Thursday, November 23, 2017

Easy Mini Albums

A new linking challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps today - hop on over and link up one of your projects from today in the Anything Goes Challenge!

My project uses the Easy Mini Albums booklet to create this envelope gift. This is the outside which features a pocket on the side for a personal note. The image I used is From Me To You by Whimsy.


When it opens from the back, this is what it looks like... and another envelope to follow.  On the bottom panel I used the Party Banner metal die from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and the words are chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty that have been painted black then covered with Sparkles glitter gel.


Looking at the center part of this panel, the nested envelope part, I've used Polka Dot Pals Tanzen rubber stamp with the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces. The cupcake are Cupcakes 'n Books from Little Miss Muffet Stamps as well.
This last envelop reveals the inside.  In the center, I also used the Party Banner metal die plus the Needle and Thread from DoveArt Studios.  The sentiment is more chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty.


When I cut around the needle, I cut off the thread part instead of fussy cutting around it.  Then I actually threaded the needle with Baker's twine and glued it artistically to the background.  I thought that added a fun element.  I suppose I should have added a shadows with the marker as well so I'll go back and do that before I give it away. :D


On the bottom panel, I also used the Cupcakes 'n Books stamp to replace one of the strawberries in the wagon. The girl is Sunbonnet Strawberry Wagon and I had stamped two wagons to create a train instead of one.  Now this project is nearly complete - I just need to write a letter to tuck into the front then I'm done.  Yay!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Swings 'n Slides Slurp

My project uses the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces and gives this tyke a new face, Swings 'n Slides Slurp. I inked up the stamp then used a cotton swap to clear off the face before I stamped it. Then I selected one of the Add-on Faces and gave him a new smile.

Come join the Anything Goes Challenge - link up one of your projects this week!


Here's a comparison of the original and the end result. The left one was fabulously colored by Faye who does an amazing job with blending!  But you'll have to look past that to see their faces and how the new Add-on Face looks on Slurp.


Here are the Copic markers I used:

E79, 74, 71
E27, 23, 31, 00, 04, R02, 08
YG99, 23, 01, 25, 17
B93, 91
T1, 3, 5, 7, 9, BV23
YR18, 15, 24
 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Many of you have seen this already but now here's all the details plus a ton of pictures. This image was inspired by the coloring challenge with Zoe and Jennifer to color a snow globe. Other than using markers, pencils and white, the challenge was open but the idea was to study the way items reflect in the globe. I decided to go with a mason jar instead of a traditional globe but the challenge was still there.  Here's the end result...


For this project, I used the following rubber stamps - and how I used them you'll find below:

Art Impressions Stackers Penguins

And newly created direct from this challenge, and special request by a fan, you'll find the Mason Jar Snow Globe digital from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
 

The coloring medium was Prismacolor Pencils on Balsa Wood. The Balsa wood is soft and has a lot of texture which makes it smooth to color on. When you start coloring the first couple of layers, make sure they are light and don't press hard.  Because the wood is soft, it's easy to make a valley which will be difficult color around. With each layer of color, you can press a little harder - by time you're to the end, you can easily press and create smooth blending.
 

STEP 1: My first step was to stamp the Mason Jar twice so that I could create it upside down. The original jar's lid has the perspective of being on top so I couldn't just flip the jar around. I first stamped the bottom then inked part of the top and stamped it under the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 2: Next, I inked part of the Stackers Penguins to include just the top four penguins. Then I used the Spring Fence and stamped a portion of it on either side. I didn't bother with masking and about how messy it was going to look because I knew the pencils would cover any lines I didn't want.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)


STEP 3: If just the jar wasn't enough, I sketched in some elements too!  The words Ball Mason on the partially on the jar and the twine and jingle bells around the lid. This will help me bring in some color from outside of the snow globe.  This will be the challenging part to figure out how those colors will reflect in the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 4: I started with the bells because they were calling to me and often red it one of the colors that can be daunting. And it helped me set the tone for the rest of the image.  I then used white to help fill in where I wanted the highlighted ares to be on the surface of the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 5: And then... crazy enough, if the challenge wasn't hard enough, I threw in a background. These are suppose to be pine needles like a wreath or something back in the distance and sort of blurry.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 6: I then brought in some of the green to reflect on the jar and around the edges. Plus in the background I added light green. I didn't add any details showing through the jar because it would be distorted from the liquid.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 7: Sorry about jumping on this step - sometimes I get carried away and forget to take a photo! Here I added yellow to the star plus the highlights on the penguin. I colored the fence and added snow around the base and tops of the fence. I then colored the penguins' feet and noses.  Lastly I started on the scarves and hats.  Each color, I added a little of it to the jar edges and to the jar's lettering.  I know I really jumped - because I did the blue background portion as well.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 8: Below I finished the hats with white trim and then the penguins in black and white. I thought I had too much color in the jar's wording so I tried to add some more white back in.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 9: On this step, I colored the twine and the jar's lid. At this point, I feel it starting to come together but I'm still struggling with the jar's reflections. I'm not sure how all these colors are going to reflect but I kept going.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 10: I added ground and shadows to the ground. Then I started to blend the white in the jar. I also blended around the edges of the jar and add some more white and color in areas. I also added more gray shadows around the base.  This is the last of the pencils.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 11: For the snow I used, Liquitex Gesso paint. This was to create the snow flakes and also give my white areas the extra highlights.  The Gesso white was much brighter than the pencils so it helped. I added it to the jar's wording plus the streaks of white reflecting on the jar.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

STEP 12:  After the Gesso dried, I used the Copic T4 and T2 to add some shadows. It's a bit risky to get the markers dirty but it was just what I needed. This is where shaded some of the snow flakes around the bottom, just on the outer sides. I also added a little shadow behind the bells, twine and lid.
(Note: you can click on the image to see a larger version.)
 

The last step is to make a card, of course. I kept it simple since the Balsa wood canvas was already very large and I didn't want the card to be gigantic. Hope you like it and feel free to ask me any questions. 

You can also color this Mason Jar Snow Globe and join the challenge!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces

It's the last day of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces release. There have been some amazing projects uploaded by our Honored Guests and the Little Misses design team and today is no exception. Make sure to visit their pages and also on the LMMS Facebook group.

Laura Nehring (Honored Guest)
Bridget Curnow
Janice Wilson
Danni Bindel

For my project I've used the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces clear stamps on two different stamps, Little Toadstools digital stamp from Make it Crafty and Hot Sip rubber stamp by DoveArt Studio.  I have quite the mix going on!  LOL


The main stamp is Little Toadstools from Make it Crafty. One of the silly faces I used on the smaller mushroom actually has three eyes on the original stamp. However, after inking it, I used a cotton swap and wiped away the two outer eyes before I stamping. I thought a cyclops would be perfect and it helped narrow the face a little to fit better on the stem. The second face didn't have half the pupils because that counterpart is on the Polka Dot Pals. This allowed me to change the position of the eyes a little. I think it makes him cuter.  :D


Colors were a hard choice and I was going to go with red and orange, but I decided something different would be fun so I went with green and blue. I was lucky to find some yellow decorative paper which was the perfect kind of color pow it needed.


These are the Copic colors I used:

E41, 42, 43, 44
B0000, 01, 52, 14
YG21, 01, 23, 05, 07
YG21, 01, 23, 05
T0, 1, 3, 5, 9, BV23
E04, 95, R02


Be sure to visit the LMMS Facebook group!
You'll find a full glimpse set, tips on how to use it, and more.

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Here's my second project...


My second project uses the Add-on Faces on the Hot Sip by DoveArt Studio.  I thought a little face on this cuppa would make someone's day.  I gave her puffy cheeks and a little heart.  Then I set the green up against browns to help give it a real center focus.


The Copic colors I used on this are:

YG25, 13, 01, 00, G20
BG07, 32, 11
C0, 1, 3, 5, 9
R12, 8, 2, 85, 46
E18, 11, E44


I'd like to submit these projects into the following challenges:

HLS November CAS Challenge
Love to Craft Challenge #16
Mix it Up Challenge #7
Rhedds Creative Spirit November Challenge
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #27
Your Scrapbook Place November Challenge
Color Crazy Challenge #44
Creative Fingers Challenge #140
Emerald City Crafters Challenge #5
Fun Day Friday Challenge #213
Morgan's Art World Challenge #22
Polkadoodle Craft Challenge #44

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Polka Dot Pals Quoba

It's day three of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces!

