Saturday, August 31, 2013

Anya Glam Vamp and The Countess

I have two vampire projects today! One of my favorite subjects. The first is for a special Rick St. Dennis post on the Airless Chambers Blog.   The second  is for this month's Smeared and Smudged Freaky Freebie Challenge.

Say hello to The Countess. As soon as I got her, I knew I wanted to pair her with the fantastic Spider Web stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I used their fantastic silver embossing paste to get the image on to my black cardstock.

I colored The Countess with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I hope you can see the dimension of the silver web. In person, it's really shiny! Now on to my S&S tag.

This is Anya from the Glam Vamps collection. It has been one of my favorite sets of Smeared Ink's since I was on the Smeared & Smudged DT. So when I saw that Anya was this month's challenge, I needed to play.

Again, I used my Spectrum Noirs to color in the image. Then I dripped on some Candy Apple Glimmer Mist on to the tag.

Last, I added the "Suck It" with a Just Rite Alpha stamper and the cool red yarn for a tassel. Quick and simple, but I like it. I hope you have enjoyed my offerings for today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Journal or Scrapbook with Dilly Beans

Hello! It's Friday, so it's time for a new challenge with Dilly Beans! This week, we want you to journal or scrapbook with us! This challenge made me very happy, since I have now made 2 whole layouts this month! Woah! Go me! At this rate...I may actually make an album by the end of the year. Hahaha.

My husband and I throw a Summer Party every year for our kids. Their birthdays are in December, so it's hard to throw a big bash for them unless we have it somewhere. And we prefer to party at home. SO this year, the theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which was a big hit, by the way). So if you will notice Phoenix's Shirt (made by my sister Pam), and Pam's headband, it's fabric using the art from the book. Rhiannon's dress also uses this fabric, but you'll have to wait until I make another layout to see it. :)

I used Halloween Skellie Framed for this page. I matched his lollipop to the Eric Carle lollipop- you can see it on Phoenix's shirt. The kids picked out all of the colors for this image, and i think they did a great job!

That's my sister Monica. I took this picture of the layout so that you could see the pretty blue foil circles that are on this DCWV paper. I thought it was perfect with the dotty fabric! I am now in such a mood to scrap the rest of the pics I printed from this little bash. So you may be seeing some more layouts (hopefully!) soon. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Dilly Beaners on the DT Blog, and give 'em some love. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop: Cowboys and Indians!

Hello Bloggy Friends! It's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month, I chose the theme "Cowboys and Indians," which is easy since there are so many Bombshell stamps (rubber and digi!) that fit this category. My project for today features the Indian Princess set.

I decided to stamp her on an old page from a book. I then colored her completely with Distress Inks and Cut-N-Dry Nibs (I love those little suckers).

The colors I used were Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint Festive Berries, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Black Soot and Pumice Stone.

I also used one of the beeeee-utiful feathers that comes in the set to make the background on my card base. I embossed it with Queen's Gold, from Ranger. Gives just the right amount of shine. Now it's time for you to hop along! Below is the full list of participants. Please be sure to visit each one and show them some love. Thanks for topping by, and have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two For Tuesday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Two-For Tuesday Blog Hop! The Bombshell Girls and Pin-ups are thrilled to join forces with Altered Pages Artsociates to hold a huge blog hop that showcases Bombshell Stamps together with digital backgrounds from Altered Pages! Here's a little blurb about Altered Pages.
At Altered Pages we Hope to Alter YOUR Creativity ~ so join us in the adventure!  We pride ourselves on providing the BEST customer service possible!   Find Collages, inks, papers, art tools, doo-dads, paints, Gelatos, embellishments. and so much more at ALTEREDPAGES.COM. Our Design Team will take you to new levels of inspiration with projects and Kits available for purchase.   Join our newsletter for specials and deals!  Follow our Blog to win prizes and join challenges!

I used Halloween ATCs along with my beloved Bombshell, Pirate's Life. I also used the Hat from Holiday Accessory and the little Bone Element from Sugar Skulls. I decided to print the Altered Pages images small so that I could use them as a cool patchworked background. And of course, the Pirate makes the perfect witch!

I colored my Witch/Pirate with my Spectrum Noir markers and one orange Copic. I embossed the Bone Element for a bit o' dimension, and my black background has been sprayed with Iridescent Memory Mist from Dreamweaver.

