Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Mystery Meat BBQ

Greetings. Today the Guardian of Glitter and I travelled to Fired Brick Village, which was a couple hours ride away from the Guild Hall. The goose clan that called the village home were having a BBQ and had invited us in thanks for defending them against the band of raiders that had been plaguing them for months. We had been able to save most of the goslings that had be taken, but there were still some missing.  

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “embossing” challenge that is happening now. Make a project with either wet or dry embossing and come play along with us for your chance to win a prize from our sponsors!
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I started this card by printing out the grilling goose image from Imagine That. I embossed the bottom of the paper using the Cuttlebug folder that coordinated with the Simply Charmed cartridge. I earned +70 XP points since this is the first time I’ve ever used that folder since buying it a couple years ago. The top part of the sentiment I stamped using the Lawn Fawn “Jessie’s ABCs” set. The word fun I made using the Lawn Fawn “Happy Summer” set.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn “Cozy Christmas,” “Jessie’s ABCs,” and “Year Three” sets.

The envelope was stamped with the “Happy Summer” set to make it all matchy-match the front.


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As we sat, eating the barbequed meat the Guardian of Glitter slowly put down her fork. “You don’t think….no….” she let the thought hang in the air.
“I’m sure it’s beef,” I replied, taking another bite.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Rawring Through the Forest

Thank you for stopping by the Guild Hall. Today the Guardian of Glitter and I went on a foresty quest to locate a pack of thieves that were hiding in the Weathered Woods. Supposedly they had information on the location of a secret treasure cache that was rumoured to include a case of sparkling glitter bombs. As you can imagine, Nikki was rather eager to get her hands on those. As we crept through the woods, trying to locate one of the brigands, we heard a rustling coming from the thick undergrowth. Thinking it may be one of the thieves, I went to investigate. Suddenly, a small lion sprang from the foliage letting loose a tiny roar.

I started this ATC by stamping the adorable lion from the Lawn Fawn “Critters on the Savanna” set - which I literally just bought yesterday (with the coordinating dies of course) - onto watercolour paper. I then coloured him up using my Distress Markers and Hydra Brush of +60 wetness. I stamped and die cut the letters using the Lawn Fawn “Quinn’s ABCs” set and also coloured them with Distress Markers, matching them to the lion. The grass I cut using the Artbooking cartridge. The only thing I wish I did differently was make the dark green grass in the background a little taller so you could see more of it. Oh well…+70 hindsight XP for that.

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It turns out the cute little lion was no threat and just wanted to play. Since we were having no luck locating the thieves, the Guardian of Glitter and I put our quest on hold and played hide-and-seek with the small felid. After about fifteen minutes of romping through the forest we stumbled onto the entrance to a cave. Could this be the treasure cache we were seeking? Did the little leo lead us right to it? I looked questioningly at the small fellow. He grinned and let out one of his tiny roars before bounding back into the woods.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Monday, 28 July 2014

Mice Don't 'Bauble' Me

Today I was alone in the crafting chambers, working away at some new enchantments, when suddenly a loud crashing could be heard from the storage attics. It startled me, causing me to drop the vial of dragonstooth powder I was holding, sending glass shards and the valuable ingredient across the chamber floor. Cursing, I made my way to the attic to investigate the cause of this catastrophe. After climbing the hidden ladder and pushing open the heavy wooden trap door to the attic floor, I was surprised to see our Christmas tree decorations sprawled across the room. In the corner, a group of mice wearing little santa hats were playing on the baubles, singing Christmas carols. 

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “Christmas in July” challenge that is happening now. Get a head start and make a Christmas creation to come play along with us for your chance to win a prize from our sponsors!
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I started this card by colouring the Whiff of Joy "Harry Hugging a Christmas Bauble" image using Prismacolor pencils.
I added some gold glitter to the bauble and some white glitter to the fluffy parts of his hat, earning me +926 glitter XP and allowing me to level up my sparkle spells. I cut the salutation out using the Lawn Fawn “Quinn’s ABCs” dies.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment using The Greeting Farm’s “Holiday Blessings” set and coloured in the baubles with Distress Markers.

