October 20, 2014

Hazel and Ruby Imagine Crafts Hop

Hey guys, today I'm super excited for to be part of the hop between Hazel & Ruby and Imagine Crafts! For my project, I decided to create an art journal page documenting my love of Autumn.

I kind of messed up my quote, it should be "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers" instead of "with". Oh well, it's not toooo big of a mistake.






I'm loving the fox trend, so I lightly sketched a fox onto my page with a pencil and then went over it with Imagine Crafts Irresistible Pico Embellisher in tuxedo black. I love using the Pico Embellishers for doodling. I also used it to write out my quote.






You can read more about the process of how my art journal page came together on the Hazel and Ruby blog.

Are you loving the fox trend? Foxes and Owls are my favorite!
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October 17, 2014

Copic Tips and Resources


I've been getting more and more into using Copics. I've always thought they would be really neat to use, but at $7 a marker I was a bit hesitant to actually buy any and use them. I'm sure you can understand.

I bought a couple on clearance or with a 40% off coupon to play with and try out and I was not at all disappointed. I was hooked! So while my collection still isn't huge, I was lucky enough to receive some as a birthday present (YAY!) so it's slowly growing!

I'm still extremely new to coloring with alcohol ink markers, so I've done a lot of googling and pinteresting tutorials and tips. I figured I go ahead and share those with you here in case you to are looking for some tips!


First- what are Copics? They're high quality alcohol ink markers. The alcohol ink allows you to blend the colors together unlike water based ink markers. They also have replaceable nibs and can be refilled.

Here are 25+ tutorials, tips and helpful info for using Copic and alcohol ink markers:

Getting started and buying markers:
  1. Copic color chart- Copic Markers
  2. How to use Copic markers- Debbie Hodge
  3. How to buy Copic markers- Debbie Hodge
  4. Copic markers you need in your starter set- Debbie Hodge
  5. 6 tips for getting started with Copics- Debbie Hodge
  6. Copic Colorwheel- Copic Markers
  7. Copic Swatch Book- Some Odd Girl

Copic Coloring Tutorials:
  1. Copic Marker Techniques- Copic Markers
  2. How to blend with Copics- Debbie Hodge
  3. Copic Marker Blog (Lots of tutorials)
  4. Coloring eyes- Some Odd Girl
  5. Coloring gradients- Make it Crafty
  6. Using the blending marker- Debbie Hodge
  7. Adding Texture with the blender- Some Odd Girl
  8. Coloring fabric folds- Marlena's Paper Paradise
  9. Color of the Day- Dove Art Studio
  10. Coloring Black- I Like Markers
Coloring Hair and Skin:
  1. Coloring Black hair- Some Odd Girl
  2. Coloring red hair- Some Odd Girl
  3. Coloring dark brunette hair- Some Odd Girl
  4. Coloring blonde hair- Some Odd Girl
  5. Coloring light skin tones- Copic Markers
  6. Light and Shadows- Copic Markers
Copic Maintenance:
  1. How to refill markers- Copic Markers
  2. How to replace marker nibs- Copic Markers
  3. Air brush system guide- Copic Markers
  4. Copic Storage Bag- Some Odd Girl
  5. Copic FAQ- PaperFections

If you have any favorite tutorials or tips, I'd love to check them out. These markers are amazing but they definitely take some practice.
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October 16, 2014

Sugarite Canyon Photography

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I spent the first week of October traveling around!
I was staying with my Aunt and Uncle who are building an off the grid house up on a mountain in Colorado. If you're curious about their Grid Free Life, you can follow them here.

Anyhow I was staying with them, helping them work, exploring, relaxing, etc. One day we decided to drive to Sugarite Canyon State Park in New Mexico to hike around. I didn't have my DSLR on this trip, just my iPhone camera, but here are some of the photos I took-


Here's a few more photos from my trip, the first is the Capulin Volcano in New Mexico, the rest from Trinidad, Colorado.

Pictured- Capulin Volcano, a Bluebird, Bear Tracks (!!!), and a Bobcat we spotted.

I'll also be sharing more photos from Colorado Springs, CO very soon! We went exploring around there and it was super neat. Lots and lots of photos.
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October 15, 2014

Pirouline Tin Faux Wax Drip Candles

Can you believe it? October is halfway over already! Today I'm sharing this months Pirouline project. If you're new here, I post a recycled Pirouline tin craft every month! You can find them all here.

Anyhow, since October is halfway over, Halloween is coming up fast and I definitely wanted this months project to be a little bit spooky!

I recycled 3 skinny Pirouline tins to look like melting "candles". You know, like wax is dripping down the sides of them. Here's how I made them:


Supplies: Empty Tins, Hot Glue, Hot Glue gun, Spray Paint in various colors, Glitter Spray, Googley Eyes (optional).


1. To create the "wax drips" you'll need to use hot glue, so heat up your gun.
Start at the bottom of the "drip" and squirt out a medium sized blob, then guide your gun up while glue is still coming out until you reach the top of your tin.


2. Repeat step 1 around the rim of your tin, creating multiple glue "wax" drips.


3. Take your tins outside and spray paint them. I used 3 different colors for mine- orangey red, yellow and black. I had to give mine about 2 coats to completely cover them to where the Pirouline logo didn't show through.


4. Next take your glitter spray and give them a good coat of glitter. You can't have too much glitter.


You now have some easy faux candles! You could use them to store candy, put them on your desk for decor and storage or put actual candles inside. A candle in a candle! Cool!

After I finished them, I decided to make them even more fun and hot glued googley eyes onto them. Everything is 10 times cute with eyes (most things anyway).


So, what do you think? Do you like the eyes? What would you use these for?
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October 14, 2014

Coffee and Books Floral Notebook

Today I'm up on the Love My Tapes blog sharing this restyled notebook. I recently got some new tapes from Love My Tapes, the floral and aqua, so I used those on this pretty little notebook.


Restyling the notebook is easy enough- just layer the tapes on to the front cover. Easy-peasy!

I decided to also paint on a little saying- "coffee and books". This was a birthday present for a certain Author friend who is a coffee lover and a reader. So hopefully she loves it!


I love revamping notebook covers. They're just so easy and fun to customize. What about you, do you restyle notebooks or office supplies a lot? Washi tape is perfect for that!
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October 13, 2014

Make it Monday

Hey everyone, happy Monday! I'm one of those weird people who likes Monday's. :)
Today I've got a roundup of some fun crafts, but everyday and Halloween inspired. This is my favorite time of year for crafting!

Make these lovely Paint Dipped Pencils using this tutorial.

Create a Paracord Braided Basket using this DIY.

Crochet a Bow Ear Warmer using this free pattern.

Make some Gold Leaf Brooches for Fall using this DIY.

Now for some Halloween DIY's--

Make these adorable Fox, Owl and Cat pumpkins with this tutorial.

Make a Frozen inspired Pumpkin using this tutorial.
Make some Fox Ear Clips with this tutorial.

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