Sunday, 29 January 2017

Quick & Easy Dinosaur Card

Hello everyone! Our youngest grandson turns 1 year today so I made this card for him:

This is not my idea. I found it on Pinterest here and she got the idea from someone else, so I don't know who first came up with it. No matter - I thought it was super cute! I made my own version of the card, tweaked it a little bit here and there.

I used an embossing folder that I thought might resemble the skin of a dinosaur. I never saw one (I'm not THAT old), so who knows ... The nostrils are made of white buttons that I dyed with red alcohol ink, adhered to circles of black cardstock. The original card had black nostrils, but I wanted something red to suggest that flames might come out...

This is what happens when you open the card (which was totally my idea):

I aligned the teeth circles on the inside of the card with those of the outside flap.
There's room to write a greeting below the tongue.

To make the tongue pop up like that, I scored the edge 
and adhered it to the front flap with strong red tape :

The eyes were made with circle punches and goggle eyes.
I lifted the eyebrows up with foam dots:

This card is very appropriate, considering the gift we are giving our grandson ... Grampa Tom made it! The rocking dino has goggly eyes, too, like my card :-)

We debated back and forth whether the dino should be painted, 
but the wood is so pretty with furniture oil only, isn't it? 
The dino was made of ash tree, the rest from pine.

Under construction in Tom's woodshop. 
See how much lighter the wood is without oil.

 I know this rocking dinosaur will be a big success  - not just for the little toddler, 
but I bet his parents will love it, too!

So now you see why I had to make this card:

I'm entering my dino card to this challenge:

Deadline: Friday February 10th.

I have another idea for this challenge, so stay tuned ....  

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

My Favourite Hair Colour (on Stamped Images)

Hello, everyone! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I often kick-start my muse by looking at papercraft challenges and then try to make something with the theme from one or two, sometimes three different ones. For today's make I've used the theme from SIX different challenges, although I can only enter my make to four of those since I didn't follow all the rules on all six - I was just inspired by their theme, one being 'use a lot of circles' (check!).

Anyway - joining the challenge over at That's Crafty's challenge blog once again, using silver and gold, and the Never-Before-Used Schtuff (NBUS #8) challenge over at Darnell's blog (my first entry for these two are here). My NBUS today are the silver paint and the smallest of the circle dies (it's but 16 mm in diameter).

Today I'm also joining the folks over at the As You Like It challenge, who want to know our Favourite Hair Colour Combo and Why (I'll get to that), and last but not least the Die Cut Diva's challenge where we can't use any sentiment this month, but must use at least one die.  I have used 3 sizes of a circle die with stitches, and placed one die inside the other to make circle frames.

OK, 'nuff talking - let's see the result!

I stamped Serena (from That's Crafty!) using black StazOn on Strathmore mixed media paper and coloured her in with ZIG clean colour markers, before painting the background silver with an acrylic paint from EcoGreen Crafts. This paint has no solvents, no chemicals or harmful odours, but it dries permanent. I've had this paint for a while now, but hadn't used it before. I love it! It has a beautiful shimmer, which you can see better on the close-up below. I also used it on the edges of the black panel:

 Like I mentioned above, the As You Like It challenge this time is to use our fave hair colour combo and explain why this is our fave. I have used ZIG clean colour markers, which I love because they are so vibrant and saturated, they also blend beautifully with one another and with water. For Serena's hair, I first blended  #082 Purple with #025 Pink and #050 Yellow, before going over them with a waterbrush. I like these unnatural hair colours because they're fun, and perhaps because I am a little envious ... my own hair is a rather dull brown. Once it turns white, I'll most likely dye it blue with turquoise stripes :-)


For Serena's face, I used ZIG # 042 Turquoise Green and #036 Light Blue, simply because I like these cold colours as a contrast to the warm colours of her hair. I used a waterbrush here as well and this time I wanted more of an "imperfect" watercolour effect, i.e. not as gradually blended as her hair.