I made the envelope out of this weird textured cardstock I got on clearance from Michaels awhile ago. It’s not really good for much as you can’t stamp on it because of the texture and the Cricut just eats it, so I can’t use it for die cutting. It makes great envelopes though - just have to add a label so you can write the address in. :)

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Although the room was now a mess, and I had lost the valuable dragonstooth powder, it was difficult to be angry at the adorable Christmas mouse clan. I decided to let them be, and have the house gnomes put the decorations away later. Everyone knows it’s good luck to have a Christmas mouse visit in July.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Caravan of Crazy

Welcome to the Guild Hall. Earlier this week, a caravan of unique merchants had arrived at the market square in the village and as the night was fair, I decided to venture into town and see what they were selling. The first booth was full of curiosities that the strange inventor claimed could do wondrous things. As he was missing an eye and had replaced the empty socket with a lightbulb, I was hesitant to trust the breadth of his sanity.
Next to him, a young lady was selling what appeared to be your standard, albeit rather large, strawberries. When I inquired about her oversized fruit, she shook her head and gestured for me to lean in close. She then glanced from side to side, apparently ensuring no one was listening in, and whispered in my ear. “These are magical strawberries. Some can heal any alignment, others can enable you to fly, and still others will send you on a magnificent trip down a rabbit hole.”
The stall next to her was simply a girl with a scuba helmet on. She didn’t appear to be selling anything. Or speaking. It was odd.

Here are some more calendar pages from my 2014 desktop calendar. You can see January - March and April already. For May I started by stamping and colouring the Octopode Factory “Steampunk Alfie” image with Prismacolor Pencils. The background was coloured with Distress Inks and then stamped with the lightbulb from the Tim Holtz “Industrial Blueprint” set. The curly border was cut with the Artbooking cartridge.

June was made by stamping the Alice image from The Octopode Factory and colouring her with Prismacolors. The background was coloured with Distress Inks and then stamped with a large strawberry stamp from Unity (not sure what kit it’s from). I also added the leaves on the side using the Dylusions “Luscious Leaves” stencil. Last I stamped some strawberries from the Lawn Fawn “Summertime Charm” set and coloured them with Distress Markers.

This calendar page will soak up sun in Try it On Tuesday “Colours of Summer” challenge. 

July was made by stamping and colouring the Octopode Factory “Steampunk Willow” image with Prismacolor pencils. The background was made by swiping the paper through some wet Distress Ink. After it was dry, I stamped the tentacles using the Dylusions “Doodle Parts” set and the “bubbles” using the Lawn Fawn “Summertime Charm” set.

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I decided to not risk my hard earned gold coins and went home empty handed. Later I received a raven from the Peanut Nutter Asylum of the Magically Insane informing me that three patients had escaped and were suspected of ambushing and stealing a caravan. Well that explained a lot…

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Better With Bacon

Today the Guardian of Glitter and I paid a visit to Natsume Farm, which is always a treat due to the large eyed kawaii animals that are raised there. Whilst at the farm, we also replenished some supplies and ingredients we were low on. Nikki was especially interested in the new bacon mana potion recipe the farmer’s wife had come up with. 

I started this ATC by stamping the cute images onto watercolour paper using the Lawn Fawn “Critters on the Farm” set and colouring them with Distress Markers and my Hydrabrush of +90 wetness. After they were done, I cut them all out using the coordinating die set which is a million times faster than fussy cutting them all and earned me +1954 speedy XP points. The background I made using Distress Ink and the sentiment is from the There She Goes “Poultry in Motion” set.

