Sunday, September 30, 2012


Bearly Mine Crafts is having the most amazing candy giveaway.  Take a look at this:
EPSON UK will be giving away to one of the followers from the UK ONLY this BRAND NEW, ALL IN ONE, WIFI PRINTER (Just released) worth £150.  But unfortunately for me I'm not in the UK.

Wish me luck and you too!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

It is time for another Corrosive Challenges challenge.  This challenge is Something Wicked this Way Comes. We are sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs.  This worked out great for me as I am on both teams.  I used this amazing witch image from Sassy Studio Designs.  

I started this at the last minute as I decided to treat myself to a day on the couch and I forgot about my card. I started coloring my witch, with Copics of course, and then stopped after I got the face done.  I had the desire for chocolate cake so I made one.  And then I had to make some frosting.  I did all of this with Smokie Joe (one of my parrots) hanging all over me trying to get at the cake.  She isn't allowed chocolate so I had to put her in her room.  

After I got my chocolate fix, I went back to work.  I finished coloring and then cut her out.  I popped her up with SU dimensionals.  My favorite part of this card is the green sparkle ribbon.  It is from American Crafts and I absolutely love it.  I think I might have to go back to the store and get every color they have.  I am a sparkle junkie.  

Please head over to Corrosive Challenges to see what the rest of the Design Team has done.  And then head over to SSD to see what the sponsorship team has done.  I am proud to be associated with all these ladies.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I have entered these challenges:

Bearly Mine #54 - Add a sentiment
City Crafter #128 - An early boo
Stampavie and more #177 - Sparkling
Craft Us Crazy #27 - Halloween
My Heart Pieces - Use black
Simon Says - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #87 - Anything goes
Fat Pages #23 - Anything goes
Sarah Hurley #72 - Something magical
Stamp and Create - Anything goes

Thursday, September 27, 2012


CRAFTIN DESERT DIVA'S having a follower giveaway.  

Isn't it fabulous!  I just love Joann's!

Inside the Castle

Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring the current challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  The challenge is a photo inspiration challenge.  The photo is the outside of a castle.  I decided to go inside the castle for my project.  I used the newly released Fortune Teller Honey from SSD.  I colored her with Copics and popped her up with Helmar Scrap Dots.  I added some glitter glue to her outfit and glossy accents on her crystal ball.

For the background, I added a mixture of modeling paste and glass beads to a canvas.  I painted it with acrylic paint and glazing medium.  My husband came by as I was creating the canvas.  I only had the paste down and the first layer of paint.  He said "that looks lovely."  I asked him if he could tell what it was and he said "hmmm,  that looks lovely."  I had to laugh.  He had no clue what I was making.  

Please head over to Sassy Studio Designs and check out what the other Design Team members have created and join in the C.R.A.F.T. challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by.

These are the challenges I have entered:

Come and Get It - Anything other than a card
Love to Create #34 - Anything goes
Paper Makeup #55 - Anything goes
Creative Craft - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday #87 - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Heck of a Challenge - Anything goes
Sarah Hurley #72 - Something magical
Stamp and Create - Anything goes

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Amazing Giveaway

Fabulous giveaway or what!

My Crafting Channel has a new follower giveaway! Head on over to Nana's enter her wonderful giveaway.


Xyron Creatopia 3501-05-00
Multi Function Crafting Machine

With this multi-function machine on duty, crafting enthusiasts can let their imaginations run wild. The unit's generous size fits media up to 12 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. To use, simply insert a designated cartridge and turn the handle to cut straight or decorative edges, to laminate photos or documents, to emboss scrapbook pages or emboss borders on greeting cards; or to add edge-to-edge adhesive (permanent, fabric, or repositionable) to items to make stickers, labels, and more. 

The machine can also cut shapes in paper up to 6-1/2 inches wide with leading dies. Best of all, it performs all these functions without heat, batteries, or electricity--making it a smart and safe choice for classrooms, office settings, or home crafting stations. A cartridge with 25 feet of acid-free permanent adhesive comes included. Accessories that can be purchased separately include various adhesive, laminate, and embossing cartridges, as well as five different cutting blade packs and a die press cartridge. The multi-function crafting machine measures approximately 10 by 22 by 8 inches.

