Friday, November 25, 2011

Tiddlying Along and Redo's

Good Morning! I hope all you American's had a fun, festive and safe Thanksgiving. It was just a regular ol' Thursday here in Canada ;D

A friend asked me to dress up the cover of a journal she had purchased for her daughter. The journal flaps are a fairly deep purple, setting my colour choices.

Here's what I came up with. I re-purposed this coloured image of Fairy Fae Catches a Star from a card I made a while back. I had liked how the image came out, but not the card so much. May as well re-use it then to just have it stuffed away in a drawer.

I added the original stylized mat on top of a new square mat to fill out the size for the journal cover, it's quite large - 6" x 9". I was able to pull open the spiral binding to remove the cover in order to properly align the holes on my card stock.

I also added an oversize grommet to one hole on the ribbon to prevent the ribbon from fraying - hopefully. The grommet was large enough to still allow the pages to flip easily.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Little Miss Muffet - Gratitude

Wow, I really need to be better at checking back on the challenges I enter. My Simplicity recipe card won two challenges - Totally Scrumptious (random draw I think) and Raise the Bar - Top 3. I also had a top 3 placing at Send A Smile 4 Kids for my Chloe & Sarah new release card.

Hi there and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and family. Welcome to another Little Miss Muffet's Challenge - Gratitude Challenge #23. Show your thanks or appreciation.

This is Little Miss Muffet's - Kaitlyn paired with SandayLion DP scraps. I must confess, I am not in love with this card. Didn't turn out how I envisioned. It the tag, I think it's too far left, I was trying to leave some of the DP text showing. Oh well. We all have off days.

My intentions were good ;D This is to say thanx to my DD friend for the lovely Build A Bear birthday presents.

SU - Sentiment Stamp
Butterfly SVG - JenniferScrapShack
Corner Element SVG - Images By Heather M

This card is submitted for the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenge - Free for All
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes #58
iCopic Lover - Thanksgiving / Giving Thanks #57
Crafty Creations Challenges - #145 Thanks/Gratitude
Use it On Tuesdays - #20 Giving Thanks

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tiddlying for Two Weeks

It another fabulous Tiddly Tuesday Challenge - #74 - Anything Goes and this one runs two weeks. I thought the two week challenge was last week, oops, my bad, sorry for any confusion I may have caused. This whole month has been a wonderful Anything Goes theme at the Tiddly Inks Challenge site, so get out your favorite Tiddly and play along with us.

This is Tiddly Inks - Snowy Wishes and Snowman set. I distressed inked the edges of all the Bo Bunny - Snowfall Collection papers shown. The SVG snowflakes were layered and popped up with dimensional tape.

I originally made this card with darker snowflakes as seen above, but then changed my mind and redid them in more traditional snowflake colours.

Snowflake SVG's (multiple) -
Half Loop Frame SVG - Images by Heather M.
Swirl Flourish SVG - Wanda Crafts

Don't forget to head on over to the Challenge Blog and check out the rest of Tiddly Inkers fabulous designs. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Oops What a Week

Okay, apologies all around. This post is uber late. Ever have one of those week? Me too.

PLEASE head over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog, Barbara and the crew have samples of 4 new releases. Stunning as always.

Here is my take on Audrey, whom I paper pieced both the pants and shirt with Echo Park - Splash DP and added W3 for shading. I followed the Deconstructing Sketch No. 28.

This card is submitted for the following challenges:
Deconstructing Jen - Deconstructed Sketch No. 28
DYSU Challenge - #46 Splash of Blue
Paper Sundaes - #96 Use a Digi

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tiddly Inks Treat Bag - #73 Anything Goes!

Hey friends! Welcome to another Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Challenge #73. Today's challenge is another Anything Goes to help all of us get caught up before the Christmas craziness sets in.
I found this adorable and incredibly easy Treat Bag Cover on Splitcoaststampers. I made the width slightly bigger then the instructions to fit my plastic treat baggie.

I incorporated Tiddly Inks - Inky Critters snowman with Echo Park - Season's Greetings DP . The snowflakes were cut on cereal box and cream cardstock using a Cuddlebug snowflake die. The inside flake was popped up on a similar snowflake sticker from the coordinating paper set as was the Naughty Nice sticker.

As an after thought it occurred to me that it would be cute to place a gift card on the inside striped panel. So when you unfold the treat bag, you have chocolates and a Spa card. I plan on making another one, this time adapting my gift card idea for my kids teachers. Chocolates and Spa time, great combination.

There are much more inspiring creations over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog, don't forget to head on over there to check them out.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Miss Muffet - Simplicity

Today's Little Miss Muffet Challenge is - #22 Simplicity.

