Sunday, December 29, 2013

Polka Dot Pals Neva

If you've been following Make it Crafty on FaceBook you might have seen everyone share their Christmas Trees on that page.  There area so many gorgeous trees out there that I almost felt the urge to redecorate mine in a different style.  But I was saved because the kid's already decorated it and there was no way I was going through all *that* again!  LOL  Anyway, if you posted your picture then Zoe generously sent out images to share in the Christmas giving spirit and one of those images was this stack of Christmas Pressies.  I love that they're versatile for all occasions but I decided I wanted to go all out Christmas!


The image I paired it up with is also a freebie that can be earned at Little Miss Muffet Stamps named Polka Dot Pals Neva.  I had colored her face and added a cheek and nose tutorial in the LMMS FB group for those who want to give your beadie-eyed-friends a little more character.  :D  I hope to post another one for eyes but with Zoe's challenge a while back, I think many have already experimented with those.  For this image I did an impromptu step-by-step coloring guide which you can also find in the LMMS FB group.


The stack of presents were colored mainly in reds, greens and white and the character was done in blues and pinks.  To help bring the images together I added a bit of blue and pinks to some of the outer packages then made sure to add reds to the package she was holding.  Finally I assembled the card (trying) to use the December Make it Crafty sketch - however, the image was so large that I ended up jumbling up the pieces and making something else work.


Lastly, I added some embellishments that I hadn't used in a while including the chipboard, micro beads and cheesecloth.  The card is still reasonably flat so mailing it is still an easy possibility.  I hope you've enjoyed this bit of inspiration and thanks for checking out my project!  :D

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fancy Sunbonnet Christmas

We're taking a little break this holiday season with our challenges but that doesn't mean we're not crafting!  LOL   Instead today we're sharing more inspiration from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we're allowed to create anything we want.  This is Inspiration Week 2 and sometimes they're the best as our creativity can run wild.  Of course, I went with something in season and created this holiday card...


The image I used is Fancy Sunbonnet Christmas and a coordinating sentiment stamp from one of the other Sunbonnet stamps; both from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  These Sunbonnet images bring back warm memories of my childhood and watching my Mom quilting so they're some of my favorites! 



Thanks for coming by and I hope everyone enjoys the loot they received this year!  You can pick up this rubber stamp in the LMMS Store and don't forget to visit the LMMS Store Blog for more fabulous inspiration from the design team - the projects are worth the time!  :D

Ivy Swings

Happy Holidays!  I don't have a holiday project to share as I've broken out of the mold and created a spring card this week.  I've used the Ivy Swing rubber stamp from Make it Crafty and decided to pair it with a sentiment instead of a character.  I suppose this would be the perfect graduation or farewell card since the swing is empty, but in all honesty, I chose the sentiment (out of what I had available) solely for it's shape.  It's these kinds of decisions that later on make "deep" and "thought provoking" cards!  LOL 



One thing I wanted to do was to make image vibrant with color and to have all the elements stand out.  So I used many different colors and even grabbed a few unexpected ones to mix in - such as the pinks in the sky and the yellows on the red birds.  Once I was finished I mounted it on a card pulling out the purples and it's ready for a new home!  Thanks for coming by and I hope this inspires you to make your day crafty.  :D

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Letter Chester

Tis the season for lots of holiday cards and this blog is no exception.  We're having a small break from our regular DT duties at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and instead we're sharing projects to inspire you!  This is our Inspiration Week 1 and the ladies on the DT have done an exceptional job - they're amazing!  For my project, I wanted to make something that wasn't green and found this fun decorative paper in my stash - I thought the red, blue and black combination was perfect and this is what I ended up with...



For my project I've used Letter Chester rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and drawn by Pollycraft.  The stamp also comes with a coordinating postage stamp and I used that on the red cardstock behind Chester.  Without it, the red was just a tad bit overbearing and I think the extra stamp helped tone that down.