 I really like my background, with all of those little vintage images. This is a fabulous image sheet that I will certainly be using again! Now, on to the fine print of the hop....

HOP RULES:   Our rules are simple, simply hop and stop by each participant's blog, become a follower, and leave them some love by way of a comment. HOP PRIZES: There will be two randomly drawn winners from those who follow the above rules and join the fun. Prize One A sponge brush, silly sticks, a tube of acrylic paint, and a stencil from Altered Pages PLUS  Bombshell's Hula Girl stamp set. Prize Two A Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Set and Gold Leafing and Tape from Altered Pages PLUS Bombshell's Wild Horses stamp set. Winners will be announced Tuesday September 3. Your next stop on the hop is Roni Johnson's Blog! Here's the blog hop order in case you get lost or feel like hopping around randomly!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Inspirational Quotes with Dilly Beans

Greetings! It's Friday so it's time for a new challenge at Dilly Beans. This week, we want you to use an inspirational quote on your project. Since we just went on our road trip, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to start scrapbooking the many photos I took.

I really love Megan's turtles. I love all the pretty details she adds to their shells. And of course, this turtle was perfect for these photos of my kidlings.

I used watercolors to paint the image. It was nice to play with something other than markers. The piece behind the turtle was done with the Stone Wall from Dreamweaver Stencils. I also used their black embossing paste and 2 of their Metallic F/X to get this look.

My inspirational quote reads, "Try to be like the turtle- at ease in your own shell," by Bill Copeland. I love this quote! It's what I try to teach my children. So I hope you will play along with us this week. Please be sure to visit the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Be An Angel: Wacky Holiday with Bombshell Samps

Hello! Did you know that today is Be an Angel Day? This is a day that we are encouraged to do acts of kindness, and just be...well nice to others. So I thought it would be fun to do a Bombshell interpretation of this. Here's my card.

I used Cherry Bomb and All My Heart for this project. I love the wings from All My Heart, and I liked the position of the Cherry Bomb gal, so I knew this would be a fun combination.

I used some Stickles and glitter embossing powder for the wings. I also used Stickles on her eyes, flower and shoe. I used a beautiful stencil from Dreamweaver for my background too. It's called Thinking of You and can be found HERE.

I get all of the wacky holidays for Bombshell from Holiday Insights. It's a fun site that has a ton of silly celebrations sure to make you giggle. A couple of the other Bombshells created projects for Be an Angel day, so why not stop by the Bombshell Blog to see their offerings? Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chromatic Craze #2

Greetings! It's the 20th of the month, so it's time for me to share the second ever Chromatic Craze challenge! The rules are simple. Use 3 or 4 of the given colors in the palette, with minimal other colors. Black, white, and skin tones are fine though. here's this month's palette.

I decided to go with another jewelry project, like I did last month. I made a pair of earrings.

My orange looks a bit dark in my photos, but it's a pretty, shimmery metallic. The earrings have a lot of movement, so they really show off each of the beads.

So what do you think of the newest colors? Aren't they pretty? I would love to see your project! So please be sure to not only visit the rest of the Chromatic Craze gals over at the blog, but be sure to link up your creation. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Christmas in August and a Silver Tree

Hello Blog Land! Today I have 2 new projects to share with you. I needed to take a few moments and just play....just make a bit of a mess with very little criteria. And I plan on playing some more this weekend.

I am excited to share with you that I will once again be a Guest Designer over at the Dream it UP! blog for Dreamweaver Stencils. I am so thrilled and honored to have another opportunity to work with such a talented team. And what's more, is that I am a GDT in October! My favorite month of the year! It's going to be fantastic! So, in honor of my total excitement over this, both of my projects today feature Dreamweaver Stencils. The first is to go with their month-long challenge of Christmas in August.

I used the beautiful Fleur de Lis Stencil for my focal piece. I used black Embossing Paste (from Dreamweaver) to get a raised image. Then, I sprinkled Dreamweaver Metallic FX in Kimono Red and Ivy Green on top of the wet paste and let it dry.

You can see the pretty dimension and shimmer here. I had this little wooden oval in my stash, so I painted it, stamped on "25th" plus the swirls, and glittered in up with embossing powder. I used the same powder on the edge of my card.

For my other project, I made a tag. I have been having a lot of fun making these lately, and this one came out really pretty.

I started by inking my tag with various cool-toned dye based inks. Then, I used Silver Embossing Paste along with the HUGE Leafless Tree stencil. Obviously, I only used a small portion of the tree, as the full tree is almost the size of my hand!

