Friday, May 31, 2013

Black and White with Dilly Beans

Hello! It's Friday (hooray!), so I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week's theme is Black and White. We have a new rule, starting this week. You MUST use a Dilly Beans image to play along. Full details will be on the Dilly Beans challenge blog. Now...here' my card.

I was a little worried about this challenge, as I really do love to use color. But this was a lot of fun!!! I want to make more projects that are just black and white!

I used one of Megan's fabulous Big Eye Girls for this card. I used only black and 2 shades of gray (from Spectrum Noir) to color her in. Oh. And I used a white pen from Sakura  here and there too.

I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and a sentiment from Inkadinkado. The rest was just scraps I had laying around. All in all, this card came together very quickly, which I was thrilled about. What do you think of the lack of color? How about playing along with us this week? Just visit the Dilly Beans challenge blog to play, and you will get to see lots more inspiration from the amazing DT. And, in honor of the new "Dilly Beans Only" rule, Megan has decided to have a BOGO sale on all digis Saturday and Sunday. Again, check out the blog for all of the deets.  Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May Hump Day Hop: Banners

Greetings, bloggy friends! It's the last Wednesday in May, so that means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month, I chose "Banners" for the theme. I thought this was a pretty simple one, as so many of the Bombshell sets come with really rad banners. The participants could also make their own banners...or if they really felt like being creative, to make a banner as their project. I decided to try something kind of new. Instead of making a card, or a scrapbook page...I made a mini 6x6 layout, with no photos. I think that I will make a whole book of these mini pages. It's not really art journaling, and not exactly scrapbooking...but it's fun, and I like it...so there ya go!

Let me start iff by saying that the yellows look rather garish in my photos, but I promise, they look much better in real life. And the tones of my background paper are a bit brighter in real life too. For my mini page, I used Mermaid Treasure, Homeward Bound, and Ahoy Sailor (the little ship wheel).

I colored all of my elements with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. I just love putting the ship with that mermaid. They go so well together. I have 2 banners on my mini page. The "Homeward Bound" banner, and one that I made with a Spellbinders die. I spelled out "sail" with a clear stamp set I have.

I used one of my favorite Dreamweaver Stencils, the Houndstooth background. I am entering this mini page into their current challenge, which is "Tiny Treats." You can get all of the deets about that challenge HERE. I also used a fabulous bead/sequins mixture that Kathi gave me, for added texture...along with some corrugated cardstock.  That's it for me! Below is the full hop list. Happy hopping!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Muse Monday: Week 4- Ahoy Sailor

Hello! It's Week 4 for Muse Monday over at Bombshell Stamps. I have been enjoying this month's featured set, which is Ahoy Sailor, so much, that I wanted to play again. Did you know, that you could snag the featured set on sale??? You better hurry! The month is almost up...which means a new set will be on sale in June!

I decided to make a tag. I also decided to play along with Ms. May's Pin-up challenge! You can check out that post HERE.

I used a faaaaaabulous embossing folder on my tag, and then some gold rubby stuff to highlight the embossed areas. I used 2 Spellbinders dies for the anchor and mat. The rest is pretty obvious. :) I hope you've liked my tag. Please be sure to stop by the Bombshell Blog to see what else has been created for Muse Monday. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunscreen Protection Day: Bombshell Wacky Holidays

Greetings! At Bombshell Stamps, we like to enjoy the sillier side of things from time to time. Which is why we started celebrating wacky holidays. I get all of my info from Holiday Insights. And boy, do they have a lot of information when it come to out of the ordinary celebrations. This month, e are celebrating Sunscreen Protection Day. Because really, those bombshells need to keep their skin looking beautiful! Here's what I learned about the day.

Sunscreen Protection Day is always celebrated on May 27th, but since we have Muse Monday tomorrow, we decided to get the festivities underway a day early. The day is said to bring awareness about how important it is to protect you and your loved one's skin from the harmful rays of the sun. This is even important on cloudy days. So always use SPF 15 or more, people!


I used several Bombshell Stamps sets for this card. I used Hula Girl, and new to me, Hawaiian Girl and Tiki Party. Please take note of the fact that my girls are nice an fair. They are wearing like SPF 75!

Everything was colored with alcohol inks. Mostly Spectrum Noirs with a few Copics thrown in.

I've got to say, it's a lot of fun piecing together little scenes with my Bombshells. Have you ever given it a try?  I hope you will be wearing your sunscreen today, and everyday! Would you like to see more projects that celebrate this wacky holiday? Then please go visit the Bombshell Blog to see what some of the other DT members have created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dots with Dilly Beans

Greetings and salutations! Today I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week, our challenge is "Dots." When Megan first told us about the challenge, I immediately knew which image i wanted to work with.


