Saturday, April 30, 2011

Frankiee… A Different Kind of Bride

I think that many of us have Royal Wedding Fever. I myself am typing this post as I am watching the ump-teenth recap of Prince William and (the now) Princess Catherine’s amazing ceremony. There’s was almost as good as mine. ;) But, I’d like to share with you a different bride today. Say hello to Frankiee…



This bodacious babe was created by Christy Croll, owner and designer, of Tiddly Inks. Who by the way is having an awesome Treasure Hunt right now! She “made” her for we Smeared & Smudged gals, as she is one of our wonderful sponsors for April. Tiddly Inks is sponsoring Oh! The Horror this month…and of course we used a Bride of Frankenstein poster. We are touched that Christy created a second image for us. The first, as you may recall was Rock-N-Rolla. You can purchase Frankiee HERE and RockNRolla HERE.




I broke out the watercolor markers once again, and used a mess of colors on her. Lilac hair, brown top, green skirt…don’t even get me started on al the different colors of skin she has stitched together!



My sentiment is from Smeared Ink. I thought it worked well for her! Inspired? You still have a little time to play along with this month’s challenges! But, if you don’t have time today…there’s always next month. I do hope you will play along with us at Smeared & Smudged. We always have wonderful challenges and prizes! Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Twisted Sisters

It’s Friday! Which means it’s Smeared Ink day! And I hope you don’t roll your eyes…but I have another card featuring the Glam Vamps. I just can’t stop using these chicks! And this time…I used TWO of them!



This is Anya and Ann Marie. Aren’t they pretty? But wait! Get a little closer and you’ll see their red eyes and fangs. These 2 are definitely Twisted Sisters!



I colored them with my watercolor markers. Aren’t they fashionable? Then I cut out 2 rectangles in patterned paper and…well…twisted them, to further add to the sentiment. Speaking of which…the “twisted” is from the Valentine’s Grumpies collection, and I made the “sisters” myself with some K& Co. letters. ‘


What do you think? I think they’re hawt! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Don’t Make Me Say It!

I know, I know…it’s finally warming up around here, and I’m singing Christmas Carols? What can I say? I was inspired! This week’s StampInsanity Challenge is Bling It On! And I thought it was a perfect excuse to get one card ready for the…Holidays!



The Holidays are all about the sparkly, and Morgan’s Star is perfect for glitzing up! Which by the way is on sale at the store! This is definitely the perfect time to pick up the “Morgan’s Star” rubber stamps!!!




I used my watercolor markers and lots of silver and gold Stickles. What a happy little tree!



Here you can see the pretty blobs of Stickles, and the border I made. And there’s that metallic gold bow peeking at the bottom.


This challenge is super easy, so I hope you all “bling it!” Can’t wait to see your creations! But first, please visit the Ward 2 Groovy Gurlz for even more inspiration!


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Growing Love: Version 3

I have a 3rd version of one of my favorite Sweet Pea Stamps to share with you today. It’s called Growing Love by ching chou kuik. I made this card for a friend of mine that just welcomed her son into the world.


Plus, this month’s Smeared & Smudged Guest Designer, Helen, has challenged us to create something for the theme “New Life.” Well, this couldn’t be more perfect for that challenge!





I just can’t get enough of this image! And thankfully, I am super inspired to redo it in lots of different ways! I love her hair in this version. I used my watercolor markers again for everything but her skin.





I also used some Platinum Liquid Pearls to add some shine and dimension. The sentiment is also from Sweet Pea Stamps.





I shredded the edges a bit for more dimension…and we all know I love me some distressing!



This challenge will actually be running through the month of May, for a total of 6 weeks to play along. So put on those thinking caps, and start working on your New Life project! Then, show it off in the Smeared & Smudged forum. Have an inspiring day!!!



Additional Challenges:



In a Sweet Pea Dream: Anything Goes



Sweet Pea Stampers: Recycling (All of my papers are scraps)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Gene!

It’s my wonderful husband’s Birthday today! Lately, I have been using various Kenny K images for all of the cards I make for him, and this time was no different. This week, the challenge at the Kenny K Blog is Springtime. And while I didn’t use any flowers on my card…one of my favorite things to do in the spring is to go for a motorcycle ride. Here’s the card.



This is Harley Ryder…the Krash Kitten that I named! :) She’s almost ready for a ride…She just needs a helmet! Ok…maybe a few more layers of clothes too…but she’s still a hot biker chick! I colored her hair in a style similar to my own, and made her clothes in colors that I would wear. Gene likes when I do that!



The color is a little off in this photo for some reason…the top one is much more accurate. She is all colored with my watercolor markers. I used some flat backed pearls adhered with Platinum Liquid Pearls. The senti is from Technique Tuesday.


Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy City Box

It’s Friday! This has been quite a busy week. Fun…but busy. And because of all the busy, my project is not quite finished. I need to embellish it a bit more. I’m hoping I can do it today…But we’ll see. For now, it looks pretty cool. Just not complete.



I used a plain wooden box and painted it green, then crackle painted it, and Distress Inked it. And the top has, as you can see, an image from Smeared Ink’s Holy City. The box was purchased for this very image.



I colored the image with my colored pencils and Mod Podged it to the top. I just love this image. I plan on adding some things to the top. I’m not exactly sure what yet…I need to look through my stash to see what I can find. But I definitely need some more texture. Some lumpy, bumpy goodness.



Here’s a close up of the crackling. I purposely did not apply an even layer of it. I really wanted the green to show through. I’ll be sure to post photos when the box is done. But what do you think of it so far??? Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wedding Themed Bombshell Blog Hop!

Hello! It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop…and I’ve really been itching for one. You should be coming from my friend Cheryl's blog. If not, you can start back at the Bombshell Blog…but I’ll have the full hop list at the end of my post. This hop was thought up by Ms. April, Rachael. We are to do something wedding themed…and thinking laterally is ok too (i.e.: bachelor party). I knew just what I wanted to do. Did you see my post from last Friday? It was for the latest Desert Islands Crafters Challenge, and I made a scrapbook page from my medieval wedding. So…I just had to make another one for this challenge! And perhaps eventually I will get my album done! ;)


Now tell me…can you spot the Bombshell Stamps?


Do you see them??? I used a set from the Pin Stripes collection and the crown that’s from the Butterfly Queen set. Here’s a close up.



My wedding dress (handmade by my Mom!), had tri-colored metallic cords on it. Just beautiful. So, I decided to carry that theme into my layout. I mixed metals like crazy! The pin stripes are embossed with silver. The crowns are inked with a color called Lightening Black (Tsukineko), which is black with gold flecks, the veining in the leaves are gold and copper, the strip on the bottom has gold foil and the damask paper is completely foiled. Plus I used Platinum Liquid Pearls. Me likey the shiny!



This is one of my favorite photos from the wedding (and we have a LOT of pictures!). Having the trumpeters behind us, with the beautiful door of the mansion we got married in…us looking so overjoyed…it’s just a great photo!




You can see the gleam coming off of the papers here. You can click on any of my pictures to see it bigger.


This was such a fun page to make. I love using teeny Bombshell elements like this. Unexpected. I actually think I want to hang it rather then put it in an album! We’ll see.


Now get on with your hopping! :) The next stop is the ridiculously talented Katie. I am quite sure that you will be wowed by her awesomeness! Enjoy the hop and have an inspiring day!!!


Bombshell Blog
Rachael's Blog http://rachaelshandmadedesigns.blogspot.com/ Kelli http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/
Cheryl http://inktrap.blogspot.com/
Alison http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (me!)
Katie http://ferrishyn-frontier.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Mary http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com/
Alaine http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Stempie http://stempelientje.blogspot.com/
Emily http://www.bombshellemsartisticexpressions.blogspot.com/
Raven http://www.love4stamps.blogspot.com/
Kathi http://kathstales.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Green Rio

Greetings! I have a quickie post to share with you today. I made this card the other day when I saw that Simply Betty Stamps was giving away a freebie when you create a new project to celebrate an upcoming new release. I just had to play along!



I just love coloring Rio in monochromatically. Yes, I use a wee bit of pink on her, but she’s basically all green. I think I’ve actually colored her up in green once before…. She’s just so pretty in this color!



Watercolor markers were used on her and her batty.



It’s a very springy card, no? Ok…gotta run! The kids are fighting and the dog is being a pest! Have an inspiring day! Come back tomorrow for a Bombshell Blog Hop!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Desert Islands Crafters Challenge: The Queen’s Itinerary

Welcome to the next installment of the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. If you’re not familiar with it, let me give you the low down. The 1st and 15th of each month, you will be given an itinerary of items where, if you were stranded on a desert island, you would need to use at least 3 of those to create a project.

We went about things a little different this time around, and with all of the Royal Wedding hooplah, we decided to ask The Queen herself for “her” itinerary. 

The Queen’s Itinerary:

1. Red, White & Blue

2. Fairytale

3. Ribbon

4. Lace

5. Crown Jewels

6. Horse & Carriage

7. Stair Step Card

8. Castle

9. Prince Charming

10. Princess Bride

Since I had a bit of a royal wedding myself…what better thing to create for this challenge then a layout of my wedding?

