Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My First Domino Book

I decided to play along with challenge #1 at Domino ART.  
The challenge was to make a domino book using Freebies from Rick St. Dennis MFA that were drawn specifically for a domino book.  He is also the sponsor of Domino Art's first challenge.  The time frame for the freebies has passed, but you can still purchase the images here.


2 white standard dominoes
Copic Markers
Random ribbon from my stash

Following Monique's tutorial, I printed and cut my image sheets to size and colored the cute little images with copic markers.  I sponged shaded lilac distress ink in the blank areas of my paper and then scored my paper to make the accordion folds.  Next I adhered my two colored image sheets together so I had images on both the front and the back.  I added little "V" shaped cuts at the top and bottom of each fold line and outlined the edges with the silver sharpie marker. (I forgot to mention I colored the blank side of my dominoes with alcohol inks) I attached the ribbon and my paper to the dominoes using glossy accents and when dry I coated the tops with clear UTEE to give a hard, high shine, protective coating.  To add a little more zing, I edged the dominoes with Zing embossing powder in silver.

Here are the pics.  I really need to make a photo light box.

I am entering this challenge just for fun as I am on Rick's EDT and would rather non-EDT members win the prizes.

~ Lady B ~

Monday, March 11, 2013

ANYTHING BUT A CARD with Smudgy Antics

Another fortnight has passed and it is now Monday so that means it is time for another inky challenge with Smudgy Antics.  The theme for the next two weeks is an easy one.
We, at Smudgy Antics, challenge our followers to make

Here is my take on the challenge:
(click images to enlarge)

I found this wooden train whistle in the dollar bin at Target which is a department store in the states. I used all Smeared Ink stamps in my project and stamped directly onto the wood with Memento Ink and colored everything with Copic Markers.  I used the  "Li'l Grumpies" set in rubber.  That was the first stamp set I bought from Smeared Ink years ago.  You can still get the rubber if you are a member of Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The Heart is from the "Candy is Dandy" set which is also available through the rubber club. The stars are from "A Very Skelly Christmas" which is currently retired and not available in rubber or digi form.  Perhaps it will reappear around Christmas for Rubber Club Members
I did add some white puffy paint to the eyes of my Grumpies and made the pupils with my black copic marker.

Head on over to the Smudgy Antics Blog for a reminder of the challenge rules and to get more inspiration from the rest of the DT gals.  A Smeared Ink gift voucher is up for grabs.  

If you like our challenges, why not head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum?  Smeared and Smudged offers several monthly challenges with prizes, monthly blog hops, monthly ATC swaps, Holiday Swaps, and a new Bi-weekly DT Throwdown Challenge.

I will be entering my project into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes (optional sketch).  I skipped the sketch.
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
No Matter Which Challenges: Anything Goes, Must use stamp
Make it Monday: Anything Goes

~ Lady B ~

Friday, March 8, 2013

Glam on a Friday Evening

Happy Friday!
Most that know me know that my creations tend to be on the darker side of the crafting scale.  Today I felt like going for Glam rather than Gore.
A lady has to change it up once in awhile :)

Here is my creation.  Click on pick to enlarge:

I used this fabulous image, "Miss Razz Matazz", drawn by Rick St. Dennis.
Yep, Rick is the same guy that draws some of the coolest Halloween images, Creepmas images, Creepy Valentine images, and even Creepster (Easter) images. 

 I wanted to let folks know that Rick doesn't just draw dark images.  
I just happen to like using his darker images.  
I  wanted to show my own artistic range and show folks I can create pretty things too. 

Rick's Euro line is full of cute images.  His has a whole section of his shop dedicated to Wonderland and another dedicated to fairy tales and mythical creatures like mermaids and sea sprites.  Rick has drawn tons of beautiful female images.  Way too many to list and link.  Not only does he draw gorgeous ladies, he dresses them to the Nines!

My tag started out as plain manila.  After loads of spray inks and making several tag bases at once, I dried my tags with a heat gun and ironed them flat.  Sadly, the only time the iron comes out is when I craft.  If a fabric is not wrinkle free or can't be fixed with wrinkle release spray, I don't buy it.  Some call it laziness on my part. 
 I call it being practical and saving time.

I went a little overboard with the ink on this one so I chose an image 
that would cover the bulk of the tag and be flashy enough so it wouldn't get
 overshadowed by the dark background.
Miss Razz Matazz was the perfect choice!
She was colored with copic markers and I used puffy paints and stickles
 for the sequence and gems.  The photo doesn't do her justice. 
 Miss Razz Matazz sparkles in the sunlight, but we haven't had much of that lately. 
 It is time to make a light box for photos me thinks.

I finished the tag off with an EK success border punch and added pink paper behind it so enhance the fancy edge.  There is a sheer purple tie on the tag, but I tucked it under to get a better close-up of the tag as my camera wanted to focus on the ribbon rather than the image.

