Make it Crafty mermaid

Mermaid splash

Hello, hello. It has been a wonderfully hot week perfect for a little coloring. This type of week makes me wish I was a mermaid – enjoying the water and keeping cool!

The Card

Make it Crafty mermaid

Details

Mermaid close

Image: Siren of Pearls (Make it Crafty)
Skin: E21, E13, E35, BV23, R22
Hair: Y13, Y15, Y28
Tail: G12, G14, BG13, BG09, BG78

The coloring was an experiment on my part. I’ve been on a kick where I blend colors that normally wouldn’t go. It is a great copic technique and I’m finally starting to explore it. A mermaid tail is just the place to do it.

Her hair is well…a failed experiment as well. I added some Brown Polychromo pencil to help add some dimension. I’m not totally in love with hit, but it works. I do, however, really like the idea of the yellow/goldish hair with the blue-green green mermaid tail. :)

Sentiment: Under the Sea Mae (Some Odd Girl)

Papers: Sunshine Sorbet Paper Pad (Some Odd Girl)

On Facebook, there has been a little challenge with the image Siren of Pearls from Make it Crafty, a wonderful mermaid image. MIC and Passionate Paper Creations & Friends joined together this week for a bit of fun. Lucky for us MIC made this gorgeous image $1 in which to play with. The challenge ended yesterday, so I wanted to make sure to share it here as well.

Polka Dot Pals

For You

Well hello again. I’m back with another card! Yay. I’m really enjoying not only cardmaking again, but using up all my old stash. It is fun going through my old things and making sure I get everything all used up before I think of buying new stuff.

The Card

Polka Dot Pals

Details

Image: Polka Dot Pals from LMMS 
Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, E23, R20
Hair: Y21, YR23, E15
Shirt: BG72, BG75, BG78, Y21, Y26, Y28
Chair: C0, C1, C3, YG03, YG93, YG97, YG99
Book: E41, E43, E55, E57, E59

My color choices are based from the Simon Wednesday Challenge. A mixture of teals, blues and yellows? Why yes please. :D Couple that with Polka Dot Pals and it was an easy and fun challenge for me.

Challenges

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Simon Says: Photo Inspiration @ Simon Says Stamp Blog

Challenge #141 Anything Goes @ Little Miss Muffet Stamps (This entry is totally for nostalgia! I miss this DT.) :)

Thinking of You

Thinking of You

HEEEELLLLOOOO! It certainly has been AGES since I’ve made a card, let alone posted it. But the Little One is secure enough and daddy is on vacation so that means I get a little bit of time to myself. :D

The Card

Thinking of You

A simple, yet classy look is what I was going for. I was inspired by a challenge on Splitcoaststampers, which really made the layout easy.

Details

Demure Close up

Image: Demure Digi Stamp (Some Odd Girl)
Skin: E000, E00, E11, BV0000, BV23
Hair: E13, E15, E19, E79, BV25
Bow: B91, B93, B95
Pearls: C3

I colored up Demure in those moments that the LO has allowed me to. So as little as she is and only the headshot, it still took me a few days to finish her up, but it was worth it.

I’m slowly getting back to coloring and enjoying it so my stride will come back at some point. As far as style of cards, well I have started all over again. You know – “fake it till you make it” starting out. I am easily inspired by photos on Instagram and until I find my style again I’ll stick to easy and quick. ;)

Challenges

Saturday Inspiration Challenge IC552 @ Splitcoaststampers

2015 fav cards collage

Gott Nytt År!

Wow and hello! Seriously, I really apologize for going AWOL, but life has been busy. You know new house, getting married and expecting a baby!

I thought with 2015 over I would share with you my favorite six cards for the year. Since my first trimester I haven’t made any cards actually, but you know how life goes. :)

2015 fav cards collage

I have started coloring again, which you might have seen on Instagram and Facebook, but no plans for cards yet. Instead I’ve been researching Project Life. I just know I’m going to be one of those moms that takes pictures every second the baby is awake and I want a way to share them. :D

Here is my first go at Digital Project Life. I haven’t set my mind on digital or physical yet, so I thought I would at least try my hand on digital (free!) first then decide later on.

Project life layout

So without further ado. I wish you all a happy and fulfilling 2016!

Happy 2016

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Kraft Mimi

Hello, hello! We have a brand new challenge up on the Little Miss Muffet Challenge site that is a lot of fun so play along with us!

