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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #43: Anything Goes

So there's a great challenge going on over at Crafty Gals Corner! We have a challenge that begins every  WEDNESDAY! More often then not there are MULTIPLE SPONSORS PER WEEK! So there's plenty of chances to win! 

This week's challenge is Anything Goes

Our sponsors this week are:

Prize: 2 Digital Images

"The artist behind The East Wind digital images is known as Unky LaStrange. Unky makes her home in British Columbia, Canada with her wonderful daughter, Aurora, the love of her life and source of much inspiration. She has been creating art since she was a child always allowing it to reflect her interests, humour, and love of all that is quirky. Her unique images run the gamut from the darkly humourous and sometimes creepy through the world of fashion-forward Lucy Loo to the sweet Aurora and Baby Aurora where life and people are good and beautiful. There are images to suit every taste, occasion, or whim at The East Wind ("
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate

I actually had the privilege of working with BOTH sponsors this go around.

This first card is using the image: Cool Buddies by Stitchy Bear Digital Oulet

I don't make very many "Guy" themed cards because I always find myself wanting to add a flourish, a flower, or something and they never feel "done" to me. However, I'm trying to get better at it so I took a shot with this cute image!

This image is called: Maui Maui and is from The East Wind.

I saw a beautiful card on Pinterst featuring a tutorial by Theresa Momber on how to create this beautiful background with memento inks and daubers! I took a shot at it and JUST LOVE how it came out! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Go ahead and head on over to Crafty Gals Corner, and join in on our challenge! You have until Tuesday at 12:00pm to enter!

I'd like to enter this card into the KennyK's Krafty Krew Challenge #204: Happy Everything

It's a Wild First Birthday!


If you check out the Paper Temptress Blog today, you'll see that I'm providing some inspiration while working with some amazing cardstocks, and papers!

Here's what I created for a special little boy for his 1st Birthday!

So for this "magical" card I used the following products:

Black Licorice - Card Base
Desert Storm (Kraft) - Sentiment Base
Gum Drop Green - Grass & Leaves Outline
Jelly Bean Green - Grass & Vines

I also used:

Monkey, Giraffe, Grass, Leaves, Vines, Sign are SVG's from the Silhoutte Store
Green Leaves Confetti - for the Shaker
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Background Paper with long grass - Safari Chic - DCWV

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Until next time...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ching-Chou Kuik - Mini Challenge ~ SPOOKY

Hello There!!

PSST! There is a mini challenge over at the Ching Chou Kuik FB Page!

Here's what you need to know!

- 2 submissions limit per person
- Create a paper crafts using CHING CHOU KUIK DIGITAL IMAGE of your choice. It does not have to be a Halloween image, you just need to follow the 'Spooky' theme.
- Your project must be a new project, not previously shared here or on other social media sites. 
- Your project must be uploaded to this album before the end of the challenge to be eligible for a prize. You do not need to post separately to the main wall. Once you've uploaded your project, please comment on your photo to bring it to the main wall. 
- Have fun! 

Winners and Prizes:
1. One "Artist's Choice" award, to be chosen by Ching-Chou Kuik. The winner of this challenge will receive the next NEW DIGI RELEASE by Ching Chou Kuik. That's right - the winner will recieve the next 2 newest digis!

2. Everyone who plays along (and has followed the rules above) will receive one digi of their choice, just for playing along. Once you've uploaded your project(s) to this album, please message Bonnie Taylor with your email and the digi of your choice from the Ching Chou Kuik Etsy shop. 

Please come back to this group on November 1, 2015 to see who the lucky winner of the this challenge is!

I do hope you'll all play along! Looking forward to seeing your 'Spooky' projects!

This image is called Spooky Blue and you can find this image and MANY other fabulous images of at the Ching Chou Kuik Etsy shop

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nikki Burnette Challenge #3: Any Witch Will Do

Hello there!

WOW! Great success with the first challenge! Here I am today to present you with the 2nd one!

 Nikki Burnette has some wonderful, whimsical images that you just HAVE to go and check out! You can find those fantasy art digital images and more over at the Etsy shop!

Nikki Burnette also has a fan group on Facebook, in which you can find TONS of inspiration, sneak peeks, auctions, and other fun things about Nikki and her delightful art. 

