Thursday, May 31, 2012

LMM: Angels, Clouds or Rainbows

Happy Thursday!

There is a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet today!  The theme is Angels, Clouds or Rainbows.  I made the sweet Cocoa Sugar 'n Spice Doll an angel using the wings and cloud, angel accessories, that were new releases last Thursday.  

Cocoa makes a wonderful angel...she is a rubber stamp.  The wings and cloud are digis, so you are able to size them for any image - love that!

I used a brand new summer release paper from Simple Stories called "Summer Fresh".  I made this card for a friend of mine who I will see in June.  I'm very excited to see her.  I only see her once a year around her birthday so that is always fun.  

Supplies -- 
Stamp: Little Miss Muffet Cocoa
Digi: Little Miss Muffet Angel Accessories
Designer paper: Simple Stories "Summer Fresh"
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, RRD Navy
Tools: Die-namics Fishtail Flag stack, Sewing machine with white thread
Copic Colors: E00, E11, E13, E21, R02, R24, R27, R29, R30, B60, B91, B95, B99, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, YR30, YR31

Hope you will join us for this new challenge.  Remember, if you use a LMM image you don't have to follow the theme and can enter multiple times!

Celebrate the Occasion - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Red, White and Blue
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Something with wings
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, May 28, 2012

RRD: Red, White and Blue

Happy Memorial Day!

This week at Red Rubber Designs the theme is Red, White and Blue.  This is "America I Love".  I love this image, perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July, which will be here before we know it. 
The image was colored with Copic markers, then aged with Cognac and Burnt Umber inks around the edges. 

I create a flag to match the sails with 2 embossing folders, stars and stripes. I went over the blue stars with embossing ink to give more definition.  I used R46 Copic marker to go over the embossed stripes to create the red and white stripe.  I stitched with white thread around the perimeter and down the seam between the stars and stripes. I used a stipple brush and palette inks to knock down the white a bit.

Stamp Set: America I Love
Copic Colors: R46, R59, E00, E09, E11, E13, E21, E33, E35, E37, YG91, YG93, YG95, 9YG7, B91, B95, B99, W1, W3

DL.ART - Anything Goes 
DRS Designs - Masculine
Moving Along with the Times - Celebration other than birthday
SJ Crafts - All about the boy and something old (embossing folder)
The Play Date Cafe - Colors - Cherry Red, Baby blue and Denim
Creative Inspirations - Memorial Day
One Stitch at a Time - Red, White and Blue 
The Crafty Pad - Colors of your countries flag
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Little Miss Muffet: May Release 3

We have more new releases over at Little Miss Muffet.  Some brand new images.  Today, I used "Squirt" a cute little chipmunk.  

The designer paper is Basic Grey "Little Black Dress".  Added some cream stitching and black twill ribbon. 
I colored the cute little critter, then used a piece of tarry cloth sprayed with rubbing alcohol and applied it to the image to create the texture.  

Supplies --
Image: Little Miss Muffet "Squirt"
Designer Paper: Basic Grey "Little Black Dress"
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven and Walnut 
Tools: Nestabilities Standard and Petite Circles, sewing machine with white thread 
Copic Colors: E33, E35, E50, E51, E57, E59

Always Crafting - Stitching
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Challenge - Ribbon or twine 
Pile it On - Mix scales/patterns
Use it Tuesday - Horded paper and twill ribbon
Basic Grey - Anything goes if you use 1 Basic Grey product (paper)
Anything Goes Challenge - Black and one other color 
Top Tip Tuesday - Use something more that 6 months old (paper & twill)

We are mid-challenge "Anything Goes" is the theme.  To qualify for the drawing you must become a follower of the LMM Challenge blog and have the LMM News badge displayed on your blog.  It is a cool badge where the graphics update with each new release.  One entry per person, unless you use a LMM image then you can enter multiple times.  Hope you will join us.

Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

RRD - Birds, Bees and Flowers

Today, I have a project to share for my Red Rubber Designs post.  It is a card box with a variety of cards in it.  I saw this box idea last month on a challenge blog and thought it was so clever.  I decided to design an A2 sized box and kick it up a notch by making it a box full of coordinating cards.  Awesome gift idea! 
I used the patterned cardstock "Maggie" because I love the colors and it is double sided which is perfect for this box.
The box is 4.5" x 6" perfect for A2 envelopes and cards. I made it 1-1/8" deep so you can get several cards with envelopes in this gift box.  

I made 3 different cards.  My intent when I started was to create "simple cards", but ended up using pop dots, ribbon and stitching on each.  Even with the pop dots and ribbon which can be bulky, I still have room for a couple more cards.  So, depending on how flat the cards are you can get quite a few in this size box.
The separate cover creates a gate fold on top. I adhered the bottom of the box to the cover. {You could leave it separate or create a sleeve like a matchbox}
The front, I decorated with a Nestabilities {Labels 5} die cut and tag from Maggie's die cut sheet.  The left flap is 1/8" longer so when it is closed there is no gap.  To create a closure, I added 2 antique triangle loops and 2 metallic mini brads and some Maggie ribbon.

I created 3 different cards to go inside this gift box.  All the cards use Maggie patterned cardstock and Maggie ribbon to coordinate with the box.
 Here is the first card.
I used the new release set Be Fabulous
  Copic Colors: R59, R81, RV69, 
YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YG91, YG93
Nestabilities Standard Circles Large

The second card uses the new release set "All Things of Nature".  I also used the background stamp "Victorian Squares" and Seascape Palette ink on the blue patterned cardstock. It is blue on blue and did not show up very well in the pictures. 

Copic Colors: E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, V000, R81, 
YR23, YR24, YG93, YG95, BG70, B60
Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Squares

The last card uses the new release "Just Bee-cuz".  
The eyelet is Toodle Loo hardware.
  Copic Colors: T2, T3, T5, T7, YR21, YR23, YR24, 
YG93, YG95, BG70, B60, V000
Nestabilities Labels 16

Great Impressions - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Order of the Opus Gluei - Sewing What?!?
Robyn's Fetish - Anything Goes
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Layers - Build them up!
Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - In the Garden
Card Caravan #19 - Flowers
CMC Copic Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away - All Creatures Great and Small
Just Some Lines - Birds
Secret Crafter - In the Garden
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Flowers
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Things with Wings
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Challenge - Ribbon or twine 
Pile it On - Mix scales/patterns

Hope you enjoyed this month's project post.
Thanks for stopping by...
Abundant Blessings,

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Lavender as Alice

Happy Thursday!

We have a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes.  Since we have an easy challenge the next 2 weeks, an added 'to do" to qualify for the prize {3 LMM rubber stamps!} is to become a follower {if you aren't already} and add the Little Miss Muffet store badge with link to your blog.  Hope you join us! 

I used "Lavender as Alice" this week, {Alice as in Alice in Wonderland}, a new image just released last week.  The patterned papers are My Mind's Eye "Hattie" one of my favorites. The colors are perfect for this image.  White stitching was added to each of the 3 panels.   
Supplies --
Image: Little Miss Muffet "Lavender as Alice"
Designer Paper: My Minds Eye "Hattie"
Cardstock: Bazzill Rain
Ribbon: Mays Arts Crinkle ribbon
Button: PTI Fine Linen
Tools:  Sewing machine with white thread  
Copic Colors: E00, E11, E13, E21, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, YR30, BG70, BG72, BG75, R02

Altered Alice - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - One for the Ladies
I Brake for Challenges - Florals

Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Red Rubber Designs: Father's Day

The theme this week at Red Rubber Designs is Father's Day.  The stamp set I used today is Mountain Scenery and patterned cardstock is Willoughby.

I tried a new {to me} Copic technique this week.  Can you tell something is different?  I stamped the image with London Fog Memento Ink rather than standard black.  It definitely gives the look of a painting, rather than an outline colored in - don't you think?   
I used 2 of the images from Mountain Scenery, the mountain range and added the small open tree on the left for more forest foliage.  Then, I colored the image adding the greens, browns, blues and violets to the gray stamped image.  Copic Colors: E33, E37, B41, BV23, BV31, BG70, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, W1, W2, W3.  The top of the hill looks like I added something to it to make it look like moss, but it is just the ink build up, the cardstock is fully saturated. 

