Monday, October 5, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings and HDH WooHoo, It's Halloween!

EEEK!  I can't believe it's already October 5th and this is my first Halloween post.  Definitely worth waiting for though, because I have the privilege of showcasing the adorable new Horned Beetle Sprite, available in the  Aurora Wings Etsy Shop in jpg and in png HERE. You can also find him HERE on page 6 of the Sprites Collection in the AW Digi Shop. Isn't he a cutie?  

I've captured him in a jar from the Specimen Jar set from Smeared Ink and he looks none too pleased, or is it the scary black cat ( Tim Holtz die) that has him all riled up?  He's being featured on the AW Showcase Blog today (along with another fab new release you won't want to miss).

He's also doing double duty as my Macabre Monday DT post today. We're going for  creepy, grotesque, macabre Halloween.  Yeah, he's awfully cute for HDH, but I just couldn't resist showing him off some more.  Can you blame me? Besides, all that buggy DP behind him sure gives me the creepy crawlies.

Here's a closeup of the little dude.  Feisty, eh?  He sure looks like he can hold his own.  I took a pic of him colored before I fussy cut him and added him to the jar because I didn't think I could get a closeup with him encased in acetate and I was right.  He was colored with Copics and here you can see all of the Diamond Glaze I've applied to his shell and "armor".  The glaze was applied and allowed to dry prior to fussy cutting which kept him from curling up.

And here's the dimensional shot. I printed the jar twice on printable acetate and the lid once on matted metallic card stock. This set is now only available in rubber, HERE but you could do the same using Staz-On. I fussy cut the pieces (along with some buggy DP from an old MS mat stack and popped the layers with the little Sprite in between.  The sentiment was done with my Dymo and the cat was added and popped because I didn't have a spare snake handy (for the "hisses" part, LOL).   The striped and other buggy DP came from MME and the EEK embellie is from JoLee's.  

The AW Showcase team has another new release in store for you too, so be sure to visit the Showcase Blog to see the fabulous inspiration, (there just might be a special coupon code there too) and don't forget our current AW ATG Blog Challenge which ends October 17th and the October Shades of Pink FB Contest going on through the end of the month.

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I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday ATG, Smudgy Antics ATG, DL.Art October Linky Challenge, Mod Squad Anything With Wings, Left of Center (using the LOC theme), and Sassy Studios Make it Fly (I'm pretty sure he has wings, but just in case, there's a whole bunch of wings on the DP) and Crafty Hazelnut's October Patterned Paper challenge

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Release at The East Wind

It's Friday so it must be a new release at The East Wind.  Today I'm showcasing the gorgeous Unicorn.  I decided to color her in fantasy colors and she's sitting on clouds from a Darice embossing folder that I've inked lightly with Distress before running it through my Cuttlebug.  Of course I've added a rainbow behind her, using chalks, because rainbows and unicorns just naturally go together, don'tcha think?

He's a closeup of this beauty.  She's colored with Copics with some Stickles added to her mane, tail and tip of her horn (because sparkles are pretty much de rigueur  for unicorns, too).  She's fussy cut an popped atop her comfy cloud and matted with a number (5, to be exact) of rainbow colored mats.  The sentiment is computer generated and popped as well.  Be sure to visit the TEW FB Group on Tuesdays and Fridays for the new release and don't forget all the other fun stuff going on.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Customer Challenge at Gecko Galz

The new Customer Challenge begins today on the Gecko Galz Blog with the theme of 

I've used two digital papers from the October La Boheme Club Kit along with Icons from the same kit.  The lovely dancer is from the Beautiful Music Collage set.  I've printed the first digi paper and layered it on my white card base.  The dancer was layered with the theater curtains from the kit on another of the digi papers in my printing program and printed cut, and inked with Distress.  I've used a gold foil doily from my stash behind and two more card stock mats.  The violin (also from the kit) was printed, fussy cut, inked and glued to the top and I've added Tim Holtz washi tape to complete the musical theme.  Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from my GG sisters and come play along for the chance to win an amazing gift certificate for Gecko Galz products.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday ATG Challenge.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Today it's my turn to do an inspiration post on Airless Chambers, the Rick St. Dennis darker Blog. Gotta  say I had fun with this one thinking outside the box (or should I say inside the box top?  LOL) using Earth Spirit, available HERE in Rick's Etsy Shop. In my project, he's supposed to look like the mound of dirt on a freshly covered grave prior to putting down the sod. (Okay, I'm one sick puppy, but you all knew that already.)

