Monday, October 31, 2011

The Nouveau Girls hop!

Hello! (Please scroll down for my Sweet November preview candy... thanks!)

Welcome one and all to the Some Odd Girl Nouveau Girls Release Hop! There has been a lot of excitement building up to this event and not only do we have this fabulous new line to share with you, we also have some other fun, new things too! So if you've made it here from Christina's blog then you are right on track... if not then be sure to head on over to the SOG blog to start at the beginning. :)

Along the way you'll see plenty of fantastic projects by the Odd Girls... we have been having SO much fun with this new line and are just bursting at the seams to share! We're bringing you 3 clear stamp set designs that we hope will knock your socks off and that you'll love for all sorts of projects.

Turn of the century Art Nouveau has long been one of my most favorite art styles ever... especially the poster art that was made popular during that period in history. So when Kristy sneaked that she was going to add some Nouveau style girls to the SOG line all those months ago, I was totally psyched!
My card today features the Believe Nouveau Girl along with the flowers and leaves that also come with her on the small set. Isn't she enchanting? I love the dreamy look on her face and those flowing robes are so much fun to color! I colored up the extra poppy stamps to match the vines in the pattern paper and used them along with the leaves and smaller flowers to embellish the rest of the card.

Ok, so here's the hop order just in case you ever get lost along the way...

Old Some Odd Girl Blog
New Some Odd Girl Blog
Nouveau Girls Site

We are hopping October 31 - Nov 1 with some special projects on the brand new Nouveau Girls Blog the rest of the week. You have thru Nov 1st (midnight EST) to make sure and comment on every stop to be entered to win all three designs from the release!

Thanks for stopping by and now be sure to hop on over to Robin's blog next!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Making Memories (Noteworthy Tara and Addison)
stamp- Some Odd Girl (Nouveau Believe set), Inkadinkado (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown
Sharpie white marker
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20, R35, E07, YG91, YG93
eyes- BG72, BG75, BG18
hair- E35, E57, E59, E79
clothes/flowers- YR30, YR20, E51, 0, RV66, RV69, RV99, YG25, YG17, YG67, YR07, YR18, BG01, BG07, BG18, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y13

Sweet snow friends are coming to SN...

Hello, hello!

Are you ready to bundle up and make the journey back into Sweet November Land? The inhabitants of this magical place are still getting ready for a very special holiday season and the fairies, elves and sprites are getting help from some seasonal visitors that only appear once the first snow covers the land. Sure, this time of year it is fun to roll that snow and stack it high into a snowman or two but in Sweet November the snowmen come to life! It's easy enough to find them, all you have to do is follow the wide paths that they leave as they shuffle to and fro.

The first frozen friend that we meet is Wish U. Goodcheer. Mr. Goodcheer is a friendly chap who always has a smile on his face and a Christmas song in his heart. If you spot a shiny bauble hanging low on a pine bough here and there you know that Wish has traveled through, decorating as he goes. Not being a very tall snowman, all of his ornaments are hung rather low but the various fairies help him out when they can by flying some of the shiny brights up onto higher limbs. And if you're in the mood for a chuckle then just you wait until he starts spinning tales of North Pole elves and their antics... it's a hoot and a half! :)

Of course Wish U. Goodcheer has some Christmas candy to share, take a peek below...

The Wish U. Goodcheer candy kit includes; one Sweet November Wish U. Goodcheer rubber stamp, twelve 6x6 sheets of My Mind's Eye Christmas Kitsch paper, small Studio G acrylic stamp, Prima flowers, Kaiser Craft pearls, ribbon, twine, buttons, punched snowflakes, four envelopes, four card blanks and my card.

All you have to do for a chance to win the candy is leave a comment on this post. If you link to the candy on your own blog that is great and much appreciated but not a requirement... I want everyone to be able to play along. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. I will ship the candy anywhere in the world so everyone is encouraged to play! :)

The candies will stay open through Friday, November 4th and I will announce the winners on Saturday, November 5th. And just so ya know... the November release stamps will be available for purchase over at ATS on the 4th!

