Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mice are Nice

Happy Mother's Day!  Flowers seems to be the most iconic symbol for this occasions so I thought it would be perfect to post this card using a precolored image from Lily of the Valley.  This is still part of the Mice are Nice sheet and one of my favorites too.  These little mice are adorable and have been so very helpful.  LOL  Check out my card...

The weather lately has been perfect so I couldn't resist getting a few tulips for my garden.  However, what I'm most excited about is finding out that Stargazef Lily flowers grow is our area!  It's my favorite.  :D  They will be perfect outside with their strong fragrance and hopefully I'll get those planted this week.  Ahh... now just where to plant them?! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Skull Castle Jude & Beach Time Betty Munster

It's release day and a blog hop for the Teen Scene Summer Fun from Simply B Stamps and I have a journal page to share today!  But before we get to the pictures, make sure you remember to visit the SBS Blog for the release details.  :D

You should have arrived here from the incredible ALISON!
(or for the complete hop list, click HERE)

For my project today I combined three images to create this scene.... Beach Time Betty Munster and Skull Castle Jude (the new releases) from Simply B Stamps and Island Hideaway from Make it Crafty.  For the "photos" on the side I originally had the icecream but I think that was too washed out so I went back in and added the "Sweet Sunshine" one instead.  However, you can see the icecream ones below.  ;D

This has been a fun release and I've enjoyed combining the images to create little scenes.  :D  It's so hard to pick a favorite but I think Beach Time Betty Munster was the funnest to color with so many possibilities to add color!  Do you have a favorite image?  I'm afraid I'm usually one to answer "I love them all!"  He he he

Your next stop on the hop is the talented BETTY
Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you've been inspired!

Paprika as Raggedy Ann

I've got some more images released at Little Miss Muffet Stamps today and the design team has gone all out to create some inspiring samples too!  There are six fun new images and even a boy that you don't want to miss out on.  :D  For my project I used Paprika as Raggedy Ann...

I have a Raggedy Ann doll from my childhood that my Mom had made for me so this has been a long time favorite character for me.  She even stitched a heart on her chest that says "I Love You."  Isn't she the best Mom ever?!  I remember I had a book on Raggedy Ann too so I enjoyed using reading elements on my card with the decorative paper. 

Thanks coming by and don't for get to visit the Little Miss Muffet Stamps store for some shopping of your favorites... there's even an Alice and Swan Princess!  Plus the four from yesterday gives you ten new images to drool over.  LOL

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sacagawea and Red Cloud

I've got some fabulous new releases for you today with Little Miss Muffet Stamps and today we're featuring four "Legends of the West" images!  Then tomorrow we'll be back with six more images of various themes - you're going love them!  Also remember to visit the LMM Blog for the rest of the design team's inspiration! My first card uses Sacagawea...

On this card I used Ginger as Sacagawea from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Ticket Sentiments and die from Whimsy Stamps.  For the card base, I got out some older paper packs and used up some scraps.  Then I was even able to empty a contain and use the last of my silk ribbon roses - sounds like a good excuse for shopping to me!  LOL  

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

Waste Not Wednesday Week #18 - Neglected and forgotten stash

Here's my second card which uses Parsley as Red Cloud and the same paper.  However, this time I got out the Clouds Trio die from My Favorite Things and also a few corduroy buttons to give a different look and feel.  Parsley is also one of two boys that are now available!!

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

Crafts and Me Challenge #83 - Punches and Die Cuts
Divas by Design Challenge #34 - One for the Boys
Digital Tuesday Challenge #15 - Ribbons and Buttons

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Beach Time Chris Munster & Water Balloon London

Welcome back to some more Teen Scene Summer Fun with Simply B Stamps!!  Today I have combined two new images, Beach Time Chris Munster and Water Balloon London, to create this sherbet inspired summer card.  Don't forget to head on over to the SBS Blog for more design team inspiration and I'll have one more project this week to share for this release too.  :D

One of the sheets of decorative paper I used for this project had the old-fashioned photo prints and I knew I wanted to use those!  It took a little juggling around on the layout but I finally got three of them on there and I think it turned out better than I had originally thought.  I've used them again on my final project too - they're just so fun!  :D 

How about a game?  It will be kinda like a Truth or Dare!  What are the top 10 things you want to know about me OR want me to make/create/color?  Leave your answers in the comments and I'll pick one for tomorrow!  {GRIN}

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beach Time Lola Munster & Lifeguard Christian Addams

It's more Summer Fun with Beach Time Lola Munster and Lifeguard Christian Addams from Simply Betty Stamps!!  These two are ready to save your drowning sole from where ever you are swimming.  Ok, maybe a little too grim but at least they look great together.  :D  I used two other stamps in the background... Magnolia Clock with Hands and Jenni Bowlin Studios Protractor Clear Stamp.

