Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky! (but cute)

Happy Halloween again. I had this image all colored up and finally got it onto a card. Yay!

Here it is!

Third Coast's Kitty & Cat (VB-317-M) can be found on page 25 of the Halloween 2009 supplement to the catalog! She was colored with Copic markers and clear Glaze pen was added to the cat's eyes for dimension and shine.

A frame was cut from cardstock using Spellbinders Labels #4 Nestabilities (my most used set), a tag was cut using Just Rite's Spellbinders dies, and a sentiment was added using lime green Doodlebug rub-ons. The ribbon is from my stash. The frame was mounted onto patterned paper from Basic Grey's Eerie 6x6 pad.

I finally found the Halloween confetti that I bought last year. It was "somewhere safe". Ha! The spider webs and spiders are from that packet. Orange sparkly eyes are dot sparkler stickers. I just noticed that one of my spiders is now eyeless! Oh well.

I'm entering this card for challenges at Outlawz and Splitcoast (F4A88).

Thanks for visiting today!

Bombshell Stamps Relaunch Party!

As you know, Bombshell Stamps renovated the Bombshell Forum and we're celebrating with a three-day party that will run from Halloween through November 2nd!!!

There will be virtual drinks, real games, and some fun challenges for you! Get out your Bombshell stamps and be sure to play along for chances to win fun prizes, including some hand-made artwork from Bombshell's talented design team!

Be sure to check out the festivities, HERE!

One of the games is a Scavenger Hunt! Search the Bombshell Stamps DT's blogs for the Señora Muerta Scavenger Hunt Logo. Find them all and email the static links to Glittery Katie at! The winner will win a prize!!!

Something wicked this way comes!

It's Halloween and I'm so excited! I love Halloween! Candy, cute kids, scary teenagers, terrifying adults, costumes, more candy, and fun!

Here's a card that was way too much fun to make! Best of all, it came out the way I had envisioned it in "my mind's eye"! I LOVE when that happens!!!

I think Third Coast's Skull Witch (CM-231-L) from pg. 34 of the Halloween '09 is fierce. She certainly is in awesome shape. Unlike me. She was colored with Copic markers. Glitter pens added glimmer to the skulls' eyes and Glaze pens added dimension and shine. She was masked and then I stamped Pile O' Skulls (CH-693-CC, from p. 15 of the Summer '05 catalog) three times, masked them, and stamped some more! I masked the next batch of skulls, then stamped Shadow Cat Walking (CH-128-E p.11 of the Halloween '06 catalog) in VersaFine ink and then masked him too.

I pulled out the small Bricks stencil from The Crafter's Workshop, taped it down, and airbrushed several colors of Copic markers over the stencil onto the piece (and my hand). I lifted the stencil and went over the mortar with another Copic marker.

I then masked off the brick wall with Post-It notes, cut a circle mask from Eclipse tape, positioned it where I wanted, then airbrushed the sky and the ground.

I computer generated the sentiment on parchment-like paper, overstamped it with the Scroll stamp (DV-004-G, p. 25), and added some shading with Copics and chalk.

I matted the scene and added a Twigs Alteration diecut, added the sentiment scroll, and called it done!

I'm entering this card for challenges at Outlawz and Splitcoast (F4A88).

Thanks for visiting and have a great holiday!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

You're invited to a Bombshell Stamps Party!

Bombshell's forum has been upgraded and we're celebrating with a party -- Bombshell Style!

Where: Gambler's Anonymous in The Casino @ Bombshell Stamps Forum

Monday, October 31st through Wednesday, November 2nd

Games, challenges, and PRIZES!!!

I hope to see you there!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


I've been getting into the Halloween spirit, even though it's freaking snowing here. I've got my candy, mailed some Halloween surprise packages, and have been making cards!

Yesterday was International Cat Day. I felt like using the adorable Witch's Kitten stamp (CM-287-R), which is a new release from Third Coast! You can find it on p. 39 of the latest supplement to their HUGE catalog!

