Thursday, September 29, 2011

Animals on Parade

Come play along with us this week at the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Blog our fun and hurray easy challenge #19 is to use Animals or Monsters in your creation. Little Miss Muffet Store has some great animal & monster images, so don't forget to check them out after you check out our rockin' DT's.

I went CAS with this one, the adorable black and white jersey cow called Jumping Bessie screamed CAS to me. I thought the Mooving would be a funny sentiment. NO, we aren't moving, just thought the sentiment was a funny pun, plus shows the versatility of this image.

Sorry for such a quick post, I have been under the weather the last few days and heading back to bed. And check out the great watermark Barbara made for all us DT's, almost forgot to attach it, silly me.

I am entering this CAS card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge Blog - Q is for Quick & Simple
The House That Stamps Built - DCC928 Animals Challenge
Digistamps4Joy - #28 Anything Goes

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tiddly Batacular!

Scroll down to the previous post for Tiddly Inks Acrylic Challenge.

The MUST HAVE Sugar and Spice New Release is TODAY! These are a quick FAVE of mine, how fun and versatile, they can be every day naughty or nice or Halloween or even Angelic Christmas. I am so digging this Sugar Angel from the collection and couldn't help but paint her up all blue and sassy.

My daughter's sixth birthday is coming up just before Halloween and she has been asking for some Monster High dolls. She has become obsessed with them, in fact we purchased her Monster High Werewolf Girl costume this past weekend. Any way, I must have Monster High on the brain, because I coloured up this batastic beauty via MH style.

Deconstructed Sketch #20 over at Deconstructing Jen.

You can't tell by the photo, but I Glossy Accented her boots, shorts, eyes and bats, very shiny, and Stickled her wings.

The web svg border can be found here SensationalyChic Boutique. The edge are inked up with China Blue, Echo Park Splash

Acrylic Challenge Gone Shrinky

Hey there, welcome back to the Tiddly Inks Challenges. Okay, so it's not my week to do the Tiddly Challenge, but I couldn't resist, as well I read the calendar wrong ;D

Today's challenge #66 is to use acrylic somewhere on your project. Be it acrylic paint, spray or embellishments.

I ran out and bought some "printable" Shrinky Dink paper just for this challenge. I had so much fun that I made several projects including a fun Lilli Lolita bag tag for my daughters back pack. I blurred out my daughters name on the banner (Pirate Jane Extras), so it looks a bit wonky in the photo. I coloured Lili Lolita then scanned her before printing her onto the the Shrink paper.

After Photoshoping around the edges of these Tiddy pre-colured images, in Word, I resized them to apporx. 3" by 2 1/2" each, adjusted the transparency to 56% then printed them on the shrink paper.

The shrunk Tiddly tiles made perfect little tile images to put on 3.5" x 3.5" cards.

All these gorgeous pre-coloured art pieces are available at the Tiddly Ink Basement: Apple Tree, Heart Home, Grow a Little Impatient, Love Grows, and Vase.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Raining Art Journal

I went out this weekend and picked up a few things so that I can continue my new love of art journaling. I bought a proper sketch book, some more acrylics and water soluble pastels - hurray! I was also inspired to try my hand at my own text. Christy from Tiddly Inks, sent me a link to an incredible art journaling artist Joanne Sharpe found here at Whimpsirations. I just had to try my hand at large scale hand drawn fonts.

I recently discovered that Bloggabella has Art Journal Monday every week. I was just hoping that my idea for a page would fit, and it did. Today's challenge was to use a magazine phrase or image or both to inspire your piece. This rain idea has been in my head a couple of days and funnily enough while poking through my local sale flyers there was a Fashion Store add with a lady under an umbrella, voila.

I glued on some DP and ripped book text then acrylic painted the entire page. I sketched over the painting in pencil, - which was a mistake, my colouring with the pastels was greatly hampered by having everything blue underneath show through.

I am not terribly creative in the font drawing department so I typed up the phrase in Word and played around with different font types. When I got what I wanted, I sketched it out in pencil while looking at the Word document.

The expression may seem odd. It is a take off on how happy I was last week to have gotten a brand new extra wide umbrella after having been soaked the day before discovering my fall coat was no longer water proof. When it down poured again a couple of days later, I was prepared and very happy.

I didn't use a single stamp on this page, everything was hand drawn. I will admit it took the entire school day today to complete this, and dinner was late getting to the table - yikes!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On the Bench - New Release

Good morning folks. Have you checked out the new releases from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. Fabby fabulous! It's a must see, so are the designs by the other DT's, have a look for yourself here. As well, our long anticipated personalized LMM watermarks are finally here - hurray! Thanks Barbara :D

I couldn't wait to use this sweet little Megan image, and to pair it with my newly received MIC Park Bench for Two - thank you Zoe! I chose this bench especially for Megan. Of course she needed since this bench is built for two, so Butterfly Kisses (minus the butterfly) was just the right fit. It looks like she is trying to catch the dandelion fluff doesn't it?

