Friday, November 29, 2013

Anything Goes with a Dilly Beans Image

WooHoo!  Looky looky!  I've already decorated for Christmas (on my Blog, anyway).  Hope everyone had a fab Thanksgiving and enjoys the holiday weekend, whatever you do.  It's Friday and that means it's another Challenge at Dilly Beans and it's a real easy one.  ANYTHING GOES WITH A DILLY BEANS IMAGE.  I've done a little Christmas card using the adorable #304 Christmas Owl (scroll down to find him).  The embossed frame was laying on my table and worked well with the little village DP so there ya go.  The sentiment is computer generated and I've added some buttons 'cause I thought they looked cute.

 I've colored the little guy with Copics, fussy cut and popped him.  Then added one of the glasses paper clips that De insisted I get when she was out in CA a couple of weeks ago.  What a HOOT!  (Sorry, couldn't resist)  Thanks, De! Check out the fab stuff the rest of the DT has done and come play along for a chance to win some Dilly Beans images of your own.

But if you just can't wait, you can enjoy Black Friday savings from the comfort of your computer.  Now THAT's my way to shop, today anyway.

I'm also entering this in the Charisma Cardz Christmas Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, the Outlawz Friday Alcohol Markers Challenge ATG w/optional Christmas Twist, LEJ Designs Buttons, Bows or Beads, and TTRCD Nov 26th-Dec 2nd.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wicked Wednesday ATC Spots and Stripes Challenge

Here's a little ATC for the Wicked Wednesday Spots and Stripes challenge.  Yeah, I know, I'm always just under the wire for these but I think about them all week long, HONEST!  Would have been earlier if the grocery stores hadn't been on overload for the Thanksgiving holiday, and of course, I've forgotten stuff with every visit.  I don't often use stickers, but I have quite a few in my stash.  This one came from the $1 bin at Mike's a couple of years ago.  I AM a hug fan of Mary Engelbright and was devastated when her mag stopped being published, so I couldn't resist this cutie.  Had a scrap of spotted and striped DP.  Added some icicles and a snowfake cut with MS punches and I'm good to go.  Yea!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Romance Steampunks Re Release

Today at Simply Steampunk Challenges we're celebrating the re release of the fabulous Steampunk Romance Digis and I have the pleasure of showcasing Romance Jacob.  I have to say these guys make my heart go pitty pat, they're sooo handsome and perfect for those hard to make male cards.  I've used the sentiment "All the Best" here so this card could be used for many different occasions, ie. birthday, graduation, new job, retirement.  Great to have one of those in your stash.  The main card is cut from the DCWV Tattered Time stack and the layers all cut (or fussy cut) from one piece of card stock from the Tradewinds stack.  I've matted in gold foil  and a metal "game spinner" to add further shine.

Here's a closeup of that handsome devil.  He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped.  I dare say his luscious locks remind me of an old beau.  Yummy!

I could have easily adhered all the layers flat, but I just can't resist the look of a little dimension.  Really adds interest, don'cha think?  Be sure to visit Simply Steampunk to see the rest of the team's fab examples.  You'll be amazed to see how versatile the Steampunk Romance digis can be.  And please don't forget our current Party Invitation Challenge which runs through December 5th.  Why not pop in over the Turkey Day holiday and give it a go?  Hope to see you there.

I'm also entering this in the Outlawz Monday Greetings Card Anything Goes Challenge, Come and Get it ATG w/Twist Use a Digi, A Creative Romance Vintage Style, Creative Corner Heavy Metal, Feeling Crafty Steampunk and Creative Fingers ATG w/optional use Metal.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge

It's my last week as Guest Designer at the Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge and I want to thank the team for the fab opportunity.  CAS is actually sort of outside the box for me but I enjoy a challenge and try to play along whenever possible.  This week's theme is "It all started with a mouse".  Of course that's a partial quote from Walt Disney but we don't have to see Mickey, just include any mouse on your card and make it CAS.  My little card uses a mouse punch from Martha Stewart, a misteltoe die from Sizzix with an arched window die from Spellbinders for the mouse hole.  A little Cuttlebug embossing for the background, a couple of adhesive pearls, a bow and DONE!  That's what I love about CAS.   Once you figure it out, it goes together quicky and easily.

