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.

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.


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,]

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.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Quiet Time

This was a quick card I made for fun using Quiet Time by Sarah Kay. This stamp is one of many that have been piled in the corner of my desk neglected from the day it was purchased. I'm sure we all have a few that fit in that category. :D

Main Stamp: Quiet Moments (Sarah Kay)
Patterned Paper: TC Blossomwood (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, E04
-hair: W4, W6, W8, E55, E57, E59
-clothes: BG10, BG72, BG78, R000, R81, R83, R85, R89, YR12, YR14, YR18, R29, R59, YG95, YG99, W4, W6, W8
-cat: E40, E42, E44, E47
-other: T2, T4, E55, E57, E59

Did you know? Beginning on 12 August 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this year as the International Year of Youth. Youth organizations, Governments, and civil society are encouraged to organize activities that promote an increased understanding of the importance and benefits of youth participation in all aspects of society, as well as those that support youth to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to development and the promotion of mutual understanding.
[International Year of Youth,]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Punky Teens & Emo Back 2 School

The 9th Day of Christmas Challenge at Simply Betty Stamps is to create a card or project representing the Ghosts of Christmas Past from the story A Christmas Carol. I used three image as there was a mix-up at the temp agency... apparently all three ghosts were called for the same job!

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas Challenge
Main Stamp: Emo Back 2 School Miller, Punky Teens Halloween Angelica & Punky Teens Halloween Tootsie (SBS)
Patterned Paper: BW Evergreen (K&C)
Copic Colors: C01, C03

Did you know? According to Dickens' novel, the Ghost of Christmas Past appears to Scrooge as a white-robed, androgynous figure of indeterminate age. He had on his head a blazing light, reminiscent of a candle flame. He carried with him a metal cap, made in the shape of a candle extinguisher. While the ghost is often portrayed as a woman in most dramatic adaptations, Dickens describes the Ghost of Christmas Past only as “it”.
[Ghost of Christmas Past,]
On the 9th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... too many ghosts.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Party Time Louisa

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided. I made this card using Party Time Louisa from The Stamping Bazaar illustrated by Marina Neira. The silver on this Christmas paper made it a perfect New Year's card and Louisa looks like she is having fun! Come on over and play along - with last week's freebie it will be fun!

DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #8
Main Stamp: Party Time Louisa (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Mitten Weather (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Oval
Copic Colors:
-lioness: E04, E40, E41, E42, E47, E49
-clothes: R22, R24, R29, R39, G82, G94, G99, V12, V15, V17, C1, W4, W6
-other: B000, V15

Did you know? The Elk or Wapiti is one of the largest species of deer on the Earth and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family, only the larger moose (which is called an "elk" in Europe) and Sambar rival the elk in size. Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force and in parts of Asia, antlers and their velvet are used in traditional medicines.

Peppermint Patti

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to make gift tags and what better time to do it. This is one that I made using Peppermint Patti from Fairy Knoll for a Christmas gift. I removed her fairy wings and colored her up in the traditional reds and greens of the season.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #20
Main Stamp: [altered images of] Peppermint Patti (Fairy Knoll)
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair: E00, E11, E13, R22, E25, E29
-other: G20, G21, G24, G28, R22, R24, R29, R89

Did you know? Peppermint is the oldest and most popular flavor of mint-flavored confectionery. The plant is a hybrid mint, a cross between the watermint and spearmint, is widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world. Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. It is said that the aroma of peppermint has been found to enhance memory.