You can get this rubber stamp in the LMMS Store and make sure you visit the LMMS Store Blog for a whole lot more of holiday inspiration to get your creative juices going!  Happy Holidays and be safe!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cheeks and Nose Tutorial

I should be doing a million other things at the moment but I finished the tutorial I was working on and couldn't resist sharing the step by steps and colors!  I have the full image colored and can't wait to get it on a card so I can share that as well but in the mean time, I hope this proves to be handy.

The image I used is Polka Dot Pals Leilani from Little Miss Muffets Stamps.  It has a typical dot-for-eyes face and I've colored it in using Copic markers.  The colors are listed on the image for each step and shows how to shape and form the cheeks and nose area.  I also have another tutorial for the face that you can see HERE; it uses a different image and different skin colors.


They say pictures are worth a thousand words so I'm not going into detail on each step.  However, with that said, just leave a comment if you have questions on a particular step and I'll respond with more details.  :D  Thanks for dropping by and have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SS Deck the Halls

It's been a busy season around here as I'm sure it has been for you too!  However, I've noticed that with all my running around and helping here and there, that I really haven't had a lot of music playing in the background.  The odd thing is, I've had a constant jingle of Christmas music in my head!  Practically everything I've listened to growing up, at school, in the car, at functions and parities and even in the super markets - those songs are played over and over and over again to the point that this year, I don't even need the radio. LOL  Maybe I should find something new to listen to... you know, to mix things up a bit.  But enough of that, here's a project I made coloring up one the new Swings 'n Slides Christmas images this year...



This image is Swings 'n Slides Deck the Halls from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I thoroughly enjoyed coloring her up!  I can't say much for my card as I don't like the paper nor the layout, but the coloring part was fun.  And check out that red dress... it almost looks velvety!  I might have to experiment with that some more. 

Hope you've enjoyed this little bit of inspiration and have a wonderful day!
P.S.  Now I've started signing Deck the Halls in my head too.  LOL

Friday, December 6, 2013

Desert Oasis & Tap Dancing

As you know there is a new challenge this month on the Make it Colourful blog and I wanted to share my projects that I made using the images I colored.  I had the opportunity to take my Prismacolor Pencils with me on a weekend excursion.  I normally don't use the pencils very often since they're more difficult for me to work with than the markers.  Sometimes I like my results and sometimes I don't.  But as long as I keep trying then that's my main goal.  :)



For my first project I aimed for the basic challenge and wanted to use my reds and greens.  I focused on the redish hair, red dress and greenery in the background.   I think my favorite part is the face where I thought the colors blended in nicely.  The rest is just "meh" because there is too much white showing through the pencils and as a result, I think I gave up half way through.  However, with the image on the card it doesn't look so bad and I think will still bring a smile to someone regardless.



The second project was just because I had time left over and I wanted to make up for the first one.  Unfortunately, I feel the same about it so my efforts to cheer me up didn't work.  Ah well... that'll all go away when I pick up my markers again.  LOL  


For this card, I attempted to add texture in the background.  I had envisioned a background that would look like a blurry city scape in the dark, maybe on a bridge with the blue sky and stars - something we'd see in the movies.  I'll let you take a look at the result and decided how well I did.  LOL


All in all, sometimes ya win and sometimes ya don't.  LOL   Hopefully these samples will still provided you with some inspiration and good luck with your projects this month in the Make it Colourful challenges!  Cheers

Make it Crafty Images:

Originally posted on the Make it Crafty store blog, click HERE to view post.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Popcorn & Cotton Candy

Welcome to another challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps where this week our theme is "You've Been Framed!"  There might be many different ways to interpret this challenge and it would hilarious to see something regarding stolen cookies from the cookie jar.  LOL  However, the main idea is to use a frame on or around another stamp.  Here's my interpretation...
 

