Halloween Village Started and a Glaring Mistake and How I fixed it.

13 09 2017

Life is crazy here. If you’ve poked around my blog, you have a good idea why it’s so crazy 🙂 But I try and steal a little bit of free time to work with paper. I have crazy ideas that need to be explored sometimes 😉

During some of those stolen pockets of paper time, I go a little nuts and do something like Maple Manor from SVG Cuts. It’s the beginning of the Halloween Village Square I have in my head. It’s mostly decorated, but I’ll probably go back and embellish it some more after I have more of the village square finished.

Here’s a look at the finished (for now) manor house.

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I mentioned there was a glaring error. I’ve disguised it in the above pictures, but let me tell you what I did. See the front door? It doesn’t exactly go right there. It’s close, but not quite right. Mary designed a way cool front porch for this house. When I tried to put it on, I realized my door was too low…I guess I should have watched the tutorial all the way through, but I was too eager to get started 😉

What I ended up with, were porch supports that were too short to fit because I’d made the distance between the bottom of the porch and the top taller than it had been designed when I had to leave out the rest of the porch. Here’s a picture of the fix and disguise I came up with to offset my eagerness.

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On the right, you can see the foam tape I used to make up the height I was missing. On the left, you can see the disguise. I made the corn stalks from white paper then colored them the colors I wanted. I figured the twine needed a purpose to be there, so corn stalks it was 🙂

Other altered areas:

The paper on the roof was the design I wanted, but not the color. It was a little washed out for what I had in mind. So I used my inks and added yellows, oranges, and browns around the edge of the papers to give me the richer fall color I wanted.

Here’s a before and after of the papers.

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So why mention the mistake in the first place? If you’re just casually looking, you probably wouldn’t notice it.

No matter how good our intentions are, we make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do. But fixing those things, making something different or even better than what we started with, that’s how we become better.

Many times, what we do after the mistake is more important than the mistake. Do we trash the whole project because of one glaring flaw? Or do we fix it and make something better?

I spent a lot of time on this house. It was worth it to me to work the mistake into something better.

Our lives are so much more important than this paper house. Sometimes we mess up. It’s okay. Even the best people have made mistakes, so we’re in good company. Don’t give up. Once you know where you went wrong, fix it. Make your life better.

If this paper house is worth fixing, so are we.

The spooky pic:

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to items used:

Maple Manor, Brick embossing folder

 

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Babies Are Great Excuses to Make Awesome Things!

27 08 2017

Like this bag! I used the same papers I used for their baby shower gifts (you can see that, here and here).

The bag was pretty easy to make (there’s a video tutorial on the site) and seems super sturdy.

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I added a little extra to the sides by embossing them because I could 😉 Inside was a Royals jumper for the baby and candy for the parents and big sis 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





Flower Power

8 06 2017

You may have noticed a theme. It appears I like flowers 🙂

This was for fun, so I could practice some of the things I learned in the online copic class I took. Even though the class focused on copics, I think the ideas and techniques work well with my prismacolor pencils, too 🙂

The flowers are a combination of copics and pencils. Although I love my copics, pencil worked better for the woman since so many of the spaces were smaller.

I designed it in Craft Artist 2 then imported it into my Silhouette Cameo workspace. I used the print&cut function to cut the pieces out after coloring them.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Xoxo

Digital stamps, Embossing Folder





Mermaid in a Bottle

3 06 2017

It was a stressful week. We had court for our foster son and the judge is in the process of deciding whether to change the baby’s case goal from reunification to adoption.

Court was Thursday.

It’s Saturday.

We’re still waiting for an answer.

To help deal with the stress, I colored a mermaid. 

I decided she needed a cozy bottle to hang out it, but it was kind of boring, so I also created a background for her.

But I’m most excited about the cork. Yes, the cork. Below the card in the picture, you can see what the cork looked like compared to the cork on the card.

When I put the card together, I realized the bottle looked kind of funny with the cork on top because the cork should be behind the opening. But when I put it behind the card, it looked funny because there was no cork visible inside the opening.

To fix this, I drew in the bottom part of the cork and colored it with my copics. Then I colored the top of the cork to make it match better.

I like the bottle much better now 🙂

The mermaid is from a place called Coronado Stamps, but I don’t think they’re around anymore. But a quick search online showed their stamps may be found on eBay 🙂 I used my pixscan mat to cut out the stamped image on my Silhouette Cameo.

The background was done in Craft Artist 2 with the kit called Summer Seaside. The bottle and the letter set are from the Silhouette Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo





My Pixscan Works Now!

31 05 2017

Silhouette released V4 of their software and I finally just did it. I always worry that my computer will do something stupid and I’ll lose work, so I backed everything up and pushed the upgrade button. And now my pixscan mat works! (It didn’t work for me on the previous version.)

I used it on this card – I’m not sure how I feel about this card yet, though. But I got to use the pixscan feature and that’s really what I wanted to do 🙂

I used markers and colored directly on the stamp then stamped down. There were repeated passes to get the fish to this point, but I was trying to practice.

Anyway, here’s the card. Thanks for looking 😀

xoxo

Fish Stamp set, Fish Bowl file, embossing folder is by We R Memory Keepers, but I can’t find a link for it :/





Flowers Again

20 05 2017

In my last post, I had a sheet of flowers and leaves but didn’t use them all on the project I shared. 

I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I used them here 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo





When You Need Another Sympathy Card

28 04 2017

Something simple, but it feels like the right way to go with this one.


The flowers are an embossing folder called Large Daisy by Darice. The sentiment is from an old Anna Griffin set.

Glad you stopped by.