Sunday, July 5, 2015

July Inspirations from Gecko Galz and a Free Stamp!

If you're looking for the Alice in Wonderland Blog hop, it's HERE.

Sorry for the slight delay today but I'm still recovering from our annual July 4th party and company just left.  My July inspiration pieces are up on the Gecko Galz Blog and I'm showcasing some of the the gorgeous new products now available at Gecko Galz.

I don't know about you, but I struggle with male cards.  The new Seaside Splendor kit, however, has many papers, stamps and icons that are perfect for male cards for any occasion.  This card features one of the fab digi papers that comes with the kit.  I've printed the image, distressed it with scissors and  and attached it to a kraft card base to which I've added torn cheesecloth that I've inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. 

The 3 icons across the top are from the Beachy Jewels Collage set.  Again, I've distressed each with scissors and matted them on kraft.  I've attached the star fish charm with twine that I threaded through 2 tiny punched holes in the DP.  (Do that before attaching to card base.)

Next is my fave!  This tag is mounted on some corrugated kraft card stock using papers and icons and paper, again from the Seaside Splendor kit, as well as a sentiment (WISH) enlarged, fussy cut and popped from the Beachy Jewels Collage Set. The DP is matted and attached to the tag on top of some netting I found on the ground during one of my morning walks. (Always on the lookout for possible craft materials.  LOL)

Here's a closeup of the main image.  Lots of fussy cutting and popping for dimension.  All in all, I used 5 icons, #'s SS106, SS118, SS120, SS122, and SS123.  I've also added some Frantage and tiny beads under the main image.

Here's a dimensional shot.  All of the icons for the main image were layered in my printing program on the digi paper first and printed for the base.

And another from the other side.  Then the sweet girl in the shell was printed 3 more times, fussy cut, inked and popped with either foam or Pinflair.  The starfish up top was printed after, fussy cut and popped, and a hole was punched through all of the layers to thread the ribbon and fiber through.

Last minute, just for fun I created this all digital project in my Printmaster Platinum program using 2 different digi papers from the Seaside Splendor Kit, an Icon from the kit, mermaids from the Sea Nymphs Collage set, and the sailboat from the Beachy Jewels Collage set.

Don't for get our July Customer Challenge, Seaside Memories, going on now. This is my Challenge Project.  Further info on this one can be found HERE.

Thanks for hanging in there.  Here's the sweet little freebie I'm offering from Gecko Galz.  

Visit the Gecko Galz Blog all month to see each designer's inspiration pieces and find the link to their personal Blogs and fabulous freebies.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

150th Anniversary Alice in Wonderland Blog Hop!

Happy 4th of July!  In addition, today we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and what better way to do that, than to share lots of creative projects inspired by this wonderful story.

Not only will you see lots of amazing artwork throughout the Hop today, but you can also win prizes from the following amazing companies;

Prize winners will be selected from Random blogs throughout the Hop using to select each winner.  In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all stops on the hop and leave a comment. The prize draws will be open until July 18th so you have plenty of time, with winners announced on July 20th.  Hopefully you've arrived from Milo's inspiring Blog.  If not, perhaps you'd like to start at the beginning.  See list below.  Here's my Alice in Wonderland inspired project.

  Gotta say, red is my favorite color, so the Queen of Hearts is one of my fave AIW characters.  I've made a wall hanging using the fabulous Queen of HeArts 2013 by Rick St Dennis MFA.  I've used all Spellbinders Dies  to create this wall hanging with a computer generated sentiment and black beads and swirls from Recollections.  

Here's a closeup of Queen of HeArts 2013.  She's colored with Copics with some additional shading with Prismacolor pencils.  Obviously she's in a good mood.  No beheadings today, me thinks.  This is just one of the fabulous Queen of Hearts stamps available in Rick's Zibbet Shop and there are many more Alice in Wonderland inspired stamps there as well.  Keep hopping and you'll have a chance to win a few, or something from one of our other exceptional sponsors.  Next stop is Leigh.  Prepare to be amazed.  Here's the entire list, in case you get lost or want to start at the beginning.

Blog Hop List
Donna You are HERE!

