Saturday, April 30, 2011


Welcome to another week at Make it Colourful Challenges for a fantastic color combo challenge! This week we want you to color with black and add red accents. We're sponsored by Tiddly Inks and I chose to use an adorable girl, Pinky, and pair her up with the Alchemist Chamber from Make it Crafty.

I used some old papers and new embellishments I picked up this week on my shopping spree. The metal flowers are from Stampin' Up! and were glued on the card. I then went back in with Liquid Pearls and added a white pearl to the center of each flower.

Here's what the Alchemist Chamber looks like before it was cut down for the card. There is a lot going on in ther and some fun details to color. Somehow, a cupcake was made inside that "kitchen." Now you just have to decide if the cupcake contains a secrete potion or not! LOL

I used Annika's cloud technique and colored the top part of the sky to help fill it in and also to bring in some more blue. It's a simple technique and really helps complete the image.

The words are actually from boy themed scrapbook tag that I cut up. I originally cut it up because I thought "adorable" was out of place but ended up using all the words anyway, except for "boy" of course. Two of the strips are popped with dimensional foams.

The metal tag was handmade. I used a thin sheet of metal and cut out a tag using a Cuttlebug die. I then used metal chip art stamps and impressed the crown before attaching it to the card with eyelets.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Desert Island Crafts Challenge#7
(choose 3: black, words, no flowers)
DT: Make it Colourful Challenge #16 (color back with red)
Main Stamp: Pinky (TI) and Alchamist Chamber (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Oliver (BG)
Metal Die: Cuttlebug Tiny Tags
Chip Art Metal Stamps: Ornamental Crowns

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E13, R11, R12
-browns: E31, E23, E37; E55, E57, E59; E42, E43, E44, E47
-reds: R30, R12, R14, R24, R37, R59
-oranges: YR21, YR2, YR14, YR18
-yellows: YR31; Y000, Y32, Y35, Y38, Y26
-greens: G40, YG61, YG63, YG67; YG91, YG93
-blues: B01; BG11, BG72, BG75, B91; O, B0000, B000, B52, B91, C1
-grays: W00, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? The fossa is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related to the mongoose family. is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar. It has semi-retractable claws and flexible ankles that allow it to climb up and down trees head-first, and also support jumping from tree to tree.
[Fossa (animal),]

Update: I was a featured Guest at the Tiddy Inks Challenge Blog!

Update: I was a winner at Desert Island Crafters for this challenge!

Friday, April 29, 2011

School Girl

I haven't a clue what a spiderweb, school girl and frog all have in common except they're all from Tiddly Inks and I wanted to color them all. ;D So I chose a few of my favorite colors and put them all together anyway.

The background was colored using blues, greens and grays with the same technique I've used before - building up colors, blending and blending some more. I lost track on how many layers I added before I ended up with this result.

The challenge theme is "April Showers brings May Flowers" and wanted a rain for flower theme. I chose the rain theme and added a bunch of rain drops on the spiderweb in the background.

I first drew in the rain drops with a white pen and could have stopped there. However, I then added Crystal Effects over each rain drop for a water effect. This also gave the card texture which is fun to hold.

I'd like to submit this card into the following challenges:
Tiddly Inks Challenge #47 (April Showers)
Charisma Cardz Week #17 (April Showers)
Get Hippity with Ippity Challenge #1 (Spring/anything)

Main Stamp: School Girl & Spiderweb4 (TI)
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Hattie (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Adironadack Acrylic Paint Daubers

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E21, E13
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44
-yellows: YR30, Y23, Y26
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67
-blues: BG11, BG72, BG75
-grays: 0, C1, C3
-background: W1, W2, W4, W6, BG11, BG72, BG75, YG61, YG63, YG67

Did you know? The hurdy gurdy or hurdy-gurdy (also known as a wheel fiddle) is a stringed musical instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents (small wedges, usually made of wood) against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Most hurdy gurdies have multiple "drone strings," which provide a constant pitch accompaniment to the melody, resulting in a sound similar to that of bagpipes.
[Hurdy Gurdy,]

Update: I was the winner at Charisma Cardz Challenges for this challenge!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monster Love

It's another challenge at Little Miss Muffet Challenges blog and our theme this week is almost any anything goes. The theme is diecuts or punches! I used three border diecuts on mine to create vertical interest.. Notebook Edge, Jumbo Scallop and Scallopped Scallop.

