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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Corrosive Challenge #163 - Anything Goes

It has been a busy holiday weekend here with shopping and decorating!  I also got to enjoy a second Thanksgiving dinner yesterday as my mom is finally feeling better.  I haven't really had time for much crafting.  Too wrapped up in untangling lights only to plug them in and find half the strand dioesn't work!  But when I saw this adorable snowman freebie from A Day For Daisies on Friday I knew I would have to color him up for my Corrosive Challenge project!  ADFD is our sponsor after all!  This challenge, the last one for 2012, is "Anything Goes". After that the Corrosive Challenge team will be taking a well-deserved and much needed hiatus for the holidays!  We will be hosting a design team call in December, however, and we'll see you December 9th with all the details on that!   

As for this fellow, his name is Snowball Scott and can be found HERE on ADFD's challenge blog.  He is a generous freebie for their current challenge, which is simply to use this cute guy to make something!  I couldn't resist!  So I colored him up using Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers, and popped him onto the current sketch from The Sweet Stop (SSS186).  Papers are My Mind's Eye -  Christmas Traditions.  I added a couple of flowers, bling, a punched snowflake, and some glitter letters to dress it up.  The sentiment is punched with an oval and comes from the My Favorite Things set called Cool Yule.

Please head over to The Corrosive Challenge to see what the rest of the design team gals have created for this challenge and why not join us for your chance at winning a fabulous ADFD prize while you're there!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I'm off to Target shortly for more lights...


Friday, November 23, 2012

Make a Scene

It's the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday, and I will be leaving work at noon to join my best friend on our annual shopping trip.  We've never bothered with all those early bird specials...  It's not been about the deals.  Or even the shopping really.  It's always been about a fun day together that usually culminates in dinner and drinks somewhere.  And then more drinks.  lol  Although last year it ended with The Muppet Movie in the theater.  Hmm, maybe we're losing our edge...

But before I head off on my retail adventures and kick off the holiday season, let me share today's Sassy Studio Designs Fabulous Freebie Friday image with you!  There are two, actually.  And they are gorgeous background scenes!  This is the underwater one, but there is a tropical one as well!  Both are being offered today as our 24 hour freebie over on the SSD Paper Craft Planet group!  There is a new challenge beginning there too- Make a Scene!  I used Polka Dot Bikini to create my scene.  The snorkel I found through a google search.  After coloring and fussy cutting both I popped the sexy snorkeler up with foam squares onto of my colored scene.  All coloring was done with Copics.  I added a few pearls, flowers, punched branches, and a word band from Tim Holtz.  The bubbles and inside her mask are colored with my glaze pen.  Papers are Stampin' Up.

Please head over to PCP to see what sort of scenes the Fabettes are making!  And be sure to snag your backgrounds before they disappear!

Have an amazing day and thanks for dropping in!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

Thanksgiving has always been about family for me.  It was a day to gather and talk and eat and laugh and just revel in the good things in life, especially the people who are most important to us.  When my dad called this morning to say that my mom was sick (probably the flu) and that we wouldn't be having Thanksgiving, I was heart-broken!  I did offer to come over and cook the dinner, but knowing she would never really be able to rest with a 3 year old on the loose and me asking where this and that was in the kitchen, it was decided it was probably best to stay away.  That left me standing in my own kitchen, which was NOT stocked for a Thanksgiving feast by any means, with tears in my eyes, wondering how I was going to give my small man the kind of happy Thanksgiving I had always been blessed with.  Luckily, one post on facebook was all it took for the kindness of others to find us!  Lovely friends invited us to join them for their festivities, and we ended up having a wonderful day!  We were even sent on our way with a plate of leftovers so I was able to stop by my parents' and drop off a Thanksgiving dinner for my dad as well.  Friends are the family we choose, and I am grateful I have such amazing people in my life!  They opened up their hearts and their home to us and made all the difference!

