Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ruby's Rainbow Recipe

We have a fun new challenge for you over at Ruby's Rainbow this week - we want to see your creations that use 3 Design papers, 2 Buttons/Brads & 1 flower. My creation uses two Tiddly Inks images, Lilli Lolita and the Open Book freebie, plus papers from the Dirty Jeans & Lipstick set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 206
Tiddly Inks Tuesday - reading fun
Paper Cutz Challenge - stars
Crafty Sentiments - ribbons and bows
Delightful Sketches - use digital paper
Alphabet Challenge - O is for Only 3 embellishments
Fairy Fun Fridays - inspired by a book (or by books in general, in my case)
My Mum's Craft Shop - 1 flower, 2 buttons, 3 patterned papers
Little Darlings - pleats or ruffles

I was (re-)framed!

As many of you will know, the Macabre Monday challenge this week is "I Was Framed!" and we're sposnored by Dilly Beans Stamps. And I LUUUURRRRVVVVVVEEEEEE these images so much that I can't leave them alone, so I made another project. This one uses Framed Girl and Spider, and the sentiment is by Graphicat Designs (this one really made me LOL when I saw it :D)
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sweet Stop Sketches - sketch 123
CR84FN - light blue, turquoise, neutral
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - spots and stripes
Shopping Our Stash - snarky, sarcastic or LOL
Totally Gorjuss - as you like it
Forever Night Freaky Friday - too cute to spook
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Who's fabulous? I am!

We have a super easy challenge for this fortnight at the Creative Card Crew - anything goes! Yup, anything at all, and we're sponsored by the super-fabulous Kenny K, so get creating and enter your creation to be in with a chance of winning! I've used an image from their new line of Steampunk Burlesque, and I love this chick! The backing paper is from the Jezebel's Remains set at Crafty Chaos Designs, and the sentiment is from Graphicat Creations.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketch Saturday - sketch 170
The Crafty Pad - distressing and tearing
Pile It On - girls just wanna have fun
Scrappy Frogs - bling
Stamptacular Sunday - DIVAtacular
Speedy the Cat's Friends - lace
Totally Gorjuss - as you like it
Our Creative Corner - grey and black with a pop of red
Crafty Catz - metal and lace
Delightful Sketches - digital paper
Crafts and Me - lace

Monday, 29 August 2011

I was framed!

Today's Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House blog is "I was framed!" and we want you to use, or create, or alter, or include a frame of some sort in your creation. And we're sponsored by the FANTABULOUS Dilly Beans Stamps! I love, love, LOVE Megan's images, so you'll be seeing a couple of creations from me this week :D This first one uses Hanging Heart Girl and I've used part of a poem by Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt.
So get out your frames or framed images and come play along with us (and if you don't have any framed images, check out the Dilly Beans blog, because Megan has a whole slew of images that come with their own frames, and right now, if you buy 3, you get another one free!
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Card Patterns - sketch 130
Irish Teddy's Challenge - flourishes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - portraits
My Time to Craft - girls
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment
Crafty Emma's Store - pink, brown, aqua
Stamps R Us - anything goes
Make It Monday - share whatever you've created

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Happy Halloween!

The challenge at Corrosive Challenges blog this week is Come to the Dark Side, so we'd love to see all your Halloween creations, or use a witch, zombie, vampire bat, you know the kind of thing. This is the last week to get your entry in for a chance to win some stunning digis from Simply Betty Stamps. Lol, I'm LOVING the fact that Halloween is already creeping into blogland :D I've used Spiderella by and made a Halloween card (how could I resist?) The paper is from the Symphony of Grey set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Simply Betty Challenges - use any sketch
Creative Sketches - sketch + Halloween or Fall theme
Magical Monday - create a scene
Designer's Choice Challenge - create a scene using only black, white and one other colour of choice
Case Study Challenges - show your own style (Wow, did I have trouble deciding what to do for this one, creepy cute, funny, gruesome, lol, but I ended up going for a straight gothic feel with long dresses and gems)
Our Creative Corner - black and grey with a pop of red
Delightful Skeches - use digital paper
One Stop Crafts - anything but square
Scrappy Frogs - bling
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Halloween
One Stitch At A Time - Halloween or Autumn/Fall

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Distressed bookmark

Here's what I did today, both images are by Tiddly Inks, and the sentiment and arrow are computer-generated. I remembered not to do any borders, to minimise the evidence of wonkiness, woohoo! And then I distressed the edges as well, with colour AND scissors. Get me, I almost sound like a real crafter, don't I? :P The image shows the front and back of the piece.
And these are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Tiddly Inks - make a back to school bookmark
Color Throwdown - saffron yellow, plum and crumb cake
Ribbon Carousel - back to school
Creative Craft Challenges - anything but a card
Incy Wincy Designs - anything but a card
Take Time For You - anything but a card
Lothian Crafts Online - anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - ribbon

Friday, 26 August 2011

Gothic newborn!

