Saturday, May 7, 2011

May Kiddos Challenge

It's time for another kiddos challenge at Make it Colourful and you just have to check out what the Junior Colour Addicts did this month! The theme is dots and is sponsored by Little Miss Muffet Stamps - that's me and I've even provided a freebie for all the kids to use!

Here's what Cassandra has made for you this week:

She paired up The Ivy Swing from Make it Crafty and Butterfly Kisses from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. Coloring was done with Prismacolor Pencils and the dot theme was incorportated in with her background using varoius circle punches.

Here's what Lydia has made for you this week:

She made a card for her pen pal and was inspired by last month's circus theme. She used three images from Imaginisce Snag 'em Stamps: Animal Crackers Elephant, Monkey and Koala. They were colored using Primsacolor Pencils and she created her own "dot" embellishment too!

Aren't those darling? Be sure to head on over to Make it Colourful challenge blog for details on your free image and let your junior enthusiasts come play with us! Creations using a Little Miss Muffet Stamp are also eligable to enter in the Little Miss Muffet Challenges too!

Friday, May 6, 2011


Check out this newest addition to the Little Miss Muffet Stamps... meet Ginger from the Sugar 'n Spice Dolls! She's read to help anyone feel better and bring a smiles to any patient she helps. ;D Come see what the Design Team has made for you and other new releases over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges blog!!

I had so much fun coloring her shirt and took inspiration directly from all the pediatric visits we make through out the year. The nurses area and doctors are always dressed so cheerfully that I wanted to make the shirt bright and colorful.

This is always a good layout for those scraps of paper that seam to pile up and I used a large chipboard embellishment at the top to pull it all together. I finished the card with faux stitching around the edges and a pearls in the corner.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
The Corrosive Challenge #114 (turquoise and pink)
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #53 (for a women)
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central (anything goes)
Craft Your Passion Challenge #56 (anything goes)
Make it Monday #35
DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet New Releases
Main Stamp:
Ginger (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Chipboard: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag and Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:

unknown colors

Did you know? Henna is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Additionally, the name is misused for other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna or neutral henna, which do not derive from the plant.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Anise Football

Here's my second card today for the new releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps! This is Anise playing football and I even colored in the black marks on the face to cut down on the sun glare.

Anise comes with all the numbers from zero to nine so this time I added #36 to her jersey. Our local team has the colors blue and white so I used those colors and placed her on a bright and cheery card.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Scrappy Frogs Challenges (anything goes)
Sparkles Forum Challenges#10 (anything goes)
Pollycraft Challenge #91 (anything goes)
KB Cute Monday Challenge #12 (use dots)
My Partner in Crafting Crime Challenge #26
(incorporate numbers - added numbers to jersey)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet New Releases
Main Stamp:
Anise Football (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Neighborhood (crate Paper)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Hexagon and Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Lace Tag

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E02
-hair: E51, E53, E55
-browns: E23, E25, E27, E29
-reds: R22, R29
-blues: B91, B93, B34, B37, B39
-grays: C1, C3, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? American Football has many different rule sets. In the United States, high school football, college football and professional football are played under slightly different rules. High school football is governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, college football by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, while the major professional league is the NFL.The sport is also played in Europe, Japan and Mexico. The International Federation of American Football acts as an international governing body for the sport. American football is closely related to Canadian football but with some differences in rules and the field.
[American Football,]

Anise Volleyball

Check out the newest release from Little Miss Muffet Stamps! This is Anise playing Volleyball and she loves being active outdoors - I've drawn her with a basketball, volleyball, football and soccer.

I made this card using strong yellow and black colors possibly representing a High School team. Anise comes with the numbers zero through nine so you can add them to her shirt if you want. This version shows her with no numbers.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations Challenge #58 (use a digi)
Paper Sundaes Challenge #67 (favorite hair color - mine)
Stamps & Fun = Creativity Challenge #45 (hearts)
Stamp with Fun Challenge #109 (lace or ribbon)
House of Gilli Challenge (layers and stitching)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet New Releases
Main Stamp:
Anise Volleyball (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Grade School (DCWV) and Togetherness (CC)
Chipboard: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-Namics Notebook Edge and Fishtail Banner

