Friday, September 28, 2012

Dilly Beans Challenge: Fall

Greetings! Fall is officially here, and that is the theme of the challenge this week at Dilly Beans. You may be saying, "But that was what you said last week!" Yeah, it was. There was a teeny mix up in what the challenge was last week, so this week, we are just going with Fall again. Which is good for me, because I love the Fall.


I used Anna framed for this card. I did her hair a little different from how other folks have colored her...I added a bit more hair to her, by coloring in some of the negative space. I also gave her a bit of an ombre look to her hair color...which is so popular with people right now. I'm please with it. Here's a closer look.


Isn't Anna so pretty? I used watercolor markers and Copics to color her in. This is another one of Dilly Beans' "Big Eye Girls" that I love so much.


I took 3 clear rhinestones and hand colored them with an orange Copic. My "Fall" stamp is from Hero Arts, and I inked it up with Distress Inks. I hope you like my newest Fall card. Now it's time for you to head over to the Dilly Beans Blog to see what the rest of the DT has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September Bombshell Hump Day Hop: Let's Hear it for the Girls!

It's the last Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means. It's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! Last month, it was all about the boys... well this month, in anticipation of October, the theme is "Let's Hear it for the Girls!" This theme is a little more specific than last month's though. I wanted the participants to create a project which could be sent to someone in October which is (here in the States) Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So let's Think Pink!


 I recently acquired the All My Heart set from Bombshell and this is the first opportunity I have had to use it. I thought that it would be perfect for the message we were trying to convey this month.


I colored this heart with watercolor markers and Copics. The color is a bit off from what it looks like in real life....but you get the idea.


The die cut ribbon is from Sizzix, and the corrugated cardboard was a great find that my mom gave me. I punched the stars out of metallic gold paper as well as using it for the large circle under the heart. It really shimmers! So this is a pretty different look from what I normally do for Bombshell. I am tempted even now to add a bit more "stuff" but I don't want it to become garish.
There are 16 total stops on this hop! The full list is below. So you better get going. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Thank You Card Featuring Dilly Beans

Happy Monday! I wanted to share a new Dilly Beans project with you today. I totally love the image I used...and I think you will like it too! I used #453 Daisy Girl Framed.


Seriously, isn't she beautiful? I love her big eyes....and actually, Dilly Beans has a ton of wonderful images featuring the "Big Eye Girls." Just do a search for them HERE.


I totally loved coloring her. And I can assure you, you will see her again soon, colored up differently. I used watercolor markers and Copics. The "thank you" is also from Dilly Beans.


I don't know what it is about this card...but I am so happy with it. I guess it's just a combination of everything. But yeah, to toot my own horn for once, I think it rocks. And it's not even scary! Hahahaha!
So have you checked out the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog? Click HERE to stop by and say hello! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dilly Beans Challenge: Fall

My favorite season is certainly Fall. The colors, the smells, the anticipation of the upcoming holidays. Spring is beautiful, and I love the heat of summer (not really a fan of winter)...but the fall is full of magic. So I was very happy when I found out the the new Dilly Beans challenge for this week was simply "Fall." What a wonderful challenge, right? Here's what I made, using "Emily Framed."


I am so in love with Megan's framed images. This is one of many that are in one. And I find that taking these images and making a card with them is such a simple and quick process, because of that frame.


Isn't Emily pretty? I loved coloring her eye, and her beautiful hair, of course! She was colored with watercolor markers and Copics. Incidentally, my deep orange watercolor marker is rather juicy...and I cut the image out before it dried. Well, some orange got on my finger and I touched some of my tri-colored background! There was no way to hide/fix it...so I went with it. Smudging my orange fingerprint here and there to make it look as though it was done on purpose. But you won't share my dirty little secret, will you? ;)


What do you think of my leaves? Aren't they cool? I love anything that's holographic...since I was a kid. So when I found these in my stash, I was very excited. It was hard not to use the whole package, but I thought simplicity was key for this card. My sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.
So won't you play along with the Dilly Beans gals? We would love to see what you come up with for this Fall challenge! Head over to the Challenge Blog for all the details, and to see what the rest of the DT created. And then, visit the shop to snag some of the beautiful framed images from Dilly Beans. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September Pin-Up Challenge: Paint Splatter

Hello! It is time to share the September Pin-Up Challenge from Bombshell Stamps. This month, Lizzie, our Pin-Up of the month, challenged us to use paint splatter on our projects. This was SO up my alley!!! I love to splatter paint!


