Sunday, May 30, 2010

Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #4

Wow...two posts in one day!  I'll keep this short and to the point.

Think wedding (or divorce - eek), bridezillas, grooms with cold feet, etc., or it could just be the creepy cool color scheme from the movie - ANYTHING inspired by The Corpse Bride will do.

Here is my take on the challenge.  I used my ching-chou kuik's Rising Flame rubber stamp, purchased from Sweet Pea Stamps, and gothed her out a bit.  I tried to use colors in keeping with Tim Burton's style.  I used lace in keeping with the wedding theme and used the Viva Las Vegas Stamps' sentiment "I'm miserable without you.  It's like having you here." The sentiment is pretty self-explanatory.  I'm not entirely pleased with the DP paper I used for this.  I chose it for its color scheme, but I don't think it was the best choice for the theme.  The coloring is a bit streaky as my markers have all run dry.  Other than that, it's a fun card.  I think the sentiment totally makes it.

In case you didn't know, The Burtonesque Dolls have weekly challenges.  It's a blast playing along with them and you should check them out if you haven't already.

Thanks for Looking.

Off the Wall Craftiness Color Challenge #9

It's time again for another one of Kim's color challenges at Off the Wall Craftiness.  You all know how her challenges work by now.  If not, click on her blog (hint...the highlighted text) and find out.  This week the prize is an eight pack of Copic Ciao markers in primary colors!  I highly encourage everyone to join in, but hey...if you don't, my chances are better and I can always use more copics!

Here is the inspiration photo from which the colors were chosen:

Here is my take on the color challenge.  The stamped image and sentiment are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.  I got these cool images as part of a pound of stamps surprise pack.  Let me tell you, I got tons of images in that pound!  It was definitely worth buying!

I hope you enjoy what I've made.  Be sure to check out what the other ladies and gents have come up with for this challenge. 


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Off the Wall Craftiness color challenge #8's time for another color challenge at Off the Wall Craftiness.  Click the teal link to check out the challenge and Kim's awesome blog.  She hosts color challenges weekly, is fantastic about giving feedback on projects, and offers some cool azz prizes.  Prizes are drawn randomly so a novice has the same chance of winning as a seasoned crafter.  What are you waiting for?  Check it out for yourself!

This is color challenge number 8 over at Off The Wall Craftiness (OTWC).  Here is the inspiration photo from which the blue and yellow color scheme was chosen. 

This was a difficult challenge for me as I tend to be the queen of vibrant color.  I am not accustomed to using such soft colors.  Rather than going with the rain, baby shower, wedding concept I just used the colors for inspiration.  I still kept my card on the edgy side.  I used Smeared Ink's "chicks dig guns" rubber stamp set.  I love this set!  The images are awesome, the rubber is deeply etched, and the set arrives on a 8.5" x11" sheet of rubbery goodness.  Of course, no project can ever run smoothly.  My flesh-tone markers are sucked dry.  I guess I've been doing more coloring than I realized!  Time for refills.  Although I didn't have my preferred flesh colors, I think the image turned out alright. 

If you like what you see, check out Smeared Ink for other stamp sets or check out the Smeared and Smudged Forum to see the amazing designs utilizing Smeared Ink Stamps.  Don't forget to hop on over to Kim's blog to see what the others came up with for OTWC challenge #8.  The ladies put a lot of work into their projects and deserve some props!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #3/off the wall craftiness challenge

Ever try to squeeze one project into a few categories?  That's what I tried to do, except I was a bucket head and forgot to link back to one of the challenges so it didn't count.  I also didn't follow one of the challenge rules (to use birds for off the wall craftiness), but I was so excited about my card I posted it anyway.  I was also under the influence of pain killers and muscle relaxers.  Believe me...when they say you shouldn't do ANYTHING that requires mental alertness they weren't kidding!!!  I was a mess, but my back did feel better.  Anyway, back to Off the Wall Craftiness challenge, I know my project won't count, but I still loved so much I had to post it.  Also, I wanted to do right by my girl, Kim, and give her blog credit.  She has cool challenges every week, is always great about visiting everyone's page and giving them positive feedback, and is just an awesome person.  Check out her blog here.

