Friday, October 31, 2014

Thanksgiving? Yep. On Halloween!

This week's challenge over at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is "Anything Goes and/or Christmas", so I did a Thanksgiving card! Does that make sense to you? Nope. Me either, but that's what this card decided it wanted to be!

Karleigh Sue Digis is sponsoring our challenges this month at Outlawz Coloring Challenges. The owner and artist, Cheri, is offering our lucky winner a $10 GC to her Etsy shop as the prize.

You should definitely enter this challenge. All you need to do is color an open line image with any colorant you choose! You should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

Here's my card that uses Country Pumpkin by Karleigh Sue Digis.

Country Pumpkin was resized in PhotoElements, printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, and colored with Copic markers. She took a ride through my Big Kick inside an A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die by Spellbinders. The die-cut was kept in the die and Old Paper Distress ink was sponged over the die onto the image panel. 

Patterned paper from Manila and White Basics 6x6 pads was layered according to Sketch #65 by Paper Take Weekly Challenges.

A wheat sheaf and pumpkin stamp, whose name I don't recall, by the late justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a sheet of polka-dot patterned paper from the Manila Basics 6x6 pad and colored with Copic markers. Retrospectively, I should have moved it a bit further to the right, but such is life, and perfection is overrated. I decided that the card was shaping to look more Thanksgivingish (new word) than Halloweeny (another new word), so I went with what the card wanted.

The bottom layers were adhered to each other, the center point was found, and two pieces of tissue tape were positioned horizontally across the piece.  and Frayed Burlap Distress ink was sponged over my Dot Fade Layering stencil by Idea-ology, which is on sale! Old Paper Distress ink was sponged over the dots and the tape was removed, leaving the horizontal element from the sketch.

The sentiment was created with two words from the Sentiments II set by Impression Obsession and stamped with Rusty Hinge Distress ink onto a scrap of the notebook paper from the stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, die-cut with a Rectangle Nestabilities die, sponged with Old Paper Distress ink, and adhered behind the matted image panel.

The card was assembled and that's all she wrote. 

Except this...
Here's Sketch #65 by Paper Take Weekly.
 
And this... Thanks for visiting today!

And lastly, this...I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Paper Take Weekly: Sketchie Free For All!
Dream It Up Challenges: Happy HallowThankMas 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Let's Make a Scene!

I'm hosting this week's challenge over at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges. My challenge is to Make a Scene. No, don't become a drama queen or have a tantrum. Just create a scene for your project this week. It doesn't have to be ultra complicated, but should have an image and some sort of background. You don't even have to color every single thing in your scene, just color one or two components of it!

Karleigh Sue Digis is sponsoring our challenges this month at Outlawz Coloring Challenges. The owner and artist, Cheri, is offering our lucky winner a $10 GC to her Etsy shop as the prize.

You should definitely enter this challenge. All you need to do is color an open line image with any colorant you choose! You should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

Here's my burlap canvas, featuring SCACD's digital stamps. I used Mrs. Bones Digital, Mr. Bones DigitalGothie Feline (x2), and Skullie Cupcake.


All the digital images that I used were manipulated in PhotoElements – reduced in size, flipped horizontally, cropped, copied and flipped, etc.) and were then positioned to create the scene. The scene was merged, reduced again, then printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. The images were all colored with Copic markers, which were also used to create a dotty background. Gothie Feline's eyes and Mrs. Bones' coral earrings and necklace were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

The image panel was then torn and the edges were distressed with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress ink. The panel was adhered to an Idea-ology Burlap canvas using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect and set aside to dry.

Two yellow roses were airbrushed with Copic markers to match the scene better. Burlap was adhered to brown cardstock then die-cut multiple times with one of the dies from the Banner Basics set by Spellbinders. The banners were edged with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and glitter sticker letters (Making Memories from my stash) were added to them.

Green satin ribbon was adhered to the top of the canvas, then the banners were adhered using dimensional adhesive. Green twine was adhered over the banners, and the orange roses were adhered each side.

Flashing tape was adhered to a scrap of black cardstock and die-cut with a Heart Nestabilities die. It took a ride through my Big Kick inside my Cuttlebug Clockworks Embossing folder and was covered with Picked Raspberry Distress paint. The paint was heat set, then the paint was sanded off the raised bits, leaving the pink paint in the debossed areas.

