Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sweet Love

Welcome to the 2nd Challenge at Make it Colourful and this week's challenge is to use red!
I made this card using an Elisabeth Bell stamp Sweet Love from Belles 'n Whistles and behind it Lovers Pavilion from Make It Crafty. I used lots of reds and pinks to accent this Valentines card.


Here's another view of the gorgeous pavilion which was so much fun to color. This was my second time working on the image and I think it turned out so much better. I like the blue sky without the clouds and the white pavilion is more romantic with this card.


DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #2 (Use red)
Challenge: Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge #8 (Love)
Challenge: Woodware USA - Challenge #9 (Hearts)
Challenge: Scrap-Creations - Challenge #11 (Love)
Main Stamp:
Sweet Love (BnW) and Lover's Pavilion (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Lemonade (BG)
Copic Colors:
W1, W2, W4, C1, C3, B0000, B00, YG25, YG17, YG03, YG01, YG93, YG95, YG97, G20, G24, G28, R32, R35, R37, R39, Y32, Y38, BG00, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG01, R20, R21, R22, R24, W6, B91, B93, B97, E42, E44, E49, E000, E00, E11, R21

Did you know? There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world and they exist on all continents except Antarctica. Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 dB "at close range", among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada, meaning "buzzer". They live underground as nymphs for most of their lives and emerge only when adults, which in some species is every 13 or 17 years.
[Cicada, Wikipedia.org]

Little Dreamer

It's another fun weekend at Club Anya and Friends and we have a great sketch for you to work with. I made my card using the new Oliver & Amelia set Little Dreamer. I used some old papers in my stash and a forgotten punches - it's time to use up the old before the new comes in. ;D


DT Challenge: Club Anya & Friends - Saturday Sketch
Challenge: Aly's Sunday Challenges #33 (Wings)
Challenge: Digi's By Phooka - Challenge #1 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Craft Your Passion - Challenge #40 (Ribbon or lace)
Main Stamp:
Oliver & Amelia: Little Dreamer (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Pink Armadillo (TPS)
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair: E00, E11, E50, E51, E53
-clothes: G20, G21, G24
-other: B000, W2, E41, E42, E43, E44, R81, R83, R85

Did you know? The moons of Saturn are numerous and diverse, ranging from tiny moonlets less than 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) across to the enormous Titan, which is larger than the planet Mercury. Saturn has sixty-two moons with confirmed orbits, fifty-three of which have names, and only thirteen of which have diameters larger than 50 kilometers (31 mi). Saturn has seven moons that are large enough to become spherical, and dense rings with complex orbital motions of their own.
[Moon of Saturn, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was select in the Top 3 for this challenge at Digi's by Phooka!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Catch of the Day

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using punches! For this card I used my corner rounder punch and and clipped two opposite corners. The stamp I used was Catch of the Day from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love this color combination - the greens, browns and creams are soothing - and a chose larger hardware embellishments for a more masculine card.


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #11 (Punches)
Challenge: Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge #17 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Inspiration Avenue Challenges (Favorite colors)
Challenge: Little Red Wagon - Challenge #61 (Leftover paper)
Main Stamp:
Catch of the Day (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Farm Fresh: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
B000, W02, E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, E04, B91, B93, B95, E41, E42, E43, YG63, YG67, G82, G40, E17, E18, E19

Did you know? Tapioca is a starch extracted from the Cassava root. It is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, mainly in foods. Tapioca is gluten free, and almost completely protein free. The cassava plant has either red or green branches with blue spindles on them. The toxin found in the root of the red-branched variant is less harmful to humans than the green-branched variety. Therefore, while the root of the red/purple-branched variant can be consumed directly, the root of the green-branched variant requires treatment to remove the toxin. Commercially, the starch is processed into several forms: powder, fine or coarse flakes or meal, rectangular sticks, and the most common spherical "pearls".
[Tapioca, Wikipedia.org]

Forgotten Scraps - Challenge #1

I'm so excited to be hosting a challenge on my blog! My Mom and I are having fun with our Blog Candy offering but you helped us reach our goals so quickly that we surprised y'all with free digis!! So which is your favorite? Do you like Monster Love or Valentines Bear the best?

Now we have another surprise: what better way to use those than to have a challenge! I had help from a few very special friends to bring you these awesome samples for inspiration! Check out what we have made for you:

















Now lets get onto the nitty-gritty challenge rules. You can enter as many times as you like and combine them with as many challenges as you can find too! Here's the basics:

Challenge Rules:
1. Use Monster Love or Valentines Bear
UPDATE: You can any of our freebies including Monster Sweet Tooth,
Monster Bubbles, Monster Dreams,
Birthday Bunny, Easter Lamb or Lucky Dog!
2. Link to this post
(3. Make monster noises while you color)

Enter your submissions by January 31st and a random winner with our top three choices will be announced together with the Blog Candy winners on February 1st! And what's a challenge without a prize?? How about another monster digi!!