In the Thanksgiving spirit, I have a few cards to share.  I made them earlier in the week, but just had time to blog them now.  The first two were created using images from A Day For DaisiesRoast Turkey and Flowers anyone?  This image is simply delicious!  It was colored with Copics and cut with the Classic Circles Nestabilities by Spellbinders and matted with the Picot Edge Circles.  A white doily adds some texture and it's prettied up further with flowers, autumn leaves, and some bling.  The designer paper and muse token are from Tim Holtz.

The next one is a scraplift from the fabulously talented Tracy at I Wanna Build A Memory.  I saw her card and was just smitten!  You can see her original masterpiece here.  (She was a member of the ADFD design team when she made this.)  The image is called Butterfly Harvest, and was also colored with Copics.  I did put my own twist on it by fussy cutting the image and popping it up on top of an embossed layer.  Papers are Basic Grey.  I added lace, pearls, the same Cuttlebug corner Tracy used, some flowers, and a couple of Martha Stewart punched butterflies and branches.

My final card features a Saturated Canary image.  This sweet fella is called Scratch.  He is colored with Copics and cut & matted using the Deckled Edge Rectangles Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  Two strips were punched with a Martha Stewart border punch that has a Native American feel to me.  Paper is from my stash as are the flowers and bling. 

Kayne and I have spent the evening watching Christmas specials and I'm very excited for the holidays this year!  I love Christmas anyway, but it will be magical to see it through his eyes now that he is old enough to be excited about it!  Tomorrow I will venture out with my best friend for our annual Black Friday shopping trip.  Then this weekend there will be decorating and hopefully a belated Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Today, and every day, I am thankful for the many blessings I have in my life!  I hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with those you love!  Thanks for visiting me today, and enjoy your weekend! 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sassy Studio Designs The Joy of Giving Release

Welcome to Sassy Studio Designs The Joy of Giving Release!  Lindsay has drawn some beautiful holiday images for this month's release, and they are now available in the online store for use on your holiday projects!  We'll even help get you started with a challenge!
The challenge is VINTAGE OR SHABBY CHIC...

 The definition of vintage is:

Too old to be considered modern, but not old enough to be considered antique.  Can also be a euphemism for "heavily used" items.  Retro, recently out of style with potential to make a comeback

The definition of shabby chic is:

The use of used, worn, or inexpensive components to make stylish goods.  Something that's rather worn out/tattered yet has a touch of understated class.

Head over to the Sassy Studio Designs blog to see the fabulous creations from the design team and to play along in the challenge.  Three participants, selected at random, will each win one image from the release, and one lucky entrant will receive all five new holiday images!  Also if you leave a comment on the SSD blog, you'll be entered for a chance to win one images from the new release!

The image I was assigned is called All Wrapped Up.  I love shabby chic!  I find it... romantic and enchanting. So that was the style I chose to work with for my project.  I bought a fabulous white mini shadow box by 7 Gypsies at Michaels for the occasion!  My image is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers then fussy cut.  I backed the shadow box with some papers from my Fancypants- Winterland paper pad, adding lace trim, tulle rosettes, pearls, punched snowflakes, a Tim Holtz muse token that reads "Christmas" and his metal corners.

It was a fun and easy project and I may just have to make more!  These would make fantastic home decor gifts for the holidays and will work with a variety of images!  

I have a busy week of shopping, baking, crafting, and decorating ahead of me!  In between the full-time job and my small man, of course!  But this will be the case from now until New Year so I'd better get used to it!  'Tis the season!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, R24, R27, R29, BG10, E79, E37, E23) and Prismacolor Art Markers (169, 198).


Friday, November 16, 2012

When Sparkle Goes Awry

Sparkly vampires?  Bram Stoker is rolling over in his grave!  lol  But though I prefer my vampires with a bit less bling, sparkle is on a rampage here!  Welcome to today's Sassy Studio Designs Fabulous Freebie Friday!  In honor of the theatrical release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, Lindsay is offering an amazing Bella and Edward image entitled "Immortal Love".  It can be found on our Paper Craft Planet group for the next 24 hours.  And our challenge this fortnight, now in its 2nd week, is "Make It Sparkle"!

