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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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Weekend update

I was out of town for part of the weekend and I only brought my small Moleskines, a pen and a pencil to create so I made a Zentangle on Friday night and a mandala on Saturday. The Zentangle looks a bit like a monster to me.

Today, I didn’t have a lot of energy so I simply made a mixed media greeting card that I’m sending with ATCs for a swap.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!

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Weekend update

My personal schedule is changing this week with some dance classes on Mondays and Fridays so I might have to rethink my blogging schedule accordingly. I’ll let you know if I do. In the meantime, here are my weekend’s creations.

On Saturday, I made a greeting card for a friend of the family who just became a first-time dad. Mom had already assembled the 3D image of the dog and baby so I simply had to match papers, cut and assemble everything.

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On Sunday, I wasn’t feeling too well so I took it easy, watched a lot of old TV shows online and doodle on some leftover self-adhesive label paper to make my own stickers. I still have some of that paper so I’ll be making more stickers. I used a permanent pen so I can color them without smudging.

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Finally, tonight, after 3 hours of line dancing (yes, I line dance!) I went for a simple doodling session with a variation on scallop borders in my mini Moleskine journal.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!

 

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She’s baack! – La revoilà!

Hello dear readers!

I’m sorry for being gone so long without any explanation. Life got in the way of creating and blogging. Also, there was the wee matter of a break-up. But now I’m back and I’m here to stay… I hope!

I haven’t done many things in the past month except work, work and work. I started Nanowrimo and even though I’m still technically participating, I know I won’t have 50,000 words by the end of the month. And I’m ok with it.

I’ve been stuck in a rut, creatively speaking, so last weekend, I decided to participate in a small challenge (no prize, only the satisfaction of having done something!) The card above is the result of that. The challenge was issued by our local scrapbook store on their blog and on Facebook. My mother has been doing all their challenges so far and her projects are beautiful!

From now until the end of December, I will try to post at least once or twice per week but I will definitely be working on a new schedule and some projects for 2012. Until next time… have a nice day and smile! 🙂

Bonjour chères lectrices!

Je suis désolé de m’être absentée si longtemps sans explication. La vie a pris le dessus sur mon temps de création et de blogging. Aussi, il y a eu une rupture amoureuse. Mais maintenant je suis de retour et espère l’être pour de bon!

Je n’ai pas fait grand chose pendant le dernier mois à part travailler, travailler et travailler. J’ai commencé Nanowrimo et même si je participe encore, je sais que je n’aurai pas 50,000 mots d’ici la fin du mois. Et ça me va comme ça.

J’étais prise dans une routine, côté créatif, alors la fin de semaine dernière, j’ai décidé de participer à un défi (aucun prix sinon la satisfaction d’avoir fait quelque chose!) La carte ci-haut en est le résultat. Le défi a été lancé par notre boutique de scrapbooking locale sur leur blogue et Facebook. Ma mère participe au défi à chaque semaine et ses projets sont très beaux!

D’ici la fin décembre, je vais tenter de bloguer au moins une ou deux fois par semaine mais je vais définitivement travailler sur un nouvel horaire et des projets pour 2012. D’ici là… passez une belle journée et souriez! 🙂

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Birthday cards for friends – Cartes de fêtes pour des amies

My two best friends celebrated their birthday last week. One on the 6th, the other on the 8th. I met them both through work, one at my last school, the other at a scrapbook store where I was employed for a few months. They have similar personalities but very different styles. So I had to make completely different card styles for them. And that was fun!

Geneviève is full of zest. Always happy and talkative. She is also a big Habs fan (local hockey team) so when I found a stationary kit at the dollar store with the bear on the packaging, I had to buy it for her! I used the hockey bear on the card and layered it over the team’s colours.

Catherine is my fellow artist. And my tea buddy. And my “fang sistah”. We have so many things in common that we can spend hours talking and still have something to say/write the next day. Her favourite colour combination at the moment is yellow and grey so that’s what I chose for her card. She also likes a bit of bling which I added with small rhinestones and, though you can’t tell from the photo, a shimmery paper (the yellow one.)

Ever since I started making my own cards, I can’t even imagine buying/using store-bought ones. A card doesn’t need to look complicated to make a statement. These two cards are simple but have so much more personality than anything you could find in a store. And you know what? Sometimes less (embellishments) is more (overall effect.)

Mes deux meilleures amies ont célébré leur anniversaire la semaine passée. Une le 6, l’autre le 8. Je les ai toutes deux rencontrées au travail, une à mon ancienne école, l’autre dans une boutique de scrapbooking où j’ai travaillé quelques mois. Elles ont des personnalités semblables mais de styles complètement différents. Alors j’ai dû faire des styles de carte complètement différents. Et c’était amusant!

Geneviève est pleine de vie. Toujours heureuse et jasante. Elle est aussi une grande fan du Canadien de Montréal (équipe de hockey local) alors quand j’ai trouvé une trousse de bureau au Dollarama avec l’ourson sur l’emballage, je n’ai pas pu résister! Je me suis servie de l’ourson hockyeur sur la carte, par-dessus les couleurs de l’équipe.

Catherine est ma consoeur artiste. Et ma compine de thé. Et ma “soeur acCROCS”. Nous avons tellement de chose en commun que nous pouvons passer des heures à parler et avoir encore des sujets de conversation/écriture le lendemain. Sa combinaison de couleur préférée du moment est jaune et gris alors c’est ce que j’ai choisi pour sa carte. Elle aime aussi un peu de “bling” alors j’ai ajouté des petites pierres et, même si vous ne le voyez pas dans la photo, le papier chatoyant (le jaune.)

Depuis que je fais mes propres cartes, je ne peux m’imaginer acheter ou utiliser des cartes achetées en magasin. Une carte ne doit pas avoir l’air compliqué pour faire son effet. Ces deux cartes sont simples mais beaucoup plus de personnalité que ce que vous trouveriez en magasin. Et vous savez quoi? Parfois trop (d’embellissement), c’est comme pas assez (d’effet.)

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>A card for my boss – Une carte pour ma patronne

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This week is Daycare Educator Appreciation week. Our boss is giving us a little something special every single day. Her boss (the principal) will be offering her a present as well so I volunteered to make the card. I wanted something simple that she would appreciate. She loves flowers and frog images so this stamp from Stampin’ Up! (A Flower for All Seasons) was perfect for her. I simply colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless solvent and added a bit of Gold Liquid Pearl to the middle of the flowers (oops, looks like one of them needs to be fixed before I give the card!) The rest is pretty straight forward. I used papers from Making Memories.
Cette semaine, c’est la Semaine des Services de Gardes. Notre patronne nous donne un petit quelque chose de spécial à chaque jour. Sa patronne (la directrice) lui offrira un cadeau aussi alors je me suis portée volontaire pour faire la carte. Je voulais quelque chose de simple qu’elle apprécierait. Elle aime les fleurs et les images de grenouilles alors cette étampe de Stampin’ Up! (A Flower for All Seasons) était parfaite pour elle. J’ai simplement coloré l’image avec des crayons Prismacolor, estompés avec du solvant inodore et j’ai ajouté un peu de Liquid Pearl doré au centre des fleurs (oops, il y en a une qui doit être arrangée avant que je donne la carte!) Le reste est assez évident. J’ai pris des papiers de Making Memories.
 
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