Craft your Passion
has a challenge to use Kraft papers and I had picked up the wonderful Haunted pad by My Mind's Eye with a 50% coupon, so I decided to use it. I wanted to see what would happen if I stamped directly onto one of the sheets, then used my Copics. It didn't work, so I pulled out my very dusty Prismacolor pencils and went to work. I decided that I wanted the kitten to be a marmalade for an "Orange" challenge over at Outlaws, but then realized that they wanted something recycled. Oops. So I found another challenge over there to enter. :D

Anyways, I digress (something new and different for me). I colored the kitten orange and made her hat black with a purple lining. I used Goo-Gone to blend out all the colors. I drew in a horizon line with a black chalk pencil, then blended it downward. Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Concord Grape, and Black Soot was sponged on to add a bit of color and aging. I added some lines to the existing spider web in the upper left, then poked a hole, and added a rhinestone spider brad from Recollections.

I chose a subtle black and kraft sheet of patterned kraft paper and cut it down to 6.75". I cut a smaller strip and pulled out the Borderline Ideology mask and adhered it to the strip. I sponged ink over the strip, pulled off the mask, then adhered the strip to the base of the black and kraft patterned paper. Distress ink was sponged onto the card front, then I added the stamped piece, ribbon, and a Spellbinders ribbon slide containing the highly original sentiment.

Then I went to put it on a 5" x 7" top-fold card and realized that I screwed up my measurements (I am THE Total Spaceshot), so I had to go back, cut stuff down, and re-do. Bother. I ended up cutting a bit close to the poor kitten's hat, but such is life.

I do believe that I've blathered on long enough.

So...if you made it through all the above, kudos.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, October 28, 2011

No trick, no treat.

This is a Halloween card for my husband, who is a chemist and sometimes acts like a mad scientist.

The stamps are Potions Lab Bench (AP-510-I), which can be found on page 7 of April 2011 catalog. by Third Coast Rubber Stamps and the mad scientist, Boris, is a retired stamp by A Muse. Both images were colored with Copic markers. The glassware was covered with a layer or two of Sakura Glaze pen to add dimension and shine.

The patterned papers are from the 6x6 Apothecary Emporium pad by Echo Park. The sticker is from 7 Gypsies.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bombshell's Hump Day Hop!

Alison, our lovely and talented Hump Day Hop Head Hottie, has set this month's blog hop theme, which is "A Very Skelly Halloween".

I don't have my "Skelly" project completed for the hop yet, so please return later.

Thanks for returning to see my project, which is a winged warrior skeleton, who is gracing my refrigerator at the moment. The skeleton cast a lot of shadows, which are in the photo. Sorry about that.

I used the Muertos Doll digital stamp set for this project. He was printed out, colored with Copics and palette chalk, cut out, heat embossed with sparkly VersaMark ink and several layers of UTEE. I popped the bones in the freezer so that they would crackle. He was assembled with small star brads, so he can be poseable, though in looking at him, I might have confused my right and left and his wings are likely on upside down. I'm gifted that way. Besides, perfection is overrated. *chortle*

He needed some accessories, so diecut golden wings, jeweled crown, and a silver and gold jeweled sword were added. While looking through my dies, I discovered a skull, so I diecut that and added several layers of UTEE and sparkly eye sockets. The "perfect" is a magnet that we got eons ago when we got one of our Macs. My Muerto's Doll is a magnet now and might end up on a project some day.

While I have your attention, I do have a project to share with you using the brand new digital Peek-a-Boo Geisha set!

The set is flirty and fabulous with three versions of the Geisha for you to use, plus one sentiment. It's a "Steal of a Deal" at $4.99! I'm entering this card in the Asian challenge over at Copic/Promarker forum at Outlawz.

I do plan to finish my "Skelly" project, but meanwhile, be prepared to have your socks blown off your feet with what these talented paople have created to inspire you.

Without further ado, here's the list!
Bombshell Blog
Mary G.
Glittery Katie
Sparkly Mary

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Think Pink Challenge!

Bombshell Stamps' Ms. October, Hey Hey Paula!, challenged us to use pink to create a project.

Here's mine!

This card features the Bombshell Angel Pin Up and the witch costume from the Halloween Costume Dress Up set digital stamps.

She was colored with Copic markers. Spica Glitter pen was used to give her glittery shoes, a glittery band on her hat, and to edge the Nestie shape. The markers were also used to change the color of the type on the patterned paper and to color the glitter border and the glitter sticker letters (twice since pink didn't show up well).

The patterned papers, glitter border, and glittery stickers are all by Making Memories.

