Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Third Coast Halloween Stamps!!!

Woo-hoo!!! The brand-new Halloween stamps are up on Third Coast's web site. Click here to go check 'em out for yourself!

Best of all, all 166 of 'em are on sale for 20% off until September 10th!!! How cool is that???

Here's a card using Creepy Little Girl (AP-498-K) from the new release (p.9 of the Halloween 2011 Supplement), who I think has more attitude than creepiness.

She was colored with Copic markers. The patterned papers are by Making Memories.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Feline Familiar!

Here's another card using one of the soon-to-be released new Halloween stamps by Third Coast Rubber Stamps. This stamp is named Witch's Kitten (CM-287). I love her because she looks like my feline familiar, Duchess (who you can see on the bottom right of the page).

The image was colored with Copic markers in Duchess-esq colors, though without her tabby face and darker ears. I stamped the small pentacle from her hat on tiny Technique Tuesday Tiles, colored them with Copics, added Spica Glitter markers, then embossed 'em with several layers of embosssing powder.

I think with a little fudging around, she'd make a fantastic Santa kitty, so stay tuned! *grin*

The patterned papers are Eerie from Basic Grey. So seriously bummed that this collection was retired. Doodlebug green rub-ons were used for the "boo", though I don't think this kitten is scary at all.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School!!!

It's almost time for the kiddies to go back to school, which means that my favorite holiday, Halloween, is right around the proverbial corner.

Here's a card using Ghoul Bus (AP-500-M ), one of the new Halloween stamps from Third Coast Rubber Stamps.

I stamped the Ghoul Bus, colored it with Copic markers, masked it, and sponged Distress Ink on the background. I punched a circle to create a reverse masked, then stamped the branches from the Large Birch Trunks (CM-055P) over the moon, masked the moon, then sponged ink over a cloud template to create a cloudy night sky.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Shabby Chic Challege from Ms. August!

Bombshell Stamps' Ms. August, Milo Lilja, challenged us to create a Shabby Chic project using predominantly white and lace.

Here's my project.

I used Rose from Bombshell's Rose's Portrait set.

Rose was colored with Copic markers in some of their palest shades so she'd work with the challenge. Since I could've joined AARP several years ago, I decided to make Rose's hair gray. My white rose didn't come out right, so I opted to create a pale pink one and then used the same Copic markers to color the white roses from Michael's. Rose's earring was colored to match, then coated with a layer of clear Spica glitter pen, and a layer of clear Glaze pen to make it dimensional.

I used Nestabilities to cut the portrait oval, then used a larger oval Nestie as a guide to tear the vellum. The reverse of the oval was colored with the same pale red Copic marker.

White cardstock took a ride through my Big Kick inside of a Cuttlebug folder. Distress Inks were used to ink the embossed designs and to edge the punched border and all the other layers.

Lace, sparkly sheer pink ribbon, Copic-tinted flowers, and blush-colored pearls finished off the card.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dedicated to my father.

He fought hard, but after more than three weeks of a rollercoaster-like ride of steps forward and backward, my father passed away peacefully on the morning of July 17th.

It's been a difficult couple of weeks, during which my "mojo" completely left me. However, grief is a process and I'm beginning to make steps to regain some of the things that give me pleasure.

This card is dedicated to my father, Bill, who taught me, by example, how to be a "Big Fish" that is bold, bright, and brave.

The "big fish" is from the Koi Tattoo set by Bombshell Stamps and was colored with Copic markers. The cardstock base is gray in real life...

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