Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cupcake Ruby

Here's another card I made with my extra time today playing in the craft room. I used Cupcake Ruby and wanted to make more of a class card yet still keeping it fancy and cute. Basically my strategy was to use gray and creams, with a little bit of yellow, and finish up with a bunch of embellishments and sparkling Stickles Glitter Glue for good measure.

Challenge: Sparkle Creations - Challenge #30 (paper piecing)
Challenge: Card Makin' Mamas - Challenge #15 (birthday)
Challenge: Your Next Stamp - Challenge #36 (paper piecing)
Challenge: Dutch Dare - Challenge #100 (sparkle/glitter/bling)
Challenge: DYSU Challenge # 7 (dots)
Main Stamp: Cupcake Ruby (SCRS)
Patterned Paper: Togetherness (CC)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf and Frame Corner Flourishes (MiC)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12, R14, B91, B85, B97
-other: T0, T2, T4, T6, Y000, Y21, Y26

Did you know? Electric power transmission or "high voltage electric transmission" is the bulk transfer of electrical energy, from generating power plants to substations located near to population centers. This is distinct from the local wiring between high voltage substations and customers, which is typically referred to as electricity distribution. Transmission lines, when interconnected with each other, become high voltage transmission networks. In the US, these are typically referred to as "power grids" or just "the grid", while in the UK the network is known as the "national grid." North America has three major grids: The Western Interconnection; The Eastern Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (or ERCOT) grid.
[Electric Power Transmission,]

Update: I was the winner at Sparkle Creations Challenges for this card!

Update: I was a top pick at Card Makin' Mama's for this challenge!

Racing Rick

This week's challenge at Make it Colourful is to color with Smooth Gradients which basically means to color with lots of blending so you can't tell where one color ends and the other begins. This was easier for me to do in the larger areas and more difficult in the smaller parts like the hair. This is also a sneak peek of Racing Rick from Make it Crafty.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #7 (Smooth Gradients)
Challenge: My Time To Craft - Challenge #128 (circles)
Challenge: Dude Time Doodles - February Challenge (color inspiration)
Challenge: PaperCrafting Challenge #4 (anything goes)
Challenge: Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #57 (Anything goes)
Main Stamp:
Racing Rick (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, R11, R12, R14
-hair: W1, W3, W5, W6, W8
-clothes: YG03, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG91, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, C00, C1, C3, C5
-other: C00, C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, W5, W6, W8, R32, R35, R37, R39, Y32, Y35, Y38, Y11

Did you know? Watson is an artificial intelligence program developed by the corporation IBM, designed to answer questions posed in natural language. During 2011, Watson competed on the television quiz show Jeopardy! as a test of its abilities against two of the show's most successful contestants. Watson received the first prize of $1 million and IBM divided the winnings between two charities. This was the first human-versus-machine competition in Jeopardy!'s history. Watson had access to 200 million pages of structured and unstructured content consuming four terabytes of hard disk storage and was not connected to the Internet during the game.
[Watson (AI),]

Update: I was the selected winner at Dude Time Doodles for this card!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sammy with Ball

I can't believe it's Friday already and really don't know where my week has gone. ;D This week at The Stamping Bazaar we have fun challenge for you and the theme is "Spots and Stripes." I used decorative paper for the stripes and lots of amber gems for the dots. Also for something different, I stamped and colored Sammy on Kraft paper for more of a weathered look.

DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #16 (spots & stripes)
Challenge: Limelight Papercrafts - Challenge #67 (sketch)
Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #26 (favorite coloring medium)
Challenge: Stampin' Royalty - Challenge #59 (mark it up)
Main Stamp:
Sammy with Ball (TSB) by Marina Neira
Patterned Paper: Earth Love (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-sammy: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, R11, R12
-other: B91, B93, B95, YG91, YG93, YG95

Did you know? Stardust is a 300-kilogram robotic space probe launched by NASA on February 7, 1999 to study the asteroid 5535 Annefrank and collect samples from the coma of comet Wild 2. The primary mission was completed January 15, 2006, when the sample return capsule returned to earth. Operating for 12 years and 11 days, Stardust intercepted comet Tempel 1 on February 15, 2011, a small Solar System body previously visited by Deep Impact on July 4, 2005.
[Stardust (Spacecraft),]

Update: I was featured at Lollipop Crafts for this card!

Update: I was highlighted at Limelight for this card!

Rio Birthday Girl

This is one of those last minute submissions into the Simply Betty Stamps Challenge - I've been thinking it's been Wednesday ALL day today!! So somehow I missed a day in my week and thankfully it wasn't a Saturday. ;D The challenge this week is to make an all white card except for the coloring.

My strategy was to get all my white items out on the counter and then start putting it together. Because it was mostly white, I wanted to keep the coloring as light as possible so I chose more soft-toned colors and tried to keep some white highlights. One of the things I added was a small note that gets tucked inside a velum envelope on the card.

