Monday, December 24, 2012

Bombshell's Ornament Challenge!

Bombshell's December's Guest Designer (aka Ms. December), Monika, issued an ornament challenge.

Here's mine:

I used the Santa Teddy Bear from Bombshell's Holiday Accessory set.

The teddy bear was colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. I mounted him onto a coaster, then die cut the coaster using a Sizzix circle die. I sponged around him using Distress Ink, since I think he's a vintage teddy. Oh. I almost forgot. Black Glaze gel pen was added to his eyes and nose for dimension and shine.

White metallic cardstock was adhered to white chipboard, then die cut with a Sizzix Bigs Snowflake die. I adhered the Santa Teddy to the center of the snowflake, then added Holographic Glitter Liner by Viva Decor.

Here's a close up of Santa Teddy.

Since we don't celebrate Christmas at our house, I hung my ornament in my rubber tree, which is also decorated with some plastic skeletons.

Copic Markers Used:
Hat: R22, R24, R37
Hat's trim: N0, N1, N3
Teddy: E40, E41, E43, E44, E47, E49

I shall be entering this ornament into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Merry Christmas
Craft Your Passion #152: Alter It

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Peace on Earth

In keeping with the holiday season and in light of recent events, I had the need to create this card.

Earth Angel from the Guardian Angels collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers which I'll list below.

I stamped the image a second time onto Judikins Eclipse Tape, cut it out, and masked the image, then ran it through my Big Kick using a Spellbinders' Grand Labels 11 Nestabilities to die cut it. Keeping the cardstock in the die, a night sky was airbrushed using the Copic Airbrush System. Copic Opaque White paint was flicked from a toothbrush over the sky and the masked image to become "stars".

When the Opaque White was dry, I lifted the mask and touched up the image, adding some shadows and such. Gold Spica Glitter Pen was used on the peace sign and Clear Gelly Roll Stardust Pure Glitter Pen was used to add shimmer to her wings.

Holographic Glitter Liner was used to edge the die cut. I messed up when I squeezed a bit too hard, which resulted in a huge blob of glittery glue. I wiped most of it off, but you can still see the remnants. Since this was Take 2 with the card, I decided that I would embrace imperfection. :D BTW, I also have glittery glue all over my hands, in my hair, on my sweatshirt, etc.

The patterned paper is from a Memory Box 6x6 pad that is no longer available. However, there are loads more at SCACD here.

One of SCACD's Garden Corners dies was used to die cut white metallic paper, which was also used for the die cut border and the stamped sentiment by Hero Arts. Navy metallic paper was die cut with a Spellbinders die to frame the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today.

Copic Markers used:

Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, R0000, R20, BV00
Hair: YR30, E50, E51, T1, T3
Eyes: B66
Shirt: Less-than R81, R81, R83
Heans: C1, C3, B41
Wings: B60, C0, C00
Earth: G40, G43, B52, BG72
Sky: B63, B66, B69, B79, B99

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Today the SCACD Design Team is celebrating with some inspiration on our blogs! Take some time to visit each blog because I'm sure they'll be rocking the SCACD stamps and dies.

Here's my project, which should enlarge if you click on it!

I've been in a mixed media mood lately and been playing with all sorts of paints and sprays and stencils that are new to me and are available at SCACD!

I decided to combine Steampunk Eyes from SCACD's Eyes of Adventure and Fables collection with the Steampunk Lace stencil from ArtistCellar.

I sprayed Plush (Purple) Colorations Mist from Art Anthology, Fresh Lime and London Blue from Dylusions, and Bronzer Color Shine by Heidi Swapp onto glossy cardstock. I sprayed, heat set, sprayed, heat set, and so on until I was happy with the coverage and the look.

The Steampunk Lace stencil was adhered to the dried sprayed cardstock with temporary adhesive because I didn't want the paint to seep under the edges of the stencil, which happened repeatedly over the weekend. To keep the stencil from moving around, I taped it down with removable tape. Then I pounced Black Ice Silkz Acrylic Glaze over the stencil. When the Glaze dried, I lifted the stencil and immediately took it to the sink to wash it with ScrapPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever, which removed the dried paint and the adhesive AND even removed some of the ink from my hands!

Steampunk Eyes was stamped onto Neenah cardstock using Black Tuxedo Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen was used on her watch, buckles, gears, and buttons and Glossy Accents was used on the lens of her goggles. She was fussy cut and put aside while I did some die cutting!

SCACD's Key Corner die, Classic Timepiece die, and Alterations mini-Gears dies were used to cut metallic gold cardstock. The die cuts were layered over the base of the sprayed glossy cardstock and black glittered tape was added over the top of the die cuts. Steampunk Eyes was adhered, the corner die cut was added and I called the card done!

Thanks for reading all that and for visiting today! Don't forget to visit my SCACD teamies' blogs!

Copic markers used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, BV00, R20
Lips: RV52, RV55
Eyes: YG21, YG23, YG91
Hair: T1, T3, T4, YR30, Y0000
Goggles: N0, N2, N3, N4,
Boots: N3, N4, N6, N8
Clothing: B24, B26, B28, B29, B39
Shirt: RV55
Watch, Gears, Necklace, Key: Y21, Y23, Y26

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bombshell's Muse Monday!

Muse Monday is a special day at the Bombshell Blog. Each month, Alison, our Challenge Captain, selects one set of Bombshell set to be showcased on each Monday throughout that month.

This month's set is Pin-Stripes, which is one of the sets in the Hot Rod Collection.

Pin-Stripes and Striped by Me are very versatile sets.

Here's my card.

I was already covered with ink and my table top was a mess, so I decided to continue getting inky and used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, but I also added some Kosher Salt and also some Heirloom Gold Perfect Mist to the mix.

When it was all dry, I stamped the large Pin-Stripe Stamp using Onyx Black VersaFine ink, then stamped the mirror image smaller swooshes. I used some sparkly black embossing powder, with mixed results. I don't know if it's my new heat gun, but the ep wasn't melting properly, which was rather irritating.

So, I brushed off what wasn't sticking and used a Pitch Black Spica Glitter pen to touch it up and add black sparkle.

The entire piece was edged with Black Soot Distress ink and finished with black glitter paper corners cut using one of the two dies in SCACD's Classic Corner set.

Go to Bombshell's blog to check out other ways to use the wonderful and versatile Pin-Stripes set

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes???

It's not winter yet, but one would think that it would be colder than it is right now. But I'm not complaining (about the weather). I prefer mild winters since I no longer ice skate, sled, or do anything depicted in this card.

