Saturday, August 1, 2015

Showing Some Stampotique Love

I have been blessed with wonderful people in my life.
As I have gotten older, I have become more selective on
who I keep in my life, and more diligent on whom I kick
to the curb. Do you enlighten or enrich my life in any way?
Do I feel good about myself when I'm with you? Do I respect
the way you live your life, and how you treat the people in it?
If I answer "No", to any of those questions, out ya go!
No regrets, only lessons.

One of the most incredible people I know is a spunky chick, we'll
call, "Kenzie". I have always admired this lady for how she treats the 
people in her life. She is always thinking of others, and making
you feel like she loves you the best of all her friends. And she's good
at it, too. I always thought I was her special lady, 
until I met all of the others... 

Anyhoo, this chick has had some ailments and medical issues in the past,
at least we thought they were in the past. She never let how poorly she was feeling 
keep her from anything she wanted, or felt she had to do. 
But, back in June of last year, shit got real.

My Super Friend, Wonder Mom, Schmexy Lady, had had an aneurysm.  
Let's be clear though, she had the aneurysm, but waited an entire week to 
go to the hospital for emergency, life saving surgery! And she was only
37 years old at the time. Again, she was a wonder. A medical wonder once
she regained consciousness from her coma. Seriously, she had medical
staff peeking in on her just to see the wonder girl. 
I always knew she was bad ass. Just sayin'.

So, it's been over a year, and her recovery is not over yet, 
but this lady has grabbed  the bull by the horns and showed it how
to really live. She climbed a big volcano in Hawaii all by herself to
celebrate her "Aneur-versary". Yeah, did I mention she's pretty
bad ass? I admire her tenacity, her drive, and her heart.
I love this lady's guts. A lot.

In case you were wondering about the egg pictures, Kenzie always brings
me fresh eggs from her chickens, and they always have faces on them.

She rocks. 

So I made her something to hang on her wall to remember me
among all of her other conquests...

I really wanted to play along in the Stampotique Designer challenge,
to use "attachers" on your project. I knew I wanted to make a mash up
of a Kira critter with Torrente bat wings, so that was the easy part. 
I began with a 4" x 4" gray canvas panel from Mike's. It was 70% off,
so I grabbed a couple. I stenciled some black modeling paste onto
it with the TH Gothic stencil. I used Wisteria and Black Ice Silks
for the background color. I'm still learning how to use these gorgeous
paints. I also used my gel medium for the first time by using it to glue the
black May Arts webbed ribbon down on the bottom. Next time, I'll be sure 
to paint over it so it doesn't show as much. Still learning...     

I made sure his wings were movable. I usually don't make
cool, interactive projects like shaker cards or moving parts,
but this was super simple, and fun. 

I used teeny tiny Tim Holtz brad fasteners to hold the wings onto 
I chopped off his arms and shortened his feet, too. Sorry. But hey,
I did grant him the gift of flight in exchange for his appendages.

I grunged up a TH "'Salvaged" word band, and attached it to eyelets with
more TH doo-hickeys and jump rings. And, I finally managed to part with my 
very first button that my friend, Lynne sent me months/years ago. 
Thanks, Lynne! 

I also used my TH word dies for the first time, too! I cut it out a few times
with black card stock, which I glued together, and then a purple one on top.
I used some UTEE to give it a nice, glossy finish. 
I thought "Authentic" was a good word to describe my dear friend.

And now, Kenzie is really into brain themed schtuff. Go figure. 
I have had this brain charm for months and finally 
figured out just where it belongs.

Oh, and for some fun texture I used my Goosebumps spray, but I didn't
clean out the nozzle the last time I used it (which you MUST do), so
I improvised and spread it out with fingers. It gives a good bat wing texture.   

Thanks for sticking with me through this long winded post.
I had to gush about my friend who inspired this piece.
I hope she loves it.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BFF Birthday

One of my OLDEST best friends just celebrated her birthday.