...meet "Monster Nom-Nom"


Update: ...and now take a peek at "Christmas Dino"
(Although it's just as suitable for a birthday!)


One lucky winner will get this guy for free! Update: One lucky winner with get BOTH digi stamps!! Everyone is welcome to join including family, friends and fellow design team members. So good luck and I can't wait to see what you create! :D



Valentines Bear

I made this card using Valentines Bear which is a free digi that my Mom is giving away for a limited time! We reached our goals from the Blog Candy so quickly that I drew up some images to share with everyone. To promote using those images, we're now hosting a challenge and this is my card! The challenge is to create a card or project using one of our free digis and you have until January 31. Can't wait to see what you create! :D


DT Challenge: ForgottenScraps - Challenge #1
Challenge: Digistamps4 Joy - Challenge #10 (Buttons)
Challenge: Crafty Purple Frog Challenges (new digi)
Challenge: One Stitch At A Time Challenges (Valentines)
Challenge: Karber Weekly Challenges #20 (Pearls)
Main Stamp:
Valentines Bear (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Oval
Copic Colors:
-bear: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, W00, W4, W7
-other: R20, R21, R22, C1, BG10, BG11, YG63, YG67, R35, R37, R39, YR20, YR21, YR23, 0

Did you know? A countdown is a sequence of counting backward to indicate the seconds, days, or other time units remaining before an event occurs or a deadline expires. In the context of a rocket launch, the "T minus Time" is the time before launch, e.g. "T minus 3 minutes and 40 seconds". The last ten seconds are usually counted down aloud "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift off!" When counting down to the launch of an explosive, e.g. when testing a new model of gun, it is customary to omit "5" from the countdown sequence because "five" sounds too similar to 'Fire!'
[Countdown, Wikipedia.org]

Monster Love

I made this card using my new digi Monster Love for my very first hosted challenge! The challenge is to create a card or project using one of the free digis that my Mom and I are giving away for a limited time. I colored this guy up for Valentine's Day and also used my new Magnolia tag die! I also stitched around the card which is a sure sign that I was crafting at my Mom's house. ;D


DT Challenge: ForgottenScraps - Challenge #1
Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #43 (Valentines)
Challenge: Delicious Doodles - Challenge #7 (new digi)
Challenge: CES Challenges #18 (All creatures great and small)
Challenge: Dutch Dare - Challenge #95 (Stitching)
Main Stamp:
Monster Love (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Vintage (Creative Memories)
Corner Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag
Copic Colors:
E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, R22, R24, R27, R29, R59, YG63, YG67

Did you know? The Burr Arch Truss is a combination of an arch and a multiple kingpost truss architecture design. It was invented in 1804 by Theodore Burr and used in bridges, usually covered bridges. The design principle behind the Burr arch truss is that the arch should be capable of bearing the entire load on the bridge while the truss keeps the bridge rigid. The combination of the arch and the truss provides a more stable bridge capable of supporting greater weight than either the arch or truss alone.
[Burr Truss, Wikipedia.org]


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Miss Anya Love

Today is What's Up Wednesday at Club Anya and Friends and I have a wonderful tutorial over there to look at! I altered Miss Anya Love for this card, giving her a longer dress to look more like a princess. In the background I colored up another Carriage of Love from Make it Crafty.


Here's a look at Miss Anya's new long dress which I image is made out of soft velvet with gold satin trim. I used the same colors on her as I did with the carriage so they would match. I also added glitter to her headband, areas of her dress and her shoes, of course.


The laser cut hearts are covered with light yellow and lavender liquid pearls and then added one to each corner. I "sprinkled" on a few self-stick gems and finished one corner with a bow and charm. I used a large Nestabilities die for the background used foam dots to attach it to the base of the card so the whole front stands outward. Anya is also on foam dots which adds another layer and dimension to the card.


DT Post: Club Anya & Friends - What's Up Wednesday
Challenge: Copic Creations - Challenge #41 (Sparkle)
Main Stamp:
[altered image of] Miss Anya Love (TGF) and Carriage of Love (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Sweet (DCWV)
Laser Cut Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-face/hair: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12, W1, W4, W6, W8
-the rest: C00, C1, C3, B41, Y32, Y35, Y38, V12, V15, V17, B09, R20, R21, R22, 0

Did you know? St. John's Cathedral is an Anglican church perched on a hilltop in St. John's, Antigua. The present cathedral was built on a fossilized reef, in 1845, and is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures. When St. John's Cathedral was first built, it was criticized by ecclesiastical architects for being like "a pagan temple with two dumpy pepper pot towers", while now it is extolled as the best cathedral in the West Indian province.
[St. John's Cathedral, Wikipedia.org]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monster Love Freebie

It's been so easy to reach the 200 Followers mark from the Blog Candy that I thought I'd give everyone a freebie for helping me achieve that goal so quickly!! (There is still time to enter the Blog Candy if you haven't already!) Who knows, maybe we'll reach the 300 mark??