Did I mention that I'm TOTALLY Team Jacob?  Have been since the very beginning.  I couldn't make a Twilight card and not include him!  I just couldn't!  I find those wolf eyes haunting and comforting all at the same time.  They come from a wonderful paper stack from DCWV.  It's also called Immortal Love and contains a gorgeous array of Twilight inspired papers.  Our happy couple is colored with Copics and then Edward's skin was colored over with my Stardust pen.  The sparkle actually looks better in this photo due to the flash than it does in real life (where it has a bit of a gold hue to it).  The sentiment stamped on the metal rimmed tag is from Artful INKables (which I believe is now defunct).  The set is called Fictionally Inspired.  All I added for embellishments is a couple of flowers, one black rhinestone flourish, and a black doily cut with my French Pastry die from Cheery Lynn Designs.

I am off to the theater this evening after work to see the movie with the girls!  I have to admit that though I'm not a huge fan of the actors they selected to play Bella and Edward, I will enjoy it!  I loved the books and I adore Jacob (and his abs) so I go and suffer through Kristen Stewart's awful acting.  (Incidentally, she had the same expression on her face for all of Snow White and the Huntsman as she did for the Twilight Saga.)  But I digress...  Please head over to PCP to snag this awesome image and to see what the FANG-tasic Fabettes have created!  

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to visit the Sassy Studio Designs blog tomorrow and Sunday for our Joy of Giving release!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E79, E37, E23, E31, E34, E04, R20, R24, R27, R29, Y28, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, 100).


Monday, November 12, 2012

All Father

Happy Monday!  I wanted to share the last of my Simply B(etty) Stamps Teen Scene Norse Gods cards with you today!  I know he was previewed and released on Friday, but he wasn't quite ready by post time.  My dad celebrated his birthday on Friday so I made a card for him using Chris Odin.  Odin is the All-Father in Norse mythology and is associated with war, battle, victory, and death as well as wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt.

I colored my image with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  I then fussy cut him and used foam squares to pop him up.  The sketch is from Sassy Studio Designs (DTBST #150).  I opted to leave off the banner sentiment on the front as I didn't want to obstruct the image in any way.  Papers are from my stash and I can't recall who makes them.  I added black pearls and black organdy ribbon.  The die cut is the Labels Ten Nestabilities from Spellbinders and it is embossed with a fleur de Lis Cuttlebug folder.  The sentiment on the inside is also from Simply Betty Stamps and was created especially to coordinate with the Norse Gods collection.

 I'd also like to share the card my son made for his Papa.  Now there is a little back story that needs to be told here...  My dad loves old movies.  Watching movies together has always been our thing.  He was the only family member who would watch horror movies with me when I was a teenager.  And when I was young we used to watch Abbott & Costello movies together.  Among my favorites were the "scary" ones- Meets Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman; Meets the Mummy; Meets the Invisible Man; Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, etc.  A few years back we gave him a box set collection of the movies on DVD.  This year we started watching them with Kayne.  And he LOVES them!  He's only 3, but he's an Abbott & Costello fan!  Every time we go to my parents' house he asks to watch one!  So when I asked him what he wanted to out on his grandfather's birthday card, he had me look through my collection of images for Mr. Hyde (I don't have one!), a mummy (too scary, he said), Dracula (same thing), the Wolfman (also too scary) and then Frankenstein.  He finally settled on Mayzy Art's Halloween Frankenstein.  I printed him out and let my small man color him up.  With Kayne's input as to paper and embellishment choices, we finished an amazing card that his Papa adored!  Here it is:

Kayne was so proud of his creation that he wanted to keep it!  lol  I told him we would color another one for him.Here's a couple of photos of Kayne working on his Papa's card.

And this is them with my parent's new black lab puppy, Finn McCool (Finn for short).

Sorry for the quality... They were taken with my phone.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a marvelous day!

Markers used on Odin: Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, Y32, Y35, E23, E37, E79, W4, W6, W8, W10, 100) and Prismacolor Art Markers (149, 209).


