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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Carmen's Veranda Christmas finale!

Hello Everyone!

It's Day 3 and the finale of our A Carmen's Veranda Christmas contest over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  Today is your last chance to submit your Xmas or Winter themed projects :0)

Today I'm sharing the projects I made for Day 3, two ATCs and a center step card as well as a Creepmas altered domino which you can see over at DominoART - Dec 15th post!

"Poinsettia center step card"
features Carmen's Veranda Poinsettia large background stamp


 I did a lot of fussy cutting on the poinsettia and stacked it up with 3 layers.


"PEACE ATC"
features Carmen's Veranda Snowman, Christmas Lights and Lost Coast Designs "Peace" from the Harmony Peace Joy Freedom Dictionary set


  "Twinkle Kitty in Purple" ATC 
 features Carmen's Veranda Christmas Lights and Angel Cat


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Fire and Ice - Smeared Ink DT

Hello Everyone!
Today I'm sharing 2 projects made for the December midway challenge post over at Smudgy Antics!

Both are digital art projects that combine the same digi stamp, Smeared Ink's Galaxy Girl with real photography.

Up first is FIRE
For this piece I used one of my 4th of July Fireworks photopgraphs on her body.  The hot fiery colours of the fireworks reminded me of a deep space nebula and I love the effect combined with the purples and blues I used in her hair and background.  I worked on her hair, the rings and the background in Photoshop CS6.

 

In contrast my second piece is called ICE
This time I used a nightscape photograph I took of the moon over Lake Mojave, Nevada, for her hair and did my digital work on her body, rings and background and incorporated lots of snowflakes for a magical effect.


I really enjoyed creating these two different projects using the same digi image and hope I've inspired you to come and play in what is potentially our last challenge over at Smudgy Antics!  We don't want the fun to end so come and show us how much you love Smeared Ink and show your support!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Do Not Open Until Xmas" CAS kitty card!

Merry Catmouse Everyone!

There's a new challenge blog in town dedicated to fabulous felines of any kind and here's my 3rd project for

Show Us Your Pussies - Cat's Only Challenge Blog!
I made this card for Challenge #1 Krimbo Kitties
 
Ike shared these fab kittie digis called Fat Cat Fred - Christmas Images and they are FREE from Practical Publishing Australia, click HERE to download them!


I went CAS aka Clean And Simple with this one and just let this adorable image do all the meowing!
 I used Copics to colour the image with a white gel pen for hightlights and clear Wink of Stella glitter added to the wrapping paper and bow for yummy festive sparkle!  The Wink of Stella was really hard to capture but you can kind of see it in the pix below.

Meowy Catmouse and Happy Holidays!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *About Art Accents

Have a Meowy Christmas!

Meowy Catmouse Everyone!

There's a new challenge blog in town dedicated to fabulous felines of any kind and here's my 2nd project for

Show Us Your Pussies - Cat's Only Challenge Blog!
I made this card featuring Ike's Art Catmouse Tree for Challenge #1 Krimbo Kitties
Valentine, my Evangeline Ghastly pet BJD cat doll, is modeling ;0)
This one involved lots of fussy cutting and layering.  I used Copics to colour the image with a white gel pen for hightlights and a Derwent pastel pencil and Dove Blender pen for the background with a polka dot DP layer added too.  Everything was then added to a folded card made from dark red cardstock.  For loads of festive sparkle I used clear Wink of Stella on the tree and presents and crystal Stickles glitter glue on the tree swirlies and "snowflake" dots on the blue background.

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *About Art Accents

Merry Catmouse!

Merry Catmouse Everyone!

There's a new challenge blog in town dedicated to fabulous felines of any kind and I LOVE kitties so of course I'm thrilled to have somewhere to indulge my cat stamp festish every month!  Pop on over and check it out...it has a name that will raise your eyebrow and quaranteed never to forget LOL!

