Saturday, July 2, 2011

Siren of Pearls

For those celebrating the 4th of July this weekend - Happy Holidays! Our challenge this time at Make it Colourful is to "Add reflections to water" and is so much easier than it sounds. Give it a try but you're welcome to check back on the challenge site on Tuesday for a few tips.

This is my card and I merged three Make it Crafty images together: Pirate Ship, Palm Trees and Siren of Pearls. Even though it turned out well, I had lots of problems with my coloring - can you believe it?! I tried out a new paper and it was like coloring on dry chalks - just soaked up the ink with no room for blending.

The reflection in the water is done by adding blobs of color under the objects - like orange under the mermaid; and browns and dark blues under the boat and island; and green under the leaves. The way I colored the water made it easy to daub it in without much blending needed - good thing for me. ;D After that I added some white highlights back into the water with a white gel pen.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful Challenge #25
Main Stamp:
Pirate Ship, Palm Trees and Siren of Pearls (MiC)
Patterned Paper: le Cirque (Graphic45)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf Swirls (MiC)

I finally bought an old dictionary at a used bookstore so I could tear out pages for projects and used one on this one. I love the printed text, however, I hardly ever read what words I've pulled so hopefully any naughty words get hidden. LOL Anyway, here's a close up of the Siren of Pearls - I love how bright her tail turned out next to that blue water.

Just a few reminders/announcements: Don't forget about the fabulous challenges taking place to celebrate Make it Crafty's first birthday!! You can check out those details HERE. Lastly, Tiddly Inks and Make it Crafty and coming out with a joint release so make sure to check out the details HERE. Have a great weekend and be safe!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Adela and Dida Inventing

A Mom can do anything... and so can a fairy! This is Adela the fairy and her little dog Dida who just finishing up a task and is waiting for the next work project. :D If I was to include a sentiment it would be one that I saw on Melissa's project last week... "A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't."

This fairy is another new releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps the the second fairy I've added. ;D I have another one planned so I hope you like her character. ;D I colored in cool colors this time and used up the last of my gear chippies - I'll have to order more!

Other than adding a few gems and drawing in some faux stitching that pretty much completes the card. But in other great news... come check out the Little Miss Muffet Store as I've made some huge changes. I've made it easier to find images and gave them a fun uniform look. Enjoy and I hope you like the postcards!

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shops Best Challenge #65 (anything goes)
Forever Friends Challenge (birthday with animal friend)
Just for Fun Challenge (anything goes)
Southern Girls Challenge (childhood memories: I always remember "helping" my dad fix his cars and boats in the garage. I was the "go getter" and would get all his tools that were out of reach.)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet Stamps - New Releases
Main Stamp:
Bailey (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Chipboard: Gears Galore (MiC)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44
-reds: R22
-oranges: YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18
-yellows: Y23, Y21, Y26, Y28
-blues: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, B14, B16, B18
-purples: V12, V15, V17, V08; BV000, BV00, B00
-grays: C0, C1, C5


This little cutie is one of the new releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and you can check them all out over at the challenge blog. After coloring up a Red Riding Hood I was inspired todraw a girl with red apples - only now do I see that it could be a reference to Snow White. LOL

I used the N range of Copic colors to color the hair black as I had always used the W range before - I like how this turned out better as I think it has less of a gray look and more of a shiny black look which is what I wanted. But don't those applies look yummy?!

The background is created with a diecut pack that I got at my local hobby store. I think it's by K&Co but it included about dozen garden themed cut outs. The butterfly is from the same cutout but from the side I cut off the card - I thougt it make a nice subtle embellishment.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy Challenge #11 (summer theme)
Clearly Inspired Challenge #31 (diecuts, cutouts)
Digi's with Attitude Challenge #32 (anything goes)
Samuel Taylors Crafts July Challenge (summer theme)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet Stamps - New Releases
Main Stamp:
Licorice (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Lime Twist (MME)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E11, E13
-browns: E31, E23, E57
-reds: R21 R22, R24, R29
-blues: BG10, BG11, BG15, BG32, BG18
-grays: N2, N4, N6, N8


Welcome all to a day full of new releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps! Head on over to the challenge blog to check out the design team's awesome inspiration - they did a wonderful job. ;D But here I'll show you three of the four and here's my first one ... Bailey!

This Little Miss was was inspired by several things currently around me but the main one being my five year old daughter. ;D She is so inquisitive lately and her hair is getting long and curly. Of course, I can glorify all those details in ink, of course. ;D

I made this a simple card to give focus to the image - mainly because I printed out the image larger than normal - just some gems, lace and faux stitching and Voilà! A card. ;D Hope you like it and stay tuned for a few more projects today.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Stamp Something July Digi Days (use a digi)
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #57 (summertime)
Crafty Catz Challenge #89 (colors of summer)
Charisma Cardz Challenge #26
(ice cream: chocolate cherry with caramel sauce)

DT Preview: Little Miss Muffet Stamps - New Releases
Main Stamp:
Bailey (LMMS)
Patterned Paper: Lime Twist (MME)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-hair: E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44
-reds: R21, R22, R24, R27, R29
-oranges: YR14
-greens: G21, G24, G28
-grays: C1, C3

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From The Desk Of

After watching Annika's coloring tutorial I decided to dig out my Prismacolor Pencils and give them another try. I learned two things while watching that I wanted to try out - first to use a paper with texture (a good tooth) and second I like how she started with a lighter color first.
The coloring actually worked out easier that I expected and the blending was smooth sailing! I didn't have to press as hard as before and no minerals were needed for blending. I had to color this one in less than 15 minutes but loved how easily it turned out.

Main Stamp: From The Desk Of (Flourishes)
The border idea is from Jen (Deconstructing Jen). Thanks! ;D

Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft Paper:
PC1031, PC1092, 943, 946, 927, PC1098, 990, PC1097, 988, 966, 968, 938, PC1068, 941, PC1084

Did you know? Grand Island is a town and an island in Erie County, New York, USA and is the largest island in the Niagara River.
[Grand Island, New York,]

Monday, June 27, 2011


Just posting a fun card I made using Flutterby from Tiddly Inks - she was such a cutie-patotie that I couldn't resist! :D I really wanted to work with large areas to practice some new techniques so I printed her out large. I practiced adding folds and creases with shading in the jeans. It's going to be an upcoming challenge (hint, hint, but I didn't say where either) so I'm working out the technique.

The paper I used was perfect because it had so many colors to choose from - yet the image is large enough that it doesn't look to busy to me. I embellished it with a few gems, flower and chippies too. I even added Stickles to the butterfly wings for fun. Hope you enjoy it!

Main Stamp: Flutterby (TI)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit (CP)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf Swirls (MiC)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E11, E13, E15, E25
-browns: E42, E43, E44
-yellows: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y424, Y18
-greens: G21, G24, G28
-blues: BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78
-grays: T2, T4, T6, T8

Did you know? A tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Some tongue-twisters produce results which are humorous (or humorously vulgar) when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value. For example, the following sentence is identified as the hardest tongue-twister in the English language, according to Guinness World Records.
"The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick."