Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Hopes ~ CYP Challenge #236

Hi there! It's Monday and that means a new challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges. Our theme this week is BINGO and our sponsor is the wonderful Zap Pow Designs. Their quirky characters are so fun! To play along with this challenge, choose a line either vertically horizontally or diagonally and add those three items to you project.

 I chose to play with Vlady Bat, colouring him with my Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cutting him. Black and white half pearls were added to his eyes and once he was adhered to the background, shading was done with a Stabilo pencil and activated with a waterbrush.

The background is a page from Recollections' Witch's Dust Halloween  collection. It was trimmed to fit inside the white card base and matted with black cardstock. Vlady and some of his die cut friends were adhered to the forest paper. Doodling and red gems eyes were added to the bats Two lengths of gray dotty grosgrain ribbon were added to the right side and a punched circle of shimmery yellow cardstock was added for the moon after being trimmed to fit. Faux stitching added some fun detail to it.

The sentiment was computer generated, printed on white cardstock and matted with red and then black. It was faux stitched and then popped up on a double layer of foam tape. Threaded buttons were added to the ends of the sentiment element. That completed the middle vertical column on the Bingo Board: buttons, image, gems.

Vlady, his posse, and I thank you for stopping by today. When you get a moment, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the rest of the fun BINGO projects by my talented teamies. Then pick a line...any line and join in the fun!

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chester Christmas ~ RSD October Showcase project

Hi everyone! We are beginning a new monthly feature on Rick St. Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter blog called the Showcase. Rick will choose a monthly theme and members of the EDT will choose an image from his huge collection and they will be showcased together on the Sparkle and Glitter blog. Today for the October Showcase, the theme is Christmas or Creepmas.

I chose to play with Chester Christmas who can be found in Rick's Zibbet or Etsy shops. I coloured Chester (so cute!) with Prismacolor pencils, accenting the bell and Christmas ornament with Wink of Stella. Chester was then fussy cut and matted in black before being popped up on foam tape.

A scrap of golden yellow snowflake paper was cut into a rectangle that once matted with black would fit inside the card base leaving a white border. A frame was cut from green plaid designer paper and was matted on the inside with black. This was adhered to the golden coloured layer and both were faux stitched.

Gold coloured stars were cut out in a primitive shape, matted with black, and accented with Wink of Stella. They were popped up on two layers of foam tape and a half pearl was in the center of each. Merry Christmas tickets were printed and fussy cut before being adhered at the bottom edge of the card. The strip of tickets is both the sentiment element and it grounds Chester, giving him a place to stand. To complete the card, three enamel dots were affixed to the top right of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Chester and I are happy as heck that you did that. To check out the other wonderful October Showcase projects, pop over to the Rick St. Dennis Sparkle and Glitter blog.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bite Me ~ a Rick St. Dennis image

It's day 17 of the 31 days of Halloween organized by Smeared and Smudged and my turn to post on Rick St. Dennis' Airless Chambers blog.

For today's post, I created a Halloween card using one of Rick's newer images, Freddy Fullmoon. Freddy is available in both Rick's Zibbet and Etsy shops. I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils, enjoying every moment colouring those fabulous cape folds. Freddie was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border to allow him to better stand out next to the black background. He was then popped up on foam tape. He waited patiently like a well mannered vampire should.

The background began as a white card base with a black rectangle cut to leave a small white border of the base showing. This repeats the white around Freddie and seems to frame the card keeping the eye on the design. The drippy blood border was cut with a Frantic Stamper die. It was inked with Black Soot Distress ink, adhered to the top edge, and faux stitched for greater interest. Black circle tiles with the numbers and st printed in white were adhered just below the drips.

Two strips of washi tape were first adhered to white paper and then to the bottom of the card, giving Freddie a place to stand. Backing the washi tape with white creates a stronger pattern than you would see if the semi-transparent tape was placed directly on the black background. Two half pearls were added to the straight ends. The final touch was to print the sentiment, Bite Me, on white cardstock, edge the words with Black Soot ink and then layer them over a red die cut heart. This brings the red all the way through the design and helps the eye travel from corner to corner.

Thanks for hanging out with Freddie and me today.

