Saturday, November 1, 2014

Is Halloween in November?

I know Halloween was in October, but I had to make a scary Halloween card.  It's a wonderful crazy American holiday with candy, spooky tricks or treats and fantastic costumes.  This mummy is saying "BOO" to you!

We're having a holiday at Die Cut Divas, so join the fun!  You're asking me what holiday???? 

If you've joined the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) at Society of Stampaholics, then you know we send out real cards to real people once a month.  It's so nice to get a beautiful handmade card in the mail.  This is the card I made for my dear partner for October, but am not showing until today.  I thought this image from Bugaboo was just too cute not to use for Halloween, which was only yesterday!  I kept the colors spooky.  Lots of black and some Burlap distress ink too.  I think I have a kooky sense of humor because I just found it funny to stamp "tired of texting" on a banner.  

The wonderful spider is colored grunge paper, colored with Distress ink and Distress glitter.  The image behind the coffin is actually a tree on a wood block from Tim Holtz (v1-1219).  I've had it for years and never really used it.  I stamped it in black and London Fog several times each.  I smudged distress ink, Burlap, on the same panel as the tree and on the sentiment.  BOO is die-cut from a Memory Box alphabet set.  This was a totally FUN card to make.

This is also my sample for The Die Cut Divas.  
You ought to see all the inspiration from my fellow artists.
I'll be back with some more holiday cards this month.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Isn't She Just Sweet...

Crafty Sentiments Designs is sponsoring the Die Cut Divas' challenge blog for the month of October.  This is my last sample of the month.

Spring reminds me of swinging in the trees and blues and greens, so this is one of my Spring cards.
This is Annabelle "Happy Days" and she's an unmounted rubber stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs. She is so sweet to color.  I also used a new Elizabeth Crafts Design die, "Thinking of You".  The note card is part of a win of mine from my local shop, The Stamp Art Shoppe.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tobey Only had One Balloon, Be Creative!

Tobey was happy with one heart balloon, but I copied just the heart by cropping it in Word and added it to both cards below.  You can see where I drew a line across the front of the one balloon and made the string going down to Tobey a bit wider to hold two balloons.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas for your does of autumn or spring.

This little guy is Tobey Heart Balloon 
I added two hearts for this smiley guy.

I was first thinking of popping the 2nd balloon on top of the first, but I liked seeing two heart balloons flying in the sky and going off the center circle.

I cropped the balloons out of the image, printed and then added a kite out of the same paper as the hello and oval matte.  I made this a shabby chic kind of card, distressing the edges.  I notched a slice where the line for the balloon came out of the boy's hand and threaded twine through to the backside and taped the twine down in back, then added that wonderful Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue along the string line on the oval panel to the kite.  I like the larger image to color.  He's a boy racing through the wind.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henry under a Rainbow

My goodness, this little boy looks like he's got a dirty nose.  Not until I put this up did I see that smudge and no matter how many times I photograph this, it still shows up as a smudge.  It doesn't look like a smudge in real life.  Strange.  I'm still posting it because everyone has those days!

Have fun and visit Die Cut Divas for MORE FUN and enter the challenge.

You can find this little guy, Henry, here!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


OK, this is ART????   Day 6 has come and gone.  I'm just now having time to post my practice subjects for you to see.  Sorry about the terrible shot of "blue" dog.  You can see what is most important - the DOTS on "blue" dog.  That is not patterned paper, it is not a background from the other side of the paper bleeding through.  That's right... this was done on purpose.  Sandy showed us how to use the Copics blender marker for this dastardly deed.  Do you ever feel like you can't mark up something in silly ways?  Well, this was the "DO YOUR SILLY STUFF DAY".  It wasn't called that, but it certainly was creative and fun.

Do you have the compunction to STAY WITHIN THE LINES?  Well, if Jennifer can color gleefully outside the lines, then I told myself, I could too!I practiced some shading on "Brownie" and making fur on his buddy "Orange" 

Now, I totally loved doing these two darlings.  Kelly is responsible for these cuties, well, she didn't color them, but she made it fun and easy to create these dear sweet things.  Those are T #s (grays).

 Kelly offered up reasons for using cool or warm grays.  Use warm grays on live things, animals, etc. and use cool grays on inanimate objects like robots, machinery.

I was totally out of my comfort zone on this one.  Of course lines are just there to be colored over.  I actually think it doesn't look half bad, well, we'll see how good or bad it looks when I cut it out.
As you can see, DAY 6 was full of ideas and creativity, but then, I don't know a day that wasn't. This really was one of the best classes ever.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I'm a bit late with publishing my Copic coloring class.  This was Day 5.  Practice, practice, practice.
A wonderful ballerina to practice shading.

Faces and Hair - I need lots of practice

Thanks to all the artists to show that there are all kinds of right ways to do things.

Happy Days for this shaded girl.
The class is fantastic and I'll be reviewing the videos too.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scramble over at Hero Arts quickcard 95

Join the scramble at Hero Arts at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The scramble will last TWENTY Four (24) hours, but you have to adhere to the 90 minute rules.  I know you'll all be honest, so when you can put in the time, start your clock and check it for 90 minutes, including time to upload.  This way, if you have trouble uploading, it's ok.

I see so many Autumn cards all over, so I thought we'd do a changing seasons card.  You can do spring or autumn.  This is my sample for an Autumn card.   Lots of room to write and lots of orange and brown.with a bit of green thrown in for good luck.

Here's a sample of my SPRING card 
Lots of green with a bit orange thrown in.

Visit Hero Arts for the 90 minute scramble - 24 hours to do 90 minutes!  Read my post on Hero Arts Flickr group.