Told ya I'd be back. Here's the second new release I'm showcasing today for the fabulous Sandra Caldwell. Meet #623 Miss Strange Kitty. EEEK! Halloween AND kitties! Be still my heart. She does look a bit disturbed. I think her friends are driving her batty. I rarely color animals in colors that don't occur in nature but she sort of begged for it, don'tcha think? Had a ball creating a night sky and found the purrfect star and moon DP that brought out her complexion. The cool sentiment is a sticker from JoLee's and I've added one rogue epoxy bat to the corner.
It's double release day from Sandra Caldwell today and both my cards involve KITTIES! You know I love me me some kitties, so here's my first called #1042 Cat and Mouse Two. I surrounded the kitty with more mice I punched with punches from Martha Stewart and used bright DP from Heidi Grace. I figured you could interpret the punny sentiment two different ways, either "More than a housefull"( obviously a full house with all those mice running around), hence the row of houses on the DP, or "More than a mouth full" since he's got his tongue out and that mouse on his head looks pretty yummy. Goliath and Jezebel prefer the second. LOL
I've been seeing my friends participate in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and decided to join in too. I immediately thought of #499 Caffeine Hippo by Sandra Caldwell. She makes me laugh. I'd sworn off coffee for several years (we drink the REALLY heavy duty stuff and I didn't like the way it stained my teeth) but eventually I went off the wagon. I'm now the poster child for oral hygiene and my multi phased approach and pearly whites have earned me the praise and adoration of my hygienist and doctor. Honestly, they were SHOCKED that I was imbibing again. (Oh, if ONLY I'd have my wisdom teeth removed they'd love me 4EVAH). Anyway, Caffeine Hippo looks like she has the major jitters after cup 3. Funny how I never got any major buzz before, nor withdrawal symptoms when I stopped, but now my friends can tell just how many cups I've had when we talk on the phone. LOL
I've used the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch for this week and digital paper and frames for Caffeine Hippo. The ribbon from my stash looked like the yummy crema on top of my cup every morning. UMMMmm.... I wasn't exactly sure how to make this a "Fall" coffee card so I used leaf brads at the ends of the ribbon.
This is my second month playing in the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive challenge and September's image is this adorable Sunflower Mouse from Di's Digi Stamps. I'm not sure if he was drawn especially for the Outlawz, but you can find tons of adorable mice from Di HERE, in her shop, or quickly join the Progressive Challenge to request this image. You have 'til the end of the month to finish a project and then you'll get the next month's freebie with which to play. Usually I don't plan my papers prior to coloring, but this time I did, but then couldn't find the paper I had in mind. (Big surprise!) Luckily I came across this Designer Mat Pad from K&Co with a bicycle basket of sunflowers and the perfect place to perch the little mouse. WooHoo! Hadn't really planned to fussy cut him either, (but hey, ya do what ya gotta do) and popped him right on there and added a little twine bow from DL.Art so I could also enter it in Di's Digi Design Challenge. I cropped the mat to a square for my card and cut off 2 butterflies from the top so I fussy cut one of them to add as well.
It's time for a new FB contest at The East Wind, and our fitting theme this month is "Leaf Me Alone", so we want to see leaves, either in the image, the DP, or embellishments. Since tomorrow is the first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere, I chose the gorgeous Aurora 'Maple' for my project. I can't wait until the leaves start to turn. It's truly my favorite time of year. I pulled a number of seasonal colored papers from my stash and added a Prima flower, silk leaf and die cut twig wreath. The sentiment is a sticker from???
Here's a closeup of the beautiful Aurora 'Maple'. She's colored with Copics with just a touch of shading from Prismacolor Pencils and I've used a Spellbinders Grand Oval to cut her out. Be sure to visit The East Wind FB Group to view my teamies' inspirations and please come play along. This contest runs through October 17th and don't forget, a new digi is released every Tuesday and Friday in the Group as well. Our current Blog challenge, I Like to Move it, Move it! is so fun and creative so be sure to stop by there as well.
A brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the theme of "For Men & Boys". Yikes! Not exactly the easiest in my book, but hey, isn't that what "challenge" is all about? This was not my original plan, but I've been in a serious Halloween mode for over a month it was only natural for me to steer in that direction. Besides, I'd never colored the adorable Trick or Treat Boys (and their spooky little dog). Aren't they fun? I'd also recently acquired the Xcut Build-A-Scene Graveyard die set and what better way to break it in?
Here's a closeup of Trick or Treat Boys. Don't they look like mischievous little trouble makers? LOL They're colored with Copics and you can see in the background a resin pumpkin I'd also colored orange with my markers.
I had a ball going through my Halloween stash findings bits and bobs to add to the scene. That puppy is gonna have loads of fun with his treats if the spider doesn't get those Tim Holtz bones first. You can also see a bit of the chalking I did to the night sky around the moon and behind the steeple. The two layers of grass at the bottom was punched with my MS icicle die, cut with a Spellbinders Grand Labels Four die and popped with foam.
Here's the dimensional shot. There are 5 layers to the Xcut scene and I popped them all with foam as well. Although the foam was black, I wanted a more finished look to the side, so before layering the Spellbinders Labels Four cuts both front and back, I covered the edges with spider web washi tape. You can almost see it peeking out between the layers near my watermark.
Finally I used a skully rosette and Halloween banner to top it all off. Oh look! A sparkly raven has landed to survey the festivities too. I'm hoping some little boy will enjoy this fun and spooky scene as much as I enjoyed making it. Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the fabulous inspiration from my teamies and don't forget the current FB Contest, "All Things Autumn" that runs through the rest of the month. Hope to see you join us.
Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.
I seem to be in full Halloween mode and had a ball with a new image from Sandra Caldwell, #1061 Jolly Jacko. I've noticed the use of colored paper straws in crafting the and bought some Halloween ones quite awhile ago and thought I'd make a little wall for Jacko to peek over. I trimmed them to fit the bottom of the Spellbinders Labels 28 dies I used for the image and mat of my card. they were the perfect colors for the limited color scheme I had in mind. the mat is embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder because I planned to enter this in the Outlawz Festive Fridays challenge again for Polka Dot Day. I've used black Alpha Beads and buttons with the shanks removed for the sentiment.
EEEEK!!!! Isn't she scary? Just One Bite is the new release from The East Wind today. I was craving some really creepy and she certainly fits the bill, eh? I used the light lines, no background png version of the image and digital background paper from Digital Designs and Art to create the spooky scene.
The sketch is from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge. The DP is from Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale and I've used MDF bats from UmWOW and a Tim Holtz Halloween Muse token that says "Frightful" in opposing corners. Picot edge ribbon surrounds the image and the sentiment is from Authentique.
Just One Bite was colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and this is one of my first attempts at "no lines coloring". I found that skin, in particular, needs much more shading for definition, and although I definitely need more practice, it was fun, and I'm okay with how this turned out. Our R U Kidding Me? FB Contest is still open in The East Wind FB Group and runs through Sept 17th and a brand new Blog Challenge starts this Saturday.
This is my second week of guesting for Sandra Caldwell of the babycakesdnd Etsy Shop and I'm so excited to show you her adorable new image #1034 "Bearly Dracula". You know I love me some Halloween, and bears for that matter, and Sandra has a whole bunch of them, for every occasion HERE. I thought Bearly Dracula would make a cute topper for a thank you treat box. It gave me the opportunity to use a pun that not only references Dracula, but bears as well. "Fang you beary much" is framed with a die from Memory Box. Gotta love those paper mache coffins, made especially fab with a die cut topper from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge, and no vampire image is complete without some MS Drippy Goo blood now, is it?
Had some fun today with Bloobel Stamps. Although I don't have kids of my own, I couldn't resist these two digis, which I find particularly hilarious and of course I had to get them both to tell the story. I'm pretty sure I'd be doin' the "Happy Dance" after a summer full of kids 24/7. One DAY would probably put me over the edge. LOL Besides, there are a number of "Back to School" challenges out there and I needed to get my rear in gear or I'd miss the opportunity.
Bloobel stamps come in either png form that are totally transparent, or jpgs that are totally solid, including the background. On the latest Bloobel store, you can actually choose your option, which I totally missed until linking these images back to the site. DUH! Most of my images are the transparent pngs, though, so to merge them, I first converted them to jpgs, then removed the background, in a photo editing program, so I could layer them before printing and coloring. The primary math DP is from the Graphic 45 An ABC Primer stack.
After converting Jump for Joy, I resized the image several times and lightened the lines of the smaller images. I then colored her in ascending strengths of the Warm Grey Copic range in hopes of suggesting the movement I had in mind, but still keeping the image in the background. Although she's perfect as a thrilled Mom, I can see using her for all sorts of occasions, can't you?
Can't help but giggle at this little dude. I guess he doesn't share Mom's enthusiasm about the "Big Day". Back to School is also colored with Copics with a little Prismacolor pencil action. Too bad. Summer's over!
I can't stop giggling at this new release at The East Wind. Tell me Lucy Loo 'Emoticons' doesn't have major 'TUDE! She was inspired by a trip Unky took to the mall where the new fad seems to be wearing emoticons on your head, or should I say hat. That smiley face doesn't look like it's doing Lucy any good though, does it? She's colored with Copics and a little pencil action here and there. Tried to get an ombre look to her hair but could definitely use some practice there. I made her a bit grungy and looked for some kind of graffiti background for her but instead came across these words to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Obviously Lucy is having none of today. The fitting sentiment is from Ginger's House. I'm entering this in the Left of Center Feisty Ladies Challenge, Through the Purple Haze "Some Attitude" and the DL.Art September Linky Challenge .
Well, it's been awhile since I joined in the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge, and when I saw this week's theme was Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees, I knew just what to do. Yeah, I can't top singin' the song now either. LOL It just so happens that while Sandra Caldwell in on vacation, her DT coordinator Holley planned a little contest on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB page and chose 3 of her favorite "oldies" from the Sandra's Etsy Shop and reduced them to $2.00 each through September 16th. This cutie is #565 Bernie Bee. Okay, so this needed to be CAS for The Outlawz challenge, so I thought embossing was the way to go. Unfortunately, I KNOW I have a honeycomb embossing folder, but could I find it? NNNNoooooo! It turned out okay after all, though, because in my search I came across and old Cuttlebug Emboss Plus folder (called "Carly") I'd never even used. It just happened to have the perfect center cut out and the embossing is flowers and vines. WooHoo!
Here's a closeup of #565 Bernie Bee. I've colored him with Copics, fussy cut and popped him in the center of the die cut oval. I've also added a bit of Diamond Glaze to his glasses for shine. He was kind of floating up there so I also added a checked flower, I cut in half, for him to stand on. The sentiment is computer generated. You can find more info about Holley's Favorites Oldies Contest and links to the other discounted images HERE.
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 40 (!) years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.