Alrighty, now be sure to visit the Sweet November Gals' blogs for even more cheery and chilly cuteness! Today Jacilynn is joining Nancy and Rachel and I promise that you won't want to miss a single card!
Once again... instead of using random generator I will be printing out names and tossing them in a hat SO if you leave comments for the SN gals on their blogs, you will get an extra name in the hat for each one that you do... this will up your chances of winning the candy... fun, fun, fun! :)

Well that's a wrap on day one of our November SN previews... I hope you have enjoyed meeting this first sweet snowman friend and don't forget to come back tomorrow to see who else has arrived with that magical Christmas snow!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- My Mind's Eye (Christmas Kitsch)
stamps- Sweet November (Wish U. Goodcheer snowman), Amy R (Snowman Sayings)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox chestnut roan
My Mind's Eye Lime Twist twine
Jenni Bowlin pearl beads
Kaiser Craft pearls
Copic markers:
snowman- G0000, BG0000, 0, Y38, YR04, YR18
clothes/ornaments- E44, E47, E59, BG75, BG78, BG09, E81, 0, R24, R29, E19, YG01, YG95, Y13, BG10, BG11, BG34, Y26

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sweet November Spotlight on Jacilynn!

Good morning!

It's almost time to start previewing the new
Sweet November stamps for November. Before we meet those cool holiday friends I want to shine the Sweet November Guest Gal spotlight on a very special bloggin' pal... please say hello to Jacilynn Dashwood!

I've been following Jacilynn's blog for quite some time and I'm always tickled when I see her featuring a Sweet November stamp on one of her cards or other adorable creations. So when it came time to find a GG for this release, I couldn't wait to ask her. :)
Jacilynn's style of cardmaking is a bit CAS and a bit fun and funky all mixed together. She has a jazzy way of using and combining colors that always makes me smile. Her mini masterpieces are fresh and vibrant with a color story that enhances whatever image she may be using. I guess what I'm trying to say is that her work has a sense of overwhelming happiness. And I am so excited to have Jacilynn
joining us this month!

Now it's time for Jacilynn to answer the Sweet November questionnaire... which I always look forward to reading! :)

1) What color do feel represents your personality and why?
My favorite color is pink and it just simply makes me happy to look at it. But I think Red most represents my personality. I'm passionate about the things I love. I either love something or hate middle ground for me. If I eat something good I'm gonna be telling my friends "You have got to try this, it's amazing!" I really over use the word AMAZING.

2) Is your style of dress/ home decor similar to your style of card making?
Yes, I love bright bold colors for my dress, home, and card making. I like things to look good without "trying to hard." So I lean toward a CAS card style. I also don't like to fuss so most of my cards are 4x5 so I can mail them easily.

3) What one thing always puts you in a good mood?
Strike the word "always" substitute "frequently and my answer is my Kids. I have some seriously funny kiddos. And I really love being a Mom, it's the best thing I've ever done.

4) If you could visit any time in history when would it be?
I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, so I would have to say when she was alive. I'd love to have a conversation with that woman.

5) If you were a mythical creature ie. fairy, elf, mermaid, troll, wizard, witch etc., what kind would you be and why?
I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan so I'm gonna say witch because who wouldn't want to be magical? I would be like Mrs. Weasley, using my magic to clean my house.

Bonus question
6) If you are a fellow Gleek, which character from McKinley High do you most identify with?
I am a Gleek! I love that show. I don't necessarily identify with any character in particular but I love them all. I love their flaws and eccentricities. I love rooting for an under dog.