Gotta say I'll be hopping a bit later myself as we're having company for our (mostly annual) 4th of July bash.  Enjoy your weekend everyone and stay safe.  xxx

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Seaside Memories

Our new monthly challenge starts today at Gecko Galz with the theme of "Seaside Memories".  My card features icons from the new July "Seaside Splendor Digital Craft kit" and WOW, it's just fabulous.

The background is made by merging 3 of the lighthouse domino images from the Beachy Jewels Collage set in my Printmaster Pro program and printing it at 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 ".  I matted it with teal kraft core paper which I distressed with my scissors and then mounted it on a kraft card blank.  I printed the sailboat icon and cut and embossed it with my Spellbinders Circle die and popped it on top, hiding the multiple lighthouses.  I then printed the two children, fussy cut and popped them as well.  The sentiment is a metal word band from Tim Holtz. The Galz have made some exceptional projects this month, so please visit the Gecko Galz Challenge Blog to see their fab inspiration, and stop back often as each designer will be showcasing additional designs throughout the month and offering a free stamp on their personal Blog post.  Don't miss it!

New Challenge at The East Wind

Our new challenge is up at The East Wind.  Can you guess what it is?  Yup, the theme is PATRIOTIC which means include your country's flag colors.  The team is showcasing the July Freebie, Lucy Loo 'Right Side of Profile', you get by signing up for the TEW newsletter.   I've colored her with Copics and a bit of Prismacolor pencil work on her hair. The background is from Show us your Stars and Stripes collage sheet from Gecko Galz.  "Freedom" was already  on the image and I've added the rest of the sentiment with the Cuttlebug Typewriter Alphabet.  Sign up for the newsletter on the right side of the Challenge Blog, if you haven't already.  You'll get a free image each month and all the latest news. Woohoo!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Salad Days

I'm posting on the RSD Sparkle and Glitter Blog today and having some fun with fruits and veggies.  I don't know about you, but nothing tastes better on a hot day than a cold fruit or veggie salad so when I saw these adorable digis in Rick's Zibbet Shop I just had to color them up.  First up I've got Fruit Monster.  Inside:  How sweet of you!

And here's Salad Bar Monster.  Inside:  Veggie much!  (Sorry, I just couldn't resist)  Both are colored with Copics, and double matted on A2 size cards. Clean and simple and perfect for a thank you card.  I photographed them against some bandana print DP to add to the summery feel.  They'd also be great for recipe cards or cookbook markers, don'tcha think?  Rick's got lots more fun kitchen themed digis in his Zibbet Shop so be sure to check out the Kitchen Robots, too.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Release for TEW

Today I'm featuring a brand new release for the East Wind called Lucy Loo 'Morning Stretch'.  Her little outfit made me think of an exotic island adventure so I made an 8x8" fat book page using DP and elements from the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Pack.  We had a once in a lifetime vacation to Bali some years ago and I think this is a brilliant start to an album of the wonderful trip.

I've colored Lucy with Copics, enhanced with Prismacolor pencils.  it was all I could do not to color her with red hair but for once I thought something out of the ordinary might be fun.   Come visit our Challenge Blog and FB Group to see our current challenge and inspiration from the teams. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cave of Skulls, Lair of the Sea Witch

Today, I'm posting on Airless Chambers, the RSD MFA darker Blog.  This is the place to go for inspiration from the EDT using the images a bit too scary for Sparkle and Glitter.  I've created an underwater scene using Cave of Skulls and Lair of the Sea Witch. The cave is actually one of the scenes Rick created for the Carnival De la Nuit, but I thought it made a perfect hideaway for the terrifying Sea Witch, don't you?  The rest of the Carnival De la Nuit stamps are fabulous as well, so be sure to check that category from the pull down menu top left in Rick's Zibbet shop

I kept the scene very dark with die cuts in black of Memory Box Oceana Corner and Poppy Seed Stamps Weeping Willow Branches (that I turned upside down to make kelp) against the dark teal gauze paper from DCWV.   I got both of those dies at the fabulous summer sale now going on at SCACD.  Check it out!   I've added mica flakes to the floor and skittles (remember those, I've still got a TON!) as rising air bubbles.  "The Deep" is done with Label Letters from Tim Holtz.

