Yikes, the Fridays are coming fast and furious and this weekend unofficially marks the end of summer...bummer! We'll still have lots of fun challenges at Dilly Beans, however and this week is a doozy; make a Scrapbook or Journal Page. WWWAAAYYY out of my comfort zone. I love the whole idea of art journaling, but have yet to sucessfully embrace the whole arty, inky, painty, collagey background thing. I think I'm just too uptight. Can't just let things flow. I sure admire those who do, though. So it should be no surprise that this is my third attempt at a background. It's mostly done with Dylusion sprays, then a Spellbinders die cut from another sprayed piece. The "road" is done with Distress Ink and a sponge over a Diane Reaveley mask. Fortunately, I knew what I was going to say, a quote from Lewis Carroll, although that's not exactly as it's written in Alice in Wonderland. It's more the gist of the conversation between Alice and the Cheshire. Wish I had the talent or at least the nerve to try some fancy hand journaling, but hey, it was already late in the game. I've used #152 Alice, #153 the Cheshire and #358 Mushroom Set, printed, colored with Copics, fussy cut and glued to the page. These still are some of my very favorite Dilly Beans images. My teamies have done some fabulous work so I hope you visit the Challenge Blog for a little inspiration and come join us this week. It really was fun. And have a wonderful, safe 3 day weekend.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sorry, I'm having a bit of a crafting crisis so I'll share something personal for a change. I don't know how many of you remember (read: are old enough to know) the Marshall Tucker Band (70's Southern Rock) but we saw them Tuesday night a Yoshi's Oakland. Fun small venue (normally a jazz club) and the opportunity to meet the band and have first or second row seating. that's hubby, Doug Gray (lead singer), me and Rick Willis (lead guitar).
Only one original band member left, Doug Gray, but they've kept true to their roots and the musicians are amazing. Here with the fabulous Marcus Henderson who plays keyboard saxophone and flute which I mention because of the next song.
My fave song is "Can't you See?" Well, DUH! It's EVERYBODY'S favorite. when Doug asked "What to you want to hear?" everybody yelled "Can't you See?" and he laughed and said "Well, of COURSE we're gonna play that!"
What I wasn't expecting was being pulled on stage to sing with the band. Thank God I'd had several glasses of wine. Anyway, super fun time and if you ever get the chance to see them, DO! I promise you won't be disappointed.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Happy Monday, lovelies. It's our second week for our "Nailed it" challenge (or pinned it as the case may be) at HDH and I was inspired by the Rock and Rolla Challenge at the Smeared and Smudged Forum so this is double duty. WooHoo! Don'tcha LOVE when that happens? Anyway, the song is "Salvation" by the Cranberries (the vid is on the link to the S&S challenge) and the layout and elements pretty much come from the video. Funny, that I'd already figured I'd use a creepy image with nails coming out of his head and you can't get much creepier than a clown now, can you? This one's from Smeared Ink's Circus Procession Set, also available as a single HERE. The cute bear is from the retired Candy is Dandy Rubber set, also from Smeared Ink, now available in digi form. I stamped him on bright yellow and flocked him in white to make him all fuzzy and mute the color somewhat.
I printed the clown dude several times in both black and red. Managed to crop the nose and mouth in my Printmaster program and paste them on the black image so I didn't have to fussy cut those parts. Colored the red ruffles with my yellow Copics, fussy cut, layered and popped. The head is layered as well, with the nails stuck through the foam in between. I loved the way Laura, who won the fussy cutting challenge on the Smudgy Antics Blog had put her clown head on an action wobble so I decided to do the same this was the best action shot I could get because he was a bit top heavy due to his permanent headache. LOL He dangles rather creepily from the tag though so thanks for the inspiration, Chickie! The Minions have done some fab work with sharp objects both week's so be sure to visit HDH to see their wonderful projects and please come join us in the dungeon.
