Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pirate Luka

Each month as I go through my stack of cards, I never seem to have enough boy cards - I'm always using my last one! However, as long as there is one last one to grab then I'm all set. LOL So to add to my box, here's a fun boy card that I created with Pirate Luka from La-La Land Crafts and background images from Make it Crafty, Lonely Island. LLLC has a sale going on now and I was able to purchase a few favorites.

I chose to go with a monochromatic look and used each of the four shades of gray in the Copic range. (C0-C8, N0-N8, T0-T8 and W0-W8) I think it gives it an interesting effect and I liked how each of the elements could be featured/highlighted separately.

I shaded Luka's face with Copic markers giving difinition to his nose and eyes. Then with a white gel pen I added some highlights back in. It was actually easier that it looks and only a step or two more than how some already color the faces. Just shade in the eyelid first and then add color around the eye for the iris.

Here's a close up of the background, Lonely Island from Make it Craft, and I extended the water to the edges of my paper. The rest of the card was put together with some ribbon, Dew Drops, chippies and a ticket diecut tag from Whimsy. "Hope ye enjoyed de carrrd!" ;D

Friday, January 20, 2012

Beep Beep Jude

It's a Simply B Stamps Blog Hop announcing the new releases that are now available!! You should have arrived here from the wonderful SUZI or you can start at the beginning HERE.

Today we're featuring Beep Beep Jude from Simply B Stamps but you don't want to miss out on all the other details too as there are two new Betty stamps available with your purchase! :D

I colored Jude here with colored pencils while I was getting some much needed one-on-one time with my daughter - check out her project below and she even did all the cutting too - she's so proud of it! Every time she catches getting my stamps out or printing a digi she always insists that I print out an extra for her too. It's great!

Your next stop on the hop is actually back to the SBS Blog.... which is perfect because you don't want to miss out on the release details! Hope you've enjoyed this mini hop and thanks for stopping by! *Hugs

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tea Time Lily

Welcome back and today I even have a new project to show off!! I had plans to get to two projects today but ran out of steam... so you can read about that "phantom" later on. But first, I wanted to show off Tea Time Lily from Simply B Stamps! Isn't she cute!! You can head on over to the SBS Blog and see more inspiration too.

For my project I made a cute little tag using a few new elements I got in December. My first new toy is a set of diecut tags from Stampin' Up! They're the perfect size for a quick project and a tag is a great way to dress up a little gift too.

If you haven't noticed the maze yet, that is my other fun new product, also from Stampin' Up! There is a coordinating stamp set to go with is which is where I got the sentiment from. But the maze is fun because I can take of the backing and customize it... which of course, I did for this project! And here's a close up of Tea Time Lily!

For my other phantom project... it was to instroduce the new Little Miss Muffet Challenge that is starting today. The theme is "Blues & Creams" and you don't want to miss out on the inspriation that the DT has created for you today.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Four Missions

Here's another pre-Christmas project that I have had saved up to show off for a later date... which apparently is today! LOL My sister has had these four LDS Missionary Tags for a couple years now and has been wanting to put together a shadow box display for our Mom. So with a little help and swapping of chores... this is what we came up with:

Each corner is represented by a LDS Mission that one of my siblings served on. I possitioned them from the oldest to the youngest which also corresponds to the dates they were serving.

Here's a close up of the corners each with a bunch of details... the location of where they served, a map with a star to the city, the language they spoke, the years they were gone and the initial of their first name.

The gift was a success and probably the best one of the year... so everything was worth it! We loved the reaction and I know it will be cherished for years to come. ;D Hope you enjoyed it too!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


This little Christmas Elf was starting to feel left out... only if I had scheduled a few posts before I got sick! But that's hindsight - 20/20. LOL So this last little guy is Duffy from Make it Crafty and is also available in rubber in the Christmas Elves Collection.

The formula and layout for this holiday card is the same as the others and it was really nice to get them done so quickly. I spent a week coloring all the new images (well, back when they were new) then just before Christmas I cut papers from the same pack, used the same size and finally embellished them the same too - chippies and ribbon. It was great to get them all done in only a couple hours and now I've started my stash for the next holiday season!! Yeah! :D

Hope you like this and enjoy! I have three more projects from last month that I'll be showing off this week and hopefully a few new creations too! Thanks for everyone's well wishes and I promise I'm taking it easy. ;D *Hugs

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mad Hatter & White Rabbit

Well, what can I say... I'm back home but where do I even begin! I can now fully sympathize with anyone who has had pneumonia. But the good news is, I'm back home and have access to the internet... in between my long naps, of course. LOL So to start off, I have a long awaited project to show off using some Kraftin' Kimmie stamps!!

This is a journal page I made at the end of November and was saving it for one of my last posts as a Kraftin' Kimmie Guest towards the end of the December. So maybe we can pretend it's the last Friday in December for a few minutes and I can give my proper farewells. It was such a fun time being their guest and I loved making each of my projects - thanks Kimmie!! :D

For my project I used the new Mad Hatter and White Rabbit from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and in the background I used Country Sunset from Make it Crafty. The sketch I used is actually from a previous Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge - Challenge #108 and stretched it to fit the journal size page. I also used one of Kimmie's Sentiment from Wonderland Sentiments.

Here are close up pictures of the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. I almost felt stuck in what colors I used but I took inpsiration in the background I colored and came up with this combination. Then I added some white paisly designs to the hattter's vest with a gel pen for some details.

I've colored the White Rabbit before but this time I've gone with more traditional colors scheme - abandoning the Andy Warhol style. LOL I used Cool Grays for the clothing and Warm Grays for the rabbit to help distinguish the two different colors. I think I used Neutural Grays in the Mad Hatter.

Finally, here's a closeup of the background image, Country Sunset. I wanted a whimsical look so I used more bright colors and colored the road red and the rocks purple. LOL I thought it would fit the Wonderland theme a little better and liked how it came together. Thanks again Kimmie for asking be to be a guest! :D