Friday, May 27, 2011

SBS 50's Emos Release

I have been so busy trying to prepare for this
upcoming craft show in a couple of weeks!
I totally spaced my post for the 50's Emo, Christian,
from Simply Betty Stamps.

Here he is in all his ShaNaNa glory!

I guess he is more like Fonzie, but either way,
I thought a black and white color scheme for these
images was quite fitting.

And here is the final image, "Waitress Betty",
which marks the long awaited release of this
line available now at Simply Betty Stamps.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Macabre Monday "Necro Neck wear"

As soon as I heard HDH was being sponsored this week
by none other than the uber wicked,
I knew exactly what I wanted to create for the challenge.

The "Necro Neck wear" challenge is to create a piece of 
original artwork that may be chosen as a new design for
Kustom Kaskets, and they will also make the winning design
into a pendant for one lucky wiener!!! How cool, right?! 

Earlier this week, I debuted a re purposed piece of religious
sculpture that turned out quite awesome. My dear friend and 
fellow team mate, Andrea, popped my Zombie Buddha into
an ornate frame and I must admit, I would totally rock this piece!!!
       I actually did come up with an original piece of art
to submit for this challenge as well.

I bought this adorable little 3" x 3" canvas and easel
a while back and thought it was the perfect size
for this challenge. I realize it may be a bit large for an
actual pendant, but it did keep my scale in check.
It was nice to work so small.
I think he's cool even with all the zombie drool!

I'll be back a little later with one of the 50's Emos
being released tomorrow at SBS.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"You're the one that I want!"

Well, there hasn't been many themes that
Betty, from Simply B Stamps hasn't "Emo'ed",
and now you can add the 50's era to that list!

Here is my version of the lovely, "Lola".

She reminds me of the scene from Grease at the carnival,
with Sandy all dressed up in black and (gasp!) smoking! 

I'll be back tomorrow with another 50's themed Emo
and then only one more sneak peek until the release
of rubber on Friday! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Since I'll probably get there before you, I'll save you a seat.

As I had warned you all yesterday, there is another creation
for your viewing pleasure.

Here's my zombified cherub.

I am still contemplating the size of the brain in his hand.
Maybe a touch smaller, but it is about cherub sized already.

I do like this new brain though. I will probably
cast it and make a new, rounder, more dimensional
brain for sale on my Etsy site. Along with some purple brains.

I would like to say that I will finish this and a few other
projects today, but I am busy trying to prove that I wasn't
in Florida over the weekend at a Walmart buying gift cards with my
bank card. Never even been to Florida.
Why is it so flippin' easy for these dirt bags to use your credit
and so flippin' tedious and frustrating to get it cleared up?! 

I'll be back tomorrow with a throw back to the 50's
from Simply Betty Stamps, unless I end up getting
arrested for acting a fool at the Sheriff's Department, again.
Wish me luck! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sometimes, I am amazed......

at how freaking awesome I am!

First, a small disclaimer:

I am a grown up. My art is intended for like-minded,
grown ups. It is (almost) never, that I will intentionally
create something to cause duress, or insult to the viewer.
My art is for me and if you happen to like it, cool. If not, then
that's cool to, I just don't wanna hear ya whine about it.
You've been warned.

A week or two ago I met a friend at a place called, Petroglyphs.
It's one of those, you pick the green ware, then pick your
paints, paint your object, they glaze it and fire it for you,
and in a few days you have a piece of ceramic art, or in my case,
crap. It was my first time doing this since elementary school, but
I had hoped for perfection right out of the gate.
Didn't happen.

So, I went to the local thrift store and perused the
statuary they had for sale and found a couple of
religious diamonds in the rough.

I still have to complete the angel,
but Buddha is bad ass!

I am so happy with how this turned out!
I could use a little more practice applying the wash
to a larger piece, but otherwise,
he's awesome! 

I love the way the blood dripped for me!
The splatter I applied by flicking a tooth brush
dipped in red paint. Perfect effect.

When I showed my husband he says,
"How come you have to put blood all  over their mouths?"
Really? Are you new here?
Been together for almost 25 years and you'd think
we just met. 

I am a vendor at a craft show in a few weeks and had anticipated
selling this and the angel, but am not sure now.
I don't want to offend anyone, or lose any sales as result, so I may
list them on my Etsy site, or I may just keep them.

I'll  be back with the angel tomorrow.
Same disclaimer, but now you know
what you're in for.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dali Delusions Macabre Monday offering

Better late than never right?
Collage pieces take a long time to create,
and even longer to dry in the rain!
After some issues with barometric pressure and
humidity, I deconstructed my original project, salvaging what
I could along the way, and started all over again.

I used an 8 x 10 canvas, painted it with metallic acrylics,
and began decoupaging various Salvador images and quotes.

