Saturday, May 19, 2012

Christmas Princess Rio & Thanksgiving Rio

Welcome back for another peek at the Miss Rio Collection from Simply B Stamps!  There's lots of other projects over on the SBS Blog that you can soak in as well.  :D  This evening I have two more holiday cards to showcase featuring Christmas Princess Rio and Thanksgiving Rio.  I've done them both in a holiday theme so I can start stalking up on my Christmas cards this year. 

This first card uses Christmas Princess Rio from Simply B Stamps along with Santa's Workshop from Make it Crafty.  Plus I used the Treasured Moments ticket die and sentiment stamps from Whimsy.

For some reason the cards are turning out more blue and I wasn't able to figure out what color I needed to add or subtract.  The red and blues are actually spot on but the white is what turned out blueish - maybe it's just my perception but anything else I tried made it too green or red.  O'well, I'm sure they're fine.

This next card uses Thanksgiving Rio from Simply Betty Stamps and in the background I used a Little Village Scene from Make it Crafty. 

This combination reminded me of Christmas dinner's way back when I was a kid and the snow was abundant. I've now moved to a warmer climate and winters like this are things we can only dream of now. LOL I think the whole state of Texas would shut down if we got this much snow... that looks like at least two or three feet piled up on those roof - wow, could you imagine it? Not here I can't. :D

Ice Skate Rio & Rock N Roll Rio

Simply B Stamps has another release this week and the design team has been busy making lots of inspiration for you eyes.  :D  There are eight new images in the Miss Rio Collection and I've made cards using Ice Skate Rio and Rock N Roll Rio for the holidays.  Well, actually, the Rock n Roll Rio is for a birthday using the same paper pack but the birthday girl won't know that.  LOL!  Check them out...

Ice Skate Rio from Simply B Stamps and
Park and Pond from Magnolia Alota Rubber Stamps

Rock 'n Roll Rio from Simply B Stamps

Stay tuned for another look at the Miss Rio Collection when I'll be back this evening with two more holiday cards.  Also don't forget to head on over to the SBS Blog to see all the other projects using this fun images.  :D

Friday, May 18, 2012

Underwater Castle

The challenge for the last two weeks at Make it Crafty Club House was to color rainbows and I thought I'd try an underwater rainbow since the new underwater images were just released.  :D  So I printed out Underwater Castle from Make it Crafty and this is what I came up with.  Don't forget to check out what everyone else made too in the Rainbows Gallery.

For my coloring I started with the rainbow and made long streaks while ignored everything else in the water.  I wanted a really bright look and knew that after I added blue things would get muted a little so I made sure to use brighter, more neon colors.  After adding the blue streaks, I then colored the rest of the image.

For the sand I tried to go for the bright white that is sometimes seen in the shallow tropical waters - you know, the paradise kind of water that is crystal clear and almost looks like glass.  Yeaah... that's where I wanted to be.  :D  I used E44, E43, E42, E41, and E40 but stayed more towards the lighter colors.  Then I used bright colors again for the coral, seashells, fish and everything.

The last thing I did was use my white gel pen and color in the bubbles to make them stand out a little more.  The image actually didn't take that long to color, maybe 30 minutes, and by starting with the rainbow I felt I could toss it out if needed without wasting too much effort.  However, it didn't turn out so bad so I didn't need to start over.  :D

That's about it for the rainbow challenge.  You should give it a try with your next water project!  Thanks for dropping by and I hop you've been a little inspired today.  *Hugs

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I have a fun project today using one of the gorgeous Nouveau Girls from Some Odd Girl!  This one is Renew and she was released last month in a clear stamp.  I love using real stamps because I can be posh about the paper I use - unfortunately, my printer is too picky about the paper it will accept when printing digi stamps so it's always blissful to enjoy a good blending card stock.  :D  Anyway, back to my project... today is my day to post a project on the SOG Blog and whit is what I made.

The project I made today is a gift for a teacher which I call an A+ Grading Block and can be very helpful when grading papers!  All the teacher has to do is spin the dial on the top to figure out which grade to give to the students.  LOL  I thought it would be a fun desk decoration and even the students would love to come up and give it a spin, I'm sure.

I had made a similar one before using Grow (click HERE) but I needed at least one more so my girls would stop fighting over which one got to give it to their teacher.  :D  Luckily it was Teacher Appreciation week last week so they each got a block with some goodies.  I started off with a 3"x3" wooden cube and covered each side with decorative paper.  Then I used an inkpad to age the edges with a dark brown.