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:
Try It on Tuesday - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Anything Goes
Card Making Mamas - Punches
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tiddly Journal Again

Have you made your entry for Tiddly Inks - #65 Art Journal Challenge? You still have time. I decided to give the art journal challenge another go and whipped up this creation using Lili Lolita. I blurred out my journaling below YOU and inside Lolita's banner.

If anyone knows of any Art Journaling Challenge Blogs, please let me know ;D Thanks.

Admittedly, I coloured this image for another upcoming challenge for scanning, but I didn't want it to go to waste. The only other concept I had for this page was to attempt an argyle frame. Everything else was just free flow. I DO enjoy the process with these, I don't have to think as much just use my visual brain so to speak.

I wet brushed a sheet of torn watercolour paper, then brushed over it with various colours for the background.. Behind the frame I stamped with a SU - spots and dots background set and dry brushed on pink paint with a stiff brush.

The edges were hand doodled and I stamped on SU - Mixed Bouquet (circle flowers) with black Memento ink, imitate doodling in more circles around the frame and bottom sentiment

The frame is SU - Feels like Spring blocked on cardstock four times then I cut to size and cut out a frame opening. I over the argyle with water colour then distressed the edges with various inks and chalk pads, finally outlining it with a black ZigZag marker.

Delightful Challenges - Girly Girl Challenge
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - #24 Boys & Girls
One Stop Craft Challenge - #149 Girlie
Anything Goes Challenge - #50 Anything Goes

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sketch Challenge SFC116

It's sketch time at the Squigglefly Challenge Blog - Sketch Challenge SFC116.

I grabbed this fantastic new digi called Witch Moon by Brian Lock available at The Squigglefly Store.

The DP are all Halloween scraps I have had for ages. The bat and the "Eeek" are from a scrap sticker set, and both the "Happy" & "Halloween" are dollar bin stamps.

Sew Many Challenge - Halloween
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - #129 Just Saying

Squigglefly Rewards Program:

When you are going to make your first purchase at Squigglefly - sign up for the reward program and it tracks your purchases. When you reach $15.00 that you've spent you earn a free image! This even counts towards sets! You can let your points build up - they never expire. Did you already buy some images and you're just now finding out about the reward program? Don't worry! If you sign up for the rewards program, Squigglefly will let any of your purchases made during the same month apply towards your rewards!

Also, remember that we aren't all that great about backing up our images. If your computer crashes, you can log in to Squigglefly with your e mail and be able to download the images you've purchased again! They don't expire and there is no limit on the number of downloads. How many companies do that for you?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Skater Boy Photoshop Brushes

I made this quick Skater Boy Birthday card with a free silhouette clip art by and some free grungy PS brushes by

Pretty simple huh, not much else to it, except some DP scraps, a Cuttlebug folder, Versamark, and a corner & hole punch. Too simple. Love those Photoshop brushes!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Colour Throwdown - #159 (blue, red and black)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Punches (corner punch and paper hole punch)
My Mum's Craft Shop - #23 Happy Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Things With Wings Journal

Good morning everyone. Welcome to another challenge by Little Miss Muffet Stamps. Today's challenge - #18 Winged Things. That could be fairies, birds, bees, dragon flies, or like I chose, butterflies. I was reminded of a verse I have on a little ceramic charm box about butterflies and happiness, so that became my theme.

This Kaitlyn image, just screams "happiness" to me, so how perfect to go with the phrase.

I had to incorporate flowers and swirls ( I chose flourishes) for the Allsorts Challenge - Week #120. P is for Pastels at the Alphabet Challenge Blog. As well, I coloured my Kaitlyn's dress in purples for Make It Colourful's - #34 Make it Purple challenge. Last, but not least this qualifies for the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog - ABC Anything but a Card Challenge #19

Jan at She's Gone Digital is having an "Art Journal Link Party". Link up your art journal from this week.

Mixed Media Details:
I Gesso'd my (5x7) journal page and let dry over night. Using water colour paints, I swirl around various colours then dried them with my Embossing hand dryer. The bottom left corner I went over with an alphabet template with Acrylic paint. I added SU flower and butterfly stamps which I coloured in using Acrylic paint and a blue ZigZag marker. Added some stamped Inkadinkadoo flourishes & butterfly then some spots and dots with random Studio G stamps. Using my Embossing dryer allowed me to dry the mediums between steps quickly to move on to the next layer. The black splatter is black Acrylic paint water downed and dripped on with a tooth brush.

Oh and I re-tried the facial detail technique with much better results, gotta love Copics!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Art Journaling Tiddly Style

Wow, do we ever have a FUN challenge for you today over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - #65 Art Journaling Tiddly Inks style. Just let you creative juices flow. You can't do anything wrong, it's all about the process, not the finished product. Here is great artist who's Journal pages will blow your mind: The Kathryn Wheel. I have to run out and get my hands on some Dylusion inks and paints after seeing her crafty designs.

