Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SCACD Digi Day!

Today SCACD's DT and the Friends of SCACD group are showcasing SCACD's Fall digital stamps. Some of SCACD's digi stamps will have a special twist to make them seasonally appropriate.

If you want to see all this fabulous inspiration and win a shot at some yummy blog candy, Susana's offering a sweet FREE digi image through October 5th. Head to the SCACD Store Blog for details.

Here's my seasonal offering, featuring Mrs. Bones and Gothie Feline.


PhotoElements was used to reduce Mrs. Bones and Gothie Feline. It took a bit of playing to make Gothie Feline somewhat proportionally correct to Mrs. Bones. A new document was created and the reduced versions of both were imported.  Gothie Feline was duplicated and flipped, then both kitties were positioned on either side of Mrs. Bones. I printed out a test copy and realized that the scene size was huge, so I flattened the scene, saved it, reduced it, and printed out another test copy. Much better. I printed out the final copy onto the good stuff, Neenah cardstock, using my laser printer. 

Mrs. Bones and the Gothie Felines were colored using Copic markers. The Gothie Felines's eyes, the cats' flower's skull, and Mrs. Bones's earrings and necklace were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine. I used my Spellbinders A2 Card Creator dies to die-cut the image panel.

The patterned papers are from a very old Ambrosia 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. Some of the layers were roughed up a bit too add some color and textural contrast. One of the two dies included in SCACD's fabulous Classic Corners die set was used to die-cut one of the solid sheets from this pad.

The Mrs. Bones digi stamp comes with a sentiment, "No bones about it, style never dies." This would have been perfect. Alas, I did not leave enough room for it or the alternate "Accessories are everything" that I thought about using. Oh well. Poor planning on my part!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you are inspired by what you see here, at my teammates's blogs (blogroll to the right --->), and at the Friends of SCACD's blogs.

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Die Cutting Divas Challenge #185 : Keep Calm and Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #209: Halloween Colors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Altered Playing Cards — Week Four

I am participating in an Altered Playing Card challenge on Facebook. The talented and lovely Claudine Criner is the person who is organizing and setting each week's challenge by choosing the supplies, media, and techniques to be used.

I must say that I've really enjoyed this challenge because it forces me to get messy at least once a week and also has pushed me to re-use old supplies, use those supplies in a different way, or pushed me out of my comfort zone.

My first card this week did just that. We were to add tissue paper to our pre-gessoed cards, paint 'em, doodle on them, grab some Gelli prints (or patterned paper), doodle houses on the prints, fussy-cut the houses, stamp an image, and fussy cut that. I do not doodle on my projects, nor do I use my handwriting on them. Never, ever. Why? Because if my handwriting or doodling is not perfect, my inner Virgo control-freak has a conniption, which sets the voices in my head to arguing, and that just ain't good.

So, this week, I forced myself to doodle and draw houses. It took me several attempts to draw some houses that weren't barftastic.

With the above as a prelude, here's my card!
Per Claudine's example, Idea-ology tissue paper was torn and the strips were adhered to the card with  Media Matte Medium by DecoArt. I used text, music, and a graphic. When dry, Cobalt Blue Hue and Cobalt Teal Hue DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics were sponged over the card.

When the paint was dry, I used the Fude Ball pen to add some doodles. I was not happy doodling, but was happy with the pen as it's opaque, wrote over all sorts of bumps and divots on the card, and dried quickly.

I found some old (rejected) Gelli prints and drew a plethora of houses on the Gelli prints using the Fude Ball pen until I settled on the three you see here. They were fussy-cut and adhered to the card front with a Ranger Collage Glue Stick.

A moon (Hero Arts) was stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then fussy-cut. It was adhered using the Collage Glue Stick. A heart corner punch was used to punch vellum, then the three hearts were adhered over the chimney with the Collage Glue Stick.

Do I like this card? Not sure? Do I like my doodling? Nope. It looks jive. Amateurish. Ick. Blech. But at least now you all know why I love stamps. The images are already perfect and make (all of me) happy.

The second card was much easier for me. Claudine's sample used acrylic paint, a colored, fussy-cut digital image, and washi tape.

Here's mine.

