Sunday, March 24, 2013

Round 2, ding ding!!!

The second round of the DT throwdown at 
This time the theme is Faux Finishes.

Here is my faux finished skull.

Paper Mache skull with bronze metallic paint and patina treatment.
I used the VerDay paint set from Retro Cafe Art to achieve this
awesome finish. Very realistic IRL. It looks like it should weigh quite
a bit, like solid cast bronze. 

All paper and card stock gears and cogs and such, 
given a faux rust technique using acrylic paints. 
I also used some navy blue rhinestones that weren't 
getting used very often, to act as faux rivets.

Stamped stylized steampunk gears onto tissue paper and adhered it 
over the bronze and patina. Next time, I think I'll apply it before 
the patina step. Might make it appear more realistic and less

Good shot of the bronze and patina, and a close up of the gears and 
stuff. I used some grunge board, but found the cardstock to work
better. Grunge board doesn't glue down very easily, either.

The Haunted Design House team won the first DT throw down, 
and we'd love to go two for two on this round as well.
We all worked really hard on our projects and we think it shows.
If you would like to see the entries from all of the teams
and cast your vote on Thursday or Friday, here is the link
to participate and vote, but it's free and very worth signing up.
Check out our collective entry at Haunted Design House

Saturday, March 23, 2013

WW Reminder Post

Saturday friendly reminder that WW ATC challenges is still
accepting entries in our challenge
Spring Fever.

I used this peacock from our sponsor, DigiDarla. 

I finally got to use my peacock embossing folder!!!
I think it looks quite elegant, all white like that.
It helps the peacock really pop!  

A little bling to finish it all off. Nice.

You still have until Tuesday to submit your ATC.
C'mon, it's fun!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First day of Spring?

We have had the most beautiful weather here, in Northern California lately.
Temps in the mid to low 70's, sun, everything is blooming. Just gorgeous!
Today? Not so much. Rain (which we do need) can suck it.
So, to brighten your day (and mine), 
I have a Spring Fever challenge for you, from
We are sponsored by DigiDarla Designs this week.   

I have used the Fashion Fairy image from DigiDarla's shop.
Very fun to color and create with this image. 

Just wanted to show off the dimension and the Stickled sparkle 
from this angle. So glad I thought to use those fleurs. 
I have had them in my stash for years!  

Nice close up of the fleurs, beautifully accented by that adorable, 
teeny, ladybugg!! My dear friend, Jenn gifted me a few of those precious ladybuggs, and I had to add one to this ATC. It was the perfect touch!

Okay, let's get in the mood for Spring and play along with us at 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another gorgeous undead girl

I had big plans for the Macabre Monday challenge at HDH this week.
I painted a pretty cool painting (for a newbie), but she was not my first
idea for the Drop Dead Gorgeous theme.

I am on the Rick St. Dennis EDT, and he is very well versed in the 
drawing of gorgeous ladies. His etsy shop is filled with beautiful 
women of all ages, sizes, and time periods. He really knows how 
to draw scary chicks too, but I had the idea to take one of his 
pretty gals and make them dark with my coloring. 
I have done this in the past with other, "non intentionally dark" 
images, and they turned out pretty good. Well, not this time. 
In fact, it turned out so freaking bad that I actually 
threw the image away.
I NEVER throw out images that I mess up on. 
I always try to salvage them, or at least let them serve as 
a cautionary tale for others. 
I had to redeem myself with the intention of using a RSD image in the 
way that it was originally intended.

I used the image of Meena  from RSD's etsy shop 
(I'm not sure that she is still available, though).

I followed the "choose a sketch" challenge over at 
Simon Says Stamp challenge blogand this is what I came up with.

I used a sentiment from Stamp Insanity's True Blood set. 
Those are some great sentiments (thank you, Catherine), and I get 
quite a bit of use out of them. Unfortunately, it appears that 
Stamp Insanity is no longer in business. 

Stop by HDH to check out the latest Macabre Monday challenge.
Then, check out Rick's Etsy shop full of killer art digis.
If you are still in search of inspiration, stop by the

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Show us your FANGS!!!

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means!
The new challenge for WW ATC challenges has been set!
Show Us Your Fangs!!!

Our generous sponsor this week is Rick St. Dennis.
Rick has tons of beautifully drawn images that will appeal to ever taste
and occasion. He can do creepy like no other, and his mainstream images
 are too die for!

Here is my ATC using, Mistletoe Kiss Me ,
which can be found under The Crypt tab in Rick's Etsy shop
I chose him for his nice, jagged, fangs.

I colored Mister Kissyface with Copics, and then used some red tinsel
embossing powder to give it all some bloody sparkle.
Pucker Up!

Please join us at Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge,

I'd like to enter this ATC in the current challenge at 
Fun with ATCs  - #83 Gothic  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Drop Dead Gorgeous painting completed

So, about halfway through my painting for the 
Drop Dead Gorgeous
challenge at Haunted Design House
I realized I don't really have a clue what I am doing!
I'm no painter! How do I blend colors? What's gel medium used for? 
Which brush should I use? Ack!
She's turned out pretty good considering, I guess.

So this was the original idea, using chipboard letters to spell out
Drop Dead.
My son put the nix on it, and said it detracted from the painting too much,
making it look "scrapbooky". I rely on his opinions quite a bit. He's got a
good eye for color and design. 