Yeah! A fellow Gleek! Love your answers Jacilynn. :)
Now take a peek at the super cute project featuring Baby Bunny with bunny that Jacilynn created! Isn't it just the perfect little treat box for some sweet Easter candy? There is a playful mix of colors and prints going on here that I find really inspiring. And even though I made a card when it came time to CASE Jacilynn's project I really liked the label shape that she based her entire design on and wanted to do the same for a Christmas card. So I inked up Milk and Cookies Boy and just mirrored Jacilynn's original layout since he is facing the opposite direction. Instead of the big paper flower I decided to add a large tag to house my fun sentiment instead. I have to say, this card came together so quickly and I totally have Jacilynn to thank for that! :)

Ok, so Jacilynn will be joining Nancy, Rachel and myself in the November Sweet November sneak peeks starting tomorrow! Put on your warm winter coats 'cause it's gonna get chilly cold around here... ;)

See ya then!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- My Mind's Eye (Christmas Kitsch), Reminisce (Santa face)
stamps- Sweet November (Milk and Cookies boy), Inkadinkado (Christmas Kid's Quote)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox chestnut roan
rub-on flourish (RAKd from Karla... thanks Karla!)
Copic Spica glitter pens
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- E27, E47, E49
clothes- BG72, BG75, BG78, BG09, R24, R29, E19, E30, E31, E34, E34, 0, E81, BG000, YG03, YG95

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hello, my pretty


Well, I totally scored at the crafty store yesterday. While I was browsing the Christmas aisle of paper and goodies I came across two different paper pads by My Mind's Eye that I had never even heard of or seen promoted anywhere before. I was shocked I tell ya! There was a 12x12 pad called Christmas Kitsch and a 6x6 pad called Merry Little Christmas... both of which are supah cute and thanks to some 40% off coupons, one of each came home with me! Woot woot!
I've gotta say, that find completely made my day and I can't wait to dig into them. :)

But before I jump head first into Christmas cards, I've still got one final Halloween card to share this year. I wanted to go with something sweet and cute so another Pure Innocence cutie came out to play, Little Witch. And instead of going straight to the Halloween papers I went with some random orange paper scraps. Just by adding in the bit of green and black with the touch of purple in her hair adds enough of the Halloween look I think. Her dress is paper pieced and I did add some orange shading to it to help give it some dimension as well. All in all, a fairly simple and pretty little card for my 'pretties'.

Alrighty then, be sure to drop by tomorrow when I'll be shining the spotlight on November's SN Guest Gal and there will be lots of fun previews of new stamps coming after that! See ya then! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- MOD (floral), Basic Grey (orange solid), Authentique (gingham), Rusty Pickle (green)
stamps- My Favorite Things (Pure Innocence Little Witch and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Martha Stewart black
Prima flower
Basic Grey rub on flourish
glitter brad
Kaiser Craft pearls
Fiskars border punch
EK Success silver pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- BV01, BV02, BV08
clothes- N5, N7, N9, YG95, YG97, YG99, E40, 0, YR12, YR16, YR18, 0
broom- E31, E34, E35, Y21, Y26, YR24

Friday, October 28, 2011

Count your blessings

TGIF everybody!

I'm getting ready for a day on the town... mostly it's a big grocery shopping trip but I've got a few fun stops planned as well. I just can't resist popping into the big local crafty store, it may not be a Michael's or Hobby Lobby but it will do in a pinch. ;)

So this quickie card came together completely different than I had originally planned. At first I was all set on making another Halloween card for today's post but when I was flipping through my Pure Innocence stamps this adorable little pumpkin patch gal caught my eye instead. Sure, I could still make that work for a Halloween card... kind of like the day before Halloween when she is gathering up all her pumpkins to carve. But when it came time to find some papers that would work I pulled out this Simple Stories Year-ography pack that I got in a recent order and that's when the new direction hit me. I mean, how could I resist using that 4x6 piece of paper when it practically takes care everything (embellishing, color palette, sentiment...) leaving only the colored image for me to do? Awesome!

Speaking of coloring, it's funny but she actually kinda reminds me of myself a bit... short brown hair, roundish and always found in blue jeans and sweaters this time of year, LOL! To give the clothes texture I used some colorless blender on a scrap of denim for the jeans (you can see it done here) and on a scrap of terry clothe for the sweater. If you haven't tried that technique yet, I highly recommend giving it a go... I love how it adds interest to even simple images. :)

Alrighty, time for me to hit the road. Have a good one!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper/stickers- Simple Stories (Year-ography)
stamp- My Favorite Things (Pure Innocence Pumpkin Patch Girl)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox chestnut roan
Paper Trey Ink twine
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- E35, E57, E59
clothes- B95, B97, B99, YG95, YG97, YG99, W5, W7, W9, 0
wagon/pumpkins- N5, N7, N9, C1, C3, E15, E07, E19, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR18, YR04, E43, E44

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This way comes...


Boy oh boy has it gotten cold here quickly! Just a few nights ago we were hovering in the low 40's then all of a sudden we were below freezing by 10 pm. Yesterday was cold all day long and I'm worried this might be a sign of an early winter... yikes! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the dreaded white stuff holds off on making an appearance for a few more weeks, LOL!

Ok, enough of my moaning and groaning... we have a new challenge over on the Tickled Pink challenge blog and this week is a photo inspiration. I loves me some photo inspiration so this one was right up my alley. :)
It's a perfectly spooky Halloween looking room full of great shades of orange and black with plenty of spiderwebs and skullies. As soon as I saw it I knew that I would be using Witch Lylah for my card, she's just too fabulous not to ink up now that I've got her in rubbah. And considering I've made quite a few Halloween cards lately, all I had to do was pull scraps from off my desk and throw them together to get this one rollin'. Then I finished it all off with some super cool spider web looking ribbon that my bloggin' buddy Rinne recently RAK'd me (thanks Rinne!) and like magic it was done! ;)

Alrighty, so go check out all the amazing inspiration from the design team girls and play along with us this week. There is a free digi of your choice up for grabs and the winner is now selected by random generator! Don't forget that your card must feature a Tickled Pink stamp in order to qualify for the prize... these include: Lil Lolitas and Lads, Pinkettes, Pink Pets and Cherries. All of which can be found in the Tickled Pink store. And don't forget that Tickled Pink has their digital stamps available during the entire month of October!

Good luck everybody!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Authentique (Glowing), The Girls' Paperie (Toil and Trouble), BoBunny (bright orange)
stamps- Tickled Pink (Lil Haunt Witch Lylah), Studio G (sentiment and bats)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Martha Stewart black
Martha Stewart epoxy spider stickers
Kaiser Craft gems
cool lacey ribbon (RAK from Rinne... thanks!)
Copic Spica glitter pens
sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- YG0000, G20, G40, G21, G28, W3, W5
hair- C5, C7, C9, YG03
eyes- G24, G29
clothes- T5, T7, T9, BV23, BV25, BV29, Y38, YR04, YR18, E07, Y13, Y18, E81, 0, E44, E42, N5, N9

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Too cute to spook


Soooo... I got some new Sugar Nellie stamps in the mail recently and I've just been itchin' to ink them up. But time and again that has kept getting put off for other things so they had to sit and wait, it was torture I tell ya!
Well yesterday I finally had time to dive in to them and sweet Delia here was really speaking to me. The shape of her dress kinda reminded me of a pumpkin so I ran with that idea and decided that with a bit of tweaking she would make for a super cute trick or treator. All I did was wipe away the large flowers on her skirt with a baby wipe before stamping and then drew the circles back in, but this time turned them into a crazy jack o'lantern print. Now she reminds me of a little girl who couldn't decide if she wanted to be a witch or a butterfly for Halloween so she went with both costumes at once, LOL! ;)
There is actually quite a lot of sparkle added to her wings and costume but as always the picture just doesn't want to pick it up... sigh. But one thing you can't miss are all those bright Doodlebug colors, heeheehee... love 'em! Overall I think it is pretty obvious that I was having a lot of fun with this card, which is all that matters in the end. :)

ETA... this week's Flutter By challenge is to use the colors; black, purple, orange, and green on your card so how perfect is that?! Looks like I'll be poppin' this card over there to play along!

