Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pucker Up: It’s Halloween!!!

It’s here! It’s here! My favorite day of the year! I can’t believe that the month is over! I am so not ready to stop making Halloweenie projects! Luckily, I don’t have to! But I do hope that many of you will keep checking back with me to see some of the things that I come up with! I had so many things that I still wanted to make for the month…And I really wanted to end it with a bang today. Unfortunately, unforeseen things happened (as they always do), and time slipped away. But again, no one’s sayin’ I can’t make them in December! ;}

So for my 31st offering of the 31 Days of Halloween (sniff!), I bring you a card featuring an image from Strange Skin, and a sentiment from Smeared Ink…who just happen to be 2 of the 3 (yup, 3!) sponsors we have today! The third is Wild Flower Kids.

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It’s a pretty simple card, but that fang-tastic Strange Skin image makes it awesome!

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I think he turned out rad! He looks so snarky! I thought that the “Pucker up” sentiment was perfect for him! And as you can see, I sprayed bloody drips all over the card using Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist and my Martha Stewart cupcake stencils. Have I mentioned that my sister Pam and I are actually going to see the devil herself for a taping of her show??? Wicked right? ;}

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Here you can see the glimmery goodness of the mist. I just love that stuff! I pop dotted my Drac off the card to for some much needed dimension.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers…hopefully not for the last time! I have been so inspired by everyone, and I look forward to seeing what else they create! I am so glad that I got to be a part of this. And don’t forget about our final treats…Kelli’s Blog has all of the info.  Have an inspiring and spooky day! Happy Halloween!!!  )O(

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treating with Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps: Fiery Rio: Day 30 of 31 Days of Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween!!! I can’t believe it! This month has flown by faster then a witch on her broom! And trust me…I would know! Today I bring you a card featuring Rio from Simply Betty Stamps. I love this little image! She’s so cute but her dress makes her spooktacular!

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I’ve gotta say, I love how her hair came out. The colors blended so well, and she has perfectly coiffed highlights and lowlights. And this was done with Crayola colored pencils! How cool is that??? Her dress, tights and shoes are done with my Spectracolors, but the rest is all Crayola. See? You don’t need an expensive set of pencils to color well! You can click on any of the images to see them bigger.

I went for a fiery look for Rio. Kinda devilish, kinda sweet. She has such a pretty face! I love this image. And I wish I had this dress!

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I held the card in my window for this shot… I wanted you to see the fabulous glaze on some of the stars and the foil accents on the red paper. See the shine? I thought that these really added to my Fiery Rio.

So, there’s only one more day! And tomorrow there will be lots of tricks and treats! So be sure to knock on all of the Wicked Bloggers doors! Have an inspiring (and spooky!) day!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bite Me: Day 29 of 31 Days of Halloween

I’d like to start this post off by saying…it’s my 6 Year Anniversary! 6 Years ago today, I experienced one of the most magical and wonderful things of my life. Marrying my Husband Gene. I love you!!!

On to my project…I had colored this image from Stamp It Crazy some time ago…but never managed to get her mounted on a card. Finally, her day has come!

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I paired her with the “Bite Me” sentiment from Smeared Ink, which I think is just perfect for her, as she looks so damn pissed off. I could write several stories around this image…hmmm…may not be a bad idea! ;}

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I colored her in with colored pencils, markers and Stickles. The Bite Me was inked up with Vintage Photo and I stenciled some spider webs using my chalk. A little bit o’ drippy goodness, and I was done!

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I took some inspiration from Barb at Haunted Design House…see my little dots? I got the idea from her. You can see the Stickles on her wings a bit better from this angel…You can click on any of my photos to see it bigger. I am so glad I finally got her on a card. I think she would have been really pissed if I went through the entire month of October without using her!

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, posted in my sidebar. Have an inspiring day! See you tomorrow!

Challenges:

Macabre Monday: Smeared & Smudged

Paper Play: Halloween

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2 Smeared & Smudged Challenges: Day 28 of 31 Days of Halloween

Ecah month over at Smeared & Smudged we have a several challenges such as Oh! The Horror, and the 2 Sketch Challenges. But there’s also Rock N Rolla and our Guest Design Team member’s Challenge.  This month’s Rock N Rolla Challenge is the video for Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie. Our GDT is none other than Barb from Haunted Design House! Purrrfect!!! Rad video and fabulous GDT!

Let’s start with Barb’s Challenge.As a GDT, Barb gets to offer up a challenge for all to participate in…and I just had to play along with this one!!!