Now I just have to tell you about my shopping score yesterday.  We have an even in downtown Livermore called "Earlier than the Bird" where from 9:00AM to noon, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the merchants open early, provide breakfast snacks, and have great discounts as long as you shop in your jammies.  I've never gone, but my hubbie needed some new Uggs and they were going to be on sale so I trudged down (in my BEST jammies, glasses, and Uggs) to get a deal.  Well, I got his boots and a pair I'd been eyeing at 20% off, but then I noticed a stack of "one of a kinds" for $49.  HUH?  $49 for UGGS?  Couldn't resist because there was one pair in a 6 (originally $185, I might add).  Pretty jazzy with all the outside fur and embroidery but tell me that's not the deal of the century?  Popsicle Toes no more.  My tootsies are IN LOVE!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lacy Sunshine It's a Bling Thing

Still battling my stupid cold which has left me pretty ADD (sounds good to blame it on that, eh?) but I've finally managed to finish a rather giant tag for the Lacy Sunshine It's a Bling Thing Challenge.  I had the hardest time deciding which image to use, especially since there's a holiday sale of Seasonal Digis going on at the shop and I desperately needed some retail therapy.  I finally chose Coco's Holiday Ornament and made a mega tag because I had all kinds of bling I wanted to use.  The fab swirl is from Prima and the gorgeous snowflakes from JoLee's.  When you ask for "BLING", I don't mess around.  The shiny DP is from last year's DCWV Winter magic stack mounted on textured silver card stock from American Crafts.

I've colored Coco with Copics, the ornament with a metallic silver Sharpie and added Stickles to the top, as well as her wings and set diamonds in her wings as well.  I've flocked her boots and cuff and cut a tinsel pom pom in half for her earmuffs.  There are pearls in her hair and diamonds in her eyes.  I think I got the bling covered, don't you?   Of course there are only a couple hours left for the challenge so I better get my rear in gear. 

I'm also entering this in the Crafts 4 Eternity Glitter and Sparkle Challenge, Crafty Catz Tags and Bags, Creative Knockouts Snowflakes, TTRCD ATG Nov 19th-25th, Fab 'n' Funky ATG,  613 Avenue Create ATG, Corrosive Fur and Feathers Challenge, C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Nov. 21st (Inspiration Pic), and Tag Along Ring a Ding Ding, Lots of Bling Challenge.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dilly Beans Brads or Eyelets Challenge

It's Friday, which means it's time for a new Dilly Beans Challenge.  This week we want to see Brads or Eyelets.  I tried my own version of the "spotlight technique" using both #504 Noah's Winter Hat and #505 Noah's Warm Winter Wishes Framed.   First I printed Noah on white card stock.  Then, in my Printmaster Pro Program I resized the framed verson to fit perfectly over the first digi which gave me a sentiment.  The uncolored version was embossed with an older Cuttlebug folder and I've added brads and some glitter acetate on top of random snowflakes.  The framed "spotlight" was colored with Copics and glittered with Stickles and I found a teeny button brad for his coat.  I used deckle edge sicissors to cut out the frame and popped it for dimension.  Stop by the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog for more inspiration and come play along.

I'm also adding this to the CCEE Stampers embossing and Glitter Challenge, Creative Knockouts Snowflakes, 613 Avenue Create ATG, and Holly Jolly Warm Christmas Challenge and ABC Christmas Challenge W is for Winter Wishes.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wicked Wednesday ATC and Stampotique CAS

Felt so bad not using a Stampotique image for the WW ATG challenge that I thought I'd try another quickie.  I've used Smile and am so proud of myself using a Stamp-a-majig for the first time for the placement of the scissors from the Tools Cube.  The sentiment is from Gingers House.  Colored the heart only with Copics and matted in black...DONE!  WooHoo!