Sorry for the book.  I guess I'm a bit chatty today.
Cheers and have a great weekend!
~Lady B~

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring and Easter, Please Come Soon!

I'm tired of looking out the window and seeing snow and gray skies.  I'm ready for spring to come.  I want to see sunshine, green grass, tulips and daffodils.  Spring makes me think of Easter so I decided to make an Easter tag.  My tag turned into a small wall or door hanging as I printed my focal image too large to fit onto one tag...so I used two.

Here is my creation.  Click image to enlarge.

I guess I should have mentioned I was making MY kind of Easter tag  lol.
I started out with manila tags, stencils, and Dylusions spray inks.  After getting sufficiently inky, I dried my tags with a heat gun and ironed them flat.  Is it bad that the only time I iron is when I'm crafting?  

Anyway, like I said earlier, I printed my Creepster Bunny  from  Rick St. Dennis  a little too large so I adhered the two tags together.  The Creepster Bunny  was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I added some puffy paint in his bow as well as in his eye.  I attached the poor fuzzy zombie bunny to the tags, added the "keep out" rub-on from Creative Imaginations as well as a bio-hazard sticker from the same company.  A little green ribbon was tied through the holes to act as a hanger.

This is the perfect alternative tag for those that enjoy the creepier, edgier side of crafting.  For those that prefer cute or elegant, Rick  has those items in his shop too. I will actually be posting a tag with one of his Chorus girl images, "Miss Razz Matazz",
 on Friday.

I will be adding my jumbo tag into the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew:  Challenge #31. Use Ribbon - I used ribbon to hang my creation.
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations:  Go Green - I used LOTS of green ink.
Sweet Stamps Challenge #107:  Green - I used Green Spray Inks.
Twisted Tuesday:  Spring into Green, Twist, color green or recycled - I used green inks.
Haunted Design House:  Drop Dead Gorgeous - My tag is gorgeous and the bunny is dead.
Ooh La La Creations:   Four-Legged Friends - I used a bunny rabbit.
Tammy's Scrapin Corner:   Red, Green + ribbon: Green ink, Red blood, Ribbon hanger at top.
Make it Monday:   Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends Challenge:   Green - I used Green Spray Inks from Dylusions.

~  Lady b  ~

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Easter's on its way!

Easter will be here before the end of the month.  Are you ready?  Will Peter Cotton Tail be hopping down your bunny trail?  It's time for me to send some cards to the nieces and nephews who will not be in town for the holiday.  I don't like to make traditional Easter cards.  Heck, I don't like to make any traditional cards.  I've always been a bit different.  Just ask my mom.  She will tell you I'm the "strange one" in the bunch.  Anyway, this is as close as I can get to making a cute card:
(click image to enlarge)

I used the wonderful Rick St. Dennis image "Creepster Girl Deirdre".  She has been colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.  Originally, I was going to put her on a wickedly cool tag I made, but I printed her way too big to fit.  I couldn't let this adorable girl in her Sunday's best go to waste so I whipped up a Clean and Simple card to display her and her bunny.  Some may think this gal is creepy, but she makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy.  For you alternative stampers and scrappers, this is the perfect Easter image for you so I encourage you to buy her.  How can you resist that adorable face?

If you like images that are on the cute or traditional side, Rick has those in his shop too.  He has something for everyone!  You should check out Rick's Facebook Friends and Fans page and his blog for a lot more inspiration.  Also, this is the last fortnight of the Sparkle and Glitter with Rick Challenges so be sure to play.

Be sure to come back to visit later in the week.  I have a few tags to share using more of Rick's images.  I even went out of my comfort zone and made a pretty tag (gasp!) so you must be sure to see this rare event.
~  Lady B  ~

Saturday, March 2, 2013


It is the first Saturday of the month so that means it is FREEBIE TIME!  Rick St. Dennis MFA has an absolutely ADORABLE image for all that visit his blog today.  For your convenience here is the link.  

Make sure you grab her before she goes away.  Also, don't just grab her because she is free.  She wants to be colored beautifully and used on a project to be shared on blogger or Rick's Facebook Fan Page

 Please don't make her sit in rarely opened storage folder of freebies stored on your pc.  Bring her to life!  A beautiful stamp should never be left uncolored.  Don't let her stay plain and lonely.  Dress her up with markers, pencils, paint, or ink.  Give her sparkle and glitter.  Give her bling.  She is awesome and she deserves to be made to look like the little princess she was drawn to be.

~  Lady B  ~

For those of you that were drooling over Monique's Tea Bag book tutorial full of Alice in Wonderland images, the full AIW Book Kit Special is only going on for a few more days.  It is $36.00 for 16 images.  It is quite a steal if you ask me.  Here is the direct link to the AIW Tea Bag Book Image Set.