Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bombshell Blog Hop: Boy Toy

This is the second blog hop I’m in today! Phew! If you’re looking for the Artful INKables hop, please click HERE. But, take a peek at what’s happening in this post first! ;}

Tomorrow is the first day of July. Which means that as of tomorrow, I am officially Ms. Bombshell!!! I am so stoked to kick off my month long term with this fabulous blog hop!!! Here’s what Kas challenged us to do:

Time for being hot...it's summer!
So what's the deal with a "Boy Toy" bloghop.
Well, it's dedicated to the men in our lives.
Doesn't have to be a boyfriend or husband..... maybe a soldier, a father, or just a masculine theme or card.
Bombshell stamps have always been great for "manly" things, but now more than ever.
Just think about the new digi clothes stamps for the Bombshell Angel. The policeman, fireman, etc... they are GREAT for sending out that perfect card.
AND MAN...the new motorcycle stamps !!!
Perhaps your project will just use masculine colors...maybe a great Father's Day project.


Love this challenge! But, I changed it up a teeny bit! Take a look!

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I made a layout of me with my hot little PT Cruiser! This is just a little taste of what You’ll be seeing from me this month!!! My layout is about my ride not being a Boy’s Toy… even though there are plenty of boys that want it!!!

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I used Bombshell’s Angel stamp to give some va va voom to my vroom! I just had to color her to match me! How cute do we look in polka dots??? Here’s a close up.

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I did her up with a mix of colored pencils and markers. I think she’s fabulous!!! And behind her, you can see I embossed some flames in Platinum…to coordinate with the flames on my car! Please click on any of the images to see them bigger.

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I hand wrote my title…I wanted to make it just slightly girly, but with a bit of an edge…hence the super straight and slightly curly letters. And, I had some bubble wrap laying around, so I inked it up, and stamped away!

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My journaling spot is also a stamp, and I embossed that in Platinum as well, then cut it out. It says:

“This is my little Hot Rod. I just love my 2001 PT Cruiser. And I love to see people’s jaws drop when they realize it’s not a boy’s toy, but a chicks smokin’ ride!”

And this is so true. I have done a good amount of work to the car (myself, thank you very much) and folks are often impressed by this. So now before I send you off, I want you to promise me you’ll come back soon! I have lots of fun Bombshell stuff up my sleeve, in addition to all of the other projects I’ve got going on. Now hop along to my wonderful friend, Danielle and have an inspiring day!!!

Kas ~ Meredith ~ Sy ~ Alison (that's me!) ~ Danielle ~ Katie

MaryG ~ Steph ~ Kelli ~ Angie ~ Cheryl ~ Kathi

Artful INKables Blog Hop

By the time you read this, I will have already seen Eclipse!!! I can’t believe it’s out! I’ll be sure to give you the play by play of my Triple Feature experience after I recover from the throngs of teenagers!

So I am in TWO Blog Hops today! This post is obviously for Artful INKables, and the second is for Bombshell Stamps. Please take a look at both of my posts for today! Thanks! ;}

So let’s talk Twilight. I made a card using 3 of my fabulous AI stamps. I really, really love these stamps! And I hope it shows in my card!

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I started off with the harlequin stamp on some spotted yellow paper, and I cut that out. I wanted to use my swirl stamp, so I stamped it a few times, end to end, and cropped it real tight. You actually don’t see the full swirl because I trimmed so much of it off. But I like how it takes up the whole strip on either side. And I stamped my sentiment and laid it on top. After I had all of my pieces, I distressed the hell out of it!

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Lots of colors, lots of layers, lots of inky fingers! Just the way I like it!!! But, the card needed something else, so I broke out my Distress Stickles and free handed some swirls of my own.

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Please click on any of the pictures to see them bigger. I think it turned out really pretty and elegant. I love how aged it looks.

Want to see more? Then hop along! I send you off to Sammi Betbeder’s blog. Have an inspiring day!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fire Goddess

So, it’s the beginning of Summer, so what better way to worship the sun then with a Fire Goddess???