I really fell for this Dali image from The Octopode Factory ,
and wanted him to take center stage on this project.
After coloring him with Copics I glued him to a piece of
card stock. Then after fussy cutting that, I glued some cardboard
to the back in lieu of foam dots for added stability and dimension.
Then I Glossy Accented him for added protection.

I got to use some of those creepy doll eyes, which I thought
were appropriate somehow along with Mr. Hitchcock.
I also managed to destash a bunch of brads, adding a
metallic masculine touch. 

The melting clock is another Octopode image that I felt
needed some Glossy Accents and some cardboard
for stability and dimension also.

Although glitter doesn't tend to show up on camera,
I did use some gorgeous black glitter from Doodlebug
to accent that cwazy mustache! I used touches of glitter and
Stickles throughout this project for some serious sparkle!
I also continued using various quotes around the outter edges
for some more interest.

I really enjoyed stepping out of my creative box and making
a pretty cool collage hanging to represent my fondness of not
only Salvador Dali's art, but his profound words as well.

Thanks for stopping by!    

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wretched Wednesday. Yes. Yes, it is.

Today has been kinda funky. I guess I have been funky.
It's the frigging weather! If I wanted to live where it
rains all year I'd move somewhere more magical like
Scotland or Ireland!
I miss the sun.

Which leads me to this week's Macabre Monday challenge.
Not gonna happen today. Too much rain and nothing on my 
project has dried properly, making for a big ol' pile of C-rap!
I am attempting to salvage most of it, but it will take me a day or 
so suture this monster back together.

In the mean time, I have my last "Rag Doll" card.

This is "Lena".
The bat is adorable and easily makes this image my
favorite of the Rag Doll line at SimpyBStamps.

I used the "make your own button" technique, and made
some pink bat charms to match my card. I added some
small glass beads and strung it all on some chain.
Adhered it with a brad, colored the rhinestone with Copics to match,
added some matching ribbon (thanx Dawn!), and this dog will hunt.  

I destashed with that killer cherry paper,
and everything else just kinda fell into place.

Thanks for stopping by.
I will be back tomorrow (is that the sun I see?! No. No, it isn't.)
hopefully, with my "Dali Delusions"
Macabre Monday offering.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Oh Davey!"

As a child of the 70's, my fondest memories
were of spending time in front of the TV watching
The Krofft Super show, The Banana Splits, or our stop-motion gift
from the Church of Latter Day Saints,
Davey and Goliath.
I worked with a guy a long time ago who was named, "Dave".
It was impossible for me to ever say his name properly. I always
said it in the voice of Goliath, and after a year or so the novelty had
worn off a bit, but I was still unable to just call him, "Dave".

not really sure of the tie in here, but
I have a really cute card that I made using an image
from SBS "rag Doll" line, named "Davey".

Isn't he a doll? Really? Just too cute.
He reminds me of a magician with his top hat
and his little bunny snuggled at his feet.
Magicians are near and dear to me so I am in lurve with this image.

I kept this one really simple, but I did get a smidge
fancy with the pearl sprays coming out of the top hat.
I tried some flourishes at first, but the pearl sprays reminded me of
fireworks or sparkles which I thought conveyed a more
magical feeling.

 I'll be back tomorrow with a Salvador Dali inspired creation
for this week's Macabre Monday challenge at HDH.  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rag Doll Misty and some buttons

Have you seen the adorable Rag Doll line of images
available exclusively at Simply B Stamps?

This is Misty.
She's cute right? Yeah, I thought so too.
There are three more of these adorable images and
I have two more to show you in the coming days. 

I decided to keep it very simple, yet girly. For me, anyway.
I used a couple of MS border punches and I used one ready made
button and two buttons that are "Creepy-made".

I even used a sentiment on the inside. I almost never do
anything on the inside, but I had this cute image from
Tiddly Inks that was perfect.

I didn't have any lavender buttons to match this project
and it screamed for buttons and lace to me. So, I decided
to try a technique I saw on Splitcoast for homemade paper

First, I made this one. Cute. Sparkly. Nice.
Then it dawned on me. All the possibilities!!!
Out come the Martha Stewart Hallowe'en punches!

OMG right?! Endless possibilities!!!

Here is the tutorial if you are interested in some 
easy awesomeness!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Etsy SALE!!!

Just some shameless self promotion.
My Etsy shoppe is having a sale!

 Check my SALE SALE SALE section in my Etsy shoppe

Friday, May 13, 2011

Teen Scene Blog Hop and Release!

Well, now that we are back up and running again,
we will now resume our previously scheduled post.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth!!!

Welcome to the looooong anticipated release hop
for the Teen Scene line at Simply Betty Stamps!!
If you'd like to start at the beginning of our little hop,
start here.
Today I have used Christian and Chaos!! 

Okay, how bleepin' cute are they?
I always need more male themed cards
and this image is just perfect!

I colored everything with Copics, used some MM-Just Chillin' papers,
added some chipboard stickers and ta-dah!!!