For my project, I used Swings 'n Slides Popcorn and Swings 'n Slides Cotton Candy from Little Miss Muffet Stamps which were drawn by Pollycraft.  Then the poloroid photo frame and accessories in the Say Cheese set from Lawn Fawn.  The card layout was one I spotted on Pinterest but when I went back to grab the link, it had disappeared. :(  So somewhere out there is a similar card that I really liked where I got my inspiration from.




These two characters are rubber stamps and I used a masking technique to stamp them close together.  However, don't look too closely or you might find a mistake here and there.   LOL  These rubber stamps can be found in the LMMS Store and you can find the "You've Been Framed" challenge at the LMMS Store Blog.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Clover New Snow Clouds

I have a special post today and I'm excited to share that I've been asked to participate in an Advent Calendar by Bastel-Traum!  I have both a project to share plus a little story on how my family celebrate the Christmas season.  :D  Before we get to the store, here's the project I made using Clover New Snow Clouds and Party Banner Metal Die from Little Miss Muffet Stamps...  my family traditions follow.  ;D



The Christmas traditions in my family take a twist from what you might expect during the holidays but we find it a good mix between a Jolly Santa, Christ and the gift giving spirit.  Each year on Christmas Eve we gather together as a family and have a "Shepherd's Dinner."  The family sits on the floor gathered around the fireplace for a picnic style meal.  It's a bit posh compared to the olde times but it's a visual remembrance of what it might have been like the night of the first Christmas Eve. Our dinner consists of a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, and fruits.  We follow up with a Christmas story and devotional, traditionally one that Grandma has picked out. 

Later that evening is when "St. Nicholas soon would be there; the children [are] nestled all snug in their beds; [and] visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads."  Each one in turn will wake up out of bed and place a secrete gift under the tree and as they do so, they must say "Ho, ho, ho!"  LOL  We keep it a secret by labeling the gift "from Santa" but sometimes timing our secrete escapade can be tricky.  Mommy or Daddy will help the littlest ones and when morning comes, it's so fun to see that so may "Santas" have visited the tree.  The kids still enjoy the magical aspect of Santa with their friends and enjoy keeping it a secret.


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get a chance to visit Bastel-Traum this season and check out the other calendar goodies that are being opened each day!  Seasons Greetings!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Attitude

I just wanted to share a project I had made using the November sketch.  I used a faceless stamp by hÄnglar & stÄnglar and colored in a face using my Copic markers.  This was a little different than what I've normally worked with since the eyes are a little closer together and I had to figure out a work around.  But after coloring up this darling, I thought the best background would be a little ground stamp from Make it Crafty and I just so happened to have the rubber stamp of Petals and Palings - perfect! 


I stamped the edges of the Petals & Palings fence on both sides so I didn't have to mask the girl stamp.  So basically... the left side is on the right and the right side is on the left.  :D  Then to put the whole project together, I used the fabulous sketch provided for this month and some fun spring time decorative paper.  It's not exactly spring in my area but they were just the right colors to go along with this red head. 


Finally as a last embellishment, I used a flower corner punch to punch out the yellow flowers.  They were curled using an embossing tool and glued on top of the flowers in the image.  Then a self sticking gem was placed in the center.  I hope you like this project and thanks for coming by!

Make it Crafty Images:

Other Images:
Attitude by hÄnglar & stÄnglar

Thursday, November 28, 2013

LMMS Black Friday Sale

I just have to share this... I know, this post is 100% advertising but it's something you can't miss!   It's the biggest sale of the year and it's already started in the Little Miss Muffet Stamps store!!  Black Friday and Cyber Monday SALE ends December 2nd.  Find discounts up to 50% off plus you'll receive FREE shipping on US orders over $50.00 - hurry as the favorites will be the first to sell out!