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She’s one of the latest stamps I have acquired from fabulous Smeared Ink!!! I think she’s spicy, sultry and fabulous! And I have a few ways that I want to color her! This is only the first! I used colored pencils and Twinkle H20’s. Ready to see some shimmer??? Put on your shades!

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How fabulous is that greenish glow from the Twinkles??? Love that stuff! And it’s perfect with this set of Goddesses… Wait until you see the others! Can’t wait??? Go check them out at the Smeared Ink Shop!

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This paper is pre-cut from K& Co. Makes my life a ton easier! Isn’t it pretty? Doesn’t it give you the idea of flames? Ooh! I can feel the heat!

I have a quick announcement…I am in two, yes TWO blog hops tomorrow! And they are both fabulous! One is the Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop, and the second is the Artful INKables Twilight blog hop. Awesome, I know!!! So, be sure to stop by and take a look-see! Have an inspiring day!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

FHF Eclipse Pop Culture Challenge & Artful INKables Challenge #4

Can you believe it??? It’s almost time! Time for the release of Eclipse!!! I can hardly wait!!! As I have mentioned before, I am seeing a triple feature starting at 6:30 on Tuesday night! It’s gonna be great!!!

Today Erica issued us the latest Pop Culture Challenge for Friends Having Fun. And it’s all about Eclipse!!! Make something Twi-Inspired! Easy-peasy! Plus, I of course had to partake in the 4th and final challenge for Artful INKables too! Their challenge was to create anything but a card. Cool! So…I made a bookmark. I am really into making these lately! And check this out…I didn’t use ANY paper!!!

It’s tough to see all the detail in this pic…feel free to click on it to see it bigger! I used 2 Artful INKables stamps for this bookmark. And a whole lotta ink! Here’s a close up.

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I used just a heavy weight chipboard for the bookmark, and smudged some Fired Brick Distress Ink on top to make it sorta look like wood. Then I stamped the swirls in Color Box’s Chestnut Roan. Last, I stamped the Fanpire in Black Soot Distress Ink. I felt it needed some flash, so I lightly inked the edge of my bookmark with embossing ink, and sprinkled on some Platinum Embossing Powder. A little flash…not too much!

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Then, to top it all off I added this fabulous yarn. That’s from one skein! It has a bit of sparkle in it too.

See? Easy-peasy! Now, since this is the big release week, Artful INKables is also having a huge Twilight Inspired blog hop on Wednesday! Of course, yours truly will be playing along. So be sure to stop by for that! In addition, I have some other wonderful things that are happening this week as far as my little crafty projects go…So please be sure to stop by and say hello! Ooh! And make sure you play along with Friends Having Fun!!! Have an inspiring day!!!

Other challenges my bookmark fits in to:

Drunkin' Stampers- Twilight

Crafty Ann's Challenge- Embossing

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Who Wants to Be a Guest Gurl???

StampInsanity is looking for a couple of Guest Groovy Gurlz! Could one of them be YOU???

GuestSpots150 Please visit the StampInsanity site for all of the deets! Come, play along with us!!! Show us whatcha got!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Smeared Ink New Release Blog Hop

I am so excited to share my latest card with you! It’s from one of three fabulous new rubber stamp sets from Smeared Ink. Would you like a peek at all three sets? Of course you would!

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This first set is The Symbology of Angels. Isn’t it fabulous???

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The second set is called Teen Style Backgrounds. Check out the kicks! Gotta love that stamp!

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And this third set is Teen Style Sayings. Some of these phrases are so cool! I love “Epic Fail” and “Rad” the best! Please click on any of the images to see them bigger.

So the Design Team was given the fabulous “Praise Angel” to use. I love this image. I can see myself using him quite often, in a lot of different ways. This first time, I went pretty spiritual…

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This was one of those cards that I had a vision for…and was actually able to execute it perfectly. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the right cream colored paper, but the Black and Creme collection from DCWV was just what I needed!

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This fabulous angel was colored in with colored pencils (his body), metallic acrylic paint (his wings), and Twinkle H20’s (his…uh…garment ;} ). I wanted the paper to look like rays coming out of him…beams of light. I really wanted the monochromatic thing here too… I thought it would make the image softer, and more, well, spiritual, as opposed to being wicked (which I am totally gonna do one day!).

