Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cici, Fifi and Toto

Welcome to another challenge at Make it Colourful where this week we have a woozy of a coloring challenge! LOL Now, that's not to scare you away because it's actually really simple once you understand... so stay with me! So what's the challenge? Color Reflections! Muaha ha ha.

I have to admit, this is one of those cards that I took multiple pictures while in the process of coloring. I colored the images as normal and assembled my card until it was complete then took a picture of it "just in case" my next step didn't work out. LOL It's true! Then I added the reflecting colors on the images and retook the pictures of the newly finalized card. ;D

The color reflections can be seen all over the three sprites - it's where one item "spills over" onto the other and actually does wonders to cover up mistakes if you color out of the lines. Here's a comparison of the before and after shots where you can clearly see the added reflections all over these cute little tykes! Click on the picture for a larger view - the effect is subtle and mainly in the shadows of the images.

I'm not sure how I like the effect - on one hand the extra color adds a lot of depth to the image and brings the coloring closer to real life. In that aspect it looks gorgeous! However, on the other hand, the extra color is different and I brings down the "brightness" of the images. Of course, I was going for a dramatic effect to show the technique so perhaps there is a middle ground that would be perfect.

I wanted to really showcase these sprites, Cici, Fifi and Toto, so I kept the rest of the card and embellishments darker and more on the monochrome side. That way the colorful sprites really "pop" and grab the eye's attention. Hope you like the card and have fun with the challenge - can't wait to see!

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful - Challenge #23 (color cast/reflection)
Main Stamp:
Cici, Fifi, Toto and Whimsical Mushroom (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Marjolaine (BG)
Chipboard: Filigree Jewels (MiC)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E11
-browns: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
-reds: R22, R24, R29, R59; R02, YR02, R05, R08, YR18, R29
-yellows: E50, E51, YR20, Y21, Y23
-greens: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
-blues: BG000, B01, BG02, BG05; BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78
-pinks: R20, R21, R22
-grays: W4, W6, W8; T0, T1, T3, T5, T7, T9
-color reflections: E43; G40, G82; B41; BG11, BG72; R20, R21, R22; YR02; T0, T2, T4

Did you know? Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are flashes of gamma rays associated with extremely energetic explosions in distant galaxies. GRBs are the most luminous electromagnetic events known to occur in the universe and typically lasts 20–40 seconds. Most observed GRBs are believed to be a narrow beam of intense radiation released during a supernova event, as a rapidly rotating, high-mass star collapses to form a neutron star or black hole. GRBs were first detected in 1967 by the Vela satellites, but it was not until 1997 that they were better understood, with the use of optical spectroscopy to detect the first X-ray and optical afterglows and to directly measure their redshifts.
[Gama-ray Burst,]

Friday, June 17, 2011

Adela and Dida

Are you ready for yet another card today? I want to introduce to you Adela the Fairy and her dog Dida which was released at Little Miss Muffet Stamps this week! She's the first fairy that came through my imagination and hopefully there will be more on the way - but in the mean time, I hope you enjoy this card...

The image comes three ways, Adela & Dida, the flower, and then both images merged together in the way you see it here. This makes the image versatile and I love how the design team showcased her - check them out over at the Challenge & New Release blog.

I went all out on the embellishments which is the benefit to the larger 6"x6" card sizes. I've almost used up all the black swirls that I have - although I love the shape and look of them, they're hefty and so I use them sparingly. The stripped ribbon is a new addition to my stash and was fun to use for the first time.

Of course, I added some lasercut chipboards but this time I bent the wings on the butterflies so they were lifted off the page more; then I applied Petal Pink Liquid Pearls on the centers. I also used Liquid Pearls around the butterflies for an enchanted feel. The other chipboard embellishments were covered with a Pearl Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Color Throwdown Challenge #146 (daffodil, tangerine, kiwi green)
Sir Stampalot June Challenge (photo inspiration - flowers, red/orange)
Cupcake Craftroom June Challenge (flowers and leaves)
Forever Friends Challenge (spots and dots)
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges #55 (best friends)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet Stamps New Releases
Main Stamp:
Adela and Dida (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Salt Air (CC)
Chipboard: Fine Swirls and Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21
-browns: E50, E53, E57, E55
-reds to oranges: YR12, YR14, YR18, R17, R27, E09
-yellows: YR30, Y21, Y23, Y20, Y24
-greens: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
-blues: B000, BV0000, BV000; B91, B93, B95
-pinks: R11, R12, R32
-grays: 0, C00, C1, C3

Did you know? Filigree is a delicate kind of jewelery metalwork made with twisted threads usually of gold and silver or stitching of the same curving motifs. It often suggests lace, and in recent centuries remains popular in Indian and other Asian metalwork, and French from 1660 to the late 19th century. It should not be confused with ajoure jewellery work; while both have many open areas, filigree involves threads being soldered together to form an object and ajoure involves holes being punched, drilled, or cut through an existing piece of metal.
[Filigree Metalwork,]


As the hottest months of summer approaches in the northern hemisphere our minds often turn to water and vacations at the beach. At least I wouldn't mind a nice getaway at paradise beach with soft warm sand to run barefoot in. ;D This card features Coriander who can be playing in the sandbox in the backyard but for this card I'd like to think she's living a dream on the perfect vacation!

