Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

Based on an image from – such a perfect place to look for sketchbook-inspiration.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

Cuddling in bed has got to be one of the most wonderful, and relaxing, things to do.


That was one thing that was hard with the long distance relationship, when we had it – is that you don’t wake up together all the time. And the bed is awfully cold in the winter without that extra living space heater.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

I’ve had this white-marker pen for a while, and I’ve been utterly in love with it. It’s perfect for adding little touches here and there, and working as a resist with watercolours (it’s oil based).


I wanted to create a spread that just used the white marker with a nice background. Here I found the green creates the perfect ‘organic’ feel for the greenery that is sketched / drawn out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

..based on a National Geographic image that I saw. I was intrigued by the numbers in the stands.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Certificates!

I am pleased to announce, that my online shop on Etsy – is now offering gift certificates!

gift certificate 50 copy

These certificates are perfect for last minute shoppers – they can be emailed to you, and you can forward them onto the recipient. Or, I can email them directly to the lucky person! Also, if you prefer, there is an option for me to print out the certificate and mail it the good old fashion snail-mail route (please note: all shipping deadlines have past for Christmas, so if this is a Christmas gift, it might be better to go the email route).

gift certificate 25 copy

These make the perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for people – let me them have some fun shopping for what they would like to receive. They are completely customizable to whatever amount you would like to give – just send me a convo and I can create a custom listing / certificate.

Happy Holiday shopping!

Sketchbook Project 2012 Update

I’m starting to work on the cover, and get that done. This is where it stands now:


I like the ‘raw-ness’ of it. It sort of goes against the technology that it’s illustrating. For those who are new to my blog, and since I haven’t posted about this project in a long while, my topic was “Long Trips and Short Phone Calls”. I’ve self-edited the title to reflect the long-distance relationship James and I were in when we were in school: Long Trips (Distance) and Short Phone Calls (Text Messages).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It’s Christmas Time in the City!

I went to Toronto a weekend or so ago for the One of a Kind Show (no, I didn’t exhibit, just bought lots of goodies!).

Since we (mom, brother and myself) have never done the CN tower, we thought we’d give it a try. They had it all lit up perfectly for the holidays.

The view was amazing:

And the glass floor not too scary:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Let it snow…

Early morning, before I head out for work at the hospital

…it’s mornings like these that I cross my fingers that I don’t end up following a super slow snowplow Smile

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 5: Holiday Wreaths


I wish I could have a wreath on my front door. But, being in an apartment building – and not really knowing the other tenants – I would be worried that it would get stolen or destroyed. So that being said, I sadly won’t be making a wreath this year. But, I still wanted to share some wonderful-wreath-making tutorials that I found on other people’s blogs:

Alisa Burke: Paper Flowers Holiday Wreath

Simply Camylla - Felted Holiday Wreath (scroll down for tutorial :)

Martha Stewart – Pinecone Wreath

Homemade.TipJunkie - Winter Wreath Tutorial

There are tons more on the internet – just visit google and type in “Wreath Tutorial”

Happy Wreath Making!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Shopping

This Birch Tree pillow is amazing. You can find it in YellowBugBoutique’s shop. The contrast in texture between the two materials used just adds so much interest to this piece, and it’s neutral colours means that it can fit in with any decor.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


I woke up one more this week to a blanket of winter wonderland goodness.

The big question now – will it last? Please do!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 4: Pop-Up Reindeer Cards


Today, we’re making pop-up reindeer cards. I got this pattern off so I won’t take credit for it. They even have a video on the website on how to make it. I will be showing you pictures, and linking to the appropriate patterns for you to make it easy to complete this project.

Now, I have added my own personal creative touches to this project, and it’s the perfect demonstration how you can take a pattern and make it yours. I’ve been waiting for the snow, so I decided to make this card, well, more snowy.


  • Coloured cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Printed-off patterns – you can find them here, here and here
  • For my version: acrylic paint, clear coat and glitter

1. First following the pattern cut out all your pieces. I don’t use the ornament pieces for my cards. Be sure to glitter your pieces at this step. IMG_1884

2. I also cut out a ‘landscape’ that will go in front of my reindeer. This way, the bottom is sort of hidden.


3. Next start designing your card. I begin with the front. I painted with blue acrylic paint, and then glittered some hills in front. On top of this glitter (once dry, of course), I used a coat of brush on clear coat. This prevents the glitter from getting all over the person who receives this card, as I’m sure they would not appreciate that.


4. I then used the same stamps that I used for my ornaments to stamp on some snowflakes and a cute saying. Now the front is ultimately a winter wonderland :)


5. Once that’s dry, you can begin working on the inside. I paint out my basic blue background – anyone can paint this, sans skills required!


6. Now begin placing your pop-up pieces. You can either mark your card based on the pattern from Martha Stewart. What I did: I folded up the pieces, and placed them, being sure that they do not extend from the sides of the card, and then glued the tabs.


7. Make sure that everything pops up right.


8. Next, glue on your landscape, and then you’re done! You’ll notice that this one below has snowflakes stamped on the inside as well – I only did it to this one. I realized after, that this didn’t leave much room for a holidays greetings.


Here comes Rudolph!