All (regularly priced) Rubber Stamps:
Order 1 receive 10% Off
Order 2 receive 20% Off
Order 3 receive 30% Off
Order 4 receive 40% Off
Order 6 or more and receive 50% Off

On Sale Items - Additional 10% Off

Exclusive Bundles - 20% Off

All Metal Dies - 30% Off

All Digital Stamps - 40% Off

US Orders over $50.00 ship FREE

Fancy Sunbonnet Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today!  I couldn't think of a better card than to show one using  Fancy Sunbonnet Thanksgiving from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  This one was is available in rubber in the LMMS store.  It's such a fun image to color and that turkey will make for a yummy meal, I'm sure.  :D


I love autumn colors, but I chose papers that were slightly less traditional.  I was still able to pull in the browns an creams, but this time instead of orange and reds, I used peaches and rust.



Thank you to everyone who comes by my blog for inspiration!  Thank you to those who leave comments and socialize in other ways.  And especially thank you to all the Little Misses out there who color and create with LMM stamps!  You're all the best and it's because of you that I'm able to enjoy what I do a little bit more.  *Hugs

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Couple Expecting Baby

The challenge at Make it Colourful for the month of November is about "skin and muscle definition" and there's still time to participate.  The image I colored for this challenge is Couple Expecting, which you've seen already, but now I have it mounted on on a card.  This one isn't my favorite but I worked wanted to work with colors that I normally ignore; hence the green and purple combination.  The card is simple and I added just a few self-sticking gems and ribbon.


The muscle areas I tried to focus on was the man's face, neck and arm; I even gave him laugh lines at the corner of his eyes!  :D  For her, I left the muscles soft and less pronounced then tried to work a little bit on adding makeup to her eyes, cheeks, lips and fingernails.



Make it Crafty Images:

To see the original post on the Make it Crafty blog, click HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fancy Sunbonnet Bride

At Little Miss Muffet Challenges this fortnight we have a dainty challenge for you to take on and one that I always find difficult to master.  The theme is "White on White" but you're image can be colored if you want to add some color to your project.  I've been wanting to use Fancy Sunbonnet Bride for a while and thought this is the perfect challenge to use on it.  However, doing it completely white on stark white wasn't what I was in the mood for.  So I tweaked the colors a little into the cream spectrum and this is what I came up with...



The rubber stamps I used is Fancy Sunbonnet Bride from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and was colored with Copic E50, E51, E53 and a little E44.  I also used the Birds on a Wire Metal Die from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and double cut it out of felt.  Then I used some of the birds from one piece and added them to this project - they reminded me of doves and I wanted to pair some of them up... since it was a wedding card and all.



The rubber stamp can be found in the LMMS Store along with a bunch of new products that were added this month!!  This "White on White" challenge is at the LMMS Store Blog and be sure to check out all the other projects - you might be surprised, as I was, at how easy the challenge can be!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Animal Cracker Circus Elephant

Moan and groan... I hate feeling miserable.  But I don't think anyone likes feeling miserable!  One of the disadvantages to living in a different climate than what you grow up in are the unexpected seasonal allergies.  Not everyone has them, I'm sure, but I do. :(

Anyway, I can still post a project I made a while back and if I fake it long enough then I'm sure to make it.  After all, Moms aren't allowed to be sick!

The image on this card is Imaginisce Animal Cracker Circus Elephant and was colored with Le Plume alcohol markers.  I hope you like.  ;)




Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunbonnet Strawberry Basket

Lately I've been part of a vegetable share group and so I have been up to my eyeballs in things I normaly don't eat... like green stuff and fresh fruits!  Sometimes I can be creative in making something good, like ginger pear jam, and other times my cooking is less than desirable, like the soggy apple strudel.  LOL  Anyway, my husband can get quite resourceful too, when he wants to, and one of his favorite canning recipes are "Fibblesnork™ Über-Garlic Pickles."  What are those?  And what does it have to do with strawberries?  You'll find out... just keep reading...


