Thursday, April 29, 2010

4 Challenges in one!

Post number 2 for today! If you are looking for the latest StampInsanity Challenge, please scroll down to the post below! It’s a great challenge, so don’t miss it!

Now, I don’t really have time to figure out which challenges can go with what from week to week, but for some reason, several of them just fell into place with each other this time around! But before I get into that anymore, let me show you my latest card:

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This is the Wild Flower Kids’ version of Alice. Ain’t she sweet? You can nab her over at Paper Craft Planet. The WFK challenge this week is to use Pink and Orange. I don’t know what it is, but lately I am drawn to the citrusy colors (which is so not my normal style!), so I had to play along with this challenge. Plus, my bud over at Smeared and Smudged, Kim, is having a photo challenge at her blog. Click HERE for the deets. The Whimsical Wednesdays blog wants us to create something that reminds us of Spring. The colors in this card are SO very Spring to me! And last, but certainly not least, Friends Having Fun (via Erica) challenges us to do something Alice in Wonderland themed!

Woah! That’s a lot! I really need to know how you mutli challengers keep up with it all!

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Here’s a close up of Alice. I didn’t want to make her blonde. I almost gave her pink hair, but I didn’t think she swung that way! So, I kept her a lovely brunette!

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Ok, after all the time I spent keeping track of these challenges, I have run out of steam! And, I hear The Girl stirring…nap time is ova!!! Have an inspiring day everyone!

StampInsanity #7: Inspiration Pic

It’s Thursday again! Which can only mean one thing… It’s time for another StampInsanity Challenge! This week, we challenge you to work with this inspiration picture:

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Pretty freakin’ cool right? I love the look of the makeup (on the model and off) and that jewelry is so fantastic! But those colors are really what inspired me…

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Ok… so my blue is a little off… but you get the idea right??? Originally, I was going to focus on those bulls-eye jewelry; hence the use of my Nesties. But then I came across the other paper I used here… and it just came together in a totally different way! Which is totally fine by me, sometimes too much planning isn’t good right? Take a closer look at my girl Maddie:

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I used my beloved colored pencils once again… and I love how she looks. Isn’t that a rockin’ dress???

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Here you can see all of the dimension on the card. The extra swirl is cut out from the same Cuttlebug D’Vine Swirl pattern in the large orange rectangle.

Now it’s your turn! The Groovy Gurlz want you to play along with us! And if you do, you can win some of Beth’s amazing digi’s! Just upload your creations at the StampInsanity blog. Plus, you can sport this groovy button on your blog so everyone knows that you like to join the insanity!!!

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So go ahead… grab this button and play along! But before you do… please take a peek at what the other Groovy Gurlz have created! Lisa is out sick this week. But please give a warm welcome to our newest Gurl, Jacquie! Have an inspiring day!!!

Jennifer Jeri Jacquie

Margie Sarabeth Suzi Tonya

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop!

I am so excited to be in my very first Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop! I am so lovin’ these stamps. They are a blast to color in, and some of you may already know, I have always loved pin-up art! So, let’s get right to it! Here was the challenge Kas gave us:

So...
Pretty In Pink – use pink, pastel, or spring inspired projects.
Doesn’t sound like your “cup of tea” How about an 80’s inspired project…
A lot of different ways that this can be taken…it’s up to you to do your magic.
Need some more ideas? Check out some great quotes from the movie.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091790/quotes

And here is the prize that’s up for grabs!

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So I decided to go with an 80’s theme. I loved the 80’s! The big hair, the crazy makeup, the wacky clothes… ahh, memories!

