Saturday, July 23, 2011


Welcome to another Saturday and challenge at Make it Colourful! This week we're challenging you to change the colors of your embellishment... any of your embellishments. So get out your markers, ink refills, paints and whatnot and come along to join in the challenge. ;D

I colored three of my embellishments... (1) Colored the ivory lace ribbon with my YR18 Copic marker, (2) colored the white Prima flowers with YR18, YR14, YR12 and Y23; and lastly (3) painted the chippies (Filigree Jewels from Make it Crafty) with Silver Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber.

The images used are Genevieve from Kraftin' Kimmy Stamps and in the background I used the Steampunk Flying Machine from Make it Crafty. For some reason orange and green always goes well together so with all the green on the project, I chose a bright orange for the hair. I think I used Y32, YR12, YR14 and Y18 - the same colors as the flowers.

This is the eleveth page in my journal and as you can see there is no way this book is ever closing flat again! It's even to the point that it props itself up from the other pages... as you can see. ;D But just as well... the journal will look better opened than closed. LOL

I used a type set alphabet to create the sentiment... "Adventure". I wasn't sure how to attach them because the prongs would go through the paper and thought I must be missing a tool or something. So I just bent all the prongs in then attached them with glue dots - an easy fix for now. ;D

Hope you enjoy this project and have a great weekend full of coloring! :D

Oh I forgot to mention that I have all the these journal pages labeled with "... Art Journal" so you can click on that and see all the pages in the book. And those clouds were colored with B52, B21, C3, C1, B00, and B000.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peppermint as Red Riding Hood

Welcome to another challenge day at Little Miss Muffet Challenges where our theme for this fortnight is "Summer!" There is also a DT Call going on... so if you like Little Miss Muffet Stamps then head on over to submit an entry! Challenge and DT Call closes on Tuesday, August 2nd.

On my project I used "Peppermint as Red Riding Hood" from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Spring Meadow from Whiff of Joy. What? I know, can you believe I didn't use a Make it Crafty background this time!! But don't worry, I made up for it with the chippies. ;D Plus I've got to get *some* mileage out of the Spring Kit before it collects too much dust. LOL

I think the papers are Sugar Rish from Basic Gray and the twill ribbon and pearls are from Stampin' Up. I had this image colored up a while ago and so it was fun to be able to grab something and create a page in my journal right away. Although I did have to pause to color the background - but that wasn't so bad.

I love the deep reds I was able to get with the hood. Usually reds show up too bright on film so this is a new combination I tried out. I starts with the expected reds, R22, R24, and R27, but then I jumped down and used R46 and R59 to darken it up. Another combination I find successful is R21, R14, R24, R37, R46 and R59.

I also used a new combination with the lighter color greens in the background - this time I used G40, G82, G85 and G99 which I like better than the G20s range.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Scrapalicious USA Challenge #12 - anything summer
Flutter By Wednesday's #163 - open theme
Craft-room Challenge - butterflies (just for fun)
Deep Ocean Challenge #4 - ribbons
Simon Says Stamp - newspaper (framing background image)

Hope you've enjoyed this page in the summer journal and come on over to check out the other girl's inspiration for the Summer challenge!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Across the Bridge

All good things come to an end and so sadly this is my last post as a Little Darlings Design Team member. I had such a wonderful time that I decided to go all out and created this summer scene! I used several images to create this page in my journal:

I used two images from Love to Stamp, Little Darlings Croquet and Nice to Meet You. In the background I used Across the Bridge plus some chippies from Make it Crafty. The paper is Oliver from Basic Gray and the pearl brads are from Whiff of Joy.

I started coloring in the background then worked on the two kids - and if you can believe it, I picked my paper *after* I colored! I'm usually the other way around so this was a new adventure. However, because it was a scene with lots of natural colors, I figured I was pretty safe in doing so. ;D

Here's a better view of the background before it started to blend into the background of the project. LOL One of the clouds I had colored in blue but then changed my mind and wanted to go with gray. At that point, everything else was colored so I printed out a second copy and paper pieced in a new cloud colored gray! Works every time!

This is the eight page in my project journal and I'm starting to think I need to make a statement with each page! Ha ha... I'll save that for the next book. ;D For those who want to start your own book... I found this spiral bound journal with watercolor paper. The paper is thicker and provides a great base to start building on.

This was a fun summer time page and I like cool colors with a splash of yellow. It actually wasn't planned that way but it turned out great - like a nice cool spring day. Hope you enjoyed this page and that you're sufficiently inspired ... for now! LOL

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Girl's Best Friend

Welcome to another Tiddly Ink Tuesday Challenge where the theme this week is to create a project inspired by a Nature Movie. My movie isn't all about nature but it fit the images I wanted to use... "Must Love Dogs" and highlight the park scenes.

And speaking of movies, it's not helping much to write this post while I'm watching Rango. I'm not sure about the plot yet but the textures on characters are amazing! Anyway, I decorated another page in the journal and this time I went with a very girlie pastel theme.

It's been a long time since I've used my button stash so I grabbed a few coordinating colors and scattered them around with a few pearls. I also found some old ribbon that worked well and finally used another one of those Ranger tags.

The images I used was Girl's Best Friend from Tiddly Inks and Rainbow Meadow from Make it Crafty. I think the paper I used was Sugar Rush from Basic Gray. Here's a close up of the colored image... the girl was colored separate and then I used foam dots to give it dimension from the background.

Did you see the post from yesterday about the "green" faces? This is another one of my attempts and I'm not sure how it turned out - different. This time I had colored the all the skin areas with Y000 and G20 before applying any other color. I'm sure to try it again so we'll see what comes around. ;D

Monday, July 18, 2011

Adela & Dida Inventing

This is my green face project. Green face you say? Well, ya, sort of. ;D It was a personal challenge among friends to color a face like Trev Murphy who often using a touch of green and yellow to create a glow to the skin. Some of his images reveal a little more green than others but it was our goal to give it a try!

I had watched his demo and recorded all the colors he used then gave it a go, however, my first attempt was too dark and it was difficult to blend the colors the way I had used them. So this is my next attempt where I integrated his style with my own. Some of the colors used was my typical set of skin tones (E000, E00, E21 and E13) but I also incorporated several of his own colors (G20, YR61, Y000, Y11, E95, E37, E19, E02).

At first it looked horrible - and I mean sickly horrible! But then I forced myself to finish the project and added colors that helped accent the skin tones. By just having all the white around on the unfinished project appeared to be the problem because it doesn't look so bad now.

The images I used are Adela & Dida Inventing from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Steampunk House from Make it Crafty. The funny thing is I used the background image in the foreground... it added a little humor to my day. ;D

As you can see this is another page in the summer journal. I embellished it with a few metal gears and added a compass arrow on one of them. Then some Baker's twine and dew drops to finish it off ... oh, and some Make it Crafty chippies and a button brad on the other side.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make My Monday - torn or crumpled
Stamps + Fun = CREATIVITY - digital stamps
Lollipop Crafts - anything goes

Above is a close up of the Steampunk House - I'm happy with the steel and brass colors but I think the copper comes off a little too orange. Older copper starts to turn green to I had fun coloring some areas with green and gray to get that look. Hope you enjoy it and good luck if you choose to take this challenge... coloring a "green" face! :D