Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Little FUN with an ATC

I really miss making ATCs. They are so fun and realativly quick
to whip up. They're a great way to use up those paper scraps, and a good
trial size way to try out new techniques or mediums.
A great ATC only challenge blog is Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge .
Jen always has a fun weekly challenge theme, 
and usually has a fabulous sponsor lined up as well.
This week's challenge theme is :
#194 (almost 200!) 'You Animal!'.
The awesome sponsor is Janet Klein from Vera Lane Studio.
She has some quirky and unusual images. I like that. A lot.

Here is my animal inspired ATC.
This guy is from Little Miss Muffet Stamps .
He is from a set of two unicorns called, 
Boon and Jitters. I'm not sure which one he is.
I'm going to assume this is Boon. But it doesn't
really matter since it appears the image is no longer available.
Yes, I've had him that long and just now got around to coloring
him in. One down, thousands more to go. As usual, I have colored this
image using Copic markers. 

Even though he has a horn that makes him a unicorn,
I decided to mix it up a bit and gave him a cool, sparkly, metal wing.
Let's just assume he actually has two wings. Otherwise he'd just
fly around in circles and that's not cool. 
I backed him onto some OLD dp scrap and an even older rhinestone
flourish. Overall, this is quite a destash heavy project. I like that.

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


    

   

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Useless Trinkets new freebie release




Today is the release of new images at Useless Trinkets.
FREE, new images. Along with all of the other adorable and FREE
images already there. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should. 
And if you already have, then you need the new images and matching sentiments.
Did I mention that they're FREE? Don't even get me started. I have no idea
why the heck Jessa isn't charging for these images, but hurry up and grab 'em 
before she comes to  her senses and realizes she has a goldmine on her hands.

First up is "Harriet".
She is unassumingly psychotic. I like that in a girly image.

Gives her a nice edge. 
Kinda sharp and rusty, like old garden shears...

I found a fitting sentiment and a cool charm to go with it.
I paired it all up with some super old dp I have had for years. I loved it
so much I bought a shit ton of it, and still have at least a half a
shit ton of it left.

So, I kinda adore little miss "Harriet".
She's fun and great for all ages and occasions. 

My new favorite image from the imaginative and adorable mind of 
Jessa is, "Fluffy Gustav"

He is adorable, no?
I am relatively new to coloring fur, but I don't hate how this came out. 
It's fun fur!

Since "Fluffy Gustav" is so much fun to play with, I thought I'd use
him in another card you can never make too many of, a 'get well' card. 

I went with a dot technique for this version of Gustav.
Much faster and easier to color fur this way. 
Plus, it's more whimsical.

Jessa came up with some super cute and sweet Valentine sentiments
for this fluffy monster, so I was inspired to make a couple VD cards.  

Who can resist a cotton candy monster?
Bearing gifts, no less?

I went for a more classic color scheme here. 
Tryin' to class up the joint, I guess.
It's gonna take more than a fancy color scheme to class
up this chick and my ridiculousness. 

I broke out the big doily and a smaller black doily with some
pearl spray on it. I am so happy to be using these things. I have quite
a few of them, but can stand to use up a few. 

So, Gustav is super cute. You need him in your stash of awesome FREE
images. He comes in various versions with different accessories and don't
for get the cool sentiments and Harriet, too!

Here's the hop order in case you get lost along the way.
Thanks for dropping by!

                                     Birka - http://www.mitherzundschere.blogspot.de/
Gloria  http://creepyglowbugg.blogspot.de/ - you are here
Katrin and Lisa from Projekt Cupcake -




Monday, January 18, 2016

Brrrr!

For the first time in about four years, California is seeing some 
record rainfall with more rain on the way. 
Hola El Nino!
Rainy weather is my favorite time to create. There is just something so
perfect about being all snuggled up in sweats, with a hot cup of tea,
and my little space heater keeping my slippered feets all warm and toasty.
My hands are usually like ice, but that just means a warm heart, right?
Insert sinister grin here.

With 'Ice and Snow' being the new theme at the
Aurora Wings challenge blog, it seems like the right thing to do
is to create something magical, sparkly, wintry and gorgeous.

Mission accomplished!

I began my creative process by choosing my image.
I chose to work with the beautiful Elven Fairy from Aurora Wings.
I used BV and BG Copics to give her an icy look.
And lots of glitteriness courtesy of Stickles. 

I wanted to make something a little different, so I used some 
corrugated cardboard as my base/substrate. I peeled some of the top
layer of paper off of the cardboard by wetting it a bit, and peeling gently
until I achieved the look I was going for.
I used DecoArt Media modeling paste to give the appearance of snow drifts
in the corners, and along the edges. It was easy to work with and allowed me some
nice control to create my drifts. Once dried, I added shaved ice for 
some bling and iridescence. I loves me some sparkle and iridescence.

I wanted to give the idea of icy cold without the obvious traditional snowflakes.
This was harder to do than I had thought, but I have a bunch of metal accent pieces 
I have been collecting for some Finnabair inspired art that are still waiting to be used.
I found some great snowflake-type pieces and painted one with some DecoArt gesso.
I have used quite a few different gessoes, and I love DecoArt media line gesso!
Provides great coverage and nice tooth for multimedia work. I decided I needed
a bit more bling, so I added some mica medium and some hoarded iridescent gems.
A unique snowflake is born!!

I have a bunch of inexpensive paper doilies from the Dollar Store
and sprayed some using DecoArt shimmer mist in turquoise.
It took some dabbling to get a soft look, and eventually I added a
Media Mist in shimmer white over the top and that was
the secret sauce right there. Perfect shimmery, icy, and soft.
Lastly, I stamped the word, "sparkle" onto some vellum that I then tore
for yet another icy look.  I hate trying to inconspicuously glue down vellum.
But I managed to use two tiny foam circles to give height, and then used two of
my most precious (said like 'Gollum' from LoR) Prima crystals to hide the offensive
adhesives. Perfection! And all in the same gorgeous color family! Score!

