Saturday, June 4, 2011

Flower Girl Mae

Aloha! Our challenge this week at Make it Colourful is to "Cast your shadows" so we want to see your images' shadows on the page. ;D Our sponsor this week is Some Odd Girl and I had the pleasure of coloring up Flower Girl Mae, which I thought looked perfect with the Island Hammock by Make it Crafty!

For this card I went back to the basics... which for me is one decorative paper, one ribbon (or lace), an embellishment or two and lots of coloring! I think the coloring is my favorite part and sometime the quicker the card the better. ;D

I colored the image as normal then went back in to add shadows. I imagined the sun coming down from the upper right corner so I placed my shadows dragging down to the lower left corner. I also added a shadow for the girl and colored it directly on the decorative paper.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #21
Main Stamp:
Flower Girl May (SOG) and Island Hammock (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Marjolaine (BG)
Chipboard: Filigree Borders (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E30, E31, R12
-hair: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, E59, E49
-browns: E23, E57, E59; E30, E31, E55
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67, YG99; YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
-blues: B91, B93, B95, B97; B000, B00, B01
-pinks: R12
-grays: W7

Did you know? National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a "donut") — an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.
[National Doughnut Day,]

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Coriander as Goldilocks

Here's one of the newest releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps... meet Coriander all dressed up as Goldilocks! :D She's part of the Sugar 'n Spice Dolls and one that I was kindly "instructed" by my Mom to finish up! LOL But it's nice to show her off and I already have another one in the works.

I had the hardest time with this card so I'm excited to get it finished. This is actually my third image on this card if you can believe that! But I decided it had to be used, so after finding some new laser cut chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty, I was finally able to complete it.

There are two other images also released today so I hope you get a chance to check them out over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges! I've even included a new Agent in the Operation TREEHOUSE theme! :D

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Challenge #20 (wings)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Challenge #8 (wings)
Flutter By Wednesday's - Challenge #157 (open theme + wings)
Party Time Tuesdays - Challenge #18 (anything goes)

DT Release: Little Miss Muffet Stamps New Releases
Main Stamp:
Coriander as Goldilocks (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Togetherness (CC)
Chipboard: Butterfly Swirls (MiC) covered with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namic Notebook Edge

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11, R11, R12
-browns: E42, E43, E44
-reds: R20, R32, R22, R17, R37, R39
-yellows: Y23, Y26, E50
-greens: BG70, BG72, BG75
-blues: B91, B95, B97
-grays: 0, C1, C3

Did you know? "Pangur Bán" is an Old Irish poem, written about the 9th century at or around Reichenau Abbey. It was written by an Irish monk, and is about his cat. Pangur Bán, "white fuller", is the cat's name. Although the poem is anonymous, it bears similarities to the poetry of Sedulius Scottus, prompting speculation that Sedulius is the author. In 8 verses of four lines, the author compares the cat's activities with his own scholarly pursuits.
[Pangur Ban,]

Update: I was featured at Flutter By Wednesday for this challenge!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


This card features the new image from Love to Stamp, called Shellphone, and another one from Make it Crafty, called Beach Hut by Sea. With so many summer backgrounds available it has been fun pairing up images and creating a scene. This one is inspired by the warm weather we've had lately and I wanted to use lots of warm-tone colors to represent a shining sun.

No clouds in sight but at least there is the ocean with a some cool-tone colors for a refreshing feel. The faux candy was an embellishment I had forgotten about which turnedto be a fun addition for this card. Afterall, what girl wouldn't like a bit of Salt Water Taffy to chew on?! Yum!

Here's the Beach Hut by Sea background before it was trimmed down. I tried a different technique on my sand using some tips I got from Elaine but clearly I need some more practice! She colored the most perfect sand texture on her card that I was trying to duplicate.

