Saturday, May 14, 2011

Maya Making Wishes

Welcome to another day and a new challenge with Make it Colourful! This week we're challenging you to color with the "dotty" technique, also known as stippling or pointillism, depending on the application. Check out the challenge post for a tutorial link and come play in the challenge this week!


I used two images on this card, the foreground being Maya Making Wishes from our sponsor this week, Chrissy's Art 'n Heart, and the background is Forest Flowers from... yep you guessed it, Make it Crafty! I loved how these two images came together to form a common theme.


I used the stippling technique on the ground to create rocks and again around the images to help give the illusion of a sky. I always start with the darkest colors and work my way to the lightest, then go back with some of the darker colors for more depth. On the sky, sometimes I like to give the image a uniform "glow" all around, however, this time I kept it sporadic on purpose to help with the fantasy look - like it's got a mystical energy to it or sprinkled fairy dust. LOL


As you might have noticed, I gave it another go coloring raindrops. It's my THIRD attempt however I'm not sure if any improvement was made towards the true challenge. I originally started with an all Copic technique, however, being a gluten for punishment and foolish use of plain copy paper, I had to finish each raindrop with a black liner pen and white gel pen. It really helped define the edges better and it matched the two raindrops that were already on the image.


Because the images were already busy with color I used solid ribbons to embellish the card and help tone down the business. Plus I have somehow accumulated quite the collection of ribbons that appears to be impossible to depleate! Although, I'll sure try! ;D


I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge #5 (to die for, diecuts)
Penny's Challenge #53 (anything goes)
Creative Belli Blog Challenge #117 (S is for stippling)
Divas by Design Challenge #1
(anything goes)
Crafty Creations Challenge #118 (aything goes)
DZ Doodles Digital Stamps Challenge #10 (phot inspiration)

DT: Make it Colourful Challenge #11 (dotty backgrounds)
Main Stamp:
Maya Making Wishes (CAH) and Forest Flowers (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Spotted Owl Soup (Jillibean Soup)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E13, E04
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E45, E47, E49
-yellows: Y32, Y35, Y26, YR30
-greens: YG11, YG13, YG17, G28
-blues: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09; B00, BG01, BV20, BV00
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists. In a drawing or painting, the dots are made of pigment of a single colour, applied with a pen or brush; the denser the dots, the darker the apparent shade—or lighter, if the pigment is lighter than the surface. This is similar to—but distinct from—pointillism, which uses dots of different colours to simulate blended colours
[Stippling, Wikipedia.org]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Anise Soccer

Today starts a new challenge over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges and the Blog Candy winners are also announced over there today. The challenge this fortnight is tags or banners! I chose to add a Magnolia tag to my project along with Anise Soccer, a Sugar 'n Spice Doll.


I found this cheery paper in my scraps pile so I don't know where it came from. But it's a high gloss double sided paper so I used both sides on the card. I love this fresh color scheme of pinks, oranges, blues and greens. I was even lucky enough to find matching Baker's Twine! :D


The button brads were made with an Imaginisce iTop Brad Maker - I used a punch to create the star-shaped circle then the tool to crimp the paper onto the brad. Two of the buttons use the background paper but the third one is actually the extra soccer ball that I colored with Anise! It was the perfect size for the small brad and I could resit seeing what a soccer-brad would look like! :D


I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bee Crafty - Challenge #50 (digi + birthdays for little kids)
Bugaboo Stamps Challenges (anything goes)
Elephantastic Challenge #26 (birthday part)
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #133 (neglected stash - paper)
Wee Memories Challenge #55 (color, floral, twine, stamp)

DT: Little Miss Muffet Challenges #9 (tags or banners)
Main Stamp:
Anise Soccer (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Lace Tag and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Vintage Corners

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11
-browns: E55, E57, E59
-blues: B91, B34, B37
-pinks: R20, R21, R22, R24
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W8, 0, C00, C1, C3

Did you know? A baker's dozen, long dozen, or long measure is 13, one more than a standard dozen. The oldest known source, but questionable explanation for the expression "baker's dozen" dates to the 13th century in one of the earliest English statutes, instituted during the reign of Henry III (1216–1272), called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to have shortchanged customers could be subject to severe punishment. To guard against the punishment of losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12, to be certain of not being known as a cheat. Specifically, the practice of baking 13 items for an intended dozen was insurance against "short measure", on the basis that one of the 13 could be lost, eaten, burnt, or ruined in some way, leaving the baker with the original legal dozen.
[Baker's Dozen, Wikipedia.org]

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Going For A Ride

I have another sneak peek today showing off Going For a Ride which will be available from Love to Stamp on May 16th! Check out all the sneak peeks at the Love to Stamp Store Blog where we have something for you every day until it's open!