I challenge you to create a project
paying homage to one of the Goddesses of Harvest.
You may only use warm, Fall colors and you must also have at least one rubber-stamped image (this is Smeared & Smudged after all!).

Ooh! So many things I could do for this challenge! But, as I am low on time I couldn’t go too over the top. I think I came up with something really cool! Remember that tree I told you about in Salem, Mass? The one I love to climb up and sit in for a while? Well, when we were there in September, I noticed that some of the bark had fallen off of the tree. In big chunks. So I asked the tree if I could have some of it as a memento. Of course it said yes! So with that, here is my project…

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I used the Earth Goddess from Smeared Ink’s Goddess collection. I colored her in colors of the Fall. Warm oranges, yellows, golds and reds. But I kept her eyes green, as she is a Goddess of the Earth!

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She’s fiery, but not in a scary way. I adhered her on to one of the pieces of bark that I had gotten. I could use her on an alter or a shrine now!

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I hesitated on adding some glittery goodness to the bark, as I didn’t want it to seem silly…But I think it’s perfect! It looks like fairies have come along to pay homage!

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Here’s another shot of the shiny “fairy kisses.” Pretty right? See the teeny stars?

Now for Rock N Rolla. I love Rob Zombie. He’s amazing. So I was totally inspired by his video. Here’s something really cool though… Tiddly Inks is this month’s sponsor for RNR, so Christy Croll, the fabulous owner/artist of TI decided to create a Rock N Rolla digi specifically for the S&S Design Team! How rad is that?!?!  Here’s my creation, inspired by Living Dead Girl…

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The video has an old school movie reel feel to it (if that makes any sense), so there’s a sort of halo around the edge of the entire video. That’s what really inspired me here. I also liked the captions. One of them was “The dead walk…” So I changed it for my little Rock N Rolla girl!

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I wanted to keep the card fairly simple, as the video doesn’t have too much going on in the background. Plus, she’s too cute to hide with assorted stuff! I look forward to using her again soon! Thanks Christy, for being so generous and awesome!!!

I have some exciting news! Tiddly Inks just happens to be the 31 Days sponsor for today! Isn’t that fab? So please visit Kelli’s Blog for all of the details. I hope you liked today’s offerings! Now please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, listed on my sidebar.  Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bombshell Blog Hop and Day 27 of 31 Days of Halloween

Welcome to the latest installment of the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Blog Hop! You should be coming from Alaine’s Blog. If not, please start at the brand spankin’ new Bombshell Stamps Blog! Here’s Kas’ challenge:

OK, this has got to be the easiest Bombshell Bloghop to join in on!!
Halloween and/or Day of the Dead.
If you have a Bombshell Stamp....you have no excuse.
I don't care if it's theme....color.....you name it
It just has to be Halloween!

Super simple! And of course, this also works for the 31 Days of Halloween!

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I broke out my gorgeous Butterfly Queen set and went to town. Isn’t she regal in purple?

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My Queen is colored with my colored pencils. The wings were done with ink. I added some Stickles to some key areas as well. I topped her off with a faboo mask (Sassy Studios)…thanks, Lyss!!! But I couldn’t hide her pretty face, so she’s wearing it on her head until she arrives at her party.

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For some reason, it’s tough to see in my photos, but on the plain cardstock, I stamped the diamond that is also in this set all over. You can kinda see it…but it’s much more visible in real life. You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger.

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Here you can see all of the Stickles. She is SO ready to party!!! I added “I’m the Treat…” to the card to because…well…just look at her! No tricks up her sleeves! ;}

Well Hump Day Hoppers, it’s now time to move along to the amazingly talented Cheryl. But I invite you to also check out the rest of the Wicked Bloggers for the 31 Days of Halloween. They are all listed on my sidebar. You won’t be sorry! These chicks are all incredible! Have fun hopping!!!

Challenges:

Tuesday Taggers: Deep Purple Halloween
Crazy 4 Challenges: Halloween

The Corrosive Challenge: Halloween

Pear Tree: Halloween

Paper Playtime: Halloween

Flutter By Wednesday: Orange Black and Violet with a butterfly, fairy or angel

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Freddy Card: Day 26 of 31 Days of Halloween

Greetings! Today I am sharing one of the newest digis from Strange Skin. It’s from their 3rd Famous Monsters Collection. And guess what??? They are our sponsor for today! Yup! YOU could win one of the famous monsters from this very collection! Your choice! Just visit Kelli’s blog for the scoop. Wanna see them?