I'd like you to meet "Monster Love"...


This freebie will be available for a limited time so get him while you can!! Spread the word and grab his blinkie from the sidebar! CLICK HERE to download. (Updated: This digi is no longer available for free.) If you grabbed him then I'd love to hear from you - comments are very welcome!

Here's some inspiration from the über-talented Design Team...
Amelia, Cassandra and Lydia:


Check back on Thursday for more inspiration and a challenge!

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Study Tilda

I finally did it and made my first Magnolia card! I saw this one reading a book and thought that would be perfect for me and the rest is history, as they say. I made this card using Study Tilda from Magnolia and placed her against the Carriage of Love from Make it Crafty.


I added lots of buttons, even clear ones, charm, lace, twine and a tag. I added a few school elements too like the spiral bound paper edge, paper clip and safety pin to help add to the theme.


Challenge: Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #54 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Just Magnolia (Anything Goes plus Buttons)
Challenge: Crafty Sentiments Challenge (Anything Goes)

Challenge: Craft Your Days Away - Challenge #11 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp: Study Tilda (Mag)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit (Crate Paper)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
-face/hair: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12, E8, E19, E18, B000
-gravel: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79
-the rest: Y32, Y35, Y38, R37, R35, R39, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49

Did you know? The instant camera is a type of camera that generates a developed film image. Edwin Land's original idea behind instant photography was to create a photographic system that was seamless and easy for anyone to use. Later models went a long way in accomplishing his goal. The photographer simply pointed the camera at the subject and took the photo and the film developed without intervention from the photographer.
[Instant Camera, Wikipedia.org]

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fancy Anya

It's another Mystery Monday day at Club Anya & Friends this week! Today we are CASE'ing a card by Kim (Paperbabe)! Her card reminded me of a Polaroid so I was inspired to color a black and white image. For this card I used Fancy Anya and finished with antique brads, sequenced black lace and laser cut embellishments covered with liquid pearls. The decorative paper I used is a couple years old!


DT Challenge: Club Anya & Friends - Mystery Monday
Challenge: Scrapbook Sisters - Challenge #17 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #146 (Out with the old)
Challenge: Stampin' B's - Challenge #92 (Old and new)
Challenge: Card Makin Mama's - Challenge #12 (Girls just want to have fun)
Main Stamp: Fancy Anya (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Cambridge (SU)
Laser Cut Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Copic Colors:
W00, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? Man on Wire is a 2008 British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. The title of the movie is taken from the police report that led to the arrest of Petit, whose performance had lasted for almost one hour. The film is crafted like a heist film, presenting rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside reenactments and present-day interviews with the participants.
[Man on Wire, Wikipedia.org]

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Spring Fairies

I made this card using a Fairy from Pergamano and in the background is Daffodil Dell from Make it Crafty. This is one I've had made for a while and finally had an empty slot today to use it. :D These little fairies are so cute so the card was fun to make. -Enjoy!


Challenge: Craft Your Passion - Challenge #39 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Kaboodle Doodles - Challenge #48 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Karber Weekly - Challenge #19 (Flowers)
Challenge: Stamp Something - January Digi Day (Use Digi)
Challenge: Flutter By Wednesday - Challenge #136 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Summer Fairies (P) and Daffodil Dell (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Earth Love (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-girl/hair: E000, E00, E11, W1, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: E70, E71, E74, E77, E93, E95, E97, G20, G21, YR20, YR21, YR24
-sky: E40, E41, E42
-flowers: YR20, YR21, YR24, E93, E95, E97
-ground: E43, E44, E47
-shrooms: E70, e71, E74, E77
-grass: G20, G21, G24, G28, YG93, YG97, YG99, BG93, BG96
-birds: G21, B21, YR12

Did you know? The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a conservation area and World Heritage Site within the wintering grounds of most of the monarch butterflies that migrate from east of the Rocky Mountains for up to 4,000 km south to central Mexico. It is estimated that between 60 million and 1 billion butterflies arrive in this area alone any given year. This area, which hosts the majority of wintering monarchs from the east of the United States and Canada, has only been known since the 1970s.
[Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Wikipedia.org]