Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: An Artsy Year in Review

2014 is soon to be a distant memory.
It's nice to look back at my body of work from the last twelve
months and pick out my favorites.













Thanks so much for dropping by!
Have a wonderful 2015!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday's child is full of ...

... poisonous gas and pirouettes. 
I never did care for that whole "Wednesday's child is full of woe" deal.
Since I was born on a Wednesday, I hated to think that my fate was sealed,
and I was doomed to walk the earth full of woe for all of my days, based solely
on the day of the week I was born. And yet, maybe I am rather woeful...

I've kind of been on a corrugated cardboard kick lately, and I had a piece
already distressed and cut to the perfect ATC size lying around....
So I made an ornament or a hanging of sorts.

I used some new pearlized crackle paste, and some of my favorite mica flake medium.
I also added good ol' Stickles to the perimeter to match her glittery ensemble.
I like the contrast between all of the textures on this piece.

  Such a fun image!
I used the strange, yet delicate 'Ballerina' image from the 'Toxic Ballerinas' set.
She just adds more glittery texture and bizarre contrast to the entire piece.

Thanks for stopping by!
If you're in the mood for daily inspiration using Smeared Ink images,
be sure to check out the eye candy at Smudgy Antics.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cactus Love

Back in 1991 I was living in Sylmar, Ca., and I 
lived downstairs from an amazing woman named, Rusty LaCroix.
She was a red-headed, Irish spitfire who took no guff from anyone.
She had some health issues and spent quite a bit of time in her apartment.
She pretty much had a jungle growing in her living room window.
She shared many plant cuttings and growing tips with me, but the one thing
she shared with me that gave me the most joy was a Christmas Cactus cutting.
I have had the plant from that cutting for well over 20 years, so when Mitzi from
Aurora Wings drew up a Christmas Cactus Sprite I was immediately in love.
But then it hit me. My puppy Gabbi, had eaten that plant this summer. Damn!
I was now kinda sad, as that plant always reminded me of Rusty, and was the one
plant I had that bloomed so beautifully in December. Sad face.

And then I remembered that I did salvage some clippings from what
Gabbi didn't gobble.  

And to my surprise and sheer joy, they were blooming!!!
All is right with the world now. I'll get this beauty transplanted
and relocated to higher ground this coming spring.    

The gorgeous fuchsia color was my inspiration for this card.
This cutie is for the new challenge at Aurora Wings challenge blog,
"All That Glitters"

I went with a Christmas theme, but any type of glittery creation is
welcome for this challenge.

I added Stickles to the background paper, the sentiment tag, and
I outlined the Sprite in it as well. It is a glittery challenge, right?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Be sure to check out all of the sparkly treasures the DT created over

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Farewell challenge for Delicious Darkness

Today marks the beginning of the end of the challenges,
and the stores known as Delicious Darkness, and Delicious Doodles.
Due to new tax laws going on the books in 2015, many UK digi shops will be 
closing down for good. Unfortunately, the Delicious shops are 
scheduled to do the same at the beginning of the new year.
Teri is offering generous discount codes for both of her shops.
Grab those images now, while they're offered at such a great discount!

If you can't take advantage of this fabulous sale and are
devastated like the rest of us that these shops are closing,
you will still be able to access Teri's darker art from 
Smeared Ink. Yep! The girls at SI have stepped up and are 
offering Teri's images in rubber and digi!! Nice, right?

Our final challenge theme for this month is 
Anything Goes
And if you're feeling extra adventurous, the twist is 
Creepy Crimbo.

I have been on a bit of a tag kick lately.
I'm trying to build up a reserve of them for next year. 

I used Teri's Skully Xmas Wreath for these tags.
I colored them with Copics in different color schemes,
added a gem to the center, and lots of Stickles for added

I just stamped "To: and From:" on the backs to make them gift tags.
I think these would be great as inexpensive Hexmas ornaments, too.
I went for a relatively CAS look for this card.
I really wanted that Ram's Skull image front and center.
Such a wicked image!

After coloring it in with Copics, I backed it onto some layered 
twig wreath die cuts, embellished with half pearls to look like
ornaments. I added the barbed wire die cut because it was looking
really bare. I like how this turned out. Not too fancy, so it's perfect
for a masculine friend or family member.

I added this festive sentiment to the inside to finish it all off.

That's it for me! 
Please drop by the Delicious Darkness blog to see 
all of the wonderful work the DT have created using Teri's incredible artwork. 
Maybe even have a play with us for our last hurrah!!