The current challenge over at the Smudgy Antics blog is "Gothic Newborn". I'm just playing for fun and giggles (and because I couldn't resist the theme) as I already have this week's prize. The image stamp and the fancy corners are both by Smeared Ink, available in the Mad Science and Glam Vamps sets. I've also followed the current sketch over at Deconstructing Sketches, but I think that might be it for challenges for this one, lol, for some strange reason, no other challenge blog has a "human baby as parasitic invasion" theme. :P

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Halloween fun and games!

Simply Betty Challenges are having a Halloween card-making challenge in which the DT will pick the cutest, the funniest and the most original entries to win. My "cute" cards are not really up to scratch, so I decided to make a couple that I hope will be suitable for the funny or original categories.

My first card uses Valentine Emo Christian from Simply Betty and papers from the Eye of Newt set at Crafty Chaos Designs. I'd like to enter this one into the following other challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - sketch
Fab n Funky - monochromatic
Creative Inspiration - use text somewhere other than your sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday - masculine
Cards for Men - anything goes
Sketchy Colours - shades of blue
Hooked on Crafts - things with wings
Do You Stack Up - man or boy

And my second card uses the cute little kitty from the Witchy Wednesday stamp at Simply Betty. I'd like to enter this one into the following other challenges:
Triplicate Trials Tuesday - sketch + red, eggplant, taupe + fun and games theme
Making Halloween Cards - black cats and or banners
Pile It On - sweet treats
Craft Your Passion - sarcastic or funny sentiments
Ooh La La Creations - no patterned paper
Crafty Creations - animals
Totally Gorjuss - cute and cuddly animals
Crafty Emma's Store - banners/bunting

Back to school with StampInsanity!

We have a very timely challenge for you this week at StampInsanity - make something with a Back To School theme. I've used two StampInsanity images; Zeke from the Zeke and Maddie set, and one of the freebie Maddie images. And there's a fabbo sale going on right now at the StampInsanity store, use the coupon code AUG2011
Here are the challenges I would like to enter:
Come and Get It Challenges - sketch
Crazy Challenges - back to school
Kreative Stempelfreunde - school
Happi Challenge - use an image of a girl
Alphabet Challenges - only 3 embellishments
The Poodles Parlour - anything goes
Stempel Sonne - back to school
Penny's Challenges - back to school
For Fun Challenges - back to school
Fairytale Challenges - back to school
2 Sisters Craft Challenge - back to school
Creative Inspiration - back to school
Paperplay Challenges - back to school
Sassy Studio Designs - back to school

Monday, 22 August 2011

Who won the Dilly Beans images?

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a card using a stamp by Dilly Beans and anounced there would be a giveaway? Well, Megan at Dilly Beans has put the names in a hat and drawn a winner, Debra Barrett :D Debra, if you email Megan at with your choice of 10 free images, she'll get them right out to you :) And for everyone else who loves the images but didn't win this time, never fear, because Megan will be sponsoring us at the Haunted Design House next week, so stay tuned for more creepy cute images displayed by the DT and another chance to win :D
Here's another creation I made with a Dilly Beans image, this one is called Cupcake, Skull and Crow.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
One Stop Crafts - bold and bright
Craft Your Days Away - cupcakes
The Emerald Fairies - birthdays
Crafts 4 Eternity - flags or tickets or tags
Card Makin' Mamas - pink
Pixie Dust Studio - card for a teen or tween
The Pixie Cottage - birthdays
Divas by Design - birthdays
Crafting For All Seasons - tags
My Time To Craft - G is for green and girly in this case
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - birthdays
Anything Goes Challenges - birthdays
Pile It On - sweet treats
Birthday Sundaes - pink green and white
Hooked On Crafts - things with wings

Carnival of Curiosities!

Are you ready for this week's Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House? Of course you are! This week's theme is "Carnival of Curiosities" and we want to see something relating to circuses or carnivals, but of course with your own uniquely creepy and gruesome twists. The other minions have made some really superb samples this week, you should really go check them out. I admit, I had a bit of trouble with this one. It's a fabulous theme, with loads of scope for interpretation, and I knew straight away that I wanted to do a Freak Show piece using Cyclops from the Heebie Jeebie set at Smeared Ink. And then my mind went blank. Seriously blank. So this piece has been kept relatively simple, hopefully there's enough on there to catch your eye :)
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Challenge Up Your Life - no patterned paper
Allsorts - frames
The Crafty Purple Frog - red hot
Rainbow Lady - be inspired by a song of your choice. Now, all the time I was creating this I was singing away to myself "Welcome to the freak show, we've got fun and games" and it wasn't until I Googled to see who it was by to give credit here that I realised the song is actually "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns n Roses :P
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Shopping Our Stash - your weakest link. Mine is digi stamps again, but this time I have at least used one that has been in my stash uncoloured, so I feel good about that :)
Pollycraft - autumn colours
Ooh La La Creations - no designer papers
Take A Word - old-fashioned

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Pink is the new black, and wonky is the new straight :P

