Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bewitching Tilda

Hello! Wowzers - I love posting everyday. It means I've been productive, right? Hee hee. Today I have a beautiful bewitching Tilda to share with you.


Great non-traditional Halloween colors, no? Or are they? It seems that it's perfectly normal to me! Before I go any further I have to send a special secret shout-out to Gini. Thanks, sweetie!

I love the layering on this Tilda - especially the hat... and the pocket. Can you see it?


Here is the "inside" of the easel card. See the swirly thing in the bottom right corner? It's made from Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements. It started out white, and I colored it with a Black Soot Distress Ink reinker. It took a looong time to dry in the crevices (OK, days to dry), but it was worth it.


And here's the whole kit and kaboodle!


Challenges

Cheers,
Susan

Friday, October 29, 2010

Edwin's Pirate Costume

Hiya! Here I am again with another Halloween Maggie. Isn't Edwin the cutest? I'm including a lot of photos - please let me know if it takes too long to load and I'll fix it for future viewers.


He's layered, of course. I also layered the sign - it's hard to see, but the sword handle and the bottom roll are both popped off the base layer. The sword and the skull and crossbones are covered in Glossy Accents.

 


 

I colored skin tones with Copics and the rest with Prismacolor pencils. I finally have more Copics in color families so I can start practicing. Just need to make the time!

Challenges
Cheers,
Susan

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mummy Edwin

Hello blogger friends! I want to share one of the commissioned cards I made last week. I needed to make three Magnolia card for boys, and it was challenging to find Edwins I *like*. I saw Mummy Edwin and could immediately see him "done up" in my customary layers.


Like the mummy wrap detail on the left? It's a direct rip from the fabulously talented Corry on a post she made at the incredible compilation blog Steel Magnolias. That's where I found the inspiration. Thanks Corry - you are brilliant!


I made this with my customer's young grandson in mind - the "boo!" charm glows in the dark! I used the Cuttlebug dot embossing folder on the polka dot paper (hmm... maybe an odd decision) and dabbed Star Dust Stickles on the raised dots.


The layering was challenging, to say the least! The two layers on his left leg don't look as odd in real life as they do in this photo. Flaws are always amplified in these photos! I barely colored the edges with a light warm gray Prismacolor pencil, just to give a shadowed effect.

Here's the inside panel. I like LOVE the easel style card and prefer to tuck the signature panel behind the easel.



I have three more cards and three days until Halloween. I'll do my best to share the rest! Heck, I might even be able to get in on a few challenges. I've been missing all the challenging fun!

Challenges:

Cheers,
Susan

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WOYWW

Yay! I finally remembered to play with the "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday" before the end of the day. It always seems that I remember too late *or* I can't bear to reveal the mess. Today, I don't care! Plus, it's not too bad. :) I have to admit that this is really not how I work normally. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning I got in a 2am tizzy and cleaned up a bit.


So, I'm working on my CLP design team card. Monday starts a new challenge, and those of you who know me will be shocked that I'm working on it so early. Hey, the Queen of Procrastination might be losing her crown. *natch*   Nahhh.... I like to keep my options open.

What's with the Santa card in the middle of all my CLP action, you ask? My Etsy Greetings Team will be doing a promotion in November and I'm trying to decide which card to include in the big ol' giveaway. I really like both, but I'm just not sure! Any thoughts?

Wanna show yours? Check out Julia's blog!

Cheers,
Susan

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inking Pink Awareness Hop!

Welcome! Our paper crafting community spans the globe and brings all of us together under a common roof. We are grandmothers, granddaughters, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, best friends, wives, cyber-friends and design team teammates. Many of us have family or friends touched by cancer and all of us want to encourage all of you to check yourself!

This hop will take you around the world, so please sit back with your morning coffee or evening tea and celebrate our stories and projects with us. Some of your fellow crafters along the hop are even offering blog candy! Please give a little comment love to each and every crafter along the way. :) We hope you enjoy our hop, and most of all we all want YOU to give yourself the greatest gift and do a self-check tomorrow. The more you do it, the more breast aware you will be!

Our hop starts at Patricia's blog, so if you've stumbled on today's post and want to join us, please start there.  If you've arrive here from Stephanne's beautiful blog, you're on the right track and almost done!

Here is my darling Tilda, all dressed in pink just for you! I've used My Mind's Eye Laundry Line papers, mulberry flowers and loads of fabulous Stickles. Isn't she pretty?

