Monday, June 30, 2014

Victorian Lady - Steampunk Style

Hi guys!!!! I am posting this a little late, but I was too excited to wait.

This lady was SOoooooooooooo much fun to color. Seriously SOOOoo much fun. This is Steampunk Beauty and she is GORGEOUS and so detailed. So many different nooks and crannies. So many elements. GORGEOUS.  Between coloring the feathers, the ribbon and the hat, to the monocle and her Hair - - OMG coloring the hair was amazingly cool. 

Once I was done, I fit the Die over the image, and realized that part of the hat and the feather weren't fitting, so I cut it out closely and then threaded it through the die and cut out the rest of the image. This technique (Usually referred to as the "out of the box" technique) really works well for images like this with one piece that isn't quite fitting.

Matted it, and then added some blingity bling bling on the top and bottom to give it some interest.

I LOVE coloring these types of images - ones that you don't need a lot of embellishment for on the card, because you want the image to be the focus!!!

I used the following colors:

R81, 83, 85, 89
E50, 51, 53, 57
B60, 63, 66
C3, 5, 7, 9
Y11, 23, 26

Thanks for stopping by. Going to go get ready for sleep now. LOL.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ready for her Debut

OMG OMG OMG... it is HOP time!!!!! Whoop!!!!!! Alison the lovelicious has set the theme this month as red carpet ready and BOY is she ready!!!!! You should have arrived from Marnie's blog. If not head to the Bombshell Stamps blog and check out the  entire hop!!!!

I have been watching a lot of Say Yes to the Dress... and have been just intrigued as heck by the wedding dresses with the sheer midriff. Especially the prices. WOW - you pay more for no fabric than you do for fabric. So I decided I needed to mimic... but white - no... I wanted to go with pink. In the end it makes me think of something Cher might have worn on the red carpet - if it were in black that is. 

I colored the lady in purply blues and pinks. For the midriff and the "skirt" I colored the under areas first.... and then overcolored with the light pink. That way it has some skin tone. I drew in the corset lines. And then added the dots to give it some happy. 

Alright - Now it is time to move on with the hop... Your next stop is Kelli... but if you are lost - the complete list is below. 

Colors used - R81, 83, 85, 89, B60, 63, 66, 69, YR000,00, E11, Y11, 23, 26, 28. 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Color me dressed!

Hey guys!!! Long time no see. I have been travelling, sick, crazy at work, daughter graduating from college, other daughter almost 15 and all sorts of camps, etc... WHEW! But I am here to share a card that I made that is serving double duty.  It is in the colors from our color challenge that Alison put together for us and follows the sketch from our sketch challenge.

Her skin is E13, 15, 17, and I love the color combo, here. The dress I used a blending technique to bring all of the colors together. The sleeves and bustier are the peachy color from the color challenge. I just couldn't use much orange - it is against my nature.  I started with the greens and worked from light to dark and back to light again with the blues. 

Dress Colors:
B00, 01, 02, 34, 37, YG45, 41,

Then I got out the lovely sketch that Kathi developed and cut her out and popped her on.   The base image is of course Bombshell Angel, and the dress comes from the digital set Evening Bombshell.... absolutely one of my favorite sets!!!!

I encourage you to work with our various challenges this month. I have added links below. If you win you have a chance to win free stamps which is always a great thing!!!!

Sketch Challenge
Color Challenge

And there is also the Pin-Up challenge where Cheryl has challenged us to get Skellie!

OK... back to being crafty, and watching soccer!!!!!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hello Summer (With a little Spring Image)

Hey there guys!!!! Welcome to SUMMER. OK, so it has been "summer" in my mind for a few weeks. When the temperature is in the upper 80s and 90s - - - I claim summer.  To celebrate I am sharing a card I made for my husband for his birthday this week using the new digital image SPRING.

 I imagined her hair as the sky, and went with the blues as the colors, I think my favorite part of this image was the cloud. I have no idea why - maybe we just need some rain around here, but that for me was what just "made" this image and finished it out for me.

I used a window technique to frame her, and then I used a touch of black at the bottom to make the black solid up to the edge of the window.  Then I added springy flowers to go with it.

I also added sparkles on the "raindrops" as well as on the dragonfly, eyes, feathers, etc.... It makes it shine - like sparkling dew. :-)

The sentiment was based on the song "You're My Best Friend" by Don Williams. I heard it on my playlist the day that I made the card, and it is what Frank is to me. So I had to use it!!!!

