Thursday, June 28, 2012

Little Wednesday

Hello! I have a scrapbook page to share with you today. It felt soooo good to be scrapbooking again! I really need to find more time to do it, as I am so ridiculously far behind. But at least I got 1 page done!

I made this with the June Dreamweaver Stencils challenge in mind…Glitter and Weddings. Ok, so this is certainly NOT a wedding page, but I did use a heap of glitter! I experimented with their Double Glitter technique…and boy is it fabulous! The only problem is that, you are supposed to use a sheet of double sided adhesive….where the glue itself is a sheet. The only stuff I had on hand like that had a dotted adhesive. It doesn’t hold all the glitter because it’s in dot form! But, it did give it a cool distressed look. Wanna see?

Some of you may remember when I took these pictures of my daughter Rhiannon. It was for a Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls challenge. Well, I never got to scrap them, and I took a lot of pictures! These are 2 of my favorites.

This is where I applied the Double Glitter technique. I used Dreamweaver's Damask stencil. It is SO beautiful! And I think that it can look creepy cool when done certain ways. This is one of them. I wish you could see how sparkly it is. It’s  beautiful!

Doesn't she look just like Wednesday??? My background paper (Martha Stewart….that’s her glitter too) has foiled spider webs, which is so rad. I cut out a bat (also from MS paper), and made my title using glitter paper from DCWV and my Slice machine.

I added a few rhinestones and some staples, plus one pretty little silver star. Just because.

I am so happy I managed to get this made for the Dreamweaver Stencils challenge. I was so upset that I didn’t get to play last month….and that was perfect for me because you needed to use black!  So, I guess I am incorporating both challenges into this one…even though it doesn't count for last month. :) Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June Hump Day Hop: 3 Cheers for Summer!

Hello, friends! It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month's theme is 3 Cheers for Summer. This means that the project needs to be Summer themed, and has either the number 3 on it, or 3 of something. Here's what I made.

I worked with the beautiful Hula Girl. I colored the girls all the same, except for their hair. Can't you feel the warm breeze and hear the Hawaiian music playing?

I used watercolor markers and Copics to color in the images. I also used the banner from one of the smaller (but just as cool) images from the Hula Girl set.


This month's Hump Day Hop is 14 fabulous participants! I am so happy to see so many folks spreading the Bombshell love. Please be sure to stop by everyone's blog. Below is the full hop list. Thank you for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com (that's me!)
Mary G.: http://www.mystampinhide-away.blogspot.com
Jodi: http://www.elamdesign33.blogspot.com/
Stempelientje: http://stempelientje.blogspot.com
Kim: www.craftypinkanchor.blogspot.com/
Rachael: http://rachaelshandmadedesigns.blogspot.com/
Laura: http://craftylittlewoman.blogspot.com/
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Cassie: http://casbacreations.blogspot.com/
Glittery Katie: http://ferrishyn-frontier.blogspot.com
Susie: http://whiteribboncards.blogspot.co.uk
Torrey: http://left-field-studio.blogspot.com/
Kathi: http://kathstales.blogspot.com

We have a late entry! Kelli is joining us this month as well. Please visit her blog: http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/. She may not be on everyone's hop list, so don't forget to stop by and say hi! Thank you!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wicked Wednesday: #37 Lazy Summer

Hello! My friend Jenn has a challenge blog called Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. I have been wanting to participate, but had not gotten the chance to do so. But I finally found a few minutes! This week, the challenge is Lazy Summer, and it's sponsored by A Day for Daisies, which, though you may be surprised, I absolutely LOVE their images. Not my typical style by any stretch, but there is something so sweet and magical about their simple lines, and kind faces. I happened to have an image of theirs colored up for a while, so I decided this was the perfect time to use her.

This little darling is called A New Dress. Isn't she precious? I colored the image with mostly pencils, but I used a couple of watercolor markers on her dress.

My sentiment is from Inkadinkado. And I made the flowers using the same Tim Holtz die that I used on my card yesterday. I have a feeling I am going to get a LOT of use out of it!

