Thursday, August 30, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes

Good morning everyone, I hope you all are doing well today!  It has been a busy last week of summer for us, and even as you read this post I am most likely on my way to the dentist/orthodontist office to get my daughter's monthly braces adjustment.  That poor girl has gone through so much and now it looks like she may need her braces on for longer than the typical 2 years.  She is handling it well though and really is a trooper. 

 This evening we will be off to our local county fair to enjoy the 4H buildings, the animals and then the "big kids", my husband and daughter, must go to see the demolition derby.  I can't believe what people do to each other in just regular old cars.  Even better yet is how crowded it is to see the derby each year!  But, it is a treat for us and an annual end of summer ritual and I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Now, all of this fun is after a marathon day of routine doctor's appointments for my son on Monday, an an appointment for myself and then my daughter on Tuesday, followed by a birthday dinner for my father-in-law and then a marathon day of back-to-school shopping with my mother, sister and all of our kids yesterday.  I think I will need a vacation when school begins just from all of my out of school activities!

Today at Little Miss Muffet we are having fun with our images and have created some projects to inspire you.  I used the image Lavender for my card and followed the sketch at the Sweet Stop and plan on entering it into their challenge this week.  


Materials I used for my Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
IRock Rhinestones
Spellbinder's oval and Scalloped oval dies
Diamond Stickles

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


If you would like to see more Little Miss Muffet inspired images then hop on over to the blog to see what the other DT members have created for you.  I know you'll be glad that you did!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes

Good morning my crafty friends, how are you on this glorious Wednesday morning?  I hope that all of you who were, or are, in the path of Issac are safe and have managed to miss the worst of the storm.  We are luckily out of the path of Isaac, but communities around us are remembering Hurricane Irene from last year, which devastated many communities in upstate NY.  Thoughts are with all of you who are enduring the current hurricane threat.

Today I am posting a card using the Some Odd Girl stamp, Believe, for our new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund.  This time around our challenge is Anything Goes, as long as you use a product carried by the 7 Kids College Fund store.  This is the first Some Odd Girl stamp I have purchased but I really like the way she looks after being colored and the card just seemed to put itself together.  I will definitely be purchasing more of these images in the future!



Materials I Used For My Project:
SU scalloped border

Here's a closer look at the colored image.


So now it's your turn!  Create your project, any project will do, and link it up to our challenge blog.  Just remember, you must use a product from 7 Kids College Fund in the making of your project in order to enter.  If you're needing a little extra inspiration and you haven't yet been by the challenge blog, well now is the time to stop on by.  The other fabulous DT members have created the most wonderful projects to inspire you!
Thanks so much for stopping by,


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mo's Digital Pencil, Distressing

Hiya everyone!  A quick post from me this evening to enter my card into a few challenges and then it is off to bed .  I am an early bird and get absolutely exhausted at this time of night, so I am working on empty at the moment!

At Mo's Digital Pencil this week the challenge is distressing.  I made a card for my Father-in-law's birthday using the Mo's Digital image, the Big Guy Grilling.  I distressed the edges of a few of my layers of paper and followed the sketch from the Sketch Saturday challenge blog.  Here is the sketch they wanted you to follow this week.


AND, here's the card I made using this sketch and my Mo's image.


I'm also going to enter my card into the challenge over at the Color Me Creative Classroom which is to use Black or Grays in your project.

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


Well, that's it for me as I am fading quickly.  
So glad you could stop by,








Monday, August 27, 2012

Art Journal Page & A Birthday Card

Hi everyone, how are you on this Monday evening?  I am sitting here trying to enjoy a little quiet time but my boys are fooling around next to me, being silly and making a lot of noise.  Okay, so here is how it really is going, hubby is watching the little guy trying to get the best of him and then picks him up at the last moment and tickles or does something silly to my son and then loud noises and giggling commences.  Not to mention the energy level of my son is increasing instead of decreasing and it is almost bedtime.  I tell ya if I didn't absolutely LOVE watching the two of them play I might be going a little bit crazy right now.  They both hold such a large piece of my heart that I wouldn't stay upset for long anyway!:) 

Tonight I am posting another page I added to my art journal recently.  I am really LOVING trying to come up with ideas for these pages but I am so intimidated at how many amazing artists there are creating absolutely amazing art journals.  I feel so like so much more of me is exposed when I do these personal journal pages and they just don't measure up to what is out there.  Now, I don't know what I am comparing my pages to since it is my own personal feelings, art and journaling I am doing, but that's just how I am.  I always feel like I have to try and measure up to something or someone better than I am.

