Monday, December 31, 2012

Red Nose Roo

It's so exciting that today is the last day of the year - such an epic milestone for the year!  And ironically enough, I hope to spend it doing absolutely nothing!  LOL  Well, not nothing, but nothing for posterity sake and spend the day playing games and in the hobby room.  ;D  That sounds like a good day to me!!


The image on this card is Red Nose Roo from Make it Crafty.  I had used a black pen to add the hash marks for the shadowing then just this last week I went back in and added the color with Prismacolor Pencils.  I couldn't use the Copic markers as it would smear the black but the pencils worked great.  However, instead of coloring the whole image I decided to color just the festive portions.  :D


This image was one from my UFO (unfinished objects) stack so it's nice to feel a sense of accomplishment.  I'm slowly making progress on that stack and all of my projects in the in next couple of days will be from that.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Elf Delivery System

Is anyone a Hobbit fan?  I just had the opportunity to watch the three hour epic tail and was both impressed and disappointment but it will still go on the shelf next to The Lord of the Rings!  It's interesting to see the story come to life after reading it but I've resolved to read the books again including the Lost Tales and the Silmarillion if possible!  Last time that book put me to sleep so we'll see if I make it more than half way through.  He he he



This image is Elf Delivery System from Make it Crafty which was part of the Cheeky Elves Collection.  I love this image and a Skadoosh sound effect every time I see it - you know the "skadoosh" from Kung Fu Panda?  Yea, that one!  LOL


That's my car and hopefully it will find it's way to a nice homenext holiday season.  But for now, I'm off to start another movie and get caught up with my emails.  Ciao!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Nanuk

This is so exciting - I've managed to take eight of my colored images and create cards with them!!  Of course I was a little distracted by the movies I was watching but I've managed to create a nice little pile of cards to use next year!  So this blog is going to be quite busy as I share them here.  :D


The image on this one is Nanuk from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  It's the same image I colored for the store except I went back in and added some light shadows with BV20 and BV23.  Then the ground was colored with C0, C1, and C3 and the sky was B000 and B01.


You would think that Christmas paper would be universal but I have the hardest time matching those papers with my images!  Seriously, I have about dozen different color pads and none of them do magic for me.  But I've decided to use as much as possible then after this season give the left overs away.  He he he.  It will be nice to start fresh next year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NEWS - Diamonds

There's so many exciting things going on... Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and now New Year's is just right around the corner!!  Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and I must say that I was very surprised when it started snowing today!!  Yes, snow in Texas!!  It's actually sticking to the ground too and might actually be there when we wake up tomorrow.  :D  It's such a rarity and only happens one or two days in the year so to have it ON Christmas was truly awesome!!

I was able to steel away some time and wanted to post about the next offering I have... this time I'm giving away a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Diamonds diecuts!!  There are some fabulous harlequin and argyle patterns you can do with these as well the the traditional layering and embossing that Spellbinders are known for.  They should be lots of fun and will be making their way to a new home for one lucky winner!!


Here's the regular details and how to participate in this blog candy.  As a huge thank you to my Followers, I'm going to regularly post freebies, blog candies and give-aways right here on this blog!!  I don't know exactly when the next NEWS will be posted so your time limit will be variable and between posts.  For example, on this offer here, you will have until I randomly post the next offer.  So what do you have to do to take advantage of these offers??  All you have to do is ...

Note: This offer has expired.  
You can click HERE to see the most recent News.

1. Be a Follower of this blog 
2. Leave a comment below

If you would like to post the NEWS Badge on your sidebar then that is optional, however, it is a great tool to be notified of the next freebie.  Sounds impossible?  Na, it's simple and similar to the way I do the Little Miss Muffet NEWS Badge which has worked great!  (P.S. There's freebie opportunities over there too so be sure to add that badge while you're at it.)  Here is the code and details on this badge...


NOTE: This is important ... make sure you use the code above when grabbing the blinkie as it's the only way it will be will update automatically. Once it's on your blog, the blinkie will change when I post another offer and you'll get to see the latest news right from your sidebar!  It's a great way to get alerted whenever there is another freebie, blog candy or giveaway posted!!  :D

For freebies, I'll email out the image in a couple days and it will be in a PNG format.  For blog candies and give-aways, winners will be randomly selected and announced in the next NEWS post.  Then you can send me your mailing address and I'll ship out your goodies as soon as possible.