I'm also entering this in the Left of Center Challenge 13 using the LOC theme.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
We have an exciting new release at SBS, just in time for Halloween. The new Steampunk line from the fabulous Abigail Larson is A Roberts Halloween and I'm featuring the adorable Rio Gone Batty. I have to say her outfit made me think of Alice in Wonderland so I've done sort of a tea party theme. The 3D cup is a Sizzix die done with DP from the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland stack. The large clock face is another Sizzix die by Tim Holtz. The flying bat trio is cut from glitter paper using an EK Success punch.
Rio is colored with Copics and stands beside the giant tea cup reminding us not to be late for the party because "Time Flies" (cut from the new Steampunk Halloween DP from Graphic 45). The winged Steampunk clock was cut from the same DP to which I've glued one of Tim Hotz acrylic Fragments and popped atop a rosette cut from yet another Tim Holtz die. Rio is just one of the 5 fabulous new Halloween Steampunk Stamps so be sure to stop by Simply Steampunk Challenges to see the gorgeous projects done by my teamies with the rest of the line. Also remember that our current "Metal" challenge is still going on. You have until Sept 5th to enter.
I'm also entering this in the Left of Center Girly Challenge (or LOC since she is pretty Halloweenie. LOL)
Friday, August 23, 2013
This week's challenge at Dilly Beans is a special one. We're asking for Inspirational Quotes and I think this one by Judith Campbell is pretty special. The image I've chosen is #566 Jenn's Heart Framed, named after our sweet DT sis. I cropped her out of her frame and then did the paper lines on my Printmaster Program, cut it out and punched the side as if she'd been printed on notebook paper. I suppose it would have been easier to just print directly on a small piece of notebook paper, but I was afraid the edge would catch in the printer and rip. The image is colored with watercolor crayons and sort of looks like a child's artwork, partly by design, and partly because the crayons blend better on heavier card stock. The pencil DP is from the Cosmo Cricut Boyfriend Mini Deck. Kinda thought it was perfect. Being in love does make you feel like a kid again, doesn't it? Yeah, and taking good notes is important, but remember, if you can't follow them, you flunk the test.
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Back to School challenge.
Monday, August 19, 2013
This week's challenge at Wicked Wednesday is Broomsticks and Black Cats. OOOh, how FUN! I had lots of choices in my stamp library but finally decided on A Fancy Hat for Halloween by ADFD. (the site is down for maintenance so I can't link at the mo) LOVE that little kitty on the back of that broom, and what a stylish witch. She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop DP from the new Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells. Added a sentiment with black Alpha Beads and called it done. My printer is having an alignment problem though, since I'm low on black ink so I can't help the shadow.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Today I have the pleasure of showcasing Pisces from the fabulous Steampunk Zodiac collection at SBS. Currently we have 5 of the 12 signs but more are on the way.
I've colored the gorgeous Pisces with Copics in shades from mostly the BG range accented with Waterfall Stickles for sparkle.
The underwater scene began with DP from K&Co with an overlay of potato sack netting that I sprayed with green glitter spray and sprinkled with mica flakes. I swirled the yummy velvet crimped ribbon to look like seaweed and added a die cut cog distressed with ink under the net in the corner with some metal gears on top. The sentiment is computer generated on a DP scrap, cut with my Nesties and inked, sprayed and stamped wth bubble wrap. Then I threw on some epoxy bubbles for more shine.
The top left corner looked kinda bare so I added the adhesive metal "love" that I colored with Alcohol Inks and a gold leaf marker and sprinkled with more mica flakes. Why all the metal? To remind you that our Current Challenge at Simply Steampunk is Metal and runs through September 5th.
Friday, August 16, 2013
It's Friday and that means another fab challenge at Dilly Beans. This week, Little Monsters. Woohoo! I've used my fave freak #376 Martin (scroll down). The inspiration for the card is a video that fellow Dilly Beans (and HDH Minion) Sis, Creepy Glowbugg posted on her Facebook page. I'll spare you the link (you'll thank me for that. LOL) but the song seems to have become sort of an anthem in the dungeon so I just couldn't resist. I tore a piece of newsprint and glued it to my cardstock and printed Martin directly on it. Left it uncolored because the video is black and white. The rats are from a Martha Stewart punch and the sentiment (lyrics) are computer generated. A bit of a departure, but I think it turned out cute. The rest of the team has done some adorable projects so be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog. Halloween's a coming so why not get a head start and join us?
