Saturday, August 15, 2015

Creative Hiatus

Well it's been a very long time since I have blogged and I don't think I have touched card making supplies in 3 months and have only dabbled here and there with jewellery. It seems my creative interests go in cycles and right now I'm stuck on photography...night photography to be exact. I've been driving around at all odd hours of the night, scouting out different places to practice my photography skills. Two things I have learned is 1) the weather at night drastically varies from one place to another (we're talking kilometres here) Yup, lots of places that would be perfect for shots have fog at night. 2) For someone who is terrified of the dark, taking night photos isn't exactly the most relaxing hobby. I have come up with an easy solution for number 2, which my husband laughed wholeheartdely when I told him what I was doing. I have figured out the art of raising one's tripod through the sunroof of my car, with camera attached and therefore eliminating the need to get out of the car in the dark :) I live in the countryside and have heard too many packs of coyotes over the years (and at areas I have taken photos) to ever want to step foot out of my car. If I'm lucky though and the skies are clear and on an evening that my hubby doesn't have to work the next day, then I'll just drag him along with me, which enables me to actually get out of the car. He is the dedicated super flashlight holder and noise maker to scare off any wild creatures.

Anyways, here are some of my favourite shots 
over the past 3 months, enjoy!

Sun Rays


Moon and sunset

Milky Way over the Atlantic Ocean
Star Trails

Pinks and purples of northern lights on top of cell tower hill
Lonely bird on a wire at sunset
Selfie with rising sun
Headlights of truck flying by with Milky Way

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative week!
Julie




























Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Russian Spiral Rope

I have discovered a new hobby of beading and find it to be quite relaxing. Lately I have been on a kick to try new beading techniques. Last month I tried a new beading stitch called Russian Spiral and made a rope necklace. To top it off I paired in with a beaded owl pendant that I got from a tutorial from Etsy. The owl design is by Assza and you can find her Etsy shop here. The owl was really detailed and after re-trying sections that I kept messing up on, I finally finished it and was so happy with the way he turned out!


The rope necklace was the perfect compliment to this little guy!


The necklace is done entirely with black beads and finished off with a rhodium plated tierracast toggle clasp and measures about 18.5" in length.


Needless to say, I am addicted to russian spiral necklaces now:)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie



Thursday, April 2, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #117

Welcome back to another week at CAS(E) this Sketch! This will be my last challenge as a design team member. I've been finding it harder to find time to make cards and keep up with blogging because I have been busier with work and making jewellery, but hopefully I'll find time to participate with a challenge once and a while :) There is a great sketch to try this week, check it out...


I went with a easter card and one layer. I stamped eggs from a Close to My Heart stamp set I have in various shades of blue and yellow and then added an embossed frame around the edge.


We would love to have you play along with us this week. It's been great sharing inspiration with you for the past couple of years!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie


Thursday, March 19, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #115

Well after being snow bound for a day and a half it was nice to get out today! Snow days are perfect for making cards though. Check out the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge sketch to play along with this week...


I decided this week to pick through my basket of technique pieces I've been hoarding. Usually when I try a different technique in card making I end up with extra pieces or pieces that don't quite fit the project I'm doing, basically a basket of odds and ends. I found a quilted block (the exact name of the technique escapes me) and paired it with a matching button and label maker sentiment for a quick and easy card.


We would love to have you play along with us this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #114

It's finally starting to warm up a bit here in Nova Scotia, but I just heard there is another snowstorm coming for the weekend :( The time changed, so the days are longer and I won't complain about that. Feel like making a card this week, then head on over to CAS(E) this Sketch and check out this sketch!


I used a technique that I learned in stamp club recently that was perfect for this sketch. It's very simple. Cut three rectangles and stack them on top of one another and stamp your images. Then separate the rectangles and mount them on card stock. Re-align them back together as your front card panel so the images line up and then stamp your sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie


Thursday, March 5, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #113

Welcome back to another week at CAS(E) this Sketch! Check out the lovely sketch to try out this week...


I flipped the sketch this week and went with something wintry and at this point in winter nothing warms you up better than a cup of coffee!