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Here you can see the luster on the wings and his bit ‘o fabric. The champagne colored paint I used for his wings is the perfect shade for an angel! I had stamped him on white cardstock, then distressed the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. It worked out to be the exact shade of the DCWV cardstock. I also pop dotted him, to give him some more oomph.

So, how would YOU color him? What kind of look would he be sporting if you stamped out the Praise Angel? Would you like to see more before you decide? Then hop on to the rest of the Smeared & Smudged Design Team. I know there is going to be a ton of amazing inspiration! Then, make sure you pick up at least one of these rockin’ new stamp sets for yourself! Click HERE to go right to the Smeared Ink shop! Have an inspiring day!

Terra ~ Tori ~ Alison (that's me!)~ Kelli ~ Jean ~ Sarah

Danielle ~ Black Dragon ~ Lady Brayton ~ Meredith

Thursday, June 24, 2010

SISC #15 Inspiration Photo for a Birthday Card

Hello out there! It’s time for another StampInsanity Challenge with the Groovy Gurlz! I’ve got an inspiration pic to share with you.

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The mission is to chose one of the color combos on these fabulous cakes and make a birthday card! I love the colors on the cake on the right, so that’s what I used.

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So let me be straight with you. This card doesn’t look finished to me. I think I need to add some Stickles to the circles (in silver). It just needs a bit ‘o glam. But, it’s late and I am exhausted… so I will have to play around with it at a later time. I do however, love how Beach Maddie came out!

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She’s rockin’ a bit of a tan. And her hair has been kissed by the sun. Not your tyical birthday card, I know…but we like to groove a little differently here right? Plus, when I thought of this senti, I knew I had a winner!

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“Hope your Birthday is Beachy-Keen!” Cute right? Thanks! So other then the lack of glitz, I thing the card is super cute. And it’s just a teeny taste of what’s to come!!! (…hint)

So go and check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz projects now! You are sure to love ‘em all! And then, it’s your turn to play along! Don’t ya wanna win some free digis??? Join the insanity!!!

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One more thing… I would like to wish Beth, the Grooviest Gurl in all the land, a very Happy (early) Birthday! You rock!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father’s Day Cards

I made a sweet Father’s Day card for my husband, and I wanted to you. I got both of the images I used from Bombshell Stamps. It actually comes in a set of three for…get this…FREE!!! Yup! Totally free.What a fabulous gift for the fans of Bombshell Stamps, huh? Here’s my card:

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Originally, I had printed the images pretty small (you’ll see the banners down below). I was going to just use them as accents. But then, upon closer inspection of the star, I realized that I would be a fool to not use it as the focal point of the card!

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I colored this in with my EK Success Watercolor and their metallic markers, plus a couple of Distress Inks with Cut-N-Dry nibs. You all know that I loves me some rubbah, but one thing that I just lurve about digis is how adaptable they are! Like I said, the first set was printed eensy-weensy…but this star is now almost 4 inches wide! Can’t do that with the red stuff!

The flames you see in the background are from Heidi Swapp. I simply stamped and embossed them in clear. I wanted them to be subtle, so as to not take away from the star, which I pop dotted, by the way.

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This is one of the banners. I photographed this before I wrote all of the mushy stuff on the inside, but I wanted you to get an idea of the size. I thought it looked pretty rad popping out from the center.

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Here’s a close up. The photo is awful… I am really having a heck of a time with lighting lately. But at least you can see my shading. I used more Distress Inks here. See how far out it pops? My husband was pretty surprised to find this on the inside! He thought the whole card was super cool.

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And this is the card my son made! He wanted to use the third and final freebie in this set. And didn’t he color and place it perfectly??? Ok…so I helped him color the banner a little, but he totally placed it there himself!

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He picked out the stamps, and the colors himself, of course!

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This is the back of his card. He loves to make cards! It’s so much fun to make them together. I hope we can always do art projects together!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Artful INKables Twilight Challenge #3: Whose Team are You On?

