Saturday, July 6, 2019

Remembering Aletha

This post today is part of a very special blog hop. 
We are celebrating the life of an amazingly talented artist and friend. 
The crafting community lost Aletha Jane Williams on May 5, 2019. 
Those of us that worked with her on Design Teams or on Challenge Blogs 
all agree that she was one of the sweetest and most talented women we knew. 
We are not here to mourn her loss though. 
This hop is happening in conjunction with a very special celebration 
of her life and her art that her husband Bob is holding
 in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Please join us in honoring our incredibly creative friend, Aletha.

When I think of Aletha I remember her amazing talent with 
design, composition, and most of all color.
That lady had such a knack for creating with color. 

Mitzi was sweet enough to create this adorable Sprite in honor of Aletha.
I'm a bit out of practice with my Copics, but I tried to color this purple passion
cutie as close to the actual flower as I could manage.  

I never really know what to say in times like this, so I will just say, 
"Thank you for your friendship and your colorful inspiration, Aletha. 
You are very missed."

Please join us on our blog hop to honor our friend, Aletha.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Virgo Girls Rule!!!

It is so weird to be back here blogging again.
It's been far too few and in between posts over the last year. 
Sadly, it's seems like the blogs are a thing of the past. 
Fewer and fewer views as the months roll past. 
But to enter some challenges it is still necessary to blog 
about your project in order to enter.
Fair enough. I kind of miss sharing my makes 
via the 'old fashioned' way. 

I created this page for a chipboard book I have that was just 
screaming to be made into something beautiful.
Mission accomplished!

I have been bugging Lizzy as to when she was going to unveil the 
Virgo Girl in her Zodiac line of digital images. 
Wait no more! She is gorgeous!
I had to color her up immediately after buying her, but then she lived on
my desk for a couple of weeks until inspiration struck. 
I've been getting in touch with my witchy side, and have found 
my love affair with the moon something to be celebrated.
I picked up a great paper pad at HL that is all about galaxies,
 and unicorns and  moons. I swooned when I saw it. 
I took one sheet of each 12 X12 design and trimmed them all down 
to 6 x 6 sheets. So much easier to get proper use out of the pad this way. 

I started layering die cuts, and found a great inspirational sentiment
to go with my Virgo page. I used the green die cut webbing and the
sparkly green spider to help move your eye around the page and balance out
the green from the her sash. I added my new love, Jewel Drops from Nuvo in 
Key lime. I am loving how this turned out!!
I would like to enter in the current challenge at

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In a Galaxy far far away...

Just had to squeeze in one more card before the month is over.
This time I used an Oddball Art Co. stamp.

I'm still trying to catch up on all of my thank you cards from the holidays.
I try to make each one with the recipient in mind.

 I knew the second I saw this image that I wanted to make a card 
for my dear friend, Nel with it. She was showing off her newest tattoo 
at my New Year's Day open house. It was a mash up of the Death Star
 and a Mickey head. She designed it herself. 

I used some Oddball digi papers from the Space Skulls set. 
I printed it out onto some sparkly paper and it looks amazing!
Goes perfectly with this awesome image of Princess Leia #301. 
  I made the "thank you's" myself ,and used some distress oxide inks
to kind of match the background paper.

I'd like to enter this card in the current challenge at Oddball Art Co.
with the theme of Razzle my Dazzle.

Angling for Some Love

Just popping in real quick with a fun little card 
I made for Valentine's day.

This handsome fella is from Hellgnome Death Digis.

I colored him using Copic markers.
I created the background using a stencil and some 
Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Black Diamond. 

I fussy cut the fish, added a lovely heart shaped jewel to his
dingly thing, and popped him up on foam dots.

That's it for now.
Pop by the Hellgnome digi shop and pick up some cool images.   

Saturday, January 5, 2019

I'm late! I'm late!!

Not a good way to start off the new year , but I'm a few days behind 
in my Hellgnome post for this week.
Better late than never, I suppose.

I used the Hellgnome Skull balloon image as my main focus.
I popped it into my Gimp program and manipulated the 
image to create a bunch. 

I colored the balloons in my favorite color combo, 
and then fussy cut them out so I could play with their
arrangement more, and give them dimension with foam tape. 

Lastly, I glued some baker's twin onto the back of each balloon,
and gathered them behind an inked TH quote chip.
Also, double points for using the TH packaging as my background paper.
I just distressed it a bit with some paint splatter and distress inks.
I love the spider web design in the Halloween packaging. 
The hoarder who  lives in my craft room forbid me to throw it out.

Thanks for stopping by!
I have a bunch of new goodies to play with and I can't wait to show you
what I make with them.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

One Last Oddball

I just couldn't resist making one last Creepmas card.
And it seems fitting that it features an Oddball Art Stamp image.

This little cutie is one of the free images that Lizzy offers to the
subscribers of her 

I colored this little puppy/deer using Copic markers.
I used a die cut scalloped oval frame and popped it up
on foam dots to give some depth between the frame and the image.

Lastly, I used one of my favorite products of the year, Nuvo drops.
I don't know why, but I love this stuff. I only have 18 colors so far,
but that might be enough for  now.

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

This is going to do it for me for 2018.
This year has not been kind, but I have learned quite a bit,
so it's not a completely cruel joke. 
I am hopeful for the coming year, and will set my focus on making 
it the very best that I can. 

Wishing you all a great 2019! 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Snowman from Hellgnome

I don't know about you, but that title sounds like a great
Christmas movie. 
And by great, I mean watchable since I will watch damn near
any scary movie that is on TV. Case in point, I just sat through
2 1/2 hours of 'The House That Jack Built', starring Matt Dillon as a serial killer.
BORING! There were a few scenes worth watching (see taxidermy scene), but
overall a total snooze fest. Then there's 'Mandy", starring Nicolas Cage. 
I was left thinking and audibly asking, "WTF did I just watch?".
Makes me give 'The Nun' another star. 
Which brings that total up to three stars now.

Okay, back to my card...

Doesn't this just make you all warm and fuzzy inside?
No? Just me then. 

I began my creative foray by coloring this killer Horned Snowman
I used Copic markers for my coloring of the snowman.
I just can't seem to use anything else to color with these days.
My Zigs are missing me...

I took some designer paper that resembles wooden planks,
and used some Dylusions sprays in Cherry Pie and Post Box Red for 
blood splatter. This guy looks kind of messy, so I splattered him as well.  

I used a die cut from the same paper pad and splattered that with
Dylusions sprays also. These reds are perfect for blood splatter.
Just sayin'... 

I popped everything onto some black card stock using foam tape
on the snowman and his festive sign.
I managed to find some still intact Xmas candy to use as props
for my photo shoot. I like it.

Thanks for popping by today.

Hope everyone had a magnificent Creepmas!!  
And all the best for 2019!!