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Corrosive Challenge #162 - Flutter By

November!  Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving, followed closely by the joyous holiday season?!  Around here a new month means a new sponsor at The Corrosive Challenge, and we'd like to welcome A Day For Daisies!

 A Day For Daisies (also known as ADFD) provides themed categories of over 1000 digital illustrations, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions.  Be sure to check out what is available in the shop, and head over to the blog for some awesome inspiration! 

Tammy at ADFD is offering a $12 gift voucher to our monthly winner!  That's the equivalent of 3 images!  We definitely appreciate her generosity!  Each member of the team was even able to select an image to work with for the challenge!  Speaking of challenge, the theme this fortnight is "Flutter By".  So basically anything with wings qualifies!  I chose Beautiful Pixie for my project.  She is colored with Copics and cut with the Labels Twenty-One Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  I added a liberal amount of Crystal Stickles to her wings!  I used a lot of die cuts, and a couple of punches, on this one.  The doliy is French Pastry from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The swirl is a Magnolia Doohickey.  The snowflake border is Frostyville from Memory Box.  Both punches (snowflake and snowflake border used inside) are Martha Stewart.  Papers are Winterland by Fancy Pants Designs.  A few flowers, some pearls, and a Tim Holtz Christmas muse token finish off this wintry holiday card. 

Please head over to The Corrosive Challenge blog to see the stunning creations the design team has to share with you!  Perhaps inspiration will strike and you'll play along!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E79, E37, E23, BG10, BG13, BG15, YG91, YG93, R81).

- Delightful Challenges: Let It Snow (Snowflakes)
- Paper Play Challenges: #45-Snowflakes
- Flutter By Wednesdays: #213-Anything Goes (with a butterfly or fairy)
- Paper Shelter Challenges: #89-Fairies and Elves


Friday, November 9, 2012

Simply B Stamps Previews Day 4 Norse Gods

Release day is finally here for the Teen Scene Norse Gods from Simply B(etty) Stamps!  I'm here with "previews" for Day 4 as their guest designer, but all images are now available in Betty's online store. Today we introduce you to Betty Frigga and Chris Odin.  Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding regarding posting time, I was only able to get one card completed for you.  Chris Odin is colored and waiting to be made into my dad's birthday card.  I do have Betty Frigga ready to make your acquaintance, however.

Frigga is the   "foremost goddess", the wife of Odin, the queen.  She is primarily known for being a wife and mother although it is suggested that she has the power of prophecy, although she never reveals what she knows.  Betty Frigga is colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped up on foam squares.  The layout is courtesy of Sunday Sketch and Stamp (#131).  Papers are My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose - Mabel.  For the square element, I used the Fleur de Lis Squares Nestabilities die from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is another from My Favorite Things.  The only other embellishments added were a few rhinestone squares and some flowers.

If you didn't arrive here from Trish's blog, here is the complete hop list to help you along:

Regan (*you are HERE*)
Off you go to Anda's blog and then I know you will be visiting the store to make some of these amazing images yours!  Betty's digis are often limited edition and only available for a select time so get yours while you can!  A big thank you to Betty and the DT ladies for making me welcome for this release!  It was a lot of fun! 
I am exhausted so sleep is in order here...  Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday!
Markers used: Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, R00, R24, Y38, YR015, BG10, BG13, BG15, E23, E25, E27, E37, E79).

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Simply B Stamps Previews Day 3 Norse Gods

Are you ready for more fabulous Simply B(etty) Stamps Teen Scene Norse Gods?!?  Yes?  Me too!  As guest designer, I was lucky enough to receive these eight awesome images to play with!  Here on Day 3 the team and myself have two more to share with you!  First up is Rio Hel!