The image on the top is Take a Spin from Stampin' Up and I added a spinner I found in my stash.  This time I mounted the spinning wheel on a petite scalloped circle and added a banner tag on the top with a charm.  The spinning wheel is popped up to leave room for the twine and still give it a flat plane to spin freely.

On one of the sides I stamped a label with the Chandelier from Stampavie then wrapped the label around the corner to spill over on the other side. This side uses a busy decorative paper and I wanted rulers to show so I tried not to cover them up too much and added some ribbon roses and a few sparkling gems.

The side that the label spins over on I added more details and also used the daisy accessory stamps that come with Renew from Some Odd Girl.  Then I used a couple more diecuts including the grass and dress form which I covered with burlap linen fabric.  This side was basically finished except I had two ribbon roses left over and couldn't let them go to waste.  The grass diecut was just the right size to wrap around the other side of the block so I thought why not?!

The final side uses a Protractor stamp from Jenni Bowlin which I also thought was perfect to tie in with the teacher theme.  I don't remember where the banner diecut came from but I used dimensions to apply them to the block then added two Baker's Twine bows on the end.  Then to fill in some gaps I used more of the daisy stamps from Renew, some gems plus a tiara sticker.

I think that sums up everything I used for the project.  It was actually really simple to make and a lot like making five different tags.  They were a big hit with the teachers so I'm glad that they enjoyed them.  Now I have two more cubes left and will have to come up with something new... any ideas?

Thanks for coming by and checking out my project.  I hope you've been inspired and don't forget about the fun festivities coming up with weekend too - it's going to be a smashing fun day!  (May 19, SOG FB Party).

Lavender as Alice

It's a new challenge day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we have an awesome theme for everyone... ANYTHING GOES!!  We all love those plus there are fabulous prizes - THREE RUBBER STAMPS!!  This isn't something that happens every time there is a challenge so I feel like bringing special attention to it.  He he he... hence the all caps.  LOL  But seriously, head on over to the LMM Challenge Blog and check out the details - for this challenge you just have to be a Follower and add the NEWS Badge to your sidebar!  Easy peasy!  :D

For my project I used the new Lavender as Alice and went with a gold and blue color scheme.  This isn't just any o'l Alice as she's a special Sugar 'n Spice Doll Alice!  :D  She's great in all colors too and a perfect image for girl birthday cards. 

I love how her colors turned out and it was pure luck as I didn't have my color chart out for a reference - so as a result I just started picking out marker I tought would work together and blending out colors that didn't.  I'll have to try that more often.  What about you... are you a color-by-the-chart kind of person or do you prefer to get results through the luck of the draw?

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

Papercraft Star Challenge #97 - Checkard/Gingham
LEJ Designs Challenge #3 - Lots of Layers
Unique Crafters Challenge #3 - Ribbon or Fiber
Make it Monday Link #89 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mice are Nice

Here's another card using a pre-colored Mice are Nice image from Lili of the Valley.  These cute mice are helping with the gift wrapping - something I wouldn't mind help with.  :D  Maybe they're like the little shoe elves and can help me around Christmas time.  LOL  This is fourth card I made with the diecut sheet so I have two more to share through out the month.

I enjoyed using the burlap ribbon because it reminded me of a burlap sack that mice love to nibble on.  But that's probably not the image you wanted to think of while looking at my card.  These are supose to be nice mice - remember?!

I'm using all six of these cards as a gift set and they look great together.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you've been inspired. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dancin' Mae

Welcome back!  It's felt like ages even though it really hasn't so I guess that's a sure sign of a good weekend.  LOL  I just wanted to quickly get on and post a card I made using Dancin' Mae from Some Odd Girl.  Sometimes a simple card is just the ticket ... especially for those images that really sing and dance.  :D

This card uses a one layer white card base and I used stickers from a 12x12 paper pack for some color.  I also cut out an oval backing to center the image then sketched in some lines around the card base.  With the card easily finished, I was able to focus on the fun part... the coloring!! 

You'll also want to make sure you visit the SOG Blog to catch up on the Facebook Party that is planned for this weekend, May 19!!  There's a brights color challenge too and you can start making your cards now.  This is something you don't want to miss out on so be sure to set your alarms and plan for the big day.  :D