Primary Magenta DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics was mixed with Titanium White MFA and Primary Yellow MFA was mixed with Titanium White MFA. Both were streaked over the pre-gessoed card until I was happy with the coverage.

Le Petit Artiste by Vera Lane Studios was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, colored with Copic markers, then fussy-cut. Little dabs of the paints that I used were added to her palette.

I had some "Keep Calm and Carry on" Washi tape that was perfect for this project. "Create" was die-cut from white metallic paper using a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs, colored with Copic markers, then adhered over "Carry on".

Here are this week's cards together!


Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet Pengie x 2!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Anything Goes and/or Christmas.  Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

September's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Vera Lane Studios! If you haven't checked these stamps out, you should. They're quirky, whimsical, and fun! Here's some incentive! Janet, the owner of Vera Lane Studios has issued a coupon code for 10% off!

The code is: TRYVERA10

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

Here's my card featuring Pengie,who is one of SCACD's fabulous digital stamps !

Pengie was resized in PhotoElements and twinned (via Duplicate Layer). The twin was flipped, then positioned so that he was slightly behind his twin brother. The twins were printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers.

The patterned papers are from an old 6x6 pad by Basic Grey and the layout was based on a sketch from The Pink Elephant Challenge blog. An old Doodlebug button was threaded with black embroidery floss. Washi tape was colored with Copic markers to match the penguins. My Talk Bubbles die-cut by Simon Says Stamp was used to die-cut a label from red cardstock. The sentiment and the stars are from an Idea-ology Remnant Rubs sheet that I won last year! 

Here's the sketch so you can see how I did.


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this in the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant Challenge #269: Sketch
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Christmas in September
Sweet Stamping Christmas Challenges: Christmas Critters
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Altered Playing Cards — Week Three

I am participating in an Altered Playing Card challenge on Facebook. The talented and lovely Claudine Criner is the person who is organizing and setting each week's challenge. 

This week one of the cards was to have a Distress inked background, some die-cuts, and some stenciling. 

Here's mine.


My gessoed background hand some striations that I added using the serrated blade of a plastic knife. Whenever I get plastic cutlery, I end up with most of the knives yet, so I've appropriated a bunch of them to use in the craftroommess. I sponged Concord Grape, Chipped Sapphire, and Salty Ocean Distress inks in stripes across the card with Grape at the top and Salty Ocean at the base. I grabbed a paper towel and rubbed from top to bottom to achieve a gradient look. The I heat set the card, which sadly faded my lovely gradient.

I grabbed my Schoolhouse Layering Stencil and sponged Jet Black StazOn ink over it, then immediately cleaned the stencil with Purell®. As a raging germaphobe, I love Purell® and keep a bottle at the ready, which means I have a bottle in my car, in my handbag, and in most rooms of my house.  I have discovered that Purell® is a great way to clean a craft mat, stencils, acrylic blocks, etc. Plus, if it drips on a project, it can leave a cool result. Just sayin'.

Hmm. I digressed, but at least it was somewhat craft related.

A Post-It note was used to mask the top of the card and Cactus Green and Jet Black StazOn ink was sponged onto the bottom of the card.

Black cardstock was die-cut with the Sitting Cat die by Poppy Stamps and the cat was adhered on the "grass". White cardstock was die-cut with a QuicKutz heart die, sponged with Memento ink, and covered with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen. Vellum was die-cut with an old QuicKutz bird die, its wings were removed (didn't hurt it a bit), coated with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen, and adhered to the back of the heart. The flying heart was adhered to the background to finish the card.

The second card was to receive an alcohol inked background, some die-cuts, some stenciling, some rub-ons, and some stamping.

Here it is!

Eggplant, Denim, and Purple Twilight Alcohol inks were applied to the felt of a blending tool then pounced over the card. It took a few tries to get the coverage and pattern that I liked, but once again, Purell® came to the rescue, removing the first and second tries! See? It IS handy to keep around!

The next step was to die-cut some images to use on the card. A tombstone from Spellbinders' Graveyard Scenes die set was used to die-cut a scrap of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore. Black cardstock was die-cut using A Bunch of Bats die by Memory Box. White cardstock was die-cut using my new Skeleton Man die by Ellentina. I colored the skull with Copic markers, added a few cracks to his skull with a Copic Multiliner, and set most of the die-cuts aside.