Yeah. If I ever tried to sled while wearing ice skates, I most likely would not be here writing this blog post. Just sayin'.

Anyways, meet Winona Loves Winter from the Uptown Collection by Stamping Bella. Winona and a whole crowd of her Uptown Girlfriends are now available at SCACD.

Winona was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers which I'll list below. The snow around her was also colored with Copics. Touches of Gelly Roll Stardust Pure Glitter Clear Pen were added to provide some sparkle to the snow. A silver metallic pen was used on the blades of her ice skates.

The sky was sponged in with Pebbles Shimmery Pastel Palette Chalk. Sadly, the photo does not show the shimmer of the sky or the glittery parts of the snow. Bummer.

SCACD's Garden Corners were brushed with Ice Silkz Acrylic Glaze (Luminarte's Glazes on SALE right now!)to add some shimmer. Punched metallic white snowflakes were added atop the corners and ginormous rhinestones finished 'em off.

The sentiment was stamped with Black Onyx VersaFine ink onto metallic white cardstock. It was die cut with QuicKutz dies and layered atop a big snowflake Sizzlet die cut.

The patterned papers are from the Winter Wishes 6x6 pad by Echo Park and very, very, very old, ancient KI paper. I added Holographic Border stickers to update the look.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: #139 -- Snow
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Snowflakes
Crafty Creations #199: Winter Scene
Oldie But Goodie Challenge: Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

Copic markers used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, R20, BV00
Cheeks: R20
Hair: YR30, Y000, W1, W3
Hat: Less-Than R81, R81, BV2, BV4
Sweater: Less-Than R81, R81, R83
Skirt: BV4, BV17
Petticoat: Less-Than R81, R81, R83, BV00, BV2, BV4
Socks: BV00, BV2, BV4
Skates: C0), C0, C1, C3, E21, E23
Sled: N0, N2, N4
Snow: C00, C0, N0, B60

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Greetings Earthlings! I've got some good news to share. I recently tried out for Kenny K's Krafty Krew and made the cut! Woo-hoo! I'm stoked because Kenny K Download's digital stamps really make me smile. They've got attitude and I like that -- probably because I'm loaded with attitude, which is not the same as being full of ----, which I am, albeit infrequently.

My other news is that I've discovered why Santa Claus is so darned jolly! Nope. It's not booze or pharmaceuticals, though he might use caffeine for his epic ride Christmas Eve. Negatory. This card will show you the real reason for Santa's jollyness.

Here you thought Vixen was a reindeer. Certain parts of her are definitely reindeeresque. (Yes. Another new word. Dig it!). But the rest of her? She's all woman and that's why Santa is so very jolly. Mrs. Claus, well, she's got a certain elf friend, if you know what I mean. **wink**

On Vixen was printed on Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. I used Mega Rectangles Nestabilities to die cut her, then added Viva Decor Hologram Iridescent Glitter Liner around the edges to add some serious glitter.

The patterned paper is from Winter Wishes 6x6 pad by Echo Park. This pad contains some fabulous aquas, blues, purples, grays, and whites. All edges were coated with a layer of Pearl Paint Dabber, which I also used to paint the very old chipboard arrow from Deluxe Designs. Remember them? I added Glitter sticker letters by Making Memories to the arrow when it was dry.

Memory Box/Poppy Stamps' Frostyville Border and Frostyville Corner were used to cut metallic white cardstock.

The rest of the sentiment was computer generated.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card in the following challenge(s):
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: Challenge #122 -- Frosty Hues
Craft Your Passion: #139 -- Snow
Simon Says Stamp Challenges: Anything Goes!
Outlawz Copic/Promarker Fridays: Anything Goes!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E2, R20, BV00
Lips: R22, R24
Hair: E25, E27, E29, E70
Outfit: B52, C2, C3 and BG000, BG01
Fur Trim: E30, E40, E50, E51
Antlers, Ears, and Tail: E31, E33
Ground: C00, C0, C1, C2
Outline: C1, C0

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gelli Plates Experiment -- Take One

A while back, I read about Gelli Art Printing Plates on Facebook and got intrigued. I did a lot of blurfing, watched a ton of videos, and agonized whether this was something I wanted to try.

Then I found an offer from Dick Blick that I could not refuse and went for it. Being me, I was overjoyed to get my packet, then promptly put it away. For months. I'm goofy like that. In fact, when I have the urge for chocolate, I buy some, and don't eat it. Just buying it would satisfy that urge. Am I weird or what???

I finally got the Gelli Plate out last week and had fun playing with it for several hours. I used Jo Sonja acrylic paints and a mess of stencils from both The Crafter's Workshop and Art Cellar.

Here's a collage of several of the prints. Click on it to enlarge the image.

I will most definitely use some of these prints for something or another and I can't wait to play again since I learned quite a bit from my mistakes (backward numbers, too much paint, too little paint, bad color combos, etc.). I think I need to get more fluid paint, but I plan on experimenting with what I have on hand (old cheapo acrylics for instance) and incorporating some of these prints in my "schtuff", especially since I seem to be sliding down that slippery slope into mixed media art.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Feeling Meowy!

Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog is holding a Feeling Festive challenge and whereas I'm beginning to get into the holiday spirit, I'm feeling more meowy than festive, which could because I haven't started shopping yet and feel like whinging about it. I don't know about you, but my cats meow when they want something, like food. Me? I want someone to do my shopping, even though I do most of it online.

Here's my card.

I know that if we did the stocking thang, Duchess, my familiar, would end up in one of them, much like the kitty from the Holiday Have a Meow-y Christmas set by Kraftin' Kimmie.

The kitty was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. When I was done coloring her, I added white accents to the holly berries and to the cat's eyes with my Inkssentials White Gel pen, then added a nice coat of Glossy Accents too.

I fussy cut the stocking and put it aside.

I grabbed a scrap of grey cardstock, my Bricks and Pattern Strips stencils from the Crafter's Workshop, and Stencil Paste and went to town. I spackled that stuff over the bricks and into the wide plain strip until I had a nice thick layer. I let it dry for awhile and then sponged Brick Red Distress Ink over the bricks til they were covered. I removed the stencils from the cardstock and immediately cleaned off the ink and Stencil Paste using ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever. Then I rubbed some Black Soot Distress ink over the bricks and the plain strip to add more visual interest.

