Saturday, March 31, 2012

Agent Popcorn Planning

It's the end of another month and time to start planning on the next one. :D At least, that's what this little gal is doing! This is Agent Popcorn Planning from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and she is part of the Operation Treehouse series, and our newest addition!

I've added a bunch of fun embellishment including the compass brad and a clock too. With so many little things on the bottom, I added a large wide ribbon to help give it a solid base. The papers are from My Mind's Eye and are adorable - I love the pink, cream and brown color scheme! I think it's called Lost and Found Two Blush and I've already used it on several projects!

The image is Agent Popcorn Planning and I can see her doing all sorts of things from reading a map, being an architect, mountain climbing or even on a road trip - but in my mind she will always be secretly plotting against the boys next door! LOL

Today is the start of a weekend and I have lots planned - including coloring up 18 new images for Little Miss Muffet Stamps which will be released on Thursday! I'm so excited about the paper I got today just for them and will be coloring in spring colors all day! He he he. Hope you have a great weekend planned and thanks for stopping by! *Hugs

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mother & Baby Fairy

Are you ready for the next challenge at Make it Colourful? It's all about movement and there are already some fantastic samples in the gallery to show off - especially Ruby! Make sure you check them all out. :D But don't get discouraged, because there have been so many ways to show movement that I'm sure one will suit your creativity.

For my project I used Mother and Baby Fairy by Make it Crafty and also added a few Mini Dragonfly chippies in the scene. I wanted to try showing movement in the Mother's wings, however, I'm not sure how it worked out. I colored the wings in a set of two and offset them a bit from the actual line art. I'm not sure if the color is too dark or the wings are too large but it kind of works and kinda doesn't. LOL

I also colored the left offset wing in more of a green and the right offset wing in more of a blue. For the background I wanted to try coloring a blurry scene as if it was full of foliage that was too far in the distance to be in focus. But again, I'm not sure it turned out to my liking. It was a good try and as a last resort, I threw in some crazy brush strokes to distract you from the real mess in the background.

But the best part about the project is the adorable little baby sleeping on the flower - I mean, who wouldn't love coloring that sweet pea?! My daughters love to curl up like that and they look so snugly! :D

Speaking of which, here's a project my oldest daughter make the other day. She loves to use my Copic markers and begs me every chance she gets so we often color side by side - elbow to elbow more like it - as we share the desk with the markers on it. I love the crazy color combinations she comes up wth!

For her project, she used Zippy from Make it Crafty and Frienship Ticket Sentiments and ticket die from Whimsy. (She also likes to use tape instead of glue - can't believe it!)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend planned with lots of creativity!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sugar 'n Spice Sentiment

It's an inspiration day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and that means the design team got to create anything they wanted! You should head on over there and see what they've made - it's fantastic! :D But wait, before you go, I have three projects to show ... check them out!

My first project uses one of the Sugar 'n Spice Sentiments from Little Miss Muffet Stamps which was released last week. It was a fun way to say "sugar and spice plus nice" equals everything nice, of course! I chose a pink and dark brown color scheme, which is my favorite, and added a rose ribbon and some Make it Crafty chippies with pearls.

The other project I have is one that has been in the making for over a year! I bought an ornament on clearance in 2010 knowing I could so something with it but it took me all the way until now to do so. LOL I had cut open the box and moved aside the purse to place one of the hatter girls in there...

This is Wilma Kay Hatter and she fit perfectly inside! I popped her in with tons of dimentionsals and then sealed up the box - finished and a quick project too. Love it when that happens. Now I have my Christmas ornament for this year and will probably add a date to the back.

The last project I have for you is one by our Jr. Crafter Lydia! She loves making cards with me and this time she used Iris May Hatter ... another Hatter from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. She's so clever with her paper crafting! Now if only I can get her to use glue instead of endless rolls of tape. LOL Lydia says it's a pocket card and the top part folds down behind the image with a note that goes inside.

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

Party Time Tuesday Challenge #61 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenges - Anything Goes
Waste Not Wednesday Week #13 Challenge - Forgotten Supplies
Creative Crafts Challenge - Anything but a card
Digital Tuesday Challenge #153 - Your favorite color

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Little Witch

It's a new Halloween challenge at Simply B Stamps starting today and our theme for Challenge #3 for you this month is "Stitching and Fabric!" I took the opportunity to use both and I must say, after getting the stitching done, my hands hurt.... OWWIEE! I tried using the Sew Easy tool but I must have done it wrong and ended up punching each hold by hand as I stitched along.

For my project I used Little Witch by Simply B Stamps and printed her out to be large on the card. I did my stitching first then added the image and fabric. As a final touch I added a felt pumpkin, some flowers and a few gems for sparkle.