Since I had so much fun using the Effects Powders Technique, from page 52 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Challenges, I decided to use this technique again on the tombstone, using Weathered Wood and a bit of Old Paper Distress Powders. I also used my beloved Black Soot Distress ink along with Tea Dye and (oddly) Milled Lavender Distress inks on it. Now that the tombstone looked stoned (pun intended), it was set aside too.

The Lightning stamp from SCACD's Nature's Direction rubber stamp set was inked with white Palette ink and stamped across the top of the card. Green cardstock was torn and Jet Black StazOn ink was sponged over "October" from the Life Months stencil by The Crafter's Workshop.

It was time to put the card together! The skeleton was adhered to the back of the tombstone, then the tombstone was adhered to the card. The grass with "October" was placed over the base of the tombstone, the bats were added, and "Happy Halloween" from the Apothecary Remnant Rubs sheet was added to finish the card!

Thank you for visiting today!

These cards will be entered in the following challenges:
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #11, sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Stamp or Stencil

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Another Day, another Wall Hanging!

Carol is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is "Early Halloween. Get your spook on! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneaking it in a week early. So I hope you have fun getting and early Spook on.
If you'd like the chance to win $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!!!

I'm in the process of reorganizing my craft room, though it will be a while before it's complete. As such, I guess that I'll be changing out the stuff that's currently hanging on my walls since I've just done two wall hanging thingies in a week.

Here's my wall hanging thingy that uses Stampotique's Angel (Daniel Torrente).


I started the project by tracing the outlines of one of the skulls from the Skullduggery stencil by Andy Skinner/Tando Creative onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore. Using my Stampa-ma-jig stamp positioner, I lined up Angel where I wanted her, then stamped her using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I messed up because I wanted her standing in the eyes and nose openings of the skull, but such is life. I colored her with my Copic markers and tried to give her hair and outfit a fiery look. A Copic Multiliner was used to strenthen the traced lines and the skull was colored and shaded with Copic markers.

The Flames stencil by the Crafter's Workshop was placed over the skull then I used my Copic markers to carefully trace the flames were I wanted them, which was behind Angel and the skull. The stencil was lifted and I colored the flames with Copic markers, which were also used to add the background. A variety of Distress inks were sponged over the outside edges towards the inside to deepen the color and a touch of warmth (pun intended) to the background. Black Soot Distress ink was used to edge the piece and to add a sooty look to the flames.

A piece of black chipboard was cut to 5" x 7". Spellbinders' Ironworks Accents border die, Flourish Trim die, and my Wesley Border die by Top Dog Dies were used to die-cut black cardstock. The Ironworks Accents border and Wesley Border die-cuts were adhered to either side of the chipboard panel, then the panel was painted with Black Ice Silks Glaze, which was also used to paint the Flourish Trim die-cut. The Black Ice Silks Glaze added a nice rich black sparkle. The die-cuts all received a nice brushing of Onyxite, Rose Quartz, and Florentine Treasure Gold by PaperArtsy.

The image panel was adhered, then the painted Flourish Trim die-cut was added to to the top of the piece. The skull of a skull cameo was painted with Titanium White Media Fluid Acrylic paint, then adhered to a brass cabochon, which was brushed with Treasure Gold. The skull cameo was adhered to the center of the Flourish Trim die-cut.

I poked holes in both sides of the piece and stuck very old Karen Foster brads through the apertures. I should note that I changed the color of the pewter brads using a Prismacolor marker and Treasure Gold. Jump rings were used to attach the brads and chain. The color of the brass chain was not quite right, so I also brushed it with Treasure Gold so that it, the cabochon, and the border die-cuts would be all matchy-matchy. 

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this project into the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tick Tock

Sam is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is "One Stamp"! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
"One of the beauties of Stampotique stamps is even though there are 18 amazing artists designing our rubbery goodness and their images work so well together it's great to use a lot of stamps for one project, I often do.

So this week, I am challenging myself too and inviting you to use just one stamp . . . wondering off scratching head and rubbing chin . . . this is going to be SO hard to choose!"
Most importantly, have fun!
If you'd like the chance to win $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 project, using Stampotique's  Timeless (Amy Wellenstein) stamp.