I used one of Megan's adorable bug girls. Isn't she cute? I love all of the Dilly Beans' Big Eye Girls.

I colored her with alcohol markers, and glittered up her wings with Stickles. I also used some black cardstock that I had sprayed with Memory Mists Iridescent spray from Dreamweaver Stencils.

You can really see the sparkle and glimmer here. Love that spray! It changes color depending on the angle. I hope you will play along with this week's challenge. Please be sure to stop by the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Till Death...

Greetings! Happy Monday! I have a Bombshell Stamps card to share with you today. And I made it, just to make it. No challenges, no requirements. Just somethin' I felt like doing. And boy, sometimes that feels so good.

I worked with Till Death, which is a fabulous set. And, it's on sale! The set has some really great elements. I especially love the swallow holding the banner that says "True Love" Hey, did you know that this month's hop theme is Banners? How about you join us? Most of the Bombshell sets come with some type of banner, so making a project for this theme is easy! And even if you don't have any of our sets, you can still play! How? Sign up for the newsletter, and then you will have access to FREE digis! At least one of those sets have a banner, so you have no excuse to not play! Just visit THIS link to sign up.

I colored the image with alcohol markers, after stamping it with Memento ink. I enjoyed coloring the skull a lot. I like to experiment with different colors to make bone look like...well...bone.

I used a Stencil Girl "Web" stencil for my background. Inked up with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. And several fun paper scraps that I had. I am so loving the black glitter paper.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Anything Goes with Dilly Beans!

Greetings! Today I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week, it's Anything Goes, but you MUST use a Dilly Beans image. Here's my project.

I used Megan's Happy Day Framed #542. I colored this pretty flower with alcohol and watercolor markers.

Yeesh...this picture is washed out! I kept the card pretty clean and simple. Sometimes you just don't need a ton of layers and distressing.


As a side note, I am very excited to say that I was one of the lucky winners of a $10 gift certificate for a Sweet Pea Stamps layout that I did. It's called Look Alikes, and you can check it out HERE. I am super stoked that I was one of the chosen winners.
Now, it's time for you to create a fabulous project with Dilly Beans! Have fun with it! And be sure to visit the Dilly Beans blog to see what the rest of the DT has come up with for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DICC #54: Mad for Markers

Greetings! I have a short post for you today, as the time has been simply flying by. The latest Desert Islands Crafters Challenge is up and awaiting your entries. This time around, we are sponsored by Mad for Markers by Sammi. Here is the itinerary.
1. The color blue
2. Distressing
3. Doodling
4. Washi Tape
5. Texture 
6. Bling
7. Dots
8. A critter or 2
9. Fabric
10. White Accents
Remember, you need to use at least 3 things from the itinerary. I used #'s 1, 2, 3, and 8.

The cute little crab is one of a few digis Sammi created specifically for DICC. I paired the little guy up with a palm tree from the Bombshell Stamps set, Hawaiian Girl. Everything was colored with alcohol markers, and I used Distress Inks, and a brown pen for my doodling.

I hope you will play along with us! Please be sure to visit the DICC blog to check out the rest of the great DT creations. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ace of Swords and Playing Catch Up

Greetings, and Happy Mother's Day!I have 2 projects to share with you today. The first is an ATC for the latest Wicked Wednesday challenge, and the other is a card for the new Movie Magic Monthly challenge. Yeah...I am a couple of days late with posting that one. Sorry! Life really got in the way this week.

I am making more and more ATC's lately, as I sometimes only have time to make something teeny. And I think I am getting better at them! The Wicked Wednesday challenge this week is Tarot Symbols. I thought this Rick St. Dennis image, called Monument was just perfect for the Ace of Swords.

The Ace of Swords symbolizes the beginning of a conquest that will eventually be successful. Obviously,the bearer of this sword was successful. I thought that this card was a good one for me to make, as i am looking to be more successful in some of my conquests. Hopefully, the energy I put into it will help me. The image is colored with alcohol inks, and I used a Stencil Girl stencil for my background.

The newest Movie Magic Monthly challenge is Star Wars vs. Star Trek. What a fabulous challenge, right? Hopefully, if things go my way...I will have several projects to share with you this month, as I love both Star Wars and Star Trek. I used this image from Mayzy Art. Isn't it great?

I used alcohol markers for this image as well. And look! I managed to find Star Wars paper!

I will be giving this card to my Mom today, as she is a H-U-G-E Star Wars fan. Well, anything Sci-Fi in general....but the Wars and the Trek especially. I have something else to share with you....but it's a creation by my littlest sister, Monica.

Monica has a company called Subtle Nerd. If you love geekery-ware from video games, movies, and TV shows....but you don't want it to scream...then my sister's creations are for you. She makes amazing jewelry, and is starting to create sick dresses. Show off your inner geek....subtly. So this is one of her newest creations, and I freaking love it. Check out the beautiful Blue Goldstone beads she used! Check out her stuff. You'll love it. She does custom work s well. HERE is her main website.
I hope you like the offerings I have shared with you today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pirates! In the Nick of Time!

