Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Graduation Time

Hey All. I want to THANK all you for hopping over to my blog during the Operation Write Home Blog Hop this weekend. It was so much fun, and the lovely comments all of you left for me just made me smile all weekend long!!!

For today I am including something I don't do a whole heck of a lot which is cards with no coloring. Three girls from my youngest daughter's dance team graduated from high school this year. WHEW. So I needed to make some cards that were unique, yet similar. I decided to try my hand at Twisted Easel Cards.

I made three different cards with different sayings on each in different colors. I let my daughter pick the colors and the charm I added to them (that they can remove and use on a necklace later if they want) for each girl. I think she picked really sweet things for each  one:

All cards used Mega Mount for the background with Versamark Dazzle and clear embossed.

This card is using a Technique Tuesday sentiment,  and Paper Pretties Butterflies. The charm is a butterfly with the saying "Spread Your Wings and Fly"

This card used a sentiment I have from an old set that I cannot remember. The Charm is a cross with the saying " Have Faith in Yourself" underneath.

This last card has a sentiment from Flourishes stamped on it. The Charm is a bunch of stars with "When You Wish Upon a Star" underneath.

All of these girls are so special. The dance team has been the best thing that has happened to my almost 12 year old. She has seen some really great girls who are all about being genuine. They get compliments from Hotel staffs all the time when we are at competitions for how incredibly nice and well behanved they are. And they love on all the younger girls and help them out. I am very happy they are in my daughters life.

I hope you have a great week. I hope to be back in the next few days with some colored up things.

Have a great week.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Today is the day for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day blog Hop. Operation Write Home Supports the armed forces stationed overseas by sending blank handmade greeting cards for them to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.  You should have arrived from Jennifer's blog Crafty Card Gallery.  If not, click on the image above and it will take you to the beginning of the hop.

The theme of this blog hop is "Missing You".  And here is my Missing You card. I think she reminds me of the old tyme USO gals!
We are asked to keep this short so that all of you can visit all the other great crafty people out there participating in this hop, so I will try. :-)

Background is stamped with Versamark and clear embossed. The white pearls are pearlex paint. The image is Bombshell Angel with the Evening Bombshell Digital Stamps. I colored her up with Copics - main colors are the 2X series (B2x, R2X, Y2X). The sentiment is from Flourishes Orchids Set.


Thank you so much for joining us! Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hump Day Hop!!!!

HEY THERE!!!! I am so excited because it is the last Wednesday of the month, and that means the Bombshell Hump Day Blog Hop! WOO HOO. If you arrived here from Stempelientje's blog, you are ON THE RIGHT TRACK... if not, hop over to the Bombshell Blog to start with, because you don't want to miss this wicked theme.  Bombshell Alison - Our HHL (Hump Hop Leader) has challenged us to Goth up our Bombshell Stamps for this blog hop. You might think that was easy, but OH My!!!! Mine kept wanting to go to the Oscars or something. So this was as close as I could get her - a fancy Goth.

Now, you may say - something doesn't look quite right. I have never seen that particular stamp. You would be CORRECTAMUNDO. I took 3 different stamps to make this particular lady up. The first was the ever versatile and lovely Bombshell Angel. But I have to say the flower in her hair kept screaming Goth Faker!  So I used her only as the base - ok - basically the shoes are hers. :-)... The outfit is a Digi Stamp called "Evening Bombshell" that has three great outfits. The head  came from "A Pirates Life" .
This lovely lady was colored up with Copics.  I added some tattoos in various spots on her body (some may be in unmentionable places LOL). The skin is E50, 51, 53 and her hair is B02, 05 and black. Her outfit is colored in shades of C. I think I used everything from C00 to C9 somewhere on here.  On her dress I did two things. For the "bodice" I used a Copic multiliner to add lace. I also added more delineation of the bodice.  For the shawl, I wanted it to be sheer... So I colored her arm underneath, and added a bit of a line to indicate the arm. I then used very light C00, C0 and C1, and a little C3. I shaded it to make it look like it is doubled up in some areas, and flowy.

