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dimanche 31 mars 2013

Beach Babe... Summer's here!



Hello everybody! I am back for my Quixotic Paperie inspiration post, and I am going to try and bring you some sunshine for this long weekend! Because we have just moved to summer time, I have decided to skip spring and make a summer scene with one of the beautiful Tiddly Inks clear stamp sets, Beach Babe, and a Make It Crafty background - The Beach of course!


I stamped my Beach Babe on Make It Colour Blending Card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, added the crab and bucket, masked them and stamped my Make It Crafty Beach background. The sentiment comes from the Tiddly Inks set (as well as the crab). I coloured my scene with Copics, added a Make It Crafty Corner and a few gems.



Challenges I am entering:
A Gem of a Challenge - Make It Cute
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - CAS

Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely weekend, and Happy Easter! Hugs
Delphine xx

vendredi 29 mars 2013

La-La Land Crafts GDT - Spring


Hello all! Yes, it is Friday and we are all ready for a long weekend:)! And what's more, it is Inspiration Friday at La-La Land Crafts YAY! The theme this week is Spring or Easter. I went for Spring, and used the adorable Watercan Marci... Just look at her...

Stamps: La-La Land Crafts Watercan Marci, Tiddly Inks heart flower border from the Grow A Little Love Sentiment
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
DPs: Kaisercraft


Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 21
Hair: E41, 49, 55, 59
Outfit: RV91, 93, 95, 99
Hearts and Flowers: R81, 83, 85, 89
Watercan: YR000, 00, 02
Sky and clouds: BG0000, BV20, C00, 1
Grass: G28, YG03, 17, 67, 95

Challenges I am entering:
In The Pink - Spring/Easter
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

On a little sadder note, this is my last GDT post for La-La Land Crafts and I just want to thank Irina and the whole team for having me for the past 2 months, it has been a real pleasure to play with you all, I have had an amazing time!!! Thank you so much:)!
And thank you for your visit, have a lovely weekend! 
Hugs
Delphine xx

mercredi 27 mars 2013

Tutorial and Tips on Masking Rubber Stamps


Hello everyone! I'm here to share a simple tutorial today on how to mask rubber stamps to make little scenes and to share a few tips. To explain how it works, we are going to make a simple scene with 2 rubber stamps - a character and a background - but once you know how to mask, you can use as many stamps as you want!

Here are the products I'm going to use: Make It Colour Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, 2 rubber stamps (Cynthia and Daffodil Dell), acrylic blocks and masking tape.

Cynthia A copyr

Please note: Masking tape has a sticky side on the whole surface but if you don't have masking tape, you can use Post It notes instead as you will see below.

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STEP 1: Stamp the image you want to be in the foreground first - in this case, Cynthia is going to be in the foreground so I'm stamping her on my Make It Colour Blending Card and on my mask (masking tape on the right - or on a Post It note). Cut out your mask image.

Cynthia B copyr

Please note: Sometimes you don't need to cut out your image completely, the important thing is to cut very precisely the areas your second stamp might touch.

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STEP 2: Put your mask on the image you have stamped on your Make It Colour Blending Card. For you to see better, I am using a Post It Note as mask in the following steps.

Cynthia C copyr

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STEP 3: Stamp your background onto your masked Cynthia.

Cynthia D copyr

You can see she has flowers on her legs, but it's okay, it's just on the mask :)

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STEP 4: Remove the mask, your scene is ready to be coloured!

Cynthia E copyr

A FEW TIPS...

1) WHAT STAMPS TO CHOOSE?
You can use anything you like! But, when you want to make a scene, before even preparing masks, make sure the combination of stamps you want to use will look nice together (or you may waste a lot of time...). Stamp your scene on a piece of draft paper without masking them, it will give you an idea of what the scene will look like. That is particularly helpful when you are combining more than 2 stamps.

2) HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF POST IT NOTES FOR MASKING?
Unlike masking tape, Post It notes only have a very small sticky part as you know. Make sure that you stamp your image as close as possible to the edge of your Post It note to have as much sticky part as possible, and do so that the sticky part is for the part of the stamp that you are going to cover with your background stamp. In this tutorial, the sticky part is on Cynthia's feet since I am stamping my background there and need to make sure my mask does not move when I stamp.

3) HOW TO STAMP PRECISELY?
To place your stamp in the exact postion you want, you can use a Stamp-a-ma-jig. I don't have one, so I try to use visual marks to know where to stamp. On a piece of draft paper, I stamp my character and my background again without even masking my character and I draw a horizontal line representing the top of my acrylic block and a vertical line (arrow) representing the middle of my block. These marks will help me put my stamps correctly.

Cynthia brouillon copyr

I would like to have my character a little bit more on the left, so when I stamp on my Make It Colour card, I will just move my background by a few millimeters to the right.

