WooHoo! It's finally here! Happy Halloween! I don't know what's happened this month. I had so many fab ideas, I guess my little pea brain couldn't process them all and I've not even started most of the Halloween projects I had planned. I do have something to share, however, that might trigger the gag reflex, but I think she's kinda cute. Meet Fang. Fang started out as a mini Jezebel that she insisted I make for her Daddy. She always squeals and squawks when Daddy picks her up to comb her but she secretly loves getting "boofy" and produces mountains of fur, so what to do? Needle felt that fur into a mini cat, of course. However, Daddy thinks saving cat hair is disgusting so I knew he would never appreciate Jezzy's and my efforts, so instead, here's Fang. No longer a sweet adorable kitten, Daddy's rejection has turned her into a Zombie, or Zombie slayer. Haven't quite figured that out yet. She's happily sitting on her rug playing with her skully.
I thought I might finish her for the HDH Ferocious Furrballs challenge which I'm embarrassed to say, I bailed on, but I couldn't find eyes for Fang and these still aren't the best. Where do you buy mini cat eyes, anyway. I do love her fangs, though, and little pink tongue. Nice collar, too. wish I could get Jezzy to wear one.
Of course I'm cutting it close, as usual, for the Gecko Galz Jeepers Creepers Customer Challenge. It happens often, but especially in October. I LOVE Halloween. My head fills with so many ideas that I'm overwhelmed and just don't know where to begin, so I just don't. Fortunately I rallied. I originally had a different plan for this challenge, but when I saw this cool tut for a popsicle stick puzzle HERE on Leslierahye's blog I thought it would be great with the Jeepers Creepers Collage Sheet from Gecko Galz, a cool and creepy diversion or gifty for the kid in all of us.
The tin started out like this. Yeah, chew much gum? Unfortunately, Altoids discontinued the cinnamon years ago (probably because if you chew too many of them, they burn the roof of your mouth out, guess how I know?) but I've held on to the tins and sniff them occasionally. LOL Finally got around to altering one. How about that? (I now chew Trident cinnamon. Thank God they reintroduced that flavor or I'd be one unhappy camper.) The top is another image from the Jeeper's Creepers Collage sheet with a computer generated sentiment, washi around the bottom and bit of Sharpie ink and border stickers.
Now, I said the puzzle was two sided so here's the other side. Inside the tin I've included the slightly stretched out versions of the puzzle because trust me, they aren't the easiest to put together with the vintage pix I chose, but aren't they fun?
WOW, only 5 more days 'til the Most Wonderful Night of the Year! This is our final challenge for 2014 at Haunted Design House and our second week of Hellacious Halloween. We minions will be going into hibernation until January to rest up and refuel. So it's your last chance to join us for some mayhem and debauchery. NO CUTE STUFF! We mean it! We know where you live.
Did a bit of popping of the elements as you can see here. The fab body for this pestilent pumpkin was part of the Dp from ? (oh crap, I've got so many Hallowe'en pads on my table I can't figure it out). But anyway, I've added a die cut web border from Memory Box, "31" from Tim Holtz, a small spider border sticker across the top, and a sentiment sticker from JoLee's. The banner itself is DP from Authentique. Kinda has a vintage vibe, don'tcha think? So there ya go. Hope you can scare up a little fun and join us. It's gonna be a long cold two months. I'm entering this in the Left of Center Halloween challenge and the Left of Center FB ATG Halloween contest.
It's time for another new challenge at Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog and our theme is Include a Hat. I love hats! I collect hats. I'm almost never without a hat if I'm outside for any length of time, as a necessity, 'cause I gotta say the red hair can get all kinds of nasty if you don't protect it from the sun. There are so many adorable digis, both girls and boys with fabulous hats, in the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe that I had a hard time choosing but finally decided on the sweet Constance Cherished Wings(The kitty clinched it) that's available in both digi, or, if you prefer, a clear stamp. Did you even know Lacy Sunshine had clear stamps? See the entire collection HERE.
Here's a close up of sweet Constance. She's colored with Copics. After I colored hair and kitty though, I was at a bit of a loss. I really didn't have a plan for her, or even know what colors to use, but I remembered the fab party (still) going on on the Outlawz forum and checked out their Wednesday Sketch Challenge and voila! Problem solved. You know I rarely use sketches, they intimidate me, but this one was a particular goody so... then the flower on her hat jogged my memory of the Graphic 45 French Country DP I've had forever and never used so there ya go. The windows were cut with my Spellbinders. Sparkly sunflower stickers are JoLee's. Be sure to check out the rest of the fun hats chosen by my teamies on the Challenge Blog. And don't forget our Loyalty Program. If you used a Lacy Sunshine stamp in the previous challenge, you can get the featured "Challenge digi" for free. We can't wait to see what you create. I'm entering this in the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge, TTRCD Oct 21-27 ATG, Fitztown Challenge ATG using Digital Elements and Simon Says Monday ATG.
I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest of the Aurora Wings Marie Antionette digis, Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette. Both Challenge and Showcase DT's have teamed up for this special new release on the Showcase Blog. I was particularly thrilled when Mitzi added this Marie to the collection as Dia de los Muertos is a special celebration in our home. It is a joyous occasion, a celebration of life, not death, and I wanted to keep the true spirit of the day by using the vibrant traditional colors associated with this day in Latin cultures.
Here's a closeup of the fabulous Day of the Dead Marie. She's colored with Copics and I've added pearls and a feather to her lovely hair besides fussy cutting and popping the skull adornment. I've also added a cross charm to her choker as the day is definitely a religious holiday honoring the life of departed loved ones, believing they continue their happy lives, with all things they loved, in heaven.
