Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gecko Galz Summer Cheesecake Challenge

I've been a member of the fun Gecko Galz Group for quite awhile but don't often get to play in their challenges.  Fripperies and Butterflies offered a fab collage sheet for free and a fun challenge that I couldn't resist.  Made the tag with an image from the Collage sheet and used DP's from Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess.  Thought the image begged for that sentiment.  LOL  Nothin' like waiting 'til the last day! 

And another.  I adore pin ups!  Forgot how much fun it is to create with Collage sheets.  My printer is acting funky, though.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Twinkle Twinkle, You're Our Star!

Almost forgot to share the card I made for one of my BFF's daughter's graduation.  The adorable Saturated Canary Grad Girl 2012 looks just like Hayley (and is a super bargain at just $2.00)

She's colored with Copics in the colors of the Dublin CA High Gaels.  the stars are Sticko stickers but I've done a little tut on how to make dimensional ones of your own HERE.  the scroll is from the Cuttlebug Fanciful Labels Emboss Plus folder. Numbers by a retired Cuttlebug alpha set, and star embossing also Cuttlebug.

The simple step card was done with my Spellbinders Labels Twenty eight.  We're so proud of our girl, heading of to the University of Colorado, Boulder this fall.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Macabre Monday 666 (+1) the Number of the Beast Week 2

Yes, you read the title correctly.
We Made it!
We are celebrating our 666+1 followers of
our quaint little, dark sided challenge blog.
There are now 666 +1 beasties who follow Haunted Design House! Wow!
So to truly celebrate, we are having a
themed challenge this fortnight.
 Join us, if you dare!
Bring out yer beasties and yer monsties! You could even use the numbersix (or multiple sixes) in your project, or make an Iron Maiden project as well.
It's up to you. Interpret the theme as you like, but remember to keep it
creepy, dark, Gothic, Steampunk, or Hallowe'en in nature.
Keep in mind, this is all in good fun. We are not promoting Satanism,
(nor are we condemning it), but we are celebrating our own popularity,
and having some fun while we're at it.

I've channeled my previous Creepy Cricut Cween moniker and made a wall hanging using Cricut Design Studio and the George and Basic Shapes and the October 31st cartridges.
The center is and appropriate image from RSD MFA and more 6's cut with my Cuttlebug.  I've colored the image with Copics, fussy cut and added it to a  background embossed with the Tim Holtz Bricked folder.  Figured the sentiment was perfect to hang on my craft room door.  What lies beyond makes Hell look like a picnic in the park.
So come on you chickens!  Join us at HDH for some devilish fun!  There are lots of prizes to be had.  What are you afraid of?  You know you wanna!  And if you catch some flack, you can always say "The Devil made me do it."

I'm entering this in the Left of Center Use Metal Challenge (metallic card stock and metal hanger, or just LOC if you prefer).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Along Came a Spider

The current challenge (which ends today) at Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog is Show Us Goth and/or Non-traditional Hair.  Couldn't pass up the chance to do both so chose Lenore Muffet, one of the Melancholy Moppets, available in the Lady Heather's Curiousities/Melancholy Moppets section of the Shop.  I used the png version of the stamp and printed her atop some spiderweb digi paper from the Caught in my Web pack from Smeared Ink.  I used Spellbinder's Grand Ovals plain and scalloped and Labels 17 to make my shaped card.

Here's Lenore in all her glory.  I took colors from the digi paper and colored her with Copics, using a white gel pen for a few highlights.  Sentiment is computer generated the the fabulous spider is a Jolee's sticker.

I'm also adding this to the TTRCD ATG Challenge, Simon Says Monday ATG, and Crafting by Designs Favorite Holiday (Halloween).

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lucy Loo 'Vampire Queen'

It's FRIDAY and that means another FABULOUS release from The East Wind.  Our fave Lucy Loo is vamping it up.  Isn't she just gorgeous (and yeah, a little frightening, I guess)?  Meet 'Lucy Loo' Vampire Queen.  I've made a simple shaped card using my Spellbinders Grand Labels One.  My "go to" lovely blood drips behind are from Tiddly Inks and are actually supposed to be ink but they work so well for me in red.  Don'tcha think?

I've colored Lucy with Copics and a gel pen for her ornament and added a lovely skelly cameo to her flower. 

The sentiment is from the net and I thought it had wonderfully haunting quality and just the right amount of "creep factor".  It's cut with Labels Four, inked and surrounded with Drippy Goo. My teamies have done Vampire Queen proud.  Take a look HERE

I planned to enter this in the Left of Center At the Movies Challenge, but I missed the boat  (Apparantly this was not the day to sleep in.  BooHoo!) 