I die cut Gold Metallic cardstock using Rectangle Nestabilities to create a frame for the opening in the fire place. A slightly smaller rectangle was cut from the bricks piece and the gold frame was layered over it. Black cardstock was used to back up the aperture and some die cut flames were cut from shimmery yellow cardstock that was sponged with some Brick Red and Marmalade Distress inks.

The clear strip was adhered on the top of the bricks to become a mantelpiece. I punched a plethora of spiky leaves and spritzed 'em with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz and blew them all over the table with my heat gun. When I retrieved them, I adhered the shiny golden/green leaves to each other to become a garland/bough thing to hang on the mantelpiece. Red rhinestones by Kaisercraft were added to make the bough thing festiver. Yes. Festiver. It's a word. Now.

The kitty was added over the leaves with dimensional foam adhesive. Then the whole fireplace, kitty and all, was adhered to patterned paper from the Lost and Found 3 - Ruby 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye.

The card was finished with the sentiment from the Holiday Have a Meow-y Christmas set.

Since the photo above doesn't show the dimension of this card, here's a close-up!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenge(s).
Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge 156 - Feelin' Festive!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bombshell Hump Day Hop!

Can you believe it's already the last Wednesday of the month? That means it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop!

Alison, our Hump Day Head Honcho, has decreed that November's hop be a Recipe Hop and here's the recipe.

3 Patterned Papers
2 Bombshell Stamps images
1 Piece of Ribbon

You should have gotten here from Rachael's blog, but if you got lost, the hop list is below!

I decided to use Bombshell's November Sketch, which I altered somewhat.

Here's my card:

I used the Gingerbread Pin-Up and the Gingerbread Dumbbell Guy from Bombshell's Gingerbread Pin-Up digital set.

The images were manipulated in Photo Elements and printed them out. They were colored using Copic markers. I kind of messed up the cast shadows, but such is life.

I added some brown glitter pen details on the gingerbread figures and then used several more colors around the image to make them look even more sugary.

I layered four different patterned papers from the Bittersweet 6x6 pad by Basic Grey, colored a brown and white satin gingham ribbon with R83 Copic marker.

I found some sequins that would work for the circle elements, so I added a tiny rhinestone to the center of each sequin, and added the bejeweled sequins to finish the card.

Here's the hop list:
Bombshell Blog
Glittery Kate
Kathi -- the last stop

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mega Blog Candy!

Bearly Mine Crafts is offering up a generous and huge "Mega Blog Candy" package.

Go check it out then follow the directions for your chance to win.

Be careful out there!

Ever since I first saw the What Big Eyes set from Susana Loves Stamps Eyes of Adventure and Fables Collection, I knew that I'd have to pair it with the Aspen Trees mini stencil by The Crafter's Workshop to create a Little Red Riding Hood card!

What Big Eyes set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers which I'll list below. When she was done, I fussy cut her and put her aside, which made her pout. I assured her she'd have fun later, so she calmed down.

Anyway, I grabbed a piece of light grey cardstock, taped down the Aspen Trees mini stencil and sponged Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Stormy Blue, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass Distress inks over it. I also sponged an additional scrap of grey cardstock with Forest Moss and Bundled Sage ink, then tore it, edged the torn strips with Black Soot Distress ink, and adhered the strips to the Aspen Trees piece. I wasn't totally happy with the piece, so I sponged grey Pebbles Palette chalk to add some dimension and shading to the trees. Much better.

I adhered What Big Eyes, now in her role of Red Riding Hood, to the piece. I thought something was needed, so I die cut some black cardstock with one of SCACD's Classic Corner dies (two dies come in the set), ran them through my mini Xyron X machine, then painted on a layer of Black Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze to add some shine and shimmer to the die cuts.

I adhered the piece to a black card front. When I decide who will get the card and for what occasion, I'll add a sentiment!

By the way, Susana just added some really fabulous new products, such as new 6x6 pads, fabulous new stencils by ArtistCellar, the new Distress Stains, Spellbinders D-Lites, Make It Crafty chipboard, and Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl stamps to the SCACD store. Go check it all out!!!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe: #23 -- Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: #32 -- Fairytales Challenge

Copic Markers used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, R20, BV00
Hair: C6, C7, C8
Dress: R22, R24, R27, R29 & C8, C6
Petticoat: R0000, R00
Cape: R89, C7, R56, R59

Friday, November 23, 2012

Arise my minions!

Greetings! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and are about to shop your little hearts out in the rush towards the holidays! Remember that Saturday is Small Business Saturday and that Monday is Cyber Monday.

***End of Public Service Announcement***

Here's a nice wintry card for you.

My card features Snow Wizard (VB-075-C) from Third Coast Rubber Stamps. He was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below. His snowy parts were painted with Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze

When the paint dried, he was ready for his close-up.

Hmm. That photo didn't show his true glittery goodness, so here's another where I tilted the paper!

See? He really does sparkle. This photo shows the sparkle and glitter from the Silks Glaze. It's dead easy to use and dries really quickly, which is super-fantastic for an impatient soul like me. By the way, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the Silks and a plethora of other great stuff are on sale at SCACD right now.

The drying time really didn't matter this time since I was busy with all sorts of Thanksgiving prep. When I went back to my craftroom, I stamped and cut a mask from Judikins Eclipse Tape, placed it over the Snow Wizard, and used Spellbinders Nestabilities dies (Labels 14) to die cut him and the patterned paper from the Jovial 6x6 pad by Basic Grey.

Pearlescent Pearl Shimmer Chalk was sponged over a stencil for the cloudy sky. I removed the mask and added some Viva Decor Hologram Glitter Liner to create a nice icy, snowy ground for him.

I layered some very old Basic Grey papers from the Figgy Pudding 6x6 pad and added a shimmery sticker border between the layers. The sentiment, Magical Greetings (WS-064-B) was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine ink, which I prefer when stamping something highly detailed that won't be colored with Copics. I highlighted the sentiment with Pitch Black Spica Glitter pen and Clear Gelly Roll Stardust Pure Glitter Pen.

Thanks for visiting today

Copic markers used:
c00, C0, C1, C2
BG10, BG11, BG23, BG45, BG9 (which I used by accident, thinking it was B49 because I couldn't read my handwriting on the Ciao marker and didn't doublecheck. Whattadope!), and BG96
YR65, YR68

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm an overachiever, we already did the family Thanksgiving dinner last night and will be doing Thanksgiving Dinner, the Sequel tonight.

All the purveying, prep, and what not have kept me out of my craft room, so I'm reposting an oldie (but hopefully goodie) Thanksgiving card.

Here it is. It's an accordion card with a belly band to keep it together.