Challenges
I also have blog candy to share. I've just recently started checking "the girls" in every shower and I want to celebrate that with you! Ok, that sounds weird... but you know what I mean! *grin*


Here are my requirements:
  1. You must make every effort to check your "girls". I know we're all busy people, but please slow down long enough to do a self-exam as often as possible. The more you do it the more familiar you will become with monthly changes and be better equipped to detect even the smallest abnormality. Please, just do it!
  2. Follow this blog
  3. If you're on Facebook, please "friend" the Killam Creative fan page
  4. If you're on Twitter, please follow @KillamCreative
In your comment below, tell me which of those 4 items you've done, and I'll give you an entry for each. You have until Sunday, October 31 at 11:59pm ES to enter.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, November 2. Thanks!

Blog Candy Contents:

6 12x12 sheets My Mind's Eye Laundry Line
My Mind's Eye Laundry Line chipboard borders
My Mind's Eye Laundry Line journal card and die cut
My Mind's Eye Laundry Line trim
Prima Hydrangea pack
Prima Mini Roses
Assorted Mulberry flowers from The Beary Scrap, Prima and Wild Orchid
Vintage and assorted buttons
Robins Nest Dew Drops trios
Fuschia rhinestones
Pink mini flower rhinestones
Metal charms
Bazzill Brads - pink
May Arts lace ribbon from The Beary Scrap
Assorted lace and rick rack
Stick pins in white, ivory and crystal
Stickles Star Dust and Fruit Punch
Flower Soft Sweet Pea
Flower Soft Adhesive

In case you get lost along the way here is a lovely list of fabulous friends:

Thanks so much for joining our Inking Pink Awareness Hop! Your next stop is Ms. Fabulousness Herself - True! Don't forget to make time to check yourself - if you don't keep track of 'em, who will?

Cheers,
Susan

Monday, October 18, 2010

TBS DT: Dracula Edwin

Hello hello! It's Monday, and you know what *that* means... It's my day to show you a Beary Sweet Challenge-inspired sample. Our BSC #12 challenge is to use misting on your project, and I've Glimmer Mist'd the heck outta Dracula Edwin and his lair. No, it's not garlic-flavored Glimmer Mist! I'd like to keep this little cutie around for a while, but he's already spoken for. *sigh*


I did "the usual" with pearl Glimmer Mist - spritzed the flowers (except the velvet Petaloo), black branches and vintage vampire fang tag. The best part of my misting, though, is the dry-embossed coffin - I dipped a teeny tiny paint brush into the Glimmer Mist bottle and painted the embossing! How cool is that?! I also painted Edwin's bow tie, purple cape trim and shoe strings. I really like the effect and definitely plan to use it with other mist colors.


Here is a glimpse of the easel flap. Inside is a panel for Happy Halloween greetings.


Card Recipe
Thanks for stopping in today! All week you'll find inspiration for our current Beary Sweet Challenge on "Misting". You can use any kind of misting embellishments - even handmade ones. Come join us for your chance at a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!

Cheers,
Susan

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Inking Pink Blog Hop - Save the date!

Our paper crafting community spans the globe and brings all of us together under a common roof. Join me, and 21 (or more) other talented women for our first Blog Hop for Awareness that has been creatively titled "Inking Pink".

Many of us have family or friends that have been affected by breast cancer and all of us want to encourage all of you to check yourself!  For those of us at The Beary Scrap DT, we have recently found out that our dearest friend and alumni team mate has Breast Cancer.  In her honor, we are "hopping" in hopes of helping to spread awareness throughout the world.

The hop will start October 26 at our Hostess Patricia's blog; from there you will be guided on a journey around the world to visit all the talented artists participating in this amazing event. Some of your fellow crafters along the hop are even offering blog candy!  Please be sure to give a little comment of love to each and every crafter along the way.

The hop will run through October 31 to give all of you enough time to "hop" around and visit each blog.

We all hope you will join us in our hop, and most of all we all want YOU to give yourself the greatest gift and do a self-check. The more you do it, the more breast aware you will be!

Cheers,
Susan

Monday, October 11, 2010

TBS DT: Getting Krafty!

Hello friends! Today I'm bringing you a card made with kraft paper and a little Glimmer Mist. I've really enjoyed all the Halloween-theme projects lately, so I'm at it again. Click HERE for the current Beary Sweet Challenge - it's a fun sketch!