Here's something I finished today, and, yet again, I've managed to make it wonky. If I'd remembered how bad I am at sticking things on straight, I wouldn't have done the stitching around the edges, but of course I didn't remember and now it's all stuck together and the stitching provides a perfect marker to accentuate the fact that it's not straight :P Both the stamps are by Tiddly Inks; the sentiment is from the Steampunk Sentiments Mega set, and the heart is from Love Hurts. I used a couple of 3D epoxy stickers, some ribbon from my stash and a Tim Holtz small swivel clasp.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Challenge Up Your Life - no patterned paper
4 Crafty Chicks - metal
Really Reasonable Ribbon - clean and simple
Tiddly Inks Tuesday - inchie art. My window sticker things are slightly over an inch wide, but not by much, they're just under 3cm square.
Craft Your Passion - anything but a card
The Pink Elephant - stitching
Lothian Crafts - anything goes
Fab n Funky - stitching
Sarah Hurley Challenges - stitching

Getting girly with Corrosive!

Hello everyone! It's Sunday again, and that of course means that it's time for another fun challenge at the Corrosive blog, and this week we'd like to see your girly creations. We're being sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps this month, so don't forget to play along for your chance at winning some fab stamps :D
My piece uses Steampunk Romance Gwendolyn from Simply Betty Stamps, and Cobblestone Path and Old Oak Tree by Make It Crafty.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
The Secret Crafter - create a scene
Make It Colourful - give your image something to stand on
Sew Many Challenges - summertime
Aud sentiments - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - use more than two images
The Pixie Cottage - sketch
Color Throwdown - espresso, rose, banana, kiwi
My Mum's Craft Shop - summertime
Allsorts - frames
Irish Teddy - buttons
Shopping Our Stash - your weakest link. Mine is digi stamps, I have so so many. lots of them have never been used and I STILL can't resist buying new ones nearly every week :P

Friday, 19 August 2011

Grungy birthday card

We have an easy-peasy Anything Goes challenge at StampInsanity this week, so why not pop along and enter whatever you're creating? I made this today, and, lol, it's not really polite to toot your own horn, but I really love this one :D The image and sentiment are both by StampInsanity, and the papers are from the Symphony of Grey set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Craft Challenges - sketch
Birthday Sundaes - at least 3 brads
Pollycraft Challenges - distressing
Incy Wincy Designs - 3 embellishments, 2 papers and 1 image
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - monochrome
Victorine Originals - happy birthday
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenges - distressing
My Time To Craft - G is for . . . grey and grungy, in my case
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - happy birthday
Anything Goes Challenge - birthdays or celebrations
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment
Pixie Dust Studio - card for a teen
Stampin' B's DT - distressing
The Pixie Cottage - birthday (and/or sketch)
Divas By Design - birthdays
Catch The Bug - distressing/shabby chic
Simply Create - distressing
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - distressing
Crazy 4 Challenges - monochrome colouring
Alphabet Challenges - O is for Only 3 embellishments
Forever Night Freaky Friday - mystical women

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Creep Crawlies and Dead Divas!

Here's an ATC I created for a few current challenges. The digi is a small part of one of Mody from the Heebie Jeebie set at Smeared Ink, and everything else was done by me in Paintshop. These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgy Antics - dead divas
Forever Night Challenges - mini art with a creepy or crawly theme. Hopefully I've managed to get both.
Picture Perfect Creations - krumb cake, bravo burgundy, blushing bride, old olive
Frosted Designs - animal (hope my hideous spider-fly creation counts)
Pattie's Creations - animals or insects
Allsorts - anything but a card
The Pink Elephant - stitching
Clearly I Stamp - things with wings
Tuesday Throwdown - non-stamped sentiment (mine is computer-generated)
Fun with ATCs - be inspired bt the song Mother Earth by Within Temptation. I've gone for the long-haired girl, the whole gothic nature feel, and most especially by the following lyrics:
But you'll never know
The next move she'll make
You can try
But it is useless to ask why
Cannot control her
She goes her own way
Once you will know my dear
You don't have to fear
A new beginning always starts at the end
Until the end of time
She goes her own way
Die Cut Dreams - use a digi and the colours, pink, green and coffee
Craft Your Passion - anything but a card
Try It On Tuesday - anything goes

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

I'm on a new DT!

I was accepted on to the DT at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges blog, and I'm thrilled! My first challenge with the tea is Stitching, so we'd love to see you join in with any project, as long as it has some kind of stitching on it :D
My creation is very simple, the paper is from the Never Again set at Crafty Chaos Designs and the sentiment stamp is from the Inspirational set by Raindrop Echo Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Clean and Simple Sunday - sketch 19
Pile It On - blue, blue, blue
The Pink Elephant - stitching
Cute Card Thursday - cleand and simple
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Paper and Such - sentiment as the focal point
Deep Ocean Challenges - light blue
Fab n Funky Challenges - a stitch in time
Crafts and Me - blues or blue-greens

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Earth laughs in flowers

The challenge this week at the Creative Card Crew blog is "handmade flowers". Anything goes, as long as it has some flowers on it that you've created yourself. We're sponsored this week by Robyn's Fetish, and I've created my whole card using papers from her set called Summer Dreams. The only part of it to not come from the paper set is the sentiment, which is by Raindrop Echo Designs and can be purchased HERE.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Creative Inspirations - buttons and stitching
The Pink Elephant - stitching
Scrappekammeret - summer picture inspiration
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - monochrome
The Pixie Cottage - say it with flowers
Crafty Sentiments - punches and die cuts
Sarah Hurley Creations - stitching
Paper Creations Ink - flowers

Monday, 15 August 2011

Queen of the Damned!

