Friday, July 27, 2012

Ribbons at Dilly Beans

It's Friday! Which means it's a new challenge at
This week's challenge is to use
Yay! Girly schtuff!!
Some of my fellow DT sistahs think it's funny to see me
create girly and pretty and cute schtuff. 
Someone has to show these chicks how to do it!!
LOL! That's gonna get me on some one's hex list.

I used the fabulous Seahorse #423.
Isn't she gorgeous?! I just adore Megan's style of seahorses.
I think it's the eye that really draws me in, but that mane is just fabulous! 

I received some art grab bags from Megan a week or so ago,
and I was so inspired by her tags that I had to make one!
This thing kind of got away from me a few times, but I managed to
wrangle it in and add a ribbon or two.
I used sequins, rhinestones, white gel pen, tiny die cut scallop shells,
 MS branches for seaweed, and some fibers.

I have a hard time with the whole "less is more" concept.

Drop by the challenge blog and take in the eye candy for this week.
Play along, and maybe win some free images of your very own! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ahhhh, be young again.

If I could do it all over again,  I would still marry the same man,
but we would be having a Hallow e'en or a Zombie/horror themed wedding.
My in-laws (the Pentecostals) would be thrilled.
My best friend's niece is getting married in a few weeks and
requested a custom wedding cake topper for her wedding.
Here it is.
I really am quite pleased with myself.

I had to really rein in my tendency to go really bloody.
It is for a wedding after all. And not even a zombie themed
wedding at that.

See, nice and subtle.
She loved her topper and I am glad. Now I don't have to give her a
wedding gift! Ha!

Since I was kind of on a roll, I went with the mojo and made some
more zombified goodies.

This was the second choice topper if Kara didn't like the first one.

"I don't care if you are a zombie, we're getting married!" 

I just love how his fingers are digging into the ground!
And yet he is still smiling.

We all know that Disney is not sacred to me (see this post),
so when I saw this unpainted Donald at a local discount store
I had to pounce!
Just what do you think he has in that tool box of his?
 I really like how this one turned out.


Zombie St. Nick

And another one....

...and another.

I'll be listing or have already listed, all or most of the
above pieces in my Etsy shoppe.
You can also comment or email me directly, if you are
looking for a custom piece for someone special or for the
most awesome Hallow e'en or Christmas gift ever!!  

And that's what I've been up to lately.
How you doin'? 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Movie Madness times deux

The challenge over at HDH this week is
Movie Madness.
We are sponsored by Spesch Designer Stamps who also
generously offered up freebies for the Minions to use on our projects.

So I went the route of the overachiever.
I made two projects, but only because I couldn't decide on
which Spesch image to use.

First up, we have ...

That's Fleetwood Coupe de Ville, baby!! From "The Wiz". 
This is actually the "Oz Lion" from our sponsor, Spesch Designer Stamps.
I just lurve him! I didn't want go Disney with the creepy/sad Lion King,
and I didn't want to go with the Wizard of Oz, so The Wiz allowed me
the funkadelic color scheme. I watched The Wiz a while back with my
son thinking he'd like it, and he did not. Not at all. It kind of left a bad
taste in my mouth as well. That subway scene is still quite creepy though.
I remember really liking it as a kid back in '78, but kind of like
 the "Dukes of Hazzard", I only really liked it as a kid back in the day. 
My goofy ass husband on the other hand... still loves that c-rap.

 I digress.

I really like this image of ol' Voldy and the gang.
It's called "Voldemort and the Death Eaters", also available at Spesch

Killer artwork! I was so inspired even though I am not a huge
Potter geek. I have read all of the books, and I have seen all the films,
and I did cry when I read Dobby's death and at the end of the series.
BUT, I am not a Potter geek. Oh, and I did go out at midnight to get the
Deathly Hallows in 2007. In my defense, we lived in Paris, Texas
 and we were so bored that it seemed the only thrilling thing to do at midnight.
Goin' to the Walmart. Whoopee! I think there were about 15 people there
for books. I bet only half of us could read. 
I hate Texas.  

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Smudgetastic Monster ATCs

In yet another attempt to step outside of my cozy, creative box,
I am making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for the very first time.
I was inspired to play along over at
with their theme of "Famous Monsters".
I have never made an ATC before, and when I have wanted to
play along with Jenn's challenges in the past, I usually already exceeded
the  size requirements. I tend to work much larger than 3.5" X 2.5". 

Well, not this time!
I have a bunch of awesome digital images from my
Sister Minion Andrea, who is the creative mastermind behind,
Our Challenge Blog

I ended up using a few images to make a few ATCs.
I just couldn't stop! So fun!!!!

This is "Drakilly".
I backed him with glittery bat paper and glittery spider tape. 

Everyone's favorite burn victim, "Freddy Krueger".
I backed him with some Hallowe'en scraps (which is perfect for ATCs!)
and the ever popular, MS Drippy Goo punch, complete with Stickles.

I also added some clear glaze Sakura pen to his face and hand for
some texture on Fred's burns. 

Lastly, I have used, The Bride of Frankenstein,
but I'm not sure if she's available in the shop or not. 

Stop by Smudgetastic Digis, they have a bunch of
cool and versatile images to work into any project!

