Thursday, September 30, 2010

SISC #29 Metal Mania!

I was totally stoked about this week’s StampInsanity Challenge. We were to use something metallic on your project - papers, embellies, hardware, etc. Well, being a silversmith…this was SO up my alley! Short of making a ring using one of Beth’s images…I knew I wanted to go all out and be as crazy and metallic as possible!

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A couple of weeks ago, I experimented a bit with regular old tin foil. And I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to do it again! Click HERE to see that post. So I used a Fiskars Texture Plate (wood grain), and rubbed my foil on it. Awesome result. I happen to also have a wood grain stamp that I thought would be cool to use too. So I stamped it and brushed Perfect Pearls on the image. It’s a little tough to make out the colors, but I used Purple and Blue. Both fabulous metallics!

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But I felt that the foil was too overpowering, so I layered some vellum on top of it. I love how it muted the foil, but allowed the imprint of the wood grain to show through. And that little piece of holographic fabulousness??? That’s actually a tiny playing card that I received from Kathi, which I used my Drippy punch on.

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I used eyelets and brads to hold everything in place, since glue would have been a pain in the you-know-what. And of course…the focus of it all is that fabulous sentiment from StampInsanity.

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I printed it on white cardstock and sprayed the heck out of it with Patina and Rum Raisin Glimmer Mist. Plus, I popped a little Dew Drop on it. Metallic enough for ya??? Subtlety is not my specialty!

Now go and check out the rest of the Groovy Gurlz! And then, it’s your turn to show us some Metal Mania!!!

Beth {Owner} Erica Jacquie

Jennifer Juanita Julia (Guest Gurl)

Lisa Margie {DTC} Sugar (Guest Gurl) Suzi

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop: Back to School…Time for Geography!

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means! It’s Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop time! This month it’s all about Geography (something I am not so good at!). Here’s what Kas wanted us to do this time around:

Kids with their new colored pencils and cute backpacks remind me of how much I miss school….NOT.
But it did inspire this month’s blog hop. Please remember, if you can tie it into the theme…GREAT.
The theme for this month is Geography: Travel, foreign lands, exotic colors.
Maybe show us how your Bombshell would look if she came from an exotic land.
Maybe she would be traveling by motorcycle, or perhaps she would be a pilot.
She could even be a pirate avoiding scurvy and looking for an exotic date???

I, once again decided to multi task for this hop. I used Kathi’s Sketch Challenge and Meredith’s monthly challenge. Here’s the sketch:

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Meredith said: “Please create any 3-D creation! I challenge you to let your imagination go wild and do your best to reach out of your comfort zone!!” I’ll admit though…this wasn’t out of my comfort zone… I often use pop dots and foam… I just don’t have time right now to experiment further! Please forgive me, Meredith!!!

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I decided I didn’t want to make another card…I love doing all types of crafts, so I wanted this to be just a wee bit different. I was inspired by Kathi’s looong sketch, so I thought that it would make a great door/wall hanger!

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Here’s a closer shot of my project. It’s 4”x8”. I used a mess of different papers, as usual. I came up with the colors and combos from the Hop challenge. I was thinking of the Caribbean…where I had my honeymoon…the striking colors of the water, and the clothes… That’s how I chose the colors for my Bombshell. Her outfit is just the color of the water!

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Then, I just chose other bright, bold colors to coordinate. The papers were chosen after. Check out how tan she is! You can click on any of the pics to see them bigger.

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I added a couple of matte finish rhinestones and this party was over. I really like the end result. I wasn’t sure if I was going to love the colors I had picked…but after choosing the right papers, it all came together. Now…where to hang it???

Please hop along now to Wild Rose! Enjoy the hop!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

End of Term Smeared & Smudged Blog Hop

It’s time to say goodbye and hello over at Smeared & Smudged. It’s the end of the term for the DT, and while some of our team will be returning, others will not. But, we will be welcoming in some new faces too! So, it’s a bittersweet ending.

