Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Poe Gothic Arch Mini-Album

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   Well it was fun while it lasted! This is my last creation for the Go Poe! October theme at Gingersnap Creations. I've had a blast and went outside my box! Thanks Ali for the invite! I lucked out with the theme. Great fan of Poe and I LOVE Halloween!
   This weeks theme, the last, is the colour challenge; Black and Grays. I got a Bind-It-All for my birthday in July and I put it to work for the first time. The arches are white CS sprayed with Glimmer Mists Black Magic and Silver Sugar, on one side and black patterned paper on the other with Grungepaper in the middle. You'll notice in the photos a shimmer of gold, which isn't really noticeable to the naked eye, but I guess the camera picked it up. The gold shimmer is in the Black Magic Glimmer Mist. 
   The "winking cat" is from The Sum Of All Crafts. Other images are from Google images, Digital Collage SheetsMagic Moonlight Free Images. Raven stamp on cover is Martha Stewart, Halloween set. Script stamp on bottom of each arch and all the element stamps (cracked glass, flourish, etc.), along with the Grungepaper and Grungeboard "POE" letters are Tim Holtz
 Inside pages. Colours on some look a bit off. Click on photos for larger images:
L: Library card with sampling of Poe's titles. R: Annabel Lee
L: Annabel Lee poem. R: The Raven
L: Part of The Raven poem. R: The Black Cat ( he is removable!)
L: Part of The Black Cat. R: Floorboards from The Tell-Tale Heart
The heart is exposed under the floorboards!
Poe quote
This mini is entered in:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a snoop around, but leave a word or two before you go. Get inky and GO POE!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Poe, Ravens, Beeswax, Glue!

Click here to read the poem "The Raven"
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   Well this took on a life of it's own! This is the 3rd challenge in the "Go Poe" October theme at Gingersnap Creations. This week it's GC123: Random Redhead Challenge - Ravens.
  Not sure what it is. Not a card. Not a tag. Not a gluebook. I guess it's just art!
  The backing is corrugated cardboard covered in Glimmer Mists and beeswax. The main part is a page ripped from a book ; distressed and inked with DI Vintage Photo. All the items are inked around the edge with Vintage Photo. Then there is a layer of black paper with white text on it. Used the binders edge punch. 
   Then I just did a collage of different images about the poem. Poe's head has a TH Circle Fragment with some Ginger Alcohol Ink on it to make more vintage. Same with the clock. Before I added the Fragments, I slapped on a couple layers of Mod Podge Matte. Oh. Before I glued the large raven down, I covered him in DI Rock Candy Crackle Paint. 
   It is rock solid! That baby will not tear, rip, break or shatter! Not sure what I will do with it, but I do like it. I really went "outside" this time! I really enjoyed putting this together. 

Closeups. Click on photo for larger image:

You can see the crackle paint on the raven
You can really see the beeswax here
This is the back. I put part of the poem and covered it in Mod Podge Matte"
Thanks for stopping by. Leave a word or two before you go! Head on over to Gingersnap Creations and check out the awesome artwork! Have an inky and creative week!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Hat Society, Simon & Frank!

Black Hat Society Annual Tea
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  I'm still at it! Got to get all this Halloween out of my system! When I saw this image from The Sum Of All Crafts, I knew I had to make a tag. Simon Says Stamp and Show Monday challenge this week is to show some stripes. Art With No Boundaries is into a 3rd week of their October/Halloween challenge.
  Just bought this beautiful striped ribbon at Michaels and it really goes well with the ladies. The tea image is from The Graphics Fairy.
   Words are from the computer. Background is a combination of TH DI in Dusty Concord, Rusty Hinge, Marmalade. Spiderweb stamp is also TH. The spider stamp is Martha Stewart and I added some bling. Black crochet lace is KaiserCraft. Black ribbon is from Dollar Store.

Closeups. Click on photos for larger image:

Entered this tag in:
1. Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Stripes
2. Art With No Boundaries Oct/Halloween Wk 3

Thanks for taking the time to stop and look. Leave a word or two before you go. Head on over to the challenges and see the awesome art and enter something yourself! Get inky! Get Halloween out of your system and make something!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Twinkie? Is That You?

