Friday, November 5, 2010

Love You Sis

I'm hosting the challenge over at Wags 'n Whiskers this week and I chose the them of "Sisters or Friends!" Remember you can enter the challenge using any stamp and I would love to see a wide variety of sister or girlfriend stamps - they're some of my favorites! I made this card using Love You Sis from Wags 'n Whiskers.

Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #38
Main Stamp: Love You Sis (WnW)
Patterned Paper: Flying High - Tweet (My Little Shoebox)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R21, E44
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes/other: C1, C3, E42, E43, E44, YG01, YG13, YG17, YR12, YR15, YR18, R12, R14, R17, B000, B01, B52

Did you know? The word Kaiju in Japanese genre of tokusatsu entertainment means "strange beast" but often translated in English as "monster". Related terms include kaijou eiga (monster movie), kaijin (referring to roughly humanoid monsters) and daikaiju (giant monster).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Garden Bun Bun Fairy

I made this card using Garden Bun Bun Fairy from Meljen's Designs for the Lollipop Crafts Challenge this week. The challenge is to create a card or project using embossing and this card had a dry embossed background. Even though this is a spring image, I wanted to transform it to fit an autumn theme.

Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #14
Main Stamp: Garden Bun Bun Fairy (MD)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (unknown)
Copic Colors:
-bunny: E40, R21, BG0000, BG000
-clothes: YG93, YG95, YG99, YR21, YR23, YR24
-other: E42, E44, E47, YR12, YR15, YR16, E08, E09, R24

Did you know? A class rating is an allowance to fly a certain group of aircraft that require training common to all aircraft within the group. A Type rating is specified if a particular aircraft requires additional specialized training beyond the scope of initial license and aircraft class training.
[Aviation Class Rating,]

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lil Fashionette 60's Hippie Willow

The challenge this week at Lil Lolita Boutique is to create a card or project using Black & White Plus One Color. I made this card using Lil Fashionette 60's Hippie Willow from Tickled Pink Stamps. For my color I decided to use a light blue background and paired it with cream and black.

DT Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #22
Main Stamp: Fashionette Lil Lolita 60's Hippie Willow (LL&L)
Patterned Paper: Mod Retro (DCWV) and Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
BG72, B93, W00, W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? A chronogram is a sentence or inscription in which specific letters, interpreted as numerals, stand for a particular date when rearranged. In the pure chronogram each word contains a numeral and a natural chronogram shows all numerals in the correct numerical order, e.g. AMORE MATVRITAS = MMVI = 2006.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cauldron Box

I made this black cauldron box for the 12th Day of Halloween Challenge at Simply Betty Stamps. Of course, it's not just a box... it's an explosion box! After making my first explosion box on Saturday I decided to make a bigger one that included all six Emo Halloweenies. This is the last and final challenge in the series and I went for a grand finale.

While searching for ideas, I came across a beautiful beehive explosion box created by Shoshi. She has some wonderful step-by-step photos if you're interested in making one. I used her box as my starting point inspiration and this is what I ended up with... Ka-boom!

There is so much detail to go over so I divided up the pictures into groups. This first set shows the inner box walls that surround the pumpkin patch. Each gravestone flourish and dates were drawn by hand and I used a border stamps to fill in the bottom. Metal tags or circle punches were used to get the shapes.

The center of the box is a pumpkin patch with London Pumpkin and an alteration of Betty Witch. For Betty Witch, I wiped away one arm and the entire lower portion of the stamp then drew in a newer version flying a broomstick. I wanted to make the box in stages so it was easier to work on and the center part was glued in very last.

The outer box walls have the rest of the Emo Halloweenies. Lola Mummy's color scheme was based off a monster we have in our front window. Millerstein has one brown eye and one blue eye - always a fun combination! For Christian Vamp I covered his face and hands in sparkling diamonds glitter which never show up in the photos. Lastly, I gave Rio Devil a glowing blue staff with three diamonds in the center.

Also around the outer box, each corner was decorated with more Halloween surprises. The first one is a Witches' Hut I grabbed from Dulemba's Coloring Page Tuesdays. She always has something fun to color and they work well for stamps. I'm sure you recognize the ghosts! That's Casper and with two of the not-so-friendly ghosts. The third panel features the scarecrow which is only a portion of Haunted Halloween House from Make it Crafty. I cut out some of the crows from the paper I was using and placed one of them on the scarecrow. Lastly, I made another spider web and added three Lego spiders!

Here's another view of the box open and a better view of the spider web. Each ring is held on by a looped string that is glued between the wall layers. This made it easier to thread the web and it also tucks in the box nicely.

Looking at the open box from the top shows most of the details. I attached Betty Witch in the center so that she actually pops up when the box opens. The rest of the tabs gently fall down provided the spiders don't get tangled.