The challenge Any Witch Will Do!
 SO here is what I came up with using the image called "Esme"

Digital Stamp - Printable Coloring Page - Fantasy Art - Witch Stamp - Esme - by Nikki Burnette - COMMERCIAL USE

Here's how I interpreted this lovely image:

This card was super fun to put together! I love how it came out - hopefully you do too!

Feel free to stop by the Nikki Burnette Challenge Blog and link up your project! The challenges are bi-weekly so you have until then to link up!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Scrapper's Delights Challenge

Hello Hello!!

So today there is a brand new monthly challenge debuting on the Scrapper's Delights Blog, with the theme of ANYTHING GOES!

* The new monthly challenges will be held on the first Saturday of every month.
* Previous Months Winners will be announced at the beginning of each challenge.
* Winners will still be chosen at random,
The prize will be a Scrapper's Delights gift voucher
* You can enter as many times as you like as long as it is a new and current project each time.

It is also time for another bi-monthly challenge over at Scrapper's Delights Facebook Page. It's always Anything Goes - so head on over for a chance to win some free images! There are even freebies to participate in the group!

The theme for this challenge is Anything Goes with the twist of Halloween! I used the adorable Sabrina Witch to create this fun Side Step card!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, October 16, 2015

Sassy Studio Designs ~ Flash Back Friday ~ Wanda & Pink Ribbon Frame Sassy

TGIF Sassy Fans!

Every Friday the Sassy Studio Design Team will provide you with inspiration on a particular image. These are images are ones that may have been forgotten about, or need a little extra lovin!

The selected image will be available at a discount for one week!

This weeks image is: Wanda & Pink Ribbon Frame Sassy


Here's what I came up with:

 Check out the awesome inspiration on this image from my Sassy Sisters & Sassy Brother here!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BS Sessions #2!

Hello there fellow crafters!

A while ago, Becca (Damsel of Distressed Cards) and I announced that we had collaborated to bring you "The BS Sessions". 

What are the BS Sessions? 
Well Samantha knows how to work a marker like nobody's business and Becca loves to get messy with mixed media. We both wanted to learn the other person's crafty secrets so we're going to ask one another a question on the last Thursday of the month. Becca will provide you with some amazing Mixed Media techniques and Samantha will show you some tips and tricks about coloring! We'll both provide our followers with a little tutorial, because if we have these questions - our followers might too!

So Becca's question to me this month was: "How do you color black hair and black clothing?" 

Well first off, it takes A LOT OF PRACTICE! Nothing works the first time around, it's something you have to keep working at. 

Secondly, I learned A LOT from the Kit & Clowder Coloring Classes.

In this tutorial I am using Copics, but you can apply the techniques to ANY brand of marker!

I did this technique with two different color combos for Black and two different images! 

 The first image is: Embrace the Ocean by Ching Chou Kuik

Copic Markers - W9, W7, W5, W3, B24 (optional)

Spectrum Nor: BG9, BG7, BG5. BG3, TB4 (optional)

So - quick note - Hair can be difficult and it too takes A LOT of practice! However, I hope this tutorial gets you started in the right direction and that you have fun with it!

Step 1: The first thing you want to do is start with your darkest color (W9) and add your strokes where the darkest parts would be - aka the shadows. As you can see here, the pearls would cast a shadow on her hair, so would the "dips" in the hair, smallest points (like ends), and around her face. These strokes can be thought of as "Flicks" - You start with the point in the darkest part and flick outward towards the lightest part of the hair. THIS is the hardest step - the rest seem to fall in line :)

Step 2: Take your next color (W7) and go in between the darkest strokes (flicks) you just created and extend them a little further than the last strokes. 

Step 3: EXACTLY the same as Step 2 - just extend it even further towards the lightest part of the hair.

Step 4: Getting the hint here ;) Same thing again, each time you just extend the color out a little further. The more colors you use the more the colors will eventually start to overlap giving you that definition you want to see. 

Step 5: OPTIONAL - Since she was a mermaid I decided to use a fun color to streak it through her hair. In this case, I used B24. In this step I just streaked some of the color through what I'd already colored and made sure it went from the darkest part of the hair to the lightest part. 

VIOLA! You've got yourself a beautifully colored hair! By the way you can use this technique FOR ANY COLOR of hair!

Here's the final piece colored in case you're interested in seeing it!

So here's the second part of the tutorial! In this example I colored, what we would consider, jet black hair and also black clothing. 

Anyone else a fan of the Adams Family?!