The colored image is matted with brown cardstock.  Then, added it to the layered patterned cardstock on the brown base card.  The Father's Day sentiment is from Contemporary Greetings and stamped with Burnt Umber Palette Ink on a die cut tag from the Willoughby collection.  This tag has a wide slit perfect for a ribbon.  Since Willoughy is a white core cardstock I ran the side of a brown marker around the edges of the tag so the white edge would be covered.

Supplies --

Crafty Emma's - Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Little Claire's - Male Theme - {Father's Day}
Creative Stamp Friends - Father's Day 
Lollipop Crafts - Just for Him
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes 
The Crazy Challenge - Outside

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mabelle RO: Amelie to the Beach

Happy Mabelle Monday!

Today, I'm featuring the special release that debuted with our Whimsy and Stars blog hop - Amelie to the Beach.  She is so cute.  

The patterned paper is an oldie, from last summer, Fancy Pants "Beach Bum".  A bright and fun paper.  Perfect for a summer scene. The buttons are also from the beach bum line.  
Supplies -- 
Digital image: MRO Amelie to the Beach
Designer papers: Fancy Pants Beach Bum
Cardstock: Bazzill Parakeet and Pomegranate
Embellishments:  White thread and sewing machine, Beach Bum buttons, white scrappers floss
Copic Colors: E00, E09, E11, E13, E21, E33, E35, E37, R02, R43, R46, Y32, Y35, Y38, B60, B63, 0

Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Stitching
Daring Cardmakers - Fussy Cutting
Paper Players - Color challenge Red, Yellow, Blue

Thanks for stopping by...
Warm Blessings,

Friday, May 11, 2012

Little Miss Muffet: New Release Day 2

Happy Friday!

It is day 2 of Little Miss Muffet's new release.  Today, the design team is featuring some new Sugar 'n Spice Doll images, some new characters and some familiar dolls in costume.  This is Dill.  
I didn't realize until writing this post that the name of the designer paper I used is My Mind's Eye "Dilly Dally".  All 3 patterns the tickets, tokens and ledger paper are from this paper line.  I thought the combination was perfect boy's birthday card.   

Supplies -- 
Digital Image: Little Miss Muffet "Dill"
Stamp: Sentiment RRD Chicken Scratch
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye "Dilly Dally"
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, Bazzill Flintstone
Ribbon: PTI Pure Poppy Saddlestitch
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Stars
Copic Colors: E00, E09, E11, E13, E21, E33, E35, E37, BG10, BG53, BG72, R02, R43, R46, Y06, Y15, T2, T3, T5, T7

We are mid-challenge so there is still time to enter.  The theme is May Flowers or anything goes if you use a LMM image.  Hope you will join us!

Twisted Tuesday Challenge - Birthday with ribbon
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers - For the Boys
Incy Wincy Designs - Spots and Dots
Divas by Design - For the Boys

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Little Miss Muffet: New Release Day 1

There are new releases today over at Little Miss Muffet!  Brand new images adding to the Sugar 'n Spice Doll digi line.  Today we are featuring the Legends of the West collection.  All 4 images are so cute.  I had a lot of fun coloring Sage dressed up as Annie Oakley.
I could not believe that she had paisley on her skirt and buckle.  I knew right away I had the perfect designer paper to use with this image - Rustic Chic.
Supplies --
Image:  Little Miss Muffet Sage as Annie Oakley
Designer Paper: Rustic Chic
Cardstock: Bazzill Pinecone and Peach, PTI Hawaiian Shores
Silver Uniball Gel Pen
Nestabilities Classic Oval
Copic Colors: E00, E09, E11, E13, E21, E31, E33, E37, R02, R05, R30, R32, BG10, BG53

Papertake Weekly - Cute Cute Cute
Oldie but Goodie Challenge - Die Cut/Punch - {die cut and patterned paper}
Creative Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Red Rubber Designs: Patriotic

This weeks theme at Red Rubber Designs is "Patriotic", so I chose the new release "United We Stand".  This is a great set and I had Memorial Day in mind when making this card.

