Monday, July 31, 2017

Altenew July 2017 challenge

I started this one off with watercoloring the biggest flower in the middle and then got stuck trying to decide which color to choose for the roses. I considered orange or yellow, but then stumbled across a challenge at Altenew, which coincidentally was all about red roses. I considered it a sign (was pretty excited about it actually) and painted my roses red. So here goes!

Simon says stamp watercolor paper, my kids' no-name #5 brush and watercolors and a gorgeous Blooming Bouquet stamp by Altenew. It's just a blank notecard, so there's no sentiment (I'm in the process of creating a set of simple white notecards with watercolored florals on them).

Loved this stamp so much I actually tried to recreate the look by free-hand painting these flowers using my brush marks and a different color combo (well, not too different, I only have four watercolors -- red, yellow, blue and green, but at least I mixed them differently this time). Here's how it turned out:

My brush is too small, I believe, a larger one would make much better strokes, but at least I tried! It was super fun and super quick, less than a minute. It took me much longer to watercolor the previous image.

Thank you very much for looking! I so appreciate you stopping by.

Friday, August 21, 2015

random cards

Felt like playing with watercolor lately, so made these two cards - one to my dear parents for their 31th birthday anniversary, and the other to my dear friend for his birthday.

The first one comes in an envelope:

The paper I used here was Prima Art Paper (some old collection) and the flair is from Everyday Vintage.

I painted the card on a Prima Paintable I've had in my stash for a while.

The number is a wood veneer piece from Ali Edwards December Daily 2014 kit...

...painted with gold acrylic paint (Studio Calico 24 karat).

I inserted a picture of all the four of us (the only one this year so far taken back in January - I should take more family portraits, really).

The greeting is under the picture but I forgot to take a photo of it.

There's a wood veneer heart on the back of the card painted gold, too.

And this is the birthday card (the same paintable, but a different background and shape and one of my favorite color combos):

This is the second time in my life I've made cards, so please don't judge too severely. Thank you so much for reading!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

week in the life 2014!

Hi there!

Let me share, I have to spill it out, I'm so, so happy today! I've actually just finished my Week in the Life 2014 album.


Isn't it something to celebrate?


No, honestly, I've been meaning to do this forever. I took part in Week in the Life last year in October together with amazing Ali Edwards and a whole group of cool folks, meaning I was taking pictures of our life for a week, and then I started printing them out and writing the words and putting it all together... and got stuck, and never returned to this project again.

One of my intentions for this year was to finish all my unfinished albums, and now I believe I can do it because well, I did it with this one!

I feel so excited and happy and grateful, that I decided to film a video walk-through of the album. Mind you, it's not only the first album in my life, it's also the first video in my life, so PLEASE BEAR WITH ME.

I'm filming it while holding my camera in one shaking hand and turning the page with the other. I'm nervously stammering in my far-from-perfect English. I'm also bursting with happiness and excitement of someone who's just finished her first ever album and filming her first ever video. You get the idea.

So that's it. You're watching this at your own risk. You've been warned!

Thank you so much for watching! And my hugs to anyone who'll leave a comment. They make me so happy.

A few pictures for those who prefer it this way:

Have you really made it this far?!

Love you guys.