This is the card  made for her.
I love that old bitch.

and paired it with some of the elements that came with her, 
and a snarky sentiment from Riley and Co. Funny Bones.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Swap 2015

I was lucky to have scored a spot in the exclusive
I love toys and random pop culture swag. It's yet another
facet to my hoarding collecting tendencies. So, when I saw
that Dex was going to put together a box of random schtuff 
(one man's junk is another man's treasure concept),
and then he would send it off to one of the ten people on the list, I had to sign up. 
Each person takes what they want from the box, and then they add more of their own
schtuff to the box and send it on to the next person. It's basically a win, win
situation. You get new crap, and get to dump your old crap in the process.
I have no shortage of random crap, so this was a no brainer for me.

This was the box I received on my doorstep.
Lots of cool stickers all over it. Damn! I forgot to add my own decorations
to the outside of the box. 

Here is a good shot of the degree of random toys
and schtuff contained within. The Dracula is a 
box mascot and travels with the box to each destination.
We had some good times...  

This is the booty I looted from the box of random goodness.

I snagged these wicked cool horror trading cards and stickers.

I kind of couldn't resist this. I was compelled to
add it to my DVD collection. Haven't watched it yet though. 

No explanation necessary.

Miscellaneous bits and bobs of coolness and quirkiness. 

Lastly, I grabbed this big boy. He's a Techno Spawn Code Red Gorilla.
Super freaking cool, is what he is!!! I have a few McFarlane figures,
mainly from the Twisted Fairy Tales collection, but this guy is my new favorite
"desk bling". The details on this guy are amazing. 

This is the schtuff I added to the box.

Disney toys, zombie schtuff, GBK trading cards, a Dunny,
and a Sharknado Survival Guide are just some of the hand me downs
I threw in the swap box. 

I just mailed it out to it's next willing recipient in Terre Haute, IN.
Should be there by Monday. Enjoy! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Don't touch my Twinchies!

One of the current challenge themes at Stampotique Designer's Challenge
Now, I have heard of inchies, so it is a simple concept to grasp that if inchies
are 1" square, then a twinchie will be 2" square. Simple enough, right?

I have a stupid number of new Stampotique stamps that I have yet to
ink up. Rudy and Reggie, the seahorses were screaming for ink, so
they are the chosen focal points of my card today. 

I stamped and embossed them before coloring with Copics.

I really like the look of water colored messy shadows behind the images.
I wasn't having much luck achieving that effect with my water color pencils, 
so I went over it all with my trusty Copics and got the desired effect.  
I used my Posca paint pen to add the white bubble dots and highlights. 
I love those pens! 

I am a huge fan of the Riley and Co. Funny Bones sentiments.
This one reminds me of my friend, Deanna. We think we are quite
the funny biotches. We cackle when we're together, and we don't
really care if anyone else finds us funny. It's just an added perk. 

This it for me today.

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Oh, how I love those things with wings!

I'm kind of excited to show off my newest creation today.
I made this card for the new challenge at 
I am a fan of many a winged beast, fae, or foe.
I really love me a good pixie, though.

I chose to work with the Pixie Kawaii Fairy with Big Hair
Surprisingly, I have had this image for quite a while and this
is the very first time I have colored her up. I am kind of bummed
that the photo shows her face so red. I can assure you, it doesn't
look quite that drastic in real life.
I used Copics to color her to match some papers from Kaiser Craft - Kaleidoscope.  
I left her eyes pupil-less as they were drawn. I don't like to
mess with Mitzi's images by adding mouths, or noses, or pupils.
I'm something of a purist when it comes to interpreting an artist's image.
I like to follow the artist's vision. I try to refer to their colored
sample when it's available, to confirm that I'm seeing a leaf or a curl of hair. 
I like how her eyes look almost insect-like. Mission accomplished.  

The perfectly insightful sentiment was already on the papers I chose, making this
a very quick card to pull together once the coloring was complete.
I usually take at least an hour to color an image. I'll go back and add
shadows again, and again, until I'm satisfied with the contrast. 
It's therapeutic, and a labor of love.

And lastly, like all good pixies, this little lady is covered
in various shades of Stickles. A pixie wing has to drip
with glitter in my world. That's just how it is.

Thanks for dropping by today.
I hope you'll pop by the AW challenge blog to check out the
other stunning inspiration the DT have created for this challenge.

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ladybug, ladybugg...

