Saturday, November 28, 2015

Feeling Festive? SDC 223

It's been SO long since I've made a greeting card!  I decided to give it a whirl for the Stampotique Designers Challenge this week: Quick & Easy Christmas Cards.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Hiatus is over...


It seems like it's been a very long while since I've attended to my blog.  I haven't arted much in the last month and half.  My sisters and I were ushering my mom out of this world after unexpected complications from surgery left her in a coma.  I will miss her terribly, of course.  She was my number one cheerleader and an all around wonderful and classy lady.

Enough of that.  Before I get all sappy, here are my attempts at getting back to some artiness.  I made these APCs for a trading group I'm involved with on Facebook.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Little House ATC

Today I stepped away from Halloween for a bit (crazy, but true!) to make an ATC for a friend.  The theme of this swap was to create an interactive ATC.  Tracy likes little houses so this was a no-brainer for me.  I channeled my muse from when I created this similar ATC a while ago.

I used all kinds of bits and pieces from my stash: bingo paper, raffle ticket (that my son brought home and I, of course, kept), gelli plate scrap, phone book page, school newsletter...  I love finding ways to use the junk I can't bear to throw away.  :)

I hope she likes it.  I think she will!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Wicked Wednesday: Black & Orange ATC

I know, crazy huh?  Posting again!  This time I'm sharing an ATC I made for the Wicked Wednesday challenge this week - Black & Orange.  Perusing Pinterest I saw these awesome articulated paper dolls by Ten Two Studios.  I had to get them for this ATC.  Had to.

I started by covering cardstock with a bunch of grid tape (from 7Gypsies).  After that I painted over it with Distress paints.  I really like the subtle texture and pattern you can glimpse through the paint.

I overstamped the background with a spiderweb stamp and some bats.  My bat girl is layered with her head and hair raised off the background with dimensional foam tape.  I added some shine to her lips and eyes and some glitter to her hair.  (So far) the ATC is finished off with a stamped ruler border strip.

I keep thinking she might need one more thing, but am stymied at this point.  Thoughts, comments, suggestions?  Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Salt & Watercolor Backgrounds

I've haven't used this technique in a long time but it was the theme this month for a group I'm in.  Salt sprinkled over wet watercolors (or Distress inks or Dylusions,etc.) makes the coolest effect.  Try it!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Creepy Postcards for VLVS

Mwah-ha-ha!  What wickedly wonderful delights will soon be gracing the doorstep of Ms. DeeDee Catron.  I made these postcards for the VLVS Fall Harvest swap over on Facebook.  As luck would have it, they fit nicely with the inspiration photo over at the VLVS blog this month too.  Wah-la!

October 1st...time to decorate for Halloween!! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fang-y Friends ATCs

I have a few ATCs to share today that I'm entering in the SDC Early Halloween challenge.  :)  I don't use my Cricut nearly as often as I should, but knew I had to clear space on my desk for it when I saw the Cricut Craft Room freebie of the week.  How cute are these little vampires?!  Maybe it's just me. ;)

I used the Color  Burst powders to create the backgrounds for these.  Then I stamped and stencilled before adding my multi-layered vampire.

 I noticed after I took this picture that the poor little fella above fell victim to one of my studio accidents.  I was oh-so-enthusiastically shaking one of my Distress Paint bottles totally oblivious to the fact that the lid wasn't on tightly.  Oops...little droplets of Seedless Preserves flew about the room decorating various bits and pieces laying about (as well as my monitor and keyboard).  I thought I did a decent job of cleaning up but as I sit here typing I'm still seeing random specks.  LOL

On this little guy I had the same Color Burst background initially but then dabbed blue and purple Distress paints over it masking off a smidge for the moon.  The stars are stencilled on with silver acrylic paint.

Happy (early) Halloween!