Ok, time for me to go get ready for the day.
Later gators!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Doodlebug (Monster Mania)
stamps- Sugar Nellie (Fairy Glen Delia), Studio G (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Martha Stewart black
Sakura clear glaze and stardust glitter pens
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic black multiliner 0.1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- Y38, YR04, YR18, R08
clothes/wings- T5, T7, T9, YG01, YG03, YG25, YR04, YR18, V15, V17, BG32, BG15, Y35, Y38, Y11, Y13, Y17

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christmas smooches

Good morning!

It's another review preview day over on the ATS blog and today it's all about the Christmas Fairwees!

For my card I once again inked up sweet little Josie who is getting into all kinds of mistletoe mischief. I can just hear her giggling as she flutters above the heads of unsuspecting holiday revelers bringing about a Christmas smooch or two. ;)
And I love pairing her up with the mistletoe cutter because it saves me a ton of time not having to try and fussy cut all those little branches and leaves. All I have to do is snip off the stamped mistletoe, glue the diecut one in its place and add pearls for the berries... easy peasy!

Sweet November Gals, Danni, Nancy and Rachel, along with some of the ATS team all have wonderful Christmas Fairwee cards to share, so don't miss checking out all of their fab creations too!

Later gators!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- The Girls' Paperie (Tinsel and Twig), Simple Stories (green dot)
stamps- Sweet November (Josie's Mistletoe and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox chestnut roan
CC Designs Mistletoe cutter
Kaiser Craft pearls
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- E30, E31, E34, E35
clothes- E81, E50, 0, R24, R29, E19, YG25, YG67, G000

Monday, October 24, 2011

Picture perfect Halloween


Hi-ho, hi-ho it's back to work I go... but before I do I have a quick and fun little Halloween card to share today. :)

I finally made it to the last (but not least) of the Halloween images that I had started during past coloring videos. This little cutie is Miss Rosalie from CC Designs and I used her in my 'black hair and black clothes' tutorial. I was going for a kind of Wednesday from the Addam's Family type vibe with her and new from the get-go that I wanted to pair her up with these fun tombstone stamps that I got this year. They are a clear set from Inkadinkado and they originally have text in each of the tombstones... none of which are ones I saw myself using much soooo... I grabbed a pair of fine tip scissors and carefully cut the text out of each stamp. Now I have six blank tombstones that I can add anything I want to them, which is great!
And how cute is that Polaroid frame? I was using up more Mischievous scraps on this card and came across the die cut sheet that goes with the line. As soon as I saw this frame I knew just how I wanted to create Rosalie's scene. I like how it contains everything and looks like Pugsley or Cousin It took a snapshot of her in the graveyard on Halloween night. And the added bonus is the perfect little place that it provides for a sentiment... love it! I'm thinking I may need to make some of my own frames like this because it would be super easy to do.

Alrighty, time for hair and make-up.
TTYL! :)
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper/die cut frame- My Mind's Eye (Mischievous)
stamps- CC Designs (Miss Rosalie), Inkadinkado (tombstones), Hero Arts (spooky tree), Studio G (sentiments)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Martha Stewart black
Paper Trey Ink twine
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- C5, C7, C9
clothes- T3, T5, T7, T9, BV23, BV25, BV29, E81, 0

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Hidee-ho stamp-a-reenos!

I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend wherever you may be. :)

Well, I'm getting down to the last few remaining Halloween stamps that I had started during past videos. And when I saw the new sketch challenge over at Kraftin Kimmie's I figured it was the perfect time to finish coloring up Monique from my two-toned hair video.