I WILL enter it in A Step in the Dark ATG or Zombies  (I'll be back there with a Zombie, for sure so stay tuned) and Crafting by Designs Favorite Holiday (Halloween).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lacy Sunshine New Hobgobbies

There's a new Fantasy line of digi's premiering today on the Lacy Sunshine Blog.  Here come the Hobgobbies, furry little creatures sure to steal your heart.
I was lucky enough to create with FiFi Flirtydust Hobgobbi, available in the NEW section of the Lacy Sunshine Shop.

As soon as I saw her, I knew I wanted to make her fuzzy for I printed her 3 times so I could flock her.  Color flocking works best when the image has a bit of color so I added some shading to Fiffi and fussy cut the areas I wanted to flock.  I've cut her features, hand and flower from another of the digi's I'd printed and left one whole.

 Then I ran her right side down through my Xyron.

Before flocking, I attached the small features in the appropriate places (easy peasy, since the adhesive was already there) and poured on the flock.  Be sure to rub that flock in to get good coverage.  The added features will remain smooth.
Because the lines seemed a bit obscured by the flocking, I went over them with the fine tip of my Memento marker.  I also colored the foot and hand of the  remaining digi and glued the flocked body on top.
Here she is, all finished up after fussy cutting the entire image with a white border and adding more fuzzy texture with some fiber grass and and pompom to her flower.  The silhouette flower stem behind is also fuzzy, cut out of all wool felt (poly or blend won't cut through) with my Spellbinders die through the Grand Caliber.  Be sure to check out the Lacy Sunshine Blog to see more of the adorable Hobgobbies and the fabulous creations by my Creative Team sisters.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Aurora Wings No Lines or Color Bingo

Our new Challenge begins today at Aurora Wings and this time you have a choice of No Lines or Color Bingo.

Obviously I've opted for the Color Bingo, using White/Red/Bue.  Figured my learning curve was WAY too long to try the cool No Lines effect, although we have a wonderful tut on the Challenge Blog by teamie Alyce if you'd like to give it a try.

I've used the Sizzix Accordian Flip Album die for my card and each panel holds a different Sprite.  Each is colored with Copics and mounted on a DP mat cut with my Spellbinder's Labels One.  Here's Strawberry Sprite.

And Blueberry Sprite.  I thought the combo of gingham and bandana patternes looked just like a summer picnic.  The sentiment was done with Alpha Beads.

And finally the adorable Raspberry Sprite.  Aren't they the sweetest EVER?!  All 3 are also available in Mitzi's Digital Stamp Shop on her AW website HERE, as well.  The Lattice corners and side embellies were also Spellbinders.  So let's hear it for the Red, White and Blue!  Be sure to stop by Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the fabulous creations by my DT sisters.  You'll be so totally impressed.  And please come play along, with either the No Lines, Color Bingo or BOTH, if you dare.

Also, don't forget our Showcase Blog where we feature new releases as well as gorgeous creations by fans of Aurora Wings.  You can have your projects considered for a Showcase by Posting them HERE on the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group or read more about it HERE.  You'll receive a special Blog Badge and a digi stamp of your choice (up to $4.00 value) if you're chosen.  Our current Clean and Simple FB Contest is running through June 30th, as well.  Lots of prizes all over the place.

I'm entering this in the Open Minded Crafting Things with Wings Challenge, Dragonfly Dreams Anything with Wings, Crafts and Me Add Wings, Simon Says Monday ATG, Stamp and Create June Thank You Challenge and the Live & Love Crafts Summer Garden Challenge.

Guest DT Spot for Love to Create

It's my second post of the day and with any luck I'm still not up yet.  LOL  I'm thrilled to be joining the gals at Love to Create this week for their new Anything Goes Challenge sponsored by The Stamping Chef.  I just LOVE those smexy images and couldn't resist Better Than Tarzan so I totally thank Love to Create for giving me this opportunity to make a card for my man.  I've used DP's from Graphic 45 and DCWV and cut the aperture with my Nestied Lables 20.  The vines behind were cut with Spellbinders Shapeablilities Botanical Swirls.

No surprise I've colored her with red hair.  LOL  Besides my Copics, I've done some paper piecing of her outfit and headband.  The cute little leopard print heart stickers have been in my stash forever and the packaging is long gone.  Sentiment is computer generated in brown on kraft.  Be sure to stop by Love to Create to see the fab makes by the designers and come play along for a chance to win a prize from The Stamping Chef.

I'm entering this in The Stamping Chef Anything Goes Challenge #33, Eclectic Ellapu Card for a Man, Glitter and Sparkle Father's Day/Men's Cards, That Craft Place Men, Bearly Mine One for the Boys and the Fitztown Masculine Challenge.

