Friday, March 22, 2013

Maritime Abode - Two Ways

I'm so excited to share today's Product Feature over at the Make it Crafty store blog and I even dive into memory lane.  He he he.  But here's the shortened version:  The very first Make it Crafty image I purchased was way back in 2010 when there were only a few images to choose from and I had to buy them all!  I was so scared to color them and didn’t even know where to start, let alone what colors to use!!  So what did I do?  He he he… I looked at the store sample Zoe had posted and colored it exactly to match.  Wow, that was hard for me and such a change from doing regular characters!  Plus I was so worried I would mess it up but after several hours I managed to complete it.  (That was the Slimy House, click HERE.)

Then I started to experiment with the skies and with each background I became more confident and brave in trying something new.  And after the second attempt, I was hooked!  (That was the Haunted Halloween House, HERE.) I knew this was going to be enjoyable and so I continually stalked the Make it Crafty store continually looking for new backgrounds.  LOL  It’s true!  But don’t tell Zoe that!  He he he.  The next two background I colored was really challenging.  (Alchemist Chamber, HERE, and Old Oak Tree, HERE.)

By this time I was comfortable with the ideas of a background (i.e. a super large image to color) but I was still working on other aspects such as lighting and color choices.   Meaning there was still a lot of mental pondering going on and these projects were spread out over days.  However, it was around this period that I started looking at the backgrounds as puzzles to solve and I love puzzles!

Now let me fast forward into the present and share another aspect about Make it Crafty’s backgrounds that I love.  There is actually two aspects… first the backgrounds are detailed enough that they can be the main focus such as the next two projects I’ll share below.  And second, the backgrounds are so versatile that simply changing the sky or the colors used will change the whole scene!  For example, Maritime Abode in this post.  The windows are open and it looks like a perfect sunny day to run around in the grass and maybe even enjoy a picnic.  This house is something akin to what my Father would make provided he had the resources and I can imagine myself as a child running all through the inside into every nook and cranny.  LOL

Now I’ve taken the same image, Maritime Abode, and changed the scene to be under water instead of above ground!  The main change that I made, of course, is the sky – er, um, the sea with the fish and algae.  Instead of grass there is now seaweed and instead of yellow windows I’ve changed them to a light green.  Plus I’ve removed all the copper metal and made it all steel because in the long run I think it would last longer under water.  Right? I hope so!  LOL  However, I had forgotten to add bubbles but even without those it’s easy to see that it’s under the water.  (Details on the water technique for this version found HERE.)

I hope this has inspired you to color this week and make sure you check out all the backgrounds in the MiC store – there are so many to choose from I’m sure you’ll find something just right!  For more information on the older projects above, you can click on the links below.  Thanks for coming by today and have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Celeste Amberglow Egg Hunt

'Tis the season for Easter projects and I couldn't resist suing this image today for the new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!  The challenge theme is "Happy Easter" and that always reminds me of bright neon spring colors.  So I found the closest paper I had to that and pulled colors from that.  Here's what I came up with...

The images I used are Celeste Amberglow Egg Hunt from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and drawn by Pollycraft.  The sentiment is a Kid's Quote from Inkadinkadoo and I thought it was a perfect Easter theme... especially with a basket full of chocolate eggs!   :D  The friend, of course, is the little chick.  I also used some chippies from Make it Crafty scattered Dew Drops for more color. 

Here's a close up of Celeste Amberglow Egg Hunt.  For the white, I've started to use C3 and just draw and shadow on the edges with no blending.  It's been working out really well on some projects and I like it here too - however, I blended a little bit on the band part.  The colors of her face is a new combination too... I've used E000, E00, E21, E30, E31; blush R11, R12; and for shadow BV23.

Thanks for coming by the blog today!  I hope you get a chance to head over to the LMM Challenge blog and see all the other fabulous designs created by the DT - they're awesome!  Then grab your favorite Easter stamps and come play along in the challenge this week - and bonus points if it's a Little Miss Muffet or Pollycraft image!  :D 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cleopatra in the Ancient Egyptian City

Make it Crafty this week is having a "Walk Like an Egyptian" theme which matches perfectly with the latest release.  If you haven't seen all the fun images you need to check them out! I'm joining in on this week for fun because I was lucky enough to have two projects using those image and wanted to share them both.  This time I created a journal page.