Thanks for hopping by and now your next hop stop is

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rio and Raven sneak peek

Just one more day before the anxiously
awaited release of the new Teen Scene line

Today's peek is of Raven and Rio

How adorable and magically delicious are they?! 

Since I destashed with that bright ass background, 
I decided to keep the rest really simple.
I destashed some more with the teal tulle and
called it a day.

Stop back by tomorrow for the last debut and the
long awaited release of these awesome images
over at SBS!
Plus, there's a little hop and some swag if you're good.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Betty and Batty sneak peek

Well, we're almost there! Only 2 more peeks
until the release of the Teen Scene line from SBS. 

Today I have Betty herself, and her faithful companion, Batty
to show you!

I must confess, this is my favorite image from this release.
It must be the look on Betty's face and that "too cute for words"
bat of hers! 

I kinda went "bat-happy" on this card. I wanted to use as much
bat themed schtuff as possible, and I believe I accomplished just that.
I got to use that killer puffed bat ribbon from Hambo Stamps that
I have been hoarding since last year. Oh, and that awesome
MS bat border punch was unused before now as well. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Feel free to peruse the other
fabulous DT work over at Simply Betty Stamps, and I'll be back
tomorrow with another peek! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Miller and Max Sneak Peek

Today I have another preview of the awesome
new "Teen Scene" line from Simply Betty Stamps,
set to release this Friday.

Here is Max and Miller.

I am really enjoying this new line.
The images are perfect for the wee kiddos,
right on up to the fickle teens and young adults.

I had great fun putting together this 
snake-a-licious card.

I finally got to use my Tim Holtz reptile embossing folder.
When I added the clear embossing powder it really made the 
paper look like reptile skin! LOVE it!
Made up a cute "sssssnakey" saying and ta-dah!

Check back tomorrow for another cute preview!
All six new images will release this Friday with a 
little release hop and goodies to be won!   

Monday, May 9, 2011

Teen Scene Sneak Peek

All this week I will be previewing the new line at
Simply Betty Stamps called, Teen Scene.
These will be released for sale this Friday at SBS.

Today I have created a fun card using, Lola and Louie.  

Such a great image and so fun to color.
Lola reminds me a bit of Stevie Nicks with her
long, flowing dress and billowy sleeves.
I kept her all in purple with just a touch of pink
for some accent. 

I got to use my MS rat punch for the border which is perfect
for this image. I kept everything pretty simple and just
added some corner accents from Sizzix with a touch
of purple Stickles for a little sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by. Please drop by the SBS blog
to see what the other DT members created with Lola.

I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek!  

Saturday, May 7, 2011

They're here.....

They're in the shop (along with some 
Mini Jacks and new brains) and ready for purchase.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

More of my "collections"...

I have been so busy as of late with special orders
for clay items and personal projects, not to mention
DT obligations. I love the artistic side of it all, but
I am not a fan of the chaos is creates with my scheduling.
I am a military brat, so I'll blame my anal retentive
scheduling on my First Sargent Father and his boot camp-ish ways. 

I'm gonna show you some more of my collections until I have
some completed art projects to share.

Sid and Marty Krofft were a huge part of my childhood.
I spent many an afternoon glued to the tv watching the
Krofft Supershow! and wishing I was Dyna Girl. I have a few VHS
tapes of the Supershow! so I could make sure my son is a fan too.
I finally managed to win a vintage Pufnstuf lunchbox and
a Lidsville lunchbox on Ebay. I still have to take pictures of my
lunchboxes. I have many old metal lunchboxes that remind me of my
childhood. Ahh, nostalgia.
I also have some toys from Stephen Spielberg's cartoon,
"Toonsylvania", man I loved that show.
There are also some collectibles from the pop artist, Shag. 
I have some of his art tattooed on me and figured I should have 
some of his collectibles like a Disney scrapbook he designed.
He is the artist responsible for the awesome 40th Anniversary art
and merchandise for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. He is awesome!!

Trolls!! LOVE them! The original Norfin in the back with the
white hair is my favorite. He was supposed to be a groom,
but I decided he was more of an undertaker.
I also have some Where the Wild Things Are collectibles too.     

I've been collecting Nightmare Before Christmas for quite
a while, and this is most of my collection, minus a few
snow globes and a Sally potion pot that reside in my hutch.

Jim Henson is my lord and saviour. Really. No joke. 
Here are some of my Muppets collectibles and some
Disneyana as well. 

I am a collector of bits and bobs. What to do with all this
cute crap?! I made an ornament tree using stuff I made, found,
or bought.   

What is a Glowbugg without her buggs?!
Just a few.

Poison anyone? LOVE the old glass bottles
and how they shine in my windows.
I even scored a matching dram cup with one of my
Poison bottle purchases. 

Some bats I am working on for this year's Hallowe'en ornaments.

And lastly, another hand me down from
Marcom Manor.
Too bad he's not real.

Thanks for taking a peek into my world.

Next stop, vintage lunchboxes.