Friday, March 30, 2012

THinking Of You

Hi Guys!
I hope your week is going well. I've been a busy little bee but I always make a bit of time to craft, helps calm me down and unwind.
So today I'm  using one of my all time favorite Penny Black cats. :) Such a lot of fun to color!
And I'm still featuring the "friend" stamp set by Precious Remembrance. Remember, I'm giving a set away and you still have one more day to enter, so if you haven't already done so, click here to be taken to the giveaway.

Image: Penny Black
Memento ink
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel pencils
Punch: Martha Stewart
Paper: MME "Rosy"
Twinery Twine
Glittermist (does make the paper buckle as you can see)
Buttons: from stash

That's it from me!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mummu In Summer

Hi Guys!
Well today we have a Picture Inspiration for you at Mo's Digital Challenge. isn't it GORGEOUS? Ranunculas are some of my favoritist flowers ever!!
The photographer is W. Scott Chester, fabulous designer!
the art of W. Scott Chester
OK, so you're wondering where the blue is from, not seeing it on the photo, well its there, the camera just needs to back up as I'm sure it was a blue sky day! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Image: Mo Manning
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel pencils
Paper: Echo Park "Springtime" and "For The Record"
Corner Die: Sizzex
Buttons: from stash

So come join in the fun this week, hope to see your Mo projects!!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coloring White On Kraft

Hi All!
So this is the first tutorial in a series I am going to show you over the next few months. In this post I am going to color white on kraft.There's many ways to so it and in fact it would depend on what kind of white youre coloring. Is it snow? You would want cool colors. A polar bear? Creamy colors. Each "white"would require slightly different pencils. You get the idea.
So today we're doing a sailor suit on this little cropped cutie by Mo Manning.
I'm using Lyra pencils and a kraft cardstock very similar to "Lunch Bag Kraft" which is what I would recommend you have a go with . I have noticed that true kraft is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the craft stores so the Kraft Outlet is a real treasure!

1) So just start out by coloring all over with White (ignore his face and hair I got carried away. lol)

2)Add your Dark Gray in the deepest shadows. It will look a little strange, that's ok. We like strange. :) 

3)Now grab the Medium Gray and blend the dark gray into the white as best you can. It will still look a little "childish" at this point. 

4)Now grab the silver gray and blend still further. You'll start seeing the shades come together now.

5) Light gray is next and just keep blending!

Its looking good but now it needs some "punch" so this is the "clean up phase":
6)  brighten the lightest areas with pure White
7) deepen any shadows that look a little "washed out"
8)  sharpen your lines with a black pencil and 
9) add a touch of Aquamarine in your darker grays to make the white look a bit "cleaner". It's kind of like adding  "blueing" in  a hair rinse, but you don't want to overdo it or you'll have blue  hair  sailor clothes instead of white. :)

So there we have it! I hope you've had fun and next time we'll tackle the little boy's hair which will be a nice blonde.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 26, 2012


Hi Guys!
A happy Monday to you!
I really had a blast putting this little project together, went a little crazy with the hexagonal dies, I admit, but aren't they fun?

Colors: Prismacolors and Lyras
Papers: MME Sunshine and  MME Breeze

A few challenges:
Crafting When We Can - One for the Boys 
Pile It On For/From a Man 
Robyn`s Fetish - Kids Cards 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 23, 2012


Hi All!
(For my first post of today please scroll down)
Its time for a new challenge at Jellypark!
This time we want to see some Weather on your projects~
I don't know about you but here in North Carolina winter wasn't much of a winter and the trees have been dropping leaves for the past four months. It's not technically "fall" but you could actually do what this gal is doing and go jump in the leaves ! (that is, if you're not afraid of chiggers and ticks but we wont go there, after all the challenge is "weather" not "insects" and I'd hate to give you the eeby the way, do you feel itchy?.... lol

Anyway! Back to the card!
Image: jellypark
Papers: Jilliben Soup "Dutch Mustard" and MME " Honeycake"
Punch: Martha Stewart
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel Pencils

Remember to join in my giveaway for a chance to win a set of Precious Remembrance stamps.
 See sidebar for candy. :)

Have an awesome weekend!