Hel is the goddess of the underworld.  I decided to stick with only gray tones for her.  Black, white, and gray.  This is not a coloring technique I am adept at to begin with and it was very late when I started her so being tired didn't help!  We had out first snow yesterday, a pretty impressive nor'easter that left us with half a foot of snow.  The commute home took three times as long as usual so my whole night was off.  But I was determined to make both cards!  I did add Crystal Stickles to her hair for an "otherworldly" sparkle.

Papers are My Mind's Eye - Meadow Lark.  I used the Labels Twenty-Two Nestabilities from Spellbinders to cut out the image.  Flowers, a bling swirl, a metal corner and a sentiment from My Favorite Things' Twisted Foursome add that little something extra to the card.

  Next up is Lola Sif and I just adore her!  
Sif is the wife of Thor and is the goddess associated with fertility, marriage, and family.  She is also known for her golden hair.  My version is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. She is mounted on top of die cuts made with Spellbinders dies- Ovals and Floral Ovals.  Papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two - Blush.  I wanted to play along with the Graphicat Sketch (#19), and though my sizes are a little off with the oval element, I really like how it turned out!  The flower trim is from Tim Holtz - Lavish Trimmings.  I used Labels Twenty-One to cut out that fab sentiment from Create with TLC.  A few pearls are the only other embellishment added.

 I am having so much fun working with these beauties!  One more day!  We'll have the final two images to share tomorrow and the images will be released into the Simply B(etty) Stamps store!  I hope you'll join us then!  As for today, if you arrived from Trish's blog you are on track.  If not, here is today's hop order so you don't miss any of the design team's beautiful work!

Regan (*you are HERE*)

Thanks for popping in to see me!  I appreciate all your lovely comments!  Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Markers used on Hel: Copics (YG91, W4, W6, W8, W10, 100) and Prismacolor Art Markers (79, 99, 100).

Markers used on Sif: Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, R00, R37, R81, R85, Y32, Y35, BG10, BG15, W4) and Prismacolor Art Markers (79, 196).


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Simply B Stamps Previews Day 2 Norse Gods

Hi there!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Simply B(etty) Stamps Teen Scene Norse Gods previews!  You should have arrived here from the talented Trish's blog!  If not, the complete hop order is listed at the end of the post so that you don't miss any of the amazing creations!

Today, as guest designer for the release, I have two more mighty beings to share with you!  First up is London Freya!  She is the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death.  She rides in a chariot pulled by two cats and wears a cloak of falcon feathers.  Here she is colored with Copics and cut with my Labels Seventeen Nestabilities die from Spellbinders.  I tried my hand at adding patterns to my colored image- the two cats.  It turned out okay, but I think I need a bit more practice.  My leopard spots are too uniform.  I need to try making the the spots different shapes and sizes next time.  I sponged a bit of So Saffron ink from Stampin' Up around the edges of the image panel.  I added lots of bling and flowers plus a feather.  Papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two- Sunshine.  I created the sentiment using the Clearly Sentimental About Food set from My Favorite Things and added the stamped designer paper to a metal rimmed tag.

Next up is Miller Heimdall!  He is the watchman, the shining god, the god of light.  (He is also a Marvel character and appears in The Avengers).  

I used the current The Sweet Stop skectch (SSS183) for this one.  Heimdall is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  Papers are DCWV The Natural Stack and were a bit difficult to photograph due to the foil.  For the oval element on the sketch I used the Beaded Ovals die from Spellbinders.  Gold pearls and ribbon plus a muse token from Tim Holtz finish off the details.

We're half way through the previews and release day is Friday!  What do you think so far?  I am loving being able to work with these images!  To see what the SBS team has created for today, here is the complete hop order:
Regan (*you are HERE*)
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you back tomorrow for Day 3!  Have a fabulous day!
Markers used on London Freya: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E000, R20, E31, E34, W4, E23, E39, E79, E13, E15, E17, E19, E25, E27, E33, R81, Y32, Y35, Y38) and Prismacolor Art Markers (194).
Markers used on Miller Heimdall: Copics (E11, E21, E00, E000, Y32, Y35, Y38, Y28, E17, E19, E27, E33, E79) and Prismacolor Art Markers (149).