I had actually colored this monster about two monts ago and he's been sitting all alone on my deks since then! So I grabbed some blue paper to match and gave this guy a place to shine. I used a couple chipboard embellishmens, as leaves this time, and covered them both is Adirondack Acrylic Paint Daubers. I love how the silver goes along side that blue!

As you can see, I used googlie eyes again - first, to cover a mistake I made on the eye and second, because they're darn ca-ute. The gem embellishment was in the bargin bin at Michals and the flower center is from Whiff of Joy.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
AiFactory Challenge #078 (anything goes)
Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #56 (anything goes)
Moving Along with The Times Challenge #96 (anything goes)
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge #9 (bling)
Paper Romance Challenges #48 (summer)

Main Stamp: Monster Love (Co.)
Patterned Paper: Grade School (DCWV)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge, Jumbo Scallop, and Scallopped Scallop

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
E33, E35, E57, E59, 0, C1, C3, E04, BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, R20, R21, R22, R24, R29, R59, E000, E00, E21, E11, B41, B34, B95, B97, E41, E43

Did you know? In botany, flora has two meanings: A flora refers to the plant life occurring in a particular region; A Flora refers to a book or other work describing a flora and including aids for the identification of the plants. The term "flora" comes from Latin language Flora, the goddess of flowers in Roman mythology. The corresponding term for animal life is fauna. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. Some classic and modern floras are listed below.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Paper Project - Experiment IV

Happy Easter everyone! Today I'm using a fun new stamp, Tilda with Eggs in her Apron, given to me from a friend Maria - thanks Maria! :D This was a fun Tilda to color and I ended up making monogrammed tags for the Easter Baskets ... and I was able to refrain from adding a nose and mouth on Tilda this time. LOL

Experiment IV - Paper Attributes

The purpose of this experiment is to show any paper can be effectively used for coloring as long as you know the individual paper's attributes. For those starting off and worried about finding the "perfect" paper right away, then worry no more and start out with something convenient and readily available.

For this test I used three of the paper samples and colored the images using the same techniques. I started with the darkest color then blended up to the lightest color. They were all colored with the same markers except for Tilda's hair.

I didn't want you to be confused with the monogram above so here are the three papers used along with their assigned letter:
Below you can compare these images side-by-side and see close up areas of the shoes and eggs, as well as a full view of all three tags.

(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

My techniques changed depending on the paper I used. For example, when coloring on K I had to use quick light strokes to keep the bleeding maintained. Even so, when looking at the eggs, you'll notice the edges are not as clean and it looks slightly more blurry than in P or Q. However, this problem isn't as noticeable in larger areas such as the shoes.

When coloring on P and Q, I often went back in with the darker colors to keep the depth. I didn't need to do this with K, however, there were other advantages to P and Q that K doesn't have. For example, I could take my time blending and come back with additional colors building layer upon layers much easier.

For the purpose of this test, P and Q didn't have very many differences. However, in some areas that already had a lot of ink, I noticed when I applied a wet layer on top of a dry layer the texture was a little different and became grainy.

Lastly, you'll notice that K is so thin I should have used an additional white layer before placing it on the card so the decorative papers wouldn't show through.

I'd like to enter in the following Easter themed challenges:

Main Stamp:
Tilda with Eggs in her Apron (Mag)
Patterned Paper: Togetherness (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17, and Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Lace

Copic Markers:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, R11, R12
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E55; E43, E4, E47, E49
-clothes: R000, R00, R11 R12, E50, E51, E53
-eggs: R11, R12, R14, R17, BG70, BG72, BG75, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR30, YR31, Y35
-background: BG72, C3, BG11, C1, BV31, BG70, 0