I decided to work with one f my newer (for me) sets, Girl's Ruin. This was so much fun for me. I started off by stamping the focal image from Girl's Ruin twice. The first version, I colored only the Bombshell's skin and tights. The second (which I had separated from everything else so that I wouldn't ruin any other images with paint), I went to town with.


I chose three colors (very 80's combo, don'tcha think?), and splattered the whole thing with a fan brush. I had so much fun flicking and spattering paint everywhere! When I was happy with my splatter, and it was totally dry, I cut out the large shoe, her bikini top, and her teeny shoe. I kept them attached to each other. This was actually a pretty easy cutting job considering some of the "fussy cutting" (I really hate that term) that I do. Then I just glued this cut out piece to the one I originally colored.


I found some of my favorite mulberry paper (so soft, and the colors rock!), added some teal cardstock that I added a background stamp to, purple ink, a star button, brads, staples, and Liquid Pearls in Platinum. This was super fun, especially since I am usually rather intimidated by paper piecing. But with this particular image, it is so easy. I will need to do it again sometime.
So, don't you want to get painty with the Bombshells? Then link up your projects to today's blog post. Run over to the Bombshell Blog for all the details. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Talk Like a Pirate Day! ...almost

Arrgh! It's almost Talk like a Pirate Day! It's actually tomorrow....but we gals from Bombshell Stamps wanted to start celebratin' a day early! Bring on the grog! Here's what Blog Captain Glittery Katie said on the Bombshell Blog:
Arrrrrr me hearties! Third Mate Katie here to tell ye craft lubbers all 'bout the international celebration of the bestest folk thar be...yes PIRATES cos September 19th be Talk Like Pirate Day !!
As ye can prolly tell it's all about a thinkin', a doin' and most 'portantly a talkin' like a pirate!
We 'ere at Bombshell Stamps do be a LOVIN' our Pirates and all things Piratey!!!!
So 'ere be some projects that we've been a creatin', all inspired by 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'.
I 'ope ye be feelin' proper piratey now and you be joining us in some Pirate Craftin'!!

So what did I make??? A card inspired by an old pirate's map.


Look ma, no colors! I kept it ultra neutral. Which was hard, since I love to use bright colors. I started off by tearing a speckled cream cardstock to fit on to my kraft card. Then I stamped the Pirate from A Pirate's Life, from none other than Bombshell Stamps. I added the sentiment, and inked up my Mini Punchinella stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. Then, I crumpled it up.


I uncrumpled, and began to ink, ink, and ink some more. I stamped out the ship (from the same set) and punched it out. Pop dotted it too, for even more yummy dimension on my card.


I inked the edges of the card, and added a layer of Pirate's Gold embossing powder to the top and bottom of the card.. No, really! That's what it's called! Pretty appropriate, huh? And that's pretty much it. It came together pretty quick. I guess that's what happens when you don't color anything! :) Now be sure to visit the rest of the Bombshells over at the Bombshell Blog. There are some awesome creations over there, and yer sure to be talkin' like 'em scallawags by the time yer through! Now...where did I put me grog? 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

DICC #38 with Delicious Doodles

Hello! It''s the 15th of the month! So it's time for another challenge with the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge! This itinerary has been sponsored by Delicious Doodles. Here is the Itinerary for today's challenge:

  1. Black
  2. Red
  3. Roses
  4. Creepy Crawlers
  5. Skulls
  6. Vampires
  7. Monsters
  8. Texture
  9. Webs
  10. Die Cuts

I had the privilege of using Black Widow from Delicious Doodles. I am not a fan of spiders, so this immage totally creeped me out! But, I love Teri's images, so how could I not be excited to use her? I used numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 from the itinerary.


I colored her (with advise from Phoenix) with my watercolor markers and my Copics. It's tough to see the shading I did on her pale skin, but it's there! And once again, my purples look terrible on camera.


I used one of my favorite texture plates from Fiskars...the web. Yeah, I hate spiders, but their webs are beautiful. And I rubbed some metallic purple on the web to show off the texture. Would you like to see what the rest of the DT created for this itinerary? Then head on over to the DICC blog

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dilly Beans Challenge: Robots

Greetings! It is my first official challenge as a Design Team member of Dilly Beans! I am so excited! And I LOVE this challenge! Robots! Have you seen the wonderful robot images that the super talented Megan has created? They rock! I chose to work with Sprocket's Heart Framed.