This first picture is of the pages before I added any titles, wording or background.  I drew the flowers coming off the edge of the page and I liked the way they came out.  My last page had the marker on the words run a little as I added more layers and I wanted to get a picture of this part before there was any possibility of that happening.  Thankfully it didn't happen anyway and so the end picture is pretty good.  I do feel I have made a little improvement from the first page I posted, even if it is just the lack running of the markers.


I used watercolor on the background and on the flowers as well.  I tried to add shading with the watercolor paints but as this was the first time I had tried it I thought it came out okay, but not great.  For the next part of the journal I added words from my favorite Bible verse, Corinthians 13, Love is Patient......


I used a flower stamp from the SU set, Fifth Avenue Floral to make the border on the page.  I used a Cheery Lynn stacking flower die to create the flower in the corner.  I added some liquid varnish to the top of the flower to stiffen it up and help it keep it's shape on its own.  The flourishes are a  Magnolia Doohickey die and I decoupaged them to the page.

Last week my nephew turned 13 and since I felt like I was on a roll with creating my own projects I decided to do a little drawing for his card.  It's clean and simple but what do you make for a teenage boy?  The wording and border are my own and I created them just for this card.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Pink, Pink, Pink

Good morning crafty friends, Happy Thursday!  If you are a fan of pink than today is the day for you!  At the Little Miss Muffet challenge blog we are starting a new challenge and our challenge this time around is PINK, PINK, PINK.  That's right, the color pink, use it somewhere in your project and then link it up to the challenge blog.

For my project I used the Little Miss Muffet image Celeste Amberglow Owl-Always-Love-You.  I colored her in different shades of pink and then put her into my pink inspired card.  I used LAST week's sketch from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge blog forgetting that my card wasn't going to be posted until Thursday, duh!


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Frond Punch
Pink Stickles
MS Flower Border Punch
Pearls
Spellbinder's Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval dies

Here's a close up of my colored cutie!

What do you think, pretty in pink huh?  Want some more inspiration, stop by the challenge  blog to see the fabulous projects created by the other members of the Little Miss Muffet Design Team.  I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tiddly Inks - The Night Before School

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday!  The work week is half over so if your day isn't going so great, maybe you can take a little refuge in that!  Tomorrow is my last day of summer school and hopefully my last day of putting my room together until school begins, which gives me a little over a week to get together things at home, run to several appointments, and of course work on last minute school planning that I can do from home.  My classroom is basically put together, with a lot of Pinterest inspired additions.  I plan on taking some pictures tomorrow and then I will post them for you to see.  I have tried to open up my class as much as possible to make it feel more spacious, comfortable and to be a positive learning environment for my incoming students.

Today I am posting a card I made using the Tiddly Inks image, Sweet Dreams Wryn.  If you've been to the Tiddly Inks site you know that when you purchase this image you get two versions, Wryn reading in or out of the bed.  I've chosen the version of Wryn reading out of the bed for my card.  I've added a poem about the night before school inspired by a book I often read to me summer school kindergartners titled, The Night Before Kindergarten.  The week before school can be such an  exciting and nerve racking time all rolled into one, for students and teachers alike!


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
IRock Rhinestone embellishment
MS Border Punch
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Rose Leaf Punch
Spellbinder's dies

Here's a close up of my colored Wryn.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mo's Digital Pencil

Hi everyone!  I do hope you are enjoying your Tuesday evening.  I'm almost ready to turn in for the night but I wanted to post my card for this week's challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.  The challenge this week is Friends and I decided to us the Mo's image Tolerance as it shows a little different perspective of what the term friend means.  A friend isn't always someone who hangs around when things are good, they are there through the rough times as well, the poor kitty in this image shows us that for sure.


We are lucky that my little guy doesn't carry our cats around like this, but my brother did when we were kids and let me tell you, the cats were either tolerant of being carried this way or made it known that they just didn't like it!

Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
SU sentiment stamp
Glossy Accents
MS Border Punch
SU circle and scalloped circle punch
Spellbinder's dies
Pearls

Here's a closer look at the colored image.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Monday, August 20, 2012

Magnolia - Tilda with Daisy

Hi everyone, how are you this beautiful Monday evening?  We are currently having the most glorious weather with warm, NOT HOT, temperatures and cool, brisk nights.  This is my favorite time of year!  I have so much more energy after sleeping in the cooler weather.  The humidity is down as well which makes my body so much eager to move and get work done.  I feel like I accomplished so much more this weekend than I have in several weeks since I have had to constantly fight the heat and humidity.