Show Us Your Pussies - Cat's Only Challenge Blog!
I made this card featuring Ike's Art Catmouse Tree for Challenge #1 Krimbo Kitties

Valentine, my Evangeline Ghastly pet BJD cat doll, is modeling ;0)
This one involved lots of fussy cutting and layering.  I used Copics to colour the image with a white gel pen for hightlights and a Derwent pastel pencil and Dove Blender pen for the background as well as a touch of Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges.  For loads of festive sparkle I used clear Wink of Stella on the tree and presents and crystal Stickles glitter glue on the tree swirlies and the two side edges of the card.


Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Butterfly Goddess - Smeared Ink DT & Bday Card!

Howzit Everyone!
Just 22 sleeps 'til Santa comes, Woohoo ;0)

Today is a very special day, it's my Mom's birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!! ;0)

Today I'm sharing the card I made for her and it's also my 2nd Smeared Ink DT inspiration project for the December challenge over at Smudgy Antics!

I used one of Smeared Ink's new digi images called Carpho!  She's a beautiful butterfly themed image!
 

I printed her out onto Neenah solar white cardstock and coloured her with Copics and added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The cardbase is a huge A4 folded card embossing folder I found in the UK at The Range, I lost the packaging so have no idea which company it is, anyone know?  I applied Brilliance Aurora tri-colour ink to the embossed design and embellished with crystal Stickles glitter glue, peach self-adhesive pearls, peach organza ribbon and paper Recollections flowers in 3 shades of orange.  I cut the image out, matted on an oval mat of peach cardstock, distressed the edges and adhered it to the card with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive.  I added another sheet of peach cardstock on the inside and stamped the sentiment by PSX in black Versafine ink.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared Ink happening over on my DominoART blog this month!  Come hop with us every 2nd day for some creepy festive fun!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winter Holidays ATC for LCD/CV FB Challenge #2!

Howzit Everyone!
I'm nearly done for today, just one more project share :0)

  We also have our 2nd Facebook based challenge starting today too over on Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda Facebook Pages!  Enter your projects in our Winter Holidays Challenge for the chance to win even more prizes!  Same FB Challenge on both Pages...see the pinned post at the top of the walls for all the details and submit your projects as comments on the pinned Challenge posts!

 
My FB Challenge DT project is another ATC featuring a snowman basking in the glow of a winter sun...I think he must be Olaf's cousin LOL ;0)

"Winter Holidays" 
I used Carmen's Veranda Snowman and Three Trees


 I used semi-gloss cardstock for my ATC and stamped the images with black Memento ink.  I stamped the snowman first, masked and then stamped the trees background.  I coloured everything with Copics and added highlights with a white gel pen.  I added lots of icy sparkle with crystal Stickles glitter glue and added dimensional sparkle to his red buttons and scarf with my Vive Pearl Magic Transparent White pen.  I completed my project by punching the 2 right hand corners with a decorative Marvy corner punch, matted the ATC onto red cardstock, used a corner rounder punch on that and then edged both the ATC and the mat with Stickles glitter glue coz you just can't have too much sparkle ;0)


I hope you've enjoyed seeing all my projects today, 5 in total, phew, LOL....see my previous posts if you missed them!  Thanks for visiting with me today and I hope to see you over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and on our LCD/CV Facebook Pages too!
Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!

 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

A Carmen's Veranda Christmas ATCs!

Howzit Everyone!
I'm back with my 3rd post for today...I told you today was a busy day in blog land LOL!

It's non-stop fiesta time over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Our A Carmen's Veranda Christmas Contest began today so dash on over and get all festive with us!  The Day 1 post is bristling with DT eye candy you don't want to miss!


 I'm sharing 2 ATCs over there today!