You're Just Ducky!

Hi GUys!
I have a fun card to share with you today! You'll never know just how much fun this duck was to color in, a gift from my blogging buddy Yenni. Thanks Yenni!
Once again I am featuring the awesome "Friend" sentiment stamp set by Precious Remembrance (don't forget to enter my blog candy to win a set for yourself~ look in sidebar), goes perfectly I think. :)

Colors: CarbOthello Pastels
Paper: Echo Park "Country Drive"
Punch: Martha Stewart

Awwwwww....isn't she shweeeeeeet????

I'll be back in a few hours with a new Jellypark challenge!
Thanks for coming by!

A few challenges:
Penny Black Saturday: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes 
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Cute & cuddly 
Paper Crafting Journey -  Pretty Pastels 
Paper Play -Spring colours 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Friend Is Always There

Good morning all!
Its time for a new challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil!
It's time to Bling It On!
OK, I'm not the "blingiest" person out there, I'll admit it; but if you look closely you will see exactly three gems on this card. And a bow. :) Success! 
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel Pencils on Kraft cardstock

Just a FYI for all you fabulous 'colorers' out there. You can see that I colored this Kraft with pastel pencils. It worked but it really isn't ideal. If you're looking to do pastels I would highly recommend you buy pastel paper. It works so much  nicer and the pigment stays put much better. You have to be very careful not to smudge the pastel on kraft, it kinda just sits on top, you know?
You can use a matte spray fixative to set the colors (not perfectly) but keep in mind that fixative can dull your colors, especially whites so I choose not to.
There's still time to enter for a chance to win the "Friend " stamp set by Precious Remembrace be sure to click on the candy in my sidebar and add your name to Mr. Linky. A winner will be drawn at the end of the month. :)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Kiss The Cook

Hi Guys!
I have a new Bunny Zoe's project for you today, featuring the art of Bildamarna. Now, I was very tempted to use this stamp in my recipe book, but well, I got to playing around and this card came out of it. ;)
I have to say I'm quite proud of those eggs. (Yes, they ARE eggs. Aren't they eggsuisite? And eggciting and eggasperatingly perfect? I find them eggshilarating and yet spellcheck is not so eggstatic which is eggsactly what I would eggspect in a case like this. Am I eggstraordinarily irritating today?? :) Eggshausting?? 
OK, I'll shut up now.
On to the card!
I am using this card also as my Catered Crop project this fortnight which is :

Colors: Lyras and Prismacolors on Kraft

Thanks for coming by!

The Pink Elephant: Kraft
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
By the Cute & Girly - In the Kitchen
Card and Scrap - Seams/Stitch 
2 Sisters -Spots and Dots
Crafty Emma - Kolouring on Kraft 

Friday, March 16, 2012

You're The Best!

Hi All!
How is everyone in Blogland today? Feeling crafty :) ?
Isn't this pair the cutest?
 Its one of my favorite Mo Manning stamps. partly cos I like the kitty and partly cos I like coloring balloons. :)
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
Paper: MME "Rosy"
Punch: Martha Stewart

*Remember I have a  Precious Remembrance stamp set to give away to one happy crafter. Just click on the candy in my sidebar and enter your name in Mr. Linky. :)
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Under The Weather

Hi Guys!
So its time for a new challenge at Mo's DP2!
This week we want to see your "Buttons and Bows". Easy peasy, right?
I chose this little cutie patootie and colored her with my CarbOthello pastel pencils. Still trying to get the skin right. :)

Image: Mo Manning
Colors: CarbOthello pastel pencils
Paper: Cosmo Cricket "Material Girl"

I really hope you can join in the fun! 
I look forward to snooping around and seeing what you all create. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Owl Be Here For You

Hi Guys!
Whooooooos in the mood for a couple of owl cards? :)
Ive been playing around with these cuties and my 6x6 paper packs. Great combination!
The first is for a friend of ours who just had a baby and needless to say isn't getting much sleep! 
The second is simply a "Thinking Of You".