I hope you all are having a great weekend - - I am!!!! Hope to see you back here again soon!


Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm so distressed

Hi there. I made this card for my wonderful Dad for Fathers day and haven't had a chance to post it.

My daughter and my Dad love to munch on the popcorn together, and I thought this was perfect for him for that reason. I tried to double distress it. So the inner main image is cut out with a raggedy edged die, but the matting was torn paper. On the inner image I then used a bit of antique linen to distress the edges a bit. 

The sentiment was created in Word, and printed out. 

Colors - Oh heck, I can't quite remember. That was several sleeps ago. Ok -so not quite a week, but let me say it has been a long week. 

I am entering this into the Kraftin Kimmie Distress it challenge this week. 

I have another card ready for tomorrow, and then hopefully I will finish my next one for Sunday. I hope you all come back again soon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Purple Sail Away

It is the third Monday in June - and that means Muse Monday. This month Bombshell Stamps is featuring Homeward Bound.  

I have colored this image up a few times. :-), so I wanted it to be different this time.  

When I was looking through some images on sunrises, and ships, I came across a purple image. And BOOM... I decided to go for a purple scene.  The sky is V01, the sun V0000 and V000. The clouds and water are V12, 15, 17. The boat itself is shades of Neutral Greys N4, 6, 8, 10. 

I found complimentary Halloween papers that were all about the purples and the blacks and matted them. It gives lots of layers but I think it somehow makes me think it is dimensional. Added some mettalic findings and BOOM.... There it is.

I am entering this into the Desert Islands Crafts Challenge - with the following items from the list:
2) No Flowers, 3) Monotone, 7) 3 pattern papers, 10) Use Metals.

Thanks for cruising over to my site today. I hope you have an amazing week!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Spectacular Skull

HI THERE! I am back to show off my uber colorful Steampunk Skull.

So much fun, so much happy. I thought about coloring it all in metallic colors, but I am really digging the hot pink, pastelly happy colors. Who says Skulls have to be gloomy? Not me!

The colors included Cool greys, RV1x, BG1x and B00 and B12.  I did use a bit of yellow but went lighter than usual when dealing with gold metallic - So I used Y000, 11, 15.  It is hard to see here, but I did use some glitter stardust pen to touch the metallic areas and also the light-bulbs. It gives it a really great shimmer.

Once I finished coloring the skull up I went to choose some pretty paper. I cut two squares of paper - one the DP and one the blue. I made the design paper slightly smaller than the blue. Then I chose two consecutive sizes of circle dies. I cut the design paper first then I glued the design paper to the blue. At that point I was able t o make sure that the inner blue cut was also centered on the circle I had already cut.   The final touch was pink backing.

The skull was put up on foam tape, to make it a bit higher, and then I added gears and the feathers.

I have decided to enter this into the following challenges:

Color Throwdown
CMC Copic Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers and More - Cards with Circles

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon. I will have another card to share tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


One of the newest images for SCACD Digital is Before and After Kids. Instead I am going to title my creation as Before and After Vacation. 

Don't get me wrong - my vacation was awesome... and I didn't look nearly as relaxed before it on the before side.... but getting the creeping crud toward the end of vacation - AFTER you have a blistering sunburn.... Well... I would say that the after is definitely representative of how I have felt these last few days. LOL.

This is one of my faves from the new release. One of my favorite things to do is to blend and try to make different things blend together with distinct differences but not a real delineation between the two sides. This allowed me to play like heck with those techniques. I especially liked doing it with the skin.

Because I colored these with two different tones, listing the colors would be - yeah - not such a good idea. Lets just say LOTS. yeah - LOTS and LOTS

Once I was done, I took some 6 x 6 paper and just cut it down to a 5.5 x 5.5 size. I adore working with 6x6 paper. The 12 x 12 is gorgeous - but the images / design on it is so large that you lose so much of the detail. For most of the 6 x 6 paper pads, they keep the same images a lot but just reduce the entire thing... so you get all the design in a smaller space.

The final touches include some flowers to help frame out the image. For those I followed the different color theme and I think it worked out splendidly.

I hope to see you all back here again soon. Going to go take a breather and try not to hack up a lung LOL. Have a great summer guys!!!