Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Think Ink Artful INKables Challenge #28

Greetings and salutations! I am thrilled to say that I am the “Challenge Picker” (my own phrase) for the latest Artful INKables Think Ink Challenge. As if the interview from August 20th wasn’t exciting enough! So what did I pick??? Well, for those of you that know me, I love to distress pretty much everything. So my challenge is called: “Distressed out!” Tear it, ink it, sand it…anything and everything to distress your project. Wanna see mine???

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Of course, these are Artful INKables stamps! And, if you decide to play along and you use AI stamps, you get an extra entry!!! I really hope you do join in!

Now, about my card… I used only ONE piece of cardstock here! I just did different things to the 3 pieces I cut!

AI-Featured-Stamper-4 First, of course is the centerpiece. This awesome Chess Piece is from the Into the Moonlight set. I colored it with my EK Success Watercolor markers. Only 3 shades of brown/tan, actually! Then I inked it with Antique Linen Distress Ink and edged it with Walnut Ink Distress Ink…after tearing it, of course!

AI-Featured-Stamper-2 For my background, I crinkled up a large piece of the same cream colored cardstock (Prism), and rubbed Antique Linen and Walnut Ink all over it. Then I cut it to fit on the card. The reason I didn’t cut it to size first, is because after you crinkle the paper, the size changes because of all the bumps and ridges you created. It’s just easier to do a bigger piece first and then trim off the excess.

AI-Featured-Stamper-3 Then I took a strip of the cream stock and stamped this fabulous swirl that’s from the Fictionally Inspired set. I rubbed on the same 2 colors of Distress Ink on it as well.

Since crumpled up paper is hard to glue down, I attached it with antique copper eyelets. I attached the strip with antique gold eyelets, just to change it up a bit. And last, I added a thin border around the edge of the card using one of the brown markers I used for the chess piece, after I inked it a bit with Antique Linen.

So? Inspired yet? I hope so! You can click on any of the pictures to see them bigger. I really hope you can play along with this challenge! Please visit the Artful INKables blog for all of the details!

And please be sure to stop by here tomorrow for the huge Smeared & Smudged release and then again on Thursday for a Birthday celebration…StampInsanity style!

Thank you so much to Artful INKables, especially Jackie, for giving me this fabulous and exciting opportunity!!! Have an inspiring day!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lots of Exciting Things!

Hello! It’s a beautiful day in New York and I am feeling pretty excited! I have a couple of things to tell you about, and I’m pretty sure that you’ll be stoked too!

1. Tomorrow! Join ME as I challenge YOU on the Artful INKables blog! That’s right! I have my very own challenge up tomorrow at AI and I can’t wait for you to play along!!! And, if you missed my little interview with AI, it’d be a great time for you to read all about yours truly!

2. Wednesday! An amazing and HUGE stamp release from Smeared Ink! There will be 10, yes 10 brand spankin’ new sets released done in true Smeared Ink fashion. Creeptastic! We will have a very special Smeared & Smudged Design Team Blog Hop filled with some of the rad new images that will be available for purchase! You will definitely want to check this out!!!

3. Thursday! Another awesome stamp release from StampInsanity! StampInsanity is turning 1!!! And to celebrate, there are some awesome new images, and fabulous surprises! Make sure you visit all of the Groovy Gurlz for some funky new projects! And remember, the StampInsanity store is now open! So go on over there to pick up some awesome new images for yourself!

How’s that for exciting??? I promise you, it’s gonna be a grrrrreat week! I hope you’ll join me for all three events! Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Macabre Monday #53: Pink on the Brink

This week’s Macabre Monday challenge totally inspired me. My little family of 4 got our pictures taken a couple weeks back and I had purchased those cheapo $1 frames from Michaels so that I could create some cool gifts for the Grandparents. Well, this week’s challenge over at HDH asked us to use pink in a sinister way. Well, take a peek at Rhiannon’s snazzy duds and what I did to funkyify my frame.

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The Girl refused to smile for even one picture…but I gotta say, she’s pretty damn cute anyway! So I painted the wood frame fuchsia and then dug out this teeny skull and crossbones (Lost Coast Design) Dani had given me a while back and stamped it all over with Pigment Ink. I also added the “Hey Pumpkin” sentiment from Cosmo Cricket. I embossed all of that in clear.

