Thursday, November 24, 2011

Out Of The Box - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #84 - Animals

Isn't this image so cute? I think it is so appropriate for this weeks Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenges animal themed challenge. This image actually comes in a Christmas Assortment stamp set of 5 stamps and just for 3$, so what are you still waiting for? And don't forget about November special and donations to Pet Pardons - see my Be Besides post for more info and ads on my sidebars!
I suppose you can't see that on first image, but that little box is somewhat in 3D. Here's how: print two images and color one as basic for 3D effect and other one as parts to be raised above. Add some side flaps to the box.
Cut all different parts out.
Crease both sides and middle of box and fold flops backwards, Fold middle slightly upwards.
Adhere your box (by flops) to the back image, aligning right side. Cut off the leftover from left side.
Adhere all other details, using thick sticky foam. I also shaped ribbon so it would look more curled.
This little metal label holder looked so nice here and I tucked Just For You sentiment in it.
This is how the box looks from the side - still not sure if you can see the 3D effect.... but in real life it looks very lovely.

Hope this was fun,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For A Very Special Friend - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #83 - Red And Green

It's Thursday, so it's time for another fun and colorful challenge from Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenges Why don't we go for red and green this week? Well that is a lovely color combination, don't you think?
As I wanted to make a card for a friend, I decided to use this absolutely adorable, cute, gorgeous... well you got the idea... image of Louis & Claire.
All coloring is done with ProMarkers as usuall and some white highlights with Gelly Roll pen. I made a sentiment circle saying "Best of luck" and "For a very special friend".
I used my own printed paper and lots of bling.

Hope this will cheer my friend as the making of this card have cheered me up, and maybe even you,

Have A Cool Birthieday!

What to make to a bossy, sassy and spoiled 8 year old girl? Well Kenny K stamps was my first and only thought. This Brooklyn Babe simply fits her 100%. As I had not much time, I decided to print her out and color, and then add just a sentiment - well and a few blingy things as well :)
To be honest I like my coloring so much, there just is something about this color combo that appeals to me so much.
Sentiment says something of a "Have a cool birthieday" sort - it is very hard to translate precisely. It is made from Cheri font downloaded for free from dafonts.com. Recently I'm all about banners and pennants  - it is so easy to make them and they give just the necessary amount of detailing.
And as I said before - some blingie as well. I added three dew drops in purple color, but they somehow looks blue in this pic.

There is a pocket for money inside this card, as the girl (who is actually an aunt for my girls) wants no presents but money.

I won't be attending this party, as I fly tomorrow to Germany to meet my hubby after two month separation, but my girls will go in their yesterday purchased new ball dresses, sparkly tights, bolero jackets and shoes.... (I did buy a dress for myself as well - getting ready for the Christmas parties!).

I will enter this card in these challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - flags, pennants, banners;
2 sisters challenge - anything goes;
Wee Memories - birthdays;
Paper Sundaes - digital images;
Simon Says Stamp And Show... some women.

Take time for yourself and have fun,

White On White?!?

One should never cease to wonder - and sometimes I forget that! Especially when I saw the Passion For ProMarkers challenge white on white. What? How can you make a card just from white? But just take a look at their absolutely gorgeous DT samples!
I decided that for a white card only very light image should be used. So I found my most lightest markers (jay for the few Flex Marker I have gotten) and used all my blender pen (thankfully I have a replacement) to color this freebie image from Outlawz. As this is the first challenge, anyone can get these images.
This is the close up of my layers. I decided that white on white is only good if there is lots of different texture. So my first layer is embossed with TH damask texture fade, then just plain cardstock and then again panel embossed with TH flourishes texture fade. And for some bling I added white pearl brads.

I used sketch from ICS sketches:

I do hope that we will have a white Christmas - well maybe just slight less whiter that previous winter (we had snow up to first floor roof at our yard),
Have it merry,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Something Sweet For A Nameday

Hey, hey - my Aleksa had a name day! So it means she had to take treats to her kindergarten group. Recently I saw a wonderful idea - butter cookies shaped like huge buttons and threaded with ribbon. So I decided that this could be a wonderful idea for kids treats as well.
I used two size round cookie cutters and a paper template for holes - holes were actually cut using an empty pen tube - didn't have small enough round cutter.
I also added small oval tags with fairy princess stamps and glitter wings. Sentiments on tags says: Some small treat at my name day. Aleksa".
This is how 30 bundles of cookies looks like - that's 150 cookies together as I tied 5 cookies together.
And a lovely close up - I think I will use this as a desktop wallpaper - so that to remind me that I was half dead by the time these were ready :)