Woohoo, it's Monday again and that means it's time for a new Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House blog :D This week's challenge is called Queen of the Damned and we want you are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece that uses royalty, crowns, and/or thrones as the focus.
I've used Poison Ivy by Barbara Jensen, available at the Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps store.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Truly Scrumptious - lace
Deconstructed Sketches - sketch 14
Creative Sketches - black red grey
Meljen's Designs - use black
Southern Girls - black and white with a pop of colour
Top Tip Tuesday - straight edges
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges - one for the guys
Come And Get It Challenges - black white red
Simon Says Stamp And Show - bling
Lothian Crafts Online - anything goes
Moving Along With The Times - fantasy (hmmm, definitely not the traditional interpretation of "fantasy" but if you ask any male about his fantasy I guarantee it won't involve fairies :P
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenges - glitter and glitz

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sketch time at Corrosive!

This week at Corrosive Challenges we have a sketch for you to follow, and don't forget that this month's sponsor is Simply Betty Stamps, so for your chance to win some of her wonderful images and be our Guest Designer for a month, pop over to the blog and get creating :)
My card uses three separate Simply Betty images (Franken-Scott, Punkin Judy and Skeleton Peter) and the paper comes from the Eye of Newt set at Crafty Chaos Designs.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Simply Betty Challenges - Halloween
Hooked on Crafts - sweet treats
Craft Your Passion - under the sea OR your favourite season. (I'm hoping that since Christmas counts as a season, then Halloween will too)
Top Tip Tuesday - straight edges
Freshly Brewed Designs - less than 3 embellishments. I've definitely used less than three embellishments, but I'm not sure if all the patterned paper disqualifies it. Just count this as a for-fun entry, ok?
Totally Papercrafts - food and drink
Making Halloween Cards - humour and/or purple
Irish Teddy's Challenge - Halloween
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes

Saturday, 13 August 2011


I thought I had most of tomorrow to play along with the new challenges at Smudgy Antics and it was only when I went to look at the other entries that I realised it ends sooner than I'd realised. Thankfully, the theme is Splat, so I quite happily splattered paint around with some digital brushes and made a quick ATC. The image is from the Love Lil Grumpies set at Smeared Ink, and the background paper is from the Kiss Of A Witch set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 203
Smudgy Antics - splat
Creative Stamp Friends - handmade background (the background behind te image is random paint splatters created by me)
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
There's Magic In The Air - any type of animal (I'm hoping furry monsters count)
Shopping Our Stash - dogs or digi stamps or denim (digi stamps for me, and my old stash are those beads. They're a nasty matte pale pink originally but I had a go at recolouring them and giving them a gloss finish tonight and I'm pleased with the result)
Bling It On - ABC (my ingredients are ATC, Beads, and Chain)

StampInsanity blog hop!

Please note: I scheduled this to go up on Saturday, and that all went well. Except today I realised that I seem to have forgottten to actually enter any of the challebges listed, D'oh!, so I'm entering the ones that are still open today (Sunday). Sorry for the confusion!

We're having a fun blog hop, and of course there are prizes to be won! If you've come here from Sugar's blog then you're on the right track and it's time to head back to the beginning to leave a comment on the HOP POST to be in with a chance of winning some StampInsanity grooviness! :D If you've come here from somewhere else, why not head over to the StampInsanity blog to see all the details and get the full hop list? The lovely Kelli designed a sketch for us and we had to add flowers as well. I gave Lilith a mermaid tail again because I have to admit, I love her as a mermaid! Yuo can find the original version at the StampInsanity store, along with her luscious set-mates, the Devil Dolls. The papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs, from the Memories of Atlantis set.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Gingerloft Challenges - sparkle
Order of the Opus Gluei - no words (this is sooo hard for me :P)
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
Paper Playtime - water
Craft Your Passion - under the sea
Crazy Challenges - embossing
Deep Ocean Challenges - the sea
Moving Along With The Times - fantasy
Digital Tuesday - I love the sea
Crafty Catz - embossing
If The Shoe Fits - green
Crazy 4 Challenges - monochrome
By The Cute & Girly - the sea
Always Something Creative - water

Friday, 12 August 2011

Do you want a chance at some fabulous freebies?

