Friday, October 29, 2010

Yeah baby... This Witch is Totally in!!!

LOVE Halloween... I mean... the kinda expect you to be a witch... yeeeeehaw!
I made this card using BROOMSTICK STELLA, and of course I colored her green... whatother color would a witch be? Then I cut her out and added her on this cloudy background and stamped my all time favorite sentiment! Be sure to stay tuned for some gorgeous autumn stamps from DRS...they will be on your MUST HAVE list! Thanks for popping in! 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween and Bombshell Sugar Skulls!!!

How happy do these BOMBSHELL sugar skulls look? I embossed them and cut them out. I added blingy eyes... some got pearls and some got gems... boys and girls, I guess!I popped the white and pink ones up with pop dots and I left the others flat. I used a SU rub on to add the sentiment and then I got out the glitter and gel pens to add the dot accents. To me... it always looks like a  movie fun FUN! I layered the 2 ribbons and here is my fun Halloween Creation! Thanks for popping in!

Santa Baby? INDEED!!!

I LOVE this Bombshell stamp... and I thought she would look awesome on a Christmas card... and what do you think? I think if I looked like this...I would no longer HAVE a wish list!!! I colored her with Copic markers...of course... and then i cut her out and adhered her to a nestie.The red background paper is embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder that looks like candy cane stripes...super cute! I have had these poinsettias forever and now was a great time to bust them out... as I think they add the perfect touch for this card! Thanks for looking...and please scroll down for the Stamp Insanity post!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SISC 33 ... SPOOKALICIOUS!!! Halloween Bag in a Box

I made this super cute bag in a box using a tutorial that I found on SCS in the resource section. Super cute and so easy... easy enough to make a bunch of them for all of the little goblins and gremlins on your spooky list! I colored the Devil Doll HILDA with copic markers and I used my spooky fence punch for a little bit extra Halloween flavor... Thanks for popping in and be sure to check out the Stamp Insanity blog for all of the other gals creations...

And ... for your insane pleasure...

Traverse City State Hospital

Opened in 1885 by the state in response to overcrowding in the state's four other asylums. It was built according to the Kirkbride plan with the north wing for female patients and the south wing for male patients. The Kirkbride building still exists and is now known as Building 50. When the 20th century began, cottages were constructed on the grounds as the patient population grew. There was also a farm on the site but most of those buildings have not survived to modern times. This facility was closed in 1989 as part of the trend toward deinstutionalization of mentally ill population. After closing, the facility passed in ownership to the local government and was converted into offices, shops, a police station etc. called Grand Traverse Commons.

A Sweet Little Card for the Love of My Life... David!!!

I made this card for my sweet hubby using Bombshell stamps. I love the little angel sentiment because that is just what he is! I made this a shaker card and embossed the front panel. I added the soft and pretty ribbon roses and then the sentiment using a rub on from SU. This is totally crazy... but, I NEVER make cards for anyone... I buy them... Nuts...I know. So Hopefully he will know exactly HOW wonderful he is to me when I give him a card that I MADE...Thanks for popping in!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Woodware USA Halloween Color Challenge!

OK.. My take on Halloween colors are green, orange and purple. So... I thought... why not use this awesome Flower Frames set. I stamped 4 images... colored them in with the challenge colors and then I arranged them in this pattern, I stamped the little vine on the orange paper to make my background paper. And no way could I make a card with no bling...people would think I was ill! SOOO, I added some gems in the corner and one in the center. Please check back soon as we will be having a blog hop featuring some of the new sets that we have... and we will be making some changes to our challenges... so stay tuned!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Subtle... But STILL SPARKLEY!!!

This gorgeous stamp is actually 2 gorgeous stamps and they are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps... or PPRS which is SOOOO much easier to type! (LOL)
I stamped them in Versamark on Kraft Card and then I used stickles to make them all blingy and Dawn- Like! Then for the leaves, I used green glitter markers (spica) to make them sparkley too... why should the flowers have all the fun??? I used a slot corner punch and mounted the kraft panel onto green card and here is my creation! These stamps are really, REALLY nice. Deeply etched red rubber... and really budget friendly! They also have clear stamps and DIES that match! HOW FUN IS THAT??? Well, let me tell ya... it is FUN! Keep watching this blog and you will see some really fun creations using those sets as well!Thanks for popping in and ... STAY TUNED!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

sugar sugar... SKULLS???