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge

I've really been struggling with creativity lately.  I rarely get sick but I've been battling a cold for a week now.  Still, I just couldn't miss the current Anything Goes Challenge at Wicked Wednesday.  The sponsor is Stampotique Originals and I sure do LOVE me some Stampotique.  I planned to do an ATC using a Stampotique image but I recently joined the Aurora Wings Facebook group and Mitzi gave us this adorable Flying Kitty digi as a thank you. It reminded me of my Jezebel so I had to go where the mojo flowed.

But Jezzie isn't white, you say.  No, she isn't, but she dreams she is.  She also loves to fly, me thinks, as she'll sit and watch the birdies for hours.  So just for Jezzie I fussy cut and flocked her in in white, added Stickles to her wings (as well as a pink feather 'cause she's such a girlie girl) and have her flying through the night sky.  Instead of "dream" I added an epoxy sticker that says "believe" because I always tell her that if she believes in dreams they will come true. 

I'm also adding this to the Corrosive Fur and Feathers Challenge and the Outlawz Paper a la Mode Stars and/or Snowflakes Challenge.

Down the Rabbit Hole for Simply Steampunk

Here's the last of my showcase pieces this month for Simply Steampunk using the fabulous Down the Rabbit Hole digi from the Alice in Wonderland Steampunk Style release, available only at SBS.  I knew from the get go that I wanted to do this one in a dimensional style to give the impression that Alice is truly looking down the rabbit hole so I printed the image once on white cardstock to color and then resized it and printed it on kraft to fussy cut and pop the roots.

Here's a better look at the fab digi.  I've colored with Copics and cut around the hole and glued to DP by Tim Holtz.

The fussy cut roots were popped using 2 layers of foam to give more dimension.  This made the edges  fairly unattractive so I used Washi tape around the entire thing to neaten it up.  The Alice sentiments were in my stash and of course I've added a pocket watch and gears 'cause I just can't get enough of them.  LOL

It really was too thick for a card that opened, so I decided to add an easel back, cut from a Tim Holz die, to make it a standing frame.  It folds flat for storage, but for now I'm enjoying having it sit on my desk.  (Fortunately it doesn't take up too much room.  LOL)  Be sure to visit Simply Steampunk for loads of inspiration using the Alice in Wonderland Steampunk collection all month long.  And don't forget our current Party Invitation challenge that runs through December 5th.  It can be any type of party, as long as it's in the Steampunk style so I hope you can join us.

I'm also entering thhis in the Left of Center Washi Tape or Twine Challenge (I've used Washi around the edges), Fab 'n' Funky Anything Goes, Simon Says Monday It's a Mystery (What's down that Rabbit Hole?), The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card No rubber Stamps (only digi's) Challenge, 613 Avenue Creates ATG, and TTRCD Nov 19th-25th ATG.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Outlawz CAS Sunday

I'm enjoying my month long Guest DT spot on the Outlawz Challenges CAS Sunday and this week our theme is "Give Thanks".  I chose a kraft card stock and autumn hues of my letter jumble card featuring a die cut from the Cuttlebug With Gratitude set.  I actually cut "Thanks" out twice in yellow and twice in orange and used my Copics to change the shades.  I designed the card in my Printmaster Pro program to print the border and position the word "many".  This one I printed in brown, but I can easily change the color and thought it might be fun to do a set using colors of the 4 seasons.  What do you think? 

