Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Macabre Monday Crimson Crime Scene Week 2

OOOPS!  I'm a little behind here.  Yesterday began WEEK 2 of our Crimson Crime Scene Challenge at HDH and I  gotta say, I'm a wee bit disappointed with all my pals who call themselves "dark" crafters 'cause only two of you have managed to participate so far.  What'samatter?  Scared of a little BLOOD?  tsk, tsk! So we're looking for inspiration from famous crime scenes, either past or present, and there damn well better be some RED on the project, ya hear? Easy peasy!  I found this glorious pic on the net of Jack the Ripper and surrounded him with actual photos of his victims (changed from b&w to RED).  The snippet of text is from an actual letter he wrote so I decided to back the little photos with my new Spellbinders Postage Stamp die.  See, now how tough is that? Check out the fab inspiration from the Minions of Week 1, as well, and if you'd loke even more, here's a couple of other projects I've done in the past in the same vein.  Lizzy Borden HERE and Ed Gein HERE.  Fair warning, though. They're a bit twisted, even for ME!  xxxx

I'm entering this in the Left of Center No DP and Open Minded Crafting Roll Out the Red.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Touch of Darkness at Aurora Wings

This is a very busy Monday for me! I'm so excited about the new Challenge at Aurora Wings with the exciting theme of


I've chosen to alter a bottle that originally looked like this.  Fortunately, the wine is yumbo, 'cause I really, really REALLY love the bottle.  However, the writing both back and front has to be scraped off with a razor before altering.

Then I colored the gorgeous dark mermaid, Secret Kiss, with Copics cut her out with a Spellbinders Grand Oval and Mod Podged her to the bottle.  I used the gloss variety, since the bottle was glossy, and kept adding layers until the finish was very smooth.

Didn't quite know how to age the bottle, but tried some Rock Candy Crackle paint.  Seemed like the bottle of paint was too small to paint my whole bottle so I didn't try to cover it all.  Unfortunately, I didn't apply it thick enough to get the large crackle I was going for, and it kind of looked frosty, so I took alcohol inks and ran them down the bottle, diluting them in places with Copic blender.

I used Glossy Accents around the image and sprinkled on mica flakes.  Then set about creating the rest of the scene, ripping cheesecloth and finding shells and other bits and bobs. 

I colored reindeer moss with Distress re-inkers,  added a skull and applied crackle to a tiny bottle and rolled up a message inside.  Found some lichen I'd saved which looked to me like under sea plants as well.

I draped a chain around the neck of the bottle and added a compass.  Finally, I stuffed more moss into the top and glued on a shell stopper that I'd painted, and sprinkled with mica flakes and added the bottom leg bones and foot coming out of the opening in the shell.  (hee hee!)  I don't often do projects like this because I'm way to impatient to wait for things to dry, but I gotta say, after some tense moments, I really love how it came out.  

Now, please visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the fabulously dark and gorgeous projects by my DT Sisters and don't forget to scroll down to see the winners from Challenge #6. Also, our September FB Challenge, which runs through September 30th is Anything Goes, so be sure to enter both challenges, if appropriate.  I hope you're inspired to channel your dark side.

Feel the Fall with The East Wind

Our new Challenge starts today at The East Wind Challenge Blog and the theme is Feel the Fall.  Since it's been in the 90's all week here, I sure wish that were the case.  Gotta say I really love Fall fashions though, so I just had to choose Lucy Loo Tartan Longstocking for my project.

I loved using totally Fall colors for Lucy Loo's fab outfit.  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped.   The Cuttlebug embossing folder, sanded to show off the detail, looks like swirling wind to me so I used the tiny off cuts from the Maple Leaf MS punch, colored them with Copics in the shades of her clothes and scattered them over the card.  There's a tartan DP behind her as well.

Here's the dimensional shot.  The double mat, cut with Spellbinders Classic Ovals is popped from the base, as well as a number of the swirling leaves. Can't you just feel the chill in the air?  Please visit The East Wind to see the fabulous Fall projects created by my DT sisters and come play along.  We can't wait to see what you create.

I'm entering this in the Bearly Mine September Autumnal Colors challenge, Mema's Crafts September Fall Colors, Seemacrafts Autumn is Coming, Whoopsie Daisy Colors of Autumn, Come and Get It Use a Digi With An Autumn Theme, Robyn's Fetish Use an Embossing Folder, the Corrosive Challenge Autumn or Fall, Di's Digi Designs Add Stripes or Checks, ACN September Textures/and or Patterns, the Fitztown Fall Colors Challenge and Simply Create Too Fall/Autumn.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairy Dreams at Lacy Sunshine

The new challenge starts today at Lacy Sunshine and the theme is Fairy Dreams (or anything with wings) in honor of a new release of adorable fairies at the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.  I have the pleasure of introducing Emmilou Boo's Magical Garden Fairy.  We have an extra special sponsor this week, Petal Lu, and the DT has embellished our projects with the gorgeous hand made blooms. Mine are from the Norrland Bloom mix.  I've made a simple card this time to showcase the adorable image and beautiful flowers.