Here's a closeup of the fab Earth Spirit, colored with Copics.  I printed him twice and fussy cut and popped his hands so he could hold the calla lily he stole from the casket spray and the computer generated sentiment.

Here's a side view of my little grave site.  The grass is a Martha Stewart punch and the headstone is a Spellbinders Gothic Arch layered with a Cuttlebug die. I had a ball with this one, but wait 'til tomorrow.  Smeared Ink's 31 Days of Halloween begins and the EDT for RSD is participating each day with a post on the Airless Chambers Blog.  Don't miss the 31 days of FUN!

And for all the exciting things happening, here are the important links.

I'm entering this in the Left of Center Rip it Up/LOC challenge using the LOC theme, 613 Avenue Create ATG (using a sponsor image), A Step in the Dark FB Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, and TTRCD Sept 29-Oct 5 ATG

Monday, September 28, 2015

September Inspiration from Gecko Galz and a Freebie

Here's a few samples using the fabulous new products from Gecko Galz this month.  Thought a couple of Halloween party invitations would be fun.  The designs are quite simple so I'll spare you the step by step.

Gecko Galz products used:  Arsenic and Lace Papers, Wicked Words, Apothecary Labels, Halloween Night Collage set  Other:  Mustard card stock, epoxy bat,

Gecko Galz Products used: Arsenic and Lace Papers, Arsenic and Lace icons, Wicked Words Other: Taupe card stock, adhesive stars, dimensional pumpkin Sticker from JoLee's.

And finally, a spooky little "Good Luck" card again using Arsenic and Lace papers and an image from the Fortune Jewels set.  I've added a striped ribbon looped around an eyeball faceted gem sticker, 2 jewels, a bit of trim cut with my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch and a peel off sticker sentiment.
Here's a little Freebie stamp to enjoy for Halloween and beyond.  Thanks for stopping by.  Check out all of the Gecko Galz Blog posts from September to collect all of the free stamps offered this month by the DT members and be sure to check out our new Customer Challenge coming October 1st.  

Still a few more days to sneak in the September Tricks and Treats Customer Challenge.  It ends TOMORROW! You can find out details for my Challenge project HERE.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ya Gotta Spread Those WINGS!

Giving a little inspiration on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog today using Cabaret Broadway Chorus Girl from Rick St. Dennis MFA.  Isn't she a hoot?  I'm pretty sure she's a firm believer in "If you got it, FLAUNT it".  Just look at her 'tude!

I can just hear her belting out a tune a la Ethel Merman (who, I might add, was quite the looker in her day, although her costumes were never quite so risque). She was a ball to color with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  My original plan was to use teals and purples, but then the wings gave me a monarch sort of vibe so I chose the yellows and oranges of Autumn and I love how she turned out.

She's fussy cut and popped on DP from making Memories with double mats. The sentiment is computer generated, matted and also popped a top a gem swirl. The tiny wings on either side of "wings" is an MS punch.    There are more fabulous Broadway Chorus Girls in Rick's Zibbet Shop so be sure to check them out by typing "Broadway" in the search bar.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Release at The East Wind

I told ya September is an especially great month at The East Wind.  Here's another of the fabulous new releases called Day of the Dead.  I've made a banner to add to my traditional Dia de los Muertos decorations.  The colors reflect the giant marigolds that adorn the grave sites in Latin countries.  There are picnics and music and story telling. This is a day of celebration of the lives of the departed and is not a sad or morbid occasion.  Ofrendas (altars) are set up in rememberance in homes, as well.  See some of my personal celebration treasures HERE.

Here's a closeup of the gorgeous new stamp. She's colored with Copics and fussy cut.  Face painting is another popular tradition, although I've yet to try that myself.

The sentiment was computer generated and means "Always in my heart" in Spanish.

Check out more inspiration and our Blog and FB challenges by clicking the links below.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

After a little break at Aurora Wings, our brand new challenge starts today with the theme of Anything Goes.  This is probably the hardest theme for me because finally deciding on an image takes me forever!  Yes, I should be thinking Fall, but with the weather in the 90's upwards, I'm still in a summer mode, so I couldn't resist one more card featuring my favorite flowers, hydrangeas.  

I started out with the sweet Hydrangea Fairy 2, just one of the fabulous digis featuring this flower.  She's colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I kinda think Mitzi must have a bit of a soft spot for hydrangeas too, seeing all of the gorgeous stamps she's drawn with them.  You can find them all HERE.