Phoenix helped me pick out my papers...he really loves to do that. And I really like his choices. I hope to get to play along with Wicked Wednesdays again very soon. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Macabre Monday 138: Eerie Elegance

It has been what feels like forever since I have had a chance to play with Haunted Design House. This week, the Macabre Monday challenge is Eerie Elegance. And I just knew I needed to use a Simply B Stamps image for it. But there are so many to choose from!!! I eventually decided to go with The Alchemist's Wife Nightmares.

Seriously, how fabulous is this image? I used the Spotlight Technique to color my image, but with a bit of a twist. I printed the image twice, and cut out my spotlight from the colored version so that I could pop-dot it to the second.

I used colored pencils, watercolor markers and Copics to color this in. I aged the background image with Antique Linen Distress Inks. I also used a cream colored card, instead of white, and I sprayed it with a coffee colored spray from Tsukineko.
I recently became a Pampered Chef consultant (links on the side of my blog!). And I did pretty well my first month out, so I decided to give myself a little congratulatory gift. I bought a Tim Holtz flower die that I had wanted for a while. And I made those flowers with it. hen I inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Aren't those flowers fabulous? I am so happy that I got that die. And I think they work really well with this image. Here you can see that my spotlight is raised off of the card base.
I have really missed playing along with HDH, and I am hoping that now that I am down to only 2 DT's, I will have a bit more time to play along. Thank you for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bombshell June Pin-Up Challenge: Raise Yer Flag

Greetings! Today I am sharing the latest Bombshell Stamps Pin-Up Challenge with you. This month, our Pin-Up is Kim. She has challenged us to "Raise Yer Flag!" Some examples Kim had suggested was to use an actual flag, a pirate's flag, the colors of a country's flag, etc. Here's what I came up with.

I chose to work with my Retro Cowgirls and Harley Bikes sets for this card. You may recognize this paper from the card I posted on Monday. I had made this one first, but I had left the scraps out and was inspired to use them for Gene's Father's Day card as well.

I used watercolor markers and Copics to color in my cowgirl, then I went over her with Antique Linen Distress Ink to tone her down a bit. I also colored the Outlaw (which I cut into a banner) with Copics. I remembered that I had some rad star shaped rhinestones that fit oh-so-perfectly over a star punch that I had recently gotten.

I inked my card with that Antique Linen Distress Ink as well. I can't get enough of that color! It always ages things perfectly. The color in this photo is the best representation to what it is in real life. Not sure why the other two are a little off. Be sure to visit the Bombshell Blog to see what the rest of the gals have come up with. This was a fun challenge! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, June 18, 2012

June Bombshell Stamps Sketch Challenge

Greetings! It's Monday, and I am sad that my husband is going to work today. Especially after we just had such a nice Father's Day. We went to a (small) Pirate Festival, and had a nice dinner with my Mom and sisters.

We weren't in full pirate garb, but we certainly fit in. So many folks sadly didn't even make the attempt to dress up.

So it would only be fitting for me to share a card using Bombshell Stamps' Pirate's Life set, right? Well, that's not going to happen today. ;) Instead, I have a card, featuring this month's Sketch, using Cherry Bomb and Harley Bikes, and Man's Ruin. I made it for Gene, for Father's Day.

This was tricky! I had been wanting to try this for a while now, but decided that it was finally time to actually give it a go. Did you notice that my Cherry Bomb Bombshell is sitting in a different position? Wanna see the original? Click the link above.

She's a wee bit too big for the bike, but I still think she looks pretty hot sitting there. Here's what I did. I colored her in first. Then, I separated her leg from her body by cutting at her bikini line. Her legs were way too long to fit on the bike, so I lobbed them off where her leg curves to her but. Now, since she is hiding her belly a bit from how she sits originally, she needed a little more "meat" in the stomach region. So I turned her butt around, and gave her more of a belly. And of course, I had to re-angle her so that she was actually sitting on the bike. This made me sweat a little, but I am really happy that I got it done! I really love to alter my Bombshells like this.

I colored everything with my watercolor markers and my Copics. Needless to say, Gene really liked the card. And that makes me happy. He is the most amazing father I have ever met. My kids (and I) are so blessed to have such an amazing man in our lives.

And to my Dad, I miss you like crazy. Please keep watching over us. <3

Please be sure to visit the Bombshell Blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with (last week). This Wednesday, we will be sharing our versions of this month's Pin-Up challenge! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

DICC Sponsored by Dilly Beans!

