Monday, October 24, 2016

Cat Lover's Blog Hop! #1

EEEK!  I just realized that the Cat Lover's Blog Hop begins today!  I've noticed the banner on many of my kitty loving friends blogs and knew I wanted to participate.  (besides, both Goliath and Jezebel INSISTED!) FAbulous prizes by all kinds of kitty loving sponsors and you can win stuff just by hopping around and commenting.  WooHoo!  Thank you Janis from Her Peaceful Garden for this fabulous opportunity for kitty lovers everywhere.  It kinda snuck up on me though, but it's Day 1 and here ya go.

My card features a #740 Midnight Snack Cat by Sandra Caldwell and I've followed the sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge so I could do double duty.

I've turned it a quarter turn because I could.  LOL

I've also taken a pic of my "Cat Stash" to enter in the Daily Game.  Most of my stash is digital, though but here's what I could come up with.

Short post because Goliath wants to help me and he's becoming a pain.  He looks annoyed because I stopped petting him to type and pulled the camera cord away from him.  And yes, those are leopard print jammies and it's almost 1:00 pm.  The inside of my card is gonna say "Any day spent in jammies is a GOOD DAY!"

Turkey in a Pot Place Card

Played with the #1127 Turkey in a Pot from Sandra Caldwell's new release Monday.  Thought he'd be especially cute as a place card so after coloring I fussy cut and popped him on a base made with two scored Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles, and lined the front one with with a circle of Graphic 45 check.

The pic sort of looks flat so here's a side view.  I've tucked some Autumn Leaves "table confetti" behind the turkey, embellished with pearls and used Alpha Beads for the name.  The "table" was the perfect place to score Turkey in a Pot and have him sit on the base.

Here's a closeup of #1127 Turkey in a Pot before fussy cutting.  I've used Copics markers and colors according to the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and this week's twist was Anything but a Card.

You can check out all of Sandra's fab new stamps later today in her Etsy Shop (babycakesdnd) and some DT inspiration in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art October Linky challenge, Crafting When We Can No Square Cards, Hiding in my Craft Room Any Holiday, TTRCD ATG (week of Oct 18th), My Time to Craft Autumnal Colors or Halloween, Crafting with Friends #30 ATG

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Today's Mood...

A new Contest on the TEW FB Group page starts today with the theme of Come Over to the Dark Side.  Hey, no problem there.  I've been a bit stressed lately so I thought a warning sign using my new Tim Holtz Flip frame might be just the ticket to avoid unnecessary confrontations.  I've cropped the NB png version of Lucy Loo 'Glamzombie' and combined her with one of the digi papers from the Gecko Galz Arsenic and Lace craft kit.  I've added a Halloween Rosette and banner by Recollections, a sparkly spider to the flower in her hair.  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon at the base is from DL.Art.

Here's a closeup of Lucy Loo 'Glamzombie'.  Gotta say I spent quite a bit of time on her hair, beginning with the Copic Warm Grays and then adding detail with my Prismacolor pencils.  I kinda love it!  

The sentiment is from Ginger's house framed with another paper from GG.  Now come over to the DARK SIDE and play with us!

Here are of all the important links you need.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Another for Halloween

I'm back in Halloween mode and made a JFF card to enter a few challenges. I've got a number of Halloween kitties all printed out to color, but on this one I didn't have to color the fur, as the kitty was all black already in the digi, so he got used first.  This little Cat in a Pumpkin is from Eureka! Stamps (#10802(502)) and I've combined him with another one from Eureka!, Cornstalk and Pumpkin to enter the current QKR Pumpkin Challenge, except I missed it because I received a phone call that one of my credit cards had been compromised and I spent the afternoon mucking around with changing things that are automatically charged to that account.  PITA!

I tried to lighten up the pic a bit so you could see the little punched mouse I added to the pumpkin.  Looks like they're having a friendly conversation, don'tcha think?  Anyway, I also added some little bat stickers to make it a bit spookier and some cheesecloth for a little texture.  The sentiment is from an old sheet of punch outs I had from Pink Paislee. Papers are ancient Basic Grey and Authentique.