Closing the box takes a little more effort than the last box, but using the rubber bands makes it easier. I first close the inner box then I can focus on the outer box. Just before adding the lid, I remove the rubber band from the inner box; and once the lid is on, I can remove the second rubber band.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Halloween
Main Stamp: Emo Halloweenies... Lola Mummy, Millerstein, Christian Vamp, Rio Devil, London Pumpkin (digi) and [altered images of] Betty Witch (SBS), Witchy Hut (EOD), Borders 2 (Kelly Panacci Sandylion Designs), Casper & Ghosts (123Coloring) and [portions of] Haunted Halloween House (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Metal Die: Whiff of Joy Magical Tag, My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio, Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles, and Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-mummy: V91, V95, V99, YG91, YG95, YG99, E40, E42, B91, B93, B95, B97
-witchy hut: G21, G24, G28, W2, W4, V12, V15, V17, YR12, YR16, YR18, Y32, Y35, E50, E51, E53, YG93, YG95, YG99, E43, E44, E47, E49
-frankenstein: YG91, YG95, YG99, W00, W2, W4, W6, W8, B91, B93, B95, B97, E55, E57, E59
-ghosts: C00, C1, C3
-vampire: W00, W1, W2, W3, W5, W6, W7, W8, V91, V95, V99, R24, R29, R59
-gravestones: W2, W4, W5, , YG91, YG95, E44, E47, E49
-scarecrow: YR12, YR16, YR18, Y32, Y35, R20, R24, R29, R59, C1, C3, W1, E43, E44, E47, E49
-devil: E00, E11, R20, R24, YR20, YR21, YR23, W3, W5, W7, B91, B93, B95, B97, R22, R29, R59, BV20
-witch: E00, E11, R20, R24, B21, B23, B26, V12, V15, V17, W2, W4, W6, Y32, Y35, Y38, YG91, YG95, E50, E51, E55, E57, E59
-pumpkin girl: YR12, YR14, YR18, W2, W4, W6, W8, YR20, YR21, YG93, YG95, YG99, E43, E44, E47, E49
-sign: E55, E57, E59

Other Challenges: There is a lot of time into this project and the bonus part is that it fits into many other challenges so I'm going to pile it on. Some have prizes and some don't but the main point was to share my creation. Hope you enjoyed it. ;D

Copic Creations Challenge #38 - Make a Scene
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Halloween
Anything Goes Challenge Week #22 - Halloween
Little Red Wagon Challenge #52 - Halloween
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #104 - Anything Goes
Wee Memories Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #31 - Anything Goes
Cards for Men Challenge #22 - Anything Goes (As long as it's male)
Simon Says Challenges - Punch 'Em
Four Crafty Chicks Challenge #9 - Punches or Dies
Meljen's Designs Challenge #31 - Use Two Images
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #41 - Black, Purple & Orange
AiFactory Challenge #54 - Halloween
Copic Oz Challenge #4 - Feathering Technique
There She Goes Challenge #79 - Something Gifty
The ABC Challenge 'G' is for - Glitter
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #136 - Transparent Element
Dutch Dare Card Challenge #89 - Purple, Black, Orange & Green
PaperPlay Challenges Week #43 - A Haunting We Will Go
Secret Crafter Challenge #107 - Anything That Flys

Did you know? An explosion is defined as a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. An explosion creates a shock wave. If the shock wave is a supersonic detonation, then the source of the blast is called a "high explosive".
"On the 12th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me... 12 Witches Cackling!"
Update: I won the whole shebang at Simply Betty Stamps for the 12th Day of Halloween Challenge!

I was featured at Little Red Wagon for this project!

I made the Top 5 at Meljen's Designs for this project!

I was the selected winner at Wee Memories Challenge for this project!

Mamma Whale

It's another challenge at Lollipop Crafts and this week the challenge is to use embossing, either dry or wet. I made this card using Mamma Whale by Meljen's Designs and the embossing can be found on the whales! I used a script dry embossing folder and embossed the image after I colored it.

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #13
Main Stamp: Mamma Whale (MD)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Script Texture
Copic Colors:
BG72, BG75, YR12, YR14

Did you know? White chocolate is a confection based on sugar, milk, and fat (either cocoa butter or vegetable oils) without the cocoa solids. Some consider white chocolate not to even be chocolate, because of the lack of cocoa solids. The US FDA standard of identity of labeling for white chocolate states it must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter, a minimum of 14% of total milk solids, a minimum of 3.5% milkfat, and a maximum of 55% nutritive carbohydrate sweeteners.
[Types of Chocolate,]

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Little Angel on Cloud

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar's Blog is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided. This week is a super fun sketch with lots of layers! For this card, I used Little Angel on Cloud from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I wanted to add more color so instead of a white gown, this Little Angel got a blue one. ;D

Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #2
Main Stamp: Little Angel on Cloud (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Linen Closet (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-skin/wings: E00, E11, C1
-hair: E25, E29
-clothes: BG72, BG75
-other: B000

Did you know? The Hershey Process of making milk chocolate was invented by Milton S. Hershey and can be produced more cheaply than other processes since it is less sensitive to the freshness of the milk. The process is a trade secret, but experts speculate that the milk is partially lipolyzed, producing butyric acid, which stabilizes the milk from further fermentation. This compound gives the product a particular sour, "tangy" taste, to which the American public has become accustomed, to the point that other manufacturers now simply add butyric acid to their milk chocolates.
[Types of Chocolate,]

Nancy with Bouquet

I made this card using Nancy with Bouquet from The Stamping Bazaar created by Marina Neira. As an educational experimented, I looked up hedgehogs with my daughter and then we tried to color one as realistic as possible. I never knew how multi-colored the quills and how hard it would be but it was fun!

Main Stamp: Nancy with Bouquet (TSB)
Patterned Paper: AB Lotus (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circle
Copic Colors:
-nancy: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, R20
-clothes: E93, E95, E97
-other: G28, R83, R85, E93, 595, E97

Did you know? The Schmidt Sting Pain Index is a pain scale rating the relative pain caused by different Hymenopteran stings, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants. Schmidt classifies the stings of 78 species and describes some of the experiences in vivid detail, such as these:
1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.
2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
[Schmidt Sting Pain Index,]