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Creeptastic right? These guys really are the stuff that nightmares are made of! I choose Freddy for today’s selection…

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Isn’t he just wicked??? I also used the claw marks (ok…they’re not really claw marks…but they work here!) from Smeared Ink’s Chicks Dig Guns set.

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I really LOVE all of the faces swirling over Freddy. If you flip the image upside down, there are some really freaky ones! I think this image rocks!

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I drew the “Don’t Fall Asleep” with 2 pens…made it all scratchy. You can click on any of the photos to see it bigger. I am totally gonna use Freddy throughout the year. He’s too cool not to! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers (posted on my sidebar) to check out some other creep-tastic creations! Have an inspiring day!!!

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Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: Spooky

CRAFT: Spooky

Drunken Stampers: Halloween

Stamp Something: Use a digi

Monday, October 25, 2010

Frankenstein Tag: Day 25 of 31 Days of Halloween

I am sharing another tag today. I really enjoy making them. I hope to eventually use this one on a layout. I colored up Frankenstein, from Strange Skin’s Monster Buffs collection (did you know they now have two more famous monster sets???). Check it.

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I didn’t use any paper on this tag, aside from that which I used to print Frankenstein out. I used some raw cardboard, 3 Glimmer Mists (Jack O Lantern, Haunted Shadows, and Lily Pad), a Glimmer Screen (the spider web), my stitch stamp (Stampers Anonymous), a bit of white and black ink, Amazing Glaze, and some fibers. Oh. There’s an eyelet too. Not a lot of stuff to make a pretty cool tag!

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Here’s a close up of Frankenstein. He’s colored with my colored pencils. Isn’t he totally creepy?

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Here I’m trying to show you the lovely Glimmer Mist. If you click on this (or any other) picture), you can see it bigger. You can really see the Amazing Glaze along the edge here.

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You can see a lot of Glimmer in this shot. I love how the colors always blend so nicely together. You can also see just how big the tag is.

I cannot believe that Halloween is less then one week away!!! I have to say, that aside from being amazed at the talent we’ve seen over the past month, I am really going to miss hoping to the fabulous Wicked Bloggers (posted on my sidebar) everyday. I love to leave them all comments…and let’s face it, I love to read some love too! ;} I’m just glad that we can all still view each other’s work not only on the blogs, but on Smeared & Smudged too! Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arachnophobia: Day 23 of 31 Days of Halloween

Many of you know that I hate spiders. You could say that I do actually have arachnophobia. Yeah, yeah…they’re great for the environment and all that…but so are BATS! I would SO much rather have bats about than spiders! Blech!

But. When I saw this month’s Oh! The Horror Challenge on Smeared & Smudged, I was instantly inspired. Take a peek-see…

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Check out that stunning sky! Those pretty trees! That single spider dropping from it’s elegant web. How could you not be inspired by this? Originally, I was just gonna use the sky as inspiration…but then I remembered this way cool tree that I have…and then oh! That nasty (but totally perfect!) spider stamp that I have (hey, it came in a set!). I went very literal with my card…and I think it’s rad.

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The color is much richer in person. It really follows the colors of the poster. I stamped my tree (Stampers Anonymous) first, then I stamped my spiders (Inkadinkado). I embossed the images in black. Then I started to play with my beloved chalk. Really folks, if you don’t have any chalk…you should really invest in some! I started with the pink and worked my way up the card. I used 4 colors and blended them really well. But the chalk leaves the embossed image…well…chalky. I tried using my eraser (very gingerly) but that was a pain in the ass, so I decided to re heat it just a tiny bit. It re glossed the powder and looks fab again. You just need to remember that if you try this, to not heat it too much. Otherwise, the powder will melt into the paper and might ruin the look of your piece.

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Here you can see the sheen of the embossing powder. I hafta say, I really do like this spider image. The way they swirl around, is actually pretty cool.

This card is only one layer! I haven’t made a single layer card in ages! And it only took my about 10 minutes! I am really pleased with it.

I hope you check out this and some of the other challenges at Smeared & Smudged. Each month we have several amazing challenges you can play along with. And of course, there are always prizes to be won! So come and visit the S&S Forum! And be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, posted on my sidebar. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bewitching Pumpkins: Day 23 of 31 Days of Halloween

Today I bring you a sweet card. Really sweet. One of those things that will probably make you say “Awwwww!” I can hear it already…

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So yeah. I don’t  normally do sweet…but who could resist these adorable mice? When I owned my scrapbooking & stamp store, I ordered so many of these mice stamps from Stampabilities. I just love the whole series of them. This, of course, is one of my absolute favorites though!