Week #3! Now, before me Edward fans get their panties all up in a bunch, let me just clarify something. I am totally Team Edward, but I feel the love for Jacob. He’s a great guy/wolf. So, as I figured there would probably be a lot more sparkly vampire type cards posted this week, I decided to give the hot blooded shaggies some love.

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When I had first gotten these rad stamps from Artful INKables last year (has it been a year already???), I had made a card with a similar flavor to this one. I liked it so much, that I decided to revisit the idea and put a new spin on it. I think it’s pretty cool. And I think it will make those Wolf Girls out there pretty happy!

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I used 2 AI stamps for this baby and a whole mess of ink, as usual. Some torn paper and a bit of shimmery fiber. C’mon! You should all know by now that there are other things that sparkle besides vampires! Wolves have very shiny coats! ;}

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One more Twilight inspired challenge and then it’s time for the big Blog Hop! Yeah! And then, I am off to the movies! Actually, by the time the blog hop happens, I will have already seen the flick, as I am going to a midnight showing. Truth be told, I am seeing ALL # flicks that night, starting at 6:30! Can you say CRAZY?!?!

Tomorrow I will post the Dad’s Day card I made for Gene. I didn’t feel right posting the card since he hasn’t seen it yet! Here’s a hint about how it looks… I used one of the FREE digi images from Bombshell Stamps! Go see ‘em and nab a set for yourself!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mom’s Pirate Birthday Card

My mom loves all things pirate. Always has. She loves swashbuckling flicks, the garb, the speech, and of course, those handsome pirates (of course Mr. Depp and Mr. Bloom are her faves!!!). So when I got this Sweet Pea Stamps image (named (Unregrettable Pirate Life…which is on sale right now!), I just knew I had to use it for her Birthday card. I must give a huge “Thank you!” to my bitchin’ friend Danielle, because she gave me this lovely stamp.

You may recognize it… I used it in my Burtonesque Dolls/S&S Watercolor Challenge last week. Click HERE to see that post. You’ll see that I have colored this version of my pirate quite differently this time around.

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She’s a bit faded here… I have a picture with truer coloring down below. But, you can see the awesome shimmer on my copper faux taffeta paper! Here’s a close up of the pirate.

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I colored her only with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Yup. That’s it! 4 colors! I used Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, and Tattered Rose. I applied the colors with Ranger’s Cut-N-Dry nibs (LOVE those!). No water, no blending solution. Nada. I stamped her on cream paper using my Chestnut Roan ink from Color Box (my fave color from them!), and then applied the Distress Inks. It came together quickly and I am thrilled with the end result. It has a vintage feel to it… as if it’s a photo taken with sepia tones. But the touches of greyish-blue and rose and some interest.

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This is a crummy photo, but it shows the colors a bit better. Please click on any of the images to see them bigger. I added the swirls in the background with my Crafter’s Workshop stencils (I did say I was suddenly obsessed with them in my last post, didn’t I?). And, I used my usual wacky mix of paper scraps. But I think it’s actually pretty elegant looking. Perfect for my Scallywag Mommy! I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for this week. It's to make a pirate card! Perfect! Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

June Bombshell Sketch Challenge

Hello! I wanted to play along with the Bombshell Stamps sketch challenge again. My friend and fellow Smeared and Smudged DT Member Kathi is the mind behind these great sketches every month. Take a peek at what she drew up this time around.

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Simple, yet cool, right? Here’s the card I made.

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For some reason the picture looks a little too green… I am having a hard time taking pics with my Ott Light lately. Any suggestions??? Anyway, I colored this fab Bombshell in with a little bit of Twinkle H20’s and some colored pencils. Here’s a close up.

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I didn’t like all of the negative space, so I filled it in with my swirly stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, which I have been using quite a bit lately.

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My sentiment is from Smeared Ink. But it’s only a partial sentiment. I left off the “Punk?”. I thought that the first part was perfect for this card.

We are getting closer to July! Which means it’s almost time for me to be Ms. Bombshell!!! Woo Hoo! But don’t wait until next month to play along with all of the fabulous Bombshell Stamps challenges. Start now! They have some super fab ones, as you can see! Have an inspiring day!!!