I used items 2, 4, 5, 8 (ish), 9, and 10. Why 8-ish? Well, we didn’t get married in a castle, but the place was fashioned after a castle.

This was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony. Gene got down on one knee and offered me my ring from his sword. Then I got to knight him. After that, I offered him his ring from my chalice (which I had made myself). Pure magick.

You can see  the glimmer in our eyes…how excited we were…It was such a beautiful ceremony.

I love the paper I used…the borders and journal spot are from a new DCWV stack “Royal Garden” (fitting, I know!). I also used some Kaiser rhinestones, and gold lace doilies. I didn’t want to go too over the top, because I wanted the photos to be center stage. 

Now it’s your turn! What could you make with The Queen’s Itinerary? Please visit the rest of the DICC gals, listed in my sidebar. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flower Power and Metal Mania!

Wacky title, huh? It needs to be, because not only am I bringing you the latest StampInsanity Challenge, but today is also the monthly Smeared & Smudged Member Blog Hop! Shall we get this party started?


This week’s StampInsanity Challenge (#55) is Flower Power. I went a route that I’m betting you may not have pictured. As promised yesterday, I broke out the Distress Inks once again and colored up Vampire Henry. Take a look!



I just didn’t feel like goin’ with the pretty route. I was inspired by Henry’s rose, so I broke out my DCWV Immortal Love Stack and used the rose paper for my background.




Here’s a close up of my coloring job. I right like the way this came out!



Of course, the senti is also from StampInsanity! I LOVE this sentiment! Time for you to play along with the Ward 2 Groovy Gurlz! Show us your Flower Power!


And on to the next…


Today is a sad day for me. It marks the 1 year Anniversary of the death of Pete Steele…the frontman to my favorite band, Type O Negative. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I had really wanted to do a Type O Negative based project for today’s blog hop…especially since the theme was to use metal. But I couldn’t do it. I thought about different things…but nothing gelled properly. And I wanted it to be truly awesome.


So, I abandoned the idea (for now) and decided to make complimentary earrings to go with the pendant I made yesterday.



I started off once again with my bleached chipboard from Technique Tuesday and stamped my Sugar Skulls from Bombshell Stamps on them.



Cue the Distress Inks once again…as well as the Amazing Glaze. Lots of it! For my metal requirement, I hung me pretty little discs with a chain and added some metal enameled charms.



I didn’t stamp an image on the back this time ’round. Instead, I just inked it with Vintage Photo. More Glaze. So…??? What do you think of my Sugar Skull set? I really like how lightweight the earrings are. For those of you with stretched out holes, these are purrrfect for you!


But now, it is time for you to go. You have a lot of wonderful blogs to visit, so you better start hopping! The Ward 2 Groovy Gurlz are listed on my sidebar. The rest of the Smeared & Smudged hoppers are listed below. Happy hopping! Have an inspiring day!


Terra http://moresmearedink.blogspot.com/


Kelli http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/


Lady Brayton http://www.ladybrayton71.blogspot.com/


Black Dragon http://lynsblogger.blogspot.com/


Alison http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (me!)


Kapree http://kc-consultant.blogspot.com/


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


Sugar http://sugscardsnmore.blogspot.com/


Jane http://jcocraft.blogspot.com/


Kymberly http://1darkrosaleen.blogspot.com/


Helen http://cromscubbyhole.blogspot.com/


Paula http://www.whatspeaks2myheart.wordpress.com/


Tori http://ndustrial-lemon.blogspot.com/


Lisa http://www.ldfdesign.blogspot.com/


Tiffany http://bkfastattiffanys.blogspot.com/


Dianne http://dkspinner.blogspot.com/


Steph http://stephscreativechaos.blogspot.com/


Judi http://creatingartwithheart.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sugar Skulls Pendant

Greetings! Today I share with you a pendant. Not a card! A pendant! As many of you know, I am a jewelry maker first and foremost. Hell, I have a degree in it! Paper crafting is secondary…so that gives you an idea about how passionate I am for jewelry! Sadly, it takes me a bit longer sometimes to make personal adornments…for a few reasons…one of which is that my paper crafting stuff is always “out.” Exposed paper trays and markers are easier to get to then 15 bead boxes that are stuck behind my craft room door, or my silversmithing workshop that is currently housing my mom’s Halloween stuff (don’t even get me started!). So, paper stuff gets made way more. But huzzah! I used chipboard for my pendant! A paper crafting supply! :)



I recently acquired the Sugar Skulls stamp set from none other than Bombshell Stamps. But all I’ve had a chance to do was ink up Phoenix and Rhiannon with skulls and flowers on their hand. Their request. Guess who asked for the skulls and who asked for the flowers? Rhiannon wanted the skulls! Go fig! Anywho…I had this bleached chipboard oval from Technique Tuesday, and I thought the border would be perfect on it. So I stamped it with Staz-On, and colored it in with Distress Inks. But I needed to utilize both sides! So, I used some of the other skulls in the set (stamped out with my little girl’s help!).




