Thursday, September 6, 2012

Valerie

Today is the day for another challenge at Little Miss Muffet Challenges and this fortnight we want to see you create with printed paper such as a story book, dictionary, encyclopedia, etc or decorative paper that looks like printed text.  This is a theme that is always fun for me, however, I didn't have time to create a card so I'm going to show an alternative challenge theme - Anything Goes - that is provided that you've used a Little Miss Muffet Stamp or Diecut on your project.  :D


My card today uses Valerie from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up (however, I don't remember the name as I got it off of eBay).  Remember those bright blue papers?  Well this time I used the gray portion and the colors didn't turn out as bad - certainly a difference from the neon blue that was coming out on the last card.

 

The butterfly is metal and was a find at the local scrapbooks store - the hardest part was figuring out when I wanted to use it!  I should have bought a couple so I wasn't hording them but then again, the purpose of buing only one was to not hord them.  Such is life, I suppose.  LOL

Thanks for coming by and make sure you get a chance to visit the LMM Challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations by the design team  - they've really out done themselves!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Underwater Scenes

I have finally taken the three underwater scenes I colors and made them into cards.  The card itself isn't anything impressive but the whole underwater scene made into a card is rather nice!  Each of the scenes are from Make it Crafty and were all experiments as I tried to capture sun rays shining through the water.


For closer shots and details on each, you can visit my older posts: Underwater Castle, Underwater Mermaid Scene and Underwater Shipwreck.  These were simply layered on white then a coordinating blue cardstock - simple and less than ten minutes to cut and assemble all of them.  So why didn't I do it before?  Well, that IS the question, now isn't it! 


Lastly I have a card to show off that my daughter made with other Make it Crafty images, she used Flower Swing, Sitting Annalise and even the Thanks tag too.  She told me once what the saying was, but I've since forgotten and should have written it down.  But as you can see she has definitely used some of her favorite things... punches, yard/ribbon, and tape!  Some day, just maybe some day, she'll figure out how to use the glue.  :D

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Birthday Josh

It's been a long time since I've had the luxury of creating a card that wasn't part of a DT commitment so I'm excited to this one off today.  I created it to participate in the Sparkle Creations Challenge #87 where the theme is to use "Neutral Colors" - mainly backs, grays, browns, creams and whites.  I thought these would be perfect colors for another boy card as well.


The main image is Birthday Josh from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and the sentiment is I Chart from Penny Black.  I kept the layout simple, added a little ribbon for a tag, a chippie from Make it Crafty and finally went around the edges with a white gel pen.  I colored the images using Copic Colors from the "E"arth and "C"ool Gray markers.


These colors also lend well to some other pictures I have been meaning to share.  I recently went out into the wilderness and spotted this little creature less than 20 feet away from me!!  I know it's a little unbelievable but keep with me as the story unravels a little more.  He he he
 Update: I was the lucky winner at Sparkle Creations for this project!


This animal is called an Axis deer but are also know as Chital deer or spotted Indian deer. They have a bright reddish coat marked with white spots that remain throughout it's life and are originally native to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.  Did you know that Axis deer are good swimmers with no fear of the water?  Also their fawns are protected by both parents, but stay close to mother. So what is one of these doing in Texas?  Good questions, but first, as I was admiring this little fawn and taking pictures, I found this guy lurking next to the tree right beside us!


Ok, now I'm sure if you had hackles they would be raised by now, but don't fear as I wasn't in any immediate danger.  We were actually taking a day jaunt to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where over 1000 animals live, 50 species native and non-native, on 1700 acres of land, a sanctuary for endangered species.  It's a place that you can drive around in and feed these animals right at your car window!!


It was amazing and these animals would stick their heads in the car window if you weren't watching closely - and did one too!  Nearly scared the bajeezies out of me!  LOL  We bought a bag of feed and were were allowed to throw out on the ground near the car so many of the animals came right up to us.  We were allowed to feed the giraffes from our hands unfortunately none of them were hungry enough to come eat.  Above is a close up of a Wildebeest.


It was great day trip and I'm sure I'll go again.  This time with a fully charged camera battery and backup memory sticks!!  None the less, we were able to see all these different species, most of them up close and personal: Wildebeest, Addax, Backbuck, Bontebok, Waterbuck, Aoudad, Emu, Ostrich, Shanhill Crane, Bison, Cheetah, African Spurred Toroise, Anglo-Nubian Goat, Boer Goat, Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig, Axid Deer, European Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Jackrabbit, Roadrunner, White-Tailed Deer and Black Rhinocerous.  Above is a picture of the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra with it's beautiful brown stripes!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lil' Kitty

Hello, hello, hello!  It's a holiday today and a strange feeling at that.  Just a week ago we all started school and now we're already set for a three day weekend - odd, but welcomed!  :D  So while we're all relaxing in our PJs or playing in the backyard with our friends, I thought I'd show off a card I had made a while back. 


If you can believe, I have over 20 posts in draft mode just waiting to show but lately it's been difficult to get the time to come in and say howdy.  However, having the extra time has been beneficial.  :D  So this project uses Lil' Kitty from Little Miss Muffet Stamps which is one of the many cute Pollycraft images that have come over to find a new home. 


I love this one as it reminds me so much of my own little girls who love wearing hats - even when it's 100 degrees outside they're still adorning their latest find!!  No kidding.... this last weekend we found an adorable knitted owl hat and they've been fighting over ever scince just so they can take a turn wearing it.  Just too cute sometimes.  :D


That's about it for me today, short and sweet and hopefully a little inspirational too.  Have a great weekend and for those who don't have to work or go to school today then hopefully ya'll have something fun planned!