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I have to to my own horn for a minute and say that I really LOVE how this card turned out. The coloring is exactly what I wanted, and I think I was able to blend my colored pencils really well to get a nice smooth finish with a lot of depth. You can click on either of the photos to see it bigger.

I didn’t do anything else to the orange card but ink the edges with a purple chalk ink. This image speaks for itself! I hope you like it…even though it’s not macabre or creepy…it is perfect for Halloweenie!  Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, posted on my sidebar. Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sexy Beast: Day 22 of 31 Days of Halloween

I felt like making something a little cheeky for today… Kinda silly. I was looking over my As Death set from Smeared Ink, and I realized that one of the images I liked best hadn’t yet been inked up. I decided it was time! Say hello to my Sexy Beast…

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Doesn’t she look like she’s doing a strip tease for her lover??? Or is it just me?

I colored her in some lovely pastel colors, her frock in a sweet shade of purple. She was done in my watercolor markers.

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I made it sort of a big ATC…it’s the size of an index card. I guess since it’s towards the end of the month I’m in a silly mood! But that could also be because I haven’t gotten much sleep lately! ;}

Hope you got a good laugh (or at least a snicker) at my project! It was a pretty quick project…but my mind is kinda fogged over, so I needed to do something quick and simple.

Today we have a sponsor!!! Surprise!!! Look for a hidden image on one of the Wicked Blogs, and you have the chance of winning one of the ultra-fabulous Devil Dolls from StampInsanity! How fab is that? Terra’s blog has all the details. Good luck! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

SISC32: Think Pink! and Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween

Sooo…I accidentally posted this yesterday… My days are all mixed up! I apologize!!! I feel terrible about it! When I realized my mistake, I took it down. So here it is…on THURSDAY…like it was supposed to be!

Yay! It’s Thursday again! That means it’s time for another StampInsanity Challenge. This week it’s Ward Two’s turn to play along (check out both Wards posted on my sidebar), and that means I’m in! This week’s challenge is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness…Beth wants us (and you!) to “Think Pink!”

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Of course, I used an image from this very special set. The proceeds for the sale of this set go to the Susan G. Komen fund.

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The colors are much more vibrant in person.  I colored Katie with my colored pencils and then used scraps to make the rest of the card. I wrote “Think Pink” on one side using a few different pens.

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I love this image. It is full of strength and hope. I used this image to make a card for my neighbor who just lost her Mom to cancer. She loves the card. I pop dotted Katie so that she really stands out too. Please check out the rest of Ward 2’s Groovy Gurlz!

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Here’s my 31 Days of Halloween project…also featuring an image from StampInsanity!

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This is Lilith. She’s from the new Devil Dolls collection…which has quickly become a favorite of mine! Isn’t she awesome???

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I LOVE her eyes…and her wee fangs. She’s so mysterious…I want to be Lilith! I really like how her coloring came out. It’s soft and almost foggy…like she’s an apparition.

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The “Wicked” comes from Smeared Ink. And did you notice the tiny spiders on the gray cardstock? Even though I hate spiders…these guys are cool. I love that paper!

You will see me use the images from this collection a LOT!!! Because they are all fabulous! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers…posted on my sidebar. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 20 of 31 Days of Halloween

Ok....SO I f'ed up big time... If you were here this morning... you would have seen that I had TWO projects up today. My Strange Skin card and a StampInsanity card. Trouble is...it's NOT Thursday! So...I took the StampInsanity portion of this post down. This is what happens when I get no sleep! So...that post will be up tomorrow, along with something else. Major oops! Sorry Beth! (blushing)

Now for my 31 Days project! I used one of Strange Skin’s Cameos for this card. I love this whole set!!!

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Isn’t she awesome! She has such a snarky look on her face!

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It’s tough to see,, but I used some pale shades to color in the vamp and the backgrounds. You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger. I’m really happy with the candle holders. My husband suggested I color them to look like they had a patina finish, and I think they turned out great!

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As you can see from this photo, I stamped some batty bats on to my deep red cardstock. Plus, I used Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist along with my Martha Stewart splatter stencil. The K. & Co. paper on top is just divine with the colors I used in the cameo.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Blogger…posted on my sidebar. Don’t forget about the Groovy Gurlz! And, if you have time…pop by the StampInsanity shop and Strange Skin as well! And don’t forget…today we will have our hidden image from the Wild Flower Kids! Sorry about any confusion there may have been yesterday. Have an inspiring day!!!