Many time on my journal pages I color the background and the characters separate.  Then I cut out the characters and place them on the side of the image or next to the background image.  However, this time I wanted Cleopatra to be standing in the center of the action and didn't feel like fussy cutting.  So I merged the images before printing then only had to fussy cut part of the character. 

On the journal page, I switched things up a bit and add my ribbon vertically instead of the traditional horizontal.  I think it helps with the illusion of the pillars being tall but in reality, it just looked better to me.  :D  Then the rest of the embellishments were grabbed here and there and added.  Not sure that there is much meaning into it other than my thought process was ... old, Egyptian, collections, then trinket box.  Does it work?!  LOL

The sky was colored with blues then I went back in with grays and darker blues to color in clouds.  Finally the blender marker was used to take away those colors in the clouds and this is the effect that it creates.  They're kinda fluffy looking and I liked how they turned out.  It was pretty easy so I'll be trying that again!

I debated how to color the city and finally decided to color it all the same to look like sun-bleached sand on a dry desert day.  Then I added some shadows with BV23 and a little color here and there on the greenery, baskets and market stands.  For the most part, the sun is shining down from the upper right corner of the image so I could have Cleopatra's face stand out more.  This was a different spot from where I normally put the sun (upper left) so there are a few mistakes - lucky for me, none of them stand out.  he he he

I was able to contrast Cleopatra in a white and black dress with lots of gold.  Compared to the town, I really wanted her to stand out like royalty would have.  The dress uses cool gray colors and I used warm grays for her hair.  The shadows were added with BV23 which seems to be working out with most colors.

This project was colored with Copic Markers on printer paper.  Thanks for checking out my project and I hope this has given you some inspiration to play along with us this week!  Here are the images I used...

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Monday, March 18, 2013


It's Monday and there is a new challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenges and the theme this week is all about "Mythical Creatures."  But there's more!  Little Miss Muffet Stamps is sponsoring this week's challenge so that's a double reason to join in.  :D  So naturally I wanted to join in too and I took inspiration from one of Faye's card and came up with this one...

The stamps I used are the three gargoyles from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.. .Krill the Gargoyle , Laplem the Gargoyle and Naw the Gargoyle.  Then the butterflies and the sentiment stamp are from Whimsy and part of the Notables stamps and dies collection and the butterflies are even from that too.  The rest of the card is made up of the basics paper, glue and sewing.  :D

Here's one of the gargoyles close up so you can see how easy he was to color.  I was aiming for an old statue look as if they've been on the building for centuries ... but then the eyes with a glowing green/yellow as if they're just about to come to life!  :D  I used the Warm gray colors and dotted in texture from the darkest color to the lightest.  By time I got up to W1 then I just colored in the rest.  Then I used YG91 to add some green moss color in random areas.

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

ABC Challenges - J for Just as you Like it
Oozak March Challenge - Anything Goes

My daughter also has a card to share!  This one uses another label stamp from Whimsy and then she added a heart-shaped pocket for candy - sounds like a yummy card to me!  The form stars were taped on and this one she lovingly gave to her teacher.  She's so sweat!  (Um.... both my daughter and her teacher!)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Good Luck

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  I love March and couldn't resist sharing a lucky card for today using Good Luck from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and drawn by Pollycraft!  I love how this cutie is holding a giant four-leaf clover - something I always wished for when I was that age.  :D  Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?  My friends actually have, but I never found one.

This card was pretty easy to put together and I even had some green zipper ribbon that I wanted to use.  So the colors for the girl came from the papers and then the green zipper, clover and grass pull in the green elements.  I've seen some adorable all-green cards today but I was going for an all-purpose spring card.

At last minute I decided to add the grass - even after all the sewing was done.  But since the thread was dark I thought I could easily get away with it.  :D  I used various greens then came back in with flowers using the same yellows and pinks that are in the girls dress.  Then I added some white gel pen strokes and dots to brighten it up.

Isn't she adorable?  Reminds me of my own little girls especially with the boots.  LOL  In fact, they're outside playing today which sounds like a wonderful idea.  So I hope you've enjoyed this Good Luck inspiration and always a huge thank you for your comments.  *Hugs

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

Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #63 - Green for St. Patrick's Day
Just Add Ink Challenge #157 - Just Add Green