Monday, September 19, 2016

For the Boys and Men

The new theme at Aurora Wings is 
"For the Boys and Men".
Now, I usually craft with a fairly masculine energy. No subtle colors
or super sappy baby images for this chick. BUT, I do have a problem
crafting specifically for men or boys in mind. So, this theme did kind of
throw me for a moment. Then I remembered that I have been wanting to
color in that adorable Zombie Puppy of Mitzi's. He goes purrfectly with the 
Zombie Kitty that I colored up so long ago here.        

I went with a Golden Retriever color palette for this undead pup.
I also just went for it and started my Halloween cards for the season.
It's never too early for me, ya know. In fact, I'm actually running
a bit behind this year...

I thought the feel of this card was pretty masculine, but I did have to
stop myself from adding some Stickles to the green goo dripping out 
this pup's mouth. Some habits are hard to break.

C'mon, even for a zombie puppy this guy is ADORABLE!!
I colored him with Copics and made sure to make his stitched-on leg
a bit discolored to mimic either a different breed of dog, or just a leg well
past it's "best by" date. 

I used various random Halloween papers from my ever growing scraps box
and collection of Halloween themed papers. And the googly eyes are a new
addition to my "collection". I had to use them in some way. I just had too!
I popped on some die cut bones and a spider web for balance and to add more
lime green to the project.
I think any boy, man, woman, or girl would love this card. And now the seal has been 
broken, so get ready for more Halloween themed projects from now until November.

Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge blog and check out all of the 
incredible inspiration projects for this new theme.
  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Just put a BUG on it!!

It is no big secret that I have a love for bugs.
I don't mind ones that are alive and doing their buggy business,
but I prefer the dead ones encased in acrylic or under glass.
That way I can check them out up close and personal without
harming them in any way. Or getting stung or bit in the process.

The new theme over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge is
That was my suggestion for a challenge theme, and how cool that it
was chosen to begin right before my birthday. Yay for me.

I am kind of loving how this card turned out.

I used the bee stamp from the Birds & Bugs Cube #6117 ,
by Daniel Torrente.

This is the very first time I've used the bee, but now he's one of my
favorites. I stamped him three times onto acetate using a rather old and sticky 
Stazon pad. It worked, but I need a new black Stazon pad for future stamping.
Lastly, I glittered him on one side three different times, using different glitters.
I flipped one bee to give me a mirrored image to use as well.
    
In retrospect, I should have used glossy accents and glitter, but I was trying
to cut corners and just used a glue pen as the adhesive. Not as good glitter
adhesion and coverage that way, but it did dry pretty fast.
I used the Tall Word Collage #7167 for the wording. Such a great stamp with so 
many options for word play. 

And for the star of the show, I used Kassa's Bloom #14014.
I heat embossed it in white, and then colored it using TH distress inks and
the mini sponge applicators. My favorite part was splattering water on it
to create all of the bleached out droplets. I used a stitched circle die to cut it out,
and backed it up with some layered doilies.


Bee sure to drop by the SDC blog and check out all of the inspiration
that has been created for this challenge.
Thanks for buzzin' by!!



Monday, September 5, 2016

New beginnings

I am currently in a moment of growth and great transition.
I just started a new job last week. I haven't had a "real" job in over
eight years. I really didn't want to work for "the man" again, but 
he does pay better than most scrapbook shops and co-op type places.
And I really needed the benefits, too.

I know I'm not the only one going through changes.
I have had a friend on my mind a lot lately. She is kind of the living
representation of the "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" ideal.
I wanted to make her something to commemorate her two years of sobriety.
That's a really big deal. Really big.  

I decided to make a wall hanging using a canvas panel.
She has a thing for chickens, so I thought this was a good 
time to break out with some of my Unity stamps.
I've used  the Chicken Wire stamp and the New Day Rooster set.

I painted the canvas panel using black acrylic paint,
and once it was dry I stamped the chicken wire in VersaMark
and silver embossing powder.    

I used a burlap sheet, a clock die cut from a Tim Holtz die,
and some distress inked paper for my focal points. 

I also added some actual chicken feathers, some designer papers,
doilies, die cuts, sequins, seam binding, and wire mesh to give a
rustic country feel to this piece. 

After mounting the rooster to the die cut frame, I used Crackle Accents for a 
vintage look. The CA kind of reactivated the Distress Inks and changed the look
a little bit, but not too bad. I edged the oval with Platinum Stickles along
with a few other pieces. I like the look of mercury glass, and this
shade of Stickles gives me that effect.   

Overall, I'm really pleased with how this turned out.
Sometimes, mixed media has a way of taking on a life of
it's own. I think this one wandered away just enough to make it
interesting.

Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to enter this wall hanging in the following challenges:




   

New beginnings

I am currently in a moment of growth and great transition.
I just started a new job last week. I haven't had a "real" job in over
eight years. I really didn't want to work for "the man" again, but 
he does pay better than most scrapbook shops and co-op type places.
And I really needed the benefits, too.

I know I'm not the only one going through changes.
I have had a friend on my mind a lot lately. She is kind of the living
representation of the "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" ideal.
I wanted to make her something to commemorate her two years of sobriety.
That's a really big fucking deal. Really big.  