The sentiments are in Spanish, the first, "Cherish your memories". Celebrations include picnics at grave sites or around home altars honoring the departed. Fond memories are exchanged and stories handed down, which keep the loved ones near and ensure they are not forgotten.
La familia is todo means "Family is everything". Although altars are made for all kinds of people, special to those who remember, including favorite celebrities, etc., it's mainly a day to connect with and honor familial ties. If you are interested in the alters (or ofrendas) I set up in our dining room each year and my personal traditions and more about the day itself, please click HERE.
The gorgeous papers I used came from some older paper stacks from K&Co. In fact, the cut out is from the cover of the Que Sera Sera stack. The colors and feel were perfect. Finally , I added a home made stick pin with a heart pin, metal rose and skull bead. Both the Challenge and Showcase DT's from Aurora Wings have done amazing projects with this fabulous new stamp. I hope you love her as much a I do and visit the Showcase Blog for more inspiration. And you can find more Aurora wings Dia de los Muertos digis HERE. I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday ATG Challenge and Fitztown ATG using Digital Elements.
I stepped outside my comfort zone and decided to tackle coloring fur. Normally I either flock it or sort of blend the colors without much texture, but thought this squirrel deserved better. This free tutorial on Deviant Art was quite helpful. Although it focuses on digital coloring, the general techniques still apply, like the under painting and making sure you follow the direction of the fur when filling in the fine individual hair details. I used a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils and am pretty pleased for a first attempt.
Acorn Sprite was also colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop the frame. I flipped him in my Printmaster program so he'd be facing the squirrel. Aren't they just darling?
Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I LOVE Dia de los Muertos and was thrilled when I found these fun skellies at SCACD. Without going into the full explanation about the holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin cultures, and is a day of honoring and celebrating the life of departed loved ones. It is a happy, not morbid occasion, with bright colors and banners, so I've made a fun greeting card, or perhaps party invitation. (If I get my act together. LOL) Sentiment is done with Alpha Beads on the layered banner and the fab DP is BoBunny.
First meet Mr. Bones. Isn't he fun!? He's new as a digital and can also be found in rubber HERE. He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped. The enlarged head made me think of a bobble head, so you know what's coming, don't you?
But first, may I introduce his lovely wife, Mrs. Bones. In digi she comes with a fun girly sentiment and she is also available in rubber HERE. Also a special deal if you want them BOTH in rubber HERE. Again, she's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to both their eyes to make them shine. Each head was cut separate from the body so I could add an Action Wobble.
I wanted them both to bobble but not butt heads (unlike most married couples, LOL) so I added a piece of foam to Mr. Bones' Action Wobble to pop his head up more. And speaking of married couples, wouldn't they make a great anniversary card?
I colored Victorian Steampunk Owl with Copics and gel pens and fussy cut and popped her atop a Memory Box Gear Assembly die. Added round epoxy stickers to her eyes and light bulb tummy to make them shine. I can totally see this stamp in other colorways, for various occasions, but if you'e into owls, there is a whole collection of owl digi stamps at SCACD.
Although the Memory Box Gear Assembly is now sold out, SCACD has a bunch of fab dies, even some exclusives, like this Steampunk Wings Pair. Don't they make a great tag topper? I've use my Spellbinders Postage Stamp die and a Tim Holtz metal gear to reinforce the hole on top. Ribbon is from my stash.
We have a new Challenge at The East Wind, The Spooks Come Out at Night. Don'tcha just LOVE Halloween? My project uses the fabulous Lucy Loo 'Spellbound'. I decided to make a tag using papers from last year's Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells. I thought it was fitting and it almost made itself. I cut apart a Memory Box spider web border die and added it to top and bottom opposing corners. The bright little spiders are Favorite Findings.
Time for a new Challenge at Delicious Darkness and our twist this month is Halloween. Remember we're not looking for cute, here. I decided to go with orange and black. Can't get more Halloweenie than that, can ya? The gorgeous image is Corvus Coralyne available HERE at the Delicious Darkness shop. I love the expression on her face. Looks like she's got a secret. I've colored her minimally with Copics and did give her some piercing green eyes. Ancient K&Co DP from my stash, a little web border courtesy of my MS punch and some Halloween twine with a found feather. I think the little birdie is jealous.
Inside I followed the color scheme and printed the sentiment using Halloween Border with a slightly modified Happy Helloween Sentiment to better match the computer generated sentiment on the front. Don't know why my black border photographed kind of navy, but I assure you it's BLACK! Our monthly challenge runs through Nov 13th, so you have plenty of time to scare us silly. Be sure to check out the fab makes by my teamies on the Challenge Blog and don't forget to scroll down to see if you're a WINNER! It's also time to take a look at Delicious Darkness Shop. There are a number of new stamps there including some totally terrifying jack-o-lanterns and a mermaid that is about the darkest EVER! WooHoo! If darkness doesn't float your boat, there are gorgeous mainstream images at the sister shop Delicious Doodles. Please scroll down for my HDH post.
So here we go of week 2 of You Wood Do That at HDH. We're looking forwoodin your projects this time around. I've taken a wooden plaque from the thrift store, painted it with black gesso, masked a moon, painted in white acrylic, dry brushed with black glitter paint. The gnarly tree branch was found on my daily walk and glued to the plaque. The stamps are both from Smeared Ink. Great Horned Owl from the Eyes in the Dark Set is feeling a bit peevish. He seems to have ripped the heart from an unsuspecting victim with the head still attached. YIKES! The sentiment is an inside joke from the HDH dungeon.
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 38 years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.