Twinkie? Is That You?
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   Well look who's all ready for Halloween! That little rascal Twinkie is dressed up like a little vintage boy! I think his pumpkin is a bit scared of him!
   I was thinking of a Twilight Zone episode today. The original Rod Serling series. I don't know what triggered it, but it was the episode called, "The Eye of the Beholder". One of my very favourites of the series.
   I was also thinking of an idea for the Stampotique Designers Challenge: It's Tag Time and I guess the two thoughts collided! As I was hanging the ticket, I remembered that Frankie over at Dragons Dream wanted us to show her tickets! Voila! 

What's what:
- Background is spritzed with Glimmer Mists, Key Lime Pie, Pop Rock (purple) and Smooch Spritz Carrot Cake. Edged with DI Black Soot
- Pumpkin image form Google images
- Ticket is TH, from Odds & Ends stamp set
- Yellow moon is from paper stash; unknown origin!
- "Trick or Treat" stamp is from a Halloween Inkadinkado set
- Bat stickers 
- Stampotique stamp: Twinkie
- Twinkie's Halloween mask is from TH Lost & Found Paper Stash.

This tag is entered in: 
1. Stampotique SDC40: It's Tag Time
2. DragonsDream TIO#100 - Ticket To Ride

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! Leave a word or two before you go. Head on over to The Stampotique Designers Challenge and Dragons Dream and check out the awesome artwork! Get inky yourself and enter a creation!



Twinkie won the random draw at the SDC #40 It's Tag Time! Awesome! A gift card for $30 to the Stampotique Store! Can't wait! Thanks for a great challenge blog over at Stampotique, and congrats to the top 3 picks and to all who entered fabulous art!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Grungy Halloween

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   Finally got to use my new Tim Holtz stamps! They're from the Visual Artistry Collection: Happy Halloween set. Didn't have room for the spiderweb or cat. Love that witch! The witch and the owl both screamed for googly eyes! The tag itself was cut from the Paper Stash Kraft Resist Halloween Haunts, using the Tag and Bookplate die cut set ; then ink/resist with DI Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters and Dusty Concord; same for the torn sentiment label background. A dab here and there of DI Vintage Photo on skeleton and owl. The tag is glued to a piece of spiderweb ribbon I got at The Dollar Store.

Closeups. Click on photos for larger images:
This shows the ribbon at the top; also from The Dollar Store!
Entered in the following challenges:
1. Grungy Monday #22 Holtz Halloween
2. Art With No Boundaries: Oct/Halloween
3. Inkurable Stampers: Orange, Purple, Green
4. Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Anything But A Card

Thanks for stopping by! Nosy about, but leave a word or two before you go. Head on over to the challenges and check out the fabulous artwork! Love this time of year! Get inky!

Isn't he creepy? He's called "The Laughing Man". Did you know "The Joker" in the Batman series, was modeled after him? Can you see it? I can.
Go here and read about this charming fellow. 
It's like the clown thing.   


Poe, Tell-Tale Heart, Alcohol Inks!

   Loving the October theme "Go Poe" over at  Gingersnap Creations! This week it's the supply challenge, using Alcohol Inks. I have chosen the Tim Holtz technique called, Alcohol Ink Splatter. It's in his latest book, "A Compendium of Curiosities" on page 52.

  Before splattering the glossy paper with the inks I randomly layered Tissue Tape across the paper. I used Caramel, Ginger and Latte Alcohol Inks, and Red Pepper and some Pitch Black for the bottom piece. Any white spots that poked through, I dabbed them with DI in the same colour range.

   The bursting heart (I love it!), is a TH stamp from the Rock Star set. I printed the words "The Tell-Tale Heart" on the banner. The heart was stamped again on grungepaper and then I cut the heart and used DI Fired Brick; then smooshed with my finger some Distress Stickles Fired Brick and used the heat tool to quick dry. Popped the heart up with foam squares.

  The quote at the bottom was printed off the computer; stamped with DI Vintage Photo and torn. TH pen nib and unknown clock embellie!

   This fabulous ribbon is from The Dollar Store! I bought all I could find! It comes in 3 widths! It looks like vintage wrinkled satin! Anyway, I stamped blood splatter all over the ribbon and in spots on the quote using a Martha Stewart blood splatter stamp that comes in one of her Halloween sets. Love love love it! I think I watch too much Dexter! The black flexible wire, I got at Michael's in the jewellery making section. Comes in all colours and gauges. You don't need any special tools to bend it. You can bend with your fingers. Check it out!