I really did intend to follow the sketch pretty literally but as the card came together and I started to come up with the theme and goodies that I wanted to add to it, I may have strayed a bit from the original. But I promise that the inspiration is still there. As for Monique I thought it would be cool to turn her into a kind of Halloween circus ringmaster character. And you just know that the ringmaster would have to be a fabulously sultry vampire. Thus the little hint of her last meal dribbling from the corner of her lovely grin. ;)

Well that's it from me today... toodles!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing)
stamps- Kraftin Kimmie (Monique), Studio G (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Versamark clear, Martha Stewart black
gold embossing powder
Making Memories tiny tags and die cut bats
Kaiser Craft gems
American Crafts and Webster's Pages ribbon roses
Martha Stewart decorative border
Copic Spica glitter pens
Copic markers:
skin- E00, E21, E13, R00, R20, W3, W5, W7
eyes- BV25, BV29
hair- E50, E51, E53, W3, W5, W7
clothes- C3, C5, C7, C9, R24, R29, E18, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y13

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trick or treat, smell my feet...

Mornin' folks!

I'm running a bit behind this morning as I get ready to head off to work so this will be a quickie. :)

So I'm still making headway on getting the images from past videos off my desk and onto cards. I'm determined that I'll have all the Halloween ones done before Halloween actually comes and goes, LOL! Today I've got the Spooktacular Mummy from TGF all colored up along with the entire scene that I created when I did the masking video a while back. This one is really all about the coloring so not a lot of paper or embellishments fussing it up. The sky is colored with Copic marker BV23 and then to smooth out the streaks I just put some colorless blender on a scrap of terry cloth and dabbed it all over giving it a nice mottled appearance that looked much more sky like. If you try this technique just be sure to do that step first so that you don't accidentally dab colorless blender all over the parts of the scene that you want to stay smooth, like the houses and that cute mummy here.
I also drew a small candy pail for the little trick or treater to really finish off the entire scene.

Okey dokey, time for me to scoot... thanks for stopping by... Oh! And Carisa has a new hair coloring video up at Color Me Copic today so be sure to check that out too! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Simple Stories (green polka dot)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Spooktacular mummy), October Afternoon (Weathervane and Home Sweet Home sets), Studio G (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Martha Stewart black
Doodlebug twine
Copic black multiliner 0.1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11
clothes- E81, W0
scene- G94, G99, N1, N3, N5, E42, E43, E44, E47, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08, YR21, YR12, YR18, YR04, YG01, YG03, YG17, YG67, Y15, C5, C7, C9
sky- BV20, BV23, 0

Friday, October 21, 2011


Hey there!

Well what do ya know... we've made it to another Friday already. Hellooo weekend! :)

So I've had some requests recently to share how I color up furry characters, specifically little Joe Joe the werewolf. And since I had some time yesterday afternoon I went ahead and shot a video of just that. You can catch it here or on the Color Me Copic blog... hope you like it!
The resulting card came together super quick because I just grabbed paper scraps and die cuts from the Mischievous line that were laying around in the clutter that is unfortunately still making its home on my desk. Hey, every little bit that makes it on to a card helps, right? Not only that, but I also dug into my stash of reeeally old embellishments and stamped my sentiment onto a metal rim tag. Talk about kickin' it old skool, LOL! :)

Ok, so I've got to make like a banana and split... have a good one my friends!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper/die cuts- My Mind's Eye (Mischievous)
stamps- Sweet November (Joe Joe the werewolf), Studio G (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox charcoal
Paper Trey Ink twine
metal rim tag
Copic markers:
fur- E50, E42, E31, E43, E35, E44, E47, R12
clothes- T5, T7, T9, YR14, YR18, E07

Thursday, October 20, 2011



It's time for a new challenge over at Some Odd Girl and this go 'round we want to see you color your stamped images completely in black and white! That's right, just think of it like you are creating a cool black and white photo or movie still... everything is in shades of gray. No skin tones, no red lips, no blue eyes, everything that you color has to be black and white. You can still go crazy with color on the rest of your card design so that the entire card doesn't have to be completely monochromatic.

Now you know I loves me some color but I actually couldn't wait to give this a go since it isn't a technique that I do very often. And considering the time of year I thought that it would make for a really cool looking Halloween card. Then when I spotted the new Witchy Mae digi... well let's just say that it was a 'no brainer' on who would be getting the black and white treatment. ;)
I mean, come on?! Isn't she fabulous? This new Mae so reminds me of a vintage Halloween pin-up with her flirty pose and ooh la la ensemble. I just love her to bits and am keeping my fingers crossed that we see some more SOGgies like her in the future.

