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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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Week 3 of 365 Somethings

Last week turned out a bit different than expected. I had a severe case of pink eye all week (started in the right eye on Sunday night, spread to the left on Monday night so I spent a couple of days with demon eyes… not pretty!) There was a bit of an ice storm Monday night, enough to have all the schools close on Tuesday which happens very rarely around here. In my 17 years working in schools, I think this was maybe the 4th time that schools were closed due to weather/road conditions. For me, it was a blessing since I could really rest my eyes all day and not worry about scaring my students or their parents! Then on Thursday, we had a ped day (no classes but daycare still open with activities.) So that was a really strange week at work.

Thankfully, everything else went well. Now, what I’m showing you isn’t what I created last week, but the week before, from the 16th to the 21st. And they are: 4 ATCs (artist trading cards) on the 16th; a “thinking of you” card on the 17th; altered kraft packing tape (the kind you have to moisten in the back) on the 18th; 2 colouring books on the 19th; and, 2 greeting cards on the 21st (inspired by cards I saw in one of my Facebook groups.)

I tend not to create on Saturdays because I spend the day with my mother. And usually, any creativity I have on that day is for matching cardstock colours for her embroidered cards or scrapbook pages. Or I do some colouring in one of my many colouring books. I might show you the results of that in another post.

By the way, any ATCs I create during my 365 Somethings are available to trade if anyone is interested. And I might do more mini colouring books if anyone wants to trade those as well. You know what to do if you’re interested!

I’ll be back soon for the week 4 update!

 

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Week 2 of Project 365 Somethings

Last week, I was so busy with work and my Project 365 Somethings that I completely forgot to write a blog post! I guess I’ll just have to write two of them this week!

For week 2, I decided to try different things. On the 9th, a card using a previously made galaxy background. On the 10th, an altered card (the original card was from a charity.) On the 11th, a mixed media postcard. On the 12th, a mini colouring book. On the 13th, an art journal spread. On the 14th, a tag background which was then used and completed on the 15th.

Since the challenge is 365 Somethings, I decided that when I create doubles/triples, each item counts as a unit. So, from January 1st to the 15th, I have officially created 16 somethings.

Also, mini colouring books are easy to make and a great way to use many stamps, in this case 11 stamps plus the alphabet for the cover.

If you have any questions about the products I used or the techniques, feel free to ask in the comments below.

I’ll be back later this week with the Week 3 round-up. Thanks for reading!

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Week 1 of Project 365

We’re already into the second week of the year and with it, the second week of Project 365 Somethings 2018. So far, it’s going well for me. I’ve done more cards than anything else, probably because it’s easier for me. But I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone by doing something different once in a while.

Last week, I showed you the two cards I made on day 1. Day 2 brought 3 more cards, using a stamp set from Inkadinkado. On day 3, I decided to make a bookmark from a watercolour background I had done during the fall and used another Inkadinkado stamp (I LOVE that peacock and will probably use it more in the future.) On the 4th, I actually didn’t do anything because I was very busy all day with my parents so I decided to do two things on Day 5: a card inspired by this one, and simply colouring a La-La Land stamp with watercolours. I don’t know what I’ll do with her but at least she’s done. On day 6, I took another break but I think the extra cards from the first couple of days makes up for that. On Day 7, I altered a big tag with a Julie Nutting stamp (the paper flower was made by my mother a few years ago.) And yesterday, Day 8, a smaller card (4″x4″) using 3 stamps.

Now, I’m ending up with a lot of cards and I don’t want to keep them all. So, I’ve already started sending some by mail (one from day one and one from day two.) If you’re interested in receiving something by mail, please let me know. You can send me your mailing info by email: sophietousignant at videotron dot ca (obviously, substitute the @ and . and remove the spaces.) Also, if you have ideas or suggestions of things to make with rubber stamps, feel free to comment or email.

Until next time…

 

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Small beginnings

“From small beginnings come great things.”

A new year, a new beginning. In my little creative world, it means a new project. A new chance to get back into the habit of daily art, daily creativity. 2017 was a strange year for me for many reasons but I won’t talk about it here. This is not the platform for it. I want to keep this blog focused on creativity, on art and all the good things that come with that. The only thing I’ll say about 2017 is that it helped me to better understand myself, who I really am.