Talk about working until the last moment! Holy cow....I have been planning on making this project for a while now...but was only able to create it literally 3 hours before the submissions closed. Ok..I guess I need to back up and explain myself. This is what happens when I have a migraine. Sweet Pea Stamps was having a call for layouts using their beautiful images. And I had to participate! So I did.....but once wasn't enough! You were actually allowed to submit up to 3 layouts. But, as time would have it...I only am going to be able to do 2. I'll make the 3rd eventually...I even printed out the photos. But it will have to wait.

My family and I threw my mom a surprise party a few years back. Looking at the age of my kidlings in these photos, it was almost 4 years ago! My mom is just plain nuts about pirates. And we have actually thrown her a couple of pirate parties. So this was one of them.

Look at how teeny my babies are!!! To set off these photos, I used ching-chou kuik's Unregrettable Pirate Life. I colored her with alcohol and watercolor markers.

She's so pretty. I have used this stamp a number of times. She's a favorite of mine.

Check out that treasure chest cake that my sister Pam made! Isn't it amazing?! And it was SO yummy!

Thanks for checking out my page. Sorry this post is all kinds of wacky. I feel awful, but I wanted to get this page made and submitted to the contest. Now that it's done, I feel a bit better. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Bombshell's May Sketch and Muse Monday

Greetings! I have 2 Bombshell projects to share with you today. The first is the Sketch Challenge for May. I used one of the newest (for me) sets, Growing Hearts.

I had a good time coloring this image. Isn't it fun to get new stamp sets? I colored the woman and my banner with my watercolor markers.

She looks so serene. I also used one of the banners from Banner Sayings and the sentiment if from Rose's Portrait.  Did you know that Banner Sayings is on sale right now? It is a wonderful set...for more than just Bombshells!

On to Muse Monday. This month, I chose to have the Design Team work with Ahoy Sailor. Another new to me set. I decided to make a tag.

My mom loves this set, so I think I will give her this tag, and make her a few more things for her.

She is colored with watercolor and alcohol markers, and I inked a bit of blue and Pumice Stone (Distress Ink) on top of the image. For the tag itself, I stamped the small icons from the Ahoy Sailor set with embossing ink, embossed the images with clear powder, and then inked on top of the tag with Distress Ink. Then, I spritzed it with some Stormy Weather Memory Mist.

I added a star button, and some eyelash yarn, and then I was finished. It's a pretty simple tag, but I like it. Be sure to visit the Bombshell Blog to see more interpretations of this month's Sketch Challenge and Muse Monday. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 3, 2013

For Mom: with Dilly Beans

Hello hello! I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week, the challenge is "For Mom." So I chose to work with one of Megan's Big Eye Girl images.

This is "Girl and Butterfly #336." I used only shades of blue, and of course skin tones for her. And it was fun to do the monochromatic thing.

I used only alcohol markers for this image. I loved coloring her big eye.

I used a simple die-cut font for the "mom" and layered 2 flowers. Pretty simple, but pretty. What would you make for your mom? I know that my mom loves the Big Eye Girls, so she is going to love this card! Would you like to see what the rest of the DT made? Then head over to the Dilly Beans challenge Blog to see! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An Undead Scottsman with DICC

Happy May 1st! I have a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge to share with you. This time, we are sponsored by Rick St. Dennis. Here's the itinerary.

1. Skulls
2. Snakes
3. Roses
4. Gingham/Plaid
5. Emboss it
6. Recycle it
7. Glitter it
8. Black and White + 1 Color
9. Fibers
10. Angels

When I first saw this itinerary, I pictured an undead Sctottsman playing bagpipes, that were turning into snakes. I don't know...I guess I was having residual thoughts of the amazing St. Patty's Day parade we went to. LOTS of Irishman in kilts playin' those amazing pipes. So why did I think of a Scottsman? Probably because our very own Suzi is from Scotland! I know...my mind works in strange ways... Anyway. Since Rick is sponsoring this challenge, I decided to ask him if he would draw my odd character. Well, and hour and a half after I sent the request, I got EXACTLY what I had imagined! Actually, he is even better than I imagined!

Isn't he AMAZING?! I saw him and wondered how Rick got into my brain and pulled out what I envisioned!

I colored him with alcohol markers. And I had a lot of fun doing it! My journaling is simply about the itinerary, and the story behind this creep-tastic fella. I used a couple of stencils on my background. The rose is from Dreamweaver and the web is from Stencil Girl.

Now it's time for you to head off into the sunset. But please be sure to visit the DICC blog to see what the rest of the team came up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!