Terra, Kelli and I wanted to have a “last hurrah” hop for the DT, but of course we needed to make it into a challenge! So, I decided that since we all now have so many awesome Smeared Ink sets, lets all make projects that use 3 or more sets of Smeared Ink stamps! I’m hearing through the grapevine that some of the ladies are none too thrilled with my little challenge. I, however, loved it and thought it was a lot of fun!

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I made a card using FOUR different Smeared Ink sets. Holy City (the cemetery), Chicks Dig Guns (the heart), Nymphs (the frame), and Lil Grumpies (the sentiment). I think they all worked so well together!

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I pop dotted the frame and the heart, which gave the card fabulous dimension, and really directs your eye to the 2 tombstones. I colored everything in with my colored pencils and ink (the heart was double embossed with clear too).

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You can click on any of the images to see them bigger. I kept the rest of the card very simple. I didn’t want to take away from the combined images. I just drew a couple of lines in marker to make a partial border. And I thought the teeny matte rhinestone was a necessary addition to the sentiment.

So, for one final time, please visit this term’s Smeared & Smudged Design Team. It’s been a great run! Have an inspiring day!

Terra http://moresmearedink.blogspot.com/
Tori http://ndustrial-lemon.blogspot.com/
Alison
http://www.alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ ( me!)
Kelli http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/
Lady Brayton http://ladybrayton71.blogspot.com/
Meredith http://www.papercanteen.com/
Danielle http://www.scrappy-arts-n-thoughts.blogspot.com/
Kathi http://kathstales.blogspot.com/
Black Dragon http://lynsblogger.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sk8r Boi- Simply Betty Challenge #1

If you are here to see the latest StampInsanity challenge, for some reason, I can't get it to post above this one. I wrote the SI post days ago, and now it won't post on top! So, please scroll to the next post. Thanks!

I’m stoked! I LOVE Simply Betty stamps, and I am so excited that they finally have their own challenges!!! For this first challenge, it was a photo inspiration. Check it!

How rad are those socks?! Well, when I saw the picture, I instantly knew what I was going to do…because I already had the purrfect Christian colored in! I had done him up a couple of weeks ago. I was stumped on his skateboard, so I asked my niece her opinion (since she was watching me color anyway). She told me to make his board tie dyed. Weird. She is SO not the hippie type! But I went with it! And it came out pretty rad!

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You’ll need to click on my pic to really see his skateboard. And check out the Basic Grey paper I had in my stash! The little strip under Christian’s feet? It’s perfect!

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I used some random stickers for the “Sk8r Boi,” and some teeny puzzle pieces that Kathi gave me. Thanks, Kathi!!! I lurve ‘em!!! I was inspired by the leopard print on Betty’s socks, so I used the puzzle pieces as a (very) loose interpretation of the print.

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Here’s a close up of my stickas!

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The winner of this challenge gets a rubber Miller and London…which is SUCH an awesome prize! London rocks, but there’s something about Miller that just makes me smile! He’s groovy! So, I hope I win!!! But even if I don’t, I have a funky card I made! Have an inspiring day!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SISC #28: Show 'em Who's Emboss!

It's time for that latest StampInsanity challenge!!! This week it's all about embossing! Beth wants us to "show off your mad embossing skillz!!!" So...since it's something I LOVE to do, I had a blast with this challenge!!!

I embossed 3 times on this card. First, I embossed my light blue paper with a Fiskars Texture Plate (and then chalked the heck out of it!). I embossed with Verdigris colored powder (Ranger)around my sentiment. Lastly, I embossed in clear around the edge of my card, to make my blue ink pop.


You can see all of my embossing a bit better in this photo. Feel free to click on any of the images to see them bigger. Isn't the sentiment I used fabulous? It's one of StampInsanity's latest. And I think it's awesome! I will totally be using this one a lot!

Now it's your turn! Let's see your fabulous embossing skillz! Join the Groovy Gurlz for another awesome challenge! Want some more inspiration? Check out the rest of the Gurlz!!! Have an inspiring day!!!

