Kaydance

Good morning.. er, um afternoon by now!  LOL  I’m mentally exhausted from filing the taxes this year but so proud I didn’t go for another extension!  That usually means I put it off until the next deadline so this year it will be nice that it won’t be looming in the back of my mind.  (Deep sigh!)  However, I still have about 4 more weeks of school until I can really breath.  Just keep swimming!

The image I used on this project is Kaydance from Whimsy Stamps.  This little girl was drawn by Elisabeth Bell and is always a favorite style since I have three girls of my own.  I thought this one was perfect to use since we live in Texas!  However, next time I color it, instead of grass I want to color a cactus like Chris did HERE.

Well, I guess it’s time for me to get back to studying – my break time is over.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit of inspiration and have a great mid-week!

Little Witch

It’s a new Halloween challenge at Simply B Stamps starting today and our theme for Challenge #3 for you this month is “Stitching and Fabric!” I took the opportunity to use both and I must say, after getting the stitching done, my hands hurt…. OWWIEE! I tried using the Sew Easy tool but I must have done it wrong and ended up punching each hold by hand as I stitched along.


For my project I used Little Witch by Simply B Stamps and printed her out to be large on the card. I did my stitching first then added the image and fabric. As a final touch I added a felt pumpkin, some flowers and a few gems for sparkle.


This little witch has her petticoat and jacket on ready to head to the market for some bat whiskers, mummified toenails, black cat fat, vampire blood, gargoyle sweat and troll teeth. Yep, that should do it. LOL Don’t forget to head on over to the SBS Blog and check out the other design team creations. Thanks for stopping by. ;D

Confirmand Melinda

The challenge this go around over at Make it Colorful is to “Color White” and even though I’m in the midst of coloring Christmas cards, I wanted to color something other than snow. So the image I’ve selected is Confirmand Melinda from Whiff of Joy and I’ve kept the card one layered and simple.


The border idea was inspiration taken from Deconstructing Jen as she always has the best one layer cards! To recreate the idea, I used a black pen to draw the border. Then I’ve placed a chippies in the upper corner and a Whiff of Joy miscellaneous sentiment in the lower corner. I also did a little bit of shading on the inside border to give it more interest.


For the white challenge, I used three different tones to create the white. The dress uses E40, E41 and E42 to create an antique look; the wings were colored with T3, T2 and T0 for a soft pure look; and finally the background has W2, W1, W0 and W00 to help “ground” it to the card. It was a fun to concentrate on the coloring this time than the card making. 😀 Make sure you come back later today as I’ll have another project up!

Peppermint as Red Riding Hood

Welcome to another challenge day at Little Miss Muffet Challenges where our theme for this fortnight is “Summer!” There is also a DT Call going on… so if you like Little Miss Muffet Stamps then head on over to submit an entry! Challenge and DT Call closes on Tuesday, August 2nd.


On my project I used “Peppermint as Red Riding Hood” from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Spring Meadow from Whiff of Joy. What? I know, can you believe I didn’t use a Make it Crafty background this time!! But don’t worry, I made up for it with the chippies. ;D Plus I’ve got to get *some* mileage out of the Spring Kit before it collects too much dust. LOL


I think the papers are Sugar Rish from Basic Gray and the twill ribbon and pearls are from Stampin’ Up. I had this image colored up a while ago and so it was fun to be able to grab something and create a page in my journal right away. Although I did have to pause to color the background – but that wasn’t so bad.


I love the deep reds I was able to get with the hood. Usually reds show up too bright on film so this is a new combination I tried out. I starts with the expected reds, R22, R24, and R27, but then I jumped down and used R46 and R59 to darken it up. Another combination I find successful is R21, R14, R24, R37, R46 and R59.


I also used a new combination with the lighter color greens in the background – this time I used G40, G82, G85 and G99 which I like better than the G20s range.