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I used the Bombshell Angel image for this card. I think she’s so cool. And I think she’s lookin’ like she’s straight outta 1987 don’tcha think??? Here’s a close up:

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I used a lot of different markers from Sakura for this project. I drew on bright green fishnets (who wouldn’t want a pair of those???), gave her bustier a fab hot pink glow, drew on a smattering of bangles, some crazy necklaces and lots o’ blue eyeshadow! But let’s not forget her skirt! I used a piece of wired sheer ribbon (leftover from my wedding!). I scrunched one side of the ribbon and tightened up the wire, and left the other side as is. This created a fabulously full skirt! Doesn’t she look like she’s dancing? Hmmm…I think she may just be rockin’ out to Madonna! It’s too bad the sheerness doesn’t come out in the photo too well. It looks pretty cool to see her fishnets through the skirt!

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Here’s a close up of what my girl is sayin’ (and yes, I still say “rad!” to this day!!!). I wanted you to see the multi colored embossing glitter I used. See the rainbow effect? Click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

I think this challenge was totally dope! Now if you’ll excuse me… I’m gonna go and listen to some New Kids on the Block! Enjoy the rest of the hop!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

C is for Cupcake!

Hello All!!! This is my 200th blog post! And I don’t know if you know, but as of April 4th, I have been blogging for 1 year!!! Totally crazy! I have to say that I am really happy that I was gently shoved ;} into the wide world of blogging. I have made some truly wonderful friends, and I am inspired by so much creativity! So how about you fulfill a bloggy wish of mine??? Leave me some love! Please don’t be a lurker! Let me know what you think! Even constructive criticism is welcome! Knowing that you are not only “following” me but you’re actually reading my posts is so important to me! If you’re not there, then who am I writing for??? Thanks everyone!!!

This past Saturday was my husband’s birthday. I threw him a teeny little surprise party…and he sure was surprised! I am so thrilled that it went off so well. There was a lot of crazy delish food that we cooked, my family was zany as usual, and the weather was pure perfection. It was a wonderful day, and a great time was had by all.

So today, I wanted to share the card I made for him with you. I was inspired by the Stair Step card I had made for one of the StampInsanity challenges. My husband loved that card. He thought it was so cool… so I figured I would make him his own Stair Step Card!

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We wnet with a Southern-Style menu for the party. And instead of a regular birthday cake, I asked my sis Pam to make him red velvet cupcakes (I totally ran out of time to do it myself!). Hence the use of the cupcake stamp. This set is from Bam Pop! and many of you know how much I love them. Isn’t this little cupcake adorable??? It reminds me of a book I took out of the library for the kids called Cupcake. Who-da guessed, I know! It’s a really adorable story! I forget the author…but parents and teachers should totally read this book! But I digress…

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I used some Rhonna Farrer swirls from Autumn Leaves to stamp around the little cupcake. It’s hard to see, but one of the swirls is actually on a transparency.  I added some Stickles for some more pop.

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Please click on any of the images for a closer look! There’s a bunch of Glimmer Mist used, as well as some misc stamps and a punch. Would you believe that it’s actually a Mickey Mouse head? Just by turning it ever so slightly, it just looks like a cool, swirly punch!

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And here’s is me and the Birthday Boy! Don’t ya love my crepe paper headband??? Happy Birthday, Gene!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Macabre Monday #35: Walking Dead Divas

YES!!!!!!!! FINALLY! I get to play along with Macabre Monday again! The weeks have been flying by, and Barb has had some awesome challenges… and I SO wanted to play along… Alas, my time escaped me. The ideas were there, but the clock tick tocked too quickly for me… But not this time!!!

Here’s Barb’s challenge:

Ok, my little pretties... your challenge this week:

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You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween page, project or card using images/sentiments of o-so-girly zombies!!  Blingy, pink, flowery (or not)... let's see those ladies of the day & night...

uh... I meant that in a totally non-hooker type of way ;)

Cool! Got it! Here’s what I created…

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How cool is this chick??? She’s from Stamp It Crazy, and I love her. She reminds me a lot of my sisters and I… her hair, her clothes, ok… not her skin so much, but get the idea. Here’s a closeup:

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I used colored pencils and some various Sakura markers to color this diva in. The “Princess” is made from a (gasp!) Martha Stewart alpha set, and I effin’ love it! Goes purrrfectly with her Goopy punch that I delight in using. The tiaras are from Gel-A-Tins.

