Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Was Made for You…Macabre Monday #77

As many of you know, I try to play along with Macabre Monday over at Haunted Design House as often as I can. I squeezed in some time to create a card for their latest challenge…Dr. Death. We had to make something with a medical theme. I immediately thought of some of the rad images I have from Strange Skin. And this is what I came up with.

I used one of my absolute favorite images from them, the Bride of Frankenstein Cameo. I think she’s gorgeous. I colored her with colored pencils and my watercolor markers. Here’s a close up.

I accentuated the pieced together look by making her skin all different colors… like she really was made up from different creatures. She also has quite a weave going…lots of different colors. You can click on any of the pictures to get a close up.

The screw heads on the side are from Smeared Ink’s Urban Decay collection. Yup, the same ones I just used in Friday’s post! Screws are SO versatile!!! I hand wrote the senti, making it a little scratchy. The 3 pieces of cardstock sticking out from the image are actually a pewter foiled cardstock. Ultra reflective. I use it all the time because it’s amazing.

I have a bunch of great posts coming up this week, including a new challenge from the Desert Island’s Crafters Challenge, StampInsanity and a super special new release from Sweet November. Please be sure to check back! Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Screwed

I’ve been MIA from Bloggyland this week because I’ve been sick with a cold. I’m REALLY looking forward to Spring time! Anywho, I thought I would share a layout I made for the Roller Derby custom album I have been commissioned to create. Of course, I used some Smeared Ink stamps on it, as Friday is my day to share SI projects with you.

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I used some of the screw heads from the Urban Decay collection. I didn’t cut them apart…I kept my rubber intact because I knew it would make a fab border someday!

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Please check out the black patterned paper. It’s filled with screws! That’s how I got the idea for the title and for using the screw head stamps. I embossed them, so they are raised and glossy.

Not a super exciting post today, and I’m sorry for that. But I feel like Hell and I really need some rest. On a good note, I got some excellent feedback for the woman who commissioned me to make this album. That’s always great news! Have an inspiring day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Making the Most of your Bombshell Stamps: A Tutorial

With all of my stamps, I am always looking for new ways to reinvent them. Giving them a fresh new look makes me feel like I have a new set of stamps to play with! I was going through my Bombshells, and I noticed that I could swap bodies around a bit. This is not a gory project- I promise! ;)

To start, you need Butterfly Queen and Bombshell Angel.

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What we are going to do is put Angel’s head and torso on Butterfly Queen’s legs. So, you don’t need to stamp out the entire image of either. I have made two versions of this “morph,” which is why I have two of each Bombshell.

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Color in the skin and the hair. I used pencils for that. You will notice that on Butterfly Queen’s image on the top right I did not color in her belly. You can click on any of the images to see it bigger.

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Next, color the outfits. Please note that I completed the line across Angel’s body. She is now wearing a crop top.

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On the green version of Angel, I colored her outfit in completely. I used watercolor markers for their outfits.

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Cut out all 4 images. I cut around Angel’s hands so that I can slip Butterfly Queen’s bodies underneath. See my finger holding her hand up? Please note that on the blue version, I cut Butterfly Queen’s belly on a curve. Cutting it straight would have been very obvious. But the curve works with Angel’s now-cropped top. Also, I did not keep the upper triangle of the green version of Butterfly Queen (even though I had colored it in).

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And here they are in their new bodies and outfits! See? I told you this wasn’t going to be gruesome! They each have new, totally different looks to them!

Here they are on their cards. I love their new looks!

I hope you’ve been inspired! I would love to see you try this technique. What other ways can you transform your Bombshells? I’ve got some more up my sleeve…but that’s for another time! :) Have a great day!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Heart Throb Tag

I am so excited that Strange Skin is sponsoring Macabre Monday this week. Yeah, I know…it’s a little late to be writing about it, but I’ve had a lot going on the past few days…I’m just glad I was able to make something. As you may or may not know, Strange Skin is a company that was created and owned by my sister Pamela and her boyfriend Jorge. You can read all about them over at Haunted Design House.

This week’s challenge is Love Bites. Strange Skin just came out with some fang-tastic new digis (have you seen them yet???) that are just perfect for this challenge. I made a tag.

The tag reads: “You were everyone’s Heart Throb… But I wanted yours to throb just for me… I love you.” A wee bit twisted, no? I added some delicious fibers to the top of the tag, which would make a fabulous bookmark.

I colored the heart with chalk, and the blood with a Sakura Jelly Roll pen. In real life, the blood has a bit of dimension and is quite glossy.

