Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Just couldn't couldn't contain myself and made another ATC for Wicked Wednesday Easter or Bunnies/Chicks Challenge using a fab FREEBIE form DT member Mary Kwok's new blog Cakewalk by KWOK. Isn't this sweet little Bunny Family the cutest? They're colored wth Copics and not much more was needed. The Easter eggs are Queen and Co brads, a tiny ribbon and Voila! If you haven't already seen my chicks ATC, please scroll down. Too bad I can only enter Wicked Wednesday twice because there's more unbelievable cute images available HERE. If you're like me and been sort of hard pressed to enter additional challenges lately, why not try Wicked Wednesday? Working on a canvas that's only 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" goes pretty darn fast and is so much FUN!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I sure do love making ATC's and this one is especially special because it not only is for the Wicked Wednesday Easter or Bunnies/Chicks Challenge, but I've also used one of the FREE DIGI's from DT member Mary Kwok's new freebie digi blog Cakewalk by Kwok. Mary is a frequent participant in many of the challenge blogs, often with her own fabulous artwork as see on her blogs Happy Bunny and Le Beau Reve. Here's my first ATC done with her free image Chicka Dee which I've cropped, merged and flipped several times. I've tried to approximate feathers using Copics and added a cute dragonfly brad and ribbon bow. the sentiment is commputer generated. ATC's are so much fun and faster to make than other projects so I encourage you to visit Wicked Wednesday for great inspiration and the chance to win a prize each week. Try it, you'll like it, I PROMISE! I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and 4 Crafty Chicks and Easter Crazy Egg Challenge.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Happy Monday! I think we're finally getting some sunshine today. Hasn't been too great a Spring here in CA, although we need rain badly. This week our sweet and talented DT sister Julie H, from across the pond, has chosen any flourish from Cindy Lou for our BBTB2 Challenge and WOW are there PLENTY! Of course, as always, you may use any flourish from any cartridge to join in, just make sure the chosen cut (flourish) is a Cricut cut. I decided to make another Easter card and chose Fourish 2 on page 30 because it made a great base for the shaped card I had in mind. I welded the shadow of the flourish to an Egg from Easter 2010 and a rounded rectangle from George.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
We're back for another Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House and this week we're celebrating the Fairy Tales of the brothers Grimm. What, you say? Fairy tales? Seriously, these stories were not for wimps and we're here to remind you of the sinister characters and gruesome deaths more likely to keep you awake than lull you to sleep. I've chosen Little Red Riding Hood. I borrowed this pic by Marufoi at Deviant Art. She really looked "kick ass", however, notice the missing right arm? I added a fab digi of a snarling wolf (Wolf 4) by our own Minion Sister Ike who is sponsoring the challenge this week. More of her fab digi's can be seen at her SHOP. I merged him with the artwork and colored him with Copics. Looks like he's back for another bite, but Red has other ideas. The fab mat was done with the MS "cracked" punch around the page. Be sure to visit Haunted Design House for more inspiration and if you've ever fancied being a Minion, don't forget our DT call. Enter if you dare. The DEETS are HERE. And don't forget to return on Wednesday for our Gruesome Twosome and Creepy Glo's post.
Friday, March 23, 2012
This week's theme at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog is PARTY! I couldn't resist using the sweet #350 Amalia's Balloon Framed because what's a party without balloons, eh? I colored her with Copic to match the colorful DP from the 6x6 MME Lime Twist Life of the Party pad. Perfect!
My party girl has a little brad crown and I've embellished simply with some dotty ribbon and a #1 paper clip. If you're loving this sweet girl, be sure to check out the newest Amalia images just added to the Dilly Beans shop along with some funny little monsters and fabulous Dia de los Muertos skulls. Be sure to check out the fab inspiration HERE and we sure hope you join the party.
I'm also entering this in the the following challenges:
Simply B Stamps Celebrations Challenge
Crafty Ribbons Birthday Challenge
Crafty Creations Photo Inspiration Challenge
Monday, March 19, 2012
We have a very exciting challenge for you at BBTB2 this week. Our fabulously talented Theresa is welcoming you all and inviting you to participate by using the word "Welcome" from any cartridge on your project. In case you aren't challenged enough, she'd love to see a Home Decor project, although that is NOT a requirement to enter the challenge. I have to admit I had a tough time this week. Lots of stuff going on (not the least of which is March Madness and my alma mater MSU is the #1 seed in the West Region this year, as well as the Big Ten champs! WooHoo!) I looked for a cartridge I'd never used and found "Welcome Spring" on Phrases. Seeing that tomorrow is the first day of Spring, I thought it was just perfect. I wanted to make a little door hanger and welded the shadow of that cut to the "snail" cut from Botanicals. Where's the snail? Well, he got sort of hidden with the welding, but I only really wanted the floral border anyway.