Multi-function crafting machine fits media up to 12 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick
Easy drop in components allow you to use this machine for cutting, laminating, embossing, die cutting and applying adhesive
Works without heat, batteries or electricity; ideal for home, school or office applications
Units comes with 25 feet of permanent adhesive; components sold separately
Measures approximately 10 by 22 by 8 inches

Thanks to My Crafting Channel!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Party Hop Part 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Sassy Studio Designs Halloween Party Hop.  If you arrived here from Kreative Kim's blog, you are on the right track.  SSD has released some amazing new images today.  We have so many images this time that the DT Release Team decided to split the release hop into two groups.  Half of us will show images today and the other half, tomorrow.  There will also be prizes of course.  By leaving some love for the design team along the hop, you have a chance to win 2 of the fabulous new images.  There is also a special at the SSD store, buy 5 images, get the 6th for free.  Exciting right?!

Our theme for this release hop is Halloween Party.  We were asked to make a project/invitation/party favor celebrating Halloween.  I was assigned this amazing image called Showgirl.  I just love this image.  It has tons of detail on the feathers.  Unfortunately, I covered all the detail with tinsel glitter.  I redid this 3 times and still couldn't get the detail to show through but at least she has the Las Vegas look I wanted.  I stamped the sentiment with glue and covered it in glitter.  The ribbon and green paper didn't quite match the glitter so I colored them with a Copic marker.  The showgirl was fussy cut and popped up with SU dimensionals.

I hope you like it and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  Don't forget to check Sassy Studio Designs for tomorrow's hop list.  Your next stop is Marvelous Mary's blog.  If you got lost along the way, here is the entire hop list.

Thanks for stopping by.

I am entering these challenges:

Avadares #3 - Make it sparkle
Oozak #6 - Sparkle
Tammy's Scrapping Corner #28 - Anything goes
Paper Pretties #57 - Use a ribbon
Creative Crafting - Anything goes
LEJ Designs #21 - Sparkle and shine
Whimsy Stamps #51 - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude #23 - Anything goes
Simply Create Too #22 - Anything goes

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Animal Companions

It is time for another fabulous Corrosive Challenges challenge.  The challenge is Animal Companions.  Your project must include an animal image.  We are sponsored by the amazing Delicious Doodles.  I am using two Delicious Doodles images...Pegasus and Ivy Fairy.  I wanted to put them in a meadow so I went for a canvas instead of doing a card.

I started by coloring my images with Copics and cutting them out.  I printed both images twice so I could pop up the fairy wings and one of the horse wings.  I also added some glitter glue to the wings for some sparkle. I grabbed a 5x7 canvas and coated it with gesso.  I began using acrylic paints and painted the sun.  The sky and the grass came next.  Once I had my base layer, I sponged on some texture doing the grass and greenery.  Then, using Mod Podge I glued Pegasus to the canvas and covered him with a thin layer of MP.  Then I did the same with Ivy.

After they were in place and dry, I added some modeling paste for more texture in front of the images.  I added some micro beads to the paste also.  After the paste was dry, I painted it with more acrylic paint.  My favorite part of this is the raised wings.  I used Helmar Scrap Dots to raise them up off the canvas.  I am going to say that this is one of my new favorite things to use.  When I was very young, one of my mother's friends bought me a paper crafting kit that had silicone gel in it for raising the layers of your project up.  I had totally forgotten about it until I came across Scrap Dots.  Welcome back old friend.

I hope you like it and I hope you head over to Corrosive Challenges to see what the rest of the amazing Design Team has created for your inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by.


These are the challenges I am entering:

Vintage Elusions #6 - Things with wings
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Shelly's Images - Show us what you got
Mark's Finest #125 - Your favorite technique
Oozak #6 - Sparkle
Sarah Hurley #72 - Something magical
Sparkles #36 - Away with fairies
Stamp and Create - Anything goes

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bags and Tags

Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring the current Brown Sugar Challenge.  The challenge is called Bags and Tags.  I started with a cute little kraft bag from Canvas Home Basics.  Then I chose my image.  I picked Medusa Frame from SSD.  I love this image.  I colored her with Copics, cut her out and popped her up with SU dimensionals.  

Next came the tag.  I had lots of issues with my tag.  I ended up having to cut the end off and tape a new piece of paper to it.  I guess I need sleep or something.  Anyway, here is my project for Brown Sugar Challenge.  

Thanks for stopping by.