I have a cute and simple card for you all, but make sure you hop over to the blog to see what the other DT gals have made and…to find out what the challenge is. ;)

The Card

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I used the super adorable Mimi’s Ladybugs digital stamp for this one. I printed her out on Desert Sand Neenah cardstock, which I first applied a vinyl sentiment from the Silhouette Online Store (LOVE these!) and a nice dashed border.

You know those awesome dashed border dies that are going around, I’m really in love with them, but just can’t seem to spend the money on them (I want too many!) so I was trying out a simple dashed border with the silhouette. It came out pretty cute, but I think if I had drawn in the border it would look just as cute. heh

I will give you a little hint about today’s challenge. :) I used Flowers, a LMMS image and Ribbon! :D

Little Miss Muffet Challenges

Like all our previous challenges, you can enter once with ANY image you want, but if you use a LMMS image you can enter as many times as you want!

The winner will receive a $10 gift voucher for the LMMS! Oh and if you use an LMMS and share it with us in the Facebook group then you are have the chance for another $5 gift voucher! Awesomesauce!

 

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Frosty Friends

Good day and Happy Monday! I’m so excited to show you today’s Clear Release from Some Odd Girl! It is a great way to get  jump start on those pesky Jul (Christmas) cards. ;)

There are two new sets, Build a Snowman and Santa to play with! Seriously these are absolutely fabulous and I’m so happy with how my cards turned out!

The Cards

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Santa is just the best looking Santa out there! I tell you what, Kristy did such an amazing job with him. The extras are super cute too!

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“Do you want to build a snowman?” :D With this Build a Snowman set you can build all the wacky and craziness snowmen and women you want to! There are so many little bits and bobs that I just had to give a little bit of character to the Christmas tree as well.

There is one thing about CAS cards that I love – so thin and light! Perfect for mailing off Jul cards. With the Build a Snowman and Santa clear stamps you don’t have to worry about your cards being boring either!

Blossoms Cupcake Card

A little bit of blue blossoms cupcake

Hello there! I have another Little Miss Muffet Stamps card to show you today. I wanted to get back to my Copic basics and so just had a bit of fun with the awesome Blossoms Cupcake image. I’ve always thought of the image as being very springy so I darkened the colors and went monochrome. ;)

The Card

Blossoms Cupcake Card

The Details

Keeping with my latest CAS kick I wanted to use up some stash dotted cardstock that I have. The navy blue was the exact color I wanted as a background to the blues in the cupcake.

The background was a little play with my Zigs and some new watercolor paper. The Zigs blended so well and the paper seems thin enough for my printer so I’m excited!

Blossoms Cupcake

Blossoms Cupcake Image

Image: Blossoms Cupcake (LMMS)
Blues: B02, B04, B28, B97, B99
Grays: C1, C3

Well, from the close up you see my blending is nothing fancy, just good ol’ plain Copic Blending. I went for some random blues together to see if they would work – I like how it came out. :)

Little Miss Muffet Stamps

We are half-way through our latest Anything Goes challenge, so you have plenty of time to play along. Remember you can use any image you would like to for the challenge, but if you use a LMMS image you can enter multiple times and share it in our Facebook group!

Mustache Guy Slicker Card

Mustache Guy Slicker

Hello and Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge up on the Little Miss Muffet Stamps Blog and I’m here to present my sample for it. :) The challenge theme is Anything Goes, which gives the opportunity to just play along with anything you make!

I’m using a new digital stamp that is now available in the LMMS store, Mustache Guy Slicker. This fellow is a fun little stamp that comes with extra mustaches and even glasses! That way you can totally customize your stamp with clever layering of the png files.

The Card

Mustache Guy Slicker Card

The Details

What can I say about this card? Well, when I saw Mustache Guy Slicker I knew I needed to color him up with my Copics (yay!) and in greys with a punch of yellow! This is not a combo I use, I really dislike yellow tbh, but he needed to have a yellow slicker for sure!

For my card I actually cut down one of my square cards to the width of an A2, the height is just about 0,4 in short though. Still, I liked the rectangular look for this type of layout.

I used some stash backing paper and some extra watercolor paper I had sitting around. I did try the smooshing technique on the watercolor paper, but the yellow just did not show up. In the end I used my SSS hybrid yellow ink and a good texture rubber stamp. It still gave me the effect I was after so I’m happy!

Mustache Guy Slicker Image

Mustache Guy Slicker Image

Image Details

Image: Mustache Guy Slicker (LMMS)
Skin: C1, C3, C5
Mustache: C3, C5, C7
Umbrella/Boots: C3, C5, C7, C9
Slicker: Y15, YR21, YR23, Y26

I used my Hex Chart to find a good not-too-bright yellow combo for this one. One thing about working with greys is that you really can concentrate on shading without worrying too much whether the colors will blend. It is really good practice!