This is a difficult challenge for most of my teammates, but as I tend to use one stamp at a time, it was a rather easy challenge for me. So I decided to complicate things by going all techniquey and try out some new-to-me techniques from Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3, which I got as a b'day gift to me from me with love. :D

Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, and Barn Door Distress paints were sponged over the Flourish stencil by Prima onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore, then heat set. Scattered Straw Distress ink was sponged over the paint, which resisted the ink. The next step was to sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over the Burlap Layering stencil on either side of the piece. This ink was also sponged over the Shatter Layering stencil in the center of the piece.  Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, and Black Soot Distress inks were used to edge the piece and the entire thing was heat set.

Timeless was stamped into the center of the piece with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and was also stamped onto a scrap of cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink. This was sponged with Scattered Straw Distress ink, then parts were colored with Distress ink and/or Distress markers. The circle with the second hand was coated with several layers of coated with several layers of  Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add glossy dimension and shine.

A very old, hoarded Technique Tile square frame by Technique Tuesday was pressed into the Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad and heat set with Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder. The frame was then pressed into a Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad and heat set with the same embossing powder. This step was repeated a second time to build up the gloss and the sparkle

The colored Timeless scrap was framed with the tile and adhered in place on the piece.

I've used "Tick Tock" before in the same way, but the placement appeals to my inner Virgo, so I decided to do that again on this project. This time I took Newsprint Alpha-Parts by Idea-ology, painted them Distress paints, using one color, heat setting it, adding another, heat setting it, wiping it off, until I ended up with a variegated look. I grabbed a black Sharpie marker and edged the letters, but decided that the letters looked a little flat, so I pressed each painted letter into the Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad, dipped it into the jar of Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder, then heat set it. I was a little over-zealous with some and they melted a bit, warping the shape. Perfection is overrated, so I used them anyway.

Now I had the upper left and lower right corners filled, but I needed to do something else, so I die-cut black cardstock with SCACD's fabulous Alice's Clock Statement Corner die which was pressed into the Frost Dazzle VersaMark pad and heat set with Clear Filigree Fine Detail embossing powder.

I decided to play along with the current challenge at the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges, and try the Effect Powders Technique, which can be found on page 52. I used this technique on the Mini Butterflies and Mini Gears die-cuts with Weathered Wood, Old Paper, and Fired Brick Distress Powder. Miscellaneous gears, Game Spinners by Idea-ology, black brads, and black pearls were used to finish the piece. At this point I decided I wanted to hang it, so I dyed some Crinkle ribbon with Distress inks, heat set it, and attached it to the back of the piece.

I've decided that I don't know how I feel about the finished project. It's a bit busy and I think I should have left the plastic letters as they were, but I had fun putting the thing together and that's what counts. Maybe.

If you've read through all of this, pat yourself on the shoulder and/or have a cocktail!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this project into the following challenges:
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #11, sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Stamp or Stencil
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenges: Anything Goes
Tando Creative Challenges: Numbers and Letters
Altered Eclectics September Challenge: Anything Goes

Friday, September 19, 2014

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is a coloring challenge! Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

September's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Vera Lane Studios! If you haven't checked these stamps out, you should. They're quirky, whimsical, and fun! Here's some incentive! Janet, the owner of Vera Lane Studios has issued a coupon code for 10% off!

The code is: TRYVERA10

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!


Here's the color palette from Design Seeds:

Here's my card using the Coffee Girl set by Vera Lane Studios

I reduced both the Coffee Lover Gal and Cup o'Cat digital stamps and positioned them using PhotoElements. The scene was printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The image panel and its mat (Kraft Basics by Basic Grey) were die-cut using  dies from one of the Blueprints die sets by Die-namics. The kraft die-cut's edges were lightly distressed, then the image panel was matted with the kraft die-cut, then matted again onto blue cardstock.
Patterned papers by older 6x6 pads by My Mind's Eye were layered according to a sketch over at the Digi Sketch Challenge blog. All edges of the patterned papers were lightly distressed so that the white edges would show. The patterned papers were all matted with blue cardstock, the card was assembled, and then added to a kraft card.
Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges: