Monday, February 8, 2016

Kiss This!


I've been playing on Sandra Caldwell's Stamp Fans FB page and this was a Freebie last week in celebration of 300 digis drawn and given to those who participated or purchased that week. I love the image because it reminds me of my Daddy who was bald as long as I can remember (yeah, even when I was a baby).  It kind of makes me teary eyed as I sure would love to still be able to give him a kiss on the top of his head.  Anyway, I thought he'd be perfect for the current Wicked Wednesday ATC "Head Shots" challenge and also for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "K" is for Kiss Challenge.  WooHoo!



Looks like Edna already laid one on him. LOL (Even funnier since my Mom's name was Edna.)



"Daddy" was colored with Copics and I've added some fun little brads.  The sentiment is computer generated and Looky here!  It's actually an EASEL ATC. (Made just like it's big brother, the easel card, only smaller...duh!)  I once gave my Daddy a card with this saying and it came back to me when I saw this image.  Hope you like.  I'm keeping this one close to me for inspiration.  Besides being a mechanical engineer, Daddy was a gifted artist.  Kisses to you Daddy, I miss you so much!

I'm also adding this to the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG/w optional Add a Sentiment and the DL.Art February Linky Challenge.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Holley's Bookmark Making Contest



I'm joining Holley's month long celebration for 6 years of seizure free health following 2 brain surgeries.  You can read Holley's incredibly inspiring story HERE.  As part of her celebration, she is hosting a Bookmark Making Contest using a fabulous stamp designed just for her by Sandra Caldwell.  This sweet stamp is called Bearly A Headache.




Here's a closeup of this cutie.  She's colored with Copics and sitting on a stack of books that is unnamed in my files, but is perhaps from Tiddly Inks.  I really didn't mean to color this so dark, but the library stack back ground, a freebie from Go Make Something, sort of dictated the colors.  I do really love the sights and smells and general ambiance of and old library, don't you?  The sentiment is computer generated excerpts from a quote I found. So there ya go.  Come join the fun at Holley's and wish her all the best.  (FABBY PRIZES ALL MONTH LONG!)

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art February Linky challenge, and the Outlawz Paper a la Mode Tag, You're It Challenge.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Don't be "Soup"id!


This funky chick has been on my mind ever since I bought her the other day. Meet Chicken Noodle Soup by Sandra Caldwell.  I colored her with Copics with a little pencil detail and I couldn't resist a little play on words.  Inside it reads "and get well soon".  The background was done by pouncing Distress Ink in Weathered Wood through a small piece of plastic mesh potato sack for the Outlawz Sunday CAS Make Your Own Background challenge.  It's a little 4x4 card that would be cute tucked in a little get well care package, don'tcha think?

I'm also entering this in the Crafty Friends Animals/Birds Challenge, Allsorts Clean and Simple, Left of Center Things with Wings, the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, Crafting by Designs ATG, and the ABC "A" is for Animals Challenge.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thinking of You


This beautiful image was added to the East Wind Shop over the weekend.  "Prayer" was drawn as a result of some sad news and she is available for only $.99.  She's colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and framed with white on white die cut frames from Spellbinders with a sticker sentiment.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Party, Crafting with an Attitude ATG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG/Add a Sentiment, Word Art Wednesday ATG, Creative Craft Cottage ATGScrapy Land ATG plus Use Any Brand Die That Scrapy Land Sells, Your Scrapbook Place Feb. with The East Wind (using sponsor's image) and Crafty Sentiments ATG.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wicked Wednesday ATC You Animal Challenge


WooHoo!  I'm playing another week in the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. The theme this week is "You Animal!" and when I saw the delightful inspiration using Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps (their sponsor this week), I felt compelled to go grab a few kitties of my own to enter the challenge.  those who dabble in Vera Lane are "artsy" and cool, with mixed media backgrounds and fab work at combining stamps, so I made a feeble attempt of my own.  The background is Copic refill with drops of alcohol to blend.  The kitty is from the Crazy Cat Lady set combined with the flower, butterfly and sentiment from the Quirky and Whimsical Butterfly Girl set.  The images were colored with Copics, fussy cut and glued to the ATC base and a strip of scrap burlap across the bottom for grass.  That top edge of the ATC is from a piece of card stock that wasn't cut cleanly in the pack.  I kinda liked it.

I'm also adding him to Simon Says Wednesday ATG.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Some Bunny Loves U


Here's another challenge I've been meaning to enter more often.  I adore Lizzy's quirky images at Oddball Art and I've used Betty Biter and Lindy Lamebrain for the Oddball Art All You Need is Love Challenge.  They're both colored with Copics, in some of my fave zombie colors, and when I decided to use a mixed media background, I outlined my quirky fussy cutting with black.  I'll be the first to admit I have trouble with "artsy" backgrounds.  I totally admire those who can stamp and stencil and doodle and splatter and it turns out all layered and fab.  I buy everything I think looks cool to try and then get frustrated when mine turn out like THIS!



