Friday, July 30, 2010

Peep Show!

How’d ya like my title??? Let me start off by saying, I had NO idea how to correctly photograph this project. And it’s a shame…because it’s pretty damn cool. My sis who’s a photography pro wasn’t around to aid me in this…so I’m gonna try and snag her to retake these dreadful photos.

Now that that’s out of the way…I started to play with my Nymphs stamp set from Smeared Ink. And I cam up with what I thought was a fabulous (and funny!) idea. You can let me know what you think…

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So I painted this little box. I used some branches from the Tree Nymph and a few dabs of Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint…you’ll see a detail shot in a minute. But wait? What’s that blotch on top of the glass???

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Why, it’s the dress the Tree Nymph is wearing! And look…there she is down at the bottom of the box! Hello down there!!! I guess she’s feeling a little self conscious…wait a second…maybe not…

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Gasp! She’s taking off her dress!!! The glass panel in the box slides out so you can put your treasures inside.

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And here she is in all her glory!!!

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Here’s a different angle so that you can see the glass.

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A couple of detail shots.

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So??? Funny right? It’s a Nymph Peep Show!!! Hope you got a good laugh! Have an inspiring day!!!

PS: After seeing the first few comments, I saw just what the other girls were talking about! It SO doesn't look like that in person! I promise, it's a dress...not a big penis!!! Again, my photos are pretty crummy, and the colors didn't come up as well as they should have... But, I do think it's pretty funny that that's what everyone else saw! Thanks for the laugh, everyone!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Katie For a Cure: StampInsanity Release & Challenge #

Hello! I am so happy to be sharing this week’s StampInsanity Challenge with you, for several reasons. First, we have an amazing new release. Second, this release is important. Third, it’s a fun collaboration with Fussie & Fancy. Fourth, and most importantly… it hit very close to home this week. Like, four houses away. More on that in a bit. Here is the new set called Katie For a Cure.

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Here is the story, in Beth’s words, about this very special digi set.

"Katie for a Cure is a very special set I designed to honor my cousin Kate, who earlier this year, at age 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kate is the picture of health and vitality, and her spirit is magical. She has two very young children, and is in the prime of her life – which makes her diagnosis all the more distressing. As only Katie can, she is fighting this disease with the strength and grace of a pure champion. Her story is sadly not unique, but this is my Katie, and I had to do something. It is tragic, but I am sure that my family is not the only one to have this disease repeatedly rearing its head at us. It is my hope that together we will raise a donation that we can all be proud of. And if nothing else, Kate will get a smile from all the beautiful cards that you share with us. Thank you all in advance for your donations and your creations!"

Now, we have a color challenge this week! It is to use Pink and Black. Easy peasy, right??? Here’s my card.

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Now, as I mentioned above…this hit very close to home. I made this card for my neighbor Kelly. Her Mom (also a neighbor of mine) passed away from Cancer just a few short days ago. To make matters even worse, her husband (Kelly’s Dad) passes away only 3 weeks ago. Needless to say, this has been a horrendous time for Kelly and her entire family. Especially her three kids. So, when the dust settles just a bit, I will be giving her this card. I don’t even know what to say to her…I just want her to know I’m here fr her. Having lost my Dad very unexpectedly 9 years ago, I know how she feels…to a degree. I can’t even imagine what she is feeling after losing both of her parents.

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Here’s a close up of Katie. I used my colored pencils once again.

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Here’s the inside. I made the large ribbon using a Sizzix die from a breast cancer set I have. Of course, the beautiful sentiment is part of the SI new release.

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I stamped some flourishes and added a pink and black matte rhinestone.

I know this isn’t as much detail as I usually give, but I really want the stamp set to speak for itself. You can only purchase it at StampInsanity. It costs $10, and ALL proceeds are going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Isn’t that wonderful?

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Clicking on the badge above will take you right to the store so you can purchase this inspiring set for yourself!

Now please take a ride by the rest of the Groovy Gurlz to see what they have created!

