Saturday, January 29, 2011

Geeky Love

Welcome to another challenge at Make it Colourful where this week we challenge you to color on something other than white paper! I took on the task and choose to color on fabric... yes, fabric! While I was trying to figure out what kind of card I could make to best show off the fabric as fabric... I decided a small handbag would be even better!

I borrowed some fabric sheets from my Mom and started following the instructions. (See EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets for those details.) However, I started to worry abou the Copic markers getting wet or even heated with the iron so I didn't make it very far with the instructions. I can say that the iron appears to do nothing to the Copic markers. I'll have to try water at a different time.

Here's a detailed shot of the fabric and you can see how I'm coloring directly onto the fabric. There are no transfer sheets involved and because it was fabric, I had to go easy with the markers. (Holding my breath was a contributing factor!)

The size of the handbag is small but I've found several items that conveniently fit in it! It was intended as a Valentines gift so a a regular size bag of Hershey's Chocolate Kisses fit nicely. However, I've also discovered that a travel size baby wipe container plus one or two diapers will also fit - great for church or a short babysitting trip. And lastly, my youngest daughter demonstrated that her baby doll fits perfectly and is completely content to stay there! LOL!

When sewing my handbags, I like to tuck and sew the corners slightly so the bag will stand upright on it's own. I'm sure there is a fancy trick to doing it so the seem doesn't show but I usually do this task very last just before turning the bag right-side out. Below is a picture of the empty handbag laying down next to the Hershey's candy bag for scale.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #4 (colored on fabric)
Challenge: Pile It On - Challenge #4 (Love is in the air)
Challenge: Buny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge #8 (Love is in the air)
Challenge: Lexi's Creations - Challenge #32 (Valentines)
Challenge: Aud Sentiments - Challenge #20 (love)
Main Stamp: Geeky Love (MiC)
Colored On:
EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets
Copic Colors:
-skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R11, R21
-hair: YR21, E53, E55, E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: B91, B95, B97, B99, E40, E41, E42, E43, C1, C3, G40, G82, G85, R81, R83, R85, R89
-other: R81, R83, R85, R89, G82, C3

Did you know? The People's Republic of China (PRC), commonly known as China, is the most populous state in the world with over 1.3 billion people, approximately 20% of the world's population. The ancient Chinese civilization—one of the world's earliest—flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River which flows through the North China Plain. For more than 6,000 years, China's political system was based on hereditary monarchies (also known as dynasties). The first of these dynasties was the Xia (approx 2000BC) and the last dynasty, the Qing, ended in 1911 with the founding of the Republic of China.
[People's Republic of China,]

Update: I made the top three scoops at Pile it On! for this project!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Monster Dreams Freebie

Dare to dream big! It's finally here - my Freebie to you for reaching 500 Followers!! THANK YOU everyone for joining and we hope you've been having just as much fun as my Mom and I have! :D The Blog Candy winners, along with a special surprise, will be announced the morning of February 1st. So mark it on your calendars and come join the fun!

Just a few Reminders:
(1) UPDATE your blinkies on the sidebar with the new ones
(2) Be sure to enter in the Blog Candy if you haven't already
(3) Head on over to Grandma's Pearl for the other freebie
(4) Use your new freebies and enter Forgotten Scraps Challenge #1
(We love to see what you create with them!)

Monster Dreams

CLICK HERE to download
(Update: This image is no longer available for free.)

This freebie will be available for a limited time so get him while you can!! I've enjoyed all your wonderful comments - thank you!!

From my design team who are just as excited about a new image as I am! :D
Cassandra and Lydia:

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Easter Lamb

Yeah! You've all helped us reach the next 100x Followers goal... and a little earlier than expected! So I'm working on the next freebies and will have them posted tonight - come back soon! :D I made this card with Easter Lamb on a day I was crafting together with my Mom. (As you can tell by the stitching - which is something I only do at her house.) She also made one using the same layout but has already posted it before I got around to mine.