Beth {Owner} ~ Erica ~ Jacquie
Jennifer ~ Juanita ~ Julia (Guest Gurl)
Lisa ~ Margie {DTC} ~ Sugar (Guest Gurl) ~ Suzi





C-47 Bombshell Layout

My family loves planes. Like, really loves planes. Me? I think they’re cool…but I really know nothing about them. I’m more of a car chick. We have a small airport by us that has an Air Show every year for Labor Day. Obviously, the special planes they show during that holiday weekend need to fly in earlier, so we decided to visit said airport for a look see.

We drove in at the perfect moment! Just as we got there, a huge C-47 was landing just across the way from us. It was big, and majestic. And this, coming from a car chick, is a big deal! We were able to get up close and personal with the plane (which happened to transport paratroopers back in it’s day), and Gene and Nix actually got to look inside of the bird!

On it’s side, as most planes have, was some awesome artwork…which is what inspired this layout!

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Take a look at that beautiful bombshell! And of course, I colored in the Bombshell Stamps’ Angel to coordinate.

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My photo looks a bit more faded then how it is in real life, but you get the idea! You can see Nix and my husband standing next to the plane right by my colored in Bombshell’s knees. You can click on any photo to see it bigger.

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I love how this layout turned out. It didn’t need too much. The colors are perfect, the patterns are subtle, and I think I have just enough embellishments to keep it interesting without going overboard.

I also love using  Bombshells on my layouts! They really add so much to a page! And since you can color them however you want, it never really seems repetitive. You’ll see another Bombshell scrapbook page from me real soon! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Smeared & Smudged Member Blog Hop!

To check out my StampInsanity post for today (and you really should!) please click HERE. Thanks! Now on to the hop!

Today Smeared & Smudged has a member wide blog hop going on, and they always prove to be creep-tastic! Our theme this time around is Orange! Not a color I tend to work with too often, but I really went for it this time! So much so, that I am also entering it into Macabre Monday’s Monochrome Monstrosities challenge as well!

Orange-Hop-1 How’s that for Orange??? Even the cardstock I stamped on is called Iced Orange (Prism)! I broke out my Smeared Ink Lil Grumpies set, because I haven’t played with them for a while and they were starting to get mad at me.

Orange-Hop-2 He’s stamped in Chestnut Roan (Color Box) and colored with my Spectracolor Design and Prisma pencils. I think he turned out fabulous! Coloring these guys is just so much fun!

I added a wee bit of dimension with some leftover paper that I had embossed a while ago with those fabulous swirls. A little more ink, a lotta glue, and voila! Orange, orange and more orange!

Orange-Hop-3 Now hop along! Please make sure to visit all of the stops along the way. Otherwise, you’ll be missing some amazing art! Have an inspiring day!!!

Terra http://www.moresmearedink.blogspot.com/
Tori http://www.ndustrial-lemon.blogspot.com/
Alison http://www.alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (me!)
Kelli http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/
Kapree http://www.kc-consultant.blogspot.com/
Black Dragon http://lynsblogger.blogspot.com/
Meredith http://www.papercanteen.com/
Jane http://jcocraft.blogspot.com/
Sugar http://sugscardsnmore.blogspot.com/
Danielle http://www.scrappy-arts-n-thoughts.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://www.ldfdesign.blogspot.com/
Steph http://www.stephscreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Lady Brayton http://ladybrayton71.blogspot.com/
Shelley http://shelleyscreations.blogspot.com/
Jean http://www.etsysdarkside.ning.com/

PS: It's time to vote! Head over to Smeared Ink and vote for your favorite Metal Mish Mash! Hopefully you'll vote for me! (hint...I'm #2!)

SISC #27…Not!

If you are looking for the Smeared & Smudged Blog Hop, please click HERE. Thanks!

Yes, yes…it’s StampInsnaity Challenge day…but alas…my computer or printer or Photoshop is wonky this week. Not really sure what it is…but all of my images are suddenly printing blurry. Like, real blurry and pixilated . And I had such a fab card I was gonna make for this week too!!! The challenge is to make a one layer card. That’s right ONE layer! Which is awesome with me because that’s all I used to do! But, that meant I needed to print out my card from scratch… which, given the wonkiness of my technology…couldn’t happen.