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I hope you can see it… I used the same Glitter marker in the jewels of the crown as I did in my little Zombie Princess’ eyes. Click on any of the images to make it bigger.

I feel so happy now… I hated not playing along with Haunted Design House… I really need to carve out some more time…but I have yet to figure out how! Now go! Go and concoct a gruesome design too! Have a fang-tastic day!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

StampInsanity Challenge #6: Box or Frame

Hey everyone! It’s time for another super-cool StampInsanity Challenge! This week, we need to alter or create either a box or a frame. I decided to make a box! An Expolsion Box! When I had my store one of my instructors there taught it all the time. It was a really popular and fun class. But guess what? I had never made one myself before, until now! So take a look-see at my first stab at it!

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Hmmm, that’s an simple little box, right? Some cool, stripey paper, a Glimmer Misted top… what’s so cool about that???

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BOOM! It explodes!!! It opens up to a full 12x12 sheet where you could add photos, ephemera, journaling, etc. But look who I have popping out! Pierette! Surprise!!!

I stood her up along with one of Beth’s fab sentiments (both are from the Les Coquettes collection- available ONLY at Stamps Happen…click on the link in my sidebar!!!). Her colors were chosen by my clever little boy, once again. He loves helping Mommy with her projects! ;}I thought about adding more to the center, but I thought that there was already a lot going on with all of the crazy patterns I used. Please click on any of the images to see it bigger!

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Here’s a close up of the box top. I’m sorry that my photos are a bit dark. I have horrid lighting in my craft room for taking photos. Why don’t Ott lights work well with cameras??? And I didn’t have this done in time before the sun disappeared behind the clouds. I used 3 colors of Glimmer Mist, along with one of Tattered Angel’s fabulous Glimmer Screens.

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I secured the sides of the box together with staples. Then I added a few dabs of Stickles for some extra zing.

Now it’s your turn! Go and funk up your own box or frame for a chance to win some ultra cool digis from StampInsanity! Visit the blog for all the deets. And please make sure you check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz projects! They will rock you!!!

Jennifer Jeri Lisa

Margie Sarabeth Suzi Tonya

One more thing…you can also win the entire Les Coquettes line by playing along with any of the great challenges over at Smeared and Smudged! You have until April 30th, so hurry!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What’s for dinner?

Hello! Quickie post today. No projects to share. Busy with a bajillion things as usual!

What are you having for dinner? Do you hate cooking? I am not a fan, myself. So, I am always trying to make fast and easy (yet delicious, of course!) meals.

Over at Friends Having Fun, Laura is sharing one of my very own recipes. And I promise you, it is fantastic! It’s easy, it’s fast, and it is sooooo good! It’s a pasta dish, and a family favorite. Go check it out! And while you’re there, become a Follower! Join our happy little group of Friends and play along with some of our challenges. Tonya is busy working on some fabulous new things for the group, so be sure to stay tuned! Ok! I’m off to go and work on my StampInsanity project for tomorrow! Peace out!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sepia Smokin’ Gun

Hello! I am sharing my latest Smeared Ink card with you today. I spent a lot of today cleaning my craft room (not quite done, but it’s gettin’ there!), and I wasn’t really in the mood to color when I finally sat down to create. I decided instead to give the images a sepia kind of wash, and age the heck out of it. Got my fingers all nice and inky!

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I used my Distress Inks, of course, in Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, and Black Soot. I used cosmetic sponges to apply the colors. I really like the way the distressing turned out! I used Walnut Gold and Black Gold Glimmer Mist on my background. And yeah, I’m totally obsessed with the “site” stamp so I am using it on everything! And I topped it off with my favorite border punch by Martha Stewart.

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Please click  on any of the photos to see them bigger!