4) DO I NEED TO CUT OUT MY WHOLE IMAGE?
My draft version also helps me define what parts of my character will be in contact with the background. In this case, I can see I won't need the head and upper part of Cynthia's body, so no need to spend time cutting the top of the image precisely.

5) HOW TO SAVE MORE TIME?
Masking takes some time, so don't forget when you have a mask ready to KEEP it for the future! You may need it again and you will be very happy not to have to make another one!

And to finish with, here is my scene coloured in Copics...

Cynthia prof copyr MIC

List of Make It Crafty products used
Cynthia (or here for Europe)
Daffodil Dell (or here)
Make It Colour Blending Card (or here)

Challenges I am entering:
The Pink Elephant - CAS
Addicted to CAS - Spring
Di's Digi Designs - Easter or Spring (entry #2)
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Bring on spring
Inky Impressions - Easter or Spring
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely day! Hugs
Delphine xx

mardi 26 mars 2013

Lots of Layers at Make It Crafty:)


Hello all! This week at Make It Crafty, the team are playing with lots of layers... OK... Don't laugh... Please try to remember that this card which is probably going to seem very CAS to you, has a lot of layers to me!!! Without further ado, here is my card...

Melissa's Flowers prof copyr

I used 2 DPs by Stamperia, punched a flower border on white CS, and matted everything on blue cardstock... and I added 2 Swirly Corners Chipboard with pearls... That IS a lot of layers:)! As for this adorable image, it is called Melissa's Flowers and I printed it on Make It Colour Blending Card and coloured it with Copics.. Here is a close up and list of Copics I used...


Melissa's Flowers GP

Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 11
Hair: E49, 53, 55, 59
Clothes: B32, 34, 37, 39, RV10, 32, 34, Y26
Flowers: C0, 1, 3, Y15, YG03, 17
Image: Make It Crafty Melissa's Flowers 
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or here for Europe)
DPs: Stamperia
Embellishments: Make It Crafty Swirly Corners Chipboard, pearls, Artemio punch

Challenges I am entering:
Digi Darla's - Flowers
The Pretty Little Ribbon - Happy Birthday
Whoopsi Daisy - Use a Digi
Sweet Stampin' - Lots of Layers

That's all from me today, thank you very much for your visit!
Hugs,
Delphine xx

dimanche 24 mars 2013

Tiddly Inks Magic at Quixotic Paperie


Hello everyone! I'm back with my Sunday inspiration post for Quixotic Paperie and a bit of magic... As you know, Quixotic Paperie now stocks the adorable Tiddly Inks clear stamps and my card today features one of them, a gorgeous fairy...


I absolutely adore this gorgeous Fairy, she is so elegant! She is from the Everyday Magic set, which includes 2 sentiments and a group of three stars which I have stamped all around my image. I coloured it using a combination of pencils (Caran d'Ache Neocolor II and Faber-Castell Polychromos).



I love that all the Tiddly Inks sets come with sentiments and accessory stamps - you don't need to add anything else, how perfect:)! 

Challenge I am entering:
Delicious Doodles - Fairies


Thank you very much for stopping by, have a magical Sunday! 
Hugs
Delphine xx

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vendredi 22 mars 2013

Tilda's Town #45


Hello again! Sorry, I'm late posting, I just feel a little bit down and deprived of energy... but the weekend's here so that should cheer me up a little:) Anyway enough complaining, I'm back to tell you about the new challenge at Tilda's Town and it's "Think Spring". As always you can win a $10 Gift Certificate to Tilda's Town, the store for all your Magnolia needs and more, with free worldwide shipping:) 

I've made a Spring Fairy card for this one:)...

Stamp: Magnolia Fairytale Tilda
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or here for Europe)
Other: MS punch, button heart

Challenges I am entering:
The Paper Shelter - Let It Be Spring
The Shabby Tea Room - Anything Goes
Color Me Creative - Spring Colours

You can see my teamies' spring creations on Tilda's Town blog HERE! Thank you very much for your visit, have a great weekend...
Hugs
Delphine xx

La-La Land Crafts GDT - 3D


Hello everyone! If you are looking for my Make It Crafty + Tiddly Inks blog hop post, please click HERE!

It's Inspiration Friday at La-La Land Crafts and the DT are all making Altered/ 3D projects this week.I've been very lucky to play with the gorgeous Seashell shadow box kit and just couldn't resist making a little scene with a mermaid inside;)... Here is my project...