ATC #1 "Believe" 
I used Carmen's Veranda Snowman, Three Trees and Believe from Lost Coast Designs "Wish Wisdom Grow Believe" Dictionary set



ATC #2  "Twinkle Kitty"
I used Carmen's Veranda Christmas Lights and Angel Cat



I used semi-gloss cardstock for both ATCs and stamped the images with black Memento ink.  The snowman and the kitty were stamped first, masked and then the backgrounds stamped.  I coloured everything with Copics and added detailing and highlights with gold, silver and white gel pens.  I added lots of Christmasy sparkle with crystal Stickles glitter glue.  I stamped the Dictionary stamp "Believe" with red Versafine ink, added dimensional sparkle with my Vive Pearl Magic Transparent White pen, fussy cut it out and adhered it to the ATC with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  I added Judikins Diamond Glaze to the fairy lights on the 2nd ATC for some glass-like dimensional fun too.

Thanks for visiting with me today and I hope to see you over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and on our LCD/CV Facebook Pages too!
Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Forever Dark Poinsettias!

Howzit Everyone!
Today is also the start of our new challenge over on our Forever Dark Challenge blog!
Challenge #7 is Anything Goes so come and enter your "DARK" projects for the chance to win a prize from our clawesome sponsor this month, IKE'S ART!


I had the absolute pleasure of creating with Ike's Poinsettia Fairy and made this mixed media Creepmas card for your inspiration!

 I started out by printing her onto Neenah solar white cardstock and coloured her with Copics.  Of course I had to go dark with this one and had fun giving her a wintery skin tone, red eyes and black poinsettias!  Once she was complete I scanned her and finished the digi card in Photoshop CS6 by creating the foggy background, the oval frame and repeating the poinsettias along the bottom edge.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at Forever Dark!

Happy Holidays and Merry Creepmas!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *About Art Accents

Ho Ho Poe...It's beginning to look a lot like Creepmas!

Howzit Everyone!
YAY, it's December, just 24 sleeps 'til Santa comes, Woohoo ;0)
There's a lot going on this month so let's get to it!

First up, our December challenge over at Smudgy Antics started today, but sadly it might be the last one for a while because of the dramatic drop in entries.  That's way too sad so if you want to keep Smudgy Antics challenges open you better dash on over and show us some love and support ;0)


I've got 2 SI DT inspiration projects for the challenge this month but today's project is also my Day 1 project for the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop!  I'm playing as a Jolly Blogger over on my DominoART blog this month!  Come hop with us every 2nd day for some creepy festive fun!


Pop on over to DominoART for deets and more pix!
Happy Holidays and Merry Creepmas!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day of the Dead Zentangled Skull - Smeared Ink DT project for Smudgy Antics!

Happy Sunday to you all!
I went to the Original Rubber Stamp convention held in Carson, Long Beach yesterday and had a blast shopping and checking out all the new stuff and came home with quite a stash of goodies.  I can't wait to play with it all :0)


 We are now midway through our November challenge over at Smudgy Antics where it is always Anything Goes with an optional twist and this month is Metal Madness.  You can be inspired by the twist or just do whatever you want as long as your projects are on the dark side of stamping!

My midway inspiration for you is a Zentangled Day of the Dead skull.  I used Smeared Ink digi called Skull and Roses and I tangled flowers all over it.  Autumn has arrived in SoCal so and I was inspired to use a palette of yellows, oranges and peachy-reds on this one.


I printed the Skull and Roses digi out on Neenah solar white, tangled to my hearts content with black micron pens and coloured everything with Copics.   I used Derwent brown pastel pencil and a Dove Blender pen on the background and after punching the corners with a Marvy punch I applied Pumice Stone Distress Ink to the edges.  I used my Perfect Paper Layers tools to cut the mats out of black and orange cardstocks and everything was layered and adhered with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

I hope I've inspired you to come and play with us over at Smudgy Antics, pop on over and see what fab eye candy my fellow teamies have to share too!
See you there ;0)

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *

Day of the Dead tea light luminary - Lost Coast Designs DT project

Howzit Everyone!
We are now on Day 7 and the finale of our Day of the Dead Celebrations over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!  Come join us and follow our blog if you haven't already!
We have some amazing DOTD projects entered in our contest so far!  Our contest closes tonight at midnight PST so hurry in your entries for the chance to win a $15 spending spree to LCD/CV!  Add them to the linky collection on my finale post HERE!