BBTB2 and go have a look and find out about our exciting SPONSOR for this week's challenge. As always, our challenge runs for 2 weeks, but this time our winner of the prize will be chosen by Random Org and the POW will be chosen by our hostess Theresa, as usual. You still have time to enter our Bunny/chick challenge as well, so hop to it and don't miss out.
I'm also entering this in the
Sparkles Forum Mother's Day or Spring challenge
Getting Cricky Green, White and One Other Color Challenge
It's another Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House and our challenge is create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween based art piece using or inspired by a quote. Just so happened while making my Cruella card set last week I came upon another quote by Coco Chanel that fit the bill. My stamp is Christine from the Glam Vamps set by Smeared Ink, colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped on an embossed Bricked background from Sizzix. Thought it gave an urban vibe. Wouldn't really like to meet up with her in a dark alley anytime soon.
Smeared Ink. So what say you, or whoever?
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Happy Sunday! It's the 3rd week of our monthly Challenge at The Altered Alice .
"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'"
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare? We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!
Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.
You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post.
I made a Tent Card using instructions from SplitcoastStampers. I've tweaked the proportions to make it large enough to use my Nesties Labels Seventeen for the window cut-out. The long piece is 12 x 5 , folded in half to make the standing part and I've widened the added base accordingly. Here's a side view to show the dimension both in and out.
The pocket watch was cut with my Cricut using the Disney Classics cartridge and mounted on acetate to add structure and allow me to attach Tim Holtz Game Spinners for hands. The clockworks inside were cut from chipboard in my Cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz Die, painted with acrylics, and the "best butter" is a Viva Pearl Pen.
The fabulous March Hare stamp is from our sponsor Red Eowyn. It's so perfectly detailed that I didn't find the need to color, but I've added a miniature butter knife to his hand, as Alice looks on in horror. I fussy cut the image and popped it on a double shot of Nesties Labels Thirteen. The large butter knife behind was cut twice (once flipped) from mirror card stock using my Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge and glued together to be double sided. The handle was embossed with a Cuttlebug border. Lots of that "best butter" still on the knife.
The sentiment is a mix of computer generation (cut and mounted with Nesties Petite Ovals) and the Cuttlebug Monogram Seals Emboss Plus folder. I used a metallic gel pen to enhanced the embossed letters and mounted each on a punched circle. Please remember that our Altered Alice Challenges run nearly the entire month with weekly inspiration so be sure to scroll down to see the fabulous inspiration from week 1 and 2 as well. The winner and honorable mentions will be posted on Sunday, March 25th, so be sure and bring out you "best butter" yellow and play along by Friday, March 23rd.
Friday, March 16, 2012
This week at Dilly Beans we're seeing stars. Do you wish upon a star? I certainly do and so does little #274 Heart Monster. You have to believe in your heart for wishes to come true, though, so be sure to close your eyes and WISH HARD!
Cuttlebug Christmas Stars folder and then inked lightly with Platinum. I colored some tiny adhesive stars gold with my Gold Leafing Pen and added him to his eyes. The wishing star is cut with a Nestie and scored and folded. I have a tutorial HERE if you're interested.
A larger Nestie Star is popped on the base to hold the easel up and the sentiment is computer generated. At the Dilly Beans Designers and Challenge Blog, were bidding a sa but fond farewell to Debra this week, but are so excited to welcome Abby to our litle family. Please be sure to visit and be inspired. Megan has added some fabulous new stamps this week to the Dilly Beans Shop and not only can you win some for participating in our Stars challenge, but Dilly Beans is also sponsoring Abby's Dilo en Espanol challenge so there's another chance to WIN! WooHoo!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Happy Monday, or maybe not so happy. How're ya all doin' with the time change? I can certainly see why they start it on a Sunday, but if you were out late on Saturday night, like we were, EIYIYI! Well, March is flying by and our gorgeous and multi talented BBTB2 sister Julia's thoughts have turned to Easter, with a challenge involving bunnies or chicks (or both! you choose). There are so many adorable cuts on a bazillion different carts but I finally settled upon these cuties from Simply Charmed. Couldn't decide which I liked best so I used BOTH! Welded the shadows together in DS and then started layering.