These are the challenges I have entered:

Brown Sugar #7 - Bags and tags
Pile It On #37 - Patterned paper
Stamptacular #180 - Anything but a card
Paper Makeup #53 - Monster Mash
Fairy Tale #50 -Early Fall 
Stamping Scrapping - Halloween
Bearly Mine #52 - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Shelly's Images - Show us what you got

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Robin

Hi everyone.  Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring the new challenge over at Craftymess.  The challenge is Vintage Paris.  This is the perfect challenge for the SSD fans as a new French image called France Honey was released last month.  I decided to make this card do double duty for me.  This is my SSD assignment and my sister Robin's birthday card.  Her birthday isn't until the 10th but Happy Birthday Robin.

I started out by coloring my image.  I have tried to make the card first several times but it just doesn't work for me.  I colored France Honey with Copics, cut her out and popped her up with SU dimensionals.  Her hair is red because Robin's hair is red.  Speaking of red hair, my niece Kennedie has...wait, had the most beautiful red hair I have ever seen and she keeps coloring it dark brown.  I know teenagers go through these stages but come on already Kennedie.  Let the red come back please.

I printed the Eiffel Tower from the internet and attached it to my card base.  The next step was to cut out my window.  I used a die from Spellbinders and Our Daily Bread.  After that, I flipped my designer paper over and traced the inside of the window, then cut it out so you could see through my window.  I popped it up on the background with SU dimensionals.  The curtains were part of the die set as well.  I added a little twine from Doodlebug because I felt the red was too plain.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

I hope you like it and I hope Robin does too.  Make sure you check out the challenge at Craftymess and check the SSD blog also to see some more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:

The Cutie Pie #26 - No flowers
The Pink Elephant #164 - Use patterned paper
Tuesday Alchemy #30 - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Anything goes
My Mum's Craft Shop #73 - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Shelly's Images - Anything goes
Cut it up #1 - Use a die cut
Craftymess #17 - Vintage Paris
Stamp and Create - Anything goes

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Book of Shadows

Hi everyone.  This is my Book of Shadows.  I had a really great time creating it and I wanted to share it you.    Before I tell you how I made it, let me tell you what my little 8 year old niece Cara said.  I showed her my book and she said.....oh oh should sell these in stores.  She is one of my biggest fans.  

Now, let me tell you how I made this book.  I started with this adorable image from Rick St. Dennis.  Her name is Hannah Halloween.  I colored her with Copics and then covered her with Glossy Accents.  After she was dry, I cut her out.  I used the Glossy Accents to make her stronger because I knew I would be popping her up and she needed extra strength to be on the front of the book.   

The next step was to find the book.  I came across this one at Pat Catan's and it was very inexpensive.  I covered the book with a layer of gesso, then a few sponged layers of paint to get a base coat down.

Next I added some modeling paste with a pallet knife.  I did not cover the entire book, I just wanted to make it look old.  I then painted the paste.  For the next layer, I used the same paste but added some micro beads to it.  I rubbed it on with my fingers.  Then painted it.  This is the back of the book.

I took some designer papers and distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool.  I used some distress inks to age the papers.  I applied them to the book with Matte Mod Podge.  Then I added a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal the paper.  I added the image using SU dimesionals.

Next came the embellishments.  I used Tim Holts metal photo corners on the front and back.  I also added a key hole.  I used some metal paints to add a petina to the metal.  I attached the key hole with Glossy Accents.  That will hold just about anything in place.

I printed this out and distressed it.  Then added it with Mod Podge.

I forgot to say that I used a some sticky strip and embossing powder down the side of the book.  When you heat it, the tape bubbles and looks old.  

Here is a side shot of the book.

And a flat view.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Here is a list of supplies I used.  I warn you, it's very long.

Plain book, gesso, various acrylic paints, various metal paints, glimmer mist, rub-n-buff, modeling paste, glass beads, sticky tape, embossing powder, designer papers, Matte Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz metal photo corners, keyhole, various distress inks, image, Copics, SU dimensionals, Jolee broom, glitter glue, distress tool & metal sealer.  Whew...I think that's everything.

Thanks for stopping by.

Here are the challenges that I have entered:

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Read all about it
Bearly Mine #51 - Anything but a card
Sarah Hurley #72 - Something magical
Fairy Tale #49 - Something metal
Simply Create #21 - So old or vintage
Creatalicious #37 - Fantasy Theme
DCC & Friends #2 - Fairies, mystic, magic
Stamping Scrapping - Halloween

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Myth & Magic

Welcome to another Corrosive Challenges challenge.  The new challenge is called Myth & Magic...create a mythical or magical themed project.  Our fabulous sponsor is Delicious Doodles.  They have a great range of images at DD.  You can find something for everyone.  I tend to go for their darker images.  The image I chose for my project is called Black Pearl.  

