Saturday, April 21, 2012

Metal Shroom & Breena Stitching

I've finally got around to making some more journal pages and I'm happy to share one with you today.  :D  This is for the Make it Colourful challenge this week which is to practice color metals, specifically to color copper!  Think you can handle that?  Well, it's pretty simple and we even give you a couple color combinations to try out.  Come on over and check out the MiC Gallery!

 For my project I used the Metal Shrooms from Make it Crafty with some Dragonfly chippies then paired it with Breena Stitching from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. The corduroy buttons are from Stampin' Up and the metal embellishment sentiment is from Tim Holtz.  I don't remember where the paper came from but the ribbon was something I picked up at the local scrapbook store.  Other than the cheesecloth, I think that pretty much covers all the supplies.

Now down to the metal coloring part and for my image I experimented with copper, brass and steel.  A little back history... when I was a wee kid, I used to help my Father when he was making repairs.  I might have been in the way a little more than I knew but I always felt like the important assistant holding the tools and passing along the wrenches.  Anyway, we'd work a lot with copper, new and aged, so my color combination came from my memories of what copper looks like.

The colors I used for the copper is E13, E93, E95, E97 and E99 then for the aged look I added BG93 and BG96.   I put the BG color near seams and places water might frequently drip down.  I think it would be great to have more of a shine but sometimes copper has a dull finish to it so I guess it's still acceptable.   

The fairy I used was already colored and I thought would be fun to pair up with the shrooms.  Of course, fairies and mushrooms are always a great combination but the contrast between soft textiles (the thread) and the metal was an interesting combination that I wanted to explore.  Actually, I had both images colored up and on the side of my desk so it felt good to get some of those used. 

That's about it... come on over and play this week at Make it Colourful and let's see what color combinations you use!  By the way, this is my last page in my journal book and I'm excited to start a new one!!  LOL  Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.  :D

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Welcome to a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!! Our theme for this fortnight is "April Showers" and you can represent that in your image, decorative paper, accessories or coloring. So make sure you head on over to the LMM Challenge blog and check out the design team's amazing creations!!

For my project I used Bicycle from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and my challenge theme comes in the form of coloring rain. The image was one I've had colored for a while so all I need to do was add some grass, rain and raindrops. Then I saw what Shelby had done with her raindrops and was inspired to use glitter glue on mine too. :D

For the raindrops, I first used the white gel pen and on the other side I used W10 to create a shadow. Then I used B41 to color the center and finally topped it off with Stickles, glitter glue. It's actually rather easy and can be done to any image.

The image was rather large so I kept the rest of the card pretty simple and at last minute I tucked some ribbon scraps into the edges.

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

Paper Creations Ink Challenge #23 - April Showers bring May Flowers
Get Hippity with Ippity Challenge #19 - Rain or Showers
Make it Monday Link #85 - Anything Goes (JFF)
Whoopsie Daisy Challenges - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenges - Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffet Stamps was featured in the Papers and Pixels magazine!

April 2012 Edition

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I've got to get these posted even though I'm not finished! But that means when I do get finished you'll be able to enjoy them again. LOL I colored these images for the Good vs Bad challenge at Make it Colourful and even though it's over, it's still a great experiment and so much fun for the creative soul - honest!

The image I used is Ardelia from Make it Crafty and I printed her out rather large, about 4.5"x5.5" or something like that. All I remember is it was too large to fit on the small standard size cards and too much of an awkward shape for a regular 6x6" card. What to do? Alas... I have been given some suggestions and will ponder some more.

Here's a side by side comparison of the good Ardelia and the evil Ardelia. :D Some tricks I used to convey both sides comes down to color, face makeup and background. For the good side I've left a clean white background, gave her spring colors for her clothes and fun reddish hair with freckles. Then for the darker side I used deep blood red, black hair and lots of Gothic-style makeup. Then I started having some fun... I added some piercing studs to her eyebrow and rings to her lips and ear; the dress I pulled down into some blood droplets and added lots of streaks and splatters in the background.

One thing I wanted to do was give them bright deep eyes so I used brighter colors and reduced the highlights down in size. With the good and the bad done I started thinking about the spaghetti Western movie called "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" so someone dared me to color the Ugly version. Are you ready?....

I kept with the same techniques as before but for the Ugly version I went with a dirty background, muddled colors and greenish skin with warts. And with that worked out, I also started to have fun and added decaying buck teeth, upturned pig's snout, messy strands of hair witha bit of green, and took away all the highlights in her eyes and made them a little bloodshot.

My sister says she's hard to look at so I take that as a complement! LOL After coloring this image three times I realize there were a few shadows I had forgotten here and there so I'll be going back and touching up the portraits. Then once I figure out what to do with them I'll post the finished projects. :D Hope you've enjoyed!!

I've added this project to this Monday's linking party #85 at Make it Monday. :D

Betty Skellington

I wasn't going to do a post today (Gasp, shock!) because I couldn't think of anything to say. I just got back my test score from a unit test I had taken last week and it wasn't looking so good. :( I got a 150/200 which is a solid dull C. Terrible, I know! But numbers and fingerspelling were my weak points and believe it or not, those are the only things I missed - too bad my teacher couldn't boost my grade any more for getting the other stuff right.