The two images are Coriander, which was released today at Little Miss Muffet Stamps, and the background is Message in Bottle from Make it Crafty. I combined these images because I thought it was a fun story they told together - after all, wouldn't a message in a bottle be quite the find!

I hope you enjoy this preview and that it inspires your "mini" vacation on a card. :D Come support me over at the Challenges & New Releases blog to see all the new releases this week and to play along in the challenge! You can use any stamp in the challenge, however, if you use a LMMS then the theme is always "Anything Goes" - I would love to see what you're making with those images. ;D

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Amber's Crafts and Stuff Challenge #14 (vacation)
PaperPlay Challenge Week 24 (at the beach)
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #41 (inspired by a song: The Go Go's Vacation)
The Rubber Cafe Challenges (summer)
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #61 (summertime)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet Stamps New Releases
Main Stamp:
Coriander (LMMS) and Message in Bottle (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Linen Thread (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Square and My Favorite Things Die-namics Jumbo Scallop

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E50, E51, E53
-browns: E50, E51, E53, E55, E21, E30; E42, E43, E44, E47
-reds: R22, R24, R27, R59
-blues: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18; B000, B00, B01
-pinks: 0, R11, R12

Did you know? Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.

Kids' Creations

My kids love to create along side of me and have really gotten into the spirit of challenges! They like to follow along in my footsteps and often ask what the challenge I'm making a specific card for. ;D So here are a few of their creations that they wanted to show off...

Lydia's Tropical Island

Make it Colourful Challenge #22 Blues
Stamp: Palm Trees (MiC)

Cassandra's Beach Girl

Little Miss Muffet Stamps - New Releases
Stamp: Coriander (LMMS)

Lydia's Gifts

Stamp: Sled Packed with Gifts (WoJ)
Lydia's Magic Coloring

I am amazed at the results of this coloring! Tilda is colored with "kids markers" but only three days later Coriander is colored with my "magic markers"... aka Copic markers! I can see her technique changed and her color choices are better - they really are magic!
Lydia's Garden Fairy

Stamp: Pergamano Fairy (P)
Lydia's Agent Cupcake

Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge #11
Stamp: Agent Cupcake (LMMS)

Cassandra's Bumble Family

Tiddly Inks Challenge #54 (one layer)
Stamps: Double Trouble Bears, Father Bumble Bear, Mothers Day and Whaz Up or Down (TI)

Cassandra's Hay Diddle Diddle

Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge #11
Stamp: Jumping Bessie (LMMS)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just Swinging

Welcome back for another preview of the Little Darlings stamps from Love to Stamp! Today I'm feature "Just Swinging" and had a lot of fun coloring her up. ;D You can check out all week long the sneak peaks at the Love to Stamp Store Blog and get all the details on the prize too.

I must say I love all the images I got to work with this week and this one is no exception. I kept this one simple because the image says it all. She looks like she just jumped in for the biggest swing ever - so much fun and brings back some childhood memories too.

From childhood to parenthood - I just have to say it amazes me how much us "Moms" take on! Right now I'm juggling this post, creating another card, answering my correspondence AND putting the kids to bed. I wouldn't necessarily call myself ADD but rather I think we get used to the shuffle of daily life to the point we work best while our attention is divided. (Opps, I just cut my ribbon an inch too short - maybe I should focus a little more! LOL)

So back to this card - I used some of my favorite papers lately as I love the colors I can pull out of it. I'm all about colors as it's the main thing that inspires me the most. ;D Sometimes it doesn't all work out for the best but at least it gets my creative juices flowing! I also got to use some new lasercut chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty which worked perfectly with some large gems I've been saving. Hope you enjoyed it and come along to play in our challenges this week. ;D

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Just Swinging (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Hattie (MME)
Chipboard: Filigree Jewels (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E55, E57, E59
-yellows: YR23, YR21
-blues: BG72, BG78; C1, B0000
-pinks: R12, R22
-grays: N2, N4, N6, N8; 0, C1, C3

Did you know? The slide rule, also known colloquially as a slipstick, is a mechanical analog computer. The slide rule is used primarily for multiplication and division, and also for functions such as roots, logarithms and trigonometry, but is not normally used for addition or subtraction. William Oughtred and others developed the slide rule in the 17th century based on the emerging work on logarithms by John Napier. Before the advent of the pocket calculator, it was the most commonly used calculation tool in science and engineering.
[Slide Rule,]

Patriotic Horse

Yeeha! Get your boots on and come on down to celebrate with us today! This week I'm releasing four new Little Miss Muffet Stamps and today you can see two of them at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. I'm showing off Patriotic Horse and gave this little wrangler a Texas theme. ;D Of course, the flag can be customized for any occasion!

July is coming up which is when we see a lot of fireworks in our area as we celebrate our country. It was always ironic to me to use fireworks on such an occasion but the bright colorful explosions are a crowd pleaser and always something to enjoy! So among all the other Snugly Giftables... this one is perfect to fill in the slot for July.

