Friday, June 28, 2013

Patriotic with Dilly Beans

Hello! Time for a new Dilly Beans challenge since it's Friday! Ahhhhh....glorious Friday. I am so looking forward to having my husband home for 2 days. Butt I digress...this week, the challenge is "Patriotic." Here's what I came up with.

I used one of Megan's lovely Big Eye Girls for my card. It's a simple one...I didn't want to go too over the top this time.

I colored her entirely with my Spectrum Noir markers. I added a little bit of Diamond Stickles in the center of the flowers.

It was really hard for me to use so few colors. Not sure why...I enjoy doing monochromatic pieces... but I guess I don't typically work with only red, white, and blue. It's nice to test your boundaries though, right??? So now it's time for you to visit the Dilly Beans challenge blog to see what the rest of the fabulous team has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

From Cute to Creepy

Greetings! Today I am taking a VERY cute Rick St. Dennis image, and making it....well....creepy. I love doing that! A couple of weeks ago, Rick showed us his new image "Cat Nap" in our Facebook group. I thought it was adorable...but I also mentioned that I was sure someone would creep it up in some way. Well, Mo, Glo and I decided to give it a try. Here's what I came up with.

It's not terribly scary, right??? I am rather curious as to what this trio just feasted on.....

I used my Spectrum Noir and Copics to color the image. In the original, the cats' eyes are closed. But I decided to "wake them up" for this 6x6 mini page.

My sentiment originally had the word "delightful," but of course that just wouldn't do here. So I wrote "creepy" on top of it. The senti is from Create with TLC. And my background splotches are from Smeared Ink. Please be sure to visit the Airless Chambers blog where you will be able to check out Glo and Mo's creations. I hope you have liked these cuties transformation to the dark side! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop: "Textures and Layers"

Hello bloggy friends! It's the last Wednesday of the month so that means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month, I challenged the participants to make a project with "Textures and Layers." I made a mini page (6x6) featuring the focal image from the Growing Hearts set.

As you can see, I used lots of layers, and a few textures as well. Here's a closeup of my coloring of the image.

I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers. I looooove the Turquoise set. You can see some of the layers I made with some Spellbinders dies....I embossed them for some added texture.

My second layer of paper (with all the swirly rainbow colors) was a lot of fun to make. My daughter was finger painting last week and I decided to join her. So I painted a big sheet of paper, so that I could cut them up for some projects. It has some lovely texture in it. Plus, I embossed on top of it with my Damask stencil from Dreamweaver, and their White Embossing Paste. You can see I also used a banner from the Bombshell Banner Sayings set.

You can click on any of the images to see them bigger. I had a lot of fun with this. Combining all of the different elements, papers, etc. I hope you like my project! Now it's time for you to hop along! Below is the full hop list. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Citrus Colors with Dilly Beans

Happy Friday! It's time for a new Dilly Beans challenge, and SUMMER VACATION!!!! I am so excited that the kids are officially both done with school for the year! So I'll make this short and sweet so I can go and hang with my kidlings. As I mentioned, this week's challenge is Citrus Colors. I made a tag.

I used Heart Monster 1 #273. I think he is just so cute! I wanted to enter this month's Dreamweaver Stencils challenge again too, so I not only used their Damask stencil, but to fit into their challenge, I used THIS Design Seeds palette (found on Pinterest) as my inspiration.

I colored the Monster with my Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. The background stencils (Stencil Girl and Crafter's Workshop) with Distress Inks, and the Damask stencil with black Embossing Paste (also from Dreamweaver). I used a Care Bears (yes, from the 80's) sentiment, and then I used some eyelash yarn to top off the tag. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Under the Sea with Dilly Beans, and DICC with Bombshell Stamps

My goodness! What a crazy couple of weeks I have had! Board meetings, chairing committees, Moving Up Day, last day of preschool, 10 washer keychain orders, 4 Pampered Chef shows, and I don't even remember what else. Needless to say, I. Am. Tired. And, I forgot to post my Dilly Beans project, so I am posting it today. Also, since it is the 15th, there is a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge, and this time, we are being sponsored by Bombshell Stamps!

The Dilly Beans challenge this week is "Under the Sea." I used Kiki the Mermaid for my tag.

