Friday, August 13, 2010

Groupie Fun

So you want to be a groupie?

If anyone is wondering what a groupie (in terms of the swapping world) is,  here are the guidelines as described by the hostess of the swap:

• Keep overall dimensions no larger than 7” b7 7”.

• Use at least five (or more if you wish) individual components.

• Suggested materials
• Chipboard Shapes

• Frames

• Die Cuts or Cricut Cuts

• Flowers—paper, chipboard, fabric

• Buttons

• Stickles

• Glitter Pens

• Doodling

• Sewing

• Ribbon

• String, Embroidery Floss

• Brads, rhinestones, skittles, jewels

• Stickers

• Words

• Rubber Stamping

I loved the idea of this swap, but as soon as I started to work on them, I drew a blank. The first couple of groupies I made were a mess of embellies that made no sense. With the due date looming, I was still attempting to figure out my groupies, when I was rescued by a couple of posts by the hostess of the swap, (Thanks Kay!) and my creative block was broken.
Here's my first Groupie. I have this wonderful stamp from C.C. Designs Sweet November by Amy Young called Darby and Penelope. I could just see the two friends sharing a summer memory together! They are colored with copics and I used Stickles to sparkle the outfits up a tiny bit. I used Bazzill cardstock to cut the watermelon. The watermelon cut comes from Doodlecharms. I designed it with my Gypsy and created an extra layer on the watermelon by hiding a couple of contours, mainly the pits and outer rind. I cut the word Friends from the Gypsy Wanderings. I inked the edges in Ranger Clover Green and Raspberry ink. I added Diamond glaze to the pits. Finally, I added some faux stitching to the Friends cut.

The next Groupie features one of my favorite stamps, Florence by Kraftin' Kimmie. This is my Sunshine Girl. What I love about this Groupie is the umbrella, it's from A Child's Year. I turned the beach pail into a tote bag, LOL!  That is the shovel sticking up out of the sand, but I tried to give it a bottle like appearance. I used K&Co. Happy Trails paper. It's beautiful paper, and if anyone shops in Michael's check out the clearance aisle, I only paid $1.99 for the 12x12 pad! Of course I went back and grabbed the other 2 pads that were still there! I cut the sun from Picturesque. I wanted to practice coloring red tones in hair with copics, and I was pretty happy with my attempt. I also added Diamond Glaze on her sunglasses for a reflective effect.
The Cheeky Rockabilly Girl from the Greeting Farm's Cheeky Cherry Collection was perfect for the Heart Groupie that I wanted to make. I had received an email from Color Me Copic with a lesson on hair color and I am really trying to get the feel for black hair. I love how it looks when I blog hop, and I've tried to get the look many times but couldn't quite master it. Following the color guide from Color Me Copic and their guest designer Mary Giles at A Latte Inkin Fun I finally got one right!

The cuts are all from Love Struck, well, maybe not all of them, I can't say for sure where the flourish came from! Once again, I used the hide contour feature on the Gypsy to create layers for the word Kiss. In the picture, the first view is the way it appears when chosen from the cartridge, then you can see where I hid the contours to add the layers. It's the best feature on the Gypsy!

Here's the close up of the Cheeky Rockabilly Girl. I just love her!
Don't you just love a good fairy tale? Cinderella has always been one of my faves, so I was delighted when Kraftin Kimmie released the new Annie Rodrigue stamps and there were Fairy Tale Princesses!
This is one of my favorite Groupies inspired by my good friend Kay talking about re-doing a bedroom and calling it her "Princess Room"

I have some American Crafts Glitter Cardstock that I ordered from Crafty Steals and decided to use the white glitter cardstock to cut the shoe from Gypsy Wanderings. I added a flourish that once again, I can't remember where I cut it from, and used some of my favorite velvet paper from SEI to use as the shadow. I really love this piece! I colored her with very pale pinks and lots of stickles. The tag is from Tie the Knot and I embossed the sentiment on the tag with Gold Zing. Pictures don't do her any justice, and I hope that where ever she ends up, my fellow swapper will enjoy her, too!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!
Happy Crafting!