Don't forget to drop by the SBS Blog for al the other design team's inspiration and I bet you can't wait until this weekend for them to all be releases!  They've been fun to color and the paper I got over the weekend has been my own "life saver" in terms of mojo.  LOL  I've used the same paper for all the projects in the release and hope they don't all look too much alike.  Anyway, hope you like this one and have a great day!

Sweat Thinkin' Mae

Good morning peeps!  I have a fun project that I made just for fun - actually the theme is just for fun but I made the card for CHA samples for Kristy at SOG - but I still call that "just for fun."  Would you?  He he he  Anyway, for this card I used Sweat Thinkin' Mae from Some Odd Girl.  Since she was a stamps I got to use the good 'ol paper and take my time coloring.

This was one of those times that I wasn't sure exactly what I was making so I just started grabbing things here and there.  The large green center is left over from some decorative paper that I had previously used in the week and couldn't figure out how to get it onto my other project.  So my card actually started with that piece.  :D  Then herbs and spices just screams of texture so I grabbed the cork sheets that sit next to my cutting machine.  After that it was a matter of finding things that worked well and I finished it off with Mae and the coordinating sentiment.

I've been experimenting adding shadows with E04 to the skin area and I think I'm finally getting a hang of it where I feel comfortable not blending in the shadow.  For the longest time it was hard to resit, but now I rather like the hard edge to the shadow and didn't know how I cooped without it.  LOL  You should give it a try and I pratically works with any skin tone you pick.  Right after you get finished coloring the skin, grab the E04 and draw in a thin line for the shadows - then leave it.  :D  Most of my sun sources are from the upper left corner so I like to hve the shadow appear on the lower right of the object.  

I'm also experimenting with the image sizes since Blogger no longer resizes them with out making them blury.  So what do you think... too large? I think so - might have to resize the other ones that I have already uploaded. Anyway, thats about it for this morning - thanks for coming by and check back later today for something new.  :D

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mice are Nice

Looks like I have another winner to announce!!  Thank you to everyone who participate in the blog candy last week and you can check out the winner HERE.  But for the MiC blog hop we have another winner!  :D  I used to grab a winner from my comments and that lucky gal is...

NAT said "Your colouring is fantastic, something to aspire to!"

Congratulations Nat!  You've won an image of your choice from the Make it Crafty Under the Sea collection!  :D  Also, everyone will want to make sure you go through the hop again and see the other winners too - we each had a prize along the way to give!  You can get the blog hop list from my original post HERE or jump to the MiC Blog to see grand prize winners.  Good luck!

The project I have today shows another pre-colored image from Lili of the Valley and has a wonderful pink theme to it.  :D  Who doesn't like chocolate?  Well, I say that a little on the sarcastic side because it so happens there area couple members in my greater family that doesn't.  Just impossible to imagine - yet they do.  Anyway, this is a chocolate card that everyone can enjoy...

Thanks for coming by to visit and I hope everyone's week is off to a great start!  I have school finals this week so wish me luck.  :D

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Summer Fun Rio & Pool Fun Miller

This week is new release week at Simply B Stamps and I have two great images to show today.  However, before we get to that, let's announce our blog candy from this week!  The winner of the Addams Family Blog Candy stamp from Simply B Stamps is...

#13. Scatty Jan

Congratulations Jan!  You're going to have so much fun with this image!  :D  My email is on the sidebar and you can contact me with your mailing address.

Now back to the new release images - today I've combined Summer Fun Rio with Pool Fun Miller to make a backyard scene reminiscent of my childhood.  I remember filling the pool to the brim with water then having to do it again and again after each jump!  LOL  So lucky Miller has help from her sister Rio - or perhaps they're taking turns (as any Mother would hope).

Remember the last summer beach themed cards I made?  (Just last week?)  Well, the color scheme wasn't my favorite so I set out this week to find some new paper to go with this release - of course, we all *need* excuses to go shopping, right?!  The paper is Neapolitan bt American Crafts and it was perfct to spark my creativity.  And I picked up a couple of other things too - I mean, who wouldn't?!

That's it for today and thank you for all  your recent lovely comments.  {blush}  Don't forget to visit the SBS Blog to see the other design team's inspiration and have a great weekend!  *Hugs