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Then, I dry brushed some metallic white acrylic paint over the whole thing to glam it up a bit. But it needed something else…

Pink-on-the-Brink-2I looked up from my workspace and noticed a jar of misc. buttons. And in it was this crazy skull! PERFECT! Also in the jar were the little pink hearts which I made into a bow and topped it off with that fabulous silver star button. But it still needed something…

Pink-on-the-Brink-4So I found (after much digging) a bottle of faux snow. Slapped it on, and drizzled some black seed beads on to the white goop. Finished! I think it’s rockin’ and totally adorable! Just like my Rhi Bear. And I am happy to say that is is standing proud in my Mom’s living room already. Now I just have to figure out what to do for my Mother in law…she’s definitely not into skulls like my mom is! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SISC #24 Lacing it with Stitches

Yay! It’s time for another StampInsanity Challenge!!! This time around Beth says, “We need to see some real or faux stitching and add some lace! We want to that girly girl side to shine!” Hmmm…girly girl? I guess I could give it a try!

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So admittedly, I am not a lace person…I’ll wear it when the time is right, but I don’t have bits of lace like I do with ribbon. However, since I came across the awesome packs of lace doilies at my Mom’s I have been using them a lot. They’re fab. I spritzed mine with Cherub Pink Glimmer Mist.

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Here’s Pierette…my fave StampInsanity image. I just love her, as I’m sure you know since I use her all the time! I colored her in with my colored pencils, relying quite a bit on that Crayola Multicultural set I mentioned yesterday. I also used my Design Spectracolors.

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For my stitching, I grabbed some rub-ons from American Crafts and added it to my sentiment which is from K & Co. (so is my paper). But take another look at the top photos again (you can click on any of them to make it bigger). See the bottom of my background paper? Doesn’t it look like it has big pink stitches in it? That’s why I chose it! It may look like it’s a couple of different papers, but it isn’t. I loved the unusual combination of patterns that’s all on one sheet.

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Here you can kinda see the glimmer on the doily. You may need to click on the pic. It’s really rainy out today so I couldn’t get the best photos. I also added some Rain Dots by adhering them with Stickles, which is cool ‘cause you can see the glitter through the Dots!

Wanna get Pierette for yourself??? The StampInsanity store is officially OPEN!!! Click HERE to start shopping!!!

Now it’s time for you to check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz’s amazing creations! Then, get YOUR grrove on and play along! I can’t wait to see your creations! Lynx…especially yours, so I hope you play!!! Have an inspiring day!!!

Beth {Owner} Erica Jacquie

Jane {Guest Gurl} Jennifer Juanita

Lisa Margie {DTC} Suzi

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Bombshell Hump Day Hop…and Other Challenges

Greetings fellow Bombshell fanatics! It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so it’s time for another Hump Day Hop! The hop is combined with the ladies over at Gauche Alchemy, so you’re in for a real treat! For my card, I combined not only the Hop Challenge, but the sketch and GDT challenge as well! We got a 3-fer here! Gotta love multi-tasking! So here’s the breakdown…

1. The Hop: Some Like it Hot, Hot, Hot! Inspiration possibilities: the movie "Some like it Hot" and the song "Hot, Hot, Hot"
Summer themes
Flames on the Hot Rod stamps
…and of course Summer colors

2. The Sketch:

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3. The Guest Bombshell Challenge: Courtesy BoHo Rose: Burlesque! Put simply, burlesque means "in an upside down style". Burlesque turns social norms head over heels.
Burlesque, performers often create elaborate sets with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting, and may even include novelty acts, such as fire breathing or contortionists, to enhance the impact of their performance.

Now without any further adieu…

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“Haute” ain’t she??? So, I took a play on words with the name Kas had given us for the hop, so I wrote “Haute Stuff” as my sentiment. Yeah. it’s placed in a different spot then where Kathi drew it…but I know she won’t mind! ;} As far as the Burlesque theme goes…well…do you see what she’s wearing? Wouldn’t Dita Von Tesse love this get up? It’s just missing feathers…For some ridiculous reason, I couldn’t find a single black freakin’ feather! Insanity! Especially given my love of boas…but that’s a whole ‘nuther sack of potatoes…

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I visited the Crayola Factory with my family last week. A whole gaggle of us went…it was a blast! I finally found the “Multicultural” pencil set that I have been looking for. Don’t even say it…Crayola pencils are awesome! No, I’ll never give up my Spectracolors…but Crayolas are great. Anyway, I used only the Multicultural set for coloring in my Bombshell. I really wanted this set because of the fabulous browns in it, and I think the whole set worked out perfectly here! You’ll also notice that I gussied her up with some Black Diamond Stickles.

