Portrait of a Monster

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello again!  

Tonight I have another challenge to post ---

It's {PIN}spirational Challenge time!


And here is our inspirational photo 
for the next 2 weeks ---


Is that not a fabulous haunting scene particularly for this week?

Our sponsors this week are:

Stamp Art Design
Stamp Art Design Prize: 5 Digis 

Dilly Beans Digi Stamps
Dilly Beans Prize: 3 Digis

Stop by the {PIN}spirational Challenge blog and check out all the design team's projects, visit their blogs and leave some blog luv!  
DTs love comments too!

Then, be sure to link up your creepy project and share it with us! 
We love having you play along!

And here is my card using a Dilly Beans Digi:
SPIES:
STAMPS: Monsters Digi (Dilly Beans); Sentiment (Hampton Art).
PAPER: Black, Marmalade and lime cardstock.  DP - (Die Cuts With A View).
INK: Tuxedo Black (Memento).
EXTRAS: Square wavy Frame (Sizzix BIGZ); Spider die (Die-Versions); banner die (Lil' Inker Designs); Enamel dots (Doodlebug).

For Following Challenges:

SOS#174 - Halloween

Cute Card Thursday #344 - Trick or Treat

{PIN}spirational Blessings!
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Grateful Heart

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Morning Monday again!

Now it's time for a 

Pink Elephant Challenge!

THEME:
Anything Goes!

My card was originally inspired by a black/white chevron nightgown I have and a black/red rose robe.  I just happened to look at them one day and think the combo would make a great card. 
So, here it is:
SPIES:
STAMPS: Sentiment (Reverse Confetti).
PAPER: White card base.  Gold vellum. Black, white and red cardstock; DP- Park Bench (Fancy Pants).
INK: Gold Metallic Ink; Black Tuxedo (Memento).
EXTRAS: Doily die (Quickutz); Rose die (Spellbinders); leaf dies (Sweet N Sassy Stamps); label die (Reverse Confetti); bow die (Taylored Expressions); small rose die (My Favorite Things); Gold enamel dots.

FOR FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:

CATERED CROP - END ZONE

Stampin' Royalty #251 - Anything Goes

PINK Elephant Blessings!
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Sweet Thanks

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!  Mine was full of family and fun.  Presently I'm on a two week beach vacation in South Carolina.  I can't remember the last time we had a real vacation, much less a two week one!  But after spending the last 3-1/2 months contending with a horrible illness, it's truly needed and appreciated.

So my blog posts for the next two weeks will be created while lounging on the balcony of our condo listening to the waves of the Atlantic crash onto the shore!  Can there be any other life really?  I think I could blog this way forever!  

But I digress.  

It's Monday and time for a new challenge at 2 Cute Ink!


2 Cute Ink #118 - Halloween Treats

Here is my card using Heidi's "Caramel Apple Cutie" digi.
SPIES:
STAMPS: Caramel Apple Cutie Digi (2CuteInk);
PAPER: White card base.  Black, red cardstock.  DP -Walk in the Park (Echo Park).
INK: Copics on digi.
EXTRAS: Sentiment die (Taylored Expressions); small scallop border punch (Fiskars); alphabet letters (Papertrey Ink); green ribbons; Black polka dot washi tape.


Make sure you stop by the 2 Cute blog and check out the rest of the Designer's cards using this 2 cute digi image and leave them some blog luvin'!  Then, make a card based on our theme "Halloween Treat" and share it with us on the 2 Cute Ink Blog.  We love having your play! 
2 Cute Blessings!
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Spook-tacular Bat Kitty!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Sunday!

It's time for Cupcake Inspirations again!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #284

This week our sponsor is 

They are offering our randomly chosen winner 
2 Digis

This week's inspirational photo:
Inspiration Photo by The Alison Show

This week is a COLOR challenge: 
Ruby  Black  Chartreuse

My card using Batman Cat digi
from 2 Cute Ink:
SPIES:
STAMPS: Batman Cat (2CuteInk); bats (Hampton Art); Sentiment (Hampton Art).
PAPER: White, red cardstock.  DP - from stash.
INK: Copics on digital image; Versamark and clear emboss powder.
EXTRAS: Decorative oval label die (Spellbinders); eyelet scallop border punch (fiskars); wavy chevron border emboss folder (Darice); red enamel dots.

Don't forget to stop by the CIC blog and check out the rest of the Design Team's projects and leave them some blog luv! 

hen link up your own projects using this week's colors!

FOR FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:


Sweet Cupcake Blessings!
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In the Pink Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy Saturday!

It's unusual for me to post on Saturday, I know.  I had a card that I made for Tag Your It #8, but in the midst of packing for vacation, finishing cards and posting cards, I got confused! Not hard for me to do sometimes these days.  I blame it on "menopause brain"!  LOL

Anyway, I was also going to put it in the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge House of Cards monthly challenge and Addicted to CAS Vellum challenge.  I bought a bunch of Stamp Fairy digis before she went out of business and this ballerina trick or treater was one of my favorites.  She is so cute!  Don't know if you can see it well, but I put pink tulle across her skirt after coloring it.  I paper pieced her top and the bag.  I wanted the whole card to be soft and girlie. The pink plaid on the tag is old vellum paper from my stash.
SPIES:
STAMPS: Mimi Halloween (Stamp Fairy).
PAPER: White cardbase.  Grey DP (Recollections); Pink plaid vellum.
INK: Copics on mage.
EXTRAS: Sentiment die (Papertrey Ink); Tag die (Reverse Confetti); pink tulle; pink enamel dots.

