Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A real oddball spring

It's the middle of April and it's 90 degrees out today.
Very odd. And pretty scary considering we're in the fourth
year of a drought here in California. Fire season is gonna suck.
And it's already begun two months early. Yikes.

Since odd seems to be the word of the day, I thought 
I'd color up this pretty little Oddball Art Stamps fairy
and play along with the current challenge at Oddball Art Stamp Co.,
Spring

I get tired of making cards all of the time, and since I have
quite a collection of tags I use to mop up my leftover distress inks,
I thought a tag was a good idea.

This is 'Sweet Sai'. Isn't she a cutie?
And, as is my usual M.O. I have colored her with
unconventional skin tones and hair color. Fairies are 
magical creatures, and should be colored accordingly. 

I sprayed a small clothespin with Dylusions spray in Cherry Pie to match
my project. The clothespin already had the hole in it, so it was super
simple to add that dragonfly charm. I stamped out a fairy sentiment 
from Kraftin' Kimmie. I am a big fan of the Kraftin Kimmie sentiments.

When I hear the word spring, I think of flowers.
And I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I have a shit ton of old
flowers in my stash. I layered up five flowers of varying oldness
and even added an equally dated leaf. I like how it turned out,
and am glad to have used a few of my ancient fleurs.  

I used a diamond patterned stencil and some crackle paste to
add some texture and interest to the tag. I think my crackle is old
as it didn't real crackle much. I ended up rubbing some of it off with my
fingers to give it an aged appearance. I also dusted the diamonds with 
Stickles for a nice sparkle. I dug even deeper into my stash and found some
chipboard glittered flourishes and dew drops. Nice touches.

  I had fun making this tag. Gave me a chance to use
up some stash and make something pretty with it.

I'd like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Left of Center - Tag or ATC (mine's a tag) 



Monday, April 20, 2015

Short and Sweet

Today is the start of the new challenge theme at the
The new theme is Flowers.
Pretty easy to be inspired, as spring is in full bloom everywhere you look,
and there are a ton of beautiful, flowery images available at

I picked up a bunch of 4" x 4" canvas boards on sale at Mike's
last week, and wanted to use one for this project. I get tired of
making cards all of the time.
  
I decided to work with an image that I haven't colored up before.
This is 'Bunnirina'.
She's adorable, right?

The canvas was a nice gray color already, but it didn't
go with my color scheme. I painted it using Deco Art's chalk paint
in the color, 'Timeless'. This is my first time using this paint,
and I love the coverage and the quick drying time. Oh, and no prep
is a big plus, too. This chalk paint gave me a perfect base for the 
pearlized crackle paste put through a fancy stencil. I love that stuff!
First though, I edged the entire canvas using some distress inks.
They bled through the crackle paste beautifully.

Didn't someone say something about flowers?
I dug out a bunch of paper roses, some of which I colored
using Copics, some that I left natural, and a few were already
dyed. I managed to pop in a few pearl dew drops, too. 

I also worked in a pretty floral spray I picked up in the 
wedding section at Mike's. I really like the height and 
interest those types of embellishments add to a project.

As a last added element, I broke out with a new pot of
Rock Candy Distress dry glitter. It added just the right amount of
sugary sparkle the outer perimeter of the canvas. And then while I was
in a glittering mood I used some Stickles on the roses, too. 
Someone is going to make me cash in my creepy card for this project.
But I don't care. This is was so fun to make.

So sweet! 
I hope you'll stop by the AW challenge blog and see all of the other
fabulously flowery projects the DT have created for this theme.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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




Friday, April 17, 2015

Little Kitsune, Anko

In retrospect, I guess I have always kind of had
a thing for foxes. I have a few different fox stamps, 
a paper mache fox I picked up at WallyWorld a while back,
a fox ornament for Xmas, and my leedle dog is named, Foxxi.

(Check out Miss Monster@ shopify. She is an incredible artist!) 
I really like the Japanese Kitsune with nine tails.
I like the version of a white fox with red details.
So, when Mitzi at Aurora Wings shared her newest image,
I was in lurve! 

She doesn't have nine tails, but I'll overlook that
trivial fact for this Little KitsuneAnko.
I colored her with Copics and decided to go with a geisha
inspired make-up. I really love the the bold red eye makeup
against the white powdered face. I had to go with the red geisha lip, too.
Very dramatic. Love it!   

In keeping with my 'less is more' mantra (when using AW images),
I have kept this one pretty CAS only using two dps, some gold Stickles, and 
three red pearls to symbolize The Three Jewels: the Buddha (the enlightened one),
the Dhamma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community of followers).

I really love the linen texture of this DCWV Far East paper pad.
It's always my 'go to' paper pad when doing anything remotely Asian themed.
I think I'm going to pop this little gem into a shadowbox frame
for a friend's birthday coming up. Or maybe she'll just reside in my
craft room for inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to stop by the AW Showcase blog
to see all the different variations on this fabulous new image available today
at the Aurora Wings Etsy shop, here.  