I was going to leave the tag as-is, but I thought it needed a little sparkle. So I wet embossed some glitter embossing powder around the edge of the tag, and along some of the branches. This tag kind of reminds me of a snowy Winter's morning.

Can I just mention that it is really hard to photograph glitter? Trust me, it's there. If you click on any of my pics, you will see it bigger, and then see the glitter a bit better. I hope you have enjoyed my projects.I will have plenty more Dreamweaver projects to share with you even before my GDT spot begins again. I just love all of their products. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Little Monsters with Dilly Beans

Happy Friday, folks! Today I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week, the challenge is Little Monsters. LOVE this theme, as Megan has so many fabulous little monsters available. Here's what I came up with.

I used Stitched Monster Framed. Doesn't he just have the sweetest expression? For a stitched up monster, I mean. ;)

I colored him wiht my Spectrum Noir markers. I experimented for the first time with washi tape here! Now I get why everyone loves it so much! I'm hooked.

My sentiment says "Ready for my closeup." Doesn't it almost remind you of a class portrait? So.....last week I was on vacation. And i thought my post uploaded....but I never actually checked. I guess I should have, huh? But, I was having a helluva great time with my family! So, here's my Monochromatic card from last week.

She's so sweet! I love her hair. I hope you liked my offerings. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Bombshell Muse Monday: Growing Hearts

Hello friends! It's the first Monday of the month, so it's time to share this month's Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday. I chose to feature Growing Hearts this month. I think this is an really unique set, and since I have gotten it, I have really fallen in love with it! I decided to make a pendant with some of the smaller images.

I first painted the wooden tag with acrylic paint, and then I stamped the images with Memento ink. I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. Then, I sealed the tag with a clear acrylic sealer. Super simple!

This image of the anatomical heart is what really drew me to this set. I think it is so pretty. Would you like to see more with this set? Then be sure to visit the Bombshell Blog each Monday for the entire month. Plus! The Growing Hearts set is on sale for the entire month, so this is the perfect time for you to get it for yourself. Thanks for stopping by. Have an   inspiring day!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August Bombshell Pin-Up Theme!

Hello Bloggy Friends! Today I have a new card for Bombshell Stamps to share with you. Today we are debuting Ms. August's (Paivis Jankala) challenge. The challenge is to do something for a man. And with our fantastic Bombshell stamps, that is a pretty simple challenge! Here's what I made.

I used Harley Bikes and Bombshell Patterns for my card. I stamped the bike in whit and then embossed it.

I had some fun screw paper (that I LOVE), and added it, along with the zebra print stamp from the Pattern set and a senti from the Bikes set.

I sprayed my gray paper with Diet Cola Memory Mist. I think it's a great card for a dude. I know my husband would like it....and then he'd wanna take me up on my offer to go for a spin. Gosh, it has been SO long since we've gone for a motorcycle ride! Now it's time for you to head over to the Bombshell Blog to see what Ms. August and some of the other DT members have come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cute and Creepy with Dilly Beans

Hello! It's Friday, so I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you. This week, the challenge is Cute and Creepy. Totally up my alley. Here's what I made.


I used Jenn's Heart Framed (made especially for my darling friend Jenn...'cause she has a HUGE heart!), and I loved coloring her.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers, and a few green Copics to color in the image. Then, I chose brightly colored paper, and used a fun Heidi Swapp stencil for the stars.

I like how fun this card looks. It's not overly creepy, but definitely cute. Wanna see more? Then head over to the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DICC with Sweet Pea Stamps

Good morning, and happy August! It's time for a new itinerary with Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. This time, we are sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies, Sweet Pea Stamps. They have SO many stunning and magical images, available in rubber and digi. Wanna check out the itinerary? I think I may do something different and not share it with you! I want you to head over to the DICC Blog and see what it is! Heh heh heh. Kelli came up with it this time, and it's a good one. So good that I used 9 out of the 10 items on the itinerary!

The only number I didn't use was 5. I used Sweet Pea Stamp's  ©ching chou kuik's White Peacock Dryad for my card. Isn't it a beautiful image?

I stamped her with London Fog ink by Memento. I didn't want to use a harsh black. The image is colored with alcohol markers.

I had a lot of fun with this image and itinerary. So I hope you will join us! So please head over to the DICC blog to see the list, and what my fellow DT'ers have come up with.