Greetings! Where is the time going? I feel like I am running around in circles...getting nowhere fast. I am excited. Today is my very first cooking show as a Pampered Chef consultant! I hope it all goes well...I think that it will. Fingers crossed! Thankfully, I managed to finish my card for today! It's time for a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. And we now have sponsors! This time around, our sponsor is Dilly Beans! What an awesome bunch of digis they have. It was soooo hard to choose just one. I can't wait to get some more. But first, here's the itinerary, conjured up by my good friend Jenn (and co-DT member)

1. Lots of purple
2. Skulls
3. Bows'Ribbons
4. No Patterned Paper/Designer Paper
5. At least 3 Buttons
6. Wings
7. Metal Hardware
8. No More than 3 colors (besides black, white, and flesh)
9. Tearing/Torn Edges
10. Anything but a Card

So for my card I used #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9. And the image I worked with from Dilly Beans is Pinky's Skull Bow.

I think she's adorable! I love her skully bow. I colored the image using watercolor markers and Copics. I love her pretty little face. My kidlings really like her too... I will need to print her out a few times for them!


I hope you can see that in the background, I used some very pale shaded of blue. My sentiment is from Smeared Ink, and I glittered it up with a Glue Pad from Tsukineko and Martha Stewart glitter.

I hope you've enjoyed my project. This was a fantastic itinerary, so I do hope you will play along. Especially now that we have Dilly Beans as our sponsor! Be sure to visit the DICC Blog to see more rad projects using this itinerary. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bird's Nest Pendants

Are you on Pinterest? Oh my word, what a wonderful place to be. I love Pinterest. How clever to have a virtual pinboard for everything you love on the web? And keep it all organized! I've found that many Pinners don't actually go forth and use their Pins. Which is so sad. An unfulfilled pin is a waste! I try to redo, use, and get inspired by my pins all the time. Ok, not quite as often as I'd like, but I really do try. This past week, I used 2 of my pins. I'm going to share one of them with you today. HERE's the original post where the pin was taken from. And this is one of mine....

I made these necklaces for my son's teachers. I think they are adorable, and just perfect for those amazing folks that are educating our wee ones. I have often seen these necklaces with just a simple silver chain, and the nest is always silver-toned as well. I wanted to change it up, so I used a very pretty brown. And for the necklace, some pale pink glass beads. Here is my other version.

I've got to say, I was surprised at how tough these were to make. Remember, I am a silversmith, so something like this should really have been a piece of cake. But it was tough to get the round wire to wrap around the 3 round beads! This one turned out a bit triangular, but I like it.

I think I may give it another go and put a couple in my Etsy shop. My son's teachers loved them, so perhaps someone else will too. What do you think? Should I make a couple for my shop? Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kenny K Design Team Call

I very recently went from being on four design teams, to being on only 2. At one point, I was on 5! There was always one team in particular that I wanted to be on, but the timing wasn't right, or I already had enough on my plate. But, the stars have (hopefully) aligned themselves. I am trying out for the Kenny K Design team. Today, I am sharing not only a new Kenny K project, but a few of my favorites from the past. I hope you enjoy them all!

I just finished this card for the latest Kenny K Challenge which is Pearls. I used Allura Von D (who is my favorite Kenny K gurl that I have.

I used my usual mix of watercolor markers and Copics to color her in. I, of course, had to give her some teal hair in the front to match mine.

I used some foiled paper (the one with the kisses) and a couple of other funky patterns. I stamped the sentiment with a Just Rite stamper, and my pears are Liquid Pearls in Platinum from Ranger. Can I just say that I really, really want her boots! Did you think I was going to say boobs??? Hahahaha!

Here are some of my past favorites.

This is a card I made for my husband, gene, last year. It features Harley Ryder, which happens to be the Krash Kitten that I named! See the whole blog post HERE. And apparently, I really like teal, purple and hot pink!


This layout was done for a Kenny K/Smeared & Smudged Blog hop. Check out that post HERE.


I had made this card for a sketch challenge. I love using super bright colors for my Kenny K images, as you can see. This blog post is HERE.


This is a Valentine's Day card that I made for Gene. Again, more with the uber brights. That post is HERE.


Here's my softer side featuring Kenny K's images. I love this card. I made quite a number of them for the Holidays of 2010. See that post HERE.