Of course you do! Who doesn't, right? Well, after I posted my last card using a Dilly Beans image, so many of you posted comments about how much you loved the image and hadn't heard of the company before that Megan (the lovely lady behind Dilly Beans) came up with a wonderful idea. Between now and Aug 20th, for every Dilly Beans stamp you buy, IF YOU MENTION THAT YOU CAME FROM MY BLOG your name will be entered into the draw and at the end of the time, Megan will draw a random name to get TEN FREE STAMP IMAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND, there's also a sale going on right now as well! It just gets better and better, doesn't it? :D This creation uses #207 Friday with Skull image, a sentiment from Crafty Chaos Designs and a paper I created specifically for this project.
This is a close-up to show some of the details for specific challenges.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch #106
Cutie Sunday - flower power
Sparkles Forum Challenges - one for the girls
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
Sentimental Sundays - flowers
I Did It Creations - children
Gingerloft Challenges - sparkle
Dream Valley Creations - distressing
Paper Creations Ink - stitching
Creative Stamp Friends - make your own background. I created the backing paper myself, and I inked the image bg and scattered flowers over it as well.
KB Cute Monday - use a digi
Incy Wincy Designs - somethhing old (sentiment) and something new (image)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - stitching
Crazy Amigos - free theme
Paper Minutes - turquoise, lime, deep pink
Your Next Stamp - border punches or dies
Cupcake Inspirations - I was inspired by the colours, the flowers, the cake decorations that look like beads, and the busy patterns.
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Sassy Studio Designs - distressing
Paperplay Challenges - create your own designer paper
Crafty Sentiments - punches and die-cuts
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - make a card any shape or size other than the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (mine is 5" by 5.3". It started as a 5.5" square, but I cropped it)
Catch the Bug - anything goes
The Craft Garden - bright and bold
My Grafico - anything goes
Crafter's Companion - glitter aand glitz
Desert Island Crafters - I used these itinerary items - 1. colour your image, 2. stitching, 9. give it life, and 10. three diferent colours only (fuschia, lime, turquoise)
Crafty Calendar - hot colours
Alota Rubber Stamps - tic-tac-toe (I used distressing, stitching a ribbon)
The Stamp Man - summer colours
Stampin' For The Weekend - spots or dots
Fussy and Fancy - use a lot (more than three of one type of embellishment) Um, I went a bit overboard with this one, so I have more than three gems, beads, frames and two different types of flower.
Crafty Ann's Challenges - scallops or fancy borders
Wags & Whiskers - sparkle
Mami Doodles - flowers
Digis with Attitude! - anything goes

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Lace and pearls

We have another fun challenge at StampInsanity this week; we'd like you to use lace and pearls on your creations. Now usually when I think of lace and pearls I nearly always go for either vintage or gothic, so this time I decided to go for something deliberately different. I've used the lovely Kassandra from the Devills set at StampInsanity, the sentiment is from Graphicat Designs, and papers from the Princess and the Pea set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Graphicat Sketches - August sketch
Making Halloween Cards - purple and/or humour
Sparkles Forum Challenge - one for the girls
Truly Scrumptious - lace it up
Sir Stampalot - whatever you fancy

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Spotlight on me! :P

Simply Betty Stamps blog have started a fun new feature called Spotlight On You Wednesday, where they feature creations from one lucky follower. And I was chosen to be the first! *Squeal* PLEASE pop along to the Simply Betty Stamps blog and let me know what you think of my showcased creations. Here's my latest creation featuring an SBS image; this one is Freddy Kruger Boy from the Punky Teens Halloween line at Simply Betty Stamps. The papers are from a new set that I hoped to have finished for today but haven't quite, so they'll be in the Crafty Chaos Designs shop hopefully very soon. Oh, and the sentiment's from there as well.

These are the challenges I had in mind whilst creating:
Paper Sundaes - sketch
365 Cards - Day 162 use an odd number of items on your card. (1 image layer, 3 strips of paper, two pumpkin embellishments and 1 sentiment makes a grand total of 7)
Stamptacular Sunday - photo inspiration
Dream Valley Creations - distressing
Incy Wincy Designs - something old (the image is from one of last year's Halloween releases) and something new (the papers were created this week)
Do You Stack Up - black with a pop of colour. Mine ended up being more grey than black, hope that's ok)
Moving Along With The Times - don't be square (my new favourite card size is 5x4 inches so that's what I've used here)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Happy skellie birthday!

Here's what I made today, lol, I kind of love this :D I recently discovered a new digi stamp artist, Dilly Beans, and I LOVE her creepy cute stamps. This one is called Dunce Cap Skellies and it really makes me smile :D The backing paper is by Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Deconstructed Sketches - sketch 13
Card Makin' Mamas - birthdays
Prairie Fairy Fridays - be inspired by the photo to the right
Birthday Sundaes - any kind of birthday card
Stamp Something - use a digi
Lollipop Crafts - monochromatic
KB Cutie Monday - use a digi
Ribbon Carousel Challenges - get edgy (I have fancy edges and an "edgy" image)
Emerald Fairies - lace

Monday, 8 August 2011

Kreepy Kids!