I want to also state that this is not my original concept.
I found a really cool sketch on Deviant Art a few years (long before I 
became so diligent about saving artist's names with their art), 
and sketched it into my ideas book.
I scoured about 80 pages on DA for this sketch yesterday, but couldn't 
find it. I just wanted to be clear that this is not my concept, but rather my version of the original sketch.
This version was before the final (for now), fine tuning. 
The more she sat on my table, the more I kept messing with her.
Is that how most paintings are? The more you look, the more you want to 
fix and add to it?
I had to stop. I still want to fix her nose and lips, but I have to stop.   

Feel free to stop by HDH and get your hands dirty with our latest challenge.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Drop Dead Gorgeous WIP

The second week of the Haunted Design House
Drop Dead Gorgeous challenge begins today.

As usual, I am running behind.
My nickname in high school was the "Lag Master".
My license plate frame read: The Lag Master has arrived.
Yeah, it was that bad.
Still kinda is apparently.
I am bit intimidated by the challenge of painting my project. 
But I want to try. That may have something to do with my slow going. 

Here is a peek at my current progress.

Sketched and background blocked out

Skin and hair roughly added, and my feeble attempt at blending
the skin tones. 

Smoothed out some of the skin tones, added some dimension to 
her wounds, and painted her top (what's left of it). 

Added some color highlights to the hair and lips.
So far so good.

I'll pop in with the finished painting sometime later today or tomorrow.

Keep it CREEPY!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Not one to back down...

...from a good challenge, 
I have completed my Smeared Ink DT Throwdown project.
What is the DT Throwdown you may be wondering? 
Well it is the cream of the crop in alternative crafting Design Teams, competing against each other for the badge, and more importantly, 
the bragging rights, of top voted DT Throwdown champions.

This is the chance for me to create something beautifully twisted, 
and then be voted on it by my peers.
The DT with the most votes, collectively, wins. 
If you are interested in checking out the competition, 
or in getting more info, go here
You must be a member of the Smeared Ink ning group to 
participate  in the challenges and/or the voting. 
Join up and vote for your favorite project!! 

I am honored to be participating alongside my fellow 
Haunted Design House MinionsDonna and Mark.  

Here is my project for the theme of 
Paint and Splatter
CAUTION: Lots of photos

Here is my before picture.
This is a small chest of drawers made out of chipboard and handmade
papers. It was originally sold through Hallmark, but I picked it up at my 
local thrift store for a low, low price.  
I began by removing the knobs and metal hardware, 
and then I painted it out in white acrylic paint for a good base coat. 
Then I painted it completely in a metallic champagne color.
I added gold highlights for an antique feel.  

While the paint was drying, I started stamping various Stampotique stamps
onto tissue paper. This would allow me to add the images directly to my 
piece without the risk of a bad image stamped onto the drawers forever.

Once the images were adhered to the drawers with decoupage and dry 
(with the help of Mister Hairdryer), I started coloring them with Copics. 

I really like the idea of brightly colored monsters and creeps (kinda like Monsters Inc.), so I kept the color palette rather bright and cheery. 
I also knew I was going to be antiquing the drawers later, 
if I needed to tame down any excessive fluorescence.

3 in a Round is one of my absolute favorite Stampotique images.
They had to be a part of this project. 

For the splatter portion of my project, I used an awesome
red glitter acrylic paint. Might have gotten a little carried away, but
you can never really have too much splatter.  

Lots of heads. Creepy, colorful, heads.

More excessive dripping.

Using a crackle with acrylic paints is a new technique for me.
I had to put on my reader glasses to see the teeny tiny crackles, but they 
showed up better once I applied the brown acrylic wash.

Stampotique skull image stamped multiple times and flipped over for a
mirror image. One of the perks of working on tissue paper. 

Weird little recessed top area.

Nice crackle finish and antiquing.

Well, there you have it. My DT Throwdown entry,
in all it's splattered and painted glory!
Thanks for the fun challenge.
You can see all of the entries and cast your vote for your favorite project

I am also entering this in the very first challege at
Left of Center challenges

Friday, March 8, 2013

Did someone say, "green"?

I am finally coming out my mental and creative funk.
The buds of my imagination are starting to bloom.

And it feels so good. 

Today I have a green project for the Dilly Beans challenge.

  I used #416 Sugar Skull framed for this completely green card.
Well, all green, plus black and gray.

I colored the entire image in Warm Gray, and Yellow Green Copics.
I stamped a couple of flourishes and heat embossed them in black.
I added some lime green Stickles and lime green Doodlebug glitter
for  some sparkle and interest.

Drop by the Dilly Beans challenge blog and see what the rest of the
DT have to offer. Maybe you'll find inspiration and play along!   

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WW - Pin Ups

Wednesday caught me off guard yet again!
I've been trying to work ahead of schedule and then I forget what
day it actually is! 

Today's Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge is
Pin Up Girls.
Who doesn't enjoy a well done pin up?
Sassy Studio Designs is sponsoring WW this week. 

I went with the Sassy Bunny Pin Up for this ATC.

I went all sparkly with lots of Stickles!

ATCs are very easy, quick, and great fun to make.
They're a great way to use up scraps of precious papers 
and trims, and a good way to try out new techniques, as well.
Join us this week over at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenges.
Try it, you might LOVE it!