Now to the Burtonesque Dolls Challenge.  I stumbled upon The Burtonesque Dolls a short while ago and finally have the opportunity to play!  Here's the challenge, "We all know how wacky and fun Tim Burton is, and what would a Burton film be with out a little dark side to it right? So, this challenge is Tim Burton Elements... use black flowers and skulls in your project! Now is that easy as apple pie or what?!"
The prize sponsor is Tickled Pink Stamps.  Tickled Pink Stamps is an Australian based online company that stocks a range of popular and well sought after stamps from many companies and is only going to grow. Tickled Pink Stamps stocks stamps such as Mo Manning, Magnolia, Kraftin'Kimmie and MANY more. And just recently Tickled Pink Stamps went into a new venture and now have their VERY OWN line of stamps called the Lil Lolita Collection, with 5 gorgeous, quirky and cute girls and more to come in the coming months. With many more exciting things coming in 2010.

This week's prize will be one (winner's choice) of Tickled Pink Stamps Lil Lotia stamps! That's right you get to choose any one of the 5 they have in store! So make sure you check them all out as you will want all of them!

Here is my take on the challenge:

I don't own any Burtonesque Stamps....YET (soon, my darlings) so I used a Sweet Pea Stamp designed by Ching-Chou Kuik.  She is colored with love and copic markers.  The flowers are die-cuts from cuttlebug.  Finally, the bat and skull digital images are from Itkupilli.  I will also be featuring this card in the Smeared and Smudged Forum under the "Fairy Fantasy" group.  This is my first attempt at a card like this and am pretty pleased with the outcome.  I hope you like what you see.  If you like "alternative" stamping and scrapping, be sure to stop by Smeared and Smudged and the Burtonesque Dolls to check out the fabulous work by amazingly talented ladies and gents.  Cheers!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Smeared Ink's "Carnies" Stamp Set

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I wanted to share a cute card I made using Smeared Ink's "Carnies" rubber stamp set.  I got really messy making this card and it was oh so fun!  I used the Strong Man image from the Carnies set, colored him with Copic Markers, used Distress Stickles on his outfit, and used micro-beads for the snake.  I attempted to make this a step-card, but messed up my folds.  It still works so who cares?!  Art isn't about NOT making mistakes, it's knowing which ones to keep!  I used papers from K and Company and stickers from Creative Imginations.  I hope you like what you see.  Thanks for stopping by!

Smeared Ink DT altered item

This is my week as a Smeared Ink DT member to share an altered item using a stamped image.  My problem is that I always tend to give altered items as gifts before taking pics of them so I rarely have any of my altered items laying around the house. 

My altered item this week was inspired by my fellow Smeared Ink DT member, Kelli Green.  She sent me a package of yummies which I had a blast playing with!  In the package there was this super thick tag.  I don't remember if it was made out of cardboard or some other material and now it is so coated with so many layers of paper and other items that I couldn't tell you what it is made out of!  In the package Kelli gave me there were gears as well as transparencies, vellum, chain, pins, beads, etc.  Basically, I layered paper all over the tag, mounted the Love stickers on foam squares for dimension, glued the gear on with glossy accents, added more paper and the transparency, and finally added my stamped image.  Oh...the image...doesn't she rock?!  This is another one of Terra and Tori's creations at Smeared Ink Stamps.  She is from the "Carnies" set.  I colored her with Copic markers and used some Distress Stickles for her wonderful tail.  The project was easy-peasy, but it looks like a ton of work went into it.  I had so much fun doing this project.  I would encourage everyone to find at least 5 random objects and see what you can make with it.  You might surprise yourself.  Also, wouldn't it be better to recycle old items and make them into art rather than add to the ever-growing landfill?  Give it a shot!  For inspiration, head over to the Smeared and Smudged forum and see all of the lovely creations the ladies have come up with.  There are also design challenges to get your creative juices flowing...with prizes to be won!  So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Off the Wall Craftiness color challenge #6

 Hi everyone!  With my new-found freedom after quitting my job, I have been able to get caught-up with projects as well as take on some new ones!  This week I am participating in a color challenge hosted by one of my fellow Smeared Ink Design Team Members, Kim Wilson, at Off the Wall Craftiness.  Here is what Kim had to say, "Our challenge colors are turquoise, lime and black, if you want to add in the other blues and greens of the peacock that is fine too but has to have those three! Heres the rules, if you would like to enter please become a follower of my blog, please post the inspiration photo and the link back here, only one entry per person and please make something with as close to the challenge colors as possible because if it is something that doesnt go with the theme, the post is old or the link takes me to something totally different it wont count! Also, all of my challenges are chosen at random, it is far too hard for me to pick a winner so everyone has a fair chance! Now that all the details are handled, are you ready for the prize?