It was a quick and easy project, but I think it has just enough kick. I hope you can come up with a quick but awesome project so that you can play along with Macabre Monday. You have the chance to score some digis from Strange Skin!!! How rad is that? Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

You Rock!

I wanted to share the Valentine’s Day card that I made for Gene with you. Please note that it is NOT your typical Valentine…but would you expect anything less from me?

I used a fabulous image from Kenny K. This is the first time I colored Star up and she has immediately become one of my faves from them! I made the card as bright and bold as I could, and I think it’s pretty rockin’! ;)

The theme for this week’s Kenny K challenge is circles…so of course I had to play along there! Circles galore! Isn’t Star sassy and hawt? I love how she’s peeking from behind her guitar. She has been colored with my watercolor markers, minus her skin which was done in pencil.

The “You Rock!” sentiment is from Inkadinkado…give to me by my rad friend Tonya. She had this set for a while, and realized she wasn’t really going to use it. She gave it to me, in hopes that I would give it a better home. Well, I’ve only had the set for a couple of weeks, and I have already used it 3 times! Not bad, right?

So Gene loved the card. He thought it was really cool. He loved the pink rhinestones (I knew he would!). So that’s another example of how I do (or don’t really do) Valentine’s Day. Tune in tomorrow when I will be sharing another Strange Skin project (Hey! Did you know that Strange Skin is hosting Macabre Monday this week?! Hurry up and play along!). Have an inspiring day!!!

Challenges:

Kenny K: Circles

Simply Create: It’s Bright in Here

Crafty Catz: One for the Boys

My Time to Craft: Going Around in Circles

Friday, February 18, 2011

#39: That’s How She Rolls

I was just commissioned to create a custom scrapbook. The album is about a local roller derby team. This album is going to be a blast to make! I have the first double page spread to share with you. And, since it’s my day to share a Smeared Ink project, I used some of their rad stamps on the spread. Bear with my photos, please. They are awful.

 

You’ll be able to see this a lot better if you click on it..it’ll make it bigger! I started off by using “That’s how I roll” from the Teen Style Sayings set. Then, I went to my new fave go-to stamps from Quoth the Raven. I adore those background stamps!

The photographer took a mess of action shots of #39 (who is receiving this album as a gift) as she went around the rink. I thought that it was a great idea.

I plan on adding some more embellishments to this page, but at the moment, I’m not sure what they’ll be. It looks almost finished to me…but not completely. But I was really happy when I realized that I had that Smeared Ink title. It’s perfect for this spread! Hope you like my layouts. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SISC47: Anything But a Card!

This week’s StampInsanity Challenge is to make anything but a card. Which is great, because it forced me to make a scrapbook page. Not that I need to be “forced” to scrap…but it certainly takes me longer to make a layout then it does for me to make a card. And I am SOOOOO far behind on my scrapbooking, that I really need to get on it! So, I chose an awesome SI Birthday quote, and made a page of my little girl, Rhiannon.

I know, I know…she’s adorable! ;) The quote says, “Today as we celebrate your Birthday, we celebrate the gift of you to the World!” Sweet right? The colors in her shirt are fantastic, and I just got some new paper pads from my Mom, which matched perfectly!

They are from DCWV. Full of sparkle and totally bright and cheery! Just like Rhiannon (well…most of the time she’s cheery.). I used Lily Pad Glimmer Mist on the sentiment, then inked it and embossed it with glitter. If you click on any of the pictures, you can see them bigger.

I used a couple other embellishments… a sticker, a couple scraps of ribbon…I let the photo and sentiment do most of the work for the page. You likey?

Now please go and visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz!!! I hope you will play along with us this week. Have an inspiring day!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Bombshell GDT Challenge

Greetings once again! Today I have a Bombshell Stamps card to share with you. I made it for Ms. February’s challenge. Ms. February is Dawn Knight, and she asked us to do a color challenge (many of you know how much I lurve those!) We have to use Red, Turquoise, and Kraft…a combination that I adore!

Can I toot my own horn for a sec? I love this card. Love it. I am going to make it in a mess of different color combos…but all with the Kraft paper. Once I figured out what I wanted to do, it came together pretty quickly, so I think I can bang out a bunch of them fast. And put them in my Etsy shop, perhaps?

Pencils and watercolor markers were used for this…no surprise, right? I used 2 sets of Bombshell Stamps… Butterfly Queen and Pin-Stripes. Have I told you lately how much I enjoy using those Pin-Stripes???

