Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ho, Ho, Uh Oh!

When I first set eyes on this image by Daniel Torrente from Stampotique I knew it was meant to be my Christmas card this year.
I had a blast making the dirtiest and grungiest card I could muster. I giggled like a lunatic as I added the little drops of "blood" and added the same gore to the ribbon.
The only thing lacking was the perfect sentiment.
Found it!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Macabre Monday #15 Sinister Smirks

Here is my entry for this week's Macabre Monday Challenge over at Barb's Haunted Design House blog.

My, what a pretty smile you have! Okay, maybe pretty is pushing it, but a large, sinister smile at the very least.

This is a Daniel Torrente image from Stampotique.
Isn't he just the creepiest?! I LOVE him!
Daniel Torrente (and his wife too!) has really come up with a line of stamps with the creepy crafter in mind. It's about time!

Heathen's Greetings everyone!

Hambo Hogs and Sketches challenge #3

Here I am coming in right under the wire for this month's Hambo sketch challenge.
Better late than never right?

I used the free digital image that Hambo so generously provided to participate in their challenge. They also have a free piggy image too!

I colored this guy in a while back, probably in the summer time.
Now is a great time to bring a little warmth and sunshine into my workspace since Christmas has officially taken over.

I have had this drink cube stamp for ages (years!!) and it has finally seen ink! Yeah! I think I need to throw more luaus or something so I can get more use out of this stamp.

So, are you gonna play along or what?
The new sketch comes out on the first of the month and you have all month to play!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fairies, fairies everywhere!

More fairies.
 I just can't get enough of these fabulous images!

This is my first Christmas card of the season.
I think I will try to make each fairy into a Christmas card.

 I really don't think it's possible to make these gals look bad.

This is probably the one I am most fond of at the moment.
I really like how her wings turned out.
I finally got a chance to use the MS butterfly punch that I picked up on clearance at Wally-World. I embellished the c-rap outta this little dude and it looks much better from FAR away.
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of these images in rubber!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fairy Inspired

Wow! That is all I could say when I first set eyes on this new set of digis from The Greeting Farm. I first saw them on Wicked Pixie's blog and frankly anything that girl colors is awesome, so I wasn't sure if I could do them the same justice. Well, I am so impressed with myself.
At first glance, this was my favorite fairy, but now that I have colored and created with each one, I find it very hard to choose a favorite.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Hog Heaven

I was playing along with the Hambo Stamps "Hogs and Sketches" challenge last month and my card was chosen as a winner!!! Yea me!
Monica over at Hambo let me choose 4 stamps and this is what I received:

Killer schwag huh?
This is what I did with a couple of them.

I really like the image which is perfect for my little beach bum.
The sentiment is what sold me on the whole deal though.

I am entering this card in the November sketch challenge over at Hogs and Sketches.
You should play along. Really, I mean it.
You've got the entire month to submit your entry!
C'mon, all the cool kids are doin' it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Macabre Monday #13 Bizarre Beauty School Drop Out

Well, after scouring all of my stamps only to find that I really didn't have anything original to use for this challenge, I decided to draw my own creepy chick.

I am quite pleased with myself. I like the way the drool and her blind eye turned out after about 5 layers of glaze pen and paper glaze (which btw, does not dry very shiny on standard 24# art paper). I was afraid I was going to have to scrap the entire project from the very beginning. I used a Sharpie to ink my outline and didn't realize that Copics will make it bleed until I had already colored her neck and watched in horror as the ink started to blur.
Watercolor pencils to the rescue! I bought this set from SU a few months ago and this is the first time I have used them. They worked really well, although I did go through Copic withdrawl.

Since I am always late at entering Barb's challenges, I have a few cards that didn't make the deadline last week, and I wanna share them anyway.

Okay, I think that's it for now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CalTrans: A Real Nightmare

I used to work for CalTrans, here in California. It is the department of transportation and I was a heavy equipment mechanic apprentice and then I worked the highways in So Cal as a landraper (landscaper).
Once I ended my working relationship with the "good 'ol boy" program, I used my old CalTrans shirt as a Halloween costume. It always scared the crap outta me anyway. I still get a nervous twitch when I see the color "Omaha Orange".
This year, while perusing the local ASPCA thrift store, my son zeroed in on a CalTrans shirt. I did not deliberately influence him on this at all.

Here is my costume from like 12 years ago.

I have actaully worn this costume a few times. I have gotten some "mileage" out of it. Hee hee.
Maybe next year, the boy and I will go as twins.