Saturday, May 21, 2011

Alvida the Pirate

Welcome to another challenge day at Make it Colourful! Our challenge for you this week is to color a water scene, and with the new images from Make it Crafty, you'll have lots to choose from! Our sponsor this week is Quixotic Paperie which has also started selling these rubber stamps!! I used three: Alvida the Pirate, The Cove and Treasure Chest.

Here's Alvida the Pirate with the Treasure Chest before it was cut out. I colored both images separate then put them together at the last minute. To do this I cut a slit above the Treasure Chest where the foot would go in. Once it was aligned then I taped it together on the back.

While looking for the right size die to cut the background with I noticed the Jumbo Scallop punch was upside dwon and so I thought it would be perfect for waves! I glued them to the base of the card then used foam dots at the top part to pop them out of the page. The money used to be charms and I cut off the necklace loop on each of them and attached them with large Glue Dots.

Here's a full side view giving a good shot of the other embellishments. The corners are my favorite laser cut chipboards, also avialable from Make it Crafty, and I colored them with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers - it's the quickest way and easy to get full coverage.

Here's the background of The Cove before it was put cut. It helps to create an illusion if some of the white is left. Also the waters farther away are darker and so the close water is lighter in color. You might also notice the beach closet to us have dots for the sand but in the background is solid coloring because of the distance.

DT: Make it Colourful - Challenge #19 (water scene)
Main Stamp:
Alvida the Pirate, The Cove and Treasure Chest (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Salt Air (CC)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC) painted with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers Gold and Pearl
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles and Mini Scalloped Circles, and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Scallop

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E00, E11, E13
-browns: E50, E51, E53; E41, E42, E43, E44, E49
-reds: E08, E19, E18, R17, R29, YR18
-oranges: YR12, YR16, YR18
-yellows: Y32, Y35, Y38
-greens: BG 34, G2, G05, B29
-blues: BG11, BG70, BG72, BG75
-grays: C1, C3; W3, W4, W6, W8
-clouds: BG0000, C1, B41

Did you know? I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General (often referred to as the Major-General's Song or Modern Major-General's Song) is a patter song from Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance. It is perhaps the most famous song in Gilbert and Sullivan's operas. It is sung by Major-General Stanley at his first entrance, towards the end of Act I. The song satirises the idea of the "modern" educated British Army officer of the latter 19th century. It is one of the most difficult patter songs to perform, due to the fast pace and tongue-twisting nature of the lyrics.
[Major-General's Song,]

Friday, May 20, 2011

Agent Cupcake Spotted

Here's another new release from Little Miss Muffet Stamps! Agent Cupcake is one versitle gal and you never know what she might do when up against the boys next door of the "GAG: Girls Are Gross" club! She was released in three poses along with the essential Treehouse Headquarters.

I loved the different ways the design team have colored these new releases! Check them out over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges and see all the wonderful inspiration they provided. All four images are now available in the store and I hope you've liked the new theme: "Operation TREEHOUSE"

I used a lot of black in my project to give it an "undercover" feel and added the stars to convey a nighttime scene. Of course, it helps with the operation if the moon is hidden behind some clouds! :D

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #28 (no sentiments)
Craft Us Crazy Challenge #8 (something new)
Crafty Sentiments Challenges (children's card)
Shelly's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday (anything goes)
Crafts and Me Challenge #35 (anything goes)

DT Preivew: Little Miss Muffet Previews
Main Stamp:
Agent Cupcake Spotted (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Hattie (MME)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Clouds Trio and Notebook Edge

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11, E13
-browns: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44 E47, E49
-yellows: Y21, Y38, Y26
-blues: BG10, BG72, BG75, BG78
-pinks: R20, R21, R22, R24
-grays: C1, C3, C5, C7; W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? The 1906 French Grand Prix was a motor race held on 26 and 27 June 1906, on closed public roads outside the city of Le Mans. The Grand Prix was organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF) at the prompting of the French automobile industry as an alternative to the Gordon Bennett races, which limited each competing country's number of entries regardless of the size of its industry. The ACF chose a 103.18-kilometre (64.11 mi) circuit, composed primarily of dust roads sealed with tar, which would be lapped six times on both days by each competitor, a combined race distance of 1,238.16 kilometres (769.36 mi). Lasting for more than 12 hours overall and has become known as the first Grand Prix.
[1906 French Grand Prix,]

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Treehouse Headquarters

Here's my second preview today of new releases from Little Miss Muffet Stamps... this one is one of my favorites! I mean, what girl wouldn't want to have a fancy treehouse in the backyard with all the works! It even has a slide which was a last minute addition. ;D

Also, don't forget to check out the winner of the Miss Anya Hats Off set announced in the previous post! (Click Here or scroll down.)