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Monochromatic Challenge and Left of Center using the LOC theme.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Oh WOW! Cutting it close again. I had so many ideas for this week's Wicked Wednesday ATC Clockwork Challenge. I could have done a million of them (had I not procrastinated, anyway). Well, TIME was running short and I finally decided that since I'd won last week's WW Challenge with Smeared Ink sponsoring AND the whole freakin' Grand Prize shebang at Smudgefest it would be fitting to use a Smeared Ink Stamp. The background stamp is from the Holy City set at Smeared Ink, available as a past offering from the Rubber Club. The skellie from the Tim Holtz Mini Halloween set from Stamper's Anonymous. I stamped and Distressed and fussy cut the skellie. The cool skellie clock face is from ArtChix Studio. The sentiment is assembled with stickers from the Authentique Enchanted Collection. Woohoo! I made it!
I'm also entering this at Left of Center using the LOC theme.
Monday, August 12, 2013
It's week 2 of our Astrological Atrosities challenge at HDH sponsored by our own Minion Sister Teri of Delicious Doodles. No surprise that I've chosen the fabulous Taurus (coming soon to the Shop) because I can be quite the stubborn one on occasion (and that's no bull! Ha! I crack myself up!). I've created my own background DP using a Taurus symbol from the net and recolored it in shades of red.
I printed the image 4 times and fussy cut and popped for dimension. These are the most FAB images to fussy cut EVER!
Here's the close up. I've added a silver ring in his nose and did the sentiment with my Dymo label maker. Stubborn...moi? LOL
Teri has been working feverishly to complete the entire set of Zodiacs. She not only has the uber creepy Horrorscope range, but also, (for you delicate flowers) lovely and amazing more traditional renditions of the signs. And here's the best news of all! Teri is offering 6 Horrorscope images of your choice to the Gruesome Twosome this week. Be sure to stop by HDH to see the fabulous makes, both this week and last and come play along.
I'm also entering thhis in the Left of Center Use Metal (his nose ring) Challenge.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
WooHoo, I made it through! I sort of started Smudgefest as a whim, but managed to keep at it all WEEK! The challenges were fun and exciting, the prizes fab, and the comraderie excellent. Can't say some days were outside my comfort zone, but hey, that's what challenges are for. I'm proud that I hung in there as I'm not a "spur of the moment" kind of crafter and hesitate to post things I'm not overly proud of, but this experience was liberating and so freakin' much FUN! Today, thank God, was an easy one. A freebie challenge using this fun little Goulipop. He'll eventually be in the SHOP but today only you can nab him HERE and play along. There are daily prizes as well, so you may just get lucky!
Ghoulipop looked a bit lonely so I also used Smeared Ink's Devil Boy, available individually or part of the Creepers set. I think with those 3 mouths he may just be able to do Goulipop justice. He sure looks thrilled with it. The card turned out sort of chaotic with all that candy but I think it captures the spirit of a true sugar rush. A huge thanks to Terra and Tori for a fabulous event. I hope this is training for some of the biggies coming up. We'll see.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Still hangin' in there with Smudgefest, although this morning my heart stopped as I viewed the DREADED SKETCH! I suck at sketches because I have no imagination. I feel compelled to take them literally and today was no exception. However, not to be undone, I faced my fears and decided to combine it with the Freaky Freebie Challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum and used Anya from the Glam Vamps set. (Just so happened I already had the set, but Anya is the freebie this month for that challenge). I started thinkin' on DP to use and decided that one with blood spatter would be apropo so I called up this lovely from Crafty Chaos (alas, the shop is closed). As I was sizing in my Printmaster program I stuck Anya in the center and realized I might just be able to do the majority of this digitally so I gave it a go. I'm obviously no pro at this but at least it doesn't suck. Even kinda proud of the shaded parts. I'm too lazy to learn to color digitally, however, so Anya is done with Copics.
