Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bombshell Stamps "Boy Toy" Hump Day Hop!

Yahoo! It's finally time for the monthly Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month Kas, our able and brilliant Hump Day Hop Captain, selected the "Boy Toy" theme. I bet you're wondering "What exactly IS that?" Well, it's dedicated to the men in our lives. It doesn't have to be a boyfriend or husband.....maybe a soldier, a father, or just a masculine themed card.

Here's my take on the challenge!

I used the Bombshell Angel stamp set together with the Biker Bombshell Digital set. I decided to try oil pencils to color the Biker Chick's leathers and boots. The pencils blend really nicely and you can buff them to bring out a sheen. I used Copic markers to color the Bombshell's head and neck. The leathery looking papers are specialty papers by FiberMark. I used a gazillion tiny brads. Sadly, they're not lined up perfectly, but "art" is not perfect. Right? Anyways, I also used a corner punch and some rhinestones because a project just can't sing if it don't have the bling. Yeah. Go ahead and quote me. :D

I'm the last stop on the list, but just in case you missed anyone, here are the links. Remember that for each comment you leave, you get one more chance to win a fabulous prize!

The Hoppers!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Get well card a la Smeared Ink!

Here's a get well card, which sadly, are always useful to have on hand.

The bug is from the Shadow Thingies set by Smeared Ink. If you're unfamiliar with Smeared Ink, they're a new company helmed by the talented sisters, Terra and Tori. The images are a bit left of center, but they retain a certain élan and coolness. The stamps are amazingly thick deeply edged red rubber that produces a fantastic image!

The bug was stamped on patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket, colored with Copics. The bug's eyes were highlighted with Spica glitter pens. Then I coated the entire bug with Glossy Accents to add dimension and more bugginess.

I pulled out some old MM rub-ons for the sentiment. Color core Black Magic cardstock was embossed with the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded. The flower sits on a nice dotted ribbon and are BossKut die cuts that were embossed, sanded, inked, rolled, and stacked. A threaded button completes the flower.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Thank You Note/Gift that hits the challenge trifecta!

Woo-hoo! A trifecta! I'm so excited that this card meets lots o' challenges! Plus, it's useful too since it will also hold a gift card for a friend. I'm sooooo efficent!!!
* SplitCoast's Crafty Secrets forum's Distress challenge.
* Paper Craft Planet's Crafty Secrets forum's Button challenge.
* Card Positioning System's Sketch challenge!

Here it is in all its redness.

The King of Hearts, additional crown on his head, and the two hearts are from Crafty Secrets' Greetings from Wonderland set. The "Thank You" script is from a Stampin' Up stamp that's part of a seriously useful set whose name escapes me. The King and hearts were colored with Copic markers. Since the challenge was to Distress the card, I used Distress Inks on the heart squares and to edge all the layers. I used a Heidi Swapp Distressing tool to distress the paper edges, used white-cored cardstock to show the distressing, and added Tattered Strips to stay with the theme. I pulled a button from my collection of 500,000,999 buttons and now have 500,000,998 left. The patterned papers are from my stash o' scraps and are by Creative Imaginations.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Technique ATC Swap

Over at Bombshell Stamps' forum, there are loads of challenges, swaps, and tutorials.

Seven of us participated in a technique-themed ATC swap. I love doing ATCs, but haven't done all that many of them. Initially, I was going to do seven different techniques as a one-off of each. Being me, I had already completed two of them and started a third one before I changed my mind and went with something completely different and did seven of seven of one design.

So, I figured I'd share the two that didn't make the "cut".


I used the silhouette clipper ship from Bombshell Stamps' A Pirate's Life, alcohol inks, an old die cut bottle which I traced, patterned paper scraps, glossy accents, and an "Imagine" epoxy sticker.


This one features the flaming/thorny heart from Bombshell's Sacred Heart set. I colored it with Copic markers, cut it out, then coated it with Ranger's Crackle Accents paint. The patterned paper is old Scenic Route and the typewriter key stickers are from my stash.

I'll be mailing out all the ATCs tomorrow, so I'll share the "final cut" after the other swappers receive them!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bombshell's June Sketch

Here's June's Sketch by yours truly!

You can win this fabulous prize!

My card using the sketch:

The card uses my new Retro Cowgirl set by Bombshell stamps together with the Classic Tattoo Alphabet.

The images were colored with Copic markers. I used some wonderful patterned paper by Flair with some leathery-looking specialty paper by FiberMark. Sadly, both companies are defunct. Happily, I have a nice stash of papers by both companies in my stash!

Reminder: Sign up for Bombshell's Newsletter and be entered to win a $100.00 shopping spree! Info is on the the home page!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day #2

This one was for my husband who is an avid cyclist.

The patterned paper was a gift from a friend. The bike chain stamp was also from her. It's by Technique Tuesday and was stamped in Starlight Black Brilliance ink then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The Father's Day sentiment is from Impression Obsession's Sentiment 2 set. The frame is by QuicKutz. Everything is straight irl.

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Father's Day Card #1

I sent this one to my dad. I'm one of three, hence the three chickens.

Actually, now that I look at it, I'm not sure that the "big chicken" is actually a rooster. Nor am I sure that the little chickens are actually chicks. I'm so not a country girl. :D

Anyway, the stamps are from the Little Chef and Kitchen Classics Crafty Secrets sets.

In addition to doing this for my dad, I took the challenge to use Clips over at the Crafty Secrets forum at SCS.

The little scene was colored with Copic markers. Surprised? ;)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Two-fer Thursday!