Be sure to check out the Bombshell Blog and Bombshell's Forum to check out what others have done with Ms. October's "Think Pink" challenge. If you create a project using Bombshell stamps AND you share it with us, you'll be entered to win a gift certificate to the Bombshell Stamps store.

I'll also be entering this card over at The Outlawz Promarker/Copic Challenge since they are also hosting a "Think Pink" Challenge!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oh Gno! Gnew Gnome Puns!

Yep. I'm back with gnew, different, yet seriously cute gnomes and some more lame gnome pun cards. I hope you like 'em.

Here's the first that I did for a friend and for the Fan Club challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. If you click it, you can see a slight enlargement.

Gned Gnome (AP-157-C)and Gnelly Gnome (AP-158-C) are getting married atop a lovely layered wedding cake built from the Cake Set (CK-CVS), which can be found on p. 79 of the Third Coast Rubber Stamps online catalog. It's a cool set, but you can buy the layers and pillars separately. Gned and Gnelly usually reside on page 19 of the Summer '05 Catalog.

After stamping the cake layers, I stamped Gned, masked him, then stamped Gnelly. Then I colored the whole shebang with Copic markers and added silver gel pen to Gned's buttons. Sadly the scan wiped out Gnelly's lovely light pink dress and a photo was even worse. *Huge Pout*

The papers are from Prima's 6x6 Annalee pad. The sentiments were computer generated on vellum. Sadly you can't see that they're cut like banners. I added a Copic colored pearl flower and pearls.

Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Feeling wicked?

Are you feeling wicked and getting in the mood for Halloween? I know that I am!

Apparently, so is she!

Here's a Halloween card featuring Third Coast's Creepy Little Girl (AP-498-K) from the new release (p.9 of the Halloween 2011 Supplement), who I think has more attitude than creepiness. Fortunately, I had the perfect sentiment stamp in my stash from the late, lamented justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet.

The little girl and the sentiment were both colored with Copic markers. I used a clear Glaze pen on her eyes to make them dimensional and glassy and her buttons to make them stand out a bit in all that gray!

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Eerie 6x6 pad, which I love and hoard. I used a Martha Stewart Spider Web border punch and some Recollections rhinestone spider brads.

I shall enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Halloween/Goth challenge!

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bombshell's October Sketch Challenge!

As you may know, I create the monthly sketches for Bombshell Stamps Sketch Challenge.

Here's October's Sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch:

I used the Bombshell Angel Pin Up and the new Halloween Costume Dress Up set digital stamps.

The fun thing about digital stamps is that you can layer them without having to worry about bothersome masks. The other nice thing is that you can erase any part of the image that you don't want to use. I slightly altered the witch's outfit from the original.

I colored all the images with Copic markers, then used masking fluid on them, and airbrushed the gray background. I missed a bit of the witch's leg with the fluid, so I had her put on a pair of sheer black nylons.

The patterned papers are from the Eerie Collection by Basic Grey. The ribbon is from Michael's, and the sentiment sticker, "Ghouls just wanna have fun" is by 7 Gypsies.

Feel free to nab the sketch, but if you use your Bombshells, please share your take on the sketch with us on Bombshell's Blog and on Bombshell's Forum. You never know, you could win a set of your choice!

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day Blog Hop!

It's World Card Making Day and I'm participating in an official Blog Hop sponsored by Paper Crafts magazine! So far over 200 people have signed up! Wow! Here's the link to the blog list.

Here's the first one, using Bombshell Stamps' Man's Ruin set. I decided to stamp onto print paper and then color the skulls with Copics and used a touch of red Stickles as "blood drops". I used my birthday gift (from me to me with love) of Spellbinders' Ironworks Accents.

Here's my second card!

Since I was having fun stamping on patterned paper, I did it again! This time I used Third Coast's Heart Rose (CK-108-G) from page 67 of the catalog. I colored the Heart Rose using Copic markers and the feather blending technique I learned at my Certification class.

The patterned papers are from the Butterfly Garden collection by Pink Paislee. I used another birthday present (the Heart Circle Nestabilities set) with a circle Nestabilities die. A tiny tag die by QuicKutz was stamped with a sentiment from the Mixed Message set by Paper Trey Ink. I've been trying to build up an inventory of thank you cards...

Thanks for visiting today!