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Capricorn, Simi, and a Chick with a Gun

I am so excited to share my post with you today! As most of you know, Friday is my day to share a Smeared Ink Creation with all of you. I broke out 2 of my favorite sets this week for one card. But in addition to that, I am proud to share with you a new release from Sweet November! I am honored to share Capricorn with you…two very different versions, actually! So, let’s get started!

I was thrilled when I heard from

I stayed true to the earthy colors of Capricorn. Our colors range from black to grey to brown to green and blue. So I used a little of everything here! I also took notes from Amy’s cards from the week (I hope you have seen them…they are ALL stunning!). She has this lovely way of scattering her rhinestones on her cards…I mimicked that look because I fell in love with it.

Isn’t she pretty? I colored her in with my beloved colored pencils. Aren’t her horns fab? I have horns similar to these (though they are a bone color) that I wear to the Ren Faire every year (yes…and times that I just feel demon-esque too! ).

Sorry about the glare in this photo. I wanted you to see the fabulous sentiment (from Verve) and the pretty and sparkly fibers (from EK Success). Now on to my other version…

Hopefully, many of you read the Dark Hunter Series by Sherilyn Kenyon so that you understand my reference here. If you haven’t read them, you should! One of my favorite characters is Simi. I love Simi. She rawks! She loves QVC and BBQ…and dressing goth! Hmmmm….kinda sounds like me, no? Anywho, when I saw my pretty Capricorn stamp, I immediately thought of Simi. This is sort of what I picture in my head when she’s not in full Demon mode…

I know she isn’t colored as described in the books, but that’s ok! This is just my version. :) What do you think?

I again used my colored pencils, but for her skin I used chalk. This could be the look on her face when she pictures BBQ-ing the heifer Goddess! ;)

I stamped out the sentiment and mounted it on top of silver flames. I thought they were quite appropriate here! Capricorn (and all of the other fabulous Zodiac images) are quite versatile! They will be available starting March 7th in the Amy’s blog today, but also my friend Margie’s blog (she will be featuring Sagittarius and Sweet November DT member, Nancy’s blog.

But wait! Before you go…let me share one more card with you today. Here is my latest Smeared Ink creation, featuring images from Chicks Dig Guns and Holy City.

It’s been so long since I have played with these sets, I needed to show them some love!

I colored Tori in (yes, that is actually Tori!) with my colored pencils of course. And I chalked the cemetery just a bit with some chalk.

The sentiment has been embossed for added texture, and I chalked and inked the edges of everything. I really love combining my Smeared Ink sets. They work so well together. Have you been to the Smeared Ink DT blog yet? You should! Every day of the week one of our fabulous Design Team members bring you their latest projects. You shouldn’t miss them! You can also check them all out at Smeared and Smudged, our fabulous forum. If you like gothic, alternative and vintage art, this is the place for you!!!

I hope you enjoyed my offerings today. I know it was a long post, but well worth it, don’tcha think? HUGE thanks to Amy for letting me play along in her Zodiac release! Have an inspiring day!

I am entering my Simi card into this week's Macabre Monday. The theme is My Beloved Monster. As I mentioned Simi is a demon. A demon I just adore! And I am quite sure that Ash would agree that Simi is the only monster that he adores! Who's Ash? Go read the Dark Hunter series! ;)


Mrs Weyremaster said…
OMGosh your Zodiac creations are out of this world amazing, love them both. Shows how wonderfully versatile Amy's artwork is. Truly spectacular creations. Love them all:)
Stephanie J said…
You made SIMI!!!!!!!!! Lol, I made one of TGF's digi fairies into Simi for my mom's birthday card last year; haven't posted it yet, though...

Great job on the cards - I guess it's pretty obvious which one is my fave! (Dude, you seriously just made my day!)
Moni said…
Fab cards and great colouring. Hugs,moni
theCook said…
Love the second coloring of the Capricorn... Devilish!
gobeagirl said…
WOW, your cards are just wonderful. I love how you have colored with pencils. You are very talented. I think both of your girls rock. Great cards. Hugs, Lisa G
Bobbi said…
What cute cards. Love the green eyes. TFS
Nancy Thomas said…
You've been busy. I like that you've posted two different version of the Capricorn girl. Your coloring is great.
Mette said…
Your Zodiac cards are gorgeous. Love the way that eyes and mouth are same colour. Really draws your eyes to the face. Just fabulous.

Hugs, Mette
ChickieChirps said…
Great cards! I love the green horns and lips on the first card!

Lau W said…
So nice cards, superb colouring !
Leanne said…
Great Zodiac cards shares. I love the green horns on the first card and how you incorporated all those wonderful colors. And i love your rendition of Simi!! Your other card is awesome too. Glad you had fun with the SN gal, and thanks for sharing!!
Rachel Hope said…
ACK!!!! Love them!!!! How fun!
Amy said…
OMGosh Alison you are totally blowing me away with all of your creativity! The green horns, eyes and lips are stunning on the first card and your scattering of gems looks fantastic! But I think your devilish version steals the show... she is AMAZING and totally makes me want to go read those Simi books now, LOL!
Thanks so much for playing along in the SN previews today! :)
Tanya said…
WOW!! Love the green and purples lips...These are just amazing!!!
ashjoy said…
She is pretty, love the sentiment and the coloring!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I finally did get a chance to stamp today, went to a friends house and did the BS paint/sketch challenge.
KC said…
these are all great cards! the Capricorn cards are both amazing and I love your stamp combo for the chicks dig guns!
pixie sparkle said…
Great colours! TFS!
Regan said…
Brilliant!!! I love the "devilish" one! :)
Andrea C said…
All excellent card, love the demon x
Alaine said…
Simi ROCKS!!! OMG I ADORE her books. I can't wait for the end of this month for the next Nick book! The purply HORNAYS on your interpretation of her ROCKS!
Zarah said…
WAY cool cards!! TFS! :D
Alex said…
oh my- all three of these are AMAZING! You inspire me constantly. You are the bestest!!
Fab, fab cards Alison! Thanks for playing along with HDH again :D
DonnaMundinger said…
Love your 2 versions of Capricorn and of course the chick with gun! thanks for joining us at HDH. Always love seeing you there. xxD
margie c said…
Wow! Your Capricorn cards are awesome! I love how you colored both! Great job!
hugs, margie
Scrappychick said…
SIMI!!!! OMG, love it girl! She rocks :)

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