Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pugsly Christian

Let's celebrate this month with a fresh new release from Simply B Stamps!! Today is our first preview day of a new Teen Scene theme specifically for celebrating! Plus there is a new character that will be introduced later on in the previews so stay tuned as we celebrate all week long. ;D

Today we're showing Pugsly Christian from Simply B Stamps, the first of seven new stamps. I was inspired by Kristy to color his hair with teal highlights, although I think she did a better job with the lighter browns. Oh well, something I can try next time. LOL Here's a close up of Christian perhaps on his way or from a birthday part...

I always need boy birthday cards so I broke away from the journals and tags and made this card using the Toy Box Collection paper theme from Crate Paper. I'm excited to say there are two more boy images in this release so I might actually get ahead and have a few extra! That would be something. :D Anyway, make sure you head on over to the SBS Blog to see what the other gals have made and hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Are you ready to get your socks knocked off? No, I'm not bragging about my project - but I have some exciting news to share!! I'm now officially an odd girl! I've been asked to join the Some Odd Girls Nouveau Design Team and I'm so excited! You can visit their blog to read about the other girls on the team but first, take a look at my project...

I used Believe from Some Odd Girls and paired her with the Timber Top Ridge from Make it Crafty. Also, all thee orange and red flowers are accessory stamps that come with the Believe stamp - they made a perfect embellishment. ;D Check out how gorgeous she is colored up...

This is another project I did where I experimented with the reds. Over at Make it Colourful the challenge is to use different colors to blend in with your reds. Earlier today I showed what red would look like with turquoise (click HERE to see) but on this I used RV91, RV 93 and RV95 as the base tone.

After I colored her dress with the RV tones, I went back in and recolored on top of that with the reds. I think I used R11, R21, R14, R24, R37, R46 and R59. It has more of a pinkish highlight to it like the light is reflecting at a different angle off of the fabric. Other than that, I didn't noticed much of a change... maybe it's more deep in tone? Not sure, but it was good to experiment.

Hope you've enjoyed this journal page and you'll be seeing the rest of the Nouveau Girls featured through out this month. ;D Have a great Thursday!

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

Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #188 - Open (plus butterflies)


It's that time of year for plenty of smooching and ooglies... Valentines day! This round at Little Miss Muffet Stamps the challenge is to create a Valentine or Love inspired project. (Or if you use a LMM stamp then you can submit anything you'd like!) I chose to make a tag this time around with of the the newer releases from last week... meet Hooch!

If you remember (or go visit the store to see Hooch) you'll notice that his bow used to be turquoise! The challenge at Make it Colourful is to color reds using other colors and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what that would look like with a turquoise base. So I colored over the bow using R05, R22, R46 and R14 and this is what I came up with... it's more of a dark burgundy but a good experiment.

One of my favorite color combinations is pink and chocolate browns so I love this time of year. ;D The tag was simple and quick to put together and I added a touch of green to help contrast all that pink. Several of the elements are actually from my older stash so it felt good to use up some of those older supplies. He he he. Hope you've enjoyed this and make sure you head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog to see all the other great projects from the DT!

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

Creative Belli Challenge #136 - Hearts/Valentines
Little Red Wagon Challenge #118 - Valentines Day or Love
The Paper Shelter Challenge #40 - Love is in the Air
Truly Scrumptious Challenge #73 - Love and Hearts

Update: I was the winner at The Paper Shelter Challenges for this project!

Update: I was a top pick at Little Red Wagon for this challenge!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On the Pot Girl

One thing I've learned while growing up is a saying on the wall is more nagging that a Mom could ever be!! I remember two in particular that my Mom would have hanging on the wall and everyt time I'd pass it I would read it. Even to this day, they still pop into my head!! So that's why I decided to use the same tactics on my kids and created these signs...

The images I used are On the Pot Girl S and On the Pot girl C from Mo's Digital Pencil which are unusual but perfect for the task. ;D I place them inside the parchment paper which is actually an altered version of the Treasure Map digi from Make it Crafty. On the first one, above, I thought it would be fun to draw in push pins only afterwords did I realize the paper curled at the top and it looked silly so I had to alter that corner a little. :D You can see the difference when you look at the second one below.