Challenge: Skipping Stones Designs - Challenge #60 (sketch)
Challenge: Do you stack up? Challenge #4 (pattern paper)
Challenge: Moving Along With The Times - Challenge #83 (Spring)
Challenge: PaperPlay - Challenge #4 (layers)
Challenge: Some Odd Girl Challenges (scallops)

Main Stamp: Easter Lamb (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: (SU)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles
Copic Colors:
-lamb: BV08, BV04, BV02, BV01, W5, W8
-other: B91, B93, B95, YG0000, YG21, YG23, YG25, R20, R21, R22, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y35, Y38, C1, C3, C00

Did you know? The Silver Gull is the most common gull seen in Australia. It is found throughout the continent, having adapted well to urban environments and thriving around shopping centers and garbage dumps. The Silver Gull should not be confused with the Herring Gull , which is called "silver gull" in many other languages.
[Silver Gull (Aus),]

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Susie with Pie

It's the last challenge in January for The Stamping Bazaar and the challenge is a sketch which has many ways to interpret it. I chose to use Susie with Pie which rates among one of my favorites designed by Marina Neira. She is such a versatile stamp and can be used for many different occasions. So come on over and join the fun this week!

DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar Blog - Challenge #13 (sketch)
Challenge: Eat Sleep Stamp - Sketchy Thursday #115 (sketch)
Challenge: Mark's Finest Papers - Challenge #39 (Sympathy)
Challenge: Simply Create - Challenge #35 (punches or dies)
Challenge: Wee Memories - Challenge #40 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp: Susie with Pie (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Kitchen (DCWV)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
-susie: E2, E43, E44, E47, E49, E04
-pie: E53, E55, C3, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29

Did you know? The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and fairy tale. It is presented as if it were an abridgment of a work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's 'commentary' asides are constant throughout. It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner.

Monster Sweet Tooth

Here's a card I made a while ago and was saving it for a "quick post" day. You know those kinds of days where you want to get something up quickly but didn't have time to get anything else done? Yep, that's one of these days! So here's "Monster Sweet Tooth" munching on those giant lollies. I used a bold bright color scheme and tried to keep everything sans-swirls and flowers for a boy's card.

Challenge: Allsorts - Challenge #87 (card for a boy)
Challenge: Alys Sunday Challenge #34 (for the guys)
Challenge: Anne's Creative Nook - Challenge #121
(Not your usual Valentines card, but still has candy)
Challenge: One Stitch At A Time - Challenge #46
("As You Like It" aka Anything Goes)
Main Stamp: Monster Sweet Tooth (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: (SU)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Five
Copic Colors: (list unknown)

Did you know? Grandidier's Baobab trees are the grandest and most famous of Madagascar’s six baobabs and is an endangered species in the genus Adansonia. These trees store water inside the swollen trunk (up to 120,000 litres / 32,000 US gallons) to endure the harsh drought conditions particular to each region. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years old, which is difficult to verify as the wood does not produce annual growth rings. This is the kind of tree that is shown in the movie Madagascar as the giant tree in the island's centre.
[Adansonia Grandidieri,]

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Little Gnome

I can't believe it's mid-week already - I haven't even started anything on my list for this week! Anyway, today I'm sharing a fun card which attempts to combine two different styles of images - Make it Crafty and Meljen's Designs. I was happy with the way I colored the water until the sky was added as it was just a little too red for my liking. Finally, these chipboard embellishments were also covered with Liquid Pearls, then dragonflies and Dew Drops were added.

One of the challenges this week at Zoe's Blog is to define a well used Australian Sang. For this post, I chose to define "Good Onya!" Get ready to believe it or not...

Good Onya [/gʊd/ /ˈʌnyə/] -interjection
An expression of surprise, shock or dismay; to encounter suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares; to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion.