Box: La-La Land Crafts Seashell shadow box kit
Stamps: La-la Land Crafts Mermaid Marci, Make It Crafty Coral Border
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
Other: Glamour Dust and pearls

Copics:
Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 21
Hair: E49, 53, 55, 59
Tail and top: E81, 84, BG91, 93, 95, 97, 99, V000, 01, 12
Sea (airbrushed): B06, BG01, 02, 09, 15, 45
Sand: E40, 41, 42, 43, 44
Seaweed: BG93, 96, 99
Corals: B14, 18R00, 02, 05, V01, 06, 09

Challenges I am entering:
Creative Creations Challenge - The letter B (Blue, Box) (entry #2)
Crafting For All Seasons - Anything but a card
Deep Ocean - Cute and Cuddly (not sure it's okay, please ignore me if my make is not "cuddly?")

You can see lots of inspiration on the La-La Land Crafts blog and add your creations to the Customer Gallery for a chance to win some goodies! Thank you very much for your visit, see you later!
Hugs
Delphine xx

mercredi 20 mars 2013

ATS Reviews - Butterfly Willow


Hello everyone! If you are looking for my Make It Crafty + Tiddly Inks blog hop post, please click HERE!

We are reviewing some of the new gorgeous March stamps at All That Scraps today, Drozy's Darlings and Lil Lolitas. My card features a Butterfly I love:)...

Stamp: CC Designs Lil Lolita Butterfly Willow
Colouring:  Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
DPs: Toga and BoBunny
Other: Make It Crafty Delicate Corner, CC Cutter Butterfly Border Die, pearls

Challenges I am entering:
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - The Letter B (Butterfly, Brown)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Girly
Moving Along With The Times -Spring is in the Air

That's all from me today, thank you very much for your visit, have a great Wednesday!
Hugs
Delphine xx

lundi 18 mars 2013

Cupcake 234



If you are looking for my Make It Crafty + Tiddly Inks blog hop post, please click HERE!


Hello everyone! Monday morning, time for a Cupcake! This time our lovely Shelly has chosen the fab theme of "Mythical Creatures", so let us see those fairies, elves, unicorns, goblins... We are very lucky to be sponsored by Little Miss Muffet generously offering three images of the winner's choice, and I even got to play with one, thank you so much ;)!!!! Here is my card...

Stamps: Little Miss Muffet Tenanye Faerie, Make It Crafty Whimsical Log, CC Designs AmyR Magical Wishes Sentiments
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
DPs: Toga

Challenges I am entering:
Addicted to CAS - Wings
A Gem of a Challenge - Easter or Spring
Color Me Creative - Spring Colors
Flutterby Wednesdays - Any Winged Creature
Di's Digi Designs- Easter or Spring

To see all the Cupcakes' magical makes, please click HERE! Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely day!
Hugs
Delphine xx

dimanche 17 mars 2013

Oddly Sweet at Quixotic Paperie


Hello everyone! If you are looking for my Make It Crafty + Tiddly Inks blog hop post, please click HERE!


It's Sunday, so it is time to show you what I have done with my Quixotic Paperie goodies, two little cards  this week, featuring two adorable SCACD monsters from the Susana Loves Stamps Oddly Sweet range, which are perfect for cute quick CAS cards...


This one is called Moments and comes with the sentiment. I stamped on Make It Colour Blending Card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured my image with Copics. And as you can see, I simply added a punched border (Fiskars punch).
Using exactly the same layout, but this time colouring with my Polychromos on a coloured paper, I made a second card...


This one is called The Thinker, and also comes with the sentiment. And there are many more monsters, which you can find in the store... and also the new Susana Loves stamps Mixed Media Release! To see them all, follow the link HERE!
Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely Sunday! Hugs,
Delphine xx

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vendredi 15 mars 2013

Make It Crafty + Tiddly Inks blog hop - Day 2


Hellooooo! And welcome to Day 2 of the Make It Crafty and Tiddly Inks blog hop! Are you excited? I am!!!! I love both companies and the images are ALL amazing! We hope you had fun hopping yesterday and are enjoying playing with us today too! For all the details of the hop and to know more about the fantastic prizes and how to play, please visit the main site HERE for Day One Details and HERE for Day 2!


I have made a simple scene using Make It Crafty Egyptian Pyramids and Tiddly Inks Egyptian Cutie (Queen) and I coloured it all in pencil - Neocolor II with a bit of watercolouring for the background (I like the rich colours you can get with these) and Polychromos for the adorable Queen:)...


Images: Make It Crafty Egyptian Pyramids and Tiddly Inks Egyptian Cutie (Queen)
Colouring: Neocolor II and Polychromos
Chipboard: Make It Crafty Delicate Corners


I absolutely love big gorgeous backgrounds like that one, they are such a joy to colour, but I thought I would also make another card with only a couple accessories from Make It Crafty to show how they can complement characters very well too:) A beautiful chair, two vases, a gorgeous character and you have a little scene...