I'm also entering this in the Country View Crafts 'Letters' challenge, Mema's Crafts November ATG Challenge with Optional "Thanks" in the Sentiment, Simon Says Wednesday Thanks/Thanksgiving and Creative Moments ATG/CAS.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dilly Beans Anything But a Card

Well, it's Friday and time for another Dilly Beans Challenge.  I almost didn't make it. I'm battling and cold and feel like crap and something has taken over my computer and ads are popping up all over the place and there's links to stuff on the blog that I didn't put there.  WTF?  Soo what is this project?  It's a little Post It Note holder.  Sorry, best I could do, but they do make awfully cute stocking stuffers and there are tons of framed Dilly Beans images that are perfect for them.  Here I've used #534 Nutmeg Framed.  All paper piecing but her face. (I love to paper piece and sooo many Dilly Beans imges are just perfect for  it.) I've added Nesties squares to the piece that wraps around the post it to jazz it up a bit and a tab on top for the little pen.  It's safe to say that my teamies have been a bit more creative than I, so please stop by Dilly Beans and check it out.  (I'm going back to bed.)

I'm also entering this in the Creative Fingers ATG w/ Optional Paper Piecing.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wicked Wednesday ATC Add a Feather Challenge and Some Meet Up Pix

I'm especially thrilled to be playing along with Wicked Wednesday this week because I met up with 3 of the DT gals and 2 of their daughters in Walnut Creek over the weekend.  The challenge is Add a Feather sponsored by ADFD so I thought it fitting to use one of their sweet images.  This is Peacock Magic. She's colored wth Copics and glittered within an inch of her life with Waterfall Stickles.  After an exhaustive search I found my peacock feathers, only to find that they were too big for the ATC so I trimmed and layered some others and added them with a gem.  More gems to balance, a glitter mat, and there ya go.

I'm also entering this in the Corrosive Fur and Feathers Challenge.

Here's the group of us after a huge breakfast Sunday. There's (L to R) Denice, all the way from Chicago, Cass and Mom Jenn, Kim and daughter Emily, and me.

 We had an absolute ball.  Got quite a few clowning around pix too that I'll spare you for now LOL, but I'm telling you, these gals are the BEST!  Love and kisses to you all.

Monday, November 11, 2013

ADFD It's All About Fall

WooHoo, I'm excited to be playing in the A Day For Daisies All About Fall challenge.  The images are so sweet and innocent and because the DT was showcasing favorite images from year's past I decided to use the first ADFD image I ever saw which led me to Tammy's magnificent digis.  It's called Fall Fun and is unfortunately retired but I still love it to death, don't you?  The image is colored with Copics and cut and matted with my Spellbinders Labels Seventeen.  I've added a Memory Box die cut grapevine wreath to the corner and teeny punched leaves.  The gorgeous DP is from K&Co mat stack and the strip of burlap ribbon gives it a rustic feel.  It's finished off wth some Card Candy.

I'm also entering this in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Fall Colors Challenge, Glitter and Sparkle Autumn ColorsMy Sheri Crafts Fall/Thanksgiving, Stampin' for the Weekend Autumn/Fall Colors, Wags 'n Whiskers Fall Colors, 613 Avenue Create ATG, and TTRCD Nov 5-11 ATG.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Outlawz CAS Challenge Rememberance/Celebrate

I'm really enjoying my November Guest DT spot for the Sunday CAS challenges on the Outlawz Forum.  This week our theme is Rememberance/Celebrate.

Our loved ones that have left our physical world are always in our thoughts and prayers and this week we challenge you to create a CAS card or project in their favourite colours, theme or even animal treat or toy.

I immediately thought of my Dad.  Being a Daddy's girl, he is always in my heart and has been a lifelong inspiration in so many ways.  I had a hard time choosing the theme however, because he was an artist, an inventor (a mechanical engineer (but he preferred to call himself an "inventor"  sooo cute!)  a wonderful dancer, ice skater (we went every Saturday for years when I was a child and he built a rink in the backyard every winter) and he loved golf.  Obviously, I went with the golf theme as it lended itself quite easily to the CAS style.

I used the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder for my mat and flipped it to the debossed side to resemble a golf ball.  The circle cut outs were done with my Nesties, the green and sky, sponged with Distress Inks, the hole drawn with a Sharpie.  Wrapped some card stock around a toothpick for the flag and added an adhesive pearl for a golf ball.  The sentiment was done with the retired Cuttlebug Typewriter Alphabet.  Done, WooHoo!