It's Monday, woohoo, which means that it's time for a new Macabre Monday challenge over at the Haunted Design House blog! This week it's all about Kreepy Kids. Kids are creepy enough already, but we think you can expand on this theme ;) Bewitching babies, terrifying toddlers, monstrous middle-schoolers, or taxidermied teenagers WE DARE YOU to creep us out!
My girl image is from The Octopode Factory, the tree is from Make It Crafty and the papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs. And the sentiment is the last line from the Rock-A-Bye Baby nursery rhyme.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Paper Sundaes - sketch
Sassy Studio Designs - have a sentiment on the front
Stamp Something - use something digi
Forever Night Freaky Friday - good or evil. Lol. evil every time for me :P
Lollipop Crafts - monochromatic
Incy Wincy Designs - something old and something new. The papers are from one of my newest sets, and the Octopode image is the very first one I bought from Lily.
TOFF Challenge - girls girls girls

Sunday, 7 August 2011

The last day of Grumpie, I mean Smudgefest!

The final day of Smudgefest is here! And the lovely people at Smeared Ink gave us a freebie to use on our projects for today. Did you think that might mean I couldn't use a Grumpie as well? Oh, ye of little faith, Grumpies can be used anywhere, anywhen, anyhow. This looks MUCH more washed-out that it does in real life, my printer, scanner and camera are all conspiring against me. The images are Calypso the rat, available free for today only, and one of the Grumpies from the Love Li'l Grumpies set, both from Smeared Ink.
These are the challenges I had in mind whilst creating:
What If Wednesday - sketch J2711
Colour Throwdown - krumb cake, pool party, old olive, white
Smudgefest Day 7 - use the freebie provided
Top Tip Tuesday - blue green brown
Little Miss Muffet - let your image expand outside the die cut mat

Earth Tones

We have a fun new colour challenge for you over at the Corrosive blog this week; we'd like to see your earth-toned creations. Our sponsor for August is Simply Betty Stamps, and I've used one of their fabulous Steampunk images to create my piece. The papers are from the Dusty Journals set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch 105
Incy Wincy Designs - monochrome colours
Creative Stamp Friends - monochrome
The Emeral Fairies - lace
Stamp Something - use something digi
My Mums Craft Shop - monochrome
The ABC Challenge - A is for Auburn hair

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Last but one!

Smudgefest Day 6 is here! And yes, I managed to create another Grumpie project :D This little guy is once again from the Love Grumpies set at Smeared Ink, and the papers and sentiment are ad hoc creations specifically for this piece. There is actually some text under the hair-ridden wax strip (I promise, it's actually sellotape and chopped-up eyelash yarn :P) but you can't read it. It's part of the lyrics from "I'd Die For You" by Bon Jovi, which I'm now going to have running through my head every time I look at this.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgefest Day 6 - Sketchy Saturday (follow the sketch)
Alphabet Challenge - N is for Navy plus one other colour
The Crafty Pad - something clear (sellotape, used to represent a waxing strip)
Take a Word - song (I'd Die For You by Bon Jovi)
Crafts and Me - anything goes
For Fun Challenges - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Frosted Designs - colour in your image
Make It Colourful - colour with pink

Friday, 5 August 2011

Day 5!

Yup, I made another Grumpie project! Today's Smudgefest challenge is to use a "medium that flows".
Hmmm, I thought, I could make some cool drips with nail polish . . .I dripped it on acetate, thinking I could let it dry, peel it off and attach it to my creation. Nope, it bonded. Hubby told me to try it on polythene instead. It still bonded. I tried it on glass. It STILL bonded! Grrrrrrr! So now I have lots of things with drippy nail polish on that are absolutely no use to me.
I painted a chipboard frame with acrylics and decided to use a heart stencil, paint the nail polish on top and then add some extra drippy bits coming out of the bottom. The polish didn't stay inside the stencil, so now I had a frame with a big splodgy mess of nail polish in one corner! >*< So I painted all across the top with polish and splodged more at the sides and let it drip down. It's not great, but it's in time and you can tell I used something that flows. I coloured up the Lovers Grumpies digitally and made a nice splotchy background for them, then pasted the You Got Me Babe sentiment from the same Love Lil Grumpies set underneath. All the Grumpies stamps can be found at Smeared Ink. And I have to add that the polish is actually a similar shade to the Grumpies, but in the photos it's either blindingly glossy silver or this darker purple shade. Ho hum :P
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgefest Day 5 - use a medium that flows.
Paper Creations Ink - stitching
Delightful Sketches - stitching
Cute Card Thursday - no designer paper
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - make a 3D gift
Creative Belli Challenges - non-paper material. I hope chipboard counts. My old stash is the frame, and the acrylic I used to paint it, both of which are about a year old.
Lil Red Wagon - put a critter on it
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with the optional extra of using metal (my heart)
The Crafty Purple Frog - anything but a card
Stamp Something Challenges - use a digi
The Stamp Man Challenges - stitching
Patties Creations - stitching

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Twisted little Grumpie!