Life is good; so is art.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boo! ~ The East Wind Challenge #17

Hi there! Well, with Canadian Thanksgiving over for another year, can Halloween be far behind?The stores are gearing up for Christmas already! Now that's scary :) Our theme this time at The East Wind is The Spooks Come Out at Night and you can interpret that as cute spooks or ghoulish ones...whatever floats your boat. I have been chomping at the bit to colour this adorable Aurora image from The East Wind, Baby Aurora A Witch and a Black Cat and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I coloured the two of them with Prismacolor pencils, making my cat gray like the newest member of our family, Parker. Once Aurora and Parker were coloured, I fussy cut the image and matted it with black cardstock before popping it up on foam tape.

The background began by matting a piece of DCWV paper with black cardstock cut slightly smaller than the white card base. A spider paper from the same stack was cut and matted to fit horizontally over that rectangle. Two borders were die cut (MFT) and layered on either side of the spider paper and Aurora was popped up on top of the layers. A black corner was punched and adhered to the top right of the striped paper. Two spider stickers with gem bodies were adhered to the background and dashed web lines doodled in to suspend them.

The boo sentiments were rub-ons transferred to a die cut and matted white label. Another sticker which says Yikes! was attached to the first sentiment so that it overlapped it slightly. This is a simple design which I tend to favour, allowing the image and the contrast between vibrant colours and black to do most of the "talking".

Thanks for joining Baby Aurora, Parker, and me today. For more wonderful inspiration, pop over to The East Wind Challenges blog to see the fabulous creations of the rest of the DT. We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Hope you join us!

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Hopes ~ CYP Challenge # 235

Hi everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians. We have a new theme at Craft Your Passion Challenges...Where There's Hope. We would like to see projects that relate to hope, encouragement, or love. Our wonderful sponsor is one of my favourites, A Day For Daisies. I love the whimsy and innocence of these images.

I chose to play with one called Fall Fun, colouring it with Prismacolor pencils. The image was then cut with a Spellbinders die and Distress inks (Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint) were used to colour the sky and grass using a blending tool for the application. The image was matted with black cardtstock.

The background began with a black rectangle cut to fit inside the white card base. Rectangles of fall coloured papers were cut to fit the rectangle leaving black space between and around the coloured ones. Various embossing folders were used, one per colour, to add texture to the coloured rectangles before they were adhered to the background. The image was then layered over the design.

To complete the front of the card, two leaves cut with TH Tattered Leaves die from corrugated cardstock and a mop up sheet of mixed media paper were added to the top of the card. Distress Inks were used to deepen or add colour to each leaf. Three small enamel dots were adhered to the top right corner of the card. Four small maple leaves were punched from shimmery yellow cardstock and added beneath the image. Tiny letter stickers spelling FALL were added to the leaves. Below is a photo of the inside of the card where the Hope theme comes together.

Thanks for stopping by today. I do appreciate that! When you get a chance, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the Hope projects from the rest of my talented teamies. We look forward to having you join us this week.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Madama de la Noche ~ RSD image

On Rick St. Dennis' Airless Chambers blog, it's day 10 of the 31 days of Halloween organized by Smeared and Smudged and it is my turn to post.

I chose to create a Day of the Dead tag using the RSD image, Madama de la Noche which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop. As a Canadian, I was not familiar with Day of the Dead celebrations until recently when I did a little research to satisfy my curiosity. I thought it was similar to our Halloween but it really isn't at all. Instead, it is a day to remember and celebrate our loved ones who have died and to entice them back for a reunion.

To begin, I coloured Madama de la Noche with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and popped her up on foam tape. The moon was a circle punched from watercolour paper and inked with Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry Distress inks. A scrap of cheesecloth became the mysterious cloud partially covering the moon. The headstone comes from a tag download from my stash.

The tag background which was black to begin with was given a white checked border with white paint pen and white gesso. Black gesso dots were added to the centers of the white spaces. Grass was cut from green cardstock with a Joy Crafts die and then deepened with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.

When I was reading about the symbols of the Day of the Dead celebration, I discovered that marigolds are usually included in the decorations because their scent draws the deceased back to earth for the reunion celebration. I included some tiny punched "marigolds" at the bottom of the headstone and a larger one to decorate the ribbon topper.

Thanks for joining Madama and me today. I had a blast creating this tag.

Life is good, so is art.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Step Off the Path ~ eP sneak peek

Hi there! It's my turn to post on the eP blog today and I created a fun mixed media canvas featuring a Wendy Vecchi sentiment and two of Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds. If you want to see more than this little sneak peek, you'll have to visit the eclectic Paperie blog.
Hope you will!

Life is good; so is art.