Origin: Onya is a deity worshiped by the ancient Aussies and is the goddess of fate or destiny. She reveals her decrees by inhabiting the person briefly who then appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment, and therefore is only able to declare her presence by the simple exclamation of "GOOD ONYA!" at which point, the Great Onya is forced to depart.

Challenge: Make it Crafty - Aussie Slang Interpretation
Challenge: Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #45 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: AiFactory - Challenge #65 (For the boys)
Challenge: Creative Belli Blog - Challenge #109 ('P' is for ... patterned paper)
Main Stamp:
Happy Little Gnome (MD) & Sailing Leaf (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Green Stack (DCWV)
Chipboard Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Hexagons
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R21, R22
-clothes: BG10, B52, BG72, BG18, R14, R17, R29, E41, E42, E43, E44
-leaf: G40, G82, G94, G99, E42, E43, E44
-water: 0, BG10, B52, BG72, BG18
-sky: 0, R02, R11, R12

Did you know? The population of the world is currently about 6,895,800,000 residing in over 220 countries and territories. In terms of percentage of each country's population compared to the population of the world, the top ten are:
China (19.5%), India (17.3%), United States (4.52%), Indonesia (3.44%), Brazil (2.77%),
Pakistan (2.49%), Nigeria (2.29%), Bangladesh (2.17%), Russia (2.06%) and Japan (1.85%).
[List of Countries by Population,]

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Birthday Bunny

I made this card using Birthday Bunny, which was a freebie on my Mom's site for a brief time, but is one of the images you can use in the current challenge! There's only a week left to enter both the Blog Candy and challenge... and everyone has done an exceptional job spreading the word. Thank you all so much! We hope you've been enjoying the freebies that you've earned. ;D

Challenge: The Sweetest Thing - Challenge #101 (Sketch)
Challenge: The Crafty Pad - Challenge #105 (Something Girly)
Challenge: Woodware USA - Challenge #11 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Stamps R Us - Challenge #13 (Animals)
Challenge: Paper Playtime - Challenge #35 (Party theme)
Challenge: Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge #38 (Flowers)
Challenge: Creative Inspirations - Challenge #51 (Celebrate)
Main Stamp: Birthday Bunny (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Bloomin' Blossoms Sunny Tearos (TPS)
Metal Die: Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag and Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Copic Colors:
Y32, Y35, Y38, R20, R21, R22, B91, B93, B95, YG0000, YG21, YG23, YG25, W1, W2, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47

Did you know? A lighthouse keeper is the person responsible for tending and caring for a lighthouse, particularly the light and lens in the days when oil lamps and clockwork mechanisms were used. Keepers were needed to trim the wicks, replenish fuel, wind clockworks and perform maintenance tasks such as cleaning lenses and windows. Electrification and other automated improvements such as remote monitoring and automatic bulb changing made resident paid keepers residing at the lights unnecessary.
[Lighthouse Keeper,]

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pastry Girl

It's another challenge at Lollipop Crafts and we have something in store for you - the challenge is to create a card using a single layer! This will give you lots of opportunity to work on coloring and/or embellishments. I made my card using an embossing folder frame and stamped the Pastry Girl image inside.

The paper I used was Gina K's Pure Luxury cardstock because I didn't want the colors to bled through. It's not my favorite paper to use but is a necessity with single layers. Here's another try coloring the chipboard accents by Maya Road and this time I tried black Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink. I thought it would be more pearl-ized but they turned out flat and almost a medium gray. So I covered it all up with Sticklets which was a passable compromise.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #23 (one layer)
Challenge: InStyle Stamps - Color Challenge (ISSCC01 colors below)
Challenge: For Fun Challenges (Glitter and sparkle)
Challenge: Little Red Wagon - Challenge #64 (one layer)
Challenge: Creative Belli Blog - Challenge #109 (P:"Pure Luxury CS")
Main Stamp:
Pastry Girl (ISS)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Herritage
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair: E000, E00, E11, E13, E25, E29
-clothes: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8
-other: E42, E44, E47, YG45, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, R20, R21, R22, B91, YR20, YR21, YR24