THIS is my first attempt using Brushos.  YUK!  I did a few more and promptly put them in a box, possibly never to be experimented with again.  However, today I found the box, and my first feeble attempts, and lo and behold the BACK of this crap piece ended up being the base of my card.  I guess I must have sopped up the leftovers from my craft sheet.  WooHoo!  (Does that count as technique?  Wouldn't want to piss Edna off.)  Then, I actually used a rubber stamp, Dinky Splattered Heart by IndigoBlu, in the background, some letter stickers, and an ancient alpha die set by Cuttlebug for the sentiment and a scrap of DP to ground the images.  I kinda like it.  Maybe I'll mess around with this stuff again.

I'm also entering this in  the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "T" is for Technique challenge, 




the Oddball Art January FB challengethe Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode ATG/Use Two Different Media Challenge, Left of Center ATGSimon Says Wednesday ATG, Where the Heart Is #5 ATG and Forever Dark ATG.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

artbymiran Anything Goes


Here's a one layer CAS card for another challenge I've been meaning to enter more regularly.  It's for the artbymiran ATG Blog Challenge as well as the ATG Challenge on the FB page.  Both the stamp and paper are  from artbymiran, the DP is a freebie from the FB group page that I recolored to red (yes, I used it yesterday, too) and the gorgeous girl is Coraline #106.  I flipped Coraline before placing her on the digi paper because I thought that orientation looked better with the paper design and added the sentiment before printing.  Then I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I considered embellishments, but thought none were needed with the beautiful image.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Monday Love is in the Air+Red, the Craft Rocket CAS Challenge, Inspiration Destination ATG, the Outlawz Monday Greeting Cards ATG, Creative Fingers ATG and Simon Says Wednesday ATG.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wicked Wednesday ATC "Hearts" Challenge


One of my New Year's resolutions is to get back to joining in some of my gropfavorite challenges, like my dear friend Jenn's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge.  The theme this week is "Hearts".  I just joined the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group so I couldn't wait to color up her adorable 526 Arrow In My Heart and use her for the challenge. What a cutie, eh?  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and mounted on freebie digi paper from the Artbymiran FB Group.  I changed the color of the digi paper (from black to red) and shrank it down to ATC size in my Printmaster Platinum Program.  The little epoxy hug and kiss is a sticker from American Greetings.

I'll also be entering this in the Sandra Caldwell (FB) January Progressive Challenge, 613 Avenue Create ATG, the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode Not Your Usual Size challenge and Simon Says Monday Love is in the Air + Red.

Friday, January 22, 2016

New release at The East Wind


Well, it's no secret I love me some kitties, so I'm thrilled to show you the latest release  from The East Wind called Aurora 'Gorogoro'.  SWEETNESS OVERLOAD, eh?  Couldn't wait to color and was I ever thrilled to get my new Die-Versions Oriental Screen die from JUST in time for this.   



Here's the closeup.  She's colored with Copics, and I'm really thrilled with how her hair came out.  I often struggle with black hair and here I used only BLACK. I think perhaps my marker was a little low on ink which led to the soft edges of the strokes.  Made me quite the "happy camper" and now I don't want to refill my marker.  LOL  We'll see....  Anyway, doesn't her expression just tug at your heart strings?  Wonder who she's thinking of?  So glad she has Goro to snuggle with.  I added fur detail with Prismacolor Pencils to Goro and some shading to the window that doesn't seem to show in the pic...sigh.  So who's Goro? Well, I had no idea what "Gorogoro" was, so I Googled it.  He's the star of a CAT BLOG (with his brother Niko)! No huge surprise, since Unky (The East Wind Artist, in case you live under a rock) is such a cat lover. Anyway, that's all for now.  

 Come join the fun!
Here are of all the important links you need.

P.S. you've GOT to check out this recipe for making "Catloaf".  

I'm entering this in SUYP Furrything Goes, Simon Says Monday Best FriendsSimon Says Wednesday Create with Critters, Creative Fingers ATG, Crafting with an Attitude ATG, Inspiration Destination ATG and Penny's Paper-Crafty Cats/and or Children .

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Not Now...I'm Reading


It's time for another contest on The East Wind FB Page.  This time the theme is "Not now...I'm Reading". (Not up yet, but it's coming.)   We want to see reading/book related images or book pages on your project.  I've chosen an older image called Bedtime Story with Kitty Cat.  Isn't this adorable!  Reminds me of ME as a little girl.  I loved cats so much I even started a club called "The Red (my fave color) Cats Club".  I patterned it after Girl Scouts and had my Mom make sashes for badges members could earn for learning about cats...but I digress...