Jacquie Lisa Juanita Jennifer

Margie Suzi Erica

Guest Groovy Gurls: Shelley Margreet

And be sure to also visit the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog too! Click on the button below!

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Have an inspiring, and blessed, day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July Bombshell Hump Day Hop!

Greetings! It’s time for another Bombshell Stamps hop, which sadly means that I am coming to the end of my month-long term as a Guest Designer. It makes me sad… But have no fear! I will of course continue to play along with the other challenges, and I’ll have some of my own ideas too! ;}

You should be coming from my lovely friend, Meredith’s blog.

This is what Kas challenged us to do this time around:

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I would love to see something along the lines of:
1) Red - White - Blue
2) Firecrackers (Bombshells)
3) Military
4) or sparkling like a firework!

Here is my lil project for today:

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Please pardon the awful photos…I just ran out of time! I will try to take some prettier ones! You can click on any of them to see them bigger.

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See the sheen on my stripey paper? It’s got a beautiful luster to it. Kind of golden. It’s from Reminisce, and I knew it was perfect for this challenge!

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You can see it a little better here. I also used some gold doilies that I scored from my mom’s house (don’t worry! I asked first!). Originally I was going to draw some fireworks in using gold Stickles, but then I remembered I had the doilies, and I knew that would be even better! It has the look of fireworks, but done just a bit differently!

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And of course I used my awesome Pirate’s Life stamp set! I gave my girl a little tat on her arm…to cover up an oops! I had colored in the white highlights of her hair using a red watercolor marker (lemme also mention that I embossed my images), and the marker doesn’t dry on the embossed parts. Well, I accidentally ran my finger over her hair before I cleaned it up with a paper towel! She had a red splotch! So, I inked her up! Good save, right?The fibers I used are a midnight blue with clear tinsel. Again, I am sorry for the crummy pictures!

Now it’s time to hop over to my awesome friend Danielle’s blog! But below you will find the whole list, in case you missed anyone!

Kas ~ Katie ~ Kathi ~ Jodie ~ Cheryl ~ Steph ~ Meredith

Alison ~ Danielle ~ Keely ~ Angie ~ Laura ~ Kelli ~ Perky Nihilist

Quick side note Number 1: I would like to give a HUGE “thank you!” to Shannon and the rest of the Bombshell girls! I have had a fantastic time this month, and I look forward to playing with you super talented ladies some more! This is SO not the end of me!!!

Quick side note Number 2: My fellow S&S DT member, Lady Brayton, created this amazingly fantastic card, using little old ME as the inspiration! She saw a bombshell-esque poster, and made her own version to look like yours truly! Please click HERE to see the whole story, and show her some well-deserved love! You are my sinister sister, LB!!!

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Air Goddess

Here is the third of four beautiful Goddesses from the Smeared Ink Collection. It’s time to take a deep breath of fresh air…

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Isn’t she serene looking? I just want to stare at her and breathe…

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I colored her in with my colored pencils and Twinkle H20’s. The Twinkles were used only on her hair… I used a silver and a pale blue, to mimic the swirls already on the stamp.

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I added a simple line of Waterfall Stickles (one of my faves!) to the bottom of my torn edge, just to give it a little more pop. I used some scrap paper to mat the image, and that was all. It’s another one of those images that you want to let speak for itself. And I think she does! Have a peaceful and inspiring day!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

StampInsanity Challenge #19

It’s time for a sketch challenge with the Groovy Gurlz of StampInsanity!

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But instead of a card…I made a tag!

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I used the oh-so-handsome Roder as my subject this week. He’s just so rockin’!

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And of course, I broke out my colored pencils! I also used my Coluzzle for the circles and rectangle. I know! I just love using my older tools! I hate letting them just sit in a drawer unused.

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And how about that yarn??? Isn’t it fabulous? I’ll never learn how to knit a sweater, but I will always find something to do with all of those wonderful skeins of yarn that I have!