I decided to make a wall hanging using a canvas panel.
She has a thing for chickens, so I thought this was a good 
time to break out with some of my Unity stamps.
I've used  the Chicken Wire stamp and the New Day Rooster set.

I painted the canvas panel using black acrylic paint,
and once it was dry I stamped the chicken wire in VersaMark
and silver embossing powder.    

I used a burlap sheet, a clock die cut from a Tim Holtz die,
and some distress inked paper for my focal points. 

I also added some actual chicken feathers, some designer papers,
doilies, die cuts, sequins, seam binding, and wire mesh to give a
rustic country feel to this piece. 

After mounting the rooster to the die cut frame, I used Crackle Accents for a 
vintage look. The CA kind of reactivated the Distress Inks and changed the look
a little bit, but not too bad. I edged the oval with Platinum Stickles along
with a few other pieces. I like the look of mercury glass, and this
shade of Stickles gives me that effect.   

Overall, I'm really pleased with how this turned out.
Sometimes, mixed media has a way of taking on a life of
it's own. I think this one wandered away just enough to make it
interesting.

Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to enter this wall hanging in the following challenges:





   

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stampotique wants your polka dots

I've got a new project for the theme of 
POLKA DOTS
Ever since I got these stamps, I've been scheming as to how I was
going to put them all together on a card. 
I think I pulled it off.

I used the new release of Marsha #6209 and coupled her with 

I added some wave die cuts made of vellum, and colored the backs of them using Copics.
I was going for a rancid fume look.

And to top it all off, I used the incredibly useful Pull My Finger #8966
stamp to really drive home the idea that Marsha is up to no good. 

Something tells me she is going to give this skunk a run for his money...

I backed this odoriferous scene with a lively orange polka dot paper to
stay within the guidelines of the current theme.
Be sure to pop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge to see what the other
ladies have cooked up for this fun theme. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stampotique SDC254: Text Background

Welcome to my second Stampotique Designer's Challenge offering.
The new challenge theme is to use background text on your project.
I needed a new book mark for my summer reading. I just started a book by
Joe Hill, who happens to Stephen King's kid. The book is called, 'NOS4A2',
and it is really good. Way better than the other three books of his 
I have attempted to read. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt 
based on his Dad's writings, but I can't always finish Stephen's books either. 
I usually like the subject matter, but they're a bit too wordy for me... 
I tire of the superfluous content that really seems to make no difference 
to the actual storytelling.

But, I digress....

I used an old dictionary page from a dictionary from my high school days.
The copyright is 1956, so it was old when I acquired it back in 1987. The pages have a
nice vintage quality and a perfect yellowing that appeals to me. I chose the page that
has the definition of 'cadaver' and 'cadaverous' on it. I usually try to find a page 
with some sort of morbidity to it.
I colored up the Fruit Bat #4053 from Kira Nichols as my focal image.
I used some lovely gold iridescent paper gifted to me from a friend. Copics
color it quite nicely without losing any of the shine. I love it. 

I stamped the Owl Tree #4018, also from Kira's collection.
I heat embossed it for the fruit bat to hang from, and to add more 
interest.

And for even more interest and faux texture , I used the Cracks #10032 stamp. 
I stamped it randomly around the edges of the bookmark. I think I'll be getting
quite a bit of use out of this stamp. I don't always have good success with crackle 
mediums, so this will work well for most of my cracked needs.    

And here we have my new bookmark to keep my place in the
over 600 page book I am devouring this summer. I added some
decadent sheer purple ribbon to taunt my cats with for good measure.
All good bookmarks need a lovely tassel, don't they? 

I hope you'll join us over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge
for our latest challenge. Drop by, get inspired,and play along, won't you? 
  
   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stampotique Summer/Fall Release Blog Hop

Today I am sharing a few projects using some of the new
Summer/Fall 2016 releases from Stampotique!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from
the inspiring, Jackie Payne's blog.
If you just landed here by chance and would like to participate in the hop
(there is a $30 gift certificate for one lucky commenter, and two grab bags
of stamps for two lucky random commenters) you can begin
here, on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.

First up is a tag I made using one of the newbies from Daniel Torrente.

This is Jillian #6208
Isn't she delightfully menacing? 
I paired her up with an existing snarky sentiment #8968.

 This is a journal page using Bella #15004 and her kitty friend, Casper #15008,
from new Stampotique artist, Tracy Scott

This is Faith #15007, also by Tracy Scott.

The new rag dolls are so fun to color and create with.

And finally, another journal page featuring all the kitties from the new
Kitty Cube #6217 and a new background stamp Spiral Daydream #6205.
Both are from Daniel Torrente.

I used glow in the dark embossing powder with Versa Mark ink on the spirals 
so they don't really show up without the assistance of some black light.

And now you can head over to the talented, Julie Steed 
to see what she has in store for you.
Remember to leave comments for everyone along the way, as you never know
whose blogs the lucky comment winners will be chosen from.
Be sure to drop the Stampotique Originals website to check out all of the
new releases for July 2016. You won't be disappointed. There's something
for everyone and for every occasion.

Thanks for hopping by today, and good luck!