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Monday, October 20, 2014

What I did on vacation - part 5...

A different variation of the leaf, a bit more stylized, and playing around with some lettering, by penning an autumn quote and adding colour with the watercolour pencils and waterbrushes.

This time I sketched out the leaf with the watercolour pencils and painted it with the water brushes, then added the veining with the pencils afterwards.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What I did on my vacation - part 4...

More leaves... Trying to capture the variations in colour and texture.

Played a bit also with using the paint and a leaf as a stencil.  These were all done in a mixed media sketchbook - I may end up adding some text or other elements and turning them into journal pages.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I am so po'd!

I busted my Cuttlebug this Spring, embossing leather and pushing on it too hard this Spring.  My fault.  So be it.  I bought another one, from Costco, off their website, which has a decent price - not great, but for the fact that it comes with a whole bunch of embossing folders - many of which I would never use.  But still, I liked that it was small and portable, and doesn't take a lot of room.

The new one busted!  I don't even remember how - I was just die cutting and embossing, nothing special - using the right parts designated, nothing unusual - Bigz dies, regular embossing folders, thin dies.  I never felt anything let go like when I busted the first one.  But this morning, I went to do die cut a Frameworks die, and it would not roll anything through.  When I picked it up, I heard something loose inside.

I am so irked - it barely lasted a few months!  Luckily Costco has a very generous return policy.  I did not bother with using it with the last machine - afterall, that one breaking was my fault - but this one broke with NORMAL use - so back it goes, I want my money!