Being Day 3, I'm sure you're up on all the information.
However, today you'll find tips on how to combine the digital Polka Dot Pals with the clear rubber Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces. So be sure to visit the LMMS Facebook group for more tips!

Also check out what the Honored Guests and fabulous Little Misses have created:

Emma Louise (Honored Guest)
Katya Bess
Marika Gewalli (Honored Guest)
Lisa Johansen

For my project, I've used Polka Dot Pals Quoba.


I added one of the Add-on Faces and colored her in light colors.  The markers weren't working well on this paper as you can see on the face and right arm. It has started to get gunky so I did the best I could to cover it up and then moved on.

These are the Copic colors that I used:

E0000, 00, 30, 31, 34, R11
YR24, 31, E30, 51, 53
R02, 14, 29
YG21, 17, 23
BG02, 10, 11
B31, 23, 39
T1, 3, 9, BV23
YG17, 21, 23, 67, 99


I kept the card simple. I found some green gingham paper which worked well with the watermelon theme.  Why is that? I don't know but they seemed to fit. Then added a little red and black for the base of the card. I sewed the edges and added a couple gems.  Done!


The Polka Dot Pals Add-On Faces clear stamps can also be used with the digital Polka Dot Pals. Digital and rubber - how's that possible?  No, that doesn't mean you stamp your monitor. LOL

This is for those who know how to resize and manipulate your digital stamp. The process is simple - you'll resize your digital stamp, print it, then stamp it with the clear stamp.  The measurements you'll need to resize are listed below. Remember there are two different sizes of Add-on Faces so you can choose which one fits your project the best.

(Both images can be clicked on to make them larger.)


As you can see, the figures given are for the Polka Dot Pals pupils and measure from outside edge to outside edge. I like to rotate my digital Pal (if needed) so the pupils are level with each other. Then I'll use the ruler bar and place guidelines where needed. For the large size, the dimensions of 0.79 worked out to be just over 20.1 millimeters. So I've set my guidelines just larger at 40 and 60 millimeters.  These guidelines make it super easy to size the pupils within the box.

As a tip, keep your project opened or saved so you can make minor adjustments if needed. After printing, the clear Add-on Faces are then easy to stamp on like normal.  Done!


Stay tuned for one more day of festivities - and tomorrow you'll see how versatile these Add-on Faces are with other stamps - it's just the beginning of possibilities!

I'd like to share this project in the following challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge #102
Stamped Blessings heARTful Challenge
Archi-scraps November Challenge
Card Mania Challenge #98
Classic Design Team Challenge #19
Copic Spain November Challenge
Crafty Girls Challenge #41
Cute as a Button Challenge #38

Friday, November 3, 2017

Polka Dot Pals Lirienne

It's day two of the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces!
Be sure to the LMMS Facebook group each day for more and our honored guests below!

Jennifer Dove (Honored Guest)
Marion Lones
Tina Pavlovic (Honored Guest)
Janice Wilson

If you're just tuning in, check out the previous post on all the release details and then pop into the LMMS Facebook group to catch up on everything. Today you'll find tips on a second way to use the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces in case alignment is a bit jittery.


For my project, I used Polka Dot Pals Lirienne and stamped her on Balsa Wood.  However, before I did that, I wiped the ink away from the pupil of her eyes.  This truly gave her a blank face!  LOL I wanted to do that so when I used the vampire face, the eyes would have an eerie glow to them. 


This is also a technique you could use if you had trouble aligning the eyes or if you wanted to use them on another type of image.  The easiest way to do this is to use a cotton swap.


I then colored my image using Prismacolor Pencils.  The skin tones were more grayish and white colors for a nice vampire glow.  The eyes and lips I did in red because I really wanted it to stand out and the white highlights help give it a finished look.  Coloring on Balsa Wood is my favorite way to use my pencils as the texture is very soft.


The rest of the card was put together with a bunch of odds and ends. Gesso was used on the back decorative paper and Make it Crafty Chipboard are some of the embellishments. I also used the metal dies Just Saying and Mini Alpha & Numbers Cutters from CC Designs.  Lastly for a bit of a fun element, I suspended the sentiment with an Action Wobbles Spring.


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

Always Fun Challenge #30
Artistic Inspiration Challenge #189
Aurora Wings Challenge #59
My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Link Up #27
Crafting from the Heart #181
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1744
Use Your Stuff Challenge #286