Black shimmery vellum was die-cut with the Celebration Two die by Spellbinders ("With Love"). I can't recall who made the "Celebrate" die. Sorry. :( The words were adhered to the heart, which was then adhered to the canvas.

The Feathers dies by Ellentina were used to die-cut white metallic cardstock. The feathers were colored with Copic markers, then adhered to the lower left hand corner. Small roses from Recollections were adhered over them.

The canvas is not quite done. I plan to add a hanger to it and some charms along the bottom. I'll share once it's completed.

I should note that Mr. Bones and Mrs. Bones are available in rubber. If you buy both, you will receive a sentiment too.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this canvas into the following challenges:
Love to Create Challenges: Anything Goes/Fall Colors
Not Just Cards: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Warm Autumn Colors
Creative Moments Challenge #54: Anything Goes/Halloween, etc.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spooky, ghouly, and punny!

Kristen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is Purple, Pink, and Black! Here's what she's got to say about her challenge.

"Calling all Pumpkins, Ghosts, Dragons, and Witches too, we’ve got a SPOOKY time planned just for you!!!!!!!!

I completely LOVE Halloween, and any chance I get to make a spooky project, I will. This week I am challenging you to create a project inspired by Halloween. Can’t wait to see what you come up with."
 If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!


Here's my card featuring Stampotique's Dwindled, Froggie, and Girl with Heart Purse (all stamps are by Daniel Torrente).

Dwindled, Froggie, and Girl with Heart Purse were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers in Halloweeny colors, fussy cut, and set aside while I created a background for them.

One of the dies from Spellbinders' Graveyard Scenes die set, Memory Box' Puffy Clouds dies, and a Nestabilities Circle die were used to die-cut Eclipse tape. The die-cuts were placed onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore to serve as masks. Post-It notes were positioned horizontally to create a rough horizon. The cardstock was then airbrushed with three Copic markers (B63, B69, and B79) to create a night sky. 

The sky area was covered with the Post-It notes. More Eclipse tape was die-cut with the tombstone dies from the Graveyard Scenes die set and positioned along the bottom of the cardstock. A torn piece of scrap cardstock was positioned horizontally and a few colors of YG Copic markers were airbrushed over it. This was repeated several times with the torn piece positioned lower each time to create random lines of grassy lawn.

The Eclipse tape was removed and Copic markers were used to color the graveyard scene, the clouds, and the tombstones. 

One of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator set by Nestabilities was used to die-cut the graveyard scene, which was then edged with Black Soot Distress ink. Dwindled, Froggie, and Girl with Heart Purse were adhered to the background. A computer generated punny sentiment was printed onto vellum, die-cut with one of the dies from the Dimensional Banners set by Die-namics, then adhered to the card front. The smaller bat from the Halloween set of dies by Impression Obsession and A Bunch of Bats die by Memory Box were used to die-cut shimmery black cardstock. The bats were added to the card front to finish the card!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Time to P*A*R*T*Y!!!



ARE YOU READY TO P-A-R-T-Y!!!!!!

I hope so, because we are having a huge party at The Outlawz!!! Yes, you read it right!! A party! At The Outlawz!!

We are just about to 3000 members! Woohoo!! And we hope that by the end of our celebration we will have our 3000 members and be on our way to 4000!!

The Outlawz ladies have been working hard and have a boatload of sponsors, lots of prizes, and some fun and games for you, too! I believe there is also an extra challenge or two!!

If you are here at this blog, then you have the opportunity to participate in our SCAVENGER HUNT!!

Yes, each of us listed below, has placed a clip art image on our sidebar! Write down what you see because on The OUTLAWZ  MAIN PAGE,  you will see a  black PARTY!  tab at the top under The Outlawz banner.  Follow the links to get to the Scavenger Hunt and the other activities that are going on during our celebration.

Let’s get started!

Here is the list of 14 DT members along with their blogs. Just visit each one and write down the Party clip art that is on the sidebar. You will need this to complete the hunt!

If you get lost along the way, go back to the Outlawz Party tab (http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/) and resume!