So, here's my spooky "kraftiness". I used My Mind's Eye Haunted papers as well as a kraft tag.The image is a vintage find from The Graphics Fairy.


I used pearl Glimmer Mist on the base layer and the tag. It doesn't look nearly as cool in this photo as it does in person, so just take my word for it - It's cool! The spider web is embossed with clear embossing powder, and the vintage image was painted with Rock Candy Distress paint. Oh, and the white pearl pins were colored with a black Copic.

Challenges, Please

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! You have a few days left to whip up a fun project for our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge - come join us!

Cheers,
Susan

Monday, October 4, 2010

TBS DT: Boo!

Hello hello dear friends, and happy October to ya! It got cooold this weekend and was a bit of a surprise. I *knew* it was going to get cold, but I forgot how October can be here. That's what sweaters are for, though. I love a warm cozy sweater!

This week The Beary Scrap's design team is bringing you projects created with a Halloween theme. Click HERE for the current Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge - it's a fun one!

The most important thing I can tell you about my card is this: It kicked my butt! Haha! I've been admiring stamp-free cards lately, and decided to give it a go myself. Honestly, it felt a little like my very early card-making days... and it was uncomfortable. BUT I stepped out of my current style box and tried something different, about which I'm very happy (the end result? Eh. But I tried!). I used a ton of "product" and still let the paper tell the story. I like that.


The card is a combination of Cosmo Cricket's Haunted (in-store only) and My Mind's Eye "Halloween Wishes". I've gone and used black card stock as my base once again... it's a trend!


This swirl is part of Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements pack. They are paintable swirls and bits that you can spritz or paint to match your project. Love! I dripped a little Black Soot Distress Ink onto the swirl and tilted it around until it covered the whole element. It took a long time to dry, but it was worth the wait!

The cream and black diamond paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and randomly inked with Charcoal chalk ink to give the hint of dark. I decided it needed more, so I sprayed (too much?) Pearl Glimmer Mist all over. If I planned this out, I would have sprayed with GM *then* embossed and inked. I was worried that I would lose my embossing when the paper was wet... luckily, no. Phew!


"Boo" started out as unfinished die cut letters. I dripped slate alcohol ink (the closest to black I have) on each letter to give it a dark base and set it aside to dry. Once it was ready, I layered black Stickles to cover completely and set aside once again. It's very sparkly!

Card Recipe
Tomorrow Gini will haunt these pages, so please come back!

Cheers,
Susan


Our current Beary Sweet Challenge can be found here.


Isn't this a fun sketch? Come join us! You could win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day

Happy happy! I hope you can carve out some time during your weekend to make a card or papery project. Saturday I'll be in a class with Suzanne Dean. Yay!


Cheers,
Susan

Friday, October 1, 2010

CLP DT: #30 Halloween

Hello hello! So happy to see another month roll around... er, that doesn't sound right, 'specially since time flies faster the older I get. Let's rephrase that, shall we?

Hello hello! So happy to show you another CLP challenge. The first of the month is always exciting, and this one even more so since we have a  fabby challenge sponsor: Spesch Designer Stamps! It was wayyy cool to play with the new release - I used the Halloween girl digi created by Max. Thanks, Tracey, for letting us play with your adorable images!


Isn't she delicious? (Haha, if I do say so myself...) I love her so much it's almost painful. Really! The colors on the Bo Bunny and 7 Gypsies papers are a perfect foil for her wild pumpkin skirt. The layering turned out well - next time I use her I'll add another hat layer. I do love my layers!



Here is Chelsea's gorgeous sketch. Doesn't it get your creative juices flowing?


So, how can you play along? Use Chelsea's CLP #30 sketch for your project and upload it HERE by October 31st. You could win 4 digital images from Spesch Designer Stamps!

Challenges, Please
Card Recipe
  • Stamp: Halloween Digital Stamp by Max at Spesch Digital Stamps
  • Paper: Bazzill Basics black; Bo Bunny's "Mama-Razzi"; 7 Gypsies "Nottinghill"; My Mind's Eye Night Light "Halloween Wishes"
  • Medium: Prismacolor pencils with OMS; Copic for skin; Stickles Star Dust, Diamond; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Charcoal
  • Embellishments: Prima corner pearls; American Crafts "Eek" ribbon; May Arts black webbing ribbon from the FABULOUS Patricia - thanks sweetie!; Copper brads from stash
See you there!

Cheers,
Susan