Because I wanted them to look like they were really peeking out from bunny suits, I clicked weld on each individual cut to hide the placement "tick marks" and then placed the solid face shape in the appropriate spot so it would cut out, instead of having to layer the face on top. I also thought the bunnies should be fuzzy. My flocking colors were a bit brighter than I wanted, so I chose a slightly brighter pastel for each bunny and flocked them in white to soften the colors...perfect! The bunnies were flocked using my Xyron (BTW, they're cut at 5 1/2") run face down. The secret to getting good coverage with no "strings" is to first really rub the back of your cut to get good adhesion, then use a stylus around EVERY cut edge before peeling off the backing. Since things don't stick to flocking all that well I adhered the inside of the ears and paw pads before flocking. Then, I really rubbed the cuts into the flock and brushed off the excess several times to get good coverage.
When I cut the solid faces again, I enlarged them slightly so you wouldn't see the edges if you looked from the side after popping and layering. I have a few Peachy Keen face sets, but none were big enough, (nor were they animals) so I ended up drawing my own using PK for inspiration. They don't exactly look like bunnies. Maybe bears?..in bunny suits?
It is a shaped card, of sorts, but doesn't open conventionally. The bunnies were angled somewhat in DS and it's really difficult to line up the cuts for a full shaped card when you do that and I wasn't feeling a shaped front. Instead, I used the Tim Holtz easel die and ran it though my Big Shot and trimmed it to fit so it would stand up. I'd planned to use my Fancy Frames but I couldn't find it on DS (am I missing an update?) so I just went with that.
So where does it open? The carrot, of course! Even though I'd layered the feet and paws on that sucker, it wouldn't really stay closed so I tied a ribbon around it. The sentiment is computer generated and that's why this post is late. I was too tired to do the inside last night. I hope you didn't fall asleep at the keyboard with this long post, but surely you'll want to stop by BBTB2 and see all the cute critters hooping around. Can't wait to see your too, but remember the rules, please.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This week at Haunted Design House we're being inspired by infamous Disney Villains. while poking around the net, I came across the incredible artist Nicolette Davenport and fell in love with her fabulous sketches of Cruella Deville. I stuck with the fab red, white and black color scheme and added an embossed mat. This first quote is my own.
I loved Nic's work so much that I decided to use two others and make a little girly set of notecards. The fashionista poses just seemed to beg for quotes by Coco Chanel. Heck, if you're going to be evil, you might as well look great doing it, eh? My Minion sisters are rocking this challenge so be sure to visit them HERE. We've got a few suggestions if you're drawing a blank. Creepy Glo will be back on Wednesday with last week's winners and a post of her own and the fab new Cruella digi by our Teri at Delicious Doodles will be available for purchase then too. WooHoo!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Whimsicle Wednesdays Going Green
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
The sentiment is from the new #375 Cute and Dark quote set. I've popped every other word for emphasis as well as Martin and Cordillia. Too funny that I just had a conversation about this with my Sweetie and I've come to the conclusion that if a guy ain't lookin' at other women, he's dead. LOL (So I guess you have to take this sentiment with a grain of salt) There's loads of inspiration at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog so be sure to hop over there and take a look. We're so thrilled when you play along. I'm also sneaking this in to the I Break For Love Challenge, the Dare to be Sassy Thursday Seeing Green Challenge at Sassy Studio Designs, the Everybody-Art-Monochrome Challenge and the Shopping Our Stash Sentiments Required Challenge.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
It's been one of those weeks. Tuesday I had a hair appt. "Huh?" you say. Didn't you have one LAST Tues? Uhh, well...I thought I did, but my wallet is as messy and disorganized as my craft room and the appt. card I pulled out last week was for (would you believe this?) LAST YEAR! I sat there for 15 minutes, the receptionist called and left a message for my stylist and I continued to sit there thinking that maybe she thought it was for 9:45 since last month it was. Finally I started digging through my wallet and found the right card. February 28th. Eiyiyi!
This week however I thought all was well until I sat in the chair after shampooing my color out and my roots were NEON red! Seriously! Apparantly she tried a new red color booster in my usual touch up color and it reacted with my light roots. REALLY REACTED! At first we thought it would calm down with a little blow drying but NOOOOO!!!!! So she put additional dark color on, I waited AGAIN for processing, but she didn't want to shampoo again so she just used a vinegar rinse. Well, the color was fine, but my scalp, OMG! Let's just say my part looked like I should have a hatchet sticking out of my head. So what's the point of all this rambling? Well, I'd started last week's Wicked Wednesday ATC before I left and intended to finish and post it when I returned home. However, I was so traumatized by my hair experience that I was forced to do some serious retail therapy (first purchase, a hat!) and by the time I got home the collection was closed. EEEEKKK!!!!! Well, I finished it anyway and here it is.
The little cat was a freebie from Dover publications. The grass is an MS punch. A bit of embossing with the Cuttlebug and a bit of bling. The sentiment is a Studio G dollar stamp. It just so happens that the Inky Impressions Challenge is Wish Me Luck so I'm entering it there. WooHoo!