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps Challenges (White Out)
Challenge: For Fun Challenges (Happy Birthday)
Challenge: The Creative Cottage - Challenge #33 (Fabulous Florals)
Challenge: Papertake Weekly Challenges (putting on the glitz)
Challenge: Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #36 (pockets/tags)
Challenge: Stamp Fairy - Challenge #10 (basically white)
Challenge: Aud Sentiments - Challenge #22 (trendy sayings)
Main Stamp:
Rio Birthday Girl and dog from My Kids Emo World Betty (SBS)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Skeleton Scroll
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R11, R12, R14, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
-hair: E50, E51, E53
-clothes: T0, T2, T4, YG91, YG93, YG95, R11, R12, E41, E42, E43
-dog: E41, E42, E43, E44, R12

Did you know? Deep Impact is a NASA space probe launched on January 12, 2005. It was designed to study the composition of the comet interior of 9P/Tempel, by releasing an impactor into the comet. Previous space missions to comets, such as Giotto and Stardust, were fly-by missions. These missions were only able to photograph and examine the surfaces of cometary nuclei from a distance. The Deep Impact mission was the first to eject material from a comet's surface, and the mission garnered large publicity from the media, international scientists, and amateur astronomers.
[Deep Impact (Spacecraft),]

Update: I'm made the top three at Aud Sentiments for this challenge!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Challenge #3 - Spring or Flowers

Welcome to the 3rd Challenge! We had a great turn out in Challenge #2 and some wonderful cards! Thank you everyone who participated and for your support. :D I'm sure you're all curious as to who the winner are? It's coming...

Special Announcement

Before we get to that, I have a fun announcement! Forgotten Scraps and Little Miss Muffet Designs is getting a fresh new look! It's going to be so different that I didn't want to loose anyone in the transition so I thought a countdown would be perfect...

Countdown to prizes!

Get ready and grab the blinkie code below... I'll change the graphic daily so you can watch the days countdown! If you use this code below then there is no fuss and the countdown will happen "automatically." Make sure you put it in a TEXT or HTML Gadget on your sidebar for it to work.

And did that say prizes? Well, it would be any fun if we didn't have any prizes! On the day of the reveal, March 1st, I will have a collection for anyone to enter and many prizes will be awarded... including handmade cards, small lots of blog candy and maybe even a new digi release!!

However, the InLinkz collection will only be open for 24 hours so you don't want to miss it - grab the blinkie code above and display it on your blog as a reminder... plus the more people who drop by on March 1st, the more prizes there will be too! I'm excited to show you what I've been working on and hope you'll be there. ;D

Challenge #2 - Winners

Here's the best part about the challenges... winners! Using, the lucky winner of the last challenge who used a Little Miss Muffet Designs stamp is...

Congratulations! You won any TWO stamps of your choice from the store... take a look around at Little Miss Muffet Designs and email me with your selections. ;D Plus, don't forget to grab your Winner's Badge from below!

Now for our top tree picks... with a whole day of deliberation, I decided I was going to switch things up a big and pick FOUR top picks PLUS an honorable mention!! With so much inspiring creativity out there it was too difficult to narrow down so we'll be choosing two that feature a Little Miss Muffet Design stamps and two that don't .... here they are in submission order:

Congratulations Ladies! We loved your cards - well done! Until I get blinkies made, you can proudly display the Top Three badge from below. The last card we picked is an honorable mention and will be chosen from cards made by our youngest talents and this week's pick is...

Congratulations! You're the same age as one of my daughters and you did a fabulous job! You may also grab the Top Three badge from below and proudly display it on your blog. ;D


I Won at Little Miss Muffet Designs!!
I Won at Little Miss Muffet Designs!!

Challenge #3 - Spring or Flowers

Our next challenge is themed is centered around Spring and flowers. Make a card or creation that is inspired by the near arrival of Spring and/or use flowers! For most of this, this will almost be like an open theme but we're excited anyway to see all the fabulous creations you have for us this round. To help get your creative juices flowing, here are a few samples my Mom and I have come up with to inspire you:

Remember you may only enter once OR you can enter as many times as you like IF you use a Little Miss Muffet Designs. Projects must be new and you can combine your entry with as many other challenges as you'd like! Thanks for stopping by and now let's get creating! :D

Mother's Koala

Here's the card I promised featuring Mother's Koala which I made for the Forgotten Scraps Challenge #3! I chose to go with a rich color scheme and bring in some black for deeper tones. Before using the Spellbinders die, I cut around the top part of the tulips then excluded that part by tucking it over the die before cutting.