Here's another card featuring Allura Von D. Here, I had colored her to look like me, as I gave this card to Gene as well. My hair looked just like this at the time. Too bad the body didn't! See that post HERE.


I had a great time making this one. I loved covering my brick wall with graffiti. I thought it really worked with this image. See that post HERE.

So there are some of my faves that I've made using Kenny K images. I really, really hope to get on this team. I know I would have an absolute blast! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Card for Phoenix

Today was a bittersweet day. Phoenix had his Celebration of  Growth (ie: Graduation) in preschool today. I cannot believe that my boy is 5 and moving on to kindergarten in a few short months. It's too much for me to handle! Why is there no way for us to slow down the hands of time??? But before I start to sob all over my keyboard, I wanted to share a card with you that I made for him.

Phoenix loves all things red, white, and blue. He gets so excited when he sees the American Flag. He actually shouts out, "Look! American!" It's really funny. If it's got those 3 colors, he wants it. So I decided to make him a card featuring those 3 colors.

I had gotten the idea for this card from Pinterest. I had seen a card that totally inspired me. Want to see the original? Click HERE. I used my Slice machine to make all of the stars. I just varied the sizes and colors, so this was really simple. And fast!

My paper is from DCWV. And those two patterns? They are actually from the same sheet of paper! I love double sided paper! The ribbon I had just lying around, and my sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. Want to see how excited he was to get his card?

Have you ever seen a kid so happy to get a card??? I sure haven't! Guess I did a good job! ;) I had tears in my eyes when he gave that reaction. I'm so glad I got a photo of it! Thank  you very much for visiting me today. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Skull Appreciation Day 2012!

It's June 4th! Know what that means??? It's Skull Appreciation Day! Today is the day that you can celebrate all things about the cranium! It all started at the Skull-A-Day web site. You can learn all about this fantastic blog, and this fun celebration HERE. I am participating in 2 skull celebration hops. One for Smeared & Smudged, and one for Bombshell Stamps. I played along with the S&S Skull hop last year, and it was loads of fun. Check out that post HERE.

So since I am in 2 hops, I made 2 projects! Both featuring Bombshell Stamps though. They have some fab-u-licious skulls!!! The first project is a card featuring the Sugar Skulls set.

I used the largest stamp in this set, and with Phoenix's direction, I colored it in with lots of bright, cheery colors.

The sentiment is also from the Sugar Skulls set. I tried to keep it very un-goth. No black (except for the outline). All happy colors.

For my next project, I went with a pendant. Now admittedly, this didn't turn out quite as good as I would have hoped. I clear embossed my images (from the Man's Ruin and Homeward Bound sets), and then colored the pendant, which is made of wood, with Distress Inks.

I topped the whole pendant off with Glossy Accents. From this view it looks fine, but when the light hits it a certain way, the images seem to disappear, and it's just a blur of color. I think next time, I won't emboss with clear. I'll use an actual color.

I still like it though. I'll wear it. Perhaps do up the other side differently. I am certainly inspired to experiment more. This was a lot of fun to make, I just wish the end result was a wee bit better. So there are my two projects! I hope you liked them. I always enjoy working with skulls. As I really do appreciate mine. ;)

Now, are you ready for this? It's a super huge hop! Get ready for Smeared & Smudged hop list!
Alison (that's me!)

There are prizes to be won on some of the participants blogs, so be sure to show everyone some love. All of the details will be on Terra's Blog, the first stop of the hop. And for the Bombshell Hop, why not head on over there to see what some of the other team members have created? You are surly going to love everything that you see! Thanks for stopping by! Have a very skully day!!! 


Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's Day 3 of this fabulous collaboration between Simply B Stamps and Make it Crafty! If you've missed anything (though I really hope you haven't!) Here are all of the details.
Make it Crafty and Simply Betty Stamps are really excited to be bringing you the combined Hollywood Release!
Simply Betty Stamps has a range of characters from Betty Monroe, through to Action Chris the movie director!!
Make it Crafty has a range of background scenes perfect to switch and match with your famous characters!!
MiC & SBS Guess that Movie
Of course we are going to have heaps of fun with this theme and June 1st & June 2nd we will be showcasing our stuff and then June 3rd we're bringing you a fun guessing game... Will you be able to guess the movie??  We'll be giving you some clues to help!!
Join us for the two inspiration days and leave a comment along the way for your chance to win a selection of new images.
There will be FOUR winners each day receiving a surprise character with matching background digi stamps.
Then on June 3rd, guess 6 out of 12 movies correctly and you will have a chance to win:  
Grand Prize

A DVD Movie of your choice
PLUS the whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release images.
Second Prize
The whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release!
Can't wait?!!
But we know some of you just can't wait so both Betty and Zoe are offering you 25% off
their Hollywood collections between June 1st and June 3rd!
We hope you have lots of fun with us this weekend!!!

Since it's Day 3, it's time for Guess the Movie! I have to say, mine is pretty easy. So I'm not even going to give you a hint. Some of the other gals are much trickier though! ;)


For this very famous scene, I used Betty Monroe and the Hollywood Stars Sidewalk. I had SO much fun coloring this! It was actually the first of the 3 that I did. 


I very rarely color blonde hair, and I was rather worried that I would get that distinct Marilyn Monroe color wrong. But I think I nailed it! She was done entirely in Copics. But my background was done in colored pencils and a wee bit of watercolor markers. And I used a film cell stamp from the Bombshell Stamps set, Rise and Shine, on my yellow cardstock.


I must say, that I LOVED doing the hops for the past 3 days. And I am really sad to see it come to an end. But, like most good things...right? I hope that you have enjoyed yourself as well! And snagged some sweet new digis in the process! Below is the entire hop list. Please be sure to stop by everyone's blog to show them some love! And don't forget to Guess the Movies! Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!



Saturday, June 2, 2012

SBS and MIC Collaboration: Day 2!

It's Day 2 of the totally rad Simply B Stamps and Make it Crafty collaboration! If you missed anything yesterday (though I don't know how ya could have missed this!), below is all the info you need to know. 

Make it Crafty and Simply Betty Stamps are really excited to be bringing you the combined Hollywood Release!
Simply Betty Stamps has a range of characters from Betty Monroe, through to Action Chris the movie director!!
Make it Crafty has a range of background scenes perfect to switch and match with your famous characters!!
MiC & SBS Guess that Movie
Of course we are going to have heaps of fun with this theme and June 1st & June 2nd we will be showcasing our stuff and then June 3rd we're bringing you a fun guessing game... Will you be able to guess the movie??  We'll be giving you some clues to help!!
Join us for the two inspiration days and leave a comment along the way for your chance to win a selection of new images.
There will be FOUR winners each day receiving a surprise character with matching background digi stamps.
Then on June 3rd, guess 6 out of 12 movies correctly and you will have a chance to win:  
Grand Prize

A DVD Movie of your choice
PLUS the whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release images.
Second Prize
The whole collection of MiC & SBS digi stamp Hollywood release!
Can't wait?!!
But we know some of you just can't wait so both Betty and Zoe are offering you 25% off
their Hollywood collections between June 1st and June 3rd!
We hope you have lots of fun with us this weekend!!!

I am lucky enough to get to participate in all 3 days of hopping! Which I am super stoked about. This collaboration has been so much fun! For today's project, I made a card using SBS' Christian the Dark Hero and MIC's Hollywood City Corner.

Isn't Christian fabulous?! I started off by coloring him in. Then, I took a deeeeeep breath...ok, maybe a few deep breaths...and added the yellow spotlight. No matter how many times I do something like this, it is so nerve wracking to color OVER something that you've worked so hard on! But it was (as always) totally worth it in the end. 


I used watercolor markers and Copics for this card, as per usual. After I finished Christian and the dreaded spotlight, I worked on the background. I used the few grays that I have. I toyed with the idea of throwing some black in the mix, but I decided against it. It looks better in person, there's even a slight hint of blue in the windows, but it's tough to see here. 


I used my Just Rite letter stamper to make up my repeating sentiment of "Hero." And my batty button was just "hanging" around. ;) So what do you think of these past two days? Are you totally loving them? I know I am! I am the final stop on today's hop, but if you've missed anyone, please be sure to go back and leave them some love. Below is the completer list for today. Beware! It's a different list form yesterday! And tomorrow, will be the third and final day of this rad collaboration. Thank you for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!