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Skull Appreciation Day 2012!

It's June 4th! Know what that means??? It's Skull Appreciation Day! Today is the day that you can celebrate all things about the cranium! It all started at the Skull-A-Day web site. You can learn all about this fantastic blog, and this fun celebration HERE. I am participating in 2 skull celebration hops. One for Smeared & Smudged, and one for Bombshell Stamps. I played along with the S&S Skull hop last year, and it was loads of fun. Check out that post HERE.

So since I am in 2 hops, I made 2 projects! Both featuring Bombshell Stamps though. They have some fab-u-licious skulls!!! The first project is a card featuring the Sugar Skulls set.

I used the largest stamp in this set, and with Phoenix's direction, I colored it in with lots of bright, cheery colors.

The sentiment is also from the Sugar Skulls set. I tried to keep it very un-goth. No black (except for the outline). All happy colors.

For my next project, I went with a pendant. Now admittedly, this didn't turn out quite as good as I would have hoped. I clear embossed my images (from the Man's Ruin and Homeward Bound sets), and then colored the pendant, which is made of wood, with Distress Inks.

I topped the whole pendant off with Glossy Accents. From this view it looks fine, but when the light hits it a certain way, the images seem to disappear, and it's just a blur of color. I think next time, I won't emboss with clear. I'll use an actual color.

I still like it though. I'll wear it. Perhaps do up the other side differently. I am certainly inspired to experiment more. This was a lot of fun to make, I just wish the end result was a wee bit better. So there are my two projects! I hope you liked them. I always enjoy working with skulls. As I really do appreciate mine. ;)

Now, are you ready for this? It's a super huge hop! Get ready for Smeared & Smudged hop list!
Alison (that's me!)

There are prizes to be won on some of the participants blogs, so be sure to show everyone some love. All of the details will be on Terra's Blog, the first stop of the hop. And for the Bombshell Hop, why not head on over there to see what some of the other team members have created? You are surly going to love everything that you see! Thanks for stopping by! Have a very skully day!!! 


totally looooooove the pendant!
Andrea C said…
Gorgeous pendant and your card is very cool, excellent idea to keep it bright like the sugar skull theme. x
ShersL84bed said…
oooh, really cool. Love both of your projects. Can I ask what you used for the pendant charm itself? Love this idea.
Wendy said…
I love your card and pendant! I like to make jewelry so I'm going to give your pendant a try. I like the "muted" look!
Erin said…
love this is brilliant again another sugar skull i think i might have to buy xx
I love the card & the pendant. They are both excellent work. I'm sorry that you are disappointed in your pendant but you are right that it will be fun to experiment with another color next time! :)
DonnaMundinger said…
Both projects are AMAZING, if you ask me, Alison! Lovin' the Dia de los Muertos card and Phoenix is right about the colors. It's a happy day! I can't see why you could possibly be disappointed in your pendant. Love the way it turned out. Very artistic in a cool rustic sort of way. Fabulous! xxD
Jenn Borjeson said…
I appreciate your skull, too! hee hee These are so cool - I love the pendant, I think it's really beautiful with the soft look of colors. :)
Laura B said…
I love both of your projects! I like the happy colors on the card, and I think the pendant has an awesome vintage feel to it.:)
Corinne said…
Alison, both your projects are just wonderful! Love that pendant and your Card ROCKS!!
monique said…
Love the colours on the card and the pendant is beautiful, love the vintage look
silvia said…
Great card and FABULOUS pendant!!
silvia said…
Great card and FABULOUS pendant!!
Ally White Cat said…
Wow. wonderful art on your projects. Love the colors and the work you did on your blog rocks..
susan s.
Jane said…
Both your projects are fantastic love the colours xxx
Alison said…
Thanks for your kind words! The pendant is made from a piece of wood. From those inexpensive packs from the craft stores.
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Kathi said…
Both projects are fabulous. I love the bright cheery colors on the card.

The pendant is cool because there's a sort of ghostly effect from your techniques.
Gorgeous card Alison, beautiful colouring (as always) and your pendant is to die for! :)
That card looks so right with the bright colours - it is a celebration after all! That pendant is awesome and I like the idea of mysteriously disappearing images, lol. TFS xx
great projects! xxlisa
Kristina said…
Well I think your pendent turned out great! Your card is way cool too! I think you have rocked out both pieces of art today! Stay crafty my friend!
Lady Coral said…
I personally love the pendant. You say it wasn't how you wanted it to be, but I find it perfect. It's incredible, I love it. The card is amazing as well. Love the use of color for the skull, which normally attract gloomy colors
landerson213 said…
Love the bright colors with the skulls. Such a great combo. :)

landerson dot 1018 at gmail dot com
Renee said…
I LOVE the sugar skull card! Thanks for sharing. I have a new stamp company to check out now. (I could be in trouble by the time I get through the blog list.)

I like your pendant too. I can't see any problems with it. Good job.
Divaeva said…
Love the colors of the paper piece and I totally think you undersold yourself on the pendant - it's wonderful! :)
Love the colours in the first piece, the second piece has a ghost feel to it. Really cool!
Your Skulls look happy on this card.
Hugs Nataliya
Suzi McKenzie said…
I love the bright colours on your skull card. The pendant is beautiful too, two gorgeous creations.
GlitteryKatie said…
Great colours Alison- I actually love the pendant the way it is- looks ethereal and very cool!!
DK Spins said…
Both of your projects are rock'n, Alison! Your pendant turned out so cool, I love the colors & how soft it is! Bombshell has some pretty cool skullies. hugs, Dianne
Susan said…
Alison, both of your creations are SUPERB! I love your day of the dead card! Phoenix has great insight, and inspired you in the right direction!
I love the bright and cheery colors, what could be better for a celebration?!
Beautiful pendant and I love the colors on your card. I find it hard to get jewelry to always come out the way you want it to. I think you did a wonderful job.
happyscrapper said…
I love your card. The bright colors and the web effect on the paper. Gorgeous.
Christine Garner aka Wicked Lady
Shannon said…
I love the card! I like its colorful. just cool. The neckless is amazing! it looks vintage and the skull looks like it glows. such talent great job!
Betty Boo! said…
Gorgeous work Alison!!! As usual!

~Lady B~ said…
Gorgeous Projects! I'm loving the way the pendant turned out and your card is bright and cheery! You know how I loves me some color :) One day I will own some of Bombshells skull stamps. I love them! Happy Skull Appreciation Day~~~
Ms. Ruin said…
What a cheerful card and I love the pendant!
Scrappy Rat said…
I think the pendant looks fantastic! The finish makes it look like stone and I love the design you chose. Don't be so hard on yourself. :)
Steph said…
Wonderful projects! I love the brighter color of the card, so cheery. And the pendant is way cool, i think it's neat that the image disappears - it's like one of those fancy hologram things :)
KC said…
both pieces are lovely! the colors on the sugar skulls are awesome, and that necklace rocks!
Julia said…
I love both projects!!!!

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