Friday, September 21, 2012

Winter Friends

I'm so excited - it's the first day of Autumn here in northern hemisphere and I'm so ready for some cool refreshing breezes come it.  Here in Texas it always feels like a second Spring and some of the best times to be outdoors after the long beating heat of the Summer.  Ahh... yes, sounds like I have some Spring Fever coming on and time to get out and weed the flower beds!!

The image I have today is from Some Odd Girl called Winter Friends and the sketch I used is from I Scrap My Way.  I wanted to go with a non-traditional color tone and selected some browns, blacks and a cool blue to offset the creams in this young cutie!  He has some friends that come in the same stamp set that I'll feature later on.  :D

The sentiment is also part of the Winter Friends set and was the perfect size to add near the bottom.  Then I fished it off with some metallic Dew Drops on the corners and a little bit of lace.  :D  That's about it.  I hope ya'll have a great weekend with lots planned and thanks for dropping by my blog today.  :D

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Ride

There's a fun challenge opening up today over at Little Miss Muffet Challenges that I'm sure you're going to want to participate in.  :D  The theme is "Anything but Square" and we want to see projects that are not the norm (such as what I have below, LOL) or if you are using a Little Miss Muffet Stamp or Diecut then you can submit "Anything Goes!"

The stamp I used is "My Ride" from Little Miss Muffet Stamps which is an image drawn by Pollycraft.  He was perfect for a boy card and I love the wood banner I added - wish I could find more of those!  :D

Make sure you get a chance to visit the LMMS Challenge Blog and check out all the wonderful creations the DT has created.  Also the previous post has Blog Candy that you don't want to miss out on either.  :D  Thanks for coming by today!

NEWS - Blog Candy

Welcome back and thank you to everyone who participated in the last NEWS freebie!  I've already seen some colored Nellie the Elephants and I'm so excited to see more too - she turned out adorable on your projects.  :D   So let's get on to some more freebies, goodies and giveaways....

How about some Blog Candy this time around?   I have to admit that I'm a collector and hardly use all the older stuff that collects in the back corner of my desk - so in an effort to help clean up the hobby room, I have collected a whole bunch of goodies and added them to the pot.  Everything is odds 'n ends (especially the paper being half used, or more) but one person's forgettables is another person's treasures!!

Here's the regular details and how to participate in this blog candy.  As a huge thank you to my Followers, I'm going to regularly post freebies, blog candies and give-aways right here on this blog!!  I don't know exactly when the next NEWS will be posted so your time limit will be variable and between posts.  For example, on this offer here, you will have until I randomly post the next offer.  So what do you have to do to take advantage of these offers??  All you have to do is ...

Note: This offer has expired.  
You can click HERE to see the most recent News.
1. Be a Follower of this blog 
2. Leave a comment below

If you would like to post the NEWS Badge on your sidebar then that is optional, however, it is a great tool to be notified of the next freebie.  Sounds impossible?  Na, it's simple and similar to the way I do the Little Miss Muffet NEWS Badge which has worked great!  (P.S. There's freebie opportunities over there too so be sure to add that badge while you're at it.)  Here is the code and details on this badge...

NOTE: This is important ... make sure you use the code above when grabbing the blinkie as it's the only way it will be will update automatically. Once it's on your blog, the blinkie will change when I post another offer and you'll get to see the latest news right from your sidebar!  It's a great way to get alerted whenever there is another freebie, blog candy or giveaway posted!!  :D

For freebies, I'll email out the image in a couple days and it will be in a PNG format.  For blog candies and give-aways, winners will be randomly selected and announced in the next NEWS post.  Then you can send me your mailing address and I'll ship out your goodies as soon as possible.

I think that about sums it up and thank you for stopping by!  *Hugs

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Paper Project - Experiment IX

I have another paper project experiment and even though there are a few samples missing, I thought I would posted what I had and update it later if I got the chance.  So without further adieu, here's experiment number nine!  

Experiment IX - UV Rays

The purpose of this experiment is to see what happens to the paper and Copic markers once they are exposed to UV Rays (aka "the sun") after long periods of time.

To setup this experiment, I placed each sample square down and used a purple, black and red Copic marker to draw three horizontal lines.  I then scanned this as the starting point so I could visualize the change after it was finished.  Then for a week, I set out the paper in the morning and took it in by night.  Ah, yes, it did rain one and I forgot to bring it in another night so the sprinkler got it, but perhaps it added to the test.  LOL  Anyway, it was a good week of full sun light and the results were interesting. 

The papers are identified in the Introduction and here are the results:
(Click on the picture for a zoomed look.)

As you can see there are differences but let me go into the details of what I noticed.  First on the right side is the original and then on the left is pasted the end results.   What I had expected was that the black would fade the most and found it most interesting that it was the purple that was the most effected.  Also, I was expecting that all papers would fade to some degree, however, they all seemed to behave about the same.  The papers became a little more dry and brittle but basically kept their qualities.

Unfortunately, this test was completed without samples of U, V and X so it is missing from this test.

The biggest change was in the colors and I've categorized them into two groups - "ok" and "not so ok".  The not so ok group includes B, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, P, Q, R and S.

For what it's worth, the papers that I would recommend, if you're so included to put something outside, would be AH, I, K, O, T and W.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sid & Nebula

Are you ready for another background?  This time I went under the sea and created a background for Sid & Nebula to swim around in!!  Because of their name sake, these two reminded me of the amazing colors in a nebula and I wanted to get a little of that color into this.  So I added some yellows and greens then went heavy with the blues.

This background started with a bunch of yellow, green, blue and turquoise patches.  Then starting from the bottoms I covered it all similar to the way I did the night time sky.  I used B99 and blended all the way up to B91.  Then at the bottom I started adding seaweed with the darkest BG, G and YG colors.  The fish were added with another dark color, probably B99, and finally I used the blended pen to add some bubbles and finished those off with the gel pen with more colors.  I love how it turned out - more so than my last one.

Now that I have a couple of these finished, I'm going to add a new label named "... Full Background Techniques" so we can easily see them.  And yes, I say we, because often times I go back and wonder just how I did that so I can reproduce it again.  LOL  So far, each one is unique.

The image I used is Sid & Nebula from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and was released this week along with some other great fantasy horses!  You should check out the awesome release in the What's New section and thanks so much for stopping by today.  *Hugs

Steampunk Gang Jacob

Here's an interesting project that has been on my desk for a while and I finally finished it this week.  The image is Steampunk Gang Jacob from Simply B Stamps and I enlarged it to fill the the card and bring Jacob more into focus.  After coloring Jacob, I decided to go all out and experiment on the background using red tones and keeping it in the earth tones.  This is what I came up with ...

Every single time I do a background like this I mumble to myself "it's ruined, it's ruined!" LOL  Seriously, it never starts out the way I like it and with all the bold colors being gradually added in splotches, I truly think this one will end up in the rubbish.  It just goes to show that some techniques never look finished until... well... until their finished!

My blending on this one isn't as smooth as I wanted it to be so I decided to add slashes in the background to hide the fumbles.  It keeps up with the edgie feeling that the image already has and to help them blend into the background I added leaves as a final touch.  After that, it started to look ok and I decided it was time to stop while I was ahead.  He he he.

This fits right into the monthly challenge at Simply Challenged Challenges - the theme is "Fall / School Inspired" and perhaps this is Mr. Newton the new math teacher.  ;D