This brings me to the current As You Like it Old Stash, or New Stash and Why? Challenge.  It's Old Stash for me. It's like a treasure hunt rifling forgotten drawers, bags and boxes and finding stuff you don't even remember buying. Besides, I tend to look at new stash for years until it becomes old stash before I actually use it.  LOL   

Fortunately, I also had the Outlawz Monday Greetings Card More Than 2 Layers Challenge also in mind, and of course, the SUYP Cats Only Meowloween challenge to enter.  I'm also adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the Deep Ocean Halloween challenge, Left of Center Halloween and the House that Stamps Built WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#1179 Candy Corn Cutie

Just a quicky post because I'm running late for a challenge.  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is always ATG, but they also have a twist and this last week it's add sparkle or shine.  I really prefer to play with the twist, if possible, so when I saw that the Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge called for washi tape, I decided to combine the two and here's the result.  This new image from Sandra Caldwell, called #1179 Candy Corn Cutie, was perfect for my glitter washi tape and I even had a little glitter candy corn embellie that fit the image's hat perfectly when printed it out.  WooHoo!

I'm adding this to the DL.Art October Linky challenge, Crafting by Designs Halloween, Card Mania October Let it Shine, Creatalicious ATG/Halloween, the Deep Ocean Halloween Challenge and Crafty Boots Halloween.

Monday, October 17, 2016

#1084 Hippo Ornie by Sandra Caldwell

Still enjoying my GDT spot for Sandra Caldwell and I'm thrilled to introduce the new #1084 Hippo Ornie.  I love all of Sandra's Hippos (and she's got a ton! Check them all out HERE) but this little lady is especially cute, don'tcha think? Her little striped dress made me think of a candy cane so I kept with a red and white theme.  I used a Spellbinders Ornament die (I've had for years and never used) to cut the window in the candy cane DP and embossed the card base with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots for some texture behind her.  The candy cane corners and sentiment stickers are from Stampendous (oh my, the price sticker on these says 2008!).  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art and the little candy cane is a mini tree ornament from Michaels.

Here's a closeup of Hippo Ornie before I fussy cut and popped her.  She's colored with Copics and I've added a bit of chalk rouge to her cheeks.  With all the stripes going on, I decided her nails needed to be polka dot, thanks to a white gel pen.  I just love stripes and dots together, don't you?  Every Monday Sandra releases a whole new set of digis to her Etsy Shop (babycakesdnd) and you can see a number of them all colored up by the DT on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Group page.  Lots of inspiration and fun contests going on there so I hope you'll come join us.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the ABC Christmas U is for Under the Pile (pretty much everything but the new digi.  LOL),  CHNC #303 Cute or Anything Christmas, CHNC Christmas Extra ATG, the Merry Christmas Challenge #3 Use a Die Cut, Crafty Bowz October ATG with a Handmade Bow, the Weekly Christmas Card challenge/optional color challenge, Crafty Cats All Tied Up, CCC Digi Creations Add a Bow, Die Cut Divas October is the Time to Emboss and the Crazy Challenge Use the Color Red

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

It's time for everyone's favorite theme at Aurora Wings this challenge:  Anything Goes!  To be honest, this is the hardest theme for me because I love everything Mitzi does and I've got dozens of ideas in the queue, so making a choice is nearly impossible when I've got free rein.  Fortunately, the new release Double Showcase premiered the adorable Day of the Dead Sprite and I was SMITTEN! You know I love me some Dia de los Muertos and this sweet little Catrina absolutely stole my heart. I've also used the faces of Day of the Dead Marigold Sprite (the traditional flower of Dia de los Muertos).  So it's obviously Party Time, with the bright traditional colors of the Latin Fiesta.  This is not a solemn occasion, but a CELEBRATION!