Then, check out the Famous Monsters challenge at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Orange and Pink at Dilly Beans

It's (late) Friday and that means another challenge
 has been set over at Dilly Beans.
This week's challenge is to use the colors
pink and orange.
I have always liked this color combo. So bright with a 1960's feel.
I envision geometric shapes and plastic egg chairs.
And mummies.

I used the Mummy and Spider love candy image
from Dilly Beans. So cute!
I colored the main mummy image with Copics and then painted the
background with Distress Inks. I also added some Spica pen to the
spider web and some white gel pen for highlights. 

I kinda forced the bling onto this card, but I have been hoarding that
orange and pink bling for way too long!
Such a fun color combo! I'll probably start using it more now that I can see
how much I like it.

Check out the Dilly Beans challenge blog for more samples made with
the orange and pink challenge theme.
Feelin' inspired?
Play along and maybe you'll win some images of your
very own from Dilly Beans!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wake me up before you ... nevermind.

It's hump day and you know what that means!
I'm showing off my project for this week's
Macabre Monday Music Mayhem

Mine is kind of a stretch, but I really wanted to use this image
Her name is Steampunk Sally,
but for my purposes her new name is ...
"Whole Lotta Neon Rosie"
inspired by AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie". 

I also had "Paint it Black" by The Stones as an option as well.

I had all these new neon glitters that were just screaming to
be played with, and then this fabulous image has been just daring me
to give it some life. I even used some of my fluorescent Copics.
I now know why I need fluorescent orange and yellow.

I am kinda on a neon kick. I'm not even gonna try and deny it.
I have always had a penchant for black light posters and I think
that this may explain my recent neon obsession. I'm not over it yet.
You have been warned. 

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

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stick a needle in your... heart

This week's challenge at HDH is a
That's Minion speak for a sketch challenge.

HDH141 butchered blueprint - SatCan
I flipped the sketch to accommodate my design idea. 

I used the Candy is Dandy Bear from Smeared Ink, and
matched him up with one of the many witty sentiments from
I pierced his little heart with a pink stick pin in keeping with the sketch. 
He does look a bit dangerous doesn't he?

Don't be a stick in the heart, and join us for this week's challenge!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sparkle and Shine at Dilly Beans

It's Friday (the 13th), and it is time for another challenge at
This week we are sparkling and shining.

I used the Mummy and Pumpkin image.
So sweet and easy to color and create with too! 

The background paper is nice and shiny, and textured to appear
like mummy wrappings. Perfect!
I Stickled the c-rap outta the punkin and the spider webs.
Tres sparkly!!

Drop by the DB challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT
has cooked up this week.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fabric and fibers @ Dilly Beans

Well, the calendar says it's Friday, but I'm still a bit off this week.

The Friday challenge at Dilly Beans is
fabric and fibers.
This was a challenge for me since I don't have much in the
way of fabric or notions in my crafting stash.
I knew I had some wall paper samples that were made of fabric,
but didn't find those until last night by accident. Too late.

I chose a sweet image for this week's challenge.
This is image #426 Hello Friend.
I colored the image to match the paper this time.
Very matchy-matchy for me.   

Here is proof that there actually is fabric on here somewhere.
I used a scrap of some fabric/paper I received in a scrap pack
I bought years ago. I frayed the edges to make it appear to be
more on the fabric side than the paper. I also frayed the ends
of my bow, but not sure if it just looks unintentional and messy.
I did add a bunch of glitter to make it all sparkly and to
distract from the wonky fabric I used.
Glitter fixes nearly everything. 

Fun challenge this week. Pushed me right out of my comfort zone.
Isn't that why it's called a challenge in the first place?
If you want to see more inspiration for this challenge, stop by the
to see what the rest of the DT fabricated.
There is also a new
that caters to clean and simple card designs, tutorials and 
inspirational ideas for your next project.
Check it out!  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Old and Gross!!

Well, it seems like it's becoming my modus operandi
to be late with my Wednesday posts.
Keeping with that tradition, here is my
Vile Vintage Ephemera shadowbox.
I have a hoarded supply of 8X8 shadow boxes that I picked up at a
ridiculously low price last season. It didn't occur to me to use one for
this project until late, Tuesday evening. I tore my original project apart,
and started anew around midnight.
Hence my tardiness. 

Creepy ass ventriloquist dummy and his "Papa".
I mounted the photo and aged the whole thing to appear
distressed and forgotten.
I finally got another opportunity to use one of those
cool baby doll eye wood cuts from Pork Chop Show on Etsy. 

Some people find the notion of Nuns and/or Catholicism
to be vile or politely unpalatable.

I lightly sanded the face off of the nun to make her appear
as a demon might when it's being photographed.
Then I added bloody fingerprints to give it some more drama. 

I aged a mini plastic domino and added it to the bloodied playing card.
I also worked in a feather and some lock washers.

I UTEE'd more bits of strange ephemera, and added a handmade tooth.

I think that covers Vile and Vintage Creepy Glowbugg style.
I will list this in my Etsy shop very soon, if anyone is interested.

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

Well, I'm off to go work on some commissioned Zombified wedding cake toppers.
I'll post some photos when they're completed. 

Happy Independence Day

I'll be back later with a piece of Vintage Vileness