Today's Smudgefest challenge is "Twisted Thursday - make an ATC with a twist". Well, I thought and I thunk and here's what I came up with. Yup, it's another Grumpie. Although this wasn't planned at the beginning, I'm now hoping to complete Smudgefest using all Grumpie images. This one is Shot Grumpie, altthough I've erased the arrow. Not only does he have his little antennae all in a twist, I've used the "Twisted" stamp from the same set to create my background, by twisting it upside down and/or back-to-front and stamping it all over. (Mirror and flip was the closest I could think of for "twisting" in this scenario). The I found a tutorial for some Twisted Paper Flowers, so I made some of them, and finally I twisted a few strands of ribbon together to create the hanging strap bit. Oooh, and I also added a twisty spiral behind the image. :D The Grumpie stamps and sentiment are available from Smeared Ink.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketch and Stash - sketch 67. My neglected stash items are the ribbons. I know where the organza one came from, and I bought that late last year, but the other one, with the velvet strip, I have absolutely no idea when or where I got it, but I "think" it may have been on sale in a local shop about two years ago.
Smudgefest Day 4 - Twisted Thursday - ATC with a twist.
Picture Perfect Creations - medium purple, deep indigo, vanilla
Hooked on Crafts - cute and cuddly
Shopping Our Stash - vellum or violet or violins (I've gone for the colour violet, obviously. I'd love to claim that my flowers are also violets, but I think that may be pushing it :P My old stash being used up are the ribbons)
Ribbon Carousel - anything goes (must use ribbon twoine or lace)
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything but a card
Allsorts - free and easy
Crafty Purple Frog - anything but a card
Cute Card Thursday - no designer paper

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Happy grumpies!

I just can't seem to leave these little guys alone at the minute; I was all set to use a different image today, and even got so far as colouring it all in, but my persnickety brain refused to play until I started thinking about the Grumpies again. I think someone told them that Smudgefest was supposed to be called Grumpiefest. I gave these two arms and made them hold hands so that (if you sort of unfocus your eyes slightly) together they look like one happy smiling face. The Grumpies are, of course, by Smeared Ink, and this particular couple are included in the Love Grumpies set. I created the papers in PSP specifically for this project (because for some bewildering reason, I just didn't seem to have any love or friendship papers in this colour scheme :P)
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Pink Ink - sketch
Smudgefest Day 3 - bright orange, yellow, grey, deep indigo (the indigo looks black in my piece, but it is actually a very deep purple)
Stamptacular Sunday - Friendship
Crafts and Me - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - critters
Fab n Funky - friendship
Cooking It Up with Katie - something old (ribbon), something new (paper), something you love (digital colouring)
Stampin' B's Design Team - card using ribbon
Magical Monday with Paper Cupcakes - mythical/mystical creatures (Do cute furry monsters count?)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Smudgefest Day 2

Day 2 of Smudgefest is here and today's challenge is Terrifying Tuesday (use a scary Smeared Ink stamp). I've stuck with the Grumpies, lol, although they might be cute and furry, I figured having this intense little guy stalking you would be terrifying indeed! The sentiment is also from the Lil Love Grumpies set and the papers are from the Creature Feature set at Crafty Chaos Designs. And get me, I've used foam pads/pop dots, webby ribbon and a D-ring! Almost like a real crafter! :P

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgefest Day 2 - Terrifying Tuesday
Mojo Monday - sketch 202
Crafts and Me - ribbon
A Spoon Full of Sugar - create a tag
Simon Says Stamp and Show - a tag (mine's obviously not vintage but is, I think grunge. I'm never really sure at what point my stuff would become unsuitable for your challenge)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (optional to use metal which I have)

Put your best foot forward!

It's time for another challenge at the Creative Card Crew, and this week's theme is "Put your best foot forward". Shoes, boots, feet, we want to see them, OR you could make a card encouraging someone to put their best foot forward. And we're also looking for a couple of new DT members, so check out the blog for details and email Mari if you'd like to be a member of this friendly, stress-free team :D
We're sponsored this week by the wonderful Simon Says Stamp, so I hope you all play along for your chance to win a $20 voucher to the store. My creation uses a digi by Kenny K, papers by Crafty Chaos Designs and a sentiment I created.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Deconstructed Sketches - sketch #12
Sparkles Forum Challenge - one for the girls
Skrappekammeret Chamber Maids - just one patterned paper
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - enjoy your day OR use a sentiment to make someone smile
Crazy Amigos - anything goes

Monday, 1 August 2011

It's not about the romance!

Smudgefest starts today! One week of 24-hour challenges from the team at Smeared Ink with a MIND-BLOWING prize at the end of it all; Smeared Ink digis worth a total of $275!!!!! To see all the details and enter your projects, hop along to the Smudgy Antics blog.
All-digital products aren't allowed, so I've had to venture into the terrifying world of tangible crafting! Gasp! I decided to start with a bookmark, the abive image is the front and back view. And now you've seen my efforts, no doubt you're thinking "Hmmm, she should really stick to digi stuff" I stuck the two sides together slightly wonkily, so then I had to trim both edges again. The sticking down of the layers went reasonably well though, except for the "It's not about the romance" senti, which as you can see isn't quite right. But, lol, it will keep my place in whatever I'm reading at least as well as the scraps of paper I generally use, so all is not lost :P And it's scanned a little bit darker than it is in real life, but the scan is much better than the photos I took. I tried to brighten it in PSP but all that did was make the pale pink look paler and left the deep burgundy just as dark.
The digi images are both from Smeared Ink, the papers are from Crafty Chaos Designs and the sentiment was computer-generated by me.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgefest Day One - Manic Monday. Create a bi-polar project that showcases two opposites. (Romance and bloodlust in my case)
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything but a card
Forever night Wicked Wednesday - you're so emo
Come and Get It Challenges - anything goes
Desert Island Crafters - From the current itinerary, I've used 1 - Colour your image, 6 - use three different shapes (rectangle, the mat shape and hearts), 9 - use an image of something alive, and 10 - use only three colours (deep burgundy, medium purplish-red and a pale pink)
Sir Stampalot - whatever you fancy

Varying Visages of Vincent!