Taking pix has been a challenge today because it's dark and dreary and we're finally getting some much needed rain.  I did manage to take a pic under my Ott light before fussy cutting so here's her closeup.  she's colored with Copics with a bit of additional shading from my 70% Warm Grey Prismacolor pencil.  I spent quite a bit of time with her, especially on those ruffles.  Great practice and I'm pretty pleased with the result.  she's available in both jpg form HERE and png form HERE, for use with digital papers or merging images.

The papers I used are old K&Co that I've been hoarding because of their fabulous colors and design.  The laser cut paper behind the image reminded me of the intricate papel picado banners used for special celebrations in Mexico. The little banner on the top right corner was cut from BoBunny DP and strung with twine.

I had bigger plans for the little Day of the Dead Marigold Sprites but I ran out of time so I used only their sweet little faces on layered flowers from my stash. You can find him HERE in jpg and HERE in png form.  The die cut behind is from Joy Crafts.  Oh, and BTW, if you prefer your Marigold Sprite without a painted face, you can find him HERE.

If you're wondering where my rather elaborate layout came from, I was inspired by the current one in the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challengewhere I will be playing along.  There are obviously a few more layers, but I'm proud that I managed to tweak it to my needs without losing the general flavor.  Usually I'm such a stickler that I follow it exactly, so YEA ME for lightening up a bit.

And YEA YOU for hanging in with my lengthy post.  Be sure to visit the AW Challenge Blog for fabulous inspiration from my Aurora Teamies and with ATG there's no reason not to play along. And don't forget this month's  "Pink Ribbon" Contest in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group

Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

R is for Red, Ribbon and Reindeer

Here's my second card as Guest Designer for the ABC Challenge with the theme of "R is for Red, Ribbon and Reindeer".  The sponsor for the challenge is Live & Love Crafts, but the team had an open choice for images, so I opted for this cutie from Sandra Caldwell called #99 Old Lady Reindeer.  The reindeer DP is old, from my stash, so old I can't find the maker and I've used crinkle ribbon from DL.Art.  I've matted everything with kraft but basically kept the color scheme red and white.

Here's a closeup of #99 Old Lady Reindeer.  She's colored with Copics and I've surrounded her with happy little reindeer buttons from JoAnn's with the shanks cut off.  Aren't they adorable?

Here's the dimensional shot.  I thought I'd add a bit of interest to the otherwise simple design by popping all the mats, as well as the computer generated sentiment.  Thanks so much to ABC Challenge for giving me the opportunity this month.  I've had a ball.

I'm entering this in the Crafty Catz All Tied Up Challenge, the DL.Art October linky Challenge, Simply Papercraft ATG, Winter Wonderland Let's Get Crafty or Plaid it Again, Sam, Star Stampz Buttons, ABC Christmas U is for Under the Pile (old DP), CHNC #303 Cute or ATG Christmas, CHNC Oct Christmas Extra ATG Christmas, the Crazy Challenge Use the Color Red and the Merry Christmas Challenge Add a Sentiment.

Friday, October 14, 2016

New from The East Wind, and only $1!

As a sponsor for the FB Group Markers!Papers! Digis!, The East Wind has joined their Halloween Blog Hop and contest and is offering this fabulous digi, Thorns and Roses, for just $1.  I made a wall hanging using papers from MME and Authentique.

Here's a closeup of Thorns and Roses.  She's colored with Copics and there are about a bazillion ways to color her hair.  I went with a monochromatic and pretty stylized approach which was loads of fun.  One of my DT sisters said it looked like a geode.  LOL  She's fussy cut and pasted to a witch's body that was part of the DP.  I'd printed the image before I ever found the DP so the head is a bit oversized, but I think it adds to the creepiness, don't you?

