Saturday, January 13, 2018

A little more Odd

Just wanted to pop in real quick to share this gorgeous image
and the card I created with it. 

This image is called, "Sweetie Pie" and is available here
I LOVE this version of an owl from the Oddball shop. And she's got
plenty of owl images to choose from in the shop.

I paired this image up with some girly, flowered designer paper and
a quick sentiment stamp from Unity. I added some Nuvo drops in silver lining,
glow in the dark shocking pink, and liquid mercury.

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



Friday, January 12, 2018

Always an Oddball

I have always been something of an oddball all of my life.
I have learned to embrace my strangeness over the years,
and have managed to find my "tribe" in the process.
So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I adore the remarkably quirky
artwork of Lizzy Love, over at Oddball Art Stamps Company.

I have been very fortunate in that I have won a few free images as prizes
in the challenges on the Oddball challenge blog and the contests on their facebook group.
I have also purchased my fair share of images. There are just too many to choose from!! 
This little guy is one of my favorites.
He is called, Sunny Bunny and  can be found here.
He comes with quite a few sentiments, as well. A lot of bang for your buck.

 
I also had a play with some distress oxide inks.
I love these inks so much more than the original distress inks.
These blend like buttah.

Okay, here is this sweetie one more time.
Be sure to join the facebook group, play along with the challenges, and 
just have fun with Oddball Art Stamps

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Oddball Art Stamps challenges: Feature A Creature



   

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New year, new art

Well, well, well, 
look who's dusted off her keyboard and is posting
in 2018!
I haven't been able to create much over the last year, but
I made it a priority (of sorts) to create some card art when
my brother from another mother, Mark Gould told me he
had launched a set of stamps over at Chocolate Baroque.
And not just any stamps, but some really lovely art
that is reminiscent of tattoo line art with a Steampunk flair.

First up is a card I made for my father's 70th birthday,
using "The Gent", image.  
I love how you can really make the image for any man,
of any age, just by adjusting your color palette.

Since my father is now 70, I used distinguished grays to 
 color his hair and beard. I have to say this gentleman does have
more on top than my dad, but he still enjoyed the card and
the similarities.

This gorgeous lady is called,
I am pretty chuffed with how this card turned out. 
Not too bad for a dusty, old chick.
Me, not Gypsy Rose.

The size of these stamps allows you the freedom to get really
nice blends and should be a dream to color in any medium.
I chose my papers out of my coveted Graphic 45 stash of
Rare Oddities, and let them dictate my Copic coloring palette.

There are two more stamps in Mark's current line, so be sure to pop
by Chocolate Baroque and check them out. They are currently on sale,
and you get even more bang for your buck if you buy all four stamps.
You're welcome.
And do yourself one more favor and pop by Marks's blog, or follow him
on face book to see all the cool schtuff this guy's doing. He's all over the
place teaching, and creating. Quite a talented chap.
Again, you're welcome. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

If you can be a unicorn... why not?

It has become a rare occurrence that I get to create anymore.
With work, chores, and intermittent hand pain to contend with,
my creative outlets have slowed to a trickle.
Which makes this little inspirational plaque even more special.

This is the first time I have played along with Oddball Art Stamps
Progressive challenge, but once I saw this adorable unicorn I had to play along.
There are actually two unis in this set, but I only had room for one on this
particular project. 

I made this for one of my besties who has a craft room with open space on the walls.
I have a problem with open spaces, as I want to fill them with lots of cool
schtuffs like art and toys and crap. It's a sickness...  

I tried to keep this as non-pink and cutesy as possible with the use of black
sequin glitter around the perimeter, and black accents to keep all the rainbow
nausea to a minimum.

I'd love to enter this in the following challenges:
Oddball Art Stamps - A Sky Full of Stars
(lots of stars in the background)

  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Under the Sea with Aurora Wings

Today is the start of a new challenge theme at 
The theme is "Under the Sea", which sounds wonderful 
since it's 105 degrees outside right now.

What could possibly be better than a seahorse?
Two seahorses!!
I had one of these lovelies colored up in the jewel tones of purple, 
blue green, and yellow green. Then I thought this horsey needed an 
unconventional color scheme like pink and gold. WAY outside 
of my usual coloring comfort zone, but I think it works. 

I scored some new bits and pieces of ephemera that were perfect
for this project. I used a journaling card for my background. I think it's from
7 Gypsies. I paired it up with some die cuts and a bit of the highly coveted
Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper.

This gorgeous image is available in the Aurora Wings shop.

This version was created using the exact same embellishments,
but with the journal card in a different color to match my seahorse. 

Same image, done very differently.
Which is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Be sure to stop by the challenge blog for lots of deep sea inspiration.
We also have a very interactive facebook page to share your makes and
find more inspiration here

Friday, June 9, 2017

Aurora Wings new release

No, I didn't actually fall off the face of the earth.
I have been tending to my new ailment; carpal tunnel syndrome.
Kind of an artist's worst nightmare, not to mention a frequent crafter's
worst worst nightmare as well. 
I love my new job where I work with small hand tools and 
use my very own high powered microscope. The down side is that my
awesome new job has caused a possibly preexisting condition to rear it's
fugly head and leave me in pain and frustration.
BUT, I put my big girl panties on and keep on truckin'.
Coloring and creating just takes me even longer than usual and has forced me to
work on my very poor time management skills. 
I honestly just wanted to cry (and I did) when I got diagnosed, but life goes on.
And I know so many have so much worse to deal with, so no whining here.
Onward and upward.

Mitzi has come out with some incredible new images, and I just couldn't resist 
giving the adorable little Lupine Sprite a new paint job.

Such a sweetie!
I went with my usual vibrant color scheme, and even added some polka dots
to her little face for more interest. I usually don't deviate from Mitzi's original
images, but felt like being a rebel this time out.
I added some Rock Candy distress glitter to her petals, but am not loving
how it came out. Stickles may have been a better choice for this application,
but still overall pretty pleased with myself on this card.

I always need "Thinking of You" cards for friends and family, so this
one is perfect for my stash of cards. 

Be sure to take advantage of the generous offer Mitzi has for this release.
Check out the newbies and all the other fabulous images at the
Aurora Wings Digi Shop.
And if you're looking for some inspiration, check out the incredible
inspiration samples the Aurora Wings DTs have created here.

Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SDC271 - Bling it On!!

Here is my make for the current challenge at 
The theme is 'Bling it On!'
I didn't think it was going to be too hard, but found myself
struggling to add bling to my original idea. 

This is #6049 'Marci'. She is quite awesome.
I coupled her up with the #3083 'Brolly' stamp, and a fitting saying
The whole card kind of reminds me of Wednesday Addams taking a stroll in the
pale moonlight with her parasol and bat friends. 

I used a background I made using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.
I love the sprays, along with the line of Magicals and their embossing powders.
The bling consists mainly of silver Stickles and some Gelli Roll stardust pen.

Super fun to make and perfect for the Goth or Darkling of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by.
Check out the other DT samples and inspiration at