This card meets two challenges -- SCS's Sketch Challenge #285 and the Crafty Secrets' PCP forum's of 6/12, which was to use lace! Gosh. I love when I'm efficient, though in truth I was going for a tri-fecta. Oh well.

I used the Lucky Wishes set by Crafty Secrets. The images were colored with Copic markers and highlighted with a touch of Sakura Glitter pens.

The patterned papers are from the Radiant pad which is also by Crafty Secrets. The card is a premade one from somewhere or another. :D

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oh oh Domino!

Playing around with dominos, inks, chalks, stamps, etc. = Fun!!!

My results:

Left: Two colors of StazOn ink, Stampin' Up stamp, Krylon leafing pen.

Middle: Third Coast stamp stamped with StazOn, inked with VersaMark, chalked with palette chalks, edged with Krylon leafing pen.

Not a domino but something domino-like sent to me as a rak. Stamped with Bombshell Sugar Skulls with VersaMark ink, chalked, and Krylon leafing pen.

All three were coated with Mod Podge as a sealant. I'm not thrilled with that stuff, so I'll likely try something else AFTER I find more white dominos!

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Butterfly Dreams

This one uses the caterpillar and cloud from the Shadow Thingies set by Smeared Ink. These stamps are seriously thick rubber that is deeply etched to produce a fantastic image.

The caterpillar, cloud, and grass were colored with Copic markers. The sky was sponged with Distress Ink. The sentiment is a Doodlebug rub-on outlined dot-style with a fine tipped pen. The patterned paper is by Memory Box.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm late!!!

When I look at this image, the phrase "I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!" immediately pops into my mind. However, this card isn't late. In fact, it qualifies in a timely manner for several challenges! It uses SCS's Sketch 284, CSSC123's Old, New, Borrowed Challenge, and Kim's/Mad Hatter's Challenge!

Here it is!

The White Rabbit image is from Crafty Secret's Greetings From Wonderland set, which I just got! This is my first time inking it! Yahoo. Gotta love that. The rabbit and the grass were colored with Copic markers, with a touch of Glaze pen on the cane. There's also some Gold Spica pen on the watch and chain and a touch of clear Glaze pen on the watch too. I used an oval Nestabilities die to cut out the image, then used it as a mask to color the grass and sponge in the sky (with Distress Ink). The patterned papers are by Imaginisce (clocks and base layer) and Fancy Pants (the stripes and blue circles). I do love my striped paper. Such a great way to bring color and visual interest...

I did not include a sentiment, since I tend to procrastinate, I'm sure I can use the card for either a Belated Birthday or I'm-Sorry-I'm-a-Doofus card.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Greeting Farm/Smeared & Smudged Blog Hop!

The Greeting Farm is one of the fabulous sponsors for the challenges over at Smeared & Smudged this month! Well, today you get to see some of their digi stamps in action! The Smeared and Smudged DT are hosting a blog hop featuring some of The Greeting Farm's "Creeper" images! I hope you came to my blog from Tori's blog!

Here's my card for the hop!

I got to play with the Twisted Tea digi and boy was it ever fun to color with my Copic markers! I used Distress Ink to add the pink to the background. The patterned papers are Doodlebug. The flowers are from assorted manufacturers. The charms were originally gold, but were painted with the Adirondack Pearl Dabber, then colored with Prismacolor and Gel pens.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Now hop along to Sarah's blog, which is the next stop in the list below. Remember that if you comment, you get a chance to win a super-cute digi image from The Greeting Farm!

The Hoppers:








Black Dragon


Lady Brayton



The Greeting Farm Blog

Be sure to visit The Greeting Farm's website to view all their rubber stamps and digital stamps! You'll be glad you did!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It's Puffy!

It's a puffy Sugar Skull that I made for May's "Look Ma! I made it!" challenge over at Bombshell Stamps.

Sadly, I made it, then misplaced it in the black hole of my craft room. By the time I found it, it was too late. So, I stuck it on a card anyway.

Here it is!

The sugar skull (Bombshell Stamps)was stamped on FiberMark's Canvas paper, colored with copics, then adhered over a felt covered chipboard oval (a letter "o"), the edged with a Krylon marker. I hope you can see the puffiness!

The chipboard wings were painted with Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber.

There's fabric paper under the winged sugar skull, lace separating the fabric from the striped paper, and a row of gold orbs on top of the lace.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Three Days: Three Projects!!!

Can you stand it???


Here's a card that I made using my new Shadow Thingies stamps by Smeared Ink!

I used my Prismacolor pencils and a Goo-Gone pen to color the bench, trees, and the grass. Shades of blue and a hint of pink Distress Ink were sponged on for the sky. I used Flower Soft to add leaves to the trees. It looks so much better irl, but you'll just have to take my word for it! :D

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SCC VSN: Water Challenge

Yes, VSN is over, but I did get one more card done. This one was for the "water challenge". I created a little Hawaiian scene, though I've never been to Hawaii.

I used Bombshell Stamps' Hula Girl set and Hawaiian Girl set for the card. The palm trees were inked with Memento ink. The island, sunset, sky, and sand were colored with Copic markers. I used Adirondack Stream for the sea, then added some white gel pen to create sea foam and white caps. I also used a Copic marker to add some shadows to the water.

The card also uses May's Bombshell sketch, which was based on a few of my earlier cards. I got this card uploaded just in time! I think I'll change my middle initial to P for procrastination. :D

The striped paper is by Basic Grey. The map paper is actually a scrap leftover from previous projects. I think that's the last of that and it was fairly old, so I doubt it's still available.

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