Snail Mail

I was inspired by the way Annabel colored Belated Birthday Snails with all the texture that I knew I had to try.  So I picked up Snail Mail rubber stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  However, instead of using pencils, I gave it a go with markers so my details isn’t as controlled.  But hay, he turned out okie dokie in my book.

I didn’t really have a good sentiment that I liked so I used the background decorative paper and wrote in my own. It’s a word search paper and I used a black pen to write in my sentiment and blue to circle it.  After all… I found it!

These are the Copic markers used on Snail Mail:
R05, 46, 59, BV23
E41, 42, 43, 49
C0, 3, 5, W9
Y11, 35, YR15, 21, 24, E31, 33, 35
B000, 45, 39, 93
G28, YG63, 21

Circus Tent

This week at Make it Colourful the challenge theme is to color bright colors and I couldn’t resist using the new Make it Crafty Carnival images!

The sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps so I added a few Meljen’s images for a grand parade. I added lots of embellishments too and of course used my favorite paper from last week! The tent banner was first inspired by one of my teamies who came up with a more creative name… that’s just a teaser so head on over to the Make it Colourful challenge blog to see which one. ;D

Here’s the Circus Tent background before it was mounted on the card. The sky was created with the Copic airgun and I used three of the BG colors to spray it (BG11, Bg72 and BG75). The angle of the airflow was a bit awkward and not what I’m used to. Plus I wasn’t able to adjust the airflow with the single can setup so I’ll have to work at my technique.

DT Challenge: Make it Colourful Challenges (bright colors)
Main Stamp:
Circus Tent (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Stella and Rose Mabel (MME), Patriotic Bear (MD), Noah’s Loving Elephants (MD), Giraffe’s Necktie (MD) and Life is a Circus (Imaginisce)
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Markers:
Y000, Y32, Y26, Y35, YR14, YR18, YR21
BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, BG78
G21, G24, G28, YG67
R11, R12, R14
E50, E51
E42, E43, E44
C1, C3, C5, C7

Did you know? Wilson Alwyn “Snowflake” Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931), born in Jericho, Vermont, United States is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimed. Bentley poetically described snowflakes as “tiny miracles of beauty” and snow crystals as “ice flowers.” He captured over 5,000 images of crystals in his lifetime.
[Wilson Bentley,]

Happy Little Gnome

I can’t believe it’s mid-week already – I haven’t even started anything on my list for this week! Anyway, today I’m sharing a fun card which attempts to combine two different styles of images – Make it Crafty and Meljen’s Designs. I was happy with the way I colored the water until the sky was added as it was just a little too red for my liking. Finally, these chipboard embellishments were also covered with Liquid Pearls, then dragonflies and Dew Drops were added.

One of the challenges this week at Zoe’s Blog is to define a well used Australian Sang. For this post, I chose to define “Good Onya!” Get ready to believe it or not…

Good Onya [/gʊd/ /ˈʌnyə/] -interjection
An expression of surprise, shock or dismay; to encounter suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares; to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion.

Origin: Onya is a deity worshiped by the ancient Aussies and is the goddess of fate or destiny. She reveals her decrees by inhabiting the person briefly who then appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment, and therefore is only able to declare her presence by the simple exclamation of “GOOD ONYA!” at which point, the Great Onya is forced to depart.

Challenge: Make it Crafty – Aussie Slang Interpretation
Challenge: Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #45 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: AiFactory – Challenge #65 (For the boys)
Challenge: Creative Belli Blog – Challenge #109 (‘P’ is for … patterned paper)
Main Stamp:
Happy Little Gnome (MD) & Sailing Leaf (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Green Stack (DCWV)
Chipboard Embellishments: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Hexagons
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R21, R22
-clothes: BG10, B52, BG72, BG18, R14, R17, R29, E41, E42, E43, E44
-leaf: G40, G82, G94, G99, E42, E43, E44
-water: 0, BG10, B52, BG72, BG18
-sky: 0, R02, R11, R12

Did you know? The population of the world is currently about 6,895,800,000 residing in over 220 countries and territories. In terms of percentage of each country’s population compared to the population of the world, the top ten are:

China (19.5%), India (17.3%), United States (4.52%), Indonesia (3.44%), Brazil (2.77%),
Pakistan (2.49%), Nigeria (2.29%), Bangladesh (2.17%), Russia (2.06%) and Japan (1.85%).