Operation TREEHOUSE: Treehouse Headquarters

The name of this theme is "Operation TREEHOUSE" and this is the girls main headquarters. The girls, of course, are resourceful so they've found ways to spruse up the triple-deck treehouse. The girls rally together each day to fight the evil boys nextdoor of the "GAG: Girls Are Gross" club!

This is only the second image of four that are being released this week and you can check out all the inspirational projects that the design team made over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges! I hope you like this new theme and check back tomorow for two more previews! :D

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge #152 (anything goes)
Clear it Out Tuesdays Challenges (any coloring medium)
Tip Top Tuesday Challenge #34 (one for the kids)

DT Preivew: Little Miss Muffet Previews
Main Stamp:
Treehouse Headquarters (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Toy Box (CP)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-browns: E31, E33, E35, E57, E59
-reds: R21, R22, R24, R46, R59
-yellows: YR31, Y21, Y26, Y15
-greens: G40, YG61, YG63, YG67
-blues: BG11, BG72, BG75; B000, B01
-grays: C1, C3; W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? Tafl games were a family of ancient Germanic and Celtic board games played on a checkered or latticed board with two teams of uneven strength. The size of the board and the number of pieces varied, but all games involved a distinctive 2:1 ratio of pieces, with the lesser side having a king-piece which started in the centre. The king's objective was to escape to (variously) the board's periphery or corners, while the greater force's objective was to capture him. Tafl spread everywhere the Vikings traveled, including Iceland, Britain, Ireland, and Lapland. Versions of Tafl, comprising Hnefatafl, Alea Evangelii, Tawlbwrdd, Brandubh, Ard Ri and Tablut, were played across much of Northern Europe from earlier than 400 CE until it was supplanted by Chess in the 12th century.
[Tafl Games,]

Agent Cupcake

I'm excited to show you the latest images from Little Miss Muffet Stamps... this one is Agent Cupcake. Sweet, isn't see? He he he.... just wait until tomorrow. ;D But for today, you can enjoy the yummy cupcake.

However, before we get to my card we have a winner to announce! (Details are found with the Miss Anya Hats off card I posted on Sunday.) We had 57 comments and picked the lucky winner of The Greeting Farm stamp, Miss Anya Hats Off, to be ...

Congratulations!! Contact Jessica (yeahshestamps at to claim your prize! :D

Operation TREEHOUSE: Agent Cupcake

Who doesn't like cupcakes and I thought a cute birthday card would be perfect! I was able to finally incorporated two cutting dies that I've had laying around, hearts and scallops.

This is just one of four images that are being released this week which were all inspired by the warm spring days around this area! It's the perfect time to play outside in the backyard. Hope you enjoy her and don't forget to check out the other inspirational creations posted at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Anything Goes Challenge #41 (BINGO - diecut, charm, gems)
Claudia & Company Challenge #82 (girls birthday)
Paper and Such Challenge #1 (birthday)
Sweet Stamp Challenge #15 (birthday)

DT Previews: Little Miss Muffet Previews
Main Stamp:
Agent Cupcake (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Neighborhood (CP)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Hearts and Scallopped Hearts and My Favorite Things Die-namics Scallopped Scallop

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11, R11, R12
-browns: E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R24, R39
-blues: B91, B93, B34, B37, B39
-pinks: R81, R83, R85, R89
-grays: 0, C1, C3

Did you know? The term Viking (from Old Norse víkingr) is customarily used to refer to the Norse (Scandinavian) explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th century. These Norsemen used their famed longships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Al Andalus. This period of Viking expansion – known as the Viking Age – forms a major part of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe in general.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sailboat of Dreams

Welcome to the first ever Little Darlings Blog Hop by Love to Stamp! You should have arrived here from Myrna, however, if your just joining in, you can always start at the Little Darlings Challenge Blog. There is even sweet blog candy up for grabs and a contest that runs until June 8th with prizes!