This little witch has her petticoat and jacket on ready to head to the market for some bat whiskers, mummified toenails, black cat fat, vampire blood, gargoyle sweat and troll teeth. Yep, that should do it. LOL Don't forget to head on over to the SBS Blog and check out the other design team creations. Thanks for stopping by. ;D

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I have a fun project to bring you today featuring Some Odd Girl! Our latest incentive at our house is to earn tickets which can be spent on endless screen time... well, not quite endless but 3 tickets at a time. I only wish I could say my house was spotless because they're trying to earn more tickets than their sisters, but noooo. However, it was a good excuse to make a ticket holder. LOL

This project uses one of the Nouveau Girls, Dancer from Some Odd Girl, which is perfect for my daughter's personality. She asked me to color it like her and make sure she was "modest" - so I gave her blonde hair, brown eyes, and made the top into a blouse (hiding her belly button with a polkadot). LOL She loves it! :D

After decorating the front, we glued magnets on the back and then placed it on the refrigerator. Even though it isn't bursting with tickets, I can at least say it looks lovely on fridge. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Soccer Edwin

Welcome back! I thought I get these all up quickly so they can "live" together as a set in blogland as you scroll down the posts. LOL So this evening I have Pablo the penguin, the last character I did from The Backyardigans. :D

For this character I used Soccer Edwin from Magnolia Stamps and I must say the beak give him quiet the different appearance! I think it's been fun to see how the combinations have come together and I loved adding his propeller beanie hat.

Here's the complete set of cards that I will be giving as a gift. Having them put all together they scream Nickelodeon with all the bright colors - perfect for kids. :D And it doesn't help much that I get The Backyardigans theme song stuck in my head. LOL (And if not that song, then certainly another one from the show!)

I couldn't resit putting the whole gang together for one big group shot. He he he. These are the same images colored but temporarily placed on this background just to see them all together. I made the sun rays with vellum cardstock and tried to duplicate some stickers I found.

With the gang all together, are your ready for the theme song?!

Hi, I'm Pablo.
My name's Tyrone.
I'm Uniqua.
I'm Tasha.
And my name is Austin.
And we're ...

Your backyard friends, the Backyardigans!
Together in the backyard again,
In the place where we belong,
Where we'll prob'ly sing a song,
And we'll maybe dance along.

We've got the whole wide world in our yard to explore.
We always find things we've never seen before.
That's why every day we're back for more
With your friends, the Backyardigans.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tilda with Peonytails

We're getting near the end of our "new" Backyardigans characters and I think Pablo is the only one left! However, you'll have to wait for him because right now I'm showing off Tasha!! This is Tilda with Peonytails colored to look like Tasha the hippo. She and Tyrone have been my favorites with this experiment.

I originally had the peony colored pin, then changed it to tan and finally settled on purple - so luckily I was using a durable enough paper that I could keep adding layers! (I think it's Make it Crafty Blending Stock or Stamping Bella.) But instead of going with something dark, I left h edges in pink with highlights form a white gel pen which I think turned out well.

The chippies I've been using on these cards is from Make it Crafty and are the Mix 'n Match Centres for flowers but I like to use them as is. They'd be really cool with acrylic paint in a flower so maybe I'll try that out on my next project before they're all gone. :D Hope you like Tasha and stay tuned for more Backyardigans fun comeing this week!

Tennis Edwin

Today I'm bringing you Tennis Edwin as Austin the kangaroo! He's another one of the characters in The Backyardigans and is usually described as "the one pulling up the rear. He's kind of a get-along guy." Some says he's shy and other say grumpy or more villainous but I guess it just depends on the episode. Personally, he's one of my favorites. :D

I was debating on taking the tennis elements out but decided to leave them in and do as little alteration to the actual line-art as possible. So I stuck with coloring in some ears, gave him a tale and added the face. However, he's the only character with a nose-nose!

I can't believe the show is already finished with it's fourth season and there's about a dozen that I've missed! I'll have to get on the DVR and see if I can fix that. He he he. Do you have a favorite episode? Daddy loves Samurai Pie and Mission to Mars. Not sure if I have a favorite but I'm always singing "Please and Thank You" (tune: "Shine On, Harvest Moon") from Key to the Nile to my kids. LOL

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tilda with Cozy Heart

Welcome on back to the backyard where you get to meet Uniqua pretending to be a Magnolia Tilda! This cute little pink alien was so much fun to color and by request I've captured step-by-step photos of how she came to be.

Step 1. Carefully and lightly draw in your additions. Make sure to use a nice and clean eraser so you don't leave any smudges.

Step 2. I erased as much as I dared to then colored in everything with RV11. I got distracted and was going to color just the antenna with the medium color and everything else with RV10. Half of the design is a darker pink on top of this current pink and the circles are easy to color so I didn't mind coloring over them and adding them in later. If they were to be different colors, then I would make sure not to color them in - leaving them white like the eyes.

Step 3. I used RV32, RV11 and RV10 and shading in the ink areas.

Step 4. I used RV11 to sketch in and color the spots. Uniqua's spots change position depending on which images your looking at, so I added them in the general spots and also shifted them around slightly to mesh with the image.

Step 5. The rest of Uniqua is a darker pink so I colored those areas in as well and shaded all the dark pink areas using R85, RV95, RV34 and RV32. With so much pink, what little girl wouldn't love this character?!

Step 6. Take a break to do homework and go to class. LOL Then come back to finish up; adding color to the heart and socks; and more shadows in ares that need a little more depth. :D

In hind sight... I was using Stamping Bella paper to color on and I should have left the dark pink ares blank then colored them in later as you can see I've reached the paper's saturation level and it stopped blending well. You can catch up on the paper qualities in my Paper Project posts.

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

The Poodles Parlour Challenge - Anything goes
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #6 - Anything goes
Magnolia-licious Challenge - Color challenge