Did you know? The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for its mission set. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during time of war. Founded on 4 August 1790, it lays claim to being the United States' oldest continuous seagoing service. As of August 2009, the Coast Guard had approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,500 reservists, 29,000 auxiliarists, and 7,700 full-time civilian employees.
[United States Coast Guard,]

Update: Thank you Svetlana for your fun "I love your blog" award! :D

Sweet Anya

It's another Mystery Monday at Club Anya & Friends and today it's my turn to host! I chose to CASE a great card by Claudine Poch that featured a versatile layout for any occasion. This is also my last challenge as the January Guest Designer and I had so much fun being on the team! So with big HUGS, I say "Thanks TGF and Club Anya!!"

I made this card using an all time favorite Sweet Anya, of course. I also wanted to use some cork and thought it would be fun to cut it out using the lace doily die - it turned out better than I had hopped so I'll be borrowing that die from my Mom again! :D If you're keeping track of my details on painting the chipboards, I covered this wing embellishment with Liquid Pearls again. It appears to be my favorite method but I have yet to get my embossing powders out of the closet. As a final touch, I added glitter to a few areas of the clothing and white polka-dots on the shirt.

DT Challenge: Club Anya & Friends - Mystery Monday
Challenge: Stampin' Royalty - Challenge #55 (things with wings)
Challenge: Creative Inspirations - Challenge #95 (patchwork)
Challenge: Color Throw Down - Challenge #125 (green, pink, kraft)
Challenge: Truly Scrumptious - Challenge #49 (pink, brown, green)
Challenge: Flutter By Wednesday (open + fairies and wing)
Main Stamp: Sweet Anya (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Once Upon a Springtime (Graphics 45) and Vintage (CM)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Decorative Doily
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12
-hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, E79
-clothes: YG91, TG93, YG95, YG97, R01, R02, R05, E50, E51, E53

Did you know? The Low Head Lighthouse is Australia's oldest continuously used pilot station and was the third lighthouse to be constructed in Australia. The original tower, 15.25 meters (50.0 ft) high, was known as the "Georgetown Station" but by the 1880s, the original stone tower had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was demolished in 1888 and replaced with the present double brick structure with a new lantern room and apparatus. This light is now unmanned and automated.
[Low Head Lighthouse,]

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sweet Valentine Ben

I made this small box following the Labels 17 Box by Alice tutorial over at Whiff of Joy's Inspirations & Tutorial Blog. If you haven't been there, you seriously need to go visit! It's the cream of the crop when it comes to inspiring ideas and fun how-to's! Anyway, when I saw this cute box I had to give it a go.

I used the adorable Sweet Valentine Ben as the main image, and yes, just like the Magnolia's, I gave him a nose too. :D I altered the box dimensions a little by making it only 1/2" in depth because I'm going to use is as gift card holder. I added minimal embellishments because I wanted Ben to be the star in this show and the big white bow is what keeps it securely closed.

Challenge: Whiff of Joy - Guest Designer Call
Challenge: Pear Tree Designs - Challenge #32 (Free for all)
Challenge: Stamps R Us - Challenge #12 (shaped cards)
Challenge: The Creative Cottage - Challenge #31 (shaped cards)
Challenge: Color Chef Challenge #70 (B/W, ocean & bright green)
Challenge: Craft Your Days Away - Challenge #12 (Love)
Main Stamp:
Sweet Valentine Ben (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Oliver (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen and Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12
-hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-clothes: B93, B95, B97 B99, T0, T2, T4, T6, G12, G14, G7
-other: R20, R21, R22, G12, G14, G7, R32, R35, R37, E39, T0, T2

Did you know? The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances. Its name came from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less; some individuals have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph (88.5 km/h). The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States today, and the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest breed registry in the world, with more than 4 million American Quarter Horses registered.
[American Quarter Horse,]

Update: I was the winner at Stamps R Us for this challenge!