So I made this treat holder using Bombshell's Sugar Skulls. And then I got to thinking about what to put in it.Everyone is on a diet... so no chocolate. I am on a budget... so no diamonds... What then? I KNOW...a gift card from the spa that I work at! It is the perfect size... not only for the treat holder... but also for the person who gets it...a massage, a pedi, a facial...Pampering is always the right size!
This was super easy to make also. I used a 8.5 x 2.5 piece of paper and i scored it at .75,1.25,4.5 and 5. A few quick folds and some decorating and copics of course and here is my creation! i hope you will try this yourself... fun and easy... and candy fits in there as well! Thanks for popping in!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ARTful Inkables Think Ink Challenge Number 31

Don't forget to enter our current Think INK challenge, Any type of embossing with flowers and lace is optional!! Link your creations in this POST.
I used STEAM PUNK SARAH and I had FUN with this set! I used smooch spritz to spray the stencil of the clock in the background. then I stamped and distressed some of the clocks and compass faces. Next, I used pop dots to lift them off the paper and i added gems to the center of some of them to give 'em a little bit O' BLING!!!And here is my Creation!!!
You have until Monday, October 25th, 2010, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 to win a BADGE TO DISPLAY ON YOUR BLOG AND TO HOST ONE OF THE UPCOMING AI CHALLENGES! You will not need AI stamps to host, we will send you instructions on what to do. Plus a 10% off code for your next Artful INKables Order!
* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation.
*Please make sure that you link your creation back to the AI Blog

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC31.

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Tell your friends!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Who wouldn't Eat Their Veggies?

I love candy corn and these images from DRS make it clear why! This is a mix of new and old images and I love how well they all worked together! Ther new image, Candy CornBuzz Bee is soo darling! I colored him with copic markers and then I used Crystal Effects on his wings... so fun! The background was so quick and easy with the EASY BACKGROUND stamps.And of course... only this sentiment will do! So here is my card... and stay tuned as DRS has some fun sponsorships and contests coming up you wont want to miss! thanks for popping in!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Who Doesn't Like a Sparkly Mermaid... With a Treasure!

Oh I LOVE this little gal! She is from Bombshell Stamps and she is FUN!!! I adore mermaids and i have a ton of them!!!She was a natural choice for me and I got to use all of my stickles and blingy things to make her look like I think a mermaid would. I stamped her and cut her out and then for the background, i stamped the bubbles and squiggles in blue across the card. then i stamped it in versamark and embossed it with glittery blue EP. I stamped the fish all over the background and then I stamped the treasure chest and cut it out. I distressed it with distress ink and added stickles for the treasure.I added 3 seashell buttons in the corner and here is my creation!Enjoy and thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SISC31~Live Free Die-Cut!

Die Cut? Did someone say Die cut? Oh how I love my die cuts and my die cutting and anything to do with cranking the glorious handle on my die cut machine and having awesome images come out of the other side! Magic, I say and PURE BLISS!!!
This is the current challenge over at Stamp Insanity Stamp Company!Live Free and DIE CUT! Make a card with die cut shapes and or die cut some shapes of you own and show it off! LOVE IT!!!
I used this darling digi, Katie, to make my card.
 The hearts and flowers all around her are die cut and then of course, I added some bling... this sassy gal needed some bling for sho! Please be sure to check out this digi set and know that the proceeds go to help breast cancer awareness!
AND... here is another asylum...

Danvers State Insane Asylum
In 1878 the State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers was erected, under the supervision of prominent Boston architect Nathaniel J Bradlee, in an extremely rural, out-of-the-way location.While the hospital was originally established to provide residential treatment and care to the mentally ill, its functions expanded to include a training program for nurses in 1889 and a pathological research laboratory in 1895. By the 1920's the hospital was operating school clinics to help determine mental deficiency in children. During the 1960's as a result of increased emphasis on alternative methods of treatment and deinstitutionalization and community based mental health care, the inpatient population started to decrease. Danvers State Hospital closed on June 24, 1992 due to budget cuts within the mental health system.

thanks for popping in...stay sane!!!

Faux Stitching and a Cocktail!!!

Thanks for coming over to see the challenge of the week... Faux Stitching! I used the cocktail set and nesties to make a fun shaped card.I had to stop myself or else I would make it look like Frank-en Card!LOL!