Morning Coffee New Release from The East Wind

Boy, when it rains, it pours!  This is the FIRST of 3 posts I'll be doing today.  Here's the latest digi from The East Wind and I just HAD to create with it.  It's called Lucy Loo 'Morning Coffee' and that could so easily be me, right down to the socks with Uggs, cat on the lap and mouse peeking out.  You see, Jezebel thought bringing a mouse in to play with this past Friday night was a great idea.  Me, not so much.  Fortunately, the mouse was captured and set free outside without incident (except a whole lot of lost sleep.  LOL)  I seriously needed a big cuppa that morning.  Isn't that cup charm cute?

I've colored her up with Copics in the colors of the digi paper I found online HERE.  Cut her and the computer generated sentiment with Spellbinders Deckle Rctangles.  Printed both Lucy and the sentiment in chocolate brown for a change.  BE sure to go see what my teamies have done with this adorable new digi on the TEW FB Group page.  Remember, there's a new digi each Monday and Friday at TEW.  Please scroll down to see my DT project for the new East Wind Bling Challenge too and come back for my GDT spot for Love to Create and new Challenge at Aurora Wings.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Paper a la Mode Junk in the Trunk (Use Metal) Challenge, Ditzie Digi Designs ATG wk 6, the Emerald Faeries Friends Challenge, A Gem of a Challenge Use Gingham Ribbon and/or DP and the Squirrel and the Fox Use Something Metal.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New TEW Challenge BLING!

So excited for a new challenge at The East Wind.  This time we want to see BLING!  I knew immediately that I wanted to use the fabulous Lucy Loo 'Powered and Towered'.  Getting quite the Marie Antoinette vibe here.  Does she call for BLING, or what?  I decided to go all out, first using my Cuttlebug Brocade window Cut and Emboss folder on patterned DP from the old Luxury Stack from DCWV.  I've added a major BLING corner from Prima Say it With Crystals.

The gorgeous image is colored with Copics and I've added tons of adhesive gems and beads (even the kitty's eyes and Lucy's eyeliner).  I've kept the colors quite neutral to avoid visual overload.  (Well, I tried, LOL)

With a bit of fussy cutting I've added some dimension.  The sentiment reads "More is never enough".  Ya think?  Put on your sunglasses and head on over to The East Wind to see the rest of the fabulously blingy makes by my teamies.  And come play along.  We can't wait to see what you create.  Also, don't forget you still have a few days for our Something Out of the Norm Facebook Contest which runs through June 17th.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday the 13th

Couldn't let the day go by without celebrating, especially since the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group launched a pop Friday the 13th Weekend Challenge.  The corner web is a digital Stamp from Gecko Galz that was an October Freebie from last year.  Each month they offer a free digi stamp, free paper and free ephemera.  WooHoo!  the Black cat was a Freebie from the Graphics Fairy.  the sentiment and kitty collar was computer generated and I printed it all on bright yellow card stock and misted it with mandarine orange Dylusions Spray.  Added some glitter epoxy rounds to the eyes and a spider brad and mounted it on black.  Easy peasy.  Happy Friday the 13th!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Aurora Wings New Release Memento Mori

There's a gorgeous new stamp premiering today at Aurora Wings called Memento Mori.  Now you know I love me some skulls and this one, lying amonst the gorgeous poppies makes me swoon!  You can find the meaning of "Memento mori", as well as fabulous creations from my teamies using this gorgeous new digi on the AW Showcase Blog HERE.

Here's a closeup view all colored up with Copics.  I chose to do the poppies in red to truly make them POP.  Lots of fussy cutting going on too.

Did you know that Mitzi also has a variety of floral borders and corners that coordinate with her beautiful stamps?  I've used a Poppy corner to balance my design here, but there are many more gorgeous floral stamps available in both sets and individually HERE.  They are perfect to combine with her fantasy stamps or elegant on their own.

I've made a tent card, cutting the window with my Spellbinders Labels 17 and framed it with the largest of the Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles.  I used the second largest of the dies to cut the opening window with my craft knife.  The intricate web, floating through the center, is a Memory Box die.

I'm entering this in the Corrosive Crop it or Cut it Challenge, Left of Center using the LOC theme, Creative Knockouts Die Cuts/Punch Frenzy, the Fitztown Favorite Colors challenge (black, white, red)  and A Step in the Dark ATG.

Lucy Loo 'Magnified Star'

There's a new release at The East Wind Shop today; Lucy Loo 'Magnified Star'.  I so love the funky Steampunk reference that I just HAD to create with her.  I've made a giant tag using star studded DP I've had in my stash FOREVER, and a cool portion from the DCWV Tattered Time stack.

I've colored lucy with Copics and metalllic gel pens and used epoxy rounds on her goggles and tiny gauge.  On top of the rounds, I've layered a small mirror round and star as well.