Monday, April 6, 2015

Going to hell. Can I save you a seat?

DISCLAIMER: This is my blog. I am a person who fancies herself
pretty funny. Snarky. And even a flat out smart ass. What I create is
never intended to offend, but ultimately I have no control over
how you choose to interpret my art. Proceed with caution, 
and with your big girl/boy panties on.  
There, I said it. Or I wrote it. Whatever. It's out.
Yesterday was Easter, and in honor of the first zombie ever, 
I have created a small tribute in his likeness.
I was inspired to create said homage by the new challenge at
Haunted Design House - Going Green With Envy.

Yup. I went there.
It is no big secret that I don't lend much credence to organized religion.
I wasn't indoctrinated into a religion as child, and have never been able
to wrap my head around giving myself over to a higher power. 
 I do, however, consider myself somewhat spiritual.
And that works for me. 

Anyhoo, I found this guy at my local thrift store, and
after my giggles of insane inspiration subsided, I got to work
making him into the true zombie he was always meant to be. 

After several coats of various acrylic paints and washes,
he was complete. And far more interesting than the way
that I originally found him.

While straightening, and purging my workspace I happened
upon this tiny dancer. Also a thrift store find.  

After the official "Creepy Zombie Concoction" has been applied,
she is the star of the zombie ballerina recital.

Thanks to this challenge theme, I have been inspired to start painting the 
numerous statues and figurines I have been collecting. I have some cows,
a trio of babies, and even a Buddha that are all dying to be zombified and given
a new life. Most of which will end up in my Etsy shop by the end of the month.

Remember to stop by the HDH blog to check out all of the incredible art that
my fellow Minions have created for this inspiring challenge.

     

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Check me out! I'm a snarky Princess!

Easter is fast approaching. Seems like it was just Christmas.
Although my yard is in full bloom, and I am well stocked
in allergy meds, it still seems too soon for spring.
Which officially begins on Friday. Yay.

I am thrilled to have been invited to play along with the 
I have snark in spades, so this should just be a weekly
event for me anyway.
Since the theme is Easter, I cooked up a lil' hasenpfeffer.
Or maybe he's not quite cooked thoroughly yet....

See? 
Even Easter can be adequately creeped up thanks to
   
Happy Creepster!!

I used one of my handmade zombie brains and made a fancy schmancy
embellishment with some black tulle and pearl thingies.
It's nice, right?

And no creepy make is complete without some MS drippy goo punch.
I layered it up in different colors for a festive feel. 

I typeset this sentiment myself using Gimp.
I thought I had a stamp of it somewhere, but must have just been
wishful thinking on my part.


Thanks so much to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for inviting me
to play along with them this week. Nothin' better than gettin' my snark on
with the sisters!!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I guess I have succumbed to the fact that spring is
in full bloom. Early, but blooming none the less.
I seem to keep reaching for bright, girly colors to
use on my projects. It's like Mother Nature is sending
me subliminal messages or something. I wish she'd quit
doing that.
I do have to admit that when I saw the freebie image for
the Smeared and Smudged Freaky Freebie facebook challenge,
I was hit right away with this idea.  

I immediately knew I wanted to make her gas mask
into a watering can to water the blooms of the apocalypse.
I dotted the background  using Copics to look like falling ash, 
ala Silent Hill.  

This ended up way prettier than I had imagined, 
but it is nice to see what's in my head come to
fruition.

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

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Safely hiding in my comfort zone

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at Aurora Wings.
I think the theme has to be pretty much everyone's favorite,
Anything Goes.
It's definitely one of my favorite themes.

I was having a hard time coming up with something new, 
and out of my comfort zone. Then it hit me. Pastels. I am not a fan of
pastel colors as a whole. I don't wear them, I don't use them in my art,
and I don't relish the pastel overload of Easter.
You could say that pastels are way out of comfort zone. Way out.
I love the artwork of the "White Lady" Aurora Wings image, and have
been wanting to use her for quite some time. The color scheme tried
to get away from me a few times, and I'm still not convinced this isn't 
a huge fail, but I am trying to stretch myself into new directions artistically. 

After clear embossing the beautiful face and shoulders, I colored the 
background using Distress Inks. This stopped my attempt at water coloring
from ruining the entire image. And since I chose such an odd color combo,
I colored my own paper roses to match using Copics and rubbing alcohol.
 
I added in some white glittered chipboard scrolls and some dew drops
to try and pull the colors around the page. And added some Stickles for more sparkle.
Overall, I am not upset with this card. It's not my usual jewel tones and massive 
color saturation, but I do like it.

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


Thanks for stopping by today.