Front View with Belly Band:

Accordion Card:

The card features the adorable penguins from the Gobble It Up set by The Cat's Pajamas. The penguins, domed cloche, pie, and sentiments are from that set. The wine bottle is called Pop the Cork and is also by the Cat's Pajamas. The bread basket is from the Kitchen Classics set by Crafty Secrets.

The entire scene was stamped in Memento ink, then colored with Copic markers. The cloche, turkey, penguin bills, and penguin feet were coated with a layer of embossing powder to add dimension and shine. There was a whole lotta masking involved to get that turkey on the table and to add that homey yellow background, which was sponged with Distress Ink.

The patterned paper is from the Origins collection by Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting today and

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope your meal is delicious, the company good, and that you have someone else to clean up for you. If you're traveling, be safe.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Monochromatic Kenny K Steampunk!

I was having serious printer issues, finally caved into temptation, and got a wonderful Brother Laser Printer for half price! So I can play with my digital stamps again! Woot!!!

Here's my card for Kenny K's Krafty Krew Monochromatic Challenge!

That's Brianna Blaster from the Steampunk Burlesque collection by Kenny K Digital Downloads.

Brianna was colored using Copic markers, which I'll list below. Her goggles were highlighted with Glossy Accents and Glaze pen was used on her boot's buttons and the rivets of her gear. Weathered Wood Distress ink was used to edge the piece and to add a bit of ground. I realize now that I messed up the right side a bit. Oh well. Perfection is overrated. :D

I layered patterned paper scraps from the Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad by Graphic 45, then sponged Weathered Wood Distress ink Gears stencil by The Crafter's Workshop.

Alice's Clock Statement Corner die was used to die cut teal-ish cardstock and adorns the lower right hand corner. Looking at it now, I realize that I should have coated it with something shimmery and shiny to make it pop out a bit more. That's what I get for crafting in the wee hours of the ayem.

Old-school photo corners adhere Brianna to the card's front. I'll add a sentiment when I decide who will get the card and for what occasion!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this in the following challenge(s):
Kenny K's Krafty Krew Monochromatic Challenge!

Copic markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E04,R20
Hair: YR31, E07, E09, E19
Lips: R22, R24
Outfit: BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78
Lens: BG90, G93
Gun & Accessories: N1,N3, N4, N6, N7

Monday, November 12, 2012

Muse Monday!

It's Monday, which means it's time for Bombshell Stamps' Muse Monday, where we feature one Bombshell set per month and showcase it each Monday throughout the month!

We're featuring the Cherry Bomb set during November and it's my turn!

Here's my card!

I stamped the devil from Bombshell's Cherry Bomb set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored him with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below. I coated him with a layer of Newton & Winsor Masking Liquid and let it dry.

Nestabilities Circle dies were used to cut a circle in Judikin's Eclipse tape, which was used as a reverse mask. I airbrushed a yellow circle through the aperture using Y35. Then I lifted the mask, placed the Eclipse Tape circle over the yellow, and airbrushed the piece with R24, R29, and R59.

I removed all the masks and discovered that the Liquid Mask changed the colors of my devil's face a bit, but this time, I just let it go. I highlighted the pupils of his eyes with Pitch Black Copic Spica Glitter pen and the tip of his cigarette with Lemon Copic Spica Glitter pen.

I coated the devil's horns with a rather thick coat of
Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze to make them shiny, sparkly, and dimensional. I added Black Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze to his cigarette holder and cigarette and added a bit more Lemon Copic Spica Glitter pen to the cigarette tip make it ultra sparkly. Silver Glaze pen was added to the metal part of his monocle and a nice thick coating of Glossy Accents was added to the lens.

Since the devil's in the details *wicked grin*, here's a close-up of Lucifer!

A pinked circle was die cut in a card-front sized scrap of flame-print paper from Junkitz (Remember them?) and the card was finished with a Dymo-Tape sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E4, E11, BV20
Horns: R14, R2, R29, R6, R89
Lens: B00, B000, BG93

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Last of the "Done in the Dark" cards. I hope!

This one took that proverbial "Left Turn at Albuquerque", but I kinda like how it came out.

Here's Little Draco from Susana Loves Stamps' new Mythical Reflections collection.

I'll mention that I love dragons and have always been entranced by them. When I was a little girl, I loved My Father's Dragon and as a young adult, I fell in love with Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Rider series. I think that I've read the entire series at least a half dozen times.

After stamping Little Draco with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I decided that Little Draco should be a golden dragon, so I colored her with Y21, Y23, Y26, and Y29.

Then my coloring took that left turn. I decided that I wanted her belly, scales, and talons to contrast with her golden hide. I was playing around with Copic feather blending and really liked the combo of B0 series with the V0 series, so off I went.

When I was happy with the dragon, I decided that I should place her in front of a castle, in the grass, so I coated her with a layer of Winsor & Newton masking fluid. When the fluid was dry, I taped two pieces of Post-It note paper together to mask the upper portion. I grabbed an old Pebbles stencil and sponged Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, and Pine Needles Distress ink over the grass bit, moving it around as I sponged to create a variegated lawn. Then I moved the Post-Its and sponged Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, and a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress inks for the "mortar" and then grabbed my trusty Bricks stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and sponged Rusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany over it to form the castle's stonework.

When I went to remove the mask, things got weird. Apparently masking fluid contains latex. Latex doesn't like it when it's cold and my house was downright chilly with the temperature hovering around 54°. The dried mask was all shiny and resisted the usual method of removal, which is a Glue Eraser. I really had to scrub at it, which resulted in some paper pilling and made the texture of the cardstock feel very odd. It removed some of the ink, so I ended up having to outline Little Draco to make him pop out a bit more.

I decided to keep the focus on the stamped scene and used some of SCACD's wonderfully intricate Garden Corners dies to frame it. Then I added SCACD's Ornate Hinge with the key that I cut from the Fancy Flower & Key set of dies. I added three Zva Creative Rhinestones to accent the Ornate Hinge.

Oh yeah. The patterned paper is from the 6x6 Boxer pad by Basic Grey! It's an old collection, but I still love its classic colors and patterns. Fortunately, I still have a sizeable stash. What a shock. Not. :D

Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jack Frost & Seasonal Confusion!

Last week we had Hurricane Sandy. Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we had the Nor'Easter that brought six inches of snow to my area. Today it was in the mid fifties and it's supposed to be 65° on Sunday. I'm confused.