Here's the sketch. See what I mean...pretty damn literal. That line down the side was a bit of a heart stopper but I just couldn't let it go. More blood seemed just the ticket but went back and forth between nail polish and reinker that SURPRISE was still laying out from yesterday (and probably will remain out forever like the majority of my supplies) but the polish was a bit sluggish so reinker it is. DONE! and it isn't even lunch time. WooHoo! Oh, and because I think the sentiment is kind of a giggle, I'm entering it in the PunkYouGirl Dark Humor Challenge and Left of Center using the LOC theme as well.
Friday, August 9, 2013
EIYIYI! It's Day 5 at Smudgefest and I'm still hangin' in there. Today almost did me in, however. We were to use "flowing medium" like watercolors, liquid ink, liquid glue, you get the idea. WAAAAYYY out of my comfort zone. I'm a papercrafter, not really an artist, and I prefer stuff I can control, like markers or pencils. At first I tried to get all "artsy" with sprays and stuff but to get them to "flow" you've gotta spray them pretty close to the paper and they got all muddled, not at all as I'd hoped.
I finally decided on Distress Reinkers and a water brush to color with. I tried in vain to print images on my printer, but the watercolor paper was too thick to feed so I gave up. I did have some Watercolor Postcards and decided to find a rubber stamp to paint. Settled on one from the Smeared Ink Occasions Grumpies set (retired in rubber but available HERE in digi). Thought a Birthday postcard would be something I'd actually send. The postcard was pretty textured so the solid parts didn't stamp as well as I'd hoped, but it was workable. Of course I used StazOn so it wouldn't bleed. What I was surprised to find out is that the inks bled if you weren't careful, but I finally managed a so so project. Spent an hour looking for the Grumpies sentiment "Party like a Grumpie" that I'd planned to use but had to find something else. Bummer! I'm just glad it's DONE! Is it Happy Hour yet?
I'm thinkin' that since this really is a Postcard it'll qualify for the Simon Says Monday Air Mail challenge, too.
It's Friday! Time to pull out your Dilly Beans stamps and join us for another Challenge. This week we're going monochromatic. I've chosen an adorable newbie, #572 River Framed and paper pieced her hair and dress using printed DP from my DT sis Jenn, who knows I agonize over choosing coordinating papers. Thanks, Jenn! The flowers and leaves in her hair were just colored right over the DP in darker shades of orange after gluing the piece down. Easy peasy! Two more squares of coordinating prints, a solid mat, a bow of my favorite gingham ribbon because it's so fresh and makes me happy and adhesive beads and it was done! Now, how come it took me all day? The team has done a fabulous job with gorgeous colors so be sure to visit the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog and check them out. Remember, a Dilly Beans Stamp is required but there are some great deals in the SHOP, like a huge discontinued bundle (50 STAMPS, including some of my faves!!!!!!!) for $25 or 10 current stamps (your choice) for that same price. Now's the time to buy!
I'm also entering this in The Sparkles Monthly Autumn Colors Challenge, The Cupboard Trilogy Monochrome, As You Like it Favorite Ribbon or Twine and Why, Little Red Wagon Falling to Pieces, and Paper Pretties Designer Duds (2 or more DP's).
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I was a little stumped this morning seeing the Twisted Thursday Day 4 Challenge for Smudgefest, but only for a minute. Make an ATC with a "Twist" using your own interpretation of "twist". Well duh! Femdom, my fave Twisted stamp set from Smeared Ink. (No longer available in digi, but part of the Rubber Club past offerings.) I went with black, white and red my "go to" twisted color scheme, printed "spreader bar" with a sentiment from Ginger's House. Added a bit of blood spatter from the retired Inky Dreams rubber set and just in case that wasn't twisted enough, I made a little whip out of a toothpick and "twisted" piece of floss. Done! Woohoo! All before breakfast. Smudgefest is a BLAST! (See sidebar for deets)
I'm also entering this at Left of Center using the LOC theme.