I colored her with watercolor markers and alcohol markers. My background was made by using the Web stencil from Stencil Girl, and buffing Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Ink on to the tag in a random way. Super easy, but I think it alludes to reflecting water. I also created a border with teal stencil glitter.

On to DICC! Here's the itinerary.....
1. Die Cut/ Punch
2. Oriental Item
3. Patterned Paper
4. Gemstones
5. Ribbon/Cording
6. Something Glittery
7. Dry Embossing
8. Spray Mists
9. Teal
10. Sentiment

For my card, I used #'s 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 10. I started off by coloring Bombshell's beautiful Peek-A-Boo Geisha (which is the prize for the next DICC winner!). Then I used a new (for me) Spellbinders die (obsessed with these lately!) and 2 awesome stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils. I used my beloved Houndstooth, and Dragon.

I colored the Geisha with my Spectrum Noir markers. I love how her parasol came out. I also used a banner from Bombshell's Banner Sayings.

This month, over at Dreamweaver's Blog, their challenge is to create a project with something that you found on Pinterest that inspired you. I found THIS beautiful color palette from Design Seeds there.

Please be sure to visit the Dilly Beans Blog and the DICC blog, for more projects by the awesome DTs. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Romeo and Juliet vs. Moulin Rouge: Movie Magic Monthly

Hello! Can you believe it's already June 10th? Seriously, May has flown by faster than any other month this year. Well, since it's the 10th, I have a new Movie Magic Monthly challenge to share with you. This time around it's Romeo and Juliet vs. Moulin Rouge. I went with the former.

I decorated a Travertine tile using Bombshell Stamps' Till Death. Hey! It's on sale...so why not snag it for yourself? It's a great set. Anywho...I thought this image was rather appropriate for Romeo and Juliet.

Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy making these tiles? This baby may just end up in my Etsy Shop.... Now you should pop on over to the Movie Magic Monthly blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Name Your Poison with Bombshell Stamps

Hello again! Today over at the Bombshell Blog, we are celebrating our June Wacky Holiday. This month, it's Name Your Poison Day. What's that, you ask? Allow me to share the following info, courtesy of Holiday Insights.
"Name Your Poison Day is a day to make a choice. The term "Name Your Poison" is commonly used to suggest that you select among a number of options.This term has a negative connotation. The origin of this term is unknown. But, at the time, it probably referred to some unhappy choice. It is commonly used when asking someone what type of alcoholic drink they want. But, it is also used to refer to any choice of options, good or bad. For example, "Name Your Poison" may refer to selecting an ice cream flavor, a dessert choice, etc. Celebrate today by making a decision..... Name Your Poison.

I used Calaveras Fiesta and Tiki Party from Bombshell for this card. I also used this month's Bombshell Sketch as inspiration for the card.

This dud is having a good time. I think I'd like to join him after the hectic week I've had! My "Name Your Poison" background was done with a JustRite alpha stamp.

So why not go ahead and visit the Bombshell Blog to see what some of my fellow Design Team members have created? Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop!!!

Greetings! This is a HUGE day for fans of gothic, dark, and alternative art. It's Skull Appreciation Day! I have participated in this hop since it's inception, and I have really been looking forward to it. You should be coming to me from Domino Art. If not, why not hop over to Terra's Blog, where this creep-tastic hop begins. I made 2 projects for this exciting, yet unusual celebration.

The first is a Step Card. I had a lot of fun with this. The card features images from Rick St. Dennis. I used a LOT of Rick's images for this Step Card. Here's the list: Pirate NayjaGoing, Going, GoneSkuLl with Roses (sans the roses), TreasonMonument,  and I Have My Eye on You from the Smeared & Smudged Rubber Club. All images except for I Have My Eye on You are available in Rick's Etsy Shop

This was quite a time consuming piece...but well worth it! How beautiful is Nayja? She is a stunning pirate!

I have her holding the skull of one of her many victims. All images were colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. You can click on any of my pictures to see it bigger.

Rick's skulls are amazing. I love the detail. All of the cracks and shadows..the expressions. There aren't better skulls out there!