Again, stamped with Staz-On and colored with Distress Inks. I guess I’m on kind of a Distress Ink kick huh? Didja see my post yesterday?



See the bit o’ sheen? That’s actually a whole mess of layers of Amazing Glaze by Judikins. Now it looks like ceramic, but ways a whole lot less! You really can’t tell unless you feel the weight of it, that it’s chipboard.




Super shiny! I love how this turned out. I added only a few beads, but they have quite a presence that works really well with the size of the pendant. It’s 2 1/2” long. I will most definitely be making more of these! And, I may just add some to my Etsy shop. What do you think???


Tomorrow is not only a new StampInsanity Challenge (in which I use…you guessed it! Distress Inks!), but also the latest Smeared & Smudged Member Blog Hop. So please visit me again tomorrow. Have an inspiring day!!!


Challenges:


Creative Craft Challenges: Embossing


Flourishes: Flowers


Sweet Stamps: For the Ladies (Well it is a necklace!)


Incy Wincy Designs: Flower Frenzy


Make it Monday: Anything Goes


Crafty Calendar: April Flowers Shall Bring Forth Flowers

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sweet Pea Kitties!

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for a cat loving friend. I can’t say who it is though…since she hasn’t gotten the card yet! It’s the first time I’ve used Purple Comfort; a Sweet Pea image from ching chou kuik. I just love these sweet kitties! Look at their teeny wings!



This picture makes the contrast between the doily and the image very obvious…but it’s subtler in person. I probably should have chalked the doily first, but…after spraying it with a ton of Glimmer Mist, that wouldn’t have been a good idea. The image was colored exclusively with Distress Inks, and I think it came out really pretty.



This photo shows the colors much better. See how much paler the image is here? I used a bit of Liquid Pearls on the cats’ wings.



Look at all that pretty glimmer! I used Patina and Tattered Rose on the doily. I hope my friend likes the card. I think she’d be happy with anything with kitties though! Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bats, Cats & Broomsticks

This week’s Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House just screamed my name. Challenge #83 is Magically Witchy, and boy oh boy did I have ideas! I had a flurry of thoughts on what I could make…going way beyond the card! But, time was not on my side this week as I had to do several things regarding Phoenix’s school this week. Plus, along with the flurry of ideas came an overstimulation of sorts. Too many thoughts, ideas, and even ways to do things. I was overwhelmed with ideas. And now, it’s late on Saturday and I NEEDED to play. I couldn’t let this challenge pass me by. So I made a page in one of my art journals.


I was washing dishes, thinking about the challenge, and I thought, “It’s about more then cats, bats, and broomsticks…” I knew that was what I needed to make my journal page about. I am actually thinking of making this into a huge canvas art piece, as I couldn’t fit all of my ideas on one little page. But enough of me typing…here’s a look at my page.



I just got some amazing goodies from a Tattered Angels order, and the cat in the center is from it. I knew I had to se it here. The bats are from Inkadinkado, as is the witch on her broom.



I used 3 colors of Glimmer Mist, some Stickles and a bit of my soul on this page. But…isn’t that what art journaling is about?




See the glitter and glimmer? You can click on any of my pictures to see them bigger.


The words read:


It’s about more than Cats, Bats, and Broomsticks.


It’s about life, death, nature…


It’s a way to believe…


To be in harmony with the earth…


But- those cats, bats and broomsticks sure can be fun!



I really hope I find the time to make the canvas I have in my head. I think it would be really cool to hang something like that up in my craft room (pun intended).


Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Clean & Simple…with Smeared Ink?!?!

There’s something you probably don’t think about when you think of Smeared Ink stamps. Clean and simple. It’s certainly not something I usually think of! But I figured that some folks may be intimidated by the “typical” (I use that term very loosely!) Smeared Ink style. So, I wanted to show you that everyone can use these rad stamps, even if you like the Clean and the Simple!



I started off by coloring Glam Vamp Anya with my watercolor markers. I cut her out, but I could have just stamped her directly on the card too.



Then, I used 5 of the awesome sentiments from the Lil Grumpies set, stamped directly on the card. I purposely stamped them askew. I punched out a Drippy Goo Martha Stewart border and stuck it to the top. Two red Dew Drops to represent bite marks and a thin marker-made black border around the whole card and voila! Easy, clean and simple!


I hope that I have shown you how to use these images in a different way. Have an inspiring day!