For this card I used Sailboat of Dreams and had to place Testing the Waters behind her to create a scene! I colored the water quickly with all the blues in the B90s range then went back in with a white gel pen to give it some highlights. I wanted the effect to look a little chaotic like water usually is.

I used another felt sun, mainly because it was left over on my desk, but also it just seemed to fit. ;D The corners are new laser cut embellishments from Make it Crafty that I just got in the mail so of course I had to use them! They're covered with yellow and gold acrylic paint. (Supply list below.) Hope you like it!

Remember there will be a candy offered on the Challenge blog for those who complete the hop, so leave a comment for a chance to win the Love to Stamp Blog Candy!

Your next stop on the hop is our special guest, Sandie!

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
CES Challenge #36 (on holiday)
Creative Cowgirls Challenge (anything goes)
Stamps R Us Challenges (anything digital)

DT Hop: Little Darlings Blog Hop
Main Stamp:
Sailboat of Dreams (LTS) and Testing the Waters (LTS) [digital versions]
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Hattie (MME)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber: Gold and Sunshine Yellow
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, R11, R12
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44; E07, E09, E18
-reds: R21, R24, R29
-oranges: YR12, YR14, YR18
-yellows: YR30, Y21, Y26

-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67
-blues: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99; BG70, BG72, BG75, BG11
-grays: 0, C1, C3

Did you know? The CSI effect, also known as the CSI syndrome and the CSI infection, is any of several ways in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation influences its public perception. The term most often refers to the belief that jurors have come to demand more forensic evidence in criminal trials, thereby raising the effective standard of proof for prosecutors. Although this belief is widely held among American legal professionals, several studies have shown that crime shows are unlikely to cause such an effect.
[CSI Effect,]

Update: I was a top pick at Creative Cowgirls for this challenge!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Miss Anya Hats Off

Today I've got some exciting news to share AND a give away! I made this card using one of my favorite characters from The Greeting Farm, Miss Anya, which is part of the trio set Miss Anya Hats Off. How would you like to win this very set? Read on for the details. ;D

Today I was featured in The Greeting Farm's newsletter and because of it they have generously offered this 4x6 set as a freebie!! The newsletter features my paper expirements, The Paper Project, plus there are previews of their new releases! So if you haven't received it yet, head on over and sign up for it.

** Give Away Details **

Here's the details - For a chance to win this set, all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post! You have from now until this Wednesday night at 11:00 pm Central Time and a random winner will be posted on Thursday! And speaking of freebies - you can also head on over to Little Miss Muffet's Challenge blog for some delicious Blog Candy!

I started this card over at my Mom's house and snatched up some of her paper scraps - I loved the blues and blacks she was working with and I couldn't resist. ;D So when I got home I finished it up with some felt embellishments and a cheery yellow sun for contrast.

When I started stamping Miss Anya I was working on an uneven surface so I didn't get the whole image. Then thinking I could get the better of my work desk I tried it again in the same spot pressing harder - but this time I ended up with the other half of the stamp missing! LOL Little did I know that my stubbornness to clean off my desk would eventually lead to this enjoyable technique of raising a portion of the image with foam dot - unfortunately, I haven't a clue what it's called but I love the effect! ;D Her hat, head and fore arm were raised.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's Challenge #40 (happy birthday)
Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays #6 (anything goes)
Stamp Something Challenge (anything goes)
Craft Us Crazy Challenge #8 (favorite embellishment - felt diecuts)
Rainbow Lady's Challenge #152 (texture - felt)
Main Stamp: Miss Anya Hats Off (TGF)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen, Magnolia Doohickey Cherry Lace Border, My Favorite Things Die-namics SunShine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Cloud Trio

Copic Markers colored on Georgia Pacific White Card Stock:
-skin tone: E00, E11, R11, R12
-browns: E33, E23, E27, E29
-yellows: YR31, Y32, Y26
-blues: BB70, BG72, BG75, BG11
-grays: 0, C1, C3, N2, N4, N6, N8

Did you know? A beanie is a head-hugging brimless cap with or without a visor that was once popular among school boys. However, a tuque is a knitted cap, originally of wool though now often of synthetic fibers, that is designed to provide warmth in winter. Most tuques are tapered; they sometimes have ear flaps, and may be topped with a pom-pom, this style of tuque is sometimes referred to as a boggan or sherpa. Tuques may have a folded brim, or none, and may be worn tightly fitting the head or loose on top although the latter is considered more standard.
[Beanie and Tuque,]