Monday, February 11, 2013

Introducing: Chickie Couture and A Giveaway!

Hello, blog friends!

Today is an extra special day because TODAY I'm kicking off a brand new feature on the DeNami Design Blog called Chickie Couture!!!

As many of you know, I absolutely love dressing up DeNami’s Large Chickie image in “outfits” for special occasions. Oh, I’ve had him/her decked out as a baby in a diaper, a leprechaun with a shamrock, a princess with a magic wand, playing in fall leaves, celebrating birthdays with party hats and cupcakes, and the list goes on. The goal of Chickie Couture is to show all of YOU how much fun it is to dress up this chickie image using your crafty supplies and a bit of creative imagination! Each month I’ll choose a theme and dress up a chickie (or two) accordingly using a variety of supplies and some hand-drawn elements. Then, I’ll show you how those dressed-up chickies can be used on your craft projects.

Lets’s get started! 

Since February is the month for L-O-V-E, I decided to venture to PARIS, the City of Love, for my Chickie Couture theme!!! And without further ado I’d like to introduce you to Jacques:

I started by stamping the Large Chickie image in black ink onto a piece of white cardstock (Note: Hang on to this for future use.). I placed a piece of lightweight printer paper over top of the stamped image. The paper needs to be thin enough so that you can see the chickie image through the paper. Now using the underlying chickie image as a guide, I free-hand drew the French beret and mustache. Then, I cut the beret pieces and mustache from the printer paper. I used these pieces as templates (hang on to these for future use), traced them onto colored cardstock, and cut them out. I stamped a scarf from Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn) onto red cardstock and cut it out. Then, I stamped the Large Chickie image onto pale yellow cardstock, added some color with markers, cut him out, and dressed him up. FUN!

I decided to incorporate Jacques into a card layout. Since he’s French, he’s obviously quite the romantic, right?!?! So…I gave him a flower from Spring Flowers 1 and added a Rectangle Word Bubble that has him saying “I love you” (in French, of course). I wanted to give the card a post-card feel, so I added the French-colored stripes in the background and a ledger patterned panel created with the straight lines from Basic Borders 1. A little baker’s twine, an ordinary paper clip, a splash of patterned paper, and VOILA! There you have it!

Stamps: Large Chickie I60, flower from Spring Flowers 1 CL-GD003, Rectangle Word BubbleF179, Three Line Border N128, straight lines from Basic Borders 1CL-BD004 (DeNami Design); scarf from Making Frosty Friends (Lawn Fawn), Smitty’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Satin Red Versafine TK-VF010 (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine TK-VF082 (Tsukineko), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Vivid! Ultramarine (Clearsnap), Gray Flannel Memento (Tsukineko)
Markers: Copic Sketch Markers
Cardstock: Brown Kraft PC11, White PC21, Red PC16, Black PC23 (DeNami Design), Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Large Classic Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Baker’s Twine: Classic Twine TW005 (DeNami Design)
Adhesives: Quickie Glue Pen GL01 (Sakura); Adhesive Tape Runner (Therm-o-web); Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal); Pop Dots (Plaid Enterprises)
Other: Black Copic Multiliner Pen; Paper Clip

But of course, we’re not quite finished. Dressing up these chickies is addictive, not to mention Jacques needs a friend! So…I created Jean Luc:

Creating Jean Luc was super simple because I already had my beret “templates” from creating Jacques. I followed the same process I described above, only this time I added a mustache from Hot Concoctions (Paper Smooches) and left off the scarf.

I printed off a free clipart image of the Eiffel tower, die-cut a Polaroid frame, and adhered the clipart within the frame. I stamped Bonjour over the tower image and dressed up the frame with a strip of washi tape and a button threaded with baker’s twine. Then, I added Jean Luc to complete the picture! As you can see I used the frame as a focal point on a CAS card, but you could also use it as a tag!