I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Keep it Clean and Simple Challenge.

Then I thought again about the theme and remembered an adorable little rubber stamp set with 4 kitties by Nicoart (on Etsy but no longer doing business) that looked like some of my departed fur babies and came up with these note cards.  The tuxedo cat was Max, the Siamese, my first kittie at age 4, I named Twinkle, the striped one was Kelly, and the diva was Cashmere.  Still miss them all, but Goliath and Jezzie but certainly fill the void.  Used my Greeting Card Factory program to do the sentiments.  The embossed circles were done with Nesties by running it through my Grand Caliber with the embossing mat and plate only so it wouldn't cut through.  Then I scored around the edges.  Easy peasy.  See why I'm loving these CAS challenges?

I'm also adding these to the CAS on Sunday One Layer Wonder Challenge.

Well I'm off for the day to meet up with some blogging friends for the very first time in person!  I'm beyond excited and hope to have pix to show.  Have a great rest of your weekend. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dilly Beans Thanks Challenge

Happy Friday!  It's time for another Dilly Beans Challenge and what better theme this November than "Thanks"?  My card was inspired by my dear DT sister Jenn, truly an angel and fabulous friend.  I've used the adorable #512 Bless You Penelope Framed.  I colored her with Copics and paper pieced her dress.  Penelope has little fairy wings, but I've added die cut, embossed and glittered wings from the Cuttlebug Vintage Collage Emboss Plus folder (big angel wings, like she deserves) and used my craft knife to carefully cut around the image and slide them in place.  Of course I added hearts, because hers is huge, and a banner sentiment.  Jenn has touched the lives of so many and it's a privilege to call her my friend.  I'm so excited that we will finally be meeting in person for the first time this Sunday, before she moves back East.  Sniff, sniff!
Stay tuned for pix. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Alice Portrait for Simply Steampunk

I'm so excited today to showcase another of the fabulous Alice in Wonderland Steampunk Style digis by Abigail Larson available exclusively at SBS.  Here I have the adorable Alice Portrait.  Isn't she the sweetest?  I can image using her for all sorts of occasions but today I'd say my card could be for ANY occasion.  I decked her out heavily in the Steampunk style using digi paper from the Steampunk Fantasy set from Bearly Mine Designs.  And speaking of HEAVY, all the metal embellies are from Tim Holtz.  There's 15 total, if you count the brads.  Guess this one should be hand delivered eh, but don't they look FAB with the DP?

Here's a closeup of the gorgeous Alice.  Of course she's colored with Copics to match the digi paper.  Remember we have inspiration going all month long at Simply Steampunk so be sure to visit often, and don't forget our current  Party Invitation Challenge that runs through December 5th.  You can use any image as long as it's in the Steampunk Style.  Hope to see you there.

I'm also entering this in the Bearly Mine Anything Goes Challenge, Divas by Design use a Digi, TTRCD Nov 5-11 ATG, Papertake Weekly ATG and 613 Avenue Create ATG.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wicked Wednesday Creepy Halloween

I'm so glad there still are some challenges out there where I can indulge my Halloween spirit.  Oft times I have more energy AFTER the holiday than before and hey, you just can't have too much Halloween, can you?  So for Wicked Wednesday's Creepy Halloween Challenge I made this ATC using Rick St. Dennis' Abandon Hope.  I considered adding "Trick or Treat", but honestly, would you go trick or treating there?  The image is colored with Copics, fussy cut and glued to a background embossed and inked with Tim Holtz stuff.  The 6's were cut from the Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls Alphabet.