It's no secret that I am a sucker for Mitzi's Aurora Wings Sprites.
And when she releases a new Sprite I always first in line
(among many) to color it up and make a Sprite project.
Today she is releasing a ...

Ladybugg Sprite!! 
Couldn't you just die from cuteness overload?

Per my usual way, I colored this one up
differently than the normal ladybug you would find out in the real world.
C'mon! You know me better than that!

I kept the embellishments pretty simple, with some 
Vintage Photo Distress Stickles, and some gold half pearls. 
I figured that paper was busy enough.
I popped the card in some Begonias in my backyard for the
photo shoot. I was hoping the fading daylight would give
me a good photo this late in the evening. 

Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings showcase blog to see all of the
wonderfully different versions of this adorable, new image.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My creative soundtrack

I don't know about you, but I simply MUST have music playing while I'm creating.
Although, I did have TerrorVision playing on You Tube last night while I finished 
up my latest Haunted Design House - Macabre Monday challenge piece.
The new challenge is "I Love Rock & Roll"
and you are to choose a song as your inspiration. It can be the music,
the lyrics, or even the video imagery to whet your creative appetite.

I originally chose "Rat Trap 666" by Die Antwoord, but after listening closer to the
lyrics (they're from South Africa so it gets hard to decipher at times), I chose to
go in another direction. Have you ever ran across an old CD and have no idea
who it is? I found an Otep CD that I totally blanked on, but the very second I put it
on I instantly remembered this chick. I am usually not a big fan of women fronted
metal bands,  but this chick is bad ass. I really dig her and her gritty sound.
The lyrics to "Blood Pig" really spoke to me, and allowed me the freedom
to create something that represents me. The lyrics are a bit "colorful" so
I'll warn you now, and show you the lyrics I used for my altered mouse trap.
Yeah, an altered mouse trap was what I wanted to make, hence the idea to use
the first song, if only for the title.  

Blood Pig on the album Sevas Tra by Otep 

I'm fucked up
I'm different
Words remain
My only escape

Art saves
All of me

Yeah, that pretty much sums me up.

I have recently started collecting ideas for this project on a Pinterest board
I created here: Glo's pinterest board . I really like how small these are,
like an ATC, but a little larger at 1 3/4" x 3 3/4". They make great note holders
and just neat little bits of altered art. 
I began by purchasing a set of four traps for under $2, and I'll be checking out the
Dollar Store next time I'm out and about. After removing some of the unnecessary
hardware,  I gessoed two of them, one in black and the
other in white. I was still very undecided at this point.

I decided to use some Silks acrylic glaze, and I love how it turned out!
 I used Spiced Pumpkin and it gave such a beautiful, fiery color to the
black gesso. Like the flames of hell fire coming to get me...

After the paint dried (it actually takes 48 hours to cure completely, so this was a bit tacky),
I used matte medium to apply some images I had saved on my computer. I felt that these
images represented me in some way. Either in aesthetic, or attitude.

My sinister sistah, Donna hooked me up with some super kewl
charms when we finally made contact, so I used this guy as my
main focus. I used black acrylic paint to the recessed areas to
bring out the details more, and even went so far as to use Inka Gold
in green, purple, and orange to add some color to the crown.
I also went nuts with the Glossy Accents and Glossy Crackle products. 
Crackle on the Ouija board, and Glossy on the spider punch cuts.  

I love me a good Cthulhu image, some (paper) spiders, 
a 'Going to Hell' charm, and a sentiment that pretty much sums it all up. 
I usually go with a matte medium to seal everything, but once I saw how the
Glossy Accents really showed off the color of the Silks, I opted for a glossy medium.  

I was just turned onto shopmissa, where everything is $1, and I saw
these spikes that are used on nails as nail art (can't imagine wiping my butt
with hands festooned with spikes, but that is pretty heavy metal). 
I knew I could use them in multiple ways in my art. 
I bought a bunch. They were 20 for $1, c'mon! 

I used Glossy Accents to glue them down, and then thought they needed to be
embedded in GA to stay on forever. Perfect!

I added some Tim Holtz Halloween rub-ons for some
interest on the sides.

So now you know a little bit more about me, and hopefully you'll be
back anyway.

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