The image I used on this project is Sunbonnet Strawberry Basket from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I also used the Party Banner Metal Die, also from LMMS.  I thought this image was the closet thing I could get to for pickles, and I'm sure if I wanted to I could have colored them green.  But I liked the strawberries, so I kept them as such.  :D


Now on to the recipe for some strange pickles!  This is a creation from one of my husband's friend, Todd Lehman, and used to be posted online but it's hard to find now days.  We didn't want to loose it and so where sharing it here.  You should try it one of these days... it's totally worth it!  Enjoy.  :D

Fibblesnork™ Über-Garlic Pickle

Stolen from without permission, because he let fibblesnork.com lapse, and the recipe needs to be preserved.

Ingredients

  • 1 (one) 32-oz. jar Claussen® half-spears
    For top quality, use only Claussen pickles, found in the refrigerator section. Do not use any other brand unless they are uncooked and refrigerated. Cooked pickles are limp and soggy. Uncooked pickles (like Claussen) are firm and crunchy. If you know of any other uncooked refrigerated brands, I'd like to hear about them.
  • 2-3 Habenero peppers, sliced
  • 4-5 Serrano peppers, sliced
  • 2-3 Jalapeño peppers, sliced
  • 24 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
    That's not 2-4, as in 2-to-4, that's twenty-four cloves — a whole head of garlic.
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Procedure

First day

  1. Drain and discard 1 oz. picklewater from jar.
  2. Remove pickles from jar, cut into ¾″ slices, and return pickles to jar.
  3. Add garlic and peppers to jar.
  4. Cover jar (close lid tightly) and shake vigorously for 2 minutes.
  5. Refrigerate.
  6. Scrub hands thoroughly.

Subsequent days

  1. Shake for 5 seconds every 24 hours.
  2. Taste becomes fuller with each passing day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lavender

Welcome to the LMMS and MMCS blog hop! We have some amazing new for you ... did you know you can now get Little Miss Muffet Stamps from My Mum's Craft Shop?! To celebrate, the Little Misses have got together with the DT from My Mum's Craft Shop to showcase some of the images Kitty is now carrying in store.

You should have arrived here from the fabulous AUDREY!
But if you get lost along the way, you can start HERE.


As with all blog hops, be sure to leave some love along the way, as there are prizes (you'll have to Hop to the end to find out what they are!) to be had for 3 randomly drawn commenter's!  Winners will be announced on Saturday 16 November at the My Mum's Craft Shop Blog.



For my project, I used the Sugar 'n Spice Dolls Lavender and this is one I actually colored a couple of months ago but thought this was the perfect opportunity to show the final project.  This is one of the images I colored using only four colors which was a challenge the started with Faye.  :D  I'll eventually find a similar challenge to challenge Faye and toss some glitter over on her court.  He he he


I used Copic markers and the colors I used are RV34, B52, YR20 and BV23.  I also used the blender and some study paper too!

You're next stop on the hop is the awesome CARLA!
See you at My Mum's Craft Shop... Have Fun :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fancy Sunbonnet Witch

Ack!  I can't believe it!  I had this project all set to be scheduled for Halloween and then I completely forgot to publish it!  So it's been sitting in draft mode for a while but I'm still going to share it.  LOL  It also give me an opportunity to remind you about the buzz going on over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps today - the challenge blog is featuring the LMMS Super Saturday projects showing off the spotlighted rubber stamp for the week as well as the freebie for today! 


For this project, I used Fancy Sunbonnet Witch from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and kept the layout simple. I was at my Mom's house and she didn't have much in the way of Halloween papers so I made do with some red and oranges that worked well together.  Then when I got home, I added the black to tie it all in... something about orange and black that just screams "Halloween!"  Right?!