 Images: Make It Crafty Egyptian Chair and Egyptian Vases, Tiddly Inks Jackie's Jackal
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
DPs: BoBunny and Toga
Chipboard: Make It Crafty Ornate Corners (coloured in Copics)

Oh and if you are hopping and trying to crack the code, you may be looking for a symbol... Here is one for you:):


To celebrate, remember Zoe and Christy are also offering a sale on their stores, you can know more HERE and HERE!
Thank you very much for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the hop and good luck to you all!
Hugs
Delphine xx

La-La Land Crafts GD - Good Luck!


Hello everyone! This week at La-La Land Crafts, the theme we are playing with is "Good Luck/ St Patrick's". I went for purple instead of green for my colouring but then did add some green with my DPs:)... Here is my Purple Irish Marci...


Stamps: La-La Land Crafts Irish Marci, CC Designs Lucky sentiments
Colouring: Copics on Make It Colour Blending Card (or HERE for Europe)
DPs: Toga
Die: La-La Land Crafts Filigree Corner Die

Copics: 
Skin and Lips: E0000, 000, 00, 21, R20
Hair: E49, 55, 59
Outfit: V09, 12, 15, 17, C00, 1, 3
Shoes: E31, 35, 37
Shamrock: YG03, 17, 67

Challenge I am entering:
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

You can see lots of inspiration on the La-La Land Crafts blog and add your creations to the Customer Gallery for a chance to win some goodies! Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely day!
Hugs
Delphine xx

mardi 12 mars 2013

Make It Crafty Crystal


Hello everyone! This week at Make It Crafty, the team members are all going CAS which of course is a theme, dear to my heart :)! We also had the optional personal challenge of colouring in grey monochrome plus one colour, which I really like too, but didn't do because I just could not resist the urge of playing with different types of pencils... and I would not have been able to do it in grey monochrome, hence the colours!
For my CAS card, I have used one of the gorgeous 60s Fashion Girls now available in rubber - Crystal!


I stamped and masked Crystal, then stamped my Garden Fence. I coloured the background and grass using Neocolor IIs (watersoluble pastels by Caran d'Ache) and coloured Crystal and the details of my scene using Faber-Castell Polychromos.


Make It Crafty Stamps used:
Crystal (also available HERE from Quixotic Paperie for Europe)
Garden Fence (or here for Europe)

Challenges I am entering:
Allsorts - Springtime
Wags 'n Whiskers - Go Green
Incy Wincy - Things that begin with F (Fence and Flowers)
Sandy's Crafty Creations - Shades of Green
The ABC Challenge - In Love

Thank you very much for your visit, enjoy the rest of your day! Hugs,
Delphine xx

lundi 11 mars 2013

All That Scraps - Tutorial - converting JPEG and TIFF files to PNG to makes scenes

Hello everyone! Today, I'm sharing the tutorial I made for my Make It Monday post at All That Scraps! I love merging images and making little scenes but to do so, you need to have PNG files, not JPEG or TIFF. However if some of your images are not PNG (old images since all images are now provided in PNG too at All That Scraps), you can very easily change them to PNGs as I'm going to show you. Special thanks to my friend Madeleine who I discussed the problem of png files with and who helped me understand how to convert them:)!
To do that, I use Paint.NET, which you can download for free. 

Step 1:

Open Paint.NET and at the top, click on "File" and "Open". A window will pop up, select the folder where your image is and then your image. The image I'm going to use for this tutorial is Bouquet Birgitta (TIFF).

Step 2:

In the "Tools" category, click on the "magic wand" (circled in red on my picture).

STEP 3:

The idea is to have no white around your image, to make the background transparent. So now, click on the first part you want to make transparent, then holding the Ctrl key, click on all the parts you want to make transparent. All the parts you click on should turn blue. As you can see, of course I clicked around Birgitta but I also clicked on the parts between her face and wings, and between her legs which must be transparent too.

STEP 4:

Now click on the little rectangle (circled in red on my picture).

STEP 5:

On your keyboard, press the "Delete" key, and your background is now chequered in white and grey, which means it is transparent!

STEP 6:

You now need to save your new image as PNG, so click on "File "  at the top, then "Save As".

STEP 7:

A window pops up. Select the folder where you want to put your image, give it a new name (I chose Bouquet Birgitta PNG) and select PNG, and that's it! You can now merge your Birgitta with another image!

If you don't know how to merge your images, look at Christine's tutorial HERE!

And here is a little example of what you can do when using PNG images, which you can't do if your images are not PNGs...


See? Birgitta can now sit on the Field Fence without hiding it:)!
I hope you have found this little tutorial helpful for you and it will give you ideas to make little scenes! Thank you very much for your visit, have a lovely day! Hugs,
Delphine xx