Saturday, January 25, 2014

Polka Dot Pals Ryker

Today is a very special day as we've not only combined the Super Saturday post with some awesome Guests, but we have a very special fundraiser going on too!  My daughters, Cassandra and Lydia, are participating in a "Jump Rope for Heart" activity at their school where kids learn jump rope skills and raise money for the American Heart Association

Learning about a healthy heart at school really hit home for her girls, especially when it came with a connection to a few close family members.  For example, their cousin Ryker had open heart surgery when he was only 6-months-old!  He is now a teen and doing great!  He loves many activities including photography and was the inspiration for the new image I has drawn for today... meet Polka Dot Pals Ryker.

 I've combined this image with Dandelions from Make it Crafty.  

This image is available in the Little Miss Muffet Stamp store but the best part about him is you can also help Barbara's daughters in their fundraiser!  How, you might ask?  There are two ways!  First, for every PDP Ryker purchase, LMMS will donate $2.00 to Cassandra and Lydia's fundraiser!  Secondly, you can also donate directly on the American Heart Association website to their individual fundraiser page by visiting these links:  Casssndra's Donation Page and Lydia's Donation Page.

But wait, there's more!  That's not the only image you'll get in the package - there are two other very special images.  Those two were drawn and colored by Cassandra and Lydia themselves!  They've entered their artwork into the T-shirt Design Contest for next year's Jump Rope for Heart.  Maybe they'll win, maybe they won't, but the fun was in creating and now you can create with them too!  Both colored and uncolored versions are included.



Thank you for being a part of this fundraiser and we hope you can take action to have a healthy heart even if it isn't via jump rope.  Spread the word and share your creations online in the current LMMS Challenge and/or in the FaceBook LMMS Group too!



Get Your Jump On - Getting bored with just jumping over a rope?  Check out these neat tricks and stunts you can learn with a jump rope.  There are instructions for over 30 ways to jump rope - now how about that?!

Looking for other activity based stamps to play with this weekend?  Then you might also enjoy these other Little Miss Muffet Stamps that feature heart healthy activities such as bicycling, sports, winter fun, playing and even house cleaning!  Oh yeah!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Little Avatar Navi Scene

Here's a fun project I wanted to share using two images, Baby Fairy Flora from Mo Manning (Stampavie) and Anthuriumns Garden from Make it Crafty. I had recently watched the Avatar movie and wanted to color something using the bright fluorescent colors from that world.  So I had used a bit of creativity and decided to color up the fairy rubber stamp and the large flower background.


This was one of those coloring jobs where I went over everything about a hundred times and wasn't sure what it would look like until I was nearly finished.  It was a new challenge and touch and go for a while.  LOL  To get the Avatar look, I colored with blues, green, blue/greens and even some yellows to create the skin tone and strip pattern.  Then once the skin was finished I added the white dots with the gel pen.  The eye were colored with greens and yellows and the lips were colored with a little bit of pink/purple.  Here's a before and after slice of the fairy.


At first, I wasn't sure what color to do the clothes but decided to bring in some neon purples and pinks which coordinated well.  The hair was done by dotting the gray tones and was a lot easier than I had anticipated. 


The background image is one that I've colored using some blues (BG and B).  For this one, I wanted a bright fluorescent type color of blue so I blended in some green (YG and G) on the tips of the leaves and some purples (BV) for the darker parts of the leaves.  I like how the effect really changes the blue/green color.


I wanted to keep the ground the same neon colors as the flowered background but I also wanted grass.  So I later went in and added green strands for grass and then placed my fairy image on top of that.  The mixture is a little different for me and I'd probably go for all green/grass the next time.  But I think in the end, this might be considered a "happy accident" which is always a bonus!  LOL


Finally the last thing I needed to do was place the images on a card - this was a challenge all in itself! But I managed to find some scraps that didn't fight with the image and chose to go with something very basic and simple.  I hope you like it and maybe you'll be trying a little Avatar Navi image in your future! Yes?!

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

DP2 Challenge E217 - "Something New" (coloring blue skin)
Card Mania #38 - Anything Goes
Make it Monday #175 - Anything Goes