Here's Emmilou's closeup, colored with Copics in the colors from the flowers I chose, with a bit of Stickles on her magical wings.  I've added a bloom to the tip of her wand as well.  Come visit the Challenge Blog and see all the new adorable fairies, soon to be available at the Lacy Sunshine Crafter's Candy Shoppe.  Also, if you've used a Lacy Sunshine image in the last challenge, don't forget to claim your "Loyalty Program digi".  Find out how on the Challenge Blog.

And there's always lots going on at the Lacy Sunshine FB Group, too.  Be sure to check out our ongoing Selfie Saturday Contest each week.  See ya there.

I'm entering this in the Cute Card Thursday Too Cute challenge, the Alphabet Challenge, "P" is for Pretty Petals, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ATG, the Petal Lu FB Challenge, Allsorts Sugar and Spice, Wags 'n Whiskers For the Girls and QKR Stampede Things With Wings.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delicious Darkness Challenge #2

So it's the 13th and you know what that means, a brand new challenge at Delicious Darkness.  Although our themes are ATG (as long as it's DARK) we like to put a little spin on things and give you an optional twist.  This month it's Gotta Be Gothic.  It's tough doing male cards but Teri has some fab images to choose from.  Love this new Dorian Gray.  thought he'd make a great birthday card.  LOL  I've framed him with my Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die.  The DP created the scene and I've added skullie embellies to the candlesticks on the paper.  The layered flowers are from my very old stash.

Here's that handsome devil's closeup.  I printed him 4 times so I could fussy cut and pop him as if he's escaping from his portrait.  Shudder!

Here's the dimensional shot.  Yikes!  He's even scarier this way.  BE sure to visit Delicious Darkness to see the fab makes by my teamies and hope to see you play along.

I'm entering this at Left of Center Under the LOC theme, and Great Impressions September Get Your Spook On.

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Lucy Loo 'Mad Hatter'

Today I'm posting on the East Wind Show Room Blog and featuring the brand new Lucy Loo 'Mad Hatter', available TODAY in The East Wind Etsy Shop.  I couldn't be more thrilled.  I'm a huge AIW fan and Unky does these characters proud.  I've made a tag with a base that has been moved around my table for several years and the fab DP's from Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland.  The tattered clock die is Tim Holtz and I've added some tea time charms from my stash.

Doesn't Lucy Loo make a fab Mad Hatter?  It's all in the attitude (or should I say "hattitude").  I've colored her with Copics and fussy cut her to pop on the tag. Stay tuned for more AIW characters from The East Wind.  You might just fall down the rabbit hole.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honourable Member of A Step in the Dark

As many of you know, I spent the month of July as GDT at ASITD.  I love the challenges and the team is a total hoot so I was feeling all lonesome for them in August.  Although they just completed a DT call, I felt that I just couldn't totally commit to another team but I missed them so much and mentioned it to the gals and they created a fabulous position for me as an Honourable Member. WooHoo!  Isn't that the SWEETEST, EVER?  Now I can pop in and out as time permits and still enjoy the comradery of the group without stressing about each and every challenge.  I can't thank them enough for this fabulous honor (or should I say honour? xxx).

So of course, with this announcement, as well as the addition of new actual teamies, I had to have a project featuring this fortnight's sponsor, Delicious Darkness. The theme is ATG (as long as it's dark, of course).  I have used Aquarius  from the fabulous Horrorscope Range.  Sentiments from last year's Authentique Enchanted pack.  DP from DCWV and scraps from previous project. This was a quickie but I still love how it turned out.

I'm entering this in the Great Impressions September Get Your Spook On Challenge.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby Aurora Witch and a Kitty

It's a brand new week and Monday is always release day at The East Wind Shop. Today we have Baby Aurora Witch and a Kitty.  Can you say PRECIOUS!?! Less than 2 months to go before Halloween.  WooHoo!  I dug deep in my stash for this fun bright DP and used my new tree and moon die from Memory Box for the first time.  I fringed some lime burlap to add a bit of texture and the sentiment and bat are stickers from eons ago.

I sure had fun coloring this little sweetie up with my Copics.  Good practice coloring those folds and the expression on her face is priceless (and the kitty's is too).  Don'tcha think?  Hope on over to The East Wind FB Group page and see what my teamies have done with her and also check out our current FB Challenge Arrrgh...Pirates.  And you still have 2 days to enter our current Blog Challenge, Birthday Princess. Hope to see you there.

