Saturday, November 3, 2018

Hellgnome!!!

Woo hoo! I'm back today to share a card I made using a digital

My friend, Stephanie thought I'd dig these images for some strange reason.
And she was so right! These aren't your run of the mill all occasion images.
Unless you're like me and like to create weird stuff all of the time.

This image is called, Skull Monster.
If it's not in the shop, it will be very soon. 

I colored this bad boy up with Copics and matted it onto silver card stock.
I added a few more white dots, and tried my hand at using blending fluid
to add spots in the gray areas. That's kind of scary to do after you've colored
an entire image. Probably won't do that too often.
Finally, I added the word, 'SEEK' and this dog is ready to hunt. 

Check out the Hellgnome Death Digi shop, and both the facebook 
and Instagram pages for inspiration and group shenanigans.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween Eve!!

I have returned again to share my final guest DT projects with
Oddball Art Stamps for this glorious month of October.

I just had to use this adorable image #129 as my focal point.
After coloring her and her spider friend with Copics, she went perfectly 
with the digital paper from The Creepy Chronicles #20.

I couldn't resist layering some drippy die cuts to add to the gooey-ness 
of it all. I also added some more glitter die cuts for added bling. Perfection! 
I have a hairdresser friend who is going to love this card! 

I also had to make some cute ATCs with the yummy goodies of image #468.

Still on my die cutting kick, I thought the zombie hands would
be pretty cute. And I was right.

I popped the images and die cuts onto some Distress Oxide backgrounds.
They're so fun to create, and it's so fulfilling to use up some scraps.

 Lastly, is my favorite little lady...

She is my chosen favorite from the fabulous group of ladies in image #469.
Something about that far away look in her eyes...

Using another new die from Sizzix, I added this beauty onto a simple
die cut background with a Distress Oxide moon.


It has been so fun to be part of the Oddball Art Stamp team this month!
Thank you so much for having me, ladies. I've had a blast creating with 
you this month.
Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Who are you calling an Oddball?!

Man, it has been far too long since I've blogged about what I've been creating.

In a nutshell, I've spent the last few weeks preparing for my very first vendor
spot at a local horror convention. I've been painting my ass of and working with 
polymer clay again, in the hopes of selling everything and making a huge profit
on all of my hard work. These are my people, after all.

Well, I guess the people with money didn't get the memo.
There was a two day music festival in town that weekend. Most of the vendors
didn't do very well, and some of us chose to blame our lack of sales on this single fact.
And the fact that we as vendors are competing for sales against awesome celebrities
who charge a small fortune for their photos and autographs.
Sacramento isn't quite the financial mecca that can sustain both types of spenders.
Either, or folks.

Anyhoo, it was a great experience, and I met some of the most amazing creatives.
It is so nice to be surrounded by like minded people who speak my language of
art and horror. I may try my luck again in June. This time I'll spend more time on
my original pieces. Live and learn.


And as if that update wasn't enough, I have a couple of fun cards I made for my
guest DT gig over at Oddball Art Stamps.
Yep, always an oddball, now it's official.

  The current challenge theme is Happy Horrors.

First up is one of the gals from the #469 Creepy Cute Horror Girls set.
This is the Vampire girl complete with her bat companion from another 
Oddball Art image #282 Beautiful Monsters
   
Super fun and simple theme made almost entirely of 
hoarded die cuts.

Colored both images with Copics and fussy cut out to create the scene.

Love Lizzy's bats!!!

Next, I used an image and background paper that were freebies from 
the Creepy Chronicles newsletter. All the more reason to subscribe, I'd say! 

She's gorgeous and so fun to create with.
She is from the CCC#18 edition.

I added some more of my ancient die cuts. They went perfectly
with the creepy cute striped background paper from the CCC#20 edition.  

This is the final creation, complete with die cuts, Copic colored main image, 
Nuvo drops, and don't forget that fabulous background paper.

I'll be back in a few more days with some more of my creepy concoctions
for my last guest spot with the Oddballs.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Simply Succulent

 Hey, hey, hey!
Look who's guest designing for Aurora Wings!!
I am thrilled to be playing along with the amazing DT and being
a part (if only temporarily) of one of the best design teams out there.
Mitzi is an amazing artist to design for.
      
I have the extreme pleasure of working with one of the newest sprites,
the Succulent Sprite!! Isn't she just too die for? 
So beautifully rendered and on trend right now.
The current challenge is a sketch, which I find so helpful with designing.
Takes most of the guess work out of it for me. I tend to get caught up in the 
minutia of laying out a design, more than anything.

I used quite a few reference photos of succulents to choose my palette,
which was nearly the death of me. Sooo many options, but not sure how to 
actually achieve what Mother Nature painted so beautifully with my
measly old Copic markers. I managed to pull it off pretty well, I think.
I love how the clear Nuvo Drops give such great texture to her String of Pearls.

After I finished coloring and embellishing her, I started working on the background.
I glued a sheet of burlap to a corrugated cardboard substrate, and gessoed the entire
piece. After it was dry I used a stencil and some crackle paste to add interest and depth.
Once dry, I spritzed it with Lindy's sprays hoping to capture some iridescence on 
the crackle. I think it looks like lace for the most part, which adds to the
shabby chic feel I was going for. 

Following the sketch, I arranged my flowers, doo-dads, and pearly bits
around the colorful focal image. With the addition of an easel back, this
creation is complete!
I do hope you'll pop over to the Aurora Wings Challenge blog to see all of the
inspiring projects on display for this challenge. You just might be inspired to play
along and possibly win yourself some AW gold!

I'd love to enter this project in the following challenges:
   


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watercolor Seahorse

I'm kind of on a creative roll lately, and want to share my latest
creative project using Unity Stamps.

This is the Cuddlebug Seahorse by Tierra Jackson.
I really like her artwork, and have five of her Cuddlebug critters stamps.

This guy is gorgeous and super fun to bring to life with color. 
I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers to color him.
I love the saturation of color that can be achieved with these markers.    

I had a pre-made Color Burst background all ready to go, and I liked
the contrast of the unconventional colors. I mounted the background 
onto black cardstock and tried to keep the rest of the card fairly simple.     
I added some sparkly, iridescent sequins to act as bubbles, and I was done.
Love how this turned out.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes  





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Oddball jars with schtuff inside

I made it back again this week with a cute set of cards 
I made using some new Oddball Whimsical Mason jar images.
I wanted to play along with the current challenge of
always Anything Goes, but Dots and Doodles is the extra theme
if you choose to really challenge yourself a bit more.

I chose some neglected premade cards and matching envelopes.
The colors are not what I usually choose for my bases, but all
the more reason to use them finally.
I speckled the hot pink cardstock with black and white Dylusions sprays,
then I doodled a frame using a Sharpie. Lastly, I added some polka dotted
jewels from my Hobby Lobby clearance haul a few months back.

Same basic concept for this one as well.
I added sequins and pearl spray for some sparkle
on this card. I also added yellow Stickles to the stars.  

This card ended up being my favorite of the three cards.

I really love this image of the jar with fireflies (or moths or butterflies,
depending on how you choose to color them). I colored it with Copics
hoping to capture the look of a glowing fireflies in the jar.

I stamped a lovely sentiment from Unity stamps,
added a frame of doodling, and some of my highly coveted Prima crystals.

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



  


   

I prefer the term fortune teller

I'm back again with a new Spesh Ink project
using the Gypsy image available here

Pop on over to Spesh Ink for all the links and details.