DT Challenge: Forgotten Scraps - Challenge #3 (spring/flowers)
Challenge: Lexi's Creations - Challenge #33 (use a bear)
Challenge: Little Claire's Designs - Challenge #1 (anything goes)
Challenge: Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings - Challenge #18 (spring theme)
Main Stamp:
Mother's Koala (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-koala: W00, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8
-books: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, YG91, YG93, YG97, YG99
-watering can: BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, BV01
-flowers: YG91, YG93, YG97, YG99, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24

Did you know? The climate of Minnesota is typical of a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers. Minnesota's location in the Upper Midwest allows it to experience some of the widest variety of weather in the United States and winter in Minnesota is characterized by cold temperatures as low as −60 °F (−51 °C). Snow is the main form of winter precipitation where annual snowfall extremes can be over 170 inches (432 cm) in the rugged Superior Highlands of the North Shore.
[Climate of Minnesota,]

Monster Dreams

Here's another card I made for my Challenge #3 where the theme is to make something with flowers or Spring inspired. This time I used Monster Dreams and my new Magnolia Cherry Lace border die. With the weather warming up here in Texas, nothing reminds me more of spring than Blue Bell ice cream!

DT Challenge: Forgotten Scraps - Challenge #3 (spring/flowers)
Challenge: Stamping Scrapping Challenge (use pink)
Challenge: Craft Your Passion - Challenge #45 (use pink)
Challenge: Samuel Taylor's Crafts - Feb. Challenge (Copic)
Main Stamp:
Monster Dreams (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Nook & Pantry (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One and Magnolia Doohickey Cherry Lace Border
Copic Colors:
-monster: E000, E00, E11, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
-other: R20, R21, R22, E33, E35, E37, E47

Did you know? A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine. Traditionally, locomotives pull trains from the front. Increasingly common is push-pull operation, where a locomotive pulls the train in one direction and pushes it in the other, and can be controlled from a control cab at the other end of the train.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mother's Koala - New Release

Here's the newest release in the store today called Mother's Koala. It's in the same line as the other plush gifts but this one is created for Mother's Day and can also be used for baby cards. I'll be showing a card made from it in just a little while in a separate post so come back for some inspiration!

Want in on a secret? So far I have a plushie for six out of the twelve months, December (Christmas Dino), January (Birthday Bunny), February (Valentines Bear), March (Lucky Dog), April (Easter Lamb) and now May (Mother's Koala)! I have ideas for the other months too which will be released throughout the year. ;D

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x020

For today's Tips, Tricks & Techniques I have a sewing tutorial... yes, I said sewing. ;D One of my challenges a while ago was to color on something other than paper and I chose to do fabric. The whole time I was asking myself, how do emphasize this was colored on fabric? I tried to think of the many ways I could incorporate other fabrics onto a card but still didn't think it would stand out. I finally decided I had to sew something... and what would be better than another bag? He he he. So today I'm going to walk you through making these simple bags!

This will be a 12-step program, and if you take it one step at a time, I'm sure you'll make it to the end. :D Just click on the images below to zoom to that step or scroll down the post to catch them all. If you want to learn more about sewing, head on over to Grandma's Pearl for some quilting lessons. She's starting at the basics and will help you through to a finished quilt! Plus there is loads of information throughout that can be used by any seamstress.













All these images are from Make it Crafty and were printed onto EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets. You can check out these other posts for details and tips on coloring the fabric with Copic Markers: Geeky Love and Make it Colourful:Colouring on Material.

I always like to select my papers first, in this case fabrics, before I coloring the images. This way I can match up the image with the colors in the fabric. I selected one background fabric, which will be used for the bag, plus two accent colors.

I then cut out the images leaving enough white space around the border so I could sew ricrac around the edges. Printing four images per sheet gave me just enough room to do this.

There are different ways to finish the edges, but for my bags I decided to sew ricrac around the edges. Ricrac can fray easily so make sure the ends will be secured somehow, either through sewing or with Fray Check. I sewed the ricrac on the top with approximately 1/4" seam allowance.

In this next step I pressed the ricrac around to the back with a hot iron. Through experimenting, I found that the heat doesn't ruin the Copic markers so I was able to iron it without any problems. There was a faint odor present so I didn't leave the iron on it too long.

After I had my center pieces finished, I use the "flinch" method to cut out my accent colors. I treated these the same way I would a card and found a fun sketch to follow. Then I cut the strips and squares to the approximate size I thought they should be, sometimes cutting a little more here or there until I liked the result. (Sketches are listed below with the details.) I planned to keep most of the edges raw so they would fray and therefore didn't need to worry about a seam allowance. The bags were also cut at this time including a Muslin fabric lining that will be the same size. Basically figure out what size bag you want and double the width - then add 1-2" to the length and width for a cutting size.

For each bag I cut two extra long strips, about 2.5" wide, which will be used for the handles. How long you might ask? Well, if you like long handles then cut them longer, and if you like short handles then cut them shorter. ;D But you probably don't want to cut them any shorter than 10" long. I then pressed each of the handles in half, tucking in the edges, so when I sewed down the long side, the raw edges would hidden.