Now go and check out what the rest of the Groovy Gurlz are up to this week!

Jacquie Lisa Juanita Jennifer

Margie Suzi Erica

Guest Groovy Gurls: Shelley Margreet

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rio- Ed Wood Style!

I have a card to share with you that I am entering into 3 challenges. That’s a lot for me! First, The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #11, which is to create in Black and White…Ed Wood style! The second is for the Simply Betty Sketch. Yup, I just did a card for that last week (when Miss Rio was green), but you’re allowed to enter more than once, so I figured, why not? The third is for Macabre Monday over at Haunted Design House. It’s a free for all from Barb this week. And while this card isn’t as creepy as some of the other things that I make, it is a little spooky!

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I have to say, I loved coloring Rio in black and white! I really like how her hair came out and the gradation of grays I used in her skirt. Here’s a close up.

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She’s boo-tiful, no? I took a bit of creative license with the sketch this time around, and I am quite pleased with the finished card. I made the sentiment using my Sunset Sizzix font (yup, just used that in my Pirate layout! Did ya see it????). added a rhinestone to the Basic Grey tag, and I just had to use my MS drippy goo punch!

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And there’s is Rio’s little bat! I wonder if he has a name…??? Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pirate Bombshell Layout

I made this layout using my fantastic Pirate’s Life set from Bombshell Stamps. The photos are from 2005 and were taken on my most favorite Halloween EVER! And that is saying a lot for a Halloween freak like me!

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I used 4 images from my Bombshell set. Can you spot them all???

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Of course, there’s the fabulous Bombshell herself… done up with my colored pencils.

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Then, her fabulous companion…this crazy cool parrot. He’s also brought to life with colored pencils.

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Then there’s that cute little map on the envelope I made. But where is the 4th stamp???

Hint…go back to the first picture!

See them???

The little skull and crossbones on the closure of the envelope? That’s the 4th stamp! A lot of times I find that people don’t utilize the wonderful tiny images that come with many of the sets. So I wanted to make sure that I put a couple of them in this page!

So, why was this my favorite Halloween, you ask??? Here’s the story (which happens to be what I wrote about on those tiny pages in the envelope).

There’s a gate that goes from my backyard to my Mom’s backyard (yes, we live next door to each other, and yes, I think it’s fabulous!). But of course, no one knows it’s there since it’s in the back. So, picture this…I am standing in my living room, sword in hand, waiting for unsusupecting little Trick or Treaters to come up my walk. Of course, being who I am, I don’t wait for the bell to ring. I get to the door before they do, throw it wide open, and in my best pirate voice (which is pretty good, actually), I say “ARRGH!!!! Happy Halloween!” Of course, they jump. Because really, aren’t they supposed to be scaring me??? Not in my world!

Ok. So I give ‘em their candy, they’re on their merry little way to my Mom’s. Before they are out of my walkway, I am charging through my house, running into my backyard, through the gate, into my Mom’s yard, through her house and to her front door. Whew! I’m tired just typing all that! Then, these SAME kids that were just at MY house are coming up her walk way. I throw open my mom’s door and say (again, in my fabulous Pirate speak), “ARRRGH!!!! So we meet again children!!!”

Well…let me just say that not only did all of the kids scream, but the parents did as well! In fact, I think the kids were more confused than their little ones! The kids chalked it up to the spookiness of October 31st…but the parents and their oh-so-scientific brains could not figure out how I got there first. It was FABULOUS!!! Quite exhausting, but fabulous! I kept it up all night. My family was hysterical laughing at me the whole time. I wish we had it on video…there’s always this year, I guess…..!!!

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To wrap up the deets on the layout, I used a couple of doilies and Black Gold Glimmer Mist to create the background. Plus I drew in some swirls using my Crafter’s Workshop stencil. The title was made using the Sunset font from Sizzix. And my envelope was cut out using my Coluzzle. Yup…old school tools!!!

I hope you liked my little story…and my layout! Have an inspiring day!!!