One of my staples of crafting essentials are foam dimensional dots! I seam to use them on every card don't know what I would do without them. ;D I like how it changes the overall feel of the card by raising the main image and giving it focus. Yet the mind still takes in all the elements around them and see them as complimentary embellishments. Yep, they're a must have in my crafting room! Hope you enjoy the card and have been inspired to make something or even to play outside in the sun today. ;D

Main Stamp: Shellphone (LTS), Beach Hut by Sea (MiC)
Patterned Paper:
Salt Air (CC)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Square

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper
-skin tone: E23, E33, E25, E27, E04, R22
-oranges: YR04, YR07, YR09
-yellows: YR30, YR31, YR21; E50, E51, E53
-greens: BG93, BG96, BG99
-pinks: R12
-grays: N4, N6, N8

Beach House by Sea:
-browns: E41, E42, E44, E47; E23, E39, E55, E51, E53; E33, E50, E51, E53
-reds: E09, E17, E18 E19
-greens: G40, G21, G24, G28, G29
-blues: B91, B93, B95; B0000, B000, B00

Did you know? The Johnstown Inclined Plane is an 896.5-foot (273.3 m) funicular railway in Johnstown, Cambria County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The funicular is capable of carrying passengers and automobiles up or down a slope with a grade of 70.9 percent. The incline and its two stations connect the city of Johnstown, situated in a valley at the confluence of the Stonycreek and the Little Conemaugh Rivers, to the borough of Westmont on Yoder Hill. The travel time from one station to the other is 90 seconds.
[Johnstown Inclined Plane,]

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Princess Fiona

Ready for another Tiddly Inks challenge? This week our challenge for you is to create a card or project using the theme Diva! That can include a variety of terms and I chose to go with a princess diva...

I used two Tiddly Ink images for this card, Princess Fiona and Gothic Window, which looked like they were perfect for each other. I wanted to expiriment with her dress and added lots of folds and pleats - I think I went overboard but had fun coloring it. ;D

I used my new tag diecut and adorned it with a felt bird, also from the same diecut. After it was finished I realized it matched paper too - it was such a happy coincidence.

DT Challenge: Tiddly Inks Challenge #50 (Darline Diva)
Main Stamp:
Princess Fiona and Gothic Window (TI)
Patterned Paper: Togetherness (CC)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notched Tag

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E01, E02, E21, R12
-browns: E42, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29, R59
-yellows: Y35, Y38
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67; YG91, YG95, YG97
-blues: B000, B52, C3
-grays: W00, W1, W2, W3

Did you know? The Arcade in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is a Victorian-era structure of two nine-story buildings, joined by a five-story arcade with a glass skylight spanning over 300 feet (91 m), along the four balconies. Erected in 1890, at a cost of $867,000, the Arcade opened on Memorial Day (May 31, 1890), and is identified as the one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the United States.
[Cleveland Arcade,]

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sea Shells

Here's a quick post to make up for yesterday's project - although, it certainly wasn't a quick card to make! LOL! I wanted to color up the new Sea Shells images from Make it Crafty and see how realistic I could get them. My daughter was studying shells the other day so I had a few ideas in mind to get started.

To get a good look of all the shells I had scanned them in before cutting them out. Here they all are without the background in the way:

Once I had them all colored it was difficult to find the "perfect" project to use them on. Luck was on my side and I found these shell chocolates in the store and was finally inspired to make a gift set for a great teacher we have this year.

I also used the Ornate Floral Scroll from Make it Crafty but removed all the flowers before printing it out. The dotted background is suppose to give the feel that the scroll is sitting on a sandy beach.

I used microbeads around the card to simulate the effects of sand. I like how these worked out on the white card. Also most of the shells are popped up with foam dots.

Here's a good look at the tag with a few of the shells added onto it. I'm sure you've seen this sentiment stamp before, and along with the kids quotes, it's one of my favorites too. I loved how it turned out and the teacher loved it too.

Main Stamp: [altered] Ornate Floral Scroll (MiC), Sea Shells (MiC), Good Day (Inkadinkado), and the barcode one

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-scroll: W4, W6, W8, E50, E51, E53, E55, R32, R37, R39, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E49, E57
-seashells: lots of colors, didn't keep track

Did you know? There is a popular folk myth that holding a conch seashell to the ear can produce the sound of the ocean. However, the rushing sound that one hears is in fact the noise of the surrounding environment, including the sounds originating within the human body itself, resonating within the cavity of the shell. The same effect can be produced with any similar cavity, such as an empty cup or even by simply cupping a hand over the ear.
[Seashell Resonance,]