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E13
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R22, R29
-yellows: Y21, Y35, Y26
-grays: W4, W6, W8

Did you know? William Garrow (1760–1840) was a British barrister, politician and judge known for his indirect reform of the advocacy system, which helped usher in the adversarial court system used in most common law nations today. He introduced the phrase "innocent until proven guilty", insisting that defendants' accusers and their evidence be thoroughly tested in court.
[William Garrow,]

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Up Up and Away

There's a new store opening up called Love to Stamp and today I'm previewing "Up Up and Away" which will be available on May 16th! Check out the Love to Stamp Blog for more sneak peeks! Love to Stamp is also sponsoring Stamp Something challenges this week.

I'm one of the lucky duckies that will be showing you some previews and joining the Little Darlings Design Team! There are some cute girl images and I can't wait to show you more. My card uses some postcard paper I found at the local craft store and I thought it would be perfect with the baker's twine.

The metal tag was created with a Cuttlebug tag die and then impressed with a metal stamp. I found the sheets of metal in a craft store near the woodworking and handcrafts section. It's really thin so it can be molded easily - I 've even used it successfully in an embossing folder!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenges (anything goes)
Fussy and Fancy Challenges (springtime)
Paper Cutz Challenge #89 (anything goes)
Simply Create Challenge #42 (metal)

DT: Little Darlings Preview Day #3
Main Stamp:
Up Up and Away (Love to Stamp) and The Best (Penny Black)
Patterned Paper: Mod-Retro (DCWV)
Chip Art Metal Stamps: Ornamental Crowns

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E11, E13, E15, E25
-reds: R21, R22, R24, R46, R59
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67
-blues: B91, B93, B45, B37, B39
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? The Magic Tree House series is an award winning series of children books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.In the first series, consisting of the first 28 books, Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie, two normal children from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever. The series is translated into Japanese up to Book #39, and sold over 2 million copies as of March 2008.
[Magic Tree House Series,]

Sweet Pea

You know that yesterday Zoe and I shared our attempts at coloring dew drops using only Copic markers. Well, it was actually my third attempt so today I wanted to show the first two. ;D Here's a card I made using some sweet flower fairies.

I added blue to these raindrops to see if it would help make them stand out more. On some it worked ok but on the majority I think I have too much blue, especially on the pink ones.

The first thing I did was draw in all the water drops in the image using a pencil. Make sure to go about this lightly because you'll need to erase each drop just before coloring. Some pencil marks can be erased after coloring but in general one it's colored with a Copic marker it doesn't come off.

I enjoyed working with the darker colors and I think that will be a key to success. On this image below, I went back in and used the white gel pen for some much needed highlights.

I would like to work on the shading a little more and add a refraction on the opposite side of the drop. However, in the mean time, here are the basic steps I took to making these drops. Remember to keep your light source in the same direction for all droplets - something I let my mind wonder on in the below sample.

Here is a close up of the various water drops. "A" was my first attempt and I like the color and color depth. "B" and "C" are from this card where I tried to add blue to the mix. ("A" and "B" both use the white gel pen.) "D" and "E" are from yesterday where I did not use the gel pen and had to leave the white areas completely uncolored.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot Challenge - May (magical worlds)
Emerald Faerie First Challenge (anything goes)
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge - May (girl's birthday)
By the Cute and Girly - May Challenge (anything goes)
Bling it On Challenge - May (inspirational photo - flowers)

Main Stamp:
Sweet Pea (Crafter's Companion Flower Fairies Friends)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Hexagons

Copic Markers colored on Georgia Pacific Card Stock:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11
-browns: E43, E44, E47, E49
-pinks: R11, R12, R14, R22
-yellows: E50, YR30, YR31
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67, YG99
-blues: BG01, BG000
-purples: V91, V93, V95, V99

Did you know? Sonic Drive-In is an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, complete with carhops who sometimes wear rollerskates. As of Aug 31. 2010, there were 3,500 restaurants in forty-three U.S. states. Sonic serves approximately 3 million customers daily. "Service with the Speed of Sound."
[Sonic DriveiIn,]

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pergamano Fairies 2

I don't even know where to begin with this story but I'm so excited to share my card with you today! It all started with a the illusion of rain drop created on the School Girl card I colored last week. Then one thing led to another and before we know it, Zoe and I had challenged each other to a super duper double dog dare!