Yesterday I shared a spring card. So today I'll share a wintry one, since after all it is the time of year, when thoughts turn to the winter holidays and cold weather. Maybe I'll confuse you too and then we can all be confused together. *giggle*

This is Frosty Jack (AP-454-M) from Third Coast Rubber Stamps. He was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below. I masked him using Winsor & Newton masking liquid. When it was dry, I airbrushed B0000, BV0000, N0, N1, and N2 around him to add a cloudy/cool colored background. I peeled off the masking fluid and die cut him using Nestabilities Labels 14.

Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze was painted on his frosty breath and on the snow flakes that surround him. It was my first time using it and it's way cool (pun intended). It dries shimmery, yet shiny and a bit raised. Best of all, it dried really quickly.

Then I added a layer of Frost Gelate by Art Anthology the ground to make it look like icy snow. Gelate is a dimensional gel that has sparkly mica suspended in it. I also used the Gelate to edge around the die cut.

I used the Frost Gelate and the Let It Snow Dylusions stencil by Ranger and The Crafter's Workshop. I brushed the Gelate over the stencil onto silver speckled blue/gray cardstock by Club Scrap. I spread it on fairly thick, waited a few minutes, then lifted it. The Gelate dried fairly quickly, though I left it to cure overnight. I hope you can see how sparkly and textured it is!

I cut down the piece, layered it over shimmery metallic mint-colored cardstock by Club Scrap and then added Jack. I decided not to add a sentiment yet because I don't know if I'll use this as a holiday card or a Winter-themed birthday card. Time will tell.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E4, R20
Hair: C5, C6, C7
Clothing: B91, B93, B95, B97; G000; G00
Background: B0000, BV0000, N0, N1, N2
Outlined with B60

Friday, November 9, 2012

Who me? I'm having thoughts of spring time!

This super-stylish cute girl is basking in the sunlight of a warm spring day. She's Who Me?, and is one of four new Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamps in the Sampler #8 Collection.

As you might know, I was without power for most of last week due to that bwitch Sandy, but perservered and crafted by the light of two battery-powered OTT lights whilst wearing multiple layers of thermal clothing.

I created this card yesterday whilst we were being blasted with a Nor'Easter that brought gusty winds and six inches of snow. Thankfully, we kept our power and the cracked skylight stayed intact.

I must say it was really nice to color a spring scene and made me feel a bit warmer!

Who Me? was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below. An Inkssentials White Gel pen was used to highlight the center of the flower.

The stamped piece was die cut using Spellbinders' Nestabilities 27. This is sold out right now, but many Spellbinders dies are still on sale!

I layered patterned paper from the Clippings 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. Pearl Paint Dabber was used to edge the papers and add a bit of shimmer.

SCACD's Classic Corner dies were used to accent the image panel and SCACD's Ornate Hinge die were used to create a lacy intricate border. I freakin' love these dies. They cut sooooooooo beautifully! I haven't had to use the "wax paper trick" once!

The border strip was highlighted with Zva Creative Rhinestones.


Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: YR0000, RY000, YR01, BV20
Cheeks: R20
Lips: R22
Hair: B41, C3, C5, C6, C&
Sweater: BG10, BG11, BG23
Skirt & Headband: BG10, BG11, B23; YR01, YR12, YR14
Fence: E21, E23, E25, E27
Flowers: B34, B37
Sky: BG0000, BG000
Grass: YG11, YG13, YG17

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Another "Done in the Dark" card!

By the way, if you click the image, it will enlarge it so you can see more detail!

This card combines Little Draco, one of the new stamps from Susana Loves Stamps collection called Mythical Reflections with Her Majesty's Eyes, which is from Susana Loves Stamps Eyes of Adventure and Fables Collection.

Little Draco and both the queen and the small flying heart from Her Majesty's Eyes set were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below. I did add some Blossom Copic Spica Glitter pen to her crown, scepter, and jewelry for shimmer and clear Gelly Glaze pen for dimension and shine! Oh yes. I added some palette chalk from Pebbles for her cheeks.

Little Draco was fussy cut and put aside. A light background was added around Her Majesty's Eyes and that piece was put aside as well.

The Bricked Texture Fades embossing folder was inked with Black Soot Distress ink. Grey cardstock was put inside the folder for a ride through my Big Kick, which embossed and colored the brick. I did this three times to create three separate pieces of inked embossed brick-textured grey cardstock. I adhered two pieces together to form a 9.25" long piece, then cut that to 4" wide, so that it would become the front for an A10 card.

A lighter shade of grey cardstock was diecut using the Grand Gothic Window die by Poppy Stamps. This window was used to frame Her Majesty's Eyes and then adhered to the card front.

A smaller piece of the brick textured cardstock was cut and adhered to the bottom of the card with foam dimensional tape to serve as a "balcony" for Little Draco.

I decided that the small flying heart looked a bit drab, so I added some Ice Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze to it. I must say that it was my first time using Silks and I was delighted by the shimmer and how quickly it dried, especially since my house was COLD! Anyway, the heart popped it up on dimensional foam adhesive as well. I figure that I can add a greeting banner to it when I decide who will get it for what occasion!

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Draco: B1, B2, B4, B16; V1, V4, V6

Her Majesty and her flying heart:
Skin: YR0000, YR000
Hair: W1, We, Yr30, Yr31, Y00000
Dress, Wand, Tiara: C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, R81, R83
Background: B60 and Colorless Blender

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Belated Birthday Card

This card was mostly done, the Crackle Accents had almost dried and I took a break for dinner. After dinner I was going to computer generate the birthday song, which was going to run in four strips from each skull. It was then going to be posted on November 1st as a combination Day of the Dead/Birthday Card for Shannon, the Bombshell Queen!

Alas, we finished dinner and the power went out. And stayed out. For days.


So here it is, unfinished, pristine in its lack of sentiment.

Here are the details. The stamp set is the Sugar Skull set from Bombshell Stamps. It was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers. I used Pitch Black Copic Spica pen in the eye sockets. When it was dry, I added Crackle Accents to all of the skulls and set the piece aside to dry. Overnight. See? I learned my lesson about touching Glossy/Crackle Accents before they're dry. It took me ten years, but I finally figured out that if I put it away from me (in another room), I'll be less inclined to touch it! Woot. THIS old dog CAN learn new tricks.

So, when it was all dry and crackly, I die cut it using Spellbinders dies, left the paper in the die, and sponged a mess of Distress Inks over it, then used the crinkly pouncer tool to add more Distress Inks. I die cut some yellow cardstock and pounced the same colors of Distress Ink onto it too. While I had the Distress inks out, I pulled some Ideology Music Tissue Tape and colored that as well.