Ingredients for "Night Owl":
Owl: Jellypark
Papers: Jillibean Soup "Blossom Soup" and My Minds Eye "Life Of The Party"
Ingredients for Pink Owl:
Owl: Jellypark
Papers:  Jillibean Soup "Apple Cheddar" and My Minds Eye "Life Of The Party"

Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Not Too Shabby

Hi Guys!
Well its time for a new monthly challenge at Bunny Zoe's! And I always say its easy peasy but look, I'm an honest person. So I'm gonna tell it to you like it is. This challenge had all my nails bitten off ~so brace yourselves.
Shabby Chic
But I don't DO Shabby Chic!!!!
Or maybe I do, like this:
Oh sorry, that's shabby chick!! See, this is complicated stuff!
 I honestly didn't have a clue where to start. And I'm not exaggerating when I say that this little monstrosity took me ALL DAY!!
The shabbifying I can do, Its the chic part that throws me. lol
I'm sure you all will rock it, don't let me put you off! :/
I admit that the tearing things apart was rather cathartic...:) I just wonder if I sent this to someone if they would "get the whole shabby chic" thing or if they would open it up and just be like, "What the heck is this mess? Man, the mail service is getting really bad, look what it did to this card!" LOL
Right,I'm done now, just had to have some fun! Enjoy my creation! :-/

Image: Marianne D
Colors: Lyras and Prismacolors
Paper: Melissa Francis "5th Avenue"

Thanks for visiting!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Some Bunny Loves You

Hi Guys!
Hey, did you know that March is "National Crafters Month"? I know, me neither. I thought it was every month!! lol
 Anyway, the challenge this fortnight at Jellypark is in honor of "National Crafters Month" and basically the theme is (in my own words):
"Please The Crafter".
So use all your favorite goodies and create something special.
I fell in love with these little bunnies and thought they would go awesomely with my 6x6 MME paper pack "Rosy" in the "Lost and Found" collection. I decided to make a joyfold card.
The sentiments throughout are the "friends" stamp set by Precious Remembrance. (And remember, I have a set to give away so click on my candy in the sidebar so don't forget to go by and enter.)

Opened up.....

Well that's it for today!
Happy Crafting!


OK, I admit it. 
I love how this card came out. The papers are gorgeous and they just fit the image to a "T".
Love it when that happens. :)
Today I am featuring another card the "Friend" stamp set by Precious Remembrance
(By the way, you'll be seeing a lot of these this month cos the sentiments kinda go with everything. :)

Colors: Prismacolors and Lyras on kraft cardstock
Buttons: Home Sew

Remember I have one "Friend " stamp set up for grabs so be sure to click on my candy in my sidebar and enter to win the set you see below:
Friend Stamp Set
And more good news! For this weekend only if you order either Precious Remembrance stamp set using my code:
you will get 25% off your order, an awesome savings!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I'll Be Right Over

Hi Guys!
So this week at Mo's DP2 Challenge we want you to "Try Something New"
So I'm working on my coloring with the CarbOthello Pastel Pencils. Now I know you may have seen one or two posts already where Ive used these pastel pencils but at the time I made this card (a good month ago) it was still very new, in fact, this was only my second or third attempt. You can tell that because I'm coloring  on Kraft which is something I have now abandoned for a more usable paper: Pastel Paper.
Anyway, isn't this gal great? Her hair is almost as long as my daughters! 

Image: Mo Manning
Colors: CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
Corner: Sizzex

Face is a little pink...I'm working on it!

I look forward to seeing your projects!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Boy Can Dream

Hi Guys! 
Todays card was made for a DT that I'm no longer a part of so I have an extra card to show you "just for fun" :)
I don't normally do "boys cards" so its good to step out of the comfort zone now and then. It actually turned out to be a real fun card to make.

Card Ingredients:
Image: Lili Of The Valley 
Button: from stash

Anything Goes Challenge - Boyz to Men 
Creative Craft Challenges - Boys Will Be Boys 
Top Tip Tuesday -Stitches Real Or Faux 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - "Lets See Those Layers" (at least 3)
*NEWTotally Stampalicious -Spring is in the Air
Amusing Challenges - Die Cuts

Have a great day everyone!

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