Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Dreams

It's another challenge day at Make it Colourful! This week's theme is to color with Yellow and Purple and we are sponsored by Magnolia-licious. I love these two colors, however, not necessarily together, so this was a very hard challenge. The card was in processing on my desk for a whole week! Anyway, it's finished and now it's your turn. ;D

I used the new Summer Dreams image from Make it Crafty and was so excited to color her up - she's such a cutie! I placed her in front of the Magnolia Spring Fence and "tried" to keep the rest of the card simple. However, I ended up using lots of diecuts in the process and finished it up with flowers and corner flourishes.

The background was created using a diecut. I taped it down to the white cardstock and used the Copic airbrush tool. It's an interesting effect and I'm glad I kept the center part light. This isn't my favorite card but I love a few individual elements. Hope it inspires you anyway and have a great weekend!

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful Challenge #20 (Yellow/Purple)
Main Stamp:
Summer Dreams (MiC) and Spring Fence (Mag)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen, My Favorite Things Die-namics Sunshine and Fresh Cut Grass

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E40, E41, E42, E000, E00, E01, E31, R12
-browns: E43, E44, E47, E49; E31, E35, E27, E29, E39
-yellows: YR30, Y21, Y26, Y28; Y13, Y17
-greens: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
-purples: V12, V15, V17, FV2; BV23, V25

Did you know? The history of the crayon is not entirely clear. The notion to combine a form of wax with pigment actually goes back thousands of years. The Egyptians perfected a technique using hot beeswax combined with colored pigment to bind color into stone in a process known as encaustic painting. A heat source was then used to "burn in" and fix the image in place. This method, also employed by the Romans, the Greeks and even indigenous people in the Philippines around 1600-1800, is still used today.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spring Fairies

While organizing my stamps I had found this cutie all ready colored up and begging for a card. This fairy was colored with Prismacolor Pencils a couple months ago and had forgotten about it.

Coloring with the pencils is a whole another ballgame and one completely different from Copic markers. It's a lot easier to add a little color and to experiment, however, I have to press harder and it takes longer to blend. I guess both mediums have their ups and downs.

Here's the back of some other cards with the second custom signature stamp ... I love the size of it... big! :D I think it fits well on any size card and make the back more interesting. Thank you Zoe!

Main Stamp: Spring Fairies (P)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen, and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Vintage Corners

Prismacolor Pencils:
946, 941, 945; 901, 932, 902, 961, 962; 913, 911, 908, 991; PC1021; 997, 942, 915, 917; 918, PC1022, 934, 956, 995, 931, and "light flesh"

Did you know? Most pencil cores are made of graphite mixed with a clay binder, leaving grey or black marks that can be easily erased. Some time before 1565, an enormous deposit of graphite was discovered on the approach to Grey Knotts from the hamlet of Seathwaite in Borrowdale parish, Cumbria, England. The locals found that it was very useful for marking sheep. This particular deposit of graphite was extremely pure and solid, and it could easily be sawn into sticks. This remains the only large scale deposit of graphite ever found in this solid form.
[Discovery of Graphite Deposit,]

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Agent Cupcake Descending

Welcome to another challenge from Little Miss Muffet Challenges! This week our challenge theme is to use metal embellishments. I couldn't think of any better way to use this metal star that has been sitting on my desk unclaimed by the kids.

I used one of my new stamps, Agent Cupcake Descending, which was released last week. I had coordinated the colors with some paper on the desk - if you haven't noticed, I get a lot of inspiration from things left on my desk. LOL If it isn't put away you're sure to see it on another project soon enough. ;D

I wanted to mix up the elements on this card so I have heart themed paper but in earth tones; a nice big flower but made out of rough corduroy fabric; swirl flourished but in stark black; and finally the metal star as the shining embellishment but with a fun adventurous theme just like the image.

I'm also excited to show you the back of my card! I "cashed in" all my chips and favors with my good friend Zoe and begged her to make a couple custom stamps. Ok, it wasn't all that hard to do, but it has been one of the best special one-time favors ever! Thanks Zoe! :D

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Sparkles Forum Challenge #12 (something metal)
Crafting for All Seasons Challenge #1 (anything goes)
Divas by Design Challenge #2 (girls)
Stamps & Fun = Creativity Challenge #48 (flowers)
The Paper Shelter Challenge #15 (anything goes)

DT Challenge: Little Miss Muffet Challenge #10 (metal)
Main Stamp:
Agent Cupcake Descending (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Dutch Mustard Soup (Jillibean Soup)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, R11, R12
-browns: E55, E57, E59; E43, E44, E47, E49
-yellows: YR30, Y32, Y26
-greens: YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
-grays: 0, C1, C3; W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? The official name of the Philippines has changed several times in the course of the country's history. During the Philippine Revolution, the Malolos Congress proclaimed the establishment of the República Filipina or the Philippine Republic. From the period of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War until the Commonwealth period, American colonial authorities referred to the country as the Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name. During the American period the name Philippines began to appear and it has since become the country's common name. Since independence the official name of the country has been the Republic of the Philippines.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


All of my projects lately certainly show that summer is on it's way and this one is no exception! Welcome to another scene at the beach. :D This one features a new image from Love to Stamp, called Shellphone, and two new images from Make it Crafty, Beach Chair and Beach Umbrella.