I'm also entering this in the PunkYouGirl Angels and Demons Challenge, and Left of Center Halloween or Creepy.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Final HDH Challenge of the Year Samhain Sunset Week 2

I know, I know, it's tough to think we Minions won't be WOWing you with creepiness throughout the last months of the year, but let's face it, Halloween takes the piss out of us.  We need a few months of torture, gloominess and bad weather to recharge our warped little minds.  Not that we'll be going completely dark.  It's just our last Challenge.  I'm sure there will be a few little surprises here and there so check in periodically. 

Our final challenge is Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) Sunset.  Read about the history of Samhain HERE.

We're looking for the colors of a beautiful fall sunset.
Think purples, reds, oranges, and yellows.
Use them as you wish, just keep it within our guidelines.

We are sponsored by the incredibly talented Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, of
She has offered up a very generous prize of $15 worth of digis (digis ONLY)
to each of our GTs this challenge.
Mitzi has beautiful artwork available in her store. She has digis,
ACEOs, original artwork, and more in her shop. Stop by and check it out.

I've chosen the gorgeous Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Catrina.  I certainly wish I could have included her in the Dia del los Muertos Blog Hop but she will definitely find a place on my ofrenda (altar) as I've put her on a cigar box which honors my Grandfather ('s nasty habit).  Because I use crap card stock to print on and not the fab and expensive super blendable stuff,  I printed her twice on white and twice on yellow and then colored. I thought it would suck up too much of my Copics and wanted a saturated background and roses so I did some fussy cutting, paper piecing and popping to get the final result.  The rest of the minions (except Glo of course, who HAS to be different ;D) also chose this image so be sure to pop by HDH to see the beautiful and fabulously different takes.  Scroll down and see more of Mitzi's gorgeous designs in team A's offerings as well.

I'm also entering this in the Anything But a Card Fall into Fall Challenge (it's an altered cigar Box in case you didn't want to plough through my lengthy post), 613 Avenue Create ATG, Hiding in my Craftroom Fall Colors, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, Left of Center using the LOC theme, Ladybug Crafts Autumn Colors, and Scribbles Designs Shades of Orange.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge Bright November

I love playing on the Outlawz Forum because they have a challenge for every day of the week.  One of my faves is the Sunday CAS Challenge because CAS is REALLY a challenge for a gal who likes to "pile it on".  LOL  I was so excited to be invited to be Guest Designer for November.  The first challenge of the month is Bright November, a color challenge using some or all of the colors GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE, PINK, and BLUE.  The card can be any theme, but must be CAS and BRIGHT.  I used a favorite Autumn quote and surrounded it by falling leaves from two different sized (ancient) punches.  The large ones were out of solid card stock and inked with Distress, the smaller punched from card stock I'd sprayed with Dylusions Sprays.  The background was also sponged with Distress.  Easy peasy and lots of fun.  If you haven't joined the Outlawz Forum, I encourage you to check it out.  It's a great group of supportive crafters and they have fabulous sponsors, as well.  Hope to see you there.

I'm also entering this in the Hiding in my Craftroom Fall Colors, Ladybug Crafts November Autumn Colors, Simon Says Monday ATG, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, Glitter 'n' Sparkle Use Some Leaves and Seemacrafts Bright and Colorful November.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dilly Beans Fall Colors

If you're looking for the Dia de los Muertos Blog Hop, please scroll down.

OOOPS!  I'm a little late in posting my Dilly Beans this week  Friday was a very busy day.  Our challenge this week is Fall Colors.  I'm always a bit sad when a holiday passes and of course Halloween is no exception.  I have a tendency to stretch out the season so my decorations linger, and linger, and...LOL  So I couldn't help using one of the fab new images Megan has added to the shop.  This is #576 Monster's Candy Garland.  Isn't he cute?  He obviously doesn't want Halloween to end either, hence the sentiment.  I've colored with Copics and added some eyets to thread with twine through the tab.  Pretty CAS but fun to make.  Be sure to stop by Dilly Beans to see the fab inspiration by my teamies and come play along. 

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Monday ATG, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, and Craftitude ATG with String or Twine.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dia de los Muertos Blog Hop

If you are looking for Simply Steampunk, please scroll down.