Anyway, here's a closeup of the sweet image.  See the kitty reading with her? Tooo cute!  (And she's a BARGAIN at only $2.00!)  She's colored with Copics and cut and matted with Spellbinders Circles.  The DP is We are Memory Keepers Friends Furever and I've added a book die cut (Spellbinders Labels Seven) sentiment, lots and lots of CATS (Impression Obsession) and some Card Candy to finish it off.  


Come join the fun!
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Aurora Wings Ice & Snow


EEEK!  It's the first Aurora Wings Challenge of 2016 and I'm beside myself with excitement.  Besides LOVING the theme of Ice & Snow, I managed to get my rear in gear early enough to do a mixed media project I've had in my mind FOREVER, using the gorgeous Icy Snow Queen, also available HERE in the AW Digi Shop.  WooHoo!  I started with an 8x8" canvas that I primed with DecoArt Media Gesso.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to stop procrastinating and explore new avenues of crafting, so I'm especially thrilled with this.  (And to organize my craft room, but don't hold your breath on that one.  LOL)



Then I colored the gorgeous Icy Snow Queen with Copics in the B0000-B05 range. I really wanted her to sparkle, so after coloring, I applied a sheet of Be Creative Tape to the entire image, but before I sprinkled on the Microfine Transparent Art Glitter, I applied fussy cut eyes from another print, because I didn't want them to be frosty looking.  This particular glitter is so fine, you can actually color over it with your Copics without damaging the nib, although I did that only minimally here.  I do wipe the tip off though, in case a few particles come dislodged from the tape.  Then I added some DecoArt Liquid Glass to her eyes and lips for shine.  



I tore around the image to avoid a harsh edge and used DecoArt Matte Medium to adhere it to the canvas.  Then I applied DecoArt Modeling Paste with a palette knife and sprinkled it with some Mica glitter and waited (impatiently) for it to dry.

Now the fun really began.  I had a serious stash of stuff to embellish this project, wired stems of crystals, faceted gems, garlands of tiny snowflakes and icicles that I cut apart with nippers.



Then I painstakingly glued them to the gorgeous image  and surrounding "snow" using DecoArt Liquid Glass until I was satisfied...



and added acrylic glitter snowflakes from MAMBI (hoarded for years!) that I layered with various others by JoLee's.  Finally, I adorned the peaks of "snow" with Stardust Stickles and I've gotta say, I haven't been this excited about one of my projects in a long time.  I'm already itching to play with more mixed media.

Be sure to check out the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog for more frosty goodness from my teamies.  We can't wait to see what you come up with.  And BTW, if you've ever wanted to join the Aurora Wings family, check out our Open DT call HERE for a brand new DT.  Applications and Blog Link up due by January 29th, so hurry.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.



I'm also thrilled to be entering this in the DecoArt Mixed Media Winter Wonderland Challenge.  WooHoo!  It's about time I get around to using some their fab products that I've amassed in my stash.

I'm also entering this in the Crafty Time January Make it Sparkle Challenge, the Creatalicious Snowflakes Challenge, Creative Craft Cottage Release the Glitter, Dream Factory The Ice Queen, More Mixed Media "Blue"The Sparkles Monthly January Blues Challenge, Left of Center Winter WonderlandAllsorts Girly and Sparkly Challenge, the Corrosive Challenge New Resolutions, Crafty Friends ATG, the Digi Designs Snow or Snowflakes Challenge, Winter Wonderland Glitter and Shine, Craft Your Passion ATGthe C.R.A.F.T. Not a Card Challenge, 613 Avenue Create ATG/Stylish and Elegant, Clear it Out Theme: Winter Stash: SnowflakesInspiration Destination ATG, Crafting with an Attitude ATG, the ABC Christmas Challenge "A" is for ATG, Crafting for All Seasons Monochrome, A Snowflake's Promise Challenge 14Glitter and Sparkle Monochrome and The Paper Shelter Shades of Blue.



Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Little Naughty Coloring! LOL


The holidays sort of zapped my creative mojo, so I decided to take a bit of a break and do some "just for fun" coloring using the coloring pages from the Karleigh Sue January Color Club Pack.  I've started with those that can be added to the Karleigh Sue FB Color Club Contest, but there's loads of individual images, as well.  These make great card toppers on their own.  Nothin' like a little sex to get you out of the doldrums, eh?


Here's another.


And another.

I still have a couple more to do, but I've had great fun, so far.  Hee Hee!