Friday, December 31, 2010

I Do

Tomorrow is the New Year and here's to new beginnings! Today at The Greeting Farm for Farm Fresh Friday we are previewing the new Anya & Ian "I Do" set and the challenge is to create a wedding card or favor. I chose to color up this adorable couple with traditional white-dress but then add a touch of blue as a secondary color.


I embellished the card with a sprig of beads (found in the wedding section at the hobby store, no less), some hat pins, and his & her wedding ring charms all wrapped up in a white bow. The white lace was added to help tie in all the white with the card. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view and you'll also see that I added glitter to Anya's dress and Ian's tie! :D


DT Challenge: The Greeting Farm - Farm Fresh Friday
Challenge: Catch The Bug Challenges (New Year, new beginnings)
Challenge: Ann's Creative Nook - Challenge #117 (New Year, new beginnings and bling/sparkle)
Challenge: Irish Teddy - Challenge #4 (Blue/White no Christmas)
Main Stamp:
Anya & Ian "I Do" (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R12
-hair: E31, E35
-clothes: 0, C00, C1, C3
-other: B91, B93, YG91, YG93

Did you know? Toblerone is a chocolate bar created by Theodor Tobler and Emil Baumann in Bern, Switzerland in 1908, and is a unique milk chocolate including nougat, almonds and honey. It is well-known for its distinctive packaging, its prism shape (triangular prism or pentahedron) and its ubiquity in duty-free shops. The product's name is a portmanteau combining Tobler's name with the Italian word torrone (a type of nougat). The image of a bear is hidden in the Matterhorn mountain symbolizing the town of its origin.
[Toblerone, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was selected the winner at Ann's Creative Nook for this challenge!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Danni

I made this card using Danni from Paper Makeup Stamps and behind it Timber Top Ridge from Make it Crafty. It's a simple layout but I think it really focuses on the two images equally. I added a touch of yellow to help keep the focus moving. Click on the images to see it larger and you'll notice little details like the leaf charm, knot in the ribbon and a touch of glitter.



Here's the complete background featuring the Timber Top Ridge. I wanted to capture an evening sunset and blended purple into blues. However, I didn't catch on to a good technique until towards the end so some of the areas aren't blended as well. Next time I need to use the blender pen to lay down a wet area then apply the colors which will really help. Anyway, you should really see it colored with cherry blossoms! Check out Zoe's take - simply stunning!



Challenge: Lots To Do - Favorite Card Challenge
Challenge: CES - Challenge #17 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Mark's Finest Papers - Challenge #34 (Mustard, Blue, & green)
Main Stamp: Danni (PMS) and Timber Top Ridge (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Handmade Cara Marie (K&C)
Copic Colors:
C1, BV91, V000, BV000, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, YG95, YG99, BG93, BG96, G85, G40, G82, G94, G99, E000, E00, E11, E04, B91, B93, B95, YR21, YR20, YR24, R24, R29, E08, YG91, YG93, YG97

Did you know? Throwdown! with Bobby Flay is a Food Network television program in which celebrity chef Bobby Flay challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish. After practicing and preparing the item in question, Flay shows up for a surprise competition (or "Throwdown"). During the competition, both chefs prepare their particular version of the dish, and both are then evaluated by local judges to determine a winner. Flay's record is 32 wins, 1 tie, and 67 losses.
[Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Wikipedia.org]

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fancy Anya

Welcome to the third day of previews from The Greeting Farm with Club Anya and Friends. Today we're featuring Fancy Anya and there is another chance to win this cute gal for leaving comments on all the DT blogs! In her fancy dress, this versatile Anya is ready for any occasion and I used her to create a very special girl's card.