I used an alphabet set from Martha Stewart for my title, and a stencil called Web from Stencil Girl

This trio looks pretty damn miserable, huh? On to a project that is a bit...well...cheerier. It features Calaveras Fiesta from Bombshell Stamps

I made a pair of earrings! I stamped my happy skeletons on Shrinky Dink paper, and used a few alcohol based markers to color them in. I punched a hole in the hands, and shrunk those babies down! It sure is fun to watch them dance while they are shrinking!

I think they are adorable. And they were so simple to make! Now it is time for you to hop along! Your next stop is my friend Donna, who is incredibly talented and sure to wow you! In case you get lost along the way, the entire hop list is posted below. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a creep-tatsic day!






Monday, June 3, 2013

June Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday: Mermaid Anchor

Greetings! It's the first Monday of the month, so that means it's time for me to share the newest Muse Monday for Bombshell Stamps with you. Are you familiar with Muse Monday? Each month, I choose a set of Bombshell Stamps that I want the fabulous Design Team to work with. Each Monday, at least 2 team members will share projects with you using that featured set. Plus, that set will be on sale for the entire month! For June, I wanted to work with Mermaid Anchor. It's a fairly new set for me in my collection, but since I have gotten it...I have used it quite a number of times. I am really enjoying working with it.

I made a mini page (6x6 layout). I am quickly falling in love with making these babies. I colored my images with my Green, Pale Hues and Cool Gray sets from Spectrum Noir.

I was in a green mood today.....wasn't planning on doing a monochromatic page...but it worked out that way. Seems like I am working with unusual colors (or the lack there of) lately.

I used some of the icons and one of the dolphins on my background paper. I clear embossed them for a watermarked effect. I hope you enjoyed my page! Please be sure to visit the Bombshell Blog every Monday for more rad projects featuring Mermaid Anchor. And don't forget to buy your own set this month, while it's on sale! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Bombshell Pin-Up Challenge

Hello! Today, I am sharing the June Bombshell Stamps Pin-Up challenge with you. Sharon Rogers (who I am on DICC with) is our lucky lady, and she decided that we need to use either vellum or transparencies for our project. I made a tag using Butterfly Queen.

Now you see her wings..........................................................

Now you don't!

I used watercolors on a tag, and I cut out 2 pieces of transparency to fit the tag. On the first, I stamped the wings with Staz-On. On the second, I attached my cut and colored Queen. I colored her up with my Spectrum Noirs.

I put all 3 parts together with a simple brad. It's a simple project, but it has a fun element little surprise. How would you like to see more? Or even play along with this cool challenge? Then please visit the Bombshell Blog! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rick St. Dennis x2

Happy June! I have 2 Rick St. Dennis projects to share with you today. The first is for the new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge that Rick happens to be sponsoring. The second is with a brand new freebie that is up on Rick's blog today! First, DICC. Here's the new itinerary.

1. All White
2. Add a circle
3. Lots of Layers
4. Jewels
5. Make an Easel Card
6. Quirky or Humorous Sentiment or Quote
7. Silver
8. Winged Thing
9. Based on a Fairy Tale Book or Movie
10. Use the Sketch (you can see it on the DICC Blog)

I used #'s 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10 for my project. I made another mini page, as I did for the Bombshell Hump Day Hop on Wednesday.

I don't think I have ever done an all white project. Like, ever. But I tell ya...it was fun!

I used Rick's Parum de Morte for this mini page. I shaded it with a few Cool Gray markers from Spectrum Noir. It's tough to see, but the printed paper has the definition of spring repeated on it. I thought it was perfect with this skull.

My sentiment reads "bone appetite" which I thought was funny. It really was fun to work with only white. Who knew I would enjoy a total lack of color? Especially after yesterday's post...with only black and white! But don't worry....there's lots of bold colors in my next piece!

This is Desdemona. She is really sultry. This was a fun card for me because I used one of my favorite color combinations. Teal, purple, and hot pink. With a twist of lime! Hahaha.

Check out those earrings! I wish I had a pair! I don't know what it is about her....but I think Desdemona is in my Top 5 of favorite images from Rick. And you can snag her for free!!!

My banner is from Bombshell Stamps. Please be sure to visit Rick's Blog, plus the DICC Blog, Airless Chambers and Sparkle and Glitter for all things Rick. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!