Ok, macabre fans... this week marks HDH's 100th challenge! I can't believe it... who knew there were so many creeptastically cool people out there?! Thanks to everyone for tuning in and having fun with this little ol' blog :)

So, to celebrate this milestone, we're going to do a few things different this week >;) The general list of rules still apply (see sidebar), so be sure to follow them to be considered for the coveted Gruesome Twosome & Master of the Macabre titles!

There is BLOG CANDY-CORN to be had this week! That's right... keep reading...

Did you know that Vincent Price would've been 100 this year?!
Yes, so it is divine providence that this week's challenge is:

"Varying Visages of Vincent"

(translates to: the many faces of Vinny)
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece

that is inspired by the TRUE Master of the Macabre, Vincent Price.
A movie, character, poem, narration, song or quote... anything that the great Vincent Price has touched can be used for inspiration. If you need a little help, HERE is a link for some images, HERE is the official Vincent Price website, and HERE is a link to a website with some audio clips.

Now, about the blog candy... Here's a pic so far:

There are rubber and clear stamps, a handful of cards created by The Masterful Mistress herself, chipboard shapes and letters, altered chipboard purse & album pages, skullies, ribbons, floss, embellishments, Distress Stickles, rub-ons... Even a cute stuffed jacko (he's my favorite)... and much much MORE!

As we get more comments & challenge entries,
there MIGHT be more thrown in throughout the week!
AND some of the Minions will be giving away additional blog candy on their own blogs...
be sure to check them out!

The rules for entering blog candy drawing:
1. Readers shall hop to each of the Macabre Minions blogs to see their take on the challenge...
readers must comment on each of the (6) posts.
2. Spread the word about the candy corn via your blog, Twitter, whatevah. Then just comment on this HDH post with a link to the announcement about it.
3. If you play along with the HDH Macabre Monday 100th challenge, you get TWO extra chances to win... just linky up and then add two more comments. We will be selecting a Gruesome Twosome like we normally do.

You should have come here from:

Creepy Cricut Cween Donna

This is my project. Did you kknow Mr Price was a rather famous gourmet?

I wanted to include the original photo that I worked from so you can see the changes, and I promised a brief tutorial as to how I achieved them. I'm going to try and word this so that it can be followed in any graphics program. Firstly, get rid of the background by whatever means you like best.
Then find a skull image that's roughly the same perspective (I ended up using three different skulls because Mr Price seems to like slightly sideway-but-forward-looking poses, and skulls don't come in that very often :P) Layer your skull or skulls over the original photo and lower the opacity so you can see through them. Fiddle about to line them up, paying most attention to nose and eye sockets and teeth. Stretch them, distort them, mirror them, whatever you need to do to get the important bits more or less lined up. Set the opacity back to 100% and play with things like hue, saturation, tonemapping, brightness and contrast until the skulls are of the same tone as your photo.
Then duplicate the layer with the human face on it and put that above the skull layer(s). Lower the opacity of the top layer so that you can see the skull(s) through it, set your eraser tool to a soft-edge effect and start peeling away bits of the face to reveal the bone underneath.
Then start playing with textures. I used one concrete texture, one water ripple texture and one unidentified-but-cool-looking texture that I liked the look of. Place the textures over the top of your images and change everything until you like the way it looks. Change blending modes, opacity, colour values and distortion. There is no "right" and "wrong". Just play until you like the way it looks. And that's about it, you should now have a wonderfully uniques rotting-corpse image :D

And for those of you who don't play with graphics programs, here's Mr Price's cookie recipe, originally published in A Great Treasury of Recipes by Vincent & Mary Price.

Vincent Price's Classic Cherry Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 350

1 cup butter, softened (it must be butter - no substitutes)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
halved maraschino cherries

Cream butter in large bowl. Gradually beat in sugar until fluffy. beat in
egg and almond extract. gradually blend in flour. Chill dough for 30 mins
for ease in handling. Roll small spoonfuls of dough into little balls and
place on ungreased cookie sheets ( I use parchment paper on the cookie
sheets) Place half cherry, cut side down, in middle of each cookie and press
down slightly. Bake 8-10 mins or just until bottoms are golden. Remove and
place on racks to cool. leave them on racks overnight instead of putting
them in Tupperware, and keep extras in freezer until needed.

And your next stop on the hop is:

Agent of the Abominable Andrea

We can't wait to see everyone's take on this VIVP (Very Important Vincent Price) challenge!