The chipboard corner embellishments were covered with liquid pearls on the top leaving the sides the natural lasercut color for depth. Finally a pearl was added on the corner. The flowers were some I had in my stash and the lily flowers are fun because they're made out of clay for a nice texture change. I wish I could say I made them... but hey were store bought too. :D


DT Preview: The Greeting Farm - Preview Week
Challenge: Crafy Ann's - Challenge #30 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Totally Gorjuss - Challenge #61 (For Someone Special)
Main Stamp:
Fancy Anya (TGF)
Corner Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Nursery Baby Girl (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E13, E15, E17, E18, E04
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: G40, G82, G94, G99

Did you know? Baa, Baa, Black Sheep is a children's nursery rhyme that dates to 1744 published in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book. Since then, the words have remained mostly intact with few changes. The rhyme is sung to a variant of the 1761 French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman, which is also used for "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and the alphabet song. As with many nursery rhymes, attempts have been made to find origins and meanings for the rhyme, but no theories have been definitively proven. Denslow's illustration accompanied a 1901 edition of Mother Goose.
[Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Wikipedia.org]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

OA Little Dreamer - Oliver

Welcome to the second day of previews with Club Anya and Friends and today we're feature a darling Oliver & Amelia set... Little Dreamer! There will be a "hidden" prize on one of the DT member's today so be sure to check us all out! The winner will be announced tomorrow on The Greeting Farm Blog. Here's my card using Oliver:


Oliver & Amelia are some of my favorites! This one is the perfect stamp to practice hair techniques too but I chose to go with a simple blending technique. The shooting star and sentiments are also from this set.


DT Preview: The Greeting Farm - Preview Week
Sketch: Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog 2010
Challenge: Moving Along With The Times Challenge (No Christmas)
Challenge: Aud Sentiments - Callenge #18 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Oliver & Amelia Little Dreamer (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Oliver (BG)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, E13
-hair: E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: YG63, YG67
-other: W2, W4, W6, W8, E25, E29, R43, R46, R63

Did you know? Shagreen is a type of leather or rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin, formerly made from a horse's back or that of an onager (wild ass), and typically dyed green. Shagreen is now commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays. The word derives from the French chagrin and due to the roughness of its texture it led to the French meaning of anxiety, vexation, embarrassment, or annoyance.
[Shagreen, Wikipedia.org]

Monday, December 27, 2010

Naughty or Nice

I have exciting news to share that I will be the January Guest Designer for Club Anya & Friends! Along with that news it's preview week for The Greeting Farm and I had fun making seek peaks starting with this stamp: Cheeky Cherry "NAUGHTY or NICE"! I've chosen to preview the nice side and set this little angel on a heavenly butterfly swing.


I started my blog with The Greeting Farm stamps and now I'm starting the year with them too - it's such a pleasure to be on the team as a guest! So check back tomorrow for another preview and a chance to win an adorable Oliver & Amelia set!


DT Preview: The Greeting Farm - Preview Week
Challenge: Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Challenge: Allsorts - Week 83 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Die cut Dreams - Challenge #70 (Girlie)
Main Stamp:
Cheeky Cheery Naughty or Nice (TGF) and Butterfly Swing (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Sweet Pea (TPS)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12, YG93, YG95
-hair: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
-clothes/wings: E93, E95, E97, BG01, BG000, BG0000
-other: YR20, YR21, YR24, E93, E95, E97, BG01, BG000, BG0000

Did you know? The Lincoln cent (or penny) has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909. When the US entered into World War II in 1941, copper and tin, which were both used in the cent, were in short supply. Production of bronze cents was cut back drastically in July 1942, and was ceased in December. On December 18, 1942, Congress gave the mint authorization to change the composition of the cent for a three-year period, and five days later, it was announced that the coin would be made out of zinc-coated steel. After the war, the Treasury quietly retired as many steel cents as it could from circulation, while denying it was doing so—no public admission of the program was made until 1959. A few 1943 bronze cents and 1944 steel cents are known to exist, and are valuable. Only one 1943-D cent in bronze is known; it sold in September 2010 for $1.7 million.
[Lincoln Cent, Wikipedia.org]

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Puppy with Present

The cool blues next to the vibrant reds reminds of cold winter days and frosty windows. I made this card using Puppy with Present from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira.