Hello everyone and welcome to our:
Hola y Bienvenidos a nuestro Blog Hop del

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos with us!
We have a super cool line-up for you! Now, if you are here from Monica
then, you are heading in the right direction! But, if you happen to be visiting and want to hop with us make sure you start over with Abby, out blog host!
Muchas gracias por venir a celebrar el Dia de los Muertos con nosotras!
Tenemos unas chicas super talentosas participando con nosotros en este bello blog hop! Si vienes de con Monica vienes por buen camino, si llegaste a visitar y quieres brincar con nosotras entonces comienza en el blog de Abby! La anfitriona de nuestro Blog Hop!

Abby and Gaby started this event back in 2010! That's 4 years ago already!
This is one of Abby's favorite days to celebrate because of the meaning of what Day of the Dead is,
and what can be better than a super cute cartoon to illustrate what Day of the Dead is!
Abby y Gaby comenzaron con estos blog hops desde el 2010! Pueden creer que ya son 4 años!
Este es uno de los dias preferidos para celebrar de Abby porque le encanta el mensaje que tiene, y que mejor manera de explicarlo con una linda caricatura!!

It's all about celebrating LIFE!
El Dia de los Muertos se trata de celebrar la VIDA!!

My project is a little banner using the adorable Dulcinea Sugar Skulls Sticky Wings digi (scroll down to find yours) from Lacy Sunshine, and the Mini Calaverita clear stamp set from Dilo en Espanol.  The banners were cut by hand and Dulcinea is mounted on a Nesties Mega Classic Scalloped Oval.

I've printed her out 3 times, colored her with Copics, fussy cut and popped her for dimension. 

Here you can see the dimensional shot.

All of the skulls were colored first, them run through my Xyron right side down and glittered with microfine transparent Art Glitter to resemble sugar skulls.  It is so fine that it will not damage your Copic tips, so I recolored after glittering for the vibrant effect.  The two sugar skulls flanking the main image are from the Mini Calaverita set from Dilo en Espanol featured below.

The sentiment is also from the Mini Calaverita set.  It translates to "Here is your little (sugar) skull."  Remember, Dia de los Muertos is a joyous happy occasion celebrating family members who are gone but not forgotten.  Sugar skulls often bear the names of loved ones.  If you would like to revisit my previous posts and learn more about the traditions I follow at my house each year, please click Here for 2010, HERE for 2011, and HERE and HERE for 2012.


Dilo En Español has a couple of stamps that are perfect for this event!
Dilo En Español tiene unos sets que van perfecto con esta hermosa fecha!

2x3 stamp set

4x4 stamp set

Please visit Abby's Blog for a list of all the fabulous prizes and rules for qualification. 
Next on the hop is:                      
and just in case you get lost!
Here is the line-up:


Simply Steampunk Invitation Challenge

Happy Friday!  Hope you had a fabulous and safe Halloween. We have a new challenge at Simply Steampunk using the new Alice in Wonderland Steampunk Style release from SBS drawn by the fabulous Abigail Larson.  You must make an invitation in the Steampunk style.  I have the pleasure of showcasing Clever Little Alice.  Isn't this a wonderful scene?

I've colored it with Copics and used a metallic Sharpie for the mirror.  The details are amazing.  The more I colored, the more fun things I found.

The card itself is the largest of the Spellbinders Grand Labels Four folded in half. Again I've used the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die but cut it in half to show on both sides of the image.  I've also added a metal Steampunk Clock from 7 Gypsies.

The invitation reads "It's a party.  Don't be LATE", spelled out in Alpha stickers.  It doesn't matter what type of event or digi you choose, just please make sure it references the Steampunk style.  For more inspiration, please visit Simply Steampunk to see what my talented teamies have come up with.  This challenge runs through December 5th so there's plenty of time, but don't be late.

I'm also entering this in 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes, Simon Says Monday ATG, and Simon Says Wednesday ATG.