Seriously. How fab is this robot? Robots are great for boy's cards....and it is often pretty tough to find a cool image for boys. Well, any of the robots from Dilly Beans will certainly be perfect!


I colored this guy in with watercolor markers and Copics. It's tough to see, but the background fades from a cool, pale pink to a soft blue-green. I loved coloring this image, and Phoenix has asked me to print one out for him too. I can't wait to see what he does with it. The "smooches" is from one of the Lil' Grumpies sets from Smeared Ink.


I hope you will play along with this fun challenge. You have until Thursday to do so. Full details are on the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog, where you can also see what the other Designers created. You are in for a real treat when you visit! I love being on this team so much already! Thanks for stopping by.. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 2012 Bombshell Sketch Challenge

Hello! It's time for a new Sketch Challenge from Bombshell Stamps. I really liked this one. It had a lot of layers. I could see using many, many sets for this sketch, but I chose to work with 2. I simplified it a bit, but I do like the original a lot. Here's the sketch.



I flipped the sketch on it's side, and changed the positioning of the sentiment.


I like having these hot rods together. It reminds me of the car shows I frequent. I colored them up with my usual mix of watercolor markers and Copics. I was a little worried about picking our coordinating papers, but I think I found some rally good ones! And as per usual, my purples didn't photograph properly. Man, that makes me crazy! They look so blue in the pictures.


Now I am in the mood to go to a car show!


So what do you think of the latest sketch? Why not play along? If you do, you have the chance at winning a set of Bombshells for yourself! Head on over to the Bombshell Blog for all the deets, and to see what some of the other DT Members created! And remember, you only have until September 14th to submit to Bombshell to become a Pin-Up! So hurry! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm on the Dilly Beans DT!

I am SO excited! I have been asked to join the Dilly Beans Design Team! I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to be on such a rad team. In my little world, things have been a little off-kilter lately, and this was just the boost I needed. To all of my new pals over on the Dilly Beans DT, especially Megan, the owner, thank you for having me!
So for my first project since joining the team, I used Big Eye Girl #181. She is in one of Megan's fabulous frames that Dilly Beans is so known for.


Isn't she great? I love the creepy-cool-cute look so many of the the Dilly Beans images have. And I am so loving the frame. It helped my card come together so fast.


I colored her with watercolor markers and Copics. And the fabulous little sentiment is also from Dilly Beans.


I got to break out my beloved Drippy Goo punch from Martha Stewart. I think I will be using it quite a bit with these images. And lots of Halloweenie schtuff!
I'll be participating in the next Dilly Beans Challenge on Friday. Can't wait to share that project with you! Until then, why not check out the Dilly Beans Etsy Shop, and snag some of these babies for yourself? Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

DICC #37: Sponsored by Doodle Garden

I cannot believe it. It is officially September 1st. Summer is over, my kids (plural!) are going to be going to school soon. And I will be at home crying. Literally. Thank goodness my daughter only goes in two times a week! Yeah, the quiet time will be nice for me, but man! I am going to miss my babies so much!
So since it is the first of the month, I have a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge to share with you. This itinerary was created by Suzi. We have been sponsored by Doodle Garden this time around.


  1. Plaid/Tartan
  2. Books
  3. Pens & Pencils - as embellishments or to colour with!!
  4. Alphabet
  5. Numbers
  6. Apple for the Teacher
  7. Something New 
  8. Let's Play
  9. Anything but a Card
  10. Bright Colours 


I used numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, and 10. I made this for my Girl. I know she will love it. And, as is often the case, Phoenix helped me choose the colors for her outfit. Which is totally something Rhiannon would wear. He knows his sister's taste so well!  

I colored this cutie with my watercolor markers and my Copics. And my squiggle background was done with a Fiskars texture plate and Crayola pencils. Hell yeah! I went old school! But not for nothing (and I have said this before) Crayola pencils rock. They are awesome pencils. 

I didn't want to get too fussy with this card. I thought simplicity was better here. It's very Rhiannon. I know she will like it. And I hoe she loves school as much as I think she will. She already adores her teacher, so that's a huge plus. Ok....before I get all sniffly and sad, go and visit the rest of the DICC gals to see what they created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!