Here's a closeup of the Sea Witch.  Both she and the Cave were colored with Copics in a monochromatic palette and fussy cut.  I left a white border on Sea Witch and then backed her in black and fussy cut again to help make her stand out a bit more in the dark scene.

Here's the dimensional shot.  The cave was printed twice and the top portion was popped.  The kelp was also popped and the final layer is the witch herself. If you look closely, you can see some of the fab texture from the gauze paper. The photos don't really do it justice, but I think you can still get the dark and foreboding feeling I was after.

And by the way, there's still time to enter the 2nd half of the May/June Progressive challenge on SNG, even if you didn't join in in May.  Mr. Tea is now available HERE in Rick's Zibbet shop where there are well over 1000 images, for every taste, with more arriving nearly every day.  Hope to see you there.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

SCACD Eclectic Sea Rubber Stamp Release

I'm so excited to be participating in an exciting Blog Hop for SCACD.  We celebrate today a newly released exclusive rubber stamp set, Eclectic Sea (9 rubber stamps all together).  The Eclectic Sea is a twist of sorts in how something land bound might be seen in the ocean; for example a Sunflower that is now a Coral Sea Flower and vice versa.  So check out the collection as these are really unique and elegant.  SCACD artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are so happy to be showcasing them to you now.

Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Eclectic Sea collection.
Our International Friends, if interested can email Susana.

I'm thrilled to be showcasing the beautiful Steampunk Siren's Call.  Top of the page you can see her after coloring, fussy cutting and laying on a piece of DP awaiting her undersea shell throne and she looked so pretty, I just had to snap a pic.  Above you see her in all her glory.  I've glued 3 shells together on a card stock base and added gorgeous Steampunk die cuts, Alice's Clock, only one of the exclusive SCACD dies behind her.

Again, a closeup of this beauty.  She's colored with Copics, Prisamcolor pencils and gel pens.  And for those of you who prefer digital stamps, there's a slightly different digital stamp available HERE.

Finally, here's a side view of the shell throne.  The netting is actually a knotted portion of a produce bag that I thought made a lovely backdrop.  

You should be going next to the mega talented Kathi who I'm sure has something wonderful featuring another stamp from the fabulous Eclectic Sea release.  If you get lost please visit the SCACD Store Blog for the full list of participants.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June bugs, Gems and Gew Gaws at HDH

Okay, so I'm a day late with my Macabre Monday post (actually 2 weeks and a day, but who's counting?) because yesterday was so damn BUSY!  Three posts did me in, so lucky HDH gets it's own day to remind you of the current challenge called June bugs, Gems and Gew Gaws.  (Hey, I don't write 'em, I just do 'em.) So in case you haven't guessed, I did the bugs and gems part (although I suppose you could call my project a gew gaw as it is totally decorative and non functional).  The fabulous digi is called Emerging and is from Delicious Doodles, now called ArtiDoodles on Etsy because of the evil VAT laws and a long story.  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and mounted on a piece of palm tree bark that I picked up on a morning walk ('cause I thought it might come in handy some day and today is the day) on which I've added black gem swirls from Recollections.  She's got fancy gem eyes, too.  Black Alpha Bead letters were strung on a wire and also glued to the bark and a mossy and lichen encrusted twig was added to the base.  (Yes, I walk with my head down.  Never know what you might find) And TaDAA! 

Be sure to check out the fabulous makes by my Minion teamies and come play along.  Remember, we don't do cute, though.  Capisce? (Capeesch for you non Italian speakers.  LOL)

I'm entering this in the Delicious Doodles Dark Side only FB Challenge, Left of Center using the LOC theme, Sisterhood of Crafters Going Buggy, the Delicious Doodles Blog Hop and ATG Challenge and Dream in Darkness June ATG.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Aurora Wings Sprite Delight II

Our new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with a second run at a favorite challenge, so we're calling it Sprite Delight II

 I recently purchased a printable journal called Cottage Garden from Ephemera's Vintage Garden with the adorable Sprites in mind.  I've used the PNG versions now available for many of Mitzi's Sprites, so I was able to add them to the printable journal pages, as if they were a part of the original design.  No fussy cutting needed.  The cover features Petunia Sprite.  The text is all computer generated as well.  All images were colored with Copics and layered on an additional page from the journal kit. The cover is from Tim Holtz which I've covered with papers.