My husband (who honestly really likes what I make) stopped. And looked. For a while. He really liked this card. His favorite color is red, so I ‘m not surprised. Hope he likes it in the other color combos I come up with!

So come and play along with us! This was a fantastic challenge. I’d love to see your creations! Have an inspiring day!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Desert Islands Crafters Challenge #2: Juanita’s Itinerary

It’s time for the second Desert Islands Crafters Challenge! I can’t believe February is half over already! For those of you that haven’t heard if DICC yet, here’s the scoop. On the 1st and 15th of each month, we will post an itinerary of items that, if you were stranded on a desert island, you would need to make a project with. You don’t need to use all 10, but you’ve gotta use at least 3 of the items. If you play along, you will have a chance to have YOUR itinerary up for a challenge! This time around, we used Juanita’s itinerary, which I hafta say, I loved! I’ll let you guess why. Here’s her list.

1. Monochromatic
2. Movie or Book inspired
3. Buttons
4. The word “ FRIEND(S)” in your sentiment
5. Border Punch
6. Only one pattern paper
7. The color Red
8. No flowers
9. Swirls
10. Sparkle

This brought me right back to the days of Twilight Tuesday!

I used 6 of the 10 items on Juanita’s itinerary. Numbers 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10. My stamped image is from Artful INKables, which I colored with watercolor markers. Border punch (used twice) is from Martha Stewart. Swirl is from Autumn Leaves and done in Black Lightening Ink from Color Box. Buttons are also from Autumn Leaves. Paper is from Prism and DCWV. I used Tiara Stickles from Ranger as well.

I really like layering my border punches. It gives them so much more depth, as you can see in this photo.

Here you can really see some of the sparkle from the Black Lightening ink and the Stickles. You can click on any of the photos to see them bigger. I hope you will join us for our second challenge. It’s a lot of fun to try to use as many of the items as possible! Here are the rest of the Island Girls (I made that up), please be sure to visit them and leave some love! Have an inspiring day!

Tasha Beasley ~ Suzi Weyremaster ~ Juanita Gillen

Jo Willis ~ Erica Johnson-Wanzer ~ Cyndi Bundi

Berenice Rendon ~ Angela Enion ~ Alison Heikkila (me!)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Two Huge Valentine’s Day Hops!

I am in not one, but two Valentine’s Day hops! Not bad for someone that doesn’t even like Valentine’s Day… The first is via Smeared & Smudged. It’s time for our monthly Member Blog Hop! The second was started by Taylor Usry. Please bear with me…this post is long because I am sharing 2 projects and the hop lists are huge. Let’s stat with Smeared & Smudged, shall we?

My dear friend Alex and I collaborated on the theme for this month’s S&S Member Hop. Instead of making it a free-for –all, we decided to challenge our members a little…create something Valentine’s Day / love themed, but there is a catch.  Because we are Smeared and Smudged you can not use any of the following:

No hearts

No red or pink

Nothing ‘cute’ unless you make it uncute of course :)

Ok, so it’s not dark and scary…but it’s definitely not cute either.

I used my colored pencils for the focal image.  It’s from Smeared Ink’s Smitten collection. The “pretty fly” is from the teir teen Style Sayings. I added the “You’re.”

It’s not your typical valentine…I can see it being used throughout the year. But it totally works for V-Day too!  Here is the S&S Member hop list.

Terra ~ Tori ~ Alison (me!) ~ Lady B ~ Helen ~ Kymberly
Berenice ~ Kelli ~ Lisa ~ Dianne ~ Teri ~ Rebecca
Steph ~ Jane ~ Sugar ~ Kapree ~ Black Dragon ~ Alex

Now for the ginormous hop! There are a ton of participants and a whole lotta prizes to be won! You will have until Thursday at 6PM EST to comment on all of the blogs. The prizes will be hidden, so make sure you leave some love for everyone! One of our sponsors is StampInsanity. And as one of the Groovy Gurlz, I wanted to share a card I made with one of Beth’s amazing sentiments.

It’s my Black Widow Valentine’s Day card! Yeah…no spider, but I really hate spiders! I just couldn’t bring myself to add one. The border punch at the bottom is from the devil herself (I say that with love), Martha Stewart. The swirls are from Autumn Leaves. But that sentiment from StampInsanity definitely takes center stage here!