Finding a color scheme that works for the beach and is also inspiring to me has been a challenge. On this card, however, I scrapped the ideas that I had to use themed paper and went with a traditional floral, of all things. ;D But it had the colors I wanted and was covered up enough to look like interesting swirls. Yep, those are swirls... NOT flowers! He he he

I couldn't help myself and added a few of my favorite embellishments... felt clouds and laser cut chipboard embellishments... but you may have already noticed! LOL I also added some of my new Baker's Twine, which unfortunately, has been a rare occasion that a twine color will actually coordinate. I should have gotten more neutral colors to work with. :-,

As a final touch I added a bunch of glue at the bottom of the card and spilled out a container of mixed beads; I let it dry the tapped off the excess lose beads. It was an idea I have been seing lately with clear micropearls or even sand so I had to give it a go. Hope I've inspired you today!

Lastly, don't forget about the blog candy and challenge going on over at the Little Darling Challenge Blog.

Main Stamp: Shellphone (LTS), Beach Umbrella and Beach Chair (MiC)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Octagon

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E00, E21, E11, E13, R11, R12, E04, R24
-browns: E40, E411, E31; E23, E57, E59; E50, E53, E55, N4, T6
-yellows: YR21, YR24
-greens: G40, G12, G82, G85
-blues: B91, B93, B97
-pinks: R11, R12
-grays: C1, C3

Did you know? A beachcomber is someone who "combs" (or searches) the beach, and the intertidal zone in general, looking for things of value, interest or utility. The first appearance of the word "beachcombers" in print was in Herman Melville's Omoo (1847). It described a population of Europeans who lived in South Pacific islands, "combing" the beach and nearby water for flotsam, jetsam, or anything else they could use or trade. The vast majority of beachcombers however, were simply unemployed sailors like Herman Melville in Typee, or Harry Franck in the book Vagabonding Around the World.After enduring a voyage of danger and hardship, it was not uncommon for a few whalemen to desert a ship when it arrived in Tahiti or the Marquesas and reside, at least for a while, in the South Sea islands of Polynesia. If another beachcomber was ready to take his place in order to get home, the captain might let the disgruntled crewman go; otherwise, the captain would offer the natives a reward to find and return the deserter, and deduct the reward, plus interest, from the deserter's pay.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thanks for Keeeping it Real, Boss!

I've got some exciting news - I'm joining the Tiddly Inks Challenges Design Team for a short while! This is my first card and our challenge fr this week is to create a Manly card. I thought the best way to select an image would be to ask the only man in our house - he's out ruled by four girls and surprisingly manages to hold his own among all the pink, dolls, stuffed animals and blankies. ;D

I made this card using "Thanks for Keeping it Real, Boss" but it should really be called "Another day at the office" or something more clinical like "Yes Boss, how may I help you?" Too many years in the work force I suppose.

I used earth tones for this card and kept it simply trying to go for a guy feel. The paper is actually for pet lovers but I had to use it - it included the perfect hidden message that I kept at the bottom for a secret sentiment. All the words needed to explain a bad day at work.

I've been needing to work on some much needed manly cards so this was the perfect challenge for me. Plus with Fathers Day coming up I'm sure to use them all! Hope you can come along to play in the challenge this week!

DT Challenge: Tiddly Inks Challenges #49 (Manly Men)
Main Stamp:
Thanks for Keeeping it Real, Boss! (TI)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E21
-browns: E57, E59; E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: E13, E17, E19
-yellows: Y11, Y23, Y26
-greens: E81, E89
-blues: B41, B45
-grays: C1, C3; W2, W4, W6, W8

Did you know? The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data. As part of the United States Department of Commerce, the Census Bureau serves as a leading source of data about America's people and economy. The most visible role of the Census Bureau is to perform the official decennial (every 10 years) count of people living in the U.S. The most important result is the reallocation of the number of seats each state is allowed in the House of Representatives, but the results also affect a range of government programs received by each state.
[United States Census Bureau,]