Luckily, I had a card made for an occasion such as this one! No, it doesn’t fit the challenge, but you’ll forgive me right??? And if someone can someway figure out how in the heck to fix my “issues,” then I will certainly make the card that I had intended to make! But for now…please enjoy this one!

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This is of course from the Katie with a Cure set. I love coloring Katie and her ribbon in. It’s intended for Breast Cancer, but think of all the possibilities! Did you know that if you purchased this set, all the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen fund? Don’t you think it’s time you grabbed this set for yourself?

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Here’s a close up of Katie. I love how joyful she looks! She has been colored with my colored pencils. Please click on any of the images to see it bigger!

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And how can you go wrong with this sentiment??? I added a little bit of color using some of the same pencils I used on Katie and her ribbon, just to give it some pop. I also inked the torn edges, and the peachy cardstock on the bottom.

Now please visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz! Then you can see what this week’s challenge is supposed to look like! Thanks for bearing with me!

Beth {Owner} Erica Jacquie

Jennifer Juanita Julia (Guest Gurl)

Lisa Margie {DTC} Sugar (Guest Gurl) Suzi

Monday, September 13, 2010

Metallic Mish Mash

Did you know that Smeared Ink has a challenge every week??? It does! And YOU can vote for the winner! Entries are all up for voting every Thursday-Friday. If you’d like to check out all the deets, click HERE, then click on “Challenge.”

This week, the challenge is to use metal or metallic colors on your project. And, as a Silversmith, I love working with anything metallic! So of course I needed to play along!!!

IMG_0901  So it’s pretty hard to photograph this card properly, but I hope you can see the main image! It’s the Water Goddess from Smeared Ink’s Goddess set. Here’s a different photo, in slightly different light.

IMG_0897 You can click on any of the photos to see them bigger. I took some plain old tin foil and rubbed the image into it. SI’s stamps are so deeply cut, it was easy to do! Then, I experimented with coloring her in…to almost no avail. The only medium that I played with that actually stuck was Staz On ink. I tried lots of mediums…but they all came off. So I very gently rubbed the Staz On pad directly on to my now-embossed image.

IMG_0898 See all of her spiral hair? I decided to not add paper to the card, as it would have been way too busy. Instead, I took the window from SI’s Holy City set (love!), and stamped it directly onto my card with the same Teal Staz On ink. But it needed a little something more!

IMG_0900 I embellished and glued with Mermaid Stickles. I put a couple of glue dots under my foiled image, but I didn’t want the edges of the piece to lift, as the foil is so delicate, so I sealed the entire piece with the Stickles. Then, I added a few swishes and dots to the Window images around the card.

So, what do you think??? Think it’s worth voting for? Then please visit Smeared Ink on Thursday or Friday and vote! Don’t worry… I’ll remind you! ;} Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Can’t Shoot You- There’s a Law Against It

This chick is pissed off! I’m not sure who made her so made, but I’m glad it’s not me!!!

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This is my latest card for Smeared Ink. I broke out the tried and true Chicks Dig Guns set. I love this set. It’s crass and full of sass! Yeah…that was cheesy. But it’s true! Check her out! In her skivvies with a loaded rifle. Looks like she tried to make her opponent dance a bit. See those bullet holes on the bottom of the card? My guess it was a dude that ticked her off…

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I inked her up on some textured white cardstock. I wanted to give this card a gritty, grainy feel. She’s done up with my colored pencils. I had found the “I can’t shoot you…” piece in my box of “Mom to Go” from K. & Co. I thought it was hilarious, and it inspired me to make this card. But I thought it needed a second line…so I made the “But I wish I could.” I inked it with Tattered Rose & Milled Lavender Distress Inks, which I also applied to the background of the card.

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Sorry that this photo is a bit blurry. But you can see the texture I created with the ink pads. It added more grit to the card.

I am off to enjoy another beautiful day with my kids! Have an inspiring day!

Challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge: Pink