[List of Countries by Population,]

Cat & Mouse

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project Welcoming Winter. Winter always reminds me of cold nights and a cozy place to snuggle up. I made this card using Cat & Mouse from Meljen’s Designs and placed them next to the Fireplace Make it Crafty.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #19
Main Stamp: Cat & Mouse (MD) and Fireplace (MiC)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-cat & mouse: E04, R83, W4, W6, W8, E97, E99
-fire: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR16, YR18, R27, R29, R39, W6, W8
-fireplace: R35, R37, R39, E08, E15, C00, C1, C3, C5
-floor: E40, E42, E25, E29

Did you know? Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (named after Davis’s grandfather); his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Arbuckle’s dog, Odie. As of 2007, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.

Pixie Dust Fairy

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is themed Christmas which is to create a card or project with a winter theme. I made this card using Pixie Dust Fairy from Meljen’s Designs and Mushroom #2 from Limited Runs. This fairy is flying around sprinkling the first winter’s snow!

Other challenge themes for this card is “Winter means…” (freezing cold days and frosty windshields), Snow or Snowflakes, “Let it Snow”, Winter Wood Land (woodsy Christmas scenes) and Sparkle & Shine (glitter on wings and sparkly snow).

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #17
Challenge: Pile It On – Challenge #46
Challenge: Totally Papercrafts – Challenge #43

Challenge: PaperPlay Challenges #46
Challenge: Creative Inspirations – Challenge #87
Challenge: Meljens Design Team Challenge #34
Main Stamp:
Pixie Dust Fairy (MD) and Mushroom #2 (Limited Runs)
Patterned Paper: A Heartwarming Holiday (TPS)
Dry Embossing: Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Folders Checkerboard
Copic Colors:
-fairy: E000, E00, E11, R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, G21, G24, G28, E55, E57, E59
-mushrooms: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99

Did you know? Millipedes’ primary defense mechanism is to curl into a tight coil protecting their delicate legs inside an armored body exterior. Many species also emit poisonous liquid secretions or hydrogen cyanide gas through microscopic pores as a secondary defense. Animals such as Capuchin monkeys have been observed intentionally irritating millipedes in order to rub the chemicals on themselves to repel mosquitoes.

Update: I was selected as a top 5 at Meljen’s Designs for this challenge!

Garden Bun Bun Fairy

I made this card using Garden Bun Bun Fairy from Meljen’s Designs for the Lollipop Crafts Challenge this week. The challenge is to create a card or project using embossing and this card had a dry embossed background. Even though this is a spring image, I wanted to transform it to fit an autumn theme.

Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #14
Main Stamp: Garden Bun Bun Fairy (MD)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (unknown)
Copic Colors:
-bunny: E40, R21, BG0000, BG000
-clothes: YG93, YG95, YG99, YR21, YR23, YR24
-other: E42, E44, E47, YR12, YR15, YR16, E08, E09, R24

Did you know? A class rating is an allowance to fly a certain group of aircraft that require training common to all aircraft within the group. A Type rating is specified if a particular aircraft requires additional specialized training beyond the scope of initial license and aircraft class training.
[Aviation Class Rating,]

Mamma Whale

It’s another challenge at Lollipop Crafts and this week the challenge is to use embossing, either dry or wet. I made this card using Mamma Whale by Meljen’s Designs and the embossing can be found on the whales! I used a script dry embossing folder and embossed the image after I colored it.

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts – Challenge #13
Main Stamp: Mamma Whale (MD)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Script Texture
Copic Colors:
BG72, BG75, YR12, YR14

Did you know? White chocolate is a confection based on sugar, milk, and fat (either cocoa butter or vegetable oils) without the cocoa solids. Some consider white chocolate not to even be chocolate, because of the lack of cocoa solids. The US FDA standard of identity of labeling for white chocolate states it must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa butter, a minimum of 14% of total milk solids, a minimum of 3.5% milkfat, and a maximum of 55% nutritive carbohydrate sweeteners.
[Types of Chocolate,]