The sentiment was computer generated.  The dimensional star behind her is from a Brenda Walton for Sizzix die cut from matte metallic CS and grunged up a bit with Distress Inks and Rub'n Buff.  The silver flake stars are from Sticko and the bronze one in the middle of the bottom was cut with a Spellbinders star die and scored and made dimensional as well.  Thought it might be cool for graduation for that special Steampunk lovin' gal.  Be sure to check out our Facebook Group where you can get all the scoop on brand new digi's each Monday and Friday.  There's a great contest ,"Something Out of the Norm" going on through June 17th, and there's just one day left for our current Blog Challenge, Embossing Wet or Dry.  Hope to see you there.

I'm entering this in the Flat Friends Anything but a Card Challenge, CCC Digi Creations Use a Digi/Die Cut, Desert Islands Crafters Challenge #78 (using 1,2,3,4 and 8), and Craftitude Pop it Up.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Zandi and Zelda

Here's my little Creative Team project for the Lacy Sunshine Blog where you get weekly inspiration and all the scoop on what's happening in the world of Lacy Sunshine.  By now the word is out about the fabulous new Lacy Sunshine Crafts online magazine. You can still get yours HERE. But did you know that besides the 130+ pages of inspiration, tutorials, tips and treats you also will receive some Freebies that are brand new and will never be released in the shop? These exclusive new digis will be emailed to you with your purchase and I just couldn't help but do a little project with one of my faves, Zandi and Zelda. Those who know me know I have a bit of a thing for zebras and Zandi is about the cutest little zebra EVER! If you're at all interested in all my zebra stuff, be sure to click HERE.   I'm also quite a fan of black and white, and even more so when there's a pop of RED, so there ya go.

I've colored these cuties with Copics, fussy cut them and backed them with black and fussy cut them again. They're popped atop a circular side step card (tutorial on SplitcoastStampers HERE). I cut my circle using a Spellbinders Grand Circles and jazzed it up a bit by adding a scalloped border using the Grand Scalloped Circles and trimming it to fit. The only embellies need were some Alpha Bead hearts. The sentiment was computer generated. It reminds me of when I was in school and my BFF and I would dress alike. You know the old saying, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Too cute!

I'm entering this in the Art by Miran ATG challenge, Crafty Little Fairies Spots and Stripes, the Fitztown Favorite Colors Challenge and A Random Fan Polka Dots Challenge.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lacy Sunshine Magazine

It's finally here, the Premier issue of the all new Lacy Sunshine Crafting Online Magazine and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it. The magazine features 130 plus pages of pure crafting awesomeness from the amazing Sunshine Girls, fantastic  tutorials and lots of extras including Freebies! Sign up for a one year subscription (4 issues) or your single copy HERE.

Above is a little sneaky peeky of the adorable Maddie Hattie Steampunk Secret Window available in the "New" section of the shop. I was lucky enough to use her for my magazine project.  She's colored with Copics and all layered up, but you'll have to read the mag to find out what I've done with her.  Stay tuned later this week to see a project with one of the fab new images available ONLY by subscribing.  You KNOW you wanna!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

Did you know that Mondays and Fridays are new release days for The East Wind?  Join the FB Group to find out all the scoop and share your fabulous TEW projects.  Here's my card with the fabulous 'Lucy Loo' Mirror Mirror.  Isn't she fabulous!?   She's colored with Copics in shades of purple to enter the A Step in the Dark Add Some Purple Challenge (or ATG as long as it's "Dark") and I was thrilled to find that purple DP from Recollections in my stash.

Here's a close up.  I've fussy cut her and attached her to a piece of mirror card stock that I've embossed several times with Utee, put in the freezer and cracked.  Kind of an errie effect, eh?  the one thing I'd do differently is cut your card staock the size you want BEFORE you do your heat embossing, because if you need to cut it to size after, some of the cracked pieces may come off.  No prob here since it's it's supposed to look old and shattered.  The sentiment was computer generated and popped a top a lovely ribbon so I could enter the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "R" is for Ribbon challenge and make it "Girly" enough for Left of Center.

Just had to add the graphic from SOSS, they are always such a HOOT!

I'm also enterting this in the ABC Challenge "M" is for Monochromatic.  And speaking of challenges, The East Wind's new Blog challenge is Embossing Wet or Dry and the FB Contest is Something Out of the Norm.  Why not stop by and play along?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The East Wind Embossing challenge

It's the first of the month and that means a new challenge at The East Wind.  The DT has all used the adorable Freebie, Aurora Gardening that comes when you sign up for the Newsletter so be sure and check right hand side of the Challenge Blog and sign up to get yours.  This fortnight the challenge is EMBOSSING (wet or dry)!
Here's a cloose up of this cutie.  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped.  The gardening embossing folder is from the Cuttlebug Cricit Companions to Freshly Picked.  The fun veggie Dp is Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety and I've added multicolored twine from The Twinery. 
Here you can see I've popped the two matted embossed layers as well. 
I planned this as a thank you card but really couldn't fit my hokey pun on the front so here's the matching inside. My DT sisters have done her up proud so please go visit The East Wind to see their gorgeous creations.