Stamps: Large Chickie I60 (DeNami Design), mustache from Hot Concoctions (Paper Smooches), Smitty’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Brown Kraft PC11, Black PC23, White PC21 (DeNami Design), Soft Stone and Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Satin Red Versafine TK-VF010 (Tsukineko), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Dies: Fabulous Frames Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Clipart: Eiffel Tower (Bing)
Washi Tape: Red Graph WT700, Black Stripes WT402 (DeNami Design)
Button: Ruby Red Boutique Buttons BT14 (DeNami Design)
Baker’s Twine: Classic Twine TW005 (DeNami Design)
Adhesive: Quickie Glue Pen GL01 (Sakura), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Zots (Therm-o-web)
Tool: Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)


What's a new feature without a prize, right?!?! I have one Large Chickie stamp up for grabs!!! Leave me a comment on this post by Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:59PM PST for a chance to win! I'll randomly draw a name from all comments received and announce the winner here on my blog on Thursday, February 14th!

Well, that concludes this month’s Chickie Couture Feature! I hope you enjoyed it! I’d love to hear your feedback! 

Any guesses as to what my theme for next month will be???



Hedgehog Reader said...
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Hedgehog Reader said...

Well I just posted over at DeNami, but I have to say it again: these are adorable! And FUN! I must start playing with my Large Chickie - it reminds me of all the many hours of playing with paper dolls that I enjoyed as a little girl!

Anonymous said...

C'est manifique! Really, they are too cute!!! Thanks for the chance to win a chick!

designbydonna said...

Simply adorable. I love all of DeNami chick stamps.

Stampin in the suburbs said...

oh la la, I love how you dressed up your chickie as a frenchman.

Denise Bryant said...

Very clever! Jean Luc is adorable!
I'd love to win your Large Chickie stamp... thanks for the chance!

April in Georgia said...

I don't have the Large Chickie stamp! I loved your method of embellishing the Chickie to suit the card. Sometimes I forget that I CAN draw/trace something to add to a card!! lol! Would love to win the Chickie Stamp! Having withdrawals, no Denami at the Georgia stamp show! :(

Tina M said...

I absolutely LOVE what you've done here and can't wait to see more! What a great feature for the DeNami blog :)

PBrown9624 said...

How creative and how fun! I would love to win a chickie to dress up too!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh Lisa this is going to be a FUN feature!! I love the way you've dressed Jacques and Jean Luc!! Their french berets are the bomb!! Spectacular debut ;)

Mary-Anne V said...

What a cute duo of the french theme.

Linda said...

Cute! This bigger chick does allow a lot more fun and you certainly dressed him up fine!

~Tammy~ said...

Absolutely fun and creative! So so cool and I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Emily Keaton said...

Lisa, I just love your new feature! What a great idea for a series on the DeNami blog :-). Jacques and Jean Luc are so clever. I love how you dressed them up in French style! You are absolutely brimming with creativity, my friend :-)

Heidi H said...

French chickies are the best! Super cute!!

Ariana Fisch said...

Your chickies are so cute! Dressing them up is so clever and makes the stamp even more versatile.

Theresa said...

Hi Lisa,

These are just too cute! It's amazing what DeNami comes up with and then you take them to another level. Too precious.

Sue D said...

Very clever and cute how you dressed the Chickies and I like the Chickie Couture Feature.
will you do a St Patrick's Day theme next month?

Unknown said...

Lisa, you always make those Chicks look so cute! You are very talented! -annmarie

Brandi said...

When I saw these little chicks I was cracking up. Those mustaches are just the cutest! The layouts of the cards and addition of washi tape is "Fab"!

Unknown said...

Jacques and Jean-Luc...commes ils sont beau!!! So creative! I love the graphic papers, washi and your fab hand drawn elements. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the French Chickie! I'd love to win this chickie but if I don't win, I might have to buy it!

Donna Sharp said...

I just ADORE this Chickie and all the possibilities I can nest her into on my cards!