Once I was done with her, I cut her out and put her together. I decided that the dress needed to be vinyl or shiny... so I added some black enamel effects and clear crystal accents all over the dress (the black was only at the cinch of the bodice).
I hope you all liked my contribution to the hop. Now you need to get hopping along to visit the other ladies blogs. Your next stop is at Emily's - but if you get lost along the way here is the entire Hip Hopping Group!!!

Bombshell Blog
Sparkly Engineer
Mary G.
Alaine YOU ARE HERE!!!

I hope you come back this weekend... Operation Write Home is having a Memorial Day Blog Hop (see the button on my sidebar) and I have another lovely Bombshell all dressed up for the occasion!!! See you soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I was thrilled a few weeks ago when I was asked to participate as a Guest Designer for Kenny K Krafty Girlz Challenge. I LOVE the images produced and the chance to work with the amazingly talented Design Team and have my work shown with theirs is extremely exciting for me.

The challenge this week is White on White. WOW. That was a little intimidating. But a HECK of a lot of fun!!!

I printed out Club Kid on Hammermill 80 lb paper. I colored her up with my Copics. (colors below). I tried to color her up lightly and make it look like she had predominantly white on, while still being colored.  Once she was colored up, I cut her out and mounted her on the card base. I used the base layer, layered that with another piece of the same white cardstock that I used my MS scoreboard and made lines on about 1/4 inch from the edges. I cut a slightly smaller piece of cardstock and embossed that through the Cuttlebug, and then I cut out one of the new fancy tags from spellbinders and that is the top layer. Each one of these is spritzed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.

I topped it off with the ribbon and the pearls to bling it up.

I started out coloring her face with E0000, E000, E00 and E01 with R20 used to blush her up.

The "whites" of her hair, and clothing is B0000, B000, B00.  I also went over it a great deal with the  Colorless blender. I only did the outside edges of the areas I wanted to color.  I did not fill in everything, leaving some spots open.  I colored her shoestrings and tie and belt with BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04. I also used this to color her eyes and her eyeshadow. When I was done I went over several areas - her tie, eyeshadow, jewelry with clear spica. I then took a very very fine paintbrush and touched it up with Copic White - the collar, the glints on her eyes, some places in her hair and the rips in her jeans. You can see the copic white in a few places of her hair and her collar on the close up picture.
Now, check on out the challenge over at Kenny K brought to you this week by Team A. You do not need to use a Kenny K image to enter the challenge, but if you do use one and are randomly selected as our winner, you will receive a really cool prize pacakge. 

Thank you for taking a gander at my creation and THANK YOU to Donna and the lovely ladies at Kenny K for including me as a Guest Designer this week for you!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Built for Speed!

Hey there everyone! It is time again for the monthly Pin-Up challenge for Bombshell Stamps. Miss May - the wonderful Raven has challenged us this month to use LINENS or LACE on our creations. I found this lovely black and whiet checkerish fabric over at JoAnns, and used it to make up my finish line flags and the road!

I used the King of the Road Stamp set to stamp out the car. I colored it in hot pink because it was too much fun! I almost titled it Pink Lady! I cut out the flags with a triangle Nestie. I used red line tape to wrap around the flower soft stem, and then wrapped the edge of the triangle flags. After that I dipped the red line tape edge into gold flower soft and made it stick. I know that you can use glue, but I think I like using this tape better. It was not quite as messy. I also cut a length of the tape and placed it on the fabric, and the wrapped it around the tape to get the "ribbon".
For the coloring I used RV00, 02, 04, 06, 09, C1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and then B000 for the glass and the headlights. I also used a LITTLE bit of Y00 in the center of the headlights. Once I was done with the initial coloring I colored over the grey areas with clear Spica, and then I colored over the pink with the very lightest of pink spica, to give it that shimmery paint look. I used crystal effects on the windows and the headlights to finish it off.

The sentiment (also from the King of the Road set) is stamped with Versafine and clear embossed.

Now why don't you all just SPEED on over to the Bombshell Blog and see what the other hot ladies have for this challenge. And, while you are there - why not just enter a creation. You can cross the finish line there or over at the Bombshell Forum and maybe end up with some lovely rubber as your prize!

