Saturday, March 12, 2011

What do elves, a frog, and kitchen have in common?

The Make it Colourful Challenge is what elves, a frog and kitchen have in common! This week is all about the kids and the challenge is for them to color something pink. Here are two of my daughters showing their stuff and bringing you two fabulous design team projects!

Lydia's project features a pink frog (from "Pond A Lily)" and the "Christmas Elves" from Make it Crafty. She went all out with the punches and went for a dramatic look with the black background. (Age 4)

Cassandra wanted to try something a little more grand and challenged herself to coloring the Kitchen set (also from Make it Crafty). I thought she did a fabulous job and was even impressed with the placement. She had fund picking out the "right" ribbon and is very proud of her project. (Age 7).

This challenge is for the kids and I hope they all have just as much fun as mine did! Make sure to submit your projects into the collection before next Friday in the kid's challenge at Make it Colourful. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I made this card using Mikey from The Stamping Bazaar. The challenge this week is mono-chromatic of course! I chose to go with a black and white color scheme and used the Copic Toner range spectrum. All of the papers I had on had were slightly cream or off-white in color so I used E50 to color the background which also helps give the image a slight glow.

DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #19 (monocromatic)
Challenge: Aly's Sunday Challenges (anything goes)
Challenge: Craft Your Days Away Challenge #15 (black & white)
Main Stamp:
Mikey (TSB) by Marina Neira
Patterned Paper: Mod-Retro (DCWV) and unknown (SU)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Large Scalloped Border
Copic Colors:
T0, T2, T4, T6, T8, E50

Did you know? The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello. The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. A person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier. The parts of a violin are usually made from different types of wood and it is usually strung with gut, nylon or other synthetic, or steel strings.

Update: I was the winner at Craft Your Days Away for this Challenge!

Butterfly Kisses

Here's a card I made with the new Butterfly Kisses and some cherry blossom embellishments I've had on had for over a year - how's that for something new and something old! This stamp and two others were release today and you can read about them at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. If you have a favorite, I'd love to hear your thoughts. ;D

Challenge: Allsorts Challenges Week 93 (for a teen)
Challenge: Catch the Bug Challenges (anything goes)
Challenge: Easy Craft Projects Challenge #33 (green)
Challenge: Little Clair's Designs Challenge #2 (flowers)
Main Stamp:
Butterfly Kisses (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Octagon and Scalloped Octagon
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R11, R12, R17
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E55
-clothes/butterfly: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, R20, R22, YG01, G03, YG17, YG25, C1, C3, C5, C7

Did you know? To give someone a butterfly kiss, get close enough to their face that when you blink rapidly your eyelashes tickle their cheek. Butterfly kisses can also be a term for poems.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tania Baking

I found these large tags on my last shopping spree and they are the perfect size for a few of my settlements. I originally colored this adorable girl for the kitchen scene posted on Monday but forgot to check the scale and discovered she was too tall. So with her already colored this was a quick card to make.

Challenge: Belles 'n Whistles Challenges (white, pink, red)
Challenge: Digi's With Attitude! Challenge #20 (anything goes)
Challenge: Delicious Doodles Challenge #15 (my card)
Main Stamp:
Tania Baking (BnW)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Metal Die: Magnolia DooHickey Cherry Lace
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R11
-hair: E41, E42, E43, E44
-clothes: G99, G82, G40, B99, B97, B93, B91, E42, E41, E40, C1, C3, R11, R12, R14

Did you know? A diacritic is an ancillary glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. The main use of diacritics in the Latin alphabet is to change the sound value of the letter to which they are added. Examples from English are the diaeresis in naïve and Noël, which show that the vowel with the diaeresis mark is pronounced separately from the preceding vowel; the acute and grave 'accents', which indicate that a final vowel is to be pronounced, as in saké and poetic breathèd, and the cedilla under the "c" in the loaned French word façade, which shows it is pronounced /s/ rather than /k/.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I got to clean my off my table today and work on some fresh new projects. Some of those include the essentials that I always seam to be out of... like boy cards and mailable cards. This card was inspired by the Simply Betty Stamps Challenges where the theme is to us Christian - just what I needed!

Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps Challenge (all about Christian)
Challenge: Card Making Mamas Challenge #16 (green)
Challenge: Mojo Monday Challenge #181 (sketch)
Challenge: DYSU Challenge #9 (green)
Challenge: Dare to Be Sassy Thursday Challenge #62 (green)
Main Stamp:
My Kids Emo World Christian (SBS)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit (Crate Paper)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Circles and Circles and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, E13, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
-hair: YR12, YR14, YR18, YR21, E13, E15, E17
-clothes: YG63, YG67, G20, G21, W1, E3, W5, W7, W8, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
-dragon: W1, E3, W5, W7, W8, YR12, YR14, YR18, YR21, B91, B95, B97

Did you know? The United States Postal Service has no official creed or motto. However, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, derived from a quote from Herodotus' Histories, referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire. An updated variation also appeared in the USPS 2001 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations : "We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever."
[United States Postal Service Creed,]

Update: I was the winner at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Baking with Nana

Welcome to Grandma's kitchen where she's always happy to make you a batch of goodness while sharing stores. ;D I made this card using Baking with Nana from Belles 'n Whistles and the Kitchen Isle and Kitchen Wall set from Make it Crafty.

I made this card for Challenge #9 at Make it Colourful where the theme is to color shine. I attempted to the color the kitchen first starting with the stainless steel elements. The smaller areas were easy but I it became difficult on the larger areas, such as the refrigerator.

The kitchen set comes with the two images separated which makes it versitle. I chose to use them independently then to create a flap for the card on the front so the isle could be moved. The flap was attached with a strip of folded paper and can open all the way.

Here's the inside of the card with the flap open which shows the back wall of the kitchen and Grandma cooking. The tag is large enough to write a small sentiment or a card can be attached to the back for more writing.

Here's one last view showing just the front part of the card/flap in the open position. The Prima flower was colored with Copic markers and the Make it Crafty laser cut swirls are covered with Liquid Pearls.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #9 (color shine)
Challenge: C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #92 (Mother's Day)
Challenge: CCEE Stampers - Challenge #1109 (swirls)
Challenge: Colour Create Challenge #65 (pink, green, orange)
Challenge: Southern Girls Challenge #13 (brads, gems, dewdrops)
Main Stamp:
Baking with Nana (BnW) and Kitchen Set (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Lemonade (BG)
Chipboard: Frame Corner Flourishes (MiC)
Copic Colors:
C00, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7 9, W1, W3, W4, W6, W8, G99, G82, G40, B99, B97, B93, B91, E44, E43, E42, E41, E40, B00, B0000, YR21, YR68, R11, R12, R14

Did you know? A schooner is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts with the forward mast being no taller than the rear masts. According to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the first vessel called a schooner was built by builder Andrew Robinson and launched in 1713 from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Legend has it that the name was the result of a spectator exclaiming "Oh how she scoons", scoon being similar to scon, a Scots word meaning to skip along the surface of the water. Robinson replied, "A schooner let her be." According to Walter William Skeat, the term schooner comes from scoon, while the sch spelling comes from the later adoption of the Dutch and German spellings ("Schoner").

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Monster Mission

There's another week left in the Little Miss Muffet Challenge #4 and the theme is an easy one - just use Designer Paper! This is one of the cards I made for the challenge post and just getting around to featuring it here. I used the new Monster Mission digi which comes with three optional mission badges: to the Moon, Mars or Saturn.

DT Challenge: Little Miss Muffet - Challenge #4 (Designer Paper)
Challenge: Papertake Weekly Challenges (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Scrap-Creations Challenges (kids)
Challenge: Try It On Tuesdays Challenges
(Inspired by a song: We're Going to Mars by The Backyardigans)
Challenge: Desert Island Crafts - Challenge #3
(square, colored, & 2 or more paterned paper)
Main Stamp: Monster Mission (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Homeroom (TPCS)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Copic Colors:
-skin/tongue: E000, E00, E11, E13, R11, R12, R14
-hair: W4, W6, W8, R22, R24, R27, R29, R39
-rocket: C00, C1, C3, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, R29, R27, Y11, Y21, YR12, YR14, R22, W6, W4, W2

Did you know? Valletta is the capital of Malta, colloquially known as Il-Belt (English: The City) in Maltese. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta and the city proper has a population of 6,098. Valletta contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

Update: I made the top choices at Scrap-Creations for this challenge!