I did have the forethought to cut my base at 4" x 6" so it will fit into a 
standard frame. I usually just wing it, and then suffer for my laziness later 
when trying to finish off the piece. I still haven't decided on a frame, 
but I actually have some to choose from for a change. 

That's going to do it for me today. Be sure to check out the other 'Ice and Snow'
inspired works from the incredibly talented DT at the Aurora Wings challenge blog.
Oh! Did you know that there is a DT call going on at Aurora Wings, too? 
There is a completely new team being chosen for the 
new "Stella" monthly challenge. Follow the link for all the details.  
I will say that being on the Aurora Wings DT has been nothing
but a wonderful experience. Mitzi is the absolute best to design for.
Now is your chance to join the Aurora Wings family. You wont' regret it. 

I'd like to enter this piece in the following challenges:
My new products are the DecoArt Media line of modeling paste, shimmer mists,
and gesso. I'm hooked! 





Monday, December 21, 2015

Warm and Fuzzy

Man, I feel like Rip Van Winkle. Like I just woke up
from a long slumber only to find it's Christmas already!!
California is finally getting some much needed rain, 
the Sierra's are filling up with lots of gorgeous snow,
and the chilly temps are making it hard to walk away from the 
space heater under my desk.

I did mange to do some work finally, after being sick for over two months.
I guess the ol' immune system isn't what it used to be.

The new challenge at Aurora Wings is
Warm and Fuzzy.
I always loved this adorable image, and it was the first one 
I thought of using for this challenge. 
Have you ever seen baby penguins? They're so chubby and fluffy!!!   

This image is called, 'Baby Penguin in Santa Hat'.
I colored him up using Copics and a google search reference photo.
I never realized they're fluff was so beautiful, going from jet black, 
to the softest of grays, and then pure white. I rouged his cheeks up
a bit since it is so chilly and all.  

I cut out a TH die using grunge board, painted it white, applied
some Dream Weaver crackle paste, and waited. And waited, and waited
for it to start to crack. It took what seemed life forever, and then I added 
a brown wash to accentuate the cracks. I hated it immediately, so I tried a 
red wash. Still wasn't thrilled, but managed to make it work with the help
of some Diamond Dust on the edges.

I popped some ribbon through the hole and hung him
on the tree. Now I want to make more. Lots more!
There are so many perfect images to use at Aurora Wings
that the possibilities are endless. Now that I've got my technique
(sorta) figured out, I may make some as gifts for friends and family.  
  

I hope you'll join us over at Aurora Wings challenge blog
where there is never a shortage of beautiful inspiration and
a fun challenge to spark your creativity.

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
and Season's Greetings!! 
  

  
    

Friday, December 4, 2015

Xmasified Morty

Since I have scattered all of my Xmas supplies around the craft room,
I went ahead and made a few more Christmas cards.
I still refuse to put the Halloween schtuff aside yet.
It never really gets put away, but I just can't bring myself to move it
out of sight yet.
  
This guy is Morty, from the Vera Lane Studio 
Backyard Monsters digi set.
I love this guy!!!

Morty received a hat and sweater via Gimp, for a festive holiday look.
I actually chose my papers first for a change. This helped greatly
in cutting down my color selection time. I spend far too much time 
choosing colors for images. 

I love this version of Morty the best.
Very traditional, yet fun with the pop of lime green. 
And that Liquid Applique is perfect for Santa hat trim.

I popped on some acrylic snowflakes and some Stickles,
in my favorite color, Platinum/Mercury Glass. I'm pretty sure they're
the same color, just with different names.

I have another Morty card to share, but I haven't taken a picture of it yet.
Stay tuned...



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vera Lane Xmas Snark

I am still not done trying to make Halloween schtuff,
but I'm coming to the dreaded realization that Christmas is eminent.
Gah!

I decided to have a go at transforming some Vera Lane digi images 
from their everyday quirkiness to Holiday Cheer Quirkiness.
I am always in need of last minute Christmas cards, and this little lady seemed
like the perfect focal point for a fun and simple holiday card. 

I used the Wednesday image and added a hat from the 
Boutique Hats set. I also gave her a cool sweater that was
offered as a freebie on the Vera Lane Studio facebook page.  

I went completely non-traditional with a purple and black color scheme,
and a snarky sentiment for this card. I used some TH snowflake border
and a MS skull border punch to mimic  a sweater design.

I am having a blast transforming these deliciously fun and quirky images
for Christmas cards. I may have forgotten to mention that I am using Gimp
to manipulate the images. I think I need to look for an update as my version is pretty
dated, but it still works for what I need.
I'll be back soon with a couple more cards using Vera Lane images and Gimp.

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


Monday, November 16, 2015

Anything but Cards

Today is the beginning of a new week and a new challenge at the

The new theme is Anything but Cards.
This can be quite the challenge for a lot of card makers, but it's fun to be pushed
out of our comfort zones every once in a while.

I decided to make some fun wrapping paper using the new
I already had him colored up and scanned into my computer,
so I opened the image using Gimp, and tiled the image to look
like wrapping paper. I made a couple of different versions to
accommodate the smaller  box sizes.

I used my TH bow die for the coordinating package bows.
And I used scraps left over as the ribbons on the solid color packages.
Super cute. 

These would be adorable in a stocking, or as surprise gifts for the kiddos.
Something a little different, and very unique. 
I just wish my printer would print 11"x 17" paper...  

Please be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings challenge blog and see
what it looks like when the fabulous DT thinks outside of the box.
Did ya see what I did there?