   Mr. Poe is from the web and I encased him in a silver frame that I inked with Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to tone down the silver and make it old looking. I added some Alcohol Ink (can't remember which one) on a square Fragment to give him a vintage look. 

Closeups. Click on photos for larger images:

This is the back. As you can see, I went a little wild with the blood splatter stamp! The guy at the top is on the back of Poe's photo. He is the actor Joseph Schildkraut who was in the 1941 film version of The Tell-Tale Heart.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a look around and leave a word or two before you go. Head on over to the Gingersnap Spicy Supply Challenge: GC122 and check out the other awesome artwork! Heck. Why not enter something yourself?!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Angel Wishes

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I am stuffed like a turkey! Had a great day yesterday with family celebrating Thanksgiving. Leftovers for supper tonight! No cooking! Woo Hoo!

Simon says he wants "Things With Wings". This adorable little angel is a freebie from Digital Collage Studio. The sentiment stamp is Tim Holtz Good Thoughts set. TH Tissue Tape. Distress Inks, Dusty Concord, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed and Shabby Shutters. The rose and ribbon is from my stash drawer. Flourish stamp around rose; unknown origin! Black lace is Kaiser Craft.

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Flower is secured on back through hole in tag
Added some pink glitter to her flowers, colour to her cheeks, and DI Vintage Photo around the image. Popped her up with foam squares.
I isolated the word "Wishes" from this sentiment stamp by covering the other words with scotch tape, inking, then removing the tape before stamping on tag. That is the trick; to remove tape BEFORE you stamp it on your project!
Thanks again for stopping by. Have a look around, leave a word or two before you go. Hop on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to see the fabulous entries for "Things With Wings", or maybe enter something yourself!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

All Dolled Up - Stampsmith Celebration!

All dolled up to celebrate the new Stampsmith Store!
   Very exciting news happening over at The Stampsmith Designers Blog. We are celebrating the newly designed online Stampsmith store
   Estelle, the owner, is offering a 10% discount starting Saturday morning, October 8th and ending Sunday evening, October 9th. The discount code is TENOFF, when you're ready to checkout. WAIT! There's more! You could win 1 sheet of unmounted rubber stamps, and 1 single unmounted rubber stamp!! Who doesn't like rubber? 
   Head on over to the The Stampsmith Designers Blog to get all the delicious details! You have to go there to comment on my card and guess what Stampsmith stamp I used in order to be eligible to win the rubber! I used one Stampsmith stamp. That's all I can say! Remember. You can't win if you don't play!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! 
It's Turkey time! We're having ours with family on Sunday, so I'll have Monday to sleep and maybe get a little inky!

And The Winner Is........
I was just over to The Stampsmith Designers Blog and they have the winner posted! It's Laurie Quick! Congrats Laurie! Tough decision on picking out just one sheet of unmounted rubber and 1 single stamp! Thanks to everyone who participated. It was great fun!

Comments on my card posted on the DT blog, were about the colouring of the lovely lady. I used chalks. I find they work the best (for me) on these stamps. I have metallic chalks, pearlescent chalks, matte chalks; a variety to pick from! Chalks are forgiving too. You can use your eraser and blend them or make lighter. I also like to add some dimension by adding bling, glitter glue, or in this case "pearls" layered over top of hers, to make them pop. 

Thanks for your comments here and there, and all those who joined in on the fun! 


Friday, October 7, 2011

TOFF#15 Music, Bowie, China Girl

David Bowie
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   Isn't he handsome?! This is a digi stamp created by the very talented Miss Lily over at The Octopode Factory
   I made this card for a co-worker/friend who was turning the big 3-0. She is also a huge Bowie fan, AND, she spent 3 months in China, so I had to add the song title, "China Girl"! AND, it has fall colours too, don't ya think?! The stars are all aligned today! Happy Birthday Grace! A pleasure making this card!

Couple of closeups. Click on photos for larger images:
Used coloured pencils. Not a big Copic person. 
Prefer pencils & chalk ; more forgiving.
Fortune cookies are from Google images. Sentiments are from computer. Background is done with Distress Inks, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed. Chinese paper is from web. Flowers are from a punch.
Entered in: The Octopode Factory challenge: TOFF#15 Music

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you head over to the Octopode Challenge Blog to see the other entries, or join in the fun!