Challenge: The Corrosive Challenges #96 (Bling)
Challenge: Creative Belli Blog - Challenge #107 (Christmas)
Main Stamp:
Puppy with Present (TSB)
Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circle
Copic Colors:
-puppy: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-other: B000, B01, B32, B34, B37, C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59

Did you know? Czech is a West Slavic language with about 12 million native speakers; it is the majority language in the Czech Republic and spoken by Czechs worldwide. The language was known as Bohemian in English until the late 19th century. Czech is similar to and mutually intelligible with Slovak and, to a lesser extent, to Polish and Sorbian.
[Czech Language, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was the winner for this challenge at the Creative Belli Blog!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Greyhound

I made this card using Christmas Greyhound and thought it would be a great one to show for Christmas Day. This cute dog was illustrated by Marina Neira from The Stamping Bazaar of course! So here's to you wishing you a very Merry Christmas today!


Challenge: Creative Cowgirls - Challenge #3 (Christmas or Winter)
Challenge: For Fun Challenges - Merry Christmas
Main Stamp:
Christmas Greyhound (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Mitten Weather (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Copic Colors:
-dog: E51, E55, E57, E59, G82, G99
-other: R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, C3, C5, G82, G94, G99, BG000, BG01

Did you know? The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a year-long celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth, taking place around the world in 2010. Coinciding with the date of the 2010 Biodiversity Target, the year was declared by the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006. The 2010 Biodiversity Target is an overall conservation target aiming to halt the decline of biodiversity by the end of the year 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity through activities and events in many countries.
[International Year of Biodiversity, Wikipedia.org]

Friday, December 24, 2010

Jude and his Shenanigan Crew

It's the 12th and final challenge in the 12 Days of Christmas at Simply Betty Stamps and this one is all about Christmas Eve. The prize, like a beautifully wrapped present, is both divine and tantalizing and includes being a guest designer for January! So just like my kids, I'm huddled around the Christmas tree eagerly waiting for tomorrow. :D


I made another fancy folded card but I don't know what this was is called - it's sort of like a step card on one side and a vertical card on the other half. Anyway it was fun to make and allowed for more images to surround the tree... including Mickey in the back hauling off the largest present before anyone else can!


This is my second attempt with Prismacolor Pencils and this time I used Linseed Oil to blend with. Linseed has a strong smell of something very old like a bookstore... nothing headache-inducing but noticeable. It blended easier than a paper stump but it was messy and the oil took overnight to dry out. However, I did notice that it smeared the image in some areas. I printed the digital stamps with a laser printer and usually don't have problems but once I applied the Linseed Oil it would grab some of the toner and smear it around so some areas look dirty.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Challenge: Paper Sundaes - Challenge #49 (Cut it out)
Challenge: Anything Goes - Challenge #30 (C is for Christmas)
Main Stamp:
Jude and his Shenanigan Crew Elf Nelly, Chloe's Cookies & Mickey's Prezzie (SBS) and Christmas Tree (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Prismacolor Pencils:
1018, 927, 944, 1019, 945, 926, 923, 1003, 977, 1033, 911, 988, 968, 941, 1025

Did you know? The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, about 3800 Lost Boys arrived in the United States, where they are now scattered in about 38 cities. Most of the boys were orphaned or separated from their families when government troops systematically attacked villages in southern Sudan killing many of the inhabitants, most of whom were civilians. The younger boys survived in large numbers because they were away tending herds or were able to escape into the nearby jungles. Orphaned and with no support, they would make epic journeys lasting years across the borders to international relief camps in Ethiopia and Kenya evading thirst, starvation, wild animals, insects, disease, and one of the most bloody wars of the 20th century.
[Lost Boys of Sudan, Wikipedia.org]

On the 12th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... presents galore!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Young Love

There is still time to hop along the Make it Crafty blog hop and a chance to win over $200 worth of products including the newly released Secret Garden collection which has been released in digital and rubber! The hop finished Friday 24th and winners will be announced on Christmas! Click HERE to start! I made this card using Young Love from Mo Manning and backed it up with Lovers Pavilion from Make It Crafty.


