Monday, February 23, 2015

I just love you

Just because Valentines Day is over doesn't mean the love stops there. Nope Nope!
I'm gonna keep it coming.
I got the perfect "love" piece too
I just love this one. It's the perfect size; giving it so many options.
This is HRT-477
from the February New Releases at Southern Ridge Trading Company
I knew I wanted to really highlight the heart; so I've kept it relatively simple.
I've used a glue pad, stamping the entire area.
Then covering and burnishing in ECD microfine glitter.
After, I used a heart stencil as a mat, spraying R38,
with my copic airbrush, slightly around the edge.
Using word stamps, I've stamped the "I love you"
then added a small ribboned WOC bloom and a little sticker heart
Finally, I've place an image "Flower Girl" from Whimsy Stamps
That I've had colored up with no home.
I really love how it turned out.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Hideaway

Valentines Day is on us quickly.
I'd like to share a sweet card I've made for my guy.
This precious image from Make it Crafty
Penny and Scott Cuddle
Island Hideaway
Using this gorgeous chipboard banner from Southern Ridge Trading Company

I kept the chipboard simple. It's so perfect as is and perfect for this image.
colored in copics:
penny's top: RV14, 13, 11
Pants and water: B99, 95, 93, 91
white pen was added to waves
hair: E18, 15, E18, 15
Scott's top: R39, 37, 35, 02
pants: W9, 7, 5, 3
hair: W9, 7, 5, 3
sky is airbrushed using B05, 41, BG49, 23, 01, R35, YR07, V05, Y11
sand E51, 33, 31, 35, 37
Palm trees: YG 99, 95,61

Monday, February 9, 2015

How'd she do that?

Good Morning
I've got a long one for ya so put your feet up and get cozy.
Dorinda here to bring you an idea of
"What do I do when part of my image sticks over the die I planned to useand would get cut off?"

Well, in some cases there is nothing you can do.
However, You are still in luck!!
I'm going to show you a fairly simple method that really enhances the image and die.

I'll be using Pixie for my image today.
She's one of the new PollyCraft releases for this month from CC Designs.

The first thing I do to make sure I've got enough paper room is
Lay down the die and image in the approximate location you want it.
I only do this because I'm notorious for cutting my paper shy.

After you've stamped the image, you'll re-lay the die across it.
Adjust as necessary to make sure your die is in the  position you want.
Using a pencil; lightly trace the inside of the die. Go all the way around but not over the image.
Since there is detail I want to keep on the die, I'm going to trace the outside as well.
This helps me make sure I don't get carried away in the next step.

Here's your result thus far.
as you can tell, it doesn't require neatness. all the marks will be erased.

You're going to fussy cut the antennae tip and dandelion top.
then starting at the top arrow, make a cut down to the inside ring trace
Make sure to only cut the area marked by the red line.
*The portion around the die does not need to be cut.

Using the trace as a guideline, reposition the image back on the die.
Sliding you fussy cut portions gently down and readjust.
This is where tracing the outside comes in handy.

place your plates as you would normally and run through your cutting machine
You may have a slight indention depending on the thickness of the die.
Once colored, it will not show.
You can actually run your image through with you plates to flatten it out as well.
The CC Designs are super thin and perfect for this method.

Here's my image all cut out and looking cute as can be.
you can see how it adds a new quality to your die cutting with the portions that protrude out.
I just love it.

Now I've got my image all colored up and I'm ready to create her new home.
I'm going to use on of the new stencils.
There's so many possibilities with stencils.
literally limitless.
For this one I've used stencil butterflies

*note the preview is using Gal Doodles
You can tape the stencil down or hold it with your fingers.
Whichever way is more comfortable.
Using a 1/8 spouncer, I chose to do multiple colors
you can adjust your pressure depending on how
defined you want your stenciled image to come through

Carefully pull off the stencil
As your ink is drying, make sure to clean that stencil ;)
I'm using the half circle DieZyne die to make an Easel card
You can find that tutorial here at Rhea's
After I've place Pixie down on her background, I replace the stencil
to extend the images into her circle frames.
Using the Maja papers Vintage Spring
They are perfect for the butterfly dies.

Place your die carefully over the butterfly
paying attention to the center of the body

 I've then added the smaller version to the larger version.
Created a slight bend to lift the wings from the card.
I had a paper pack that was perfect for the smaller flower dies.
I've repeated the above steps for this

Now it's time to start on the inside
I used a die just to use as a guide of where I wanted my sentiment to go
Once stamped up, I placed a scrap oval over the sentiment and repeated the stencil inking process

Finally, I've place my extra flowers and butterflies down.
to hold the card in place while open.
 I've punched out 3 layers of white cardstack and place the fourth flower layer on top

and here she is all finished


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pink and Kraft

We've changed our challenge start date to the 7th of the month.
And this month is a great challenge.
I wanna see LOTS of Pink and Kraft for you all.
The best thing about Kraft is you can use a paper sack, precut kraft or whatever you have.
When we were building our home, we bought huge rolls to lay down or cover windows to keep the heat out while we worked.
I just cut a piece from the roll and fed it through the printer.
I've used Sealed with a Kiss for my project.
I love this image and have wanted to color it up for a while
Perfect challenge for her.