I used the same pink for Serena's lips as I had used for her hair, and the same pink and yellow for the eyebrows.

I've used the same pink, purple, yellow and blue colours for the flowers (also a stamp from That's Crafty!, both a Donna Gray design).

I'm entering my make to these four challenges:

That's Crafty!: Silver a Gold (due date Jan 27.)
Darnell's NBUS # 8 (due date Jan 22.)
As You Like It: Fave Hair Colour and Why (due date Jan 25.)
Die Cut Divas: No sentiment, must use dies (due date Jan 31.)
Thank you for the fun challenges, folks!

Thanks for looking!



Saturday, 21 January 2017

CAS Birthday Card in Gold and Silver

Hello, everyone! I made this card with three challenges in mind; the cue word 'cut' from CASology; the colours gold and silver from That's Crafty's challenge; Darnell's NBUS #8 challenge (NBUS = Never-Before-Used Schtuff). What I had never used before are both the large circle and birthday die cuts:

I cut the big circle only partially and tucked a pair of charm scissors underneath, to illustrate the CASology challenge's cue word, cut, in addition to using two die cuts.

The circle flap is lifted up by some foam dots, revealing the gold cardstock underneath. Attached to the silver scissors are metal threads in silver and gold -  the colours for That's Crafty's challenge:

Darnell from the NBUS challenge invites us to use a technique we haven't tried before, and cutting a die cut only partially is new to me ... and it took me three attempts to get it right ... I'm no rocket scientist, apparently!!

But wait a minute. Hadn't I forgotten something vital on this card? - No stamping??? Good grief! And I call myself a stamper? Heck, the very name of my blog is Stamped by Bibi! Oy, vey.

After realising what I had done (or not done), it slowly dawned on my thick head (after a minor panic attack) that there was room for more schtuff inside the card! (Ha! Turns out I'm super smart after all! *phew*)

On the left hand side I have used stamps from the set Happy Birthday from Rubber Dance. On the right hand side I have used one of my favourite stamps from That's Crafty!, namely this adorable cat named Bentley (a Donna Gray design). I gold embossed the greeting from African Animals (also Rubber Dance). I coloured Bentley in using Distress inks and a waterbrush. I repeated the same colours on the left hand side (rusty hinge, mustard seed, picked raspberry), leaving some white space in the middle to write a personal message.

The die cut square frame is gold cardstock. I added some silver embossing around the edge of the sentiment's circle, which is also a NBUS die cut (the set has 8 circles, I had only used a slightly bigger one before). I cut the large circle out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which has a smooth surface that I love using for stamped images I want to watercolour such as this:

So there you have it, a CAS card on the outside ...

- with a not-so-very CAS inside ....
.... where I've used four different STAMPS,
which means I won't have to change the name of my blog any time soon.

I'm entering my card to these three challenges:

CASology, Week # 232: Cut (due date Jan. 23.)
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 (due date Jan 22.)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

CASology Challenge, Week #230: COLD

Hello, everyone!

My stamp company, Rubber Dance, is proud to sponsor the CASology challenge this week! The winner gets a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance!

If you visit the CASology challenge, you will see that many from their Design Team have made cards with stamps from Rubber Dance. Such fun!!

Since my company is the sponsor this week, I cannot enter to win anything, but I have made a card with this week's cue word, 'cold':

I let a sentiment from Rubber Dance take center stage, with a big snowflake cut out of silver cardstock

Come join the challenge here:
You have until noon CST on Monday, January 9.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Join our Challenge!

Happy New & Creative Year, everyone!

My stamp company's first challenge of 2017 is out - come join us! You do not have to use our stamps in order to join - anyone, anywhere is welcome! There will be prizes ... ;-)

Stamping must be part of your project and you have to use these three colours:


Here's one of my inspiration makes:

I hope we'll see YOUR snowy entry over at the Rubber Dance's blog!

You have until Jan. 31st to join.

See you there! :-)