Today I am posting a card using the Magnolia image, Tilda with Daisy.  I also used one of the Magnolia backgrounds for today's project, Meadow Daisy.  I really do love the Magnolia backgrounds and am often awed and inspired by what amazing projects other crafters come up with when using them.  It has made me a little intimidated to try, some of the ladies are just incredible and awesome with their projects, I just don't know how they make everything look so realistic and wonderful.  But, I've had this background for awhile, so I thought I would give it a try!


Materials I Used on My Project:
Pearls
Flowers
Magnolia Doohickey die

Here's a close up of BOTH of these colored images.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - New Release

Good morning everyone, Happy Thursday to all of you!  Today is the end of my work week, at least for the next two weeks anyway.  It's nice to ease back into the everyday routine of leaving the house in the morning and returning in the afternoon with a shorter than typical week.  I've survived being back on a regular schedule and almost feel better because of it, almost.  My body really does fare better when it knows what to look forward to from a day rather than just waiting and seeing what comes along.  Silly routine, why do I have to crave it so much?

Today at Little Miss Muffet we have some new release images for you.  New release images are always so much fun.  I love playing around with them and seeing what projects I can come up with.  There's always a world of possibilities when you begin with a new and exciting image.

For my project today I've used the new image, Nixie Mermaid.


I used the Sketch from The Sweet Sketch challenge blog for my project today.  Here's what I started out with before making my card.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Classic Large Circle 
Spellbinder's Classic Large Scalloped Circle
EK Success Punch
Wild Orchid Flowers
SU Sentiment Stamp
Crystal Stickles
Rhinestones

Here's what my image looks like colored and closer up.


I hope you enjoy these new images.  For a look at ALL the new images being released today stop by the Little Miss Muffet store.  If you stop by the Little Miss Muffet Blog you will see the images used in projects by the other design team members.
Thanks so much for stopping by,


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

7 Kids College Fund - Flowers

Good morning my crafty friends?  How are you on this glorious Wednesday?   I am ready to be rid of this humidity as I have the spent the week in school, in my classroom, and there isn't any air conditioning.  So, I am currently leaving every afternoon dripping wet, literally.  Gross, I know, but there isn't any air in there and without a cross breeze opening the windows can only do so much.  I know, I know, the weather again, but it seems to be such an important factor in my life right now.  Every move I make seems to be around, or affected by, the weather.  At least in the winter I KNOW it is going to be cold and I can deal with it!  And where am I right now, dripping wet in school!  Please, stay cool for me!

Today at 7 Kids College Fund we are starting a new challenge.  This time around our challenge is Flowers, and boy do I love my flowers!  I'm always thinking (scheming really) about how I can justify getting just a few more flowers to add to my stash.  Some of my crafty friends have this amazingly AWESOME stash of flowers and yes, I am totally jealous!  But for our challenge it doesn't matter if your stash is big or small, or you make your own, as long as they are on your project you're good to go.  The other requirement for our challenge is that you use products carried by the 7 Kids College Fund store.  Put these two together and that equals a challenge entry!  Easy Peasy, right!?

For my project today I used the Kraftin' Kimmie stamp, Cinderella.  This is one of my first Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and still one of my most favorite Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.  I LOVE all the folds in her dress, they are just divine, don't ya think?


Materials I Used on My Project:
Wild orchid Flowers
Black rhinestones
MS Frond Punch

Here's a close up of my colored image.


Now it's your turn, stop by the challenge blog and check out the other amazing DT projects this week.  Then create your own flower inspired project and link it up.  I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Summer Fun

Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday to all of you.  This Tuesday we are starting a new challenge over at Tiddly Inks and our challenge this time around is Summer Fun!  I love this challenge so I can remind myself that summer isn't over yet!  We still have 3 full weeks before the official school year begins and hopefully the weather will be amazing and enjoyable.  It's been such a strange summer weather wise.  We have long stretches of miserable weather where it is just too hot to even want to go outside so we have cooped up in the air conditioning.  And then it rains for a few days at a time so again, cooped up inside.  Especially so far in August.  My goal is to have a few more OUTSIDE days before the weather really takes a turn for the worse and then I start complaining about the cooler weather.

Back to the challenge, this week we want you to make a project using a Tiddly Inks image and then you can enter it into our Summer Fun challenge.  Christy has so many great summer images for you to choose from that I hope you can join us.  I used an older image for this challenge, Muddy Adventures. 


Materials I Used for my Project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval dies
MS border Punch
SU sentiment stamp
Pearls

Here is a closer look at my image of this dirty duo.


