Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sandy Claws & Boogie

It's time for the 8th Day of Christmas Challenge from Simply Betty Stamps and this one challenged us to use Sandy Claws from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don't know about everyone else but finding Sandy Claws to use on a card was the biggest challenge! What did I do? I had to draw one!


I ended up finding a similar image of Sandy Claws and Boogie online at Fanpop.com and drew a duplicate then colored it with Copic markers. Once it was finished I discovered this also meets the challenge criteria at The Butonesque Dolls... Ooogie Boogie Fun! Don't miss the holly berry spiders!


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas Challenges
Challenge: The Burtonesque Dolls - Oogie Boogie Fun Challenge
Challenge: Sundays with Chrissy - Challenge #12 (Christmas)
Main Stamp:
[custom drawing by me] Sandy Claws & Boogie
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-jack: E40, E41, E42, E43, C1, C3, C5, R22, R2, R27, R29, R89, W4, W6, W8
-oogie: G20, G21, G24, G28, G29, BG99
-other: C1, C3, C5, BV20, BV23, BV25, V12, V14, V18, YG93, YG95, YG99, YR12, YR14, YR18

Did you know? A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published in 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
[A Christmas Carol, Wikipedia.org]

On the 8th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... one mixed up Christmas.

Update: I was the winner at The Burtonesque Dolls for this challenge!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lola

I made this card using Lola for the 7th Day of Christmas Challenge at Simply Betty Stamps. The challenge is to create a card or project using one of their Emo stamps and this is my newest arrival. We were also challenged to use the colors lime green, turquoise and purple - it wasn't easy to pick the right papers but I finally found a combination that I liked. The colors are soft so click on the pictures for a larger view of the subtle details.


The sprig used has pastel purple flowers and green petal which add a subtle look. The gift was used from a miscellaneous stamp then cut and put on top of Lola's hand with a foam dot to add dimension.


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: My Kids Emo World Lola (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Nursery Baby Girl (DCWV) and Mitten Weather (CC)
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair: E00, E11, R20, R24, R29, W2, W4, W6, W8
-the rest: V12, V15, BG10, BG72, BG75, G20, G21, G24

Did you know? "Mele Kalikimaka" is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song that takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase, "Mele Kalikimaka," meaning "Merry Christmas. The song was written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson and has over a dozen notable versions.
[Mele Kalikimaka, Wikipedia.org]

On the 7th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... Emos giving Pressies.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gingerbread Plushie

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project Welcoming Winter. The cool blues next to the vibrant reds reminds of cold winter days and frosty windows. So to kick up for inspiration, I made this card using the free Gingerbread Plushie from The Stamping Bazaar.


I colored the scarf to match the gingham ribbon and added a small gingerbread cookie cutter trinket as a simple embellishment. I thought the pair together was cute.


DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #19
Main Stamp: Gingerbread Plushie (TSB)
Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart)
Copic Colors:
-E43, E44, E47, G12, G24, G28, R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, C3, C5

Did you know? Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s. It involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.
[Steampunk, Wikipedia.org]

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Steampunk Treehouse

It's time for the Simply Betty Stamps 6th Day of Christmas Challenge! This time the challenge was to create a card or project with a steampunk theme and I found two images that worked perfectly together. The background house is the Steampunk Treehouse from Make it Crafty and I paired it with Steampunk Gang Grace from Simply Betty Stamps.


Here's a close up of both images on the card. Click on the picture of a larger and clearer view. I colored the house with mixed metals where the hammered lead is used for supporting areas and weight loads and the copper is used for larger areas and the broiler.


Here's the background before it was die cut. I wanted most of the metal to be a copper color and spent a long time researching the color... it was difficult to translate it into the Copic colors but I think it turned out okay. Next time I might add a little more green.


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: Steampunk Treehouse (MiC) and Steampunk Gang Grace (SBS)
Patterned Paper: TC Blossomwood (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten
Copic Colors:
-grace: E00, E11, E13, R21, R24, B14, W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: R22, R24, R27, R29, R89, C3, C5, E55, E57, E59, E43, E44, E47
-leaf/basket: YG93, YG95, YG97, E43, E44, E47
-tree: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, YG91, YG93, YG97, YG99
-house: R22, R24, R29, R89, W4, W6, W8, E43
-grass: BG93, BG96, BG99, G94, G99
-copper: E15, E17, E95, E97, T4, BG93
-clouds/metal: C1, C3, C5, C7
-other: 0, B000, E55, E57, Y32, Y38, YR16, R24, G24

I had so much fun coloring the tree house and it would rock to go visit! There are so many other images that I'll be using from Make it Crafty so stay tuned. Plus, don't miss out on the first blog hop happening on December 18th!

I entered a whole bunch of other challenges - not necessary to win prizes but I hoped to get top picks from a few. ;D Plus the comments are always the best part!


Did you know? Wolffia arrhiza is a species of flowering plant known by the common names spotless watermeal and rootless duckweed and is the smallest vascular plant on Earth. It iis an aquatic plant which grows in quiet water bodies such as ponds. The green part of the plant, the frond, is a sphere measuring approximately one millimeter wide but with a flat top that floats at the water's surface. This tiny plant is a nutritious food. Its green part is about 40% protein by dry weight and its turion is about 40% starch.
[Wolffia Arrhiza, Wikipedia.org]

On the 6th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... cogs and gears.

Update: I was the winner at Little Paper Shop for this challenge!

Update: I was the winner at Creative Cowgirls for this challenge!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cat & Mouse

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project Welcoming Winter. Winter always reminds me of cold nights and a cozy place to snuggle up. I made this card using Cat & Mouse from Meljen's Designs and placed them next to the Fireplace Make it Crafty.


DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #19
Main Stamp: Cat & Mouse (MD) and Fireplace (MiC)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-cat & mouse: E04, R83, W4, W6, W8, E97, E99
-fire: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR16, YR18, R27, R29, R39, W6, W8
-fireplace: R35, R37, R39, E08, E15, C00, C1, C3, C5
-floor: E40, E42, E25, E29

Did you know? Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (named after Davis's grandfather); his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Arbuckle's dog, Odie. As of 2007, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
[Garfield, Wikipedia.org]

Witch Betty-London

It's the 5th Day of Christmas at Simply Betty Stamps and the challenge is to create a card or project using a favorite witch in a holiday card! I altered two stamps to make this festive cutie: Emo Halloweenies Betty Witch and My Kids Emo World London plus the bat from Rio.


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: [altered images of] Betty Witch and London (SBS)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R21, G21, G24, G28
-hair: E51, E53, E55
-clothes: R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, G20, G21, G24, G28, W4, W6, W8
-cats: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
-other: W2, W4, W6, W8, C00, BG20, BG23, BG25, BG29

Did you know? "Over the River and through the Woods" is a Thanksgiving song by Lydia Maria Child and was written originally as a poem. It celebrates her childhood memories of visiting her Grandfather's House and is sometimes presented with lines about Christmas.
[Over the River and through the Woods, Wikipedia.org]

On the 5th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... five scary bats.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Duckling's Christmas Morning

The challenge is this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to create a card or project based on the versatile sketch provided. I made this card using Duckling's Christmas Morning from The Stamping Bazaar drawn by Marina Neira. I used a soft purple snowflake paper then added crystal-like snowflakes all around for some sparkle.

FREE DIGI: Don't miss out and head on over to the The Stamping Bazaar Blog to grab your free Gingerbread Plushie digi! It would be perfect to use on this next challenge!!


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #7
Challenge: The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges (Christmas Something or An-otter)
Main Stamp:
Duckling's Christmas Morning (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Mitten Weather (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles and Small Scalloped Circles
Copic Colors:
-duck: YR12, YR14, YR18, R24, YR20, YR21, YR23
-scene: BG93, BG96, BG99, B41, BG000
-other: BV01, BV02, BV04, C1, C3, C5

Did you know? Charles "Charlie" Brown is the main protagonist in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown and his creator have a common connection in that they are both the sons of barbers, but whereas Schulz's work is described as the "most shining example of the American success story", Charlie Brown is an example of "the great American un-success story" in that he fails in almost everything he does.
[Charlie Brown, Wikipedia.org]

Tori & Adam

I made this card using both Tori and Adam from Simply Betty Stamps for the 4th Day of Christmas Challenge. The challenge is to create a card or project based on the theme "Sugar & Spice and everything Scary!" I used Lonely Tree in the background and added snowflakes to look like the first snowfall of the year. The scary part is knowing your little daughter is growing up!


Challenge: Simply Betty Stamps - 12 Days of Christmas
Main Stamp: Kat Mandu and Friends Tori & Adam (SBS) and Lonely Tree (My Grafico)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
- backdrop: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, BG93, BG96, BG99, W6, W8
-her: E00, E11, R20, R21, R22, E08, E19, B95, B99
-him: E00, E11, R20, R21, R22, E55, E59
-clothes: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, T2, C3, C5, YR12, YR14, W6, W8, YR20, YR23, G21, G24, G28, G29
-other: C1, C3, C5, R24, R29, YR12, YR14, YR21

Did you know? Drinking water or potable water is water of sufficiently high quality that can be consumed or used without risk of immediate or long term harm. Water is necessary for most life on Earth. Humans can survive for several weeks without food, but for only a few days without water. Non-potable water is the term used for water which is unsafe to drink.
[Drinking Water, Wikipedia.org]

On the 4th Day of Christmas my Ghoul Love gave to me... the first snow.