August-Hop-3 I stamped out some stars, cut ‘em out and added some flames. What’s hotter then that?

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And check out the pattern on my white cardstock (Prism). It’s got a gorgeous sheen and an awesome swirl pattern to it. I thought it was perfect!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m the last stop on the hop so I hope you enjoyed it!!! But in case you’re missing anyone…here’s the entire list:

Kas
Gauche Alchemy
Kelli
AnitaMarie
Maggi
Katie
Cheryl
Angela
Erika
Kathi
Pam
Sy
Meredith
Laura
Merdrey Chew
Angie
Yvonne
Steph
Carmen
Terra
Alaine
Alison (that’s me!)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Naiad for HDH #52

I say it all the time, but the following card was so not what I was going to do for the latest Macabre Monday challenge! But, it does fit…so I will submit it…and if I have time, I will create a more sinister project. Truth be told, I have been kind of “unplugged” for most of the week. I pop in every once in a while to some places for a moment, but I have been spending loads of fabulous quality time with my family. We have been quite busy lately doing loads of awesome things. And I may not have time tomorrow… But enough of me rambling…

I created this card using 3 stamps from The Smeared Ink Nymphs set. This is the Naiad Nymph…a water nymph.

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I just love the swirls around her. She was so much fun to color in and embellish!

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I used some Stickles and teeny pearls to add some umph to what I had already done with colored pencils.

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How fab is this frame? Yup! It comes in the Nymph stamp set! I embossed the frame in Verdigris embossing powder. The colors in the powder were just perfect for this card.

So I am off! Unplugging again. Hopefully I can bang something out tomorrow, but if not, you will see some more from me in a couple of days.

PS: Did you see it??? Did you see my interview at Artful INKables??? Go see, go see!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SISC23 ~ "Button It Up, Buttercup!

I have the latest StampInsanity Challenge to share with you today! For this challenge, you have to use buttons! Buttons! and more Buttons! And, use a 'butter-y' color too! Here’s my card:

SISC23-1 I broke out Nicholette once again, since she’s one of my favorite images from StampInsanity! I dolled her up in shades of yellow with a touch of pink. And I colored her umbrella in some fun coordinating colors. Here’s a close up.

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I was a little worried that I wouldn’t find paper to go with my color choices, but low and behold! I found a couple that were just perfect! I will admit, that I feel like I need something else on this card. I tried some bows…some ribbons…it just didn’t seem to work. I was looking to add something above and below the image of Nicholette…I just think that there’s to much of the polka dot pattern. So, perhaps I will just remove some of it so that more of the flower pattern shows. What say you?

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I did add some Stickles below her, as if she were on a super sparkly floor. I think it looks pretty…but the more I look at the card, the more I think I may trim some of the polka dots off.

As I work out my little conundrum, why not visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz?

Beth {Owner} Erica Jacquie

Jane {Guest Gurl} Jennifer Juanita

Lisa Margie {DTC} Suzi

PS: I have something very exciting to share! Tomorrow, I am the featured stamper over at Artful INKables!!! How cool is that? So please make sure you visit their blog HERE. You’ll get to see some of my AI projects, and learn a bit more about little old me! Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

HDH051 - Netherworld Nymphs

I once again found time to play along with the creeptastic Macabre Mondays of Haunted Design House. You should all know by know how much I love these challenges…and I am always so sad when I can’t play. But, there was no way I was going to pass this one up! The challenge this week is Netherworld Nymphs. “Images of feminine nature spirits from the darkside.  Goddesses, sprites, mermaids, pixies, fairies or fay... as long as they look slightly sinister ;)” Umm hello??? Can you say right up my “Ali???”

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I used a stamp that I had actually one for a Macabre Monday Challenge. Did ya know that I have won TWICE now??? Go me! Anywho…this ultra fab image is from Stamp It Crazy. I just love her. Senti is from Technique Tuesday. I made this card for my BF Lisa. Her Birthday was yesterday and she just moved from Michigan to Illinois, so she’s got a lot going on. I have truly been thinking about her a lot lately.

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She is colored in with my Watercolor Markers (no colored pencils this time, folks!), and just a touch of white gel pen on her skirt. Click on the pics for a bigger view! I must admit…I was very inspired by Barb’s original version of this image. I loved her colors ad the little dots she put everywhere. So I did my own version of dots…I made more of an upwards dash with my markers…and I made a loose representation of a heart around my sweet fay creature.