The yellow cardstock was embossed using the 5" x 7" Walrus & Carpenter Embossing Folder by Couture Creations because I thought the flowers looked like the marigolds in the stamp. It was my first time using these particular embossing folders and I must stay that I was delighted with the depth of embossing and the 5" x 7" size!

So there you have it.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, November 5, 2012

SCACD's Last Two Stamp Releases for 2012!

There are four new Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamps in the Sampler #8 Collection AND a new Susana Loves Stamps collection called Mythical Reflections which brings you four elegant mythical stamps to inspire you to create wondrous projects.

I missed the big blog hop last Friday due to Hurricane Sandy. You can still hop along by starting at the Follow Your Heart blog!

I might not have had power or heat, but I was still able to craft by the light of a headlamp and two battery-powered OTT lights.

Here's one of my cards, featuring Golden Lily, from the Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamps in the Sampler #8 Collection

Golden Lily was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a variety of Copic markers, which I'll list below.

I used SCACD's Fancy Flower Corner die to die cut white cardstock, then colored them with Copic markers to match my color scheme.

The patterned paper is from the Clippings 6x6 pad by Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting today.

Copics used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000,
Hair: C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Clothing and parasol: G20, G21, G24; BG90,BG93; RV52, RV55; RV000, RV91
Sky: B000
Grass: G20, G21, G24

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Oh Interwebs. How I've missed you!

Sandy came a callin' last Monday and first knocked an antenna off of our chimney onto our kitchen roof and skylight. Fortunately, the skylight didn't break.

That would have been very, very bad as we then lost power, which meant we lost heat.

It's now Sunday and our power just came back on. We're thawing out, warming up, and regaining feeling in our fingers and toes.

However, I did get some crafting done by the light of two battery-powered OTT lights and will get them posted soon!

Woot. Hooray for power, heat, and light!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hump Day Halloween Blog Hop!

It's time for Bombshell's monthly Hump Day Hop. We're thrilled that October's Hump Day Hop is on Halloween!!

Alison, our lovely Hump Day Hop Captain, decided to make the theme Black & White Halloween. Here's what she had to say about the hop!

It's October! My favorite month of the year! So of course I HAD to do a Halloween theme. But, this isn't just Halloween. It has a twist. For this Hump Day Hop, I want you to create a "Black and White" Halloween project. "Black & White Halloween" can be very elegant or very creepy. If you wish, you can use one additional color, other than skin or hair tones. You can take this a step further and do a Dia de los Muertos project, but remember! You can only use one additional color besides black and white

I'm your last stop on the hop! You should have gotten here from Mari's Blog!

Here's mine!

I used the Witch Costume from the Halloween Costume Digital Stamp set. These costumes and many more, go with Bombshell Angel set, which is a lovely deeply etched rubber set.

The witch and her costume were colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. Her buckle was touched with a Pitch Black Copic Glitter Pen. Nestabilities dies were used to cut the witch piece. I cut a mask for her and the sponged Black Soot Distress ink over the masked witch and the Nestabilities die. I tried to make the dress look like it had a sheer black bodice and sleeves. I added sheer stockings too make her look a little edgier.

The patterned papers that I used are from the Chillingsworth Manor 6x6 pad by Echo Park. I see it sold out, but you can get loads of other holiday themed 6x6 pads HERE. I used a Martha Stewart Lace punch to add a bit of interest to the horizontal layer.

The sentiment was computer generated and die cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle die (Spellbinders dies are on sale right now!). I used SCACD's Ornate Hinge die to hold the sentiment in place. I added a second one because I could. :D Zva Creative Short Lines Rhinestones were added to the hinges' holes and to add a touch of color and bling!

Oops. I forgot to mention that the ribbon was from Michael's. It's sheer and Halloweeny and blingy too! Gotta love that!

Thanks for visiting today and don't eat too much of your kids' Halloween Candy!

Here's the Halloween Hop List!
Bombshell Blog
Alex "Ms. October!
Sparkly Mary
Glittery Katie
Kathi The Last Stop on da Hop! :D

Copic Markers used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, RV000 (and a bit of chalk on her cheeks) BV20
Dress: C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 & YR12, 14
Hair: C00, C6, C7, C8

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bombshell's Muse Monday!

It's Monday, which means it's time for Muse Monday over at Bombshell's Blog. We're still featuring Calaveras Fiesta, but a new set will be featured in November.

Here's my card. I apologize in advance for this groaner of a pun.

The reclining skeleton was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I used a stamp positioner and stamped a whole mess of skull-tinis, which were colored with Copic markers, then coated with a layer of clear Gelly Glaze pen to add dimension and shine.

I used my new (and cheap) laser printer to generate the sentiment, which I printed onto Basic Grey Eerie patterned paper. I used a Martha Stewart/EK Success spider web punch and then layered the sentiment piece over another piece of patterned paper from the Eerie 6x6 pad. The stamped image was matted with Memory Box patterned paper and then added to the card.

It's a relatively simple card, but it's fun. Or at least I hope it is!

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bombshell's New Release Blog Hop!

As you know, Bombshell Stamps has two new stamp sets, Indian Princess and Indian Warrior.

In honor of their release, the Bombshell Girls are having a blog hop to showcase the versatility of these new sets! You should have gotten here from the brilliant Torrey's blog, where I am sure you were totally wowed.

Here's my card, which is a 4x4!

This card is actually my third try to create something that didn't make me want to hurl. I first tried to do a repoussage piece. But that didn't work because I'm still a newbie on the metal learning curve.

Then I tried to transfer my image onto Stampbord so I could make some etched feathers. That didn't work either. Digital does have its applications, but neither technique I wanted to do worked with the digis. Bother!!!

I colored the Indian Warrior with Copic markers using the E70 series for his face and neck, a variety of Rs, Bs, and BGs. Then I decided to get clever and sponge some Distress ink around the edges without masking the image. I should know better. I am clearly NOT a clever genius! I vote me off the island. I will have to pack my knives and/or my case and go home. Or out in the rain and winds from Sandy. Or something like that. Maybe I'll just sit in the corner and pout.

So, I ended up sponging Pumice Stone all over the image. Spritzed it with water. Heat set it with my new replacement heat tool. Sponged Worn Lipstick. Spritzed. Heat set. Sponged Tea Dye. Spritzed. Heat set. Sponged Peacock Feathers. Spritzed. Heat set. Sponged Chipped Sapphire. Spritzed Heat set. Spritzed with Gold Perfect Misty Stuff. Heat set. Noticed some blotches. Spritzed with water. Heat set. Still there. Gave up.