I decided to make a Holiday Recipe card in Photoshop. Pretty simple since Shabby Princess already made the recipe card template for me. All I had to do was drop in my .png image of Coriander as Goldilocks onto the premade recipe card, type in my recipe and re-arrange it around Corianders body. Once it was printed onto Xpress It paper and left to dry over night, I coloured Coriander in with my Copic markers. Simple huh!

I ran my marker in overlapping streaks on the skirt area to mimic the plaid in the digital recipe card border. Didn't turn out too bad - I thought :D

When you order a digital stamp from Little Miss Muffet Stamps, you get two file formats; a .png and a jpeg. For those of you who aren't familiar with the differences between file formats:

A .jpeg has as white frame box around the image.

A .png however, is cropped completely around the image shape leaving no frame box or white spaces around the outside of that image. Making it perfect to place ontop of backgrounds.

For more great Simplicity ideas, head on over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Blog.

I am submitting this recipe card in for the following challenges:
One Stitch At A Time - #87 Use a Digi
Creative Craft Challenges - Minimalistic
Totally Stampalicisous - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday Challenge - #136 Anything Goes
Raise the Bar - # 82 No Embellishment

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Annie Prezzie's Gift Bags

Are you ready for another wonderful and completely easy challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - Challenge #72 is Anything Goes!

My daughter's bestie from school is going away on vacation with her family. I whipped up these little Annie Prezzie gift bags for the two sister's. Each girl is getting a processing included disposable camera for their trip. I know how much my kids love taking their own photos, so thought the girl's might love it too.

You must stop over at the TI - Challenge Blog and see the other ladies creations. These women inspire me each ever day. And OUR challenge participants, geez! - there is so much talent out there.

Paper: Bo Bunny - Snowfall Collection
Ticket Digi - When the Scrap Hits the Fun!
K and Company - Blue Border stickers (I cute them into flower pieces - arranged around the flowers)

This Gift Set is submitted for the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything, But Square
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C112 Wrap It Up!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

LLM Chloe & Sarah

It's New Release time again at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and some even better news:

!! Hooray - it's a SALE !!

Barbara of Little Miss Muffet Stamps will be out of town for the rest of the week and orders will be filled on her return Sunday evening. Due to the long wait... from now until Sunday evening (8:00 pm Central Time), anyone who places an order of $10.00 or more can pick out a FREE digi!! Just include you choice in the comments section of your order and Barbara will include it with your purchase! :D

Now on to the New Releases. Meet Sarah and Chloe. Sarah is reclining in the rocker with her book and Hot Cocoa while happy little Chloe dishes the latest new to her big sis. Well, at least that what I envisioned when I merged Sarah and Chloe together with MIC's - fireplace digi.

I had to main goals when I put together this card. First; to finally dig into the gorgeous Bo Bunny - Vicki B Collection DP which was also paper pieced as wallpaper.

Secondly; to emphasize the shadows and highlights cast by the fireplace on all the elements, not just the characters. Since the fireplace was my source of light, the characters and such have areas closest to the fireplace highlighted and are in shadow on areas furthest away from the fireplace.

I love how Chloe's shirt turned out. Yes I did purposely change the order of the pink and green stripes on the sleeves, but I think it looks a bit random now. Should have stuck to a pattern. I also admittedly went easy on the layout, since it took me such a long time colouring the image.

How's the photo? I am trying a new trick I learned from watching this tutorial from Deconstructing Jen. I have a standard off the shelf digital camera that won't do the adjustments Jen suggest. I however did follow the Level-white eye dropper and sharpening effect in PS on my image. The difference was HUGE! Can't rave enough about the changes.

This card is submitted into the following challenges:
Send A Smile 4 Kids - For the Girls
Cute Card Thursday - #189 Baby Your a Firework
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - #136 Borders & Frames

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Candy Cane Sweetness

I know, I know. It's the day after Halloween and I've jumped right ahead to Christmas. What's a girl to do. Actually, December seems likes such a busy month, I don't know how much scrapping I can fit in then, so November works for me. ;D

You are going to love the challenge over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge site, because today's challenge is #71 - "Anything Goes". I love no parameters ;D

I just can't help squeal with delight over this Lilli Claire - Sweet Christmas Dreams. She is one of my very fave Christmas images at the Tiddly Inks store.

I have a quick Copic tip for you. I don't have a lot of reds, in fact I only have the standard R20 R22 and R27 standby that I use for all my red and pinks. I needed to make this standby go a little further and do deep red or burgundy for this card. W1 worked perfectly. It deepened and dulled down the red giving it a darker red appearance. My wish list is quite long. More ranges of red Copics are waaaaaaay down the list.

DP: Imiginisce - Polar Expressions.

This card is submitted for the following challenges:

A Gem of A Challenge
- #33 Cold and Frosty
Come and Get It Challenge - Anything Goes Week
Lollipop Crafts - #55 Anything Goes