Hope to see you back here again soon. Next week is the oh so Goth Bombshell Blog Hop (you can sign upto participate in it here, or you can just come back and hop along with us)!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

If You Want My Body

It is Retro time over at Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge.  I have this wonderful DCWV Paper Stack that reminds me of some wallpaper that we had in a house when I was in college. It had this gold and brown foil wallpaper on the walls that was at least 15 years old in style.  So when I looked at the Kenny K images I have, this one just was perfection.

I colored him up with Copics. I couldn't decide whether he should wear the gold or blue, but the gold looked funny, so I opted for the blue leisure suit look. I cut out the image I had started coloring gold and used some stencil glue on the back of it to make it sticky. I then placed it over this fella, and airbrushed. A little bit of speckling snuck under the mask because the stencil glue is so light. I kond of like how it turned out though, because it makes it look more like night.

Colors Used:   B000, 00, 02, 05, Y21, 23, E0000, 000, 00, 01, R20, R24, R27, R39, E13, 15, 17, 18, C1, 3, 5
Airbrushing - B32, 34, 37

A note about the coloring. For his glasses I used B0000 and RV000 feathered together to give it a rose colored glasses look. When I was done, I used Crystal Effects and shined up his glasses, disco ball and shoes.

Thanks for hopping over here and checking out Mr. Sexy.  See you again soon.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sketchy Time!

It is the Bombshell Stamps Sketch Challenge Time! WOO HOO. Bombshell Sketch Goddess and our Glorious DT Captain Kathi has prepared this wonderful sketch for us to be challenged with.

I usually try REALLY hard to follow the sketch to the letter, but the stamp kept screaming at me to use it. "USE ME - - ME, ME, ME, MEEEEEEE!!!!". I tried to use another stamp... and it never worked right. I kept coming back to this one. It would NOT be quiet. Since the stamp already had the sentiment in it, it insisted that I keep it solo. Make it the shining star (which I guess the sun is... so it works out great)!
I used Bazill cardstock and cut 1.5 and 1.25 inch squares out of them. I alternated those, and then added a double circle of the same colors. The image was stamped in black versafine on white Hammermill Color Copy Cover and then clear embossed. I then used Spicas to color in the image and make it all sparkly. I topped it off with the red and black polka dot ribbon and the red and black sparkly gems.

OK... here are the pesky rules - really easy and simple:
• Feel free to flip it, flop it, and make it your own.
• Use Bombshell Stamps!
• Upload your take on the sketch on the Bombshell Blog by May 31st for a chance to win a fabulous prize.
• Also, you can check out today's Bombshell Blog post. Upload your take on the sketch there and double your chances to win!!!
• Have fun!!! 

Today is the day it is being posted on the Bombshell Blog!!! Go check out what all the other gorgeous Bombshell's have for inspiration on that post there. They are truly WONDERFUL.

Hope to see you all back here soon!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

HAPPY Mother's Day!!!

Hey all. I waited until I gave this to my Mom to post it! And now that I did, here it is!
I used Flourishes new stamp Set Motherly Love as the Sentiment, and the set Butterflies and Blossoms for the image. The image was stamped with Memento on Hammermill Color Copy Cover. I did this twice. The first image I colored up sections of it, the two large flowers, and the butterfly. The second image I colored the entire thing, including the background. I popped the two flowers and butterfly up with pop tape.  The sentiment was cut out using Nesties, and then while still in the nestie airbrushed with B00. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and then the entire thing clear embossed. The paper is DCWV, and had white ribbon wrapped around it. and topped off with a bow.  Had to add some of the lovely pearls - - I love these pearls.
Copic Colors:

Flowers with Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15 and a touch of Y17
Center of flowers with G21, E13, 15
Leaves - YG21, G21, 24, 28
Butterfly - Y11, 13, 15, BG11, 13, 15
I am going to enter this into the BBB10 challenges for Flourishes for the Beauty of a Flower!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Especially MY Mom!