I'm sharing 2 projects today, a fun mini tea light luminary here and an altered domino trinket box over on my DominoART blog!

Triangle Tea Light Luminary
I used the following Lost Coast Designs stamps
Black Nose Sugar Skull, White Nose Sugar Skull,  Sugar Skull With Flower
the lace border is part of the Picado Skull stamp 

so pretty in the evening with the tea light glow
it really glows in complete darkness
Here's what it looks like in daylight!


3 sided luminary
This was a fairly easy project to do and they make fun little home decor gifts.

I started out by stamping the White Nose Sugar Skull in black StazOn ink on clear acetate overlay and applied Watermelon and Sunshine Yellow Ranger Adirondack Brights Alcohol Ink with an ink applicator to the opposite side.  To make the luminary frame I started with a the front window panel and cut the window to fit the skull and stamped the lacy border from the Picado Skull stamp with Aurora - tri-colour Brilliance ink.  Then adhered the acetate to the inside with double sided tape.  I then cut a double panel to form the other two sides of the triangular shaped luminary and stamped them with the other two sugar skull stamps and the lacy border.  The panels were scored on my scoreboard and the two end flaps adhered to the inside of the front panel with double sided tape.  I completed my luminary with metallic gold applied to all the edges with a gold Promarker.

Thanks for visiting with me today!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Tangles

Hello Everyone!
I have resisted the "moustache' craze but when I saw the Movember kitty over at East Wind for their current challenge I couldn't resist any longer LOL!  I combined the EW kitty, their November newsletter freebie, with my own hand drawn Zentangle inspired pumpkins and created this Autumn themed card.
 

Update:  I'm pleased to say this card was picked as a Designer Favourite over at The East Wind
 I coloured everything with Copics with white gel pen highlights.  The background is brown Derwent Pastel blended with Dove Blender pen.  The senti is stamped with 3 colours of VersaMagic and is from my rubber stamp version of the Zentangle inspired set called Autumn's Pencil.   Two smaller versions of my pumpkins are also part of the rubber set.  My set was originally designed exclusively for Smeared Ink and is now available through me until SI sets up their category for stamps by other artists again.  The two corners were punched with a Marvy punch and Pumice Stone Distress Ink applied to the edges of the card which was then layered onto black and orange cardstocsk.  The cardstock mats were cut with my Perfect Paper Layer tools.  The brown mat was embossed with Tim's clock Alterations embossing folder and the designed enhanced with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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 Of course I'm entering it in East Wind's Movember challenge
and
Snarky Stampers k-is-for-kitties
Dream In Darkness
A Step in the Darkness - Create and Inspire

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectic Challenges *

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gimme Candy - Forever Dark DT project

Howzit Everyone!
 It's time for a new challenge over at Forever Dark Challenges!
As always it's anything goes as long as it is "DARK" whether it be light hearted, creepy cute or down right scary, all are welcome!


Our fabulous sponsor this month is


https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShadowClocksyDigis

I had fun creating with Pop culture zombie girl!


This is another full on digital art piece created in Photoshop CS6 and Paper 53.
I started out by colouring the zombie girl on my iPad using a stylus and an awesome drawing application called Paper 53.  I had an absolute blast working on this piece although it took many many hours to complete.  Many people think it's faster and easier to create and colour digis in Photoshop but that's an incorrect assumption.  It actually takes way longer, images can take many hours and even days to colour before even getting to project assembly.  Once I was happy with my zombie I then moved over to Photoshop and completed my project with the addition of the text and background layers.

Challenges entered
Dream in Darkness
A Step in the Dark Facebook Challenge
 
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark * Altered Eclectics
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