Cut a bunch of pinked circles and regular circles using the Nestabilities and gold and black metallic cardstock. Got bored. Glued it down. Rounded the edges. Declared it done. Woot. Took photos. Can't see the utter shimmeriness of it all. !@#$%^&*#

Wrote this. Posted it late. Bad me. More sitting outside getting Sandy for me!

So, if you've gotten lost along the way, here's the hop list.

Bombshell Blog

BTW, if you haven't done so, you should pop over to Rubber Stamp Chat's Virtual Convention and visit Bombshell's booth for a NICE discount on the new stamps (pre-order) and everything else in the store.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eek! Arachnophobic?

Do you suffer from arachnophobia? If so, you might want to click away right now.

Third Coast's Kitty & Cat (VB-317-M) can be found on page 25 of the Halloween 2009 supplement to the catalog! They were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored it with Copic markers, which I'll list below. The trim on her hat was colored with Pitch Black Copic Glitter Pen and Orange Copic Spica Glitter pen. His eyes were coated with a layer of Glossy Accents and left to dry.

After they were dry, the entire thing was coated with a layer of Winsor & Newton Liquid Mask, then airbrushed with N4, YR12, and YG21. For some reason, the N marker spit a little, but it was okay with me. What wasn't okay was that her skirt became a bit orange from the mask, so I had to add more YR12 to her outfit. Oh well.

White cardstock was diecut with the Creepy Web Frame by Memory Box and layered over the stamped and airbrushed scene which had been cut with the Debuntante Frame. Three Dangling Spiders were die cut from black cardstock. The dangling web was cut from two of the three spiders. The spiders' bodies were popped up on a dimensional square, but their legs were adhered to the surface of the card.

The patterned paper is from the Eerie Basic Grey collection. "EEK" was made from glitter stickers that were adhered to a Black Soot Distress ink sponged Spellbinders Ribbon Tags 3 (which happens to be on sale right now!). The ribbon is from Michael's.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic markers:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00, RV000, BV20
Hair: B41, C3, C5, C6, C7, C8
Dress: C3, C4, C6, C6, C7 & YR12 (grrr)
Cat: C6, C7, C8, YG21, YG25
Pumpkin: YR12, YR14, YR27

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spook-a-licious Blog Hop!

Today we are having a Spook-a-licious fun blog hop with stamps and dies from SCACD!!! We invite you to hop along with us for some spooky inspiration! To add to the fun there is Blog Candy available on the SCACD store blog --2 FUN prizes-- and also another different Blog Candy at the Quixotic Paperie store blog!

When you are done hopping along, be sure to visit both the SCACD store blog and Quixotic Paperie store blog for details on how to enter for your chance to WIN!

You can find all the stamps HERE--if you are in the USA, and HERE- for our International friends. The Dies by SCACD can be found HERE--if you are in the USA and HERE-for our International friends!! Happy hopping and shopping!!

You should have arrived here from the talented and lovely Alex's blog,
where you most likely found something on the edgier side of spooky.

My card will continue in that vein and will probably convince you that I'm definitely a teensy bit bonkers.

Here it is!

Now that you've seen my card and before I bore you spitless with my endless blather, here's a link to Chris's blog where you will be wowed by her incredible artwork.

The first time I saw Bonjour Eyes from Susana's Eyes of Adventure and Fables Collection, I immediately thought of Marie Antoinette, which was reinforced by the sentiment stamp that accompanies her, "You can have your cake and eat it too!". I had a few ideas that were a bit gruesome, but I restrained myself until Susana issued this "Spook-a-licious" challenge.

Marie was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. I added Copic Blossom Spica Glitter pen to her earrings and Copic Pitch Black Spica Glitter pen to her fan.

I fussy cut the image. Then I decapitated Marie, which is something I never thought I'd write. Ha! I edged her neck to add that special "Je ne sais quoi." *snicker*

Meanwhile, I googled "Guillotine Line Art" and found a fabulous image, complete with cobblestoned ground, which I resized and printed several times with my lovely new bargain Brother laser printer. I colored the guillotines with Copic markers, fussy cut them, and then layered them on top of one another. You'll note that I did add a bit of red here and there for that special sanguine touch. A slit was cut into the basket for Marie's head. Her body was positioned next to the guillotine.

"Ever have one of those days" is the sentiment that accompanies the super-cute Those Days stamp from the Oddly Sweet Curiosities Collection. Isn't it just perfect for this deranged card?

The blue and yellow patterned papers are from the Fair Skies 6x6 pad by Farmhouse Papers. It appears to be sold out, but there are TONS of other newer pads available HERE!

The black and white patterned paper is from the Paris Girl 6x6 pad by Carta Bella. I sponged Scattered Straw and Black Soot Distress ink onto it to tie the colors better a little more. BTW, people always ask what I use for sponging. So here's your answer! I'm in love with Tsukineko's Ink Sweeper Dauber and Small Sponge Dauber. I find that I get great control with them.

I finished the card with one of the gorgeously beautiful Classic Corner Dies by SCACD. I love them. They cut the ornate pattern sooooooo cleanly.

Thanks for visiting today!

Remember that your next stop is Chris's blog. If you get lost along the way, you can hop over to the SCACD store blog and you'll be put back onto the right path!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: YR0000, YR000, YR00 & RV000
Lips RV00, RV93
Hair: W00, 0, 1, 3 & YR30, Y000, Y11, Y21
Eyes: B12, B14, B26
Dress/Feather: B000, B00, B02, B12, B14 & C00, C0, C1
Rose: RV000, RV00, RV91, RV93, RV95
Fascinator: RV95, C), C1, C3
Guillotine: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29; E41, E43, E47, E49, C0, C1, C3, R24, R46
Cobblestones: T0, T1, T3

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yahoo!!! New Bombshell Stamps!!!

Yay! There are two new stamp sets joining the Tattoo & Pin-Up Collection!

They're the Indian Princess and Indian Warrior sets that will play ever-so-nicely with all of the Western-themed stamp sets!

They are currently available as Digital sets, but will be also available in gorgeous deeply-etched rubber, which can be pre-ordered now.

Here's my card using the Indian Warrior with Bow and the Arrow through letter stamps.

Both the girl and the arrow were colored with Copic markers which I'll list below. They were then masked with Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid. When it was dry, the sky and ground were airbrushed with the Copic Airbrush System.

