Saturday, April 6, 2013

Betty Dorm Mouse Tea Party

Today is the third and final day of the combined release with Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we have lots more inspiration and games for today!  If you're just joining in on the celebration be sure to check out the details at the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog which is also where the two games will be hosted today - Guess Who (at SBS) and a Scavenger Hunt (at LMMS).  My project is in the Scavenger Hunt and I was in charge of all the clues too.  :D 

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I thought about a Rubus, like the example about, but I took the easy route and gave you picture clues!  You can start the game HERE with instructions on how to leave your Scavenger Hunt answers on the LMMS Blog and you have until Wednesday, April 10th to participate.

As you already know, this release as many images!  So for this card, I used elements from the following combination packs to create this scene.

There are so many combinations with the Tea Party elements and I love what I've seen from the DT and Guests.  They've done a fantastic job and very creative too!  I experiments with stacking the tea cups in several different configurations and yesterday I saw one with the saucer plates that was adorable - wish I had throught of that one!  LOL  However, this is what I was able to come up with and even merged one of the Skull and Crossbones onto a cup for that Simply Betty twisted touch.  :D

If you read my tip from yesterday, you'll also notice the shadows on this project too.  The ones cast by the sugar cubes is from the Copic BV20 marker so that will give you an idea of how light the color is so it won't be so scary to use.  It's easy to blend out if you don't like it too.  ;D  Then the darker shadows are from BV23.

Thanks for coming by today and we hope you've enjoyed all the inspiration this week!  You can find all the new images in the What's New section at Little Miss Muffet Stamps or in the New Items at Simply B Stamps.  These Tea Party elements are priced just right and the combo packs are even offered at 75 to 85% off!  So pick them up while you can then show us what you create in the "Anything Goes" challenge at LMMS.  :D   Cheers!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Betty in Wonderland Tea Party

Welcome back to the Mad Tea Party Release with Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps!  If you're just joining in on the celebration we have a 3-day event with games, sales/discounts, prizes, a freebie, a blog hop, tutorials and lots of inspiration!  This is one event that you don't want to miss out on!  :D  Check out all the details at the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog.  This is Day 2 and today we're sharing tips, tutorials and inspirational cards.

My project today combines images from both companies to create a generic Birthday card.  Along with chipboard from Make it Crafty, buttons/flowers from Stampin' Up and a zipper from my local craft store, here are the elements I merged together to create this image ...

My tip I wanted to share today was about casting shadows.  I'm starting to get more brave when coloring in shadows and I think it's something you can do to... the hardest part is taking the first plunge!  On this image here I've used Copic color BV23 and sometimes I'll use BV25 if I don't think the shadows is showing up.  However, you can start out with BV20.  When applying shadows I try to remember when my light source is coming from then I draw the shadow (no blending needed) where needed.  This is done after I've colored my entire project.  The purple-gray color seems to overlay on other colors well without standing out too much.

That's my inspiration and tip for today and I hope it was helpful and inspiring.  :D  Next you can head back over to the the LMMS Blog or SBS Blog and check out the other gal's fabulous creations!  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you'll take the plunge and try shadows on your next project!  :D 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Betty Queen of Hearts Tea Party

Let's have a wonderland type of day with a Blog Hop!!  To day is the start of a huge combined release between Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffet Stamps and we're having a 3-day Tea Party!!

You should have arrived here from RACHEL'S radical blog!!
(For the full Blog Hop list, click HERE or HERE.)

Each day we'll have something new for you to drool over and to keep up on all the events you can visit the LMM Blog to get started.  I won't spoil all the details but I will say there will be games, ten hidden prizes, free digi and up to 70% off when you buy one of the combination mega packs!!  It's big!  Very BIG!  And it all starts today!!

My first project uses Betty Queen of Hearts from Simply B Stamps plus the For Alyce Sentiment which I wrapped around the balloons.  Then I used several Little Miss Muffet stamps and came up with this merged scene.  I even used the LMMS Party Banner Diecut!  All of these images are listed here and were to find them...

The floor was actually an idea from a striped pattern paper in the same paper pack that I had originally planned to use, however, all the patterns combined started to get super busy and it didn't even make it close to the card.  :(  I was worried that it would look out of place but now that I see it in 2D form, I think it worked out ok.  The table that the desserts are sitting on is actually a table tiered tray!  LOL  But that's the benefits of working with digital stamps and that tiered dish easily became a fancy dessert table!  Yummy!

In addition to the release today, this blog has actually hit a milestone of 1000 posts!  Can you believe it?  I have 27 of those in draft mode but this one is the official one-thousandth post.  I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the release!!

You're next stop in the hop is TRISH'S terrific blog!
And remember to leave your comments along the way for chances to win prizes!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lil' Bunny and Puppy Additions

Happy Easter!  It's Easter Sunday and I wanted to share a project that is just perfect for today!  Plus I have some great news about a new image available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps that you don't want to miss out on - it has been posted today at a fantastic low price of $1.00 and you can take advantage of that special all day!  However, before we get to those details, here's the card I wanted to share today...

This project uses Swings 'n Slides Lil' Bunny, drawn by Pollycraft, and also Puppy Additions, both from Little Miss Muffet Stamps!  I thought they looked adorable together and wanted to create a simple card for then to shine on.  I've always had a soft spot for pink gingham patterns and when I found this paper in my stash I had to use it!  So with that, combined with dark chocolate brown, became the inspiration for the colors on this card.

With adorable pink paper like that, I didn't want to cover it up so I kept the embellishments to a minimum with chipboard from Make it Crafty, twine and a little charm.  I was actually going to make this card with just the little girl but something felt missing... and that's when I decided to add the little puppy which was just what the card needed.  Now these two friends are ready to head out in the backyard and look for hidden eggs.  :D

I also have a little Easter surprise and another fun image to play around with!  This is the image I mentioned above which will be at the special price today of $1.00 so scoop this one up while you can.  Just in time for Easter this cute image is called Easter Bunny Hiding and is also perfect to use in the current LMM Challenge.  :D 

You can click on the image above to find the Easter bunny in the store or you can click HERE to read about the details of the release on the LMM Challenge Blog.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you're having a wonderful Easter day filled with coloring, family and chocolate!  Happy Easter!!

This card was featured in the Magazing! Magazine April 2014
Basic Techniques Department
Spring and Easter
By: Judi Kauffman w/Guest Designers