Little Miss Muffet Challenges

All of our challenges can use any image now and this one is Anything Goes, so you have no excuse not to join us. :D As always, The winner of this challenge will receive a $10.00 voucher to the LMMS Shop! And there is a second chance to win a $5.00 voucher just by sharing your creation in the LMMS Facebook Group. Not too bad in my book. Oh, did I mention you are allowed to enter using any stamp (from any company) on your project, rubber or digital, but only one entry per challenge? However, if you use a Little Miss Muffet Stamps, or a brand carried by LMMS, then you can enter as many times as projects made. Entries qualify to be spotlighted, guest selections and of course, prizes!

Nerd Bird New Release Card

The Owls the limit

Good Afternoon/Morning! We have an absolutely lovely new release for you today from Some Odd Girl!

The Cards

Tired Owl New Release Card

Nerd Bird New Release Card

The Details

Both Tired Owl (top) and Nerd Bird (bottom) are colored up with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (links below!). I’ve had some mojo issues lately, so I’m sticking to CAS until further notice! That and I really wanted to just play with coloring the images. :D

I chose the coffee theme for Tired Owl because well, when I’m tired I want coffee – especially on those pesky Monday mornings. ;) His big, round eyes and that slightly frazzled look seriously cried out for a good ol’ cup o’ joe. I’m not quite sure why I flipped him upside down, but I like it! I even drew in the branch he is perched on. I’m being more bold with drawing in simple background pieces – not to mention borders.

Nerd Bird is just a great image to color and no clear theme jumped out at me, so I browsed through the Some Odd Girl Loopy Sentiments until I saw one I wanted to use. When the sentiment was printed I wanted a more watercolor quality to it, so I went over with one of the Zigs (in a shade darker than the ink).

The Owl Images

Tired Owl Image

Nerd Bird image

Owl Image Details

Image: Tired Owl (Some Odd Girl digital stamp)
Bird: Light Gray (91), Mid Gray (96), Dark Gray (95)
Eyes/Beak/Talons: Yellow (50), Bright Yellow (52), Mustard (67)
Branch: Beige (72), Brown (60), Dark Brown (62)
Blue: Light Blue (36)

Image: Nerd Bird (Some Odd Girl digital stamps)
Bird: Beige (72), Brown (60), Dark Brown (62)
Eyes/Beak/Talons: Yellow (50), Bright Yellow (52), Mustard (67)

For both owls I used a combination of blending – light marker blending with darker markers and with a waterbrush. I also dabbed excess water off the faces to further increase the contrast.

I’m already have a fav brown color combo and the grays are so much fun to play with. I chose Mid Gray as my mid color, because it has a slightly brown tone to it. Other options would have been Blue Gray and even Green Gray – I love that!

The Owls the Limit Recipe

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DoveArt New Release Hop

Hello, hello! I know…I’m posting on a Saturday :gasp:, but it is for a great reason. Little Miss Muffet Stamps has had some fabulous new images pop up in the shop this week and we wanted to celebrate one special artist today – DoveArt Designs!

Since fall is fast approaching we are featuring the new autumn and winter stamps by DoveArt Designs. These images are incredibly life-like, so they really pull the heart strings for those who prefer the realistic stamps. They are super awesome to color up, whether you are experienced or not. In fact, I would definitely recommend these stamps for any novice, as they are detail-rich including shadows!

My Cards

20150905_applesFor my first card I used the gorgeous Apple Branch image. There was some debate whether these were peaches or apples, but I cheated and looked at the name. ;) I took my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to the image as fast as I could. The shadowing is already there for me, so I got to practice my blending. I love how rich the apples came out! Makes me think of Snow White.

20150905_pumpkinI couldn’t just stop with the apples, so I also colored up Pumpkin Patch with the Zigs as well. This image is just perfect, perfect, perfect for fall! I had a whole lot of fun on the pumpkin leaves and even had to google pumpkins to find out what the pumpkin flowers looked like. Who know there were flowers on the vines?

The Hop

This isn’t a normal hop, where I list out each and every blog in attendance, instead hop over the the Little Miss Muffet Stamps Blog to see the all the details, including a nice list of prizes that can be won!

How can you win?
Choose one, two or all three of these options for a chance to win…

(1) Leave a comment on the Little Miss Muffet Stamps Blog post showing your support
(2) Tell us in the FB group what your favorite release is this week
and/or (3) Make a purchase in the LMMS store

You’ll have until Wednesday, September 9 before winners are selected.