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

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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!