I think that about sums it up and thank you for stopping by!  *Hugs
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Gingerbread Dance

"It's raining; it's pouring. The old man is snoring. He bumped his head and went to bed, And he couldn't get up in the morning."  It's always fun to have a change in weather when Christmas hits and this year was no let down - around midnight it started storming the worst it's had for a long time!   Not that it's bad - just lots of rain, thunder and more rain!  Gorgeous and relaxing, I say!  :D 


Here's another one of the images I colored last year that finally gets to see an ending project!  This image is also from Make it Crafty and I think is the Gingerbread Dancing.  I kept the layout simple and used some a cork sheet for texture.  The holly is something I picked up last year on clearance - so I nabbed all there was and have been saving it for this year.  I adore them!


Is anyone keeping track... how many more projects have I promised to finish?  Four left?  Hmmm... maybe I'll have some time today to sneak in the pink room and color - urm, I mean, complete stuff!  LOL  Anyway, whatever your doing today or whatever weather you're having, I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Prince Charming and Girl With Glass Slipper

Today is going to be a long post as I show you all the pictures and details of the project I made with the images I colored for the MiC Advent Calendar.  I did a little more coloring on the basic images too so watch you for those details.  Sit back and relax and do my best to ramble on.  :D


Hmmm, where to start? Where to start!  I suppose I'll start in the beginning ... with the colored images and the details there then I'll work my way through the steps I took in creating this project. This is just the finished project of what was started there. :D Enjoy!

NOTE: For Day 7 click HERE

If you're looking for the original Make it Crafty Advent Calendar post for Day Seven then CLICK HERE.  Comments are welcome on this post, of course, but to be eligible for a chance to win the Advent Calendar Prizes, you must leave your comments on the other post, HERE


I had the wool pulled over my eyes today as my nephew said "Did you know that is Christmas Adam? Yeah, today is Christmas Adam, tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the next day is Christmas!"  Just as I was about to pull out my laptop and check it out (of course by this time I was thinking that every day in December might have an "official" name) but I was saved the troubled when the joke was revealed.  You see, I should have remembered that Adam came before Eve!!  :D


Ok, so on to some details.  To start with, I colored a little more on each of the images.  On the prince I added more shadows in his clock and under the prince too.  Then took a darker color to the trees and added more more shadows here and there.  I did the same thing with the princess side too and even remembered to add a shadow on the ground this time. 


As many of you know I like to experiment and try new things... on this project I wanted to challenge myself and change this summer courtyard scene into a winter one.  However, sometimes I'm not always that brave so I had to scan in the iamge before continuing on.  He he he


So my plan of action was to add snow all around the courtyard and the bushes.  Then pile it up on the ground and around the edges of the project.  That's a lot of messing around with and I wasn't sure how it would turn out.  Sometimes a mistake turns out well and that's what I was hoping for.  He he he.  Here are some closeup pictures of the prince and princess before I started.


How about some colors! That's a bit unusual of me but I remembered to save them this time and wanted to share them.  Especially the blue colors since they aren't a normal progression.

Grass: YG67, G24, G21, G20
Stones: C5, C3, C1, E53, E51, E50
Tree: E47, E44, E43, E42, E41
Clouds/Sky: B12, B91, B000, B0000, C1, 0
Reds: R59, R37, R35, R14
Browns/Greys: E74, T7, T6, T5, T4, T3, T1
Hair: E29, E37, E35, E21
Skin: E34, E31, E00, E000, E0000
Blues: C5, BG72, B52, B91, B0000
Shadows: C4, C3, BV25, BV23, BV20


I also tried a new technique for the clouds.  Because it turned out well I can call it a "technique" but in reality it started out as an "Oops, I just used the wrong color!"  But I continued on - I built up the cloud shape as if it was a solid object by coloring the whole thing in and shading the bottom part with darker colors.  Then I used the Blender marker and pushed out all the color in the center.  The paper I used is regular printer paper so it was thin enough that the colors were pushed through the paper and this white fluffy part is the effect.  I like how the colors are all blended together and the white part looks textured so I'll probably do it like this again.


The main project consists of two shadow boxes that are hinged together.  Before all the extras were added the two sides were able to close like a book and I thought about adding a clasp but luckily I save that idea for the end and realized it would fit.  So I'll stash that away in my mind and maybe use it on another project.  The shadow boxes were both covered with decorative paper and the edges sanded before I assembled it.  Then around the edges I sponged on some more white and give it a distressed look.