I've been wanting to work with yellow a lot lately and I found some yummy decorative paper to inspire me from Jillibean Soup. This pack had a wonderful selection of yellow, green, orange and browns and is perfect for the spring time weather in my area.


I also experimented putting cork through the Cuttlebug and used some corner dies from Provo Craft. The cork was self adhesive so it worked out nicely even though they were very delicate.


For the butterflies I used an Embosslits die folder which cuts and embosses at the same time. This one was from Stampin' Up and includes five butterflies on a little 2x2" square which was perfect for this size card. I cut two colors out to give them dimension and depth.


DT Previews: Love to Stamp Sneak Peeks
Main Stamp:
Dutch Mustard Soup (Love to Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Dutch Mustard Soup (Jillibean Soup)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seven, Stampin' Up! Embosslits Beautiful Wings, and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Vintage Corners

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11
-hair: E08, E09, E18
-browns: E42, E43, E44, E47
-yellows: YR30, Y32, Y38, Y26
-greens: G20, G21, G24
-grays: C1, C3
-cat: W2, W4, W6, W8, R12

Did you know? Calligraphy is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner." Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters. Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design/typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements/graphic design/commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions and memorial documents.
[Calligraphy, Wikipedia.org]

Tips, Tricks & Techniques 0x023

I needed a revamp of my craft area because I was literally being "pushed off" my own desk by two up and coming hobby enthusiasts! (See previous post.) ;D So I recently moved everything around to provide a better space for us all... and when I say everything, I mean everything that could possible move was moved!

So how do you get a craft room? Squeeze all the kids' beds into one room then take over the extra space and fill it floor to ceiling. Make sure it's organized enough so the kids "think" they got an playroom out of the deal too. ;D


I've set up the right side of the room with my desk and the left side with a table for the kids plus all their toys accessible from the shelves. With the new setup, we can get Grandma, all three misfits and myself together on special days and still get a little crafting done. It's hard to see from the angle but there is actually two 4-feet tables arranged perpendicular to each other.


For extra, extra storage I've had these two large .... cabinet things... ok, I confess, wardrobes from Ikea. (You see, in Texas we have massive closets that are the size of spare bedrooms so we wouldn't really know what a wardrobe is! LOL) These were the only two things I couldn't move, mainly because I didn't want to empty the shelves and also because they're freakin' heavy. The picture only shows one unit and just the edge of the second unit - together they've doubled my closet space.


Now on to some details. This is an ink pad storage shelf that I used for my Copic Various refills. It will hold about 160 in the top portion and I'm sure I can squeeze a few on the bottom row. The shelf is now provided by Organize More and I like the sturdy yet lightweight feel so it can be mounted on the wall. They even come in colors!


For my rubber stamps, I use the cling mount storage cases from Stampin' Up! They're the same size as DVD cases so I bought a cheap shelf at Walmart and filled it. Eventually I'll get all the labels on the sides and alphabetize them! Yeah!! LOL I set up another DVD shelf on the other side of the closet door where I hold my Cricut cartridges.


Many years ago when a local scrapbooking store was going out of business, they put everything up for sale and I scored this awesome paper rack! (This is hard to find but it's a Paper Station Merchandiser which is currently found at Display Dynamics.) It's for 12x12" paper but I've doubled up on each tray and store my 8.5x11" cardstock. For labels, I cut a small sample from each cardstock color and added a label with the color name, then taped that to the front of the trays so I know which colors to reorder.


So the side of the paper is where the desk starts and that's where I keep my decorative paper. The 12x12" paper is in the white box (I think it's a Jetmax Modular Storage) and the 6x6" and smaller paper is right next to it in and in the green box (an office box from Walmart). Next to that are my book boxes - boxes that look like books - where I keep some ebellishments such as pearls, brads, tags, metal and and so on. The rest of my embellishments are up in the hutch and most of my tools are stored under the desk.


Continuing left, I have my cubbies for the Copic markers. I got these from Studio3Solutions and I love them! I have three units and each shelf cubbie is slightly slanted back so when I pull one out all the others stay in. When I first purchased them I didn't have very many markers and now I wish I had at least one more shelf to add to it. Next to the shelves is a pencil sharpener (for those Prismacolor Pencils I'm afraid to use), a lamp that used to be my Grandmother's, and then just out of view is my paper cutter leaning against the hutch edge.


My newest addition is how I store my cuttting dies. I got this idea from a fellow design team member and had to put one together. Excpet when I purchased the "Magnetic White Board" I didn't realize it wasn't actually magnetized so I had to use strips of magnets to actually get the the final result. If I need to upgrade, then next time I'm going to look for a "Magnet Board."


That's about it for this revamp and hopefully you got some ideas as well. Good luck!