Here are the items you are looking for. They should be easy to find. Look on the blog sidebars near the top! 
Pumpkins,  Party Balloons, Fireworks, Party Girl, Color Star, Party Penguin, Penguin Painter, Dancing Couple, Party Animal, Party Mask,  Party Hat, Party bunting/banner, Party Confetti, Party Gnome

Complete instructions for entering the Scavenger Hunt is on The Outlawz Main Page PARTY! tab. 

Have fun!!!! Don't forget to see what other activities are going on during our Party Week!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Sunflower Owl!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Coloring Challenges is a color challenge.
Karleigh Sue Digis is sponsoring our challenges this month at Outlawz Coloring Challenges. The owner and artist, Cheri, is offering our lucky winner a $10 GC to her Etsy shop as the prize.

You should definitely enter this challenge. All you need to do is color an open line image with any colorant you choose! You should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

Here's the autumnal color palette and photo inspiration, courtesy of Fresh Hues/Design Seeds.


Here's my card which features Sunflower Owl, one of SCACD's fabulous digital stamps!


Sunflower Owl was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut, left inside the die, and Mustard Seed Distress ink was sponged onto the card using a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

The patterned papers are from the French Country 6x6 pad by Graphic 45 and layered according to a sketch from Techno Stamper Challenge blog. Card Creator dies by Spellbinders were used for some of the layers. All edges were sponged with Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, or Old Paper Distress ink.

The horizontal element on the bottom right was die-cut, sponged with ink, then adhered. The Arrows and Hearts stencil by The Crafter's Workshop was placed over it and the chevron hearts were traced onto both the die-cut and the card to "ground" Sunflower Owl because I don't like floating owls.

Adhesive pearls by Kaisercraft (on sale!!!) were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Purple, Pink, and Black!

Carol Fox is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is Purple, Pink, and Black! Here's what she's got to say about her challenge.
"I love strong colours that really pop on the page, so I ask you this week to feature Black, Pink and Purple on your make for the challenge this week."
 If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my card featuring Stampotique's Buru ! (Daniel Torrente).

Buru ! was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, and set aside. Since it's October,  I'm in a spooky kind of mood, so I grabbed a piece of patterned paper from a 6x6 paper pad by Recollections. It was mostly shades of grey, so Copic markers were used to change the colors of the roses, swirls, and the eye and nose apertures of the skull. A purple glitter pen was used to add the raven's eye and the spider's dots and hourglass.

Buru ! was stamped again onto the patterned paper using Onyx Black VersaFine ink and embossed with Filigree Clear Embossing powder so that the details of the stamp would show. The fussy-cut, colored  Buru ! was adhered in position, the piece was edged with Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress ink, then matted with pink cardstock, and mounted onto a purple card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, October 10, 2014

This week's challenge at Outlawz Coloring Challenges is "Gone Postal" in honor of World Postage Day on October 9th.
Here's what Wikipedia had to say about this holiday!
World Post day happens each year on October 9, remembering this date for the establishment of Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. The UPU was the start of global communications revolution, people could write to others all over the world.
This October Karleigh Sue Digis is sponsoring our challenges at Outlawz Coloring Challenges. The owner and artist, Cheri, is offering our lucky winner a $10 GC to her Etsy shop as the prize.

You should definitely enter this challenge. All you need to do is color an open line image with any colorant you choose! You should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

Here's my very large card which uses SCACD's Special Delivery, a wonderful MechAnimal, who is available in both rubber and digital formats.

Special Delivery was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock that had been die-cut with my Alterations Postage Stamp Frame.  Special Delivery was colored with Copic markers to match the patterned paper I had chosen, which believe it or not, dates from 2006 and was made by Foofala. I found several sheets of this 12x12 paper and others from this collection in my stash. Yes. I used to buy several sheets at a time of papers I liked, then didn't use. *sigh* I'm over that now. Or at least mostly over buying 12x12 patterned paper. However, I have a huge stash of out-of-date patterned papers that I will eventually use or that's what I tell myself. Cry me the River Denial.

Special Delivery's eyes, beak, and talons were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine. When I was done coloring him, I edged the Postage Frame die-cut with Gathered Twigs Distress ink, using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The round shape of these made it really easy to get the indentations inked.

Leather-look paper by FiberMark, who left the papercrafting market bereft, was die-cut using a Die-Namics die and an old QuicKutz die. The "airmail" and postmark are from the Elements Remnant Rubs sheet and were applied the luggage tag's insert.

That's it for me today. Thank you for visiting!