Anyway, on to 2018. Once again, inspired by Hanna and Tammy, I’m back in the blogging world and hopping on the Project 365 Somethings train. My goal is to use as many rubber stamp as I can during the year. I have way more than enough as you’ll soon see (Hanna suggested I do a video to show my collection and, well, I will!) And as if I didn’t have enough, I spent the whole month of December carving my own little collection for Carve December (you’ll also get to see those soon if you haven’t already on Instagram or Facebook.)

For my first project, I went with a simple card design using three stamps, one of which is text. I don’t know which company they’re from. I picked two inks and cardstocks which are old Stamping’ Up! colours: Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss. And that’s basically it! I made two cards instead of one because I wanted to layer the stamps a bit differently.

I won’t be making only greeting cards this year because I think that it would quickly get boring. I plan to also use my stamps on postcards, tags, art journal pages, mixed media pieces and whatever else I come up with along the way. And I doubt that I’ll blog every day but I’ll definitely make an effort to come back once a week at least.

On that note, I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with health, love and creativity!

Art on!

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>Manila envelope journal – Journal enveloppe de papier kraft

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My mother gave me a pile of used manila envelopes and asked me to turn them into journals. This is my first prototype. I had to cut the envelopes because some of them wear torn at the opening. They now measure 6 1/2″ x 9″. I only used five envelops in this journal because you can use both the front and back as well as tuck extra pages inside. I hadn’t done an accordion spine in a long time so I had a bit of trouble figuring out the measurements but in the end, it all worked out nicely. And I’m glad I finally got to use this beautiful paper from K & Company. I didn’t add embellishments to the cover because the paper is beautiful on its own. It feels good to use up what I have been keeping for years!
Ma mère m’a donné une pile d’enveloppes en papier kraft utilisées et m’a demandé de les utiliser pour faire des journaux. Voici mon premier prototype. J’ai dû couper les enveloppes parce qu’il y avait des parties déchirées à l’ouverture. Elles mesurent maintenant 16.5cm x 22.9cm. Je n’ai utilisé que cinq enveloppes dans ce journal parce qu’on peut se servir autant du devant que du dos ainsi qu’insérer des pages de surplus à l’intérieur. Je n’avais pas fait de reliure en accordéon depuis un bon moment alors j’ai eu de la difficulté à trouver les bonnes mesures mais tout s’est arrangé à la fin. Et je suis contente de m’être finalement servie du beau papier de K & Company. Je n’ai pas ajouté de décorations sur la couverture parce que le papier est suffisament beau. Ça fait du bien d’utiliser ce que je gardais depuis des années!
 
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>The winged book – Le livre ailé

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To make the winged book, I followed instructions from Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden. I found this book at my local art supply store and I could not put it down. It has so many great ideas to make books and journals along with excellent instructions and information. If you want to make your own books, this is definitely a good resource.
Pour faire le livre ailé, j’ai suivi les instructions du livre Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden. J’ai trouvé ce livre à ma boutique de fournitures artistiques et je n’ai pas pu m’en passer. Il y a tellement de bonnes idées pour faire des livres et journaux en plus d’excellentes instructions et informations. Si vous voulez faire vos propres livres, c’est définitivement une bonne référence.
 
Back to the winged book itself. I used papers from Stampin’ Up! but after folding the pages, I realized that the ledger patterns ended up on the diagonal. Not exactly what I had in mind. But since this is my prototype, I now know how to place and cut my paper to use it properly in this type of book. I decided to go for wrapped hard covers and love the effect. When closed, the book measures 3″ x 6″; fully opened, it’s 36″ long.
De retour au livre ailé. J’ai pris des papiers de Stampin’ Up! mais après avoir plié les pages, je me suis apperçue que le motif de feuille ligné se retrouvait à la diagonale. Pas excatement ce que j’avais en tête. Mais comme ceci est mon prototype, je sais maintenant comment placer et couper mon papier pour l’utiliser comme il faut dans ce genre de livre. J’ai décidé de faire des couvertures rigides enveloppées et j’aime beaucoup l’effet. Fermé, le livre mesure 7.6cm x 15.2cm; complètement ouvert, il fait 91.4cm de long.
 
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