As for the rest of the card, I paired her up with a mix of Authentique's Glowing papers and some Tim Holtz paper that looked like a bunch of different vintage Halloween cards, which I cut apart to create little accents here and there. And I actually shaded the circle cut out around Mae with some C0 to make it look more like the moon behind her but I had a hard time picking that up in the photo so you'll just have to take my word for it. :)

Okey dokey, so now it's time for you to get inspired and show us your black and white coloring skills! You've got until November 1st to enter a card for a chance at winning a fab prize and while you don't have to use a SOG image to qualify, you do get an extra name in the hat come drawing time if you do.

Good luck!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing), Tim Holtz (Halloween)
digi stamp- Some Odd Girl (Witchy Mae)
ink- Colorbox black pigment
ribbon and lace
Kaiser Craft gems
Making Memories bat stick pin
Authentique die cut sentiment
Sharpie white marker
Copic Spica silver and clear glitter pens
Copic markers:
C00, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Decorated with happiness

Happy hump day everybody!

We've made it to that mid-week mark and I hope all is well in your corner of the world. The days here have been beautiful and sunny but the temps are definitely set in that chilly fall mode. I love this time of year and always feel a bit giddy pulling out all of my fave sweaters and other winter clothes. What can I say, I'm a cozy kind of gal. ;)

So today is a new post over on the ATS challenge blog and we are playing with a great sketch by Rachel this week. I thought it would be fun to do a bit of altering with the new Tree Trimmers Christmas Fairwees for this card. So I broke up the duo by only inking Daphne and a few of the kernels and berry trim. Then I stamped up some extra berries and popcorn kernels from an older October Afternoon stamp set that I have and added them to Daphne's garland strand. After all that work she and Jilly did creating these lovely decorations, Daphne just couldn't help sneaking away for a quick nibble or two of that yummy popcorn... and I can't say that I blame her one bit, LOL!

Now if you head on over to the ATS challenge blog there are lots of fun and different takes on this wonderful sketch that are sure to help get your creative juices flowing. :)

Hasta manana!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Christmas)
stamps- Sweet November (Tree Trimmers Jilly and Daphne), Doodlebug (sentiment), October Afternoon (Very Merry set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown
Copic Multiliner black pen
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- YR30, YR20, Y21
clothes- R12, R22, R24, E55, E57, E59, G0000
popcorn/cranberries- E50, E51, 0, YR21, R05, R08, E07, E57
ground- E30, E31, E34, 0

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wishing 'ewe' a merry Christmas...

Good morning!

Today is review preview day over at the All That Scraps blog and we are shining the spotlight on a few of this month's new release stamps. I had yet to ink up this sweet little Ornament Ewe from CC Designs and I really wanted to get her on a card.
There isn't a whole lot to color here so I thought I would have some fun by adding flocking to her wool... now she's nice and fuzzy! This image kinda reminds me of the Fairwees... in that it is nice and small and really easy to color, which makes for a great quick and easy holiday card. Which, let's face it, the closer to Christmas that we get... the less time we seem to have for squeezing crafting into the holiday hustle and bustle. ;)

If you've got a minute or two, why not hop on over to the ATS blog and check out what the rest of the gals have created today... you may just spot a stamp or two that you missed the first time round. :)


Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- October Afternoon (Very Merry)
stamps- CC Designs (Ornament Ewe and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown
Making Memories poinsettias
Doodlebug white flocking
Fiskars border punch
Copic markers:
ewe- W5, W7, W9, E40, E41, 0
ornament- R24, R27, R29, E19, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y13
background- BG000, 0

Monday, October 17, 2011

An eerie glow...

Howdy folks!