This was one of those projects where I had an thought but no idea how I was going to get there.  I worked on it little by little and finally decided that I had to stop!  So after I assembled the shadow boxes I added the show flake flurry diecuts on the bottom.  Then the ribbon happened and the cluster of flowers on the other side. I thought I would have them all white but then I glanced at the holly leaves I had and thought that would be perfect!  Especially the little bit of red tied in well with the colors I used on the image.


On the other side I balanced it out with some metal hardware and found the bird chipboard long forgotten on the corner of my desk.  I like to use chipboard naked but the idea came to me to color the birds red to go along with the other side of the panel.  Especially since the princess side didn't have any red this would be a great way to pull it over to this side.  I used Prismacolor pencils which work really nice on the chipboard and had a little fun giving it some detail.  Don't they look perfect on the top there?!  Then I added snow to the branch.


To get the snow, I used White Opal Liquid Pearls and daubed it on the images where I thought snow would gather.  I also added a bunch of it around the inside of he shadow box and especially in the corners.  And when I say a bunch... I mean I practically used up the whole bottle of Liquid Pearls!  Then while it was still wet I sprinkled on the snow flakes which are little tiny flakes of white plastic.  They might be from Flower Soft but I don't have the original packaging anymore.  The snowflakes have just enough shine and dimension on them that they really looks like freshly fallen (and fluffy) snow.


The images I used for this project are mainly from Make it Crafty but the wings added to the princess are from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  The shadow boxes are also from Make it Crafty.


Well, I think that about wraps it up!  See I told you this was a L-O-N-G post!  Muah ha ha.  But hopefully the details were interesting enough and maybe you'll even try something similar.  :D  Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a very "Merry Christmas Adam!"  LOL

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Angelica in Flight

Remember those images I shared a while back that were actually colored LAST year?!  LOL  I'm going to make it a goal to have them all made into cards before I go back to school in January.  So I guess you could call that a New Year's Resolution already!  Regardless, it's still something I plan on doing.  So here's the first one of the batch...


This one is Angelica in Flight by Make it Crafty.  There are a few things that I would have done differently if I had seen the finished product first - such as a different type of ribbon as the organdy ribbon hardly apears over the red.  Also, I would have centered the angle more and had her right wing spill out of the box like her dress is in the bottom.  But maybe with her being so close to the left it gives her a since of movement?  Um... yea, I'll stick with that story!


The wreath charm is from Arabella (Thanks Sweetie!) and I used red liquid pearls to color the ribbon at the top.  Then I really wanted some jingle bells so I used the white thread to tie a bow and added the two jingles at the ends.  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NEWS Freebie - Angelea

Happy Holidays!!  Sometimes ya'll need to give me a little kick in the rear and remind me to keep these great freebies and blog candies up - seriously, if you're getting board then you can drop me a few hints.  He he he.  Anyway, I thought while the holiday seasons are right at their peeks that I would offer a freebie!!  But before we get to that, let me announce the winners of the last blog candy...

The two winners of the cutting diecuts are...

"Such a great candy offer! Thanks so much for a chance to win them."

"What a great offer. Love the candy. Thanks for this chance to win."

Congratulations!!  Each of you will get a random assortment of the small diecuts pictured in the last NEWS badge - six each!!  Just email me your mailing address and I'll get them shipped out this week.  :D

Now onto the next NEWS... a Holiday Freebie!!  This one will be up and available until the Christmas Night (10:00pm Central US Time) and you'll get instant gratification by clicking on the link below and downloading it!  Don't forget to add your projects to the latest Little Miss Muffet Challenge and show off your work!


Here's the regular details and how to participate in this blog candy.  As a huge thank you to my Followers, I'm going to regularly post freebies, blog candies and give-aways right here on this blog!!  I don't know exactly when the next NEWS will be posted so your time limit will be variable and between posts.  For example, on this offer here, you will have until I randomly post the next offer.  So what do you have to do to take advantage of these offers??  All you have to do is ...


Note: This offer has expired.  
You can click HERE to see the most recent News.
 
1. Be a Follower of this blog 
2. Leave a comment below
3. Click HERE and download the ZIP file
(ZIP file includes both JPG and PNG versions)

If you would like to post the NEWS Badge on your sidebar then that is optional, however, it is a great tool to be notified of the next freebie.  Sounds impossible?  Na, it's simple and similar to the way I do the Little Miss Muffet NEWS Badge which has worked great!  (P.S. There's freebie opportunities over there too so be sure to add that badge while you're at it.)  Here is the code and details on this badge...


NOTE: This is important ... make sure you use the code above when grabbing the blinkie as it's the only way it will be will update automatically. Once it's on your blog, the blinkie will change when I post another offer and you'll get to see the latest news right from your sidebar!  It's a great way to get alerted whenever there is another freebie, blog candy or giveaway posted!!  :D

For freebies, I'll email out the image in a couple days and it will be in a PNG format.  For blog candies and give-aways, winners will be randomly selected and announced in the next NEWS post.  Then you can send me your mailing address and I'll ship out your goodies as soon as possible.

I think that about sums it up and thank you for stopping by!  *Hugs
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Lisa Snowman

Here's one of the last tags I created for the snowball-in-a-bucket gifts that I made.  I tied them on the felt basket with the large jingle bells and lots more ribbon.  They look very festive!  :D 


The image is from Make it Craft although because the store is closed at the moment, I don't know what the name of it is.  (Update: Lisa Snowman) So for now we'll say Girl with Snowman.  He he he.  She goes along the same line as the other girls with snowballs that were previously posted and just as much fun to color.  Just look at all that fresh snow she made the snowman with - wow, that must be at least a foot deep!  I can dream, right?!


I also managed to use the rest of my paper in this paper pad which always feels nice.  If I didn't have so much holiday paper then I'd use it as an excuse to go shopping at the craft store today!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bandit Boy Gavin in Winter

Are you ready for some winter snowball fun?  I remember romping around the neighborhood with all my school buddies making snow-forts and having hour long snowball fight!  There would be times my brothers and I would spend the whole day in our front yard building up a fortified snow wall and stocking up the inside with snowballs - of course, we'd get creative too... a pile of snowballs for accuracy, another for total coverage when they hit, then a narrow window there to look out from and lower the wall here so throw them out from, etc.  It was all very scientific when we were little!  LOL


Now that I have kids of my own, I wanted to give them a chance to have a snowball fight too.  Unfortunately living in a warmer climate, that means the snow-forts are now couches or swing sets and snowballs are a little softer and will last year round.  :D  Anyway, I saw this idea in a magazine and had to duplicate it for a few family gifts this year.  The red felt bucket I found at Target and the snowballs were found at OrientalTrading online. 


Then I created a bunch of tags and that's what I've been sharing with ya'll this week - so here's another tag!  This image is new to Little Miss Muffet Stamps and is called Bandit Boy Gavin in Winter.  He looks like he's clearing out the snow off the sidewalks but I'm sure he'll use that to build the snow fort with!  Thanks for dropping by and I'm off to The Pink Room to gather supplies for the next blog candy.  :D

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MiC Advent Calendar

There's only 7 days til Christmas!
(Oops that would be 6 days til Christmas!  LOL  So sorry for the delay!)
The MiC gang and our Special Guests thought it would be fun to have a 'grown up' advent calendar as we count down the days til Christmas full of inspiration just for us creative minds!  Each day a sneak peek will be revealed on the MiC store blog with a link for you to follow "to open the door".
All you have to do is stop by the store blog each day to open the next door!

PLUS Zoe has Christmas Candy full of lots of crafty goodies that you don't want to miss out on!


AND THERE'S MORE GIFTS
But what's even more exciting is that you will have a chance to win the Make it Crafty goodies that I have played with today!! By leaving a comment on this post you could win...

Prince Charming MiC Digi
Glass Slippers Princess MiC Digi
Courtyard MiC Digi
Grand Staircase MiC Digi
Plus the Angel Wings digi from Little Miss Muffet Stamps!!

The comments will stay open until the 31st of December and the winners will be announced in the New Year on the MiC store blog. You can join us for all 24 days - giving you 24 chances to win some MiC goodies! If you join us late, simply go back to the start and catch up!  This is what I have created with my MiC goodies!

  

Don't forget to leave a comment below before December 31st and stop by the Make it Crafty Store blog to 'open the door' to 24 other inspirational projects!  Thank you so much for joining us and we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful loving Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Betty and Rudolph

Is everyone ready for Christmas yet?  I can't believe it's only a week away and wonder where all the time has gone.  Luckily this week feels like a vacation with the kids in school and not much happening on my side of things so I actually get to choose between activities!!  Hmm... do I go to IKEA for fun or schedule a few yearly appointments to get them out of the way?  Choices, choices!  It's been a while since I've had so much fun!  He he he


This is another tag I created for the snowball kits.  This one uses Betty and Rudolph from Simply B Stamps.  I just love that little Rudolph guy - he's so cute!!  :D

I'm entering this into the following challenge:
Simply Challenged Challenges - Red, Green, Gold, Silver 


Update: I was the winner for this challenge at Simply Challenged Challenges!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snowball Fight

Hello, is this thing on?  Welcome back and I'm so excited to share something NEW with you this week!  That's right, I finally found my way into "The Pink Room," aka the hobby room, and created some cards and tags.  And not all of them are booming with holiday spirit but I'll save some of those for a little later.  First off, I wanted to show these adorable snowball girls which I used to create some tags. 