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Now take a looky here…she the sparkle? You may need to enlarge the pic to see ‘em. That’s actually IN the paper! It’s one of my faves from Prism. I use it when I need things to be a bit fancier. And for this lovely image…fancy is good! You can see the sparklies in her skirt, as the marker doesn’t color over them.

I just need to mention that there have been a lot of fang-tastic goings-on at HDH lately. A brand spankin’ new DT, that kicks some serious ass, preview for upcoming Macabre Mondays, and some hauntingly delicious posts from the DT. If you haven’t been over there lately (shame on you!), then you best be gettin’ over there. With less then 80 days till Halloweenie, it’s time to get your creep on! Have an inspiring and spooky day!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Friends Having Fun

It’s a sad day…It’s time to say goodbye to Friends Having Fun. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast during these 5 short months we’ve had. I loved coming up with the Color Challenges and playing along with the other groups. But as a farewell, here is a sketch challenge created by the super talented Dani…

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I created a layout that I think is quite appropriate…

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It’s called Moving Forward. As you can see, I flipped the sketch counter clockwise. Isn’t it appropriate for what is happening right now?

Here’s the original photo:

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Check out that main of hair Rhiannon has!!!

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It reads: “I love you in this picture. I love the wind in your hair. I love seeing you in motion. You’re such a big girl. Moving forward.”

I took a doily and chalked it with some brown to pick up some of the pretty details on it. I used a punch from EK Success that reminds me of water, and some of my fave Daisiy D’s paper. In addition, I used some a Crafter’s Workshop stencil for my journaling, a couple of rhinestones, and a tiny font from Sizzix which I inked and chalked.

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I hope you can tell but my background cardstock (from Prism) is mottled…it really looks like sand! I use this cardstock whenever I’m doing something beachy. You can click on any of my photos to get a bigger view.

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So although it is a sad goodbye, I did have a wonderful time with my Friends!!! Thank you to all that participated in our challenges, thank you to Tonya for starting the FHF site, and thank you to Margie, who really did so much for us. But I especially want to thank my fantastic Kaleidoscope Krew! You ladies have ALL amazed me with your sick talents. It was an honor to work with all of you, and I truly hope that we can do it again! Alex, Alyssa, Danielle, Julie, and Laura…you ladies are all awesome! {{{Big Squeezes!!!}}}

So, hop on off to see the rest of the Friends one last time. Thank you again for being a part of Friends Having Fun!!!

Rebecca {http://bellacarta.typepad.com/}

Dani {http://countyourbeautifulblessings.blogspot.com/}

Erica {http://www.inkedupandreadytoplay.com/}

Margie {http://ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot.com}

Shelley {http://shelleyscreations.blogspot.com/}

Juanita {http://stampintwilghtmom.blogspot.com/}

Alex {http://www.paperandstring.blogspot.com/}

Laura {http://craftylittlewoman.blogspot.com/}

Danielle {http://www.scrappy-arts-n-thoughts.blogspot.com/}

Thursday, August 12, 2010

StampInsanity #22 I’m So Distressed!

Hello! It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for another awesome StampInsanity challenge! This week, we’ve got a sketch with a twist…distressing! One of my most favorite things to do! Let’s take a look at the sketch first.

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And here is my card:

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I used Pierette, one of my most favorite StampInsanity images. I wanted to do a sepia-ish toned image, but I found these fabulous rusty corals and coppers and knew it was the way to go. I was going for the aged look, but with using more modern tones. I was a little worried about finding the right paper though, as I always color in my images before I scope out the rest of my supplies… But I think I found the perfect paper! The tones are spot on!

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Here’s a close up of my coloring and the fab copper colored metallic paper (DCWV) I used. The stiped and polka dotted paper is also DCWV, and the brocade is Basic Grey.

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I realized as I was looking through my embellies, that I haven’t used eyelets since who knows when…and I love my eyelets! So I popped 2 copper ones on to finish the card off. You can also see the inking (distressing) I’ve done to my card here. I used a Burnt Sienna Chalk ink from Color Box. You can never go wrong with those! I edged everything but the metallic cardstock with that ink.

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Please click on any of the images to see them bigger. I think the card looks nice and aged, don’t you? I think the tones are unusual, and I of course like that a lot!  Now go and check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz’s creations! Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Beth {Owner} Erica Jacquie

Jane {Guest Gurl} Jennifer Juanita

Lisa Margie {DTC} Suzi