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I hope you can see the glimmer here. It looks fab in person, but it is so hard to photograph!

Have you seen all of the crazy stamp sets over at Smeared Ink yet? Terra just released 2 brand new sets! You’ve got to go and check them out! You’ve never seen anything like them! I promise you! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

StampInsanity Challenge #5

Hello! Can you believe we are up to the FIFTH StampInsanity Challenge? Where does the time go??? This is a sketch challenge, and I’ve gotta say, I must have used my sketch mojo for yesterday’s post, because I had a heck of a time with this one! Take a look at the sketch:

Pretty straight forward right? I guess because I was Hell-bent on using a Roder image I had colored in weeks ago, I had a tough time. I don’t know… check out my card and tell me what you think!

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First, I gotta say, I am SO lovin’ Roder! He is just too friggin’ cool! Check out that awesome hair! I can only hope that Nix can rock out his hair one day like this!

A close up of the handsome fellow. He’s colored with colored pencils, of course! I honestly love how he came out. The colors worked out exactly as I saw them in my head. Just check out his hair!!! I think I used 5 colors in his hair alone! Remember, you can click on any of my photos to see them bigger!

I thought this paper worked out perfect too… it was just that I had so much space left! I probably should have switched the card to a rectangle. It would have thrown the sketch off a bit, but I don’t think Beth would have slapped my wrists for it! It took me forever to find something to throw in the corner. I didn’t want to put “friends” or “buds” or “Happy Birthday.” I just wanted it to be cool. And hey! I found “cool!” It’s a clear sticker from DCWV. And actually, the color was way too bright for the card. So I mounted it on a beige cardstock so that it dulled the brightness down quite a few notches. Then I added some Vintage Ink Distress Stickles for a wee bit more dimension.

Over all, I am pretty happy with it. I struggled, yeah, but I did get it done! And I think it’s pretty “cool!” Now please go and take a peek at the rest of the Groovy Gurlz awesome cards! But show me some love first puh-leaze! Have an inspiring day!!!

Jennifer Jeri Lisa

Margie Sarabeth Suzi Tonya

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friends Having Fun Sketch Challenge #1

Yes! I did it! I made my Friends Having Fun card! We are not supposed to be stressing about these challenges (hence the “Fun!” part of the name), but I really wanted to play along. I loved Dani’s sketches from Twilight Tuesday (which I still miss so much!), so I really wanted to make something for her latest sketch! Take a peek.

Ain’t it purdy??? It is until you see my version!

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It’s a bit off kilter wouldn’t you say? But that’s how I roll! I had this image from Smeared Ink’s Chicks Dig Guns collection for a while now. I knew it would work perfectly for this sketch. I think that this is my favorite image from that collection. She’s really pretty, I love what she’s wearing, and that gun just nasties the whole “pretty as a picture” image up! I even left her socks white to butch her up a teeny bit.

Here’s a close-up:

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She’s colored in with my Spectracolor colored pencils from Design. I stamped her on some cardstock that has little black flecks in it. I thought it gave it some umph. Then I edged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Click on any of the pictures to see them bigger!

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I chose an ugly brown cardstock (I love brown, don’t get me wrong… this one just looks dirrrty!), and I skanked it up a bit with some more of my Walnut Ink . Stamped those 3 borders in the same, and nastied those babies up with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Those borders are all from Stampers Anonymous. And I added some Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to the bottom corner.

It felt great to do this card! For a lot of the challenges I participate in, I have to stick to a specific company, or cater to a certain style. Here, I ran like hell! It was great to get a little dirty and inked up! I haven’t really done it in a while, and I really need to get back to it. I always felt that the dirtier my hands were, the better the project was! That’s not to say that I’m unhappy with what I’ve been making lately,but I think you get what I’m sayin’ right? It feels good to do stuff like I used to. So go and ink up your hands and join in on the FHF sketch! I’d love to see what you do with Dani’s great sketch!