Have a sweet day,

Harvest Tambourine

In 10th of November we have our own Latvian harvest celebration Mārtiņi. It is all about the end of harvest season and how all field should be ready for the winter by now. Traditionally we make goose and go around dressed in costumes - something of a combination of Halloween and Thanks giving I suppose. So in Emilia's kindergarten group we were asked to make our own musical instruments of the celebration - I chose to make tambourine using simple round wooden box, wire and beads.
I started with painting my round wooden box from sweets, with orange acrylic paint.
Then I stamped Inkadinkado Cornucopia stamp and colored it with ProMarkers. I die cut it and a scalloped matting circle. Did some little inking as well.
Adhered all this batch to my box with Glossy accents, because I didn't wanted it to fall of when those little hand will get at it.
Now I drilled holes at side of my box with regular intervals.
Now I just threaded thick wire through holes and added some beads - the more noise the better.

There were lot's of fun music instruments for children, but we actually missed the celebration as I held kids at home, because I was afraid that they will get sick, as Emilia already had started to cough.

Hope this will be useful for anyone,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fun Has Just Begun - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #82 - Sketch

And jet another lovely challenge from Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenges and this time with a sketch.
After seeing this totally gorgeous image of sleeping baby called Baby & Blanket from DDS, I just had to make it into a card. This image just screams for it to be colored with any mediums at hand - in this case, my alcohol markers of course :)
I went for the boy theme, so I chose light blue and orangy yellowish tones. Blue background was created with light blue card which was stamped with my own little feet stamps and Broken China Distress ink. the orange dotted papers were just some scraps I found while going through my scrap pockets to find some matching paper.
Sentiment is my own and it says "Fun Has Just Begun". I wanted soem more details to may card, so I attached it with two small, blue eyelets.
For some little bit more shine, I traced blanket edges with gold Gelly Roll pen. Matting for this image was just a white card, which I colored with B02 Copic.
As I recently bought these fun paper clips and small metal charms, I just needed to try them on some project. I love how that little elephant dangles over the side of my focal image :)
And in the end I substituted flowers with these fun ribbon slider brads. I often choose to tie my ribbons this way, rather than the other way. That yellow brad wasn't orangy enough to match my dotted paper, so I shaded it a bit with Gold ProMarker. Oh and I think that these polka dotted ribbons complements my card just wonderfully :)

And here is so very inspiring sketch:

I don't know what exactly it is about this card, but I keep looking at it on my table and just smile :) :) :)
Hope this will make you smile too,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sleeping Under Wildflowers - Frosted Designs Card Sketch #5

I am proud to announce that today I am a guest designer to Frosted Designs and I have made an interesting card using their sketch #6. As this week Frosted Designs is sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop, once again it was wonderful to use their beautiful images - this time sleeping little mouse Cecil. I found it very matching for this sketch and mouse's tiny quilt.
I used lots of my scrap patterned papers and made sort of quilted diamonds to go under my image - lots of paper piecing and machine sewing (how very rare for me :).
As usual, image is colored with ProMarkers and then hand cut. I also paper pieced her blanket and did some little shading there as well.
This time sentiment says: "Best Wishes (On A Birthday)" and is finishes with this little pink button. This is a button that was on my mom's blouse when I was little - I still remember that I liked these buttons so very much and now it was time for this last one to start a new life on this lovely mouse card :)

This is the wonderful sketch:

I wish you all the best and don't forget to take your time for a beauty sleep,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Friendship Means Sharing

While I was in the mood of helping animals - par of the Digi Doodle Shop Pet Pardons charity campaign, I made another card featuring animals. And this time they are these pretty Playful Puppies.
Just wanted to remind you, that throughout the month of November Digi Doodle Shop will donate $2.00 to Pet Pardons for every customer that purchases. stamps and receives this month's Special. Pet Pardons are an organization which does all they can to save animals from cruel deaths. And they even have a 25% discount on every animal stamp.
I'm sad that these photos does not show the real colors of this card, because they are much nicer than it's shown now.
I used lots of scrap papers and combined them using Mojo Mondays sketch.
Image is colored with mix of Copics and ProMarkers. I also added a sentiment on a stylized bone and a tiny bow.
Here is the lovely sketch:

Think about helping those poor animals, and if I don't sound too convincing, please read my previous post Be Besides.

Just be besides someone yourself and the world will be a better place,