Copic: C9, C7, C5, C3

Spectrum Noir: IG9, IG7, IG5, IG3

Step 1: I like to color my areas that are going to be black with my lightest color (C3). This does two things:
1 - It prevents me from messing up and coloring another part of her black accidentally (like her legs)
2 - It gets a good saturation on the paper and allows blending to be much easier. 

Step 2: Using your darkest color (C9) - color where the darkest parts of her outfit would be. Anywhere there would be a shadow should have this color.

Step 3: Take your next darkest color (C7) and extend the color a little further out. Don't go completely over what you've already colored because it will de-saturate the color and look a little funny. When you color just go over the edges of where the last color ended so you get a smooth blend. 

Step 4: Take your next color (C5) and repeat step 3.

Step 5: Take your lightest color (C3) and blend in the rest of the empty space to make the blend seamless. 

Step 6: The hair works exactly the same way as the first tutorial. Your darkest color (C9) should be in the shadows and darkest parts of her hair and flick outward.

Step 7: Next color (C7) and extend a little futher.

Step 8: Next color (C5) and extend further. Since this hair was small to color, I didn't need to use C3.

Here is the finished image! Although I didn't do it in this tutorial - I HIGHLY recommend, when coloring with very dark colors, to do it LAST! It was very difficult to color her skin afterwards without pulling some of the black into it!

**FINAL NOTE** - The blending cardstock you uses MATTERS! It makes a world of a difference in your coloring! My favorite is Heavenly White 80# Cardstock which is sold by The Paper Temptress! Not sure what kind of blending carstock is right for you? NO PROBLEM! She offers a "Blending Copic Sample Pack" Which allows you to test a variety of blending cardstocks so you can find YOUR favorite. 

SO, thanks for joining me on the skin coloring tutorial today! Becca has provided an AWESOME mixed media tutorial on her blog - GO CHECK IT OUT!

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Stay tuned for next month's BS SESSIONS, which will appear here on November 26th!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #41: Witches, Ghouls, & Gobblins

So there's a great challenge going on over at Crafty Gals Corner! We have a challenge that begins every  WEDNESDAY! More often then not there are MULTIPLE SPONSORS PER WEEK! So there's plenty of chances to win! 

This week's challenge is Witches, Ghouls, & Gobblins! 
Make anything Halloween!

Our sponsors this week are:

Prize: $12 Gift Certificate

"Rick St,dennis MFA has been an artist, designer, stage designer and instructor for over 45 years, you can find his full Bio here. His digital stamp images can be found on Zibbet or Etsy . Inspiration projects from the Rick St. Dennis Elite
 Design Team can be found on the Sparkle and Glitter blog, or for the darker images on the Airless Chambers blog.

Rick also has a personal blog  and on Facebook there is the Rick St.dennis Digi fans and friends group, showcase your cards and other projects using RSD images there to be eligible to win prizes."


Prize: $12 Gift Certificate

I actually had the privledge of working with BOTH sponsors this go around. The first one is Zombie Love by Rick St. Dennis. I decided to make a dark, halloweenish, spooky, creepy, gory?, messy art journal page! This was SO SO SO much fun to do! I played around with my new Dylusions Paints, Acrylic Paints, and Oil Paints! The poem was printed on vellum, and overly heated (on purpose) with my heat gun to create a grungy, burned, transparent feel. 

The poem is hard to read but it says:

Zombie Love
It started with a piece or two
My lips... a lock of hair
As I began to care.
But slowly you demanded more

And so I offered freely
All I could afford to give -
Pulsing with my ardent love
My heart so you could live.

You marveled at its beauty,
You reveled at its beat,
You understood my sacrifice,
And palmed it carefully.

But soon its thumps gave out,
Fascination quickly soured,
And while I shed a broken tear,
My life force was devoured.

And now you want it all,
The piece you left behind,
And though I long to heal your pain,
I dare not give my mind.

On top of being an amazing crafter - Becca is also a fantastic writer! I had seen some of her poems before and thought they were just amazing, so I asked her if she wouldn't mind writing me a little something something to go with this art journal page!

This next project is just a card with some pretty neat stenciling! I used Memento Dew Drop Inks to create the background.
Using: Web Veil by Sami Stamps

Thanks for stopping by today! Go ahead and head on over to Crafty Gals Corner, and join in on our challenge! You have until Tuesday at 12:00pm to enter!

I'd like to enter this card into the KennyK's Krafty Krew Challenge #204: Happy Everything