Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stella Strawberry

I'm excited to bring you my first project as a Kraftin' Kimmie Guest and today is the start of a new challenge themed "Thank You/Thankful/Gratitude." I chose to use Stella Strawberry from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and giver her a more chocolate covered strawberry feel. Mmmm, I'm grateful for those delectable delights! LOL

My card was made with no intentional plan and came together with elements that I haven't used in a while. I was excited the crochet flowers looked like they finally matched as I've had those for years! With Valentines coming up I hope to use the rest of them too and get on with the next package... which, by the way, are a gorgeous white and can be customized with any Copic marker!! The rest is pretty standard run of the mill supplies, however, the plastic leaves were from a beaded garland I found at the hobby store.

The hostess for this week's challenge is Kerry and the prize for the random participant is always the stamp featured on the hostess' project. This week Kerry has used one of the images from the new Snips and Snails set, so the winner will receive that image and a sentiment.

There is also a HUGE sale at the site right now... almost everything is 25-75% but only until Monday!! Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps was also featured in the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and is having a giveaway on the blog so be sure to check it out.

Confirmand Melinda

The challenge this go around over at Make it Colorful is to "Color White" and even though I'm in the midst of coloring Christmas cards, I wanted to color something other than snow. So the image I've selected is Confirmand Melinda from Whiff of Joy and I've kept the card one layered and simple.

The border idea was inspiration taken from Deconstructing Jen as she always has the best one layer cards! To recreate the idea, I used a black pen to draw the border. Then I've placed a chippies in the upper corner and a Whiff of Joy miscellaneous sentiment in the lower corner. I also did a little bit of shading on the inside border to give it more interest.

For the white challenge, I used three different tones to create the white. The dress uses E40, E41 and E42 to create an antique look; the wings were colored with T3, T2 and T0 for a soft pure look; and finally the background has W2, W1, W0 and W00 to help "ground" it to the card. It was a fun to concentrate on the coloring this time than the card making. :D Make sure you come back later today as I'll have another project up!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving!! Today I plan on relaxing and coloring and in general taking a day off from my problems. LOL Today is also the start of a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Challenges and our theme is "Gratitude/Thanks."

For my project I used Audrey from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I created a fun card with a Hidden Forest Seat from Make it Crafty in the background. I used the same color scheme that Arabella used on her project from last week as I've loved her pastel look. ;D I then used the same color scheme for the rest of the project.

The card was put together with a simple layout with papers from my scraps and a few things I had within reach. I also used a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps, Friendship Ticket Sentiments, and also used the coordinating die to cut it out - nice and simple. ;D

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

iCopic Weekly Challenge #57 - Thanksgiving/Thanks
Crafty Creations Challenge #145 - Thanks/Gratitude
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #91 - Anything Goes
Use it Tuesday Challenge #20 - Giving Thanks (I hoard chippies)
Heart Song Inspirations Challenge #25 - Thank You

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bookworm Fairy

The challenge this week at Make it Colourful is "Lantern/Candlelight" and one that I've been looking forward to for a while. I had already colored one image but forgot to include something MiC (see Carol Singing) and so that gave me another chance to try it again. LOL

Rummaging through my rubber stamps I was able to find another lantern for the challenge. The image I used is Bookmark Fairy by Hannah Lynn and is one I've been waiting to color once again. This time I wanted to go with a dramatic look so I've combined some of my past projects with the lamp and this is what I ended up with.

This is an amazing card and but for reasons which you may not expect too! Unexpectedly, from start to finish, this card took ten times longer to make than any project I've done in a long while! Oi! The main reason is the way I started to color it which threw off my whole style - I was using different paper to color on at took full advantage of it. He he he

The way I colored was different in that I colored the whole image with Neutral tone grays and setting in my shadows as dark as N8. I didn't think about scanning it until after I had already started recoloring some areas. This is also a great way to focus on the shadows.

The paper I used is Neenah and even though I was able to layer my colors, there were several areas that were over saturated, became sticky, and wouldn't accept anymore layering. However, it was a fun exercise to work over the gray tones even if it took me all day to color it. The background was done the same was as the last (see Carol Singing) by flicking in the direction of the light, then stars were added with acrylic paint. Here's the final colored image before I cropped it.