I'm sure your curious by now... what were the two saying that I remember from my childhood? The first one was in the kitchen and it said "You have two choices for dinner - take it or leave it." The second one was in the family room or hallway and it said "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." I'm lucky to have both of them hanging in my own hous today... only after I found out that my Mom hated the reminder just as much as us kids did. LOL

So this is just your friendly reminder... next time you find yourself in the bathroom, make sure you FLUSH the toilet and WASH your hands!! :D

Monday, January 30, 2012

Teen Scene Valentines

I have another Simply B Project to show you this weekend, this one features all the Teen Scene Valentines! I lined up all six of them and created a scene, which of course, was too big for a card so I created a journal page. Check it out...

The images I used are, from left to right, My Heart a Flutter Christian, Big Love Gun Lola, A Heart for You Rio, My Funky Valentine Betty, Box of Chocolates London and Kitty Love London. Each of them was so much fun to color but I think my favorite is Lola. ;D We've all got to have a favorite right?!

This also gave me the perfect opportunity to try out coloring more grass. I used about seven or eight different greens and yellows going from light colors to dark until the whole area was filled in. Then I went back in with a dark red and dark purple and added some flowers. Oh, I also added some yellow flowers at the top then went in with the white gel pen and lightened it up. Hope you enjoyed the project and Happy early Valentines. ;D

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gumnut Flower Girl

I had so much fun with my last Australian themed project that after I finished hopping I had to do another! This one take several of my favorite elements from all my hopping buddies and combines them all into one! If you missed the hop, just click HERE to start at the beginning for some fabulous Make it Crafty inspiration!

For this project I used several images from Make it Crafty including the adorable Gumnut Flower Girl! I was suppose to be coloring something else but she distracted me too much and I put my obligations aside and had a little fun. LOL The other images I also used are... Australian Outback Elements (for the road, horizon and shrubss), Outback Objects Elements (for the water tower, tree and Ayers rock), Platypus & Platypup, Kangaroo & Joey, and the Gumnut Elements. (However, if you have to have them all, like I did, then check out the Australian Outback Collection which has it all!)

The gumnut corner was directly inspired by Debbie from her blog hop project and I couldn't think of a better way to color it so before I hopped to the next stop, I paused to color mine exactly the same way. :D I also colored a Kookaburra from Debbie's example, but decided to put it on another project. If you don't want to merge your own corner of gumnuts and leaves then check out the premade Gumnet Small Corner.

This is the Gumnut Flower Girl and it was Ruby that inspired me to color her because of the way she shaded the skin, specifically the knees. I hadn't done that before, so again, I stopped hopping for a moment and tried to copy hers. I decided to give her a pink skirt instead because it reminded me of the gumnut flowers - plus I haven't colored with this tone of pink in a long time. I think I used RV00, RV11, RV14, RV19, RV29, RV34 and a little RV69.

The Kangaroo & Joey was colored using the store samples for inspiration, which Debbie also colored. She got the texture of the fur spot on and I wanted to see if I could do the same. I first started dotting on the darker colors but half way into the middle tones I started blending in circles. It was really done by accident becuase the dotting was looking terrible and I thought if anything, blending might help me recover. Little did I know... it's eactly what I wanted!

The Platypus & Platypup was done the same way too (also inspired by Debbie) but they so small on the project that the texture didn't work out as well. Seeing that I was helped by my two little misses on creating this project... I had to include two animals! Because of course, they wouldn't agree on the same one. :D

To me, nothing say Australian more than the Ayers Rock. I alway love how it looms in the background and the rich sandstone colors make for some lovely pictures! Finally, I scattered the journal page with Mix 'n Match Centres and Mini Dragonflies chippies. It was a fun project to put together and I enjoyed merging all the Australian elements together. ;D

If you haven't made it over to Zoe's blog yet, make sure you do so quickly! She has a huge blog candy offering that you don't want to miss out on and it ends on January 31st!! She has not one, but THREE different lots in celebration of the Australian release. Good luck!