This first one is my favorites but all the images I used are from Snowball Fight from Make it Crafty which comes with all three girls!  One of the gift ideas I saw this year was to create a snowball fight in a bucket and that's what they fun tags are for.  Weren't they perfect?!


The snowball bucket I'll show off next week so you'll want to stick around for that idea.  I saw it in a magazine and thought it would be a great gift for some family friends.  There's no snow around here but the weather is cold enough that we still have to bundle up tight.  Now, with plush snowballs to throw around the kids can have a little traditional white Christmas activity to enjoy!


Thanks for coming by and hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season - weather it's hot, cold, white, green or brown!  I think I'm going to curl up on the couch now with some hot cocoa and pepermit icecream.  Mmmmm.... just don't tell my Mum!  He he he

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nightwind

I don't know about you but I love to have a "stash" of projects waiting in draft mode so I can post them whenever I can or whenever I need to.  :D  However, I'm down to my last one - eek!!  With this one posted that reduces my number of draft posts down to three - one is a recipe for some killer pickles that I'll share one day, another one I was asked to remove but just can't bring myself to delete it, and the third one is just a bookmark type post to help me remember a few things.  So basically that it.. they're all gone!!  Sniff, sniff.


But I love this project and wanted to share it with you before I returned home from holidays.  It uses Nightwind from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and is part of the Hills of Mooradale collection drawn by Simply Sophia.  I am loving the ponies and fairies that she is creating and actually have a few on the drawing block that we're working on together.  Yeah!  So keep you eyes out for them coming soon!  :D


I've had this paper for a while and love the whimiscal clouds and kites flying in the sky and was excited to use Nightwind - I thought it was a perfect match!  The sentiment says "Caputre life's moments!"  Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you're having a great weekend!!  I have only two weeks of school left before the end of this semester and I'm getting excited.  :D

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gingerbread Candy House

"No! Not the gumdrop buttons!!"  Yes!! And Gingerbread too!  :D  This is a project for the Make it Crafty Store Blog and the image I've used in the Gingerbread Candy House.  (And yes, I'll make this one into a card too ... eventually.)



In much the same way that Viv colored the stone bricks at MiC, that same technique can be used to color other things such as this Gingerbread Candy House.  I practically used the same technique for the gingerbread and the gumdrop candies.  However, this time I started with my darkest colors and worked my way up to the lighter ones, using dots all the way.  If they're done right after the other then eventually as you get to the lighter colors the texture starts to blend a little and making it come all together.


Here's a close up of the side of the house which shows the gingerbread and gumdrops in more details.  There was a lot of dotting that went into this one but the effect is perfect for what I wanted.  I also wanted to bring in all sorts of colors to make it bright and cheery like candy usually is but hopefully I've used enough reds and greens to keep it holiday oriented.  :D  After all, it IS a Gingerbread house!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pilgram Luka & Marci

It's Thanksgiving Day here in the US and also release day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps which I'm excited for both!  I would have loved to have a LMMS project to show but at least you can head over there too today and see what anew rubber and digital stamps have been released this week - plus you can take advantage of the "out of town" promotion that is going on right now.  :D  Anyway, I actually have a project to share which I had colored and created last year.  Can you believe I've been holding on to it for that long?  But it's a perfect card to say "Happy Thanksgiving" with!







For this project I used Pilgrim Marci & Luka from La-La Land Crafts and you may or may not recognize them as I has a little fun coloring their faces and giving them som character instead of the blank look they normally have.  Not everyone likes them this way but I guess it's up to you... what do you think?  Yea or Neah?



Here are the Copic markers I used on this project:  N0, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, E59, E57, E55, E53, E21, E00, E000, E04, R11, R12, YR14, E08, E19, E59, B91, B93, B97, YG61, YG63, YG67, Y23, Y26, Y28, R14, R27, R46, V12, V15, V17


I hoe everyone is having a wonderful week (wether or not it's Thanksgiving in your area) and just wanted to gush out with Thankfullness while I had the opportunity.  I never would have imaginged that I could have so many friends on the internet and I'm so thankful to everyone!  I'm thanksful for your comments and encouragement!  Thank you, thank you!!  *Hugs