The next step was to sew on all the elements to the bag, the front part only. To get the positioning right, I folded the fabric first to layout the elements then pinned them down so they wouldn't move. If this is too tricky, you can also use iron-on transfer paper. Starting with the back layer, I sewed most of my elements on with a straight-stitch or a zig-zag. Make sure that you only sew on the top layer of the front bag. :D

The handles were stitched on both sides lengthwise and because I pressed them like bias tape, there was no need to turn them inside out. I then pinned the straps onto the top. With the bag folded again I'm able to line them up. Remember to shift the handles slightly towards the folded side to compensate for the seam allowance on the other side.

Here's a better view of how the straps are pinned onto the top. I then covered the front of the bag wit the Muslin fabric, the liner, and stitched across the top only.

After stitching acrosss the top, I used the iron to press the seam, first with both layers flat then together as they would be finished. This is important and will help keep the top part of the bag straighter with the next few steps.

Are you still with me? We're almost finished but the next two steps might be a little tricky so make sure you study the pictures well. With the top part of the bag sewn and pressed together, I unfolded it and refolded it the other way, lengthwise. This puts the same fabrics together with the handles on the inside. (See the bottom bag in the picture.) I then sewed down the side of the bag giving myself a slightly more generous seam allowance when sewing down the inside, the Muslin fabric. That way the inside of the bag will be just slightly smaller than the outside and will help minimize bunching. Be careful to not sew the ends of the bag, the parts that will be the bottom of the bag. If you want, when this step is finished, you can turn the bag right-side-out and top-stitch around the top. I find this helps reinforce the handles and also helps the form of the bag. (The red bag in the picture shows the top-stitch.)

For the last step, the bag needs to be turned inside-out and use an iron to press it flat. With all four layers pressed together, sew across the bottom edge of the bag to close it up. Because this will be an expossed edge, I used a stright-stitch with a zig-zag but you can use a Serger sewing machine. (See the bottom bag in the picture.) At this point the bag is now a bag but I always like to tuck the corners to give it a bottom like most handbags are. To do this, open the bag and flatten the bottom slightly then pressed down the corners until they meet with the sides. I like to come up about 2" from the corner's tip and pin it. (See the top bag in the picture.) With the bottom and sides together, sew across it from side to side which will make a triangle flap on each side. You can cut this off and Serge the expossed edge, handstitch the corner to the side, or just leave it alone. (See the middle two bags in the picture.) I cut them off on one bag but left them alone on the other three.

You did it - now turn the bag right-side-out and it's finished! If you want, you can add other embellishments such as flowers, charms and ribbons just like you would a card or scrapbook page. These bags turned out to be the size of a coloring book and box of crayons, however, lots of other stuff can be added too!

Supplies Used
Here are the details on the stamps and the Copic colors used for each handbag. The thumbnails are really small so you can click on the pictures to view a larger image of the coloring details. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I'll come back in and add the answers below this section. Enjoy and I hope you have fun making a bag or two! :D

Main Stamp: Rainbow Dandelion (MiC)
Sketch: Truely Scrumptious - Challenge #50 (sketch)
Colored On: EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets.
Copic Colors:
-rainbow: R81, R83, R85, R000, R11, R12, Y000. Y11, Y23, G40, G82, B91, B93
-clouds/sun: C0, C1, Y000, Y11, Y23
-dandelions: E40, E41, E43, G40, G82, G85, YG91
-other: YG91, YG93, YG97, G40, G82, G85, YG97, YG93, YG91, E35, E37

Main Stamp: Violet (MiC)
Sketch: Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Challenge #88 (sketch)
Colored On: EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets.
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R11
-hair: E41, E43, E44, E47, E49, R81, R83
-clothes: E40, E41, E42, E43, BG93, YG91, R81, R83

Main Stamp: Violet (MiC)
Sketch: The House That Stamps Build - What if? Wednesday #911 (sketch)
Colored On: EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets.
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R12
-hair: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, R35, R37, R39
-clothes: R35, R37, R39, B91, B93, B95, B99, E40, E42, E43, YG93, YG95, YG97

Main Stamp: Whimsical Mushroom (MiC)
Sketch: The Pixie Cottage - Challenge #56 (sketch)
Colored On: EQ Printables Inject Fabric Sheets.
Copic Colors:
-grass: BG93, BG96, BG99
-ground: E43, E44, E47
-mushroom: E40, E41, E42, E43, E11, E13, E08, E19, E18
-bug: R32, R35, R37, R39, W7

Questions Answered
A: I colored a test image and soaked the fabric in cold water but see any noticable bleeding of colors. The Copc colors used were G29, V17, B97, R46, Y17, E44, RV13, W10, C3 and E00.