The Copic Airbrush System was also used with the Mini Patterned Stripes Template from The Crafter's Workshop. I taped the stencil to Kraft cardstock and then airbrushed through the stencil using BG43 and BG57. The airbrushed stripes were then cut out and edged with Peacock Feathers Distress ink, which matched very well.

Since I had the airbrush going, I figured I'd might as well airbrush some Zva Creative White Pearl Dots to use on the borders. I used B28 and R24 on them!

I haven't decided who will get the card for what occasion, so it's sentiment-less for now. There's plenty of room under that arrow for one when I'm ready.

Now that you've seen my project, you really ought to go to Bombshell's Blog to check out what the Bombshell Girls did with these wonderful new sets.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E01, E93, E95, E99
Dress: E33, E35, E39, E39
Shoes: ditto
Hair: C3, C6, C7
Headdress: E33, E35, E37, E51, R22, R24, BG45, BG49, B24, B28
Earrings: BG43, BG47

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Haunting!

I freely admit that I have a decidedly dark side that enjoys taking lovely sweet images and making them a bit edgy.

Here's an example!

The little girl is called I Want Candy by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD. She was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. Her eyes were touched with Lipstick Red Copic Spica Glitter pen to give them an eerie wicked sparkle and then again with Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. Sadly, the photo doesn't show that aspect. :(

Her lollipop stick was also coated with Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. The candy part of the lollipop was colored with Copic markers, a confetti skull was adhered, and the entire thing was coated with a layer of Glossy Accents. I put this entire piece aside to dry and started to assemble the rest of the card.

The graveyard scene was die cut using Spellbinders' Graveyard Scene & Shapes, then colored with Copic markers. You should know that Spellbinders dies are on sale at SCACD.

Some green cardstock was torn for the grass and navy cardstock was used for the sky. Some fun glittery ravens were added to the tombstones in the foreground. By then, the little girl's lollipop was dry, so I fussy cut it and added her to the spooky scene.

The sentiment was computer generated, sponged with ink, then folded, cut into a banner shape, and adhered with dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting today! BTW, if you like "Spooky", you just might want to check out the Hearts & Hugs blog on Friday. Just sayin'.

Copic Markers used:
Skin: G0000, G000, G00
Eyes: R27
Hair: G00, C3, C5, C6, C7
Dress: RV0000, RV000, RV00, W00, W1, W3
Tights: W0, W1
Shoes: W3, W4
Grass: G94, G97
Tree: E51, E57, E59
Tombstones: W00, W0, W1, W3, C1, C3

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's the witching hour!

This card does not have patterned paper, which these days, is a rare thing for me. I decided it just didn't need it! So there.

It features Witch's Flight Large (CO-180-O) by Third Coast Rubber Stamps, which was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. The image was masked using Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid. A circle was die cut using a Nestabilities die from Eclipse tape, which was placed over the witch to create the moon. The night sky was airbrushed with the Copic Airbrush System using my favorite night sky combo of markers -- B66, B69, and B79. Copic Opaque White was loaded onto a toothbrush using a toothpick. The toothbrick was passed over the top of the toothbrush, which spritzed white randomly over the sky to become stars.

SCACD's Classic Corner die was used to die cut white metallic cardstock and used on three corners of the stamped and airbrushed scene. Alice's Clock Statement Corner die was used on the bottom right hand corner of the card.

White Glitter Stickers by Making Memories was used to create the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, BV20, R20
Hair: V000, C3, C5 C6, C7, C10
Hat: C1, 100 & v000, V01, V95 & V12 for the feather
Dress: V000, V01, V95 & c1, C3, 100
Broom: E55, E57, E59 & Y21, Y23, Y26
Sky: B66, B69, B79
Outline: B60

This card shall be entered into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passions #132: Which witch is which?
Simon Says Challenge: Eerie Inspiration

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Journey card

Here's a card featuring Adventure Eyes from the new Eyes of Adventure and Fables Collection by Susana Loves Stamps at SCACD.

Adventure Eyes was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. Her necklace was highlighted with a Copic Gold Spica Glitter pen.

The map, ledger, and striped patterned papers are from the Farmhouse Paper Company's Fair Skies 6x6 pad and the light blue dotted paper is from BoBunny's Double Dots Very Vintage 6x6 pad. The papers were all edged with Aged Mahogany and Old Paper Distress inks.

Ideology Game Spinners on Word Washers ("Voyage" and "Adventure") and an Ideology Token ("Journey") were used to embellish the card and direct additional focus to that wonderful image!

Thanks for visiting today.

Copic markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E21, BV20, R20
Hair: YR31, E7, E19, E26
Eyes: B91, B93, B95
Lips: R22
Shirt/Socks: B91, B93
Shorts/Hat: E81, E84, E87
Boots/Belt: E33, E35, E39
Whip:E57, E59, E35
Knife: C0, C1
Hilt of knife: Y23, Y26
Buckles: Y21, Y23, Y26

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday: Festive Calaveras

We've started a new feature over at the Bombshell Blog called Muse Monday. Alison, who is our Challenge Captain, will choose one set of Bombshell Stamps each month and that set will be showcased by the design team on all Mondays during that month.

This month, we're featuring Festive Calaveras.

Here's my card.

The drinks were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I drew in a "bar" and colored that with Copic markers. The drinks and bar were then masked with Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid. The Waving Skeleton was overstamped with Memento ink and coated with masking fluid. The background "wall" was airbrushed with Y21 as a base coat. Y23 was airbrushed through the Damask stencil by the Crafter's Workshop to achieve a wall paper look.

The mask was peeled up and the skeleton was sparingly colored with W0, W2, and W3. Sakura Quickie Glue pen was used to add glue to the rim of the margarita glasses and Deco Art Glamor Dust glitter was added. When that was dry, clear Gelly Glaze pen was added to all the drinks and the skeleton stirrers to add dimension and shine.

A Taylored Expressions banner was die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The banner was then positioned and adhered over the stamped scene.

Patterned paper from Basic Grey's Clippings 6x6 pad was die cut using Spellbinders' Nestabilties Labels 28 and edged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and layered over the stamped scene

The sentiment banner was stamped with Memento, colored with Copics, fussy cut, and layered over the framed scene.

SCACD's Exclusive Garden Corners die was used to die cut the excess Copic-colored bar wood. All four corners were adorned with the die cuts to finish the card.

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I shall enter this card in the following challenge(s):
Simon Says Stamp Challenges: "Dies and/or Punches"
Stamptacular Challenge #185 "Boo-tacular"