Make it Crafty is opening up a new challenge blog called Make it Colourful and Zoe has put together an awesome team! I'm excited to work along side some very talented ladies and hopefully learn all their fabulous techniques! :D I am very excited so say... I'm a colour addict!


This is the Lover's Pavilion from the Secrete Garden collection and a fun image to color! I used four different green combinations for the plants to give it more depth and I chose to make the pavilion resemble white stone.


Challenge: Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Challenge: Paper Sundaes - Challenge #49 (Cut it out)
Challenge: Crafts and Me - Challenge #20 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Young Love (MMS) and Lover's Pavilion (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Copic Colors:
-pavilion: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, G20, G21, G24, G28, G40, G82, G94, G99, YG93, YG95, YG99, R21, R24, R29, V12, V15, V17, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR12, YR16, YR18, C1, C3, B000, B0000, B02, E18, E19, E17, E15, E43, E44, E47, E49, T0, T2, T4
-couple: E3, E44, E47, E49, C00, C1, C3, C5, W8, W6, E000, E00, E11, E13, T2, T4, T6, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, B91, B93, B95, V91, V95, V99, G20, G21, G24, B02, B11, B12

Did you know? The December 2010 lunar eclipse occurred from 5:27 to 11:06 UTC on December 21, coinciding with the date of the December solstice. It was visible in its entirety as a total lunar eclipse in North and South America, Iceland and northern Scandinavia.
[December 2010 Lunar Eclipse, Wikipedia.org]

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x01E

I'm giving it a go experimenting with Prismacolor Pencils and have colored an image from Summer Fairies by Pergamano. The one on the left shows the coloring using the pencils only and the one on the right shows the result after blending.


I blended the dress and flower with a paperstump pressing really hard. The rest of the image with blended with a Prismacolor Blending Pencil which you can see clearly in the hair and bird. I didn't find too much of a difference between the two blending results, although, I had to press down slightly harder with the paperstump.

Main Stamp: Summer Fairies (P)
Prismacolor Pencils:
901, 902, 908, 911, 913, 915, 917, 918, 931, 932, 934, 941, 942, 945, 946, 956, 961, 962, 991, 995, 997, PC921, PC1022, PC1021 and Light Flesh

Monday, December 20, 2010

Party Animals

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is Fancy Folds. Your challenge to create a card or project with a different fold-type... such as gate fold, triangular fold, easel card, etc. I chose to make a step stair card which are always fun to display, however, where the card part comes in, I've never been able to figure out.


I made this project using images from Whiff of Joy's Party Animal collection and Make it Crafty's new Secrete Garden Collection plus the Big Tree. On the back panel is Lou Celebrating Monkey hanging on the Big Tree; the center panel has Gerda Celebrating Goat with Petals and Palings; and the front panel features Mouse Under Hat and Daffodil Dell.


Here's the side view which shows the fancy fold plus the easel support in the back. Each animal is attached with foam pop-up dots and each background was cut out without leaving a white border so help define each element. I went all out with embellishments that were scattered around the room... including (store bought) hand-made clay lily flowers around the base of the tree and near the title. A closer picture of the Happy Birthday title is shown below.


DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #21
Challenge: Card Makin Mamas - Challenge #11 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: The Crafty Pad - Challenge #102 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Lou Celebrating Monkey, Gerda Celebrating Goat and Mouse Under Hat (WoJ) and Big Tree, Petals and Palings and Daffodil Dell (MiC)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit Collection (Crate Paper)
Copic Colors:
-tree: E35, E37, E59, G40, G82, G94, G99
-monkey: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, E04
-present: YR12, YR14, YR18, C3, E08, E09, E19
-goat: E50, E51, E53, E55
-goat's stuff: BG72, BG75, BG78, YR12, YR14, YR18, W3, W5, W7, E08, E09, E19, R05
-mouse: W2, W3, W5, W7
-hat: YR12, YR14, YR18, BG72, BG75, BG78, E08, E09, E19, R05
-flora/ground: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YR12, YR14, YR18, E08, E09, E19, R05, G40, G82, G94, G99, YR20, YR21, YR23, C1, C3, C5, G20, G21, G24, G28, BG93, BG96, BG99


Did you know? Ladle Rat Rotten Hut is the story of Little Red Riding Hood written using English words, but never the correct ones, in the genre called homophonic transformation.Howard L. Chace, a professor of French, wrote it in 1940 to demonstrate that the intonation of spoken English is almost as important to the meaning as the words themselves. It was first published in Gene Sherman's "Cityside" column in the Los Angeles Times in 1953.
[Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, Wikipedia.org]

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas Fishy

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using sparkly glitter! This was simple enough and I paired it up with cool blues into a chilly winter-y card. I made this card using Merry Christmas Fishy from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love the contrast of these colors together.


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #9
Challenge: Stampavie and More - Challenge #122 (Red)
Challenge: Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #9 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Merry Christmas Fishy (TSB)
Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles
Copic Colors:
-penguin: W0, W1, W4, W6, W8, R20, YR12, YR16
-other: R22, R24, R29, R89, C1, C3, G20, G21, G24, BG0000, BG01

Did you know? The Earth's North Magnetic Pole is the point on the surface of the Northern Hemisphere at which the Earth's magnetic field points vertically downwards. The North Magnetic Pole moves gradually over time and in 2009, it was moving toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 km) per year due to magnetic changes in the Earth's core. Because the Earth's magnetic field is not exactly symmetrical, the North and South Magnetic Poles are not antipodal: meaning a line drawn from one to the other does not pass through the center of the Earth.
[North Magnetic Pole, Wikipedia.org]

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Angel with Kitty

You are in the middle of the best blog hop ever previewing the new Make it Crafty images from The Secret Garden Collection!! You should have arrive from the very talented ANNIKA and if you haven't then start at the beginning with Zoe. Plus I have a second card for the hop posted below so you don't want to miss that.

This is my card featuring Stairway to Heaven and I paired it up with Angel with Kitty from Mo Manning. I made it for a special friend and it is also one of my favorites from the collection. I love how the colors turned out.


I am very excited about our very first blog hop! As you know, today we are revealing some gorgeous new images with lots of prizes along the way! The hop will end Friday 24th so be sure to get your comments in before then. Here's a great view of Stairway to Heaven before it was placed on the card.

Your next stop is HERE and is actually a second card of mine, after that, you can head on over to Beccy's blog. But before you go, don't forget to collect your hidden puzzle piece below! ;D

DT Blog Hop: Make it Crafty - The Secrete Garden Collection
Challenge: Crafty Creations - Challenge #99 (Angels)
Challenge: Some Odd Girl - Bling Time Two (Stickles & Beaded Silver Pin)
Main Stamp:
Stairway to Heaven (MiC) & Angel with Kitty (MM)
Patterned Paper: Linen Closet (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-girl: E000, E00, E11, R12, R22, E42, E43, E44, E47
-clothes: C1, C3, E50, E51, E53, E55
-hill: E41, E42, E43, E44, G20, G21, G24, G28, C3, C5
-sky/clouds: 0, C1, C3, C5, BG10, BG11, BG13
-gate: Y32, Y35, YG93, YG97
-birds: B91, B95, B99
-kitty: E11, E13, E15, E17, E18

Did you know? A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research.

The first jigsaw puzzle was created around 1760, when John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker, mounted a map on a sheet of wood that he then sawed around each individual country. Spilsbury used the product to aid in teaching geography. After catching on with the wider public, this remained the primary use of jigsaw puzzles until about 1820.
[Puzzle, Wikipedia.org]

Grumpy Georgia

You are in the middle of the best blog hop ever previewing the new Make it Crafty images from The Secret Garden Collection!! This is my second card in the hop so you should have arrived from my FIRST card or if you haven't already you can start with Zoe at the beginning to get all the fabulous prize details!