I'm back with yet another Halloween cutie that I started during a past hair coloring video. Yep, I'm still working my way through getting them off my desk and onto some cards. :)
I did make some progress with the craft room clean up yesterday but there is still a ways to go. But for now that will have to wait as it is back to work for me today.

So this card features Perfect Poison from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and even though I've had her since last Halloween, this was my first time actually inking her up... tsk, tsk! To be honest I think I was a bit intimidated by her. I didn't quite know how to approach that bubbling potion she's holding but once I thought about it I decided to treat it kinda like candle glow. So instead of yellow highlights I went with an appropriately eerie yellow green light being cast from the bottle. I gotta say, I think she turned out quite sinister looking in a quirky, cute kind of way, LOL!

Ok, well I hope that this new week is off to a great start for ya. :)
Catch ya' later!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- My Mind's Eye (Mischievous), Rusty Pickle (green)
stamp- Kraftin' Kimmie (Perfect Poison)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox black pigment
Martha Stewart candy and label stickers
Kaiser Craft gems
The Twinery twine
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, YG0000, YG00, YG01
hair- E43, E44, E87, YG01, YG03, YG25
clothes- W5, W7, W9, V06, V09, G07, YG0000, BG0000, V20, E81, 0, YG01
background- T1, BV23, W00, W1, W3

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog hoppin' with Tickled Pink


October is Tickled Pink's birthday month and today, the Pink Ladies are celebrating with a fun blog hop where each of us has chosen one of our own personal fave Tickled Pink stamps from any of the past releases to showcase. So if you've started over at Kellie's blog then you are right on track... if not head on over there to join the party at the beginning. :)

There are so many fantastic images to choose from within the Tickled Pink range that I had a hard time narrowing it down. In the end I let the time of year and upcoming holiday help me to decide and went with the very cool and very gorgeous Lil Haunt Ghost Willow. For this card I saw her as more of a Goblin Queen than a ghost so I colored her up nice and spooky like with piercing blue eyes and a sweeping ebony gown. Then I felt uber crafty and made some haunting ribbon roses to go with her. Halloween cards are just way too much fun to make!

So if you would like to play along and have a chance at winning a $25 gift voucher to the Tickled Pink store then just hit each stop in the hop and then when you make it back to the Tickled Pink blog be sure to tell us which Tickled Pink stamp is your all time favorite. Alrighty, now I'll send ya along to the amazing miss Debbie's blog and thanks for celebrating two perfectly pink years with us! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing), Tim Holtz (halloween)
stamp- Tickled Pink (Lil Haunt Ghost Willow)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox black pigment
Cosmo Cricket 1" Glubers
Making Memories decorative brad, stick pins and epoxy stickers
Sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E70, E71, W3, W5, C7
hair- G0000, G000, G00, 0
eyes- BG11, BG13, BG49
clothes- C5, C7, C9

Ghoulies and ghosties

Welcome to the weekend!

I still haven't come up with any big plans myself but I do want to tackle the state of my crafty room.
Once again I have let it get a bit out of control with things all piled up on top of each other, encroaching into my work space on the desk. So to help with the clean-up effort I grabbed another of the stamped images that I started coloring up during a past video. This time I chose to get this cool Snow White digi from Spesch Stamps onto a card. I printed her out nice and big for the two-tone hair video and kinda altered her into a fun looking witch by changing her apple into a little jack o'lantern. Because she was so large I felt that I could go bold with the sentiment as well so I was also able to use up an old Rusty Pickle die-cut too... always an awesome feeling to get older goodies onto a project. ;)

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now and heading in to my room to continue clean up then hopefully get creative and start the vicious cycle all over again, LOL!

Adios amigos!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing)
digi stamp- Spesch (Snow White)
Colorbox black pigment
Martha Stewart epoxy potion and spider stickers
Rusty Pickle die-cut quote
EK Success silver pen
Sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20, V99
eyes- YG41, YG45, G28
hair- C5, C7, C9, V05, V06
clothes- YG03, YG17, YG67, T5, T7, T9
jack o'lantern- Y38, YR14, YR15, YR18, E09