This week we have a great surprise for you! How does two prizes sound to you? We will have TWO winners this week! Each winner will receive a goodie bag 5 of Sideshow's amazing stamps!"  
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Well, hearing that there would be 2 cool prizes from sideshow stamps and wanting to support my girl, Kim...I just HAD to play along!  What fun I had!  I'll think I'll have to come back and play more often!  The peacock above was the inspiration for the color challenge.  Of course I used the colors, but I used them MY way!  Here is my take on the color challenge.

I used the teal, black, and lime green (the camera didn't quite pick the colors up correctly) from DCWV Citrus Stack.  I crumpled the paper and distressed the edges with sharp scissors. I went over the crumply mess with Ranger Distress Ink in soot black and emerald blue.  My Smeared Ink stamped image (carnies set) is colored with copic markers and mounted on silver thread to look like she's walking the tight rope.  The sentiment "hang in there"is from Smeared Ink's "Carnies" stamp set as well.

I am also submitting this image under the Smeared and Smudged Monthly Card Sketch Challenge.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" rubber stamp set

Here is a step-card I made using Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp Set.  I used Stickles, Copic Markers, random cardstock, and my cuttlebug.  Excuse my tool box in the background.  I really must get a plain black or white drape for a backdrop!  I tried to get out of my dark little box and make something a little more lighthearted this time around.  I haven't photographed all of my Shadow Thingies projects yet, but I will repost the previous one to show a little range.

Here was my first project using Smeared Ink's Shadow Thingies stamp set.  This one is a little darker than my most recent project, but still on the cute side.  This is the front of the card:

Here is the inside view of the card with a blank area for the sentiment:

My next posting will be later this evening and will contain projects utilizing Smeared Ink's "Carnies" Stamp set.  It's good that I started with the lighter posts as the Carnies are bound to be a bit creepy!  Have a wonderful day!

Featuring Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" Rubber Stamp Set

Okay, folks!  Today I will be making-up for lost time.  As some of you know, I recently went through many challenges with my family, my health, and my career.  Two of the three have settled down and I am now back in the action.  Although I had kept up with my projects, I didn't have a chance to post all of them so don't be surprised if I post half a dozen times today.  It feels so good to be creative again! Waaaayyyy better than therapy!

This first posting is the remainder of my "Li'l Grumpies" card line (for now), all handmade using Smeared Ink's rubber stamps.  Li'l Grumpies has got to be my favorite set from Smeared Ink so far.  I just can't stop using them.  They are too cute!  I think I'm going to have my husband hide this set so I can get working on some other stuff.  I know.  I'm pathetic, right?  Just purchase the set and see for yourself how hard it is to tear yourself away from it!  To see other examples of how you can use the "Li'l Grumpies" stamp set, check out the Smeared and Smudged forum.  There're a bunch of nice, supportive, and extremely talented folks on the forum.

This card is my first attempt at a shadow box card.  The papers are DCWV from "The Naturals" mat stack.  I'm loving the teal/brown color combination these days.  The sentiment states "what are you looking at".  The spider web is actually from Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" rubber stamp set.  I'll feature a few cards from that set in my next posting.  The stamped images are colored with Copic Markers and I used some Distress Stickles on the web.

This second image uses the same sentiment as the first, but has more of a retro vibe going on.  Once again, DCWV papers (I don't remember which set), copic markers, glossy accents, and ribbon.

Here's another shadow box card.  The cool thing about this style of card is that it can lay flat for mailing and pop back out to become free standing.  The "Li'l Grumpies" image is the focal point with the floral and ladybug accents being from Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp set.  This card demonstrates the Grumpies softer side, as well as my own.

Below is the Mother's Day card I made for my Mom this year.  She found it quite fitting and touching, especially with all of the family stuff that has been going on.  Here is the front view of the card.  DCWV "Naturals" Mat Stack, copic markers, ribbon,
and of course, Smeared Ink's Li'l Grumpie with a flower embellie.

Inside view of Mother's Day Card.

The following cards, posted below,  have already made an appearence on my blog, but since I am featuring Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" rubber stamp set I figured I would just group them all together.  Enjoy!

RSC virtual convention

This is just a quick reminder that today is the last day to visit the RSC Virtual Convention.  There are many cool vendors, including Smeared Ink, and there are some awesome discounts to be found.  Treat yourself a belated Mother's Day gift or use this opportunity to stock-up on your rubbers!