. They were made for Week 5 of 365 Somethings which was from January 29th to February 4th. The first card could definitely be used for Valentine’s Day and I used a die-cut sheet that I’ve had for years. Cards two and three were made on the same day and I focused more on the colouring with the stamped images. Cards four and five were done together and I simply changed the patterned paper and cardstock colour. The following day I simply coloured a stamped lady in my small art journal. Then, seeing that my art journal was already out, I made a spread the next day. And finally, I made two cards, reproducing one I had done years ago at a make-n-take (it’s the one on the left, of course.)

Thank you so much for your patience. And if you read all the way through, you rock!

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Week 4 of 365 Somethings

As promised, I’m back with my post for Week 4 of 365 Somethings.

As you remember, last week, when these items were created, I was suffering from pink eye. So on Monday night, which was the 22nd, I quickly grabbed a tag, two rectangle stamps with two green ink pads and made the background. Then I took a die cut feather from the night before and stamped a “Merci” which was then punched out with a circle (not my first choice but the other punch shape didn’t fit.) On the 23rd, we had our “snow day” so I had time to rest my eyes and even managed to make two cards with minimal colouring. On the 24th, I was starting to feel better and decided to take a chance with some watercolour and stamping, as well as heat embossing. It didn’t quite turn out how I had hoped because of the texture of the watercolour paper but I’m still liking the result. And I almost had to scrap the whole thing because when I sprayed some water over my project to make the splotches, the so-called water resistant ink started bleeding. I had to heat dry everything before giving it a second go and I re-stamped the girl to make her more defined. On the 26th, I made a birthday card for a friend and finally, on the 28th I made three postcards. Because I made them with watercolour and regular ink pads, I’ve decided to rub Micro Glaze on them to make them waterproof. That way, they won’t get ruined if they get wet in the mail.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy. And if you’d like to receive one of these in the mail, send me your address!

Ciao!

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