SOSS Challenge #19 - H is for Hopeful Halloween

October Challenge - Punches/Dies


Pink Halloween Blessings!
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Happy Haunting

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A quick card this morning for The Cutting Edge---

SPIES:
STAMPS: Sentiment (Hampton Art).
PAPER: Orange vellum. White and black cardstock.
INK: Versamark and black emboss powder.
EXTRAS: Pumpkin faces (Sizzix BigZ); Chat die (Quickutz). Black enamel dots (Doodlebug).

For Following Challenges:



Haunted Blessings!
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Just Treats!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello again!  
Monday mornings are getting better and better these days with so many challenges to share!
It's time now to get your PINK on with
This week's challenge 
is a THEME:
Trick Or Treat Holder (Make a treat container/holder)

I made a pillowbox treat holder --
SPIES:
PAPER: Black polka dot (Bazzill); white cardstock.  DP - (My Mind's Eye).
EXTRAS: Pillowbox die (Sizzix BigZ); Stitched ghost die (Lil Inker Designs); Sentiment die (Papertrey Ink); enamel dots (Doodlebug); black tulle.

I also made a card to go along with the treat holder -
SPIES:
PAPER: Black polka dot (Bazzill); white cardstock.  DP - (My Mind's Eye).
EXTRAS: Stitched ghost die (Lil Inker Designs); Sentiment die (Papertrey Ink); bracket border punch (Fiskars); enamel dots (Doodlebug).
Stop by The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog and check out all the other fabulous treat holders my fellow teamies made.  They are all super fantastic!  I'm already thinking I need to step up my treat holder game for Christmas!


For Following Challenges:
Lil Red Wagon #259 - Spooky Spooky

House of Cards - October Challenge - Punch/Dies
PINK Elephant Blessings!
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Celestial Friendship -- The Challenge #17

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Morning!  Hope you had a wonderful Fall weekend (if you are in the Northern Hemisphere) --- a nice Spring one if you are not!

Wherever you may be, it's time for another new
Every two weeks we bring you a new sketch and a new color palette to try.  
Use the sketch, use the colors OR use both --- whatever you prefer.  

Stop by the blog too and check out the rest of the team's fabulous projects for some added inspiration.  Then, come join us and share your projects. 
We love having you play along!
My card ---
SPIES:
STAMPS: Sentiment (My Favorite Things); Large shooting star (Michaels $1 Bin); Small stars (Simon Says).
PAPER: White card base.  Watercolor paper.  Plum and black cardstock; Orange vellum.
INK: Black Soot Distress Paint(Ranger Ink); Purple, orange and crumb paint dabbers ( Snow white acrylic paint. Versamark ink; white emboss powder.
EXTRAS: Tab die (Taylored Expressions); Crop-a-dile hold punch; eyelet die (Reverse Confetti); kraft twine.

I used both the sketch and the colors from this week.  I decided to try out the Galaxy technique (tutorial).  You can also find it at The Friday Mashup this week as part of their challenge.  Any time I get to paint, I feel like a kid again!  I need to use them more often.  One could derive from that statement that I miss being a kid.  Eh, not really.  I just miss painting more.  It's been on my "list" to do more of, but I guess what I need to put on the "list" first is more time in order to paint.  

Anyway, I digress.  I thought The Challenge colors would be great to try this technique with and I looove my end result.  I actually did two different squares (backup for flub ups), but I stuck with the first attempt.  And I just happened to have that fabulous sentiment about friends and stars, and then remembered the shooting star stamp also --- all perfect!  I tried to keep the card background simple to not detract from my "painting", so I used some orange vellum and kept the base white.  I mounted the painting on black cardstock and then on plum cardstock also to bring out the purples.  My kraft color is the kraft twine.  Those are paper eyelets from the eyelet die that comes with a tag die from Reverse Confetti. I rounded out the look with three candy dots.


For Following Challenges: 
Creative Blessings!
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Don't Ask What Day It Is...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Well, here's a surprise!  I have another post for today and not for a DT challenge...

SPIES:
STAMPS: Birdbrain Flower pot chick Digi(From the Heart); Sentiment Birdbrain Birthday Candle (From The Heart). 
PAPER: White and teal cardstock. DP -Park Bench (Fancy Pants) - paper pieces on digi image flowers and pot.
INK: Copics on Digit.  Teal green  (Hampton Art); Crushed Curry (Stampin Up); Blue Denim  (Ranger Ink Distress Ink).
EXTRAS: Candy dot (Stampin Up); Sponges.

I love these little feathered guys at From The Heart!  Too Adorable!  The challenge "twist" this week was "Use the Sponge Technique".  I haven't done it in a long while and so thought I'd refresh my memory.  I love how it turned out.  I originally had sponged the middle of a one layer card but hadn't thought through the sentiment totally.  I should have printed out the sentiment then sponged.  You live and you learn!  LOL  So, I laid out my sentiment and printed it out and just adhered the sponged section to it, then added the framed image.  I also paper pieced the larger flowers and the pot rim on the digi image.




Super Bird-Day Blessings!
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