We would love to have you play along this week!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Julie


Thursday, February 19, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #111

Well, I must say that was an interesting storm this past weekend here in Atlantic Canada. Sunday turned out to be the perfect day to stay indoors and craft all day! Check out the sketch to try this week  at CAS(E) this Sketch...


I went back to one of my favourite simple colour combos; black and white with a pop of red. I used a Hero Arts stamp that I haven't touched since I bought it and came up with this 2 layer card.


Come on over this week and join in on the fun, we'd love to have you play along!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie


Thursday, February 12, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #110

Welcome back to another fun week at CAS(E) this Sketch! Check out the sketch to try this week...


I've been cleaning out my art room this week so I decided to use some long lost items I found. I used glossy paper for the card base and stamped a doily image with versamark and then embossed it with clear powder. To make the image pop more, I sponged red ink over the image and wiped the excess from the embossed areas. The sentiment is some glitter stickers I found stashed away in a long forgotten binder. 


We would love to have you play along tis week! Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie


Thursday, February 5, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #109

Another stormy day in store for Nova Scotia, perfect weather to make cards or do something crafty as long as the power stays on! Check out the fun sketch for this week, love the moustache...


This week I tried out my new camera stamp from Stampin' Up! and mixed it up with some washi tape, a label maker sentiment and some copic colouring.


We would love to have you play along this week!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Oh Snap Card
Cardstock: (basic black) Stampin' Up!, (white) Staples
Stamp: (camera) Stampin' Up!
Colour medium: copic markers
Other: washi tape, label maker


Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #108

Well here we are back for another CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge! Check out the fun sketch to try this week...


I tend to use white in my cards quite a bit, so I challenged myself this week to use as little white as possible. I tried my brayer again this week with a different technique. For the sentiment block I used a white crayon and wrote the sentiment. Then I brayered ink over top and then wiped the excess off the parts that had crayon. The card base was made using strips of washi tape.


We would love to have you play along with us this week, so stop on by and join in the fun!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie



Thursday, January 22, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #107

Welcome back to another challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch! Check out the fun sketch to try this week...


I went with another brayered card this week using two different red colours from the distress ink line. I used a die cut heart to cover up sections on the card base and then used the brayer to randomly ink the top strip. The large heart is a die cut that I inked on the bottom half along the edges. Final touch is a cute Paper Smooches stamp.


We would love to have you play along this week, so come on by and join in on the fun. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #106

It's another bitterly cold week here; perfect weather to snuggle in and make some cards! Check out the fun sketch to try this week.


I really enjoyed using my brayer last week, so I decided to use it again. I did a bit of experimenting to see what I could do with my brayer and ink on a one layer card. I was looking to create something kind  of messy with some texture, so after playing around I came up with this...


To make the coloured band on the bottom of my card I used Tim Holtz distress inks in dusty concord and broken china. I rolled my brayer first diagonally across the corner of the dusty concord ink pad on a section about 2 inches up from the edge of the roller. I tilted the edge away from the pad so I wouldn't cover the whole end with purple. Then I rolled the edge of the brayer (beneath the purple) over the corner of the blue ink pad. The plastic edge of the ink pad made a pattern in the purple ink when I rolled it, unfortunately most of that funky pattern disappeared when I applied the ink to paper. I still ended up with a neat triangle edge though. I will have to do another post showing the pattern in my sample pieces. Once the ink dried, I inked up a crosshatch pattern stamp and ran my brayer over the stamp and then randomly applied it to the blue/purple edge. Two sentiments finish off this one layer card.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #105

Welcome back to CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge, I hope everyone had good holidays!
Check out the fun sketch we have for you to try this week...


I still had a lot of my card making supplies pulled out from Christmas, so I sifted through that stuff first and then went in search of stamp to suit my idea. I've been on a brayer kick these past weeks, so I used a kaleidoscope ink pad for my background and found a perfect lava lamp stamp to go with it. I guess I was really kind of retro :)


We would love to have you play along this week! Stop by and check out the design team's ideas!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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