Please scroll down for my Simply Steampunk post for today.
Today I'm showcasing the lovely Sagittarius for Simply Steampunk, one of the new Steampunk Zodiacs at SBS. There's something about her bow and arrow that made me make a tag using Fall colors, or maybe it's just the cooler weather we've been having. I used kraft for the tag and gorgeous K&Co Dp. The sentiment just sort of came to me while on my morning hike and I printed it on the computer, cut the rectangle and scrunched and distressed and inked and spritzed it with water until it looked weathered enough to make the scroll. I thought the copper skeleton leaves added to the woodsy feel.
Sagittarius is colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped. The gorgeous clothing of the Steampunks is so much fun to color. I've added some fab fibers and some Tim Holtz metal flowers and foliage to the Primas in honor of our current Metal Challenge. It runs through Sept 5th so I hope to see you there.
I'm also entering this in the Crafting by Designs Celebrate Women challenge, Ruby's Rainbow Vintage Challenge, Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes, Papertake Weekly Anything Goes w/Optional Vintage, Simply Challenged Heavy on the Embellishments, TTRCD Aug 6-12, and Avenue 613 Create Anything Goes with an Optional Sentiment.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
WooHoo, I made it through Day 3 of Smudgefest and even better, I WON Day 2! Bless you, Random org! LOL don't know if I'll make it through the end, but with the daily prizes, even if you play for only 1 day it's worth it. The support, inspiration and comraderie among the Smeared and Smudgies (ok, I just made that label up but it's kinda cute, don't you think?) is super and there's always something fun going on.
Today we have a color challenge. They look a little different here than they did on the black background but I tried to get as close as possible. I decided that Froggie Fae (retired) would be a good candidate and grabbed some Copics. Too bad my coloring looks so washed out in the pic. Some K&Co DP looked pretty close and I found Prima flowers in the colors too. Mine's pretty simple (I'm totally neglecting my DT stuff at the mo) but check out Smudgy Antics for the fab entries each day. Totally cool!
I'm also adding this to 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with an Optional Sentiment.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
WOW! This is my 3rd post of the day. I'm out on a limb here, trying my best to make it through the 7 days of Smudgefest. (Click the sidebar link to find out all about it.) Here's my offering for Day 2, Terrifying Tuesday, pull out your favorite scary Smeared Ink image. I've chosen a little charmer from the Babies of the Damned set. Clearly, it should be no surprise that I'm not a mother. And it is no surprise to me that we keep these creatures behind bars. I think that's about all I'm gonna say about this in hopes of avoiding hate mail. He's colored with Copics in my fave Zombie skin warms grays and greens. the fab brain is from Creepy Glo's Etsy Shop. the "playpen" is a Martha Stewart punch. I've added a computer generated sentiment stamped with blood spatter from Smeared Ink's Inky Dreams Rubber set and a pair of fangs tied with a black bow. Sweet!
I'm also entering this in the PunkYouGirl Dark Humor Challenge and Left of Center using the LOC theme.
There was a fab Blog Hop at Crafting with Dragonflies last week with loads of fun prizes, culminating in a Wedding Card Challenge. Each DT member told a special story about their wedding and showed pix and there was a riddle to solve...such fun! I wasn't sure I'd make it for the challenge, but WooHoo! Here it is, just under the gun. The beautiful image is from ADFD called Forever Begins Here. (Yikes, getting kinda misty!) It's colored with Copics and fussy cut. The fame was cut with my Nesties, embossed with a Cuttlebug Folder and popped for dimension. The sentiment is computer generated. This is my second post of the day, (scroll down for the other) and I've still got another card to finish for Smudgefest so come back in a few. Yikes! Better get a move on!
I'm also entering this in 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with an Optional Sentiment and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.