Just a note about our current challenge, it will run for 2 WEEKS!

This is my FIRST ever attempt at Art Journaling - I think I'm hooked! ;D

I started off with envisioning lots of my own doodles within some swirls of hair. I decided the face of TI's - Druscilla would make the perfect anchor and kept her gorgeous wings after repositioning them.

I took a LOT of artistic license with Christy's Tiddly Ink images. Using bits and pieces of different digi's; copying and scaling in Photoshop just as if I were doodling. Almost everything within the wings is a portion of 9 manipulated Tiddly Inks digital images.

I rough ripped finished image, coloured it with Prismacolour, Crayola and Watercolour pencil crayons; glued into sketch pad then free hand doodled with marker. The rest was filled in wtih various pencil crayons, Pearl Ex, beads, dragon flies & key pendants, Stickles, letter rub on's and cracked glass technique.

I used parts a pieces of the following Tiddly Ink digi's:
Face, wings and top of hair - Druscilla
Hearts - Annies Bear
Butterflies - Flutterby
Apple Core - Love At First Byte
Grungy Ink Stain - previous freebie
Mushrooms - Fairy Fae House & Paper extra's
Spider Web - previous freebie
Flower Words - Flowery Wishes
Sea Monster & Skull Pile of Gold - Pirate Mega Pack

The journal around the edges is my ART credo. "May you always have the freedom to let your creativity flow. May you always use that freedom. May you always have the courage to push outside your comfort zone, add more and go bigger. May you always know when to self edit. May you have the confidence NOT to self criticize. May you always love what you've created. All these things I wish for you."

Please don't forget to check out the other Tiddly's Journals. This was such a fun and creative challenge, it's a must see.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Melanie New Release

Time for the Thursday New Releases from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I chose to feature gorgeous star catcher Melanie. Don't forget to check the Challenge Blog to see samples of new images.

I apologize for how "surprised looking" I coloured her ;D. I was playing with Barbara's (owner/designer LMM stamps) technique of adding more facial definition with my Copics. I think I made my dark shadow beside her nose extend too high above the eye brow. If it had gone under the eyebrow, Melanie would have looked less shocked.

I have combined the following challenges to create my card.
Splitcoaststampers: SC349 - Wednesday Sketch challenge
Allsorts - Week #119 Blue & Green
Pile It On - PIO#36, B is for: bows
My Mums Craft Shop - Layer It Up

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tiddly Super Star

I felt like playing along with this weeks Card Positioning Systems - CPS 234 card sketch. I chose to use Tiddly Inks Basement - SupahStar combined with Jillibean - Gazpacho Soup DP. I hand doodled some squiggles and faux stitching as well as some doodler border.

I went a little crazy on the details. I hand sewn all the swirls both on the TI image and on my squiggles. Plus the sentiment tag, stars and glasses are all glitzed up with Stickles. Since Anything Goes pretty much happened on this card, I why not submit it into the Anything Goes challenge over at the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog.

The shirt, glasses and hairband tie dye was done in PS before I printed the image. I paper pieced jean DP then hand sewed with pink embroidery floss.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Have Goose, Will Travel

Today's easy peasy challenge over at the Squigglefly Challenge blog is: Colour Me Blue & Green SFC114. Simply use Blue and Green in your project.

We love to see your all of your entries, but in order to win a prize, you must use a Squigglefly image and here's the link to "Freebies" at the Squigglefly store.

I had coloured this Cheryl Alger's - Goose Riders for another challenge, but never ended up using it. It was just sitting on my desk and I thought it would be perfect for today's challenge. I threw it together, with last weeks Cute Card Thursday Challenge - Sketch #179, but since I am too late to enter for that one, I can use this weeks A Pinch & a Punch challenge. Added a few die cut arrows, punched brads and the faux sticker is actually from the cover sample sheet of the Echo Park - Little Boy DP package.

Go grab yourself some "freebies" at the Squigglefly Store, and play along with us this week and don't forget to hop on over to the Challenge Blog to check out the Design Team projects.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Purple, Blue & Green Challenge

Hey there, welcome to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Blog Challenge #17 - Purples, Blues and Greens. I really wanted to use Summer Breeze for my image and went on a frantic search for the perfect background.

Since I couldn't find just the right background image I decided to make my own - I wanted the wind to be blowing the background images too. What a great way to combine this challenge with Make It Colourful's Challenge #32 - Sunset with Clouds. I haven't had a chance to play along with MIC lately, but didn't want to pass this one up. I used the Midnight Madness Sketch #MMSC119 over at Pricillastyles blog, admittedly I flipped the middle border piece. This also qualifies for My Mums Craft Shop Challenge - It's Easy as 1-2-3 , I used 3 colours in my layout, purple, green and blue.

This was my "Night Sky" inspiration photo:

I admit, I had to photograph this card several times, the colours changed drastically in the photo's for some reason. This is the one that seems closest to IRL.

Now head on over to the Challenge Blog and check out all the other projects.