OF COURSE the other exciting Tiddly Inks news of the day is the new release images Christy has for us.  Today she has a new set of images that you are just SURE to love, I know I do!  I made a project using one of today's new images, Flutterby Annabelle.  If you want to see the other new release images for today then you can click HERE.


Isn't she just the cutest?  Here's a closer look at her all colored and ready to go.


So many exciting and new things going on today at Tiddly Inks.  I hope you can drop by, check out the other great DT cards and then take a moment to enter this week's challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,





Monday, August 13, 2012

Saturated Canary - Springtime

Hello my crafty friends, how is your Monday treating you?  I have officially gone back to work teaching a two week summer school program for incoming kindergartners.  It is a half day program, going Monday -Thursday, to help kids adjust to coming to our larger school.  AND, since my son is at daycare I am spending the afternoon getting down to the nitty gritty of putting my classroom back in order for the first day of school, which is just around the corner I'm afraid.  He had a good first day back as well, although it was hard for him to leave mommy this morning.  Thankfully he has some really great kids at daycare that he loves to play with and the staff is just wonderful there, so he was fine after just a few minutes.

Today I am posting a card that I made for the current challenge at Saturated Canary, The Great Outdoors.  For my project I used the Saturated Canary image, Springtime.  Now, I LOVE making my cards but need a break from them every now and then.  I like a little variety, so for today's project I made a gift box using this image.  It isn't for any specific occasion, just needed to make a 3D project, and so I did.



Once upon a time I was not a fan of yellow, But I find that the more I work on my projects the more yellow just keeps popping in, especially in the spring and summer months.  I guess the color is growing on me!

Here's a little different view of the box.  I always have such a hard time deciding how it is best to photograph a 3D project.  There is so much more I think you need to see when looking at a 2D photo of a 3D project, so I tend to take a few more photos with several different angles.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Wild Orchid Flowers
Spellbinder's Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval dies
Pearls
MS Butterfly Punch
SU Scalloped border Punch
Glossy Accents

Here's a closer look at how I colored the image.


Thanks so much for dropping by today!




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mo's Digital Pencil - Marion

Hiyah everyone!  How are you on this Sunday afternoon?  The family and I have spent the day trying to put our house in order, not so easy to do with 2 kids and 3 cats running around, and then we went on a little shopping trip to Kohl's.  I had a 30% off coupon that I was just dying to use, so of course we did!  Everyone got a little something, including some back to school items for my daughter.  I can't believe how fast back to school is coming, it will be fall before we know it.  At least we will get a little relief from this miserable hot weather we've having all summer.

Today I am posting a card for the latest challenge over at Mo's Digital pencil, Love is in the Air.  For my project I used the MO's image, Marion.  She is loving this cute kitty as much as any little I know does.  I'm not sure how much the kitties like this squishy tight hug, but I do know that toddlers are famous for it.

I found a few new pink combos that I wanted to try on Pinterest, and you will see one of these color combos on her dress.  I must warn you, it is bright.  I mean, really bright.  I gave the dress black polka dots to try and tone down the color just a little.

I'm also entering my card into the challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Here is their sketch for this week.


And here's my card using Mo's image and following the sketch.  Again, I must warn you, I got a little "flower happy" with this one.  My corner of flowers are a little over the top, even for me.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic markers - RV69, RV09, RV06, RV04, RV02, C5, C3, C1, C0
Wild Orchid Flowers
Black Rhinestones
MS Border Punch
MS Frond Punch
Fiskars Corner Flourish Punch
Crystal Stickles

Here's a close up of these two colored cuties.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Thursday, August 9, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Scallops

Good morning everyone, Happy Thursday!  This week is flying by, I can't believe the weekend is almost here.  Today is the first low-key day we have had all week and I plan to take some time to enjoy it!  The kids and I have had a busy week and a little R&R at home is much appreciated!

Today at Little Miss Muffet we are starting a new challenge.  This time around we are looking for Scallops on your projects.  I happen to like the look of scallops and use them on my projects often, as I'm sure many of you do as well.  For my project today I used the Little Miss Muffet image, Cora Agnes Hatter.


Materials I Used For My Project:
Copic Markers
Black Cat Cutter
Spellbinder's Large Ovals
Spellbinder's Scalloped Ovals
Wild Orchid Flowers
Rhinestones
Crystal Stickles
MS Frond Punch

Here's a close up of the lovely hatter.


Now it's your turn to create your project using scallops.  If you're looking for more scallop inspiration stop by the challenge blog to see the gorgeous projects by the other Little Miss Muffet DT members.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,