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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Have you been to Le Petite Market?

Just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know about
 I have been collecting digital images from their etsy shop for months,
and finally got around to coloring and creating with some of them.

These are two of the four images from the

I am in love with this style of artwork!
So fun and kitschy!!

I went with my usual favorites as far as color palettes, using Copics and
keeping with Violets, Blue Greens, Red Violets and Yellow Greens.

I am finding that one can never have too many unicorn images,
and this gorgeous creature is no exception.
I printed these images on a shiny, pearlized, paper making it kind
of hard to see when coloring. And blending is a whole different show, too.
I thought the fancy paper lent a nice whimsical feel to the simple cards.
Too bad it doesn't photograph at all. I also used some rock candy dry glitter
on the horn, but it doesn't show well. Looks more flocked than sugared.

Okay, thanks for hanging in there for the full post.
As a reward for your patronage, I'll let you in on a little secret.
That's over 800 items on sale!!!

You're welcome.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quirky Skeletons

Just popping in real quick to share a new company
(new to me, anyway) and their adorable stamps.

The company is called AALL & CREATE.
They're a European company, and I had to find a US retailer to get their
stamps. A simple Google search led me to Simon Says Stamp, who delivered 
these stamps super fast.

The stamps sets are called, Quirks #73 and Quirks mini #104.
The fun part about these images is how versatile and cute they are to play with.
Like sweet skeleton paper dolls. 

I honestly thought the devil horns were vampire fangs at first.
Still a good accessory to have on hand, though.
I have a box of pre printed cards and can never figure out how to use them.
Well, I figured it out. I added Distress Oxided ink to the card base and then
added washi tapes and splatter to ground the skellie focal point. 

I think she's my favorite, so far.

Just keeping it simple to let the stamps shine.
The bowler hat and the cat are some of the best accessory stamps that come 
with these sets. 

I popped on some coveted MS Halloween paper and some washi tapes
to ground the skellie and his kitteh. Trying to keep it as simple as
possible, which is quite difficult for me.

I am loving this new rubber and I'm sure these guys will surface
frequently around here. 


Friday, May 25, 2018

Always ODD

I managed to find my way back to my blog!
And I made some cool schtuff, too!

I've been dying to play along in some swaps and challenges.
I miss participating in themed challenges. I find the prompts so helpful
when I don't know which way to go when crafting.

I finally played along with one of my favorite challenges at
The theme this month is 
Goblins, Fairies, and Ghouls, Oh My! 

I love Lizzy's artistic take on fairies and zombies.
She has such a cute and adorable way of drawing weird shit.
I love it. 
This little rotting lass is called, Fiona Feary

I matched her up with a fun sentiment stamp from 
Viva Las Vegas stamps.

I'm always trying to use up paper scraps and projects left for dead.
This card base has been in a stack for months if not years.
I know, kinda gross that I have schtuff lying around for years, but
in my defense, it was chaotically organized and I always knew of it's presence.    

I added some die cut elements that were in keeping with her
color scheme. I love me some BG and BV Copic markers.

 Kept it really simple by cutting a black doilie in half,
and then cutting one of the halves in half. I layered it all
and glued them in three spots for a nice background.
My new thing is Nuvo drops. I just wish they dried faster.
I added a bunch for that sparkle element that I can't seem to
ever leave out of any fairy project. Dead or not, she's gotta have bling.  

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

More Aurora Wings Springtime Beauties

Two days in a row?! Right? 
Don't get used to it, but I'll keep trying to create
and share here as often as time allows.

I have another Aurora Wings Mother's Day card to spotlight today.

I chose to use one of my favorite mermaid images,

I colored this beauty using Toner Grays and Blue Green Copic markers.
Pretty much my go to coloring medium. And BGs being some of my favorite
hues in the Copic collection.  

 I used some coordinating background paper and cheesecloth
for an ocean feel. Even tossed in some sequins for sparkle,
along with Stickles for more bling factor.
My MIL loved it.

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

I'm not entering these cards in any challenges, but wanted to share them.

I chose this image for Grandma's card. 
This adorable family is called, Mushrooms.
Colored with Cool Grays and Violet Copic markers.

Kept this one in Grandma's favorite color, purple.
I really like how the foiled card plays nicely with the grays.
And as usual, this is Stickled for sparkle.

Meditating Mushroom is colored in Warm Grays and Yellow Red Copics.
I cropped the image for quicker coloring and better fit on the smaller
4.5 X 5.5 card. I added some Stickles to his 'bumps', 
and then covered them with clear Nuvo drops for an interesting texture.
 Used some lace and sequins to finish this one off.

Last, is little Poppy Sprite. Also cropped.
So sweet and fun to color using Cool Gray and Red Violet Copic markers.
Grosgrain ribbon, metal embellished ribbon, and black half pearls
compliment this foiled background paper and cute image perfectly.

Thanks for dropping by today.
I'll be back tomorrow with another project for your amusement.    

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Aurora Wings for all the mothers!!

It has been a long time since I have created using Aurora Wings images.
Far too long, but life really gets in the way of creative time if you let it.
But now that I have cracked the door on my pent up mojo, the flow of 
creativity is starting to pour out. 

I've been wanting to join in on some challenges, and was inspired by the 
current challenge AW theme of black, white, and a splash of (optional)color.
I decided to make all five of my Mother's Day cards using Aurora Wings 
images in this theme.

First up is the adorable Jasmine Sprite.
With so many cards to make, I decided to crop the images, which
also helps to create more visual impact on the smaller cards. 
Plus, it doesn't take as long to color the images.  

I kept it pretty simple with Copic coloring, some coordinating background paper,
and a big fancy ribbon. Added some Stickles for some sparkle, too.

I did make five cards to give away, but this one was one of my favorites,
so I held onto it. Good thing too, since it was the ONLY Mother's day 
card I received. Don't even get me started...

I'll be back tomorrow with another Mother's Day card.

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Let me introduce you to the Gent

Man, where does the time go? Seems only yesterday I was trying
to get back into creating and blogging more often. Then, radio silence.
Well, I'm back! 
This time I should be around a bit more often since I am on the newly
supporting and creating art using the current line of stamps created by 

I chose to start by creating an insert page for my art journal.
I picked up a pack of these from Tuesday Morning on the cheap. 
They came in three different colors; manila tag, black, and kraft. 
I had the bright idea to use a black page, and then I heat embossed The Gent 
image with black powder. Now, how the heck was I gonna color this thing?!

I decided to give it a go using some Stampin' Up watercolor pencils.
Since my selection was limited, I was challenged to come up with a flesh tone.

I ended up using browns, oranges, yellows, and white. 
Not sure it worked all that well, but it does convey a flesh-ish tone.   
It toned down quite a bit once I used some water to blend it out.

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks.
I love these inks. They blend like buttah, and I love the
oxide effect that is achieved simply with water.  

 I have a bunch of mustache brads that I rarely use, so I was
determined to get one on this project. I used it to cross the "t". 
Pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

I added some washi tape and hardware to the upper corner.
I tried to keep it pretty flat along the left hand side as it will be added 
to my art journal, which already has issues closing.

 I added some silver gear die cuts, and broke out my Distress crayons
to add distress and grunge all over the place. I love the black crayon. It's perfect
for adding dimension and shading on projects like this.
Lastly, I added black and white splatter to give an over all cohesiveness to the page.

That's it for me today.
Be sure to pop by the SpeshInk blog to meet all of the new DT talent, and
prepare for the next installment of art made with these awesome stamps.

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