Thursday, June 28, 2012

London Pumpkin

Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Simply Challenged Challenges and today we're challenging you to create "Hidden Passages!"  This was an easy one for me with my new diecut door and throwing on the Halloween theme was something I hadn't tried yet.  :D  Here's what I came up with...

For this project I used the Halloween Emo London Pumpkin from Simply B Stamps and paired her up with some Halloween stickers and paper I had in my stash.  Then the door is the Park Glen Door diecut from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I used the mesh to create the screen door this time.

The cut the door so it would go through all layers of the card (cut them individually then layered them, of course) and so my hidden passage is looking to the inside of the card.  For the inside I used the corner of some 12x12 paper I had with these cute characters on them.  So as a result, I *had* to decorate the inside of the door too.  :D

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to head on over to the SCC Blog to see all the other great projects!  There are lots of hidden passages that you don't want to miss out on.  :D


It's another challenge day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and the theme for this fortnight is Glitter and Sparkle!!  That's always a great one and something that can be added to any project - would you think?  For this project I used Swings 'n Slides Lollipop now available from Little Miss Muffet Stamps drawn by Pollycraft - I thought her lollipop would be perfect with some sparkle and shine. :D

Lots of pictures today but I'm rushing to get everything caught up from leaving out of town so not much to say other than "see my card, yep, that's what I made today." LOL Do you ever get that way? Anyway, be sure to head on over to the LMMS Challenge blog and look at all the wonderful creations by the DT - they're some you don't want to miss! *Hugs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reading Mae

I can't turn down a good reading image and this one is no exception - this is the new Reading Mae from Some Odd Girl and you have to check out everyone's projects at the SOG Blog!!  She's a cutie and fun to color and I can never have too many bookworm cards for teachers. I think this one is by far the most favorite of the release - but check out all the images and decided for yourself.  :D

In addition to using Reading Mae, I was able to sneak in another ticket sentiment from Whimsy Stamps - I have a whole bunch punched out from the coordinating diecut and so it's easy to grab one and add to a project.  Lately I've been stocking up on diecut shapes in craft paper and they've been great embellishments.  Plus it saves from getting out the diecutter and putting it away on projects that I need to finish quickly.

Growing up, there was a saying on the wall of my home which said "Use it up, wear it out,  make it do or do without."  Come to find out my Mom loathed the saying but it still sticks with me today... so when I reached for my orange flowers that I've been "saving for that right project" I decided it was time to use them up.  LOL  I guess I can apply that to all my stashes.  He he he

Thanks for coming by and I hope you've enjoyed my project for today - I hope it has inspired you to make something, color something or even read something!  :D

Monday, June 25, 2012


I hope you've been able to enjoy all the fun projects I've posted while I was away... bet you didn't even notice.  :D  What, I said I was gone?  Ah, well, I guess you did know.  LOL   Anyway, for today I have a fun girlish project using Butterflies from Little Miss Muffet Stamps - she's one of the new images from Pollycraft which is only available at LMMS and great for almost any occasion!  :D

I'm so excited that Paula will be drawing images for Little Miss Muffet Stamps as they are adore to color!  This one I went all out with a pink theme which is one of my favorite colors.  The other is chocolate - both my favorite color and food!  :D 

Be sure to visit the LMM Blog for more inspiration from the design team and there is also information on there from Thursday about the new Rubber stamps that were released last week!  Plus there are six of the digi stamps that are retiring so get them while you can if you're a digi lover!

Thanks for coming by today and for all the comments I'm sure were left over the weekend.  I'm going to be busy catching up on everything but sometimes that's the fun part of coming home.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sweet Devilina

It's my day to feature a project on the Make it Crafty Blog and today I'm showing a little on how I add Sharp Shadows to my images.  This is something I just started doing myself however it's simple to do once you can be brave enough to try it out.  For this project I've used Sweet Devilina from Make it Crafty and colored her completely just as I would have normally colored.

Now it's time to get the darker colors out and add some shadows.  Scared you say?  Well, yes, I was at first but adding one or two shadows here or there has helped me over come that and now I don't mind going all crazy with them.  Sometimes a little too much too!  LOL

For my shadows this time I used the Copic T3 for all the shadows but it's ok to experiment and use different shades or colors as the technique would be the same.  Anyway, I started adding shadows for areas that I know for sure like under the bracelets, skirt and behind her boot.

Then I went for more obscured shadows or the difficult ones like from her hair, on her ear, on the wings and on her face.  Sometimes it's hard to add the shadow because it's changes that area - for example, her arm behind the wing would probably be mostly in shadow from her wings.  However, I didn't want to have a gray arm sticking out behind her so for these areas I shorted the shadow depth a little and hoped the eye would "forgive" the difference.

That's about all for today and I hope you can be brave enough to try it out on your next project!  :D