Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gettin' Smudgy

Had a bit of a personal loss a week or so ago,
but I'm back and ready to get warmed up for the
best holiday ever, Halloween.
I even went so far as to sign up to be a Wicked Blogger
My first time ever participating! And I'm also doing the 
I am such a rebel. Or a glutton for punishment. 
Probably the latter of the two.

While cleaning up a super messy drawer, I found not one, but two
new packs of gate fold cards, complete with cool vellum envelopes.
It pays to tidy up occasionally. 
I colored up the eye scream cone from the 'Candy is Dandy' set
from Smeared Ink

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I colored
it in the 'red white and blue' of Halloween, orange, purple, and green.

 I used some Inkadinkado stamps for little accents.
I also hit those spiders with some 'orange peel' Stickles.
Added a couple of spider web die cuts from LaLaLand Crafts(?)
with a bit of 'firefly' Stickles for a nice neon pop.  

Thanks for stopping by.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crimson Crime Scene at HDH

Today has turned quite bloody. I like that.

The current challenge over at Haunted Design House is
Crimson Crime Scene.

We are to choose a famous crime scene and draw inspiration
from it for our project. Challenges like this give me fits.
There are just too many options! I toil and fret over every
possibility, until it's almost too late to even participate.
Crazy, right?!

After much debate, 
(I even flipped a coin between Dahmer and Mason at one point)
I decided to go with my girl, Lizzy Borden, played nicely by
Karin, from Stampotique.

I began by locating an ax on Google, and then turned it into a png,
then flipped one, and crossed them like so. Then I fussy cut them
out to act as a nice backdrop for dear little Lizzy.

I used some red embossing powder to mimic the blood of her
Mother and  Father, but that wasn't sparkly enough, so I 
painted over the embossing powder with a red glitter acrylic
paint. There we are! Super sparkly splatter!!

Anyone catch the Lizzy Border Lifetime movie starring
Christina Ricci? I tried to like it. The ending was nice and wicked.
I liked that part. Usually when I hear the name 'Lizzy Borden' I think of this:

A Touch of Darkness at Aurora Wings

When you think of dark and creepy images, you may not
immediately think of Aurora Wings digital images.
But we're about to change that. 
Mitzi has a deceptively dark and macabre side to her 
and her wonderful artwork. It's no secret that she
currently has some beautifully dark and seductive images
available in her shop, but she is really embracing her dark side
with this new image called, 'Let Us In'

I feel pretty special to get to use this new image, but
since it is my challenge theme, and my birthday month, 
I'll just consider it a slightly early bday present.

Aren't they just too die for??!!
And they are perfect for our new challenge theme,
A Touch of Darkness. 

The scenario that I have created while coloring them is, 
the Big Sinister is nothing more than an innocent pawn 
for the Little Bother to control telepathically.

He is pure evil.
Notice how he has no blood on him whatsoever?
He is definitely the one in control of this diabolical duo.
Damien, from The Omen comes to mind.

Who is holding whose hand?

I had a blast coloring this image! I stayed with Warm Gray Copics, 
and then just a pop of red to give an old horror film feel.
I added the essential drippy goo punched border, and 
layered it with another (favorite) MS bat fence punch.
Lastly, I popped on a TH bat die cut to give some balance
and dimension to the card.

Please drop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog 
to whet your appetite for this timely Touch of Darkness challenge.
It runs for a month, so there is plenty of time to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have a feeling this is
just the tip of the iceberg for creepy projects to come. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delicious Darkness - Gotta Be Gothic

Well an entire month just flew by and we are ready
to begin our second challenge at Delicious Darkness.

The theme is always Anything Goes, but there is also an added twist,
if you'd like to be inspired and challenged further. 
The twist for this month is Gotta be Gothic.

I'm not sure that my make really qualifies for a Gothic feel, but tombstones
can be considered Gothic, right?

Of all of the the tombstones in this set, Tombstone 6
is my favorite. I began by making a shrinky dink charm of this
tombstone, but it warped the image a bit and it looked too
wonky to use. I need to master my shrink plastic technique. 
So, I switched gears and came up with this instead. Mucho bettah.

Out of the Creepy Eye set, the Reptile Eye is my absolute
favorite. I cut the center out of the tombstone, and replaced it with
this awesome eyeball. I popped the tombstone up on foam bits to give it some depth. 

 I used a cool reptile-like embossing folder to mimic the skin of the 
critter, and then used some Inka Gold metallic rub in green to give it some
of that cool reptilian shimmer and shine. Added some orange acrylic dots to
play off of the eye color.

And there you have it. All of the images are available in the 
Delicious Darkness shop. Just follow the provided links to get yours.
 Please drop by the Delicious Darkness challenge blog to check out the rest
of the awesome DT work, and maybe even be inspired to play along.  

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
My Time to Craft - Halloween
Left of Center - no dp

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Not your average mermaid

I needed a birthday card for a special person, and the only
requirement was that it had to have a mermaid on it.
I just so happen to have won a mermaid image from 
Lacy Sunshine, and was looking forward to coloring her up.

Her name is Morticia Siren.
She's pretty bad ass for a mermaid.

I colored her with Copics and backed her on to a glittered card stock.
I also lucked out and found some stashed pre-cut flourishes in the same shade
of pink as her hair. I like it when that happens.

And I had some old stashed dew drops in the same shade, too.

I kind of went wild with the Stickles in various shades of greens
and yellow.

I used a new Stickle color called, Tropical Tangerine in her hair.
I really like this color! I have yet to find a good pink colored Stickles,
but this tangerine color will definitely work. 

Thanks for dropping by today.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Macabre Monday: I scream for ice cream!

The new Macabre Monday challenge is up!
The Minions would like you to watch this short film, and be inspired by it.

Cute, right?
I made a list of possible bits of inspiration while I was watching the film.
Checkered floor, boy and girl, ice cream, scary man, kid in a blender, blended kid.
And this is what I came up with...

Since I didn't have a blender stamp, I had to improvise a bit.
I used this cool checkered background from Tiddly Inks and 
used stamps from Inkadinkado's (?) SPLAT! set to bloody up the
background. The red embossing powder I use smells like cherries.
Added bonus!

I stamped Spider Girl from Stampotique, colored her with Copics, 
and fussy cut her and her spider out. I highlighted them both a bit 
with a white gel pen. I also wanted to tie in the whole ice cream thing, so 
I drew up a small ice cream cone and added it to her dress.

I just had to have this spider web die from LaLa Land (I think).
Cut it twice, and sparkled it up a bit with Crystal Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Be sure to drop by HDH and see the other incredibly inspiring work
for this challenge.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
TTCRD - Anything Goes 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vintage Smeared Ink DT Hop

Another month has flown by, and we find ourselves face to face
with yet another inspiring Smeared Ink monthly DT hop.
This month the theme du jour is

I have been in a bit of a Hallowe'en colored mood for a while now,
so this has given me a nice departure from my standard varied shades
of green, purple, and orange.

I decided to make one of the corsets from the Heavy Metal digi set
my main attraction on this card. I colored it with E80 Copics and
a some RV90 shades. I also tipped the lace with the same RV95 Copic
that I used on the corset.     

I used a Vintage definition stamp from parts unknown. 
It was perfect for this project. I attached it with a tiny TH paperclip.
I also added a wood cut key from The Porkchop Show on Etsy. Love his stuff!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!
Below is the hop list if you'd like to check out all of the 
marvelous makes for today's hop.

CREEPY GLOWBUGG - you are here