Thursday, 27 August 2015

Anniversary Album & Video

Hello all! I have just uploaded a video to my Youtube Channel (it is also in this post). I created an album for mine and Andrew's first wedding anniversary to celebrate our year together. It summarizes the exciting things that we did this year and I think it is a great, quick way to document a long period of time. I used the gold We R Memory Keepers 4x4 album and the coordinating pages. i also created several of my own pages and inserts.
As mentioned in the video, I have recently graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Interior Design program at Mount Royal University. It was a wild and intense three years and I have made such amazing friends along the way. I am currently taking some time to decide what is next for me and will soon be looking for work. 

Andrew and I are very excited to go on a trip to Vancouver Island at the beginning of September, so you can look forward to me documenting that as well!

Below are some images from the Anniversary Album. Please let me know if you have any questions!

This card (originally 4x6) is from the Simple Stories Snap "Wedding" collection. There are also a few cards from Me & My Big Ideas which are also wedding themed.

Thank you so much for sticking with me through my years of inconsistent posting! I am hoping to get back into the blogging and Youtube world now.  Please let me know what you think of this album and I would also love to hear any video requests that you may have. I am interested in starting a video series, so let me know if you have any suggestions for that as well!

I have recently created a website for my interior design portfolio. If you are interested in visiting that, please click here.

Thanks again for your continued support and, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Mixed Media Tags

Hello all! I hope you are having a good start to your June! I cannot believe how time flies. I started my last semester almost a month ago already and it feels like barely a week has passed. I am really looking forward to completing my degree, but I know I will miss working on such fun and creative projects and, of course, seeing my friends everyday.

Today I have a few tags to share with you. The first two were made for Mother's Day on manilla tags.
On both of these I used clear embossing powder and Distress Ink to create a resist. The chipboard dress forms were inked with embossing ink and powdered with Perfect Pearls. I also used some glimmer mist to finish off the background.
I created the tag below for my brother's 20th birthday. I used similar techniques on the background of this tag, though it is bigger and made of chipboard. I like to paint the bare chipboard with gesso and work on top of that. The letters were inked and covered with UTEE.
On this tag I cut a piece of grungeboard using the Tim Holtz keyhole die and dry embossed it with a Tim Holtz folder. I inked it using distress and chalk ink and added some white Faber Castell Gelato.
I am finding tags so much fun right now! They are quick to make and are so versatile, any product can be used! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Polymer Clay Fiary Houses

Hello all! As promised, here are some of the fairy houses that I have been working on! I actually built a landscape scene for some of them to sit on too, but I will have to share that later when I get the finishing touches on it. These houses are only about 3.5" tall, they apparently seem much bigger in pictures I am told!
I created these two colourful houses for Mother's Day. The mint green one was given to my mother-in-law and the blue one was given to my mom. Both are such wonderful ladies and I wanted to show how much I appreciate them!
I made them into fairy gardens too, and I am so pleased with how they turned out!
My mom has an obsession with outhouses, so her fairies have to live with going to the bathroom outdoors. I do like how this tiny outhouse turned out though!
The following houses are what I built for my landscape scene. There is also a water wheel house (not pictured) that I have not photographed yet, but they make a pretty cute set.
Below is the first house I made and it is still my favourite!
This house was built on top of a glass vile. The window has actual glass in it and the roof comes off.
The detail in the windows on this church was probably the most challenging part. I would really like to make bigger windows that look like stained glass on another building at some point!
This treehouse was probably the most fun to make, mostly because I have always had a child-like obsession with them. The ladder leads to a platform and there are wood pieces that spiral down the back of the tree trunk to the ground.
Thanks for stopping by! There will certainly be more of these fun clay creations in the future as they are so much fun to make!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Banff Travels & an Update

Hello blog readers! It has been awhile since I have updated the blog once again, but thank you for continuing to visit and support me. I have a few projects to upload, which I plan to do in the next couple days, but first I wanted to do a bit of a life update first.

Andrew and I visited Banff, AB for a couple days at the end of April just for a nice getaway. We had such a wonderful time! The weather was gorgeous for our first day there, so we hiked up Tunnel Mountain. The views of Banff were spectacular from up there! This first photo was taken on my iPhone 5 and edited on instagram and the second one was taken in vivid colour on my Canon camera.

Later in the afternoon, we enjoyed a couple patios as the weather was perfect (the rooftop one at the Elk & Oarsman was really fun).

We had a nice fancy dinner that night at The Maple Leaf. Our favourite dish was this Regional Game Platter which featured many meats and cheeses we had never tried before.
We did some shopping on our second day as the weather was a bit rainy. We stopped in at Beaver Tails for a snack in the afternoon.
Even when rainy, the misty mountain views are still breathtaking! We are so lucky to live this close to such a beautiful place! Though both of us have been here many times, it still amazes us how wonderful Banff is.
In other news, I completed my work term for the winter semester and have just started my final semester of classes for my Bachelor of Applied Interior Design degree. I will be working on my capstone project until the beginning of August when I will present it at our grad show. I look forward to sharing more about this soon!

Andrew just completed his diploma in Civil Engineering Technology at SAIT this April and he has already found work. He is loving his new job and we are both very grateful that he found something despite the the downturn in the economy.

I have been creating lots of tags and cards lately, which I will be posting in the next couple of days. I have also gotten back into polymer clay and have been creating some cute little fairy buildings. If you follow me on instagram (staybeautiful84), you may have seen these. You can head over there for a peek, but I will also be posting them here shortly too.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day and are experiencing some nice spring weather!