This was actually the planned ATC for the Wicked Wednesday Zodiac Challenge featuring Leo from the Delicious Doodles Horrorscope range. It so happens to be for my fave Leo, my DB DT sis, the Queen Bee (or should I say of the jungle, LOL) of Wicked Wednesday, and my dear friend Jenn. Happy Birthday, Chickie!
The image is printed 3 times, fussy cut and popped for the current Fussy Cutting Challenge at Smudgy Antics. The tiny Leo symbol was found on the net. It just so happens that our current Macabre Monday Challenge at HDH is also Astrological Atrocities featuring more images from Minion Sister Teri's Horrorscope set. She is also this fortnight's sponsor so be sure to check out HDH to see more of the images and play along to WIN THE ENTIRE SET!! I'm on Team B so you'll see my "official" take this next Monday. Conveniently, the Delicious Doodles Challenge is Anything Goes so WooHoo for that, too.
I'm also entering this in the Left of Center using the LOC theme, and Simon Says Wednesday Anything goes Challenge.
Monday, August 5, 2013
I had my image all picked out for this week's Wicked Wednesday ATC Zodiac Challenge until I saw the very first challenge for Smudgefest 2013. What is Smudgefest? It's a week long challenge celebration by Smeared Ink with daily challenges and the chance to win all sorts of fab prizes. Click the LINK to learn more. Anyway, the Smudgefest Challenge is Manic Monday (create a bi-polar project that shows opposites) and I immediately thought of Gemini and the fab Conjoined Twins image from the Carnies set. The Gemini symbol was found on the net, with rub-ons and a computer generated sentiment. Don't know if I'll make it every day of Smudgefest but at least I'll give it a go. Even if I don't complete the week, there are still fab daily prizes to be had so check it out. Smeared Ink also happens to be sponsoring Wicked Wednesday this week so WOOHOO!
I'm also entering this in the Left of Center Creepmas in July Challenge (you know, the "naughty/nice" thing or just LOC, if you prefer) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes.
Friday, August 2, 2013
This is my second post of the day so please scroll down to see the new challenge at Simply Steampunk.
This week at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog we're going cute and creepy. Such an easy challenge with all of the creepy cuties available in the SHOP. I've chosen #564 Pet Spider Framed and used the lovely greens in the DP (a RAK from my dear friend Jenn xx) and coordinating tones of lavender to color her up with my Copics. A little embossing, a punched web border, dotty ribbon and sticker letter sentiment and it was done. She really does make me smile. Come join us in our Cute and Creepies Challenge but don't forget a Dilly Beans image is required and be sure to check out the adorable inspiration from the rest of the team.
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge, the Outlawz Greeting Card Anything Goes, DLArt August Linky Party,the Crafter's Cafe Anything Goes and PunkYouGirl Dark Humor challenge (not ultra dark but I think it's funny. I'll try and do better next time. LOL).
It's the first Friday of the Month and that means another fab challenge at Simply Steampunk. This time we want to see METAL on your project. The team is showcasing the beautiful new Zodiac Steampunks drawn by the uber talented Abigail Larson, available at SBS. I've made an easel card using the gorgeous Aquarius.
Although these images respresent the signs of the Zodiac, they are not overly literal and lend themselves to many applications. And because they are digis, they resize easily and can be cropped, as I did here, to give a different affect.
I certainly didn't have any trouble finding metal, did I? The raindrops and sentiment are from Colorbok and the fantasy flowers are paperclips I bought at Starbucks eons ago to which I've added some Primas and pearls to soften them up. No gears this time for me, just delicate feminine beauty. My DT sisters have done an outstanding job yet again, so be sure to visit Simply Steampunk and give them some love. We're excited to see your Steampunk projects incorporating some metal and although we welcome anything that fits our challenge, please remember that only those featuring an SBS Steampunk image is eligible for a prize or badge.
I'm also entering this in the C.R.A.F.T. Monochromatic Challenge, the Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge, Lady Anne's Monochrome challenge, 613 Avenue Create anything Goes, the Crafter's Cafe Anything Goes and Tammy's Scrappin' Corner Use a Digi.