The first page features Wild Rose Sprite.  I've added pages via a ring binder (also Tim Holz) that is the perfect size for the cover.  That way I can add more pages whenever I want.  WooHoo!

Next I have a 2 page spread featuring Tulip Sprite.  I've added journaling lines to the left hand page.

Here we have Ranunculus Sprite.  I've tried to color the images as similarly as I could to the printed versions already on the pages.  There's no dramatic shading so as to appear a part of the original designs.

And on the other side, we have the adorable Snapdragon Sprite.  Tell me he's not precious!  I'm a bit bummed at the photo as he is colored with the same shades of lavender as the page but it doesn't seem to photograph that way. Same With the petunia on the cover.  In person, it really does match.  Such a bummer!

Another two page spread with Tiger Lily Sprite and a page for garden notes.

My favorite flower is the hydrangea but the poor things have been having a tough time since our CA drought.  This little Hydrangea Sprite is an all time fave of mine too but looks none the worse for wear.  I've added a pocket with a card perhaps to add a watering schedule.  

Here's Poppy Sprite and another pocket across the page.  I've added some seed packets that were included in the journal kit just for fun.

Finally I have the adorable Fuschia Sprite.  I  love the bold colors of this flower and enjoy the hanging basket abloom with these lovelies. They're a fave of the hummingbirds, as well.  This is the end of my Garden journal so far, but I'm sure I'll be adding to it soon.  thanks so much for hanging in there with my mega pic post and I do so hope you still will visit the AW Challenge Blog to see more fabulous inspiration from my DT sisters.

And as a special incentive to join in this challenge, Mitzi has discounted  some select Sprite at 50% off for the duration, so please visit the AW Etsy Store to take advantage of this fabulous offer.  They'll be in the "Featured Items".

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RSD Progressive Challenge 2/2

It's the second month of the Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge on Sparkle and Glitter where the EDT brings you inspiration for the fabulous stamp those who participated in the the first month of the challenge got for FREE!  Meet Mr.Tea.  He's just purrfect for tea lovers, cat lovers, AIW lovers (you gotta admit, he does look like chessy, eh?)  Well, I say he's just purrfect any way you look at him.

I've used the version with the sentiment, but he comes without, too.  And better yet.  You can get BOTH versions, even if you missed the first half of the Progressive Challenge because he's now available on Zibbet HERE so there's no excuse not to play along for a chance at the prize.   I printed the image 4 times so I could do some decoupage.  I started my drawing around the sentiment for the base, colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped the layers until I was satisfied.

Here's a side view of the tent card with a better shot of the dimension.  I've used digital paper from the Wonderland Pack from Gecko Galz.    I've added a silver teaspoon with a "sugar cube" I made by coating a blank Alpha Bead with salt (the glitter was to shiny, LOL).  There's also a tea bag charm in the center of the layered flowers top left.  I hope you like it as much as I liked creating it.

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Ode to Nature at The East Wind

Our new challenge at The East Wind is Ode to Nature and I knew exactly what image I wanted to create with.  This beautiful gal is called Aurora 'What Matters'.  She seems to be at peace and communing with nature in her mind.  I don't practice yoga but perhaps I should if this is the result.  Could she be more serene?  The card is made with Spellbinders Grand Labels One, the butterfly is also Spellbinders and the sentiment is a very old Sizzix die.  I have her floating in the clouds via DP from MME.

I've colored Aurora with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. Looking closely at the digi, I noticed it was drawn as if the flowers were translucent, almost a figure of her imagination so I colored them that way, like you could see her hair right through them.  Clearly, she looks as though she is somewhere else in that blissful meditative state.  I need to take a lesson from her, for sure.  It's been a stressful week and this is just the first of 4 posts that will be coming shortly. Please come back to see the rest of what I've been up to and check out the fab makes by my DT sisters at The East Wind.

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