The dare was color raindrops or dew drops using ONLY Copic markers... no masking and not even the use of a white gel pen! It's about time a challenge was actually challenging and this one tops the cake! I loved the excitement and I have been on edge with anticipation to see Zoe's card. The hardest part was figuring out the refraction and where to keep the white spots open.

Here's a close up of the results. I used a fairy stamp from Pergamano and sat her on top of a mushroom from Whiff of Joy using a mask to get one stamped on the other. I first colored the dewdrops then went back in and colored the rest. You can click on the picture for a larger view... but I cross my heart I didn't use the gel pen. ;D

I have another one finished using a different technique and I'll post that one tomorrow along with a few tips on how I colored them. Even now, I see a few things I can do differently and and need to study more. I need to work on the light source and color. For example, the drops on the edges of the images should be a different color. I might try another one before the week is over. ;D Hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to check out Zoe's amazing creation!!

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Everybody Art Challenge#138 (fairies)
Going Grey with Scrap Creations Challenge #26 (flowers)
The Stamping Boutique Challenge #5 (winged things)
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge #3 (flowers)
Stampavie and More Challenge #139 (pearls)

Main Stamp:
Fairies 2 (P) and Large Mushroom (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Mabel (MME)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven and Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Lace

Copic Markers colored on Neenah Super Smooth Paper:
-skin tone: E0000, E000, E00, E21, R11, R12
-squirl: E31, E23, E25, E57, E59
-mushroom: 0, E1, E42, E43, E44, E47
-hair: YR12, YR15, YR18, YR21
-wings: E50, E51, E53, E55
-dress: BG70, BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78
-grass: BG99, YG61, YG63, YG67

Did you know? Dew is water in the form of droplets that appears on thin, exposed objects in the morning or evening. As the exposed surface cools by radiating its heat, atmospheric moisture condenses at a rate greater than that at which it can evaporate, resulting in the formation of water droplets. When temperatures are low enough, dew takes the form of ice; this form is called frost.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Do you remember my Monster Pains card from just a little while ago? It was a top pick at {Cupcake Inspirations} and they've asked if I could be their Guest Sweetie for this week. Of course, they send the inspirational cupcake picture as a preview and I loved the color combination - so I had to play along. I used Cocoa from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Kissing Booth from Make it Crafty.

I took inspiration from the bold bright colors of the cupcakes, trying to use the pinks, blues, greens, and oranges; and added it to the overall feel of a spring weekend! The images on the cupcake reminded me of Saturday activities and going to a carnival or fair is always a fun day.

I've been wanting to make this card for a while and combine the two images of Cocoa leaning over the Kissing Booth. I also tried out a new skin tone color combination of E000, E01, and E02 on Cocoa. Here's what the kissing booth looks like before Cocoa was added:

I used Flower Soft on the ground and covered up the flowers on the Kissing Booth image too. I got this idea from the Mo & Zo's Carnival Blog Hop and had to try it.

Cocoa was cut and placed on top of the Kissing Both after they were both colored. I fussy-cut close around the edges on the girl then glued her directly to the paper at the bottom near the table. To give it dimension I added foam dots behind her head to she looks like she's actually leaning out of the booth.

Guest Designer: Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #109

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges #21
(pink, green, yellow, blue)
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #13 (anything goes)
Amber's Crafts and stuff Challenge #7 (use digital)
Papercraft Star Challenge #43 (photo inspiration)

Main Stamp:
Cocoa (LMMS) and Kissing Booth (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Neighborhood (Crate Paper)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E01, E02
-browns: E55, E57, E59
-reds: R12, R14, R17
-oranges: YR12, YR14, YR18
-yellows: YR30, YR31, YR21, Y26
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67
-blues: B32, B34, B37, B39
-sky: 0, C1, B000, B52, B91

Did you know? "There once was a man from Nantucket" is the opening line for many limericks. Its popularity can be attributed to the limerick genre and the way the name of the island of Nantucket lends itself easily to humorous rhymes and puns, particularly obscene ones. The earliest variant was published in 1902 in the Princeton Tiger:
There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his gold in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
[There once was a man from Nantucket,]