The card fold is one I got from an Aussie friend who no longer crafts nor blogs. I used the measurements from another card I made several years ago.  Hopefully these measurements will help.  I don't even remember the name of the fold.  You start with a piece that's 5x12".  You'll be scoring along both the dotted and solid lines.  This is the inside view and the dotted lines are valley folds, the solid are mountain folds.  I've cut a slit in the center to insert the semicircle die and another slit 3/4" down to insert the fairy image.   the card still folds flat for mailing.  Die cuts are all from Heartfelt Creations.

Each side features additional flowers.  On the left is Hydrangea 2

and on the right, Hydrangea 1.  Both are available for a discount price HERE.  I love using Mitzi's flowers in conjunction with the AW fantasy stamps, but they are beautiful on their own, as well.  You can find the whole collection in the Aurora Wings Etsy shop by searching by type of flower or in the Floral Collection of the AW Website's Digital Stamp Shop.  There is more gorgeous inspiration on the AW Challenge Blog so please stop by and join our challenge and don't forget to check out the newest releases on the AW Showcase Blog.

Always lots happening at Aurora Wings so here are the important links.

New Facebook Contest at The East Wind

Today a new Facebook Contest starts on TheEastWind Group page with the theme of Lovin' the Animals.  Big surprise I've chosen a kitty, eh?  This is Big Furry Cat Nap and surprise! it comes in two versions, one of them COLORED. WOOHOO!  Now I love to color, but in this case, Unky's version was just how I would have colored it on my own, so hey, why not use it?  Besides, what an easy way to make multiples for Christmas, don'tcha think? After printing it was cut with a Spellbinders Deckle Oval.  I chose some ancient DP that resembled a quilt, punched holes with a needle along the lines and added faux stitching with a gel pen.  I matted it with solid and then dotty DP and popped it on an A2 card. The sentiment was computer generated.  Just one little snowflake sticker and I was good to go.

Unky's got loads of cat stamps HERE and plenty of other animals (if you insist) in the East Wind Etsy Shop so come play along.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

New Release at The East Wind

It's Friday, and that means another new release at The East Wind.  Gotta say, Unky has outdone herself this month and certainly doesn't disappoint with today's fabulous Chief.  I kept the card quite simple because of the striking image but added the tribal references with the DP, woven raffia and feathers.

Here's the closeup.  She was so much fun to color!  Chief is done primarily with Copics with just a bit of detailing with Prismacolor pencils.  I love the brights next to her dark skin and the fabulous details in her headdress and necklaces.  I actually get shivers when I look at her, she's so regal and beautiful.

Lots of TEW fun happening all over the place so...

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Girls, Girls, Girls at Julia Spiri

I'm honored to be guesting at the Julia Spiri Challenge blog where the new theme is Girls, Girls, Girls.  In my mind, nothing is girlier than fashion so I've chosen the adorable Chic Girl.  The DP's are all from the All About Girls mat stack from DCWV.

Here's a closeup of Chic Girl.  She's colored with Copics according to the colors of the DP and I gotta say her curly hair was so much fun.  You can find more of Julia's adorable stamps in her Etsy Shop.  A huge thanks to the talented DT at Julia Spiri for letting me join them today.  Be sure to check out the fab inspiration HERE and leave them some love.

I'm entering this in the Cards in Envy Inspired by a Song (Uptown Girl), Crafting for All Seasons Layer it Up, the Outlawz Friday Coloring Hats Challenge, and TTRCD Sept 15-21 ATG

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RSD MFA Sept Progressive Challenge Part Two

It's the midway point for the RSD Sept Progressive Challenge on Sparkle and Glitter and as always, the theme is ATG using an image by RSD MFA.  I've gone a little darker than normal for this challenge but hey, ya gotta go where the mojo flows.  I love the Memory Box background DP and couldn't resist some Spanish moss.  The letter stickers are from Authentique. 

This spooky lady is Bayou Witch, available HERE in Rick's Zibbet Shop and HERE on Etsy.  She's colored with Copics, cut with my Spellbinders Labels 17, and inked with Distress while still in the die.

I've made a sort of talisman created by wrapping toothpick with twine and topping it with a large bronze charm.  Beads, skulls and faux wishbone (from Tim Holtz) are from my stash and the real bird foot and feather are Goliath's contribution.  Be sure to visit the SNG Blog for further inspiration and add your entry up top to receive the free stamp for next month's challenge.

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