It is a pretty simple card.  The stars are dry embossed on the Red, Kraft and Navy cardstock.  Then I brushed an embossing pad over the cardstock to accent the embossing.  If you have an embossing ink pad with sparkle in it that would be a great look too.
The image was stamped with Burnt Umber Palette ink.  I used a stipple brush and Raw Sienna and Cognac ink to give a bit of a vintage or old photograph look.  I stamped the sentiment on some Kraft cardstock and cut the ends like a banner with my Kai 4" scissors.  Then, stippled the banner with the 3 inks and attached it with pop dots of varying thicknesses.

Supplies -- 
Stamps: United We Stand 

The Craft Place - One for the boys
Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Men Only
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - For the Boys

Thanks for stopping by...
God Bless,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Monday Inspiration

Today, I have some Monday Inspiration for the Little Miss Muffet design team.  Lots of exciting news at Little Miss Muffet, a new project team is starting to add to the challenge team.  I was asked to create something for the project team's Monday's Inspiration post this week.  

So here it is... Agent Cupcake the 3rd in the trio.  I paired her with a designer paper from Simple Stories called "Fabulous".  All 3 patterned papers are from the Fabulous paper pack.  I added stitching to the 3 panels and cut out butterflies from another piece of paper and added them to the base panel.    
Digital Image: Little Miss Muffet Agent Cupcake
Stamp: Sentiment Savvy Sayings
Designer Paper: Simple Stories Fabulous
Cardstock: Bazzill Watermelon Sensation
Ink: Palette black ink
Emellishments: Clear gemstones, white thread and sewing machining
Copic Colors: E00, E09, E11, E13, E21, E33, E35, E37, RV02, RV14, RV09, BG53, BG57, Y11, Y13, Y19, R02, 0

Little Miss Muffet's current challenge is "May Flowers".  If you used a LMMS image you do not have to follow the theme.  Hope you will join us. 

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - For a special woman with sentiment
Creatalicious Challenges - butterflies and flowers
Just Tracy's Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
Amusing Challenge - Fussy Cutting

Thanks for stopping by...

Mabelle RO: Loo Loo

Happy Mabelle Monday!

This is Loo Loo - a new image from Mabelle RO, released a few weeks ago.  She is ready to dance and I've created a little dance studio for her. 

The patterned papers are My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks.  This is actually the last of the new papers I bought for Spring.  I can't believe I used them all once already.  I usually don't want to cut into them and they sit and the season passes.  I think I'm getting better!
I popped her bow and snout.  Her tutu is also layered, glued down at the waist and popped at the edges.

Image: Mabelle RO Loo Loo
Patterned Cardstock:  My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks
Die: My Favorite Things Mix and Match Banners
Cardstock: Bazzill Quartz, Strawberry Splash
Copic Colors:  R20, R81, R85, YR20, YR21, YR31, Y32

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - For a special woman with sentiment
Oozak - Spring colors
Card Cupids - Polka Dots

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

RRD: Hey Life Blog Hop

It is the 1st Thursday of the month, which means there are new releases at Red Rubber Designs!  To celebrate, we are having a hop using one of the new stamp sets available today called "Hey Life".
The bicycle lady image and 2 sentiments are all from "Hey Life".  I chose the patterned paper collection Amberley Grace.  I used 2 patterned papers and 2 tags from the die cut sheet.  The corner accent is from the Pemberley Bay Matchbook kit, which matches Amberley Grace.  The hub of the bicycle wheels are metallic mini brads.
The 2.5" diameter circle punch creates a perfect mat for this round tag. The tag was added to the lower corner and the edges were trimmed. I added an eyelet from the coordinating Amberley Grace hardware to the tag, thru the front of the base card using the Big Bite.  It was just a bit farther in, more than an inch, so my Crop-a-dile couldn't quite get there.  Lastly, I added coordinating ribbon thru the eyelet and tied a bow.