This was such a fun project to color and I have to confess a little bit about the black lace.  It's actually a hard commodity to find.  Really, it's true!  So when I discovered in the store (after months of searching), I ended up giving in to my hording instincts and bought the whole roll!  Gasp!  I know, sorry I couldn't share, but maybe next time I'll leave some on the spindle.  LOL

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Girl Hug

Today (well actually, two days ago) is my opportunity to add a project to the MiC Store Blog!  This is a project that I did for the Whimsy Magazine last month and I've combined images using Whimsy and Make it Crafty to create this scene.  The Make it Crafty images are all set on the sides of the images and then cropped so I only show half of it - in effect, it creates a more personal image and one that looks more like a real picture.  After all, how often are our pictures taken where *something* hasn't been cropped!  LOL


Make it Crafty Images:
 
Other Images:
Girl Hug (Whimsy) 

Papers: K&Company TC Blossomwood, Recolections The 12 Days, brown cardstock

Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics

E43, 21, 11, 000, R20, C3
E29, 27, 25, 23
R37, 35, 32, 30
R59, 46, 14, 21
YG67, 63, 61, G20, YG21
C1, 3
E43, 42, 41
E19, 17, 13, 11
B91, 93, 95, 97
BG70, B91, 93
W4, 5
Y26, 11
BV23, 20

Other: blue ribbon, red tape measure ribbon, pink glitter



You can see the background was created using several elements from different themes... such as Paris Elements (to create the bottom of the wall), Winter Scene Elements (for the snow, of course) and the door, windows and Christmas tree were also included.  Why the window is open on a cold winter day?  I don't know but maybe they burnt the turkey and needed to air out the house a bit.  LOL 

Once the background was built, I added the characters.  Even though these are everyday characters, I thought they would be perfect for a Christmas themed card and that big hug says it all!  :D

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend!

DIY Chester

Our challenge this week at Little Miss Muffet Stamps is "Polka Dots" and is one that was initially created for use with the latest Polka Dot Pals images!!  But don't let that be the limit of this challenge because it also includes polka dot papers and designs too!  I was able to use one of those darling girls but then came across this decorative paper and the "Don't Forget" bingo card next to it and I completely changed my thinking to come up with this card...
 

The image is DIY Chester drawn by Pollycraft and available as a rubber stamp at Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  The thought of this image and the "don't forget" bingo card gives me the chuckles and, with the warm color scheme, makes this a great man card!  Yes, I know there's some stiching on there and polka dots are circles - but, I think it still passes as a man card.  LOL  Don't you think so?



This rubber stamp and other Chester images can be found in the LMMS Store and the challenge is hosted on the LMMS Store Blog.  Make sure you visit the challenge blog to see all the gorgeous creations and many that feature the adorable Polka Dot Pal images too!!  Have a great week!

Monday, November 4, 2013

NEWS - Festive Coffin Winner

I have been remiss in my blogging duties and even more so in my award-giving duties.  So I'm a bit back logged in all tasks this week and hope to get caught up to date... and quickly!  LOL  However, so you're not waiting any longer, I wanted to quickly post the random winner of the Festive Coffin give-away. 

The lucky winner is ...

"What a fun Halloween decoration. I have the perfect spot for it."

Congratulations Julie!  
Email me with your mailing address and I'll get it in the mail for you to enjoy.  :D 

Stay tuned this holiday season for more give-aways and prizes!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Witchy Boo Betty

I had the fortune to go shopping with my sister - she was running an errand to complete here costume, and I, was just along for the ride knowing that she'd be hitting a craft store!  It was great fun and while I was there, I found so many things that weren't on my list - imagine that?!  One of those was these black and white lollipop straws sitting next to the Sixlets candy and that's when the light bulb went off - they'd be a perfect in making lollipop sticks!  And lucky for me, I already had shaker tops to use.  :D


The image I used on this is Witchy Boo Betty from Simply Betty Stamps and I'm entering it into the 12 Day of Halloween challenge.  The challenge is to make something with a shape (the lollipop) but I had to make a card holder to go along with it.  :D


I ended up making three, for my three munchkins! 

All three of them use images from Simply B Stamps.  This one below is 



The last one I made merged two images together from the Jude and His Shenanigan Crew theme:




 Last but not least, is a lollipop holder that my daughter made for her cousin.  We put this one in the mail and had to add extra postage for the sucker!  LOL   

This image from The Greeting Farm and is Wild Sprouts Dressy.


Thanks for coming by and hope you have a great Halloween day!