As you can hopefully see in the above photo, I used Glimmer Mist on the web (Black Gold) and the sentiment (Walnut Gold). The swirls were embossed with black. Check out the black cardstock behind the senti…it’s got the look of taffeta! I love that paper!

So it may be just a little twisted, but I think this is a great card for V-Day! Taylor has the complete list of sponsors on her blog, but here is the complete list of hoppers.

Taylor Usry - http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Libby Hickson - http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/
Cindy Coutts - http://cindycoutts.com/
Cyndi Bundy - http://scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com/
Amber Hillman - http://ambersantics.blogspot.com/
Angelique Nederpel - http://scrapping-angel.blogspot.com/
Tanya Johnson - http://little-scrapper.blogspot.com/
Suzi McKenzie - http://mrsweyremaster.blogspot.com/
Cathy Wallington - http://ellieskeeperscreations.blogspot.com/
Pam Hornschu - http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/
Wendy Price - http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/

Patricia Hays - http://thinkingofinking.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Maria Levine - http://riacreations.blogspot.com/
Sandie Dunne - http://sandieshores.blogspot.com/
Juanita Gillen - http://stampintwilghtmom.blogspot.com/
Janelle Stollfus - http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/
Mary Collins - http://www.softangelkisses.blogspot.com/
Berenice Rendon - http://karbersweetescape.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Gorka - http://shestamps.blogspot.com/
Jessica Fitzgerald - http://jkfitzgerald.blogspot.com/
Dee Morris - http://sprytebyrd.blogspot.com/
Darsie Bruno - http://www.craftingwithdarsie.blogspot.com/
Sandy Allnock - http://acolourfulworld.blogspot.com/
Margie Cortina - http://ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot.com/
Kathy Fronczak - http://pixieduststudio.blogspot.com/
Cat Darling - http://catscraftycorner.blogspot.com/

Joyce Martens (Jolara) - http://jolaras.blogspot.com/
Erin Leveille -http://stamptillucramp.blogspot.com/
Gudrun Loennecken- http://papirbloggen.blogspot.com/
Mackenzie Bruckler - http://midnightscramper.blogspot.com/
Melissa (Pink Cat) - http://pinkcatstudio.blogspot.com/
Patty Tanuz - http://cardsbypattytanuz.blogspot.com/
Emily Leiphart - http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.com/
Jane Matsumoto - http://whoopsiedaisy-jane.blogspot.com/
Kimme Leach - http://kimme-thelifeofaprincess.blogspot.com/

Kerry Kung - http://kerryischilling.blogspot.com/
Heather Lee-Reppen - http://inkonmyear.blogspot.com/
Rachel Sztonyk - http://gingerbreadgallery.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Dove - http://just4funcrafts.blogspot.com/
Lysa Q- http://lysaq.blogspot.com/
Erica Johnson-Wanzer - http://www.inkedupandreadytoplay.com/
Tina Kiehn - http://kiehn10.blogspot.com/
Sugar Whiting - http://sugscardsnmore.blogspot.com/
Karin Martin - http://karin-withaniforpaper.blogspot.com/
Sunghee Chon - http://www.creativityinprogress.com/blog/
Tanis Palmer - http://tannyps-rubbish.blogspot.com/
Lindsey Martin-Penny - http://www.bashfulblogging.blogspot.com/
Kristi Parker Van Doren - http://kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com/

Julie Elak - http://www.lastminutecrafter.blogspot.com/
Alison Heikkila - http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (me!)
Audrey E - http://hippieaud.blogspot.com/
Laura Drahozal - http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com/
Louise Healy - http://www.artfullyarticulate.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan - http://www.papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Lynell Harlow - http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/
Terrece Siddoway - http://www.made4ubyt.blogspot.com/
Liz Martin - http://www.blackcatsstudios.blogspot.com/
Kim Reid - http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.com/
Beth Ranney-Thomas - http://inkyfingersrule.blogspot.com/

I told you it was big! You have plenty of time to go through both hops, and I really hope that you do…there is so much talent to see! Taylor’s Blog has ALL of the info for this hop. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Perfect Couple

It’s Friday! So it’s my day to post a project for Smeared Ink. I used an image and sentiment from one of the newest collections, Smitten. I love this collection because it’s got fantastic vintage images that have just the right amount of snarkiness. And the sentiments are very versatile.

I used Crabby Love for my focal image. Colored up with my pencils. I was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, so that’s what I used for my layout.

Check out the rain drops by her feet. Perfect little splashes! On the inside, I’d like to putt something witty…like, “Because you’re both crabby!” What do you think?