Blog Hop Contest:

The Bicycle Lady needs a name - and we need your help to find it!  Each blog on the hop (except the Red Rubber Designs Blog) has one of the letters of the Bicycle Lady's name somewhere in their blog hop post. Once you find all seven letters (that's a hint!) put them together to form her name. You may have to rearrange them a little bit!

Note: The letter you need from each blog will be obvious if you read carefully.... it looks just a little different from the rest of the letters!

Once you figure it out, email the name to and be sure to put your name and email address in the email with the Bicycle Lady's name. Every correct answer (there's only one correct name) will be entered into a drawing for the featured stamp set, "Hey Life" and one winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Contest ends Sunday, May 6th at Midnight (US-CT).

Red Rubber Designs is releasing 8 other stamp sets today.  Here is one of the new sets for May - "America I Love"...

See more new releases at each stop on the blog hop.  I'm featuring "America I Love" on my blog May 28th {Memorial Day}.  It is a great image, so fun to color.

Here is the hop list if you need to start at the beginning. 

Debra  <-- You are Here

There are also some changes at RRD starting tonight.  Shipping costs have been reduced to $6.95 for orders under $99 - FREE for orders more than $99. This is a permanent change not a special.

The May "spotlight" stamp "Hey Life" featured in this hop is 25% off with any order or FREE with a $99 {or more} order!
Supplies -- 

Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...
Many Blessings 

Little Miss Muffet: May Flowers

Happy Thursday!

Today we have a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet - May Flowers.  This is Nutmeg, she is a rubber stamp and part of the Sugar 'n Spice doll line.  Such sweet images and so fun to color.

I used a couple flower patterns and one stripe from BoBunny "Alora" collection.  
Loving the sock monkey detail in this image. 

Supplies --
Image: Little Miss Muffet Nutmeg
Designer Paper: BoBunny "Alora"
Cardstock: PTI Chartreuse, Bazzill Whirlpool
Ribbon: Mays Arts crinkle ribbon 
Copic Colors: E00, E02, E11, E13, E21, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, BG10, BG15, BG70, YG03, YG13, YG23, R22, R24, R27

Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Pink, Blue, Green
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Flowers
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas - Photo inspiration  
Hope you will join us for our latest challenge.  It runs 2 weeks. A LMM image is not required however if you do use a LMM image you don't need to follow the theme.

Thanks for stopping by...


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mabelle RO - May Blog Hop

Hi All,

Welcome to the first Whimsy and Stars Blog Hop! The Design Team has been busy creating beautiful projects with the NEW Spring Release Sets. 

Make sure you stop at each blog along the way to check out all of the inspiration, and don't forget to leave a comment at each stop! Two random lucky readers will win this week's New Released Digi Stamp design!  

We would also love it if you played long with us by creating projects with any of the Whimsy & Stars Studio designs, the more you enter the more chances you have at winning the prize.  Now if that is not enough, Mabelle released a new Digi today, be sure you check it out!  This is Amelie at the Beach.

I used Blooming Bouquet for today's hop.  You can see all the new images HERE.

This is Mojo Monday Sketch #236 which I used as my layout inspiration.  The patterned paper is A Little Whimsy and the colors for the image were pulled from this paper.  
I colored the base image and a second image, then cut out the flowers and butterfly from the second image and popped those elements on the first image. I added some light green rhinestones to the center of each flower.

Supplies -- 
Image: Mabelle RO Blooming Bouquet
Patterned Paper: A Little Whimsy
Cardstock: Bazzill Pear Crush and Caribbean Breeze
Embellishments: Black and White Saddlestitch Ribbon, Light Green Rhinestones
Tools: Nestabilities Lacey Circle and Standard Circles
Copic Colors: B00, B02, B12, YG11, G12, V12, V15, V17

Here is Mabelle's Design Team:
Deb <--- You are Here

Hope you will join us!

Moving along with the times - Flowers
Twisted Thursday - Anything goes with Flowers
Little Darlings - Flowers
Scrapalicious USA - Flower Power
Paper Pretties - Clean and Simple
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...