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Knowing her affinity for bacon, I quickly took the potion recipe from the Guardian of Glitter, hiding it in my tunic.
“Heeeeeeeeey,” she squealed, her short arms grasping at the parchment.
“I know your weakness for anything bacon. The last thing I need is you overdosing on mana potions,” I said as I stuffed the recipe deeper into the cloth.
Dejected, but unable to argue with the truth, she let her arms fall to her sides. “Fair enough.”

~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Monday, 14 July 2014

Underwater Scavenge

Salutations, traveller. The last week has been unbearably hot, everyone in the Guild Hall trying to find new ways to keep cool. The Guardian of Glitter and I were elated when we received a crafty quest from the Borealis Clan of Merpeople, giving us an excuse to venture into the cool Pearlescent Sea. We gathered the necessary underwater gear, loaded up on lightning spells, and made for the water’s edge.

This card was created for the Creative Card Crew “Sea/Beach” challenge that is happening now. Make a sea or beach themed project and come play along with us for your chance to win a prize from our sponsors!
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So I’m not going to lie. I had real issues with this image. If you visit the Guild Hall on a regular basis, you know that I primarily colour with Prismacolors (and sometimes Distress Markers). I don’t own any alcohol markers. I also have yet to find a sharpener that will get my Prismas to a fine point again (if anyone has suggestions as to what they use, PLEASE leave me a comment). As such, colouring this image was completely impossible for me...unless I wanted to print it out on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper :/ So...I had to come up with another way to use it which didn’t involve sloppy colouring with semi-blunt coloured pencils. Distress Inks and water to the rescue. I was actually SHOCKED that the printer ink from the image didn’t run all over the place. With that problem (sorta) solved, I moved onto the rest of the card.

The background paper I used is incredibly sparkly, but really hard to photograph so you can see the sparkles. I ran a piece of vellum through my Cuttlebug (another experiment - I actually expected it to rip), using a folder that reminded me of bubbles. The shells and star I cut out using the Create-a-Critter cartridge and glued a small pearl on each one. The sentiment and coins were stamped using the There She Goes “Shiver Me Timbers” set.

On the inside I stamped a simple sentiment using the My Pink Stamper “Birthday Crazy” set. I then added the bubbles around it with the Crafty Secrets “Couple of Cuties” set, and earned +333 water magic XP points, allowing me to level up one of my water based spells.

The envelope was stamped with the same bubbles to make it all matchy match.

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The Guardian of Glitter and I gratefully entered the blissfully cool waters, making sure to cast the appropriate spell which would allow us to breathe underwater. Once we got our bearings, we set off in the direction of the Salty Peacock Reef where the little mer-princess had disappeared. The king and queen of the Borealis Clan feared for her safety, so it was imperative that we made haste. If we happened to scavenge some rare underwater elements and ingredients whilst down there...well...these spells and potions don’t make themselves…


~ Guild Master Crystal ~

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A Fluffy Song

Today I was relaxing outside, enjoying the warm weather and a day off questing, when suddenly I heard music. It was odd as it sounded as though the music was coming from above me. I looked up and couldn’t see anything amiss, however the strange song continued to sound from above. I dashed inside the Guild Hall and retrieved my spyglass to better view the sky. Upon closer examination I saw the cause of the music - incredibly rare songburst clouds had formed overhead. 

I started this ATC by stamping the bird from the Lawn Fawn “Year Four” set and die cutting it out. The balloon and music notes also came from that set. I then stamped the clouds onto patterned paper using the My Little Shoebox “Home Tweet Home” set.

See how shiiiiiiiiiny the music notes are...ooooooooo…..They earned me +55 glimmering musical XP points. Last, the sentiment was stamped with the Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Forest” set.

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I had only seen (and heard) these clouds once before as conditions had to be perfect for their formation. It wasn’t long before various songbirds were flying close to the musical clouds, singing along in harmony with the fluffy white instruments of the sky. I sat back in my lounge chair, closed my eyes, and enjoyed the concert from above.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~