I'm adding this to the DLArt September Linky Party, the Cutie Pie Two's Company Challenge, 613 Avenue Creates ATG (and sort of purple, yellow brown and black, LOL), Aud Sentiments Any Sentiment Other than Birthday and Fitztown Challenge 52 ATG and Great Impressions September Get Your Spook On

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

We All Scream for Ice Cream

It's the second week for our I Scream for Ice Cream Challenge at HDH and to say my mojo has flown the coop since my little vacay in Co is the understatement of the year.  You gotta go see the fun little video we all have taken inspiration from for this challenge and here's my take.  Kinda looks like a 10 year old made it, eh? Umm... the background paper is from Tiddly Inks (thanks Glo for reminding me), stamped with blood spatter from the Inky Dreams Rubber set from Smeared Ink and I've fashioned a little waffle cone from a Spellbinders circle embossed with my Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic folder. The ice cream is partially die cut, partially free handed and of course partially punched with my Drippy Goo border.  Stamped with a Stampotique stamp (he certainly does look like he's in duress) with red gem eyes and outlined with Stickles.  The sentiment was cut with the Haunted Mini Alphabet from Quikutz.  My teamies we WAY more creative than I so be sure to visit HDH and check them out.  I think I'll slink back to the dungeon now....

But not before I enter it in LOC (using the LOC theme) and ASITD ATG because they love me anyway.  xxx

Monday, September 1, 2014

New Challenge at The East Wind

Our new challenge starts today at The East Wind.  The first of the month, the DT always uses the fab Freebie fans receive when they sign up for the newsletter. Have you signed up yet?  Click on the right of the sidebar on The East Wind Challenge Blog and this sweetie will be yours.  Our new challenge is Birthday Princess and any girly birthday project is eligible.  Be sure if you've used an East Wind digi that you link up twice, once to your post, and once to your blog for that extra chance to win.  I've made a princess wand for the Birthday Girl using two stars I cut with my Cricut with George and Basic Shapes and scored and shaped as explained HERE in The East Wind Showroom.

Here's a closeup of the adorable Baby Aurora Birthday Princess, colored with Copics and framed with a word surround done in my Greeting Card Factory program. She's cut and matted with Spellbinders dies and adorned with adhesive gems. Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration by my teamies and come play along with us.  And don't miss the current FB Arrgh...Pirates Contest going on now through Sept 17th on The East Wind Group FB page.

I am entering this in the Anything But a Card "Five" challenge (5 points on the star), The House That Stamps Built Celebrate Birthdays, Little Red Wagon Girl Power, Divas by Design Happy Birthday, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and Fab 'n' Funky For the Kids.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Lacy Sunshine Challenge-Include a Window

The new challenge at Lacy Sunshine starts today and the theme is Include a Window.  

I've used the adorable Georgia's A Lil Magic Secret Window and borrowed a witch's hat from Eleanor Trick or Treat Flight.  Never too early for Halloween, eh?  It was the "Magic" that made me do it.  LOL  The DP's are all from last year's Graphic 45 Steampunk Halloween.  I just love the rich, saturated colors, don't you?

And here's the beautiful Georgia, colored with Copics in the same vibrant hues.  Click HERE to see how she comes without the hat.  That addition was made by fussy cutting Eleanor's hat HERE, and making some small slits in Georgia's hair to fit the hat in.   I've added Glossy Accents to Georgia's eyes, lips and the tinted window panes and glued on mica flakes enhanced with Waterfall Stickles for the "magic" floating from her bowl.

Here's the dimensional shot.  I've fussy cut the background away inside the window and popped it all up from the black matting.  The sentiment is done with punch out typewriter keys (also Graphic 45) covered with adhesive acrylic domes and the rest is computer generated.  Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Sunshine Girls HERE.  We are all showcasing the Secret Window Collection.  Hope that you can join us.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday ATG Challenge, TTRCD ATGCute Card Thursday ATG, Aud Sentiments Anything Other Than Birthday, Little Red Wagon Girl Power,  Inky Impressions ATG, Tuesday Throwdown ATG, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ATG, and Fan-tastic Tuesday ATG.

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Aurora Crown from The East Wind

Hi guys, I'm home and thrilled to be blogging again after a wonderful trip to CO to take the daughter of one of my BFF's to college.  There's a gorgeous new image at The East Wind today.  Here is Lucy Loo 'crown'.  Besides being totally fabulous in her own right, in addition to the normal jpg, png, no back ground png and light lines for no lines coloring, this digi also comes with a BLACK background.  I'm all over that!  How dramatic, and no fussy cutting, eh?  Well, while in my Printmaster Pro program I also did a bit of playing with other colors, turning the entire digi royal blue, teal, and deep red.  Here's the result. How cool is that?
To start, I decided on the deep red background.  Thought it would be fun to do something totally monochromatic.  So here's my coloring.  Believe it or not, I only used TWO colors of Copics.  TWO!  That's it!
E04 and R000 that's all it took, and here's the finished card.  Awesome, eh?  Imagine the possibilities.  Unfortunately, because of my trip, I was unable to  color more before I went, but I plan to make a whole set of these as well as coloring her up brightly using the fab black background.  Love this new option for this image, don't you?

My DT sisters have their own renditions of Lucy Loo 'crown' that you can see on The East Wind FB page as well as The East Wind Group page where a new FB contest started while I was gone and the theme is AAARgh...Pirates. And stay tuned for our next Blog Challenge which starts Sept 1.