I was kind of burnt out on cards today so I decided to do a canvas.  I began with a blank white canvas.  I printed out a picture of water and glued it down to the canvas.  I had colored my image with Copics and cut it out.  I applied it to the canvas with Mod Podge.  I went over the entire canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge.  Then I began to texture it.  I took some texture paste and applied it to the sea floor first.  After it dried, I mixed acrylic paint with glaze and applied some different color layers.  Then I worked on the top and sides.  After I had my paint layers down, I mixed some micro glass beads in the paste and added it all over.  Then I painted again and again until I was happy with it.  After everything dried, I added some flower soft, embossing powder, ribbon and a skull.

The finishing touch was a little bit of clear gel with glass beads in it along with a spritz of shimmer mist.  I really hope you all like it.  Please head over to Corrosive Challenges to see what the rest of the amazing design team has created for your inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Mania #2 - On the beach/in the sea
Sarah Hurley #72 - Something magical
Creatalicious #37 - Fantasy theme
DCC & Friends #2 - Fairies, mystic or magic
Party Time Tuesday #83 - Anything goes 
Scrapalicious - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
The Craft Garden - Inspired by water
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes

Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring Vintage Elusions and the challenge is Distressed.  I used Sassy Studio Designs Lion Honey as my image.  I was going through my studio and found a ton of unfinished projects.  I had colored the hair and the skin ages ago and then just threw it in a box.  I took it out, tried to doctor it up a bit, added some sparkle, distress the edges and I was done.  

The designer paper is from Inque Boutique.  I have had it in the box for ages also.  I am just finding so many things I forgot I had in the studio.  I have even found tons of duplicates in there.  When I make a mess, I make a big one.  Sydney and I plan on spending Labor Day going through the rest of my boxes.  She just loves it in the studio.  I can't wait to to find more treasures.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges I have entered:

Pan Pastel #34 - All about stripes
Blessings Ink - Use markers
LEJ Designs #18 - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz #34 - No embellishments
Crafts 4 Eternity #87 - Less is more
Catch The Bug - Anything goes
Just Keep On Creating - Anything goes
Krafty Girls - Anything goes

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Link Up For Pink

Link Up For Pink is a blog that promotes breast cancer awareness.  As she states in her blog, just about everyone has known someone with breast cancer.  I work with a woman who has been fighting breast cancer and is currently on the winning side.  Breast cancer is a very scary thing.  Cancer effects not only the person but also the whole family.  Link Up For Pink wants to help spread the word to do self exams and be screened on a regular basis.  There is also a link where you can make donations to help further the research and get a cure for this awful disease.  

They are offering this blog candy to help get more awareness to there blog.  They have challenges every month for you to share you work.  Please go over and help support them.  Thank you.


Today is the first and that means another fabulous new release from Doodle Pantry.  My assignment was these amazing cowboy boots.  They come with a saddle, sentiments & more.  As soon as I saw them, I immediately thought of the movie Footloose (the original, not the remake).  My friend and I loved this movie when we were young.  We know all the lines and could act the entire movie out.  The only thing I can't do related to that movie, is dance.  But that story is for another day.  The main female lead in Footloose is Ariel and she guessed it, red boots.   That was my inspiration.

I colored these awesome red boots with Copics and cut them out.  You can't tell in the picture but the front boot is raised above the back boot.  They almost look velvety.  I kept the rest of the card simple to not take away from the boot.  I thought the sentiment went well with the Footloose theme of this card.  It's also a good way to tell a guy it's over.  Scoot your booty on out of here.

Please head over to the Doodle Pantry blog and check out all the fabulous new images.  These cool boots (and the rest of the Cowboy Gear) are available for sale right here.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Challenges entered:

The Squirrel and the Fox #25 - One for the men
Our Daily Bread #121 - You leave me in stitches
Perfect Sentiment #47 - Anything goes with a sentiment
Scrapalicious - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz #34 - No embellishments
Natalie and Amy - Anything goes
Card Crafter's #38 - For the fellows
Cute Card Thursday #232 - A stitch in time