Anyway, let's get away from the boring stuff and talk about this card! It was originally going to be for the SBS Challenge last week but that was nixed due to the DT Call they are having. So this is a little Halloween inspiration to wet your taste buds and you can click HERE to read all about the DT Call!

The image I used is Betty Skellington from Simply B Stamps and I wanted to go for a spilled coffee look. If I had any coffee around I might have used the real thing but I settled on the E40s range of the Copic markers, plus the blender marker, and this is what I came up with.

I had colored the stains first with E40, E41, E42 and E44 first then used the blender marker to create a few negative spots. After I was satisfied with that, I went back in and colored the image while trying to ignore the stains. LOL But don't worry, it wasn't all that hard as I decided any mistakes would look like more coffee stains. He he he

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Today is my day to show off a project over at the Some Odd Girl Blog and I've got a fun project to share using one of the Nouveau Girls from Some Odd Girl... Grow! Check it out...

I've had four cubes for the longest time and was going to do decorate something with the word "READ" for the bookshelf. However, when I was cleaning, I had place them next to a spinner I had stamps and well, one thing led to another and I sacrificed one of the reading cubes to make this block.

I thought this would be a great teacher gift (yes, I need lots of those!) and so I chose to use the image Grow from Some Odd Girl because of the apple. I also used the flowers from Believe, another of the Nouveau Girls from Some Odd Girl. The other stamps on this block that I used are Stylized Notables 1 and coordinating die from Whimsy plus the N1 Fancy Frame chipboard from Make it Crafty. The top of the block uses Take a Spin from Stampin' Up and on two of the side I used the Chandelier from Stampavie in the background.

Here are the five decorated sides going around the block...

The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye (Howdy Doody) and I started the block by glueing down a square on each of the sides. Then I sanded down the edges/corners so the paper wasn't sticking out (but next time i'll just cut it a bit smaller for the same effect) and then used brown ink to smudge around the edges. After that, each side it was like decorating a tiny card or small tag!

There are a few metal dies I used including two news ones I got this week from Memory Box... Modern Landscape Border and Chloe Stem. It was also fun to dig out the Notebook Edge and Flat-Bottom Clouds from My Favorite Things.

I think that's about all the details on the block. :D I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments. *Hugs

Monday, April 16, 2012

Birthday Mermaid

The challenge at A Day for Daisies this week is to "Add a Feather" and last week's was equally difficult, something about used paper or something. I say difficult because I've had this card sitting in my "drafts" folder just waiting to be used!! So I'm giving up on the ADFD challenge theme and just wanted to show it off - sorry, no feather today. :D

The images I used are Birthday Mermaid and New Shell Baby G from A Day for Daisies. The paper were just a bunch of scraps I had which always feels good to use them up.... the orange is even from Halloween! Then a diecut and some pearls finishes off this card for an underwater adventure.

As you can see there is a tidbit of glow to these psychedelic colors and that's because I used all the Fluorescent colors!! It was a challenge between the MiC teamies and I even went out and bought two black lights just so I can take pictures! LOL I had set my own guidelines to (1) use each of the fluorescent Copic markers, (2) blend them with other colors and (3) keep as much glow as possible.

Except for #1, these guidelines were harder than I thought! Below is a picture using only the black lights and you can see the glow really well. I actually colored with the black lights on so I was able to see my progress. I had problems blending the colors (they just don't like to play well with the other Copic colors) and once the blending had started the fluorescent effect would dissapear! It was one or the other and not much middle ground. In addition, the blue, purple and turquoise colors don't glow as much to begin with.

This is the end result and I hope that next time I can do even better. It's a fun experiment and worth the price in markers if these types of challenges hold any excitement to them! :D Thanks for dropping by and you should also check out these other two blogs for fluorescent coloring...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Betty Bolts and Baxter

I wanted to share a Spunky Spooks card I had made for the new releases two weeks ago but save it until today. I have so many posts to put up that I'm always tempted to do three or four every day - what do you think? That would be busy! He he he Anyway, here's the last card in that Halloween gift set...

The image I used is Betty Bolts and Baxter from Simply B Stamps. The card details are the same as the ones before and it follows the same layout too. The pumpkin and caution stickers are Halloween Border Stickers from K&Company that I've cut up. Oh, and the ghost too is also from a border sticker.

Thanks for dropping by even if it was for an out of season project. LOL But just a heads up, Simply B Stamps is having a DT Call for the Challenge blog! Click HERE to check out all the details on the new blog Simply Challenged Challenges!

Hatty Birthday

Welcome back! Today I have a couple cards I'm going to show off and I'll start the morning with a few "Hatty Birthday" ones from Little Miss Muffet Stamps! It's also a reminder that there are 18 digital stamps retiring today and it's your last chance to get them before I take them down... you have until tonight at 8:00pm Central US Time!

But don't worry about these cuties being gone forever... that selection of Hatters and Sugar 'n Spice Dolls are now available in rubber! Just click HERE to see the entire selection of rubber stamps. :D

Now, I have a little bit of inspiration to share using the Hatters rubber stamps! There are eight cards all together but four of them are shown here and the other four are on the LMMS Challenge & Release Blog. In case you're wondering, the "Hatty Birthday" sentiment if a freebie I include for you when you purchase any of the Hatters in rubber!

Thanks for stopping by and for being a part of our previews for the new releases! I hope you've been inspired to color or craft something today and have a great weekend! *Hugs