I also used crystal effects on the glass and glitter on the rim! Please play along with this challenge and show us your stuff! We would love to see what you create and even feature it here on our blog! Thanks for popping in and come back to see the other DT members take on this challenge!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Precious Pumpkin New Release Stamp From DRS Designs

I am from the south where everything is "precious." Look at that precious dog,... I love your new car, it is precious,...those little cupcakes are precious!!! Yikes... But this PRECIOUS PUMPKIN??? Y'all... is IS precious!!! I stamped him 3 times and cut him out. then, I brayered a background and adhered him onto the cardstock. next, I used my white gel pen for highlights and added some cute little cheeks on this PRECIOUS little guy. I mounted the whole thin onto black cardstock and added the greeting and here is my card! Make sure you stop by DRS Designs to check out the rest of the new releases... they are SURE to be PRECIOUS!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stamp Insanity Awesome Devil Dolls Release...and another ASYLUM...

oh are you kidding me? How adorable are these images from Stamp Insanity? I used Kassandra in my creation and she is darling and quite the sassy little witch!For my card, I used some fun paper, my MS spider web punch and alot of distressing! and here is my creation...

She is pretty fresh on her little broom!
there is another set that I would love to have y'all check out too... and it is for a great cause. Check it out here. Super cute and for a great cause!

Check out the other DT's CreationsTHE NEW GROOVY GURL LINE UP!!

Ward One :
Juanita -
Lynx (Blackdragon) -

Sugar -
Jane -
Margie (DTC) -
Kapree -

Wendy -
Dawn - (me)

Ward Two :

Jacquie -
Alison -

Susan -
Erica -
Rosalien -
Chelsea -

Jules -
AND... as promised... here is this post's Asylum...
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is purportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin.The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950's with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994 inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover.

Guess what? This one offers tours...and it is only 5 hours from Charlotte!!!

Thanks for popping in, Ladies... see y'all tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

You are gonna need these cards too...Sooner than ya think!!!

That's right... You WILL be needing Gift enclosure cards... AND SOON!!! I made this super cute 3x3 card in a jiff. And ya know what? These sell in the stores for like $1.49!!! Crazy, I know! I just folded a 3 x 6 piece of paper in half and then I layered other paper and stamped my image. I used my copic markers and colored this in with the monochromatic theme of course... and added glittering highlights with my glitter pens. BUT..I did have to give my snowman a little orange nose... so I made it a soft orange!I used the Woodware stamp set Festive Squares... and here is my creation! be sure to pop in tomorrow and know that when we reach 100 followers... we will have BLOG CANDY!!! Thanks for popping in!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I am Now A Groovy Gurl... OFFICIALLY! and...a confession

OK... time for me to come clean. I have an obsession with asylums. It is really a HUGE obsession and I especially LOVE this one as it is in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. It is the Buffalo State Hospital for the Insane. I was in Buffalo about 4 years ago and my sister,my mother and I went to go and see it. We walked around it and that building has a PULSE!!! It was built by H.H. Richardson and completed in the 1880's. It is what you think of when you think of an institution like this. My heart truly goes out to all of the people that went there as patients and the people that worked there to try and help them.
That being said... I was just chosen as a designer for Stamp Insanity. I figure I would combine my two obsessions and, when I post a creation using their products to my blog, I will feature an old and abandoned asylum. There may be others out there like me...follow me if you like these structures too.
Now you know the REAL reason I call this my RUBBER ROOM!!!   

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Don't YOU Shop Like This???

I don't do simple cards well, but I was pretty happy with the way this one turned out. I love the innocent little girls shopping... and the sentiment. I know this is they way that I like to shop. The white panel is embossed with the cuttlebug, I matted the shoppers on the black and mounted that on the white. the black ribbon was added and then I adhered the sentiment! Fun!!! Be sure to check out all of the fun stamps from Art Impressions and stay tuned for their new releases!

Friday, October 1, 2010

ARTful Inkalbe First Ever Digi Set... Harvest Crow!!!

Welcome to the Artful Inkables October Digi Set blog hop! If you haven't come here from Alicia's, then you will want to start at the Artful Inkables Blog  so you don't miss anything along the way. You are going to love this new set, and for the first time Artful INKables is releasing a digital set, that's right, it's a quick and fun way to use our fabulous images! Be sure to follow us all the way to the end and make sure to leave a comment on everyone's blog, you never know which blog we'll be choosing a winner from! You will have until Monday, October 4th at midnight Eastern Standard Time to comment on all the design team blogs for a chance to win our new digi set!

Today, I'm showing you a card made with our very first digi set Harvest Crow...How DARN CUTE IS THIS GUY!? I colored him with gamsol and colored pencils. Then I added some crystal effects on the apples for that delish shine!I used my nesties to cut him out and layered him on some super cute DP and added the ribbon... and here is my creation! 

The next stop on the hop is the super talented Jackie... Hop on over and get ready for some eye candy!

Thank you once again for joining us today for the Artful INKables October Digi Set Blog Hop, be sure to head on over to the store pick up this adorable new set Harvest Crow!