Since I am not a pro with copics and Kraft, it was time to pull out the pencils.
Super excited was I as I've just received my Inktense pencils and have been dying to use them.
Once colored, I used a brush to blend out my color.
The great thing about Inktense is that they are Ink based. So, you can use them like a pencil for precision and then use water to blend and soften like a watercolor.
Once I blended, I went back in and accented my highlights.
Following it as exact as I could.
I LOVE the bow. Lol. Yep, that my fav part.
I still need to work on those shadows of her dress.
Practice, Practice
I've also added once of the new chippies
I've inked the doodle then covered with clear embossing powder to seal.
And what's a princess without her carriage.
from Live, Love, Crafts
Added a few blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts

DoveArt Designs Blog Hop

Little Miss Muffet Stamps and some of the gals from Make It Crafty have come together for a fun hop and would like to share with you some exciting news. 

Our friend Jennifer Dove has a wonderful new rubber stamps line called
DoveArt Designs
And Little Miss Muffet Stamps now has them in the store. 

Jennifer is focusing on more nature and realistic images with details to make the coloring experience easy. 
We know you will enjoy creating something beautiful once you get your hands on them.
I know you'll enjoy seeing what all the ladies have created.
Leave comments for a chance to win! 
We will be showing you just a few but the whole stamp line can be found

HERE at Little Miss Muffet Stamps
The gorgeous DoveArt stamp I have chosen to use is Giraffe.
and to accompany him
From Make it Crafty; Gnomey Harry
I think little Harry makes quite the whimsical statement. :D

I've used E19, 17, 41, 51, 31, 11 on the giraffe
grass: YG97, 95, 93
Gnome blues: B99, 97, 95, 93, 91
Greens: G18,YG03
Sky was airbrushed using none other than Jennifer's
Y18, YR18, 14, B90
I've popped a few skeleton leaves and some metal for a little decoration.
The paper I had was a perfect add. It does look a little giraffeish. ;)

Enjoy the rest of the hop.
We've got some jaw dropping art for you.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CC Designs and Roberto's Raschals part 2

  I'll admit, I'm not a hashtag or a selfie girl but these two gals just won me over.

 My good friend, Andrea, teased about these two being us.
I said, "of course, I'm the one in charge with the phone." lol
And she would be the one goofing around while I'm trying to take a picture.
Well, we keep each other grounded. That's for sure
That's what great friends are for.

I've hashtagged with several of the new Amy R "Teen sentiments"
just perfect for these girls.
#For an awesome gal#selfie#Love ya#<3#LOL
Using the frilly banner die and some sticky letters, we've got #BFF
I've also used banner pieces from the new "Make a Card #3"
AND the new stencil "Gal Doodles"
copic clothing colors

Roberto Preview

It's time for another Preview from CC Designs and Roberto's Raschals
This month, I've chosen a couple of images.
I'll post separately for ya.
 Gotta give each image their own space lol.
This is "Chris".
I think he's adorable. He reminds me of my oldest son. 
He's 7 and cannot keep his hands out of his pockets.
It makes me a little nutty. My husband says, this is every boy at that age.
So, I guess I'll wait till the phase passes.
In the meantime, I had to color this little cutie up in honor of my little cutie.
 Colored up in copics:
Skin: E000,00,11,04 BV25
Hair: E49,47,44
Pants: B99,97,95,93,91
Shirt: YR18,15,20
The sentiment is from this month's Amy R "Teen Sentiment" release
The background is "Guy Doodles".  One of the new releases too.
Yep!!!! CC Designs now has stencils.
I used gesso and lay down a layer to give this one texture.
After drying, I used my Tim Holz distress ink on the raised portion
then using I inked the edges in a darker shade.
I had some star confetti to add some color and shine.
The bottom is metal ribbon with a piece of brown twined through.
Perfect little or big guy image.

DoveArt and CC designs Blog Hop Winners

We selected 2 winners from the C.C. Blog and Jennifer's Blog and the winners are . .  . .

from the C.C. Blog:
What an amazing release. Love all of these stamps.
Posted by: Julieann | January 28, 2015 at 05:09 AM
Love the cupcake and the shiny ribbon.
isoscia at aol dot com
Posted by: Iris Soscia | January 29, 2015 at 09:37 AM

from Jennifer's Blog:
Loved the hop, all the cards are amazing. Love the different shape of your card and your layers. Wonderful sentiment. Fabulous ideas and inspiration.
Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia

LaVerne Mulvey said...
Awesome the dimensions and layering. Congrats on your wonderful new stamps.

Congratulations ladies, email me at christine @ to claim your prizes.