I’d like to enter into the following challenges:
Scrapalicious USA Challenge #12 – anything summer
Flutter By Wednesday’s #163 – open theme
Craft-room Challenge – butterflies (just for fun)
Deep Ocean Challenge #4 – ribbons
Simon Says Stamp – newspaper (framing background image)

Hope you’ve enjoyed this page in the summer journal and come on over to check out the other girl’s inspiration for the Summer challenge!

Kids’ Creations

My kids love to create along side of me and have really gotten into the spirit of challenges! They like to follow along in my footsteps and often ask what the challenge I’m making a specific card for. ;D So here are a few of their creations that they wanted to show off…

Lydia’s Tropical Island

Make it Colourful Challenge #22 Blues
Stamp: Palm Trees (MiC)

Cassandra’s Beach Girl

Little Miss Muffet Stamps – New Releases
Stamp: Coriander (LMMS)

Lydia’s Gifts

Stamp: Sled Packed with Gifts (WoJ)
Lydia’s Magic Coloring

I am amazed at the results of this coloring! Tilda is colored with “kids markers” but only three days later Coriander is colored with my “magic markers”… aka Copic markers! I can see her technique changed and her color choices are better – they really are magic!

Lydia’s Garden Fairy

Stamp: Pergamano Fairy (P)

Lydia’s Agent Cupcake

Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge #11
Stamp: Agent Cupcake (LMMS)

Cassandra’s Bumble Family

Tiddly Inks Challenge #54 (one layer)
Stamps: Double Trouble Bears, Father Bumble Bear, Mothers Day and Whaz Up or Down (TI)

Cassandra’s Hay Diddle Diddle

Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge #11
Stamp: Jumping Bessie (LMMS)

Dare to Dream

I finally got around to working with the new Spring Kit from Whiff of Joy featuring Elisabeth Bell stamps and I used Dare to Dream on this card. I saw a card in a magazine that displayed a picture frame using an embossed metal sheet with a monogram. I thought that would be a perfect idea for a card and that’s how I came up with this one. The DT Call challenge was to make these fun flowers.


Challenge: Whiff of Joy Guest DT Call
Challenge: Whiff of Joy Challenge #100 (anything goes)
Challenge: Stamps R Us Celebrate Spring Challenge
Challenge: The Shabby Tea Room Week #54

(BINGO: gems, flowers, diecuts [leaves])

Challenge: Paper Sundaes Challenge #61 (embossing)
Main Stamp:
Dare to Dream (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Stella and Rose Hattie (MME)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Leafy Branch
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R12, R14
-hair: E35, YR20, YR21, YR23
-clothes: BG11, BG10, BG72, BG75, BG78
-other: R12, R14, G24, G28

Did you know? Leave It to Beaver was a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American television situation comedy about an inquisitive but often naïve boy named Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (portrayed by Jerry Mathers) and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver’s parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver’s brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-twentieth century.
[Leave It to Beaver, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was the selected winner at Paper Sundaes for this challenge!

Tania Baking

I found these large tags on my last shopping spree and they are the perfect size for a few of my settlements. I originally colored this adorable girl for the kitchen scene posted on Monday but forgot to check the scale and discovered she was too tall. So with her already colored this was a quick card to make.


Challenge: Belles ‘n Whistles Challenges (white, pink, red)
Challenge: Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge #20 (anything goes)
Challenge: Delicious Doodles Challenge #15 (my card)
Main Stamp:
Tania Baking (BnW)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Metal Die: Magnolia DooHickey Cherry Lace
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R11
-hair: E41, E42, E43, E44
-clothes: G99, G82, G40, B99, B97, B93, B91, E42, E41, E40, C1, C3, R11, R12, R14

Did you know? A diacritic is an ancillary glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. The main use of diacritics in the Latin alphabet is to change the sound value of the letter to which they are added. Examples from English are the diaeresis in naïve and Noël, which show that the vowel with the diaeresis mark is pronounced separately from the preceding vowel; the acute and grave ‘accents’, which indicate that a final vowel is to be pronounced, as in saké and poetic breathèd, and the cedilla under the “c” in the loaned French word façade, which shows it is pronounced /s/ rather than /k/.
[Diacritic, Wikipedia.org]