This card features Ornate Floral Frame and I paired it up with Grumpy Georgia from Sweet November Stamps. I kept the majority of the card white to feature this elegant frame but also experimented with a new shadow box design.


This was my first attempt at making this type of shadow box and the sides are actually designed to be folded in so it will fit into an envelop. I made a few mistakes along the way but finally came up with the right measurements. Below you can see how it collapses and you can also see the pop-up details on the flowers.


Your next stop is on to BECCY for a fabulous card! However, before you go, don't forget to collect your hidden puzzle piece from my FIRST card!

DT Blog Hop: Make it Crafty - The Secrete Garden Collection
Challenge: Tuesday Taggers - Best of 2010
Challenge: Mad for Markers - December (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Ornate Flower Frame (MiC) and Grumpy Georgia (CC)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Kitchen (DCWV)
Dry Embossing: Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders Manhattan Folder
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R21, B91, B95, B97
-hair: R81, R83, R85, R87
-clothes: G21, G21, G24, G28, B91, B95, B97, W4, W6, W8
-frame: R81, R83, R85, R87G21, G21, G24, G28, B91, B95, B97, E44, E47

Did you know? Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the "stuck on" appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins.
[Decoupage, Wikipedia.org]

Christian

I got so wrapped up in another project that I forgot about the 10th Day, so I'm skipping back in with my 11th Day of Christmas project. We were challenged to create a card or project with fun skully decor. I altered Christian from Simply Betty Stamps and swapped his cap for a more festive hat.


I'm seriously lacking in the skull department now that Halloween is over so I had to be creative and draw some. The large grommets were used to make ornaments, although attaching them turned out to be a challenge but the trusty glue came to the rescue! :D


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Challenge: Sparkles Forum - Challenge #1 (Christmas)
Challenge: One Stitch At A Time - Challenge #43 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
[altered images of] Christian (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME) and Mitten Weather (CC)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, B93, B97, B99
-hair: E50, E53, E55
-clothes: C00, C1, C3, C5, G82, G94, G9, R32, R35, R37, R39, E71, E74, E77, E79
-other: G82, G94, G9, R32, R35, T2, T4, T6, T8

Did you know? After his death, Henry IV, King of France (1589 to 1610) and Navarre (1572 to 1610), embalmed head was lost when revolutionaries ransacked the Basilica of St Denis and desecrated his grave in 1793. An embalmed head, reputed to be that of Henry IV, has passed between private collectors since. The French journalist Stephane Gabet followed leads to track down the head and in January 2010 a forensic team confirmed that it was the lost head of Henry IV. The head will be reinterred in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis after a national Mass and funeral in 2011.
[Henry IV of France, Wikipedia.org]

On the 11th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... 400 year old heads.
Update: I was the winner at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Mouse

Here's another cute critter for Christmas illistrated by Marina Neira. I made this card using Merry Mouse from The Stamping Bazaar and went with a simple layout. As always, you can click on the images to make them larger and don't forget to head on over to the Stamping Bazaar to pick up your free Gingerbread Plushie!


Main Stamp: Merry Mouse (TSB)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Oval and Magnolia Doohickey Leaf & Swirl
Copic Colors:
-mouse: E04, R20, W1, W3, W5
-other: C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59, G21, G24, G28, B01, B000

Did you know? A Digraph or Digram is a pair of characters used together to represent a phoneme (single sound), such as "sh" in English. When digraphs do not represent a distinct phoneme, they may be relics from an earlier period of the language when they did have a different pronunciation, or represent a distinction which is made only in certain dialects, like wh in English. They may also be used for purely etymological reasons, like rh in English.
[Digraph, Wikipedia.org]