I used Glimmer Mists on the sentiment. Then I tore up and inked the edges. Are you worried about me losing my goth side??? Don’t be! I’ll be doing my regular freaky stuff again!

Have you been visiting the brand spankin’ new Smeared & Smudged Design Team blog??? It’s called Smudgy Antics, and you’ve gotta check it out! Each of the DT is assigned to a different day to post a project. Plus, Tuesday is our monthly member Blog Hop. You don’t want to miss it! Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stamping Bella Momma & Baby

Some of my Twi Girls and I have started to swap some images with each other, and Erica recently sent us some Stamping Bella images…which I have none of. But boy are they cute! I may just have to get a few of these, when I have some extra $$$. I really liked the image of the mom with her baby, so I decided to use that one first.

Pretty different from what I posted yesterday, huh? Welcome to my “sweeter” side. Notice it’s still pretty inky! '

I colored in this image as my kidlings were coloring. They insisted that I use their crayons. So I did! And I really think it came out cute!

I busted out my new EK punch…again. I have coveted it for quite some time… hope you don’t get sick of seeing it! The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

So what do you think of my “sweet” side? I’ve gotta say, I have an easier time with the goth/rocker/freaky side…but I think I do alright with this style too. :) Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fun with Strange Skin!

You may not have heard of Strange Skin, but prepare to be educated! This company was started by my sister Pamela, and her boyfriend Jorge. If you’ve been a follower of mine for a while, you have probably seen me work with some of the wickedly cool images. Today, I bring you not one, but 2 cards featuring their fang-tastic images. I had originally planned on creating a card with one of their zombie images for Macabre Monday, but then I found out that Strange Skin was about to release a whole mess of new digis! So of course, I had to play with those (being the big sis totally has it’s perks!)

So let us begin with Macabre Monday #75: Flesh-Eating Frenzy!

You may have seen this image before. My Twisted Sistah, Lady Brayton has done magical things with this image. This is my first attempt. I colored the image with a mix of my pencils and watercolor markers. I made sure that I kept the colors mottled…I didn’t want a smooth texture. I wanted a little bit of grit and grime, even though some of my color choices were bright.

Enter the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. Twice.

And, I just had to include the butcher’s knife! The perfect embellishment! What a fugly bunch, huh? Now on to my other card with 2 new release images!

The concept behind these images is pretty cool. Pam drew all of the keys…and Jorge drew coordinating heart shaped locks to go with them. Brilliant! I instantly fell in love with Pam’s Skeleton Key and Jorge’s rib cage heart.

The key was also colored with a combo of markers and pencil.

I remembered about this punch I had just gotten (EK Success)..I thought it mimicked the rib cage really well! I punched it twice and layered it for a shadow effect.

The swirls are from Inkadinkado, I thought they worked really well here. So, would you like a little more background on Strange Skin? Here’s a hilarious blurb about the company.

"Strange Skin is a company run by, began by, and will one day be ended by, Pamela Bowman and Jorge Garcia. Until that fateful day comes, we provide very real and eager-to-be-purchased products to hypothetical potential customers. Such products include (but are not limited to): jewelry, t-shirts, toys, various other trinkets, and our newest product, digis! Oh hell yes! Though digis exist purely in the technological world of confusing neon green blips and bleeps, they can be made physical upon purchase with a simple print out. From then on the journey has begun! Do anything you want with our digis! Spruce up your ransom notes, or add a distinguished flourish to your morbid scrapbooks that once only contained yellowed newspaper clippings and victims' ears (not so hum-drum anymore, sucker)! Just one purchase gets you an unlimited supply you can use until your printer explodes or a virus deletes your backup files. But what am I saying? You know how these things work. We here at Strange Skin strain the thin membrane of our gray matter that dictates creativity in order to bring you the most unique, daring, and admittedly sometimes cliched digital illustrations for your anything-you-want-to-do-with-it-ing pleasure. We hope you enjoy our current line-up and check back in the very near future (later tonight) for even more incentive to question how much more you love being emailed some sweet-ass artwork over that lame stupid money that's just sitting there surviving this recession somehow. Halloween is our favorite time of the year and we believe our current and soon-forthcoming collections reflect that. We only hope our joy for that season spreads to you. After all, we are here to serve joy. And to serve you. Bone appetit! "- Strange Skin

I hope you like my offerings for today. And I hope you visit the Strange Skin store. Their stuff is awesome! Have an inspiring day!!!