Have a great weekend with family and friends! Don't eat too much turkey! Yummy!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Dog Named Boo

Happy Halloween....WOOF!
   I'm in the Halloween spirit! How about you? This little guy is already for his treats, and I'm sure he can do a lot of tricks! This is for all you dog lovers out there. I'm a kitty cat lover myself, but puppies are sooooo cute! This pup and the word, "WOOF!" are from the Puppies stamp sheet at the newly designed Stampsmith Store.
   Background is Distress Inks, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters, with a little Black Soot along the edge. Ticket sentiment is TH Odds & Ends set ; witches hat, picket fence crow and spiderweb stamps are from Martha Stewart's Halloween set; dog bone is from Google images.
   Just a quickie post. Thanks for stopping by! Have a very inky and creative day!


Poe, The Black Cat, Gingersnap!

The Black Cat
I am pleased and honoured to be a Visiting Artist for the month of October over at Gingersnap Creations! Thank you Ali for the invite. Very excited! 

The other Visiting Artist is Melissa Ustik. Melissa is a an amazing artist and I love her creativity. The October Muse is Mary Green. Mary is so awesome! She creates fabulous Gluebooks, something I haven't really tried yet, but want to give it a go. All the DT and special guests are fabulous! Please make sure you have a look at their fantastic artwork. What creative minds! I'm awed! (visual here: mouth hanging open)

For the month of October the theme is Stuck on Poe. The first challenge of the month is the Chestnut Challenge: Horror Stories.  I have chosen Poe's short story "The Black Cat"

Tag Supply list:
- Tim Holtz Texture Fade, Brick. I used the technique mentioned in his book, "A Compendium of Curiosities"; page 40, Double Distress. DI Fired Brick, Black Soot, Pumice
- Hinge is from TH Grungeboard Plain Elements; DI ink Black Soot; then smooched with finger some Distress Stickles Pewter.
- Little black mice are Martha Stewart Halloween mice edge punch
- Blood splatter stamp is Martha Stewart Vampire set
- Quote is from web
- Tissue Tape script is from Hobglobin set
- Axe ad Poe portrait from Google images; used an oval Fragment Charm and Glossy Accents for Poe's portrait
- Cat image is from Caisidyrose on Flickr
- Chain clip is TH

Some closeups. Click on photo for larger images:
Had to disfigure the poor thing to go along with the story! Go here and read the story, if you are not familiar with it.
I stamped a spider on the left side. See the blood on the axe! Love those blood splatter stamps!
Boy, talk about crooked! Well you know what I say. If it's not crooked, it's not handmade!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a look around and leave a word or two before you go. It's going to be a fabulous month! So head on over to the Gingersnap Creations Challenge and see the other awesome artwork! Get inky and join in! It's going to be a very bumpy ride!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Bling, TSC23

Happy Halloween Dahling!
I'm back! I have exciting news! First, I'm pleased as punch! Kim Prince invited me to be part of The Stampsmith Design Team for 6 months!! How awesome is that! Thank you Kim! I am honoured!

Second. The Stampsmith online store has a fabulous new look and we are all very excited about it! Estelle and Holly did a wonderful job on the new look! You have to check it out!

So. Let's talk about one of my fav Stampsmith stamps, Bling. Bling is that stunning sultry dame on my Halloween card. She reminds me of the actresses you would see in those old movies from the '40s. My parents were big fans of those old b&w movies. That's how I got hooked. She sort of looks devilish, don't you think?

The background is spritzed with Glimmer Mists Red Velvet, Key Lime Pie, Haunted, Pop Rocks. The spiderweb around the card is ribbon; Martha Stewart drippy goo edge punch and ; MS bats; black sparkly ribbon from Michaels ; I used glitter pens for her eyes and lips; chalk on her cheeks; Stickles on her jewels.

Karen a veteran Stampsmith DT member has chosen "Halloween" as the theme for the Stampsmith Challenge for the month of October. 

This is new, so take note. The Stampsmith Challenge themes begin on the 1st of every month. A winner will be drawn at the end of each month.  Artwork that has at least one Stampsmith stamp will be eligible to win a Stampsmith gift card to use in the online store! Who doesn't like rubber!

I would like to thank Valerie who is also a Stampsmith DT member for helping out "the newbie"! Thanks Val!

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a word or two before you go! HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!
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