I'll be adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Party, DL.Art Thankful Thursday HalloweenLittle Red Wagon Best WitchesLeft of Center Halloween, Let's Craft and Create Halloween/Autumn, Paper Creator Anything SpookyDark 'n' Daring ATGA Vintage Journey, Daring Cardmakers Seriously Monochromatic, Aud Sentiments Vintage + Sentiment, Try it on Tuesday Scary and Spooky and Your Scrapbook Place ATG.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Resting WITCH Face!

I'm not done with Halloween by a long shot.  I've got WAY too many FABULOUS stamps.  Cute, spooky, quirky, I love them ALL!  LOL  Here's a couple of my faves from Bloobel Stamps.  I've used Wicked Moon and Hubble Bubble with some digi papers from Digital Designs and Art that I've cropped and tweaked a bit in my Printmaster Platinum Program to create a little scene.  After a long day of casting spells and brewing potions, this witch needed a little soak in the cauldron.  Looks like she's had a nip of some strange brew, as well.

I thought of the sentiment after printing and coloring but I was afraid to try and run my card through the printer again to add it.  Fortunately, I saved the file so I copied the background and added text exactly where I wanted it, removed the figures and reprinted.  Then I cut the words separately, inked the sides and glued them to the page which gave them just a bit more dimension and definition, yet still blended in with the background. I kinda like the effect.

Here's a closeup of Wicked Moon.  Gotta say these Bloobels are a blast to color.

And here's Hubble Bubble.  Resting WITCH face, for sure.  AAAAhhh...  Both are colored with Copics (over many, many days, LOL) but I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, I better get back to it.  I've got a whole slew of ghoulies and ghosties and long leggedy beasties just clamoring to be colored and it's only 18 days until Halloween.  Ta for now.

I'll be adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Party, DL.Art Thankful Thursday HalloweenLittle Red Wagon Best Witches, Left of Center Halloween, the Outlawz Festive Fridays World Smile Day, TTRCD ATG week of Oct 11, Creatalicious Challenge 100 ATG, Let's Craft and Create Halloween/Autumn, Paper Creator Anything Spooky, A Gem of a Challenge Halloween, and Your Scrapbook Place ATG.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You're Too Sexy!

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is always ATG but there's also a fun "twist" you can add and I was determined to use it this time.  The "twist" is Masculine and I knew exactly the image to choose.  This is #715 Shower Time by Sandra Caldwell.  As soon as I saw him I thought of the sentiment and remembered some textured paper I've had in my stash from Sizzix for ???  I thought purple might be a nice color and used it for the towel, as well.  Added some textured metal dots (the center ones have hearts on them) for some masculine embellishment.

Here's a Closeup of #715 Shower Time.  He's colored with Copics and I fussy cut and flocked his towel to give it texture as well.  Then I used a very fine point pen to go ever the towel details.  Isn't he cute?

I"ll also be adding him to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, Crafting by Designs Add a Sentiment, Inspiration Destination ATG, Creatalicious ATG, Sparkle N Sprinkle ATG with Loose Glitter or Flocking and Creative with Stamps #7.

Oh Bring Me some Piggy Figgy Pudding!

Sandra Caldwell has a lot of fun contests on her Stamp Fans FB page and one of them is for new ideas.  I was lucky enough to be chosen for my #1119 Piggy Figgy Pudding.  Then he got hungry.  Can't help but giggle at #1118 Eating Piggy Figgy Pudding and I thought they'd go well together using the sketch from last week's Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  I kinda rushed and finished this late, but managed to sneak in the challenge.  Yea, ME!  

The corner rosette is from K&Co that I've had for over 5 years.  I really loved their Christmas Cheer collection and bought multiples of every paper and embellishment while they were still available.  They are gonna last me 'til I die.  LOL

Here's a closeup of the Piggy Figgy Puddings, though.  Hilarious, eh?  They're both rather hastily colored with Copics and framed digitially with papers from Gecko Galz.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, Inky Chicks Animals, CHNC Christmas Extra ATG for Oct, Creatalicious ATG/Celebrate and the ABC Christmas "U" is for Under the Pile Challenge.