I have two more months on the drawing board which means I'm only a couple more images away from a full set - 12 months of Snugly Giftables! You'll soon see a monkey, turtle and of course a cat for October. ;D I've enjoyed using these for kid's birthday cards and even a few for Father's Day too. Hope you like this one and signing off with a big Texas accent... "Y'all come back now ya hear!"

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Use it Tuesday Challenge #9 (chose to use forgotten diecut)
Paper Craft S.T.A.R. Challenge #50 ("S"tar, "T"NT, "A"nimal, "R"ed)
The Paper Shelter Challenge #18 (punches or dies)
There's Magic in the Air Challenge (chose gems and diecuts)
Aly's Sunday Challenge #44 (for kids)
DT Previews: Little Miss Muffet New Releases
Main Stamp:
Patriotic Horse (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Chipboard: Fine Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Diamond

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R22, R24, R27, R29
-blues: B34, B37, B39
-grays: W4, W6, W8; C1, C3

Did you know? The Texas Flag Code states that single (lone) star "represents ALL of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, State, and Country." The three colors of the Texas flag are red, white and blue - blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for bravery. In addition, the flag and gave rise to the state's official nickname "The Lone Star State." The pledge of allegiance to the state flag is as follows: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
[Flag of Texas,]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Here's my second preview for this week using a Little Darling stamp and one of my favorites from this release! You can check out all the previews this week at the Love to Stamp store blog. This one being showcased today is Jump ...

I've pared this stamp with the background image from Make it Crafty called Hilly Lane. It took a lot of time to color all that grass but I like how it turned out! Here's the background by itself...

Most of the card was colored so I didn't go all out on embellishments but still included a few of my favorites. ;D The felt sun is a die cut from My Favorite Things and a I cut it to contour the horizon of the background. Then the corners are those fabulous laser cut embellishments from Make it Crafty that some how appear on all my cards. ;D I put a few drops of Liquid Pearls on them for fun.

Angie is giving away a grand prize to one lucky commenter this week so you can get your hands on a few of these new releases! Also don't forget about the Little Darlings Challenge challenge where the rules were changed to include all images - the theme is all about summer

Lastly, the girl image was cut out and put on foam dots so she "jumps" off the background. Hope you enjoy the preview and that you liked my card. Happy Stamping this week!

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Jump (LTS)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E42, E43, E44, E47
-yellows: YR21, YR23, YR24, Y13
-greens: G20, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99; G21, G24, G28
-blues: B0000, B00, B01; B91, B95, B99
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W3, W5, W8, W10

Did you know? The Braille system is a method that is widely used by blind people to read and write, and was the first digital form of writing. Braille was devised in 1825 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman. Each Braille character, or cell, is made up of six dot positions, arranged in a rectangle containing two columns of three dots each. A dot may be raised at any of the six positions to form sixty-four (26) possible subsets, including the arrangement in which no dots are raised.

Bumble Bear Family

Welcome to another challenge at Tiddly Inks and this week our theme for you is one layer cards! This is a perfect opportunity to just color and grab one of those stamps you've been meaning to get to for a while. I combined several images and came up with the Bumble Bear Family...

All five of these images on here are from Tiddly Inks and they work together perfectly! I also love the simplicity of one layer cards and can't wait to see what everyone else creates - so come on over and play!

DT Challenge: Tiddly Inks Challenge #54 (one layer)
Main Stamp:
Double Trouble Bears, Father Bumble Bear, Mothers Day, Whaz Up or Down, and Hand Written Sentiments (TI)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-browns: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-greens: G40, G82, G85
-blues: BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
-pinks: R81, R83, R85
-grays: 0, C1; W4, W6, W8; N0, N2; T2, N4, N8

Did you know? The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all living sea turtles and the fourth largest modern reptile. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh . Leatherback turtles have the most hydrodynamic body design of any sea turtle, with a large, teardrop-shaped body. A large pair of front flippers power the turtles through the water. Like other sea turtles, the leatherback's flattened forelimbs are adapted for swimming in the open ocean but claws are absent from both pairs of flippers.
[Leatherback Sear Turtle,]

Monday, June 13, 2011

Slow and Steady

Welcome to a whole week of sneak peeks of all the new Little Darling stamps coming out! The team is previewing every day this week and you can check them all out at Love to Stamp store blog. One of the images being showcased today is Slow and Steady and here's my card.

The Little Darlings Challenge theme this fortnight is all about summer which is perfect for these new images but the rules have changed to you can use any stamp to enter. Also, Angie is giving away 5 Little Darling Stamps of your choice to one lucky commenter this week too!

I made an all occasions card for a boy, kept it simple, and thought this image was perfect to tell a story on it's own. ;D I loved coloring the turtle too - there were so many possibilities but in the end I went for a brown and green look. Hope you enjoy it and come back through the week for a few more sneak peeks. ;D

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Slow and Steady (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Lime Twist (MME)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R21, R22, R24, R29
-yellows: YR21, YR24
-greens: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99
-blues: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
-grays: N2

Did you know? Turtles are reptiles characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered. The largest turtles are aquatic.